Dr. Peyton, a former atheist, neurologist and hospice physician, shares her NDE and Dr. Marjorie Woollacott, a neuroscience professor, discusses the transformations caused by near-death experiences and mystical experiences, along with their relationship to consciousness, love, and joy.

Studies show that 1) meditation training significantly enhances compassionate responses to persons in pain by more than five times compared to nonmeditators; this alters the activation of the neural circuitry of emotion; 2) NDE experiences result in transformations bringing about significant increases in kindness to others and spiritual well-being, suggesting they are also a vehicle for spiritual awakening; 3) psilocybin experiences also produce increased love as well as self-compassion. One person said at the follow-up, “There is more empathy – a greater understanding of people…” Another said, ‘There is “more desire to connect with loving energy and have loving energy flow through me to others.