Mindfulness, Faith, Peace: A Brain Surgeon Examines the Science Behind A Near-Death Experience and How It Changes You

By Ralph Flores | Natural News

(Natural News) It has long been established that science is a body of knowledge that deals with the natural world that is based on testable explanations and predictions about the universe. Almost all bodies of science that exist today are rooted in that premise. However, there is one part of the natural world that can be quite enigmatic for scientists to examine: Death and the afterlife.

In an article on the Daily Mail, Dr. Eben Alexander provides his own take on this phenomenon, as he also experienced a close encounter with death. Recounting the experience, the American neurosurgeon said that his own near-death experience started with a severe headache that was enough to wake him up. The pain was enough to spread to other areas of his body, particularly the back, and put him in a state of extreme agony. He was taken to the hospital where he worked, and there the physicians discovered that Dr. Alexander contracted meningitis. Soon after, the bacteria affected other parts of his brain, and he shut down after the condition affected his thought process and emotion.

He clearly remembers what happened after he was placed on a ventilator: A light came down from above and showered him with “marvelous filaments of living silver and golden effulgence.” This light was a circular entity, which produced “heavenly music” which he described as the Spinning Melody. The light then opened up, and Dr. Alexander recalled going through the opening that was created. He was transported up into a valley that he described being “full of lush and fertile greenery, where waterfalls flowed into crystal pools.” According to his account, there were puffy pink and white clouds in the valley which resembled marshmallows. The sky behind it was described to be a rich blue, and the valleys contained trees, animals, and people.

Dr. Alexander opines an explanation for this scenario: “Believe in it all, at least for now.” The memories that he experienced during his near-death encounter were so vivid; however, the evidence to prove this is next to none. A better approach to all of this, he explains, is to suspend disbelief and open your mind to the broadest possibility.

This experience has brought him bizarre phenomena that are difficult to explain through science; people around him have noticed an awakened energy surrounding him. This affected him in little things, such as his laptop breaking down as a possible result of the energy, to extreme cases, such as trees falling down beside his house.

In order to keep this energy in check, Dr. Alexander discovered “contemplative neuroscience” or the concept where science, mysticism, and religion can teach us about the mind. It was here that he discovered mindfulness, the constant awareness of the breath and body to divert the mind from thinking distressing thoughts.

Practicing mindfulness

In the article, Dr. Alexander enumerates various geniuses who practice mindfulness, stating that they have understood what it stands for and have achieved it in their daily lives. This was called hypnagogia, a level of awareness through free-form daydreaming.


How To Survive Your Spiritual Awakening

By Luke Miller | Truth Theory

A spiritual awakening can be a rollercoaster ride of up and down emotions, here is how you can ride the waves:

What is a spiritual awakening?

A spiritual awakening is an emergence of your essence (higher self), and/or a connection (or a glimpse of a connection) with the oneness that connects us all. We are born as this essence and as time passes we often lose a connection to this root existence. A spiritual awakening is us as an older being with a more developed (physical) mind and body reconnecting with this essence which can sometimes come as a shock.

What can cause your awakening?

Sometimes a singular event which breaks your current routine of thought- for example, going away on holiday could force you to reflect when you are usually busy. Meeting someone who has already had a spiritual awakening can trigger one in us. A new relationship or the ending of a relationship. A new job or the ending of a job. Experience with a mind-altering substance, or an experience similar which could be induced through meditation, breathwork, dancing, singing, art or anything that gets you out of your head. A near-death experience, or a miracle that cannot be explained rationally. All can cause what seems like a spontaneous awakening.

It can also be a series of events, such as synchronicities that continually show up leading you in a specific direction. At times like these, it can feel as if the universe is speaking with you in an unspoken language, and often it actually is.

Sometimes the cause of your awakening is not apparent and while there is usually a trigger of some kind, it is not always obvious without us taking the time to reflect upon it.

What should you do if you have had a spiritual awakening?

The first thing is to slow down, it can be a lot when your whole life gets turned upside down, so don’t make any decisions that you may later regret. This is not to say that you should not make changes, you probably will. But in a euphoric state, you can often do something drastic, expecting everything to just fall into place and this is not always how it works.

Accept that life may be different to how you thought it was, and try to take some time out and just be with yourself. Talk to friends and family who may understand, but do so without being forceful. Speak to others who have experienced the same thing, but also realize that just because someone has experienced this, it doesn’t mean they have it figured out or will have answers for you.

Most importantly (without being in too much of a rush) listen to your intuition and feelings.

How to not alienate yourself from family and friends?

It is very common to become alienated from friends and family while going through a spiritual awakening, this is often due to us becoming forceful with ideas and trying to show others what we have felt. This is not to say you should not share your experience, but to do so with people you can fully trust and to do so in a way that is not you preaching to them.

Another common behavior is for us to isolate ourselves, as we think no one will understand. This is quite often the case with our current support system, however, there are always people out there that can help to guide you.

Do things that make you happy, meet people who have similar interests to you and explore the things you used to enjoy as a young child. This is not to say you have to do the things you have done as a child, but to try to remember the feelings you had and do things that could replicate their feelings.


Gratitude is something we can find no matter where we are in life. Look for what is good and water the seeds.

Ask for spiritual guidance, but also realize no one will do the work for you. This could be prayer, asking your higher self or just saying it outloud to whoever you believe could be listening.

