Journey to the Light and back

I came across this fascinating near death experience (NDE) story recently. I’ve read many NDE stories, been hearing about them since my childhood, but this story goes beyond the typical Christian allegories one finds in NDE parables. There’s no angels, bugles, family members.

An NDE occurs on those rare occasions when a person medically dies, comes back to life shortly after, and remembers the experience during that interlude between death and life.  A but different from most of us who remember our experience between life and death.

It is said that just as in life, so too in death (or near death), our experiences are shaped by our core beliefs. NDE accounts have varied based on the religious and spiritual beliefs of the person who has died. So perhaps, because  Mellen-Thomas was not tied to a particular religious belief and was learning spiritual theories / alternative healing at the time of his death, his NDE is far more abstract. In my case, it was particularly appealing.

The theory that the external world is manifested by the inner set of beliefs and impressions in the sub-conscious finds its place in this account. This is an age old theory in various spiritual philosophies, such as Vedanta, Samkhya and Kabalah. In fact, some of the Pratyahara practices in Raja yoga, as well as the practice of yoga nidra, are aimed specifically at resolving the impressions and conflicts in the inner consciousness.

Recently, this theory is gaining mainstream popularity. While Shakti Gawain’s “Creative Visualization” has been around for a while, various self help books espousing techniques to manifest one’s outer world have become bestsellers in recent years. Some examples are “Ask and it is Given” by Abraham-Hicks and the extremely commercial “The Secret”.

One will find many other commonalities with A Course in Miracles, Advaita, Vendanta, and Buddhism. There is a remarkable similiarity with the first experience of enlightenment as described by many self-realized souls such as Paramahamsa Yogananda, Shri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, J. Krishnamurthy, and so on…

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.

When I say that I could see or perceive forever, I mean that I could experience all of creation generating itself.

Near-Death Experience NDE Story
of Mellen-Thomas Benedict: Journey Through the Light and Back


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