“I believe now that death, like birth, may be a mere passing from one state of consciousness into another.” Dr. Pim van Lommel
Preface from Grahame Mackenzie:
“Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!”
Reportedly, these were the last words of Steve Jobs. Although the precise meaning cannot be known, his exclamatory farewell hints at something beyond, something spiritual – something denied and rendered taboo by mainstream science.
But not all scientists subscribe to a materialistic gestalt. Increasingly, many forward-thinking researchers are speaking out and presenting both scientific and rationalistic evidence for the afterlife.
Spirit Today is privileged to present to its readers the findings of Dr. Pim van Lommel of the Netherlands, world-renowned cardiologist, author, and university lecturer.
Dr. van Lommel has empirically investigated the near-death experiences (NDE) of his patients who survived cardiac arrest. His research suggests that our waking awareness does not always coincide with the functioning of the brain; moreover, it is possible to experience consciousness separate from the body.
Within 15 seconds of cardiac arrest, as Dr. van Lommel instructs us, the brain shuts down due to lack of blood flow, and, therefore, it is not possible for subsequent expressions of consciousness, as reported by NDE participants, to have been directed by the physical brain.
Wayne Becker of Spirit Today conducts this exclusive interview with Dr. Pim van Lommel.
Wayne: Dr. van Lommel, what a pleasure to have this time with you! I’ve been an admirer of your work for many years.
You are, of course, a cardiologist of world fame. Moreover, you are well known for your near-death experience (NDE) research. Your findings have been disseminated internationally via books, scholarly articles in scientific journals, lectures at universities and hospitals, plus numerous interviews.
As our time together is rather limited, I will abstain from asking often-posed questions, ones that you’ve answered many times: such as, dispelling the myth of the brain as epicenter of consciousness, how we know that the brain is not functional during the cardiac-induced NDE, and other technical issues.
Instead, if I may, I would like to interview – even more than the cardiologist – Pim van Lommel, the thoughtful man, the humanist, the philosopher. By your own admission, your NDE studies have changed you; as such, I believe your many years of study can help all of us better understand the larger existential questions at hand: what it means to be truly human, the nature of consciousness, and maybe even a glimpse at destiny.
Dr. van Lommel: What I have learned from the many, many people who were willing and able to share their NDE with me: Death is not death, but another form of life. Death is just the end of our physical body, because there are good reasons to assume that our consciousness does not always coincide with the functioning of our brain: enhanced consciousness can sometimes be experienced separately from the body.
So I believe now that death, like birth, may be a mere passing from one state of consciousness into another. However, we should acknowledge that research on NDE cannot give us the irrefutable scientific proof of this conclusion, because people with an NDE did not quite die, but they all were very close to death, and without a functioning brain.
As I have explained in my book ‘Consciousness beyond Life’, it has indeed been scientifically proven that, during NDE, enhanced consciousness was experienced independently of brain function. Quoting from a recent death announcement: “All what you have, falls into decay, but what you are lives on, beyond time and space”. So we have a body and we are conscious. Without a body we still can have conscious experiences.
Recently someone with an NDE wrote me: ‘I can live without my body, but apparently my body cannot live without me’. One cannot avoid the conclusion that endless consciousness has and always will exist independently from the body. There is no beginning nor will there ever be an end to our consciousness. Our enhanced consciousness resides not in our brain and is not limited to our brain, because our consciousness is nonlocal, and our brain has a facilitating function, and not a producing function to experience consciousness.
Regarding what we can learn from people who are willing to share their NDE with others, I would like to quote Dag Hammerskjöld: “Our ideas about death define how we live our life”. Because as long as we believe that death is the end of everything we are, we will give our energy toward the temporary and material aspects of our life.
And our approach to actual medical and ethical problems is shaped in part by our belief in a possible continuity of consciousness after physical death or, in contrast, by our conviction that death is the end of everything. These views are usually based on religious beliefs or the lack thereof.
In our short-sightedness and sometimes wilful ignorance we forget to reflect on the future of our planet, where our children and our grandchildren will have to live, and survive. We forget about sustainability as we are now destroying and exhausting systematically our planet, just because we are living in a competitive and materialistic society. We should realize that the harm we cause to each other and to nature ultimately is harming ourselves, because we as humans are not only intensively interconnected (‘entangled’) with each other, but also with animals and plants living on our endangered earth.