Meditation practice can really help, simply focus on your breath and breathe deep into your stomach, while watching the breath. Make sure you keep your back straight and use the time to come into your body.

Spend time in nature. Nature is honest, non-judgemental and allows you to view the world from a different perspective. Spend time with the trees and feel their unconditional love.

Slow down! Like other major events there is a transitional phase, don’t be in a rush to be at the next stage. It is a bit like when you start a new job or have a child- you may (or may not) thrive in this transition but there will be hurdles and unexpected things that arise. Resist the temptation to allow your mind to make all the decisions. Synchronistic events will unfold and sometimes you will need to not cling to your current position and allow things to be free-flowing.

Trust your intuition. Your gut will tell you what is right for you in an animalistic/instinctive kind of way. Your heart will tell you if it is in line with the higher good and your mind will scream no!!! The physical brain has its uses, but intuition is not one of them, get out the brain and listen to your intuitive mind.

Write down your thoughts. This can really allow you to gain an understanding of what is going on in your head and can come in handy at a later date when you feel to reflect.


A spiritual awakening is a beautiful thing to go through as it is honest and reveals our true self, however our resistance to cling to the old can really make it a painful transition. Whatever stage you are in now is where you are supposed to be to have the highest realizations of where you are heading. Trust this moment and know that all passes. Much love, Luke

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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life. Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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Scientists Discover Evidence for Near Death Experience

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By Jenny Hope | DailyMail.Co.Uk

For centuries, those brought back from death’s door have claimed they had a glimpse of the afterlife.

Related Article: 21 Life Lessons from Anita Moorjani’s Amazing Near Death Experience (Video Interview)

They speak of seeing a tunnel, a light, dead relatives, or their own lives flashing before their eyes.

Some even recall floating out of their bodies and watching doctors struggling to revive them.

Medical and scientific experts have maintained these ‘near-death experiences’ do not exist and are simply a normal reaction to intolerable stress.

Yet now university researchers claim to have produced compelling scientific evidence that they really do happen.

Others say this may show the mind continues to exist after death.

Near-death experiences (NDEs) occur when someone is clinically dead, their heart has stopped beating and their brain no longer functioning.

Related Article: Lessons Learned from a Near Death Experience

The study, one of the most extensive scientific investigations into the phenomenon, shows that almost one in five heart attack patients who were brought back to life had had an NDE.

The researchers say known medical explanations cannot account for these out-of-body sensations.

Dr. Pim van Lommel and colleagues from the Rijnstate Hospital in Arnhem, Holland, investigated the experiences of 344 heart patients resuscitated after cardiac arrest.

All had been clinically dead at some point during their treatment, says a report in The Lancet today.

Sixty-two patients reported NDE, of whom 41 described a deep experience during a special state of consciousness. These included out-of-body experiences, pleasant feelings, and seeing a tunnel, a light, deceased relatives, or a life review.

The researchers said: ‘Our results show that medical factors cannot account for the occurrence of NDE; although all patients had been clinically dead, most did not have NDE.

‘If purely physiological factors caused NDE, most of our patients should have had this experience.’

Dr. Sam Parnia, a clinical research fellow at Southampton University who made similar findings earlier this year, called the latest report ‘very exciting’.

‘This is a very significant study because it takes us one step closer to understanding the human condition at the end of life which has been ignored by the scientific community until recently,’ he added.

Related Article: New Documentary on Near-Death Experiences Takes a Serious Look At Non-local Consciousness


8 Essential Lessons of the Afterlife from a Near-Death Survivor

By Tanaaz | Forever Conscious

What happens when we die?

This is a question I have been asking myself a lot lately. While I have always had some understanding of the afterlife and spirit realms, I had been feeling the urge to learn more and understand life, death and the realms in between.

I have read many near-death experiences, with one of my favorites being from Anita Moorjani, who shared the details in her book- “Dying to Be Me”. But I wanted more, I wanted to understand things on a deeper level.

Of course, as soon as I put my intention out into the Universe, I came across Cherie Aimée, who was willing to share her near-death experience with me.

What interested me the most about Cherie’s story was that it was not all filled with angels and harps. There is a lot more going on in the afterlife than we can even begin to comprehend.

In fact, there are really no words to even describe a lot of Cherie’s experience, which is why it is hard to piece it together in a way that is really concrete and easy to understand.

It is also interesting to note that every near-death experience is going to be different depending on the person and what they need to see, learn and experience.

While there are definitely some core themes in all near-death stories, it seems that even in the afterlife, our perception of things is different and based on our own personal experiences.

Cherie and I spoke for nearly 2 hours on all things relating to her experience in the afterlife.

You can read about her full experience in the book, God’s Fingerprints (Cherie’s story appears in Chapter 8), but here are my top 8 takeaways from our discussion-

1.) Dying is Easy 

The moment Cherie left her body, she said she felt surprised how easy it was. In her words, the process was as simple as walking through a doorway. It was easy, painless and instantly she felt like she had nothing to fear.

In fact, years of conditioning around being afraid or fearful of death melted away, and she reported feeling light, free and completely blissed out.

For Cherie, after she crossed over she saw herself in this ball of white light which felt comfortable, loving and very safe. She felt herself floating around in this ball of white light feeling formless and connected to everything.

2.) Death is Not the End

While floating in this beautiful, formless state Cherie understood that death was definitely not the end. She still felt very much “alive” but just in a different way. She wanted to communicate with her family that she was still around and that she still felt very connected to them.

