A concept based on scientific studies on Near-Death Experience
According to our current medical concepts, it is not possible to experience consciousness during a cardiac arrest, when circulation and breathing have ceased. But during the period of unconsciousness due to a life-threatening crisis like cardiac arrest patients may report the paradoxical occurrence of enhanced consciousness experienced in a dimension without our conventional concept of time and space, with cognitive functions, with emotions, with self-identity, with memories from early childhood and sometimes with (non-sensory) perception out and above their lifeless body. How could a clear consciousness outside one’s body be experienced at the moment that the brain no longer functions during a period of clinical death, with a flat EEG?
In this webinar Dutch cardiologist Pim Van Lommel discusses several universal elements that can be experienced during NDE, and their implication for our concept, how consciousness and memories could be experienced outside the body during a temporarily non-functioning brain. According to Dr. van Lommel’s studies, the current materialistic view of the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers and psychologists is too restricted for a proper understanding of this phenomenon. “I have come to the inevitable conclusion that most likely the brain must have a facilitating and not a producing function to experience consciousness.”