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Reincarnation and the Near-Death Experience

Some info about reincarnation:

By Kevin Williams

Reincarnation is considered by some to be the greatest “unknown” scientific discovery of modern times. In the last chapter of Dr. Ian Stevenson’s book entitled Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (1967), he provides exhaustive scientific reasoning which concludes that reincarnation is the only viable explanation that fits the facts of his study. He considers every possible alternative explanation for his twenty cases of young children who were spontaneously able to describe a previous lifetime as soon as they learned to talk. He was able to rule out alternative explanations using one or more of his cases. Later research also bolstered his findings in favor of the reality of reincarnation. His study is also reproducible for any skeptic who doubts the validity of his study to repeat it for themselves. I believe it is only a matter of time before these findings are realized by the scientific community to be one of the great scientific discoveries of all time.

Many people would be very surprised at the tremendous amount of references to reincarnation in the Bible. The most compelling references in the Bible comes from the teachings of Jesus concerning John the Baptist and his former life as Elijah the prophet [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]. More can be found on the Christian NDE page. Jesus is also seen in near-death accounts giving people the choice to reincarnate.

There is a misconception that many people have about reincarnation. Some assume that after death, people immediately reincarnate without inhabiting various spirit realms in between Earth lives. Near-death experience accounts affirm that we do not immediately reincarnate after death. The reason is because time does not exist in the spirit realms.

Near-death experiencers often cannot describe the length of their journey in terms of earthly time. A single experience may seem like an eternity and, at the same time, it may also feel like it was only a moment. This is because the spirit realms are completely outside of time. It is for this reason that we can literally spend an eternity in the spirit realms before we decide whether we want to reincarnate to Earth or not.

1. Reincarnation Is Not Eternal

Multi-colored icon.   “One of the purposes of the life review is to make an informed choice between remaining in spirit and returning to flesh. Should we choose to merge completely with the light of God, we will never again be able to choose, on our own decision, to return to physical life. The decision to merge in the light is the best decision.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are to live on Earth in such a way that we will not need to return to Earth after death.” (Cecil)

Multi-colored icon.   “In time, we who are trapped in the cycle of birth and rebirth can once again come to know our original state and purpose, and regain our celestial birthright as a companion to God. In time we can again come to realize that the conditions in our current life is the result of our free actions and choices from past lives.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “If a person dies and merges completely into the light, another reincarnation is improbable. However, it is more usual for people to have earthly attachments and not merge completely with the light. Such souls may have characteristics of their personality, which they do not want merged with the light.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “The law of karma demands that we meet every bit of our karmic debts. However, an even greater law exists, the law of forgiveness. If we wrong someone and that person forgives us, when the day comes that we approach God, we realize our memories which are incompatible with God, but forgiveness removes the barrier of separation. The law is so precise (what one gives one receives; no exceptions) that if we begin forgiving others, we begin to receive forgiveness upon ourselves. Unless, of course, we refuse to forgive ourselves.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our attraction to worldly desires can hinder the free expression of our souls and only when they are no longer a hindrance can our Earth incarnations be finished. The free expression of our souls happens when our wills become compatible with the thoughts of God. At this time, our conscious spiritual identity with God will merge with our soul consciousness (subconscious mind). This is when the soul merges with the light of God. The return of the soul is the return of the thought that God imagined and is becoming aware of being a part of all God and everything.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Some souls desire to return again and again to the physical state without spending enough time in spirit to evaluate and plan their next incarnation in the flesh. Any habit-forming pleasure, and they are endless, traps them into the cycle of rebirth over and over, until their appetites are finally put aside while they are in the flesh. The lust for money, lust for power, lust for sex, and other habits such as an unnatural craving for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any habit they are unable to break loose from, can keep souls earthbound. Some are so overly fond of the bodies they left behind that they are hardly able to wait for an opportunity to reincarnate and set to work indulging their new bodies. These souls will not be able to advance spiritually until they learn to give less thought to appetites of the flesh.” (Ruth Montgomery)


2. Reincarnation Is Instruction

a. Kevin Williams’ Theory of Reincarnation:

Multi-colored icon.   The purpose of reincarnation is education – particularly, learning the eternal lessons of love. Using the analogy of a school, my theory of reincarnation is described below. I describe stages of reincarnation and with each stage I use a “school analogy” to help clarify it. I consider this description of the mechanics of reincarnations as “the curriculum for the world-school we are currently enrolled in and the academic degree we are trying to graduate with”:

We are born into this world with the mission to learn lessons of love for the purpose of becoming forever at-one with everyone and everything (God).
Analogy:  We begin a new grade in school with the goal of graduating and receiving a degree.
II. During our lives, we are subjected to severe hardships for the purpose of soul growth.
Analogy:  During the school year, we must subject ourselves to difficult homework in order to learn.
III. After death we have a life review to decide if we have earned the right to advance to a higher heavenly position. If we have earned that right, we can assume that position at any opportunity we desire. In the meanwhile, we can spend an eternity with family and friends then reincarnate to lower realms to help others progress if we desire.
Analogy:  When the school year is over, we then find out if we have earned the right to enroll in the next grade or whether we must repeat the grade. Either way, we then spend a long summer vacation at home on with family and friends before beginning another school year.
IV. Some people have made such tremendous mistakes in life that, after death, they set themselves back some degree from progressing and need to re-experience a lower afterlife realm before reincarnating for another Earth life.
Analogy:  Some students flunk out so badly that they have to spend some time in detention and be sent back a grade.
V. Because our ultimate goal is to be forever at-one with all things at a conscious level (the divine consciousness), we inherently desire more soul growth until we attain this goal. This goal is attained by leaving the realm we currently reside in (Death is the way people leave the physical realm – other realms have other ways.) and entering another realm we have earned the right to enter for the purpose of further soul growth.
Analogy:  Because our ultimate goal is to graduate, get a degree, and become co-partners in the God R Us Corporation, we leave home to go to school to earn our degree. Based on whether we have passed the grade from the previous school year, we enroll into a higher grade in school or return to the same grade from the previous year.
VI. People in the lower realms will be given opportunities to reincarnate to higher realms, including the physical realm, as many times as it takes for them to learn the lessons necessary to earn and advance to a higher position.
Analogy:  Students who flunked out of school the previous year will be allowed to repeat the grade until they pass it.
VII. It will take a lot of love and effort, but eventually everyone will be reunited – the Godhood will be restored as it was in the very beginning – a good time will be had by all – perhaps another Big Bang will happen. But until everyone attains at-one-ment, we will enter and leave realms for our own soul growth and to help others in their own soul journey to God.
Analogy:  It will take a lot of studying and hard work, but eventually all students will graduate, get their degree, and join the firm. But after we graduate, if we choose first to become a teacher before accepting our position as a permanent co-partner in the firm, we choose to help other students (perhaps our loved ones) graduate as well. (Kevin Williams)


3. Factors Influencing the Reincarnation Process

1. Individual choice (free will)
2. Karmic patterns or ties to other souls
3. Learning or enlightenment (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life itself is a series of learnings. The lessons are universal, the two most important being truth and forgiveness.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “After death, when we are ready, we can choose to view our past lives for the purpose of instruction. (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   The chief purpose of reincarnation is education. To this end we are born again and again on Earth, not because of any external pressure, but because we, as souls, desire to grow.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “The only way to bypass bad karma is to develop so much unselfish love that paying for bad karma will serve no purpose – much like a college student challenging a course he already knows.” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a cycle of improvements and humans are not perfect yet. Most people have this secret revealed to them when they die.” (Dr. Frank Oski)

Multi-colored icon.   “If we do not wish to reincarnate to the physical state to learn our lessons, there are schools in the spirit were we can learn them. However, learning our lessons in the physical state is the fastest way to learn them.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “If we do enough good works we will eventually run out of bad karma and only good things will happen to us, and vice versa. The goal of karma is to force us to learn life’s lessons whether we want to or not.” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “We have lived and died many times. The reason we don’t remember our former lives is because our vast soul memories are not transferred to our baby brains at birth. All we know in this life is what we have learned, most of which is a partial memory of things we learned in past lifetimes. At the beginning of each lifetime, we are cleared of all past prejudices, learning blocks and wrong teachings, and are ready for a fresh start – just like a new term in school – and, like school, when we have learned enough of life’s lessons, we graduate and don’t have to come back to this Earth anymore, except as volunteers to teach stragglers.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “It (reincarnation) is a universal process, and prevails not only in the human kingdom but also throughout the whole of nature. Whenever we find a living form, the consciousness of that form is also evolving, using temporarily for that purpose the physical form in order that it may gain physical experience. In each incarnation we have a different physical body, a different name, and may have different souls acting as parents, but these changes do not in the slightest imperil our individuality … Reincarnation is not an endless process, and when we have learned the lessons taught in the World-School we return no more to physical incarnation unless we come back of our own accord to act as Teachers of humanity or as Helpers in the glorious plan of evolution.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “At some point, our desire to advance will lead us to reincarnate. Our guides help us decide an incarnation that will help to achieve our goals. After a period of farewell with family and friends, we can meet with a great spiritual teacher (such as Jesus, Buddha, etc.) to give us strength. After this, we descend into the womb to be born again. We leave paradise not just for our own advancement, but to bring paradise to Earth and God will light our path throughout our time on Earth and bring us safely home afterward.” (Sylvia Browne)

