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I think I have to add-in on this as Dick, you give a very real estimation of what a NDE brings up in folk: it is frightening.

Well, of course it is under most circumstances as folk do want to live, for all manner of reasons besides having the lights turned off in general...we are used to living and don't know what death is...unless circumstances would have death preferable over continuing to live where anything is better than continuing to live.

Lots of folk who seek death out because of illness seek out ways to come to terms with death, and many find a sense of spirituality that goes beyond what they may read in books or have told to them from spiritual advisers or doctors or even those who have been quite close to others who have died. Death is directly ahead in someone's horizon, and it becomes their choice on how to meet it head on rather than try to turn away from the inevitable. There are lots of hidden corners to the mind that are opened up and dealt with so someone comes to terms with not just what they are leaving behind but what may be done to improve what they are leaving behind. Take this down another path and we see the same reactions upon those who are warriors of some kind, whether militarized or those whose purpose is to take care of those who are weaker in some way...olden clergy could be one when they stand up against injustice, even those in roles to do with fire fighting, life guards, security and such are another kind. A certain mindset is needed to put one's life on the line for another, even if they are strangers.

A few in here might recall my mentioning of having NDEs because of some misfortune or another, and the senses become quite heightened, time kinda slows down, and instinct and reactions directed me to achieving escapes. Nearly drowning a few times would have to be the worst experience where I can only think burning up is a step further in ghastliness of experience. I mentioned how I got tinnitus after having to swim up from being quite deep after staying down too long, where the last few metres had me quite blanked out as the pressure had already created an enormous amount of pain in my eardrums, while exiting into air was ever coming closer. I'd say that was akin to being born again due to what our infant bodies undergo as pressures deform the skull and body is constricted as we are birthed. I don't think we ever forget such an experience even though it is impossible to bring it to mind...but mind would surely hide that experience away somewhere as brain certainly records everything, right?

Hmm...now doesn't that bring up a tricky thing? The brain records everything, even though some things might be difficult or impossible to recall...so, under certain conditions, do we get to re-experience some things without being sure from whence they came?

Dreams can deal with some things in their way because the mind expresses experiences and information in ways that can be quite frightening but wholly safe because they are only occurring in the mind. Under certain conditions, the mind can overlay a dream-like experience to the surroundings and the self and we cannot be sure if what is happening is actually what is happening, unless there is a witness to some external event that correlates to the internal event. At a stretch, how about I include the air in a room as someone does settle into death, where folk will swear that a whole lot of calm and peace settled in as someone dies. All felt the same thing, and in the event that the someone comes back, they too will swear how calm and peaceful it felt to die.

Yeah, understanding and accepting mortality has a lot going for it when it comes to all these things folk like to play with by exploring all manner of things that ultimately connect back to 'spirituality' and who we individually are in not just seeking out our own spirituality but assessing it against that of another. We can be alike without being the same, and that's our own attribute in adding to the whole...everyone can see a little of themselves in all kinds of people.

And yet it is fear that overrides all manner of explorations into who we actually are inside our own minds. We think we are 'this' when in fact we are 'that'. Thanks ego and archetypes for giving us masks to wear so we overcome fear.

I'll end this little write-up with an observation I've put up a few times:
Why is it that we can stand atop the kerb of a road without a thought to it, and yet falter at the edge of a cliff? Do we fear we will topple over atop a cliff? Shouldn't we also fear we will topple over atop a kerb? Or is it that falling several inches does nothing to us, while falling many metres can be fatal? We are the same person atop kerb or cliff...so why do we trust ourselves in some situations but not in others?

I guess folk who deny all manner of things are the ones who think they are atop a cliff, when in fact, they are atop a kerb. No, the fall won't kill you...landing the wrong way might though, even if it is only several inches down...

ps: please don't get me wrong here as I am still exploring things, so I only have what works for me, and even that might be wrong haha

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