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.
a very deep research! This book offers a simple yet powerful message,
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"Now I know that
the passing is a joy, no more sorrow. In the beyond the disincarnated
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"
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"I met this text at the perfect moment. My mother was a patient in a terminal state and I
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I read this bookall
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
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author was also available to answer my questions on some points; I feel
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else as he helped me. With immense gratitude." [Melissa Giovannini]
"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")
the ages, religions have taught that there is
life after death and believing that claim is a matter of faith. But
faith is strong, death is feared because it is thought that there is no
know what kind of life comes afterwards. Oh, yes we can know!
In "Morire è bello" (Dying is Beautiful), Paolo Vita
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
also teach that how we live here determines our
afterlife and we are reunited with loved ones. In these respects they
right, too, but all other ideas about our next lifetime are
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
the part where the energy corresponds with the energy we put forth
lived in godly ways go to idyllic areas where
love and joy abound. They choose the lifestyle they wish, including
want to learn. Education includes studies from ABC to university
well as professional training for employment. People travel around the
and enjoy all forms of recreation except sports that harm or kill
that are fierce here are peaceable there, and all animals roam freely
people. People who
treated others brutally go to areas in keeping
with their behaviour. They are given continuous loving guidance to
those tendencies, and as they respond, they move into successively
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
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
he chose Matthew, Tell Me about Heaven
as one of his sources.
I have been
interested in spiritual research for many years. In so doing I had the
opportunity to read many books dealing with life and death. One of
them was "Matthew tell about heaven"
by Suzanne Ward; it refers to 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
wanted to find out more, referring to a variety of different and
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 beside
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,
birth is usually considered a joyful and auspicious event, while death
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
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
Though my research is summarized from many serious
and qualified authors, I do not want to claim that this is the ultimate
truth, or the gospel, but I think it is a good model, useful to
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 origins, 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.
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 remember 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
All these feelings could also be referred to as 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.
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
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 and so I face the
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 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 for the
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 are dismayed to hear of the passing of one of their acquaintances.
At every birthday, we used 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
There are some people who are afraid of or even
prognosticate death in fearful circumstances, like by drowning,
or being the victim of an aggression, falling from a precipice, or being
suffocated. Apart from the fact that these fears should regard not
death itself, but the stress and pain that can precede it, 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, by an accident,
fulminating illness, aggression, war, for example, 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 loss 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 go to visit the
deceased one at the cemetery, bringing flowers and candles, as 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, the desire to have the dead
person physically present by us, to touch, embrace and to talk to him/her,
to spend time with them. Finally, thinking about 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
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
is a wide misinformation about death and life in the beyond. This book
presents itself as a summary of the large research developed by many
scientists and sensitive persons on this subject, with the hope that
reader may take advantage of it, to accept more serenely the loss of a
dear person or to face death with a calmer attitude.
Since time immemorial, man has always been trying to
investigate the aim of life and what there may be after death. We
often hear people saying that nobody came back to tell us, but for
many decades, many scientists have been studying this aspect of
existence, through three main means:
reports by doctors, nurses and relatives who assisted some dying
interviews with revived persons
regressions and memories of past lives
Italian author Ernesto Bozzano (1862 - 1943) was
one of the first scientist to gather a book of reports of dying persons, as found in the literature
first parapsychological associations, or from some newspapers
articles. Reports are generally more orientated towards some
ghost apparition, rather than to 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 aspects 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
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
In Italy we have the renown journalist and writer Paola
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
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
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 cast 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 partner and had some regression sessions myself.
This technique is already practised all over
the world and
is well-known via 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 regression sessions,
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
Regression is generally practised by personal
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 those present.
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 testified, unanimously
enough, the beauty, peace, light and love that reign in it.
Sylvia Browne, a known American sensitive lady has
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 makes up a symmetrical passage,
yet little known and misunderstood. One can discover much about it too.
