The Experience of God During the Near-Death State.
Article Topic – Experience God: how people have the experience of meeting God after death based on evidence from reported near-death experiences.
There is only one God but He (or She) can take many forms. The experience of the light is a merging with the infinite and unformed aspect of the godhead. I believe that, when you enter the light, you will realize the oneness of all things and have the ecstatic realization that everything is love, everything is bliss. This is our natural state as energy, as spirit beings at one with the godhead. It is the real you. However, this moment may be so fleeting that you will hardly know it has happened. For some who have already drawn close to the light during earthly life, it will be a sustained experience that can be vividly recalled. For the spiritually advanced person, it will remain as part of their consciousness forever. And for the enlightened person it will be as if nothing has happened, for they are already at one with the infinite. Your level of spiritual attainment achieved on earth will determine your experience of the afterlife.
You have experienced the eternal.
NDE GOD EXPERIENCES
Many NDE casebooks describe the incredible feeling of love that surrounds the journey to the afterlife. Among researcher Dr. Ring’s subjects, quoted in his book Heading towards Omega, is the case of noted anthropologist Professor Patrick Gallagher, who was a complete agnostic until, at the age of 46, he had a terrible car accident in Death Valley, California. He was airlifted to Los Angeles with a badly fractured skull and other serious injuries. He was in a coma for several weeks and at one point during this time had a classic NDE experience. He realized that he was dead, and he describes how he has a joyful feeling on realizing that he was flying.
“…Then I noticed that there was a dark area ahead of me and as I approached it I thought that it was some sort of tunnel and immediately, without further thought, I entered into it and then flew with an even greater sense of the joy of light…
After what now I would imagine to be a relatively short period of time–although again time was dispensed with–I noticed a sort of circular light at a great distance which I assumed to be the end of the tunnel as I was roaring through it… and the light–the nearest thing I can barely approximate its description to is the setting sun at the time under ideal circumstances when one can look at this object without any of the usual problems that staring at the sun causes…
The fact is, this seemed like an incredibly illuminating sort of place, in every sense of that word, so that not only was it an awesome brightness…with a tremendous beauty, this kind of yellowish-orange colour, but it also seemed a marvellous place to be. And so this increased the sense of joy I had about this flight. And then I went through the tunnel and seemed to be in a different state. I was in different surroundings where everything seemed to be similarly illuminated by that same light, and, uh, I saw other things in it, too… (a) number of people… I saw my father there, who had been dead for some twenty-five years…
I also felt and saw of course that everyone was in a state of absolute compassion to everything else… it seemed, too, that love was the major axiom that everyone automatically followed. This produced a phenomenal feeling of emotion to me, again, in the free sense that the flight did earlier, because it made me feel that… there was nothing but love… it just seemed like the real thing, just to feel this sense of total love in every direction.”
Your experiences after going through the tunnel of light are determined by your own cultural background and beliefs. In the case of Professor Gallagher, the experience of the afterlife was apparently not influenced by religious preconception and it is more convincing by way of this fact. Many people, however, interpret this feeling of “total love” as an encounter with God.
It is not my intention here to question your personal faith or to push my own religious ideas upon you. However, there are certain qualities of God that are fundamental to all religions. All the great faiths of the world would probably agree with the fact that there is only one God and that God is omnipresent. God is also Love in its highest sense. You would probably also agree that God has an infinite dimension and can exist everywhere. God has no limits.
GOD AND RELIGION
The differences arise when we say that our own religion is the only custodian of truth. Yet when you look without prejudice at the core teachings of all faiths you find that they are the same. They speak the same language–the language of the heart. The multitude of religious beliefs could be likened to a pure light shining through a stained-glass window made of many colours of glass. The source is the same but the expression is different. God is the pure light, and the colors are the faiths.
Throughout history, infinite God has manifested in many forms.
Similarly, the unformed God will take form when we separate from the light. We are limited spiritual beings so this is the only way we can comprehend what is happening to us. We will see God in a form that is in keeping with our expectations.
During the next stage of your transition, the Light now appears to you as a figure. The personage is always a product of your belief and understanding of reality. For example, if you are a Christian you will most likely see Christ or an angel. If you are a Buddhist you may see a Buddha, or one of the great teachers. The ancient Egyptian would have seen Osiris. A Hindu may see Krishna, a Moslem may see Allah in the form of the prophet Mohammed, a generic believer may see an angel (still a symbol of the spiritual realm), and some are just aware of the Light. The afterlife is an inner world. It is the inner you that has survived death. Your experience now accords with your expectations. A personalized form of God gives us something understandable. There is something out there that is limited and with meaning.
