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- In the ten years since the landmark publication of the international bestselling classic Life After Life See "Moody (Raymond A.) - Life After Life". , extraordinary new research has uncovered more patterns of near-death experiences2, as well as overwhelmingly confirming earlier descriptions of near-death experiences3. The Light Beyond examines these stunning findings and explores more deeply than ever the incredible frontier between life and death.
- Since 1976, Dr. Moody has compiled more than a thousand new case histories of people who experienced clinical death and survived. In The Light Beyond, Dr. Moody records this new research and, for the first time, makes it available to the general public. Building on the foundation of his previous books, Dr. Moody also examines the astonishing recent findings in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and sociology, bringing us closer than ever to unraveling mankind's greatest mystery: what happens to us after we die? Included are startling, newly confirmed phenomena such as the experience of meeting one's loved ones in the afterlife4, the ability instantly to "tap into" knowledge of any sort, as well as the amazing near-death experiences5 of children, and much more.
- But more than just an illumination of new case material, The Light Beyond is a testimony to the deep influence near-death phenomena have had on the eight million people — one in every twenty — who have reported experiencing them. Not only do people who have had near-death experiences6 reset their priorities and rethink their beliefs and values, but they also have had a profound effect on convincing medical professionals to treat the study of near-death experiences7 as legitimate scientific research. In these pages, Dr. Moody offers both answers and peace of mind to those who wonder about death and to the many men and women who have crossed the bridge between life and death — and returned to tell us what lies ahead.
- Like Life After Life, The Light Beyond is destined to become a classic volume in the on-going study of life after death8 and will help to change forever the way we view life, death and "beyond."
- Raymond A. Moody, JR., M.D., received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. After teaching philosophy at East Carolina University, he received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976 and then served his residency at the University of Virginia Medical School. His works include Life After Life, Reflections on Life After Life and Elvis After Life.
- Paul Perry is executive editor of American Health Magazine and a Gannett Center for Media Studies Scholar. He has written several books and magazine articles on health and fitness.
- It has been a decade since the publication of Dr. Moody's landmark bestseller, "Moody (Raymond A.) - Life After Life", and since he coined the term "near-death experience9", or NDE. Today, Dr. Moody has studied more than a thousand new case histories of adults and children who have clinically reached the point of death and survived, and extraordinary new research has revealed more patterns of NDEs. Now, for the first time, Dr. Moody presents this wealth of new information to the general public information that uncovers secrets and opens the doors to a powerful message of love from the frontier between life and death. Inside you will discover:
… How recent findings in medicine, psychiatry, and sociology bring us closer than ever to unraveling mankind's greatest mystery: What happens to us after we die?
… Startling, newly confirmed phenomena such as the experience of meeting one's loved ones in the afterlife10 and the ability to "tap into" knowledge of any sort.
… What the moving near-death experiences11 of children can teach us.
… Why NDEs inspire permanent change, greater appreciation of life, more concern for others, increased belief in an afterlife12, and decreased fear of death.
… Why medical professionals are considering initiating aggressive scientific research into near-death experiences13... and much more.
- Dr. Moody offers both answers and peace of mind to those who wonder about death and provides another ground-breaking volume in his on-going study of life, death, and "beyond."
- Dr Moody is a respected psychiatrist, lecturer and researcher, and the leading authority on the near-death experience14. He has written several books since the phenomenal bestseller, 'Life After Life', and now runs an institute in Alabama called The Theatre of the Mind, which offers workshops for educators and professional clinicians.
Foreward by Andrew Greeley – vii
- The Experience of Almost Dying – 1
- Changed Lives: The Transforming Power of Near-Death Experiences15 – 27
- Children and NDEs: Meeting the Guardian Angel – 45
- Why Near-Death Experiences16 Intrigue Us – 61
- Why the NDE Isn’t Mental Illness – 85
- The Near-Death Researchers – 101
- Explanations – 133
- Conclusion – 151
Bibliography – 157
Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd); 1st Edition edition (Aug 1988)
"Greeley (Andrew) - The Light Beyond: Foreword"
Source: Moody (Raymond A.), Perry (Paul) & Greeley (Andrew) - The Light Beyond, 1988
- Raymond Moody has achieved a rare feat in the quest for human knowledge: he has created a paradigm.
