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HELL and Near Death Experiences
Greyson and Evans Bush collected data that was documented in a scientific journal and published. The journal is well known for its prestigious publications on topics of NDEs and similar subjects.
Greyson and Evans Bush noted in their research (Sabom) that 18% of Near-Death Experiences from individuals report feelings of anguish. However, these negative events are often at the beginning of an NDE and unfold into positive recollections. Another study showed that 20% of individuals that experienced an NDE retain a negative memory that also transcends into a peaceful and often— an enlightened state.
It is hard to judge how many individuals with NDEs experience nothing but hellish fright. Scientists hypothesize that this is because many individuals are afraid to share their experiences. In fact, even people who have overwhelmingly pleasant memories of NDEs are scared to come forward because of ridicule. (Moody 1975, Ring 1984, Flynn 1986, Atwater 1986) Clark emphasized, “… [There is reluctance] of individuals who have had distressing experiences to share them with investigators.” She estimated that patients who had distressing Near Death Experiences took twice as many sessions to open up about them as patients with peaceful ones (Flynn, 1986).
One study estimates that 1% of all NDE experiences are significantly unpleasant (Ring 1984). However, it is also true that this estimation varies statistically and studies have not solidified concrete data (Rowling 1978). Many who disagree with Ring suggest that this percentage is much higher, and memories are repressed. There is also the theory that significant trauma or pain can account for negative Near Death Experiences. Some suggest the negative experiences are quickly forgotten and it is conceivable that resuscitation (chest pounding and electrical stimulation) can induce negative NDEs.
Greyson and Evans Bush conducted their study of 50 individuals who had negative NDEs. They documented that these subject’s NDEs range from falling into a pit of emptiness, to descent into darkness with hellish images. Furthermore, they report that asthenia might account for some of the negative NDEs. Regardless of the cause, it is overwhelmingly apparent that these experiences exist.
One interesting note is that suicide victims do not always have negative experiences. The idea of taking one’s life as a distinct form of damnation does not coexist with the data gathered. The evidence shows no increased negative experiences from suicide attempts.
Hellish experiences are not a new phenomena. Even in medieval times, there are descriptions of horrifying NDEs. It is clear that we need a greater scientific understanding of Near Dear Experiences. NDEs are thought to be, (and this paper does not dispute this), a spiritual awakening. Having a scientific foundation behind these experiences does not necessarily exclude the involvement of a higher power.
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An Interview With NDE That Portrays HELL
Erica Mckenzie has appeared on National Television and has both written a book and has been featured in a major publication. In the below video we discuss her spiritual experience in hell. This is the second of two videos that we have created with Erica’s testimony. If you are apprehensive about whether it is FACT or Fiction, I understand and encourage you to click the provided link to see. We ensure that every measure is taken in verifying the validity of interviews. ARE NDEs FACT OR FICTION!?