The father of Near-Death Experiences

Dr Raymond Moody

The legendary Dr. Raymond Moody, author of the multi-million copy best-seller of Life After Life is the leading authority on the ‘near-death experience’ (NDE) — a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr. Moody’s research into the phenomenon of NDE had its start in the 1960’s. The New York Times calls him the father of the near-death experience.

It is our great pleasure to have him this year as a Key Note speaker at the Integral European Conference. He will present a dynamic lecture about his extraordinary experiences.

Life after life stories and experiences fascinate us and bring to light one of humanity’s greatest questions: Does life continue after death? That heart-felt question haunts all of us and has existed in every civilization throughout time. The ageless question of immortality is a wellspring of religion, the muse of philosophers. It is the inspiration of our greatest art and is written into the architecture of our most remarkable buildings. It is a theme of Dante and Shakespeare. The need to know about life after death is embedded in our very nature.

He recorded and compared the experiences of 150 persons who died, or almost died, and then recovered. His research describes the results of decades of inquiry into the NDE phenomenon. He outlines nine elements that generally occur during NDEs.

Dr. Raymond Moody’s Nine Elements of the Near-Death Experiences:

1. A Strange Sound: A buzzing, or ringing noise, while having a sense of being dead.

2. Peace and Painlessness: While people are dying, they may be in intense pain, but as soon as they leave the body the pain vanishes and they experience peace.

3. Out-of-Body Experience: The dying often have the sensation of rising up and floating above their own body while it is surrounded by a medical team, and watching it down below, while feeling comfortable. They experience the feeling of being in a spiritual body that appears to be a sort of living energy field.

4. The Tunnel Experience: The next experience is that of being drawn into darkness through a tunnel, at an extremely high speed, until reaching a realm of radiant golden-white light. Also, although they sometimes report feeling scared, they do not sense that they were on the way to hell or that they fell into it.

5. Rising Rapidly into the Heavens: Instead of a tunnel, some people report rising suddenly into the heavens and seeing the Earth and the celestial sphere as they would be seen by astronauts in space.

6. People of Light: Once on the other side of the tunnel, or after they have risen into the heavens, the dying meet people who glow with an inner light. Often they find that friends and relatives who have already died are there to greet them.

7. The Being of Light: After meeting the people of light, the dying often meet a powerful spiritual being whom some have identified as God, Jesus, or some religious figure.

8. The Life Review: The Being of Light presents the dying with a panoramic review of everything they have ever done. That is, they relive every act they have ever done to other people and come away feeling that love is the most important thing in life.

9. Reluctance to Return: The Being of Light sometimes tells the dying that they must return to life. Other times, they are given a choice of staying or returning. In either case, they are reluctant to return. The people who choose to return do so only because of loved ones they do not wish to leave behind.

Dr. Moody knows well what he says, he’s had a near-death experience in 1991 when he attempted suicide which he says was the result of an undiagnosed thyroid condition which affected his mental state. He’s been recovered and he doesn’t stop to share his knowledge and zest for life.

About Dr Moody

Award-Winning Author of his bestseller book Life After Life that has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. He is the leading authority on the ‘near-death experience’, a term he coined in 1975. Dr. Moody received the World Humanitarian Award in Denmark in 1988. He was also honored with a bronze medal in the Human Relations category at the New York Film Festival for the movie version of Life After Life. He is a philosopher, psychologist, physician and authored in academic literature numerous articles on near death experiences. Dr. Raymond Moody continues to draw enormous public interest and generate controversy with his ground-breaking works on the near-death experience and what happens when we die.