Young People


Crucial facts about young experiencers

Special attention, according to the Maieutics School, deserves young people with one or sometimes even more extraordinary (read: spiritual / metaphysical) experiences. Why? Because of several important reasons. To begin with, scientific research shows that

  • adolescents are more likely than adults to undergo such extraordinary experiences; as many as 90% of children in critical condition have near-death experiences (NDEs)
  • young people struggle much more than adults to cope with these intense experiences (= coping), because of the social pressures they face as relatively defenceless young people; they adapt to what is ‘normal’ purely out of fear of not being accepted by those around them because of their special experience.

Thus, proper care or psychologically sound counselling of young people after experiencing extraordinary experiences seems to be crucial for their mental health and later life happiness. On top of this, young people

  • in cases of very young age are not nearly as strongly influenced by culture, which makes their personal testimony about their extraordinary experience all the more pure and therefore more reliable (= scientific interest)
  • young people are only at the beginning of their lives, so a positive processing of their extraordinary experiences will not only promote their own life happiness, but also its effect on society as a whole (= social interest).


Effects of extraordinary experiences on young experiencers

Following on from the latter point: did you know that the effects of a spiritual / metaphysical experience on young people in particular are sometimes downright spectacular? We mention some of them below. Young experiencers

  1. are generally highly creative and extremely curious
  2. show significant progress in intelligence: 68% show a marked increase in intellect; their IQ is not infrequently above average, at least 150-160, even though they were not born with that intelligence(!)
  3. are not intelligent by the normal standard, but exhibit traits of genius
  4. are regularly attracted to and highly skilled in mathematics, science and history
  5. are driven to abstractions while learning ability improves
  6. try to participate in traditional work processes with an unconventional mindset in later life, always pushing for change and for new, even exotic possibilities and alternatives
  7. often go on to study philosophy, theology or physics later in life, or choose a creative profession, such as painting, photography or music to express feelings and emotions that are difficult for them to put into words
  8. sometimes choose a caring profession to be able to help people, such as nurse, doctor or social or social worker; they would like to pursue a profession in which they can make practical use of their heightened intuitive feelings.

An example: Colton Burpo

Four-year-old Colton Burpo experiences a near-death experience (NDE) during an operation on his appendix. As mentioned, research shows that about 90 per cent of children in critical condition have such an experience. Two elements of Colton’s experience are of special interest. First, in the non-local or metaphysical space, in which his consciousness resides at that moment, he ‘sees’ his deceased grandfather. Not that he ever knew him, but later it is verified through a photograph that it turns out to be his grandfather! Secondly, at least as remarkable, Colton ‘meets’ his unborn sister in non-local space.

That last element is extra fascinating. For Colton’s parents never told him about that little sister before, indeed, they themselves did not even know it was a girl, as the baby already died in the mother’s womb. Consequently, it had never been given a name either, Colton testified. What did become clear was that it really was his sister and that this girl, or at least her soul, was never lost, despite her physical death.

Today, Colton is a grown man in his twenties. By his own admission, he has comforted many people just by talking about his experience. Death turns out not to be dead, or Heaven is for Real – according to the eponymous title of the book and film based on Colton’s NDE.

Here is a short interview with him and his parents. Note: the context of Colton’s experience is Christian, because that is how he was raised. In other families/cultures in which children grow up, the context of the NDE is also very different