There Are No Easy Answers

“Look, if you study near-death experiences carefully, all kinds of human assumptions are challenged. We’re told time doesn’t actually exist. That the world is an illusion. That the universe, both what we can see with our physical eyes and what lies beyond our five senses, is full of life, some of which is unimaginably weird. We’re told that we are all accountable for everything we do. That all life is connected. That God loves everyone, wholeheartedly and unconditionally, including rapists, murderers, and people like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung. There are hellish realms and demonic beings. There are heavenly realms for all kinds of believers, not just Christians. There are also Christians, who thought they were living good, Christian lives, in hell. And on and on and on. There is pretty much something to offend everyone. I’m not making the rules. I’m not trying to justify what NDEs tell us. I’m trying to understand. And even that’s a problem because NDEs also tell us, point blank, that the system is designed to be beyond human comprehension. We’re not supposed to be able to remember who we are, where we are really from, and how everything works. That’s a foundational rule of the game. Near-death experiencers regularly report becoming omniscient and while in that exalted state, knowing how everything works. And it’s beautiful. It’s Perfect. It’s breathtakingly wonderful. And then that awareness is snatched away, and they are stuffed back into fragile bodies and tiny brains that can’t figure out how to deal with doctors who want to commit them to mental institutions, husbands and wives who abandon them, and careers that fall apart.

“I’m sorry. There are no easy answers. If we want to understand what NDEs are about, we have to learn how to swim in waters that are deeply disturbing to ordinary human sensibilities. And that takes time, patience, and effort. And a whole new set of skills that are completely alien to normal, everyday life.”

— David Sunfellow, NDE researcher and author of The Purpose of Life as Revealed by Near-Death Experiences from Around the World