Words of wisdom from others : )

Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s NDE.
Here’s his story.
“In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and  any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a  vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live.
I had been an information freak in the1970’s, and I had become increasingly  despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. So, since  I did not have a spiritual basis, I began to believe that nature had made a  mistake, and that we were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. I saw no  way that we could get out from all the problems we had created for ourselves and  the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and that is what I got.
That is what killed me. Be careful what your world view is. It can feed back  on you, especially if it is a negative world view. I had a seriously negative  one. That is what led me into my death. I tried all sorts of alternative healing  methods, but nothing helped.
So I determined that this was really just between me and God. I  had never really faced God before, or even dealt with God. I was not into any  kind of spirituality at the time, but I began a journey into learning about  spirituality and alterna¬tive healing. I set out to do all the reading I could  and bone up on the subject, because I did not want to be surprised on the other  side. So I started reading on various religions and philosophies. They were all  very interesting, and gave hope that there was something on the other side. I  ended up in hospice care.
I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 AM, and I just  knew that this was it. This was the day I was going to die. So I called a few  friends and said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and told her. I had a  private agreement with her that she would leave my dead body alone for six  hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things happen when you  die. I went back to sleep.
The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near-death  experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in  the bed. There was this darkness around me. Being out of my body was even more  vivid than ordinary experience. It was so vivid that I could see every room in  the house, I could see the top of the house, I could see around the house, I  could see under the house.
There was this Light shining. I turned toward the Light. The Light  was very similar to what many other people have described in their near-death  experiences. It was so magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is  alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to go to your ideal mother’s  or father’s arms.
As I began to move toward the Light, I knew intuitively that if I  went to the Light, I would be dead. So as I was moving toward the Light I said, “Please wait a minute, just hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I  would like to talk to you before I go.” To my surprise, the entire experience  halted at that point. You are in control of your life after death experience.  You are not on a roller coaster ride.
So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the  Light. The Light kept changing into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha,  Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs. I asked the Light, “What is  going on here? Please, Light, clarify yourself for me. I really want to know the  reality of the situation.” I cannot really say the exact words, because it was  sort of telepathy.
The Light responded. The information transferred to me was that  during your life after death experience your beliefs shape the kind of feedback  you are getting before the Light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or  Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have a chance to  look at it and examine it, but most people do not. As the Light revealed itself  to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our higher Self  matrix.
We all have a higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It  revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really  describe it is that the being of the higher Self is more like a conduit. It did  not look like that, but it is a direct connection to the Source that each and  every one of us has. We are directly connected to the Source. So the Light was  showing me the higher Self matrix. I was not committed to one particular  religion. So that is what was being fed back to me during my life after death  experience.
As I asked the Light to keep clearing for me, to keep explaining,  I understood what the higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around the planet  where all the higher Selves are connected. This is like a great company, a next  subtle level of energy around us, the spirit level, you might say. Then, after a  couple of minutes, I asked for more clarification. I really wanted to know what  the universe is about, and I was ready to go at that time. I said “I am ready,  take me.”
Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have  ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. Now I came to this with my  negative view of what was happening on the planet. So as I asked the Light to  keep clarifying for me, I saw in this magnificent mandala how beautiful we all  are in our essence, our core. We are the most beautiful creations.
The human soul, the human matrix that we all make together is  absolutely fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. I just cannot say enough  about how it changed my opinion of human beings in that instant. I said, “Oh,  God, I did not know how beautiful we are.” At any level, high or low, in  whatever shape you are in, you are the most beautiful creation, you are.
The revelations coming from the Light and seemed to go on and on,  then I asked the Light, “Does this mean that Mankind will be saved?” Then, like  a trumpet blast with a shower of spiraling lights, the Great Light spoke,  saying, “Remember this and never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself. You  always have. You always will. You were created with the power to do so from  before the beginning of the world.”
In that instant I realized even more. I realized that WE HAVE  ALREADY BEEN SAVED, and we saved ourselves because we were designed to  self-correct like the rest of God’s universe. This is what the second coming is  about. I thanked the Light of God with all my heart. The best thing I could come  up with was these simple words of total appreciation: “Oh dear God, dear  Universe, dear Great Self, I Love My Life.”
The Light seemed to breathe me in even more deeply. It was as if  the Light was completely absorbing me. The Love Light is, to this day,  indescribable. I entered into another realm, more profound than the last, and  became aware of something more, much more. It was an enormous stream of Light,  vast and full, deep in the Heart of Life. I asked what this was.
