When this man, who only gives his name as Will, was younger, he drank too much alcohol and developed severe alcohol poisoning. Such was the severity of the case, that Will’s heart temporarily stopped beating. During this brief period when his Heart stopped beating, Will believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), the man says it began when he floated out of his body towards a light.
Will then believes he made his way down a tunnel of light, and then a series of darker tunnels.
The man wrote: “The closer I got to the light, the more I understood what was going on. I knew that I had left my physical body and was passing on. I also knew I had been here before and that I was ‘home’.
“As I exited the tunnel into a dome area of the igloo-shaped structure, the light became more of an entity sitting on a a chair that looked like a throne.
“In reality the throne was a stone chair with a body of light sitting in it. The Being seemed to be amused at my arrival. I couldn’t see a smile but I seemed to be able to feel it.
“The light did not have a form. It was just a bright light that was brighter than the sun. If I was using human eyes, I probably would not have been able to look at it.
“I definitely felt like I knew the ‘light’ on a personal level. The light seemed to manifest an arm and gestured for me to look at the floor to the light’s left which was my right.
“The light rested it’s left hand on my left shoulder and telepathically asked me if I wanted to ‘go back’. The instant I thought ‘yes,’ I was back in my body.”
Will says he remember the experience distinctively some 20 years on.
Some researchers, however, said these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”