A recent Gallup poll revealed that an estimated 13 million people, children and adults have had some sort of near death experience and that was from a study done in the United States. No one really knows the real number of people who experience this. The phenomenon is not common, but it’s not rare either. Perhaps the number of reports of people experiencing a form of life after death has launched all the great stories, books and movies about life after death or near death experiences.
Here are some of the more popular and recent, and not so recent books and movies on the subject. If you are interested in near death experiences or NDE, you can begin with one of my favorite books to hit the New York Times Best seller list.
Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander is a fascinating journey of a brain surgeon who falls into a seven-day coma and experiences the unimaginable. In the book he describes his life as a brain surgeon before the illness. He was a border-line atheist who came to see that the afterlife was bigger and more expansive than anyone could ever imagine. Alexander does a great job of explaining his experience in detail and also explaining how all this was beyond his scientific comprehension.
In 2010 a Brazilian film titled: Astral City, A Spiritual Journey, captured the story of medium Chico Xavier who channels a doctor who dies and continues his journey in the afterlife. The film tells the story of Andre Luiz, a successful doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death. When he wakes up in the spiritual world, he embarks on a new journey of self-discovery and transformation. He learns that how disconnected he was from the spiritual world and how he caused his own death through addictions and attachments to the material world.
If you are looking for the science behind NDE you may want to read, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience by Pim Van Lommel. Dr. Lommel is one of a growing number of doctors interested in studying NDE. He is a well-respected cardiologist who shares his observations. His section on quantum theory shows the idea that the mind operates outside of time and space and that what we in the physical plane interpret as reality is not reality at all. As van Lommel sees it, consciousness is present all the time and will therefore last forever,” van Lommel offers. “The content of a near-death experience suggests a continuity of consciousness that can be experienced independently of the body.” Netflix also offers a couple of pretty good documentaries on NDE. My personal favorite was Afterlife, film maker, Paul Perry interviews Doctor Raymond Moody and Doctor Jeffery Long who tell a few stories about life after death or NDE. It’s notable that most people who gave the film a five-star rating had experienced NDE and attested that it was true. A fascinating look at life after death this film combines a great spiritual and scientific explanation to the phenomenon. Another film on Netflix worthy of watching is The Afterlife Investigations – This film covers much of the paranormal including the possibility that we retain our essence when we pass on and we can project that essence to the living just as easy as dialing someone on a cell phone. If you have an open mind and you believe anything is possible, this is for you. Science still does not substantiate a lot of near death experiences, so this film is one where you end up making up your own mind.