April 13, 2012 - Raymond Moody
has put in practically forty years seeking ahead, making an attempt to comprehend what happens when individuals die. That pursuit led to the publication of "Life Immediately after Life" in 1975, a seminal collection that actually coined the phrase "close to-loss of life
But in his new memoir, "Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife," the sixty seven-year-outdated Moody as an alternative seems to be again, reflecting on his fascination with loss of life, the result of his life's work, and making an attempt to figure out what it's all intended.
One key revelation: in spite of his frustrations with some spiritual and New Age
interpretations of his work, and the simple fact that he does not practice a faith, the psychologist and thinker who grew up the son of an agnostic surgeon claims he has "woken up to God."
"From the extremely start (of my afterlife scientific studies) I was listening to folks with activities, some of whom had not been spiritual and some of whom ended up, and whichever they experienced been prior to, afterward there appeared to be a sort of commonality, which is the comprehending that yes, there is a God," Moody stated.
The Georgia-born Moody became obsessed with the afterlife not out of religious conviction, but as a philosophy college student at the University of Virginia.
"I was looking at Plato's 'The Republic' at age 18 and I can not account fully the electric power that experienced for me," he stated. The tale of Ur, a warrior imagined dead who awoke and explained heading to another world, impressed him seriously.
"I felt the question of the afterlife was the black hole of the private universe: something for which substantial evidence of existence experienced been presented but which experienced not nevertheless been explored in the proper way by researchers and philosophers," Moody writes in "Paranormal." His fascination only deepened following befriending a psychiatrist at the university, George Ritchie, who experienced his very own close to-demise experience, and even felt that his experience had given him at times a "immediate line with God."
Ritchie's was the first of a lot of in close proximity to death stories Moody heard. He identified some commonalities: an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling via a tunnel, communicating with dead kinfolk, encountering a vivid light (thought by some to be Jesus, God
or an angel), and when they arrived back again, a feeling that there was fact in all the great faiths.
In "Paranormal," Moody writes that "Life Following Life" was so productive -- it sold much more than 10 million copies -- in part due to the fact it didn't entertain a spiritual bias. "Men and women no more time had to preserve it in the closet or fret about men and women thinking they were crazy," Moody stated.