WHY I BELIEVE DEATH IS NOT FINAL© 2012 Alan Ross Hugenot, August 3,2012
The Science of What Happens Just After You Die.
By Alan Ross Hugenot,
©2012 Alan Ross Hugenot
Based on the material discussed in my 2012 book:
The Death Experience: What it is like when you die
I am going to talk about what
happens as your consciousness leaves your physical body at the transition we persist
in calling DEATH. But, first let me make it clear that, this is
not a religious presentation. On the other hand, this is also not
an atheist presentation.
Being myself a trained physicist, I
have during my 42 years of research on the death experience rigorously followed
the scientific method, as far as it is possible to do so. However, for those of
you familiar with quantum mathematics, non-locality, the Heisenberg uncertainty
principle, and the observer problem, i.e all the things we loosely group as
“The Measurement Problem” then you will know where the difficulty lies.
Even the most rigorous
experimenter will find only the particular evidence that his own perception
believes will be there. Everything else simply remains outside his or her
I like to call it The Belief
Problem, rather than the measurement problem.
All of this is discussed fully in
my book which like any rigorous scientific book is also extensively end noted
with the specific references (107 end notes). Chapter six specifically
discusses all the subatomic particle science that underlies the Death Process,
and today, because the title of this lecture is “The Science of What Happens
Just After You Die.” I have a free copy of chapter six for each of you. On the
other hand , before you can understand where chapter six is taking you I need
to explain how I got there, and the proof cases I used, which is going to take
up most of our time today.
“I would like to suggest that superstition
is very simple: it is merely belief without any evidence.” Carl Sagan Gifford Lecture No. 1, 1985
“Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. The Bible, Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Superstition is not very scientific,
yet both traditional religions and the materialist science community base their
chosen beliefs about the afterlife entirely on superstition, since neither
offers any evidence or proof for their belief system (their B.S.).
At the same time I also strive to
be sensitive to any correlations I may find with traditional paradigms on this
sensitive subject, including religions ancient and modern.
Consequently, when a discovery
agrees with prior rigorous science or established religious beliefs then I have
been quick to point out the correlation.
How did I get started into an
investigation of death?.. Don’t you have to be an M.D. or a theologian in order
to talk about death?
Why would I, a physicist / mechanical
engineer and yacht designer, have better expertise about death than an M.D. or
Simply put, “I’ve been there and done that”, where most
Medical Doctors and Theologians, despite their extensive speculations have not
been there and done that.
Back in 1970, five years before
anyone had coined the term Near-Death experience I died, and later returned to
the same body for a second life.
This is just my personal story on
a path of discovery, since that experience.
Life itself has confronted me with
a collection of undeniable truths, which very inconveniently go against
everything I was taught as a young man about Religion, Biology, and Physics.
But, collectively these undeniable
truths force me to accept two staggering conclusions:
1. Our individual consciousness is not part of the
physical body (which it merely occupies).
2. Our individual consciousness survives death of the physical body
to somehow continue in alternate dimensions.
FIRST TRUTH: My own NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE:
In May 1970 I was killed in a motorcycle
accident, my consciousness left my body and went into an alternate dimension.
Later, I reentered my body and began a second life in the same physical body.
At the time doctors believed such an
experience was merely an hallucination, and Psychiatrists thought it was a
psychotic disorder and they were anxious to commit anyone who persisted in
talking about it to an asylum. So, I quickly learned to keep quiet about it
while in the hospital.
After leaving the hospital I hoped to
discuss my experience with religious leaders, but they told me that it
disagreed with the scriptures and so could not possibly be true.
My family also had great difficulties
with it. They wanted to believe me, but found it hard to step away from what
they had believed for so long.
But, after this experience I was left with the conviction that,
INDIVIDUAL CONSCIOUSNESS CAN AND DOES SURVIVE COMPLETELY OUT OF BODY
Note: The complete near death story is in my book.
SECOND TRUTH – AN ENCOUNTER WITH
Eighteen and a half years later, in
November 1988, my wife of those days and I arrived late one night, after ten
pm, at a bed & breakfast. The innkeeper quickly showed us to our room
saying, "I'll show you the rest of the house in the morning”.
We quickly retired, but, my wife slept
fitfully all night long, I was repeatedly re-awakened by her tossing and
When we awoke she said, “I had the
strangest dream last night. And, it kept waking me up,……. and then it kept
returning when I got back to sleep……… I must have dreamed it four or five
She continued, “There were two elderly
men running up and down the stairs in the hall,…….” She said, “and they were
shooting at each other with rifles, or long guns. ………But, they did not know we
were here in the downstairs bedroom”,… she said. ………. “The continuing violence
agitated me and woke me up, again and again……..but, each time I fell back
asleep, then they returned again with their guns”.
Later, that morning we were seated
in the dining room and the innkeeper began to tell us all about the house.
Walter Crockett was a Virginian who moved out here in 1852-53, along with the
more famous Colonel Ebey, who homesteaded just to the north on Ebey Prairie.
Crockett homesteaded the lands surrounding Crockett Lake. He continued with the
local history until he came to the 1890’s. when he said “Charlie Crockett,
moved back into the farm house after he sold his homestead to the U.S. Army
Coastal Artillery so they could build Fort Casey on Admiralty Head, where you
see the gun emplacements today……
Crockett had left this farm house to his youngest son Walter Jr…. Apparently,
neither son had ever married, and both were reclusive. Some folks said Charlie
was actually an anti-social hermit type”. The innkeeper continued.
1896, a few years after Charlie had moved back in with Walter Jr., Charlie
committed suicide shooting himself with a shotgun in the upstairs bedroom”,
Suddenly, my wife jumped out of her
chair, and screamed, “No…, they shot at each other, both of them were
running up and down the stairs….. I dreamed about it all last night !!!”
