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Guest Editorial: Near-Death Experiences: A Speculative Neural Model

Description: Article detailing a personal mystical experience that led the author to the belief that a little known structure in the center of the spinal cord, Reissner's fiber, is identical with the anatomical entity described by kundalini yoga. The author's struggles to understand the meaning of that experience have led him to believe that an understanding of the deeper realities underlying quantum phenomena can be integrated with an understanding of the mysterious realities of near-death and other mystical experiences, and that Reissner's fiber can serve as an empirical basis for a scientific investigation of these phenomena.
Date: Spring 1994
Creator: Wile, Lawrence C.

Journal of Near-Death Studies, Volume 12, Number 3, Spring 1994

Description: Quarterly journal publishing papers related to near-death experiences, including research reports; theoretical or conceptual statements; expressions of a scientific, philosophic, religious, or historical perspective on the study of near-death experiences; cross-cultural studies; individual case histories; and personal accounts of experiences or related phenomena.
Date: Spring 1994
Creator: Greyson, Bruce

Near-Death and Transcendental Experiences: Neurophysiological Correlates of Mystical Traditions

Description: Article exploring a theory that the first stages of transcendental experiences might be induced by blocking or saturating sensory input to the brain at the level of the hippocampus. Many accounts of kundalini awakenings are consistent with this theory, as is an extended version of Itzhak Bentov's physio-kundalini model.
Date: Spring 1994
Creator: Jourdan, Jean-Pierre