One Way to Chronicle the
Spiritually Transformative Experience Phenomenon
Here's a barest beginning look at statistics from around the world of
those who have had various types of anomalous experiences/EEs/EHEs.
If you have knowledge of sites or other sources with this kind of
information for [for example] near-death experiences, out-of-body
experiences, spiritual or mystical experiences, after-death
communications, send them
and they will be posted here. (Please check out the reliability /
accuracy of your sources before sending us their
As these begin to accrue, we will start looking at them from a more
integrated and global perspective.
Various statistics have surfaced occasionally over the last 25 years
suggesting, for example, per Rhea A. White [from "The Inward Olympics:
On Finding Ways to Deepen Consciousness and Touch the Self We All Are"]:
Over half of the combined European/North American population reports having had at least one of these experiences (Haraldsson & Houtkooper, 1991). This is a datum we dare not ignore. This is more than a whisper. Nature itself is fairly shouting to us, and still we turn a deaf ear!
Instead of ignoring this statistic, let us work with it. In order to do so, we need a new context, a new secular container that will hold psychic and mystical experiences and make sense of them.
The following stats
come from E.
Elsaesser-Valarino's website [see web link below]
5% or 15 million people in the USA have had
25% or 75 million have had OBEs
people/day in USA [Elsaesser-Valarino quotes Lock,2005] have
NDEs. That is 282,875 people/year. The USA
population just topped 300 million people in 2006, which is
equal to about 1/20th of the world population now at well over
six billion. There's no telling how off this figure is either
way, but just for fun: if there is even a rough
correspondence in numbers, that would mean 282,875 x 20 =
5,651,500 people in the world may be having NDEs/year.
provides similar statistics for a few other countries., such as
highlights from a study reported in Lancet in 2001, conducted by
Dutch cardiologist, Pim van Lommel. His research showed
that out of 344 resuscitated cardiac patients, 18% reported
having had a near-death experience, and 12% described a classic
"core" NDE containing many or most of the main
associated features [e.g., being out-of-body and viewing their
body, meeting loved ones on the Other Side, moving toward or
into the Light, meeting one or more light beings].
Wales, research indicates a whopping 60% of people who have lost their
spouses have had after-death communications with their mates.
Kason's book, A
Farther Shore: How Near-Death and Other Extraordinary Experiences
Can Change Ordinary Lives:
1989 a Gallup poll found that one of every three Americans
believed he or she had had some type of mystical
Quoted from Russell
Targ's book, Limitless Mind:
2001 the Gallup Poll that said "more than half the U.S.
population reports having had psychic experiences. These
believers include two-thirds of the college graduates and
university professors queried."
following is from an article by R. A. McConnell (1977), in "The
Resolution of Conflicting beliefs about the ESP Evidence"
[in: Journal of Parapsychology, vol. 41]:
of ... respondents "said that psychic effects observed in
themselves or in persons close to them have contributed
significantly to their belief in ESP." This
high statistic reinforces what NDE researcher Kenneth Ring had
observed through informal surveys in some of his classes.
He describes this phenomenon as a "benign virus" that
is very contagious. An analogous descriptive phrase that
comes to mind is, "Made a believer out of me!"
Except for the last survey with a startling 71% of respondents
published in 1977, overall, the above quotes from Kason and Targ seem to suggest there
has been somewhat of a progression over time, which grabbed my attention
enough to make me do some more checking to verify this. But
statistics are infamous for our being able to take and bend them any
old way without changing the actual data. Also in this case the
exact words used, such as "mystical experiences,"
"psychic experiences," "spiritual experiences,"
"paranormal experiences" can mean quite different things to
different people because they are rather generic. This can, I
believe, muddy the survey outcome, because everything is contingent on how
respondents interpret the question within the context of self-defined
personal experiences on a gut level in
the moment. I have found other statistical studies and polls
that have provided similarly high statistics, which as a whole is
consistent, but they tend to be a bit up and down, roughly from 49% to
60% over the last three decades. [See, e.g., A. M
Greeley's article, "Mysticism Goes Mainstream,"
IN: American Health, vol. 6, pgs 47-49, 1987. And E. Haraldsson and
J. M. Houtkooper's "Psychic Experiences in the Multi-National
Human Values Study: Who Reports Them?" IN: Journal of
the American Society of Psychical Research, vol. 85, pgs
[R. White's original website]
Elsaesser Valarino’s s
Targ's website, primarily about remote viewing, also distant healing