My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife

Book - 2012
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"Raymond Moody is the "grandfather" of the modern NDE (Near Death Experience) movement. As a researcher and medical doctor, Moody's pioneering work Life After Life sold over ten million copies and introduced the world to the phenomenon of NDEs. In this account of his lifetime of research into the after life, Moody explains how he stumbled onto these amazingly consistent stories by people who had died and come back to life. Moody was the first scholar and doctor to describe the accounts of the bright light, the tunnel, the presence of loved ones waiting on the other side, past life review, and meeting heavenly beings--all of which have become part of our modern cultural knowledge. But Dr. Moody did not quit his research after publishing his first ground-breaking book. Here we learn how he pioneered and researched new ways for the living to encounter the dead and even our past lives. In this fascinating account by a reserved and disciplined researcher, readers will discover the surprisingly thin line between the living and the passed on and why we have so much evidence for our deepest hopes"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2012
ISBN: 9780062046420
Branch Call Number: 133.9013 MOO 2012 23
Additional Contributors: Perry, Paul


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artificialintelligence Sep 18, 2014

I first heard of Dr. Moody and his research on NPR's Intelligence Squared. Up to this point, I had been dismissive of near-death experiences. However, Moody's accounts of shared near-death experiences among the bystanders at the bedside of dying patients changed all that for me since they pretty much silenced arguments that these are hallucinations created in the oxygen-deprived or drug-induced brain of a dying person. In a different study on group regressions conducted at West Georgia State College on one hundred individuals, participants in one group frequently "re-lived" the exact same life or event as participants in another separate group. This is evidence that what these people had recalled may not have been their own past lives at all. Exactly how was access to knowledge of everything that went before them for all these people possible? It's hardly likely that a collective genetic memory can account for this. Could this be explained  by a theory of morphic resonance or some other unifying quantum mechanism? There are very big questions here, and it is clear that we are not being told the truth about reality, the absence of linear time, gravity/electromagnetics, or the existence of non-ordinary physics.

Sep 05, 2014

This book is interesting but a little disappointing for me. It has more to do with life after death and past lives than with the "paranormal" - ghosts and spirits, etc.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 07, 2012

Raymond Moody has had a lifelong obsession with what happens when we die…or more importantly, when we die, but then come back. First as a philosophy student, then as a doctor, Moody has made a career out of the scientific study of near-death experience. A backdrop to this story is Moody’s unhappy relationship with his father and undiagnosed health problem. These issues lead to mental health issues for Moody and his own subsequent near death experience as a result of his attempt to commit suicide. While most of the book is spent on near death experiences, Moody also moves beyond the scientific approach to discuss past-life regression therapy and making contact with those who have died.

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