Skeptics May Deny Existence of Paranormal Experiences

February 19, 2016

Do you believe that people can leave their bodies and float around as disincarnate consciousness? Do you believe that close to the moment of death people see spirits of dead loved ones who come to help them cross over? Do you believe that weird coincidences are profound and meaningful?

Whether you believe these things or not, people who report these experiences show psychological impacts—often positive—that are undoubtedly real.

Near-Death Experience Turns Alcoholic Abuser into Good Samaritan

Dr. Bruce Greyson, a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia who studies near-death experiences (NDEs), told Epoch Times in an interview last year: “As a psychiatrist, what’s much more interesting to me is not the ‘knock your socks off’ part of the experience, but the after-effects, the way it changes people’s lives.”

“Psychiatrists and psychologists spend a lot of hard work trying to get people to make fairly small changes, and here in the flash of a second, people are totally transformed—this is a powerful experience!”

An alcoholic who abused his wife transformed after an NDE, for example, Greyson said. He quit drinking, stopped abusing his wife, and even rushed to New Orleans to join the efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

NDEs are as varied as the people who have them, though some common traits include seeing dead loved ones, encountering angels or other transcendental beings, feelings of lightness and euphoria, and being able to view one’s own physical body from outside of it.

Deathbed Visions Bring Peace

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iceland, surveyed healthcare workers across the United States and India to find out what their patients said about deathbed visions.

Patients often became at peace with dying after reportedly seeing loved ones there to help them pass to the afterlife.

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