Paolo Vita



DYING IS BEAUTIFUL
more than being born

tunnel


Translated and adapted by the author, from the original Italian book "Morire è bello" [Rev.79]
© First issue: January 2016
- Rev. 2 -  March 19, 2016
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TABLE OF CONTENTS


    Acknowledgements

    Reviews

    Preface by Suzanne Ward

    Being born and dying

    Birth, for relatives

    Death, in ordinary consideration

    Life and death: how to know more?


    FIRST PART: EXPERIENCES

    Death-bed observations

    NDE: death in the resurrected reports

    Death in regressions

    Birth in regressions


    SECOND PART: EXCHANGES WITH THE BEYOND

    Messages

    Visions and trips


    CONCLUSIONS


    APPENDIX I - The Hamlet's soliloquy
    APPENDIX II - Citations
    APPENDIX III - Destiny
    APPENDIX IV - Intimate relationships in the astral world
    APPENDIX V - Chakra
    APPENDIX VI - The prodigal son
    APPENDIX VII - Time in the beyond
    APPENDIX VIII - Situation comparison Earth-Beyond
    APPENDIX IX - A laugh is always welcome
  
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS




    I wish to thank in general all writers who produced some texts on this subject, from which I picked some short summaries and citations.  In addition:
    Maria Grazia Cimatti and Orestina Nardi, for their contribution of personal experiences; Ornella Rigoni, Orestina Nardi and Barbara Pamieri, for their help in the review of this text. Barbara offered me a very detailed and effective comment.
    I thank very much the renown American writer Suzanne Ward for her nice preface written below.



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REVIEWS



   "Congratulations: a very deep research! This book offers a simple yet powerful message, for both the beginner and the expert reader" [Orestina]

     "You really did an excellent job" [Stefania]

    " I read  your book with utmost involvement" [Silvia]

    "Now I know that the passing is a joy, no more sorrow. In the beyond the disincarnated one finds some entities who help him and open that gate, to take him to meet light and heaven. Death is leaving a carnal life for a more subtle one, in harmony with the other souls. Letting life to make its course is like letting death to take the dying person to the beginning" [Sabina]

    "Thanks for your precious book. It really is of great help and enlightens a central subject of life; it is a big support" [Nicola]

    "I just read the book, I am a skeptic person, without a religion of reference; reading your book gave me a sense of peace and serenity ... Thanks" [Annalena]

    "The experiences presented in this book let me reflect and have a broader view of earthly life, live more agreeably my motherhood experience... [Damiana]

    "I met this text at the perfect moment. My mother was a patient in a terminal state and I needed to understand the experience we would  be about to cross: her death.
       I read this book
all in one breath, during one night and with the pain of my experience it helped me to restructure as much as possible the meaning I had of death.
      When my mother left her body, I felt much pain, but without entering a state of suffering. I was practically sure of the most beautiful flight that she had taken and of the fact that I would never lose her; I thank a lot this book and its author for helping me change my limited beliefs
and meanings; it arrived at the perfect moment and took my hand.
       The author was also available to answer my questions on some points; I feel indebted to him for his research, studies and experiences, contributing to add value to the world. I know he will help somebody else as he helped me. With immense gratitude." [Melissa Giovannini]



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PREFACE

by Suzanne Ward

(author of "Matthew, tell me about Heaven" and more books, based on her messages exchanged with her son, who was in a fatal vehicle crash, when he was 17. Her book was of great  help in the  preparation of "Morire è bello")

 

   Down through the ages, religions have taught that there is life after death and believing that claim is a matter of faith. But even when faith is strong, death is feared because it is thought that there is no way to know what kind of life comes afterwards.     
Oh, yes we can know!
    In "Morire è bello" (Dying is Beautiful), Paolo Vita has compiled astounding first hand accounts of numerous sources as evidence that we can know about the spirit world where all of us someday will go. We can know about the beauty, activity and diversity of life in that wondrous world. 
Religions also teach that how we live here determines our afterlife and we are reunited with loved ones. In these respects they are right, too, but all other ideas about our next lifetime are misconceptions.
    The spirit world we call heaven is where everyone goes after death—there is neither a hell nor a limbo—and God is not our “judge.”  It is the physics of the universe that determines what the afterlife will be.  Heaven is a multidimensional realm of varying energy levels, and each of us automatically transitions with lightning speed to the part where the energy corresponds with the energy we put forth throughout our lifetime.
    People who lived in godly ways go to idyllic areas where love and joy abound. They choose the lifestyle they wish, including what they want to learn. Education includes studies from ABC to university courses as well as professional training for employment. People travel around the realm and enjoy all forms of recreation except sports that harm or kill animals—those that are fierce here are peaceable there, and all animals roam freely among the people. 
People who treated others brutally go to areas in keeping with their behaviour. They are given continuous loving guidance to overcome those tendencies, and as they respond, they move into successively higher levels of energy. 
    “Eternal” is the life of the soul, not the person who died, and heaven is not our “final resting place.” In addition to the myriad activities available, residents prepare for what they want to experience in their next physical lifetime. 
Paolo Vita is offering humanity an invaluable gift that can open minds and hearts to the truth: death is beautiful. I am gratified that he chose Matthew, Tell Me about Heaven as one of his sources.                    

                                                                                                            Suzanne Ward 
                                                [Editor/publisher of "Matthew, Tell Me about Heaven" and four more books in the series ]


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BEING BORN AND DYING





    I have been interested in spiritual research for many years. In so doing I had the opportunity of reading many books dealing with life and death. One of them was "Matthew tell about heaven" by Suzanne Ward; it refers about the mediumistic exchanges between a mother (Suzanne) and her dead son. It impressed me because the boy describes in great detail the process of his death and the conditions in heaven in very enthusiastic tones, though he was a normal person, not a saint, deserving any exceptional welcome in heaven. Therefore I decided to know more and from sources as objective and different as possible.

   I discovered that a lot of coherent witnesses exist, from very different origins, by culture, race, nationality. I cited many of them in the bibliography and in the text itself, but they are just a part of the available ones; in turn, most of them report many other sources in their own bibliography. So I met a large amount of information about the experience of  being born and dying. This information comes from many scholars and scientists, who stood besides some dying people, or interviewed those who had been in a coma, or who underwent regression to their past lives.

    The result is something well different from the usual "middle man" belief about the events of birth and death. In fact, usually birth considered a joyful and auspicious event, while death has always been seen with fear: a misfortune and a great sorrow, in case of natural death, or even a terrible punishment, in case of  provoked death.

    It was precisely the contrast, between the common feeling and this information I found, that induced me to summarize and share them with you, the readers, to correct as much as possible the common opinion. The traditional perspective looks focused on that of the relatives and friends, while the viewpoint of the subject is completely ignored.

    Though my research is summarized from many serious and qualified authors, I do not want to claim that this is the ultimate truth, ore the gospel, but I think it is a good model, useful to improve our image of life and death and can re-evaluate the usual exaggerated fear of death. This book does not contain any philosophy, nor try to demonstrate the existence of soul or heaven; it does not offer theories, but just reports of many experiences, that can be useful to many people and cheer up their lives, by providing a relaxing, or even an exciting picture, instead of promoting ideologies. The coherence of the descriptions among the tens and tens of texts about the research on this matter looks more convincing than a theoretical analysis.

    In addition to the researchs on NDE and regression analyses, that form the first part of this book, I completed the description of this subject with a second part, formed by the summary of  a series of information of different origin, that somebody may consider less reliable: that of paranormal messages, received by mediums and sensitive persons, that inform us about the situation in the other world.
   In any case it is worth while keeping in mind that this is probable information, collected at the best of knowledge, but that constitute a model of interpretation of the world. The environment of heaven looks much more subjective than that of the Earth, (which is already arguable). Nevertheless the information contained here is very interesting and coherent with the divine love.



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BIRTH FOR RELATIVES





    When a pregnancy is announced, relatives and friends rush congratulations to the future mother, her mate and her closest relatives, considering that a very auspicious and happy event. The circumstance becomes even more exciting when the lady actually delivers happily and the baby comes to light healthy and lively. This is right from the viewpoint of parents and grandparents, who crown their desire for parenthood and lineage.
    Additionally, let's remind that, in the past, children constituted an aid for the family, in farming; to that aim parents wished that the newborn be a male, so that he would have good arms for the perspective jobs and not a female, devoted to stay at home, waiting for a husband to take her away.
    At last the spring of a new life is, by itself, an exciting event for everyone and the little body stimulates a sense of emotion.


    All these feelings could also be referred to the unconscious instinct of self-preservation of the species, without which the human race would extinguish. Therefore they could be a trick of Nature, more than a willful attitude.



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DEATH,

IN ORDINARY CONSIDERATION



    Despite religious teachings, based on soul immortality, death always scared man, who does not want to think about it; he does not even want to mention it; he fears it as an annihilation, the end of the existence, the detachment from dear persons and from things accumulated in their life.  Woody Allen said in a motto of his: <<It's not that I am afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens>>.
    In a rest home there was a protest, when the management put the famous Sinatra's song "My Way" in the compilation of musics to be played through the house loudspeakers. The song starts with the words <<And now, the end is near ad so I face the final curtain>>

    Probably behind this fear there is again the instinct of self-preservation, that provides to save human life against some easy giving up, that would undermine the continuity of the human species. There is also fear of the unknown, not knowing - despite all religious teachings - what will happen to us after death; this matter was well illustrated by Shakespeare in his famous Hamlet's soliloquy.

    Fear of death and of what is waiting for us is such an important element in human existence, to be probably the origin of  philosophical speculations, i.e. the reason itself of  birth of most philosophies. On the contrary, in daily practice, we can observe that this argument is seldom dealt with. Pascal said: <<Men, not having any remedy against death, poverty and ignorance, decided to never think about it.>>.

    Even many old persons, that cannot statistically hope to live much longer, often live as death would concern only other people and dismay while hearing that some acquaintance of theirs passed away. 
    At every birthday, we use to wish the guest of honour a hundred of such days, as that would be the best perspective of life.
    When somebody is affected by a deadly illness, generally his relatives avoid telling him that news and , if he realizes the truth , they pretend that he will recover and live for long.

    There are some people who are afraid or even prognosticate to die in some scaring circumstances, like by drowning, or being the victim of an aggression, falling from a precipice, or getting suffocated. Apart from the fact that these fears should regard not death itself, but the stress and pain that can precede it, but studies on this subject revealed that those fears are the consequence not of a presentiment, but rather of an unconscious memory of a past life, in which that event really happened to them and left a mark of dread.

    Despite the knowledge that we are all mortal and that our life cannot last longer than some decades, we unconsciously refuse to die and to let our dears die.
   The death penalty is considered the most severe and relatives and friends of the sentenced person try everything to convert it into life imprisonment.

    When death catches us, like in case of accident, fulminating illness, aggression, war, we do not resign to the occurrence, protesting, thinking of what we could have done to avoid it, complaining or nurturing feelings of revenge against somebody, whom we can consider responsible for the lost of our dear one. Once I saw a film about Don Bosco's life; in it even the (future) saint was desperate for the premature death of  his best pupil (and future saint) Domenico Savio, shouting to God: <<why did you take him?>>.

    After the funeral, we use to go and visit the deceased one at the cemetery, bringing flowers and candles, like if this could compensate him for the misfortune of having died and trying to perpetuate our familiarity with him/her.
    This is understandable, but is part of the human attachment between physical persons, of the desire to have the dead person materially present by us, to touch, embrace and talk to him/her, to spend together our best time. Finally, thinking to the situation, when we grieve over the loss of somebody, we are really crying for ourself, who have lost him/her.
    Sometime we weep for guilt, that we may feel for having had some conflicting relationship with the departed one, that we deem we can no longer put right, or for not doing entirely our duty with him/her.

    We often lavish eulogies for the dead, like to soften our guilt; anyway all contrasts and rivalries are obsolete by the final separation!  My grandfather used to say: <<God save us from the day of praise!>>, to mean that only after death a person gets appreciated without qualms.

    It looks like in the western dominant culture there be a wide misinformation about death and life in the beyond. This book proposes to be a summary of the large research developed by many scientists and sensitive persons on this subject, with the hope that some reader may take advantage of it, to accept more serenely the loss of a dear person or to face death with a calmer attitude.

 


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LIFE AND DEATH:
HOW TO KNOW MORE?






    Since time immemorial, man has always been trying to investigate about the aim of life and what there may be after death. We often ear people saying that nobody came back to tell us, but for many decades, many scientist have been studying this aspect of existence, through three main means:

  1. reports by doctors, nurses and relatives who assisted some dying person
  2. interviews with revived persons
  3. regressions ad memories of past lives
    Italian author Ernesto Bozzano (1862 - 1943) looks one of the first scientist to gather in a book some reports of  dying persons, as found in the literature
First publication of kind: "Revue Spirite", funded 1858 by A.Kardek, journal of the French Spiritualistic Union and Int.l Spiritualistic Council
of the first parapsychological associations, or from some newspapers articles.  Reports are generally more oriented to witness some ghost apparition, than to illustrate the experience of any dying person, nevertheless many of them include also some expression of joy, for what the dead perceived about heaven, where he is entering. Some of those experiences date back to 1860.

    In the twentieth century, several psychologists and parapsychologists systematically studied such visions, offering us some very interesting results.
    Scottish writer Arthur Findlay, in 1931 published a book , based upon some notes preceding 1924, in which he acknowledges the existence and describes the properties of an "Etheric World", wherein one lives by an etheric body, similar in all to the physical one (the prevailing presently used  term is "astral", but the entities have various non physical bodies, as described later on). The information is of mediumistic origin, but is very interesting, because it is coherent with that of other origins.

    To those psychologists, we can add many others, who took their time to interview persons, who were given for dead and who, instead, came back to life. These are more rare to obtain, since very few persons come back to life, but those few offer us reports much more rich, since they refer to longer events in their trip towards the beyond. Also this practice looks very well set and the collected data show a great coherence, offering us some answers of reliable probability.

    In Italy we have the renown journalist and writer Paola Giovetti, who has been studying paranormal phenomena for decades, she analysed more than 100 cases of reviving persons, finding a great homogeneity of their experiences with those studied by many other researchers.

    In the USA the experiences of dying people and of those who observed them have been named by the acronym "DBV" (Death Bed Visions) or "NDA" (Nearing Death Awareness), while those of revived persons were identified as "NDE" (Near Death Experience) by the most famous scholar of this field : Raymond Moody, who by his small, but remarkable book "Life after life", in 1975, disclosed to the world the results of his research and opened new knowledge in this field.
    Some statistics now claim that about 5% of the American population had some experience of this kind.

    In addition to the above, a modern branch of psychology appears to have found a way that can throw some additional light on these questions; this is: regression to past lives. This technique is performed by some seance wherein the subject is guided to a state of deep relaxation, or hypnosis. The two states are very similar and contiguous. Therefore, I can say that there is nothing to fear in doing this, despite the unjust negative impression that some people have about hypnosis.
    Personally, I met this activity by chance: I witnessed many experiences of my lady and underwent myself some regression sessions.
   This technique is already practised all over the world and is well known throw many books. The most famous psychologist, who performs this approach is  Brian Weiss, who wrote several best sellers on the subject. Many years ago, he discovered it by chance and was initially skeptic, but, after innumerable sessions with many patients and many checks about details "seen" during the regressions, he can affirm his total conviction about the reality of these experiences. Psychologists who use regression are now so many that they are members of international societies and meet by some periodical conferences.
    Regression is generally practised by individual sessions, like a usual psychological therapy, but can also be conducted collectively, as done in group psychology, with the difference that there is no interaction among the presents.

    One author who seems to have practised regression on a very wide scale is Helen Wambach, who refers to have directed many sessions with fifty persons at a time. Since she was unable to talk to each of them during the seance, she used to give them the hypnotic order to remember all the details of their experience, to be able to fill up a form after the regression. In such a way this psychologist obtained and reported some statistical results about 750 subjects: an important result from the scientific viewpoint, supported by the results of many other independent researchers. Wambach's studies have also the merit - for the scope of the present book - to include the exploration of the events of birth and death, that is not always done by other analysts, who have often been more interested in the details of past lives and in the elements useful to find a match in any document, rather than in the events of the passage.

    According to many persons, the experience of their own death after some former lives was the best part of their regressions, and provided them with a sense of  lightness, liberation and return home; it helped them to overcome their fear of death. Many psychologists took their patients to explore the state between two incarnations, i.e. the environment of the Beyond, which is of the highest interest for this book. They have witnessed, unanimously enough, the beauty, peace, light and love that reign in it.

    Sylvia Browne, a known American sensitive lady has been performing hypnotic regression for decades, during which she took thousands people of every race and religion in their trip to the past; she also had some experience of  spontaneous clairvoyance, that documented in her book "Life on the other side".

    All these types of research seem to confirm the spiritualist model of life, according to which - despite our usual identification with our body - we are not just a body, nor a body that has a soul, but we are essentially entities who get a physical body from time to time, to experience matter and evolve. This result sprigs out from investigations performed on many subjects of various religious faiths or atheists, of every nationality and tradition and are not bound to any preconceived ideas or knowledge; on the contrary, many people come out changed by this experience and found themselves oriented towards a spirituality more detached from their own specific religion. It can just influence the interpretation of their personal experience, by letting them identify the Being of light they may see, for instance with Krishna instead of Jesus.

    These researches offer some completely different data about the common ideas and feeling; these remarkable results are those I wish to summarize in this book. It, in addition to underline some very important information from the philosophical viewpoint, can contribute to cancel the fear of death, that is present in different measure in all of us.

    There is one more way of knowledge, that somebody does not consider entirely scientific, but that is very interesting, because it confirms the information gained from the above mentioned approaches: the parapsychological research, based on communication with the Beyond. Due to its character not accepted by everybody, I presented it separately, in the second part of this book.

    During my research I was surprised to discover how many studies exist about death and the Beyond; many of them I used to write this book; each of them uses mainly only one way of investigation among the mentioned ones. I wanted to collect and synthesize information from every category, to present them together and let them to support each other.

    Finally, I examined birth, together with death, since birth is the origin of the other and constitutes a symmetrical passage, yet little known and misunderstood. Much can be discovered about it too.



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FIRST PART




EXPERIENCES




DEATH-BED OBSERVATIONS



    When a person dies, often besides her there are doctors, nurses, relatives and friends. Sometimes the dying one, before closing his/her eyes forever, says something that describes to the bystander what is happening.

    One of the most famous scholar, devoted to this type of research was Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist, who worked in the USA between the years 1960 and 1990.. She was one of the best contemporary thanatologyst (researcher in the field of death); she examined about twenty thousand cases of dying, or revived persons, from different religions and ethnic groups, from various parts of the world. Her discoveries are summarized further on, as they are relevant also to revived people.
Among other things - based on her long experience as a lecturer - she claims that in an audience of 800 people, an average of twelve had some experience of this kind.

     Many people had some experience of DBV or NDE in their childhood: this demonstrates that such happenings are not stimulated by many factors that can affect the adults. Kubler-Ross mentions also that sometimes the dying persons intuitively encourage their relatives to go away, through some pretext, in order to die peacefully, without the annoyance of their dears' despair, that would make their departure more difficult. The same opinion results from the research of some other investigator, like Bozzano.