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, 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
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:
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
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 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 stay. 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 they 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
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
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 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 aid several terminal patients at a
specialized hospice in Roma, Italy:
I assisted was a professor, a sweet person, deeply
religious, 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 send 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 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.
and Mrs Fenwick reported an even more surprising phenomenon 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 :
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
waiting for her. The soul was revolving with raised arms and was
calling her sister, inviting her to come. Barbara answered she could
and felt herself sucked back into her body. She looked at her sister
resting quietly, who stopped living a few hours later.
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
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
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:
even when affected by some
painful sickness or serious accident, the subjects do no longer feel
any ache, on the contrary, sometimes in the case of a shock, the soul gets
separated from the body an instant before the deadly shot, so that the
subject does not feel any pain, nor psychological consequence by the
the subjects could
often see their own body from outside it, as a separate entity and
/or the operating room and the doctors striving to reanimate them. This
phase is very similar to an out-of-body experience (OBE), on which I
deal later on; the helpless body
is commonly seen from above, from a distance varying from a few inches
to several meters. Sometimes the patient can see also some entities,
whom he perceives as "Angels", who guide the doctors in their
they often could see the classic
"tunnel", at the end of which
there is a beautiful light. Margot Grey supplies us with a very
detailed description of this tunnel experience:
it was like the light of a small star in a dark sky; she was travelling
at high-speed towards that light, that was gradually widening ad showed
like the end of a tube; the trip lasted about one minute; at the end
she did not see the exit of the tunnel, but an immersion into a very
bright, but not blinding, white-blue light.
The tunnel experience is a classic in the passage to the beyond.
Ascent to the Empyrean - picture by Hieronymus Bosh (1500)
the subjects perceive a sense
of peace, light, unity and
sometimes a sweet music; they find the new situation pleasant and
attractive; it shows like an idyllic country, shining by its own light;
they can extend their sight simultaneously in all directions,
seeing flowers with wonderful colours, while hearing marvelous sounds
from some unseen source.
people met some late relatives or friends of theirs, coming to receive
them and help in the passage; sometimes the patient discovers to meet
someone, whom he did not even know to be dead. The dead generally
show themselves as young-looking, even if they died of old age;
their apparent age is in the thirties. The body of both the patient
and the dead persons (called "astral body") generally appears tangible,
like on Earth. Often a Being of light and love is there to guide them;
is identified with some great personality: an unknown sage, Jesus, or
some other Being, according to one's belief; He transmits to the
subject a feeling of appreciation and unconditional love, apart from
his earthly story and behavior. Communication with the disembodied
performed telepathically; so, no language barrier exists.
Nobody reported meeting or vision of devils.
usually a very fast, yet detailed and very vivid review of
the happenings and emotions of one's recent incarnation; it is a means
of learning what we still have to refine. There is often also the
feeling of a barrier between the subject and the astral world; it
is usually not crossed, since the entity gets drawn back into his
dying persons often regret being revived by the doctors'
efforts, since they would prefer their new experienced status, unless
their attachment to their own dears - particularly to small children
- should make them prefer to live and continue assisting them. For many
this kind of experience is like tasting a happy situation and being
then deprived of it; it is like trying an exciting drug, without being
able to have it again. Once back into the physical body, one can feel the
heaviness of it, like an obstacle to the freedom of movement,
experienced in the astral world; the material world can also give a
feeling of oppression, compared to the joy, love and peace of the
"Beyond"; it's like a degradation.
Furthermore, coming back into the physical body means returning of
pains, often strong, due to the accident that caused the NDE, except in
those cases when the NDE was associated with a miraculous healing.
May be this is why, when we incarnate, we forget all our previous lives
and of the astral condition. Should we remember them, we probably could
not live serenely, but would spend all our earthly life regretting and
back from this experience the subjects overcome their fear of
death, considering it like the end of a difficult period and the start
of a more serene and happy one. One of them declared to the researcher
Peter Fenwick: <<If this is
there is nothing to fear. It's wonderful!>>. They also
higher sense to life and to the commitment to lavish in it; sometimes
they leave a wicked life.
the subjects report their whole experience as tangibly real, although with a great sense of inadequacy to express
in words the uniqueness of it, which is too different from
the earthly one.
