The Near-Death Experience (NDE) is an extraordinary experience, or psychological event, that is exceptional in nature. This experience may occur when an individual is in real, imminent and potentially life-threatening danger or when the person feels close to physical and psychological death. Near-death like experiences may also occur, however, in non-threatening scenarios.
As an experience, the NDE is associated both with themes or impressions that are now regarded as common features across these experiences, such as seeing a light or a being of light, as well as with the unique recollections and interpretations of an individual near-death experiencer (NDEr). In her books, presentations and workshops, Elaine explores both the common features or phases of these experiences, as well as how the experience is unique and relevant to the experiencer. This is done through sharing specific cases, as well as the insights shared by NDErs.
In exploring NDEs, Elaine focuses primarily on a specific type of NDE, namely one that occurs when the experiencer is at the point of clinical death. Elaine has created the term Transient-Death Experiences™ (TDEs) to describe this specific type of near-death experience. Those who have a transient-death experience are not ‘near-death’ at the time of their experience they are, for a time, temporarily dead. They experience a period of transient-death.
During transient-death measurable brain activity ceases, breathing stops and death may be pronounced. Yet, during this period, TDErs may remember the continued ability to see and hear, and some report both hearing and seeing the pronouncement of their own death.
”I thought, so this is how I die. Then, in an instant, I saw my lifeless body beneath me … But I was alive, more alive than I have ever felt before …. And I was still me.”
For many, the near-death or transient-death experience is life changing and significant after-effects, such as losing the fear of death and an unwavering conviction that there is life after death, may be experienced. Elaine examines not only the potential after-effects of the experience, but also the many repercussions these changes may create.
Elaine’s research into near-death and transient-death experiences is comprehensive and all-encompassing and, in the words of one workshop attendee,
“I have attended many talks and workshops but none as profound as Elaine’s. I was captivated from start to finish…the knowledge she shared has definitely changed me.” (Gill W.)
It is estimated that, worldwide, perhaps as many as 25 million people may have had an NDE during the course of the last fifty years. Many describe it as a mystical, spiritual or transcendental experience and it is clear that these experiences challenge our current assumptions on the relationship between brain function and consciousness. It would seem that NDEs and TDEs suggest that consciousness can exist beyond the physical body and separate from the brain.
”Experts in the field of medicine, neuroscience and psychology are unable to fully explain how these experiences can occur when a person is unconscious or has reached the point of clinical death.”