    Dutch professor L. Van de Meerbek, after his thirty years practice in hospitals and having assisted to the agony of hundreds, claims that about one quarter of them manifests some type of clairvoyance.
    In Bozzano's book
"Le visioni dei morenti" he reports some tales of dying persons, that I summarize below.

    The first tale contains also the forecast about the time of departing:

    "A veteran of the American secession war, an atheist and free thinker, was about to die; his dear brother had died by age four months before. One morning the veteran, had the doctor called, and - with a joyful attitude - wanted to tell him about his experience: he saw a ghost forming at his bed's foot, feeling a nice comfort. The ghost took a final form and the patient saw it was his brother, who waved to him; he had a great consolation from that. He saw the scenes of his own life together with his brother run in front of his eyes. His brother told him that on next Sunday, at eleven o'clock, he would die and would go and live with him in an environment full of incomparable peace and happiness. Then the ghost vanished and the patient remained happily
waiting for his death.
    On next Sunday, at a quarter to eleven
, the patient raised his right arm, pointing to the left of his bedside and said: <<here is my brother James ... he has come to pick me up .. All this is beautiful>>. Eleven o'clock stroke and he died."


    Also the second tale, dating back to 1864, contains a prediction of the time of passing:

    "Little Daisy, a ten years Californian, sick by typhus, had a series of visions, during her last three days of agony. Daisy told  her parents that she was seeing the world of the spirits, together with the earthly one, she was talking telepathically with her little brother Allie, died by scarlatina seven moths before her. Allie was dressed in a kind of white mantle, similar to the light. He also said she could see angels and was surprised that they had no wings, as traditionally pictured; they did not fly, but could transport themselves at will. 
The walls of her room seemed to disappear, widening her vision to the infinite; several disembodied entities manifested before her periodically in great number and  some of them were familiar to her.
    On the day of her passing she wanted to watch her body in a mirror, acknowledging its weekend condition and said she was already wearing a much better spiritual body, through which she could see the astral world. She said she still loved the earthly world, that she greeted at length, but that she did not want to remain. On that evening at 8.30 said that at 11.30 Allie would come and take her. At 11.15 she asked that the present persons should sing and, at 11.30, she stretched her arms high, saying: <<I'm coming, Allie!>> and breathed her last.


    In the third and fourth episode summarized below, some disembodied entities were seen not only by the passing person but also by a witness:

    "An English girl of seventeen, about to die, had beside her the nurse who was assisting her and who saw two angelic bodies materializing at the sides of the bed, whom she recognized: they were two girl friends of the dying patient, who had passed one year before.
   
The girl said that she was seeing all dark, but could notice her two friends and with a big joyful smile said: <<have you come to pick me up? I'm so happy, I feel tired >>. She stretched her hands towards her friends, who gripped them, smiling even more sweetly; she was looking at them with an infinite happiness. Then the friends left her hands, that fell on the bed. She sent forth a sigh and died with a smiling face ."


    "An orphan little girl of ten was travelling by ship, when she got sick and worsened rapidly. During the night, a doctor who was assisting her perceived a presence in the cabin, which begin to shine like sun at dawn; the light concentrated around the girl, pulsing and assuming various colours, then it vanished. During that vision the girl said: << Look! How beautiful!>> grasping the doctor's hand. Then she looked upwards, where a pulsating light sphere was forming and repeated: <<
Look!  Look! >>.
    Slowly the light globe came down to her head, bestowing on her an unparalleled angelic shine. The girl gripped again the doctor's hand, shuddering and - rising her head - said: <<Oh mom! Yes I can see the radiant path. How beautiful it is! How everything is shining!>>.
    The globe went up abruptly; the girl fell down on her pillows, released her hand grasp and breathed her last.
    While the doctor was still on his kneels, beside the dead girl, the captain of the ship and four officers got into the cabin and said that they had imagined the girl had died, since they had seen a light globe in the officers' parlour, which guided them to the girl's cabin."


    The testimony of the present persons were often recorded occasionally, but more recently some statistical studies have been set up in various parts of the world; their results have been analysed, classified and published in some scientific reviews and popular books.
    A couple of authors engaged in this effort is composed by Karl Osis and Erlendur Haraldsson. They run their studies initially separately, then together, on thousand cases and reported some interesting results.
    A first study, of 1960 involved the observation of 35.000 patients; out of them 2000 had some vision or apparition.
    A second survey, completed in 1964, examined the answers of operators who assisted 50.000 patients.
    Considering that these two surveys, conducted in USA, could have been conditioned by the fact that the subject involved were mainly of Christian religion, , the researchers wanted to run a third survey, that was completed in 1973, in a completely different country for religion and traditions: India.  The results - apart from the cultural facets, were substantially coherent with the former inquiries. The recorded phenomena appeared independent from sex, religion, and education. They were not connected with any febrile state, drug assumption or pathology.
    The results tell us that the passing is nice, if we do not have any special attachment to Earth, our relatives and things.
    Some disembodied entity comes and picks up us to take us beyond; nearly always they are our relatives; they show a physical aspect like if they have a normal body, possibly suffused with a shining aura. Some supernatural entities may also come, like angels, or religious figures to whom we are devotees and that assume an aspect adequate to our tradition: a Christian person can be received by Jesus or Mary, while a Hindu may probably see Krishna or Rama. According to the witnesses these entities are hearty, loving, even witty.

    The new reality looks attractive: we will look at our physical body as an object now foreign and unimportant, around which the doctors are often and uselessly running, while our pains will be vanished, replaced by feelings of joy and visions of a luxuriant nature. A very common experience is that of a tunnel that leads the soul to the world beyond.
    The dying persons, whose visions are considered, shared their experiences with those present, by telling them what was happening, or just by expressing their feelings, or talking to the arrived entities.

    One of the first reports on this matter tells of: "A puerpera, after delivering, was looking at a point of her room and said she was seeing some beautiful beings in a clear light, recognising among them her father and sister; the last one had died recently, but her passing had been concealed from her, because of her health conditions. Despite the nurse brought her the newborn baby, she was so attracted by her vision, to prefer to die and  committed her baby to her husband."
    Another tale of the Indian survey reports even a physical effect of the dying person's vision:
    "A tubercular patient, in his full conscious state, but about to die, uttered that he was seeing some angels coming down a staircase, that was really present in  his room; he also specified that a glass, that was standing on a step of the staircase had fallen and broken.; those present looked and saw the glass exploding, without an apparent reason. Shortly after that the patient breathed his last, with an expression of happiness".

    A report shows also the discrepancy between the dying person's ideas and the facts, to underline that there is no imagination or self suggestion in the happenings:
    "A catholic woman, affected by cancer in a terminal phase, had a vision of God and of her mother, who told her she would die shortly, on the first Friday of the month: a propitious day for the Catholics. Based on that, she asked to see the priest on the following morning, thinking that the next day would be the first Friday; instead, that recurrence happened one week later, when she actually died".

     Nor we can say that a dying person is influenced because he/she is tired of living:
    "A young men of twenty, convalescent and about to be discharged from hospital, said he saw somebody wrapped in white clothes and said  resolutely: <<I wont come with you>>, but died soon after."

    "A Muslim, who had undergone an operation to his hip and was about to leave the hospital, told his doctor he was feeling a pain to his chest and that he would die. the doctor reassured him, asking why he was thinking so. The patient reported he felt himself out of the world for a few seconds and that Jesus appeared to him, making gestures to go with Him. He happily died shortly after."

    In an interview with the known journalist and writer Paola Giovetti, dr. Osis underlined the fact that, according to logical expectation, a dying person should be scared by seeing some dead persons and also he should be grateful to the doctors who saved him. Nothing like that resulted from his investigation: meeting disembodied entities used to give the patients serenity and joy and they regretted with the physicians for being taken back to Earth!

    I like to relate some episodes reported by my cousin Mary, who volunteered to assist several terminal patients at a specialized hospice in Roma, Italy:

    "The first patient I assisted was a professor, a sweet person, with a traditional religiousness, devoid of any advanced information about passing and the "beyond". On the day of his death he was dozing, when suddenly he opened his eyes, took an enchanted attitude and said:<<How beautiful! How beautiful! I want to go there too>> . Then he got asleep again. On that evening, when he usually asked that a light be kept on, he told his wife: <<turn off the light, because I must go away from here, I must cross the tunnel and go towards the light>>"

    A lady, with whom I had established a deep relationship, one morning was sleeping, when I entered her room; I sat beside her and started talking mentally to her, trying to transmit her some positive thoughts.
    Then she opened her eyes and smiled to me, turned her head to the side opposite to mine, to introduce me to her husband, who had died several years before and whom evidently she could see near herself. I could not see him, but complied with her and pretended to say hello to him. She smiled and made as if she was rubbing her cheek on his."

    "I had my third experience with my own father, to whom I was specially bound. He was moribund by age, patient in a hospital. He was already in a comatose state and I was assisting him in turn with some other relatives. Also, he suddenly woke up for a few seconds, opened his eyes and said: <<There is Mario! There is Mario!>>; Mario was his brother in law, who had died a few years before and who was living in the same town, close to Roma and with whom my father had a special familiarity. Then he got asleep again. My sister came to replace me for the assistance; I would not like to go, because that episode made me imagine the imminent death, but my sister insisted that I should go to rest; so I reluctantly went away. As I reached home, I got a call with the news of my father's death. Later on I had the occasion to talk to a sensitive friend of mine, regretting to have missed the last moment. She reassured me, saying that the incident had been providential, since my strong emotional link with my father could have retained him, making his passing more difficult."

    I could imagine that in the dying persons, particularly if in a comatose state, may happen an initial detachment, or a situation of going back and forth of the soul from the body, with the consequent assumption of some properties of the soul when it is free from the body; therefore some use of the subtle senses can happen, without or beyond the functioning of the bodily senses. This could explain the relevant parapsychological manifestations, that are observed, like the vision of some disembodied entities, or of the world beyond and so on.

    An even more surprising phenomenon is related by Mr and Mrs Fenwick, in their book "The truth in the light":
    One Barbara was assisting her sister, who was dying of cancer and was frightened by the perspective of death. While keeping her hand, Barbara had the vision of the initial trip of her sister : she escorted her into the tunnel, when they reached its  end, bounded by a large window, her sister crossed it, entering into the light, consisting of a garden full with flowers, where some dead relatives were waiting for her. The soul was revolving with raised arms and was calling her sister, inviting her to come. Barbara answered she could not and felt herself sucked back into her body. She looked at her sister resting quietly, who stopped living a few hours later.



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NDE: DEATH IN THE "RESURRECTED" REPORTS







   Persons who recover their consciousness after a serious accident, a surgical operation, or a apparently deadly sickness are sometime bearers of memories of their state of coma or general anaesthesia. It was estimated that just in the USA over seven hundred people per day have such NDE (Near Death Experience). These experiences are more complete than "NDA" (Nearing Death Awareness), because they relate some phases of the dying process even more advanced; furthermore, they are the most probationary and impressive, obtainable on this matter, because the subjects come out of them transformed. The researchers who collected the tales inform us that the patients have some experience not identical, but manifesting many common points, such as:

Ascent to the Empyrean - picture by Hieronymus Bosh (1500)


    A consequence of this information is that the insistence to hope and pray, to get a dear one back from a coma would result as a selfish attachment of his survivors; it may extend the worldly experience of a person, who, instead, would prefer to take advantage of that happening to take a break into a much more happy condition.

    The oldest reports on this subject result to be those contained in the book "Annali dello spiritismo in Italia" (Annals of spiritism in Italy) of 1880. It relates that this kind of phenomenon has been known since long time. One reference dates back to 1791.
    George Ritchie was one of the first person to relate his own NDE experience in the booklet "Return from tomorrow"; it happened to him when he was twenty and "died" by pneumonia in a military hospital.

    The best known pioneer in this research: Raymond Moody was inspired to get into it by the story of the same George Ritchie. He relates that some persons who had some transcendental experiences acquired also some paranormal capabilities, like sensitivity, precognition and telepathy. He, like all researchers, found that the survivors have no longer fear of death, which they consider a passage to a much nicer life; one of them even said: <<it's a liberation from jail>>. Despite this, they accept to keep living for their time, understanding that this is their duty.

    Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, together with some other well known researchers in the field of NDE, as Raymond Moody, George Ritchie, Michael Sabom, Bruce Greyson and others, set up an international association devoted to these studies: the IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), which counts today members from every continent.
    Jeffrey and Jody Long are two other scholars, who founded NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation). This   foundation collects experiences from all over the world; it developed an  inquiry on 617 cases in the period 2004-2008, which pointed out the coherence of NDE experiences beyond any difference of nationality, race, religion. It has a website that lists and collects these experiences.

    Michael Sabom, an American cardiologist, who was a skeptic materialist, biased against Near Death Experiences, was compelled to change his mind, listening to the story of a patient. Starting from that he read the Moody's book "Life after life", that he found very interesting, but lacking statistical data, that could supply it with adequate scientific nature. So he decided to systematically deepen the subject, by a research organized with psychiatrist Sarah Kreutziger; he collected the relevant results in his book "Recollections of Death". It reports many data  and comments collected from one hundred and fifty patients (a number similar to that studied by Moody)  along a period of five years: from 1976 to 1981; he made  that  by the use of some detailed questionnaires, obtained mainly from patients struck by a cardiac infarct and remained unconscious for some minutes. Sabom found that, in 27% of the cases, the interviewed patients lived partially or totally the above mentioned experiences.
    Dr. Sabom underlines two main aspects of the NDE experience: the self vision, by which the patient sees his own body from the outside, while he gets helped by the doctors and the transcendental one, by which he has some visions of the Beyond, meets his relatives and some glorious Entities, seen light and a wonderful world. The self vision often extends to seeing some other rooms close or separate from the operation theatre. One patient, after her NDE, learned how to go out of her body at leisure.
  Dr. Sabom's patients (as those interviewed by other researchers) who had a transcendental experience, found it indescribable, hard to be related by comparison with any earthly elements; that environment is not recognized as anything known to the patient.
    Someone said that of the beyond is the "true life"; compared with it, the earthly one faints, or looks like a colourless dream. Referring to dreams, somebody underlined that his experience was completely different from a dream.
    One patient, revived after a coma due to an infarct, said: <<Why people are so scared of death? It's so beautiful!>>.
   There are people who abandoned their use to attend funerals or send condolences, considering those practices as a hypocrisy and a waste of time and insisting that at one's death we should celebrate. The same dead does not seem to appreciate much such formal ceremonies. I, during a mediums meeting, had the occasion to hear the leading mediums contact a friend of theirs, who had just died. She preferred to spend her time with us, who were concentrating on spiritual subjects, rather than follow her own funerals, that was happening at the same time.
    The only reason to regret or desire to come back into one's physical body looks to be the thought, the sadness or the despair of those left back; this is sometimes decisive for coming back from that wonderful world.
   These experiences may include some moments of darkness, loneliness or fear, but they are considered as marginal happenings, soon overcome by a very positive situation.
    Dr. Sabom wanted also to verify whether the reduction of death's fear (that he found in revived patients) was due to their transcendental experience, or just to their relief for having been saved. Therefore, he wanted to compare the sense of fear of death in patients who had an NDE versus those who were reanimated, but had no experience.  The result was that in the last group no psychological improvement happened. A similar comparison was done also about a better attitude towards the Beyond, with the same results.

    Another outcome of these studies concerns the medical staff, that should behave with respect towards patients in coma, like they were alert, because they are really alive in their astral body. Doctors and nurses should realize and be trained on these facts and no longer dismiss the reports of the revived patients, like if they were psychiatric events.

     A survey by George Gallup of 1982 estimated that, just in the USA, about eight million adults (4% of the population) had an NDE.
     There are several VIPs who declared they had an NDE, such as King Hussein of Jordan, king Paul of Greece, actors Sharon Stone and Walter Chiari, singer Charles Aznavur, and many others.

    The already cited Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote that it is no longer a matter of "belief", but of "knowledge" about what happens after death and lists three stages following death:

    First: the physical body is still working; it's like a cocoon about to dissolve. Then it stops operating and lies down like a worn-out coat, freeing the soul.

   Second: the soul, like a butterfly, gets free from its cocoon, now useless, and regains her full faculties; by her subtle senses she can see and hear what is happening around her old body, even in case of people born blind or deaf-mute; the subject can feel also the thoughts of those present, particularly of the doctors and nurses, who are trying to revive his body.
The soul can move freely and instantly, possibly visiting some dear persons and has a complete and perfect body, even if her physical counterpart was impaired or mutilated; she feels very well, astonished  to see the restless medical staff trying to reanimate her body. This confirms what is now acquired even by the official science, according to which it is useful to stay by patients in coma and speak or transmit them love, since they are often capable to take advantage of it.
Nobody dies alone. The dying person may meet some dear ones, who died before and angels or spiritual Guides, come to receive and guide him. The passage to the new environment happens often through a tunnel, but also a bridge, a gate or the like. The entrance through a gate reminds us of the traditional idea of the "Gate of Heaven"; who knows if that tradition comes out of some ancient NDE ?
In the beyond one can see some flowery meadows of extraordinary beauty and shining colours; according to somebody, a single blade of grass is made of many bright and live points. One sees a bright white, but not dazzling, light without shadows and Peace with unconditional Love is perceived: a love unparalleled on Earth.
After such an experience the subject would not like to come back to his physical body; he feels he had come back home and understands that the earthly life is a school, a test, a challenge, where the most important thing to learn is Love.

    Third:  in that most beautiful and attractive environment, one reviews very quickly his elapsed life: every gesture and thought; he realizes what he did right and wrong. One sees the consequences of them on others and on himself and judges himself.

    Also Kubler-Ross - who, before starting her studies, did not believe in a life after death, but became very spiritual, based on the experiences she met - maintains that who had an NDE does no longer fear death.
    It is worth noting that the visions and experiences, lived in various forms and circumstances, described in this book, were not reported by saints, or some particularly spiritual persons, who would get these results after a life of fervent contemplation , but regard very normal people, often devoid of piousness, or even atheists.

    Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino wrote a summary classification on the subject, in one of her books, in Italian. According to her research, an NDE can happen also after a shock, without physical damages to the subject, but who gave the impression to be about to die.

    Kenneth Ring, a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut and co-founder of IANDS, has been another world leader in the NDE research, even for blind subjects. He wrote several books about his researches, confirming all information and conclusions of other scholars, independently of their nationality, on subjects of  every origin, faith and culture. From his book "Life at death", I mention the report of a woman, who committed suicide, but was saved; she had the choice to come back to life or stay in the beyond, with the perspective to reincarnate and find herself in the same conditions, to face the same problems she had tried to run away from.
    Ring in another book of his, written with Elsaesser-Valarino: "Lessons from the light", underlines the teachings derived from NDEs and how the subjects can come out transformed and more wise.

