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by Dirk Gillabel, 2020
An overview and wider interpretation of near-death experiences.
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Every culture has its own belief in the afterlife. There are their stories and tales of what happens when one dies. The souls goes to happy places, sad places, hang out with the gods, or other spiritual beings. What happens after death is often a reflection of the earthly world, but different in character. Reward and punishment plays a big role in it, and it gives humanity morals and ethics in order to reap the benefits once the earthly life was over. Not that everyone would hold on to a good life, as they are always people who don't believe in the afterlife and live their lives in selfish ways. Religions keep the idea of an afterlife alive, but all too often in a simplified and childish way, in order to keep the masses dependent on the churches or other religious institutions.
With the rise of the industrial revolution, science was declared the only reality and everything spiritual as non-existent. Together with the rising scandals of the churches, many people left their religions behind, and with it a belief in the afterlife. Some churches and religious institutions thrive once again, but their teachings of the afterlife is often a simplified one.
Fortunately, the advance in medical science had the result that people who would have normally died, were brought back to life. A good deal of those people, who had a brush with near-death, started talking about their experiences while their physical body was clinically dead. The stories of those near-death experiencers (NDErs) are all different, but with common themes. Even the differences are meaningful. Some investigators have collected and researched numerous NDE stories, which you now can find on the web at certain websites, but also on YouTube (links at the end of this article). Unfortunately, we, humans, have a lack of discernment. When people have near-death experiences, (NDEs) the experiences reflect their belief system, religious or otherwise. They do not question the appearance of their experience.
What I am attempting to give you here is an overview of the NDE, with information from esoteric sources, which will give you a better interpretation of what NDEs or life-after-death is about. In the usual NDE research there is a lack of this esoteric information, and I will try to fill in that gap.
First we will have to look at this esoteric information before we can interpret the NDE stories.
What we call the afterlife is very real. You could call it another dimension; in esoteric circles it is usually called the astral world. After the physical body dies, the soul finds itself in this other dimension. The astral world is composed of astral matter that is very fluidic. That means that it will shape itself according to one's thoughts. As the mind is very habitual, the souls in the astral world will automatically create an environment that reflects their previous existence on the physical level. In the same habitual manner, their astral bodies take on the shape of their previous physical bodies, because that is what they have been used to while they were in the physical body. The soul itself does not have a form, but it can take any form it wants in these astral worlds. Over time, the appearance of the astral body will change to reflect the inner nature of the soul.
Most deceased souls are unaware of the nature of the astral world and astral matter. Their subconscious will create their appearance and the environment they arrive in according to their previous habits and all their unconscious programs or belief structures. An awakened soul who has left his physical body will go rapidly through the initial phases, and it can take any human form it wants, or any other form, even a light sphere; and can go whoever it wants, or create any environment it desires.
All forms on the astral world are created by the mind, and this is important to understand. All those astral realms you hear about or read about have no objective existence. They only exist as long as there are souls who consciously or subconsciously create them. These environments allow the souls to recover, to reflect, to create, to enjoy and to explore. The astral world could more accurately described as states of consciousness. In each astral environment you will find souls living together who are like-minded. So each astral environment, reflects a certain state of mind of those who dwell in it.
A soul can visit other souls in other astral realms. However these other souls have a different consciousness, and thus that soul can't stay for long in these other realms because the environment vibrate at a different 'frequency' than his own. He will be most at ease in those realms that corresponds to his own state of mind.
By now, you will understand that when the physical body of a person dies, his soul will enter a realm that provide him experiences that reflect his own state of consciousness. His mind will project its content outwards, because human beings are accustomed to experience life as moving in a world that exists objectively outside itself.
In near-death experiences, we see this clearly happen. Taken into account that every NDE is different, the soul of the NDEr will find itself in a self-created environment that it can relate to based on his earthly experiences. It should also be mentioned that some NDErs will also have truly transcendental experiences, that is, transcendental to their ordinary experiences in the physical world, such as merging with the Light, feeling infinite, having all the knowledge in the universe.
The astral world, being a reflection of the human mind, is a much more intense and wider experience as it does not have the limitation of the physical world. Emotions are more intense, there is more clarity of mind, communication with other souls is instant and not limited in words, space and time is different, there are more colors etc.
NDErs often remark that time doesn't exist in the spiritual world, and that space or distance can be bridged in no time. This is also well documented with out-of-the-body-experiencers, who tell us that the experience of time and space in the astral world is totally different than on Earth.
Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist and mystic from the 17th-18th century, who visited the spiritual realms numerous times, explains:
All things in heaven appear, just as in the world, to be in place and in space, and yet the angels have no notion or idea of place and space. As this must needs sounds like a paradox, I will endeavor to present the matter in a clear light, as it is of great importance.
All changes of place in the spiritual world are effected by changes of state of the interiors, which means that change of place is nothing else than change of state...Such are all movements of the angels; and in consequence they have no distances, and having no distances they have no spaces, but in place of spaces they have states and their changes.
Spaces in heaven are simply the external conditions corresponding to the internal states.
Again, when any one goes from one place to another, whether it be in his own city, or in courts or in gardens, or to others out of his own society, he arrives more quickly when he eagerly desires it, and less quickly when he does not, the way itself being lengthened and shortened in accordance with the desire, although it remains the same. This I have often seen to my surprise. All this again makes clear how distances, and consequently spaces, are wholly in accord with states of the interiors of the angels; and this being so, no notion or idea of space can enter their thought, although there are spaces with them equally as in the world.
(Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen § 191-195)
In other words, space or distance is seen as in our earthly world, but its is only apparent. One merely has to think or want to be at another place, and one is there. If you want to visit another soul, you just think of him and are with him. One can still walk the apparent distance, as on Earth, if one still wishes to do so. It just depends on one's intent.
The key element in this is one's own state of mind, or inner awareness. This is also true for the notion of time.
Angels do not know what time is, although with them there is a successive progression of all things, as there is in the world. (Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen § 161)
Although there is a progression of time in the spiritual worlds, there is no means of measure as we do have here on earth. There are no clocks, no 'fixed alternations' as Swedenborg calls it. They only thing they keep track of are the changes that are happening.
It is important to understand what life is about, and who we are, both as humans, and as spiritual beings or souls. Although we do not have all the answers, and it can be looked at from different angles, here is a short overview.
Everything that exists, on the physical and on the spiritual planes is the Divine. (I am avoiding the word God because it has such a laden religious content). We, humans, like every other living being, are part of the Divine. In the process of the (ongoing) creation, we have created ourselves a duality. So now, we speak of our divine center, our Spirit, also called the Higher Self, and the Lower Self, which is our Soul that incarnated in a physical body to have experiences in the physical world. At one time in the past, you came to this planet Earth to incarnate in the human form, and at each death of the physical vehicle, you went to the astral world for a while, and then re-incarnated again into the physical, many times.
A human life is short, so what one can learn while in the physical world is limited. So, one needs to come back many times. At physical death the soul enters the afterlife to process his past experiences and to have some time to rest and enjoy before going back to a new physical body.
What you need to understand is that the afterlife, or the astral world, is an illusory world. Most NDErs take their experiences at face value. They are convinced that they have met God, Jesus, their dead relatives, have visited heavenly parks, libraries and other environments. They are convinced that all these are objective, just as on the physical plane. Because an NDE is a profound, often life changing and positive experience (there are negative ones too), I doubt they would be willing to consider that what they experienced is not what it seems. And yet, it would not invalidate their experience but only their interpretation thereof, because they lacked the knowledge of what the astral worlds are really like.
Everything in the astral worlds is self-created, that is, created by one's own mind, including the group mind of like-minded people who congregate in their own societies. The people a soul meets in the astral world is not always the person they believe they are seeing. The being can also be another kind of being that has taken the shape and form of a relative, in order for the newly arrived soul to be at ease. The being can also take the form of a religious figure, such as Jesus, or an angel, knowing that would certainly provide a much need calm and guidance for a soul that does not know what to expect.
The encountered being can also be a projection of one's own mind. I think this is the case in most NDEs, or a part of the NDE. Emanuel Swedenborg reported that one time, when he was on the astral plane, his guide showed him a community of souls who were listening to teachings given by Jesus. His guide explained him that the Jesus present was not the real Jesus, not even a real being, but a form created by the subconscious mind of the group, because these people longed for the appearance of Jesus because of their belief system. They themselves were not consciously aware that this was a created manifestation. They took it for the real Jesus. This shows that on the astral plane one really has to watch out for what is real or what is a created illusion.
The Jesus, the God figure, the angels, and the dead relatives the NDErs encounter are then subconscious projections of the NDEr's own mind. Jesus, if he really exists, has better things to do than to welcome an ordinary person to the afterlife. When the NDEr is welcomed and guided by an invisible presence or a visible being (usually a light being) often interpreted as an angel, is most likely a subconscious form of one's own Higher Self, because in the afterlife one is still living in duality. Relatives are also most likely projections, even if they are deceased ancestors that one has never known. The reason for this is that one is still connected to the morphic field of one's family, that includes the lives of ancestors many generations back. This does not exclude that in some cases, a real deceased relative does show up.
Even elaborate scenes, such as an amphitheater full of angels, might have been created by the NDEr's mind.
Does this mean that the NDEr's experience is "just an illusion"? No, Everything that he experiences has a meaning, because it is a reflection of one's own mind coupled with what already exists on the astral plane. It is a matter to recognize what is a projection, what it is its meaning, what the value is of certain, especially transcendental, experiences, and what beings are real and have some interesting things to communicate.