While she wasn’t there physically, she was very much present with them and knew that the relationship she shared with each of her family members and friends would continue to grow and develop even in the afterlife.

3.) There is no Space or Time 

According to doctors, Cherie flatlined for over 90 minutes. After this, Cherie was kept alive only by a life support machine. While her situation was critical for many days, during her travels in the afterlife, Cherie felt like she was gone from the human world for many years. In her mind, it was like she had been away for a very long time.

Cherie said that in the afterlife there was no time and no space. This is very difficult for us to understand from this earthly realm, but everything felt expansive and time could not be measured as we do on earth.

4.) Communication is all Telepathic 

After moving through the white light, Cherie found herself surrounded by six higher beings all dressed in black. She felt very comforted and loved by these beings and knew they were there to help her, but they just seemed to be standing there.

Cherie instinctively knew that they were communicating telepathically, but she had to learn how to quiet and still her mind in order to hear them. While it was easy for her to do this, she still had to learn this new form of communication.

(Yes, it seems that even in the afterlife we still need to learn how to still and quiet our minds!!!)

Once she had learned how to keep her mind still, she was able to hear the beings asking her if she wanted to continue or go back to earth.

As she was feeling extremely blissed-out, Cherie decided she wanted to stay in the afterlife, but before accepting her decision, the beings wanted to show her a life review.

5.) We Are Here to Grow

After you die, you undergo a life review where you get to “experience” all of the lives that you have lived to date. Cherie said she was made to watch and even live through multiple past lives and even her present life. The experience was so real, it was like she had to live through each one of her lives day by day.

While some lives went faster than others, some dragged on and Cherie was able to really see that it was through the harder lives that she learned and gained so much more knowledge. She was also able to see a common theme running through each of the lives being presented to her.

At that moment, Cherie knew what lessons she had come to earth to learn and that if she didn’t go back to her current life, she would still have to face these lessons at some other point.

These lessons are not ones that are forced on us, but rather they are lessons that our soul wants to learn and wants to be able to understand, and earth is almost like a “testing ground” for these lessons.

It was after this realization that Cherie decided to head back to her body.


10 Common Beliefs I Learned Were Untrue When I Died and Came Back to Life (and What Really Matters)

By Anita Moorjani | Uplift Connect

Lessons from My Deathbed

When I was born into this world
The only things I knew were to love, laugh, and shine my light brightly.
Then as I grew, people told me to stop laughing.
“Take life seriously,” they said,
“If you want to get ahead in this world.”
So I stopped laughing.
People told me, “Be careful who you love
If you don’t want your heartbroken.”
So I stopped loving.
They said, “Don’t shine your light so bright
As it draws too much attention onto you.”
So I stopped shining
And became small
And withered
And died
Only to learn upon death
That all that matters in life
Is to love, laugh, and shine our light brightly!
—Anita Moorjani

What if you were suddenly to realize that this is heaven (or nirvana)—this physical life we are living right now? I know it sounds crazy, and I can sense some of you thinking, “If this is heaven, then why does it feel like hell to me?” And I hear you. It sure felt like that to me when I was being bullied as a child; taunted and discriminated against for the color of my skin and my family origin—things I had no control over. And it certainly felt like hell again when I was going through cancer, being in constant pain and fear for all those years. But play along with me for a bit.

What if the reason my life felt like hell all that time was that I didn’t know how powerful I was, or what I was capable of doing? After all, no one ever taught me how life worked, and we aren’t born with an instruction manual. Life truly was a struggle for me, and I lived in immense fear well into adulthood. I believed that life happens to us and that I was a victim, so I was always reacting to my life circumstances instead of creating them. Who would create a childhood of bullying and discrimination that would leave her with such horrible low self-esteem? Who would choose to be born as a woman into a culture that still believes women are inferior to men? Who would create cancer in her own body—cancer that would nearly kill her? Of course, I was a victim of my circumstances, or so I thought—until I died.

Finding heaven on Earth
Life should feel like heaven on Earth, not hell.

The Day I Died

Much of my life story and my near-death experience is chronicled in my first book, Dying to Be Me. One of the most striking insights my near-death-experience (NDE) gave me was that this life—the life we are all living now on Earth—could become a heaven for us if we simply understood how it worked and what we needed to do to create that heaven as our reality. A major reason why I chose to return to this life during my NDE was that I understood that heaven is a state and not a place, and I wanted to experience, firsthand, the heaven that this life could actually be. I wanted to live out the amazing truth of this reality and transform the life of fear and dread and heartache that I had previously experienced. I wanted to live in heaven, here and now. When I was in the NDE state, this all seemed so clear, so easy. But as I tried to integrate my newly realized insights and apply them to my life after my NDE, I kept running into roadblocks, particularly when I tried to connect or interact with other people. The response to my book was overwhelming, but no matter how many people I spoke to, how many letters I answered, it was never enough. There were always more that I couldn’t respond to. I was feeling both people’s suffering and, at the same time, my own pain for not being able to help them all.

I always felt that answers came to me whenever I was in nature, whether those answers came through the whispers of the wind, the sound of the water, or the rustle of the tree branches and leaves. So as I sat there on the sand one day, looking out toward the sea and the sky, I spoke silently to the universe.

“I came back from death,” I said. “Now what? This is heartbreaking for me. How am I supposed to be of help to all these people—and to myself—from the perspective of my puny physical being? If I had stayed in the NDE realm, maybe I could have helped a greater number of people. But all I feel is heartache for every person I can’t help!”