The inn keeper’s mouth fell open, and he
stopped in mid-sentence………… Then, he said
sternly, “Ma’am, I don’t want to
hear any more about your dream”……. Then retired to the kitchen and did not return to resume his story.
An hour later after the last of the
other guests had left, the innkeeper found us in the library, “Oh there you
are”, he said. “I must apologize for my stern reaction to your dream,
and I must also explain”.
“Truthfully, Charlie’s death,
was only listed as a suicide, which is also how I choose to tell the story, but
it has always been suspected by all the local historians that it was really a
“The Sheriff did not declare
him dead until 24 hours later, because his brother Walter Jr. did not report
the death until the day after he died…….. Charlie lay on the floor up there,
while his blood ran down through the floorboards into the ceiling of the
bathroom in your room.
“So, when you spoke this
morning, I was not mad at you. My ire was instead directed at Charlie, or his
ghost and not at you. I got upset is because we believed that we had previously
exorcised his ghost out of the house. But apparently, he was still able to
influence you. You are the first sign we’ve had of Charlie in over two and a
But, I now knew that,
CONSCIOUSNESS CAN AND WILL COMMUNICATE WITH US FROM THE OTHER SIDE, AND THEY
CAN SURVIVE OUT OF BODY FOR A VERY LONG TIME, THIS GUY HAD BEEN DEAD FOR 92
TRUTH: ADDITIONAL LIFETIMES:
Six years after that, in August of 1994,
I made a voyage to Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) off the West Coast of
British Columbia where I encountered a culture that firmly believes in
The culture of the Haida living there,
like the Tlingit culture on the mainland, which has been investigated by Dr.
Ian Stevensen whom I will speak of later,
teaches that the spirits of the
deceased return in the following generations.
I was cruising aboard a friend’s
Islander 36 Sloop and we had anchored for the night in Skedan’s Bay on the east
side of Louise Island. The following morning we rowed the dinghy ashore to tour
the ruins of Koona. As pulled the dinghy above the high tide line we were met
by Chief Cumshewa (Charles Wesley) who was in his 80's and was the tribal elder
serving as the Haida watchman/guide at Koona.
While he was showing us the
ancient village the Chief volunteered a story about a specific reincarnation.
This happened spontaneously, although I had never mentioned to him that I had
any such interests. Here is how it reads from page 50 of the magazine 48 Degrees
North where I later published the story in 2002.
be guided through a ghost village, by a Haida elder with the venerable rank of
a senior village chief, was an honor not lost on us. Cumshewa handed each of us
a book entitled Those Born at Koona,”We’ll start on page 14, when we get to the
west end of the village”, he said softly. We listened attentively , following
as he lead us over Koona’s sacred grounds, describing the village history in
friendly but solemn terms. This was a great man, who was bringing the gift of
age and experience to the sharing of his story: the story of both his people
and his lifetime.
“The chief, born three decades after Koona was
abandoned in 1889, explained that his authority for knowledge of the village
came from Jim Jones, whom Cumshewa had fished with, after the second world war.
Jim had been born in Koona, and lived here until his teenage years. The Chief
showed us Jim’s photo in the back of the book, taken at Koona in 1954 when Jim
was an old man. The Haida culture teaches that spirits of the deceased return
in the following generations. And Cumshewa shared with us that, “My son
Patrick, is a Haida artist, and the Spirit of Jim lives in Patrick, who was
born just after Jim died”.
spoke with Mr. Wesley (Chief Cumshewa) further on this and he told of how
Patrick had the same traits as his deceased friend Jim. It was apparent to me
from the way Mr. Wesley included these thoughts in everyday conversation that
he found it quite normal to believe in reincarnation.
was a venerable elder, a wizened octogenarian whom I deeply respected, evidencing
a casual belief (doesn’t everyone believe this?) that our consciousness returns
for multiple lifetimes.
Now, I was left with
a third conviction:
A SURVIVING CONSCIOUSNESS CAN LIVE AGAIN IN ANOTHER PHYSICAL
BODY FOR ADDITIONAL LIFETIMES.
Now, all these truths began
to gel. What Chief Cumshewa believed dove-tailed with my own Near-Death experience
and Charlie’s Ghost.
So, at this point I began to
research all of these subjects in earnest which lead me to one additional truth,
but which is crucial to the our western ontology (world view).
FOURTH TRUTH: The early
Christians believed in reincarnation ! :
That is a bold statement, but my
research finds it to be completely true. Regardless, of what we have been
taught by both religion and science for the last 1500 years. In fact, when
Jesus spoke to his disciples he spoke in the context of the prevailing world
view at that time, which included Plato’s concepts of the soul, afterlife and
reincarnation. The world view held by all the world’s religions and the
secular world at that time included reincarnation. Jesus disciples were born
into a world that believed our individual consciousness reincarnated and had
many lives, instead of the single life theory we are told they believed in.
Reincarnation was the ancient Egyptian
ontology, as well as Hindu, Buddhist, Platonist and neo-Platonist ontology, and
was also the majority rabbinical position (Pharisees) of the Hebrews after
about 200 BC. This is the sect that St. Paul (Saul of Tarsus) was a member of
prior to his conversion, and where he got all his religious training.
All of the early Christians fathers
(Jesus, St. Paul, Valentinus, Origen and Clement of Alexandria) up until the
early 4th century believed in reincarnation, and that belief
continued in some sects of the Christian church until the 8th century after
is a quote from Origen (185 – 253AD) the Christian bishop at Alexandria in the
early third century. Origen was well respected by the other bishops in his own
era, and Saint Gregory Bishop of Nyssa (335 – 394AD) writing in the late fourth century
described Origen as, “The prince of
Christian Learning in the third century”.
