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IN THIS ISSUE: This Month's Theme -
Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
Dedicated to Richard who crossed over on Sept 11, 2001
With grateful thanks to Andy for inspiring this topic
The advent of modern life saving technologies has made the Near Death
Experience (NDE) a "widespread" phenomena. As NDEs are massively documented
by evidence deemed valid by science, they have received much study (much
of it in an effort to disprove the validity of such inner experiences).
Nevertheless, there is substantial agreement as to common elements
of the NDE which are typically found in most cases. These common experiences
as a result of near death include:
- Suddenly feeling totally at peace
(as you feel that you are being detached from your body)
- Seeing a dark tunnel and hearing noises
(as you feel your consciousness moving out of your body)
- Finding yourself outside your body
(awareness that you are now detached from your body)
- Seeing "bright lights" and "spiritual beings"
(your guides manifesting their presence to you)
- Being guided to "cities of light" or "celestial mansions"
(your guides taking you to the "Hall of Karmic Records")
- An intense period of "life review"
(of your progress to date and the options for the future)
- Sensing the "time limit" for this journey is reached
(you must go back to your body or leave it behind)
- Consciously choosing to return to your body
(the body will die if the Soul decides to leave it behind)
- Realizing later "something happened" while unconscious
(trying to recall/recount the particulars of the NDE)
- Processing the NDE into your body
(rejecting or accepting it/corroborating events with others)
- Integrating the NDE into your life
(the degree to which you act on the Karmic Counseling)
- Integrating the NDE into your view of death
(the degree to which you accept you are eternal)
Ironically one of the arguments against NDEs is that they have to
be just "misfirings of the brain" chemically, electrically, or otherwise
artificially induced by modern medical technology. The argument goes if
Near Death Experiences were a "real phenomena" then they would have been
reported well before the modern era.
So attention scientists: NDEs have been reported throughout human
history. Just look at the inspirational quote section at the end of this
newsletter to see NDEs reported by the great philosopher Plato in Greece
around 347 BCE, in England by church historian Bede around 731 CE, and in
Canada by Captain David Perry in 1762 CE.
NDEs are not new but have been
less frequently reported as medical technologies did not support heroic
resuscitations and as speaking of them openly was likely to lead to unwanted
problems with authorities.
And yet as with all things, truth proves to be the daughter of
time and reveals that there is "nothing new under the sun".
If you are interested in learning more about NDEs, you can read
more about it in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Near Death Experiences",
this book is excellent and worth putting up with the rude title.
Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are much more than an "academic" topic to
me. At the age of 7, a botched surgery propelled me into my own NDE.
Like most NDE children, I brought the experience back to my conscious
awareness at an "age appropriate" level. I focused on the fun aspects
of it... seeing angels, sparkling cities of astonishing beauty, and
feeling completely pain free for the first time in 7 years.
Like most experiencers, I chose to come back to my life now out
of the greatest love and the sincerest desire to help and support others,
especially those closest to me. And like most experiencers, I am able
to reconnect with feelings of being infinite just by making a conscious
effort to go back to the moments of "time" spent in the inner worlds.
One of the greatest gifts "the experience" gives those who underdo
it is being able to put life into proper perspective. To use the common
phrase, "don't sweat the small stuff". The world will go on turning and
the sun will go on shining ...if you are 5 minutes late to work, if you
mail that check tomorrow instead of today, if you leave dirty dishes in
the sink... as long as you try to do the best you can... you need to
realize that in the trying will sometimes be the failing.
That is the difference between excellence and perfection. Perfection
is an impossible goal: one that is doomed to failure... we are all human
born to make mistakes. Excellence is an achievable goal: one worthy
enough to devote a lifetime in achieving as it encourages growth.
Perfection holds us back: it keeps us in our comfort zone of what
we believe we can do with the utmost perfection. Excellence empowers us
to take the risks that are needed to help us achieve our dreams. Look at
those who are the most prosperous today... all of them took big risks,
made big mistakes, and turned them into big fortunes.
So imagine that you only have six months
to live... What would you want to do before you go? Those who have had
NDEs must face that question and in doing so must put their lives into
McCoy: "So Spock, being dead - what was it like?"
Spock: "Impossible to say, Doctor, we lack a common frame of
reference with which to discuss the matter."
McCoy: (very annoyed and offended) "You mean I have to DIE to
discuss your insights on death?"
