In 1977 Dr Osis published At the Hour of Death, including reports from over 1,000 doctors and nurses in India as well as the United States. It reported on the deaths of more than 100,000 people. According to the information provided to him...
- Only ten per cent of people are conscious shortly before their death
- Of this group one half to two thirds have near death visions
- These people see their loved ones, see scenes of the next world and suddenly are very happy and excited for no medical reason.
This phenomenon cannot be explained away by medical, psychological, cultural or other conditioning, yet it may answer the fundamental question of human existence. The visions of the dying appear to be not hallucinations but glimpses through the windows of eternity.
In his book Closer to the Light: Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children, Dr Melvin Morse says that death-bed visions are "a forgotten aspect of life's mysterious process" and that they can comfort and help the dying patient and the family. In hundreds of interviews with children who had once been declared clinically dead, Dr. Morse found that children too young to have absorbed our adult views and ideas of death, share first-hand accounts of out-of-body travel, telepathic communication and encounters with dead friends and relatives. He talks about several cases where dying children began to see visions of the afterlife during the last few days of their lives. They described amazing colors and beautiful places and relatives they sometimes had not known existed.
What happens when you pass over to the spiritual realms after the body dies, depends largely on your expectations and beliefs. We're conditioned by our physical existence and that continues afterwards in the spiritual mind that continues onward (our mind in the body is not just the brain, which is more like an interface and body control system). We tend to be attached to our appearance and our favorite occupations and so we continue with these afterwards - with a healthy, younger body. Everything is possible since we create our reality, and that is much more apparent there than here. It depends on our awareness when we die; our vibration, depending on the amount of love we feel and express.
Also we are met by loved ones and our guides, and we review our life on Earth and learn important lessons, so we may then choose to be and act differently from then on. And we re-unite with our Higher Self, the soul that created an aspect of itself, the spiritual identity, to incarnate. The main thing we realize is that we are loved, and at last we love ourselves - these are much harder to realize and to do when identified with a body, with all of its survival instincts and insecure fears.
The higher your vibration, the more conscious you are of creating your new reality, and that vibration attracts more of the same. You can visit friends and family on the other side and those remaining on Earth, they're just a thought away. Loving service, caring, compassion - those are the qualities that raise your vibration, make you less solid both here and there. That's as Jesus taught, in order to enter heaven. Not being perfect or 'superior' in any way. Also, we all make mistakes and indeed we came here to learn from them. God is infinitely forgiving and non-judgmental, and God is the universal consciousness that we are part of, like a drop of water in the ocean. An ocean of love.
We begin life as a raindrop on the mountainside, then follow a winding path along the river of life, until we reach the sea, the ocean of consciousness, our home.
Many people have reported profound experiences at the time their body temporarily died, before they were brought back to life...