We should stop thinking and acting as if we are better than others, because this will always be at the expense of children and other weak and delicate creatures around the world. We have to change our personal consciousness, not only to change the way we live, but also to change the way we want to treat, honour and respect other human beings on this planet.
Wayne: With your permission, I will invite your comments regarding a few areas of interest. I purposefully avoid calling these solicitations questions. Rather, I welcome your reflections, your open-ended musings, your private opinions, concerning the larger metaphysical issues which the NDE begs thinking persons to investigate.
Allow me to offer, as segue to the main, a point of commendation to you personally. Historian Theodore H. White stated, “To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have.” I admire your bravery, Dr. van Lommel, your willingness to stand alone in your convictions – against the naysayers in Plato’s cave. The man-on-the-street does not realize how difficult, oftentimes, it is for the world of science to accept new ideas. Much of the status quo represents entrenched interests, a neo-dogmatism, a new temple of infallibility – posing as knowledge!
Time can sanctify even gross error as truth, convention becomes ossified as law, and institutional inertia dislikes those who “rock the boat.” The NDE, and indeed all of afterlife research, while supported by repeatable empirical findings, has its skeptics.
Skepticism, in a world of discreditable sense perception, is a healthy mindset. But the problem with some skeptics is that they are not skeptical enough! Their skepticism is quite selective, conveniently pressed into service for some ideas, but not for others; most especially, their own. To be true to their order, they need to cut a wider swath and become skeptical even of skepticism itself.
I request your thoughts concerning this white-collared provincialism passing as scientific mindset. Dr. Ernest Becker in his 1974 Pulitzer-Prize winning “The Denial Of Death” posits that the hidden motivator, the reason behind the reason, for the dysfunctional ego’s refusal to accept new paradigms is the subliminal fear of death! Translated, this means, a fear of judgment, a terror of an angry God, an apprehensiveness of cosmic accountability for one’s deeds – all of which, for many, conduces toward a rabid antipathy toward anything that grants objective ontological standing to afterlife-dimensions!
Your thoughts please, Dr. van Lommel.
Dr. Van Lommel: We have to admit that it is not possible to reduce consciousness to neural processes as conceived by contemporary neuroscience, because it is still an unproven assumption that consciousness and memories emerge from brain function, and until now there is no scientific evidence for neural correlates of all aspects of subjective experience.
Direct evidence of how neurons or neuronal networks could possibly produce the subjective essence of the mind and thoughts is currently lacking. We cannot measure what we think or feel, we measure just changing activation. And neural activation is simply neural activation; it only reflects the use of structures.
This could be compared with a radio: you can activate the radio by turning it on, and you can activate a certain wavelength by tuning in on a special channel, but you will not have any influence on the content of the programme you are going to hear. Activating the radio does not influence the content of the programme, and neural activation alone does not explain the content of emotions or sensations.
So with our current medical and scientific concepts it seems indeed impossible to explain all aspects of the subjective experiences as reported by patients with an NDE during a transient loss of all functions of the brain. But science, I believe, is the search for explaining new mysteries rather than to stick with old facts and concepts.
Frederik van Eeden, a famous Dutch MD and author mentioned already in 1890 in his lecture about progress in current science: “Personally I am more than ever convinced that the largest enemy of scientific progress is to reject and to refuse to study beforehand and out of prejudice seeming incomprehensible, strange and unknown facts”. How up-to-date!
And Thomas Kuhn, the famous professor of philosophy and history of science of MIT, maintained that, contrary to popular conception, most typical scientists are not objective and independent thinkers. They try to bring the theory and facts into closer agreement according to their beforehand accepted paradigm, which Kuhn describes essentially as a collection of beliefs shared by scientists, a set of agreements about how problems should be understood. As a result, scientists tend to ignore or even ridicule research findings that might threaten the existing paradigm.
As William James has said: ‘A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices’. And so all those observations that cannot be explained by the current worldview are called anomalies, because they are recognized as violation of the paradigm-induced expectations that govern normal science, and of course these findings are initially overlooked, ignored or rejected as an error.
Near-death experiences are such anomalies, because the cause and content of NDE cannot be simply explained by our current scientific ideas about the range of human consciousness and the mind-brain relation. The problem with skeptics is that they are so reluctant to accept these ideas of nonlocal consciousness, based on prospective studies on NDE in survivors of cardiac arrest, because they fear to lose their (old-fashioned) materialist paradigm in science. They will lose the ground where they have based their science upon. Perhaps they are even afraid that they will lose the research money for all their materialist-based neurophysiological studies.