Spock: "Precisely." ("Star Trek IV: Voyage Home")
Whether it is experiences with near death, past lives, or "other"
phenomena that are perceived beyond the "normal" senses of sight, hearing,
smell, taste, or touch, those who have had them ALWAYS have difficulty
in getting others who have not had them to understand. Quite literally,
it is impossible to convey what it is like to "be on the other side" to
those who have not experienced it for themselves.
It is especially difficult for those who have had NDEs. For unlike
past life or other extra sensory perception, NDEs are impossible
to ignore. The life and death struggle, the difficult choice to come back,
the profound impression that glimpsing immortality and higher awareness
makes - all of these cannot help but to alter an individual forever.
The WORST thing that those who are close to an NDE experiencer
can do is to NOT listen to their loved ones and/or to get them to deny or
minimize what happened to them during this experience.
The BEST thing
that can be done is to listen - REALLY LISTEN without judgment - to what
the experiencer has to say and help them to work through the emotions
that always come in it's wake.
Failing to "process" such experiences has consequences. Those
who "just forget about it" 99% of the time will develop
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and will become depressed and perhaps
suicidal. Those who must process it "by themselves" often withdraw or end
the relationships with those who could not support them.
Those willing to learn from the NDE will find they must now
be very true to themselves... to their dreams and life goals... and cherish
their precious "second chance" at life. This accelerates their relationships,
causing those around them to grow into greater levels of love and service
OR to drift away, realizing they have "somehow grown apart".
Those who "stick with" their NDE experiencers have the unique
opportunity to grow closer and faster to their true destiny of becoming
love. That is the greatest gift that one person can give another.
Here is what can help you to grow more loving right now...
"Sometimes it takes a thing as great as death to teach us about life"
(Svarctic Sage). From a spiritual standpoint, the real purpose of the
Near Death Experience (NDE) is to give the individual who undergoes it a
"necessary mid-life course correction".
This is a "last resort" to get a
person's life "back on the track" of their life contract. The NDE propels
the person in full consciousness into the inner worlds of God to review
the "progress of their life to date" relative to what they agreed to do
before they came here.
How this works is best described by Dannion Brinkley (author of "Saved
by the Light"):
"As my body lay dead on that stretcher (he recovered from
being struck by lightning through his phone), I was reliving every moment
of my life, including my emotions, attitudes, and motivations. The depth
of emotion I experienced during this life review was astonishing. Not only
could I feel the way both I and the other person had felt when an incident
took place, I could also feel the feelings of the person they reacted to:
a chain reaction, showing how deeply we affect one another."
After such a review, the person will receive an intensive "karmic
counseling" session with their guides during the span of the NDE experience.
Upon their return to their body, some will remember the experience with
perfect clarity while others will realize "something" happened without
fully understanding it.
Those who are "more advanced" in Soul experience or
are "more ready" to heed the call of Soul will respond more to the karmic
counseling given during the NDE and will need/want to retain more of the
experience consciously so they can "mend their ways".
Whether NDE experiencers can believe or accept it, their NDE was
a "wake-up call" from their Soul. Pay attention to it and life now and
in the karma-created future will be better, spiritually. Ignore it and
the problems that caused it to begin with will just become
As with everything else, the choice is left
up to each individual.
The past is still present... even in the present day news.
From ABC's Good Morning America: "When a car plowed into the
vehicle in which she was riding, Leslie's chest was crushed, eight bones
were broken and her heart stopped beating for three minutes. Before she
was revived, she says she glimpsed the afterlife. "My next experience
was really lying on the ground outside of the car."
Leslie continued by saying, "I was actually floating above my body, and I looked down, and I
saw all these men working on this poor girl who was down below, about
eight feet below me". In this case, the "me" who was Leslie's Soul looking
down at the herself in the broken body "which was struggling" to cling to life.
"An estimated 7 million people have reported hauntingly similar
'near-death' experiences. And a new study in the British medical journal
Lancet gives credence to such accounts, concluding they are valid."
course, the American journalist (who in private life was an "assisting
minister") goes on to dismiss this study - despite the evidence - to conclude
that "belief in the afterlife remains primarily a matter of personal faith"
and in his case of scientific prejudice.
The traditional knock on religion was that it sought to close
people's minds to bodies of evidence carefully constructed by scientific
Now the knock on science is - that however much evidence exists
proving phenomena like NDE and no matter how scientifically sound it is
or how much independent verification exists - it has become as "close minded
and prejudiced" as it use to accuse "religious dogma" of being. And with
far less justification because now scientists must stray from their own
rules to keep their eyes and minds shut.
