Many people claim to experience euphoria in near death experiences (NDEs), but one woman claims to have felt an evil presence. The person, who gives her name as just Sandi, temporarily died following a heart attack and said her “heart had stopped for 12 minutes. I was told that I had no pulse or brain movement.”
During that 12 minutes, Sandi claims to have experienced something so evil she has not been the same since.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Sandi said: “I started to feel myself fade farther away but yet I knew exactly where I was lying.
“Although, I was there, I was a million miles away.
“My friends tell me that I blacked out, and was unresponsive.
“Yet, I can tell them exactly what they were talking about, where they were, and what they had in their hands at the time.
“I saw everything, despite my eyes being closed. I tried to hold onto memories, but nothing was working as everything was fading. Then, something was with me.
“It terrified me. I saw darkness that felt so dark and evil. I was trying to scream but I couldn’t.
“Everything I tried to hold onto faded while something was pushing me and telling me to move [and] go with them.
“I felt such a horrible presence that it terrifies me even now as I think about it.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”