- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (December 17, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688062687
- ISBN-13: 978-0688062682
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heading Toward Omega: In Search of the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience Paperback – December 17, 1985
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In the foreword (p.12), Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, writes of her own experience:
"I was allowed to become part of that light that so many people try to explain in words. Anyone who has been blessed enough to see this light will never again be afraid to die."
Ring observes (p.19) that we have learned to view "death from the outside." When we conceive of death from this perspective, we may have images of physical deterioration and the pain of separation from the dying person.
But the understanding of death suggested by near-death research, provides an "interior view of death." Through collective testimony of those near death experiencers studied, we are told that actually dying (for however long) can be exceedingly pleasant.
Many NDE survivors proclaim that there are no words to accurately describe the "sense of ultimate perfection" that characterizes the "entry into death."
Ring notes that often those who have had an NDE, experience personality changes such as greater feelings of self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self-worth.
Another result noted after NDE's is that individuals tend to have a greater appreciation of life, more love and concern for others, plus a heightened sense of spiritual purpose.
This is a book that offers hope, information, and enlightenment. It is not only fascinating reading, but offers comfort, as we are all going to experience death. Very highly recommended!
He wrote in the Preface to this 1984 book, "[This] is not just another one of those books crammed with more firsthand accounts of 'near-death experiences.' Rather it is... a book about awakening... I have tried to write this book in a more personal vein since it reflects and, I now believe, concludes my own search for a deeper understanding of these extraordinary experiences... I believe and argue in this book that humanity as a whole is collectively struggling to awaken to a new and higher mode of consciousness... My thesis is, in short, that we ourselves are witnesses to a major evolutionary metamorphosis in the human race and that many NDErs... are on the leading edge of this evolutionary wave." (Pg. 7-9) In fact, he later suggests, "as a by-product of this spiritual development, NDErs tend to manifest a variety of psychic abilities afterward that are an inherent part of their transformation." (Pg. 51)
He admits, however, that "There is one feature of my sample, however, that deserves to be mentioned here... there is a preponderance of women... This was not so serious a problem as it might appear, however, since previous research shows that men and women report similar NDEs... Other methodological matters cannot be so blithely dismissed...Read more ›
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I've gotten one for each of my friends.
This is an especially wonderful book, and makes us not afraid of what ultimately comes to us all. Read more
if we all could listen to our NDE'ers, and put their useful wisdom and knowledge in practice, the world would change in a new york minute.Published 16 months ago by Aaron
This is one of the first books presented as a study on Near Death Experiences, and belongs in the libraries of those who are interested in this phenomenon.Published 19 months ago by Astrocat
I have read a handful of books on this subject over the past 25 plus years. This was
my first and still remains my favorite one.
Very interesting and captivating material. I plan on reading all the books from Kenneth Ring.
I enjoy reading it on the my iphone, whenever I have free time.