Periodical observations and reflections
Posted by Elaine on 6th July 2016
Today I delivered a further talk on near-death experiences (NDEs), and the insights that those who have such an experience share with us. It was a wonderful group and I am always inspired when a talk of this nature concludes with lively, positive discussion and real interest from those who took the time to attend. Interestingly, these discussions continue to make one thing quite clear – there are many, more than one may think, who have either had exposure to, observed or indeed have had a real and exceptional human experience (EHE). In all scenarios, many have not necessarily shared this information nor, perhaps, have they considered the experience as something real. So what do I mean when I speak of an exceptional human experience?
Well, the term EHEs embraces many different types of experiences, including near-death experiences, transformative end-of-life experiences, and experiences suggestive of the continuity of consciousness beyond physical death. It is these particular areas that are the focus of my own research, and hence I mention them here. However, one of the main features of these experiences, and other EHEs, is that they defy the boundaries of our current understanding of consciousness and experience. Many dismiss, or attempt to ignore, such challenging experiences but the fact of the matter is that they can and do occur, and many are profoundly transformative for the person who had the experience. For example, in the work of my research foundation, TELERF (Transformative End-of-Life Research Foundation), we consistently find that visions of a deceased loved one prior to one’s passing can be of enormous solace to someone at the end-of-life, and bring great peace to them.
These experiences may not fit comfortably in our apparent, and current, understanding of reality, but they do happen; and the more we learn about them the less, we find, we know. We are all much more than we may think that we are.