One day the body of evidence on the validity of NDE will just be
too big to ignore.... as will the evidence of the next logical step beyond
Near Death Experiences... reincarnation.
For the story from Good Morning America go to ABC News.
The movie's official description is: "David Aames appears to lead a charmed
life. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, the young New York City publishing
executive's freewheeling existence is enchanting, yet he is missing something.
When David meets a girl of his dreams, he loses her by making a small mistake.
Thrust unexpectedly onto a roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion,
love, sex and dreams, David finds himself on a mind-bending search for his
soul and then discovers the precious, ephemeral nature of true love."
What David finds is that his life since the moment of that mistake
has been nothing more than a dream. In fact, this movie is an excellent
depiction of the "dream after dying".
When people die suddenly or traumatically, leaving a life that they
were particularly attached to... because they were young or had close loving
relationships or had "so much to live for", etc... they must be weaned from
these attachments to that life.
This is the purpose of the "dream after dying". In this dream, the dead
continue to lead their lives "as normal" often forgetting whatever event
caused their death. As the dream goes on, the people and events they encounter
become progressively more unreal. If the individual is not ready to accept
that level of unreality, they will "wake up" and begin another phase of the
dream that is more acceptable to them.
When they go through enough cycles of the dream, they are brought to
accept that it is unreal. They are then led to the realization that they are
"dead" to their old life and must now let it go. While in they are in the
"dream after dying" state, they exist in a quarantined area of the inner
worlds. Often, when grieving people are told their loved ones are in a rest
cycle and cannot be contacted by mediums, it is because they are not yet
ready to let go of the "dream after dying".
No one can "open the eyes" of those dreamers... they must do that
for themselves. Like David Aames in "Vanilla Sky", they will decide finally
to trade their dreams for a new reality, a new life in a new body, continuing
the cycle of reincarnation.
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wonderful clients to whom we are grateful for supporting our work. Special thanks to
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Inspirational Quote for the Month:
"Er.. was slain in battle, and... as he was lying on the funeral
pyre, he returned to life and told (of) what he had seen in the other world.
He said that when his soul left the body he went on a journey with a great
company... There were judges, who commanded the just, after they had given
judgment on them and had bound their sentences in front of them, to ascend
by the heavenly way on the right hand; and in like manner the unjust were
bidden by them to descend by the lower way on the left hand; these also bore
the symbols of their deeds, but fastened on their backs. He drew near, and
they told him that he was to be the messenger who would carry the report of
the other world to men... in what manner or by what means he returned to the
body he could not say; only, in the morning, awaking suddenly, he found
himself lying on the pyre."
("Republic: Chapter 44 - Myth of Er" by Plato (347 BCE))
"One from the province of Northumbria returns from the dead: 'A
handsome man in a shining robe was my guide... He said... 'You must now
return to your body and live among men once more; but, if you will weigh
your actions with greater care and study to keep your words and ways
virtuous and simple, then when you die you too will win a home among these
happy spirits that you see'... I was most reluctant to return to my body...
but I did not dare to question my guide. Meanwhile, I know not how, I
suddenly found myself alive among men once more.' ...inspired by an
insatiable longing for the blessings of heaven, and by his words and by
his life, he helped many people to salvation."
(History of the English Church & People" by Bede (731 CE))
"I went through the excruciating pains of the separating of soul
and body, as completely as ever I shall again... and that I was immediately
conveyed to the gate of Heaven, and was going to pass in; but was told by
One, that I could not enter then, but in process of time, if I would behave
as he directed, on the set time I should have admittance. This transition
(as I believe) from life to death, and from death to life, which took place
60 years ago, is as fresh in my mind now as it was then; and not many days
have passed from that time to this, which have not brought the interesting
scenes I then witnessed, clearly to view in my mind... (I have) since told
it (his NDE) to a great many people; and some believe it, and others do
not..." (Captain David Perry (1762 CE))
"The Hospice Foundation of America is a non-profit organization
promoting hospice care and working to educate professionals and the families
they serve in issues relating to caregiving, terminal illness, loss and
bereavement. Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide
comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting
illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice care neither
prolongs life nor hastens death."
"The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's
last days by offering comfort and dignity." Volunteers are a key part of
hospice. Many report that they find such hospice service "personally
gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist
those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many were introduced to
hospice through the death of a family member and understand firsthand the
value of hospice care."
It is important to remember "helping the terminally ill through
hospice is not about dying but about living." Those who know there is
life before and after death can provide the greatest comfort.
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