Here is what Origen, the early Christian Bishop of Alexandria, said
soul…… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the
defeats of its previous life. Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to
honor or dishonor is determined by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in
this world determines its place in the world which is to follow this one.
Origen’s words clearly echo the words which
would later appear in the closing sentence of the Nicene Creed (325AD), “And
the life of the world to come”, (i.e.
the world which is to follow this one which Origen was talking about).
In fact, it was only after the Roman
Emperors began to control the Christian church beginning with Constantine I, in
312AD that this view began to change to a single life view point. Finally, 300
years after Origen was dead, and 550 years after Christ had died that the Roman
Emperor Justinian forced the church to accept the single lifetime theory, at
the Second Council of Constantinople (Fifth Ecumenical Council) in 553 AD. This
council was not attended by the sitting pope who refused to attend, but was
instead called by Justinian. The bishops present, in order to please the
Emperor, adopted his 12 points “Against Origen”. These 12 points ostracized but
did not condemn, those who believed in reincarnation. The bishops
also gave no scriptural basis for this determination and did not say that it
was “wrong”, and the bishops never entered its adoption in the minutes of the
I discovered that Saint Augustine in 428 AD, 130 years before Justinian adopted the single life theory, had stated that the so-called
“new” Christian religion was actually the same ancient Egyptian religion
(Perennial Philosophy) which had merely been re-branded as Christianity., Saint Augustine said quite clearly:
which is called the “Christian” religion existed among the ancients, and never
did not exist, from the beginning of the human race until Christ came in the
flesh, at which time the true religion WHICH ALREADY EXISTED began to be called
(St. Augustine, Retractions,
Taken from P.54 The Fathers of the Church, Saint
Augustine, The Retractions.
Brogan c.1968 Catholic University
of America Press.
The book caries the Nihil Obstat
and Imprimatur of the Archbishop
Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle The official declaration that the book is free of doctrinal or moral error.
Now, I was left with this fourth conviction:
REINCARNATION (THAT A SURVIVING CONSCIOUSNESS CAN OCCUPY SUCCESSIVE
PHYSICAL BODIES) WAS ALSO BELIEVED BY THE EARLY CHRISTIANS.
point because all of these inconvenient truths were, for me, undeniable, I
was left with the staggering conclusion that,
IS NOT FINAL AND NEVER HAS BEEN
I found that the majority opinion of the world population as a whole is that
re-incarnation is a fact, and that belief in the Single Life Theory, which is seems so prominent in the West, is
actually a minority opinion when the whole world is considered, especially in
the Far East.
the paradox,…, “In the west people say,
‘Why are you spending money to study reincarnation when we know it is impossible’.
In the East they say, ‘Why are you spending money to study reincarnation when
we know it is a fact?”
Dr. Ian Stevensen, University of Virginia
researcher on children who remember past lives.
majority of the world believes that reincarnation is a fact. Demographics show
that the Single Life Theory is only
believed in Europe, the Near East, and generally only by the descendants of Europeans
now living in North and South America. Even today, it is only believed by people
who are descended from ancestors that were once part of Justinian’s Roman
SCIENCE OF REINCARNATION: As
I dug deeper I found that much rigorous Western science fully supports the
finding that reincarnation is valid.
the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the late Ian Stevenson, M.D.
(1918 - 2007), former Carlson Professor of Psychiatry, has studied memories of
past lives for over 50 years from the 1960’s until well into the first decade
of the 21st century.
Dr. Stevenson’s colleagues (Bruce Greyson M.D., Jim Tucker, M.D., et al) are
continuing his work and have cataloged and documented over 3000 individual
cases of children who remember their past lives. This is all scientifically
documented in Stevenson’s books; Twenty Cases Suggestive of Re-incarnation,
and Children Who Remember Previous Lives,
Jim B. Tucker M.D. has also published on this same subject in 2005 in Life
Before Life 
these cases children between three and five years old, begin relating memories
of an earlier life to their parents. These children often have detailed
accounts of their wives, husbands, and children from the previous life. Yet, by
the time these children reach age 8-10 they usually begin forgetting the prior
life as they assimilate into their current life. If they are surrounded by a
culture which encourages these types of prior life memories then the memories
will continue. In my book I relate numerous cases, but today I only have time
The MARTA LORENZ CASE is
one of my personal favorites. It reads like a dramatic novella, but, was
meticulously researched, by Dr. Ian Stevensen. The return to the second life
was “forecast” during the prior life, and the parents given the prediction
before the birth very wisely chose, during the pregnancy, to observe their future
daughter under strict single blind laboratory conditions. The results of this
decision provide amazing evidence.
Maria Januaria de Oliviero,
neck-named Sinha or Sinhazinha, was born about 1890, in the village of Dom
Feliciano, about a hundred miles SW of Puerto Alegre in the province of Rio
Grande de Sul, the westernmost state of Brazil.