Because it frightens skeptics that it looks as if a single unusual finding that cannot be explained through widely accepted concepts and ideas is capable of bringing about a fundamental change in science. By making a scientific case for consciousness as a nonlocal and thus ubiquitous phenomenon, this view can contribute to new ideas about the relationship between consciousness and the brain.
Research on NDE seems to be important for our scientific ideas about the mind-brain and mind-body relationship. But it is also important for our healthcare, and we should reconsider the many practical implications in actual medical and ethical problems such as the care for comatose or dying patients, euthanasia, abortion, and the removal of organs for transplantation from somebody in the dying process with a beating heart in a warm body but with a diagnosis of brain death. And it is evident that it is also important for our concepts of life and death.
I believe and hope that in the near future modern science will include empirical research on unusual subjective experiences that may occur in our consciousness, and that we will accept non-local concepts to understand how we are interconnected with each other and with our endangered planet.
Wayne: Dr. van Lommel, as you know, a great many NDE reporters speak of immersion in a kind of transcendental sea of oneness, joy, love, and peace. They don’t want to return to the body. They say that they had “come home” and never wanted to leave again!
If I may, for a moment, I will recount my own story. I did not have an NDE, but eighteen years ago, while I sat alone in my study, I experienced what I describe as a quasi-OBE! I seemed to be floating in a transmundane Dazzling Darkness of love and joy that defy verbal reductionism.
In the aftermath, in the coming years, my whole life changed, just as it does for so many NDEers: general awareness increased; altruism seemed more important; religion dimmed but spirituality quickened; and, maybe most significantly, the longing for that “lost home” has never left the center of perception. Presently, as I recall that ineffable wonder, I can still feel the throbbing vitality, as if my entire inner body were now vibrating at a higher frequency-level! I think it is, and has been, since that long-ago day! It’s never left me!
And as I compare what happened to me to that of the NDE participant, I cannot help but theorize that both experiences are cut from the same cloth. The ecstatic fervor, simply to be alive, engendered, somehow, by entering that new dimension, gives rise to a grade of certitude otherwise unknown in a 3-D world!
Science devalues the affective domain in favor of mathematics; but Immanuel Kant in his Critique Of Pure Reason suggested that, beyond a certain point, Reason will harvest a diminishing return; that, the heart knows things that the head struggles to understand. Science, in the end, takes us but part way to truth. We cross the threshold into the promised land of ultimate heart’s desire, highest reality, the summum bonum, carried by something known to every artist and poet – celestial feeling, not clever syllogism!
Those of the NDE, more than merely witnessing the far country, have intimately sensed its marvel, tasted of its fruit, perceived its efficacy, and will not be persuaded otherwise. The NDE’s ecstatic moment seems to bespeak of destiny. What is that destiny?
Your thoughts please, Dr. van Lommel.
Dr. van Lommel: As long as one not has experienced an NDE himself it seems impossible to really understand the impact and the life changing after-effects of this overwhelming experience.
From NDE-studies one can conclude that our waking consciousness, which we experience as our daily consciousness, is only a part of our whole and endless or nonlocal consciousness. This view of a nonlocal consciousness allows us now to understand a wide variety of special states of consciousness such as can be experienced during a critical medical situation (a NDE), during an acute situation of apparently unavoidable death in an (imminent) traffic accident (“fear-death” experience), during meditation or deep relaxation (mystical, religious or enlightened experience), during changing states of consciousness during regression therapy, hypnosis, isolation or the use of drugs like LSD or DMT, during the terminal phase of life (death-bed vision, nearing death awareness, or end-of-life experience), or at the moment of death of a close relative (a shared death-experience or empathetic NDE).
The interconnectedness with these informative fields of nonlocal consciousness also explains enhanced intuition, like clairvoyance, clairaudience, prognostic dreams and visions (nonlocal information exchange). Following an NDE most people, often to their own amazement and confusion, may experience such an enhanced intuitive sensibility, which means having access to nonlocal information that is not received by our senses or by our body.
Presumably the functional receiving capacity of the body is permanently enhanced following an NDE, which can be compared with a radio, receiving not only channel 1, your own personal consciousness, but at the same time channel 2, 3 and 4, the fields of consciousness of others. William James called this a lower personal ‘threshold of consciousness’. This remote nonlocal communication or entanglement seems also to be demonstrated in remote viewing (nonlocal perception) and in the effect of consciousness on matter, like in nonlocal perturbation or in neuroplasticity, where functional and structural changes in the brain are demonstrated following changes in consciousness like in meditation, mindfulness training or placebo (which means ‘Mind over Matter’).
