Afterwards: Coming to Terms with a Frightening NDE
Nancy Bush, M.A.
My premise is that as radiant NDEs reflect a peak
of spiritual experience, so terrifying NDEs are an excursion into
the spiritual depths and can lead to profound insight.
However, the difficulties in achieving that understanding are
enormous. Unlike people emerging from radiant spiritual
experiences knowing, "I am loved!," these experiencers know equally
strongly that they are threatened, damned, cast out; they carry
within themselves not joy but betrayal and terror. During
this presentation I share some perspectives about alternative
interpretations, based on almost 40 years of personal experience,
such NDE-related research as there is, and wide reading in the
spiritual literature as well as in Jungian shadow, post-traumatic
stress, and psychedelic experience.