While there is no conclusive proof of an afterlife, many people believe they have experience in crossing over to ‘the other side’. One such person who claims to have experienced the supposed afterlife is a man named Battushig. Following complications during surgery, Battushig believes he slipped over to the afterlife in a near-death experience (NDE).
While he was there, Battushig said it was like experiencing being in outer space, yet his mind worked faster than it had ever done in his life, before being resuscitated.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Battushig said: “I was wondering if anyone else could see the smoke or fog?
“It was like I was in a pitch dark, outer space-like environment. Yet, I wondered if there was a light somewhere? I don’t know.
“I was floating with peace of mind and nothing to worry about. My mind worked faster than anything, yet I couldn’t feel my legs or hands.
“Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning. There was no time.”
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.
Dr Parnia added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”
As many as one in 10 people who have had a brush with death have reported an NDE, and often come away feeling euphoric – some with a newfound sense of religion and the afterlife.
However, one expert has now revealed that NDE’s are not a sign of heaven, but rather it is the brain, which is running out of energy, desperately scanning for a solution to impending death.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.
“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.”