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is there life after death?
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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...

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...


Anita Moorjani fell into a coma due to late-stage cancer. Her husband was told by doctors that she had less than 36 hours to live (her organs were shutting down). All the while, Anita was having a near-death experience, was given the choice to return to her body or not, chose to finish out her life, then had the most remarkable healing ever documented. She is able to share with us what it was like to be out of her body and in that other realm, including her ability to see the past and future, experience timelessness, know her life's purpose, feel the emotions of others, and even know what caused her life-threatening illness in the first place. This understanding subsequently led to a total recovery of her health. Her new book Dying To Be Me recounts the experience.

Bob Olson talks with Anita about her near-death experience...

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Dr Penny Sartori worked as a nurse in a British hospital for 21 years, 17 of those being in Intensive Care. She has conducted unique and extensive research into the near-death experiences (NDEs) of her patients. In 2005 she was awarded a PhD for her research into NDEs and has received worldwide attention and media coverage. Those who have experienced a NDE have much insight to give us on the way in which we live and can empower us to have more fulfilled and meaningful lives.


Dr. Eben Alexander has been an academic neurosurgeon for more than 25 years, including 15 years at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In November of 2008, he had a near-death experience that changed his life and caused him to rethink everything he thought he knew about the human brain and consciousness. In a recent interview with Alex Tsakiris, Dr Eben Alexander explains how he has been unable to come up with any physiological explanation for what happened to him and has concluded that the mind is independent of the brain. Listen to the interview below or download a transcript.


Dr. Ken Ring published a paper in the Journal of Near-Death Studies back in 1993 concerning near-death experiencers who, while out of their bodies, witness real events that occur far away from their dead body. The important aspect to this phenomenon is that these events seen far away are later verified to be true. Experiencers not only witness events from great distances, but they have been documented to hear conversations between people at the same events. Conversations such as these have also verified to be true. An even more fascinating phenomenon occurs when the experiencer actually appears in spirit to someone, usually a loved one, during their NDE and it is verified to be true by the experiencer and the loved one. Read 50 more examples of convincing scientific evidence...


A powerful documentary by Keith Parsons which provides overwhelming evidence that consciousness exists outside the brain, drawing from the Cross Correspondences, the Scole Experiment, drop-in communicators, Electronic Voice Phenomena, the mediumship of Mrs. Leonora Piper, as well as a discussion of brain and mind - are they the same or different? The film includes interviews with some of the giants of afterlife research: Prof. David Fontana & Prof. Archie Roy (both former presidents of the Society for Psychical Research) and Victor Zammit, Australian attorney, also featured below.


Nanci L. Danison is the author of a series of three "Backwards" books... "backwards," because that's how many academic authorities have understood the actual truths of life: completely back to front!! These three books present what I consider to be the most profound and clearest statements of the essence of things I've ever encountered, derived directly from Nanci's astonishing near-death experiences and the Universal Knowledge she was given when close to Source. All that, without ever becoming dogmatic nor burdening us with a new belief system. If you are at all interested in what we are doing here, living the human life, and why - and how to also live the spiritual life - then these books are essential reading...

  1. Backwards: Returning to Our Source for Answers - shatters the age-old belief that we are mere humans, that fate determines our destinies, and that a task master God demands our obedience and worship. Nanci L. Danison, JD, brings the credibility of a trial lawyer trained to evaluate evidence to her account of the answers to our most pressing spiritual questions: who is God? Who am I? What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? What happens when we die? And how should I live my life here on Earth? She offers a "life plan" from the afterlife that originates in and resonates with our true spiritual nature, and provides step-by-step guidance on how to access and develop our Source-like traits in order to bring peace and happiness to our own lives and our planet.
  2. Backwards Guidebook - takes us deeper into Ms. Danison's personal encounter with the Source of all of creation, and provides more detailed explanations of the new spiritual truths brought forward in her first book. The Guidebook incorporates exercises designed to explore the reader's current spiritual beliefs and help guide them to a higher level of perspective--that of the Source itself.
  3. Backwards Beliefs: Revealing Eternal Truths Hidden in Religions - witness, through the author's eyes, the creation of the universe, early man's need for gods and religions, the roles religious messengers have played throughout history, the origin of the Christian churches, Earth's future, and more. Backwards Beliefs provides an incredible peek into Mankind's history as it actually happened, a gift granted to the author during an afterlife experience in response to her concern that what she learned by dying contradicted her Christian education. This first-of-its-kind book reconciles some divergent spiritual vs. religious viewpoints with simple, clear, and easy-to-understand explanations of how eternal truths became hidden in human belief systems.