    The Dutch scholar Pim Van Lommel (another skeptic cardiologist, who successively changed his mind) cited the case of of a patient who, in his astral consciousness, could see even the circumstances of his future life.
He agrees on the fact that what we consider important in our self judgement in the beyond are mainly our intentions, rather than the material acts. As a consequence of these observations not only his patients changed their lives, but also Van Lommel himself.
    Even famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung had an NDE, described in his book "Memories, dreams, reflections" :
after an infarct, he saw himself raise to an extraterrestrial space, up to a height, that he esteemed at about 1500 kilometers. Beside himself, he saw a temple, excavated from a meteorite; beside the temple entrance there was a white robed man, sat in the position of lotus. He had the feeling that his earthly interests were fading away. He was sure he was about to enter a lighted room, wherein he would meet his dear ones. From below, though,  his doctor reached him and  insisted that he come back to Earth and his vision ended.
    Jung was very disappointed from his return to the flesh; his life seemed to him like a jail; he felt rebellion against the doctor who had "saved" him, but got upset for him, because their meeting in his vision made him feel that the doctor would soon die. In fact, Jung recovered, while the doctor got suddenly sick and died.

    Don Piper is a baptist pastor; he lives in Texas. In 1989 - when he was 38 - attended a convention of his church; on his way back home, his car collided with a big lorry, on a narrow bridge and he lost his consciousness of the earthly environment. He found himself in view of a big beautiful gate; many dead friends and relatives came to meet him, among whom his grandfather and two friends of his, who had died prematurely. They were happy and smiling: they welcomed him, embracing him and  praising God. Don was feeling more alive and happy than he had ever been in all his earthly experience; he was no longer thinking of things and people he had left back; wherever he could look, he saw persons he loved and who loved him; they appeared in their aspect he remembered, but more beautiful and shining. A grand grandmother of his, whom he remembered bent, wrinkled and toothless, was now straight, had a smooth face and a beautiful smile.
    At a certain moment he saw a light brighter than the others, which was becoming more and more intense. He started hearing a music, of which he could not understand the origin; it was like it was generated partly by some invisible angel wings and partly by multiple choirs praising God; they were superimposed, but well distinguishable; it's a music that sometimes comes back to his earthly memory. He saw also some incredible colours and was feeling at home, perfectly happy.
    Then all of them directed towards the gate, that Don thought as the "paradise gate", from which all sounds and lights seemed to come.
That gate was huge, integrated into a wall that extended as far as he could see, on both sides. Beyond it there was a city paved in gold.
    Suddenly Don found himself in his body mangled after the accident; the lorry had climbed his car with its front wheels, crushing it. His legs and left arm had multiple fractures; a piece of his left femur, about twelve centimetres long, was never found; probably fallen into the river under the bridge. Don had been examined and declared died instantly. His body was so embedded into his car that nobody tried to extract it for several hours, giving precedence to some other emergencies. Police had blocked all traffic and a long line of vehicles had formed.
    Dick Onerecker, another baptist pastor, who also had attended the convention, was in a car in the line; he came out to ask for information and got close to Don's car, asking to pray for him, although he did not know him, following some inner inspiration. A policeman tried to dissuade him, insisting that there was nothing more to do, but Dick succeeded to overcome: he sat on the back seat of the car, put a hand on the "dead man's" shoulder and started praying and singing hymns. Suddenly Don started singing with Dick, who shoot out of the car calling rescue and saying the man was still alive!
    He had a hard time getting himself listened to, but then everybody participated in the rescue; they called for a special machinery, provided with a hydraulic piston to unwrap the car. It arrived after more than one hour. Meanwhile, Don was not feeling any pain, even during his extraction from the car, that should not have been easy; pains started during his trip inside the ambulance, with increasing intensity, despite various morphine injections. He was then moved from a local hospital to a larger one in Houston, where he got operated thirty four times!
    Don stayed motionless in the hospital for four months and got pneumonia too, due to immobility; for thirteen months was unable to turn on his side. Many were praying for him, but Don was regretting his heaven, for both the beauty he experienced and the desperately painful condition of his body; the others were praying and encouraging him to live, but he would have rather died.
    For one more year, Don did not dare mention his experience of the Beyond, both because he considered it too holy and for fear to be considered mad. Then he started talking with his best friend David, who encouraged him to share it with somebody else. So he did and everybody was interested and enthusiasts. At last, Don accepted to share his experience as a selfish mission, to be of hope and consolation to others. He was asked to participate to some conferences and TV transmissions. He recorded audio tapes with his story: Finally, he described it in a small book: "90  minutes in heaven": from it, I like to cite a sentence pronounced by a woman, who met him: <<I needed to know about heaven from somebody who had been there>>.
The interested and positive reactions of so many people consoled and convinced Don of the usefulness of his coming back in his body, to report what he had experienced.  Now he no longer fears death: there is nothing to fear, just joy.

    Several books on Sai Baba and on death report the case of Walter Cowan, an American trader and devotee of Sai Baba. He was in India, in Madras, when he got a diabetic crisis and was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. After some time Sai Baba went to visit and revived him.
    Cowan reported he had been in a state of great bliss, received in his astral body by Sai Baba Himself, who led him into a large hall. There was a court of justice, with a very kind judge, who examined the written records of his former lives back to thousands years. At the end Sai Baba said that Walter had still to finish some jobs. The judge agreed that he go back in his body. Walter reluctantly left that state, thinking that returning into his body was like falling back into a cesspool. John Hislop, another Baba devotee and famous writer, who heard the Cowan report, asked Sai Baba for a confirmation; Baba told him that it was a real experience.

    Betty Eadie, an American, daughter of a Sioux woman and an Irish man, in 1973, during an operation of hysterectomy, had a personal experience of apparent death, lasting some hours, from which she recovered. That experience was very rich and detailed and she reported it in her book "Embraced by the light", which is one of the most beautiful first hand reports about the dying process and the life beyond; it includes all the phases described by others, from the observation of one's own body and of the doctors taking care of it, to the meeting with some welcoming entities, with whom she spoke telepathically. Her out of the body experience extended to visiting her home and family; she was consoled by seeing that they were autonomous enough and that she could serenely leave them. She also saw the tunnel passage, a roaring noise, the vision of a Being of light, identified as Jesus, Who spoke to her and embraced her in a sublime fusion.. Then her experience  extended to the review of her earthly life, as a series of fast holograms, to self-evaluate her behaviour. She reported many more details, some of which not reported by other patients.

    Of course, this, like all reports of other experiences, must be handled carefully, both because each one of us may interpret his experiences from a subjective viewpoint, and  because - as the same subjects explain - life and events of the Beyond are very much influenced or even created by the subject himself and therefore can be different between subjects.
    Despite this, we can find a very high, even surprising, agreement among the reports of so many different subjects.

    Eadie's reports agree with those of others and have the following characteristics:
Her descriptions of the natural environment, as perceived by the author, like gardens, mountains, rivers and particularly flowers are extremely fantastic. She confirms that, in the astral world, the objects are not seen thanks to the reflection of any external light, like the sun, but they shine with their own light; every molecule looks to have some intelligence and energy of its own. However, there exist - beyond the natural habitat - also many very beautiful buildings. The earthly world looks like a negative image of the coloured astral one. Eadie had even the experience of "melting" herself with a rose, it is so intensely described to make us think of an experience of "unity consciousness": the feeling of being one with everything, the experience of non-duality as taught by all spiritual masters.

    There is a confirmation of the fact that, in accidents, the soul leaves the body before it can feel pain. This fact - that adds serenity to the death event - seems very important, because it is one of the main fears of many people.
    One Dr. Heim, a Swiss geologist, who precipitated from a mountain, published a study in 1982, about the NDE of some mountaineers fell down from some rocks. That study, which collects his researches of more than twenty five years, highlights the fact that they did not feel fear nor pains, during and at the end of their fall; during it, they even had some of the phenomena that other people had after their apparent death. Therefore the fall, or the trauma impresses the possible  spectators, but hardly the protagonists.

    Also the purpose of the earthly incarnation gets confirmed as an experience that we selected for our evolution, sometimes including deliberately some unfavourable conditions like handicap, sickness, poverty or abuse. While choosing our next life, our Guides propose several alternatives of lives to choose from, showing us a preview of their main scenes.

    Betty Eadie reports also she visited some other galaxies, other worlds and to have met some other beings who live there.

    From that experience Betty derived non just much information about death and life in the Beyond, but she also intuitively learned much about life in general, its laws, the origin of diseases, about the usefulness of all religions (that must converge towards Love: the foundation of all creation), forgiveness, the power of sincere prayer, and so on.
    Betty would have remained in the astral world, but, based on the suggestions of her  Masters and Jesus, accepted to go back into her body, for some unexplained mission.  She discovered  afterwards that such a mission should be to adopt a small girl refused by everybody. When Betty came back into her body, the impression of heaviness she had and the longing for her long and wonderful experience in the Beyond were such that she got a deep depression, from which she could recover only thanks to the love of her relatives. This is probably one of the reasons why we do not remember our life in heaven: otherwise we would live on Earth sadly, like in exile: a condition that is mentioned in the catholic prayer "Hail Holy Queen".

    Dannion Brinkley is another important American writer, who seems a subscriber to these experiences, because he had an NDE for well three times; he reported on the first two in his remarkable book "Saved by the light". The first time, in 1975, he was "killed" by lightning while he was on the phone. The second time, he had a cardiac crisis and, while the doctors and his relatives were assisting him with great apprehension, he kept calming them down, saying he would be happy to die, to pass into a better environment; he even refused the operation, until his friend Raymond convinced him to allow that.
  At both events he met a Being of light,  in a city made out of crystal; He was instructing him about the activity he should perform, that consisted exactly in alleviating fear of death in dying people, by admission to a serene ambient, refusing therapeutic obstinacy, assistance to disoriented and distressed relatives, physical therapies, bio-feedback, use of colours and music. Dannion committed himself to this, helping Raymond Moody: the well known scholar on NDE.
In 1997, Dannion had some forehead neuromas, which caused him his third NDE. Anyway, he, after his first NDE, was keeping seeing the Beyond and the Being of light in his dreams.
    Like and more than many others, Dannion experienced some paranormal faculties, already after his first NDE, perceiving spontaneously other people's thoughts.
    From his interesting book I can synthesize some main points: Dannion had not been a saint, on the contrary, he spent his youth in wickedness, acting as a tough guy, beating many people without a reason; then he took part in the Vietnam war, killing without a scruple many Vietnamese, often unarmed civil  people; finally he was employed in the secret services in Latin America, providing weapons that would kill many persons. Nevertheless, he was received in the Beyond without a reproach, but with consolation and - by reliving his life and identifying himself with his victims - he realised his mistakes, suffered for them, repented and devoted himself to the mission assigned to him. The Being of light confided him that we humans are heroes, who must have a high self consideration for the commitment we took by incarnating.
    During his NDE twelve more beings presented him with some "boxes", that were a kind of displays, through which he could see 117 future events, of worldly interest. Some of them, like the Cernobyl disaster, the fall of the Soviet empire, the Gulf war happened later, some others did not and he was explained that the events may change, by the human commitment, as many Masters teach.
    Paul Perry, who cooperated to Dannion's book, reports the experience of a researcher, who interviewed a bishop of the Vatican curia; the bishop had an NDE too and talked about it with pope John Paul II, demonstrating him that, in such a state,  he could - among other things - travel around, without his physical body and saw the pope in his walk-in closet, reporting how He was dressed.

    Stefan Von  Jankovich: a Hungarian architect, emigrated to Switzerland, is probably the person who was mostly impressed and marked by an NDE. His life changed completely after a serious car crash, that sent him into a state of apparent death for five to six minutes in 1964. Since then - contrary to most "resurrected", who are unwilling to report their experience, for fear to be taken for a mad - he committed himself to enthusiastically communicate his experience to everybody, by conferences, articles and his book "The story of my death - the most beautiful experience of my life". The declared purpose of his book is:
  1. letting the reader think
  2. giving a transformation example
  3. offering data to be compared with similar experiences
    Stefan was a technician, who used to take care only of material facts; he was not used to pray, nor to be interested in philosophy, or spiritual theories. He recorded his experience in audio, soon after his awakening, although he had to stay in the hospital for some months.
    His death had three phases:
  1. awareness to be dead, a sense of lightness, perception of wonderful sounds and colours, peace and divine light.
  2. observation of his own helpless body, seen from above; vision of the doctors' efforts to revive him on the spot, including the perception of their thoughts; his attempt to inform them he was alive. Then his decision to go away towards the light, which he defined as a "divine pulsating sun". He was feeling pervaded by a vibrational energy and surrounded by some loving Beings. He was impressed by the beauty of his flight (so much that, after recovering, he wanted to learn driving airplanes)
  3. vision of some multidimensional analyses of his life backwards, which he called "the film of my life".
    By examining it, he evaluated every action and thought by himself, without anybody to judge him; he rejoiced for his successful challenges and repented for his mistakes, that he could recognise and did not classify as "sins" nor as an offence to God, but just a brake to his own evolution, like an error made by a student in his school work; the result was: repent and a sense of forgiveness, afterwards those errors vanished. Those considerations did not follow the traditional morals, but just the law of Love.
    Jankovich regards this film as the highest school. Positive actions are those in harmony with selfless love, even if contrary to the usual morals. Those to be corrected are the egoistic ones (even if they were passed off as altruistic), those that interfere with somebody else life (even if  declared "for their sake") and also the forced "good works", if they abuse us, being unnatural, not in harmony with our real state of evolution. Even asceticism is not advisable if it implies an effort.
    These last consideration makes me remember a couple of teachings by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the teacher of Transcendental Meditation") and which are also at the basis of Taoism and other teachings:
    "Effortlessly": doing everything without effort, without going against your natural ability
    "Do not resist anything": don't try to make things work as your ego would like,
    "let it be"
: let  life flow and accept all situations that come in front of you, without resisting or refusing them. "Resistance creates suffering" spells another known teaching. It is not some external happening or person, that makes us suffer, but our own resistance refusal of it.
    Jesus gave us a similar teaching, when He said: "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also" and "Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two" [Mat 5:40].

    After those visions Jankovich found himself watching the accident scene and a man who was reviving him, by making an injection in his chest. This compelled him to re-enter his own body very painfully so that he fainted.
    When he awoke in the hospital, he remembered and thought about his touching experience, he recorded all his memories, for fear of forgetting them and made a series of considerations:
    Avoid therapeutic obstinacy, that can recover somebody to a purely vegetative life: better let him go.
    Not the dead are not to be pitied, but, in case, the survivors.
    Paradise, purgatory and hell are states of consciousness; purgatory is similar to the earthly state.
    Reincarnation is an essential concept and he had the feeling of having lived many lives.
    We must say "yes" to life and death. On Earth there is no happiness, but we should accept everything, we have the energy to overcome every challenge.
    Wealth and glory are inessential, on the contrary, they can limit our evolution, which is the real purpose of life, by overcoming our tests and developing love.

    One more writer reports on her experience; she is American Betty Bethards, who, following her near-death, matured to such a point to become a seer, mystic, healer, meditation teacher and founder of the "Inner Light Foundation": a non-profit organization for the diffusion of this information and for spiritual training.
    In a book of hers: "There is no death" she reports that she had pneumonia, with high fever and found herself separated from her sick body, floating at about sixty centimetres above it and she was not wanting to re-enter it. She heard a voice saying that such was the death, if she accepted it. She had a body and dress equal to her usual. She was not afraid, but was feeling a great peace: She realized that, by dying, one changes just one's vibrational status and keeps living and learning.
    Then she saw her children, particularly the last one, just 18 months old, and realized that he needed her; therefore she decided to come back to Earth. The voice told her that, to keep living, she should take antibiotics.

    Bethards maintains that who dies of a slow disease, may have selected (without remembering so) to learn how to receive someone else's attention and allow some other persons to donate. It should not be any self-punishment, but a growth process for both parts.
    According to her, in the Beyond there is often a party for receiving and training newcomers on life in the Astral world. For six weeks, the dead would remain beside his loved survivors. She also explains that the passed ones do not become omniscient  for the simple fact of their passage, but receive just the information they are ready to get.  They can see the behaviour of incarnated people and learn from them.
    The religion followed, or the sacraments received have very little weight; on the contrary, who thought or worse, imposed some wrong, or sectary  dogma, may have to pay for the consequences; what counts is what one matured within himself, especially in terms of love. Love manifests as a communion of souls, a contact of auras, a wrapping together in a sublime embrace; there is no need of any sexual organs and mating. Such a Love can be exchanged with everybody, not just between married partners, who meet and select to stay together.
    Betty Bethards commented:
"After my first experience of death, I lost any fear of dying. I realized that life and death are part of a continuum."
" Dying is easy, living is tough"
" One cannot understand well the sense of life, without understanding the meaning of death"

    Another "returned" from an NDE, in 2008, is Eben Alexander, a rationalist surgeon. He was struck with a rare sickness that kept him in coma for a week. After his recovery, he wrote the book: "Proof of  Heaven", which is rather verbose, but rich of many detailed and fascinating descriptions of the astral environment. I like to underline that Alexander felt unconditional Love, protection, absence of any external judgement. He is perhaps the only one who identified the Divine Entity and name with the sound of OM.

    Writer Federica Orlando, in her work "Il libro degli Angeli", collects many NDE experiences, among whom I summarize the following:
    Ann had the vision of the "Beyond" during an NDE that she had during a dramatic delivery. A great force pulled her up directing her at very high speed towards a most beautiful light. She was very well and would like to stay there forever. Instantly a Being reached her side and touched her hand, transmitting her a shiver she never felt before. They communicated telepathically and the Being let her know that her baby would have lived only four days and He would receive her. Ann was reassured and would have stayed herself in that environment, but it was not yet the time for her to die; so she was revived. Her baby actually died on the fourth day of cerebral hemorrhage. That experience helped Ann facing the death of her baby and that of some other relatives of hers.

    Krystel was seven when she was about to drown; in that situation she saw a black tunnel, which filled up with light. A woman, who introduced herself as Elizabeth, received her and she saw a most beautiful place, full of flowers and met some dear departed persons; some of them were about to reincarnate. Elizabeth asked Krystel if she wanted to go back to her mother; she said she would and got awake.

    Young Marie, committed suicide for love, but was saved and could report that she met - beyond the usual tunnel - some Entities, who showed her their wrists, to mean they did the same as she. A voice advised her that such was not a solution, but would leave everything as before, or worse.

    These and other reports of DBV or NDE, remind much some "peak experiences", or momentary illuminations, such as those described by the Canadian doctor Richard Bucke, who, in his book "Cosmic Consciousness" examined and summarized his own experience and that of many eminent historical persons. Bucke characterizes them according to the following main properties:

    Psychological studies do not offer many details about the continuation of life in the Beyond: a vacation from the earthly commitments. According to somebody, it happens on various existential or consciousness planes, depending on the evolutionary level of the subject. He finds himself in the company of entities with similar development level; somebody maintains that there are primary and secondary groups of entities.
    Also, people who appeared spiritually scarcely developed - like a woman whom many considered unpleasant and mean - see the astral world as wonderful.
    Except in case of earthly behaviours, particularly negative and selfish, of a total rejection of love, the astral environment is characterized by an atmosphere of love well above the earthly one; this may be due to the absence of material needs and stimulations, such as hunger, cold weather, sickness, pains, responsibilities, and so on; they make us fold ourselves on us, stimulating our selfishness and fear, keeping us away from love. The vast literature, that reports the many studies on this subject, informs us that  the experience of the astral world is positive. Uncommon exceptions are those of people who commit some heavy and reiterated abuses, like robbers, killers, unscrupulous businessmen, or some inveterate drug or alcohol-addicted. They saw: darkness, loneliness, the attempt of some hands that tried to draw them down, until they decided to ask for help and resolved to change themselves; at that point they too saw the light. These experiences were substantially positive for them, since - once recovered - they got induced to correct themselves.

