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As long as I'm linking things, this one-minute YouTube video about a man who was blind from birth but experienced sight during his NDE is interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9AfJbXe3rc&feature=share

This case was covered in Kenneth Ring's book Mindsight. Note that the man does not quite know how to describe vision; he can only describe it as knowing things without having to touch or hear them.

Thanks to my Facebook friends for bringing this to my attention.

Thanks for the NDE of the blind guy link. That was very uplifting. I shared it on my Facebook page. Hopefully some people will click on the link. I love that stuff! I have read Mindsight but since I have read so many NDE and death bed vision books it's difficult to remember them all and keep them straight in my mind. They are getting all mixed up together I've read so many of them.

I've gotten a whole bunch of comments on Facebook all ready to the NDE of the blind guy! Great little video! Thanks!

Ah, pain. So many ways of viewing it.

"That our sufferings are rooted in a selfish grasping and in fears and terrors which spring from our ignorance of the true nature of life and death becomes clear to anyone compelled by zazen [zen meditation] to confront himself nakedly. But zazen makes equally plain that what we term "suffering" is our evaluation of pain from which we stand apart, that pain when courageously accepted is a means to liberation in that it frees our natural sympathies and compassion even as it enables us to experience pleasure and joy in a new depth and purity."

"The Three Pillars of Zen", Phillip Kapleau

I, too, have been aggressively seeking to build a better understanding of the afterlife for my own very traumatic reasons. The paranormal world is so jumbled with theories and speculation that I gave up trying to figure out how they all fit together. Sometimes its enough for me to know that there are unexplained mysteries.
Small pockets of understanding, at least within my own mind, have emerged, especially in the field of ghost hunting. I joined a paranormal research team last year and have been informally studying everything from the nuts and bolts of doing an investigation to the more speculative morphic resonance theories espoused by Rupert Sheldrake (which really opens up a field of tumbleweeds for me to run after).

Although vastly more complex than I have time to articulate, there are theories in ghost cosmology that traumatic life events leave an imprint on the geomagnetic grid at the location where they occurred. This "imprint" can continue to replay over and over as the trauma works itself out vibrationally through the centuries. I imagine it to be a cross between the wound up power rod of a jack in the box hooked to an audio or video recording.

Who knows what kindles the sensory replay for any particular person. The convergence of variables would be difficult to puzzle together with the limited knowledge we have on this subject at present. A key factor in these kinds of situations is that there is generally no detectable interaction with anyone, spirit or otherwise, in these kinds of manifestations.

I would guess that the screams and wails in del Toro's interview might fit into this category or something similar, perhaps a residual or trapped energy hypothesis.

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