STEVE TAYLOR, Ph.D.: “Transformation Through Dying — The Aftermath Of Near-Death Experiences”

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A near-death experience is when a person appears to be clinically “dead” for a short period — when the heart stops beating, the brain registers no sign of activity and other vital signs indicate death — and yet they report a continuation of consciousness. This may happen following a cardiac arrest, for example. For a few seconds or minutes, a person may show no biological signs of life, and yet when they are resuscitated, report that a series of unusual experiences.

Typically, near-death experiences begin with a feeling of separation from the body (or out-of-body experience), sometimes with a humming or whistling sound. Then there is usually a journey through a dark passage or tunnel towards a place of light. There is a feeling of serenity and intense well-being, a sense of calmness and wholeness, which is often so pleasant that some people are reluctant to return to their bodies, and even feel disappointed when they regain consciousness. Often people meet deceased relatives or beings of light. In a smaller proportion of cases, there is a “life review,” in which the significant events of a person’s life are replayed.

Throughout the experience, people feel that their senses have become heightened — everything they experience has a quality of intense realness. In contrast to hallucinations, NDEs feel much more real than our ordinary experience. There is often also a sense of being outside time. Even though a person may only be unconscious for a few seconds, they may undergo a complex succession of experiences that may appear to last for hours. There is also a sense of connectedness or unity. The sense of being a separate entity, enclosed within our own mental space, is replaced by a sense of being part of an interconnected network of being, of sharing identity with other people, or the world in general.

Near-death experiences are controversial because it is difficult to explain them in neurological terms. Many suggestions have been made — for example, that they are caused by cerebral anoxia, by undetected brain activity, or the release of “psychedelic chemicals” like DMT or ketamine in the brain when a person is close to death. From this point of view, NDEs are nothing more than brain-created hallucinations, no more real than dreams.

The After-Effects of NDEs

However, one of the most striking things about near-death experiences is their long-term effect. They frequently bring about a profound shift of values and perspective, which itself leads to major lifestyle changes. People often become less materialistic and more altruistic, less self-oriented and more compassionate. They often feel a new sense of purpose, and their relationships become more authentic and intimate. They report becoming more sensitive to beauty, and more appreciative of everyday things. One person who had an NDE after a heart attack told the researcher Margot Grey, “Since then, everything has been so different… The sky is so blue and the trees are much greener; everything is so much more beautiful. My senses are so much sharper.” People often report becoming more intuitive too, and even sometimes developing psychic abilities. Another woman told Margot Grey that she felt “a very heightened sense of love, the ability to communicate love, the ability to find joy and pleasure in the most insignificant things about me…I seemed to have a very heightened awareness, I would say almost telepathic abilities.”

One of the most significant effects of NDEs is a loss of the fear of death. Because NDEs have such a powerful quality of realness, most people are convinced that they really have briefly experienced death. As a result, they become certain that there is life after death. And since their NDE was such a blissful experience — so blissful that people are sometimes disappointed to return to their bodies — any anxiety they may have had about dying dissolves away. It’s probable that an unconscious fear of death is a major source of a lot of pathological human behavior — such as materialism and status-seeking — so when this fear disappears, it has a major effect. So the loss of fear of death probably contributes significantly to some of the other changes I’ve already mentioned, such as a shift away from materialism.

It’s remarkable that one single experience can have such a profound, long-lasting transformational effect. And this is illustrated by research showing that people who have near-death experiences following suicide attempts very rarely attempt suicide again. This is in stark contrast to the normal pattern — in fact, a previous suicide attempt is usually the strongest predictor of actual suicide.

And in my view, the fact that they have such profound after-effects makes it seem very unlikely that NDEs are a brain-generated hallucination. Hallucinations certainly do not have these kinds of transformational after-effects. They are usually quickly forgotten, with a clear sense that they were delusional experiences, less authentic and reliable than ordinary consciousness. But with near-death experiences, there is a clear sense that what we experience is more real and authentic than normal consciousness, and our vision of reality — and our values and attitude to life — are completely transformed.

So if NDEs can’t be explained in neurological terms, how can they be explained? Perhaps to a large extent, they can’t be explained. But as I point out in my new book Spiritual Science, they certainly point towards a different vision of the world in which consciousness isn’t directly produced by the brain, but is in some sense fundamental and universal.

 

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STEPHANIE LUCAS: “Coping With Grief: Finding Solace in the Light of Death”

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Having lost both parents, two uncles, a dozen friends and a stable of pets in recent years to the guise of physical death, I am no stranger to the power of grief. When unaddressed, the emotions associated with mourning can take hold of your life and drag you to the depths of darkness as the process unfolds. While the reasoning side of my brain said, “It is what it is, just get over it and move on,” my intuitive brain demanded a period of grief. As the logical side finally embraced the need for my soul to express these emotions, the heart began to understand and accept that death of the physical form is merely an illusion and that we truly are immortal, eternal beings as the soul is always present. With the help of healing stones, essential oils, and few rituals honoring my loved ones, the healing energy started flowing. Here’s how I alleviated my grief, felt closure, and found the light in spite of death.

