Whether there is anything after our current existence is a matter of mystery. However, one man, who gives his name as just Jeff, believes he now has an answer about life after death.
Following a car accident, Jeff believes he saw Hell, which was rushing towards him as the car was crashing.
The man said he could feel a thousand arms clinging for him in his experience of the afterlife.
However, he said could not see their faces as he described the event as “very ethereal.”
Jeff wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF): “I was at the edge of a cliff stepping into a deep abyss of darkness filled with thousands of people with their arms outstretched to me.
“I could see no faces but I saw the arms outstretched.
“As I began to step into the void, I was snatched back from the edge by an unseen force and I heard the words, ‘It is not your time; I am not through with you yet.’
“The very next moment my wife was pulling me from the car and resuscitating me.”
Jeff then said he was back in reality, but says the experience has left him convinced of life after death.
Researchers, however, are not so certain and believe the phenomenon of NDEs is actually associated with a surge in brain activity.
Scientists from the University of Michigan came to this conclusion after they clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.
They found a huge surge in brain activity in the final 30 seconds of the rodents’ lives.
Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.
“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”
Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.
Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”