A consequence of
this information is that the insistence to hope
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,
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 seem
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
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
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
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 wish 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 seem 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
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. He made also a similar comparison
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:
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
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
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 send 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.
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
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 lotus position. 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
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.
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
police officer 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
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 take part 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
can be different between subjects.
Despite this, we can find a very high, even
surprising, agreement among the reports of so many subjects.
Eadie's reports agree with those of others and have the following
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 that
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
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 of
crystal; He was instructing him about the activity he should do,
that consisted exactly in alleviating fear of death in dying people, by
admission to a serene ambient, refusing therapeutic obstinacy, help 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
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:
letting the reader think
giving a transformation example
offering results 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
His death had three phases:
awareness to be dead, a sense of lightness, perception of wonderful
sounds and colours, peace and divine light.
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 tell 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. The beauty of his flight impressed him so much
that, after recovering, he wanted to learn driving airplanes.
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 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
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 to be pitied, but, in case, the
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
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 give. It
should not be considered a 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
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
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
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
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
vision of lights and colours
moral exaltation, feeling of being saved
intellectual illumination, knowing that life is eternal; loss of
fear of death
loss of the sense of sin, considered as an offence to God, but
instead, as a lesson to be better learned
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
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
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
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 many theologians consider them less than an
Also the first 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 close 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."
"I found myself in front of a
mountain, 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."
"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"
persons, dressed in white, came to receive me and took me to a third
man, provided with a big book. He said that they took him 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"
"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."
"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 help 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.
"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."
"A friend of Paola Giovetti reported her his coma experience: he was in
his bed with flu 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."
"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
"In another USA hospital, a girl was pronounced death for a serious
infection. Then she came back to life and reported she 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."
"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 dead 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."
"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
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."
"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
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."
"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."
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."
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross reports - among many others -
two emblematic cases:
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!"
(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.
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."
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
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.
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 form
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; the important aspects are 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 keep 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 opposes 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.
People who underwent a regression and during it experienced their
passage from an incarnation to death, report that:
event is devoid of pain and makes us pass into a state more beautiful and
full of life
concludes a challenging, often painful period of time
one does not stop
living, but can see what is happening around one's own body, from which
now one feels separate
according to the
results of a research conducted by Helen Wambach, 90% of the subjects
declares that death is a nice experience
experience calms down and removes every fear of death from
life is seen as a
theatre play, that makes us learn many lessons
After death, we
are not judged by somebody else and are received lovingly
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:
at the moment of death one finds himself in a body similar
to the physical one, but without many of its limitations; one can move
at leisure, by instantly flying, guided by one's thought, to the
desired place, through any material object, such as walls, doors,
ceilings, furniture; one can see his physical body as
separate and perceived as something alien, like a cast-off
cloth and people around it, possibly working to revive it.
up to the moment of death one can see a link between the
two bodies, like a silver, extremely elastic cord, that can be extended
at leisure, allowing the astral body to move freely. That cord gets
interrupted at the moment of death, like the umbilical cord gets cut at
the moment of birth.
one can ear sounds and noises of various types
one generally sees a dark tunnel, at the end of which there
is a light; the subject gets sucked into the tunnel, to emerge on the
on the other side, he often meets his disembodied relatives
and friends, to receive him lovingly and happily, and to help him
adapt to the new world
one often meets a white light, comfortable and serene, in
which he is invited to enter
are some dear persons or worshipped
figures. The reception in the upper world is well planned,
according to the needs of the subject. The entities show themselves
according to newly arrived, both for their aspect (e.g.: the one they
had when they knew each other, so as to be readily recognizable even if
the identification is mostly done by their energy), and according to
the specific needs of the dead; in fact the reception is relevant
mostly to his needs and aimed to the less expert and less ready to pass
entities; some other ones can and wish to "fly" readily to their
destination, without any help.
