There is much that we do not understand about human existence. The puzzle pieces lie all around us, but perhaps our minds are not evolved enough to see them. Near death experiences (NDE) seem to lie at the heart of humankind’s greatest questions: Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What’s the purpose of existence?
An NDE occurs when someone is clinically dead; their heart has stopped beating and their brain is no longer functioning. A majority of people who have had a NDE describe an “out-of-body existence after death where the one-ness of all things cannot be denied.” Phrases like “my whole life flashed before my eyes” and “seeing a tunnel” come from decades of research into these bizarre supernatural experiences. Some even recall floating out of their body and watching doctors struggling to revive them.
Celebrities are already rich and famous. Why would such a person reveal to the world that they were dead and came back to life? They already have fame and money. In fact, by telling everyone they came back from the dead, they may be risking their own reputations. The following are celebrities who risked it all to tell the world about their near-death experiences.
After the death of her husband Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor clinically died on an operating table while undergoing surgery. She described passing through a tunnel towards a brilliant white light. “I find it very hard to talk about, actually, because it sounds so corny. I’d been gone for about five minutes – they had given me up for dead and put my death notice on the wall. I went to that tunnel, saw the white light, and Mike. I said, Oh Mike, you’re where I want to be. And he said, ‘No, Baby. You have to turn around and go back because there is something very important for you to do. You cannot give up now…’ I am not afraid of death, because I have been there.”
Sharon Stone had a near-death experience after she almost died from internal bleeding caused by a tear in an artery at the base of her skull.
“When it hit me I felt like I’d been shot in the head… I had a real journey with this that took me to places both here and beyond that affected me so profoundly that my life will never be the same … I get to be not afraid of dying and I get to tell other people that it’s a fabulous thing and that death is a gift. And not that you should kill yourself, but that when death comes to you, as it will, that it’s a glorious and beautiful thing. This kind of giant vortex of white light was upon me and I kind of – poof! Sort of took off into this glorious, bright, bright, bright white light and I started to see and be met by some of my friends. But it was very fast – whoosh! Suddenly, I was back. I was in my body and I was in the room.”
After his near-death out-of-body experience, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx kept quiet for years for fear of ridicule. He overdosed on heroin in December 1987 and was thought to be beyond help, before an ambulance crewman administered two adrenaline shots into his heart.
Sixx later discussed being able to see what was going on around his body during the episode, but admits he was cautious about sharing his story. He told CNN: “I saw things I shouldn’t have been able to see. I saw the hotel hallway, the ambulance, the limo that was there. I couldn’t have seen that because there was a sheet over me.
“I kept it to myself for years – people look at you and think you’re a little bit crazy.”
Ozzy Osbourne also reported seeing a bright light after being pronounced officially dead after a biking accident. “I didn’t know where I was or how long I’d been there. I would drift in and out of consciousness. Other times there would be a beautiful white light shining through the darkness, but no f—king angels, no one blowing trumpets and no man in a white beard.”
Of course, some would argue that parts of Ozzy’s mind have been dead for years.
Oscar-nominated actor Gary Busey had an NDE in 1998. He flipped over the handlebars on his Harley Davison at 40 mph and smacked his helmet-less head hard against the concrete. The actor’s skull cracked open and he slipped into a month long coma. While he was undergoing surgery, Busey asserts that he saw angels all around him. “They don’t look like what they look like on Christmas cards,” Busey told CNN. “They’re big balls of lights that float and carry nothing but love and warmth.”
Actor Donald Sutherland had a bout with meningitis in 1979 that nearly took his life. He later explained, “Suddenly the pain, fever and acute distress seemed to evaporate. I was floating above my body, surrounded by soft blue light. I began to glide down a long tunnel, away from the bed … but suddenly I found myself back in my body. The doctors told me later that I had actually died for a time.”
Is there a correlation between near death experiences and paranormal activity, or is it just the chemicals in our brain? What do you think?
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