Knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door. Is There proof of life after death? Always a controversial topic (especially to unbelievers) and one that is definitely prone to being pulled apart at the seams by the “scientific” crowd. My own opinion is, that I think we should not believe anything blindly but  remain open that both options of “nothingness” and life after death may be true, simply because there is no way to formally contradict either of them. However if one is still open and curious, this short article may not be enough for one’s own investigation. Maybe looking at the source, the original study would be one thing as this is only a summary, based on the journalist’s understanding of it.  The rather more important part of the investigation would be the works of Dr. Raymond Moody who has studied near-death experiences for decades with total objectivity. Lots of cases are recounted in his book “Life After Life” which I strongly recommend if you are interested in investigating the subject further.

The bright light of salvation...

The bright light of salvation…

While knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door, I came across the content of this piece about a week or so ago, in the UK Telegraph, which had a quite detailed report on the results of a medical study of some 2000 instances of “out-of-body” experiences. Death is an inevitable consequence of life (depressingly to some, not to others) but now scientists believe they may have found some light at the end of the tunnel. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down completely. It is a controversial subject which has, until recently, been treated with widespread skepticism. Knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door.

But scientists at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, have spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria. And they found that nearly 40 per cent of people who survived described some kind of ‘awareness’ during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted. One man even recalled leaving his body entirely and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room. Despite being unconscious and ‘dead’ for three minutes, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines.

“We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating,” said Dr Sam Parnia, a former research fellow at Southampton University, now at the State University of New York, who led the study. “But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn’t beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three minute intervals. So we could time how long the experienced lasted for. He seemed very credible and everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.”

“Most studies look retrospectively, 10 or 20 years ago in the past, but the researchers went out looking for examples and used a really large sample size, so this gives the work a lot of validity. There is some very good evidence here that these experiences are actually happening after people have medically died. We just don’t know what is going on. We are still very much in the dark about what happens when you die and hopefully this study will help shine a scientific lens onto that.”

Knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door. The study was published in the journal Resuscitation. Dr Jerry Nolan, Editor-in-Chief at Resuscitation said: “Dr Parnia and his colleagues are to be congratulated on the completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive research into what happens when we die.”

Knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door. Is there proof of life after death? To lend credence to the findings from Southampton, we focus now on Eben Alexander, a Harvard Neurosurgeon, who actually describes Heaven following his own near-death experience just a few years ago.

A successful neurosurgeon, who has taught at Harvard Medical School and other universities, he had spent his life dismissing claims of heavenly out-of-body experiences and refuting such talk with scientific logic, until he himself had a near-death experience. During that time, Dr. Alexander says he saw heaven and knows the afterlife exists. Now he’s telling the world in his book, “Proof of Heaven.” Alexander’s tale made the cover story on Newsweek’s October 2012 issue, which features the headline, “Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience Of The Afterlife.” Alexander, a Christian, claims he took the journey to the afterlife when he slipped into a coma in 2008 after contracting a very rare bacterial meningitis.

Click here to read Dr. Eben Alexander’s full account via the Daily Beast.

Alexander describes the heaven he saw over the course of seven days in a coma in an article for the Daily Beast, a Newsweek affiliate:

Toward the beginning of my adventure, I was in a place of clouds. Big, puffy, pink-white ones that showed up sharply against the deep blue-black sky. Higher than the clouds—immeasurably higher—flocks of transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamerlike lines behind them. Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms. A sound, huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it. Again, thinking about it later, it occurred to me that the joy of these creatures, as they soared along, was such that they had to make this noise—that if the joy didn’t come out of them this way then they would simply not otherwise be able to contain it. The sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but doesn’t get you wet.

Constantly surrounded by angels ..

Constantly surrounded by angels ..

Alexander says that he traveled through this heaven, surrounded by “millions of butterflies,” with a woman. This woman gave him three messages: “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever”; “You have nothing to fear”; and “There is nothing you can do wrong.” Eventually, the neurosurgeon awoke from the coma. He penned a book, “Proof of Heaven,” describing his journey, which made its debut Oct. 23., 2012.

“Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon,” reads a review from Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., author of “Life Beyond Life.” He goes on to say that the “circumstances of [Eben’s] illness and his impeccable credentials make it very hard to formulate a mundane explanation for his case.”

“I stood at Eben’s bedside ready to read Last Rites,” writes Rev. Michael R. Sullivan, Rector, Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga. “With vivid detail and description, he invites you to walk with him to that place none of us has experienced, yet in our humanity we know we shall one day certainly travel. Having survived a near death experience and brought his neurological expertise and background to it, we gain both the insight of the mystics in his poetic words and the reality of the physical world in his scientific explorations.”

Knock knock knocking on Heaven’s door. Is there proof of life after death?

Mama, take this badge off of me; I can’t use it anymore. It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see; I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door. 

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door; Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door .. Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door .. 

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door ..

Mama, put my guns in the ground; I can’t shoot them anymore .. That long black cloud is comin’ down; feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door; Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door .. Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door .. 

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door ..

Face of Jesus by Richard Hook

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. ~ John16:33

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen. Maranatha. In Him!! .. 😉 ♥

Sole` Deo Gloria

Sources … UK Telegraph; Huffington Post; and personal archives …