The Light responded, “This is the RIVER OF LIFE. Drink of this  manna water to your heart’s content.” So I did. I took one big drink and then  another. To drink of Life Itself! I was in ecstasy.
Then the Light said, “You have a desire.” The Light knew all about  me, everything past, present and future. “Yes!” I whispered.
I asked to see the rest of the Universe; beyond our solar system,  beyond all human illusion. The Light then told me that I could go with the  Stream. I did, and was carried Through the Light at the End of the Tunnel. I  felt and heard a series of very soft sonic booms. What a rush!
Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this  stream of Life. I saw the earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor,  whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the  center of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that this  galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different varieties of  LIFE. I saw many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone in this  Universe!
As I rode this stream of consciousness through the center of the  galaxy, the stream was expanding in awesome fractal waves of energy. The super  clusters of galaxies with all their ancient wisdom flew by. At first I thought I  was going somewhere; actually traveling. But then I realized that, as the stream  was expanding, my own consciousness was also expanding to take in everything in  the Universe! All creation passed by me. It was an unimaginable wonder! I truly  was a Wonder Child; a babe in Wonderland!
At this point, I found myself in a profound stillness, beyond all  silence. I could see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity.
I was in the Void.
I was in pre-creation, before the Big Bang. I had crossed over the  beginning of time/the First Word/the First vibration. I was in the Eye of  Creation. I felt as if I was touching the Face of God. It was not a religious  feeling. Simply I was at one with Absolute Life and Consciousness.
When I say that I could see or perceive forever, I mean that I  could experience all of creation generating itself. It was without beginning and  without end. That’s a mind expanding thought, isn’t it?
Scientists perceive the Big Bang as a single event which created  the Universe. I saw during my life after death experience that the Big Bang is  only one of an infinite number of Big Bangs creating Universes endlessly and  simultaneously. The only images that even come close in human terms would be  those created by super computers using fractal geometry equations.
The ancients knew of this. They said God had periodically created  new Universes by breathing out, and recreated other Universes by breathing in.  These epochs were called Yugas. Modern science called this the Big Bang. I was  in absolute, pure consciousness. I could see or perceive all the Big Bangs or  Yugas creating and recreating themselves. Instantly I entered into them all  simultaneously. I saw that each and every little piece of creation has the power  to create. It is very difficult to try to explain this. I am still speechless  about this.
It took me years after I returned from my near-death experience to  assimilate any words at all for the Void experience. I can tell you this now:  the Void is less than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The Void is  absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities. It is Absolute Consciousness;  much more than even Universal Intelligence.
The Void is the vacuum or nothingness between all physical  manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and their components. Modern science has  begun to study this space between everything. They call it Zero point. Whenever  they try to measure it, their instruments go off the scale, or to infinity, so  to speak. They have no way, as of yet, to measure infinity accurately. There is  more of the 0 space in your own body and the Universe than anything else!
What mystics call the Void is not a void. It is so full of energy,  a different kind of energy that has created everything that we are. Everything  since the Big Bang is vibration, from the first Word, which is the first  vibration. The biblical “I am” really has a question mark after it. “I am—What  am I?” So creation is God exploring God’s Self through every way imaginable, in  an on¬going, infinite exploration through every one of us. I began to see during  my near-death experience that everything that is, is the Self, literally, your  Self, my Self. Everything is the great Self. That is why God knows even when a  leaf falls. That is possible because wherever you are is the center of the  universe. Wherever any atom is, that is the center of the universe. There is God  in that, and God in the Void.
As I was exploring the Void during my life after death experience  and all the Yugas or creations, I was completely out of time and space as we  know it. In this expanded state, I discovered that creation is about Absolute  Pure Consciousness, or God, coming into the Experience of Life as we know it.  The Void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre life, before the first  vibration. Godhead is about more than Life and Death. Therefore there is even  more than Life and Death to experience in the Universe!
When I realized this I was finished with the Void, and wanted to  return to this creation, or Yuga. It just seemed like the natural thing to do.  Then I suddenly came back through the second Light, or the Big Bang, hearing  several more velvet booms. I rode the stream of consciousness back through all  of creation, and what a ride it was! The super clusters of galaxies came through  me with even more insights. I passed through the center of our galaxy, which is  a black hole. Black holes are the great processors or recyclers of the  Universe.
