Study by 32 scientists shows there's consciousness after death

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“And the Lord God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” -Genesis 2:7 

Research conducted by 32 scientists in the United States, United Kingdom, and Austria discovered the astounding fact that individuals in a state of cardiac arrest, i.e., their hearts and respiration have stopped and, within seconds, cessation of all brain function, nevertheless experienced consciousness, despite clinically undetectable consciousness.
Their findings are published as an article titled “AWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study,” in the journal Resuscitation (September 2014).
The researchers discovered this a 4 year multi-center study of 2,060 cardiac arrest (CA) survivors in 15 US, UK and Austrian hospitals. The method used was a three stage quantitative and qualitative interview system, including specific tests to determine the accuracy of the survivors’s claims of visual and auditory awareness while in a state of cardiac arrest.
The researchers found that these individuals, while their hearts had stopped, nevertheless experienced a broad range of cognitive themes, with 2% exhibiting full awareness. The scientists conclude that their findings supports other recent studies that indicate consciousness may be present despite clinically undetectable consciousness.
Among 2060 CA events, 140 survivors completed stage 1 interviews. 101 of these 140 patients completed stage 2 interviews.
These were the research’s findings:
1. 46% of CA survivors had memories with 7 major cognitive themes:

  • Fear: “I felt scared”; “I was terrified. I was told I was going to die and the quickest way was to say the last short word I could remember”; “Being dragged through deep water with a big ring and I hate swimming—it was horrid”.
  • Animals/plants: “All plants, no flowers”; “Saw lions and tigers”.
  • Bright light: “The sun was shining”; “Recalled seeing a golden flash of light”.
  • Violence/persecution: “Being dragged through deep water”; “This whole event seemed full of violence and I am not a violent man, it was out of character”; “I had to go through a ceremony and … the ceremony was to get burned. There were 4 men with me, whichever lied would die…. I saw men in coffins being buried upright.”
  • Deja-vu: “…experienced a sense of De-ja vu and felt like knew what people were going to do before they did it after the arrest. This lasted about 3 days.”
  • Family: “Family talking 10 or so. Not being able to talk to them”; “My family (son, daughter, son-in-law and wife) came”.
  • Events immediately post-CA: Experienced “a tooth coming out when tube was removed from my mouth”.

2. 9% had near death experiences (NDEs):

  • One person’s NDE: “I have come back from the other side of life…God sent (me) back, it was not (my) time—(I) had many things to do…(I traveled) through a tunnel toward a very strong light, which didn’t dazzle or hurt (my) eyes…there were other people in the tunnel whom (I) did not recognize. When (I) emerged (I) described a very beautiful crystal city… there was a river that ran through the middle of the city (with) the most crystal clear waters. There were many people, without faces, who were washing in the waters…the people were very beautiful… there was the most beautiful singing…(and I was) moved to tears. (My) next recollection was looking up at a doctor doing chest compressions”.

3. 2% described awareness with explicit recall of “seeing” and “hearing” actual events related to their resuscitation:

  • “At the beginning, I think, I heard the nurse say ‘dial 444 cardiac arrest’. I felt scared. I was on the ceiling looking down. I saw a nurse that I did not know beforehand who I saw after the event. I could see my body and saw everything at once. I saw my blood pressure being taken whilst the doctor was putting something down my throat. I saw a nurse pumping on my chest…I saw blood gases and blood sugar levels being taken.”

4. One had a verifiable period of conscious awareness during which time cerebral function was not expected.
The scientists express perplexity about their findings:

there is no measurable brain function within seconds after cardiac standstill. This ‘flatlined’ isoelectric brain state which occurs with CA onset usually continues throughout CPR since insufficient cerebral blood flow (CBF) is achieved to meet cerebral metabolic requirements during conventional CPR. However it was estimated our patient maintained awareness for a number of minutes into CA. While certain deep coma states may lead to a selective absence of cortical electrical activity in the presence of deeper brain activity, this seems unlikely during CA as this condition is associated with global rather than selective cortical hypoperfusion as evidenced by the loss of brain stem function. Thus, within a model that assumes a causative relationship between cortical activity and consciousness the occurrence of mental processes and the ability to accurately describe events during CA as occurred in our verified case of VA [visual awareness] when cerebral function is ordinarily absent or at best severely impaired is perplexing. This is particularly the case as reductions in CBF [cerebral blood flow] typically lead to delirium followed by coma, rather than an accurate and lucid mental state.”

