The phantom leaf effect seen in Kirlian photography may help researchers better understand near-death and out-of-body experience. While the process responsible for the phantom leaf effect is unknown, variations of Rupert Sheldrake's morphogenetic field theory offer three explanations for this phenomenon. Each of these variations has different implications for near-death and out-of-body experiences.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price includes VAT for USA
Atwater, P.M.H. (1988).Coming back to life: The after-effects of the near-death experience. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead.
Bohm, D. (1980).Wholeness and the implicate order. London, England: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Bohm, D., and Weber, R. (1978). The enfolding-unfolding universe: A conversation with David Bohm conducted by Renee Weber.ReVision, 1, 24–51.
Cusack, J. (1989, April). Kirlian photography: The mind energy connection.Tap the Source, p. 8.
Farrer, A. (1965).Saving belief. New York, NY: Morehouse-Barlow.
Greene, F.G. (1983). Multiple mind/body perspectives and the out-of-body experience.Anabiosis: The Journal of Near-Death Studies, 3, 39–62.
Hart, H. (1953). The psychic fifth dimension.Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 47, 3–32.
Johnson, K. (1975).The living aura: Radiation field photography and the Kirlian effect. New York, NY: Hawthorne.
Krippner, S., and Rubin, D. (1974). Epilogue to the Anchor edition. In S. Krippner and D. Rubin (Eds.),The Kirlian aura: Photographing the galaxies of life (p. 194). New York, NY: Anchor/Doubleday.
Oldfield, H., and Coghill, R. (1988).The dark side of the brain: Major discoveries in the use of Kirlian photography and electrocrystal therapy. Longmead, England: Element Books.
Ring, K. (1980).Life at death: A scientific investigation of the near-death experience. New York, NY: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan.
Sheldrake, R. (1981).A new science of life: The hypothesis of formative causation. Los Angeles, CA: Tarcher.
Sheldrake, R. (1988).The presence of the past: Morphic resonance and the habits of nature. New York, NY: Times Books.
Slawinski, J. (1987). Electromagnetic radiation and the afterlife.Journal of Near-Death Studies, 6, 79–94.
Vanable, J.W., Hearson, L.L., and McGinnis, M.E. (1983). The role of endogenous electrical fields in limb regeneration. In J.F. Fallon and A.I. Caplan (Eds.),Limb development and regeneration. Part A: Proceedings of the third international conference on limb morphogenesis and regeneration (pp. 587–596). New York, NY: Alan R. Liss.
Worsley, J. (1973). Questions from the audience. In Krippner, S., and Rubin, D. (Eds.),Galaxies of life: The human aura in acupuncture and Kirlian photography. Proceedings of the first Western Hemisphere conference on Kirlian photography, acupuncture, and the human aura (pp. 145–154). New York, NY: Gordon and Breach/Interface.
About this article
Cite this article
Pace, J.C., Drumm, D.L. The phantom leaf effect and its implications for near-death and out-of-body experiences. J Near-Death Stud 10, 233–240 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01074166
- Field Theory
- Morphogenetic Field
- Theory Offer
- Leaf Effect