TODAY'S QUESTION continues our exploration of the continuity of identity.
In an earlier ASK RAYMOND, you said that after death, we are all "absorbed into the light," what does that mean to you?
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The Life Review & Being "Absorbed Into the Light"
On Monday, Raymond talked about how during the life review, people report reviewing their lives from the perspective of others, especially those whom they hurt during their lives.
The life review is a process of developing and deepening empathy and appears to be an important part of how we grow as "souls."
In this short response, Raymond describes being "absorbed into the light" as a process of unification that appears to occur after we die as our individual identities dissolve in some ways while at the same time, a core identity does, indeed, remain.
Why does that individuality continue to exist? His answer is a little surprising.
This week's responses from Raymond are relatively short.
If you are left with more questions, please feel free to send them into us at [email protected] and Raymond will get to them as soon as he can.
You can also send questions for Jeffery Olsen and Dr, O'Driscoll to that address, so they can incorporate the answers into their live webinar presentation on December 4. Or you can ask your questions live that night.
Thanks, everyone!- Lisa Smartt
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TODAY'S QUESTION: Do people choose their time of death?
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Interested in our ongoing research into people's last words?
Do people who have NDEs report that their loved ones look exactly as they did on earth?
Is it right to think of our departed loved ones as being as we knew them when they were in this life form?
If people reincarnate, then how would they continue to appear in apparitional form as we once knew them?
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(Note from Lisa: This segment ends a little abruptly. Some of you who watched it wanted to hear a little more about the appearance of our loved ones on the other side. Here are a few comments from me, and Raymond will respond more fully in a future blog.)
Do you know that feeling when you are in a dark room, and someone enters and you just know who it is?
One of the things, I have heard is that when people encounter their deceased loved ones during an NDE, often people’s kinesthetic or feeling sense is intensified, and there is a recognition of people on the energetic level.
They can just feel others. However, that feeling is often associated with the other senses—that is, it is synesthesic. One of the qualities of afterlife experiences is that often it involves the blending of the senses, eg: “My uncle was there, and I could feel him, and it was as if he were the color blue and his voice had this silver, like the metal, quality as he spoke. I could hear him, feel him, see him in this kind of combined sensory experience.”
Dr. Ken Ring in...
Of course, when you’re in that in-between zone – what the Tibetans call a “bardo” – after your life is over but before you’ve died, you have plenty of time to think – to ruminate and to wonder what will happen to you when you finally cross that threshold and enter the house of death.
Oh, perhaps before I follow that train of thought, I guess I should clarify what I meant when I wrote that line about my life being over. Obviously, either I’m still here or a ghost is writing this. What I meant was that the really active part of my life has finished – no more rapturous love affairs, exciting adventures, extensive travels, doing research, writing books, and so forth – all the activities that I enjoyed so much during my life until recent years. Yes, I still have my quieter pleasures, as I have written, but mostly I am just waiting – waiting to die. And can’t help speculating what will happen once I do.
Lately, I have been reading a little philosophy, not about life and death matters, but in doing so, it has occurred to me that so many of the world’s great thinkers are professed atheists and are convinced that when we die, that’s it. Poof! Death brings annihilation to our individual personalities and to all consciousness. We enter into a sleep from which we never awaken.
Let’s consider this roster of the world’s greatest minds who hold this view. There’s Friedrich Nietzsche, of course, who became the most influential philosopher of...
Do our brains communicate with one another? And how?
Perhaps I should rephrase that by saying, and how!!!
Of course we communicate through our brains which interpret our senses. That’s how we see, smell, hear, taste and feel. But I am talking about a sixth sense, one in which information is passed silently from brain to brain, as in extrasensory perception or during shared-death experiences. I have seen this form of communication in my own life and in the lives of others, and can tell you that it happens. Brains can communicate with one another although I truly don’t know if it is brains that do this --or that thing known as the mind. Or. . . .?
