What can the shared experiences of those who were brought back to life after dying tell us about what lies on the other side? Is it something to fear? Is there nothingness?

Dr. Raymond Moody, who coined the term near-death experience in 1975, has spent his life researching and attempting to explain or understand what NDEs can tell us about what happens after our bodies die. Dr. Moody is a psychologist and prolific author, with more than 14 books to his name. He also operates a website TheUniversityofHeaven.Com, and in this interview, he shares with Margaret what he believes, after interviewing more than 1,000 persons who have had NDEs, are some truths that can be gleaned from their shared experiences.

The First Truth

Contrary to what many people believe, that dying is the death of consciousness, it is more of an enhancement of consciousness.

People who have had NDEs describe seeing themselves on their deathbed or wherever it was that they passed on, they say they heard people or doctors talking, but similar to the way you see or hear things in a dream, people aren’t so much speaking with mouths and words but they are able to read their thoughts.

Dr. Moody also talks about how everyone he has spoken with who experienced an NDE talks about how the entire experience was more real than reality. So, while they were reading thoughts and were very aware that they had passed over, unlike a dream, they say it was an amplified reality, more like waking up from a dream.

The Second Truth

The second truth is that every single person describes their experience as being “indescribable”, that is, there simply aren’t sufficient words in any language to talk about what it felt like. They can only describe things they saw or heard, but that the feeling itself, other than comforting feelings, cannot be adequately expressed, no matter how articulate the person is, no matter how many languages they may speak.

The Third Truth

After the person realizes that they have passed on, they enter a passageway or tunnel, often described as having a bright, white light at the end. When they reach the end of the tunnel, they meet family, friends, and relatives who have passed away earlier.

Most people experiencing an NDE say that time stand still and the old cliché of “life passing before their eyes” actually happens, but not quite in the way we have been told. People describe seeing their lives but from the perspective of another person. Doing something mean to someone made them feel angry or sad, the way the other person felt, while doing something kind made them feel gratitude or loving.

Margaret surmises that what we do in life really does matter in the end, then, regardless of your religious belief. Dr. Moody says no matter what religion a person had before an NDE, they come out of the experience being less religious than before, with many of them saying that “all religions hold some truth.”

The Fourth Truth

The last truth is that people return for a reason, even if they don’t know specifically what that reason is. Some people say they don’t know why or how they returned to their bodies, only that they were speaking with relatives or friends who had passed on and they were suddenly back in their own bodies.

Others say that, when speaking to persons who had died previously, they are told that they must go back. Usually they are told that they still had something to do. Occasionally, they are told they have something to learn, but in either case, most people don’t know or don’t remember what that “something” was.

The last group of people say that they are given a choice to stay or to go back. Obviously, these persons made the choice to return, even though they say they didn’t really want to return on one level, because they felt so loved, happy, cared for, but the majority of them returned because they had children that they felt still needed them.

Final Thoughts

Dr. Raymond Moody’s research continues. You can read some of the amazing interviews he had done with those who had a life after death experience on his website at LifeAfterDeath.Com. At some point in the future, we may have more answers, but for now, all we have are questions and more questions.

Have you read about or know anyone who had an NDE? What do you think are the reasons that the descriptions of NDEs are all so similar? Why are some NDEs different? Tell us what you think and let’s have a conversation about near-death experience!