Top critical review
13 people found this helpful
Not up to par with Life After Life
on May 28, 2012
The Light Beyond is a continuation of Moody's groundbreaking work with near death experiences, or NDEs. Unfortunately, while this book does contribute some more good content that is in line with his first definitive guide to NDEs, Life After Life, at some point it starts veering into the pseudoscientific realm and Moody surprisingly seems to abandon his original intent of keeping his own opinions out of his work and publishing content that is strictly observational and scientific. Specifically, Moody speaks of a technique known as "mirror gazing," in which a person stares into a mirror and can supposedly see deceased relatives. This is, incidentally, something that really CAN happen when you stare into a mirror for an extended period of time, especially in low light, but it's not a spirit that you're seeing. It is due to something called the Troxler Effect, in which staring in one place causes your brain to alter what you see in the surrounding visual field, often resulting in "seeing" the faces of dead people or demonic images (this is, in fact, the basis to the "Bloody Mary" childhood myth we all know).
Unfortunately, Moody actually seems convinced that mirror gazing is a portal to the afterlife, which sadly delegitimizes a good portion of his work and takes away from what had otherwise been an excellent and important career of bringing NDEs to the scientific mainstream for the first time.
I would probably give this book one star if it didn't include some new (legitimate) insights into the NDE. Very disappointing.