- In his classic The Structure of Scientific Revolutions1, Thomas Kuhn points out that scientific revolutions occur when someone creates a new perspective, a new model, a new approach to reality. After such a breakthrough, great progress can be made that was previously impossible. Scientific progress, Kuhn contends, is less the result of the dogged work of applying the scientific method to problems and more the result of a brilliant and original insight that opens the way for such work.
- As Dr. Moody notes in the present volume, Life After Life is not the first book about such experiences. Indeed, Dr. Carol Zaleski of Harvard, in her fascinating study, Other-world Journeys2, tells us that the literature of the Middle Ages is filled with similar accounts. Moody did not, then, discover these experiences. But he put a name to them, and that name, NDE — near-death experiences3 — provided the paradigm for the considerable research that has occurred since the publication of Life After Life.
- Why is giving a phenomenon the right name so important? Stephen Hawking, the great English theoretical physicist, has said that the name black hole for the phenomenon he is studying is of critical importance. So in every human activity, since we are naming creatures — creatures who bestow meaning on phenomena — the names we choose determine how we explain the phenomena and what others do with our work.
- Not only did Dr. Moody rediscover an experience that, as we now know, is widespread in the human condition, but he also, by assigning that experience the precisely appropriate label, assured that there would be more research and study of the experience. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of such a contribution to human knowledge.
- The Light Beyond, like Dr. Moody's previous efforts, is characterized by openness, sensitivity, and modesty. The last characteristic is, I think, the most important in his work. He makes no extreme claims for his findings. The very label near-death experience4 is so effective because it is so utterly modest. Dr. Moody does not claim that he has proved anything more than the existence and the widespread prevalence of the NDE.
- Has the NDE research scientifically proved that there is life after death5? I think not, despite some of the enthusiastic claims that have been made for it. It merely proves that at the time of death many people undergo a benign and promising experience. I don't think that on the subject of human survival anything more than that conclusion can be expected. Thus I fail to see why much of the scientific and medical establishments cannot be content with the demonstrated fact that these experiences occur and study them with interest and respect.
- Does the NDE research increase the probabilities of human survival beyond death? I rather think it does; but, as long as one is working with probabilities, there is still required a leap of faith, which most of those who have had an NDE do not hesitate to make.
- Near the end of this book, Dr. Moody turns to a man who was perhaps America's greatest thinker, William James. The NDE is a "noetic" experience, an experience of illumination that purports to provide understanding that is unassailable for one who has encountered it. As James himself remarks, such experiences cannot constrain acceptance from empirical science; but, since such experiences occur, empirical science cannot claim a monopoly on human ways of knowing. Carol Zaleski arrives at the same conclusion at the end of her investigation; as does Dr. Moody, she falls back on the categories of William James: the NDE is an experience of mystical illumination.
- "Otherworld visions are products of the same imaginative power that is active in our ordinary ways of visualizing death; our tendency to portray ideas in concrete, embodied, and dramatic forms; the capacity of our inner states to transfigure our perception of outer landscapes; our need to internalize the cultural map of the physical universe; and our drive to experience that universe as a moral and spiritual cosmos in which we belong and have a purpose."
- The NDE then is one of many hope renewal experiences that occur in human life — though a spectacular one. It is a hint of an explanation, though a powerful hint. It is not the only hint.
- Dr. Zaleski, in correspondence with me about her work, remarked that her letter had been delayed by the advent of her first child. I wrote back that I wondered if the birth of a child might not be at least as strong a hint of an explanation as an NDE, if a much more commonplace hint. From the perspective of the Ultimate, the question might well be whether He can give better hints or more hints than He already has.
- Be that as it may, the hints, the rumors of angels, are not much use to those who are inclined to listen to them, unless they influence their lives. As Dr. Zaleski remarks, "A conviction that life surpasses death, however intensely felt, will eventually lose its vitality and become a mere fossil record, as alien as any borrowed doctrine, unless it is tested and rediscovered in daily life."
- As I read Dr. Moody's exploration of light and Light, he seems to be making the same argument. The Light came into the darkness and the darkness could not put it out.
… Andrew Greeley, Chicago, All Souls/Samain, 1987
In-Page Footnotes ("Greeley (Andrew) - The Light Beyond: Foreword")
Footnote 1: See "Kuhn (Thomas) - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions".
Footnote 2: See "Zaleski (Carole) - Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near Death Experience in Mediaeval and Modern Times".
"Moody (Raymond A.) & Perry (Paul) - The Light Beyond: Main Text"
Source: Moody (Raymond A.), Perry (Paul) & Greeley (Andrew) - The Light Beyond, 1988
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