“Your society's definition of Heaven is a gross misrepresentation. Heaven sounds like a deathly boring place to be, and I for one wouldn't be caught dead there. All the residents of these spirit realms have well developed senses of humor, just like you do, perhaps more so. Our humor is never sarcastic, though, or at the expense of someone else. There are many ironies to laugh over and much spirited interchange among us all. ... You need not fear extinction of your ego or your personality. But you will change, even as you do now. This change is like a flower blooming; it is natural and beautiful.”


"In the first sphere of light we find trees and flowers like those that grow in earthly gardens; but more beautiful, immune from decay and death, and endowed with qualities that make them more completely a part of our lives. Around us are birds and animals, still the friends of man, but nearer, more intelligent, and freed from the fears and the cruelties they suffer here. We find houses and gardens, but of substance, colour and atmosphere more responsive to our presence; water whose playing is music; wide ranging harmonies of colour. We find everything more radiant, more joyous, more exquisitely complex, and while our activities are multiplied, our life is more restful. Differences in age disappear. There are no “old” in the spheres of light; there are only the graceful and strong." This description comes from messages given to a Church of England clergyman, Rev G. Vale Owen, by his mother and published in The Life Beyond the Veil. Download a free copy here.


A child who died speaks through a medium: "While my story is for my mother to know, it is also a 'story' for the other mothers who have lost children - children who have passed through accidents, illnesses, even catapulted into spirit - whatever their passing. For all that happened to me is similar to that which happens to all children who go through the 'Death Experience'. It is not horrific. It is not negative. It is not nasty. It is magical, mysterious and wondrous." Read more...


The always controversial Oscar Wilde speaks conversationally with a clear voice directly from the afterlife. It's Oscar Wilde's voice, his personality, his wit and his thoughts. He talks about the difficulty of communicating, what it's like in the afterlife and his experiences since he crossed over...



The Wonder of You The Wonder of You: What the Near Death Experience Tells You About Yourself Paperback by Lynn Kathleen Russell takes an in-depth look at the messages that have been brought back from the after-life. Those who have returned from death frequently come back with vastly different ways of seeing the world, others, and themselves. They are more caring, gentle, and have a deeper sense of spirituality. This book not only brings these messages to the reader, it also back them up with scientific research. Jeffrey Long, MD, Founder of the Near death Experience Research Foundation says, "Lynn Russell has written a magical book full of revelation and clear-headed analysis of the spiritual dimension of our lives, offering a universe of truths for those who are searching for 'answers' about the presence of an after-life, the joy of healing and the wonders of the human mind."


The next time someone tells you that there is no scientific evidence for psychic phenomena refer them to Dr. Dean Radin's list of peer-reviewed papers published since 2000 in reputable journals which cover topics including: Healing at a Distance, Telepathy & ESP, Survival of Consciousness, Precognition & Presentiment, and Mind-Matter Interaction. Read more...


Chris Carter is author of Parapsychology and the Skeptics: A Scientific Argument for the Existence of ESP and an excellent new book, Science and the Near Death Experience.


Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize, physics):
“Everyone who is seriously engaged in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that the laws of nature manifest the existence of a spirit vastly superior to that of men.”
Sir Ernst Chain (Nobel Prize, physiology and medicine):
“I believe the observations about the orderliness of the physical universe, and the apparently exceptional fine-tuning of the conditions of the universe for the development of life suggest that an intelligent Creator is responsible.”
Dr Erwin Shrodinger (Nobel Prize, physics):
“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”
Dr. Max Plank (Nobel Prize, physics):
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such.”
Dr. William Phillips (Nobel Prize, physics):
“I believe that the observations about the orderliness of the physical universe, and the apparently exceptional fine-tuning of the conditions of the universe for the development of life suggest that an intelligent Creator is responsible.”
Prof. Werner Heisenberg (Nobel Prize, physics):
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”
Dr. Anthony Hewish, (Nobel Prize, physics):
“It makes no sense to me to assume that the Universe and our existence is just a cosmic accident, that life emerged due to random physical processes in an environment which simply happened to have the right properties.”
Prof. Sir Fred Hoyle, FRS, Astronomer:
“If one proceeds directly and straightforwardly in this matter, without being deflected by a fear of incurring the wrath of scientific opinion, one arrives at the conclusion that biomaterials with their amazing measure or order must be the outcome of intelligent design.”
Prof. Dr. Eben Alexander, neuroscientist:
“Modern scientific thinking is that the brain is a reducing valve, or filter, that reduces consciousness (that is primary in existence) down to a trickle – our very limited human awareness (that is liberated to a much higher level when freed up from the shackles of the physical brain, as happens in near-death experiences, through deep meditation, etc). The scientific implications are stunning, and provide a powerful foundation for the reality of the afterlife. This is the new science that will become dominant over the next decade.”


Scientific research and a colossal amount of compelling empirical evidence, gathered for over 150 years by some of the finest minds on the planet, seem to indicate that Clint Eastwood's 2011 movie 'Hereafter' actually got it right. Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti provides groundbreaking answers based on science and empirical evidence. Consciousness indeed appears to exist independently of a functioning brain, and to extend well beyond the transition we call death.

Transform the fear of death
What happens when we die? Is it going to be painful? Is death the end of everything? Am I going to simply disappear, cease to exist?

Healing the Pain of a Loss
What becomes of the dead? Have my deceased loved ones disappeared into a black nothingness? Does love die with the death of the body? Talk to your loved one as if he/she can hear you - they can.



QUESTION: "Does everybody go through the same after-death process of rest and cleansing?"

"No, for according to your degree of evolvement will be your consciousness when you come into the spirit existence. It may be possible for you to pass through the state of dying with a full awareness of what is taking place, and therefore you may come with a feeling of joy and will not need sleep, nor yet cleansing. But most certainly you will experience joyful reunion before ever you pass on to the next state of working, serving or expressing, according to your state of understanding."
Freely download the full book in PDF format, "The Wisdom of Ramadahn."

A recent article by Ken MacLean included the following message from his spirit guides:

Believe it, when you "die" it will be a totally awesome, wonderful experience. So there's literally no need to worry about the ending! Ever. That should take some of the tension out of your life, even if you only accept this idea as an intellectual exercise. Of course it's much more than that. Here's something tantalizing: no matter how many friends you have on earth, when you "die" you will discover tons more. And they will all be like the best possible friend you could ever have, and you will hang out and have a great time, and the feeling of it is just so perfect and right that you will bask in it forever. And your experiential horizons will expand immensely and it will be incredibly exciting. Just like what will happen on a smaller scale when humanity has a consciousness shift. It will feel fantastic, and completely natural.
Read the complete article here: Which Reality Do You Choose?


Journey of Souls Are you afraid of death? Do you wonder what's going to happen to you after you die? Is it possible you have a space which came from somewhere else and will return there after your body dies, or is this just wishful thinking because you are afraid?

It is is a paradox that humans, alone of all creatures of the Earth, must repress the fear of death in order to lead normal lives. Yet our biological instinct never lets us forget this ultimate danger to our being. As we grow older, the spectre of death rises in our consciousness. Even religious people fear death as the end of personhood. Our greatest dread of death brings thoughts about the nothingness of death that will end all associations with family and friends. Dying makes all our earthly goals goals seem futile.

If death was the end of everything about us, then life indeed would be meaningless. However, some power within us enables humans to conceive of a hereafter, to sense a connection with a higher power and even an eternal soul. If we do actually have a soul, then where does it go after death? Is there really some sort of heaven full of intelligent spirits outside our physical universe? What does it look like? What do we do when we get there? Is there a supreme being in charge of this paradise? These questions are as old as humankind itself and remain a mystery to most of us.

The true answers to the mystery of life after death remain locked behind a spiritual door for most people. This is because we have built-in amnesia about our soul identity which, on a conscious level, aids in the merging of the soul and human brain. In the last few years the general public has heard about people who temporary died and then came back to life to tell about seeing a long tunnel, bright lights, and even brief encounters with friendly spirits. But none of these accounts has given us more than a glimpse of all there is to know about life after death.

