Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"A Glimpse of Eternity" by Ian McCormack provides one of the most detailed "near death experience" simulations in film, ever

I did watch the supplementary “featurette” (almost full length) film “A Glimpse of Eternity”, by Ian McCormack, provided to me at the theater showing of “The Perfect Wave” (reviewed July 13).  The film runs 54 minutes, and most of it is cropped to use only part of the full plasma screen (like a non-HD channel);  the last section, where McCormack “preaches” and prays (about nine minutes) is cropped at the old ratio of 4:3.

The film recreates the whole sequence where Ian, at 24, is stung by the box jellyfish, stumbles his way to the hospital, and has a near death experience.  Some of the footage from the film (Sunday) is used, but it is greatly expanded, especially the NDE sequence itself, and needs more description.

While still in the taxi, Ian started seeing himself as a boy, and hears a voice telling him not to go to sleep, or it will be over.  The poison causes a rapid sense of paralysis throughout most of his body, but it is remarkable that he can function well enough to hitchhike.  One man at the hotel thinks he is a drug addict (after seeing the forearm), but fortunately someone at the hotel has called for the ambulance.  As Ian is about to enter the NDE, he is asked if he can forgive the taxi driver and the other car driver.  That doesn’t seem remarkable, as it isn’t clear that they should have understood he had been stung.  Once in the NDE, Ian enters the Core, as noted before.  He is surrounded by darkness, and cannot feel his own body, which seems transparent. Eventually, he senses a presence of evil, rather like John Boorman’s “Zardoz” character, before the light suddenly appears.  (That’s not so different from Eben Alexander.)  He seems to be in a tunnel of light for a while, and then lands on a world that looks a but like New Zealand from “Lord of the Rings.” That compares to how Clive Barker describes Heaven in “Imajica”, as the First Dominion, and as a high rise city of condos hundreds of miles long, rather like a super Hong Kong. 

In terms of physics, all of this seems like being taken inside a black hole, and then deposited on another planet, similar to Earth, in another universe.  Since it’s 27000 light years to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, maybe he’s inside a micro black hole.   He is told that he is given another chance.   The thinks, he is unmarried and has no children, and wonders why he gets the chance, and then he remembers just his own mother’s love.  He might have stayed in The Core until Judgment Day.  (That sounds like the Muslim idea of afterlife, when people are judged only at the end of time.)  He must accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and attempt to save others when he returns to Earth.  The idea that God would order someone to believe and convert is scary, and runs counter to the “logic” of physics (even allowing for intelligent design, which has always sounded reasonable to me and could be supported by the Higgs Boson particle research results (“Particle Fever”, March 21, 2014). 

McCormack says that he woke up in the morgue, just in time as the mortician was about to autopsy him.  Within hours, he had recovered completely, with no aftereffects, not even any marks or scars from the stings or hospital treatment.  This seems like a miracle.  Of course, he had been extremely strong and fit, and may have been better able to survive than almost anyone else. 

The link for the organization is here
The DVD says that it is not copy protected and that users are free to copy and share it.  This is a first in my experience, even among Christian films. 
The "demand for forgiveness" is troubling.  I can see "forgiving" the cab driver, for example.  And this is an accident, or at least, a wounding of a man for entering a wild animal's home space.  It's much more troubling to contemplate "forgiveness" when the end-of-life comes from violence, especially driven by indignation. Without the capacity for forgiving and to accept forgiveness, you wind up paying for someone else's crimes.  Sometimes we are all in the same boat. 

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