    In the astral world nobody judges, condemns nor punishes us; the subject founds himself in an environment of immense and unconditioned love; he relives, like in a bird's flight and with great intensity, his just finished life, feeling the consequences of his own acts and identifying himself with the others; he compares himself with that divine love, he realizes his own limitations and imperfections, he repents and is induced by the law of karma to decide, with the help, or the push of some higher entity, to reincarnate in the way and situation suitable to let him experience and improve his defects.
    The parable of the prodigal son looks suitable to represent this situation: The son decided to have his experiences, painful as they may be and at last, comparing his situation with that which was his own by birth, went back home, to his father, who was always waiting for him with open arms. Furthermore, we may note that his brother, who never left home, could be compared not to a righteous man, but to angels, who always stay with God, but have no experience of incarnation (and therefore many theologians consider them less than an enlightened man).
    Also the initial tale in the Genesis about Adam and Eve, is interpreted by somebody as a metaphor of incarnation: the two represent the human being, who gets attracted by matter (Earth, symbolized by the forbidden apple) and wants to experience it, even by running some risks, as warned by God.

    To conclude on NDEs, let me report some sentences or summarized tales of people, who were revived after a period of apparent death or coma:

"I felt detached from my body and rising towards the ceiling. From there, I could see my body, lying on the operation table. Then I felt wrapped by a wonderful music and a great light, not irritating, even fascinating. I was no longer interested in earthly life."

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"I found myself in front of a mountain, which was covered with wonderful flowers, then I saw a great light, approaching and warming me. Some people were coming towards me : they were some dead friends; I was not scared, just curious."

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"I am no longer afraid to die, because I know where I will go: I was already there! Now I try to act in the best way I can; I don't judge anybody"

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"Two persons, dressed in white, came to receive me and took me to a third man, provided with a big book. He said that he was taken the wrong person and sent me back. I would rather stay there, because it was a wonderful place. After recovering my usual consciousness, I learned that another patient, with my same name, had died"

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"He saw a tunnel that she had to pass through, at the end of it she was received by her dear granny and saw a most beautiful lawn with wonderfully coloured flowers. She was though recovered to life and felt sucked back, far from her granny. Back to her incarnate state and feeling the heaviness of her physical body, after so much lightness and beauty, she felt very much disappointed and depressed and took long time to accept her situation."

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"A cardiopath woman, while sleeping, woke up and felt suffocating; then her problem disappeared and she felt well, light, but saw her body below herself, motionless, in a clear light, although the ambient was dark; conscious to have died, she proceeded along a dark tunnel. Forgetful of the earthly life, she advanced very happily. She saw her father and a bright , yet not  dazzling
light. She examined her conscience  and noted some weakness in her, about love. Her father reminded her about her commitment for assistance to her mother and her family and asked her to go back to Earth. She saw Jesus and felt herself pushed back towards her body, in which she entered unwillingly. That experience removed from her any fear of death, that  appeared to her much more attractive than earthly life.

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"During a coma, he found himself in front of a tunnel; a most
beautiful man, dressed in blue, encouraged him to cross
 it; at its exit he saw a wonderful world, white, under a bright
blue sky, without any sun nor clouds. There were many flowers and beautifully coloured plants. A great orchestra was playing a marvelous music. Among the listeners there was his sister,  his mother, his father, in different places, where he went by just an act of his mind. Then he got revived."

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"A friend of Paola Giovetti reported her his coma experience: he was in his bed with flue and started worsening, while his mental faculties were expanding; he started seeing a wide blue-gold brightness and a very sweet music, with great joy; his physical pains disappeared and he understood he was dying, without any fear, or regret. The thought of his dear ones  retained him and took him back to life."

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"In an American hospital, a patient came to first aid, for some strong aches at his chest; then he had a cardiac attack. He was saved by some suitable intervention.  After recovering, he reported  he had the experience of crossing a tunnel  at high speed , arriving into a  wonderful and bright place, where he saw some glimpses of his past life.

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"In another USA hospital, a girl was pronounced death for a serious infection. Then she came back to life and reported she had had a sweet passage towards a most beautiful hill, under a blue and bright sky, but without any sun.  She felt she was escorted by a white dressed angel, who was familiar to her. They were communicating telepathically and could move instantaneously. Then the angel opened a door and she met a wrapping and loving light, that  she identified as Jesus.  The angel asked her  whether she wished to stay there and she desired intensely so, but she remembered of her father and felt she had to go back to him."

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"An interesting tale was reported to a cardiologist
by an atheist man, who fell in a coma during the replacement of his pace -maker: he felt himself grasped from his back by an angel who carried him flying at high speed. He was taken to a wonderful city, pervaded by a splendid light and some beautiful trees. There he met his passed relatives, but, while he was trying to embrace them, the angel took him by his waist and carried him back to the hospital, where he got revived. After such an experience he could no longer be an atheist."

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"A seven year old girl had nearly drowned in a swimming pool and got revived in a hospital of the Washington State, where she remained in coma for three days. After that happening, she reported her experience:
She found herself in a dark tunnel; a tall, blonde woman appeared to her; her name was Elizabeth, she took her through the tunnel, into the sky, where everything was beautiful, full of light and flowers. There she met many dead relatives and, at last, God and Jesus. She was asked whether she would have liked to return to Earth. She answered no; but Elizabeth asked her if she wanted to see her mother again and then she said yes and recovered from coma."

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"An eleven year old boy was knocked down by a car; he found himself above the crash, watching his body and the helpers, but feeling fine. Then he saw a tunnel, with a light at its end and two persons helping him. Getting out of the tunnel he recognised many dead relatives of his; in a divine light he was feeling a great love. He would never come away from there, but was told telepathically that he had to go back to his family. After that experience the boy was no longer afraid of dying and had learned that the most important thing in life is Love."

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"Mr Janvier - an engineer - was a victim of a car accident and fainted. He thought he was awakened inside a dark tunnel, with elastic walls; in front of him, he saw a spot of light, towards which he proceeded. He ended up into a marvelous natural environment, with vegetation, trees loaded with fruits, warm air. At a distance he saw a wonderful city, with golden houses and silvery skyscrapers. He was on an island and close to a lake. A fountain was pouring water, producing a melody. He heard a being calling him; he was dressed in a robe, surrounded with a bright aura and welcomed him back: that was his home, which he was leaving periodically to improve himself . Janvier, with the aid and suggestions of the being he met, understood that in his present incarnation he had not yet completed his task for fear and that he should have reincarnated again to outdo his tests. He asked to be revived to try and finish up his work and so was allowed: to give him some strength, the being let him drink some water from the fountain, which gave him energy and the doctors succeeded in reviving him."

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"The experiences of children are the most touching and convincing. One of them was reported by the father: Tom Burpo, a protestant minister from a Nebraska town. His son, who was nearly four years old, had been in coma for three minutes, during an operation for a perforated appendix. During that coma, he saw the doctors operating him, his father praying for him and had been in "Paradise" with Jesus, reporting, by his words and gestures, some details that nobody had taught him, such as Jesus' attire and wounds, His meeting with His cousin (John the baptist) and with his little sister never born, about whom he had never heard.
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"One of the most extraordinary reports comes from an American child, who had been in coma at the age of just nine months, for a cardio-respiratory problem. When he became able to speak, he spontaneously said to his father that he had died : he had seen darkness and then a great light and started running happily, without feeling any pain. He had talked by his head, not by mouth (i.e.: telepathically) with a man and he would have stayed there."

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    Elizabeth Kubler-Ross reports - among many others - two emblematic cases: 

"A young girl told her father that, in her coma, she was so at ease,  in  an  atmosphere of love and light, that she would have not come back; she said to have been received by her "brother", although she had no brother. Her father, moved, revealed then that, in fact , she had one, who died before she had been born and about whom nobody had never told her!"

"A native American woman had been knocked down and rescued by a passing motorist. She - knowing she was dying - asked her rescuer to tell her mother that she was alright and had reached her father; then she breathed her last. The rescuer, moved, drove for 700 miles, to reach the Indian reservation, where her mother lived, to give her the message. There he learned that the woman's father had died one hour before his daughter!"

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    Dr. Heim (Switzerland) described, as follows, his own fall and his experience, also with the aid of his research among some injured people:

"I can affirm that subjectively is much more painful watching somebody falling down a precipice than experiencing the fall personally. .... my personal accident was impressed in my memory as something pleasant ... death by fall is subjectively a nice one. It happens in full consciousness, without any sickness,  fear  or pain. ...  Who fell from a mountain and died  saw - like I did -  in his last moments  his transfigured past. He thought of his dear ones with love, heard a celestial music, felt a sense of peace and serenity, flew through a blue and pink sky, sweetly, blissfully. ..."


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"Vicki was born blind; married, at the age of 22 she had a serious car accident and found herself near a ceiling, watching her operation room. She saw her own body for her first time and recognised it by her long hair and her wedding ring, of unique workmanship. The doctors were operating on her head, from which they had cut part of her hair. She went out through the roof of the hospital and saw the buildings and the lights of the city. Then she got pushed inside a tube towards a light, reaching a bright and flowered meadow; there were two children: two schoolmates of hers, who had died some years before and some other dear ones.
Then a bright figure came, whom she intuitively recognized as Jesus; in His presence, she reviewed her elapsed life and was told that she had to go back to Earth, for her children (whom she had not yet, but happily understood that she would have some; in fact she had three of them). At last she found herself back in her body,  with all  its weight, pain and blindness. It is interesting to note that Vicki, in her dreams, had no visual perceptions, but only  auditive,  tactile  and gustatory; therefore her NDE was totally different from a dream."

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    A piece of information, that has a special philosophical impact, comes from another report, by Kennet Ring:

"His friend Jayne, who had an NDE, reported, among other things, to have understood that everything which happens is perfect as it is, including those events that we look as disastrous misfortunes, like  pestilences, earthquakes and wars:  everything has its providential function."

    This concept couples with the conclusions of my former book (available only in Italian) "Reincarnando s'impara", derived from  different information, but converging into the same direction: the world is perfect!

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    On October 2014 a scientific study was published by the University of Southampton, made on two thousand patients struck by cardiac arrest, in fifteen hospitals in USA, UK and Austria. It confirmed the soul survival after apparent death and the kind of felt feelings. The news was reported by many newspapers, all over the world.

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    Most "revived" persons wrote or reported their experiences about visiting the astral world, based on a personal inspiration; there is also somebody who did so after an explicit request from "above". He is a Mexican man: Sergio Gonzales De La Garza, who, on November 9 1991, had a long NDE, after a heart attack. His spiritual guide, whom he calls "man of light", led him through the various planes of the astral world, up to the mental plane (which is above the astral one), by a trip of about seven hours, that has some similarity with the Divine Comedy.
    In a most interesting book Sergio reports his experience and his talks with his guide, who explained him many things about the organization of the Beyond and its laws. The book confirms what was experienced and learned by many other "occasional explorers" mentioned above. I like to note the following:
    The lowest plane in the earthly Beyond is the Astral one, which is divided into seven major levels. The first two constitute the "purgatory",  that he calls "dark valley", "night" or "cave of the soul" (Hell, meant as an eternal punishment does not exist: everybody - sooner or later - gets salvation). At this level someone passes just for some short instants; someone else, who committed some serious faults, gets retained  for a variable time, but not over two terrestrial years, after which he climbs to an upper level. All the upper levels are beautiful, as described elsewhere, with increasing marvels, as one ascends: perfumes, colours, melodies.
    At the third level one reviews his own life and judges himself; what is important is the way and the reason of one's actions, not the action itself.
    From the upper levels of the Astral world, one would gradually pass to higher and higher worlds: the "Mental", "Causal" states and beyond; otherwise one reincarnates, to learn what one considers necessary to complete his experience and mend his ways. In fact one cannot climb up, unless he is more and more purified, since each level corresponds to a more refined and sensitive consciousness.
    Earthly attachments restrain the ascent. Grudges and revenge sentiments make us stay attached to Earth and are useless, since justice gets applied by Life itself.
    Nothing is casual, all is causal.
    The survivors should not despair, because otherwise they retain  their beloved dead from their ascent. One should not dress in black, because black attracts negativity. One should watch over the dead for at least nine hours, keeping some candles on.
    Love is light and is opposed to fear, which takes to darkness. Sense of guilt must be banned, since they hinder the ascent: the past mistakes were necessary for experience. Alcohol and drugs harm evolution, besides health.
    In the Universe there are 3742 planets with a life similar to the human one.

    


   
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DEATH IN REGRESSIONS




    People who underwent a regression and during it experienced their passage from an incarnation to death, report that:



    The regression reports describe the following main phases and are independent from sex, culture and religious belief of the subjects; they are not always and all present in the reports:

    The discovery of the death benignity can reassure, relieve and allow us to face it with serenity and even comfort. This, however , should not deceive us that suicide may be a solution to our problems, in case of a particularly dramatic life. In fact, we incarnated to learn and, to do so, we also planned some very challenging situations (that we forgot) which we have to face and overcome.
    Suicide, as maintained by many researchers, often implies a quick reincarnation in conditions similar to those we tried to escape from. Therefore, it is not a solution.

    I like to report in the following some passages from experiences, related during some regressions, by subjects whom I know. From them one can notice some example of the vision of the physical body as separate from the observer at the moment of death; this is often done with serenity and detachment, disturbed only by the attachment of the survivors. Pain associated to death is always due to the way one gets to it and to the fear, not to death itself.

    "She saw her dead body, covered with some white flowers, on a raft drifting at sea; she felt a sense of pain for her left creature: then waters embraced her and she found herself within a white light; it was like if she was following from above the raft abandoned to the sea."

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    "She perceived herself like a young girl of about 15, with a dirty white dress and a bonnet. She was on a cart, taken to the guillotine; she cried, felt she was too young to die: <<I did nothing wrong, ... they don't listen to me, ... it is not right.>>
    She was the daughter of some aristocrats (during the French revolution) and had been in jail at length.
    She was afraid, felt the smell of blood, the screams of the furious crowd, along the path; she could not understand the reason of their hate. She then saw a horseback soldier, clothed in red and blue, with a cap.  Then they guillotined her. She saw her corpse from above, with her head cut and the executions continued."

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    "She was in the desert, with some camels and tents; an old man was sitting outside a tent, maybe he was her dad or granddad; she knew he was good, but could not recognise him as any person of her present life.
Then she saw her marriage: she was very happy, there were many necklaces; she had several layers of necklaces made in coin, on her forehead and neck; she was barefoot, with pants and bands at her ankles. She had very bistred eyes.
She could not see her husband: then she was kneeling, in front of a tent, with a small child in her arms. She felt a great sweetness. Her child was now 6 or 7 . Her husband (who she could now recognise, as her present father) was no longer with her, he had repudiated her for another woman. She felt refusal, rage, pain. Soon after she saw her child of about 15; she was sick, they were alone, poor; she was afraid to die and leave her son alone; her grandfather was no longer alive. She saw her dead body from above."

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A regression experience in the moment of death is offered by the cited book of Sylvia Browne:

    "A patient of hers regressed to a life when he was an outlaw in the old West; he was dying of tuberculosis and saw a beautiful lady beside his bed; she took his hand, inviting him to follow her; at his question, the lady answered she was his mother who died when she gave birth to him. He got up and followed her, saw the wall in front of them disappear, opening on a wonderful lawn, while his own corpse was lying on the bed. That man left the Browne's study without any fear of death. 

    Also somebody who die while fighting and killing enemies is received happily, as results of the experience reported in one of Brian Weiss' books: "Miracles happen":

    "A medieval warrior was struck to death, in a battle, by an enemy, whom he had just mutilated and who would have died shortly before him. He, in a public regression, saw both of them emerge from their corpses, like cones of light, together with hundreds of killed fighters. All of them, indistinctly, were received into heaven with a big funnel, that conveyed them to a huge hall, full of serenity and Love. The subject understood that war is a useless folly for the survivors, while there is no need to mourn the dead, who are destined to an idyllic situation" .


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BIRTH IN REGRESSIONS




    In large majority, people, who underwent a regression and were taken back to explore their moment of birth, reported that in such a moment they feel a certain confusion, because of the forced abandonment of the uterus and of the sense of separation from the others, which they did not experience during their disembodied state; their bodily senses transmit to them some strong and unpleasant feelings; they get a sense of compression and pain; as they come to the light , the light itself of the delivering room dazzles and annoys them (how would you feel if, after months of darkness, somebody would shoot a spotlight in front of you? We get annoyed for much less: it is enough that someone opens a window when we just awakened); at the same time they feel cold, for the passage from the mother's womb to the free air and eventually to a rush of water, used to wash them; they often are afraid and  regret their quiet uterine situation. They get also annoyed by slaps and tubes, used to drain the amniotic fluid from their lungs. The situation can worsen if the mother cannot embrace the newborn soon, because of her anaesthetic state, or of the premature, or sick condition of the baby, who must undergo immediate medical aid or be recovered into an incubator. The stress for the newborn baby multiply if he must undergo some blood drawing, intubation, drainage, mechanical ventilation and the like.

    This discomfort is well known in psychology, since 1924, as the "birth trauma", that is present even without any  delivery problem; there is someone  who considers it as the  deepest trauma one can experience in his life,  even compared to the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. For some scholar it would be the origin of all possible later anguishes.

    "A friend of mine, born prematurely, was separated immediately from her mother and put into an incubator, wherein she stayed for one month. During that period, instead of growing, she lost one kilo of weight; at the end her mother, against the doctors' advice, took her home. There she started growing, but used to sleep for only ten minutes a time, waking up and crying desperately; her mother had to rock her at length, rubbing her back, until she would sleep again. For many years, while sleeping,  she kept hearing the hum produced by the incubator for ventilation."

    To minimize the neonatal shock, Dr. Frederick Leboyer suggested and practised a series of precautions  to be used in the delivery room, such as:  talking  at low voice, keep suffused lights and a warm ambient, wash the newborn with warm water, lay down the baby on the mother's body as soon as possible. Children handled in this way showed better results than the average, about their psycho motor learning, creativity, precocity and so on.

    If we would make a comparison with school, we could say that birth is like the first day of school, when the child gets "abandoned" for the first time by his mother, to a foreign structure and cries, both for fear to be left by his parents and for the embarrassment due to the new ambient, that he feels alien and cold with respect to his usual family one.
   
    Another aspect to be underlined refers to the decision to reincarnate: generally, people, interviewed during or after their regression, report that - in their disembodied state - selected by themselves to reincarnate. Such a decision is mostly done with the aid of some tutor entity; sometimes they have the appearance of an old sage or master, who are often known to the subject. Frequently the subject has some hesitation to re-enter into a physical body, but gets convinced to do so for his own evolution. In fact  the aim of incarnation is to evolve, learning to love more and more in a disinterested way.