Multi-colored icon.   “The spirit needs to embody itself in matter to experience it and learn. There are karmic patterns to learn lessons and to work spirit in matter.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “All of our karma has to be met. And yet, no one is given more than it can bear to carry. We are given the time we need to turn away from selfish ways and return home like the prodigal son. Reincarnation is not a way to avoid responsibility. It is a way to allow us enough time to correct our mistakes.” (Edgar Cayce)

4. Reincarnation Is Karma

Multi-colored icon.   Reincarnation and karma together explains divine justice and why some people are born into favorable conditions or are born into unfavorable conditions. Personality traits are also carried over from past lives.

a. Whatever we think, that thought makes an impression on the Universal Consciousness. Nothing is lost or done in secret. Everything is done within the Universal Consciousness, and the Whole is affected by it (as well as all others within the Whole). Reactions to past thoughts and actions become our destiny and karma. Our destiny is simply the rebounding effects of previous choices remembered by the soul. (Edgar Cayce)
b. “A man acts according to the desires to which he clings. After death he goes to the next world bearing in his mind the subtle impressions of his deeds; and, after reaping there the harvest of those deeds, he returns again to this world of action. Thus he who has desire continues subject to rebirth. He who lacks discrimination, whose mind is unsteady and whose heart is impure, never reaches the goal, but is born again and again. But he who has discrimination, whose mind is steady and whose heart is pure, reaches the goal and, having reached it, is born no more.” (Upanishads)

5. Some People Reincarnate From Hell Realms

Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a spiritual condition that some people are allowed to experience whose goal is to purge aspects of their personality so that they can participate once again in the cycle of reincarnation.” (Hindu NDEr)

Multi-colored icon.   “Without physical bodies, feelings of hate and fear are intensified as souls [in hell] vainly try to hide from their enemies. Their only hope is to reincarnate. Then unfortunately when they do, they may forget all about their torment in hell and again lead lives of greed and tyranny. This miserable cycle can continue forever unless they find salvation in one of their lifetimes. Such people really need a savior, since they are not able to help themselves. I’m sure Christ incarnated to help them because he said, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “After death, people who accrued severe negative karma will enter a hellish realm for a short period. After they have reflected upon their actions, they will be allowed to reincarnate.” (Sylvia Browne)

6. The Nature of Reincarnation

Multi-colored icon.   “We prepare for future lifetimes during the life we live now.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “We progress at our own rate to reach the light. If we do things that take us away from the light, then we are perpetuating our time here.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “For the soul who wishes to ascend to the highest heaven, reincarnation is to be avoided.” (Apostle Paul, Apocalypse of Paul)

Multi-colored icon.   “A woman of breathtaking beauty (Jan’s Higher Self) appeared as I watched in awe, and even after the full materialization from pure light to visible, substantial form was complete, nothing was static … ‘Look into my eyes,’ she said with a gentle but commanding smile. As I did, I felt myself being absorbed … The eyes I stared into were mine, the eyes of my soul … As though looking into a kaleidoscope, I saw myriad lifetimes and experiences. Oh, the wonder of me.” (Jan Price)

Multi-colored icon.   “Because of our free will, we are able to inflict pain and suffering on others. When we die, we realize the mess we left behind from our previous life and we may decide to return to clean it up. By doing this, we don’t contribute to the combined mess that exists on Earth by others.” (David Oakford)

7. Reincarnation is a Process

Multi-colored icon.   “The process that determines the number of destinies a soul can chose from before reincarnating to Earth is an astrological process based on the nine planets of our solar system that are physical representations of afterlife realms. This is the fundamental concept behind astrology: the position of the planets influence the destiny of the soul reincarnating to Earth. However, free will is much greater than these influences. The planets only influence – they do not compel.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “There is a heavenly process which connects souls with bodies to be reincarnated.” (Plato)

Multi-colored icon.   “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.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “Reincarnation is not a linear thing. One of the problems in defining it is that there is no analogy to it. It is outside of time, yet we can’t help but think of it in terms of the past and the future, and this incarnation. The whole story is so big and so involved.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “As our souls draw closer to God, our souls become aware that some of our memories are not compatible with God, and since its ultimate purpose for being is companionship with God, our souls seek out opportunities to resolve these incompatible memories.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Between lives, with the great knowledge of our Higher Selves, we choose the next life we are going to live and how much karma we are going to meet and settle. For example, if we abused animals or people in one life, our Higher Selves would probably urge us to reincarnate into a situation where we would get abused to make us realize the misery we caused others.” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “Once we enter into the light and blend with God, we become God. Light can be divided into parts with each part remaining to be the Whole. Each part is wholly God. We are all a part of the light of God. When merging with the light, we cease to exist as a personality but every bit of our personality is available for reincarnation.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “The inner quality is there, the inner self remains, but the external aspect that may have seemed very strong is dissolved. Individuality isn’t the same there. We are the same as everybody and everybody is us. Our spirit is always ours. We are not the personality that we were on Earth. In the other realm we are everything, light is everything.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “Reincarnation involves returning to Earth with aspects of our previous personalities and even aspects of other soul’s personalities as a new personality. The soul doesn’t evolve, the personality does.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “Reincarnation happens not only on Earth, but reincarnation happens in afterlife realms as well. Between Earth lives, we dwell in afterlife realms before deciding whether or not to reincarnate to Earth. If a soul reincarnates to Earth from an afterlife realm, the soul will manifest the influence of that realm through its physical representation of one of the planets in our solar system. All the planets in our solar system are physical representations of afterlife realms. Because of this, the planets exert an astrological influence on us. It is through these planetary astrological influences that we learn our lessons and are tested on Earth.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Homosexuality is a natural human trait that is the result of a person of a particular gender reincarnating as a person of the opposite gender. Such people must adjust to their new gender and sexuality at an early age. Former girls who are reborn as boys may wish to dress as girls or prefer to play with girls rather than boys. Former boys who are reborn as girls may wish to dress as boys or prefer to play with boys rather than girls. Former men who are reborn as women will be attracted to women and will therefore be lesbian. Former women who are reborn as men will be attracted to men and will therefore be gay.” (Dr. Ian Stevenson)

Multi-colored icon.   “Dr. Stevenson’s research supports the scientific evidence that homosexuality is a natural human genetic trait and not a lifestyle or personal choice.” (Kevin Williams)

8. Reincarnation Insights From Near-Death Experiences

Multi-colored icon.   “It is a matter of personal knowledge from what the being with whom I spoke during my near-death experience told me about my older son, that he had had 14 incarnations in female physical bodies previous to the life he has just had.” (Amber Wells NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   The following is a conversation between Jesus and Jeanie Dicus during her NDE:

He kind of grinned, I guess I was amusing him, and he answered, “You want to be reincarnated?”

“Hey, give me a break,” I yelled (only I made no sound).

“I just died. Don’t I get a chance to rest?”

“Take it easy, hold on, it’s alright. You can change your mind at any time.”

