Your heaven could be hell to someone else. Christina’s story on her near-death experience promises that advanced age and arthritis could last for eternity.
I saw the movie “What Happens When You Die” over YouTube. Christina Stein had a car accident on her way to work. In hospital, her heart stopped and purportedly — she died.
In her heaven, she wore a long blue gown and trod barefooted on warm grass. She met her grandparents. The grandfather would look a promise for a heavenly diaper, as well.
Throughout the movie afterlife, there is not even one book in sight. Nobody tells about hell.
“Where do we go now”:
would books and libraries belong with hell?
Sjæl og Videnskab either, the Danish production does not bring any promise on heavenly intellectual pleasures, whereas earthly rumor has it, there are ideas you could steal, about gardens in Greece.
It is typical to have a shaded terrace, covered in ivy or jasmine, to protect you from the sun, says architect Eleni Psyllaki for GARDENISTA online.
Before I continue and look to what there seems to be in afterlife — rather than to what there is not, or it has been overlooked — let me make a reservation.
I truly believe there cannot be certainty about afterlife, in this earthly existence, where mortal matter always erodes.
The following is only observations on people talking about life after death, not any attempt to prefigure on things, or to give a premonition.
I have never had any fore-feeling, and those who say they have had it, might have been under medical conditions, which follows.
Mr. Pim van Lommel, interviewed in Sjæl og Videnskab, the movie above, says that near-death does influence emotions, and thus it can enrich personality.
Mr. van Lommel emphasizes that hallucination does not change affect, whereas near-death has a lasting effect as a truly spiritual experience.
Jacqueline Landau felt “love” for the “light” she saw in her near-death experience. Although it was the first time in her life she saw it, the feeling for the luminosity was as strong as to have her thinking about her son, to stay with life rather than the “light”.
Ms. Landau suffered from a cardiac arrest. Mr. Peter Fenwick of King’s College insists that a cardiac arrest is enough to mark death.
He says the arrest stops brainstem reflexes, the ceased brainwork cannot produce hallucination, and the experience has to be spiritual.
Have hearts never started up again?
History of cardiopulmonary resuscitation reaches back to the 18th century.
WIKIPEDIA: HISTORY OF CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
It is not only Ms. Landau to report impressions of strong luminosity, with a near-death condition.
The intensities also have been described as “millions of suns” and — never could have been real. The persons would have lost eyesight.
The movie does not mention the possibility the brain and optic nerves might produce the effect, in traumatic circumstances.
WIKIPEDIA: OPTIC NERVE
Reportedly, Vicky Brazon was born blind, “never saw light”. About her near-death, she tells a varied and darker spectrum.
Beside colors, she says she saw shapes she associated with flowers, and she “was able to see all around her”.
For Ms. Brazon’s flower shapes, brain tissue is specialized, and the visual cortex is “the neurons for seeing”. Much of the schooling for eyesight-impeded persons is to “make see”, via touch or hearing.
Brain cells naturally can learn cognitively to ascribe and organize sensory values. You do not have much geometry in rustic landscapes and you can have architecture; you can write sheet music before you play it.
Brain associative properties would explain Ms. Brazon’s visuals, perhaps except two of their aspects.
She says she remembers a ring shining, during her brain surgery. Brain stimulation may not have been the source for an impression so fully formed shape, with a characteristic as a shine.
It is yet not probable any of the doctors or nurses would have had jewelry in an operating room. Jewelry is strictly forbidden, for safety reasons.
Second, persons with standard vision would report directional visual memories, also of near-death. Ms. Brazon says she “saw all around her”.
Ms. Brazon might have lost her eyesight when she was a little child: it happens, people do not tell or remind you, to spare you feelings of loss.
Children look all directions a lot, also in early stages of learning to walk.
It also might have been in her early childhood, that she saw the shine of a ring.
Ms. Brazon reports an auditory impression too, that she heard what the medics in the room were thinking. Ability to read medical minds would be useful, to medical students as well as translators of medical texts.
