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The complete idiot's guide to near-death experiences

Author: P M H Atwater; David H Morgan
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, 2000.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P M H Atwater; David H Morgan
ISBN: 0028632346 9780028632346
OCLC Number: 42660308
Description: xxvii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 The Experience/The Experiencer 1 --
1 The Resurrected 3 --
A Brief History 4 --
What Is the Near-Death Experience? 8 --
A Closer Look at Some Near-Death Scenario Features 11 --
But What's Typical? 13 --
The Birth of a Controversy 15 --
2 Types of Experiences 19 --
To Each His Own 20 --
Problems in Communication 23 --
A Common Range of Patterns 25 --
Some Examples of Each Type 27 --
3 Near-Death Look-a-Likes 39 --
Near-Death-Like Experiences 40 --
The Unpredictability of Near-Death-Like Episodes 42 --
Indirect Near-Death-Like Events 44 --
Empathic Experiences 48 --
Near-Death Scenarios as Guided Visualizations 49 --
4 The Innocents 53 --
Child Experiences: A Breakthrough in Understanding 54 --
A Guide at Death's Door 57 --
Womb with a View 59 --
Choosing Genes and Physical Characteristics 62 --
Typical Behavior After the Experience 64 --
5 Suicide Enigmas 71 --
A Picture Too Pretty 72 --
What Those Who Attempt Suicide Say 73 --
Depression and Suicidal Tendencies Afterward 75 --
The Challenge With Children 77 --
6 Lives Turned Upside Down 85 --
Feelings After Being Revived 86 --
A New You 89 --
The Strain on Relationships 90 --
Lifestyle Switch-a-Roos 92 --
Deity Reigns 95 --
7 The Undeniable Aftereffects 99 --
Connecting the Dots 100 --
Common Psychological Aftereffects 101 --
Common Physiological Aftereffects 105 --
Synesthesia and Electrical Sensitivity 106 --
The Need Factor 108 --
8 Startling Differences Between Child and Adult Experiencers 111 --
Don't Assume Anything 112 --
Jump-Starting Intelligence 114 --
Far Apart 116 --
Talking About It 120 --
9 Blocking Out the Experience 125 --
Why Adults Tend to Remember and Kids Tend to Forget 126 --
You Be the Judge 130 --
A Child's View 131 --
Aftereffects Can Take a Back Seat 132 --
Tips to Identify Child Experiencers Who Can't Remember 137 --
10 Medically Speaking: A Challenge to Healthcare Providers 139 --
Please Believe Me 140 --
So You Said You Wanted Evidence 143 --
Suggestions for Healthcare Providers 146 --
Unique Health Issues 148 --
Professionals Willing to Speak Out 151 --
Part 3 Time Out for Questions 153 --
11 Are the Dead Really Dead? 155 --
Real Tales from the Crypt 156 --
The Newly Dead Who Greet the Newly Dead 159 --
As Dead as You Can Get 161 --
When Two or More Die Together 163 --
Symbols Surface 166 --
12 Heavy on Research 169 --
Raymond A. Moody Jr., Ph. D., M.D. 170 --
Kenneth Ring, Ph. D. 170 --
Michael Sabom, M.D. 172 --
Margot Grey, Ph. D. 173 --
P.M.H. Atwater, Lh. D. 174 --
Melvin Morse, M.D. 175 --
Arvin S. Gibson, B.S.M.E. 176 --
Peter Fenwick, M.D., F.R.C. Psych 177 --
Cherie Sutherland, Ph. D. 180 --
Bruce Greyson, M.D. 181 --
Groundbreaking Early Projects 182 --
13 Scientific Naysayers 187 --
It's All in the Brain: Biological/Physiological Causes 188 --
It's All in the Mind: Psychological Causes 193 --
Having an Experience Is Not Proof 195 --
A Lack of Agreement Among Researchers 197 --
So, Where Are We? 198 --
14 Debunking the Debunkers 199 --
It's All Subjective 200 --
But I Don't Want to Die 201 --
Who's That Knocking on My Head? 204 --
Mr. Sandman, Send Me a Dream 205 --
The Dying Brain Theory 207 --
15 Religion's Got a Gripe, Too 213 --
It's in the Bible 214 --
Repercussions 216 --
The Devil's Handiwork 218 --
We Got Here First 220 --
Part 4 Taking a Leap Beyond 223 --
16 Viewing Storylines in Different Ways 225 --
Sometimes We Can Mix Things Up 226 --
How We Can "Stage" Storylines 227 --
Another Look at the Need Factor 230 --
The Teachings of Swedenborg 233 --
A Back-Glance at Shared Experiences 235 --
17 Some Striking Effects 239 --
Poof! Go Limitations 240 --
Poof! Go Illnesses 243 --
Poof! Goes Death's Sting 244 --
The Unexpected from Violence 248 --
The Unexpected from Death Dreams 249 --
18 The Importance of Otherworldly Journeys 253 --
Exceptional Human Experiences 254 --
The "Other Worlds" of Myth and Legend 255 --
The Four Levels of Otherworldly Imagery 258 --
Feeling Alien 260 --
19 The Possibility of Alternate Realities 265 --
Is There an Afterlife? 266 --
I Came, I Saw, I Was Born 269 --
Why Do I Feel Like I've Been Here Before? 271 --
An Altered View of Reality 273 --
A Spectrum of Realities 276 --
20 Transformations of Consciousness 281 --
A Larger Genre 282 --
Higher Consciousness 283 --
Turbulent Transformations 285 --
Tranquil Transformations 290 --
The Crown Jewel of Enlightenment 291 --
21 The Lights of Enlightenment 297 --
The Light of God/The Devil's Dark 298 --
Three Types of Subjective Light 300 --
"The Darkness That Knows" 302 --
More of Light's Mysteries 305 --
The Energy Charge of Enlightenment 307 --
Part 5 Back Down to Earth 313 --
22 Brain/Biology Link 315 --
Brain Shift 316 --
The Limbic System and Emotions 319 --
The Theories of Melvin Morse, M.D. 321 --
The Importance of "Future" 325 --
Adaptation or Evolution? 327 --
23 But Are All the Claims True? 331 --
Don't Rock the Boat 332 --
The Mighty Sword of Scientism 333 --
No Saints or Angels Here 336 --
"I Was God. God Was Me" 339 --
Testing the Spirits 341 --
24 Integrating the Near-Death Experience 343 --
For Adult Experiencers 344 --
For Child Experiencers and Their Parents 348 --
For Significant Others 351 --
Integration's Four Phases 351 --
Creative Approaches to Therapy 355 --
25 Redefining How Life Is Viewed 361 --
Implications from Near-Death States 362 --
The Animating Force That Drives Us 365 --
The Reality of Spirit 368 --
The Big Picture 371 --
The Law of Grace 374 --
26 Message for the Millennium 377 --
An Agency of Change 378 --
Evolution's Next Step 381 --
The Global Village 383 --
Social Justice and Human Rights 385 --
What's the Near-Death Experience All About? 389.
Other Titles: Near-death experiences
Responsibility: by P.M.H. Atwater ; with David H. Morgan.

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