I gasped, “I don’t even believe in you and now you want me to reincarnate. Help!” (Jeanie Dicus)

Multi-colored icon.   “I saw four translucent screens appear (and form a kind of gigantic box around me). It was through this method that I was shown my life review. (Or rather I should say my LIVES IN REVIEW!) Without ever having to turn my head, I saw my past, my present, my future and there was even a screen that displayed a tremendous amount of scientific data, numbers and universal codes. I saw the beginning of my known existence as a Soul and saw that I had existed Spiritually long before this incarnation — where I am now a male human known as Christian Andreason! In Heaven, I undeniably saw that I had lived an innumerable amount of lives. Yet, what I saw went way beyond our comprehension of what we think reincarnation is. So, I am not exactly speaking of being born again and again on this planet alone. I saw that it is a big Universe out there and God has it all organized perfectly. Each of us is sent where we can obtain the best growth according to our Divine purpose.” (Christian Andreason)

Multi-colored icon.   “My whole life went before me of things I have done and haven’t done, but not just of this one lifetime, but of all the lifetimes. I know for a fact there is reincarnation. This is an absolute. I was shown all those lives and how I had overcome some of the things I had done in other lives. There was still some things to be corrected.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “He said, ‘Do you want to stay or go back?’ I was very aware that this decision would be if I would stay in the heavenly realms or return to my life as Karen on planet Earth. All of my being wanted to stay there in bliss, but ever since I was six, I knew that reincarnation is the natural fact of life, and now, I had the knowingness that if I chose to stay, I would have to reincarnate to Earth again later. At the time, that was unacceptable to me. I didn’t understand then that Earth is a boot camp and school for soul’s spiritual education, and as such, it’s tough. Nevertheless, I knew that I had to return and finish whatever mission I had to do here.” (Karen Brannon)

Multi-colored icon.   “From the other tunnels came souls preparing for reincarnation on Earth. From above came souls happily reporting delights and visions of a beauty beyond words. From below came souls lamenting and wailing over a thousand years of dreadful sufferings, where people were repaid manifold for any earthly suffering they had caused.” (Plato)

Multi-colored icon.   “I had a lot of questions, and I wanted to know what they (the light beings) were doing why are you just kind of milling around here? And someone stepped forward … it wasn’t just one … I got information from a number of them … that they were all waiting for reincarnation.” (Amber Wells’ NDE research)

Multi-colored icon.   “They said that I originally came to Gaia to learn and share with others using the gifts that I have accumulated over several lifetimes.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   Sandra committed suicide and had a near-death experience. The light gave her access to unlimited knowledge. She was told that she could remain in the light, provided she later reincarnate to re-experience and overcome all that brought her to the point of suicide. Or, she could be revived to live out the rest of her life and overcome her problems here and now. She choose to be revived. (Sandra Rogers)

Multi-colored icon.   A woman once consulted Edgar Cayce to decide whether or not to undergo a very high-risk surgery. After inducing an out-of-body experience, Cayce went through the tunnel and visited the Hall of Records where he read her record in the Book of Life. Cayce advised the woman to have the surgery because it would be a success. Cayce explained that the surgeons who were to perform the surgery were once Inquisitors in a past life who tortured and killed her because of her religious beliefs. Cayce explained that by allowing these surgeons to heal her, she would be allowing them to pay a karmic debt they owed her. She underwent the surgery and it was a success just as Cayce foretold. (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   Jesus had many incarnations on Earth and we can experience full knowledge of all of them after death. (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   The following is only one of the Bible passages showing Jesus teaching reincarnation to his disciples:

“And the disciples asked him, saying, ‘Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ But he answered them and said, ‘Elijah indeed is to come and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand.’ Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:10-13)

 “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” – William Shakespeare


Hell and the Near-Death Experience

What is Hell? There are many explanations and only God knows The Truth, but here is something:

By Kevin WilliamsAs with heaven, there are various hell realms witnessed by near-death experiencers. We can even see many manifestations of hell right here in the physical realm. There are people in prison, in the Bahamas, in mental institutions, universities, skid row, palaces, crack houses, all kinds of life situations. While hell realms can be seen outside all around the world as a manifestation of an inner hell within humans, hell realms in the spirit world are an even greater manifestation of inner hell within humans. Near-death accounts show that the hell realms in the spirit world are actually the spiritual/mental manifestations of spiritual conditions that humans create within themselves while on Earth.


Between the Earth realm and the heavenly realms, there exists two hellish realms known as (1) the earthbound realm and (2) the void. Both of these realms can be considered hell because they are the two darker levels. This web page will focus only on the earthbound realm. The earthbound realm is a hellish dimension that overlaps the physical realm. It is a dimension where souls who are bound by some strong earthly fixation, may remain indefinitely until they are able to extract themselves from this fixation. After death, most souls expand very quickly through the dark hellish realms of the earthbound realm and the void, by means of the tunnel and on to higher realms.


The following are highlights concerning the earthbound hell which will be described. It is a state of mind where earthly, physical desires cannot be satisfied and is due to a lack of spiritual development. This hellish state of mind is the result of living a hellish life and is neither condemnation nor judgment. Its purpose is purification not punishment. The ways to escape from the earthbound realm will be discussed and the reasons why negativity must be removed in order to enter heaven. NDE examples of the earthbound realm, including traditional hell, fire and brimstone NDEs, will be presented. Religious descriptions of the earthbound realm and scriptures suggesting universal salvation will be provided here. Even more Biblical and NDE evidence of universal salvation can be found at the link provided here.

1. Hell is a State of Mind


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a state of mind. When we die, we are bound by what we think.” (Angie Fenimore)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a psychological condition which represents the hellish inner thoughts and desires within some souls. In hell, souls become uninhibited and their hellish condition is fully manifested. No demons are there to inflict punishment. Each soul acts out their own anger and hatred by warring and tormenting others.” (Emanuel Swedenborg)


Multi-colored icon.   “The hell of hells is knowing you were our own devil.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “It is your mind which creates hell.” (Dr. Timothy Leary)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell refers to levels of negative thought-forms that reside in close proximity to the Earth realm. It is where we go to work out, or remain within, our hang-ups, addictions, fears, guilt, angers, rage, regrets, self-pity, arrogance, or whatever else blocks us from the power of our own light.” (P.M.H. Atwater)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a level of consciousness which can be experienced in or out of the body.” (Arthur Yensen)


2. Hell is Having Earthly Desires That Can’t Be Satisfied


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a place where everyone retains the physical desires they were fixated on without a way to satisfy them. Hell is real hell for anyone who lives only to satisfy their selfish desires.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “One level of hell exists right here on Earth where an earthly desire is craved but cannot be satisfied.” (Dr. George Ritchie)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell contains people who have been alcoholics or drug addicts, who find these cravings still with them after death. They stay near the Earth to be near alcoholics or drug addicts who are still in the physical body, in order to participate vicariously in the sensations which alcohol and drugs give. They can be helped in the world beyond to clear their soul bodies of these cravings so that they, too, may go on and progress. However, this is a long and tedious process.” (Margaret Tweddell)


There is no geographic hell. We build our hells right here in our own lives. (Harry Hone)


The quality of life after death for a suicide is determined by their motive for killing themselves. Those who kill themselves from drugs, alcohol, or any other addiction, may become stuck in limbo trying in vain to satisfy their addiction until eventually something frees them. Those who, because of mental illness, confusion, or a terminal illness, take their own life, are allowed many opportunities from God to grow in love just as any other person would who had not committed suicide. (Dr. George Ritchie)


Earthbound souls linger around the living, usually to try to satisfy a physical desire. (Betty Bethards)


If an addiction isn’t conquered before death, it could keep your soul earthbound. (Ruth Montgomery)


Your personality – your likes and dislikes, your hopes, your fears-are still attached to you, although in a more nebulous form that when you are on Earth in a physical body. (Margaret Tweddell)


3. Hell is Caused By a Lack of Spiritual Development


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a lack of wisdom and not moving forward to progress. Hell is not a place.” (Cecil)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is a spiritual condition we create by being away from God until we choose to return to God. Hell is a spiritual condition that is totally devoid of love.” (Sandra Rogers)


Multi-colored icon.   “Hell is the pain, anguish, hurt and anger that you have caused others or who suffered as a result of your actions/words to others. Hell is what you have created for yourself within your soul by turning your back on unconditional love, compassion and peace.” (Tina)


Multi-colored icon.   “What people call hell is really a spiritual time-out condition in which souls reflect and work out the things that blocked them from the power of their own light.” (P.M.H.Atwater)


Multi-colored icon.   “Concerning hell, heat is molecules in motion, while cold is their lack of motion. Likewise, love is a fast vibration of the soul, while hate is a slower vibration. Complete love would be God, while complete hate would be death, leaving the soul extinct.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “Heaven and hell are spiritual states of being. They are not static states but are states in which there can be growth and progress toward ultimate wholeness of being.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “The difference between life on Earth and life in the spirit is that your spirit world corresponds to your inner nature.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “As there are degrees of heaven or hell on Earth, so there are degrees of heaven or hell in the spiritual world.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “After death people gravitate into homogenous groups according to the rate of their soul’s vibrations much like throwing a small pebble into a threshing machine. It goes into the box that fits its proper size and weight. After death, we are sorted by the high or low vibrations of our soul. Everyone goes where they fit in! High vibrations indicate love and spiritual development, while low vibrations indicate debasement and evil. All one has to do is to love so unselfishly that their soul-vibrations rise high enough to fit into heaven.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “An extreme neglect of spiritual matters on Earth can result in an earthbound condition. This is the condition people often associate with ghosts.” (Dr. Michael Newton)


Multi-colored icon.   “The quality of life after death for a suicide is determined by their motive for killing themselves. Those who kill themselves in order to hurt someone, get revenge, or who kill themselves out of hatred for someone else, will haunt the living by being aware of every horrible consequence their suicide had on others. Those who, because of mental illness, confusion, or a terminal illness, take their own life, are allowed many opportunities from God to grow in love just as any other person would who had not committed suicide.” (Dr. George Ritchie)