The interconnectedness with nonlocal aspects of consciousness also explains apparitions at the moment of death, like being in contact with nonlocal aspects of the consciousness of a dying person at a distance, a so-called perimortal experience, or in the period following death the inner feeling of being in contact with aspects of the consciousness of deceased relatives, a so-called postmortal experience or after-death communication, ADC.
So it seems clear to me that many aspects of enhanced consciousness are in essence the same, independent of their cause or the circumstances they occur: access to the higher realms of consciousness, where unconditional love and universal wisdom are available, where they feel ‘home’, where a being of ‘Light’ can be encountered, and where consciousness is experienced in a nonlocal realm where past, present and future events are available. These experiences of enhanced consciousness are always transformational, and therefore are also called transformative spiritual experiences.
Wayne: I am reminded of earlier brain-mind debates. John Locke used the analogy of the tabula rasa, the blank slate; that, nothing is in the mind but that which was first in the senses. But Leibnitz countered with, yes, “except for the intellect itself”!
Unless there is in place, a priori, an organizing, self-reflecting power, perceptions that come to us from the world, via a blizzard of sensory data, could not be redistilled as coherent. Locke was wrong, Leibnitz was right! The brain-mind is far from empty or a blank slate! Leibnitz called the controlling guiding apparatus the “intellect.” Is this not what we call “consciousness”?
My friend, author James Webster, afterlife researcher of 60 years, would like to pose this question to you: “Within my own personal research and experience and understanding (not beliefs), the THE BRAIN AND MIND ARE SEPARATE. The brain is a physical organ and part of the physical body, which dies with the body. The brain is mortal. The mind is immortal and survives with, and remains part with, the etheric/spirit body. The mind is the guvnor – the software which controls the brain hardware. In your qualified professional experience, Dr. van Lommel, do you relate NDE’s with the separate brain and mind as sure evidence of proof of continued consciousness of life after the death of the physical component? To me it fits beautifully but your qualified knowledge, experimental work with people having experienced NDEs would be paramount if you will kindly expand as much as possible with your answer.”
Your thoughts please, Dr. van Lommel.
Dr. van Lommel: See again my answers on your [first] question.
Wayne: A growing number might accept the reality of the NDE. But why should there be such a phenomenon at all? Why the bedazzlement with love and joy? Are we being led to see something? Some might say that the NDE is but dress rehearsal for the main show! But what is the undergirding nature of the full performance?
Abraham Maslow spoke of the “peak experience.” He said that it might be precipitated by many “triggers,” but, in each case, it would manifest by encountering “perfection,” a superlative, a stunning perception of beauty! Further, he asserted, this virtual beatific vision had the power to change people! – and the higher the degree of psychological health of the experiencer, the more “illuminative,” the more transformative, the experience! In other words, it is possible to be introduced to a heavenly love and joy, only to lose it by fear-based psychological repression!
But, what is the nature of this “peak experience”? And why does it “peak” in this world? – why don’t we have it as a norm? Is its occurrence a gift from Madam Destiny to prepare us for something, some modus vivendi, to come? Is the “peak experience” related to the NDE?
Your thoughts please, Dr. van Lommel.
Dr. van Lommel: The so-called ‘peak experience’ is identical to the NDE, and to other experiences of enhanced consciousness, and with identical aftereffects: 1. people lose their fear of death, they believe in an afterlife, 2. life is about unconditional love and compassion, and 3. people experience an enhanced intuitive sensitivity as a result of their experience.
Near-death experiences (NDE) occur with increasing frequency because of improved survival rates resulting from modern techniques of resuscitation. The content of an NDE and the effects on patients seem similar worldwide, across all cultures and all times.
However, the subjective nature and absence of a frame of reference for this experience lead to individual, cultural, and religious factors determining the vocabulary used to describe and interpret the experience: children and adults, Christians and atheists, Muslims and Buddhists, they all use different words from their own religion, culture and tradition.
The NDE, or a ‘peak experience’, is in its essence an ineffable experience. According to a recent at random poll in Germany and the USA about 4% of the total population in the western world should have experienced an NDE. So more than 9 million people in the USA, and about 20 million people in Europe must have had a NDE! Now why do physicians and other scientists hardly ever hear a patient tell about his NDE?
