Spiritualism and near-death experiences

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Spiritualism and near-death experiences

Post by Left Behind on Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:22 pm

My first exposure to what(ever) happens to us after earthly death came from literature on the near-death experience (NDE). Then someone on an NDE Forum suggested I read an account by someone who had been in the spirit world longer than the NDE'rs: specifically, Life In the World Unseen, by Robert Hugh Benson / Anthony Borgia.

Since then I've been reading much and getting ever more fascinated with Spiritualism.

But my point is: many Spiritualists suggest that the movement is in decline, and it may well be. But the public is undoubtedly interested in first-person accounts of life after death: as evidenced by the fact that some NDE accounts, such as Todd Burpo's Heaven is For Real, have become best-sellers.

Thus my question is: wouldn't the NDE community be a fertile field from which to spur new interest in Spiritualism?

Jim

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Re: Spiritualism and near-death experiences

Post by PaddyJoe47 on Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:41 pm

Very interesting topic my friend.

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Post by obiwan on Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:06 pm

Perhaps Spiritualism isn't the right vehicle for this kind of information any more?

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Post by Left Behind on Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:53 pm

Well, of the two, the near death experience is certainly getting far more media attention, and has more public awareness.

But I think the two are related, and complimentary. NDE's are providing a lot of medically-documented evidence relating to the fact of life after death, and a glimpse at the initial stages of that life.

Spiritualism has a well-doumented history, and provides more in-depth information.


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Post by obiwan on Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:12 pm

I don't really see how it would offer more information about the stages of that life than people who went there permanently could offer. There are some very good NDE examples, but I am not sure they offer much insight into the 'world beyond' over what has been obtained from mediums. They can add another strand of evidence though.

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Post by Left Behind on Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:18 am

obiwan wrote:I don't really see how it would offer more information about the stages of that life than people who went there permanently could offer. There are some very good NDE examples, but I am not sure they offer much insight into the 'world beyond' over what has been obtained from mediums.

That's what I said, Obiwan! Smile

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Post by obiwan on Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:35 am

It's partly what you said Very Happy

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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:45 am

The biggest problem we face in Spiritualism is to present a thinking view to re-engage those who want a more intellectual philosophy. At the moment if I walked into one of the (often too) many places presenting the modern mismatch of new age, psychism and Spiritualism with a distinct lack of decent survival evidence i am not sure I would still be attending.

NDE resarchers tend to be into more research than attending one of our centres for a message of the "Dearie I see you have a yellow aura" type. Yes its yellow because at the moment I am thinking about what you are doing, it will be red soon because I am cross at the rubbish I am hearing.
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Post by obiwan on Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:03 am

Lol

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