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Wednesday, 06 October 2021

Lucid Dreaming and Near-Death Experiences

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Looking at your physical body from outside, going through a quick flashback of your life events, and feeling like part of the light is more common than first thought. Around 10% of the population claims to pass through near-death experiences (NDEs); this often occurs during states of anesthesia-induced sleep or some accidental situations. These near-death experiences are famous worldwide, exist in all cultural backgrounds, and all age groups face them.

Another state triggered by similar brain activity is lucid dreaming, but both are entirely different situations. In research, lucid dreamers were conditioned to experience the NDE.

We can learn more about the correlation between LD and NDEs by reading this article.

What are Near-Death Experiences?

Dr Raymond Moody first introduced Near-death experiences terminology in 1975. NDEs are composed of various elements: such as senses, cognition, and feelings as well.

NDEs are a response to life-threatening situations, including cardiac arrest, traffic accidents and drug abuse etc.

NDEs involve floating in a tunnel towards a bright light; they feel themselves as part of that light. They can see a flash of their memories with their loved ones; the moment ends with last the event that triggered NDE. Some people also report that they can see their body from outside and describe it as a dream-like feeling.

How do lucid dreams and near-death experiences correlate?

Experts suggest that the exact brain mechanism causes lucid dreams and NDEs both. Both of these experiences occur when the dorsolateral prefrontal region of the brain is active. The dorsolateral prefrontal region of the brain is also known as the "logical centre".

The logical centre of the brain is active during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, allowing activities in your LD or NDE. This state is a transitional state of sleep, and it is called the "borderland of consciousness". This state is between wakefulness and dreaming.

Consciousness during LD and NDE

Some studies about NDEs recommend that consciousness isn't eliminated from the body even if the physical body stops functioning, for example, in a coma. Lucid dreaming introduces a new meaning of consciousness and its manipulation during sleep when the physical body is calm. So, we can conclude that both are conscious experiences.

Research about LD and NDE

In an experiment, some LD expert volunteers were directed to induce NDEs in the transitional state of sleep. Successful experts described their experiences, and one of them expressed that he was able to leave his body, and then he found himself in a tunnel. He explained that he was able to see the light coming from the end of the tunnel. He flew to the end, where he met his dear one in the spirit and talked to him. Afterwards, he felt the time was over, so he returned to the tunnel and landed on his body.

LD and NDE both are results of some brain activity. But these are two different states and occur in different circumstances.