Journal of Near-Death Studies, volume 8, issue 3
Guest Editorial: The Near-Death Experience: An Ancient Truth, a Modern Mystery
Fenske, E. W.
The near-death experience (NDE), as an experience of wholeness, an adventure in consciousness, and a metaphoric encounter with light, links theoretical physics with the occult, the Primordial Tradition, and various religious belief systems. Light as image, vehicle, and first cause ties the NDE to mystical experience. Where science sees mystery, religion sees metaphoric truth; the NDE as spiritual quest and physical encounter beckons to both disciplines for explanation.