Out of Body Experiences

Topics: Death, Afterlife, Heaven Pages: 3 (944 words) Published: March 6, 2013
Every year about three million people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).From the three million only one thousand-five hundred can be saved (time.com). Out of those survivors five-hundred-twenty-five people claim to have an out of body experience other wise known as OBE or some other type of Near Death Experience. Less than half of these cases can be proven. People that have a NDE are commonly diagnosed as AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation). Some things to consider with AWARE are what it is, what happens, and experiences while having an OBE. The common definition of death is a moment in which a person is either dead or alive (time.com). The professional definition of death is when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop breathing, and the brain stops all function (time.com). There are many different names of out of body experiences such as AWARE, OOBE/OBE, SCA, and NDE, but they all are the same thing or closely relate to each other. NDE is when something happens while the body is almost or is dead. SCA is the cause of almost all out of body experiences. During Sudden Cardiac Arrest the brain stops getting blood therefore after about ten seconds the brain stops functioning. Without brain activity the body can no longer remain conscience. Most researchers question the fact that if he patient was brain-dead no just dead (James 4). AWARE occurs when a patient with no brain activity remains Page: 2

conscience. Medically this is impossible, but in some cases patients can tell what happened while they were “dead”. The easiest know way to see if a person is alive or dead is to shine a light into the eyes and look for a reflex. If there is no reflex then the person is dead. This “reflex” is from the brain stem; if it does not reflex then you know that the patient is dead. Is this even possible? From medical standards no, but Peterson says differently. He states that people have three parts not only body and mind but soul as well (9). While an OBE is occurring,...

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