Sinha’s father disapproved of one of her suitors, the young man committed
suicide. Sinha, who loved the young man, was distraught and so exposed herself
to the elements and to tuberculosis, acquired an infection of the lungs and
larynx, and then a few months later she also died.
on her death bed she acknowledged to her dear friend Ida Lorenz that she wanted to die and had tried to become infected
with TB. Then she also promised Ida that she would return again and be born as
ida’s daughter. Sinha further predicted that:
reborn and at an age when I can speak on the mystery of rebirth in the body of
the little girl who will be your daughter, I shall relate many things of my
present life, and thus you will recognize the truth”.
died the next day (in October 1917) just after her declaration to later return
as Ida’s daughter. At that time she had been about 28 years old.
months later, on August 14, 1918, Ida Lorenz gave birth to a daughter, whom she
named Marta. Ida and her husband had agreed to carefully never speak of Sinha’s
prediction to their other children, nor to the neighbors, or to anyone who
might ever come in contact with any future daughters.
when Marta was two and a half she began to speak, exactly as predicted by Sinha
of. “When she had been big before”. She volunteered to her parents that she had
been neck-named Sinha in her prior life, and also that her real name in that
prior live had been Maria.
said all this despite the fact that the names Sinha and Maria had never once
been uttered in their household. Marta made no less than 120 separate
declarations over the next few years about details of Sinha’s life. All were
carefully recorded by her parents. Although, her former home from the first
life was only 12 miles away, her father, in order to keep the single blind
conditions, never took her there until she was 12 years old, although she had
asked numerous times to go to her former home. And, it was not until the time
of this visit at age 12 that the parents from the prior life heard anything
about Marta being the reborn Sinha.
Ian Stevenson who has interviewed all the participants, except for the original
deceased Sinha, has continued contact with Marta for many years, and in the
1974 edition of the book he describes Marta at age 54 after his most recent
visit with her in Puerto Alegre in 1972.
is very much Marta, but still remembers much detail from her former life as
Sinha, especially her bout with tuberculosis, and her death. She sees her prior
life and this life as different chapters in a continuum”.
Marta was a child of three or four, and bereaved adults would suffer from
grief, Marta would comfort them by saying,
died, and I am living again”
another time, during a rainstorm, when one of her sisters expressed regret that
their dead sister Emilia would get wet in the grave, the child Marta said,
say that, Emilia is not in the cemetery. She is in a safer and better place
than we are; her soul never can be wet”.
although Marta’s memories have faded since the vivid days of her childhood. It
is apparent from what she said in early childhood, that:
a child she also remembered her ten months of life on the other side
between the two lives here.”
JAMES LINEGAR: The
book Sole Survivor ©2010
tells the story of a 2 year old in Lafayette, Louisiana remembered his prior
life and being shot down during world war II on March 3, 1945 while flying his
Navy Corsair over Chi Chi Jima as James Houston, pilot flying from the Aircraft
carrier USS Natoma Bay CVE-62, and remembered his friend
Jack Larson a fellow pilot on the ship. His fellow pilot Jack Larson is still
living. The child knew that his plane was hit near the engine and crashed in
flames. Eye witnesses of his crash have verified the fact that his plane was
hit in the engine. James Houston’s sister is still living, and has now come to
believe that James Linegar is her brother reincarnated, simply because of all
the things little James knows that only her deceased brother could have known.
There are five videos available on the net which tell his story, four are
episodes from the TV show Prime Time: The Unexplained they can all be accessed and watched at the
are hundreds of riveting stories about remembered past lives and the literature
is referenced in the end notes of my book, all of which provides a
preponderance of evidence for reincarnation. On the other hand, to date I have found no evidence for the
opposing view that reincarnation does not exist. .
WHAT DYING IS LIKE
THE DEATH PROCESS: The Buddhist descriptions
of the stages of the death process in the Tibetan
Book of the Dead roughly agree with the experience of the NDE. The colors
which the Buddhist tradition describes do match the colors that I saw
personally. The Egyptian Book of the Dead
agrees with the Near-Death experience’s Life Review phenomenon. All of this is collated here in
ONE DAY IT’S TIME TO GO:
This could all happen quickly if you are killed in an accident. But, it happens
more slowly with a natural death and it will be similar to the following:
After a period of struggle with the decision
whether to stay here or to go, your consciousness (soul) decides to depart from
the flesh. For some hours or days prior to this point you may have been
catching fleeting glimpses of the other side.
You may have heard, what you thought was angels singing, or, had distinct
visions of dead relatives coming to visit, etc. These are not hallucinations.
Instead, they are visions of the true reality, the afterlife you are going home
inconceivable to the conscious mind (that another place could exist)
besides the earth world of matter bounded by time and space (3-D)….Instinctively,
you fight to live…..
Atwater, a multiple NDE survivor describing the mind’s reaction upon first
arriving on the other side.
peace awaits you, and intuitively knowing this, you cease the tiring efforts of
holding this earthly illusion of time and space together, of which you have
become profoundly weary. You feel weak and sinking, melting back into spirit
from the physicality of this material reality. Your body seems to get smaller
(shrivel) as the reflection of opposites (positive & negative) what
Buddhists call mirror-wisdom, which is the transmuted energy of this earthly
delusion, dissolves. Forms of matter become indistinct, the vision and eye
perception deteriorates and all sights are blurred. Things begin to appear like
the mirage of water in the distance on a highway. This condition may persist
for hours or days. In this apparent delirium you may see former relatives or
angels (guides) beckoning you from the other side of the veil. You may be
speaking to them, while also coming back to speak with those here on this side
of the veil. There is no clear edge to the veil any longer, there is the other
side (reality) with the light where your deceased loved ones are waiting, and
yet there is still this physical illusion in time and space where your living
loved ones are going to be left behind. Nostalgia mixes with anticipation. A
better future beckons, but you hesitate to leave behind these living loved ones.