Multi-colored icon.   “People who have an orientation of hate, for instance, find themselves unable to appreciate a realm of love and harmony. Therefore, they continue in their state of bitterness and are ‘closed’ to the glory which exists around them.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “Those who have stunted their spiritual growth through an undeveloped or misdirected lifestyle, have led a purely self-centered life or have hurt other people, their spiritual environment will reflect something of these realities. A self-centered life on Earth places one in an area of the spirit world with like-minded people who have yet to learn the value of unselfishness for the advancement of the soul.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “The spiritual state of being you have on Earth is the spiritual state you take with you to the world beyond when you die. There is no sudden metamorphosis from an idle person into an active person, from a nonreligious person into a religious person, from a money-centered person into a God-centered person. This is not an automatic thing.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “Environments distant from God are said to be dark, cold and inhospitable. Indeed, they reflect the spirits of those dwelling there.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “We create our own hell within us while we live on Earth. After death, we step into this hell.” (Kevin Williams)


4. Hell is Caused By Living a Hellish Life


Multi-colored icon.   “In the spirit world, everyone lives in the kind of a heaven or hell that they have prepared for themselves while on Earth.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “People are in hell before they die. At death, we are gathered together with those who think as we do.” (Angie Fenimore)


Multi-colored icon.   “The general rule of thumb is this: hellish life, hellish afterlife – heavenly life, heavenly afterlife. Death will not change a hellish life into a heavenly afterlife, nor does it change a heavenly life into a hellish afterlife.” (Dr. Melvin Morse)


Multi-colored icon.   “Occasionally, the encounter with light is perceived as a reflection of the fires of hell.” (IANDS FAQ)


Multi-colored icon.   “Physical desires can be carried over into the afterlife but physical desires cannot be satisfied there. This can create a hellish condition for those who have them.” (Nora Spurgin)


5. Hell is Neither Condemnation Nor Judgment


Multi-colored icon.   “There is no condemnation in hell, only the outworking of our own misjudgments, mistakes, misalignments, or misappropriations.” (P.M.H. Atwater)


Multi-colored icon.   “Those with too many negative thought patterns might flee the light of God after death because they are too ashamed or too afraid to have their inner thoughts and negative natures revealed to everyone.” (Dr. George Ritchie)


Multi-colored icon.   “After his death, Jesus descended into the lower afterlife regions to ‘unlock’ the gates of hell. But souls still remaining there – for them – the gates are locked from the inside. Nevertheless, NDE evidence reveals Jesus continues to rescue souls from hell during a near-death experience.” (Kevin Williams)


Multi-colored icon.   “I saw the reasons for all of my actions and understood why I did what I had done. There was a place for all of my positive and negative actions. There was no action that was necessarily wrong, but there were actions I took that did not enhance positive growth.” (David Oakford)


Multi-colored icon.   “In hell, we have the opportunity to either revel in our folly or come to grips with the reality of consequences -that every action has a reaction, what is inflicted on another can be returned in kind. This is not a punishment for our sins but a confrontation with any distortion of our sense of values and priorities.” (P.M.H. Atwater)


Multi-colored icon.   “Just knowing the bad mistakes you made through your carelessness or your selfishness is a hell. You don’t need a devil prodding you with a fork.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “God does not condemn anyone to hell and there is no eternal damnation. We have the ability to condemn ourselves to the hell we create within ourselves.” (Kevin Williams)


Multi-colored icon.   “The God of love suffers for those in darkness, ignorance and misery.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “Many people believe that those who don’t give verbal assent to Jesus are cast headlong into eternal fire to burn forever. It should be common sense to anyone that a God of love would never treat people this way. As Jesus said, even an evil father knows how to give good things to children.” (Kevin Williams)


6. How To Escape From the Earthbound Realm


Multi-colored icon.   While Benedict was in hell, he called out to the light and the light opened up and formed a tunnel that insulated him from all that fear and pain. (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)


Multi-colored icon.   “The way out of these hellish realms is to have a willingness to see the light and seek love for others and God.” (Angie Fenimore)


Multi-colored icon.   To escape the darkness, you must cry out to God. Then the light will appear. (Rev. Howard Storm)


Multi-colored icon.   “From what may anyone be saved? Only from themselves! That is, their individual hell. They dig it with their own desires.” (Edgar Cayce)


Multi-colored icon.   “The gates of hell are open. Those in hell will eventually join up, link hands, and walk out of hell together.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)


Multi-colored icon.   “We stay in hell for however long best serves our development. We do not leave until we have changed our attitudes and perceptions.” (P.M.H. Atwater)


Multi-colored icon.   “Souls in the hellish realms do not have the same powers to progress and achieve joy that others with more light in the higher afterlife realms have. Their progress is limited – a result of divine justice. However, these souls can choose to grow if they wish.” (RaNelle Wallace)


Multi-colored icon.   “The living have auras of light surrounding their bodies. If the aura becomes distorted through alcohol or drugs, an earthbound soul can temporarily possess the body.” (Dr. George Ritchie)


Multi-colored icon.   “There are no permanent sinners. Even the saddest example of humanity can become the greatest.” (Harry Hone)


Multi-colored icon.   “Accept the greater power around you and let go of the Earth and its desires.” (Margaret Tweddell)


Multi-colored icon.   “Based on a soul’s desire and willingness, those in hell are given an opportunity for an upward journey.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “People on Earth are protected from earthbound discarnates and any harm they may try to do against us when they focus on the love within them.” (Kevin Williams)


Multi-colored icon.   “To appreciate heaven well it is good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.” (Will Carleton)


7. Negativity Must Be Removed to Enter Heaven


Multi-colored icon.   “At this point, I could feel this group of beings eliminate or pull from me the negative energy of my life in the physical world and fill me with love beyond what I can describe.” (Sherry Gideon)


Multi-colored icon.   “After death, if a soul has been too bad, they go to a realm of lower vibrations where their kind of thoughts can live. If they entered heaven, they would be annihilated by the Master-Vibration of God. This is because souls gravitate into groups according to the rate of their soul’s vibrations. If the percent of discord in a soul is small, it can be eliminated by God; then the remaining good can live on in heaven. However, if the percentage of bad were too high, this couldn’t be done, and the person would have to gravitate to a lower level and live with people of his own kind. Birds of a feather, flock together.”(Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “Since I had lived such a totally self-serving existence, I was in a hellish state of indescribable agony and sorrow. I was in shear agony. I still remember being on my knees while this blinding light broke and crushed my false-ego. This breaking process was extremely painful.” (Daniel Rosenblit)


Multi-colored icon.   “Negative thoughts cannot be expressed in the heavenly realms – only positive ones.” (Ned Dougherty)


Multi-colored icon.   “God is the Master-Vibration who neutralizes all negative thoughts so that you think only the good thoughts, such as love, freedom and happiness.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “God’s love looks at all of us throughout the eyes of eternity. God’s overriding desire is to purify the darkness of our souls, irrespective of the suffering God has to put us through to achieve that end. However, it will greatly minimize our suffering if we learn to accept instead of fighting against our situation in life.” (Daniel Rosenblit)


Multi-colored icon.   “There are earthbound spirits of low vibrations, whom we may regard as devils because they annoy us through mental telepathy. These demons tune in on us through our low vibrations of hate, fear and greed. They can be tuned out with unselfish love, or if necessary be chased away by the stronger spirit of Jesus Christ.” (Arthur Yensen)


Multi-colored icon.   “The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you, they’re freeing your soul.” (Meister Eckhart)


Multi-colored icon.   “The purpose of religion is not so much to get us into heaven, or to keep us out of hell, but to put a little bit of heaven into us, and take the hell out of us.” (E. Stanley Jones)


8. NDE Examples of the Earthbound Realm


The following are summaries of the NDE accounts of those who experienced this earthbound region for themselves.


