Afterlife? It seems that those who “come back” from a death or near-death experience, provide “proof” of an afterlife. They describe beauty, a sense of love, or seeing those who’ve gone before. Are we moving toward letting go of of this idea of death as a “fact of life?” Is it just a transition in which life continues? My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the October 19, 2015 edition of Communities Digital News, shares some interesting insights on this topic. Here’s Eric:
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” wrote Ben Franklin to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy in 1789, “except death and taxes.” Had he written this today, however, it’s not at all certain that death would have made the cut.
Of course, no one knows for sure what happens when we die (well, no one who’s still with us), but there are quite a number of folks who feel they’ve perhaps gotten a glimpse, calling into question the very notion of death.
After falling into a weeklong coma, Eben Alexander, author of the New York Times best-selling book “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” found himself keenly aware of the fact that, as he puts it, he was loved, that he had nothing to fear and that he could do no wrong. This was pretty heady stuff, especially for someone who had always assumed that the brain – an organ that, in Alexander’s case, had completely shut down due to a rare infection – was the source of consciousness.
“[This] message flooded me with a vast and crazy sensation of relief,” he writes in an article published on the Daily Beast website. “It was like being handed the rules to a game I’d been playing all my life without ever fully understanding it.”….