What is a near-death experience, or NDE? It is an experience a person can have when his body is nearly dead, or clinically dead for a short amount of time. Consciousness leaves the body. The soul feels that all his usual senses are heightened. Colors are brighter, sounds are clearer and can sometimes be heard from a distance. One can find himself in other places in an instant. Space and time is experienced quite differently than on Earth. Feelings and emotions are more intense and in general positive, although a few NDErs experience negative emotions. Some pass through a tunnel, have an experience with a light source. Light beings or deceased relatives show up. A life review can present itself. One can even visit other spiritual realms. Information and knowledge can be obtained. Eventually one comes back to the physical body.
All near-death experiences are different, but the essence of an NDE is the experience of love and how all life in the universe is connected. On the other hand, the experience is difficult to describe because it is so unfamiliar, and so different compared to the physical world. The NDEr description is not a complete one, because he does not really know what he is dealing with. We will often find that NDErs try to interpret and identify what they went through, based on their own belief systems and cultural background. Some NDEs are short, or follow an almost standard process, while in others the soul has elaborate mystical experiences. Overall, an NDE has a profound effect on the person when he comes back to his body. He gains another perspective on reality giving his present life more meaning.
On the other side, NDErs never question what they have experienced. Is what they experienced and who they encountered in the afterlife really what they thought it was? Is it possible that they misinterpreted the experience? A lot of NDErs would not even consider that their favorite religious figures who gave them so much love might not be what they thought they were.
The afterlife process might be quite different than what most people believe it is.
Some near-death experiencers finds themselves first in darkness. It is a total black darkness that stretches all around them into infinity. It is sometimes called the Void. It is total stillness and peace. Although it might be initially scary, it does bring relief after all the pain and trauma the physical body had to endure. Now one feels free and calm. Some people might think that the darkness or void is something bad or evil, but that is not so.
It is sometimes explained as being the void that is full of potentials, before creation.
For esoteric minded people, I would compare this black void with the sephirah Binah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. It is the womb of the Mother of the universe, before creation takes place. Everything is present in her as potentialities. In Hinduism we could compare it with Shakti as primordial female.
After the impact, I faded to black into what I call a void. It was dark, black, empty and wide open. It was the most peaceful and calm feeling I ever had. I knew with just one thought I could travel through the void... NDERF
I found myself in a black void completely at peace. I had no self-awareness, no memory of who I was but I somehow knew that I was separate from the void. I cannot describe the feeling of completely peace: no pain, no worries, no sense of self, it was fantastic...I didn't feel very lucky and was really angry at being back. At the time, I really would have preferred to stay in the void. NDERF
After a while the soul perceives a light in the distance, and will be attracted to it. This then leads to the experience of the white Light. Sometimes this movement towards the Light creates a tunnel effect, or a vortex like tube, that will connect the soul with this next, higher level. The time spent in the void seems to be related to what the soul needs in order to contemplate its new state of being. When it is ready it will perceive the Light in the distance.
In a certain way you could call it a black mirror. A few NDErs experience this black void with fear. Based on their explanations, it seems more that their fear stemmed from not understanding what this void is about. The void itself is neutral.
The Void is actually the basis of everything, for all creation. The stillness and nothingness is only apparent, as it contains all potentialities. I think this is what the alchemists called Nigredo, the Blackness, and also the Prime Materia, the substance underlying all creation.
The Void can be a rather pleasant experience:
I had traveled to another realm of total and absolute peace. With no physical body my movement was unencumbered. Thought was the avenue for travel. I floated up through blackness where there was no fear, no pain, no misunderstandings, but instead a sense of well-being. I was enveloped by total bliss in an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance. The darkness was warm and soft, a blanket of velvety love, stretching endlessly. The freedom of total peace was intensified beyond any ecstatic feeling I’ve ever felt on Earth. In the distance, a horizon of glorious white, golden light beckoned me forward. (Laurelynn Martin's Near-Death Experience)
I have always found it strange. How can there be tunnel in the afterlife? Why does a soul have to go through a tunnel? However, a third of near-death experiencers do. Other rise up directly to a heavenly place, or out into space, looking at the earth, or find themselves in another situation, without ever going through a tunnel.
The tunnel can be experienced as being in motion, and with texture or grooves. Colors also vary.
Most people go over to the next level directly without going through a tunnel. Maybe this is because the soul was still 'out of it' after having experienced the traumatic process of death, and did not consciously experience the transition through a tunnel.
The tunnel can appear when one is in the void, but also in any other afterlife scene.
Most of the time the White Light appears at the end of the tunnel. At other times, a figure is waiting.
Although the term 'tunnel' is widely used, the soul can also go through a 'door', 'passage', 'tube', 'shaft', 'hole', 'funnel'... these are all transition structures. It seems that the mind of the deceased is creating the appearance of a tunnel or other structure that symbolizes for him the passage from one place to another, with the transition from one plane of consciousness to another, or from one dimension to the another.
The soul can also go through a tunnel when it returns to the body. This is rarely reported, probably because the descent into the body is usually very rapid and the tunnel experience might not have been consciously noticed.
I must go back; I have not accomplished my mission. In that moment, I sensed I was going backward into a tunnel and I found myself back in my body. NDERF
So I returned through the same tunnel, seeing my life pass before my eyes from my childhood until my age at that moment. At the end, there was a window. When I looked, I saw my body on the table of the operating room and the doctors around me, operating. NDERF
In regression therapy, a form of hypnotic access to the subconscious to explore previous life times or incarnations, a tunnel is also reported when the soul in the spiritual world, goes 'down' into its new physical body for another incarnation.
We find the tunnel experience also with out-of-the-body-experiences (OOBEs). In his book Far Journeys II, Robert Monroe (1915-1995) reports on the tunnel experience as the result of fixation on a pinpoint of light when the latter appeared into the vision of the participants:
"These phenomena were gradually perceived in a pattern, as somewhat of a band preceding a change into the out-of-body experience. There were also preliminary physiological responses—lowering of blood pressure and pulse, slight temperature drop (03°), loss of muscle tone. Subjectively, there were reports of a heaviness in the physical body, sometimes catalepsy, and a strong sense of heat followed by coolness. As the induction of the OOBE state was examined further, one key element did repeat consistently. Subjects began to locate within their nonphysical perception a pinpoint of light. When the subject learned to "move" in the direction of the light until it became larger and larger, and then move through it, the OOBE state was achieved. In slow motion, it "felt as if one were going through a tunnel to get to the light," a classic description that has been brought forth by many who performed the OOBE inadvertently or in a near-death situation." (page 19)
OOBEr Oliver Fox (1885-1949) writes in his book Astral Projection about going through a tunnel when he wanted to visit a scene in the past:
I then willed to travel to a certain temple which I have been told once existed in Allahabad. I moved off at a great speed and came to rest in a modern brilliantly lighted room. Here a man and a woman were seated at a table, having a meal. They did not seem to see me. Again I repeated my desire : "Temple —Allahabad—India—in the Past". And now it seemed to me there was a sort of hole or break formed in the continuity of the astral matter ; and through this, in the distance—as though viewed through a very long tunnel—I could see something indistinct which might have been an entrance to a temple, with a statue still further away showing through it. I then moved forward again, but to my disappointment came to rest almost immediately in another room, where three women were seated at a table which also bore the remains of a meal. A fourth woman—pretty, with fair hair and blue eyes—was standing up in the act of leaving the table. Apparently, none of them could see me. Sticking to my objective, I once more repeated "Temple Allahabad—India—in the Past". The tunnel arrangement was coming into view again, then something must have occurred which broke my trance —though what, I do not know. Instantly I rushed back to my body and awoke. (page 98)
It seems that the tunnel can also appear when consulting the Akashic Records to see or relive past events. On page 106, Oliver Fox writes about another experience in which he arrived at another scene in the past:
I then decided that I would try to reach a certain ruined temple in Tibet, of which my Master, Azelda, had spoken. With this end, I concentrated all my will in one big effort, expecting to rush off in some horizontal direction. The result was absolutely unexpected. The ground collapsed beneath my feet and I was falling, with seemingly tremendous velocity, down a dark, narrow tunnel or shaft.
Tunnels also appear with people take mind altering drugs. Here is a quote from and person who took DMT, posted on Erowid Experience Vaults:
The visuals began. My breathing became heavy, I was laying on the ground and could see the night sky above me. Large beings were circled around me, observing me as if I had fallen right out of the sky, they all bent over me, blocking my view of the sky, suddenly they began to circle around me, raised their arms and the next thing I knew, I was trapped in a colorful tunnel. I was overwhelmed by what was happening, the tunnel began projecting me through it and I had no idea where I was going or if this tunnel ever ended. 2- dimensional beings were dancing on the walls of the tunnel...I was thrown back into the tunnel, but this one was slightly different; It was as if the artist Alex Grey had painted the inside of this tunnel for me. I remembered the end of the last tunnel, this one too had an end! I Indubitably reached the end...
When the NDEr finds himself in the Void, a light in the distance will eventually appear, and the soul will gravitate toward it, usually through a tunnel. Some people do not experience the Void or the Tunnel but go directly to the White Light.
The experience of the White Light seems to be the most common element in NDEs. However it is not unique to NDEs, it is also experienced in altered states of conscious (by the use of psychedelic drugs), in OOBEs, and in experiences of shamans. It is usually described as a very intense bright white light, but some NDErs say that it had a golden, blue or pink hue to it. Is it really white in color, or is it just so intense and bright that the closest description is that of being white?