Multi-colored icon.   David Oakford saw dark souls who were earthbound and who refused to go to the light. They prey on the energies of the living in an attempt to prevent the evolution of their spirit. David learned that we protected from these dark ones as long as we chose to focus on the love within us. David noticed that the dark ones did not even try to affect him. They just gave him nasty looks and went away. David was told that whenever he sees one, he was to tell them to go to the light. The light is a porthole to the place all souls go if they choose to go. David learned that higher beings know where to go and what to do to help an earthbound soul so they may advance themselves if they so choose to do so. (David Oakford)


Multi-colored icon.   Josiane saw faces rushing toward her with incredible speed. They would race toward her face, expanding and then dissolving. Face after face washed over her and she is terrified. She drifted along and was unable to keep her eyes open. She wondered who these people were. She recognized some of them as people she knew who had died. The whole room was filled with spirits and they would hover near her and look into her eyes. She tried to push them away and she fought them. This experience seemed to go on forever. She identified these people as restless spirits. Their faces were twisted with pain and they seemed lost. She was frightened to see them around her. Suddenly, spirits with glowing faces appeared to her. They reflect a gentle and powerful light which reminded her of pictures of beautiful angels. (Josiane Antonette)


Multi-colored icon.   While in the earthbound realm, Howard Pittman watched living people going about their daily pursuit and completely unaware that they were being stalked by beings from the spirit world. Pittman refers to this earthbound realm as the first heaven. He was totally flabbergasted as he watched in horror demons in all shapes and forms moving at will among the humans. Pittman was shown an employee’s lounge on Earth where a young man and young woman were talking and laughing. Between them was a grotesque demon who was unseen by the two. Pittman learned that this was a demon of lust. Pittman watched in astonishment as the demon entered the body of the young man. Pittman was told that the demon made himself desirable to the young man and he accepted by his own free will to violate his space. (Rev. Howard Pittman)


Multi-colored icon.   “Emanuel Swedenborg’s description of the first stage after death is a remarkable description of the earthbound realm: After death, there are various states that souls must pass through before arriving in heaven or hell. The first state involves their more outward aspects and the second [the void] involves their more inward aspects. The first state after death is very much like their state in the physical world, since at that point they are similarly involved in outward matters. This is why some souls are unaware that they are dead. (Emanuel Swedenborg)


Multi-colored icon.   Dr. George Ritchie’s NDE: Jesus took Ritchie to a large city on Earth where he observed earthbound souls stalking the living for one reason or another. One earthbound soul begged in vain for a cigarette. A young man who committed suicide begged his parents in vain for forgiveness. In a house, Ritchie was shown the soul of a boy following a living teenage girl and begging for forgiveness despite the fact that the girl was completely unaware of the boy’s presence. Jesus told Ritchie that the boy committed suicide and was chained to every consequence of his act. Then Ritchie saw group of drunken sailors in a bar with earthbound alcoholics trying in vain to get a drink. Ritchie is horrified when he witnessed a sailor pass out and an earthbound alcoholic quickly possess his body. Jesus and Ritchie then viewed a realm that was jammed with hordes of angry, frustrated, and miserable earthbound souls who were locked in fights to the death. Yet, nobody could be injured. Ritchie realized that this was hell where souls are enslaved to habits of destructive thought-patterns. He also witnessed frustrated souls attempting to perform sexual acts. He saw souls arguing over religion or politics and trying to kill those who disagreed with them. Whatever anyone thought was instantly apparent to everyone there. Most of the thoughts he heard were thoughts such as, “I told you so!” and “I always knew!” and “Didn’t I warn you!” Ritchie became aware that Jesus did not condemn them and that he had only love for them. The only thing that kept each soul from leaving this realm was that they all shared the same kind of thoughts. This created a bond where soul of similar feathers can flock together. Ritchie wonders if these souls had fled the light that showed up the darkness of their souls. Jesus then takes Ritchie away from there. (Dr. George Ritchie)


Multi-colored icon.   Ruth Montgomery: This is an example of a person who is so sure that there is no God and no hereafter that he treats others badly while on Earth and he feels no moral obligation to lend a helping hand or to be a decent citizen. When he makes the transition he is angry and tempestuous as he finds himself in a situation of his own making, surrounded by other greedy souls who, because they are in like situation, welcome him gleefully to the hell that they have created for themselves. He tries to break out of the fiendish group, but they surround him. He is utterly miserable, for he now begins to see the folly of his ways but does not know how to avert his fate. He is left there until his own remorse for sinful ways begins to penetrate his being and he acknowledges to himself that he wasted a lifetime, a rare privilege, by thinking only of himself. After he reaches full repentance he is then able to free himself of the unrepentant creatures around him, and for a long time thereafter he searches his own soul to review the past mistakes. This is sometimes a long, drawn-out process because he will have to make his way alone. Only he is able to assess his wrongs and seek forgiveness, although there are many here willing to lend a hand whenever he reaches out to them for it. (Ruth Montgomery)


Multi-colored icon.   Ruth Montgomery: People who die as an alcoholic may hover around people on Earth who drink too much, lusting after the pleasures of alcoholism yet unable to break the bond of habit which bound them to their physical bodies. The same with heavy smokers or drug users, there or here, or the sex maniacs who take advantage of others to appease the bodily craving for intercourse.This is a very important lesson which we learn on this side. To escape the perpetual cycle of rebirth into physical form, we must erase the ties, the shackles which bind us to satiation of the physical body. So try to lick the bad habits while on Earth. It is easier by far than to come unloose from them on Earth. Those who neither drink nor smoke nor use drugs nor lust after sex will be free of those shackles on the other side. It is easier while in physical form to break those shackles than it is to undo them on the other side, where no temptations are put in our way. Thus, there is no reward for behaving correctly here in spirit, because there is nothing to tempt us otherwise. The hard school is in the physical one, and there it is there that we must meet and overcome the temptations. (Ruth Montgomery)


Multi-colored icon.   “A friend of mine who had recently taken his life came through and did not know how to go into the light. I kept telling him to go forward to the light, but he was afraid of judgment. He couldn’t forgive himself. Also, he was having a problem with the fact that after he had taken his own life, his spirit obviously lingered around the scene of the act. He could not overcome the memory of his father’s discovering him, and that was haunting him emotionally to a tremendous degree in the next dimension. What he and many of us don’t understand is that there is judgment there, but it is not done by God on a throne. Judgment rests basically with yourself. It can take eons of time as we understand it before they go into the light. It depends on the person.” (George Anderson)


9. The Traditional Hellfire and Brimstone NDEs


Multi-colored icon.   “Why do some people have NDEs that resembles the fire and brimstone hell of the Bible while other people describe a different kind of hell? The quick answer is that there are many kinds of hells and many kinds of heavens. A person’s situation in life and after death is based upon many factors including: perception, perspective, cultural and religious background, spirituality or lack thereof, and education. If you examine enough hellish NDEs that resemble the traditional hellfire and brimstone, you will notice that they mostly occur to fundamentalist Christians. Life after death often means “getting what you expect”, that is, if you believe heaven is a place where you float on a cloud and play a harp, you just might get that when you die. And only when you realize that this kind of heaven is a fanatasy-to-be-abandoned will you find reality different. In other words, reality is what you make it. This applies on Earth as it is in heaven. If we believe that such a hell exists, it actually does exist – in our own minds. And since the afterlife is the realm of the mind and spirit, these hellish conditions actually exist merely by creating them in our own mind. This is why it is critical that we be careful what we put in our minds and what we build there. For more information about the differences between NDEs visit my NDE Differences page.” (Kevin Williams)


Multi-colored icon. After an attempted suicide, John Bunyan (1628-1688) was given an extended guided tour of hell containing all the traditional images of fire, brimstone, devils, tormentors, etc. Bunyan, an English author and preacher imprisoned for his faith, is best known for his fictional work, The Pilgrim’s Progress. (John Bunyan)


Multi-colored icon. Rev. Kenneth Hagin descended into a pit until a darkness totally surrounded him. The farther down he went, the darker and hotter it became until he could see the fingers of flames playing on the dark walls of the pit. In front of him, beyond the entrance into hell, he saw giant, orange flames. He was pulled toward hell like a magnet pulls metal. He was aware of some kind of creature at his right side, which he didn’t dare look at, that escorted him toward the entrance to hell. When he did, a powerful voice spoke which caused everything to shake. Kenneth then floated back up through the darkness to the top of the pit. (Rev. Kenneth Hagin)


Multi-colored icon. Don Brubaker travels through a tunnel while a large, eerie red eye peers at him which he realizes to be his own. While in the tunnel, he is stricken with panic and believes he is in hell. A voice, which he identifies to be God’s, tells him not to fear. He has been chosen to write about what he is experiencing. He is told he must testify about the reality of hell. Afterward, he is drawn into a vast, flaming oven filled with other people. They laugh as they realize the flames are not painful. Suddenly, he is alone in the dark with God communicating to him. In an instant, he is aware of everyone in his life whom he was ever angry with. Afterward, he floats in a glorious deep blue sky. Christ appears shining a tremendous amount of light. Christ gives Don a choice of staying or returning to the physical world. Thoughts of his family cause him to choose to return. Before he returns, Don is taken back in time to witness the crucifixion of Christ. (Don Brubaker)


Multi-colored icon. Other hell, fire, and brimstone NDEs: Sarah and George Lennox


