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Scientists have theorized that near death experiences occur as a kind of physiological defense mechanism. In order to guard against damage during trauma, the brain releases protective chemicals that also happen to trigger intense hallucinations.

The sympathetic nervous system, a web of nerves and neurons that run through the spinal cord and spread to virtually every organ in the body is responsible for arousal or excitement. It gets you ready for action. The parasympathetic system, with which the sympathetic system is entwined, calms you down and rejuvenates you.

In life, the turning on of one system promotes the shutting down of the other. But in the brains of people having mystical experiences, and perhaps in death, both systems are fully “on,” giving a person a sensation both of slowing down, being out of body, and of seeing things most vibrantly.