We have all heard of Near Death Experiences (N.D.E.), but to go through one yourself is something else again. Depending on how you’ve lived and whether you’ve tried to develop yourself spiritually or not, it can be either a profound revelation or a shocking, traumatic ordeal.
Either way much depends on how we’ve lived our life and particularly how we’ve treated others.
Much also depends on how we’ve understood our earthly experiences.
The mental, physical and emotional vessel that carries us through this life helps us to process our earthly experiences and understand them in a broader, deeper context. Or at least it should.
However our upbringing and beliefs can also impede this process; so that important events in our lives that should act as landmarks in our spiritual development may be stripped of their significance by our beliefs or lack of belief.
Education and the media can also bring about this adverse mental conditioning and while some religious leaders and psychologists promote the idea of an afterlife, many do not.
Author Victor Zammit has had on offer for many years the sum of £1,000,000 to anyone who can show there is no afterlife. As yet no one has claimed the money.
My mother was for many years a hospital night sister, and saw many people pass away during her shift at the hospital. As a child I would hear her tell my father of the nights events when she got home from work in the morning.
Unfortunately her upbringing as a strict Roman Catholic, coloured her understanding of what she witnessed, but over 30 years I would hear the same stories from her lips. Always the dying would reach what is termed the “plateau”: this is a comfortable place experienced by the dying, where their long dead friends and relations will come to welcome them across the threshold into the next world.
Often mentioned in many N.D.E.’s is a tunnel with a light at the end, this conforms to the birth into this world, descending the birth canal into the light, and remember that just a s a baby is born into this world, so it dies to the world it knew before, and so it is with the next.
I still remember my mother saying that the dying would often say that so and so was there in the room with them, and ask: “can’t you see them?”
However, my own encounter with Near Death Experience came when I was in hospital and not expected to live. One night I was lapsing in and out of consciousness, when in the small hours, I could see from my small room through the partially open door, a party of about 5 spirit people standing in the corridor outside watching the door to the next room, where a man was very ill.
I heard the party of people say to a spirit lady in an off white suit, grey hair and a string of pearls who seemed to be in charge, that the sick man did not want to come with them, and she would have to speak to him.
Intuition told me that she was his mother.
The man’s voice from the room was raised as he said, “go away, I am not coming with you, leave me alone, just F*** off will you,” and this went on for some while as the party standing outside got more anxious about how long it was all taking.
I looked at the clock and it was ten to four in the morning when it all went quiet, and the lady and the little group left together with the confused man from the next room.
At breakfast the next morning I joked with the nurse that the man in the next room had nocturnal visitors who had come to help him away.
Her reply was that she was there as one of the night staff and no-one had died during the night, although I insisted he had died at ten to four in the morning.
However, a little later she came back white faced and asked: “how did you know he died at 4 in the morning, I was on duty and even I did not know until I checked the night book “?
I then told her in detail how the party of people outside had kept me awake debating who would go to fetch him as it was his time, and they decided on the grey haired woman to persuade him.
The nurse was in some shock as I told her and she went on to tell the other staff of my experience, which seemed to fit the known facts. Consequently during the rest of my stay in hospital the nursing staff, caterers, doctors and administration staff visited me, all wanting me to see what I could see for them.
Most took what I said well, a couple looked a little unnerved scared, and one doctor was quite hostile to what she said was pandering to superstition.
A philosopher once said three things in life are guaranteed, “birth, taxes and death ” we have so much knowledge about the first two, but for many death is virtually a forbidden topic.
These words of Newman sum it up nicely: “and with the morn these angel faces smile, which I have loved long since and lost, a while”.
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