I don't know what category this belongs in, so I'll place it here.
Something puzzles me about NPMR reports from people having NDEs, OBEs, deep trance recall (i.e., deep hypnosis & between lives recollections), channeling, and purported spirit guidance of all flavors. Being someone who constructs mental models by nature, it troubles me when I find that a great deal of the above reports mismatch. For a while, I'd thought that I'd found some reliable data after reading Monroe and several other OBE writers, as well as Michael Newton's two between-lives books, the past-life therapy of Dr. Weiss, and much more.
I've gotta say that it doesn't always fit together very well. Yes, we live, we die, we return. What happens between lives? What is NPMR like? I mean, people returning from NDEs really run the range of odd reports. Some see Jesus, some a relative, some just a loving light; some are told it's not time yet, some are asked if they want to go back--others not; some are communicated with to great extent, some aren't. And just about every flavor in the human imagination comes from descriptions of NPMR. Some of them grossly conflict with other reports, even highly praised persons can offer the most ridiculous claims about NPMR.
This merely touches the tip of the strangeness of information about NPMR from PMR visitors. And it's not that this is a point of anxiety for me personally; rather it's a puzzle that I'm finding difficult to unravel.
Yes, and obviously, there's a serious factor of subjectivity involved. But why? What are the factors that create the multivarious perceptions? Surely it's more than the kind of subjectivity where two people describe an assailant's clothing differently.
Can you offer some objective principles on this subject?