In my own life, I experienced this brain communication when my mother died. And although it wasn’t a direct communication with her, it was communication through another person. Here’s what happened:
About 30 minutes before my mother died, I received a telephone call from Vernon Neppe, MD, the then director of neuropharmacology at University of Washington. I had once worked on a book project with Neppe about his fascinating research on déjà vu, but had not communicated with him for several years, so this call was no more expected than what he had to say.
“Something strange happened this morning,” he said, sounding quizzical. “I was reading the newspaper and a voice came to me that said, ‘Call Paul Perry.’ I ignored it and a few minutes later it happened again, ‘Call Paul Perry.’ So here I am. What’s going on?”
Do you have a question you would like to ask? My guests, columnists, and I are all glad to answer your questions. This month we are featuring Dr. Melvin Morse who has researched pediatric NDEs and the science of intuition.
Actually, the idea of *never* ceasing to exist, ever, not after a million billion trillion quadrillion quintillion etc etc years, sounds Hellish to me. What's the endgame here? Are we supposed to merge back with the Creator, or...?
Melvin and I decided to answer your question together in this short video. Thank you so much for asking it!
I have a question about the emotional state of people after they die and are in the afterlife. Do those who have passed on, forgive people whom they believe have committed real and/or imagined acts against them?
I’m asking this because I’ve had family members pass away who were always upset with other family for various and sundry slights or actions they believed were committed against them. I want to believe that those family are at peace now, having forgotten or forgiven others. Also, it would give me peace to know they are happy.
Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN
My impression is that the life review in the experience of the dying is a sort of clearing process where all that gets sorted out and understood at another level. So, in sum, I don’t think people take grudges into the next life as they undergo a life review first.
The life review process changes the...
[I actually wrote this last spring after my near near-death experience with the flu. But since another flu season will soon be upon us, perhaps this cautionary tale is timely after all. Its message is: Don’t fool around with the flu this year, particularly if you are of an age.]
I might have been a tad too glib when in the first installment of what clearly will be a terminal series having to do with my personal terminus, I observed that at least for me waiting to die was rather boring. [I was also too glib about writing off Tiger Woods; I guess I shoulda known better. O me of little faith…]
After this winter, I have had cause to change my mind. For a while there, I thought it might be more of a matter of life or death. I found myself thinking of the line Othello sings toward the end of Verdi’s opera as he contemplates his own death: “Ecco la fine del mio camin.” Colloquially, “This is the end of the line for me.”
You see, I was one of the millions who caught the flu bug or, rather, it caught me. And held me tight for a while in what seemed to be its death-like grip. It was really bad for a week or ten days there – it’s hard to remember how long. Even now, five weeks to the day after becoming sick, I am still hawking and spitting up gobs of sputum, and my voice now resembles that of your nearby frog. There were times when I considered whether the first piece I wrote in the series might well turn out to be my epitaph. And I admit there were moments, or...
by Lisa Smartt
"...the NDE may act like a benign virus, and by exposing yourself to it, you can catch it; that is, you can experience some of the same benefits as do those who actually have the NDE themselves."
Dr. Kenneth Ring Lessons from the Light p.5
As many of you know, I am the co-founder with Raymond Moody of The University of Heaven and The Final Words Project, an informal investigation into people’s last words. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be working with Raymond Moody to research final words, near-death, shared-death and after-death experiences, I would have looked at you cross-eyed. What? Who? Huh?
Now let me give you a quick before and after:
Before: You know that person on an airplane who is pale white and clutching at the safety belt...and the plane has not even taken off yet? That was me a decade ago before doing this research.
After: Surprised by my own comfort in the clouds, I know that when my time is here, I will be ushered to a place of peace and familiar safety. If I am in an airplane when it happens, I will be even closer to the heavens.
Before I began final words research, I spent most of my time on a plane white-knuckling my way through the friendly skies. Matter of fact, I white-knuckled my way through much of my life. However, then six years ago, after the death of my father, I immersed myself in better understanding what happens when we die through gathering and analyzing people’s final words. That work led me to read everything I could about near-death experiences.
I caught the...