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AWARE III, IV, V…I’ve lost count.

On July 13th one of the readers of this blog will be having an operation in which their heart is temporarily stopped before surgery is conducted. This reader has asked me to suggest how she might think in advance how, in the event she has an OBE, she could prove the OBE.

Firstly, I’m sure all the readers of this blog will join me in wishing her a successful outcome of this operation and a speedy recovery.

Secondly, it should be noted that most people who “die” whether it be due to a natural CA or a medically induced CA, do not have OBEs. Maybe as low as 3% of people recall being able to observe their bodies or the room they are lying in. Therefore it is very unlikely that the sole subject of AWARE X will have anything to report. However, in the event that she does have an OBE, please could the regulars think of some way she could devise to prove it if its occurs.

My “starter for ten” is that she would need to collaborate with the surgical team and ask them to put some object in the room after she is unconscious. If the surgeon is skeptical of these kinds of reports he may not be interested, but if he has had previous patients report such experiences, he may be willing to take part.

Comments very welcome please!

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33 thoughts on “AWARE III, IV, V…I’ve lost count.

  1. Eduardo Jorge Fulco on said:

    It seems to me that you should ask for four shelves to be placed, one in each corner of the operating room…as Parnia did in Aware I, but with the difference that in this case it would not be one (1) but four (4).
    Only visible from the ceiling, obviously.
    And then have them place four drawings or numbers composed of 3, 4 or 5 digits that he (the patient) does not know, does not know what they are.
    If he has an OBE and he gets it right, he will not only get the number right but also the corner, where he saw it.
    Of course, the advantage he would have over Aware patients is that he would know beforehand that he was looking for confirmation of the OBE…, which Aware patients did not, but this would not invalidate the results.


  2. Eduardo Jorge Fulco on said:

    To suggest this I base myself on the observation that Dr. J. Long made in his book, when he pointed out that the center of consciousness in an OBE, after rising from the body, at least at the beginning, usually does not rise above the ceiling and usually takes up positions in some corner of the room. The case of the 57-year-old Aware man also had his perception from a corner, as he later indicated to Parnia…I do not speak English, I understand that corner refers to corner in the English language.


  3. As I have never had such experiences I can’t really offer any good insight on the theoretical nature of these experiences. HOWEVER, there are two things I will say.
    1. Good luck on the surgery and wish the best
    2. Everyone is making excellent suggestions on how to test it, but don’t get too caught up on the surroundings, instead just focus on the moment and observe what’s going on. If you see a target great, hear conversations great, but the important thing to remember is to stay focused and try not to panick or worry but be mindful of what’s happening. This way by being in a mindful mindset you will be able to obtain any information more clearly without having to worry with this in mind. Very similar to meditation and practicing mindfulness by focusing on the breathe or awareness. By being present in the moment , it can reduce the mental stress and allow for better focus within an experience. Hope this helps!


  4. David on said:

    I concur on all the above. On hearing it seeing write it down and get to go all the medical people to timeline it. You may not because anesthesia and I am sure they will keep blood flow to brain.
    Also they never tell the patient about operating room details on almost snything. I would argue if you present them with anything heard of seen you have a hit.
    Good luck. Would also ask about the covid protocols too.


  5. MsMi321 on said:

    During an operation there is a lot that is recorded, particularly the anesthesiologist. Very few people know how anesthesia looks or the data he is looking at. This book is opened every so often and anesthesiologists usually just relax in the room occasionally doing something. It would be worth to look for what the anesthesiologist is doing instead of trying to go after the whole room. Say if he is reading a book or if he is writing to someone or watching some sort of video. Maybe he has students and their questions.

    As people are saying focus only on something minor, a moment in time. But we must be aware that in this case the patient will probably have blood circulated outside the body via a machine and that will go to the brain so this is not death rather the heart is being replaced by a machine. The idea is to prevent the brain from flatlining as it is harder to return function to the brain even when the heart is beating. If they can avoid the risk they will avoid the risk.

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  6. I don’t know where in the world this patient is having her operation, but I would think it was very unlikely that a surgeon (or a surgical team) would agree to something like that. But I guess there’s no harm in asking, at least.

    In the unlikely event that they do agree to it, I would present the surgeon with a large sheet of white paper and a black marker pen and ask him to write a 3 digit number on it as large as possible, and place it somewhere viewable, after you are anaesthetised. Maybe on a table (away from the operation site) or on top of the lights.

    You could actually use more than one piece of paper with the same number on it, if the surgeon was really easy going but I’d be very surprised even if he/she agreed to any of it in the first place. They usually need agreement from the ethics committee for anything like this.

    More seriously, best of luck with the operation, I hope everything goes well !


    • Lewis on said:

      Potentially taking this suggestion a step further – provide the surgeon with a set of assorted brightly coloured sheets of card (which could act as a visual cue for the patient). The surgeon then chooses a coloured card at random and writes the three digit number on it. This way, if an OBE did occur, the patient would identify the colour of the card (which would not have been known) and the randomly chosen three digit number. Best of luck with the operation!


  7. Anna on said:

    Best wishes for your surgery.

    I dont know for sure but I’ve heard images work better than numbers. I think Parnia uses images. I wonder if asking Parnia would be helpful.


  8. Lukas on said:

    Best of luck with the operation and get well soon and that is the main thing now.


