If we venture into Utube-land we will find many fanatics who have had a near death experience and because of this monumental event they are sure that they have had some type of religious epiphany. Christians report having seen Jesus or God or both, maybe even the Mother Mary. Oddly enough, the NDE reported by other religions often differ in content. Their actual experience of leaving the body, seeing an amazing light and feeling love seems the same, but their intimate religious details differ greatly. This supports the contention that when we cross over what we experience there is influenced by what we believe here, which seems to wave a warning flag, alerting us about how our deep-seated beliefs are creating and dictating our reality.
Fanatical Christian diatribes can thump out a reverent message, claiming that in some way the word of the lord has been whispered to them, meaning what they have to say has to be the ultimate truth. One such individual said he had read the bible from cover to cover, and that all that he had experienced in this blissful state of death fitted precisely with what he had learned from the good book. Such rhetoric needs to be approached carefully. Most assuredly, these people have had the most enlightening experience, but it would be helpful if these same people had perhaps read other ancient texts such as ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead’ which teaches about the after-death experiences on the Bardo Planes or the 700 verse Hindu scripture ‘The Bhagavad Gita’; perhaps they might have come across the teaching of Seth, or picked up a book by Jung. Awareness gained from such texts would surely bring a balance to their experience and their call for people to join the Christian family might not be so biased.
Having explored the NDE and OBE subjects since the 70s and 80s, (vivaciously reading Robert Munroe’s work as he recorded his out of body experiences) I have come to understand that there are what Munroe labelled ‘belief system territories’ to be found in dimensions existing beyond this material realm. Munroe suggests that at death, people move into communities which hold the same beliefs which were held in life. This fits with the contention that when we cross over what we experience there is influenced by what we believe here. One interesting report comes from a person who, after his death, reached out to his living sister and through a series of visualisations and telepathic communications they wrote a book together, outlining exactly what Munroe had already described as ‘belief system territories’. In this fascinating book ‘The Afterlife of Billy Fingers’ he tells his sister about these places that have been created from the overarching belief of all the inhabitants. Billy and some of his friends (all dead) eventually realised how they were helping to create and support this limited reality and made a great effort to escape. Another excellent report of a NDE has been written by Natalie Sudman. Her book – ‘The Application of Impossible Things” is brilliant. She describes in clear yet complex detail, what happened to her when her vehicle was blown up in Iraq during that war. ‘Dying To Be Me’ is another great book, written by Anita Moorjan. When she came back from death she realised that heaven was a state, not a place. This is a profound understanding. Both these women have much to offer us. Their experiences as they almost died can support and enlighten us but their words will not try to bludgeon us into any type of religious pathway.