Truly, parting is such sweet sorrow. But, by now you know you want to go and so
you start saying, “good bye”. Some relatives are pleading with you not to go,
others are wondering, “How does he know it’s his time?” You call for certain
people, and so decide to wait another 24 or 48 hours for them to come so you
can say your good byes to them as well.
you finally make your exit. Slowly, the water dissolves into fire, and the
bodily fluids seem to dry out, sensations cease as you become numb, equalizing your
wisdom as you no longer have to remain in attachment to the physical body. Your
energy is pulling back into its subtle essence. All feelings, pain and emotion
melt away as sensations disappear. Hearing goes, yet not necessarily, the sense
of understanding. You will begin to pick up the thoughts of others now without
necessarily hearing their words. ESP is better attuned now that you aren’t
dependent upon the physical senses and your true thoughts are no longer drowned
out by the “noise” of bodily sensations. This “second sight” or increased
intuition which is the tool of mediums and clairvoyants has once again become a
sharp sense for you. Many Near-Death experiencers hear conversations clearly,
even when well beyond this point and completely out-of-body. But that is also
the state where communication is received in images rather than sounds. We
Near-Death experiencers say that, “The Being of Light spoke to us, but not in
words per se, we just received the message”.
the most frustrating thing as you go deeper into the afterlife is that people still
living here in space time (matter) can no longer hear you. You no longer have a
voice with which to make sounds in time and space. It is as described by
Fredrick H.W. Myers from the other side:
“(I) appear to be standing behind a sheet of
frosted glass—which blurs sight and deadens sound”.. “A terrible feeling of
impotence burdens me.” (Fredric
W. H. Meyers, deceased January 17, 1901, said this speaking back from
the other side in 1907).
in the Buddhist death process, inhalation weakens and smell disappears.
Individuating wisdom, the energy of desire fades as all notions dim out from
your mind. You now feel surrounded by fire flies, sparks, or bursts of light.
In my personal experience of returning to the body this sequence was reversed
with the fire flies and sparks occurring as I re-entered the body. It was a
definite feeling of flames and fire, but not being burned by it because at that
moment I had no physical body to feel pain. Yet, I seemed to be enveloped in
hundreds of small candle flames or sparklers while re-entering the flesh. Other
Near-Death survivors have reported similar sparklers and candle flames.
this point breathing stops and your energy circulation withdraws into the
central nervous system. The energy of competitiveness dissipates, tastes are
forgotten. The entire body sense fades out and as you depart the flesh you may
feel completely enveloped in those small candle flames in your last moments, as
your spirit separates from the flesh. Hellenistic Mystery religions, and the
early Gnostic Christians, in the first three centuries after Christ, describe
this phenomenon as the baptism of fire which accompanies mystic enlightenment. 4,500
years ago Hermes said our souls are enveloped in fire, and this is my exact
remembrance of this experience. Also, P.H.M. Atwater, a fellow Near-Death
survivor who publishes, observed this same “being enveloped in fire”:
“I floated ever so gently back into her
body, moving as I went on a layer of large bright sparklers such as those used
on the Fourth of July”  P.H.M. Atwater, Note: Notice how she speaks of her physical
body in the third person
body goes limp. Your heart stops. No more air flows in or out. You lose sight,
feeling, and movement—although the ability to hear goes last…. Identity ceases.
The “you” that you once were becomes only memory”….. There is no pain at the
moment of death…. Only peaceful silence…. calm….. Quiet… But, you still
exist……..It is easy not to breathe. In fact it is easier, more comfortable, and
infinitely more natural not to breathe than to breathe……The biggest surprise for most people in dying is to realize that dying
does not end life.…… Whatever comes next…. The biggest surprise of all
is to realize you are still you. You can still think, you can still remember,
you can still see, hear, move, reason, wonder, feel, question, and tell
jokes—if you wish…. If you expected to die when you die you will be
disappointed. The only thing dying does is help you release, slough off and
discard the “jacket” you once wore (more commonly referred to as a
“body)…..When you die you lose your body. That is all there is to it. Nothing
else is lost. You are not your body, It is just something you wear for a while,
because living in the earth plane is infinitely more meaningful and more
involved if you are encased in its trappings and subject to its rules.”  P.H.M.
CLINICAL DEATH: This
is where you will probably be pronounced CLINICALLY DEAD. But, many Near-Death
experience survivors have gone well beyond this point and then returned again
to a second life in the same body. For many, to hear their doctor pronouncing
them dead, is most distressing. It usually occurs just at the most intense
point of physical distress, heart stopping and cessation of breathing.
at this same point many people describe extremely pleasant feelings and
sensations of peace and tranquility. Others report that they experienced
various auditory sensations. In some cases there is a loud buzzing noise
coming, “from inside my head”, or a loud ringing noise, others hear a mighty
rushing wind, as did St. Paul during his Near-Death experience and seeing the Being of Light on the road to Damascus.
the Buddhist tradition, what is going on during the pleasant sensations is that
the male essence or WHITE awareness now drops like liquid from the brain,
descends down the central channel of the chakras to the heart, and you inwardly
perceive within the minds “third eye” a sky full of WHITE moonlight. This is
what I saw, although I did not associate it with a liquid. Next according to
the Buddhist tradition the RED awareness drop, a liquid, which arises as the
spirit of enlightenment from the genital wheel toward the heart complex
representing the female essence now covers the vision of the third eye with
without ever reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead, I described this same
color sequence in reverse, during my return to the body at the close of the
NDE. And, I described this RED essence as being the pain of this existence, the
feelings within this veil of tears. It was definitely liquid and definitely red
to purple and represented the feelings of this life. Jungian psychologists
would call it the “Anima” the female feelings essence of physical existence.
During my reverse journey this RED liquid blotted out the sky of GOLDEN-ORANGE
light. The “liquid” as I observed it, did not necessarily flow “down” although
it definitely appeared to flow over my vision. The Buddhist tradition says it
flows up from the genitals to the heart. And they also say that to re-enter
this life we go through the stages in reverse. My vision of these reverse
stages is uncannily parallel to the Buddhist tradition.