    When deciding to reincarnate, the subject makes some agreement with those who would become his parents and who generally were already in touch with him; they were probably  his parents, children, friends, consort or the likes. Also, many other persons, who are important in  our present life, are recognized as already known to us in some previous life, in 87% of the cases, according to Helen Wambach. Dr. Newton too confirms the entities voluntary adhering to a new incarnation, their selection of place, time and partners. According to his experiences, the entities memorize also some signs of identification, that will be useful to bring each other together.
 
    The roles get often changed: a father may reincarnate as a son, a wife may reincarnate as a mother, or the reverse. The reason for such selection within the sphere of the same family or friendship is based on the fact that, in some previous life, we built some debt with them, which we have to pay or had some imperfect relationship, that we have to improve, to refine Love within us.

    This perspective gives us a much wider vision of free will, that is not limited to the range of the present life, but becomes performed within the totality of life, and particularly in the disembodied state. In the present incarnation, many choices were already done in advance and many things that "happen" to us are no bad, or good luck (according to our impression), but rather the performance of a well planned - although forgotten - program. The duration of our life itself was selected and planned; there is therefore a good reason in the premature death of some people, who had to develop his earthly activities during a life span shorter than the natural one.  In this light, rather than  relying upon the  mystery of faith, we can imagine a providentially forgotten reason (can we imagine if we knew the date of our death or the one of some dear person?!).

    About the hard-won decision about one's new incarnation we could again use the metaphor of the school: generally schoolchildren do not go to school very willingly, considering it a less agreeable time than vacation, yet they often get convinced to go, with the perspective of an advancement in their culture.

    Differently from the common impression, according to which a mother feels her own child in her womb and imagines him already like a complete person, with whom she can relate, it is worthwhile to note that the majority of persons who underwent some regressions, reports a soul entering his body very late: generally at delivery, despite being conscious to have "reserved" that body. The soul possibly observes the growth of the body and can get close to it, but she hardly enters it and, if she does so, it happens only in the last months, often episodically, going in and out of it. The final incarnation happens only at birth.
    As a confirmation of this, I like to report what I heard from Claudio De Santis: a sensitive doctor who worked in Rome, Italy till the beginning of 2000; I asked him why the personal horoscopes are based upon the date and hour of birth, since I considered that like a casual aspect, often due to some contingent element, or even caused by the doctors; I thought it should be better to base it upon a moment  more specific about the person, like conception. He answered that it is with the first breath that the soul enters definitively her body. I found this information confirmed in a book about the famous medium Edgar Cayce and in another by Anne and Daniel Meurois-Givaudan, that describe the whole iter of a soul, waiting to incarnate in a fetus and his periodical visits inside the mother's uterus till her final anchorage, at the moment of birth. Therefore, many moral problems about abortion could be revised.
    Furthermore, a usual expression came to my mind: "breathing one's last" to indicate death and the abandonment of the body by the soul. Therefore the soul would enter the body with the first breath and leave it with the last one, although she can flutter around it, entering and leaving it at her leisure, before such final events. Birth is therefore the final departure from heaven, where the entity stayed and the start of the earthly adventure, a kind of  renewed expulsion from Eden.

    In the following I report some excerpts from individual regressions, or spontaneous memories, from subjects whom I know. From them  one can  see  the reluctance to be born:

    "The psychologist asked her if she wanted to regress before her conception; answer:  she does not like to be born, because she would suffer by refusal.
     Her soul told her she decided to come down for duty, because she had many things pending; her parents had to be them!
    She did not come out of Love but Duty.
    << The karmic agreement between me and my mother was aimed at improving the consciousness of both of us; we selected each other also in some other lives; I wanted to learn to love, discovering love for both.>>
    Later Maddalena understood she selected her mother because she had to forgive her"

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    "I got pushed into a dark channel and did not want to cross it (the labour lasted 18 hours). I see some blinding lights and hear some dumbing voices; faces watching me; I feel bad and am scared"

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Sylvia Browne informs us about the birth of a patient of hers, as revived in regression:

    "The woman got stiff, showing fear, she was breathing anxiously. She said she was seeing all dark, in a tunnel, that she did not want to cross; she was sobbing, then she saw a very violent light and some hands pulling her; she felt very cold and wanted to go back."

    After many experiences, the author planned to avoid making any other patient feel the moment of birth: so uselessly painful.
    Dr. Michael Newton too, in his most interesting book "Journey of the Soul", confirms: "My patients maintain that, making a comparison, birth is a physical trauma more than death".


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SECOND PART







EXCHANGES WITH THE BEYOND






    In the first part of this book I presented the results of a series of scientific researches about the passage between the states of incarnate and disembodied. Naturally, this results from the reports of those who had been near death or in a coma, it is not sure that this represents the final condition in the Beyond and anyway it does not supply us with many details about "heaven". According to various sources, the initial state after death, the one described by the researchers on the basis of the reports of the dying people and of those who underwent an apparent death, is a temporary state, called "intermediate", or "kingdom of the spirits", or "astral world"; successively, the entities can migrate to some different states and situations, about which I try to summarize some information, based upon many rather coherent communications, collected by many sensitive persons all over the world.

    After meeting our dear passed over, the passage through the tunnel, the vision of light, the flowered garden and the review of our just elapsed life, what happens? How does our life develop in the Beyond?

    This second part tries to complete the picture, to the advantage of readers who wish to know more, even if from some sources not considered unanimously scientific and anyway less evident than those of the first part. I do so by synthesizing the main information about the Beyond, as supplied by mediums, sensitive persons, common people and enlightened Masters. I report their common testimony, leaving back, or just mentioning, the details that differ and therefore may be less reliable, may be due to a specific personal polarization of a single medium, or to a marginal view of the situation in the Beyond. It is worthwhile noting that also sensitivity is a phenomenon now scientifically demonstrated by some serious, qualified and scrupulous researchers as professors Gary Schwartz and Linda Rusek, who have been working for years about some research at the University of Arizona.

    Not all information is valid for all disembodied entities, since, even on Earth, we perceive what surrounds us in some different ways from each other of us; the "reality" of the Beyond
can be even more fleeting and various. Nevertheless, these witnesses offer us many confirmations and completions about the previous information . I can add that the similarities among the messages from the Beyond, the regression experiences and the NDEs tend to confirm the information about life in the Beyond, answering some possible objections about the idea that NDEs are some experiences of someone who did not really and finally die, i.e. that  near-death and death are substantially different.
    In any case the descriptions of "heaven" are generally limited to the lower planes of it, since little we can say and relate about the ultimate and supreme Reality, unknowable to the human mind and anyway unfathomable, much more than the already hard to  describe  of lower levels.

    In presenting this type of information, I separated them in two categories: "Messages" and "Visions and Trips", to separately classify the data coming from a medium and those of direct experience. This, of course,  is my personal and arguable subdivision.



 
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MESSAGES







    The messages, that we can derive some information from, are those received by a mediumistic activity. They can be obtained by some inspired or automatic writings, or through some traditional mediumistic seance.
    Inspired writing is practised by collecting oneself in silence, with a sheet of paper and a pen, thinking about a dear disembodied person, better after having invoked the assistance of a high Entity - like our spiritual Guide, whom we all have, without knowing - who can assist us as a safe intermediary, to avoid the intrusion of some lower spirits.
In the following I will better describe the function of a Guide.
    After some time of waiting and possible confusion, the writer perceives some spontaneous words, that he must write without any criticism or censure, without wondering where they will lead; after some exercise, such words will form some coherent sentences, that the writer may not expect. The inspired writing is spontaneous in somebody, but can be learned and practised by everybody. I did it for years, after learning and experienced it in some introductory courses.
     Automatic writing is a system similar to the inspired one, but more specific of some spontaneous mediumistic persons; by it, the hand of the medium writes something that does not come
through his mind (he would interpret it only afterwards); sometimes the pen writes even by itself, with no hand holding it!

    To begin I like to mention a sentence that fully confirms the title of this book and its conclusions; the sentence is taken from a book written by a reporter who got some messages by the medium "Esdra": "...the real trauma is birth, not death; death is a wonderful passage towards life; birth is a traumatic restriction of our freedom...".
    This type of information, besides supporting the former sources, has the advantage of reporting about the situation of the Beyond after passing. In fact, one could think that the passing be beautiful and attractive as described by those who had an NDE, but things could change later on: life could be less exciting than the welcome. The reports of many inspired or mediumistic messages confirm the long term situation in Heaven, which does not differ from the initial one, about the idyllic environment, but only for the commitment  that the entities  use to get , which is generally active and altruistic, far from an idle contemplation.

    Ernesto Bozzano: a pioneer in this research, reported a series of information on this subject, taken from many mediumistic contacts with the deceased. They closely follow the reports of those who were in coma.:
    The entities appear in human form, after reviewing their recent life, they get received by their dear dead, within a wonderful environment, similar to the earthly one, but spiritualized (except for a few perverted individuals, who run away from it, because they cannot stand that climate, full of love). Many persons pass through a period of rest.
    The dead report that, in their world, they communicate through telepathy; their vision is three-dimensional ; i.e. one can see an object  or a being  in front or on his back, on his side , or through him, at the same time. Thought creates  and produces what desired; therefore their visions can be influenced by their own desires; nevertheless we can find many remarkable concordances both among the reports from many dead, collected by
mediums, and with all other sources.
    The disembodied spirits can move at their leisure, by a simple act of will and place themselves within the ambient most suitable to their evolutionary state.

    A particularly interesting and detailed book about death and the conditions of the disembodied was written more recently by a mother who lost a young son. In her sorrow and regret, she looked for some means of communication with her son; she found it initially through some mediums, but later, after fourteen years, she spontaneously and surprisingly discovered that she could dialogue herself with him, by inspired writing.
    In so doing, the American lady Suzanne Ward, started communicating with her son, who died in a road accident, and reported those messages in her book: "Matthew, tell me about heaven": a very nice text, rich of details about the disembodied life. It Confirms much of the information contained in the remarkable and already mentioned book : "On the edge of the etheric". Among other things, according to these messages, people who die after some traumatic or frightening experience, or who who suffered from
regret, a sense of guilt or deep sadness, are received by some entities specialized in psychological support, to help them adapt to their new situation, in which they suddenly find themselves.
    According to these messages, "paradise" or heaven (also called: "Nirvana", "Elysian fields", "Walhalla" and so on) is not a faraway place, but a reality physically close to Earth, a state of being, that operates within an energetic spectre which is higher than the earthly one, therefore invisible to the physical eye, as invisible and inaudible are the radio waves. Heaven, meant as astral plane: the first level of the blissful state, is very similar to Earth; in the Universe there are many other inhabited planets and each one has its own heaven; many of us lived also on those planets, although we no longer remember it. In heaven everything exists at its utmost splendour and state of conservation, in a soothing light, issued by the objects themselves, not produced by the sun, therefore without any nights; The climate is always mild, it never rains, but vegetation flourishes perfectly (probably thanks to the inexhaustible water of the underground rivers. Continents, buildings,  monuments and human constructions of all times keep saved there in a state of perfect efficiency, including those now in ruins on Earth. Most beautiful are the dwellings of the disembodied people and of the angels, who decided to have one and who get a more or less magnificent one, according to their evolutionary state.
    There are animals too: pacific and friendly (except those less evolute and more dangerous, that are excluded); we can meet there (for some time) our affectionate, domestic ones, that we had on Earth, or that will die after us.

    Human entities appear with a body similar to the earthly one, they show an age around thirty years, irrespective of the time of their passing: if they were old, their age will be reduced; if very young, they will appear as children for a while, but will grow up rapidly. According to someone, thirty to thirty-five years is our psychological age, i.e. that which we figure out in our mind when we think of ourself : our inner image. However the aspect of our body in the Astral world can be modified at our leisure, as we change dress and can be adapted to the entity whom we are going to meet; therefore a disembodied entity can appear to some dear person assuming his aspect at the time of departure, in order to be better recognized. For the same reason, Great Entities, (who reside in the utmost levels of Heaven) can go down and show themselves with the beloved form conceived by their devotees; therefore one will see his Lord under the aspect of Jesus, another as Buddha, another as Krishna, and so on.

   The residents of the astral heaven have their five senses, but can perceive everything by a sixth sense, including the earthly world,  with a higher intensity and beauty. They usually wear some white robes, but do not suffer from hot or cold temperature. They live on energy and have no need to eat, breath air, nor sleep; nobody needs a house or means of transport, although these things are available and allowed to whom may desire them: if one likes to taste some food he wishes, he can do so; if he likes sports cars, he can have them.

  In the Beyond one does not rest on a little cloud, in contemplation, but there are great possibilities for activities and involvement. Everybody performs some activity, similar to the earthly ones, without any need for a salary, rather for a pure evolutionary advantage.
    All desires are materialized, by the simple act of thought, that can master transformation of energy into matter and vice versa; there are some limits related with the evolutionary state of the entity; the higher his evolution, the wider is the selection of things he can create, use and change: a beautiful house, nice garments, cars; in other words this is a world that from our earthly perspective appears as magic. May be that some small unconscious nostalgic memory of that world produced in us the attraction for fairy tales, like Alladin, Harry Potter, Superman, Spiderman ad so on, who enjoy some powers that we really have in the beyond. Perhaps children may still have some memory of that magic world and therefore they love fairy tales and believe in them. There  is somebody who maintains that such a possibility exists even on Earth, although more moderate.

    As a consequence of the above, in the astral world there is no need for money or means of transport, since everyone can move instantaneously to his desired destination, by simple act of his will. There is every decent kind of leisure, like concerts, shows, museums, libraries, sports. Everything is live and free, performed by the best show persons and artists of all times. According to some reports there would not exist any TV, voice recorders or computers, but this may be a subjective vision, since in the astral world there is everything one may desire.

    According to some messages, in the astral heaven one does not get married, but there is somebody who states the contrary, mentioning a kind of intimate union, as detailed in Appendix IV. Nobody makes children (since, also on Earth reproduction consists in making a body which will be used by an already existing entity). Everyone spontaneously associates himself with entities of similar evolutionary level. According to some reports, the more we progress in our evolution, the more we tend to stay close to each other.
    Communication is performed mainly by telepathy, i.e. by reading into each other mind, with the permit of the others, without any linguistic barrier; however talking is possible. As a consequence everybody manifests what he really thinks, without any  deception or hypocrisy. The deceased can also read the thoughts and calls of the embodied persons. Reading is again limited to what the persons explicitly allow, addressing the disembodied entities, while entering into any private thought or influencing their life is not allowed without their request. Also the spiritual Guides, in the Beyond, allow their pupils to perceive their thoughts within the limits of their evolutionary level.

    We can imagine how all these favorable conditions may eliminate so many stresses and challenges that exist on Earth and make, just for this, the astral world like an Eden. On Earth we need to eat, to protect us from cold weather, therefore, to work and earn money to get a house and buy some food and clothes. Employment difficulties complicate life, producing worry and stress. On Earth, one can get sick and physically suffer, while, in the astral world there is no disease nor pain; any possible wounds get healed rapidly, by an act of will. There is no rivalry produced by sex or possession, hypocrisy or deception. Also the lack of confrontation with any individual of a different evolutionary level is avoided, while on Earth this frequently causes some problems.. In the upper astral world, there is no power conflict, since greed for power is a feeling that takes the entities down to the lower astral levels, so if anybody is affected by it, he would fall downwards, rather than dominate others.

    There is a huge availability of documentation and education accessible to everybody. Although one can enjoy a much wider understanding and memory than on Earth, the disembodied do not become automatically omniscient, as somebody may think, but they mature gradually and rapidly in knowledge and experience by study and application, like on Earth; then, by spiritual elevation, they can access some intuitive knowledge.
    Many entities devote themselves to the invisible assistance of earthly people. In fact, each one of us has one or several spiritual Guides. They assist us, both on Earth and in the upper worlds.
    All this information is confirmed by an independent source: the book "The invisible world", dictated by the late British Ken Akehurst to his friend G.M.Roberts. It contains many beautiful and detailed descriptions of the astral world, wherein the author dwells, after his death.

    There is also another very detailed text, available in free digital form: "Life after death in the world unseen", which I suggest reading; it reports much similar information; it was dictated by the late Anglican Monsignor (later converted to Catholicism) Robert Hugh Benson, son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, to his friend Anthony Borgia.  The Monsignor regrets giving too much  importance to rites, formalities and dogmas of his religion, that, after death, he discovered having very little importance  in the Beyond; what matters there is LOVE and service offered to neighbours (as all Masters teach).
Among the many descriptions of the astral world, I like to mention: the pleasure of eating some exquisite and always mature fruit, the vitality of water in rivers, lakes and sea, wherein one can bathe wearing ones' clothes, that get dry as one comes out.. Fruit, flowers, water and even "inanimate" things radiate vital energy, colours and music. Another thing mentioned by Benson is that, in the astral world, there is a department specialized in the reception of the just deceased; most of them are puzzled, because they ignore the situation of the new environment, in consequence of the wrong information often received on Earth. This encouraged me about the usefulness of the present book.

    A passage of an inspired message, received from a friend of mine says:
<<... Everybody has nearby himself some disembodied beings, who, for Love, selected to follow us from our birth; they are much more active than we can imagine. They were sent by our Father to each one of us, because for Him we are all important, special...>>
 
    Around the end of 2015 my friend Nicola died, after a long pain, caused by a diffused cancer. I asked a friend, provided with mediumistic faculties, to see if she could get any news about him, (whom she had met some years ago). After a few days she sent me the following message:
<< I am Nicolone. Nice to see you again. You are a beautiful person, I guessed so when we first met at Dino's, but now I can see your soul.
I am very happy, I could not imagine such a splendour, so much happiness, I knew I would be fine, better than on Earth, but I could have never thought so much! Everything is Divinely perfect. Now I live like in a dream, I alternate some moment of rest with some of live happiness, of moving meetings... I am happy for how I lived.>>

    Some disembodied entities are interested in research, design, creation; their ideas and information are inspired to the incarnate beings, who flatter themselves that they produced them and use them on Earth.
    Some others devote themselves to the reception of who passed away in some dramatic circumstance.

    To gain some experience about the typical challenges of Earth and evolve more rapidly, or to correct some defective aspect of our personality, each one of us is induced to reincarnate willingly, like a horseman who missed a jump and, once he had been unsaddled,  he remounts and engage himself to try again.
   Sometimes, when programming a new incarnation, we may exaggerate in the selection of the challenges to face, without realizing that they may be too hard. I would compare this situation to that of someone who would decide to be a lone sailor, who
embarks for an oceanic crossing, on the wave of an enthusiasm, for the attractive of the adventure; possibly, later, in the hearth of a tempest, he will regret for exposing himself so much. 
The Earth could be the real Purgatory, wherein one purifies himself and learns more at his own expenses. Sai Baba too said: "Knowledge without experience is futile".

    The American sensitive Joan Grant reports that, since she was a child, she spontaneously new that between two incarnations one lives in a state that she called: "The most beautiful district". Based on such certainty - that she thought available to everybody - once, having foreseen that a man of 55 would have died the next day, congratulated him, because he would be better; she was
rebuked for that, but the man indeed died. As an adult  she had the opportunity  - among the many paranormal  happenings - to be able to communicate with a friend of hers, died of cancer. The first thing she told her was to let everybody know that many beloved entities had received her and - most of all - that death is easy and "amusing" and that  only the possible physical ache is painful (like in every disease, even not fatal), but the two things must not be associated.

