Now, eager to explore, within and round, the dense green of the divine wood, that moderated new daylight to my eyes, I left the mountainside without delay, crossing the plain, slowly, slowly, over the ground, perfumed on every side;
A sweet breath of continuous air, struck my forehead, with no more force than a gentle wind, before which the branches, immediately shaking, were all leaning towards that western quarter where the sacred Mount casts its first shadow…
The description of Eden, shown in Canto XXVIII of Purgatory by Dante Alighieri, appropriately introduces this section, which contains the video interviews of those who claim to have crossed the Threshold and then have come back.
Their voyages into the Afterlife (also known as “Near-Death Experiences” or “NDEs”) are usually triggered by cardiac arrest or coma or, sometimes, occur during nighttime sleep.
The most interesting aspect of these reports is the presence of a shared matrix, regardless of the cultural or religious background of those who go through such experiences.
A beautiful garden with flowers, animals, streams and a gentle breeze that bends tree branches, all in a landscape with mountains and valleys, characterize the world that is usually described by those who have returned.
However, the doubt that all this may be, in reality, a complex hallucination exists. Anyway, the firm conviction and the narrative clarity of these “travelers”, together with their radical life changes after such “boundary” experiences, lead one to consider them, with a reasonable degree of certainty, not as creations of the mind but as actual voyages that really took place into the Afterlife.
E.A. – V.G.
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