"My first visual memory was looking forward and seeing a brilliant bright light, almost like looking directly at the sun. The strange thing was that I could see my feet in front of me, as if I were floating upward in a vertical position. I do not remember passing through a tunnel or anything like that, just floating in the beautiful light. A tremendous amount of warmth and love came from the light. (from the book Beyond the Light, by by P. M. H. Atwater)
As we will see in the following chapter there might be a difference between a White Light and a clear brilliant Light that NDErs encounter. Because most NDErs don't know what to expect when they near-died, they probably didn't pay attention to this difference and/or don't remember if the Light was white or just clear bright. For now we will look at what most people experience when encountering a Light.
As the experience of the White Light varies from person to person, one's culture is also a factor. Studies of NDE's of Hindus in Thailand and India show that they usually do not encounter a White Light. In contrast Japanese NDEs do have the same White Light experience as Westerners, but the Japanese do not ascribe a personality to the White Light, nor does it emit any love feelings. This seems to reflect the low importance of religion in their lives. Some Japanese NDErs can have a conversation or communication with the White Light. (A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs)
It is quite common for NDErs to state that they felt drawn toward the Light, or that the Light pulled them in. The Light can embrace the soul with a feeling of intense love, or understanding, or bliss. This feeling can be immense and powerful. Some NDErs merge with the Light. The love feeling is so overwhelming that the soul wants to stay there. A sense of unity is also reported. The soul can also hear music at the same time.
I noticed my body separating from me, as I was drawn towards a strong white light at the other end of a tunnel which itself was completely dark. NDERF
At first, it was the Light, a brilliant, white light, without reflection and without glare. Then, the feeling... of quiet jubilation, of peace and incredible serenity enveloping me. It was not ecstasy or any feeling I could identify, except perhaps glory in the warmest most positive sense of the word. NDERF
The Light can appear as having no dimensions, no limits or boundaries, just being infinite.
Sometimes the soul finds itself inside an orb of light, or when reaching the light, one or more beings appear.
The Light also has an intelligence to it, so much so, that it is sometimes considered to be a light being of some sort, or God himself.
So what is this famous White Light? It seems that it is (from a dualistic perspective) the essence of one's Higher Self, one's divine self or Spirit. It is like a home-coming, becoming aware again of one's divine essence. At that level of consciousness one's own divine Self is at unity with the cosmic Divine. So, although the NDEr is experiencing himself at that highest level, he is also experiencing the Divine in its all-encompassing omnipresence. For ordinary people who are not aware of these higher levels of being, this Light presence is (often after the NDE itself) interpreted as God, or an angel, or sometimes a spiritual guide. In reality he is experiencing his own true divine essence.
NDE investigator Raymond Moody in Life after Life, makes an interesting remark about the White Light:
Despite the light's unusual manifestation, however, not one person has expressed any doubt whatsoever that it was a being, a being of light. Not only that, it is a personal being. It has a very definite personality. The love and the warmth which emanate from this being to the dying person are utterly beyond words, and he feels completely surrounded by it and taken up; in it, completely at ease and accepted in the presence of this being. He senses an irresistible magnetic attraction to this light. He is ineluctably drawn to it. (page 58-59)
Some NDErs do leave the White Light presence undefined. They admit they don't know what or who it is.
When inside the White Light, some souls hear a voice (often male) telling them to go back, or sometimes answering questions, or allowing the soul to experience certain characteristics of the spiritual world of cosmos. This voice, or the discussion that takes place is actually from the higher Self of the NDEr to his lower self, or ordinary state of consciousness that he still has in this afterlife period.
The White Light is also associated with the appearance of religious beings, such as Jesus, Mary or angels, and deceased relatives. They also serve as reminders of going back to the physical body, or they will guide the soul to the Council for a Life Review.
For the most part, all these beings are not real. They are projections from the Higher Self, or the subconscious mind of the NDEr to create an experience in a way he can understand. By the way, NDErs have given totally different descriptions of the Jesus they saw, reflections their own ideas how Jesus looks like rather than a historical Jesus. Sometimes real spiritual can up to serve as guides.
In certain cases, a Life Review can happen right away, while inside the White Light.
Because the NDEr, as a human being, is spiritually not evolved enough, he cannot stay at this highest level of consciousness, and thus he is always summoned, sooner or later, to go back to the physical body. For those that choose to stay, or are unable to go back because the physical body cannot be revived, they will go to level of the astral world that corresponds to the level of consciousness that they have reached thus far in their cosmic journey.
This chapter might not sit well with a lot of people, but I think we should look at NDEs from more than one angle, even if this viewpoint stirs up controversy.
There have been a few people who have claimed that the White Light might be a deceptive light. That might sound strange because we all hear about the wonderful feelings the white Light impart on the NDEr's soul. It often emanates immense love, it has intelligence, it guides the soul. We do have to remember that the astral plane is a world of illusions. Everything you see and experience in that world is a reflection of what is in one's own mind, or in the mind of other astral beings, whoever they might be. We create our environment there, or enter in the environment created by other beings. In the astral world we are also subject to the energies and influences of other beings. That is why all those wonderful NDE stories of God, Jesus, heaven etc. should not be taken at face value. After all there are negative NDE too.
So far, I have assumed that the Light is a manifestation of one's Higher Self, or divine Self, appearing in manifestations that the ordinary consciousness of the NDEr can comprehend. Because there are also deceptive spiritual beings in the astral world, we should also consider the possibility of mind manipulation by those beings. Is the Light that attracts so many NDErs to it really the Higher Self, or is it a trap, as some call it, to blind the soul, and to keep it ignorant, and send it back to Earth. If the White Light encountered, in some NDEs, is indeed not the Higher Self, but a manufactured light, then the beings that often appear with this Light, such as religious figures and angels, are also deceptive projections.
Maybe the difference lies in what Light the NDEr encounters. When you follow spiritual traditions, they will tell you that the Light of the True Self has no color. The True Self lies outside any created (astral) worlds. It is clear, bright, intense energy. When the light you encounter has a color, including white, then it is present in the astral world. Such an intense White Light, with accompanying love feelings, can be created by astral beings. Then you can be tricked in whatever they want you to do or believe.
Maybe we should consider that it is possible that in some NDEs this is the case. It is a bit strange that, especially in the Western world, NDErs always almost always made feel guilty during their Life Review process, and that this the major reason for returning to the physical body. Guilt is a negative emotions, and never constructive. Guilt is often used, here on the physical plane, by people who want to manipulate other people. It is quite effective unless you are more spiritually evolved.
It is not a comfortable thought that this can happen after you die, or near-died, when you don't know what is right or wrong. Instead of directing your attention to the Light you are seeing, maybe it is better to direct your attention to your inner heart, or inner being, or True Self, or to the bright, clear Light.
The White Light is closely associated with the appearance of welcoming figures, although they can appear without a White Light manifestation. These figures always have the same function: welcoming the soul, and then telling the soul it has to go back, or to bring the soul to the Council for a Life Review.
The beings are often related to one's belief system. Jesus is popular with Christians, although his appearances vary widely. Occasionally Mother Mary can be present. With Hindus and Buddhist it is often the Lord of Death. Angels frequently appear. Krishna can appear, and Mohamed too.
Most of the time, these beings do not identify themselves. It is the NDEr who assumes that they represent a particular religious figure. Sometimes they leave them unidentified.
I remember being in the most beautiful white light. It was all encompassing and warm. In the white light with me was a holy being that seemed to me to be God or Christ. NDERF
As you can see in the above quote, the soul is usually greeted by a man he didn't know, but is assumed to be God, or Jesus. It can also happen that only a voice is heard, or an invisible presence is felt.
Non-descriptive beings appearing in a white robes are sometimes assumed to be angels.
As I mentioned earlier, these figures are manifestations or projections of one's own mind. They appear in a shape and form that they NDEr can relate to. However it is also possible that genuine astral or spiritual beings appear to help the NDEr through the afterlife process. These beings don't have to be human spirits, they can be angelic or light beings, or even other types of beings we are not familiar with.
In a rare NDE account, this is exactly what the NDEr is told:
"I am your guardian angel, your higher self, your oversoul," answered the angel, "I have been with you all of your life."Upon hearing these words, I became aware of another part of myself, a larger, higher part that I had only glimpsed as a child and in rare dreams throughout my life. I had not understood that this was the larger part of me, the oversoul, or the source of inspiration, my connection to the light. (The Wonder Child, A Journey Through the Light and Back, by Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
Here is an account of a woman who was engulfed by the White Light, and then hooded beings appeared:
As I got closer, it got bigger and brighter until it was all that I could see. I was immersed in the light. As I stood there, the light slowly parted, and I was now able to see two rows of hooded beings in long robes similar to monks lined up in front of me. I sort of passed between them as if floating forward. One of them stepped toward me and spoke. As I turned to look at this being his presence felt somewhat male. There was no face to be seen inside his hood, just darkness and energy. I heard his voice and words, which seemed more energetic than vocal. It was as if we were speaking inside of each other. There was a knowing about our way of communicating. At this point I became overwhelmed with this feeling of unconditional love surrounding me. It was as if all of the hooded ones were radiating love to and through me. I felt totally cherished for the first time in my life, on a level I never knew existed. I was home! South Bay IANDS
In this NDE it is possible that hooded beings were her mind's projections because of her catholic upbringing. Hooded beings resemble monks. It is also possible that they are real beings of another type.
Hooded beings also appear with the Council and the Life Review.
We might expect that the same afterlife scene would also occur with people from other cultures, replacing the appearance of religious figures with their own gods. Strangely, the entire experience can be different, although it is still a reflection of their own belief system. Here are two quotes from researchers to illustrate this.