  9. Some great suggestions. I would add that if this lady gets the chance, ask the surgeon if anyone undergoing the procedure before has reported OBEs…if they have, this might open the door to potentially validating. I will send a personal email anyway.


    This may be of interest to some on the blog.
    They found that ‘ hearing’ is the last sense to go away before dying but I believe it’s before they actually flatline not during. What do you guys make of this?


  11. Mr Matthew Denton on said:

    The difficulty of this is that you’d be able to prove to yourself you had an OBE far easier than you could prove it unequivocally to everyone else.


    • Well he’s certainly not messing about, is he. I never thought he would get this project up and running so quickly ! Well done, Dr Parnia !

      Some of the comments underneath are amusing too. “Please tell there life after death ?” LOL ! That’s patience for you !


    • Very interesting. I think this has great potential, depending how fast they are able to recruit.


  12. Werner Bartl on said:

    Hello Ben, what does recruit mean that you have someone who can remember something, or someone gives the consent that you can do tests on him during the operation?


  13. Hello Ben. If she is comfortable, perhaps you could connect your reader who is undergoing the operation with Dr. Parnia.


  14. Chad on said:

    Maybe look for the barcode/manufacture date on some equipment. I doubt the surgeon will cooperate. Should always go for a very specific visual veridical perception imo.


  15. Justin 123 on said:

    I wish you luck tomorrow. As for a potential OBE, I’d suggest asking the team to place a random object (preferably from the room next door so as to have not seen it previously) at the foot of the door. All this would happen after you’ve been under, and so you wouldn’t know what to expect. Of course the object has to be large enough and distinct enough to spot. But… if an OBE occurs, just sight for it. Should be easy to find and it isn’t too much to ask, either.

    Again, best of luck.


  16. Monique on said:

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for your suggestions!

    Today I should be operatie upon, but emergencycases were there( hartattacks etc.) and they asked me for postponemoment.
    The intention is the operate me this week, because my surgeon his holidays ( 3 weeks) start next week.

    I will take your suggestions with me.
    I also talked to a cardiologist in the Netherlands P. van Lommel who wrote a book about nde’s.

    You will hear from me after the operation, nde or not 😉
    Thank you all very much!

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    • Must be frustrating being delayed Monique. Hope they fit you in before he goes away. Like I said in my email, maybe worth asking him if he’s ever had a patient report an OBE. If he has, he may be willing to do some sort of test. Otherwise I think the idea of looking at specific members of staff, or even something outside the room…if you have an OBE and if you have the “presence of mind to do such a thing”.

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  17. Anna on said:

    Thanks for the update Monique! We look forward to hearing from you after your operation.

    I’d like to repeat my suggestion that it could be helpful to contact Parnia.


  18. Monique on said:

    Hello everyone,

    This friday I had my operation. No near death experience guys 👐 Just a black hole.
    Nevertheless there is something that is aware of that too! That is known too by something empty….not being the ego with preconditioned thinking.

    It reminds me of Nisargadatta Maharaj who said :

    Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
    Love is knowing I am everything,
    and between the two my life moves.

    I want to thank you all for your well wishes and advices.
    When I hear more about nde’s in this hospital I will let you know ok?!

    Monique from the Netherlands


    • Glad that everything went well Monique, but shame you didn’t have an OBE, would have been very exciting! Hard to draw any philosophical conclusions, just like with my operation last year.


  19. David on said:

    A feeling of nothing is not nothing? Glad it went well. It is also a big pain to need medical care in the covid era and mine is nothing compared to yoy.


  20. Glad to hear it went good as well!


  21. Anna on said:

    I’m very glad it went well! And thank you for sharing your experience. I would love to hear more about your experience if you feel comfortable. Curious if you were aware during the procedure or if it was more a recollection when you woke up? Either is amazing and fascinating!


  22. Anna on said:

    …curious also about what you mean by a “black hole”…do you mean a feeling like being in space or do you mean no time passing?


  23. Juanjo on said:

    Hi everyone. I am new to these issues, and I always wonder: If near-death experiences are genuine proof of the afterlife, why do such a low percentage of people in clinical death experience them? Why can some people remember and others not?


    • No one knows for sure what exactly goes on in an NDE but it has been recommended by experts that everyone has these experiences but can’t remember due to their brain state after cardiac arrest and the drugs that might be given to them. Memory is very susceptible and easily messed with, just look at people who have brain disorders and can’t remember. Plus we don’t always remember dreams but they still happen nonetheless. If I were to recommend some experts look at Sam Parnia or Pim Van Lommel and see what they say about it.


      • Juanjo on said:

        Thanks for the info. The whole topic of near-death experiences is very interesting. I think consciousness remains, at least in the first few minutes and perhaps hours after clinical death, then it is very difficult to know. What is interesting are the constant patterns that occur in many experimenters, with some subjective differences that I think depend more on brain activity, even if it is minimal, such as when someone sees God, others Allah, etc, etc.


  24. bippy123 on said:

    Juan I think of you study peak in Darien ndes you will see that they point to consciousness being immortal , especially if you read accounts like Eddie Cuomo seeing his sister in heaven as well as his other relatives .


    • Juanjo on said:

      Hi bippy123, something like the peak in Darien recently happened in my family with a deceased loved one. Only it didn’t happen in an episode of near-death experience or visions on the deathbed, but in too vivid a dream.


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