Michael Newton's book, Journey of Souls is an intimate journal about the spirit world. It provides a series of actual case histories which reveal in explicit detail what happens to us when life on Earth is over. You will be taken beyond the spiritual tunnel and into the spirit world itself to learn what transpires for souls before they finally return to Earth in another life.


"Do you need religion in order to cross over? Would there be God or St Peter to judge us on crossing over? And is dying painful?"

Victor Zammitt: Over twenty four years of studying information transmitted from the afterlife in detail by those who are regarded to be very highly credible, I can tell you that religion is not essential in crossing over. And NO, there will be no St Peter or God there to judge you. This is because we judge ourselves for everything we do on earth: doing good, helping others unselfishly will raise the vibrations of our spirit body.

Doing 'bad' (unspiritual things like cheating, being dishonest, being cruel and such like conduct) will lower our vibrations. On crossing over we go to a realm that will accept our level of accumulated vibrations. Usually the good, average, open minded person will end up in the very nice, very lovely Third Level – hugely better than earth.

And NO, the actual dying, the actual crossing over to the afterlife is NOT painful. Some have reported from the afterlife it was their most beautiful experience they ever had. The more you know about the afterlife the more beautiful will be the transition.

Excerpt from Chapter 29 of the book by Victor Zammit, A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife

Vital messages from afterlife intelligences transmitted in different countries to us humans on this earth in the last few decades REPEATEDLY inform us that, (succinctly put):


Barry Eaton produces Radio Out and is author of Afterlife: Uncovering Secrets After Death.


“The material is not stronger than the spiritual. If the eyes were open, if the ears could hear, if the soul left behind could register the more subtle vibrations of the spiritual life, it would see the resurrected spirit, liberated, triumphant, joyous, welcoming the escape from the thralldom and bondage of a material prison.

“Do not grieve for those to whom freedom has come. Do not mourn because the caterpillar has become a beauteous butterfly. Do not weep because the cage has been opened and the bird has been set free.

“Rejoice, and know that the enfranchised soul has found liberty and that, if you would but unfold the powers that the Great Spirit has given you, you could share some of the beauty and joy which is theirs. You could understand that death is but a stepping-stone, a door through which you enter into the larger freedom of the realms of the spirit.”


A Lawyer Argues the Case for the Afterlife
Fascinating online book about his brilliant research, all free to read. Victor also publishes an excellent weekly newsletter, Friday Afterlife Report, full of the latest news and evidence for life after death.

International Association for Near-Death Studies
For many years, IANDS has been encouraging independent research into NDEs and educating the world about near-death and similar experiences -- and their effects and implications. It has been the foremost consultant organization on the subject to radio, television, film, and the print media; it provides publications and conferences, sponsors local groups, has sent hundreds of speakers to audiences worldwide, and reaches out in person and online with reliable information and support. It has helped change the public perception of what it is like to die.

Read this beautiful account (one of many) by a Member of IANDS about her NDE: My Awakening with the Angels.

"Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death" - the classic book by Frederic Myers.
Excellent resource on NDEs. It contains examples of near-death experiences from many cultures and excellent links.
The largest database of afterlife description and analysis on the Internet.
Learn about astral projection and out of body techniques from author William Buhlman

Moen Afterlife Overview
Bruce Moen has been running workshops to teach people how to explore the afterlife using out of body techniques... this is his very interesting summary.

Past Life Regression | Past Lives
Find out who you were in a past life with this fascinating CD or download.

Near Death Experiences
Many individual near death experiences are vividly described. These are highly illuminating accounts.

Near Death Experience Research Foundation
Comprehensive Near Death Experience website with entire experiences posted, forum to share experiences, research papers, and lots more!

The Greater Reality
Understand the Greater Reality, life after death, eternal life, the soul, mediums, the eternal nature of the soul, the Higher Power, remote viewing, psychic ability, and the importance of loving and living.

Afterlife Knowledge
The afterlife described from the perspective of Monroe explorations.

Children's Past Lives
This wonderful online book by Carol Bowman explains how past-life memories emerge and how they heal. It gives guidelines for distinguishing between genuine past life memories and fantasy and it tells parents how to respond if their child has such a memory.

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