Light a Candle

Burning candles in honor of a loved one is a symbolic form of love’s light continuing, and this can be rather comforting as you feel their presence in the flickering of the wick. I light one and set it aside a picture of a loved on their birth and death dates, relevant holidays, and times when I want to feel their presence or meditate upon their memory.

Capture Memories in Prose, Pictures, or Song

Storytelling over dinner, sharing photo albums, and even singing or playing a favorite song can create an ambiance awash with love and joy. Dispelling grief, lifting the spirits, and remembering ‘the good times’ is essential to moving past the pain. You’ll likely actually feel the spirit of your loved one resonating around you, through you, and comforting you to ease the mourning process as you uplift these positive energies in song, stories, and photos.

Create Tokens of Comfort and Remembrance

Tokens created in honor of the departed seem to resonate with their energy, particularly those hand-crafted with love such as rosary bead strands, jewelry laden with healing stones, or creating a crystal grid with soothing vibrations. Even a simple pocket stone can be remarkably comforting as you can hold and touch it when you’re ‘missing’ your beloved.

Connect to Gaia and Source

One of the best ways to achieve both of these healing endeavors is to head outdoors and meditate to commune with nature and your Higher Self. Sitting in the grass, taking a walk, or a period of stillness in the midst of your favorite scenery has a knack for easing grief. Feel the breeze, the cool air, or the hot sun shine upon your face, knowing these energetic forces of nature are all connecting you with your loved one’s eternal energy. Come to terms with the irrational fear of death in this time. Bring along some of healing crystals and take the opportunity to try the meditation for grief below.

Essential Oils and Healing Crystals to Calm the Spirit

Five of my preferred and most effective healing stones and crystals to ease grief are rose quartz, amethyst, apache tear, ruby, and moonstone. Exquisite essential oils I use for assistance include Angelica, Bergamot, and Frankincense, often in combination with stones.

1. Rose Quartz & Bergamot: By activating the heart chakra, rose quartz helps release buried and unexpressed emotions, making it ideal for those who resist the grieving experience. Bergamot also opens the heart and helps restore one’s sense of peace and self-compassion.

2. Amethyst: As a stone that assists in guiding one through the realms of life and death, it can be comforting and soothing to those left behind. Its effects upon the third eye and crown centers help clarify the immortality of the soul, bringing one a sense of closeness with loved ones in place of grief.

3. Apache Tear: This obsidian is known as ‘the grieving stone’ and it opens emotional barriers, releases grief, and shields one from psychic attacks while in a weakened psychological state such as grieving.

4. Ruby & Frankincense: This blazon beauty soothes and strengthens both the heart and base chakras to give one the impetus to move forward and remain centered in times of sorrow. Frankincense helps free ties to the past, further promoting progression of the grieving cycle.

5. Moonstone & Angelica: While angelica creates a deeper connection with departed loved ones and angels, moonstone purifies and diffuses negative energies that can keep one in a state of grief. This lovely combination promotes greater joy and optimism — two essentials in troubled times.

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Meditation for Grief

Choose a stone to enhance your meditation and get comfortable in a quiet spot. You may want to take a moment to express your gratitude to your higher power and proclaim your openness to their guidance. Find your breath and focus your attention on each inhalation and exhalation until you feel completely relaxed.

Visualize the spiritual being that has passed on…With that vision in your head, consider what a blessing they were to you in this realm and all the times you shared together.  Do this with the knowledge and consideration that their soul and spirit lives on and surrounds you eternally.

Focus on the color of the healing stone you are working with and allow that color’s frequency to flow from your feet up through the front of you body as you inhale. Allow it to flow down through the back of your body with each exhalation and exit through your feet.

As you inhale and allow the color’s frequency to flow through you, imagine your departed one and remember the beautiful times you shared with the knowledge that those memories and their essence will continue to exist eternally.

As you exhale, allow yourself to consider and unresolved issues in your relations with you loved one. Any misunderstandings or unspoken words, allow them to flow out of you as the color frequency flows out through your feet. You may choose to speak these words aloud for greater resonance.

If at any point, you feel the urge to shed tears just allow them to flow, as this is part of the grieving process and each tear frees  you a bit more of your internal struggle. Simply refocus on your breath and continue this mediation process until you are ready return to full attention.

When closing your meditation, offer gratitude again to your higher power, express your eternal love for yourself and others, and allow yourself a few moments in silence to ‘process’ this experience.

Take Your Time…Have Patience and Self-Compassion

As you work through the mourning process, avoid the presence of those who mock your grief or lack compassion towards your feelings. Don’t judge for yourself or allow others to determine ‘how long’ your grieving process should be. Let it flow, and let it go at your own pace knowing that death is merely an illusion and that their spirit will always be ‘with’ you in spirit. Blessed be, And So It Is!

 

 

 

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