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The Tai Chi Master gone, gone to the other shore

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021115

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A description of the experience

Near death experiences - Ornella Corazza

Mrs O., a 66-year-old Tai Chi Master, had a very powerful near-death experience which changed her life. Sixteen years before the interview, she was very sick and she vomited dark blood. She lost consciousness and was resuscitated in the emergency care unit of a hospital in Tokyo. The doctor told her later that her heart had stopped beating for a while and that she was considered clinically dead for an unknown period of time (she couldn't remember). She described having a vision of a river which separated her side from that of the Realm of Dead (or 'Yomi'). She said:

As I got closer, at the very end of the other side of the river, I saw my mother who passed away l8 years ago. I could see only her face because a group of children monks, dressed in white and black, masked the rest of her body. The children were very noisy. I moved closer, to see my mother. She looked very worried and she said: 'Don't come here! Go back!' So I turned back and regained consciousness in the hospital. At that very moment, I heard a nurse calling my name.

A few days after her NDE, another 'strange' event happened to Mrs O. She was still in pain, recovering at home. She said she looked at a picture of a plum tree in full blossom on the wall of her room (this is a rather common image in Japanese houses). Suddenly, she saw the face of her mother star-ing at her from the centre of a beautiful plum flower. This vision continued for about two weeks. She said: 'When I fully recovered, the face of my mother disappeared from the plum tree.' She felt that her mother had sent her back to our world because she still had several missions to accomplish in this life. The first mission was that she had to become a Tai Chi Master for the good of other people. And so she did. She was still practicing this discipline when I met her.

The source of the experience

Taoism

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans