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Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience Kindle Edition
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A magnificent achievement! Ring's new book is the best book on NDEs! For while he is indeed one of the leading scholars in the field, he now brings in his heart and shows those of us who haven't had an NDE how to use the inspiration of NDEs to change our lives. -- Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Davis; author of Altered States of Consciousness and Living the Mindful Life-- "Reviews"
A major contribution that offers a wealth of fresh case materials together with balanced and insightful commentary. -- Raymond A. Moody, Ph.D., author of Life After Life and Reunions-- "Reviews"
Arguably, the best book yet on the near-death experience. -- Michael Grosso, Ph.D., author of The Millenium Myth and Soulmaking: Uncommon Paths to Self-Understanding-- "Reviews"
Lessons from the Light is the best and most complete book on the near-death experience I've ever read, and I believe it will help you overcome your fears of dying. -- Seymour Boorstein, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and author of Clinical Studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy-- "Reviews"
Lessons from the Light is the culmination of Kenneth Ring's rich and extensive career as the foremost researcher of the NDE. One of the very best books on the subject to date, it is a must read for anyone interested in life's possibilities. Sukie Miller, Ph.D., author of After Death: Mapping the Journey and director of The Institute for the Study of the Afterdeath-- "Reviews"
Lessons from the Light opens the last door each of us will face in our lifetime. With clarity, wit, and crisp prose, it brings us to the cutting edge of what promises to be the most important discovery ever made in psychobiologywhat truly happens after death. Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., National Book award-winning author of Taking the Quantum Leap and The Spiritual Universe-- "Reviews"
The capstone of Kenneth Ring's career, this book is the distillation of all that death can teach the living. Ring's loving voice turns harrowing and resplendent neardeath stories never published before into a practical guide that motivates through its sheer heartgripping beauty. No reader will ever be able to think of life in the same way again after reading this book. Jenny Wade, Ph.D., author of Changes of Mind: A Holononic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness-- "Reviews"
This is unquestionably the most important book on the subject of neardeath experience since Moody's Life After Life. Ian Wilson, author of The After Death Experience-- "Reviews" --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Kenneth Ring, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Connecticut and CoFounder and Past President of the International Association for NearDeath Studies. Regarded by many as the Dean of NDE Researchers, he is the Founding Editor of the Journal of NearDeath Studies and the author of several books including his best selling book Life At Death, Heading toward Omega, and The Omega Project. He lives in Kentfield, California.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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It is well-known that a near-death experience often has a profound and lasting effect on the outlook of the individual who has been through it. An interesting and unusual aspect of this book is the writer's exploration of how the fascinating N D E phenomenon can also be of value to people who have not actually experienced one themselves.
The author suggests that the near-death experience contains ideas and implications which are so radical, powerful, and above all helpful, that they can affect in a very positive way the outlook of people who have simply heard about, or read about them.
Sometimes it goes on a bit about the " data " but one can`t deny that a lot of effort was put into create this book.
In various details it build on the work of pioneers such as Raymond Moody.
The NDE accounts are organized to give us the lessons each chapter presents. I believe the reason people experience NDEs and are sent back is to give us lessons, hints as to how we can live better lives and better prepare for where we will all go one day.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I'm going to purchase the previous book he wrote on the subject, now.
I'm been enjoying this book but really, it doesn't translate after a certain point. To find yourself intuitively convinced and reasonably certain that these experiences of the NDE'ers are real is to get a glimpse of many factors that can make life easier (reduces the fear of death and God completely, reduces guilt from the past and encourages the endeavor to share and cultivate altruistic and heartfelt love in your life as primary) there still is an unbridgeable gap (I feel) between the profundity of those life-changing experiences and what we who have not had such an experience can actually live. What they speak of having experienced in that other 'realm' is very much what the enlightened Masters speak of (to a point or in full, depending on the Master). Those Masters who attain that total transcendence on Earth, as we know, are very rare. The NDE'ers carry much of that radiance and freedom with them here that they were shown in that other dimension, now manifest in transformed way of relating on Earth. It's very inspiring and I must say that their stories have changed this life as well.
The book brings a possibility and perspective for living in a new acceptance, love and harmony in this earthly life, inspired by stories of what the NDE learning experience has shown and instilled into the NDE'ers, which changed in them in such a way they are now living in these meta-human ways. He spends time with each of these altruistic qualities as an inspiration to begin living more this way. With a few NDE stories for reference, that is what this book is about.
And, of course, what I liked best was the accounts of the experiences that people had. The big take-away for me was the full life review. If this is accurate, the good news is, existence goes on. The bad news is, we're all going to find out exactly how what we did affected everybody around us. I just cringe, looking back on so much of how I've behaved in my life. Itreally does make me think it might be time to clean up my act.
It's hard to believe for me, though. Mostly, I think that once we die, that's the end of us. But, there's reason to think that just might not be the case.
In the book he describes varieties of near death experience, how they differ and how they are similar. He describes the majority experiences, variations and even experiences by the special populations such as children and the blind. He wraps up by describing some of the lessons to be learned by the experience.
Given the nature of the subject matter some subjectivity is unavoidable. But he approaches it as objectively as any second hand compilation of human experience would be. Anyone who doubts this statement should watch the evening news with the same critical eye they use to read his book.
In my over 40 years as a clinician I've seen numerous people who wanted to talk about NDEs which were eerily similar to those in this book. Many were afraid they've become psychotic until someone took the time to sit them down and say, 'well no, as a matter of fact you're not crazy, this is what people feel when their world is shaken like yours has been'. At first, with no greatly detailed resources to fall back beyond Kubler-Ross' and Maurice Rawlings' books the tendency was just diminish and to suggest that some things are better not examined too closely. Now with resources such as Ring we can more easily assure our clients that, just like dreaming, hypnosis and other altered consciousness physiological states, these are natural states of being and not a sign of insanity.
For those who are interested in background information there are footnotes, references and resource suggestions.