Experiences often happen to people who have been clinically dead or in other ways been close to
death, whereby the term “near death.” However, similar or identical
experiences also happen under different circumstances that are in no way near
to physical death but closer to the experience of ego death.
The term was
first coined in 1975 when Dr. Raymond Moody released his study of these
experiences in his book Life After Life, and
with the explosion of interest in the subject today many books has been written
and a lot of studies has been done to investigate the phenomenon.
A Gallup poll
has estimated that about 8 million Americans has had a near death experience
and there is substantial scientific evidence to support that these experiences
are neither hallucinations nor stories that people simply make up.
As close as
we can get to an actual proof of life after death, near death experiences share
obvious parallels with both religion and spirituality. One NDE researcher, Rene
Jorgensen, recently released a book called The
Light Behind God that investigates the parallels between
religion/spirituality and near death experiences.