Listen to the voice within you
I went into nature and spoke silently to the universe. And she answered.

Tears streamed down my face as I surrendered to the universe, questioning why I had come back. Why was I having to endure this heartache? And why was our world filled with so much of that pain? Then, out of nowhere, I heard a whisper—not a real voice, but one that seemed to come from the sound of the waves in the sea, a sound that resonated in my heart.

“What was the main message you learned from your near-death experience,” the whisper asked, “the message you wrote about in your first book?”

“To love myself unconditionally,” I answered. “And to be as much myself as I can be. To shine my light as brightly as I can.”

“And that is all you need to do or be. Nothing more. Just love yourself unconditionally, always, and be who you are.”

“But we live in a world that does not support thinking or feeling this way. It’s as though this world is much more hell than heaven,” I challenged the invisible voice as I watched the waves crashing against the rocks at the far end of the beach. “People all around me are facing so many challenges every day, and I don’t know how I can help them by loving myself!”

“When you love yourself and know your true worth, there is nothing you cannot do or heal. You yourself learned this when you defied all medical knowledge and healed end-stage cancer. Cancer healed when you became aware of your worth.”

This was absolutely true. Until I got lymphoma, I had lived a life filled with fear, but learning to love myself saved my life. It sounded so simple, yet why was it so difficult to convey this to others who were struggling? And why had it been so easy for me to lose this understanding once I attained it?

Love yourself unconditionally
“Just love yourself unconditionally, always, and be who you are.”

“Remember, your only work is to love yourself, value yourself, and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you. Realizing how loved and valued you are is what healed your cancer. This same knowledge is what will help you to create a life of heaven here on Earth. You are serving no one when you get lost in the problems of the world. So the only question you need to ask yourself when you are feeling defeated or lost is, Where am I not loving myself? How can I value myself more?

Returning to the Truth

Although this was exactly what I had learned in my NDE, and it was indeed what had healed me, it seemed that I had forgotten. I had lost myself in everyone else’s pain, and now I was dumbstruck by the intensity of what had just happened. This experience clearly revealed how easy it is for us to lose focus on our true purpose and to get caught up in the web of dramas we weave, in order to justify our existence. I now understood that this is what happens to us once we immerse ourselves in the dominant beliefs of our surrounding culture.

I believe we are born knowing the truth of who we are. But we reject this knowledge as we grow up and try to fit in and conform to society, conditioning ourselves to its norms. We learn to look outside ourselves for guidance, and in doing so, we take on other people’s expectations for us. Then when we can’t live up to all these external expectations, we feel inadequate and flawed.

This means that as we navigate through life, the beliefs making up the very foundation that our personal values are based on are all untrue! So no matter how many self-development workshops we take or how many self-help books we read, we still keep going outside ourselves for answers. Not only does this not serve us, it also actually holds us back! Nothing can change these destructive patterns until we break open the myths and reveal the lies that have been informing our thoughts and beliefs. There are ten common myths and most of us have accepted these as truths. We need instead to consider a more universal truth.

Live your truth and no one else's
We take on other people’s expectations which makes us feel unhappy and inadequate.

Myth 1: You Get What You Deserve

Consider these truths instead: No matter what people think or say about each other, we are all worthy of being loved unconditionally, just for being who we are. We don’t have to earn love—it is our birthright. In the other realm, each of us is recognized as a beautiful, magnificent, and powerful creation of the universe—unique, special, and valued in every way.

Myth 2: Loving Yourself is Selfish

Consider these truths instead: Because we cannot give what we do not have, loving ourselves is absolutely necessary before we can truly love anyone else. (For example, we cannot love our neighbor as ourselves if we do not first love ourselves.)

The more we love ourselves, the more love we will have to give others because love grows exponentially (we can’t use up the love we feel). If we are all expressions of God/Universal Energy/Creation, then not loving ourselves would be the same as saying that God/Universal Energy/Creation is not worth loving.

Myth 3: Real Love Means Anything Goes

Consider these truths instead: You can’t love another unconditionally until you love yourself unconditionally, and when you truly do achieve that, you will never allow anyone to use you or abuse you. A relationship that does not involve pure acceptance for both people, by both people, cannot benefit either person. Authentic unconditional love means wanting for another what that person wants for themselves and allowing that person to be who they truly are—even if it requires setting them free—instead of expecting them to change to fit our ideas of who we want them to be. Relationships based on unconditional love are freeing because those couples choose to be together, rather than stay together because they feel trapped by fear, obligation, or manipulation.

Myth 4: I’m Not Okay, You’re Not Okay

Consider these truths instead: We are born perfect in every way. We are already everything that we are trying to become. Although we may have temporarily forgotten who we are, we are not broken in any way! The challenges in our lives are not an indication that there’s anything wrong with us; instead, they’re merely part of the journey back to ourselves.

We are all born perfect
We are all born perfect.

Myth 5: Health Care Cares for Our Health

Doctors and other health-care professionals can give us information about our physical condition and what our options are, but we are responsible for accessing our guidance and deciding on the best course of action. Poor health is not only a medical issue; the causes can also be rooted in our mental, emotional, or spiritual state—as well as in our environment. We are not victims of illness because illness and disease do not happen in a vacuum; we can do much to improve our health on many levels. Illness is a teacher—and often a wake-up call—that shows us a better path. It’s not an evil that must be destroyed, the consequence of bad karma, or the result of negative thinking. Even death itself is not our enemy. Choosing to see the gifts or messages in illness, instead of viewing illness as a curse, empowers us (and may very well improve the outcome of an illness).

Myth 6: It’s Just a Coincidence

Consider these possible truths instead: We are part of one big, cosmic whole, intricately connected in ways we can’t see and can’t even imagine in the physical realms. If we are all connected, then whatever harms another also harms us, and whatever helps another also helps us. If we could see this physical world from that connected state of non-duality, we would see that everything that happens is perfect just as it is, even if it doesn’t seem that way from our more limited earthly perspective.


The Most Detailed Account of a Near Death Experience

On Saturday 21st September I interviewed Lesley Lupo on the Cosmic Creating Show about her near death experience. Lesley is the author of the book Remember, Every Breath is Precious.

Here is one of the book reviews:

In this wonderful and inspiring book, Lesley Lupo writes in detail about her deep near-death experience (NDE), while visiting “Upstairs” due to a severe cerebral trauma. Her healing unexpectedly surpassed the doctor’s predictions, but in the first months after her coma, her total failure to remember anything else in her life terrified her. Luckily for us, she could describe her overwhelming and inspiring experience, with the meeting of light beings that revealed wisdom, compassion, devotion, ultimate truth and unconditional love, and with her decision to come back in her damaged body. Her NDE is one of the most impressive and detailed experiences I have ever read. She was unable to share her knowledge with others because words utterly fail in a description, and no one would listen. So her life was at first very difficult, but she could not forget her ultra-real experience, and at last, she no longer denied her spiritual path or her inborn gifts.
Little by little, she started to integrate her awakened immortal soul with her ordinary waking consciousness, and she is now able to describe for us her tremendous personal and spiritual
growth. This book is an excellent gift for anyone who is willing to be open to their spiritual aspects, and who is willing to help to shift personal and global consciousness. Highly recommended.
~ Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, NDE-researcher, author of Consciousness beyond Life.

In the interview, Lesley tells the story of her accident that caused her NDE and what she experienced “Upstairs”, her miraculous recovery from serious brain damage when she returned and answers questions about her experience which shed light on many aspects of our spiritual existence.

Lesley enjoyed the interview so much, she’ll be returning for a second show to talk about what happened afterwards and the healing work that she is doing since her NDE.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Jan Shaw The Success AlchemistJan Shaw – The Success Alchemist, is a Spiritual Empowerment and Intuitive Success Coach, Success Strategist and Mindfulness and Manifestation Mentor and can be found at www.thesuccessalchemist.net. She delivers intuitive guidance, spiritual and metaphysical teaching, plus life and business strategies, to support you in fulfilling your Soul Mission and Life Purpose. Get your FREE copy of her Dream Achievers Success Kit or apply for a complimentary Success Strategy SessionHer book Empowered Manifestation is available on Amazon. Visit her YouTube Channel for more tips, tools, and training. You can also visit her Facebook Page and join her Facebook Group, Breakthrough to Brilliance. Jan also hosts the Cosmic Creating Show every Saturday on Cosmic Reality Radio.

Your Child and Their “Near Death Experience” – Why YOU Need to Pay Attention

Near Death Experience expert PMH Atwater SCREAMS “You MUST pay attention to the kids!” Here’s Why…

They’re smart, shy, irreverent, impossibly brilliant! They’re what some call “special,” – we’ll avoid other labels (e.g. crystal, star or indigo children) for purposes of this article.

These children are experiencers of near death episodes – also known as the near-death experience or NDE.

According to near-death researcher and three time ND experiencer PMH Atwater, these kids are misunderstood (an understatement) and longing to go “home.” But where is home? And why do they feel so at odds with life on planet earth or channel “normal?”

Based on Atwater’s latest “deep dive” into the near-death phenomenon, The Forever Angels – Near Death Experiences in Childhood and Their Lifelong Impact, she’s cracked open a large Pandora’s box when it comes to understanding the nuances of childhood near death experiences. But this isn’t just about the episode of “dying” and what this was like. This is about the lasting effects on these “kids,” now adults and how their world is and will continue to be forever altered for themselves and those who surround them.

Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Lessons Learned from a Near Death Experience

Source: in5d.com

The following is a summary of Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s near-death experience, excerpted from the book, “The Near-Death Experience: A Reader” by Lee W. Bailey:

The mystery of life has very little to do with intelligence. The universe is not an intellectual process at all. The intellect is helpful; it is brilliant, but right now that is all we process with, instead of our hearts and the wiser part of ourselves.

The center of the Earth is this great transmuter of energy, just as you see in pictures of our Earth’s magnetic field. That’s our cycle, pulling reincarnated souls back in and through it again. A sign that you are reaching human level is that you are beginning to evolve an individual consciousness. The animals have a group soul, and they reincarnate in group souls. A deer is pretty much going to be a deer forever. But just being born a human, whether deformed or genius, shows that you are on the path to developing an individual consciousness. That is in itself part of the group consciousness called humanity.

Related Article: New Documentary on Near Death Experiences Takes a Serious Look At Non-local Consciousness

I saw that races are personality clusters. Nations like France, Germany, and China each have their own personality. Cities have personalities, their local group souls that attract certain people. Families have group souls. Individual identity is evolving like branches of a fractal; the group soul explores in our individuality. The different questions that each of us has been very, very important. This is how Godhead is exploring God’s Self – through you. So ask your questions, do your searching. You will find your Self and you will find God in that Self because it is only the Self.

More than that, I began to see that each one of us humans are soul mates. We are part of the same soul fractaling out in many creative directions, but still the same. Now I look at every human being that I ever see, and I see a soul mate, my soul mate, the one I have always been looking for. Beyond that, the greatest soul mate that you will ever have is yourself. We are each both male and female. We experience this in the womb and we experience this in reincarnation states. If you are looking for that ultimate soul mate outside of yourself, you may never find it; it is not there. Just as God is not “there.” God is here. Don’t look “out there” for God. Look here for God. Look through your Self. Start having the greatest love affair you ever had … with your Self. You will love everything out of that.

I had a descent into what you might call hell, and it was very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My descent into hell was a descent into each person’s customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of not-knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But each of the millions of souls around me had a little star of light always available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with their own grief, trauma, and misery. But, after what seemed an eternity, I started calling out to that light, like a child calling to a parent for help. Then the light opened up and formed a tunnel that came right to me and insulated me from all that fear and pain. That is what hell really is.

So what we are doing is learning to hold hands, to come together. The doors of hell are open now. We are going to link up, hold hands, and walk out of hell together.

The light came to me and turned into a huge golden angel. I said, “Are you the angel of death?”

It expressed to me that it was my oversoul, my Higher Self matrix, a super-ancient part of ourselves. Then I was taken to the light.

Soon our science will quantify spirit. Isn’t that going to be wonderful? We are coming up with devices now that are sensitive to subtle energy or spirit energy. Physicists use these atomic colliders to smash atoms to see what they are made of. They have got it down to quarks and charm, and all that. Well, one day they are going to come down to the little thing that holds it all together, and they are going to have to call that … God. With atomic colliders, they are not only seeing what is in here, but they are creating particles. Thank God most of them are short-lived milliseconds and nanoseconds. We are just beginning to understand that we are creating too, as we go along.

As I saw forever, I came to a realm in which there is a point where we pass all knowledge and begin creating the next fractal, the next level. We have that power to create as we explore. And that is God expanding itself through us.

Since my return, I have experienced the light spontaneously, and I have learned how to get to that space almost any time in my meditation. Each one of you can do this. You do not have to die to do this. It is within your equipment; you are wired for it already.

The body is the most magnificent light being there is. The body is a universe of incredible light. Spirit is not pushing us to dissolve this body. That is not what is happening. Stop trying to become God; God is becoming you. Here.

The mind is like a child running around the universe, demanding this and thinking it created the world. But I ask the mind:

“What did your mother have to do with this?”

That is the next level of spiritual awareness. Oh! My mother! All of a sudden you give up the ego because you are not the only soul in the universe.

One of my questions to the light was, “What is heaven?”

I was given a tour of all the heavens that have been created: the Nirvana, the Happy Hunting Grounds, all of them. I went through them. These are thought form creations that we have created. We don’t really go to heaven; we are reprocessed. But whatever we created, we leave a part of ourselves there. It is real, but it is not all of the soul.

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I saw the Christian heaven. We expect it to be a beautiful place, and you stand in front of the throne, worshipping forever. I tried it. It is boring! This is all we are going to do? It is childlike. I do not mean to offend anyone. Some heavens are very interesting, and some are very boring. I found the ancient ones to be more interesting, like the Native American ones, the Happy Hunting Grounds. Egyptians have fantastic ones. It goes on and on. There are so many of them. In each of them, there is a fractal that is your particular interpretation unless you are part of the group soul that believes in only the God of a particular religion. Then you are very close, in the same ballpark together. But even then, each is a little bit different. That is a part of yourself that you leave there. Death is about life, not about heaven.

I asked God, “What is the best religion on the planet? Which one is right?”

And Godhead said, with great love, “I don’t care.”

That was incredible grace. What that meant was that we are the caring beings here.

The Ultimate Godhead of all the stars tells us, “It does not matter what religion you are.”

They come and they go, they change. Buddhism has not been here forever, Catholicism has not been here forever, and they are all about to become more enlightened. More light is coming into all systems now. There is going to be a reformation in spirituality that is going to be just as dramatic as the Protestant Reformation. There will be lots of people fighting about it, one religion against the next, believing that only they are right.

Everyone thinks they own God, the religions and philosophies, especially the religions because they form big organizations around their philosophy. When Godhead said, “I don’t care,” I immediately understood that it is for us to care about. It is important because we are caring beings. It matters to us and that is where it is important. What you have is the energy equation in spirituality. Ultimate Godhead does not care if you are Protestant, Buddhist, or whatever. It is all a blooming facet of the whole. I wish that all religions would realize it and let each other be. It is not the end of each religion, but we are talking about the same God. Live and let live. Each has a different view. And it all adds up to the Big Picture; it is all-important.


Watch: Dr. Eben Alexander Shares Soul Wisdom Brought Back From His Near Death Experience (Video)

Video Source: LamplightGroup

Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander shares soul wisdom he brought back from his 2008 Near Death Experience. Dr. Alexander answers questions about consciousness and how the world in its view point of only seeing individuals in a 3-dimensional body keeps us from seeing the vastness of our consciousness. By going within through meditation, we can begin to explore our own lives and release the shackles of bondage that our 3D mind has put upon us.

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William Buhlman: “If You Want to Live a Spiritual Life Belief is NOT The Way!”

OBE expert William Buhlman says we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to living a spiritual life

William Buhlman has been traveling out of his body (OBE) for 60 years!

As a child he would routinely float out of his physical form, often up to the ceiling and sometimes beyond, even to the point of “viewing” the contents of the gutter atop his mother’s roof.

Though he didn’t know what was happening, he knew it was real.

When he began to explain to his mother what was happening, her response was that of disbelief.

Buhlman says it is our rigid belief systems (or in this case, disbelief) that inhibits our ability to experience a full spiritual journey with limitless possibility.

Hear more about what William Buhlman had to say in this exclusive interview with Higher Journeys Radio host Alexis Brooks.


Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Have You Had a “Spiritual Emergency?” – Here’s What You Need to Know

They’ve been called ecstatic experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual or kundalini awakenings, whatever you may call them, they are powerful and often change the experiencer in profound ways.

For some their own peak experience evokes a sense of exuberance and for others, deep anxiety, also referred to as a “Spiritual Emergency.” 

For some, it’s a bit of both.

According to Dr. Robert Davis, a neuroscientist, researcher AND experiencer himself, more people are having deep spiritual awakenings (and spiritual emergencies) than ever before.

Whether triggered by a near death experience, out of body experience or completely out of the blue, the peak experience, which is how Robert Davis refers to it, is a serious and life changing event, and unfortunately our own psychological community has yet to recognize it as a real and valid human experience.

In this conversation with Robert, right on the heels of his ground-breaking book, Unseen Forces, The Integration of Science, Reality and You, he shares his thoughts on what the Peak experience is and why its time to take notice and embrace this most powerful and paradigm shifting event.

► Previous Episode with Dr. Davis: The Science of ET Contact and Other Paranormal Phenomena

► Book: Unseen Forces by Robert Davis, Ph.D.


Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

Near Death Experience, Angelic Intervention and the WAKE UP CALL of a Lifetime! (Video)

Near Death Experience is described in many ways but how this “experiencer” processed his own NDE will blow your mind!

In 2010 while driving from work in his sports car, Barry Littleton suffered a near fatal car accident.

After being resuscitated by paramedics on the way to the hospital, Littleton suffered not one near death experience but two. During that time, Littleton experienced who he describes as “angelic beings” who radiated a frequency of love so strong that he said it literally “hurt.”

Not at all expected to live a normal life after the accident (his family was told he would most likely be a vegetable), Barry not only re-gained all of his faculties, but experienced a more potent set of senses. And from that point forward it has allowed him to dial in to what he believes to be a lifetime of contact with non-human intelligence.

Barry Littleton’s description of his near-death experience will no doubt stand you on your ear!

Relevant links from this episode that you’ll definitely want to check out:

The UFO Abduction – Complex and Covert feat. Richard Dolan

Classroom in the Sky – How Some People Are Being Taken to “School” on Board UFO Craft

What Connects the ET Phenomenon with All Other Paranormal Phenomena (including near-death experience)

alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

21 Life Lessons from Anita Moorjani’s Amazing Near Death Experience (Video Interview)

Editor’s Note: Have you heard Anita Moorjani’s fascinating Near-Death Experience + Miraculous Cancer Recovery story? It’s the most amazing and convincingly-documented NDE story I’ve ever heard about. Her book, “Dying To Be Me,” is also among my all-time favorites. So I’m reposting this amazing interview with Lilou Mace, along with notes on the 21 life lessons Anita shares. Enjoy!

Anita Moorjani’s fascinating and moving near-death experience in 2006 tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her story is documented in her best-selling book titled, “Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing,” which Dr. Wayne Dyer helped her publish.

In this interview with Lilou Mace, Moorjani shares some of the amazing life lessons she took away from her NDE. For easier assimilation, we’ve listed them below.

Things Anita Moorjani learned from her Stage Four Cancer & Ensuing NDE:

1. You attract what you fear.

2. If you’re sick, don’t fight it. Embrace it. Love where you are now. Only when you approach your health challenges from a point of love can you overcome the fear.

3. Sometimes less information is better. When it comes to illness, more information does not necessarily equal more power (too much research can actually add to the fear and symptoms).

4. Through your illness, your body is giving you a message. Work to understand and be with what is.

5. Everything comes from within.

6. Ask yourself, “What brings me joy?” And do more of that.

7. Don’t obsess and make your life about the illness.  

8. Love yourself unconditionally.

9. Positive thinking can only help to a certain extent. It’s more about being yourself and loving yourself – regardless of what you are going through.

10. Stop judging yourself.

11. Express yourself fully. Ask yourself: “Am I allowing myself to express who I am?  Am I being this person because I want to be accepted, or because it is who I am?”

12. Be centered in your true essence. From the place of pure centeredness, miracles are possible.  It’s about being, not doing.  When you are in the space of being, miracles are possible.

13. The only thing that limits you is your own beliefs.

14. The best way to get our of a fear state is to do something that brings you into a state of joy.  Find something that changes your state completely.  Whatever it is – music or art or going out in nature. Do something completely different. Or meditate.  If we can be still, we can go into a different reality.

15. Stay totally open. Get into a defused state in which all of the possibilities lie before you and you haven’t locked into any one.  

16. Follow your bliss and do what you love. We tend to do what we think we should do, rather than what our heart tells us to do.  We don’t do what makes our heart sing.

