There are many nonphysical phenomena that science cannot explain. This does not mean, however, that they do not exist, nor are they merely a product of one’s imagination.
I just recently finished watching the six-part Netflix documentary series called “Surviving Death.” It is a comprehensive and objective presentation about what happens after death, based on actual interviews and scientific research on near-death experience (NDE), spirit communication, mediumship, close encounters with ghosts, seeing relatives when dying and even reincarnation.
The series does not force viewers to believe or accept one point of view or another, but merely presents facts. Viewers are left to make their own conclusions.
This is, indeed, a refreshing change, because most of the reports and commentaries I’ve read about supernatural or nonphysical phenomena have been negative and derogatory, if not hostile. It is as if only the skeptic’s opinions or conclusion are correct, and all the rest are wrong.
Loving spirit beings
The series opens with the story of Dr. Mary C. Neal, an orthopedic spine surgeon from Wyoming, US. In 1990, she was negotiating the turbulent rapids in her kayak in Chile when it capsized. She was pinned in her kayak under 10 feet of water for 30 minutes without oxygen. Her obviously lifeless body was fished out of the water and brought to the nearest hospital.
At the hospital, she saw the doctors performing CPR on her and calling her name. She underwent operations for broken bones and stayed in the hospital for a month. It took many more months of physical therapy before she could walk again.
How she survived that normally fatal accident, nobody could explain, but her life was changed forever. While completely submerged in water, she felt her spirit separate from her body. She was then met by several loving spirit beings and brought to a beautiful gardenlike place filled with flowers.
There she was told by the spirit beings that it was not her time yet and she had to go back to her body, which she was very reluctant to do. She felt more at home and alive there than on Earth.
What happened to Dr. Neal is now known as an NDE, a term which was coined by Dr. Raymond Moody who first researched on the phenomenon in the 1970s. He wrote the book, “Life After Life,” which has become a classic in the field. Today, there are thousands of NDE cases that have been reported mostly in the United States, but also throughout the world.
I met Dr. Moody 10 years ago when he gave a lecture on NDE at Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. He had released more than a dozen books after “Life After Life.”
One of the most interesting and surprising stories featured in this documentary series was about reincarnation. I was surprised that it was included at all, because reincarnation is neither believed in nor discussed openly in a Western Christian country. In fact, reincarnation was the last topic included in the series. It featured three cases of young boys who clearly remembered details of their past lives, when they were only 5 or 6 years of age. Their stories were thoroughly researched and investigated by their parents and psychic researchers.
Atlas from Indiana
One was the case of a young boy named Atlas from Indiana. When he was 5 years old, he told his mother that his name was Jaylen Robinson. He said he was killed while still very young. He also said his mother’s name was Washington.
His mother was, of course, skeptical, until it became obvious that he could not have invented so many details. So, with the help of a psychic researcher named Dr. Tucker from the University of Virginia, she began to research her son’s stories of his past life and found that there was indeed a young boy named Jaylen Robinson who was killed when he was only 11 months old.
Dr. Tucker tested Atlas’ memory of past life by presenting to him five pictures from his past life and five other pictures as control. The child chose correctly all the five pictures connected to his past life, including the photos of his former father and mother.
Another case involved a 6-year-old boy named James Houston from Louisiana. When he was only 1 1/2 years old, he always experienced nightmares. He would dream that he was killed. He used to sign his name “James” for no reason. He said he used to be a fighter pilot, that his plane crashed after being hit by Japanese enemy fire and he described how his plane landed in the waters of Japan.
When he was 6 years old, his parents brought him to an airplane museum and he could name or identify every plane on exhibit there. When he was young, he would draw nothing but airplanes, explosions and plane crashes. He knew how to make napalm bombs.
His father brought him to Japan and he pointed to the exact location where his plane was shot and crashed. They found out that there were three pilots who were killed in that battle. He was the third.
The first systematic investigation of past life memories was conducted by Dr. Ian Stevenson, a psychiatrist from the University of Virginia. He studied more than 1,500 cases of spontaneous recall of past lives, by children age 3 to 12. After years of research, he wrote the book entitled “20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.”
Of course, these cases do not prove that reincarnation is true. But neither can it be proven otherwise. INQ
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