10. Religious Descriptions of the Earthbound Realm


Multi-colored icon.   Buddhism:  The deceased eventually enters a realm of hungry ghosts were the deceased have huge stomachs and throats the size of pinholes. Because of this, they wander around in a constant state of unsatisfied ravenous desire. Eventually, the unliberated deceased encounters the Lord of Death for judgment. The Lord of Death holds up before him the Mirror of Karma where every good and evil act is vividly reflected. Now demons approach and begin to inflict torments and punishments upon the deceased for their evil deeds. Even here the deceased can attain liberation by recognizing this. The deceased who is still not liberated after the Judgment will now be drawn remorselessly toward reincarnation. At some point, liberation is no longer possible and the deceased are instructed on how to choose the best womb for a favorable reincarnation. (Buddhism)


Multi-colored icon.   “Be not fond of the dull smoke-colored light from hell.” (Tibetan Book of the Dead)


Multi-colored icon.   Hinduism:  Each of the dimensions of the Great Mandala of the Cosmos represents a quality of energy, or light. Each dimension of this Mandala, which moves out from the central Whiteness, are infinite numbers of possible worlds and various kinds of embodiment. The dimension which we live in now is on the outskirts of this Great Mandala. Dimensions even farther away from the center may be called “hells” where there is less awareness, less possibilities, than the dimension we live in now. (Hinduism)


Multi-colored icon.   Islam:  Muslim theologians, particularly those of the Asharite school, believed that if a believer entered hell, God could forgive his sins or nonconformities and remove him, either immediately or after a certain period during which imperfections had been burned away. The basis for this doctrine is the Hadith: “He shall make men come out of hell after they have been burned and reduced to cinders.” In addition to this purgatory of suffering, there is another Muslim limbo – al-A’raf (the “heights” or “ramparts”), described in a chapter of the Koran by that name – in which those souls reside that do not merit damnation yet are unable to enter paradise. (Muslim)


Multi-colored icon.   Judaism:  In rabbinical thought, the model for heaven was Eden. The rabbinic word for hell, Gehenna, is taken from the name of a valley of fire where children were said to be sacrificed as burnt offerings to Baal and Moloch (Semitic deities). Jewish legend paints hell with all of the vividness that medieval Christians did, even associating particular tortures with particular sins. (Judaism)


Multi-colored icon.   Gnosticism:  Christian Gnostics viewed living on Earth as a kind of hell. Gnosticism saw human beings as trapped in a cycle of reincarnation and believed that even suicide could not release one from bondage to the flesh. In marked contrast with orthodox Christian belief, bodily resurrection was not viewed as part of the scheme of redemption. Rather, only the destruction of the body and of all Satan’s visible creation – which is hell – was adequate to ensure salvation of the soul and its ascent to heaven. (Gnosticism)


Multi-colored icon.   Christianity:  Scriptures showing souls do not stay in hell forever:


a. “[Jesus] went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.” (1 Peter 3:18-20)


b. “That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.” (Luke 12:47-48)


c. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” (Matthew 5:22-26)


d. It should be difficult for any Christian to honestly conceive of a God of infinite love and mercy to permit even one soul to be tortured forever in hell. It is common sense that a few minutes in hell is enough for even the hardest of sinners to change their mind and repent. And what kind of God would create someone knowing that he will ultimately throw that person in hell to be tortured forever? It should be obvious that it would be better for God to not even create such a person. If an evil father treats his children better than this, how much more so God? Jesus stated: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)


11. The Purpose for Hell is Purification Not Punishment


Multi-colored icon.   The early Church developed the concept of purgatory based on particular passages of scripture.


a. According to St. Isidore of Seville the Church taught that in the next life: “Some sins will be forgiven and purged away by a certain purifying fire.” (Deord. creatur., c. xiv, n. 6)


b.  St. Augustine also argued: “Some sinners are not forgiven either in this world or in the next, would not be truly said unless there were other [sinners] who, though not forgiven in this world, are forgiven in the world to come” (De Civ. Dei, XXI, xxiv).


c.  The same interpretation is given by Gregory the Great (Dial., IV, xxxix); St. Bede (commentary on this text); St. Bernard (Sermo lxvi in Cantic., n.11) and other eminent theological writers.


d.  Origen, the first great Church father, taught that purgatory is the true description of hell. He believed if people depart this life with lighter faults, they are condemned to fire which burns away the lighter materials, preparing their souls for the kingdom of God, where nothing defiled may enter. He wrote: “For if on the foundation of Christ you have built not only gold and silver and precious stones; but also wood and hay and stubble, what do you expect when the soul shall be separated from the body? Would you enter into heaven with your wood and hay and stubble and thus defile the kingdom of God; or on account of these hindrances would you remain without and receive no reward for your gold and silver and precious stones? Neither is this just. It remains then that you be committed to the fire which will burn the light materials; for our God to those who can comprehend heavenly things is called a cleansing fire. But this fire consumes not the creature, but what the creature has himself built, wood, and hay and stubble. It is manifest that the fire destroys the wood of our transgressions and then returns to us the reward of our great works.” (P. G., XIII, col. 445, 448).


Multi-colored icon.   Origen based this statement on the following Bible verse:


a.  “It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)


Multi-colored icon.   “In the Council of Lyons, in 1274 A.D., it was stated that after death the soul goes promptly either to heaven or to hell. On the Day of Judgment, all will stand before the tribunal of Christ with their bodies to render account of what they have done.


12. NDEs Support Universal Salvation


Multi-colored icon.   “What all people seek, what sustains them, is love, the light told me. What distorts people is a lack of love. The revelations coming from the light seemed to go on and on, then I asked the light, “Does this mean that humankind will be saved?” Then, like a trumpet blast with a shower of spiraling lights, the Great Light spoke, saying, “Remember this and never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself. You always have. You always will. You were created with the power to do so from before the beginning of the world. In that instant I realized even more. I realized that WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED, and we saved ourselves because we were designed to self-correct like the rest of God’s universe.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)


Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a cycle of improvements and humans are not perfect yet. Most people have this secret revealed to them when they die.” (Dr. Frank Oski)


Multi-colored icon.   “All souls were created in the beginning and are finding their way back to God.” (Edgar Cayce)


Multi-colored icon.   “We are immortal and indestructible. We have always been alive, we always will be, and there is no way in this world that we can ever be lost. It is impossible for anyone to fall into a crack in the universe somewhere and never be heard from again. We are utterly safe and we have always been forever and ever.” (Jayne Smith)


Multi-colored icon.   “From the light we have come, and to the light we all shall return.” (Josiane Antonette)


Multi-colored icon.   “It is God’s love for us that sends us on our journey and it is our love for God that allows us to return to God’s loving arms again.” (David Goines)


Multi-colored icon.   “A central aspect of our eternal existence is continued spiritual growth through love and service. We can spend what seems like an eternity before incarnating in the flesh. During that period in the spirit world, soul growth can be attained there as well.” (Nora Spurgin)


Multi-colored icon.   “It [reincarnation] is a universal process, and prevails not only in the human kingdom but also throughout the whole of nature. Whenever we find a living form, the consciousness of that form is also evolving, using temporarily for that purpose the physical form in order that it may gain physical experience. In each incarnation we have a different physical body, a different name, and may have different souls acting as parents, but these changes do not in the slightest imperil our individuality … Reincarnation is not an endless process, and when we have learned the lessons taught in the World-School we return no more to physical incarnation unless we come back of our own accord to act as Teachers of humanity or as Helpers in the glorious plan of evolution.” (Amber Wells)


Multi-colored icon.   “Without physical bodies, feelings of hate and fear are intensified as souls [in hell] vainly try to hide from their enemies. Their only hope is to reincarnate. Then unfortunately when they do, they may forget all about their torment in hell and again lead lives of greed and tyranny. This miserable cycle can continue forever unless they find salvation in one of their lifetimes. Such people really need a savior, since they are not able to help themselves. I’m sure Christ incarnated to help them because he said, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'” (Arthur Yensen)


14. Scriptures Supporting Universal Salvation


a.  “The Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28)


b.  “God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)


c.  “But I, when I am lifted up from the Earth, will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:32)


d.  “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)


e.  “And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” (Luke 3:6)


f.   “[God] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)


g.  “For this we labor and strive, that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)


h.  “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on Earth together under one head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 1:9-10)


Multi-colored icon.   It is God’s will to have all humanity saved. And because nobody can thwart God’s will, then the only conclusion is that all humanity will be saved.


a  “No plan of yours [God’s] can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)


b.  “[Christ] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)


c.  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11)


d.  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9)


e.  “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)


f.  “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men — the testimony given in its proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)


g.  “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)


“To appreciate heaven well it is good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.” – Will Carleton


Death and the Near-Death Experience

And the NDE saga continues…

By Kevin Williams

Near-death experiencers unanimously report losing their fear of death upon return. Many actually look forward to their own death, a time when they can return to the beautiful realm they experienced. The NDE changes people’s ideas of death forever. This is true even for many people who only read about the NDE. Some experiencers were not even aware they died at the time of their NDE. This demonstrates how insignificant death is really is. It reveals that death is only a very brief transition from the physical to the spiritual – like walking through a door. It has also been described by some experiencers to be similar to the process of waking up from a dream the dream being the physical world.