Ms. Brazon might have experienced a déjà entendu; the phrase is as the more known déjà vu.
For all senses, human brains process information in a parallel-distributed fashion. If a disturbance occurs, the brain may repeat a process. With a minor physical impact on brain tissue, we may “hear twice”, as we may “see twice”.
This does not make for certain that Ms. Brazon was actually able to hear during surgery. Her trauma possibly also brought dysmnesia. She says she “saw” her head being shaven for the surgery.
The brain needs to integrate neural work, to make a memory. This integration may take on a different course, with physical trauma.
Ms. Brazon’s brain might have re-integrated her memories from around the accident with the cortical predisposition to see: the ring shine and color impressions.
They were the most unusual brain experiences she had when unconscious, therefore, the most likely to recur with her waking up. She does not say she felt of heard her head being shaven. She says she saw it.
Generally, it might be good to have brochures to explain potential symptoms of brain hypoxia or other trauma, just as attitudes to the Bonnet syndrome have changed.
BONNET SYNDROME WAS INITIALLY CLASSED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, WIKIPEDIA
I absolutely distrust the narrative by Penny Sartori and Karen James, nurses. The patient purportedly regained control over his spastic hand, after near-death.
So far, reports of “self-healing” after near-death would have included cancer remissions. These yet might relate to hypoxia as stimulant to apoptosis.
Oxygen limitation is not friendly to neural growth and recovery, and a spastic hand would need that, to regain.
Some persons would say they “understood everything”, after near-death.
We may enjoy this piece of music with a brief video on Greek garden design, to ponder on the enduring problem of finiteness in human perception.
We people can use words and phrases as “never ending” or “everlasting”, yet there is no way actually to visualize a space that would not have any end.
Here, even a specialist on cosmic endlessness pictures the universe as Swiss cheese ― with a thin, yet rind.
Perception on endlessness has remained unresolved since Antiquity, and this real-life status quo on human knowledge is likely to stay on, for some time longer.
We can think on an example. We have a fish tank and we make observations on the fish.
The fish is in a tank, in the same room we are. We and the fish are in a building. The building is in a geographical area. The area is somewhere in a country.
Whatever outer border we think, the matter is we cannot really envision “all the out there”.
If we got to the end of the universe, what would be the whereabouts for that giant Swiss to hold the multiverse that has the Earth? 😉
If you say you know the whereabouts, the issue arises, what whereabouts there might be for those whereabouts you give. Endlessness simply is like this.
For the indeterminate, ancients made a kind of plait for their symbol. The symbol clearly had brims too, and they knew it. They named it the APEIRON.
Near-death has not and is not likely to bring any answer.
Let us come to terms with own brains. They could be worth it, for living. The impression one has accessed some unusual “understanding” or “knowledge” may arise in endorphins.
WIKIPEDIA: ENDRPHIN ROLE IN DEPERSONALIZATION DISORDERS
There must be hardly anything to verbalize after one wakes up, as the status quo on endlessness remains.
This state of human affairs offers quite some balance. Definitive can be neither science, nor creed.
When Mr. Chris French of the University of London emphasizes there is no evidence the mind could go separate from the brain, one may add there was no evidence for atoms in Antiquity. The fact there is no way to watch something does not mean it does not exist.
Christianity straightforwardly restricts promise for afterlife (and thus perception of it), making the resolve conditional on the Last Judgment by a deity, that is, a being in a way different from human.
Finally, a tip I got in high school, with the curricular training for defense: if we lose consciousness, yet there would be an aspect of awareness in our condition, we try to press our tongue against our palate or teeth. People happen to choke on own tongues.
Staying where I began ― mortal matter cannot provide a principle on immortality ― I would hint we yet should not exclude language from our pictures on afterlife, just in case. Persons after near-death report verbal communication.
Well then, let us be prepared: if there is afterlife, there might be grammar in it. 🙂