Do you know what is on the other side of a Black Hole? We are; our  galaxy, which has been reprocessed from another Universe. In its total energy  configuration, the galaxy looked like a fantastic city of lights. All energy  this side of the Big Bang is light. Every sub atom, atom, star, planet, even  consciousness itself is made of light and has a frequency and/or particle. Light  is living stuff. Everything is made of light, even stones. So everything is  alive. Everything is made from the Light of God; everything is very  intelligent.
As I rode the stream on and on, I could eventually see a huge  Light coming. I knew it was the First Light; the higher Self Light Matrix of our  solar system. Then the entire solar system appeared in the Light, accompanied by  one of those velvet booms.
I could see all the energy that this solar system generates, and  it is an incredible light show! I could hear the Music of the Spheres. Our solar  system, as do all celestial bodies, generates a unique matrix of light, sound  and vibratory energies. Advanced civilizations from other star systems can spot  life as we know it in the universe by the vibratory or energy matrix imprint. It  is child’s play. The earth’s Wonder child (human beings) make an abundance of  sound right now, like children playing in the backyard of the universe.
The Light explained to me that there is no death; we are immortal  beings. We have already been alive forever! I realized that we are part of a  natural living system that recycles itself endlessly. I was never told that I  had to come back. I just knew that I would. It was only natural, from what I had  seen during my life after death experience.
I don’t know how long I was with the Light, in human time. But  there came a moment when I realized that all my questions had been answered and  my return was near. When I say that all my questions were answered on the other  side, I mean to say just that. All my questions have been answered. Every human  has a different life and set of questions to explore. Some of our questions are  Universal, but each of us is exploring this thing we call Life in our own unique  way. So is every other form of life, from mountains to every leaf on every  tree.
And that is very important to the rest of us in this Universe.  Because it all contributes to the Big Picture, the fullness of Life. We are  literally God exploring God’s self in an infinite Dance of Life. Your uniqueness  enhances all of Life.
As I began my return to the life cycle, it never crossed my mind,  nor was I told that I would return to the same body. It just did not matter. I  had complete trust in the Light and the Life process. As the stream merged with  the great Light, I asked never to forget the revelations and the feelings of  what I had learned on the other side.
There was a “Yes.” It felt like a kiss to my soul.
Then I was taken back through the Light into the vibratory realm  again. The whole process reversed, with even more information being given to me.  I came back home, and I was given lessons from my near-death experience on the  mechanics of reincarnation. I was given answers to all those little questions I  had: “How does this work? How does that work?” I knew that I would be  reincarnated.
The earth is a great processor of energy, and individual  consciousness evolves out of that into each one of us. I thought of myself as a  human for the first time, and I was happy to be that. From what I have seen, I  would be happy to be an atom in this universe. An atom. So to be the human part  of God… this is the most fantastic blessing. It is a blessing beyond our  wildest estimation of what blessing can be. For each and every one of us to be  the human part of this experience is awesome, and magnificent. Each and every  one of us, no matter where we are, screwed up or not, is a blessing to the  planet, right where we are.
I went through the reincarnation process expecting to be a baby  somewhere. But I was given a lesson on how individual identity and consciousness  evolve. I was so surprised when I opened my eyes. I do not know why, because I  understood it, but it was still such a surprise to be back in this body, back in  my room with someone looking over me crying her eyes out. It was my hospice  caretaker. She had given up an hour and a half after finding me dead. My body  was stiff and inflexible. She went into the other room. Then I awakened and saw  the light outside. I tried to get up to go to it, but I fell out of the bed. She  heard a loud “clunk,” ran in and found me on the floor.
When I recovered, I was very surprised and yet very awed about  what had happened to me during my near-death experience. At first all the memory  of the trip that I have now was not there. I kept slipping out of this world and  kept asking, “Am I alive?” This world seemed more like a dream than that one.  Within three days I was feeling normal again, clearer, yet different than I had  ever felt in my life. My memory of my near-death experience came back later. I  could see nothing wrong with any human being I had ever seen. Before that I was  really judgmental. I thought a lot of people were really screwed up, in fact I  thought that everybody was screwed up but me. But I got clear on all that.
About three months later a friend said I should get tested, so I  went and got the scans and so forth. I really felt good, so I was afraid of  getting bad news. I remember the doctor at the clinic looking at the before and  after scans, saying, “Well, there is nothing here now.” I said, “Really, it must  be a miracle”’ He said “No, these things happen; they are called spontaneous  remission.” He acted very unimpressed. But here was a miracle, and I was  impressed, even if no one else was.