LIFTING THE VEIL OF ISIS: The
Buddhists stages of the death process describe this going in with this RED
bringing on the GOLDEN-ORANGE sunlight. Then proceeding onward into the seventh
dissolution called the stage of imminence, at which point the two drops of male
(animus) and female (anima) essences meet at the heart. In the physical life
these two halves have been separate. Here they enclose the consciousness and
you perceive at this point the sky full of bright dark-light, or pure darkness,
and then you lose consciousness of this time-space reality (the illusion) as
you enter the only true reality of the Afterlife . Finally, you pass from this
darkness into the realm of clear light translucency (the true reality), gaining
an unaccustomed kind of non-dualistic consciousness.
many people concurrent with the “noise” or a mighty rushing wind they have the
sensation of being pulled through a dark tunnel. Most NDE survivors say, we
passed through the darkness and then, “we arrived with the light”. Western
traditions often describe this as a dark tunnel, with the Light at the end of the tunnel. New-agers think this “tunnel” is a
“worm hole”. But, the singular image which I personally find most accurate is
the ‘Lifting of the veil of Isis”,
the point at which this, “Veil of tears” (our earthly life) is forever gone. At
which point for me, time and space ceased to operate. The polarization ceases
to be in effect, male-female, positive-negative, all “forces” of separation
which creates the E=MC2 of our familiar 3-D simply cease. You now
pass out of the quantum mechanics matter into the quantum hologram (zero point
field) of pure thought. You are now solely the most subtle essence that your
consciousness can occupy. Outside of space-time you have no weight, literally
no matter. I remember this well. No pain, no time, no space, just the peace which passes all human understanding.
OUT OF BODY:
Next according to the Buddhist tradition, our extremely subtle consciousness
flies out of its location, driven by our evolutionary orientation. According to
the Buddhist tradition this is the REAL MOMENT OF DEATH, the Buddhists call it
the death-point between. It is the subtlest state possible for a sentient
being. It is a state so transparent that anyone still in the physical unprepared
for it will see right through it and not even notice it. This is the Ghost
essence, which many researchers are attempting to photograph at known “haunted”
locations. One of the earliest recordings of this in Western literature is in
Book X of Plato’s Republic, where the Greek Soldier Er, reported during a
Near-Death experience, that his soul went “out-of-body”. And Saint Paul in 2
Corinthians 12:1-5 uses the term “out-of-body”. This is the point at which your
ghost essence has now left the body behind.
research has cataloged that your crystal essence, or “spiritual body” takes
leave of the flesh shedding the cadaver like a husk or an old snake skin. This
is very liberating, because you are no longer confined to matter, but for many
souls it is also confusing. Most NDE survivors find themselves floating near
the ceiling of the room. At this point you notice that family members, doctors
and attendants are still paying attention to your discarded cadaver. You have
the definite urge to speak out saying, “Hey, I’m up here, and I’m O.K.”. But,
of course, without their having studied the death process, they don’t know to
look for you “up there”. You, on the other hand, will be able to see and
perceive better than you ever could in the physical life. Indeed, Near-Death survivors
who are blind in this physical life, report that when they were on that side of
the veil and out-of-body they were able to see quite well.
of this “new body” are very difficult for NDE survivors to put into words,
however, their descriptions of the properties of the body are decidedly in
agreement as follows:
you may try to communicate with the doctors or relatives in the room THEY CAN’T
you also discover that THEY CAN’T SEE YOU. Instead they keep looking at your
physical body or cadaver, mistakenly thinking that it is you.
shortly discover that you are weightless You lack a sense of movement, weight,
or position. Some people report that they “seemed to be” near the ceiling.
is extremely easy, you just think of it and go there. You may shortly discover
that you can go through walls and doors.
people remember their spiritual body as globular or round. Or a mist or smoke
like transparent vapor.
out-of-body state is also “timeless”. Time has ceased, although events still
seem to take place sequentially. If you remain near people trapped in time you
can observe their time occurring but you are viewing them from outside of time
as if you can look into the future and the past simultaneously.
and cognition speed up, you can think lucidly and rapidly without making any
mistakes. You are literally operating at a higher vibration frequency.
sense of vision is intact and excellent. People who are blind when alive,
report that they regain their vision during the Near-Death experience. Many
report that there is no limit to your vision you can look anywhere and
everywhere at once.
is changed slightly. Instead of hearing words and sounds you accurately pick up
thoughts of people around you (both the living and the dead relatives who have
come to greet you). You receive what they meant, rather than what they said.
And, you receive it whether or not they speak it.
is how P.H.M. Atwater described this state:
are still alive, very much alive. In fact, more alive than since you were last
born. Only the way of all this is different, different because you no longer
wear a dense body to filter and amplify the various sensations you had once
regarded as the only valid indicators of what constitutes life. You had always
been taught that one has to wear a body to live.”  P.H.M.
this point, truly intuitive relatives, who are still living and in attendance
at your bedside, often realize that you are still there and haven’t left after
the physical death of your cadaver. Most often these will be women, whose
sensitive side has the gnosis that your soul has survived somewhere nearby.
They may continue to speak with you for decades. Unfortunately, in our
materialistic western science we are taught that speaking to the deceased is a
bit crazy. So, this is discouraged in our western culture. But, the truth,
which you will encounter when you get to the other side, is that as a
disembodied consciousness you can still hear your loved ones. They just can’t
hear you. If you will find ways to subtly communicate back to them it will
reinforce their gnosis that your spirit survives somewhere.
some NDE’s at this point the medical personnel, mistakenly believing they are
“helping” you by preventing physical death, courageously start to interfere.
Driven by their personal perception of saving
you, they call for a defilibrator to attempt resuscitation of your cadaver.