"Near-death experiences in Thailand are different from western experiences. There is no tunnel and no White Light. However the soul is always greeted by one or two beings who lead it to Yama, The Lord of Death, who acts as judge and who usually rules that the wrong soul has been taken and that it has to be taken back to Earth. Heaven and hell scenes reflect their Buddhist beliefs." (Near-Death Experiences in Thailand: Discussion of case histories, by Todd Murphy, 1999)
"Hindus in India report that the souls were taken to the after-death realm by functionaries. Then, they or Yamraj, the Hindu god of the dead discover that a mistake has been made and send the person back; but they also can be told by family members to go back. Tunnel experiences do exist but are rare. Religious deities are also encountered. Consistent with western accounts, some Hindu near-death accounts included a Life Review. However, whereas in western accounts the Life Review often consists of viewing a person's entire life, Hindu accounts consist of having someone read the record of the dying person's life." (Near-Death Experiences of Hindus Pasricha and Stevenson's research, 1986)
Despite the superficial differences with Western reports we do find the same theme of beings who take the soul to a place of where an authority figure sends the soul back, although for a different reason. When the soul does not want to go back, it is forced to go back as is the case in Western NDEs.
Although the reason of the wrong soul being taken is quite common in near-death experiences for these eastern people, some of them had never heard of this before. The reason for this might lie in the shared morphic field of that culture.
There is also a cultural difference in the reason why the soul is send back to the body. The Hindu and Buddhist people are forced to go back, because of a mistake. There is no place for arguing, and no reasons are given and no special mission is mentioned. In Christian societies, we don't hear of any mistakes. They are usually send back because they still need to take care of their family member(s), or they have a mission to fulfill. Sometimes they are also forced to go back against their will.
So, these figures also don't seem to be real, but rather a function of one's own conscious to make it clear that they have to go back because the physical body is being revived. Of course, this does not exclude that in some cases there are indeed real spiritual beings who assist in the return to the physical body.
The following quote of an NDE researcher also explains the appearance of these beings as a result of their belief system:
In past Japanese Buddhism there were reports of souls encountering Enma-Daio, the Japanese version of the Lord of Death. In contemporary Japan people don't believe in Enma-Daio anymore, and modern Japanese NDE'ers do not encounter the Lord of Death at all. "With the demise of the sense of being judged by Enma-Daio, which is directly linked to the overall loss of religiosity, the majority of Japanese people do not seem to think that their deeds in this world will be judged in the next world. This situation may very well contribute to the scarcity of panoramic life review in Japanese NDEs." (A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs)
If we take the Hindu and Buddhist experience as a clear setup of a play with fictional characters, then the afterlife experience in Western culture must also be a play, and the characters also not to be the real ones. That might come to a big shock to all those Christian who were feeling so privileged that Jesus or God showed up in person.
In the majority of NDE cases, it seems that the NDEr is actually creating all those figures himself. It is actually very strange that Jesus, angels, and family members always show up immediately after passing over to the spiritual world. It is more plausible that the mind of the NDEr is creating those figures with all the accompanying love and happiness. This happens unconsciously. The conscious mind of the soul is not aware that his experience is a projection of his mind.
Swedenborg once visited a heavenly community, or astral community, with one of his angelic guides. He saw Jesus arrive and give the members of that community a teaching. Swedenborg asked his astral guide if that was really the historical Jesus. His guide answered that it wasn't. He explained that the combined desire for spiritual teaching of that Christian community created a the form of Christ giving the teaching they longed for. They took the appearance of Jesus for the real Jesus, while in reality it was merely a manifested thought form.
This is what happens in the astral worlds. All one's desires, emotions and thoughts take shape around oneself, and that includes manifestations of beings that are inherently not real. They are just a projection of one's mind.
This might sound not appealing to people who have had an NDE, and who were so happy that Jesus was there to great them, that they were able to see their deceased family members, and the incredible good emotional feeling that are so characteristic of a typical NDE.
The unconscious projection of an NDE experience from one's own mind (subconscious) does not invalidate or degrade an NDE. Esoteric knowledge tells us that the entire astral world is a reflection of the mind of the souls who live there. So, an NDE should be looked at in these terms.
A little more about those deceased relatives that show. By the way, there is an NDE account where a still living friend showed up in her NDE experience. A strong indication that he was just a projection of her mind,
Religious figures are not the only ones that show up. Frequently, deceased family members, mostly a grandparent, who the soul once was close to, are present. It is of course quite possible that the relatives are real, that they came from their astral home or heaven to say hello. One would expect that the NDEr and the deceased grandpa or grandma would have a lot to talk about, since they last saw each other. Instead, there is often no conversation worth mentioning, and the relative(s) seems to be just there to tell the soul...to go back.
The appearance of a dead relative seems to be to gain the trust of the soul, just like all the other characters. Sometimes the dead relative doesn't say anything at all; he/she is just standing there with the other characters. As I said, these are mind projections.
When The Soul Does Not Want To Go Back
All these beings, and that includes the Lord of Death in Hindu and Buddhist experiences, are there to send the soul back to his body.
The big problem is, the soul almost never wants to go back, because of the good feelings of love and bliss that were given, and the immense feeling of freedom in the spiritual world.
He answered that the only way I could help him was by going back and telling my world what had happened to me. I was completely shocked to hear him say so, because I did not want to go back. I was so depressed that I almost started to cry. (NDERF)
Refusal is never accepted. There is clear persuasion tactic at work.
First the soul is bathed in extreme good feelings and the appearance of a trustworthy personage. They all exude love feelings, but tell the soul to go back anyway.
If the soul refuses, it will be told that it has work to do on Earth.
If that doesn't work, it will be reminded of family members, especially children that need them. That works in most cases because refusal would bring up an immense feeling of guilt.
If the soul is brought before the Council for a Life Review, it will be shown scenes that the soul will always feel bad about. Who has never done something in his life that he regrets or knows that was wrong? (that doesn't mean it was wrong or bad to begin with)
Another reason that is effective is to tell the soul that it has a special mission to fulfill, although it is never told what that mission is.
If the soul is steadfast in staying, then it will be forcibly pushed into his physical body.
It seems to me that the NDEr is actually have a conversation with oneself. Remember in the afterlife, or astral world, one is still in duality. One's Higher Self can project the scenery, the figures and the discussion, to persuade the lower consciousness to go back to the physical body.
Not all NDErs have a Life Review (LR). The Life review itself can happen at any time, right after leaving the physical body, inside the White Light, with a light being or with deceased relative, or at the Council inside a building. The Life Review can be projected onto a screen, but not always. The scenes can be presented just in front of the person. The person can find himself in the scenes from a third person point of view or relive the scenes as it was happening again.
In esoteric circles this corresponds with the akashic records of the individual. Everything we do, feel and think during our life is recorded on the astral plane in the akashic records. These akashic records are such that they can be viewed as a third person or relived. You can also do this when consulting other people's akashic records. This explains that an NDEr can also feel what other people were feeling when he did his good and bad things in life. For example, he can feel the result of his expression of anger towards the other person. One must understand that the other person is responsible for his own feelings and reactions, but when you express anger with the intention to hurt, then it is beneficial to see how this causes pain in others.
In my opinion, the Life Review is also initiated by the Higher Self of the NDEr, and any accompanying figures are also projections of his mind to facilitate the process. It is possible that there are real spiritual beings who can show up who can bring up the Akashic records too.
People who have had a Life Review gained insight in their past actions, and try to change their lives for the better. They change their morals and become more empathic towards others. They now understand that their thought, emotions and actions affect other people.
The 'mission' is so prevalent in NDEs that I will go a little more into it.
Sometimes the soul refuses to go back to the physical body. The reason for this varies. The spiritual environment is so full of love and light and freedom, that going back to a battered physical body (often by an accident) in pain is not attractive. Some NDErs do ask themselves, afterwards, why we come here in the first place. Over there it so wonderful, so why would any soul decide to incarnate here on the physical plane with all its hardships, troubles, pain and horrors?
When the NDEr does not want to go back to his physical body, then we see a discussion that is aimed at giving reasons to change his mind. We see this especially with the Council. An effective technique is to tell the soul that it has a special mission to fulfill, although it is never told what that mission is.
When the person reached me, we spoke through thought. He told me that it was not my time to enter into my heavenly home but had a mission to fulfill. NDERF
When getting to the light I saw a man who radiated peace and tranquility, but when I was next to him, he stopped me and said, 'No, you cannot come in. Your time is not now yet. Get back you still have to fulfill your mission on earth.' NDERF
During the NDE experience I was told' that I couldn't stay there and I had to return to this world because I had a mission'. That was all I was told in words...