1. Introduction

Multi-colored icon.   One unanimous aspect involving people who have NDEs is that they know absolutely there is life after death. They no longer believe in an afterlife. They know there is an afterlife. The idea that near-death accounts provide this knowledge has nothing to do with faith. Faith implies the possibility of doubt. Knowledge implies certainty. NDEs are based on solid knowledge and facts – not faith. If a million astronauts go to Mars and return to Earth saying that there’s Martians living there, it is then that I would know for sure that there’s Martians living on Mars. In the same way, millions of people have returned from death saying that there is life after death. Can millions of people experiencing the same thing all be wrong? Isn’t it easier to believe they are right? For this reason, the only rational conclusion is that there is life after death. Faith and skepticism then becomes irrational.


2. When is Death Really Death? Multi-colored icon.   The term “near-death” is a misnomer because the evidence suggests that people actually journey beyond death during near-death experiences. Philosophically, to say that such experiences are “near-death” is like saying a woman is “near-pregnant.” Either a woman is pregnant or they are not. Philosophically, it would seem that a person is either dead or they aren’t.

The medical definition of “death” has been debated for centuries depending on the culture, social conditions, and the role of the medical profession. The newest definition (i.e., “brain death”) may not yet be adequate for encompassing all of death’s meanings. There is no consensus within the scientific community concerning when conscious life begins. In the same way, there is no consensus within the scientific community concerning when physical life ends. Determining the precise time of death is, in fact, medically and scientifically impossible according to cardiologist Dr. Michael Sabom who states, It used to be thought that the point of death was a single moment in time. But it is now thought that death is a process, not a single moment.

But because doctors need something to go by, they have come up with various legal and social definitions over the years for the sake of finality. Here are the terms we’re most familiar with:


3. The Classifications of Death

The Classifications of Death

a. Heart-Lung Failure: This was the traditional definition of death until advances in medical technology made it possible for people to survive this condition.
b. Clinical Death: The patient’s breathing and heartbeat stops but they might still be able to be resuscitated with CPR or other means, depending on why the vital signs ceased and under what conditions it occurred
c. Lower brain death: The brain stem controlling the automatic functions of the body stops working. The length of time which the brain stem must be inactive before a person is declared legally dead varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Complicating the issue, the same person can be considered legally dead if about to become an organ donor, but legally alive if not.
d. Higher Brain Death: The brain stem still functions, keeping the heart, lungs and digestive system working, but the sensing, thinking part of the brain has shut down. When such a “person” is dead, the body might still be functioning. But for all practical intents and purposes, there is no ethical reason to keep the body alive.
e. Whole Brain Death: Both lower and higher brain functions have ceased. This definition was first developed by the ad hoc committee at Harvard Medical School in 1968. In 1980, hospitals were permitted to begin using it as a determination of death in patients. But even though a person might suffer from whole brain death, they can still have a heartbeat which only ends due to the failure of the lungs. If the lungs are forced to keep breathing, such people can continue to digest food, excrete waste, and even bear children. Whether or not such people are “dead” is currently up for political debate.
f. Biological Death: This is when permanent cellular damage occurs to the brain due to a lack of oxygen. By definition, this process is irreversible and final. By definition only, nobody has ever returned to life from this condition.
g. Metaphysical Death: This occurs when the silver cord breaks during a NDE. The silver cord is the “umbilical” which connects the physical body to the spirit body. Once this cord is broken, returning to the physical body is impossible.
Multi-colored icon.   Whichever definition science ultimately agrees on will influence how people are treated in hospitals, how people get organs for transplant, whether women have abortions, and when doctors perform stem-cell research – not to mention the implications within religious, philosophical and metaphysical circles.


4. Perhaps the Best Case of a Person Surviving Death
Pam Reynolds photo. Multi-colored icon.   Pam Reynolds met all the criteria for surviving whole brain death. While in this state, she experienced an extraordinary NDE. Because her death was not final, it cannot be said that she survived “biological” death. However, her case provides an excellent example of how there is nothing “near” about the so-called “near-death” experience.Pam’s extraordinary NDE occurred while undergoing a rare surgical procedure to remove a brain aneurysm. The procedure required her to be:
a. Put unconscious using an anesthetic.
b. Her body temperature lowered to 60 degrees.
c. Her heart and breathing stopped.
d. Her brain waves allowed to flatten
e. The blood drained from her head.
While in this condition, she floated out of her body and watched the doctors operate on her lifeless body. Later, she was able to describe the surgical instruments, the conversation, and the procedures performed during her surgery.


5. NDEs are not Exactly Identical but Common Elements can be Found
Multi-colored icon.   Some skeptics claim NDEs are not real real afterlife experiences because they are not identical. On the other hand, other skeptics claim NDEs are not real afterlife experiences because they are “hard-wired” in the brain which explains the similarities. Which is true? In my opinion, neither. Here is why:
a. No Experience on Earth is Exactly Identical:Think of the near-death experience as you would any Earth experience. Everyone’s perspective is unique from everyone else. Yet, there are similarities to Earthly experiences. People go to work, go to school, live in homes, have sex, eat, sleep, practice religion, travel, visit family and friends, etc. Despite these similarities, no two Earth experiences are identical.
b. No Near-Death Experience is Exactly Identical:Some people travel back in time, meet a worshipped religious figure, travel the universe, view their past lives, meet future children, etc. Everyone has a unique perspective. Yet, common aspects can be found in NDEs. (Kevin Williams)


6. Common Aspects Found in NDEs
Multi-colored icon.   Within a number of NDEs a pattern becomes evident. This pattern can be found in children’s NDEs as well. The pattern (and any single experience) includes one or more of these things:
a. Feeling that the “self” has left the body and is hovering overhead. Sometimes a “silver cord” is seen connected to the body. Sometimes the person may later be able to describe who was where and what happened, sometimes in detail. Some people who were born blind can see while out of their body.
b. Moving through a dark space or tunnel and having a sense of timelessness. Sometimes the Earth can be seen from outer space.
c. Experiencing intensely powerful emotions, ranging from bliss to terror. Sometimes heavenly music is heard.
d. Encountering a light. It is usually described as golden, or white, and as being magnetic and loving; occasionally it is perceived as a reflection of the fires of hell.
e. Receiving some variant of the message, “It is not yet your time” from a heavenly being by means of mental telepathy.
f. Meeting others; may be deceased loved ones, recognized from life or not; sacred beings; pets; guides; angels; orbs; unidentified entities and/or “Beings of Light“; sometimes symbols from one’s own or other religious traditions.
g. A life review, seeing and re-experiencing major and trivial events of one’s life, sometimes from the perspective of the other people involved, and coming to some conclusion about the adequacy of that life and what changes are needed.
h. Having a sense of understanding everything, of knowing how the universe works.
i. Reaching a boundary – a cliff, fence, water, some kind of barrier that may not be crossed if one is to return to life.
j. In some cases, entering a city or library or receiving station.
k. Rarely, receiving previously unknown information about one’s life – i.e., adoption or hidden parentage, deceased siblings. Some bring back scientific discoveries. Some bring back knowledge concerning the future. Some bring back knowledge of past lives. Some bring back information concerning astrology.
l. Decision to return may be voluntary or involuntary. If voluntary, it usually associated with unfinished responsibilities.
m. Returning to life and to the body. Afterward, an increase in spirituality may be found. Often, dramatic changes within the person are discovered.
n. Some interesting facts concerning NDEs are: A group of people can die together and share the same NDE. Some NDEs have occurred when the brain is verified to be dead. NDEs have been occurring for thousands of years. They happen to people of all backgrounds (see below).
o. Most near-death experiences are pleasant, but others are deeply frightening. For additional information about frightening near-death experiences, contact IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) for a special publication.


