What happens after death? Is that it, or does heaven really exist? We can find clues from the NDEs (near death experiences) of many people who returned from the dead to give their fascinating accounts of insight from the other side. |
The Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) is the largest NDE website in the world with over 4000 experiences in over 23 Languages. Skepticism about NDEs is normal, and the NDERF FAQ page has a lot of helpful information, including answers to the most popular questions about the subject.
We read through their case histories and found what we believe are some of the most interesting to share with you. Click on the case history name in each section to read the entire case history on the NDERF site.
Amy C NDE 4720 lost much of what she saw during her NDE, but remembers the main ideas, such as about planet Earth. She saw crops and was told that the food has been altered and poisoned. She felt sad and concerned about this and was told again and again that people should “return to the Earth,” and that when she went back to Earth she should look for “pure food, unadulterated.”
Amy said she never felt judged during her life review, even though she said she’s hurt many people by losing her temper, being cruel, and having trouble with forgiveness. The life review for Amy was an incredible opportunity to understand and love herself, and feel what others around her felt. She said, “I understood how everything I did, said, and even thought had touched others around me in one way or another. I was able to even enter the minds and emotional centers of many who had been around me, and understand where they were coming from in their own thinking. How their own personal views and life experiences had brought them to the places each stood.” Through this experience, she could feel their unique struggles, fears, need for love and approval, confusion, “…and more than anything, I could feel how child-like everyone was.” Instead of taking others actions personally like most on Earth tend to do, she was able to feel as a loving mother would towards her toddler children.
The idea of being able to feel and experience on the other side exactly what others do due to your actions is one of the key recurring themes of NDEs. Think of how differently people would treat one another if they fully expected a life review!
Amy said the spiritual helpers on the other side, or “Elders” as she calls them, souls who have evolved and mastered their earthly tests, greatly value humor. She’s not the only person who has reported this from a NDE, and how humans take themselves too seriously at times while incarnated. She said it may seem annoying they find humor in our Earth dramas, but they are not laughing at us. Instead, “…the Elders view these things very much like when a mother sees her two year-old scream and cry and bop another child on the head with a stuffed animal. The mother doesn't want her child to fall apart, become hysterical and cry. She feels for her child, but at the same time, she sees a little bit of comedy in how seriously the child takes what is usually a trivial drama. She continues to love her child and thinks the world of it, hoping it will go on enjoying the day, living and learning.”
Many people fear, after reading or hearing about NDEs and the concept, that their guides see everything they do and say, and that they are constantly under the microscope and judged for every little action. Amy said before her NDE she always felt guilt for her mistakes and like she was being watched with “severe or at least stern eyes.” She worried that she was a disappointment to God or angels. But her NDE made her realize that’s not the way it is: “So getting the chance to view others from a much higher frequency was wonderful, to say the least. And knowing how much Love I felt as I watched or sensed others' in their personal situations, made me want to live more in joy rather than guilt and worry. No one was mad at me.”
Does God exist and if so, what is he or she really like? Many who have experienced a NDE, no matter what religion they are or even if they are atheist or agnostic, perceived God in a similar way (after they go beyond the initial stages of a NDE where guides tend to present themselves as what is comfortable or familiar for the person). Rather than a judging old man in a robe, they tend to sense God as Amy did: “At NDE, God was the Mind, or maybe I'd say, 'The Order' in all things. God felt to be the Supreme Highest Vibration and Frequency, that felt like more of an ESSENCE than an old man, to me. But I still feel God is ineffable. God was all around and in everything. God no longer felt male to me. I didn't sense a gender, if there was one. The idea of that just seemed silly from the Other Side. God was just all that is beautiful and peaceful and One, and all that is Good.”
Finally, though she remembered more details than most NDEs, Amy said that she suspects much of the memory of her NDE was pulled from her because even what she does remember of it is painful in that it makes her yearn to return, and she isn’t meant to yet.
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