    Roberto Setti, a famous Italian medium, received some messages that inform us about the same things reported by other sources: once abandoned our physical body, there can be a moment of uncertainty about our new condition; one can be disturbed by the despair of the survivors; one can review his elapsed life and be helped by one's dear deceased. We live in the astral world, similar in all to Earth, but much more perfect. After a stop there, the advanced souls, whose astral body is pure enough (i.e.: devoid of desires and passions) get rid of it; it easily dissolves and the entities can proceed  with a subtler body towards the next upper level: the "mental" state or world, or fifth dimension, where one studies and meditates; then beyond, in the even upper worlds, happier and happier.
 
    Ward informs us that even angels and higher entities, although they may appear in the astral world, they live in higher worlds according to their degree.

    Even more famous is the sensitive and writer Rosemary Altea, who by her many books throws more light on the worlds beyond, confirming - among many other things - the uselessness of suicide.

    Anyway, it is good to never generalize or judge, because in this field, like in others, there are exceptions and explanations, like the one described in a message received by a medium friend of mine on January 2008:
<<X cannot come, he is resting and is still confused. Seeing what his act produced to others, to beloved persons, leaves one very bad. But things go this way for many reasons: often because it had to happen, for some other persons, who had to experience on Earth the sorrow and the fact that a dear one gets suicide. Obviously it was of use for X too, but his act was  infinite love, "programmed", with some other souls, before being born! Such an act of love must be lived to the bottom, so that it be not fruitless.>>

    American sensitive Sylvia Browne has some frequent talks with her spiritual guide, who illustrated, or let her perceive many details about the conditions in the Beyond, that result very similar to those reported by Ward and show us a basic condition:  that of a wonderful garden, full with flowers coloured in a way unparalleled on Earth. This recalls the one described by the Bible about the Earthly Paradise; on the other hand the word "Paradise" looks derived from similar terms in Hebraic (pardés), Persian (paridaeza) and Greek (paràdeisos), that mean "garden".
  
    The atheist Norman Ober (NY, USA), who lost his wife Anita by cancer, received more than three thousand messages from her, until he convinced himself of the reality of the Beyond. In those messages Anita wrote - among many other things - how they actively work in the astral world, full with Love; she confirms, once gain, reincarnation and reveals that life exists in eight other planets of our solar system. God does not attach any importance to dogmas and religious beliefs, but only to Love.

    Many other mediums talk of a wonderful condition in the Beyond, similar to the earthly one, but much more perfect; Earth is just a faded reflex of the after world, which is much more complete, refined and sparkling. As already mentioned the deceased take care of several activities, as, for instance:
    If one cannot proceed towards any upper level, one remains in the astral world, for a time proportional to the merits gained on Earth, then one reincarnates, to correct the defective aspects of his personality.
    Some similar information is contained in the texts of Alice Bailey: the renown theosophy exponent, who would have derived her teachings from some telepathic contacts with the disembodied entity Djwhal Khul, also known as "the Tibetan".

    One day I went and saw a friend of mine, who asked me to reactivate her PC, moved from another house. "By coincidence" she noted, among her files on the desktop a "message from the Beyond", that she received (she did not remember when and how). It was from an old lady, who died ten years before the reception of the message, which answered some questions from a  grandchild of hers.  It looks confirming many of the revelations from some other sources, about death, life in the beyond, and - among other things - it confirms the predictions about 2012, from various origins; therefore I thought it was interesting to cite it:

    "... Every one of us continues, also after death, his evolutionary walk. His soul stays bound to the energy of his physical body, more or less strictly, therefore, feels the effects of his former incarnation. 
      .... Once passed the veil of oblivion, I started seeing and perceiving all my life on Earth in some different way, focusing  mainly on the episodes that most troubled me emotionally. It was a long process, from the human point of view and very intense as a soul experience, because one confronts with himself, with one's responsibilities. All our life  runs in front of us and its episodes involve us, particularly until we succeed to make clarity within us and with us. I can therefore tell you, my beloved granddaughter, that each one of us has his own rhythm, his experience and, as far as myself, I am still well far from having understood well the meaning of my incarnation, the lesson hidden within it.
    One proceeds one step after another, after clarifying to and within ourself the sense of all our experiences, reliving emotively the episodes of our human life, also those that appeared of little importance.
    All what we live has its importance and the lesson to learn concerns mainly consciousness, because we must become conscious of all we do and think. Only after having understood this, we are allowed to proceed on our journey, to approach a higher level of consciousness, either by staying on these
invisible planes of the Creation, or by selecting a new incarnation on Earth, or in some other world, compatible with our energetic mark.
    During this work, though, we are not left alone, but get assisted by the Divine Love, that manifests itself in multiple ways, assuming among other things, the aspect of beings of light, angels, or other beings, who often reflect our beliefs and earthly experiences. But it is not always so, because the Divine Love manifests in ways that can appear obscure to us, that we do not dare defining and that, instead, are necessary to take us to a new consciousness. Rather, what we perceive as demons, who attack the soul's integrity, can be useful to confront us with the dark side of ourself, with what we were taught to deny as a part of Totality and to be able to proceed beyond the limits of the dual world.
   

    As you can see, my soul is still doing her more demanding job and is totally focused on it, that's why my presence beside you is intermittent. Nevertheless, as I proceed, I get rid of my old conditionings and discover to be myself a small part of God, as everything that exists, independently of its form. By thinking so, I don't feel blasphemous any longer. On the contrary, feeling as a god, becoming conscious of one's divinity is the aim of our embodied life, to be able then to act in consequence. Now, in fact, I know that the responsibility of my living, of my human decisions, is only mine and that those which I defined as mistakes, with my limits, were some attempts to learn and grow in an autonomous way. Nobody, but ourselves, can impose anything on us.
    Now I would like you to learn this while you are still alive on Earth, to avoid then cross the dark tunnel where the soul feels lost and anxious, when she finds herself beyond the veil, loaded with superstructures and protections, that prevent her from feeling her true divine nature.

    The soul, beyond any Manichaean division, is beyond good and bad, because she partakes of the Whole, and , as a divine spark, she includes everything in herself. But on Earth she hardly reaches this consciousness, except in those that you call altered states of consciousness, in the mystic states, with some sudden flashes, that for a second break the veils of oblivion to close them back again to the conscious mind. To use an inaccurate, but more current term, the soul obeys more to the laws of quantum physics, rather than to those more common to your world.
    ...However the key to everything is in yourself. It is up to you taking consciousness of your limits, but also of you great possibilities, because, in God's own image and likeness, it's you who create your own reality, as every one of us, embodied on Earth or on some other level of manifestation.
    To act, though, you must reach the core of yourself, with patience, removing one layer after the other, until you will feel free within yourself. I can see you are in front of an alternative and therefore you must make your selection, but for once let yourself be guided by your heart, rather than your mind, setting apart your ego to let your Higher Self express Himself, to show you the way most suitable to you. The journey is still long, pain cannot be cancelled suddenly, but it will be easier as you will become conscious of yourself, of your limits and potentialities. Growth is always positive and cannot be completely obstructed, because it is part of the man's divinity.
    ... The time to come is certainly
not easy and many challenges will have to be faced in everyday life. You are worried about what can happen in years 2012-2015. I can tell you that there are many potentialities, many probable futures and therefore now we cannot say what there will really be, regarding the many forecasts available for the next years. For sure the Earth is transforming its energy, as all the rest of Creation.
     From the human viewpoint, this may mean that there will be tensions in many areas of your world. All present imbalances and conflicts existing among peoples and individuals , have to be overcome and then there will be some time  when justice and peace will be diffused everywhere, but before reaching the new Eden there will be much to struggle. The geophysical structure itself of this planet  is looking for a new  balance and therefore the transformations  will manifest as natural disasters, that will happen in zones where social tensions are higher, because there is no separation between  human emotional thoughts and "Gaia" [a name of Earth - note of the translator]: a being to all effects
, provided with a soul like us. The research for a balance is therefore total.

    But what will happen to humanity? She will not be destroyed; your world will not disappear, if this is what anguishes you. It is a deep transformation, with changes that will lead to a new consciousness. Everyone, though, will live his own experience, in harmony with his own energetic structure, according to his soul's plan: the agreements taken for this earthly experience. Even the human physical body is doomed to be transformed, but not everybody will be able to bear the vibrational rise of the Earth. Everyone therefore will live the experiences he selected, according to his path of spiritual growth; that's why it is important that there be a good connection with one's soul, since that's the guide who really can."    

 

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VISIONS AND TRIPS






    This kind of information comes from some personal direct experiences : visions, or trips (OBE = out of the body experiences).

    Visions are some spontaneous experiences in sensitives, who had access to some after world state and entities. Many times even persons who never had or suspect any paranormal capacity, sometimes even convicted skeptical and materialist, have some communication with the Beyond (mentioned as "ADC" = After Death Communication"), often in relationship with the loss of some dear persons, who manifest themselves to reassure them. A rich collection of these experiences is contained in the remarkable book by the Guggenheim s "Hello from Heaven". They can be inner or outer voices, tactile feelings, visions, OBE, to include even some physical encounters, like if the dead, with his flesh and bones would dwell in a tender meeting, with the subject, for a few seconds. All the listed experiences report a happy condition of the dead, often appearing in their healthy and young aspect, despite the possible ailments or amputations and their old age at the time of passing. These reports too, mention the experience of the tunnel for passing towards the light. Someone confirms that the passing is pleasant; even better, in case of accidents, the soul leaves the body before feeling any pain connected with the mortal trauma. Finally, through both the aspect of the dead, and his words, it is clear that he is in an ambient of Love, independently from what he did in his earthly life. In one of these meetings, the subject, who met a passed relative, asked him how was Heaven; he answered that it was so pleasant that the life of the most famous VIPs was like that of a poor devil, in comparison.

    OBE are some experience that may be spontaneous or sought-after; they can take the subject into the astral world, wherein  the disembodied entities work.
    Such experiences, although less scientifically documented, throw an even wider and sublime light on the situation of the beyond and generally on the structure of man and the creatures. Their reality is confirmed by the results of the scientific researches mentioned above, performed on the experiences of the dying or resurrected people, that include nearly always some initial OBE.

    To better understand this last approach and clarify what is intended as "soul", it is worth while  presenting a model of the structure of man and of the wider world, beyond the earthly one. It was presented independently by various traditions, among which  the Indian one stands out, and by various sensitive persons in a substantially similar way and indicates the existence of various levels of Heaven, among which the one described above is the lower one.
    This model can help us imagine which parts operates in the various states of manifestation and Heaven. According to the oriental tradition, the esoteric schools, like the Rosicrucian's, of many renown sensitive, like Annie Besant, Mikhail Aivanhov,  Rudolf Steiner and many others, man is made of various concentric bodies (of which I mention below the Sanskrit names, well known in the Indian tradition), like some onion foils, each one wider and higher than the former one and each one more or less developed, according to the evolutionary level of the owner; each one of them operates at a proper level of existence, "state" or "world".

  1. physical body (Annamayakosha): used on Earth; the only one visible by the human eye, dear to all embodied people, but devoid of vitality and most transitory; it decomposes at death
  2. etheric or vital body (Pranomayakosha), or etheric double; is the one that gives life to the physical body; all living beings have one (including animals and plants). It separates from the physical body at its death and disintegrates a few hours later; it seems that fire may help its decomposition; it is for this reason (even if nowadays only a few people know this) that candles are put around a dead body; for the same reason cremation would be preferable to  burying .
    The etheric body draws energy (prana) from the Universe, mainly from the sun and uses it  for the subject or to channel it to other bodies (as in spiritual healing). According to the Cypriot Master Stylianos Atteshlis, mentioned by Markides, also the higher bodies, described below have an etheric double, that vitalizes them.
  3. astral body, or emotional, or of the desires, or psychic (Manomayakosha); it lets us feel joys and sorrows; it is the first component of the soul; even animals have one (developed at least in the superior ones), but the plants have none; the astral body can move at very fast speed, or instantaneously, which it does in the majority of dreams, leaving the physical body; it is the one used in the intermediate level: the first world of the beyond or fourth dimension, or fourth density, or astral: the one normally described in this book.
  4. mental body, or lower noetic (Vijinanamayakosha), a further part of the soul, developed only in man, as the following higher bodies; it serves for the development of organized and concrete thought and gives us access to the relevant "mental" plane or state of Heaven
  5. causal body, or higher noetic, or akasic (Anandamayakosha); it is the first component of the human spirit; it serves for  abstract thought, intuition and will; it keeps memory of all our former lives and, favoured by selfless love, gives us access to the causal plane. It is well developed in those who completed their human experience and became Spiritual Masters
  6. resurrection body
  7. personal spirit (whom some teachers divide in various levels, while others consider it unique, together with the resurrection body, naming it the "Higher Self")
   
    Some authors show some simpler aggregations of bodies. However, what is generally experienced in NDE looks to be the astral body. All these (subtle and normally invisible) bodies wrap the physical body as a series of successive, concentric wrapper. They, or part of them, can be seen by some sensitive people, at more or less extent, and are named "aura"; they can show some properties of the subject. More a person is spiritually developed, more his bodies are well developed and defined and his aura is wide and bright, with different colours, according to his evolution; that's why the saints are normally painted surrounded by a halo, that probably were seen by somebody, who  handed down such memory.

     An important aspect, reported by the mediumistic communications, is the fact that both the bodies and the worlds are made of  energy, vibrating at higher and higher frequencies, through which we evolve. That's why, by our physical eyes, we cannot see the higher bodies, as we cannot see the electromagnetic waves (except those between red and violet), although they surround us and make possible: radio, TV, and so on. For the same reason the higher bodies can cross doors, walls and ceilings.
    Vice versa, who can use a subtler body can see the ticker worlds and entities, in fact, there are some dead who did not realize what they are and believe they are still living in their physical body and try to interact with the embodied persons.

    Passing from the material, dense, earthly state towards the higher states of Heaven also the measure and perception of time change; what on Earth looks like a one year span, in the beyond looks lasting a few days or even hours, depending on the level of the perceiving entity, who however has some difficulty to estimate time, as in Heaven there are no day-night and seasonal cycles. Therefore mediumistic forecasts are often uncertain about times.

    Access and use of the subtler bodies is possible, besides to the disembodied entities, also to anybody who has a specific ability. Such an ability can be native - as in the majority of cases - i.e. gained  through a conquer in some earlier life, or acquired. Its acquisition seems to be possible by developing and purifying one's higher bodies. Such a process happens spontaneously in mystics and saints, who purify themselves through fasting and prayers; somebody maintains it can be acquired through some specific exercises.

    Based on this approach, there are Masters and seers, offering us some extra information and interpretation about the Beyond.

    One of the most important explorers of the Beyond, among the sensitive persons, was Emanuel Swedenborg: a Swedish scientist of the eighteen century, who, in his maturity became a seer and reported much about life after life. According to his visions, detailed in his book "Heaven and Hell" the state one accesses soon after his death is a kind of intermediate station, characterized by peace, beauty and love, as witnessed by all mentioned sources. From there one will eventually pass to some higher (heaven) or lower state (hell), based on one's own judgement and attraction. The prayers of some embodied or disembodied entities can help much in such ascent, as they would cooperate to the dissolution of the astral body, freeing the entity who so can pass beyond; the same God, with His infinite Love, offers some help in this sense, by the work of any kind of entities, including some incarnate sensitive persons.
    Swedenborg confirms also what described by Ward, about the fact that on the astral plane there are conditions and activities similar to the earthly ones, although on a different level; this reminds me the famous motto: "As above, so below".
    Swedenborg confirms also that the Beyond is made up of many different states and Societies, as Jesus said: "In my Father's house are many mansions"
John 14,2
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    The well known Theosophist  C.W. Leadbeater wrote much about what the Theosophists experienced in the beyond. An example is his book "Life after death", that confirms what explained above.

    The Cypriot spiritual master : Spyros Atteshlis, called "Daskalos" in a series of most interesting books written by the sociologist Kyriacos Markides, confirms that - although usually we face death with fear - the reality is opposite: death is like a pleasant sleep after a day of work. Being also an expert astral traveller, (a faculty named "exomatosis" in Greek), he confirms also the similarity between the astral and earthly world and that the aspect of that world (more correctly we should call it "state", because it does not have an identifiable, physical position separate from the Earth, but rather a different vibrational state, like a radio program, that pervades everything, without a physical position of its own) is suitable to the expectations, desires and vibrations of every single entity, so - once again - nobody judges nor condemns us, but we unconsciously create our own personal heaven (or hell), that is based upon our passions and desires.
    On the other hand who hates cannot stand Light and hides himself in the darkness or in the twilight, like a sick person, who is annoyed by an intense light, or anyway in his most suitable environment, similarly to what happens on Earth: one can find himself at ease  in a  gambling den full with criminals, while somebody else would feel it unbearable and run away, preferring a symphony theatre, that could be considered boring by many.

    The Indian contemporary mystic Arya experienced and summarizes two states in the astral plane: the lower one (chandra loka = moon world), where the most gross entities go, subject to wider attachments and the higher one (surya loka = sun world), where the more elevated entities go, who devoted themselves to the spiritual research.  Somebody else subdivides the astral world into even levels, that constitute the basic degrees of the human evolution. All these levels (often defined as the "fourth dimension", wherein space is overcome and one can move instantly between any places) are subject to reincarnation, that seems quicker for the lower levels.
    Evolution continues in the mental or noetic world (called "fifth dimension", wherein also time is overcome and one can move in the past and in the future); to access it is good to develop our mental faculties since we are on Earth, by meditation, study and mind exercise; maybe this is why many religions insist on taking care of the education of the youth. Also the fifth level is subdivided into seven steps; without knowing it, we often mention the "seventh heaven": the top of the mental world!
    Then the entity gets access to the higher worlds: the causal world, or sixth dimension and beyond. Access to the causal state looks highly favoured by selfless Love, upon which all religions insist. However the most developed entities mature such a degree of Love that feel the urgency to voluntary incarnate to help those who live in the lower worlds (earthly or astral), so they become avatars of lesser or higher level, according to their evolution.

    An interesting aspect concerns the reception of the dead. Many pray and hope that, at death, there may be their Master, or Avatar (Jesus, Mary, Krishna, Sai Baba, their Spiritual Guide, or others, according to their preference), to receive and guide them and keep themselves with Him. According to an Indian tradition, who was a disciple of a guru enjoys the privilege of His commitment to receive and introduce him into the astral world.
    About this, I summarize the report of a friend of mine: the experience of a deathbed vision that happened to the daughter of the dying person:
    My friend Veronica and her father were Sai Baba devotees, while her sister Paola was skeptical about the great avatar. The father was in a clinic, about to die of a cancer. Paola and her mother were assisting the sick, resting on some easy chairs, at the dawn  of one of the last days. Paola woke up and saw a person down the room, whom seemed her a woman, in an orange robe and much black hair; she told Paola to be quiet, because she would take her father away; Paola asked where  she would take him and the "woman" said that where she would take him, he would suffer no longer. At that point the Paola's mother woke up as well and asked Paola, whom she was talking to; Paola answered she was talking to "that lady down there", but her mother could not see anybody, neither upon Paola's insistence; meanwhile the "woman" disappeared. After three days the sick man died. Veronica, Paola's sister, commenting her father's death, said:<<Baba took him away>>. At that point, Paola reminded the above episode and reported it to her sister, who said: <<see, that Baba came?>>.

