On Sat., May 30, I made a presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) on “Similarities of NDEs with Between-Lives Regression Accounts.” I started the presentation with a context chart on “range of consciousness-related anomalies” in which I listed three general categories of phenomena: (1) simple Psi, (2) mind-related, and (3) soul related. The soul-related ones included NDEs, reincarnation, and between-lives regression accounts.
The underlying idea is that type 3 phenomena is more paradigm breaking than types 2 and 1, which can be explained by introducing expanded capabilities and concepts of the human mind. I believe type 3 phenomena can only be explained by bringing in the concept that our essential nature and consciousness is provided by our immortal, nonphysical soul. I and many others see strong evidence, or support, for this is in the many NDE accounts with rich experiences of a nonphysical realm in which their consciousness exists in a nonphysical form. Also, many of the reincarnation studies, especially those of children who remember (CWR) their last past live in detail, support this view. (Note: some the CWR cases include remembrances of a nonphysical realm.)
After a brief introduction, I cite the 4 types of NDEs given in Atwater’s Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: (1) initial experience ( mostly just an OBE), (2) unpleasant and/or hell-like experience, (3) pleasant and/or heaven-like experience, and (4) transcendent experience. Atwater believes these different experiences are created by the individual’s conscious “needs.” For example, type 2, hell-like NDEs come from the individual’s guilt about how they have lived their life, Basically, they believing they should be punished. (Note: they usually “come out” of the hell experience and transcend/transfer into type 3 NDE. This is what Eban Alexander did in his NDE.)
I stated that the pleasant and/or heaven-like NDEs more directly compare with between-lives regression cases. Both are experiencing the “lower” spiritual realm where almost all returning souls reside. I next listed the 12 general experiences of type 2 NDEs. Only the very strong NDEs experienced all of these in “rich” detail, and I introduce Jan Price’s NDE as an example of a very rich NDE–briefly describing 3 of her experiences. One of these was Price’s experience of a “community setting” where she saw and experienced a”community of souls” involved in group activities of art, music and dancing, plus “broadcasting” idea and concepts to humans. [I only had 20-minutes; so I had to limit my NDE coverage.]
I next did a quick overview of between-lives regression: its development (primarily by Dr. Michael Newton, but with contributions from others), the different levels of soul energy-consciousness development (beginners, intermediate, and advanced). I next briefly described how Newton was very methodical in his investigation, using a consistent set of prompts and working almost all of his subjects through the full set of experiences in this realm. Newton’s (and others) most significant findings are that this realm is organized for the development of each soul’s energy consciousness. Also, as a soul develops it joins on of the different “professions.” which are organized similar to medieval guilds (apprentices, journeymen, masters, and grand masters). I present several examples of these profession (5 of Newton’s 20+). Basically, I see Newton as providing us with a preliminary mapping of this realm’s sociology.
I next show that in a typical between-lives regression cases, the soul’s key experiences in this realm are very similar to those found in NDEs, which I illustrate with the 12 NDE elements experienced in a very-rich NDE. But I also list key experiences not usually found in NDEs: planning their next human life, coordinating this with other souls, and preparing to leave this realm for life in a physical realm.
If you would like a copy of my briefing, please email me.