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Atwater examines every aspect of the near-death phenomenon: from first-hand accounts of survivors experiencing flash forwards, waking up in morgues, and developing psychic abilities, to stunning cases of groups experiencing NDEs together. Atwater offers statistics from her findings to show the distinctive common patterns that people experience, as well as the common aftereffects and how it changed their lives.
She also explores the physiological and spiritual changes that result from near-death experiences and looks at the connections between the NDE experience and what is often called "enlightenment." Near Death Experiences provides a glimpse of not only what lies beyond the veil of our temporal existence, but points to what - or who - we really are and what we are meant to be.
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By Diana on 04-27-17
Big Picture look at NDE's meaning and humanity
This is a brilliant and perceptive summation of a life's work examining NDE experiences one-by-one and then after decades and thousands of individual cases looking at the whole picture, assessing the information, organizing it, and giving an excellent summary of what it may all mean.
I started reading about NDEs in books written by either the person who had the experience or collections of experiences put in one book. I've read a lot of those books. Along with books along a similar line where people have past life regressions, or the books written by those who have done the hypnosis and found access to between lives experiences and other spirits/entities/people. And, the UFO abductee or observer books, etc etc. Pretty much first-person or interviewer/collector-of-stories books and each story individual and unique, although there are similarities.
Had I come across this book by P.M.H. Atwater first, I would have not appreciated it at all. I would have wanted the exciting stories instead. This book is not going to be for everyone because it examines a life's work and has so much depth, brilliance, even genius, in the appraisal of what all these NDEs mean in the human experience and what humanity is going through.
For some reason, every time I came across the name P.M.H. Atwater, I turned away. I hadn't read a single book, listened to any interview, nor watched a youtube lecture. (I just checked this morning, and there she is, on Youtube, with plenty to choose from . . . ) Why? I don't know other than it wasn't time yet. Had I started with this type of book I would have hated it. I wanted the stories first. But, now, having read so many stories I am at the point of wondering what does it all mean?
And,the second half of this book answers that brilliantly. I need to get the hardcopy of this book. There were a few places that I just need to go back and read again.
The narration was perfect . . . I like clear and simple talking and writing . . . fancy and science-y would have been too much. And there were times where the most *interesting* things were said, just slipped in like it was perfectly ordinary, and I had to go "whaaaat!" and back up the ipod to hear that again . . . . and resolved to buy the hardcopy of this book so I could read that stuff slower and think about it.
If you are a person who wonders about the meaning of life, then I recommend this book. But . . . if you need to read the various stories of people who have had NDEs . . . do that first . . . otherwise you'll have no idea how valuable and precious the ideas shared in the second half of this book are.
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