The Big Sleep and NDE's
I was reading an article about the Near-Death Experience ( NDE ) and it occurs to me that these just might be the ultimate lucid dream. Lucid dreams (LD's) exist somewhere in the Delta brainwave state while in R.E.M. sleep. R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) is a unique state all to itself as it now is commonly thought of as a dream state characterized by sudden loss of muscle tone and sleep paralysis.
The Near Death Experience could simply be our conscious minds attempt to wake up. But If lucid dreaming is the perfect balance of the unconscious and conscious mind... why would NDE's be lucid dreams? I suppose that , at some level, consciousness will always try to trump unconsciousness. It is our instinct for survival. One of the keys to self-induced lucid dreams is to tell yourself over and over, before sleeping and while in a Theta (daydreamy) state of mind, that you WILL remember and participate in your dreams. However, in a traumatic situation, or even a hospital operating room, we probably are not trying to have LD's. An NDE might occur as our conscious minds are still functioning at some level and fighting to awaken.
I am thinking that a near death experience might be one of the most intense lucid dreams one could ever have, short of the Big Sleep... death. I am not trying to be morbid here but there was a movie called Jacob's Ladder awhile back. The entire movie, as it turned out, was Jacob's dying lucid dream. Maybe the writer of the screenplay wasn't that far off. A second of dreaming does not have to conform to our understanding of time as I am sure you are aware of. I had a dream last night that I was in a hurricane but stuck in a cheap hotel on the beach with nowhere to go as the roads had been washed away. I went to sleep (in the dream) and woke up the next day (still dreaming) to find that the hurricane had passed, the sky was blue, and all was well with the world. That dream was probably just a few seconds of 'real world' time. I can only imagine what 4 or 5 minutes of NDE time is like.