Furthermore, this 'mission,' I did not know what my 'mission' was. But I knew I had one. Every second of recovery in the hospital I obsessed the thought, 'What the hell could this mission be?' Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife
The light told me without words that I was still on a mission on earth, but without saying what it was. NDERF
I was at TOTAL peace so there was nothing I needed. I asked if I could stay and a voice boomed, 'Your mission is not complete. You cannot stay. NDERF
I asked if I could stay because it was so beautiful there and I didn't want to come back to earth. The light being said, 'No, you have a mission that you must do.' I didn't know what the mission was but I said 'Yes' to returning back to the earth. NDERF
After a while, they told me they had to go and I should go back, because they said, 'You, also, still need to accomplish your mission'. NDERF
In the garden to the right were two people; one wore a white tunic and had bare feet. It was JESUS CHRIST and beside him was my brother who had died of a car accident when I was eight years old. When I reached them, my brother asked me, ‘What are you doing here? Jesus told me, ‘GO BACK. It is not your time. You have to go back because I gave you a mission. You’re already a MOM! NDERF
They said, 'Maybe another time, but not now. You have a mission to do on the Earth and you must do it. No one else can do it but you.' I thought about it and I said, 'Ok. I’ll do it.' My mission is basically to share my story down here on the Earth, to tell everybody that they are love too. I told the light body that I would do my mission. It said, 'We will be in touch once more.' NDERF
Then somebody spoke to me in a loud voice. It was my dad. He said I had to go back because my mission wasn't over yet. NDERF
So as I drifted along, I suddenly came to a stop. I didn't want to go back into my body. I encountered a form, who I knew was God, who told me it was time to now go back. I started arguing with God in my own little obnoxious way and God said I needed to go back because my mission here wasn't complete. NDERF
The judge asked me, 'What are you doing here?' I was overcome with fear and wanted to wake up but that didn't happen. I thought about it and remembered that I had wanted to die. At the same moment that I knew this, so did the judge. I felt his mercy and it was like balm for my soul. I realized he wasn't at all angry. I learned how to distinguish between power and anger. The judge thought for a while and said: 'But you have a mission.' ... The judge determined in his objective way, 'You must go back!' NDERF
When back in their body, these people often try to understand what their mission is. Being ordinary people, they usually figure that it is to help other people. This not exactly a mission, it is our natural instincts to help each other. Some NDErs don't have a clue what their supposed mission is. What's the point of telling someone that he has a special mission without telling him what the mission is? That person is just going to rack his brains for nothing.
I was sent back and I was supposed to do something, and I don’t know what. I don’t know what. I’m here, and I don’t know if it’s supposed to jump out at me and I’ll know. I haven’t a clue. I haven’t a clue! Maybe I’m supposed to save somebody from getting hit by a car, or something, but I know I’m here for a reason. I know this, but don’t ask me how I know, because I know. I don’t know how I know, but I’ve got to be here. I haven’t a clue. NDERF
The whole issue of a special mission is a reason that the subconscious would give to change the mind of the soul to go back. As mentioned earlier it is a typical western phenomenon. So the source might lie in the collective unconscious of Western people. In Eastern NDEs this mission issue does not appear.
When the soul refuses to go back, the response can be very intimidating when the authority figure raises its voice with a thunderous tone. This is not to be expected from a peaceful and loving God. It does make sense when people are familiar with the Old Testament God. You always have to consider that the human mind can create any scene in the astral world in an instant.
While flying around having a little fun, a large translucent head approached us very rapidly. It was only a head and face of an old wise man with no body. The head seemed to be the size of a house, ten times the size of us. The angel/spirits began to speak first saying, 'He likes it here. He wants to stay.' The large head of the wise old man replied in a very low deep voice, 'He is not ready.' The angel/spirits replied again, 'But he likes it here.' The old man responded in a sterner voice, 'He's not ready.' Again, the angel/sprits replied, 'Please can he stay? He really likes it here.' This the wise man responded with a mean expression on his face and with thunderous deep loud voice, saying, 'He's not ready!' This seemed to scare the angel/spirits and shook me a little bit. Because I understood the old man was not talking to me and was directing his wrath towards the angel/spirits for not being obedient to his words, I just stared at the old man. This is the last image I saw in this reality. NDERF
By the way, the old wise man image is reminiscent to the Old Testament God. The thunderous voice reminds us of how God spoke to Moses. Very intimidating. In the following account, a figure on a throne also implies God:
There were two glowing figures. I could not see their faces but one was sitting on a throne and one was standing next to the other. A thunderous voice spoke and the other man said it is not time my son, go back and take care of people. NDERF
Even more intimidating, also with biblical reference:
I am not quite sure about what happened next, but all of a sudden, I heard a thunderous, angry voice accusing humankind, including myself, of destroying his garden on Earth...However, he insisted by saying, ‘Now you are again a little and ignorant child that does not know how to do it!’ So I asked him that, being a little and ignorant child, I would not know how to inform my world. To my great surprise, the light answered in an angry and brusque voice, ‘You will know how to do it when the time is right.’ NDERF
Superior beings this time, whoever they were:
Just when I was ready to go into the great city, a big voice, something like when a big thunder comes down and booms strongly. A very authoritarian form and sounding very loud says my name. I started to feel an incredible force, like a big turbine, pulling me back. Just when I was returning, I could see the moon and a big transparent being, like a jellyfish, was holding over his head the moon and in between both feet, holding the Planet Earth...
Yes I was aware that there was a superior being. Besides, I heard his voice pronounced in a tone like the noise of a thunder that resonated in my ears in the dome were I was, pronouncing my name. I saw him when I was coming back, I saw him holding the Moon over his head and with his feet he held The Earth and I am certain that he was the one that pronounced my name with a thunderous voice. NDERF
In my opinion, the Council is also a fabrication of the NDEr's mind. It is a visual way that provides primarily the Life Review. The fact that life reviews also happen without any council supports this idea. When nobody is around it is clear that it is the NDEr himself who is opening up his own akashic records to view. When we look at Hindu accounts, the Life Review consists of having someone read the record of the dying person’s life (called the “akashic record”). There is no visual or panoramic view.
I think there is no spiritual council in the astral world that is responsible of showing every deceased person a life review, because only a fraction of the NDErs have a life review. A life review might happen only when the soul has a (subconscious) need to review his life. This then happens with or without a council.
What often happens with a life review is that certain scenes cause the NDEr to feel guilty, and then he feels that he has to go back to the physical plane in order to change his life. Such a life review can indeed be a valuable experience to improve one's life. That is probably the reason why their Higher Self is giving them a life review.
The Council is usually in a courtroom-like setting, and maybe this is a reflection of the existence of courtrooms in our present culture.
The council meeting can be really strange. In typical NDE fashion it is different in every case, which is indicator that the NDEr own mind is at work. I find it strange that the NDErs never ask "Who are those council members?" They describe them as 'beings', sometimes their description is clearly non-human, sometimes they are hooded, hiding their faces. Strangely, some of the council rooms were filled with mist making it impossible for the soul to make out any details about these beings. Is the NDEr's own mind making a mysterious and authoritarian setting, or is it possible that in some experiences there are such strange beings in the spiritual world?
The soul can feel really intimidated, especially when it finds itself naked:
Next thing I knew, I was standing in front of a council of thirteen beings with the One in the middle twice as big as the six on either side of him. They were all sitting in chairs, big chairs at a sizeable distance in front of me. I was naked and felt totally revealed and tried to use my hands to cover myself up. NDERF
Here is a Council existing of all men, judging a woman who had issues with men in her life, what also reflects that her mind is here at work:
"I was led to a room, which was exquisitely built and appointed. I entered and saw a group of men seated around the long side of a kidney-shaped table. I was led to stand in front of them within the indented portion of the table. One thing struck me almost immediately; there were twelve men here - men - but no women. (from Betty Eadie's book Embraced by the Light)
From the scenes of its past life, usually projected on a screen, the soul feels a sense of duty, or obligation, or the soul is told that it has a special mission to fulfill. Again this is designed to make you feel guilty. Especially when there is a judge present.
I did not want to return to the hell that is the reality of being on earth. But the judge determined in his objective way: You must go back! NDERF
It also must be said that some NDE souls have seen an alien or two among the life review council. More about this later.
It is really a small minority of NDErs that receive predictions of the future.
There are two types of predictions given in an NDE experience. Predictions of future happenings in the NDEr own life, and prophetic visions of the future of humanity and the planet.
The predictions of one's own life are usually detailed and accurate, that is, they happen as predicted. It seems that this is to strengthen the belief of the person's own spiritual path in life. Here it is possible that the NDEr is able to tap into his own blueprint he drew up before incarnating, a blueprint that outlines the most important events that he wanted to have in this life. It is also possible that a true spiritual being or guide is showing this to him.
The other kind are prophetic visions of large or world events. These are usually less detailed, and most of the time they do not come true.
The prophetic visions are given to the NDEr by a voice, by God, and often by unidentified beings. Why would any spiritual being give dire predictions about the world or humanity to a soul that just died? I see two possibilities. There are some mischievous spiritual entities that delight in giving these false predictions. Or, it is again the NDEr's own mind at work. We live in a world in which prophetic visions receive a lot of attention, especially in Christian circles. The NDEr himself might have an unconscious desire to give such predictions.
Dr. Kenneth Ring, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut who has studied hundreds of near-death cases, states that according to the NDE prophecies, "there will be an increasing incidence of earthquakes, volcanic activity and generally massive geophysical changes. There will be resultant disturbances in weather patterns and food supplies. The world economic system will collapse, and the possibility of nuclear war or accident is very great (respondents are not agreed on whether a nuclear catastrophe will occur). All of these events are transitional rather than ultimate, however, and they will be followed by a new era in human history, marked by human brotherhood, universal love, and world peace. Though many will die, the earth will live.
If you have followed predictions and prophecies of the last decades or even the last centuries, then you will know that most of them never happened. Isn't it strange that some NDErs are shown what will happen in the future by supposedly spiritual beings. It is, of course, mostly about cataclysms, catastrophes and disasters. What's the point of relaying such information to an ordinary person? Even if they write a book about it, it won't change anything. It just puts people into fear. Not to mention that most of it never happens.
Personally, I think that the NDErs who are told, or who are shown these cataclysmic prophecies are actually picking up the severe imbalances in the human collective unconscious. Everybody knows that humanity has not been nice to each other for centuries, and still is, and is creating ever more problems for themselves and for the planet. These imbalances are of a psychological nature: egotism, selfishness, greed, anger etc. The negative emotions and actions pile up in the collective unconscious. Once in a while a psychic person will pick up on it and the collective unconscious will present these problems in a visual way to the consciousness of the person. These are not actual predictions of a future, but rather a reflection of our psychological imbalances and their possible ramifications. The few NDErs who are told or show prophetic visions are actually contacting this layer of the human mind. After all, when you are fully in the spiritual world, as in an NDE, it is much easier to contact such information.