Patients are so reluctant to share their experience with others by all the negative responses they get. You have to be open to hear about an NDE, patients must feel that you trust them, that you can listen without any comment or prejudice. But for most physicians the NDE is still an incomprehensible and unknown phenomenon. But the more the taboo about NDE and about death is diminishing, the more we will be able to listen with our heart to people who are willing to share their NDE with us. It will change our world, because it will change each individual consciousness.
Wayne: Could you please expatiate on what you call the “veridical perception” in reference to NDE authentication? This whole area, as you know, has been hijacked by the pseudo-skeptic.
A narrowly-parametered straw-man experiment is crafted. The purported NDE-person, to verify his or her experience, is required to recall the existence of a certain card planted in the operating room – as if recollection here were dispositive to the argument.
Consider the absurd presumptions. Someone suddenly finds themselves without a mortal body! – not exactly “same old, same old”! Is it reasonable to suggest that such person, held in thrall by the exquisite marvel of celestial moment, would be looking for a paltry card in the room?
The question we must pose to the skeptic is, why is the card so evidential and not the NDEer’s witnessing of medical-personnel activity in the operating room? Or the later-verified overheard conversations in the hospital hallway?
We might apply the skeptics’ disingenuous argument to the surgeon: “Tell us something about the shoes of the attendant who worked next to you in the emergency room! And if you cannot answer, we will doubt that you were in the room!”
Such puerile statement, and kangaroo court, would surely elicit supercilious tone from the surgeon: “I was thinking about more important things!!” Exactly! And so was the NDE-person, and much more, when finding herself, before the time, catapulted into eternity without a ticket-to-ride.
Please relate, if you can, a most dramatic example of “veridical perception.” Your thoughts please, Dr. van Lommel.
Dr. van Lommel: I totally agree with your statement about why during NDE and OBE people will miss a hidden target during their cardiac arrest.
In a recent review of 93 corroborated reports of potentially verifiable out-of-body perceptions during NDE, Jan Holden has found that about 90 percent were completely accurate, 8 percent contained some minor error, and only 2 percent was completely erroneous.
This proves that an OBE cannot be a hallucination, because this means experiencing a perception that has no basis in “reality”, like in psychosis, neither it can be a delusion, which is an incorrect assessment of a correct perception, nor an illusion, which means a misapprehensive or misleading image. Moreover, one needs a functioning brain to experience a hallucination, delusion or illusion, and during cardiac arrest the function of the brain has ceased.
And still one of the most important and intriguing scientific aspects of the NDE is the out-of-body experience (OBE) because, by being able to corroborate the reported veridical perceptions and the moment they occurred during cardiac arrest or coma by an independent informant, this could prove that verifiable perceptions are possible during such a period of apparent unconsciousness.
For obvious reasons most scientists are reluctant to accept the possibility of veridical perception from a position out and above the lifeless body, because this could be the decisive evidence that conscious perception is possible outside the body during a transient period of a non-functioning brain, and so deliberately they call these perceptions just anecdotes.
These scientists want to have more ‘objective’ proof, and of course most NDE-researchers will agree. This is why hidden signs or targets have been put close to the ceiling in resuscitation rooms, coronary care units and intensive care units with the purpose that these hidden signs, not visible from the bed, could be an objective proof for veridical perception if patients during cardiac arrest are able to perceive details of their resuscitation from a position out and above their lifeless body during their CPR, and that later these perceptions can be corroborated by doctors, nurses, and relatives.
But until now there has been no published case where patients during CPR has perceived this hidden sign despite perceiving veridical details of their resuscitation previous unknown to them. Could there be a plausible explanation for this impossibility to ‘proof’ the reported perception during OBE by a hidden sign?
This lack of ‘objective proof’ could be caused by so-called ‘inattentional blindness’, also known as ‘perceptual blindness’. This is the phenomenon of not being able to perceive things that are in plain sight. It can be a result of having no internal frame of reference to perceive the unseen object, or it can be caused by the lack of mental focus or attention caused by mental distractions. This inattentional blindness is the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object, because humans have a limited capacity for attention and intention which thus limits the amount of information processed at any particular time.
Only if we have the intention to decide where to place the attention we will perceive consciously the event or object we focus upon. Studies of inattentional blindness demonstrate that people fail to report having noticed an unexpected object. Evidence for inattentional blindness comes mostly from relatively simple laboratory tasks, but the phenomenon likely has many daily analogues.