During my near-death experience I had a descent into what you  might call Hell, and it was very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My  descent into Hell was a descent into each person’s customized human misery,  ignorance, and darkness of not knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But  each of the millions of souls around me had a little star of light always  available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with  their own grief, trauma and misery. But, after what seemed an eternity, I  started calling out to that Light, like a child calling to a parent for  help.
Then the Light opened up and formed a tunnel that came right to me  and insulated me from all that fear and pain, That is what Hell really is. So  what we are doing is learning to hold hands, to come together. The doors of Hell  are open now. We are going to link up, hold hands, and walk out of Hell  together. The Light came to me and turned into a huge golden angel. I said, “Are  you the angel of death?” It expressed to me that it was my oversoul, my higher  Self matrix, a super ancient part of ourselves. Then I was taken to the  Light.
Soon our science will quantify spirit. Isn’t that going to be  wonderful? We are coming up with devices now that are sensitive to subtle energy  or spirit energy. Physicists use these atomic colliders to smash atoms to see  what they are made of. They have got it down to quarks and charm, and all that.  Well, one day they are going to come down to the little thing that holds it all  together, and they are going to have to call that … God. We are just beginning  to understand that we are creating too, as we go along. As I saw forever, I came  to a realm during my near-death experience in which there is a point where we  pass all knowledge and begin creating the next fractal, the next level. We have  that power to create as we explore. And that is God expanding itself through  us.
Since my return I have experienced the Light spontaneously, and I  have learned how to get to that space almost any time in my meditation. Each one  of you can do this. You do not have to die or have a near-death experience to do  this. It is within your equipment; you are wired for it already. The body is the  most magnificent Light being there is. The body is a universe of incredible  Light. Spirit is not pushing us to dissolve this body. That is not what is  happening. Stop trying to become God; God is becoming you. Here.
I asked God: “What is the best religion on the planet? Which one is right?” And Godhead said, with great love: “I don’t care.” That was incredible grace.  When Godhead said, “I don’t care,” I immediately understood that it is for us to  care about. It is important, because we are the caring beings. It matters to us  and that is where it is important. What you have is the energy equation in  spirituality. Ultimate Godhead does not care if you are Protestant, Buddhist, or  whatever. It is all a blooming facet of the whole. I wish that all religions  would realize it and let each other be. It is not the end of each religion, but  we are talking about the same God. Live and let live. Each has a different view.  And it all adds up to the big picture; it is all important.
I went over to the other side during my near-death experience with a lot of  fears about toxic waste, nuclear missiles, the population explosion, the  rainforest. I came back loving every single problem. I love nuclear waste. I  love the mushroom cloud; this is the holiest mandala that we have manifested to  date, as an archetype. It, more than any religion or philosophy on earth,  brought us together all of a sudden, to a new level of consciousness. Knowing  that maybe we can blow up the planet fifty times, or 500 times, we finally  realize that maybe we are all here together now.
For a period they had to keep setting off more bombs to get it in to us. Then  we started saying, “we do not need this any more.” Now we are actually in a  safer world than we have ever been in, and it is going to get safer. So I came  back from my near-death experience loving toxic waste, because it brought us  together. These things are so big. As Peter Russell might say, these problems  are now “soul size.” Do we have soul size answers” YES!
The clearing of the rain forest will slow down, and in fifty years there will  be more trees on the planet than in a long time. If you are into ecology, go for  it; you are that part of the system that is becoming aware. Go for it with all  your might, but do not be depressed. It is part of a larger thing.
Earth is in the process of domesticating itself. It is never again going to  be as wild a place as it once was. There will be great wild places, reserves  where nature thrives. Gardening and reserves will be the thing in the future.  Population increase is getting very close to the optimal range of energy to  cause a shift in consciousness. That shift in consciousness will change  politics, money, energy.
After dying, going through my near-death experience and coming back, I really  respect life and death. In our DNA experiments we may have opened the door to a  great secret. Soon we will be able to live as long as we want to live in this  body.
After living 150 years or so, there will be an intuitive soul sense that you  will want to change channels. Living forever in one body is not as creative as  reincarnation, as transferring energy in this fantastic vortex of energy that we  are in. We are actually going to see the wisdom of life and death, and enjoy it.  As it is now, we have already been alive forever.
This body, that you are in, has been alive forever. It comes from an unending  stream of life, going back to the Big Bang and beyond.
This body gives life to the next life, in dense and subtle energy.
This body has been alive forever already.”
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