What happens in the Afterlife? Of course , majority of us would have to wait for our time of passing over before we can really say what happens. However, if we have been extremely curious and resourceful, we would have found out that there are people who literally have died for a short moment but came back to life, with enlightening descriptions of the after death experience . Such a case is termed as NDE or Near Death Experience. Often NDE has a major impact on the survivor as now the person views life from a wider perspective, having had a personal glimpse of the Other Side.
I have personally read many NDE cases over the years and I find the revelations mind-expanding and very liberating. It is as though my ego is cast aside to make way for the ultimate truth of life. One of the more interesting NDEs that I have come across involves a lady by the name Reinee Pasarow of California, USA.
In May 1966, 16-year-old Reinee Pasarow became unconscious following an allergic food reaction and then had an NDE. The following are excerpts of her testimony :
“I only became aware when I heard the very loud sound of the fire engines arriving. I heard my best friend from elementary school calling to me. She was calling, ‘Reinee, don’t die, don’t die Reinee.’
I heard this and it seemed as if it was in a foreign language to me. I finally computed the meaning of this and realized that my life was in danger. I had an obligation to fight for my life because of my mother and my friend, because she had such terror in her voice that it cut through to my heart.
I tried to fight for my life, but the battle became overwhelming. At this point I just surrendered myself, my soul, to the power that brings us all into existence and that gives us all life. I knew that this was the source of all life and the way of all things. I surrendered to that and I entered a state of peacefulness.
Then just like that (clapping her hands), I became a ball of light or energy in the midst of this crowd that was circling a body. I became massively aware, unlike any awareness I had had during physical existence. I was not really aware of myself. I was aware of everyone around me. I was aware of my mother and my neighbors, and my friends and the firemen and what they were thinking and what they were feeling and what they were hoping and what they were praying. This was such a pummeling input of emotion and information that I was all at once overwhelmed and confused, and rather disoriented.
I followed their attention to something on the sidewalk and I looked at a body on the sidewalk… And then I became aware that the thing on the sidewalk, that thing that suddenly became a piece of meat to me, was what I had identified as myself before, but had no connection with it other than that I had been with it for a very long time. But it had nothing to do with me because suddenly, I was more of a person than I had ever been before. I was more conscious than I could ever be. I was free of the limitations of being a physical being.
…And with that (taps the table) again like this, I was bumped way up, up above some light wires. From that point I could watch everyone beneath me, but I was not as closely associated with them, [but] I was completely feeling everything they were feeling.
I watched my mother and a boy come out of the house and up the hill which I could not have seen physically. I was very sad for my mother. I was very sad for my friend who kept calling me…So my concern was for them. I spent my time observing them and calling to them – calling to them that everything was as it should be, that everything was fine, that I was free, that it was wonderful…. I tried to communicate this to them over and over again and I realized that I had no mouth. I had no body. They could not hear what I was saying to them. I would have to leave them in the same hands I had left myself in the process of dying. With that I turned away, just sort of like a ball, just turned away.
My attention turned away lovingly but knowing that there was nothing I could do. I turned away from them and began to pull up. I became aware, as if I were a camera on a space ship or something, of our place – my particular little street and then my particular little town. I kept pulling up and up and up to a point where I could observe the whole Earth. This was wonderful!
The Earth was alive and the Earth was singing. It was singing a single song and in that song everyone had a voice. Every human being had a very important note to add to this precious song of the Earth. It was a song of love and every living being had something to add to the song of Earth. Every one of these essences was very much connected. I was seeing it not like we see normally. I was seeing it both from a macroscopic – from the point of view of the spaceship – and from a microscopic vantage point. Microscopic in that I could see an amoeba in the ocean was connected to the song of the heart of all humanity; and that this world was responding to the song in our hearts in a miraculous, unified, and beautiful way. I too began too sing. I was so overcome with joy. It wasn’t a song obviously with the mouth. I had no mouth. I had no body. I simply was. I became a part of that song and very full of joy that I could have something to contribute to this sacred beauty of our Earth and of all people.
I became very aware that we as people have a unique influence on the world even if we are not actively doing something. We influence this planet by our state of being. We influence this planet very positively if we are filled with love and respect for others or negatively if our hearts are negative.”
After being out of her body for some time Reinee eventually saw a Being of Light which then told her “It is not time” . That prevented her from moving further forward. She then found herself returning to the physical world.
Reinee’s microscopic and macroscopic view of life from the Other Side is yet another testimony of the ‘We are One’ concept. Today’s scientists even use terms like ‘entanglement’ that connote this theme of how everyone and everything is connected. I truly agree with what many spiritual people have opined – that the only separation that exists between humans is …. one that they create in their mind.