They take these “heroic” measures honestly believing they are “helping” you. Their
training and entire medical MO never considers the possibility that they may be
merely meddling and interfering with the timely transition of your on-going
consciousness. The truth is that their heroic efforts may be sentencing you to
a longer imprisonment in your former body, which may also now be injured and
crippled. Keeping you here to live in a crippled body is not at all “saving”
you. Indeed, many Near-Death experiencers who were enjoying being liberated
from the confines of the physical body, have been resuscitated this way by
physicians and EMT’s. Afterwards, many of these NDE experiencers are angry with
having been brought back to this prior life against
their will. They feel truly violated. It is honestly so good on the other side that these folks wish they had been
allowed to stay dead and over there. This earthly life confined in a body
simply does not at all compare with life after death.
there are several documented cases of Near-Death experiencers, who have been
clinically dead for more than three days, who have then returned to the former
body and come back to life. Er was reported to have come back to life 12 days
after the battle in which he was killed. So where then is that actual death
Buddhist tradition says that many souls are so unaccustomed to the “liberated”
state of the between (or bardo), that they fearfully seek to come back into
matter (space-time) as soon as possible and in whatever way possible. The
Gnostic Christians described us as being “intoxicated” with matter, as if our
spirit is inebriated in its association with matter and that our souls are
addicted to having physical form and a body. But, being spirits our true
freedom or liberation is to be out of the prison of the body and outside the
realm of E=MC2.and outside the denseness of matter. This is what
Jesus and other enlightened prophets were hinting at.
many people at this point become quite lonely, realizing that they are going to
continue to exist, but that they can’t communicate with their relatives who are
still living. And if their deceased relatives haven’t yet shown up to comfort
them they may want to return to physical matter in whatever way presents
DECEASED RELATIVES: Luckily,
this is also the point at which many Near-Death survivors report meeting
deceased relatives or friends, or in some cases entities (i.e. guardian
spirits) who were there to guide, assist and comfort them, and began welcoming
don’t die when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration.
That is all death is…a shift”
THE BEING OF LIGHT:
The most profound element in the dying process is the encounter with the Being
of Light. Raymond Moody, M.D. interviewed over 150 Near-Death experience survivors,
and provided the following synopsis description of the Being of Light, in his
1975 book Life after Life:
the light’s unusual manifestations, 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.
while the above description of the being of light is utterly invariable, the
identification of the being varies from individual to individual and seems to
be largely a function of the religious background, or beliefs of the person
my own experience of this Being of Light,
although I was brought up as a Christian, I also noticed being drawn in and
loved beyond words, and I noted it in my journal (five years before publication
of Dr. Moody’s book) that this Light being, which I saw as the Christ Mind, did not identify itself as any particular
entity (Buddha, Christ, Krishna….etc.).
being of light will be asking you a single question, although it has been
reported in many forms. The central question is, “Are you ready to move on?” But, it comes across to different
individuals in different phrases because it was a thought and not a sentence,
so when they later try to write it down they will say it differently. But,
never does it arrive with judgment nor condemnation. The Being of Light is asking you what you think and feel about it. What
is your assessment. Typical memories of the questions wording are expressed by
you prepared to die (end this current life)?
you ready to die (end this current life)?”
have you done with your current life to show me?”
have you done with your current life that is sufficient?”
it (this current life experience) worth it? “
seems that the Being of Light already
knows the answer, but is using it to prompt you into analyzing your life. His
emotion is helpful and non-threatening. This question usually prompts the Life Review process. In the Egyptian
papyrus of the “Weighing of the heart” the being of light is the goddess Maat,
who is asking these same questions.
is where the flashbacks start. Many people have reported that this review
covers their entire life, yet takes place in only a few seconds. Even though it
is rapid they still experienced all the emotions of the events. This rapid
memory has something to do with the increased cognitive capabilities, which are
part of the entire experience.
people experienced the life review, but not the Being of Light. It seems that the thing being reviewed is the
emotional and spiritual growth that occurred during each episode of the life
being reviewed. The conclusion being sought is not whether it was good or bad,
but whether it was worth it. The question seems to be, “Was it complete? Or
“Did you learn all the lessons?”
the answer has much to do with whether or not you are ready to, “move on”.
Since, the majority of the first hand reporting available comes from persons
who returned to the former life, in these instances they found, after reviewing
the data, that they were not ready to move on, or that they had some unfinished
business left to accomplish, and hence their decision to return.
is some limited first hand reporting of this experience, which comes from past
life regressions, where the person recalling the past lives also recalls the
time and experiences between lives. These people report the same experience:
know when we have accomplished what we were sent down here to accomplish. We
know when the time is up, and you will accept your death for you know that you
can get nothing more out of this lifetime.
When you have had the time to rest and re-energize your soul, you are
allowed to choose your re-entry back into the physical state……Everybody’s path
is basically the same. We all must learn certain attitudes while we’re in
physical state……Some of us are quicker to accept them than others. Charity,
hope, faith, love…we must all know these things and know them well. ……The
reward is in doing without expecting anything,.. doing unselfishly.”
L. Weiss, M.D.
THE BORDER OR LIMIT: In
a few instances Near-Death experience survivors have reported that they seemed
to be approaching a limit or border beyond which they could not go. But, this
is not the majority experience. Considering that all of those reporting this
boundary, were people who came back, it seems that this probably represents the
point of crossing over, or the point of “no return”, to the prior life. This
brings up the question of, “Why these people returned and did not move on? And,
also the question of, “Why do we come back in later lives?”
must have patience…..patience and timing…..everything comes when it must come.
A life cannot be rushed, cannot be worked on a schedule as so many people want
it to be. We must accept what comes to us at a given time, and not ask for
more. But life is endless, so we never die; we were never really born. We just
pass through different phases. There is no end. Humans have many dimensions.
