In a World of Their Own: Experiencing Unconsciousness

In a World of Their Own: Experiencing Unconsciousness

In a World of Their Own: Experiencing Unconsciousness

In a World of Their Own: Experiencing Unconsciousness

Synopsis

Up until now, we have had little knowledge of what the state of unconsciousness was like from the patient's point of view. Surprisingly, in a state considered void of human experiences, Lawrence found that the events subjects reported were extraordinary. Her research in hospital units and in the literature reveals that more than 70% of the individuals who regain consciousness remember events during their unconscious period. They heard and understood conversations, had inner dialogues, recognized their emotions, and went out of their bodies. As would be expected, some of the patients' experiences are the now-recognized classic NDEs (near-death experiences).

Excerpt

A young nursing student was assigned to care for a 45-year-old man who had brain surgery. The patient was unresponsive most of the time--just lying in bed or sitting in a chair, staring into space.

In spite of the lack of an overt response, the student had the sense that somehow there was communication. As the number of days she cared for him increased, she grew to notice some of his subtle expressions--even pain in his eyes. It seemed that when his wife came to visit, he moved more, his muscles strengthened, as if he were responding to her presence.

The patient and student developed a routine. When she explained what she was doing, he seemed to relax more. He would become agitated and restless when left in an uncomfortable position. She began to use these nonverbal cues to identify his needs. It would be an exaggeration to say that he anticipated her activities, but there seemed to be some awareness--some response to what she was doing for him.

His wife would visit daily and ask if he talked or responded differently in any way. The young student lacked the confidence to . . .

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