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
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 with death has been 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."
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."
"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 recognize 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 her eyes very much bistred.
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 recognize, 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."
experience in the moment of death is offered by the cited book of
"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":
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" .
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
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 a love for both.>>
Later Maddalena understood she selected her mother
because she had to forgive her"
"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
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".
In the first part of this book, I presented the
results of a series of scientific research 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 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 worked for years on some research at the University
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; they answer some possible objections about the idea that NDEs
are the experience 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 last 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 into 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 questionable
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
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 help 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
To begin I like to mention a sentence that fully
confirms the title of this book and its conclusions; this 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 people, 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 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, where 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
the earthly one, 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; the light is not produced by any sun and there are no 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 evolved 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 seem 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 live 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, breathe air, nor sleep; nobody needs
a house or means of transport, although these things are available and
allowed to whom may want 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
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 this is why they love fairy
and believe in them. There is somebody who maintains that such a
possibility exists even on Earth, although more moderate.
As a result 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 wish.
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 result
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
We can imagine how all these favorable conditions
may cut 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
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 person
of a different evolutionary level is avoided, while on Earth
this often 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, and not 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 use some intuitive knowledge.
Many entities devote themselves to the invisible
help of earthly people. In fact, each one of us has one or several
spiritual Guides. They help us, both on Earth and in the upper worlds.
All this information is confirmed by an independent
source: the book "The invisible
dictated by the late British Ken Akehurst to his friend G.M.Roberts. It
has 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, because 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
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 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 knew 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
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 go ahead 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 show themselves 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
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, "planned", with some other souls, before being born!
Such an act of love must be lived to the bottom, so that it be not
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:
help to the newcomers: just passed entities, who may need
some orientation, or therapy, if they died in some devastating
children care : the small persons, died prematurely, who grow up
quickly in Heaven
help and guide to still incarnate people
education, both for some intellectual and evolutionary interest,
and for the performance of the other activities.
If one cannot go ahead 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 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
woman, 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
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 oneself the sense of all our experiences,
reliving emotionally the episodes of our human life, also those that
appeared of little importance.
All that 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 go ahead 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
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 seem obscure to us, that we do not dare to define 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 face us with the dark side of our self, 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 go ahead, I get rid of my old conditioning 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 you are in God's own image and likeness and 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 so you must make your choice, 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, about 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 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 established 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."
This kind of information comes from some personal
direct experiences : visions, or trips (OBE = out of the body
Visions are spontaneous experiences in some
sensitive persons, who had access to some after world state and entities.
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 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 the
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 deceased 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 we call a "soul", it is worth while presenting a model
of the structure of man and of the wider world, beyond the earthly one.
Various traditions, among which
the Indian one stands out, and the experience of many sensitive persons
are substantially similar and indicate 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".
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
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 today 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
body, or emotional, or of the desires, or psychic
(Manomayakosha); it lets us feel joys and sorrows; it is the first part
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 many dreams, leaving the
physical body; it is the one used at the intermediate level: the first
world of the beyond or fourth dimension, or fourth density, or astral:
the one normally described in this book.
body, or lower noetic (Vijinanamayakosha), a further part of the soul,
developed only in man, as the following higher bodies; it servesto develop an organized and concrete thought and gives us access
the relevant "mental" plane or state of Heaven
causal body, or higher noetic, or akasic (Anandamayakosha); it is
the first part 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
personal spirit (whom some teachers split 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, the
astral body is the one that we generally experience in NDEs . All these
(subtle and normally invisible) bodies wrap the
physical body as a series of successive, concentric wrapper. Sensitive
persons can see them or part of them and name them "aura"; it 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 somebody saw
and 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 subtle 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 subtle bodies is possible, not
just by the disembodied entities, but also by anybody who has a
ability. Such an ability can be native - as in most cases -
i.e. gained through a conquer in some earlier life, or acquired.
