I examine in this article the meaning and developmental potential of the near-death experience (NDE) as a stimulus to inner exploration. The NDE as a prototype of the transcendent contact encounter offers a model for an evolutionary theory of religion. My own experiences and contemporary portrayals of NDEs suggest that the experience is a vehicle for the mythic renewal of our idea of death as a journey rather than as a termination, and may be a stimulus for spiritual revolution.
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Grosso, M. The myth of the near-death journey. J Near-Death Stud 10, 49–60 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01073296
- Evolutionary Theory
- Developmental Potential
- Spiritual Revolution