What happens to your spirit when you go into a coma? Does it stay within the body or does it temporarily leave — or die — until the body resumes consciousness? Is a coma state, spiritually speaking, the same state as the one induced when a person loses brain function?
There is a simple answer to this: coma patients are not spiritually dead — or outside of their body and in the light — whereas patients with no brain function have spirits that have left the body.
Do not be confused, however: death (or leaving the body for good) does not equal the stopping of life. Death is in fact the evolution of life, the progression of spirit from the physical body to the spiritual body, the latter being, for all intents and purposes, more liberating and freeing than the former.
I have personal experience here. I have been in a coma and can attest to the fact that coma patients are “in there”, can hear you and are experiencing their own reality — even though that reality may be altered somewhat (due to drugs, illness, etc.).
I was in a coma for approximately one week many years ago. I suffered from a terrible infection that went septic (meaning all organs in my body were infected). The doctors at the time didn’t know what was wrong and decided to conduct exploratory surgery when the pain became unbearable. I not only had a near death experience at the time (which I will write about at some point), I also did not come out of the anesthesia.
What was it like while in a coma?
Honestly: very odd.
I was on massive doses of broad spectrum antibiotics and narcotics. These drugs greatly altered my clarity and interpretation of events, but I nonetheless received (and was aware of) information. I heard conversations. My husband at the time read to me every day and I heard that, too.
I did a strange thing with the stimuli, however — I weaved it all into a story. In my mind it wasn’t him I was hearing, but rather the voice of my brother. We weren’t in Chicago at Northwestern Hospital, either—we were in Maui and I could actually hear the crashing of the ocean waves. The nurses were not nurses, but rather handmaids and friends. The collective stimuli turned into a tale I ultimately jumped into, one that built into a reality, a kind of life.
The brain is truly a powerful force. The coma-life I created for myself stays with me to this day.
My coma-reality was absolutely a real reality (insofar as perception is reality). I felt love from those who visited. I heard them talk about my illness. Though distorted, I perceived everything and in my own way, I understood it.
My spirit was still in my body. Others experiencing coma-reality are also spiritually in their body. It is of great benefit therefore to visit these people, to talk to them, to touch them and to send them love. They feel it. Their spirit receives it. Their brain perceives and interprets it. All stimuli is used on some level and many times this stimuli prompts the comatose person to come back to earth-reality.
I consider my time in a coma as a tremendous learning experience. It has allowed me to assure many others that comatose patients are, as many suspect, “in there” or perceiving stimuli, therefore by no means gone.
Total loss of brain function, however, is a different thing entirely. When a patient loses brain function for a substantial amount of time they are, in fact, dead. This means their spirit is out of the body, though often the spirit stays with the body until life support ceases (that is, proximate to the body, though not in it). Mary Ann Winkowski, famed psychic medium and inspiration for the popular Ghost Whisperer television series, claims that she often sees these spirits next to the hospital bed and that they are literally begging to be released. They want to be released for their own sake but also for the sake of the family grieving and holding onto them, because they want to be at peace and rest in the light.
Of course cessation of medical life support is a personal/family decision, but the spiritual state of the patient should be taken into consideration. A person’s spirit, at all times, wants to move on and progress, whether within the earthly body or not.
There is one thing comatose and brain-dead patients have in common, however: they both need your prayers. Spiritual supplication and intervention really does help the loved one in question, no matter the path of their progression.