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Psychology and the Near-Death Experience: Searching for God Paperback – July 31, 2015
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Roy L. Hill, Psy.D. has worked as a clinical psychologist for over twenty years. During his professional career, the author has supervised prison departments, managed mental health programs, provided general clinical services, and actively participated in crisis management teams. Despite a rewarding career, Roy believes that his most important work lies ahead; lending voice to our ambassadors from heaven.
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At first I thought this would be a book written from a psychologist to psychologists, and that it would help us in our clinical work, then, I realized it is more an honest reflection of a person who has taken the time to analyse the accounts of the Near Death Experiencers, and has integrated them beautifully to his own conception of God and his spiritual values. I was moved by his transparency because he dares to talk about his Christian beliefs and blend them smoothly with his knowledge and experience about psychology. I will quote some of the paragraphs that I liked the most:
…the near-death experience is not religion, nor is it meant to replace religion.
…it is the aim of this book to stretch the reader’s understanding of the divine; for the spiritual seeker to think about the large questions of the existence in a new way.
…the NDE may allow the believer to discriminate between spiritual integrity and religious corruption…
Humans exist as a part of God’s consciousness. Yet, we are still unique based on our qualities shaped over time and experience. Collectively, our personalities make a rich tapestry for the entire conscious universe. This is not to say, however, that we must maintain parts of our personality inconsistent with the Source…it is our mission to refine these inconsistent aspects of our personality.
Although God loves us unconditionally, we fail to appreciate this love due to our disconnection to the Divine.
…it does not matter if you are imprisoned or disabled, God’s love shines brightest in some of the most unlikely of people; individuals who are imprisoned in body, but who are free in both mind and spirit.
Judgment….only keeps people from healing.
In another chapter, Dr. Hill dedicates several pages to talk about psychopaths. I remained under the impression that, since psychologically speaking there is no possible treatment for them, because they have no empathy, no insight, no capacity to reflect deeply on their own actions, Dr. Hill considers them lost souls, who will remain away from the light forever. These pages surprised me , because I don’t think that the soul keeps the same level of consciousness as the human Ego, and I suppose that even psychopaths have a deeper connection with their Self, once they are outside of their human body, and evolution of the soul follows different paths.
In summary, this book invites us to learn the deep lessons that the NDErs bring to us from the other side; to let them help us find our way towards God’s love.