The figures who give these prophetic visions are not what they seem to be. If we accept that Jesus is at least a very advanced spiritual being, he would not give such frightful information to a soul to disseminate into the physical world once he is back. Most of these visions don't come true anyway, and cause only fear. This Jesus is not the real one, but a projection of one's mind, or maybe in a rare circumstance, it is a mischievous astral beings who took on the appearance of Jesus. The same applies to all the other beings who have given such information to an NDEr.
Esoteric teachings have always told us that the entire cosmos or universe is based on sound. Sound was the first thing created. Music is the progression and harmony of sound. You probably have heard that everything is vibration, or frequency, and thus everything has a sound.
Sound and music always played a big role in obtaining altered states.
Robert Monroe talked about sound and music in out-of-the-body-experiences:
"Out-of-body realms are usually areas of intense experience where the dominant reality is that of light, sound, vibration, motion or emotion. For example, the soul may sense a powerful vibration or sound that causes them to be caught up in that energy. Sometimes these sounds or vibrations propel them at a great speed through a tunnel. They may experience the feeling of inner sounds or vibrations but not the experience of movement and acceleration. Often, such experiences involve hearing spiritual music or sounds, and can be quite ecstatic. These inner sounds along with inner lights can sometimes act as a means of transition between waking experience and some formed inner world. Sounds which occur during conscious transitions out of the body are usually very powerful, and may result in the obliteration of the body image. Some of the sounds which occur are of a spiritual or mystical nature rather than transitional sounds that carry the traveler to a different place. These "higher" spiritual sounds are of a heavenly nature and are ecstatic beyond description. Some sample sounds one may encounter are the sounds of a speeding train, a loud buzzing, a flute, or the sounds of nature like the roar of a waterfall. These sounds or vibrations are of such intensity that they seem to pass right through the body, overpowering the other senses."
Sound and music is prevalent in the spiritual worlds. Swedenborg states that:
Once again I heard hymnists, or those singing the praise of our Savior. In fact, a number of choirs were heard singing at the same time about a variety of subjects, by means of visual displays and mental imagery. And yet they are one chorus, consisting of very many, and acting at the same time as one, without any confusion from each other, so that one was in the other, or inside of the other, even outside of the other. In this way the whole angelic heaven customarily devotes itself to the praise and glory of the Savior. This is why musical harmony and singing is so delicious to the heavenly ones when the thoughts of a person on earth are concordant with their ideas. I have often experienced in churches, that the heavenly choirs have joined in, with a very deep sense of gladness, unbelievable, and thus unutterable, to anyone. (Spiritual Experiences §491)
Swedenborg talked of the life in heaven as filled with music, concerts, and singing. He said that music originated in the heavens before coming to the natural world. Music can be an experience of wholeness and connection with each other and with God.
In the astral worlds, everything vibrates, and thus makes music. As a soul one can consciously or subconsciously tune into the vibrations of anything, from something small to something immense, and hear its music with the mind, and even become one with the music.
So it is no wonder that many NDErs feel vibrations, hear sounds or music. Because in the spiritual spheres there are no limitations as we experience on Earth, the music heard by NDErs is often difficult to reproduce, but some composers have tried and have come close.
Developmental and musical psychologist Dr. Joel D. Funk, a professor of psychology at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, found that about half of the NDErs had heard music while out of their body. To figure out the type of music he played different styles for 60 people who have reported a NDE and found the music sounds closest to New Age synthesized music. "New Age" music topped the list -- especially works by two California performers, Iasos and John Serrie, Funk said. They choose The Angels of Comfort composed by Iasos as the one best resembling what they heard. This track is on the Angelic Music a album. Some said the music of Brian Eno and Tibetan bells also came close to the music they had heard, while others felt some connection to the classical works of Wagner, Beethoven and Richard Strauss.
We should also mention Steve Roach who composed Structures from Silence as a close reflection to what he heard during his NDE. Gilles Bedard, also an NDEr said that "...when I heard Structures from Silence from Steve Roach, I recognized the sound I heard on the Other Side. The music of Steve Roach is by far the most accurate and closest to the real sound of the near-death experience. When you go to the source of that sound, you then find yourself beyond the emotional side that we usually associate with the music on Earth. In my twenty-five years of research, on the television and radio programs I was invited to, I played that music and hundreds of people 'recognized' this particular sound. This happened also at the IANDS conference."
An example of Music heard by an NDEr:
The stars began to change shapes before my eyes. They began to dance and deliberately draw themselves into intricate designs and colors which I had never seen before. They moved and swayed to a kind of rhythm or music with a quality and beauty I had never heard and yet ... remembered. A melody that humans could not possibly have composed, yet was so totally familiar and in complete harmony with the very core of my being. As if it were the rhythm of my existence, the reason for my being. The extravagance of imagery and coloration pulsed in splendid unison with the magnificent ensemble. I felt completely at peace, tranquilized by the vision and the melodic drone. I could have stayed in this place for eternity with this pulse of love and beauty beating throughout my soul. The love poured into me from all corners of the universe. (from the book lessons from the Light by Kenneth Ring)
Many things can happen during an NDE. Most of it are similar, but different, than what we experience on Earth: meeting deceased relatives, or an 'angel' in human form, hovering over the operating table of the hospital room or over the scene of an accident, visiting other earthly places, going to the Council room for a Life Review. Other experiences are truly transcendental as we do not experience these while still alive. Merging with the Light and experiencing immense joy, bliss, love. Touring around the universe and experiencing total unity. Being in a state of mind where one knows everything, or any question is immediately answered.
Hearing unearthly music, or seeing colors that don't exist on Earth could also be called transcendental.
Some examples of mystical experiences:
In time the questions ceased, because I suddenly was filled with all the Being's wisdom. I was given more than just the answers to my questions; all knowledge unfolded to me, like the instant blossoming of an infinite number of flowers all at once. I was filled with God's knowledge, and in that precious aspect of his Beingness, I was one with him. (Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife)
I suddenly felt a connection to all the knowledge that there is in the universe. I realized that I didn’t even need to form a question in my mind because the second I’d start to do that, I’d have the answer. (IANDS)
As if I blinked, I was no longer in a hospital bed but in a vast bluish/white infinity that radiated such peace and beauty. The vastness consumed me but expanded everywhere and all around. (IANDS)
Other realities, other worlds:
I had a strong desire now to join the river of life and felt this was home, where I came from. Touching the river gave me insight into realms beyond realms, universes beyond universes, dimensions beyond dimensions; I experienced infinity. I was shown a long line of experiences in other realms of realities and on other worlds. It was some time later I realized it was my past “lives” review of all existences of which I had been part. There were beings and objects unlike anything I had ever seen or heard of, even in the imaginings of science fiction writers I had read. I was made to know there were an infinite number of realms of existence and all were part of the One, the Source. The stream had distinct layers or levels that were not divided by any kind of barrier but each seemed to be of a different density. (IANDS)
The experience of oneness is quite common with NDEs:
I was no longer a separate awareness experiencing God but I became IT. I was THAT. I was the Omnipresent LOVE! I was the FORMLESS ONE DRIPPING LOVE DROPS THAT WERE manifesting INTO FORM everywhere. All of it was me. I was in God and God was in me. We were One and the same. I was the formless and the form, all pervading and timeless. I was everything and nothing at the same time, beyond time and space. (IANDS)
All this shows that the Earthly experience is limited to what the physical brain and body can process. In the spiritual realms there is so much more to explore.
Many NDErs had a profound change in their life because of their experience. They changed their attitudes towards people and the world at large. Their belief structure changed. Some became more religious (in their church), others became more spiritual. The consciousness of NDErs has expanded, and they have gained or deepened their awareness with the Divine.
Although some NDErs came back with a feeling of guilt, or had a distressing experience, the majority experienced a beneficial transformation. They have a larger picture of what life is about, and how they fit in it. They become less egocentric or egoistic, and have more respect towards others. In general they do not fear death anymore. Some want to go back to that wonderful place they were in.
One could call an NDE a mystical experience because of its lasting changes in character and values, including changes in the person’s relationship with what they perceive as God, but also with nature and other people.
Aside from spiritual transformations, a few NDErs started a healing practice. They usually also give intuitive and give spiritual guidance.
Other NDErs were healed from their aliments, such as cancer, anorexia, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, depression, etc. after their NDE.
I was just in this white light and in this bliss feeling. I don’t know how long all this was, but I came out and saw blood in my brain. As I saw my brain bleeding, I was guided on how to heal it. I was shown how to suck out this blood, and as I was doing this it was as if something was holding my hands, guiding me in doing this. I didn’t even have my literal human hands, but my self outside my body and something else using my “hands” to heal. Once all the blood was gone, I came back to the here and now and “woke up. (IANDS)
This shows that the transformative spiritual effect on the life of a person, can also have a healing or harmonizing effect on his mind and body. Some NDErs also develop psychic abilities. It seems that an NDEr not just returns to his body, but also can bring spiritual energies down, or certain certain spiritual channels are opened up by which he now can tap into more universal energy for various purposes. It just depends on the person to what degree, and to what extend.
NDEs that are happy and wonderful get a lot of attention. However there are people who have had negative or fearful experiences during their NDE. These people are not so willing to share their experiences. NDE researchers have come across these accounts, but their estimate of how many people had negative experiences varies. Negative NDEs being unreported was due to fear, shame, social stigma, experiencers not wanting to burden others with their horrific tales, and the trauma associated with reliving these upsetting stories by retelling them.
