Following the Jan. 14 program with Dr. Scott Taylor, “Into the Light: Trading Fear for Grace,” here are program manager Claire Noble’s key takeaways:
- Dr. Scott Taylor opened his program on near-death experiences sharing a story of how he eased his cousin’s anxiety over her impending transition (death) from terminal cancer. He did so in order to make three points: to illustrate how he convinced her that she was not “damned”, reframe the end-of-life experience and the relationship with a higher being as one like a parent and child, and because it was true.
- Taylor derives his expertise in NDEs from a personal experience of his own, in-depth interviews with more than 100 subjects, and hundreds of conversations with many others.
- So many published NDE accounts are positive, which raised the question as to whether there existed reports of negative NDE experiences. Taylor affirmed that there were, and that these often served as wake-up calls or were similar to the point in the heroes journey when the hero is tested.
- Research into NDEs describes common elements of the NDE experience such as the presence of a being or beings of light, visiting the cities of light, and observing a life review. A common lingering effect of the NDE was loss of fear of death.
- However, Taylor acknowledged that every NDE is different and crafted for the individual.