What Happens When We Die?
by Joseph Shore
Isn’t this the question we all want answered? As much as we may believe something, we want to know.
I have had three open heart surgeries and during the first one, I had an out of body experience that seemed very natural. I was later able to identify the events which took place while my body was unconscious. Some of my friends have gone all the way. My dear friend, Dr. George Rodonaia, was dead for three days in a hospital morgue and later revived during the autopsy. PMH Atwater died three times This is what she has to say about it:
“Any pain to be suffered comes first. Instinctively you fight to live. That is automatic.
It is inconceivable to the conscious mind that any other reality could
possibly exist beside the earth-world of matter bounded by time and
space. We are used to it. We have been trained since birth to live and
thrive in it. We know ourselves to be ourselves by the external stimuli
we receive. Life tells us who we are and we accept its telling. That,
too, is automatic, and to be expected.
“Your 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 a
“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. Whether darkness or light comes next, or some kind of event, be it
positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, expected or unexpected, 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.
“You are still alive, very much alive. Actually, you’re more alive after
death than at any time 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 one has to wear a body to live.
“If you expect 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’s 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 earthplane is infinitely more meaningful and more
involved if you are encased in its trappings and subject to its rules.
(This material was excerpted from two of P.M.H.Atwater’s books – “Beyond the Light: The Mysteries and Revelations of Near-Death Experiences” (Avon Books, New York City, 1994), and “We Live Forever: The Real Truth about Death” (A.R.E. Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 2004). It is based on first-person commentaries from over 3,000 adult experiencers of near-death states. ~PMH)
Whether you find yourself in a tunnel or simply but suddenly experience yourself out of the body and in a dimension of Light/Love, you will be greeted by those you love who have already passed over. This is a reunion you have been longing for. Next you may encounter a Being of Light, an angel, or a Being you identify as Jesus. In His/Their loving presence you will be given strength to see the details of your life. As on a movie laid out holographically, you will see the times in your life when you hurt people. But you will feel it from their perspective. It will be very painful. But then you will get to see all the loving things you have done and experience them from the perspective of the people you helped. These things herald through the universe and you will feel the happiness of the angels and other beings around you. Next you will be taken into conference by a group of beings, whether we call them angels or the Lords of Karma, you will see all of your past lives and review all of the lessons you have learned and those you failed to learn. You may get to stay in spirit with your loved ones for a “time”–as long as you need.. You may stay in spirit and learn your lessons there. You may get a fuller picture of all your lives and the eventual merging back into God. You will begin to experience yourself as a universal being who has had all these lifetimes, instead of just the person you were before you died. But at some point you will have to choose whether to stay in spirit or go back into another life that will be designed for you as a classroom for you to continue your learning. No one is forced to go into a body. All who choose to come back are viewed as heroes by their brothers in spirit.
Some people complain that the NDE is all too dualistic to be true. My first answer to that is the fact that this is the way people are experiencing the process. The second answer is that we experience the world dualistically. Your birth was experienced dualistically. There was a time when you came into the womb of your mother and felt connected to her, but unique. Then you were shot like a canon ball out of her and experienced yourself separate from her and all other things. You lived your life that way. Why should the death process be experienced any other way?
Many people who have had full NDEs find it very difficult to put the experience into words, but many of them also feel a compulsion to try to explain what has happened to them. The truth is so utterly fantastic. We are not native to this dimension of material. We are photonic Beings who come from a dimension of Light and Love and we are learning lessons here in this classroom of the world that will help us go back Home. Our Father and our elder brother, and all those we have loved are waiting for us there. Never a doubt there is but that we will get Home.