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Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody Jr.
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Dec 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: spirituality-and-religion, science, favorites, influential-worldview
Read in December, 2011

I have become fascinated with near death experience studies. The pop culture images of floating above one's body, the tunnel, bright light, all basically sprung from this iconic study. While there are many difficulties with studying such a topic in truly scientific form, Moody acknowledges this and does not make outrageous assertions and claim them as scientific fact. What he reports may seem intuitive and inspirational to some and sacrilegious to others; I subscribe to the former.

"It must be acknowledged that the existence of the similarities and parallels among the writings of ancient thinkers and reports of modern Americans who survive close brushes with death remains a striking, and, so far, not definitively explicable fact. How is it, we might well ask ourselves, that the wisdom of the Tibetan sages, the theology and visions of Paul, the strange insights and myths of Plato, and the spiritual revelations of Swedenborg all agree so well, both among themselves and with the narratives of contemporary individuals who have come as close as anyone alive to the state of death?" p. 119.

Notes for further study:
Swedenborg; Tibetan Book of the Dead; Egyptian Book of the Dead; autoscopic hallucinations (neurological induced out of body experiences); isolation studies (John Lilly, Center of the Cyclone)
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