Author: Prof. Lee, Si-Chen
I. Near-death Experience
When a person’s life is in peril, such as when a person suffers from a car accident, serious illness, is struck by lightning or comes back to life after being declared dead by a doctor, often times the person will describe some magical and grand journey he/she experiences while unconscious or “dead.” This is referred to as a “near-death experience.”」。
Many books or documentaries have described these incidents; a patient may see him/herself lying in bed, on the floor, or in an ambulance, while people are rushing to rescue him/her. But these people seem unable to see nor to hear the person, and he/she seem to be able to float around and may even visit families and friends afar. Then after a chaotic blur, a dark tunnel appears with light at the other end of the tunnel that guides him/her toward a bright, shiny, and beautiful world. Friends or family that have passed away may be waiting at the tunnel’s other end. Some traditional neuroscientists may doubt such phenomena as visions caused by the brain’s short circuits induced by a lack of oxygen.
Nevertheless, it has been clearly recorded that the patient’s brain has been so damaged at the time that no neuroactivity was present in many of these cases. A brilliant video "Life After Life (Chinese version)" is available on YouTube that introduces six of the 2,000 near-death experiences compiled by Dr. Raymond Moody.
Those with religious beliefs tend to think that this is the process where a person’s soul leaves its body and goes to a spiritual field of their belief. For instance, Christians will ascend to heaven, Buddhists will ascend to nirvana and tour through the place, but will ultimately be transported back to the human body because his/her time has not come yet. This allows the person to come back and to tell of his/her experience.
II. The Mysterious Flashback Phenomenon
A mysterious phenomenon common to all near-death experiences is that patients can rapidly see much or the totality of their life history, from their birth to their so-called death, before their eyes. Some may see such flashbacks as 3D images that surround them; where they are both observers and participants in their life history while also allowing to see how decisions they have made throughout their lives impact others in ripple effects.
Some of my friends and students have had such experiences as well, but these phenomenon only occurred when one’s life was in danger. My older brother told me that one time, his entire life flashed before his eyes in the several seconds when he lost balance and fell backward. Fortunately, he was not hurt.
In addition, a friend of mine from elementary school who had retired from the Air Force as a Deputy Air Chief Marshall told me that he flew fighter aircraft when he was young. The life review phenomenon occurred to him twice, when his aircraft malfunctioned and he had to make emergency decisions whether to eject and abandon the aircraft. His entire life had rapidly flashed before his eyes.
The third person was a student in my “Human Potential Project Course. While riding a motorcycle, he accidentally hit a barricade placed in the middle of the road. The student flew off the road and did a 180-turn in midair before crashing into the opposite lane. Luckily, the opposite lane was empty, thereby saving his life. While flying through the air, he began to review his life. It started slowly in frozen frames, then it became quicker and quicker until he finally reviewed his entire life before crashing to the opposite lane. It is obvious that this “flashback phenomenon” occurs when someone’s life is in peril.
II. How Can We Explain the Life Review Phenomenon
This phenomenon has bothered me for over a decade, until I proposedthe complex space-timeandquantum mind modelin 2014 to account for the myths of varying degrees and proportions in the universe, ranging from dark matter, dark energy, quantum entanglement, superluminal (faster-than-light, FTL) effect, ESP, and physics behind the consciousness, and I gradually began to understand more of these concepts. For instance, what is the meaning of the timeline in the virtual time and space (spiritual world)? It seems meaningless to have a timeline in the fourth-dimensional spiritual world, where the past, present, and the future coexist at the same time, and only the sequence of the events happening to appear to be scattered throughout different spatial areas.
In 2017, while writing the preface for a book by a Chinese author, Gao Ming one of the stories in the book regarding fourth-dimensional bugs caught my eye. It was the answer I was searching for! The author interviewed a 17-year-old patient with a mental disorder, who described that an organism in the fourth dimension, or a “fourth-dimensional bug” told him that from the perspective of the bug, the human world was but a wiggly worm as well.
Indeed, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, in the timeline of the fourth dimension, the continuous movement of mankind is constrained and mostly centered around work and home. From the perspective of the spiritual world in the fourth dimension, its path is just like a wiggly worm. It is both inconceivable and astonishing that a young man who did not go to college could have such insight, not to mention that it was taught to him by a fourth-dimensional bug!
As it turns out, when a human being faces death and its life becomes threatened, the first step that its soul does when under extreme shock is to escape from the body. When the soul leaves the body and enters the spiritual world, it will trace along with the images of its former body, or in other words, along the head of the fourth dimensional bug, and quickly retrace its life history in a backward order until it reaches images of its birth. In other words, the soul would have quickly reviewed its life history, until it returns to the body. Therefore, such a theory can be used to explain the near-death life review phenomenon.