New Book By Near-Death Experience Expert
Blogging Toward Infinity: Last Notes From The Ringdom By Kenneth Ring
By: Kenneth Ring, Ph.D.
Blogging Toward Infinity opens in a personal vein with the author reminiscing about his early life with his absent father ("my father, once removed," he calls him) and about some other things that shaped his character and life, such as what he regards as the greatest film ever made (that few people have heard of), which he saw when he was just 22, and which, curiously enough, would foreshadow his NDE work. He also devotes several essays to largely unknown facets of Helen Keller's extraordinary career including his astonishing account of "the sex life of a saint."
However, the book ends, appropriately enough, with a number of essays offering Ring's final thoughts on what he regards as the most important feature of NDEs, the life review. The findings he delves into here are often stunning and highly provocative, including a disturbing essay suggesting that NDErs presciently foresaw in their visions many years ago the ecological dangers the world now confronts. In a way, these concluding essays represent Ring's parting gift to his many fans and followers concerning what we can and should all learn from the findings of NDE research to inform and enhance our own lives. And there is still more in this section. Ring also describes how he first became interested in NDEs in a hilarious account of his beginnings in the field but includes with an intriguing essay on his most recent exploration of another, still little-known phenomenon called "temporal lucidity" in which severely demented people, on the verge of death, miraculously "wake up," become lucid and are able to carry on conversations with loved ones in the hours before they finally die, reminding us of Auden's famous line, "We who must die demand a miracle."
All in all, there are many treasures to be savored in this culminating book of Ring's career. It is hard to imagine a more rewarding summation with which Ring ends his career during which he has done so much to enlighten us about what happens at the point of death, and about what we may confidently expect to experience once we pass through the portal of death to the world beyond that awaits us.