Its acquisition seems 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 that we can be acquire them also through some specific
Based on this approach, there are Masters and
seers, offering us some extra information and interpretation about the
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 contribute 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 states and Societies, as Jesus said:"In my Father's
house are many mansions"
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
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 place 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), based on our passions and
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, 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 roughest 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 form 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 reach 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: a deathbed vision that happened to the daughter
of the dying person: My
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 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, who 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 Paola's mother woke up as well
and asked Paola, whom she was talking to; Paola answered she was talking
to "that woman 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 choice
can satisfy and receive us at death, to help to accept 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 stay 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 work
by their higher bodies and particularly 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 a OBE
(Out of Body Experience), without stating it and probably unconsciously
and the listeners may find in it some nostalgic recall of their own
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 and not
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
believe 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 higher
and more 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. Melvin Morse, in his
book "Parting visions" reports an example of this: "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 the
cemetery darkness wrapped her again. 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
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
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
At the moment of my detachment and even before, I saw mum, dad and
granny and a great light, who I knew was my Guardian.>>
<<In truth, I am really happy: I embraced mum again, an
<<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
<<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 to the world of business, which is more
pleasant and less boring than studying >>
<<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.
We must live every situation fully and serenely, by
<<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.>>
<<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.>>
<<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
<<I did not die alone, I died happily, there
was my mother, my grandmother 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.>>
<<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 our soul to understand and grow....>>
<<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 are 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
The next citation
seems to summarize the core of
<<... 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. 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 unites some incarnate souls goes
on even when some of them disembodied. 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.>>
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
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
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
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 stay 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 class 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
Also, according to Judaism, hell is temporary, since
we cannot conceive God's Love that cannot foresee redemption.
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 to 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;
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:
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, he finds himself to
live and act with the same aspect and character as before and can think he is not dead.
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
reading the information, which is 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 superficial and their language is inadequate to properly describe
their experience, that surpass our earthly world and our three
The reported researches and experiences prove 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 at 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 an 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.
with the essence of a God-Love, in the Beyond we find ourselves 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 helped.
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
to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father...>>)
This does not mean that religion is useless, since sincere religious
and spiritual practices help many people to keep close to God and far
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.
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.
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.
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 harmful would be
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 woman said
that the most faithful description of her experience is the feeling of
a girl at her last school day, having ahead a long
period of vacation, freedom and sun.
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 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 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 enough
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 entities all together, with many
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 gets dirty
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 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.
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
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 rely on the fact that their dear ones - despite the appearance
- did not suffer in their passing over.
considered as a happy event - is, instead, often perceived a painful
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, high room temperature, low voices, washing quickly him with
water and putting him soon on his mother's breast. She should caress
and gently massage him, to reassure him and send 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 puerpera's comfort.
It looks like there is 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.
moment of death is characterized by meeting some angelic or
divine entities, or masters, relatives and friends of the dying person;
they go with him in his transition. They are in large number
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 better to drive his departure by calmness, prayers, loving gestures and
thoughts. Relatives who found
themselves away from the dying while he was passing should not feel
guilty: probably Providence decided that circumstance to ease
the departure, particularly if their attachment could generate despair,
or an excessive want to hold the person alive.
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 go with 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 aid the relatives
and to testify love and esteem for the dead.
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 in 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 keep up a relationship with the body and
things of the dear dead and 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 often with our dead by thought. I think
cremation and scattering of the ashes be a better practice from both a material and spiritual viewpoint.
a passage of relief towards a very attractive and better state, so
much to make patients regret of being revived. Therefore, despite
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 the case of some terminal and painful disease, one
can get access to several organizations that offer free palliative cares.
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 work
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 work 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.
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
moralizing, respecting anybody's 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.
