“After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
Allegedly, the largest ever medical study into near death and out of body experiences has hinted towards the fact that some awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down completely. It is undoubtedly a controversial subject that has been dealt with scepticism until now.
What Was The Scientific Research Done To Find Out Life After Death?
The University of Southampton scientists have spent four years examining more than 2,000 people, who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria.What they found was really shocking. They allegedly found that almost 40% of people who were revived after a cardiac arrest, felt some kind of awareness, while they were clinically dead.
In a shocking revelation, a man claimed that he even watched his body’s resuscitation from the corner of the room. Apparently of 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied, the researchers claimed that 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated. It is believed that when the heart stops, 30 seconds after that, the brain stops too, meaning, the awareness also ceases. But, the study from the University of Southampton showed that people still experience awareness for up to three minutes after they had been pronounced dead.
Can Death be Reversed?
Leading researcher Dr. Sam Parnia claimed that death is not a specific moment, but more of a reversible process, occurring after severe illness, accident or other causes when the brain, heart and lungs ceases its functioning. But, if attempts are made to reverse the process, it is known as ‘Cardiac Arrest’, else, it is termed as ‘death’. He also added that many people may have awareness but they lose their memory after recovery, probably because of the shock to their brain or sedatives.
Apparently out of all those who said they felt some awareness, one percent claimed that they their experience was consistent with the feeling of an outer body experience, where they felt completely aware, and could hear and see what’s going on around them after death.
Experience Of The Respondents
Probably the most significant finding of the study was that of a 57-year old man who is perhaps the first confirmed outer body experience in a patient. Despite being unconscious and clinically dead for around three minutes, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, could recall the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines. Dr. Parnia claimed that the man looked very credible.
Although, many respondents could not recall specific details but some themes emerged, and some recalled seeing a bright light, while others recalled feelings of fear or drowning or being dragged through deep water. Apparently 13% of the respondents said they felt separation from their bodies.
A research psychologist, Dr. David Wilde, and Nottingham Trent University, is currently compiling data on out-of-body experiences in an attempt to discover a pattern which links each episode so that more information could be drawn on this subject.