For some NDErs their experience was frightening or had frightening elements to it, because they actually did not understand what was going on. We see that, for example, with the Void. Being alone in an endless black space can indeed be fearful for some. Experiencing strange vibrations, movements, and going through a narrow tunnel also can be frightening. Some see angry or malevolent spirits, or find themselves in a desolate place.
Overall, such NDErs have never being harmed. They experienced a fear or negative emotions that actually exists in themselves. The NDEr automatically creates such an environment, or is attracted to these lower astral levels. Once the NDEr calls out for help, he will be lifted out of these negative realms, or states of consciousness.
People who attempt suicide are almost always in a distressed frame of mind. Usually they are attempting suicide because they feel themselves to be in unendurable and unending emotional or physical pain. In addition, they are almost certainly aware of the widely held belief that suicide is cowardly and/or the wrong way to escape the pain of life.
The positive side of a distressing, negative or hellish NDE is that it can have a spiritual transformation in the life of the person. When the NDEr realizes what was wrong in his behavior he will motivated to change his life around into a more positive direction.
I don't think only bad people, or people with heavy negative emotional issues will will have unpleasant NDEs. Nobody is perfect, we all have issues and fears. There are probably many issues at play that we don't know of. The state of mind at the moment of near-death is probably is big factor, but not the only one. One's belief system or lack thereof can also be important.
Some researchers use the term hellish experiences, but the word hell is misleading because of the traditional religious meaning.
It is necessary to understand that in the astral worlds, there is no Hell as it is explained in religious traditions. There are lower astral regions in which human spirits dwell who are still holding on to their lower, negative emotions. In the astral world one creates his own environment, and somebody who is still attached to his fears will create himself a fearful environment. This also applies to people who are experiencing an NDE.
During several of Swedenborg's near-death experiences, he would witness people dying and see their happenings in the afterlife. He stated that immediately following death, there is a period of self-discovery in which the social masks worn on Earth dissolve away and the true self is revealed. Each person then shapes their own eternity to correspond with their real inner nature. Some people become irrational, driven by fear and greed. Such people are in the spiritual condition which Swedenborg called hell. Hell is a psychological condition which corresponds to the suffering we experience on Earth when we allow ourselves to be driven by the blind greed of our own egos. There are no devils in hell to inflict punishments because in the hellish spiritual state each person acts out their own malice by tormenting others.
From an NDEr:
Lamenting my situation, and aching for another chance at life, it dawns on me that the void is a place of my own making. A representation of my apathy; a symbol of the wall I’d spent a lifetime building. Its bricks were ones I’d stacked to keep people out and my feelings in. A barrier of my own construction, built brick-upon-brick with each hurt I’d suffered. My efforts to protect myself had made me less…less real, less vulnerable, less joyful, as impenetrable as the coma I lay in. My physical self in the ICU had no idea how close she was to losing it all. “When I finally realized the void was a prison of my own design, it split open with a thunderous BOOM! A bright light shone before me. The darkness was still there, but now it was behind and beneath me, being pushed back and down by the brilliant light. (IANDS)
Here is a strange topic associated with a few NDEs. Just as we aliens we do need to look into this to gain a better understanding.
It seems strange that the Moon would be involved when a person dies and the soul leaves the body. However the presence of the Moon sometimes comes up in near-death experiences. Many cultures or peoples tell us that after death, the souls go to the Moon. The Moon is seen as a place where souls live or rest until they come back to Earth again.
In the following NDE, the typical love feeling that is instilled in the departed soul, usually by the White Light or a light being, came from the Moon.
Somehow, I felt like I was between the Earth and the Moon. I felt this overwhelming presence next to me on my right side, like the Moon, but it was an intelligence. It radiated love, far beyond anything I had dreamed or heard of before, sort of like a father. There was no image. He made me feel sad that I had ended up in that condition, like a scolded child, but in a loving way. I felt other beings nearby, but no shapes or faces. There was an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment all around me. Source: NDERF
Here, the Moon is associated with the Light:
It looked like I was floating into a huge light that looked like the full moon. Source: NDERF
I was moving towards a beautiful bright light just like the moon but sending out long rays of light that I was going towards. NDERF
The following NDEr thinks that the Moon is the place where deceased souls go to.
As I looked around I saw a bright light. It was the moon; the sun was reflecting light off the moon surface. We were in space, equal distance to the moon on the right side (looking from earth). I do not think this was heaven's final destination. I think it was a greeting area to receive us when we cross over. Source: NDERF
This last quote is really interesting, as the person sees the Moon as a receiving area for souls, something that out-of-the-body-experiencers also have talked about. Of some interest is that this man also had a UFO abduction eight months earlier.
Another NDEr went to the Moon:
I looked over my shoulder and it was as though I was on the moon or somewhere else other than earth...I looked around again and it was as though I was standing on the moon looking back down at the earth. I could see scattered white clouds covering the deep blue waters of earth. It was very beautiful and I felt very peaceful and happy. NDERF
A detailed explanation will come later, so let it suffice here to say that beings on Iarga that possess this mentality are denied reincarnation. This selection is the cause of the continuing improvement in mentality, generation after generation, which enables a race to become unselfish. On Earth, this selection was blocked some twenty centuries ago by extraterrestrial intervention whereby we cannot improve our average mentality.
UfO...Contact from Planet Iarga: Stefan Denaerde, published by Ankh-Hermes, Deventer, Netherlands, 1969
I never heard of aliens being present in NDEs, until I started reading NDE accounts. How strange it may sound, there are indeed a few stories that describe the presence of alien beings during an NDE.
The way those aliens appear do not seem to indicate that they are just projections of the mind of the NDEr. The astral world, or spirit world, is home to more than just human spirits, or angels. There are other beings that have come from other places in the universe who migrated to this planet for various reasons. In their spirit form they dwell on the Earth's astral plane. Although they are very few in numbers compared to human spirits, they do sometimes meddle in human affairs.
Without going into the UFO topic, there are a lot of similarities between the so-called abductions and NDE experiences. The majority of UFO abductions are actually spiritual events. Their primarily interaction with humans is through mind manipulation. This is a complicated issue to explain, and so I will only highlight here the similarities with NDEs.
Some NDErs go through a Life review. For them it is an important part of their experience. As I have mentioned before, I consider the Life Review an act of one's own divine essence. An effort to show the conscious part of oneself what could be changed in one's personality to become a better human being. The figures sometimes associated with showing this life review are also projections of one's mind. However, in some cases, there might be real spiritual beings present who try to help the NDEr with this review. These real spiritual beings can be light beings from other realms, spiritual guides, or deceased human spirits if they are advanced enough to initiate this process.
How do aliens fit in here? It probably would surprise you that a Life Review is also known with ... alien abductions! Although this happens in a small minority of UFO abduction cases, it is known to have occurred.
Here is a quote of a rather long story of a man taken into a spaceship and shown his Life Review on a screen:
Several similarly appearing humanoids were standing in the room and talking to each other...The alien leader then addressed Ivan, and Ivan somehow saw the words appear in front of his eyes and he was able to understand. They proposed that Ivan review his life and amazingly he was able to see the basic events of his past in what appeared to be a TV-set. Think About It
These were rather benevolent aliens in a typical alien abduction scenario. It seems that the aliens (or alien spirits) have the means to read all the memories of a person (from his akashic record) and to display that information onto a projected screen. Keep in mind, that the alien spirits are taking the human spirit out of his body and into the astral world, where these events happen. The screen itself is a projected manifestation, and is used this way because modern man is now well familiar of TV and computer screens.
The above is not the only alien abduction account in which a Life Review is given. In the following, also lengthy account, the person is shown a Life Review by not so nice aliens:
In the same room, I was also able to see my whole life projected into images, extremely fast. I had the feeling that everything inside my brain, past memories, sensations, experiences, was also being watched and recorded by some kind of a device linked to me through the chair I was sitting on. Curezone
Another Life Review by aliens in the book A Trojan Feast by Thomas E. Bullard, 2015:
Maxim Zhirkov, a boy from Toropovo, Russia, claimed that he was pulled into a metallic object in the sky on his way home from a tennis match in 1990. Zhirkov said that he met two beings, their faces obscured by antennaed helmets, who brusquely asked his name. When he replied, the boy felt the ship take off while a nearby screen began to play familiar scenes of his life back on earth...
Screens associated with a Life Review also happen in NDE accounts. The following account of a near-death experience is an example of the Life Review shown on not only one but four screens:
When I arrived in Heaven (in my experience) I found myself in a huge room where the walls and ceilings were made of pure crystal and they had Light coming from the inside of them. The effect was amazing. Then as I looked up, I saw four translucent screens appear (and form a kind of gigantic box around me). It was through this method that I was shown my life review. (Or rather I should say my LIVES IN REVIEW!) Without ever having to turn my head, I saw my past, my present, my future and there was even a screen that displayed a tremendous amount of scientific data, numbers and universal codes. Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife
He then showed her pictures of her future helping others and other things like a movie screen showing her future. Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife
Can it be any weirder for an ordinary human to see aliens in the Life Review council during an NDE? What are they doing there?
They can be viewed as typical aliens or non-specific light beings (other than true spiritual beings).
I then went to twelve beings of greater knowledge. They were in front of me and stood in a row. They were not human. They had no feelings of anything like judgment or authority, but seemed strong in themselves. They seemed taller than I did and they wore silver white robes. They had white skin, large heads and large eyes. I do not remember them having a mouth. Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife
Tall white skin beings reminds us of the so-called Tall Whites, or Nordic Beings during alien abductions. They also wear white robes and have large eyes.
