Reconsidering “all things EHE,” it seems like there are more and
more people all the time having / revealing such life changing events.
For example, [as of 2005 -- see Statistics]
almost 300,000 people a year have NDEs in the USA alone! That is merely
one type of experience, one that makes a very small statistical showing in the
overall picture of all the different kinds of possible potential EHEs, such
as, that between 25-34% [USA, Great Britain, depending on which poll you are
quoting] have had at least one out-of-body experience -- that's one out of
every 3-4 people! But for all the transformative wallop inherent in an
NDE, still, an incredible number of people are also profoundly altered every
day by many
types of these Wake-Up experiences.
Of course, the depth and quality of impact vary to a great degree, depending
somewhat on the type of experience and even more on the disposition of the
experiencer. Even so, one thing that will change over time, in fact has
been changing rapidly, is our understanding of this EHEerly phenomenon as its
implications really sink into our collective human consciousness concerning
what is possible and what IS [such as this other-dimensional reality].
Even if we are not explicitly aware of this, we are all continually influenced
by the pervasive human psyche -- what Carl Jung called the collective
unconscious / superconscious.
In less than 20 years, for instance, look at what has happened to the general
acceptance of the idea of "consciousness" now being more fully
integrated into the Western science purview; it just seemed like
"suddenly," in all these different fields it got credibility, as if
that previous 350 years of the insufferable "mind-body problem" had
never existed! Well, get ready; we are just snagging snapshots of
insights in the midst of this pervasive consciousness leap. Already
G-O-D and spirituality are sending up the Spring of bright green tendrils into
all sorts of unexpected places like physics and biology, and now there are
whole new fields of inquiry found in many universities and research
institutions, in which spirituality is a given, like transpersonal psychology
and survival studies. I guess we could only bar the door from the
"realer than the real" just so long.
there is no apparent global census of EHEers, etc. to give us a definitive
count [that I know of], considering the many surveys and other corroborative
research around the world, it’s safe to guess there must be at least
hundreds of millions of people who have been affected by such experiences, to
whatever degree. A 2001 Gallup
Poll reported that over 50 percent of Americans admitted to having had some
form of “psychic” experience. Most
survey reports I’ve come across that use intentionally
generic terms, ask something like, “Have you ever had a mystical [or
spiritual or psychic or paranormal] experience?” In the
England, the responses over the last 30 years
that I am aware of fall between 49% and 60%.
This is more specific, but in Wales
60% of people whose spouses had ‘died’ said they had had some form of
after-death communication with their mates.
And a special place of honor belongs to
the First Peoples still living among
us, many of whom are and have long been directly attuned to
H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
published a bombshell of a book in 2000, The Cultural Creatives:
How 50 Million Americans Are Changing the World.
They do not mention EHEs, but they do say that spirituality, an inner
life, and humanitarian causes are very important to the core group of 24
million, [compare EHE
Aftereffects and Core
Cultural Creatives’ traits
and also The
Characteristics of 'Shamanic Vocation']
who also happen to be the most committed activists of their entire population.
All Cultural Creatives share in common a concern for a sustainable
future. No doubt these numbers
have grown over the years.
And finally, we have hardly mentioned EHE
yet, whose lifestyles, values and worldviews are similarly influenced by EHEers and
their stories. A tandem situation exists between the secular
"Green" Cultural Creatives, who largely defer to and are inspired by
the leadership of the more activist Core CCs. The Greens comprise just
over half of the Cultural Creatives as a whole. I wonder if the count
between EHEers and Empaths might be roughly comparable. There's no means
to assess this except take a head count, but it's a starting point from which
to imagine the extent of our EHE-influenced relational web as a Movement.
In other words in sheer numbers, there is an astounding Movement in
evidence all over the world, but we have not discovered FIRE yet ["for
the second time," as someone has said], which amounts to our mutual and
lively recognition of each other, and our organizing globally and having
world-wide impact on the basis of the incalculable
significance of what we have in common in these exceptional [humanizing]
AND: In our shared agenda for
a safe and healthy planet and a mature and peaceable humanity who can finally
choose universally to be guided by our most basic communal conscience that can
be stated in such terms as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you," and "I am you in another body," and we are ONE SELF in
many bodies. If and as the tipping point or majority of people is transformed,
deeply and lastingly affected by
these EHEerly stories and all that they infer about [no equivocating: Spirit
IS, and] Life-Writ-Infinitely-Large, this is the New Consciousness that will
become, in fact is becoming, the new consensus reality.
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