One of the consistent mysteries that always seems to be cropping up is what happens to us after we die. While many religions promise to know the fate of our souls in excruciating detail, science tends to lean more towards an absence of consciousness. But now, one woman claims to have definitive proof of what happens after we leave our mortal forms - and the internet has found it incredibly terrifying.
One Californian woman has shared the story of her aunt's near death experience, which comes complete with a message from the great beyond. Want to finally know what happens to us after we die? Read on.
There's one big mystery that really haunts us all.We all know that we're definitely going to die one day - and the mystery of what happens afterwards is pretty scary to consider.
But there are some things that we can point to as clues.Many look at those who've had near death experiences to help us try to understand what happens when we cease to exist in the accepted sense of the word.
Some people believe that we have souls.The idea that the essence of our personhood exists outside of our physical forms would suggest that, after death, there's some form of continuation.
And some who are resuscitated after technically dying confirm this.There are many tropes concerning near-death experiences that have permeated our culture, like walking towards a tunnel of light.
And, of course, religion has some ideas on the subject, too.While there are a few differences between what major religions tend to think, there is an idea of an afterlife as a reward that permeates western beliefs.
Of course, there's one caveat.Because, if there's a Heaven, then, by rights, there should also be a Hell - and that's a pretty frightening concept.
Although perhaps less frightening than the alternative.Because, if there's no Heaven or Hell, and no soul, then where does that leave us after we die? If all there is is total oblivion, that's pretty terrifying.
Either way, the whole thing is a big mystery.And since we likely won't actually find out until we die, it's probably going to stay that way. Or so we thought - until this viral Instagram post came to our attention.
The post was shared by Madie Johnson.
The story wasn't actually Johnson's.
via: InstagramIn fact, it was about her aunt, who goes by the name Tina Hines. Hines lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and has had one crazy experience which has captured the internet's attention.
Madie shared Tina's story in an incredible Instagram post."A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died," it began.
But what seemed like a tragedy was actually far more complex.Madie said that Tina "was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital."
And that wasn't the end of Hines' good luck.When Hines arrived at hospital, "she was put on a defibrillator," which resulted in her "miraculously waking up."
But what happened next was truly amazing.After her resuscitation, "the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousin's journal wrote 'it's real'."
Here's the note that Hines wrote.
via: Madie JohnsonOkay, it's a little bit of a mess - but, to her credit, she had just been dead. We think that you can just about make out the "it's real" message - what do you think?