Through the Tunnel

Written by Martin Brofman, PhD

A Personal Account of NDE by a Walk-In

I was atrepparttar Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia. I had just been told that I had a "blockage" in my spinal cord, fromrepparttar 122333 fourth torepparttar 122334 seventh cervical vertebrae atrepparttar 122335 level ofrepparttar 122336 neck, that had been responsible forrepparttar 122337 symptoms I had been experiencing. My right arm was paralyzed, my legs were spastic, and there were sensations like electric shocks running through my body when I moved my head. I was told that I had to have an operation immediately, and that if I lived throughrepparttar 122338 operation, I might come out of it a quadriplegic. When I asked if I had time for a second opinion, I was told that if I coughed or sneezed at that time, I might die. Naturally, I agreed to haverepparttar 122339 operation in a few hours.

I realized that according to whatrepparttar 122340 doctors had said, I might be dead in a few hours. I went throughrepparttar 122341 stages that many people go through when they know they are about to die. First, there wasrepparttar 122342 sense that this was a movie set, and that these things were not really happening to me. I found myself negotiating with what was happening, bargaining if I could, for something different to happen. Slowly,repparttar 122343 realization that it was real, and happening to me, came closer and closer, until I had to emotionally accept that I might very soon be dead.

When I acceptedrepparttar 122344 unacceptable, my body shook violently as an intensity of energy moved through me. I opened more and more to it, and after one or two very long minutes it was complete. I felt a calm inside that I had not known before. All my senses were sharper. My vision was clearer. Colors were brighter. Hearing was clearer. Sensations were more alive.

I realized that I had released a perceptual filter that had been standing between me andrepparttar 122345 experience of life, and ironically, it had beenrepparttar 122346 fear of death. Now that I had released that fear, I was experiencing more of life, more of being alive, even if just for a short while longer.

I thought ofrepparttar 122347 life I had lived, andrepparttar 122348 things I could have done but didn't, and I found myself saying to myself, "I wish I had." There were a lot of "I wish I hads." I thought to myself that it was, in fact, a sad way to end a life, and that if I had to do it again, there would be a lot of "I'm glad I dids."

I had to decide what I wanted to do withrepparttar 122349 short time I had left. If I spent my remaining time worrying or feeling bad about what was, in fact, inevitable, I would have just wastedrepparttar 122350 rest of my life, thrown it away, and it was too valuable for that. I decided to spend my remaining time feeling good, and just thinking of things that helped me to feel good -repparttar 122351 color ofrepparttar 122352 paint onrepparttar 122353 walls,repparttar 122354 smell of flowers inrepparttar 122355 room, anything positive. I knew I could always find something.

Finally,repparttar 122356 time came. I was taken torepparttar 122357 operating room, and as I was being givenrepparttar 122358 anesthetic, I thought that this might berepparttar 122359 last experience I would ever have. I had no idea what might come afterwards. I had been agnostic, with no beliefs, believing in nothing that I had not experienced. Perhapsrepparttar 122360 next step after death was just oblivion. I let go.

I began to experience a vertigo, a sense of spinning, and it didn't feel good, so I stabilized myself inrepparttar 122361 center of it until I was still, and everything else was spinning around me. I was moving throughrepparttar 122362 spinning scenes, which were memories fromrepparttar 122363 life I had lived, memories which were calling for my attention. If I put my attention on them, though, I felt myself "pulled," because I was moving through these spinning memories, like being pulled through a tunnel, or falling down a well, but discovering that half-way downrepparttar 122364 well. Reaching forrepparttar 122365 walls would not work. My only hope would be to aim forrepparttar 122366 water atrepparttar 122367 bottom.

I had to withdraw my attention from these scenes, then, these memories, and put my attention onrepparttar 122368 place to which I was being drawn, aiming for it. I was headed there anyway, but aiming for it gave me more of a sense of being inrepparttar 122369 driver's seat, and that was a lot more comfortable for me. It was a bit like riding a roller coaster inrepparttar 122370 front car, and pretending that you're drivingrepparttar 122371 thing alongrepparttar 122372 tracks. It gives a totally different ride, I can assure you, than being swept out of control.

The Joy Of Living In The Zone

Written by Keith Varnum

What do people want most inrepparttar world? What isrepparttar 122332 most sought-after goal? Fromrepparttar 122333 moment we awaken torepparttar 122334 moment we close our eyes at night, what is it we seek every minute ofrepparttar 122335 day?

We want to feel good. The primary motivation behind every action we take isrepparttar 122336 desire to feel happy. Even when we're focused on moving away from pain, we are, in effect, moving toward feeling good-physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What Do They Get from Opera?

As a kid, I often asked myself, "Why do people engage in life-endangering activities like sky-diving, car racing and mountain climbing?" And I wondered, "Why do people choose dangerous jobs like being a firefighter, cop or ambulance driver? I was also confounded byrepparttar 122337 large amounts of money and time people spend going torepparttar 122338 opera, rock concerts and sports events. The budding journalist in me asked, "What do all these activities have in common? What'srepparttar 122339 compelling force driving people to invest most of their precious free time, or whole lives, in these pursuits? What, in heaven's name, are people looking for?"

A Rush Is a Rush Is a Rush!

At one point in my teens, I sawrepparttar 122340 light. It's so obvious really. We want to feel! We want to feel something.

On some level we all know that life is about feeling. If we don't feel life we miss life. And, of course,repparttar 122341 most popular choice is to feel good. Whatever way we choose to get ourselves to feelrepparttar 122342 end goal isrepparttar 122343 same: to experiencerepparttar 122344 good side of life-as fully and powerfully as possible! We want to feel really alive and happy. Some people call it Joy. Some Pleasure. Some Rush, Electricity, Juice, Fire or Passion!

The Pursuit of "The Zone"

If you listen torepparttar 122345 language ofrepparttar 122346 street throughoutrepparttar 122347 world you'll hear what's onrepparttar 122348 minds of most folks. There's one prevailing theme running through most peoples' conversations. They're talking about their desire to feel good. And they want to findrepparttar 122349 quickest, easiest way to feel good. I call thisrepparttar 122350 pursuit of "The Zone." The Zone isrepparttar 122351 place of feeling good. It goes by many names. On a roll. Inrepparttar 122352 flow. In a groove. Steamin' Jivin' Clickin' Rockin' or Cookin'. Many different names, one essence, one feeling.

What is The Zone?

Being in The Zone is when everything goes right! You feel great! You're on top ofrepparttar 122353 world. Somehow you're magically inrepparttar 122354 right place atrepparttar 122355 right time and everything is working out just like you want. To be inrepparttar 122356 flow is to be dialed into your natural state of clarity, presence and personal power. It's being free of tension, worry and draining emotions. It's living with a sense of ease, vitality and deep inner calm.

The Zone is an altered state of consciousness-a state of perfect focus, peace and high performance. When you're in The Zone you are your true self. You regain your natural intuitive ability to be where you need to be to get what you want. You don't have to effort when you're on a roll. Everything just seems to fall into place by itself. You feel expanded, bigger than life. Often you revel inrepparttar 122357 exhilarating sensation of being outside your body, controlling what's happening to you from a broader point of view.

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