I was taken to special entities who looked like the usual grays, but they had many wrinkles on their faces. They called themselves the Counsel, and said they were part of a group called 'soul recyclers' helping souls to re-incarnate. NDERF
Isn't that quite revealing that Grays are telling that soul that they are involved in our reincarnation process? Grays with many wrinkles are also known in alien abductions.
In the following account the NDEr's soul was on a ... spaceship!
When I was before the council of thirteen beings (and they were not human, I know that!) There was no actual light, just a grayish mist everywhere. A clearly mystical or unearthly realm vague stuff...My past flashed before me, out of my control Well, we 'talked' about some things, and I think they took me somewhere else and showed some things although they did not allow me to remember all that. The place I was at looked like it was round inside, not square. Now I think it may have been some space ship. NDERF
Next we have an account where alien beings are not only present, but also an authority figure that uses force on the soul when it figured out they were aliens, as if it was not supposed to know this.
I found myself suddenly 'very high up' in a bright white room. There were several beings there. I can't remember how many now, but at least four. I think there were more though. There was a being on a throne, that I was almost directly in front of, that was the only one sitting down. The others were standing up, and they were barefoot and in robes. I couldn't see their faces, just their feet, ankles, and the bottom of their robes. The standing ones seemed irritated a bit, and one lifted his ankle a bit as if to hide from me. They wanted to move off to the sides so that I couldn't see them. I was forced on my hands and knees, and couldn't move or look around except with my eyes. First I thought, 'cool, weird' and I thought they were aliens. I thought about the fact that there was one on the throne and changed my mind away from aliens. NDERF
The following account is from a YouTube video. It contains all the typical features of a near-death experience, with a clear the presence of aliens. Bear in mind that she was raised a devout Christian in the Methodist Church.
The woman was 12 years of age when she choked on food. First she was in darkness, and started to see the White Light to which she felt drawn, accompanied by the feelings of peace and love. She was rotating while going slowly up into the Light. In what she thought was heaven, there were white clouds everywhere with light shining through them. Then she was grabbed by the arms what she thought were her guardian angels. To the right was archangel Gabriel and to the left Gloria, a female angel. They took her to some place. Then she noticed a bright light to her left. She felt that this was her father. Then, she was taken into a room which had a movie theater-like screen, showing her entire life, but also the future in which she would "take a part as the book of Revelation would come about". All of a sudden she was placed into another room. She was shown two alien beings. To her right was a typical small Gray who looked very pretty to her. To her left a taller beings, more whitish and smaller, more slanted eyes, and a smaller head in comparison with the bigger head of the Gray. The voice of God said to her not to be afraid of them. She could communicate with them telepathically. She was told that there are others liken them out there, and that they are God's creation. Then she was taken out of the room back into the White Light where God was. God told her not to look at him, otherwise she would have to stay. Of course, she wanted to stay. All of a sudden God told her that she had to go back, that she had work to do. She argued, but God started to speak in loud thunderous voice and pushed her down with great force, back into her body.
One wonders, why in the world would God himself show an ordinary 12-year old girl, after she had died, two alien beings, and tell her to not be afraid of them? In Christian religion aliens have no place at all, or they are regarded as demons. Do the aliens feel the urge to portray themselves as benevolent in the eyes of Christians? It is quite common with alien abductees and contactees, that the aliens do their best to portray themselves as nice, loving, well-meaning beings, and many of the abductees and contactees are convinced of it, despite what the aliens put them through.
In another YouTube video, a woman gives a short description of her near-death experience. While she was out of the body, she could not only see the operating room and the people working on her body, but she also knew what they were thinking, and other things about their lives. She started to become aware of ghosts and having telepathic conversations with some of them. Then she also became aware of alien beings coming and going, and having conversations with them as well, as to why they were there, and what they were doing there. Some of the aliens were humanoid, some were looking very different. She knew what they were thinking, where they were from. These aliens were in the third dimension" but in a place you can't see with your five human senses". In a follow-up video she explains that these aliens were 3-D but of another frequency. About three or four of them that she perceived were beings who had been on this Earth for as long as humans have been here, and "have their games set up that they are playing. They are playing the duality game too, in a different way." They are doing a lot of things we are not aware of.
This account makes it very clear that a variety of alien beings are here on Earth, in the other dimensions, doing their work. It is not so surprising to consider that some of these dimensional aliens also interfere with our souls in the afterlife.
There are a lot of questions unanswered in regards to those aliens, or alien spirits, and their involvement in an NDE. We should not leave this issue out of NDE research, even if it is only a small fraction of NDE stories.
"You have a mission" is a reason that often pops up in NDEs when a soul refuses to go back to Earth, and other reasons have failed. Do they really have a mission, or is it just a ploy to change the mind of the soul? Most of the NDErs are at a loss of what that mission might be, as they are never told what it is. Therefore some of them try to come up with a reason, because they are eager to make sense of what an apparent trustworthy religious figure told them in the afterlife.
The mission theme is also frequent in alien abductions. According to Eve Lorgen, an alien researcher, having the feeling of a mission in life is present in about 86% of the abductees. It makes them feel special.
Some near-death experiences said that we all make contracts before incarnating. At least that is what they were told, although they don't remember such a contract.
The issue of life contracts also appear with alien abductions. The Grays often mention to abductees that they have made a contract with them to be abducted and to be subjected to their procedures. How does an abductee verify if that is true?
In the UFO community the so-called Gray aliens are generally considered to be not-so-good, to say the least. Not only because of the abductions, but also of their constant mind manipulation of the abductees, and contactees, and other negative interferences in their lives. It is not the place here to go into depth of the nature of these beings, but I consider them to be earthly spirits of a lower order, and the abductions are mostly spiritual intervention in the sense that they can pull the astral body out of the victim, and after that everything that happens is in the astral realm.
Here is an example of an NDE in which the Grays as a kind of demons in the terminology of this Christian person. This person grew up in an abusive home, and had taken an unidentified pill from her father after which she had her NDE.
Now as I sit, I feel parts of my life drip from my spirit body like water. It was like the stories of my life fall away through the surface I’m sitting on until the last drip. I knew I was going to hell and knew I deserved to go, but as the last portion fell away, there was what I like to call a small “belief-in-God stone.” I’m saying stone for lack of wording but there was a belief in God that did not fall through the surface, and as I was revealed that, a group of beings similar to the grey alien came up out of the black cavern. And I thoroughly knew I deserved hell and even said so, saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” Something in me said, “Pray.” The aliens had large, empty black eyes. I saw beyond their eyes into emptiness that went on forever, like if it were possible to step in to that eye, it would be a dark very vast empty place, void of anything. The largest being of the group of four or five threw his hand into my soul and was trying to capture or scare or hurt me. I felt electrical charge run through my soul’s lower right side. The being’s hands were emitting some sort of rough electrical shocking charge, but as fast as this is shocking me, I begin the Lord’s Prayer. When I was provoked to pray the Lord’s Prayer, I knew I had to do it NOW because there is an alien demon’s hand in my side. A dim light appears either from me or behind me, and as that light appears, these creatures turn and flee, and I mean flee fast. My praying the Lord’s Prayer and light appearing and their running all happened within seconds. (IANDS)
Similarities Between NDEs and Alien Abductions
Near-Death Experiences (NDE)
|A white light is seen, sometimes a light orb.||UFOs often appear as light orbs.|
|The soul feels drawn by the Light, sometimes by force.||Witnesses are in awe, fixated on the light orb, often they go into a trance state.|
|Sometimes the soul goes through a tunnel towards the Light.||The witness is beamed up into the UFO inside a light beam.|
|The soul finds itself inside the White Light.||The person is now inside the UFO, and in abduction cases, lying on a table underneath a bright light.|
|The appearance of spiritual guides, angels, deceased relatives, Jesus or God himself.||Alien beings are now present. In some accounts light beings can also appear, and even the appearance of a human relative.|
|Sometimes Jesus or God tells the soul about the future of the world.||Aliens sometimes show scenes of the future, especially apocalyptic.|
|The deceased soul is shown his Life Review.||Aliens probe into the mind of the abductee to look at his life experiences and retrieve memories.|
|Sometimes the life review if held in a room where a council is present behind a table.||The abductee is lying on a table for 'examination' with several aliens around. Appearance before an alien council are also known.|
|The council is of human appearance, but sometimes they are undefined 'beings', hooded beings, and in a few rare cases outright aliens.||Alien councils appear regularly in alien contacts, and channelings. Some are hooded.|
|The NDEr is told that he has a mission to fulfill on Earth, so he has to go back to his body.||Some abducteees are told that they have a mission to fulfill on Earth.|
|The near-death experiencer is brought back to his body.||The aliens bring the abductee back to his bedroom.|
|The near-death experiencer is often changed afterwards, becoming more spiritual.||The contactee/abductee often develops spiritual awareness and psychic talents.|
|They write books about their experience.||They write books about their experience.|
The near-death experiencer sometimes cannot recall certain episodes or
Sometimes the soul is told that it will not remember certain parts of his experience.
When death is final and the soul reincarnates, his memory of any previous existence in the astral worlds, or of past lives is wiped completely.
Abductees in general have their memory wiped completely by the aliens.
Sometimes they can recall only certain parts.
On occasion the aliens will tell the abductees that their memory of events or conversations will be wiped on return.
|Dr. Melvin Morse's NDE research found that NDErs often could not wear watches as they would mysteriously break, and often had electrical conduction problems such as shorting out lap top computers and erasing credit cards.||This is also known among alien abductees/contactees.|
|In rare cases, miraculous healings occurred after an NDE.||Some abductees are healed from serious ailments by the aliens.|
There is also YouTube with many videos of first-hand NDE accounts and lectures.