    According to the available descriptions, there is not one single Heaven, but a series of states more and more refined, up to the supreme Paradise. Therefore, although the Entity of our election can satisfy and receive us at death, to help accepting our new status and environment, our reception could be a momentary one, all depends on our maturity: if we are more evolved, we will be able to follow Him to higher states, otherwise, we could remain back, or we could be distracted by the various beauties of the astral world and may stick to it. An example of this situation was reported by Teresa Neumann (the Bavarian mystic), who saw the death of her father: he was received by his relatives, his guardian angel and by Jesus Himself, but could not follow Him, remaining back, for a short stay in his expiating state.
On the other hand it is understandable that the High Entities, coming from the utmost consciousness states, go back to Their levels, which the souls of the newcomers may not reach.

    Man's constitution with his various bodies and the relevant description of the subtle worlds, beyond the material one is supported also by those who developed the faculty to travel and operate by their higher bodies and especially by the astral one, visiting its ambient s and meeting the entities who dwell there. One of them is the American William Buhlman, working around the years 2000; he learned by "chance" to travel out of his body and exercised systematically, until he succeeded not just to use his astral body, but to leave also it and experience higher bodies and worlds.
    Who can succeed in using, even partly, and unconsciously his higher bodies and to remember something - even if he does not know how and why - can derive from that some inspiration and develop writings, inventions, discoveries, works of art and paranormal capabilities.
    To this extent, for instance, the great success of the song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (popularly know as "Volare") came to my mind, because it can be due to the fact that it describes an OBE (Out of Body Experience), without stating it and probably unconsciously and the listeners may find in it some nostalgic recall of their own astral state.
    Buhlman's trips and his sublime experiences, described in his remarkable book "Adventures Beyond the Body" (a must for who wants to study this subject), are conscious and resemble much some mystic experiences, obtained by a determined research, rather than just happened by chance to some spiritual person; they offer a new interpretation of the mystic phenomena, since the mystic vision could be recognized as some spontaneous jumps into the higher worlds, rather than  a miraculous ecstasy. By Buhlman too we get a confirmation about the constitution of the higher worlds. His observation, that I deem most interesting, based on a direct experience, is that life is not limited to the alternation of incarnations on Earth and periods in the astral world, but is an infinite path of evolution towards more and more elevated and wonderful states.

    Two famous sensitive persons: Anne and Daniel Meurois-Givaudan  have the faculty to travel easily by their astral bodies, visiting different areas of Earth and of the astral world and meeting the entities who dwell there. So, Anne Givaudan supplies us with some information about the conditions of persons who took out their life, in her book "La rupture du contrat".
     There are also some spontaneous visions by persons, who are not usual sensitive, but who had a vision in relationship with some dear dead to whom they were specially affectionate. An example of this is reported by Melvin Morse, in his book "Parting visions" :
    "A woman had a girl, who died shortly after her birth, by respiratory insufficiency. Desperate for her loss, the woman lost her interest  in her husband and first daughter and used to go daily to see the grave of the little dead. One summer evening  she was there and started feeling cold; then the  evening darkness brightened, she felt sucked inside a tunnel, at the end of which she found herself on top of a hill; from there she saw some people with several children, among whom she felt there was her daughter. Then she was wrapped again in the cemetery's darkness. Back home, she did not say a word, but her child of six said she was with her to see her little sister and asked her mother to embrace her on her own behalf,  should she see her again."

    As an example, among the millions available in the mediumistic literature, I report some pieces of inspired communications, taken from some messages received by some mediums I personally know:

    <<Before entering my period of rest, with the permit from above, I come to you to console and tell you that I am alive, alive as  I was never "before".  You know many things about this my new life, that I grasped only at the end; please console all and tell them that I am closer to you more than before. I will follow you and my children. I want you to know that, in my last days, I had a consciousness expansion as never experienced "before".
As everybody born in this dimension, I want to tell you that the only thing that counts is the little good we did and the research of our inner light.
At the moment of my detachment and even before, I saw mum, dad and granny and a great light, whom I knew to be my Guardian.
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    <<In truth, I am really happy: I embraced mum again, an indescribable emotion>>

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    <<Life and death are just different acts of the play that we act; there is no loss in dying; on the contrary, this disembodied condition is by large more serene and happy.
Earth is a test to elevate us and I had completed my work of apprenticeship: I am sorry for those who remained back, but this is their job>> 

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    <<It is always so in life and death; also this last so deprecated by the "living" is a beautiful thing; it is like a Degree, that introduces you into the world of business, which is more pleasant and less boring than studying >>

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    <<Do you know that death does not exist as dissolution? It is just a change of clothes. One drops the material suit and is more free and quick.
    Earthly birth is a tiresome, yet useful, exercise, because it leads you to evolve more rapidly and so you rise to a higher spiritual level, you get closer to the Lord.
    There is not much to fear in these operations: one tries and tries again life in matter, that is heavy and hard .
    Spirit life, instead, is easier and lighter and his times are different, quicker.
    Every situation must be lived fully and serenely, by being present.>>
 
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    <<You were asking how one goes beyond, after death: one goes there very naturally. One finds himself without a physical body, but has a subtle body, young, that does the same functions, except the strict bodily ones. There is no need to eat, sleep, or go to the toilet.
    Then one positions himself at a level of consciousness suitable to his evolution. So things go on, until one wishes to do another experience. There is no need, though, doing it soon, nor compulsory: it is a free choice, for one's inner evolution and this has an infinite path.>>
 
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     <<The same can be said about life after death: it is the real life, the one that lasts longer, even if in a different and more subtle illusion, until one merges into eternity.
    There are infinite different combinations of existence, that would be hard to describe, from the lowest to the highest state and conformation.>>

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    <<As you know, death and earthly life are just episodes in human evolution and have no such a dramatic meaning as the one we give them on Earth.
    Therefore, calm: who tells you it is a misfortune?>>

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    <<I did not die alone, I died happily, there was my mother, my grand mother and then ... then I embraced my father at length. What a moment! ...
    See, the beauty now is that you feel everything: words, matter do no longer interpose between emotions and feelings, everything is pure and transparent. I can feel your love, I can feel all my grand children's love. ...
     How could I stay far from you? How can you think so? Could you turn your back to your children? No, I love you too much, I could never separate from you.>>

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    <<I am very happy. I have no regrets, I believe nobody really has. All you do on Earth is a rich and precious experience; even actions and sentiments that on Earth are deemed not so good, are blessed here, because they help anyway our soul to grow, understand and grow....>>

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    <<Live the opportunity that God gave you, moment by moment, take advantage of every instant with joy, do no longer cry for those who came before you and left you or is about to leave you , because, seen from here, life lasts one moment, it is like a one day tour!  Therefore dry your tears and enjoy your "tour", know that when you'll come back home, we will all meet again. Get ready  and  merge into this great Love which I told you about, taste it soon, loving each other selflessly, loving without waiting to be returned, loving like one loves God, God in each one of you!>>

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    The next citation seems to summarize the core of this book:

    <<... Each one of us has his "stated" time on Earth, determined by some experiences he has to do to grow, at the end of which one goes back and live. When X was born again, I was beside him, I was the first person he met; I let you imagine the excitement that pervaded  us at length. The we celebrated his return with his grandparents and friends you know. It was very nice and joyful. Now you see, what for you, burdened with matter, is a pain, for us is a joy. On the other hand, my children, can return to the Father be a moment of pain? You said farewell to his body, to the garment of a few moments, because he is alive, active, he can see you, hear you, he is with you, with me, anyway. The bond of love that unite some incarnate souls goes on even when some of them disembody. Do not grieve, thinking you have been abandoned, on the contrary, thank and  rejoice for us, free to do whatever we like, free from the heaviness of matter, that  burdens us so much.>>

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    At the end of these quotations, I like to add a case that is not mediumistic, but literary, yet it seems to reveal an experience, a non declared vision of a great writer: L. Tolstoy; in his book "The death of Ivan Il'ic", he describes this way the supreme experience of the main character, that resembles part of the many experiences mentioned above:
    "... he fell into a dark hole and down there, something extremely brilliant. This vision gave him a deep sense of calmness.  He looked for fear, so  usual to his mind, but could not find it  <<where is death?>>  - he said to himself - he feared no longer , because death did not exist any more. In place of death he saw the light".


   
The most beautiful and authoritative message, to my opinion, is that of S. Augustine, which I put at the beginning of Appendix II and that I wish to adopt myself as my extreme farewell for my dear ones.

    Although the great majority of the dead follows the course illustrated above and live in the reported conditions, there are a couple of exceptions:

    The first one concerns those who were particularly attached to somebody or something on Earth: a person, a house, an interest, a fear, a hate. They can remain stuck to Earth, also because of their ignorance or refusal of the idea of having a soul, without understanding or willing to accept of being disembodied: they are the "ghosts", who wander around the places of their attachment; they do not even understand why the living people ignore and don't notice them, so they often try to produce some noise or mess, both in their attempt to be noticed and to drive the embodied people away from what they still consider their own home. These souls are helped both by the dead and by some embodied
expert people in understanding their situation, release their attachments and aim towards the light.
   
The second category is that of  persons who totally run away from the divine light. They are those who completely refused love and exploited others, without a scruple; a theoretical example (theoretical because nobody can judge others and everyone is a personal case) is that of a "Mafia boss", who cynically used, tortured and cruelly killed everybody who stood against his criminal life. This kind of entity, being in a real mortal sin, would not see at all the intermediate astral world, but, escaping the light, would fall into the darkness of the lowest astral level.
    From that condition one often gets reincarnated in a very heavy condition, as a victim of some individual
similar to the subject. Therefore, I would say that the Earth is sometimes like a "hell".
    Also, according to Hebraism, hell is temporary, since we cannot conceive God's Love that cannot foresee redemption.


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CONCLUSIONS




    The grand harvest of testimony and dossiers of studies about death does no longer leave any doubt about passing, while the reports of sensitives offer many interesting illustrations about life in the beyond.

    I don't want to spend time in reporting and discussing any alternative hypotheses, built up by some skeptical  materialistic critics, to try and find some traditional explanation of the NDEs, that may be forced into some psychological or physiological state. They try to explain just one aspect at a time of the reported experiences, ignoring an honest examination of the huge amount of witnesses and studies reported in the vast literature on this subject; therefore those objections result preconceived, full of gaps and more incredible than the straight explanations illustrated above.

    About the moment of death and the astral world, we can conclude that:

  1. It is not right to say that "there is no death", as somebody says, to mean that life continues; death exists as the end of the physical body and its abandonment. It does not exist, instead, if by the word "death" we should mean the cancellation and disappearing of the human person, in its more subtle and substantial components. When a person dies, she finds herself to live and act with the same aspect and character as before and can think she is not dead.
  2. It is not true, as many maintain with an air of evidence, that nobody came back to tell us what there is beyond: it is just a matter of reading the information, which are more and more abundant on the subject, so much that it is nearly impossible to read all the books written about these witnesses. All those who report on these experiences - and they are thousands, despite the reluctance to speak out, for fear to be considered insane - underline that their tales are approximate and their language is inadequate to properly describe their experience, that surpass our earthly world and our three dimensions.
  3. The reported researches and experiences demonstrate what religions affirm, without the support of any concrete back-up: death is no end and has nothing dramatic. In our passing, we are received by some disembodied Entities, often relatives and Masters, who not only do not regret for our death, but, on the contrary, rejoice in the possibility of having us again with them and help us to familiarize with the new situation. It is the passage to a different and usually much better state. In other words dying is beautiful, not just because faith tells us, but because so many experiences confirm it.
  4. In dying there is nothing to fear, unless one had a criminal behaviour. Earthly life is a drama, in which we play a part and death is our exit from the scene. Who had an NDE, with visions of the beyond, generally reports he does no longer fear death , but to wait for it with joy and regrets to have been revived. Fear is frequently due to lack of information and of any direct knowledge. Anyway, it is human to have a shudder in the proximity of death. It happened even to Jesus and to the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda: Sri Yukteswar, who said: <<A bird, who spent so long time in the same cage, always hesitates a little to leave it, when the door opens>>.  Beyond the information offered by this book, a deeper method to overcome the fear of death is meditation; not meditation on death, but pure and simple meditation. Differently from explanations and rational persuasion, meditation works on this and other aspects of life, indirectly and unconsciously, connecting us to our higher Self and to the eternal values of Being.
  5. Life is not limited to the material existence on Earth, but, on the contrary, the best part of it develops basically in the Beyond. The earthly life is a demanding adventure, which we undertake to evolve. As many Masers teach: "Life is a game", to which we assign some excessive drama, taking its happenings too seriously, like if everything should end on Earth and our dear persons should be taken away from us forever.
  6. The initial disembodied state is not an eternal static contemplation or the traditional "eternal rest". In most cases it is similar to the earthly state, but much happier, since there is no need for food, dwelling, rest, transportation and so on.
    The ambient is normally much more pleasant, with colours and sounds much more alive and Love is extremely much present than on Earth; in other words we will go back to the Earthly Paradise. Therefore the expression, often used in euphemistic way, "passing to a better life" is substantially correct, while it is a nonsense to say: <<Did you know? That fellow died, What a pity! What a tragedy! Poor man!>>. The dead are not at all "poor men", but, on the contrary,  blessed souls. Death - commonly considered by the survivors as an unbridgeable loss - is, instead, for the subject, the end of a laborious period and the access to a deserved rest, in a normally much more pleasant state.
    Certainly for the survivors it can be a great sorrow, an unfillable loss, but the deceased is very fine. Therefore the good news is that, if we have been reasonable, neither hell, nor purgatory is waiting for us, but not even paradise in its utmost sense. We will have many more experiences, in our embodied and disembodied state.
  7. Coherently with the essence of a God-Love, in the Beyond we find ourself in an atmosphere of great peace and love. God loves us with the love of a thousand mothers. Nobody judges, condemns, or punishes us, but we, comparing ourselves with love, which pervades that world, realize our limitations and imperfections, we repent for them, forgive us and the others. "Sin"  therefore is not an offence to God, but a missed opportunity. Should repentance be insufficient to overcome our problems, we could decide, with the aid,or lovely drive of some higher entity, to reincarnate, in some way and situation suitable to let us experience and improve our character. Only who was so totally selfish to hate always everybody cannot stand that loving atmosphere and restrains himself in the darkness, until he would succeed to overcome his situation. It seems that such an anguished condition - usually called "hell" - is not eternal; its duration depends upon his own decision to turn to God, asking for help and he will be promptly aided. Atheists, or agnostic people, do not make a difference: it does not matter what one believed, or which religion he practised, only how and why he behaved matters (as taught by the Gospel
    Matthew 7,21
    <<Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father...>>)
  8. This does not mean that religion is useless, since sincere religious and spiritual practices help many people to keep close to God and far from evil.
  9. Paranormal information presents us with a very wide variety of disembodied states, that go from the lowest, very similar to the earthly one, to more and more elevated and subtle conditions, where the body gradually loses his form and joys become more and more divine. This model reconciles the various religions' concepts of Paradise, from the Muslim one: more sensual and anthropomorphic, to the Buddhist one: more sublime and impersonal. Therefore, even if some revived persons describe enthusiastically their experience as a look into "Paradise", they have probably tasted just the higher astral world, while the upper states are probably much more fabulous.
  10. Happiness is not in this world; on the Earth, we can find only an alternation of joy and sorrow. The embodied state is a challenging and provocative palestra , that we bravely selected to evolve and not a condemnation following the original sin; this could be interpreted as an adventurous selection, that God tried to dissuade man from. The aim of incarnation is to experience matter and learn to exercise selfless Love - that is the only one to offer a way to happiness - even in the midst of earthly challenges. The "bad lucks" that happen to us, but which we had planned before descending to Earth, are just some tasks that we have to accomplish.
    Instead of a full happiness, often based on obtaining every comfort and satisfaction (which, however, cannot satisfy the human being) we can have an enjoyable earthly life, if we concentrate on having some constructive, although challenging, experience. 
  11. Birth and death have a role of simple transition between a state and another one. They are like the start and the end of a school year. Similarly, for many pupils, particularly in the primary school, the start is more painful than the end, because of the fear for detachment from their family for several hours and of the new environment to stand; the end of the school year is usually joyful, especially for the students who had a sufficient profit. Some authors compare the tunnel experience, seen in the NDEs, with the passage through the delivery channel, during birth. The parallel between birth and death can be confirmed by the use, in various primitive peoples, to bury the dead in fetal position.
  12. The two states : the embodied and the disembodied ones, could be compared to school and vacations: one goes to school to learn, although this is challenging, laborious and a source of anxiety and stress; then one rests, going on vacation and devoting to leisure, games, or others. This viewpoint clarifies also how useless and even detrimental would be to commit suicide, as somebody could think also by reading the present information, discovering how beautiful is the Astral world. In fact committing suicide would be like stopping one's study, since vacation is more enjoyable; in so doing, one would get flunked and should repeat the same school year. Vacation is a fair rest only after the performance of one's own planned learning path. It is surprising to note how the school model, that would seem a theory, invented to explain the life mechanisms, can find a confirmation  within the mind - unprepared on these themes - of one of the revived patients, examined by the British researchers Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick (who studied over 350 reports, supplied by people who underwent an NDE); he reported that he decided to return inside his body, despite the appeal of the Astral world, like a student who selects to stay at his desk, to finish up his homework, instead of going to play. Another lady said that the most faithful description of her experience is the feeling of a girl at her last school day, conscious to have in front of her a long period of vacation, freedom and sun.
  13. Ignorance of the school model and oblivion proper to incarnation are sources of misunderstanding, regret and excessive attachment to the embodied state, so much to wish for for ourselves and our dear ones to live as long as possible; but who would like to stay at school forever (although the school may be interesting)?
    Another important aspect of this parallel is in the fact that the incarnate state is like a multi-class school, as we can find in some small towns, where the number of pupils of each age is not sufficient to form a class and then children of various ages and skill are kept together, letting them perform tasks of different complexity. Similarly, on Earth we are put all together: entities of many different evolutionary levels , both in society and in families, to learn to live and learn  from one another. Within a family, persons of different ages, development and culture live together; nevertheless, if a child dirties we accept him, considering his age, while we expect something better from an older son. In the society we look all alike and expect similar behaviour in politeness, legality, morality, but, in so doing, we forget that the reality is different, that we are not all the same and that we are here to learn to tolerate each other, even to love one another, as generally happens within a family. Generally, children behave selfishly, emotionally, aggressively and in a possessive way, but adults know and accept that, knowing that, with their physical, intellectual and educational growth, they will evolve. This parallel can help us understand and behave more tolerantly. This does not mean that we must accept everything, but we can signal possible errors to whom behaves badly and also invoke some suitable measures, as one does within his family: if a child makes some mistake, one tells him and if he should insist one can (and must) adopt some punishment, in the interest of the community and of the subject himself.
  14. Another diffused misunderstanding is the one which associates sickness and pain to death. Many think <<I am not just afraid of dying and of what I can find beyond, but most of all to suffer in the passing>>; well, the prevailing experiences disprove such a peril; on the contrary, they show that consciousness gets detached from the body even before a traumatic event. The two happenings are separate and independent: sickness and pain can strike us at any moment, even if not mortal, they can increase our challenges while keeping alive. Death, instead, puts an end to every physical suffering, it is painless by itself, on the contrary it brings joy. Even violent deaths, or drownings, that may scare many, are generally painless, since the subject often loses his bodily consciousness at the first impact. This can console much the survivors, who can relay on the fact that their dear ones - despite the appearance -did not suffer in their passing over.
  15. Birth - commonly considered as a happy event - is, instead, often perceived a painful and unpleasant by the newborn; we do not realize this because that event gets generally forgotten by our conscious and adult mind. One can  mild the newborn shock by some precautions, such as: keeping suffused lights, elevated room temperature, low voices, washing quickly him with warm water and putting him soon on his mother's breast. She should caress and gently massage him, to reassure him and transmit him love and energy. Recently it looks like there is a revival of home delivery, in a familiar ambient, without coldness, artifices and sucking tubes. It goes - maybe unconsciously - towards easing the birth of the newborn, besides the puerpera's comfort.
  16. It looks like there are some symmetry between birth and death:
    * while being born, we pass through a physical tunnel: the delivery channel, or subtle, as someone maintains; while dying, we pass through a tunnel, that takes us to the beyond
    * just before birth, the soul gets around his future body, getting in and out of it; just before death - if it is not instantaneous - the soul begins to gaze into the astral world, leaving his body momentarily and experiencing some properties of the disembodied soul, such as OBE and seeing the dead.
  17. The moment of death is characterized by meeting some angelic or divine entities, or masters, relatives and friends of the dying person; they accompany him in his transition. They are particularly numerous and active in case of accidents and catastrophes, to calm down whom should find himself lost or frightened. It is therefore advisable to avoid distracting the dying from such a meeting, or trying to withhold him by any manifestation of sorrow and attachment. It is much better to accompany his departure by calmness, prayers, loving gestures and thoughts. Relatives who found themselves away from the dying at the moment of passing should not feel guilty: probably that circumstance was decided by Providence to ease the departure, particularly if their attachment could generate despair, or an excessive desire to hold the person alive.
  18. For the same reason, if one really loves the dead, it is good to accept his departure and overcome separation sorrow; it would cause unhappiness and depression in the dead, whom we say we love and delay his evolution. The citizens of New Orleans, who happily accompany the coffins with a jazz band, do well. Participation to a funeral - that commonly seems an act of love towards the dead - has little sense to him, to whom we could better link by some loving thought. A funeral is mainly useful to assist the relatives and to testify love and esteem for the dead.
  19. We often think that our dead would be concerned about what we do on Earth, particularly of their possessions "if they could see"; the dead can actually see what we do, but are generally not much interested about the earthly matters, in comparison with the marvels of the astral world, unless they had a special attachment to the earthly things; most people who had an NDE reported they were looking with indifference, if not with repulsion, to their dead bodies. Therefore the dying should release his attachments as much as possible. Cares and honours we devote to the corpse of our dear ones have a meaning only for us and our attachments; burial and relevant cemetery visits and cares are understandable, but tend to maintain a relationship with the body and things of the dear dead and therefore is not useful to us. The only positive aspect of this is that it reminds us to pray for him, but we'd better connecting more frequently with our dead by thought. I think cremation and scattering of the ashes be a better practice from both a material and spiritual viewpoint.
  20. Death is a passage of relief towards a very attractive and much better state, so much to make patients regret of being revived. Therefore, despite earthly life is a precious gift and a great opportunity, it is better to avoid any aggressive therapy, that tries to keep alive someone who could and would rather pass away. This does not encourage euthanasia, that would be a deliberate and dangerous act for whom does it, since it would suppress a life that could have some good reason to continue, although we do not know which. In case of some terminal and painful disease, one can access several organizations that offer free palliative cares.
  21. The state of the deceased consists basically in being free of their physical body, with all  its limitations  and defects, including sickness and mutilation and be able to live and operate by their astral, or upper body, that show an apparent age of about thirty. The disembodied are free from any need of the material life, like gaining food, clothes, house, medical cares and any other need, since they do not need them or can get everything by just asking in their mind.
    Also companionship is ideal, since there is no mixture of subjects with a different evolutionary level, but they automatically find themselves with people of their same development.
    Descriptions of many people who had a NDE report the sense of lightness of the astral body against the weight of the physical one and make me think of an armour or a deep diving suit: if we should wear such a device, we would have a hard time walking, operating , watching  around, overwhelmed by heat; in other words we could not wait to get rid of it! The possibility to travel and operate by our astral body is available - temporarily, or steadily, by chance or deliberately - also to the embodied entities, provided we develop and purify our higher bodies. This note can explain much about the properties of the mystic and masters, providing  us with a rational explanation of many events normally considered miraculous and suffused by mystery.
  22. Information from those who experienced death suggest us how to behave to evolve more quickly and without bumps and confirm the teachings of the spiritual masters: it is better setting apart selfishness, privileging selfless love, ignoring moralism, respecting anybodies' selections, without interfering with their life, not even "for their good", because everybody has to learn by himself. In contrast to the everyday fashion, becoming a successful person on Earth has no importance whatsoever for evolution and a life materially-oriented is a failure.
    The only things that count at the end of every incarnation of ours, the only luggage we can take with us are: acquired knowledge, experiences done and
    exercised love.
  23. Reviewing one's own life during coma is a rare, but providential event, a special grace; it is an extra way to understand life, in addition to the regressions, that can supply us with a tool to understand why some things happen. These experiences show us our defects, the consequences of our behaviour and help us correct them, to evolve more quickly. Forgiving is also very important, to avoid remaining stuck to past problems. Who comes back to his body, after an NDE, particularly if he experienced reviewing his own life, generally continues his incarnation with a higher understanding of LIFE, concerning:
    • its purpose, that is progress in Love
    • his own value, as an entity unconditionally loved by God
    • value of one's made and possible experiences
    • weight of one's own thought, words, actions and relations
    • reason for many happenings, sufferings, relations, conditionings

