Spiritual Awakening Through Near-Death Experiences

Dr. Purushothaman
October 5, 2013

It is inevitable that survivors of near-death experiences always tell tales of out-of-body experiences. This phenomenal experience always leaves them with a sense of spiritual awakening. Why does the out-of-body experience always result in spiritually transforming the recipient? Can the out-of-body experience actually help us achieve enlightenment?

Many people would observe that spiritual enlightenment is linked with saints, yogis, and lamas. When an ordinary individual experiences spiritual awakening, it can be both enthralling as well as terrifying. Some people deliberately journey to enlightenment through meditation, yoga, etc. There are others who experience spiritual awakening just before they die.

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross a writer who wrote 'On Death and Dying' and other books on near-death experiences, said, "And after your death, when most of you for the first time realize what life here is all about, you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and has also touched thousands of lives."

Some of the effects of near-death experiences are:

Viewing doctors and nurses working on you; passing through a tunnel toward a light; gaining knowledge; seeing departed friends and family; eventually returning to your body, etc. The survivor can feel a sense of being at inner peace. The spirit parts from the body and meets with other entities that have passed away like family, friends, etc. One of the common features of near-death experiences is for the survivor to feel unwilling on going back to the world of the living.

Below are some of the psychological changes people go through after near-death experiences:

1. The soul- many survivors begin to believe in reincarnation, regardless of their previous beliefs. This sudden belief in reincarnation may be because since they have experienced the soul separating from the body, they come to understand that the body is nothing but a casket for the soul or spirit.

2. Unconditional love - many survivors become loving and generous people.

3. Psychic - many survivors, when they return to the world of the living, gain extra-sensory perception.

The above psychological changes people go through after a near-death experience can be counted as spiritual awakening because they are transformed into new person.

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