Life After Death --
An in-depth interview with
Sondra Abrahams asking provocative and thought provoking questions about Heaven,
Hell and Purgatory. You'll also hear about guardian angels and encounters
with deceased friends and relatives. It provides astonishing evidence that
death is only the beginning... (bestseller)
THOSE WHO 'GLIMPSE' ETERNITY RETURN WITH NEW PERSPECTIVE -- AND EVEN ELECTRICAL EFFECTS
The other day we linked to an article from a newspaper in North Carolina detailing the career of a woman who has been both a nurse and army colonel, tending to the wounded and dying in our wars. She served in both Viet Nam and "Desert Storm."
It was more than forty years ago that this nurse, Diane Corcoran, realized something fascinating was occurring with many of the soldiers. In close brushes with death -- at times, experiencing actual clinical death -- their conscious minds seemed to have gone to another place, what she and we call "the other side" of the veil.
In those forty years, Diane Corcoran, who's now president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies in Durham, on the campus of Duke University, has encountered many hundreds of cases. Overall, not counting children and the elderly, thirty million Americans have had such episodes at some level, Corcoran estimates. At one recent conference, three hundred attended.
In the cases where there is little memory of what occurred, she said, she can spot it due to tell-tale changes in the person who had brushed up against the other side.
When they "come back," she says, they suddenly lack all interest in the material, disregard the clock (there is no time in eternity), and are altruistic: set on "doing things for others."
"They don't have the same concerns for money and time," Diane told us. "They suddenly have drives and passions that are more important than making money -- something that can be difficult for the wife to accept. They have great altruism and often want to leave their professions. I think the ones that are incredibly interesting are the children," she adds -- especially the instances whereby, as in one, a child was able to describe grandparents who had died in Europe years before. She also recalled a priest who had "died" and returned and had an entirely elevated perspective. "He went to the other side and many times they're given a purpose and one of the last messages is a purpose of love and forgiveness," she emphasizes. "He was surprised."
In another case, she was called to the hospital bedside of a doctor who had gone through the "tunnel" and seen the field with indescribable colors and flowers but whose experience was being discounted by fellow medical practitioners. Nobody, she says, is prepared to deal with these experiences -- often leaving the person who had a clinical death in a state of confusion and isolation -- until they meet others who have had tellingly identical encounters. The "last holdouts" in belief, she says, are doctors, who as scientists still fight to explain the experiences in medical terms.
Some of the aftereffects, she claims, include bizarre phenomena -- as if the electro-dynamic field around a person is changed from the experience, at least in certain instances.
Colonel Corcoran says she has seen cases where people who "return" cause electronic effects on computers, can't wear battery watches, and cause light bulbs to flicker. During one near-death conference, she says, the hotel's computer system inexplicably crashed. Far out? Occult? Or a simple electro-dynamism of which we know nothing? "They also seem to be hypersensitive to medicine and detergents," Diane, who in constantly on the road, adds matter-of-factly.
While we expressed concern that many such people later tend to wander into the New Age, Diane asserts that in her experience the majority stay away from occult beliefs, tending back to the religion in which they were raised (albeit now more active as believers) and looking more at the spiritual than the institutional or "legalistic" side of religion.
One man expressed utter disdain for television commercials and the over-reliance of modern society on technology.
Cooperating with nature -- God's Creation -- becomes a prime concern.
A famous glimpse of eternity occurred, as he neared death, to the great Catholic theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas -- who afterward halted all theological writing to concentrate on the spiritual.
There are a good number of near-death episodes whereby the person believes he or she has glimpsed future events -- so much so that her organization plans a conference devoted to prophecy this summer. Like so many in Catholic and other Christian circles, Diane sees climate shifts and increasingly severe storms as signs of coming times. "Yet I'm always optimistic," she says, "because we're all in it for the lesson."
[see also: Nurse who was colonel became expert on near-death experiences]
[resources: The Other Side]
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