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
regression, 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, about:
its purpose, that is progress in Love
his own value, as an entity unconditionally loved by God
the value of one's made and possible experiences
the weight of one's own thought, words, actions and relations
reason for many happenings, sufferings, relations,
Such an experience results much more pregnant and decisive than any
psychotherapy and even than a series of regression. Who had an NDE
becomes spontaneously more ready to merge into somebody else's feelings
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.
what illustrated above, we can derive some rules to help
the dying: stay beside them, with discretion and love, but only if
they so wish, otherwise, let them die peacefully; help 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 we should leave the corpse 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
perplexities about the beyond )
To be, or not to be, that is the
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.
"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! "
"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") _______
"O death, I don't know how one may
fear you, since in you is life"
(S. Teresa of Avila - "Exclamaciones") _______
"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."
Maharaj - Indian Master of the
"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
(Paramahansa Yogananda) _______
"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
Dethlefsen - psychotherapists)
"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.”
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 wish 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 to reduce these fears, I would like to
reaffirm that, according to another series of researches, we selected the main
happenings of our life before
incarnating, in agreement with 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 conquerors of a
huge empire, died from sickness (or, according to someone,
Julius Caesar, the leader in so many demanding
wars, died in Roma, killed by a plot
Napoleon, another tireless battle
leader, died from
sickness in the faraway St. Helen
Garibaldi, a brave hero, always fighting,
died old in his bed
Fogar, a 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, the legendary pioneer and
first conqueror of Everest, died at 88 in his town
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
Mr and Mrs Frost maintain that, even without being
dead, but having a 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 plexus of
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 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 the 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
intercourse 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
intercourse the deep fusion of entities is sublime and pleasure is
tens of times higher of any earthly physical orgasm. Of course, this tipe of
intercourse does not lead to any reproduction.
All authors agree that in the beyond there is no
sense of possession or 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, 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 specific to the lower astral planes.
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:
Muladhara: at the base of the
spine, close to the perineum and associated with the gonads; supervises
Svadhisthana: close to the
with the suprarenal glands; supervises
Manipura: below the belly,
associated with the pancreas; supervises
will, power and affirmation
Anahata: close to the heart,
associated with the thymus; supervises
emotions and pure love; in fact, love is always associated with the
Vishuddha: by the thyroid;
supervises word and communication
Ajna: between the eyebrows,
associated with the pituitary gland; supervises inner and
paranormal vision; it is called "the third eye"
Sahasrara: at the top of the head,
associated with the pineal gland; supervises the higher consciousness
The energy that sleeps in the first chakra, rises gradually up, with the
subject's evolution, feeding the higher chakras connected to
each other by a subtle channel, invisible too, called "Sushumna".
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.
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.
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.’”
Time is a very mysterious and relative size,
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 due to the absence of
seasons and of the alternation of day and night in the astral and
higher worlds, but most of all because those 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 older than
The Indian tradition supplies us with some
information 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.
I summarize here, in tabular form, the differences between the earthly
and astral situation and between the physical body and the soul.
Situation in the astral state
Eating: we need to get and
Not necessary; one can have it
just for pleasure; food is created by thought
Dressing: for protection,
privacy and elegance
necessary: there are no seasons; 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
when desired she can create, by thought, a home for her own pleasure
Working: to earn one's life and
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
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
Not necessary: n the beyond one
does not reproduce; reproduction is just building physical bodies,
generated on Earth and rendered available to souls who wish to
Not necessary: a soul can go
anywhere and instantly, just by her decision
Not necessary: in the Beyond one
communicates telepathically, without any need of idioms
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
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 ethnic groups, or nations, wars or rivalries.
In the astral state, one can
study at will: there are schools of any order and degree and endless
Using radio, Tv, CD, DVD, etc.
Not necessary: The astral world
theatres and live shows of every kind, with free and continuous access
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
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
A newly married
couple was 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
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"
text is dedicated to the
Lord, who incarnated as the great Avatars, like :
Jesus and Sathya Sai Baba *
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.