WHAT IS A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE NDE?
SUMMARY: Article about Near Death Experiences and the Heavenly World. How when people have a Near Death Experiences NDE they encounter the spirit world. If you would like to find out more about the topic then read Craig Hamilton-Parker’s books
As you come out of the light you will simultaneously feel the presence of God yet also you will know that your loved ones surround you. For most people, this stage in the transition to the afterlife is experienced in an objective way. For example, you may feel that you are running across a glorious field toward a wonderful place. There in the distance you see forms you recognize as all the people you love. Sometimes a pet runs ahead and is the first to greet you. Soon you feel the embrace of those you may have lost, your mother and father, your wife or husband perhaps, and children who may have passed on before you.
You will hear the wind blowing through the trees, see light dappling on the landscape, and touch the foliage. All of your familiar five senses will be involved in the experience–you may even be able to differentiate somehow the varied scents of Heaven’s flowers! You will have super-sensitive perceptions that are far superior to the senses of the body. For example, your eyes will not only see all things clearly, they will seem to “touch” all they encounter. The world around you will not be something remote. You will experience it as if you are “living” the world around you. As you breathe, the world will breath. It’s all you! And this realization will fill you with joy.
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE ACCOUNT
A point will come when you approach what might be called a border, or limit. You will feel yourself moving toward this demarcation as you experience your loved ones gathering around you and guiding you onward. The border can take many forms. You may see it as a body of water to be crossed. Perhaps you’ll see a gray mist, a door, or a fence across a field. Some simply see a line. I remember one account from a NDE patient who saw her grandfather leaning across a garden gate. If she were to walk into that beautiful enchanted garden, she would never have returned to earth.
At the heart of these similar experiences is the root experience that is the crossing-over point between earthly life and the life beyond. Different individuals express it in different ways. In all cases, it is an actualised representation of the transition into the next life. If you cross the threshold you do not return.
ACCOUNTS FROM NDE PATIENTS
Many NDE patients have come to this point. The accounts we have are, of course, from those who have “come back.”
The first stages of your future near-death experience may have seen you desperately wishing to return to the physical body that you left somewhere “below,” at the scene of your earthly demise. However, the tremendous pull of the blissful world that awaits you will draw you towards the afterlife. If this is the time for you to make your transition, the way will be opened for you and you will experience the next phase of your heavenward journey. However, if your destiny is not complete, you will be told to return to earth. Many NDE patients who have reached this point have told us how difficult this return can be. They feel the conflict between the irresistible power of love that draws them like a magnet to the next world and the opposite pull the earthly life and the suffering body they have left behind. In most NDE cases, it is the thought of their loved ones, children, or the spiritual work that they must still do that catapults them back into the physical body.
Dr. Raymond Moody in his book Life after Life quotes a patient who reached the transition point after her heart attack:
“As I approached more closely, I felt certain that I was going through that mist. It was such a wonderful, joyous feeling; there are just no words in human language to describe it. Yet, it wasn’t my time to go through the mist, because instantly from the other side appeared my Uncle Carl, who had died many years earlier. He blocked my path, saying, “Go back. Your work on earth has not been completed. Go back now.” I didn’t want to go back, but I had no choice, and immediately I was back in my body. I felt that horrible pain in my chest, and I heard my little boy crying, “God, bring my mommy back to me.”’
It would be reassuring to think that we only go to the next world once our earthly plan was fulfilled. Perhaps there is a time determined by God when we are meant to die and nothing will postpone that fateful day. However, there must be many people who pass over the demarcation line between this world and the next without the feeling of completeness. Maybe the things we feel are important fall away and seem as nothing against the magnificence of the world ahead of us. I hope that when I stand on that threshold and know that I must leave my loved ones behind, I will have the feeling that I have done much of what I set out to do.
The thought of this situation inspires me to make the best of my life here. Life is so short. We have so little time. It is our duty to ourselves to do the things our heart knows we must do in this life– even if it means sacrificing our comfort and complacency.
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References and Works Cited
- Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE