Insight Course: Lesson Nine
Beyond Life and Death
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is. I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do? ~ Epicurus
When faced with the potential of imminent death, most people suddenly find that life takes on a whole new perspective. Suddenly all of the belongings they might have accumulated seem quite meaningless, while the relationships formed and love shared take on great significance.
Some have had the rare opportunity to pass through the portal of death and return, only to find their understanding of life radically transformed. A recently developed field of study for these near-death experiences (NDEs) has blossomed and provided us with inspiring stories of of those who have been there and come back.
A number of doctors and scientists have even dedicated themselves to finding and studying the stories of those who have been declared clinically dead, yet somehow came back to life. The amazing results have been published in numerous books and on inspiring websites (see end of lesson for a few of these).
For a three-page summary of the astonishing, deeply moving experience of one man who traveled far into mystical realms after dying, yet came back to tell us about it, click below to read the riveting story of Mellen-Thomas Benedict.
For a much more detailed version of this incredible story, click here. We invite you to stop for a moment and breathe in the beauty and significance of this story now. Consider breathing sacred love with Mellen-Thomas and with all the beings and worlds he encountered.
After taking time to absorb the wisdom of the above story, watch the below 18-minute video of an inquisitive scientist who had a most unusual near-death experience. As a neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor was amazingly able to explore scientifically some of what was happening to her as her brain shut down. Yet her powerful experience also took her far beyond the realms of science.
Remember that there is no rush here. Consider taking a few minutes to pause and meditate on what you just saw. Let the wisdom shared sink into the depths of your being, so that you might better integrate the powerful messages shared.
Once you are ready to move on, please click the link below for another powerful NDE (near-death experience) by a man named Dannion Brinkley:
If you read Dannion's riveting book on this dramatically life-altering experience, Saved by the Light, you will learn that up until his first NDE, Dannion was a government assassin for the U.S. military. During his experience out of his body, he went through a life review where he personally experienced every feeling and emotion he had caused in his life.
Dannion not only experienced the pain, suffering, and fear of those he killed, but also all of the grief and other emotions of the family members of those he had killed in his military work.
Imagine for a moment what it would be like to experience every emotion that you ever caused to every person whose life you have touched. Imagine what it would be like to feel even the emotional ripple effects of your actions on others you don't know. How does that feel? We invite you to spend some time considering this and reflect on the emotional impact that you have in your life on those around you.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ inspired by Albert Einstein
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