For example, automobile accident reports frequently report driver claims that they “looked but failed to see” the other vehicle. Recent evidence suggests that talking on a cell phone, for example, dramatically increases the probability of missing an unexpected object. Based on the many corroborated cases of veridical perception from a position out and above the body during NDE it seems obvious that perception really can occur during OBE, and that missing a hidden target during OBE must be the result of a lack of intention and attention for this unexpected hidden object because patients are too surprised to be able to ‘see’ the resuscitation of their own lifeless body from above during their cardiac arrest or surgery.
This is the report of a nurse of a Coronary Care Unit, as was published in our article in the Lancet, and also in my book ‘Consciousness beyond Life’:
“During night shift an ambulance brings in a 44-year old cyanotic, comatose man into the coronary care unit. He was found in coma about 30 minutes before in a meadow. When we go to intubate the patient, he turns out to have dentures in his mouth. I remove these upper dentures and put them onto the ‘crash cart.’ Only after about an hour and a half the patient has sufficient heart rhythm and blood pressure, but he is still ventilated and intubated, and he is still comatose. He is transferred to the intensive care unit to continue the necessary artificial respiration for one week. After more than a week in coma do I meet again with the patient, who is by now back on the cardiac ward. The moment he sees me he says: ‘O, yes, you, you know where my dentures are.’ I am very, very surprised. Then the patient elucidates: ‘Yes, you were there when I was brought into hospital and you took my dentures out of my mouth and put them onto that cart, it had all these bottles on it and there was this sliding drawer underneath, and there you put my teeth.’ I was especially amazed because I remembered this happening while the man was in deep coma and in the process of CPR. It appeared that the man had seen himself lying in bed, that he had perceived from above how nurses and doctors had been busy with the CPR. He was also able to describe correctly and in detail the small room in which he had been resuscitated as well as the appearance of those present like myself.”
For more information, see my book ‘Consciousness beyond Life’, and my website www.consciousnessbeyondlife.com
Wayne: Thank you for being with us, Dr. van Lommel. The fear of death is a great debilitator, and your insights will enrich the lives of many.
Grahame: Dr. van Lommel, thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your wisdom. It’s an honour and privilege to have been with you today.
Wayne Becker is the author of over 100 articles on investment strategy, philosophy-theology, consciousness-survival, and the nature-destiny of romantic love. He works professionally as a financial advisor (30 years) and avocationally as an afterlife researcher (20 years). His forthcoming books, “How To Develop A First-Rate Mind,” and “Soulmate, Myself: Some Things Are Too Wonderful To Be Untrue,” will be published after completing his PhD, to be commenced in 2015.
Short biography of Dr. Pim van Lommel:
Pim van Lommel, M.D., born in 1943, graduated in 1971 at the University of Utrecht, and finished his specialization in cardiology in 1976. He worked from 1977-2003 as a cardiologist in Hospital Rijnstate, a 800 beds Teaching Hospital in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is now doing full-time research on the mind-brain relation. He published several articles on cardiology, but since he started his research on near-death experiences (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest in 1986 he is the author of over 30 articles (most of them in Dutch), one book and several chapters about NDE. In 2005 he was granted with the Dr. Bruce Greyson Research Award van de International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2006, the president of India rewarded him the Life Time Achievement Award at the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in New Dehli. Recently he received the 2010 Book Award van de Scientific and Medical Network. Over the past several years van Lommel has been lecturing all over the world on near-death experiences and the relationship between consciousness and brain function.
In November 2007 his book ‘Endless Consciousness’ (Eindeloos Bewustzijn) was published in The Netherlands, which is a bestseller with more than 140.000 copies sold (20th edition). It was nominated for the ‘Book of the Year 2008’ in the Netherlands. His book was published in Germany in 2009 by Patmos Verlag: ‘Endloses Bewusstsein. Neue Medizinische Fakten zur Nahtoderfahrung’ (already the 9th edition), and it has been published in the English language by Harper Collins in 2010, entitled: Consciousness beyond Life. The science of the near-death Experience. In 2011 the Polish edition was published [Artvitae: ‘Wieczna Swiadomosc. Naukowa wizja ‘Zycia po zyciu’], the Spanish translation [Atalanta: ‘Consciencia màs allá de la Vida’] was published in March 2012, and in May 2012 his book was published in France by Dunod, entitled ‘Mort ou Pas?. Les dernières découvertes médicales sur les Experiences de Mort Imminente’. By now more than 200.000 copies have been sold in Europa en the USA. In 2015 his book will be published in Latvia and Italy.
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