Time is not as we see time, but rather in lessons that are learned.”
Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
are different levels of learning, and we must learn some of them in the flesh.
We must feel the pain. When you’re a spirit you feel no pain. It is a period of
renewal. Your soul is being renewed. When you’re in physical state in the
flesh, you can feel pain; you can hurt. In spiritual form you do not feel.
There is only happiness, a sense of well-being, But it’s a renewal period for…
us. The interaction between people in the spiritual form is different. When you
are in physical state…. You can experience relationships”.
Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
NEXT? - Afterlife beyond the Near-Death experience:
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? What
happens next depends on a number of things. Buddhists would say it depends on
how prepared you are for this “between” stage (the “bardo” between lives). In
my collective research I have identified four possible trip agendas through the
undiscovered country which may now take place.
AGENDA 1: ROUND TRIP TICKET: On
this temporary excursion, you will shortly decide to come back to a second life
in the old body. This is the trip I took
AGENDA 2: THROUGH TRIP
TICKET: This is an excursion where you go on and
re-incarnate into a new human life. At the age of three to five years old you
will have trouble telling your new parents about your former life. Luckily, by
the time you are seven or eight you will tend to forget about the former life.
before you reincarnate you will spend some time in the between (the bardo) The
Buddhist tradition fears this between time while you are waiting to reincarnate
into a new life. They are afraid that you will not be prepared for this between
(the bardo), and being fearful of the unknown that you may impetuously take any
possible avenue presenting itself for a return to your accustomed state of
attachment to matter. The Buddhist’s fear that you may, in your haste and not
being familiar with the proper path, end up in a new physical body as a
sentient being, but not necessarily as a human (maybe in your haste to regain
physical matter you come back as a bird or an insect). The key while in the
bardo is to learn patience before you get there and not to seek the
instantaneous gratification of returning to the flesh.
AGENDA 3: STAY CLOSE TO
HOME: This third alternative seems to explain ghost hauntings
and photos of ghost essences. In this instance you don’t re-incarnate immediately
and instead just hang out for a while in the between.
may haunt some place, especially if you had a traumatic death. This is what
many have come to believe is going on with poltergeist type hauntings. The
Spiritualist Church believes that people stuck here may not yet know they are
dead. This is especially true of traumatic deaths where the spirit may continue
to haunt the location of the death for many years.
AGENDA 4: ONE WAY TICKET:
This is where you move permanently or at least semi-permanently to that
Undiscovered Country, in either of two ways:
may be as the Buddhists suppose, that there is a fourth choice. We go to
commune continuously with the Being
of Light in literal Buddha-hood.
At which point we remain an enlightened graduate who is no longer
intoxicated with matter and is content to hang out in spirit. I like
to think of this Light as the Christ
Mind, or in hermetic language the “All”.
When I was there with the light I felt an incredible at-one-ment. Being an
integral piece of the Light. I was definitely at home at last. Communing
with that enlightened Buddha-hood was fine if it lasted for all eternity.
Unfortunately my journey had been booked with a round trip ticket and the
light shared with me that my consciousness needed to return to earthly
life. So I came back, reentered my body and “woke up”.
you may rest with the light for a lengthy sojourn of R & R, before
returning to a new life incarnate in a new physical body. How long this R
& R lasts is difficult to describe, because it occurs outside time and
space, and is therefore ineffable here in space-time.
is also the possibility that as we progress spiritually that we move on
into further realms or planes of existence (alternate universes). If you
find this is true and if I haven’t yet made my own final transition, then
please communicate back to me about your findings.so that I can
communicate it to the other readers.
comes after this point is an area where it is harder to nail down concrete
descriptions of the terrain, and quite unlike religious leaders have done
throughout the ages, I simply refuse to speculate about it……
Kalachakra Tantra made a prophesy 12 centuries ago, in the 8th century AD foretelling
a great shift to occur in the world’s spirituality.
Phipps, one of the
senior editors at What is
Enlightenment magazine (Now renamed EnlightenNext), described this
rapidly occurring shift quite poignantly when he said in issue 32 (March-May
before in the history of knowledge has there
been such a wealth of cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary data converging from
so many different streams of experience, all of which is providing hints of
what lies beyond the physical veil…..
“All of it is contributing to a potential
new science of survival re-birth and the non-physical dimensions of
“Indeed we live in an age of discovery,
and the veil between this world and whatever lies beyond seems to be yielding
its secrets as never before to the endless curiosity of the human mind. And
like explorers setting foot on a new continent that was once only the subject
of rumor, belief, and speculation, we are establishing beachheads on the subtle
sands of the nonphysical realms and getting a sense of the initial landscape.”
Carter Phipps, What Is Enlightenment Issue 32 March-May
 The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan ©2006,
 St. Augustine, Retractions,
Taken from P.54 The Fathers of the Church, Saint Augustine, The Retractions. Brogan
c.1968 Catholic University of America Press. Augustine’s Retractions
were written as a clarification in 428 c.e., after publication of his seminal
work the City of God in 427c.e.) My own copy of St. Augustine’s
text, published by the Catholic University of America Press, caries the Nihil
Obstat of John C. Selner, S.S., S.T.D. the Censor Librorum, and also the
Imprimatur, of Patrick Cardinal A. O’Boyle, D.D. Archbishop of Washington.
These are both official declarations that a book or pamphlet is FREE OF DOCTRINAL OR MORAL ERROR. No
implication is contained therein that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat
and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions or statements expressed. In
laymen’s terms, this means that the Catholic Church officially agree that these
are the actual words of Saint Augustine himself, and they agree that he
actually said, “That which is called the Christian Religion existed among the
ancients, and never did Not exist, from the beginning of the human race”.
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