17. You are your own guru. All your answers are inside you.

18. Nobody is better than (or less than) you. We are all equal.

19. Focus on your feelings more than your thoughts. Make your everyday choices based on what makes you FEEL good, rather than what you THINK you should do or what others think you should do.

20. Don’t let a fear of failing or displeasing others run your life.

21. Realize your own MAGNIFICENCE!

Terminally Ill Girl Shares A Powerful Message That Will Change Your View of Death Forever (VIDEO)

By: Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

Claire Wineland has been inspiring people for quite some time now, but only recently did I come across a video of hers, and found myself completely captivated. People don’t like to talk about death. It provokes fear of the unknown, and too many unanswerable questions as a result. What does it feel like to die? Will it hurt? How will I die? What will happen to me after I die?

The subject matter has been given a dark connotation, and so, simply put, people just choose not to go there. But not everyone has that luxury. Some people know they are going to die, and so, they live their lives a bit differently, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

Related Article: 21 Life Lessons From Anita Moorjani’s Amazing Near Death Experience (VIDEO Interview)

Claire is a 19-year-old from Venice Beach, California, who was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes excess mucous secretions and collection, most notably in the lungs. The disease has led Claire to undergo dozens of surgeries, one of which resulted in her becoming septic, which then caused lung failure back in 2010. She had to be put on an oscillator vent as a result, entering a medically induced coma for more than two weeks. I watched one of her videos on what it’s like to be in a coma, and that alone shook me to my core. She told the story both in the form of a vlog as well as through animation, giving a lighthearted yet informative explanation so that people can see the experience in a way they may never have had the opportunity to before.

“Cystic fibrosis is terminal, meaning it ends in death. And it is also progressive, meaning that as you get older, it gets worse,” Claire explained in the initial video I watched.

As someone who suffers from general anxiety disorder, I’ve learned that one of the most empowering things I can do is talk to people who have had similar experiences, or read stories about them. It helps me feel like I’m not alone, and to better understand what I’m going through. When I watched Claire’s videos, I could only imagine how her humour, intelligence, and positive yet matter-of-fact outlook affected others with CF, as well as their loved ones.

Related Article: Actor Donald Sutherland Shares His Near Death Experience In Venice Italy (Plus 10 More Amazing NDE Accounts) 

Of what it’s like to have the disease, she said:

Someone explained it me a while ago, imagine climbing a mountain and there is a giant like snowball hurling your way, you have to get up the mountain fast before it hits you, right. So you’re climbing of this mountain, but every single, you know, let’s say few miles, you get a giant weight put on your foot. And so as you’re getting higher, it’s also getting harder and harder to climb, but you have to climb even faster because you have to get to the top before that giant snowball comes wacks you off the cliff. That’s pretty much what having CF is like.


Famous Actor Shares His Near Death Experience Plus 10 more Amazing NDEs

By Vicki Howie | TheRichest

The video above shares 10 Near Death Experiences from different people, and recently I read about another in Smithsonian.com, from actor Donald Sutherland. Over 50 years ago, Sutherland had a NDE while very ill in Venice Italy. He describes his experience like this:
“In ’68 I’d picked up the pneumococcus bacterium in the Danube and for a few seconds it killed me. Standing behind my right shoulder, I’d watched my comatose body slide peacefully down a blue tunnel. That same blue tunnel the near dead always talk about. Such a tempting journey. So serene. No barking Cerberus to wake me. Everything was going to be all right. And then, just as I was seconds away from succumbing to the seductions of that matte white light glowing purely at what appeared to be the bottom of it, some primal force fiercely grabbed my feet and compelled them to dig my heels in. The downward journey slowed and stopped. I’d been on my way to being dead when some memory of the desperate rigor I’d applied to survive all my childhood illnesses pulled me back. Forced me to live. I was alive. I’d come out of the coma. Sick as a dog, but alive. 
If you’re ever with someone in a coma: Talk to them. Sing to them. They can hear you. And they’ll remember. I’d heard everything they’d said in the room. I’ve not forgotten a word.”
I believe the most amazing story shared on the video above is Anita Morjani’s, because it provides more facts and literal proof than any other I’ve ever heard. Morjani’s case includes doctor’s records of miraculous remission as well as all sorts of details of things she witnessed during her NDE, despite the fact that they happened hundreds of miles apart. You can read more about her experience here.
Hearing 11 stories back-to-back like this is valuable, because it highlights the overlap in different people’s experiences, lending more credibility to each individual experience. For that reason, let’s look at the similarities across different NDEs.
Here are 10 things that almost all NDEs have in common:
1)   The ability to view (and sometimes, hear) remotely. Almost all NDE’s report seeing and hearing things while in a coma or pronounced clinically dead.
2)   Having an ‘out-of-body’experience. Most people say they experienced a sensation of floating out of their body and saw themselves from above.
3)    A peaceful, carefree and painfree feeling of lightness and joy.
4)   Traveling through some sort of tunnel with brilliant light at the end.
5)   Meeting loved ones who have passed away.
6)   Meeting or seeing angels, other spiritual figures, or God
7)   Being told some sort of message, typically that it’s not their time and/or that they still have work to do on earth, so they need to go back.
8)   Traveling across space and/or time
9)   Having amazingly detailed recall of the time period they were “dead”
10)  Experiencing spontaneous (or miraculously quick) healing after the NDE
About the Author
Vicki Howie, Editor, CLNVicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on amazon.com. Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website chakraboosters.com,facebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.