You can read the journal article for yourself here.
H/t Spirit Daily
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11 responses to “Study by 32 scientists shows there's consciousness after death

  1. At the age of 39, I suffered cardiac arrest three times. That said, I no longer fear death at all. I watched the nurses lean over and work on me amidst much confusion. My dearly loved deceased grandfather was there, looked at me, and turned away. I was floating, and then there was a beautiful trail with flowers of colors more beautiful than any on earth. I guess God felt that I was needed to finish raising our four babies. Doc still tears up talking about this, then chuckles that I needed to be here to take care of him. At the time, the doctors were pressuring him to sign a DNR, but he fought for me…

  2. What an insightful and sobering article! This is one of the reasons, why I am not an organ donor. What if a person is not totally dead, and their organs are harvested when there’s actually life in them? I believe that some people, in the medical profession, pronounce a person “dead” knowing it is not true, so their organs can be removed. There’s only a certain amount of time to remove them and have them viable. Leeann

  3. Fear not… if Jesus Christ is your LORD and Savior!

  4. A very interesting article. I never imagined that doctors would be able to investigate the matter this much.
    It always galled me that atheists demanded empirical proof of the existence of God or the Soul. But what if God resides in a higher dimension than we do? (Which I believe He does). Why should the higher dimension bow to the lower? That would be an insult to God. (I also believe it would be an insult to Man).
    The first thing I get out of the article is that we are not alone in this game called Life. (A game very few people know how to “play.”) The spiritual is superior to the material, and this baffles me, for how can the spiritual operate without the physical? (How can a radio receiver operate without coils, transistors, etc.) I cannot get my head around it!
    I believe that Edmund Husserl and his student, St. Edith Stein, were onto something with their investigations of phenomenology. We have to be able to study the basic nature of things.

  5. I believe this. I have been heard/visited by my father that passed away 9/1/2002. And interestingly, he was atheist before he passed.

  6. Reblogged this on pocketgopherblog and commented:
    Somewhere around ten years ago, I had what I can only call a “near death experience” myself.
    I know it was real, because no matter how hard one tries to remember dreams, they are usually impossible to remember. I remember this as clearly today as I did the night it happened. It was the most exciting and remarkable thing to ever happen to me and believe me, I’ve done a lot of things in the Army ( Vietnam ) and in civilian life over all these years.
    I was in bed asleep. Suddenly, I “felt” myself take my last breath and let it out. Next thing, my consciousness was in a perfect state of solid black. I felt something and my consciousness looked “up”. As soon as I looked up I saw the brightest, most pure white light I’ve ever seen. As soon as I “saw” the light, the feelings that entered my entire being, were absolutely the best thing I’ve ever felt! I was feeling love, happiness, joy … however you wish to describe it. The feelings of love and joy were so intense it was just indescribable. I started to rise up toward the light and the feelings of love/joy/happiness grew STRONGER!!!
    The experience was so exquisite that it’s just impossible to convey to you, what I was feeling and why I knew instantly that I was feeling God’s PURE LOVE!!!
    The feelings became so intense that suddenly, I felt and heard myself gasp and suck in a breath of air! I SAT STRAIGHT UP IN BED, EYES WIDE OPEN. And the feelings of love? They were still WITH ME!
    Well, I walked around with a silly grin on my face for a minimum of two weeks afterwards. I haven’t told a lot of people about this, because … well … who likes to defend themselves against people calling you a liar or saying “aww, you were just feeling the last synaps of brain function before death” or just calling BS.
    Well folks, I know what I experienced. Do I believe in God? YES! If there ever was any doubt in my mind before, there is NONE now.

  7. Tlhank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the spiritual experiences set forth above.
    Recently, when I was in the hospital near death (unconscious), I remember seeing so clearly the beautiful image of Our Lord Jesus Christ in His divine mercy. I saw it with constancy. When I had awakened on July 4th, again, He was the first image I saw. I felt His great love and I also experienced confidence and support.


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