"Today, I have read your article with the header, "Is the Afterlife What We Think It Is? A Challenge from Near-Death Studies. May I ask you some questions on it?
"First of all, I have a little linguistical problem. Why do you write in the abstract 'that what we refer to as an afterlife may not exist at all?' Further in the article you refer to an afterlife very well and obviously you think that there is an afterlife. So, in my English, for me as a foreign language, I understand the sentence in the abstract like that you would deny the existence of an afterlife. But how is it to understand? Further, I understand the first part of the article as if you would like to say, that a near-death experience is important, especially for the here and now. Surely you want to say this, but isn't it also a kind of proof for an afterlife?
"Please excuse me if I misunderstand you in some way, but your article is not so easy to read if English is not your mother language. Kind regards….Rainer"
My goal in the article is to challenge what most people think, define, and see as an afterlife. If you really study the literature, and the near-death states of young and old as deeply as I have - thousands of them - you come to realize that what is commonly defined as an afterlife isn't quite what exists. And the clue is the simple phrase most experiencers say after they come back, and that phrase is: "Always there is life." Now, study those simple four words. The phrase literally means: there is no afterlife, no before life, no now life, that all that exists is in some form, some place, some dimension, ongoing, ever-changing, everlasting, eternally existing life. We have always existed. We exist now. And always will exist. Forever can be counted on because it is the only home we have ever had or ever will have.
What mixes us up, I believe, is that we try to be flat-landers and see everything from a flat-land perspective, that everything runs from A to Z, left to right, birth to death, what our eyes show us as we grow and diminish from the perspective of the physical body we have. We know scientifically that the average person is doing really, really well to see and interact with about 8 to 10% of the electromagnetic spectrum. That's it. The world we think exists, exists because that is what our faculties of perception are designed to interact in and with. Everything else that exists is either ultra or infra to our faculties of perception. The other 90% or so is very real and is all around us and through us and everywhere. We call people who can connect with that larger percentage either crazy or liars.
With the discovery of the Higgs-Boson last year, we now, all of us, must face the fact that the multiworld concept may in fact be real and that the laws of physics will operate differently in each of those worlds. Consider this: the way you view the world is based on the input you receive and what you experience. What if there's more, and that "more" is different than what you think? I suggest to you that life after death is one of those "different worlds" kind of thinking. To put it another way, we did not begin at birth any more than we ended at death. You can only have an afterlife if you had a before life.
The fact is, we don't know how any of this works. We only know it doesn't work quite like we think it does. My purpose in writing that paper was to give you another perspective - based on what I encountered again and again in actual, original, research. I hope this helps.