Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dying and Living to Tell About It

By Stephen Ellis

Nobody asked me, but…

One of the things science finds impossible to explain is “returning from the dead”. Medical science refers to this frequently as “near death” experiences, almost all of which are discounted as dreams and/or hallucinations. This occurrence, which is not uncommon, is one of those paranormal things that must be looked at closely and carefully:

Whether we are looking at a scientific or spiritual view of the world, there is one thing that cannot be refuted: There is one and only one universal order to the world in which we live: We are born, we grow-up and mature, and we die. What we accomplish or fail to accomplish while we are alive is an individual thing, but the fact that we enter this world, mature in it and leave it, cannot be refuted.

The way we are raised and our own consciousness will determine, to a large extent, what we will do while we are alive, but there is a universal order to the basics of life and death.

Just about every religion and philosophy teaches us that life here on Earth is followed by a life-after-death. A good question might be, ‘How is it that all these hundreds of scholars came to the same conclusions?’ There are relatively few religions that believe that death is the end. Some religions teach people that death is a celebration of entry into a new dimension and a rejoining with their loved ones. Far Eastern religions, generally, teach that death is merely the entry to a different life. Their funerals are happy occasions. Catholics teach that life is merely preparatory to life-after-death and that, upon dying, your life will be judged. Zoroastrians teach that living the right life enables us to communicate with those who have passed-on.

There is a clear disparity in what people are taught during their lifetimes. Yet virtually every “near-death” experience (stories told by people who were pronounced clinically dead) are identical! The way clinically dead people describe other dead people when they have entered the after-life dimension will vary, markedly, depending on what they had been taught during their lifetimes…i.e. some see their dead family wearing flowing robes, some will see the spirits of the dead wearing the clothes in which they were buried …but there is a universal order to what they report: All their dead friends and family appear very much alive as they were when they were about thirty years old (unless, of course, they died when they were younger); all infirmities they had during their lifetime are gone…and everyone appears happy.

You should ask yourself how it is that people from totally different cultures…who speak different languages…who come from a wide disparity of economic circumstances…all report the same thing? Observe what some who have been declared clinically dead had to say:

Mrs. Virginia S., a resident of California, had formerly held various responsible jobs in management and business. On March 13, 1960, she underwent surgery. During surgery, she lost so much blood she was declared, clinically, dead. Nevertheless, surgeons worked feverishly to bring her back and she did recover. Mrs. S. said: “I was climbing a rock wall and was standing straight in the air. Nothing else was around it; it seemed flat. At the top of this wall was another stone railing about two feet high. I grabbed for the edge to pull myself over the wall, and my father, who is deceased, appeared and looked down at me. He said ‘You cannot come up yet; go back you have something left to do’. I looked down and started to go down and the next thing I heard were the words ‘She’s coming back’.”

Mrs. June L.H., a Canadian, was on her way back from her stepfather’s funeral with a friend, Clarence, when they were involved in a terrible automobile accident. Clarence was killed instantly and June was declared almost dead while surgeons tried to save her. “I don’t remember anything except seeing car lights coming at me, for I had been sleeping”, she explained. “I first remember seeing my dead stepdad, George, step forward out of a cloudy mist and touch me on my left shoulder. He said, ‘Go back, June, it’s not time yet.’ I woke up with the weight of his hand still on my shoulder.”

Mrs. L.L. of Michigan was in an automobile accident with her husband on December 19, 1968. Her husband was killed and she was hospitalized, and given up for dead by the doctors. Her sister visited her while Mrs. L. was still unconscious. Although unconscious her sister reported that Mrs. L. spoke freely about a place she was seeing and her dead relatives she was in contact with. She knew her husband had died, and also knew that her time had not come…that she could not stay on the “plane” she was temporarily visiting. The sister asked whether Mrs. L. had seen God or visited Heaven. The unconscious Mrs. L. replied that she had not seen God or Heaven but was visiting a different “plane” of existence. The sister thought this was all nonsense but related what Mrs. L. had said to other members of the family. Mrs. L. remembers nothing about what she said while unconscious, but quite clearly remembers how life returned to her: “I felt life coming to my body from the tips of my toes to the tip of my head.”

These are merely three of thousands of examples of people, living great distances apart, with totally different family and religious backgrounds who experienced an almost identical phenomenon: the transition from the dimension of life to the dimension of after-life. Death is not a word to be feared. It is merely your soul’s or aura’s shedding of a worn-out or infirmed body to be replaced with another, younger, body.

If you’d like to hear more about other “near-death” experiences, let me know. Contact me at

As I said…nobody asked me.

1 comment:

jjsemple said...

I have never experienced ND; I have, however, had a full-blown Kundalini awakening, which opened up interest in related matters, and eventually NDE. The more I learned about NDE, the more I believe it shares certain effects with full, permanent Kundalini:

1) NDE triggers a subset of Kundalini effects, as listed by Kenneth Ring in his book, Lessons from the Light, namely:

• Beatific visions — perfection-of-the-universe insights, the realization that death has no dominion,
• Earthly realizations — the highest levels of human values,
• Personal revelations — the formulation of a personal life mission

I would add to these an effect both experiences share: A certain alienation from the material world, the feeling of living between two worlds.

The following are unique to permanent Kundalini and, combined with the above effects, constitute a superset, that is, as a result of Kundalini, I have experienced all of them:

• The triggering of autonomic self-healing mechanisms capable of correcting defects related to neural degeneration,
• A rejuvenation of the body and a retardation of the aging process,
• The spontaneous acceleration of neuroplastic activity in the brain, including the heightening of consciousness and the creation of a new being.

2) ND experiences outnumber Kundalini experiences. That’s why there’s so much university research and so many books on NDE and why it’s been “legitimized.” Kundalini experiences, on the other hand, are difficult to verify and classify. NDEs appear to be very similar. One to another, the same observations are recorded, the same common elements are present.

Gopi Krishna’s mandate/vision, stated in Memorandum for Kundalini Research, contained four points ranging from cataloging Kundalini experiences to starting an institute to guide initiates through the Kundalini activation process. Well, it’s been about 20 years since his death and not much has been done on these. When I talked with GK in 1972, he believed that Kundalini would eventually become a university subject, an object of research as well as a subject in course curricula. Sadly, I’d say we are further away now than when he died, probably because of the proliferation of New Age claptrap, which tends to blur the issues.

Because I avoided many of the pitfalls of the Kundalini activation process, Gopi Krishna thought my method — Golden Flower Mediation — might be used to further his vision for helping initiates activate Kundalini. That’s why I concentrate a lot of my time on explaining and promoting it. Nevertheless, my conclusion: Kundalini research will not expand until Kundalini has the same kind of critical-mass numbers as NDE.