‘I didn’t want to return’: Research says near-death experiences not hallucinations; answer still elusive


Dying can be good for your mental health. If, that is, you survive it.

“My whole life was viewed, analyzed and judged,” said one.

“I was not as good as I thought I was,” admitted another.

This analysis and judgement often lead people who’ve gone through it to pursue personal growth — as well as to embrace the idea that they returned to life for a reason.

“I felt that there was something at stake, that we have a very important job to do,” begins one quote in the study.

The new paper concludes that “authentic” recalled experiences of death “are not consistent with hallucination, illusions or psychedelic-drug-induced experiences.”

These “lucid” events “can be distinguished from coma, dreams, [intensive care unit] delirium and ICU delusions, as well as other broad human experiences during conscious (awakened) states or states of altered consciousness,” the study states.

While many people who have been resuscitated feel a powerful new purpose to their lives, that doesn’t necessarily mean they were glad to be revived. Some talk of being “sucked back into” their bodies despite their desire to stay in the light.


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