      Such an experience results much more pregnant and resolutive than any psychotherapy and even than a series of regressions. Who had an NDE becomes spontaneously more ready to merge into somebody else's feelings
  24. The information presented in this book, beyond offering a new perspective of death and birth, propose also a different and wider vision of life, in all its phases and evolutions, giving it a breath of unparalleled greatness, on a basis not just fideistic, but experiential.
  25. From what illustrated above, we can derive some rules for the assistance to the dying: stay beside them, with discretion and love, but only if they so wish, otherwise let them die peacefully; assist them in their needs and pray for them; avoid aggressive nursing. Relatives and doctors should know that people, even if dying or in a coma, are not necessarily unconscious, but often they are alive in their astral body and can hear and see everything like and even better than an alert person. Therefore, we must interface them with respect and discretion, avoiding any word or action that we would not use with healthy and awake persons.  We should avoid mentioning any perspective of life, trying to "convert" the dying. It is good to say words of peace, play or chant some happy tune and mantra, that the dying likes. After death the corpse should be left in peace for at least 24 hours, assisting it, playing music and praying; avoid visitors crowd in the dead's room, particularly if broken-hearted or driven by a simple formality.

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APPENDIX I

The Hamlet's soliloquy
(with highlighted perplexities about the beyond )


To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes Calamity of so long life:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time,
The Oppressor's wrong, the proud man's Contumely,
The pangs of despised Love, the Law’s delay,
The insolence of Office, and the Spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Quietus make
With a bare Bodkin? Who would Fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered Country, from whose bourn
No Traveller returns, Puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all,
And thus the Native hue of Resolution
Is sicklied o'er, with the pale cast of Thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered.


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APPENDIX II

Citations

"If You Knew the immense mystery of heaven

where I now live, this endless horizon,
all this light that penetrates and coats,
you should not cry, if you love me!
I am already absorbed the charm of God
in its endless beauty.
Remains in me your love one
enormous tenderness or you can do it
imagine.
I live in a pure joy.
In the anguish of time thinking this house
where one day we will be reunited for al'me
death, killing thirst at the fountain
unending joy and infinite love.
Do not cry if you love me truly! "
(S.t Augustine)

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"When I see a person die, I say to myself: what new things, great and extreme she is about to see!"
(S. Caterina from Genoa - "Treatise of Purgatory")
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"O death, I don't know how one may fear you, since in you is life"
(S. Teresa of Avila - "Exclamaciones")
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"Once you know that the body alone dies and not the continuity of memory
and the sense of "I am" reflected in it, you are afraid no longer."

(Nisargadatta Maharaj -  Indian Master of the XX century)
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"Death comes to free us. You must not desire death, but be consoled since it is our liberation from so many afflictions; it is a pension that we deserve after the hard work of life"
(Paramahansa Yogananda)
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"The worst service we can render a dying is to prevent him from dying,
tormenting him with heroic interventions, with the intent to revive his hearth"

(
Thorwald Dethlefsen - psychotherapists)

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"Only those persons who have lived, really lived, are ready, welcoming, receptive, thankful to death. Then death is not the enemy. Then death becomes the fulfilment.”
 

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"Death is no ominous calamity. It is a step into the auspicious brightness beyond."
(Sai Baba - from the thought for the day July 26, 2010)


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APPENDIX III

Destiny




    In this appendix I add some reflections about fear not of death, but of the risks of death, that worry so many people, particularly parents of young persons, who feel a desire to engage themselves in some activities considered at risk. This fear can result in interfering in somebody else's life, that can bring some unpleasant consequences in life and reincarnation of the parent.
    To try and reduce these fears, I would like to reaffirm that, according to another series of researches, the main happenings of our life had been selected by ourselves, before incarnating, with the agreement of our spiritual Guides. Therefore, it is very difficult that -  using normal caution -  we may happen "by mistake" to die, or to undergo any serious consequences from some risky activity. Parents, or spouses should avoid blocking the aspirations of their relatives, oriented to some occupation that they fear, such as flight, parachuting, sailing and so on.
    On this subject, we can get help from many examples of famous people of the past, who had "dangerous" lives:
  • Alexander the Great, one of the most famous conqueror of a huge empire, died from sickness  (or, according to someone, from  poisoning)
  • Julius Caesar, leader in so many demanding wars, died in Roma, killed by a plot
  • Napoleon, another  tireless battle leader, died from sickness in the faraway isle of St. Helen
  • Garibaldi, brave hero, always fighting, died old in his bed
  • Ambrogio Fogar, parachutist, acrobat air pilot, fearless lone sailor, shipwrecked, North Pole conqueror, got  traumatized by a car crash and ended his life by a heart attack
  • Sir Edmund Hillary, legendary pioneer and first conqueror of Everest, died at 88 in his town

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APPENDIX IV

Intimate relationship in the astral world




    In this appendix I like to offer some information derived from various sources, according to which in the beyond there is some form of intimate relationship.

    A renown tradition wants that in the beyond there is no sex and that angels have no gender.
    Various sensitive subjects supply us with some different information:
    Mr and Mrs Frost maintain that, even without being dead, but having an OBE (Out of the Body Experience), i.e. operating by one's astral body, it is possible to have a sublimated, intimate intercourse, by setting in contact the foreheads and solar plexuses of the partners.
    Emanuel Swedenborg - based on his visions -
wrote that angels, like the dead, can have a gender and live in couples, Both angels and dead could therefore keep some love relationship; even better: angels could live in couples, so intimately united to act as a single entity.
    Ernesto Bozzano, in his study "La crisi della morte", reports the message of a dead, who mentions such relationships: ".. when we harmonically join with a ghost of the other sex, towards whom we feel attracted, we don't need any specific organ to do so ... The purest, celestial ecstasy of such unions far transcends the physical ecstasy of the earthly love ... There is no restriction in loving freedom."

    There is someone who maintains that love relationships, even on Earth, are characterized by the attraction and fusion of the auras, i.e. they have some energetic, more than physical characteristics. An anecdote can illustrate this concept: during a TV transmission a man reported that he had met a girl who struck him immediately, but he lost her sight; two years later he attended a masked party, during which he felt attracted by a girl and danced with her all the night, without seeing her face. Only at the end she removed her mask and he recognized her as the one who struck him two years before. They ended up  marrying.
     There is also somebody who asserts that these intercourses are very similar to the earthly ones, but without ejaculation, as (taught by tantrism). This approach, instead of dispersing energy, sublimate it, accelerating evolution. Even in these intercourses the deep fusion of entities is sublime and pleasure is tens of times higher of any earthly physical orgasm. Of course, these intercourse do not lead to any reproduction.

    All authors agree that in the beyond there is no possessiveness  nor exclusivity: everybody is free to turn his attentions towards anybody else, without the risk that a partner may get jealous and without any conjugal formality.  Love effusions are not an end to themselves, but a means of gift and evolution.
     There are also the renown Muslim traditions, according to which a faithful, who behaved rightly, would meet in the beyond even a harem of virgins ready to delight him. This is probably a reality of the lower astral
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APPENDIX V

Chakra




        Chakra is a Sanskrit word, that means "wheel". It indicates some points of energy (prana) concentration, that, according to the esoteric tradition, animates the subtle bodies. The main chakras are seven; they are aligned along the spine, close to the main glands of the physical body, respectively:
  1.  Muladhara: at the base of the spine, close to the perineum and associated with the gonads; supervises sex activity
  2.  Svadhisthana: close to the pubis, associated with the suprarenal glands; supervises creativity
  3. Manipura: below the belly, associated with the pancreas; supervises will, power and affirmation
  4. Anahata: close to the heart, associated with the thymus; supervises emotions and pure love; in fact love is always associated with the hearth
  5. Vishuddha: by the thyroid; supervises word and communication
  6. Ajna: between the eyebrows, associated  with the pituitary gland; supervises inner and paranormal vision; therefore is called "the third eye"
  7. Sahasrara: at the top of the head, associated with the pineal gland; supervises the higher consciousness
    Energy that sleeps in the first chakra, rises gradually up, with the subject's evolution, feeding the higher chakras, that are connected to each other by a subtle channel, invisible too, called "Sushumna".

 
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APPENDIX VI

The prodigal son
(Lc 15,11)




“There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”



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APPENDIX VII
Time in the beyond




    Time is a very mysterious and relative magnitude, hard to define and unexplainable. St Augustine, in his "Confessions" wrote: "What is time? If nobody asks me, I know; if I wish to explain I don't any longer".  We could say that time is a primary concept, undefinable by any other concept: a measure of the events succession.
    Time is a relative concept also in modern physics, since the theory of relativity confirms its variability with respect to the observer and its state of movement.
    We have seen also, in the above mentioned experiences, that time in the beyond is different with respect to that on Earth. The disembodied have a very different feeling of time lapsing with respect to us and have difficulties in correlating their times with the earthly events. This happens not only for the absence of seasons and of the alternation of day and night in the astral and higher worlds, but most of all because that worlds are based on different vibrational frequencies; if, for instance, an event is announced as "imminent" by a disembodied entity, it may happen on Earth after several months. This could reconcile with the theory of relativity, according to which who could travel in space at very high speed, coming back to Earth, he would find his friends much older than himself.
    The Indian tradition supplies us with some indication about such differences in time measures:
    A Deva day is equal to an earthly year
    A Brahma day is equal to 4.32 billion terrestrial years; a Brahma second is equal to 100.000 terrestrial years.



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APPENDIX VIII
Situations comparison Earth-Beyond



I summarize here, in tabular form, the differences between the earthly and astral situation and between the physical body and the soul.


Earthly Needs
Situation in the astral state
Eating: we need to obtain and prepare it
Not necessary; one can have it just for pleasure; food is created by thought
Dressing: for protection, privacy and elegance
Not necessary: there are no season; climate is constant and nice; the soul has no form, gender,  race; an entity can assume any aspect and suit, by his thought, just to be recognized
Housing: for sleeping, protection and keep one's  own things
Not necessary: there is no night; a soul does not need to sleep, protect herself, nor keep anything;
when desired she can create, by thought, a home for her own pleasure
Working: to earn one's life and fulfil oneself
Not necessary to live, a soul has no needs. One works anyway, as a volunteer, to evolve
Washing, keeping hygienic and aesthetic care, physical training
Not necessary: a soul does not need this
following medical treatment
Not necessary: a soul does not get sick and keeps apparently always young, at about thirty.  The  astral (the lowest body of the soul) dies only to leave room to the mental one and so on, as the entity evolves
Reproducing
Not necessary: n the beyond one does not reproduce; reproduction is just building physical bodies, which are generated on Earth and rendered  available to souls who wish to incarnate
Transporting
Not necessary: a soul can go anywhere and instantly, just by her decision
Speaking languages
Not necessary: in the Beyond one communicates telepathically, without any need of  idioms
Making friends
Not necessary in the earthly sense: one spontaneously meets familiar entities, ex mates of some former life, entities with similar evolutionary level and Masters, descending from higher planes to help
Defending
Not necessary: in the beyond there are no private properties and the soul is immortal, therefore one has no need to protect himself from thieves, killers and so on. Defence from low entities is ensured by the  level of consciousness : low entities cannot rise to higher levels unless the subject wishes to go down to lower levels. There are no divisions in tribes, or nations, wars or rivalries.
Studying
In the astral state one can study at will: there are schools of any order and degree and endless libraries
Using radio, Tv, CD, DVD, etc.
Not necessary: The astral world has theatres and live shows of every kind, with free and continuous access
Undertaking
A soul does not need to undertake an activity that absorbs most of the earthly time. She can concentrate on study, help some incarnate and disembodied entities, amuse and love.
 Time runs at a higher speed with respect to Earth
Loving
LOVE is exalted more and more, as one climbs higher levels of the beyond. It loses any sexual characteristic, maximizing the energetic one, in all relationships


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APPENDIX IX
A laugh is always welcome



    A newly married couple were about to leave for their honeymoon, when he was kept behind, by an imperative work commitment. They decided that she should leave alone and he would reach her within a couple of days. She reached her remote  hotel and found that in her room there was a PC connected to the Internet. She decided to send an email message to her husband. Due to a typing mistake, her message was delivered to a widow, returning from his wife's funeral. He opened his email box and his waitress found him, fainted in front of his PC. On the monitor there still was the following message:
    "Dear spouse, I arrived well. You will be surprised to receive this message, but here too there are computers, connected to the Internet and one can communicate with one's dears. Here everything is very beautiful! I am anxiously waiting for you and checked that everything will be OK for your arrival tomorrow, after a pleasant journey like mine. I love you"

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This text is dedicated to the Lord, who incarnated as the great Avatars, like :

Jesus and Sathya Sai Baba *


* Sai Baba incarnated on November 23, 1926 at Puttaparthi: a village in Andhra Pradesh, (India) and left His body on April 24, 2011. He has millions of devotees all over the world. He makes every kind of miracle and built hospitals, schools, villages, aqueducts and so on, to raise the most unfortunates' conditions.


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