7. Unusual Facts about Near-Death Experiences

a. Many Hollywood stars have reported experiencing a NDE.
b. A group of people can die together and share the same NDE.
c. A woman born blind was able to see during her NDE.
d. Many people see deceased pets in heaven and communicate with them telepathically.
e. One man in particular had thousands of NDEs.
f. A man observed events on Earth occurring hundreds of miles away from his body.
g. Infants and children have NDEs that are similar to adult NDEs.
h. Scientific discoveries are brought back from NDEs.
i. One man was dead for three days and returned to life.
j.. A man traveled back into time and lived in the past.
k. Some people discover reincarnation during a NDE.
l. One woman had a NDE due to a sexual orgasm.
m. One woman saw all three of her bodies: physical, soul, spirit.
n. A woman saw her children’s’ future.
o. One woman met a man during her NDE who was her future son yet unborn.
p. A woman saw her baby in heaven during her NDE – a baby that was previously miscarried.
q. A woman saw the “Angel of Death” during her NDE.
r. One particular child saw an angel turn into a mermaid during her NDE.
s. A man saw Jesus on a cross in heaven. Another man traveled back in time to witness the actual crucifixion of Jesus. Another man traveled back into time and momentarily lived in the minds of Jesus and his disciples. All three of these occurred during a NDE.
t. A man saw the Being of Light change into many different religious characters such as Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, etc.
u. NDEs happen to people of all backgrounds:
Accountants Business people Fighter pilots Jewish people Pastors
Africans Catholics French Medieval people Policemen
Alien abductees Children Gays/Lesbians Meditators Professors
Apostles Christians Geologists Mentally ill Psychics
Atheists Comatose Germans Movie stars Psychologists
Australians Doctors Greeks Musicians Russians
Blind people Dreamers Group of firefighters Muslims Soldiers
British Drug users Hindus Native Americans Suicides
Buddhists Epileptics Housewives Nurses


8. NDE Researchers’ Comment on the Near-Death Experience

Multi-colored icon.   “One of the near-death experience truths is that each person integrates their near-death experience into their own pre-existing belief system.” (Jody Long)
Multi-colored icon.   “There are so many different descriptions of NDEs because there are so many different perceptions, perspectives, beliefs, biases, backgrounds, and afterlife realms to fit them.” (Kevin Williams)
Multi-colored icon.   “Childhood NDEs are similar to adult NDEs.” (P.M.H. Atwater)
Multi-colored icon.   People born blind have NDEs which are similar to sighted people. However, people born blind see for the first time in their lives during their NDEs. But they do not retain their sight when they return to their bodies. (Dr. Kenneth Ring)
Multi-colored icon.   “Our life on Earth can be thought of as one channel on a radio. At death, it is as if someone spins the dial on the radio to a different channel. The previous channel is still there, but we are now experiencing a different channel. That is all death is – a change to another channel. We go to that particular channel where our speed of vibration fits a particular channel on the radio dial.” (P.M.H. Atwater)
Multi-colored icon.   “There exists a point of no return during the NDE and once this barrier is crossed, returning to our body is impossible.” (Dr. Kenneth Ring)
Multi-colored icon.   “All physical and mental handicaps are corrected immediately after death.” (Dr. Kenneth Ring)


9. Near-Death Experiencers Comment on Death

Multi-colored icon.   “If I lived a billion years more, in my body or yours, there’s not a single experience on Earth that could ever be as good as being dead. Nothing.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death makes us more alive. We are more dead now while alive on Earth than we are when we are physically dead.” (P.M.H. Atwater)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is just a body problem.” (Chuck Griswold)
Multi-colored icon.   “Life does not end when we die. Death is a rebirth into a spirit world of light and love, a transition from the physical to the spiritual that is no more frightening or painful than passing between rooms through an open doorway. It is a joyful homecoming to our natural home.” (Betty Eadie)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death means losing your physical body. Nothing else is lost.” (P.M.H. Atwater)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is leaving your physical body and facing God. We then become pure Mind. Our minds become naked in that our thoughts are there for all to understand perfectly.” (Dr. George Ritchie)
Multi-colored icon.   “Birth is a sleep and a forgetting. Death is an awakening and a remembering.” (Josiane Antonette)
Multi-colored icon.   “Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual. Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual.” (Edgar Cayce)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is a process similar to waking up from a dream.” (John Star)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is like falling asleep or like waking up. We leave one state of consciousness and enter another.” (Joni Maggi)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death means dying to the physical world. It also means being born into the spirit world.  When we are born into this physical world, we fall asleep and forget who we really are. When we are born into the spirit world, we awaken and remember who we really are.” (Edgar Cayce)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is actually a rebirth into a greater life of understanding and knowledge that stretches forward and backward in time.” (John Star)
Multi-colored icon.   “Life and death are one, and only those who will consider the experience as one may come to understand or comprehend what peace indeed means.” (Edgar Cayce)
Multi-colored icon.   “The memory of a NDE is more real than the memory of what one did yesterday.” (Dr. Rene Turner)
Multi-colored icon.   “I knew with total certainty that everything was evolving exactly the way it should and that the ultimate destiny for every living being is to return to the Source, the Light, Pure Love.” (Juliet Nightingale)
Multi-colored icon.   “Immediately after death, the connection to our humanity begins to wear off and an experience of being light as air, extremely happy and in love begins to happen.” (Karen Schaeffer)
Multi-colored icon.   “The Being of Light can be called Jesus, Buddha, Yahweh, the Great Spirit, our Higher Self, etc. which can be a feedback of our own religious perspective. The name of the Light Being does not matter.  Only the recognition of absolute love and truth is important.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
Multi-colored icon.   “In the light of God, there are no opinions, conclusions or beliefs – only being. It is being in a state of total harmonic perfection.” (John Star)
Multi-colored icon.   “From the light we come to Earth and to the light we will return.” (Josiane Antonette)
Multi-colored icon.   “The only thing we take with us at death is the love we have given away while on Earth.” (Laurelynn Martin)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death means breaking through the barrier of space and time.” (Beverly Brodsky)
Multi-colored icon.   “Our senses and our sense of awareness are tremendously greater when we are outside of our physical body.” (Thomas Sawyer)
Multi-colored icon.   “The last to be overcome is death, and the knowledge of life is the knowledge of death.” (Edgar Cayce)
Multi-colored icon.   “You grow to heaven. You don’t go to heaven.” (Edgar Cayce)
Multi-colored icon.   “Time stops when we die. Past, present and future become the eternal now.” (Dr. Gerard Landry)
Multi-colored icon.   “When children die, they are not children after death. They appear to be as they would in the prime of their life.” (Ruth Montgomery)
Multi-colored icon.   “There is nothing worth worrying about – not even death.” (Joni Maggi)
Multi-colored icon.   “Getting back into your body from a NDE is like jumping into a swimming pool.” (Pam Reynolds)
Multi-colored icon.   “Death is one of the most important lessons that must be learned by those who are affected by it.” (Karen Schaeffer)


“Death is just a body problem.” – Chuck Griswold


Humanity and the Near-Death Experience

Information about NDE continues with humanity:

By Kevin Williams

Every human being is a very, very special person. One proof of this can be found in the reproductive process which led to our birth. Everyone begins life by winning a race against 40 million to 1.2 billion other sperm cells. This alone is evidence that everyone is literally one in a million. As a part of life, we are a part of God. People who have a near-death experience often realize this fact first-hand in a very profound way. There is more to humanity than meets the eye. Beyond our visual reality, there exists a higher reality where our true self resides. This reality exists within us.

1. A Brief Summary of Human Origins

The story of the origin of humanity is a story that resembles the parable of the prodigal son. Long ago, our souls fractaled from the Divine Consciousness to become individualized portions of God. Our souls entered the physical realm and some came to the Earth and began inhabiting the bodies of a particular species of ape-man and began to influence them to come out of the trees and create societies. Although humans seem like a small creation in an infinite universe, this is really only an illusion. We are the human part of God and are extensions and thoughts in the Mind of God. We are God developing individual consciousness. We are God becoming human. We are the body, mind and spirit of God. We are a oneness of the Whole and the wholeness of the One. The core of our being is perfect love, perfect God-ness. We are powerful spirit beings.


2. Human Origins

Multi-colored icon.   “From the light we have come, and to the light we all shall return.” (Josiane Antonette)

Multi-colored icon.   “It is God’s love for us that sends us on our journey and it is our love for God that allows us to return to God’s loving arms again.” (David Goines)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are all-knowing. But we have chosen to forget most of our knowledge in order to come to Earth and have human experiences.” (Laurelynn Martin)

Multi-colored icon.   “Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son is the cosmic tale of each and every human being. We have all forgotten that we are children of God and that our spiritual side needs to return to God.” (Dr. George Ritchie)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are like babies crawling around, trying to learn how to use the forces within us. They are powerful forces and are governed by laws that will protect us from ourselves. But as we grow and seek the positive all around us, even the laws themselves will be revealed. We will be given all that we are prepared to receive.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are immortal and indestructible. We have always been alive, we always will be, and there is no way in this world that we can ever be lost. It is impossible for anyone to fall into a crack in the universe somewhere and never be heard from again. We are utterly safe and we have always been forever and ever.” (Jayne Smith)

Multi-colored icon.   “Upon receiving the plan of creation, we [as spirits] sang in rejoicing and were filled with God’s love. We were filled with joy as we saw the growth we would have here on Earth and the joyous bonds we would create with each other.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Earth is not our natural home and we did not originate here. Earth is only a temporary place for our schooling and everyone has cultivated a certain degree of light (knowledge) here.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “The reason we need to experience a separation of our total reality when we take a physical body is because in order for us to appreciate, benefit, and learn all we can from our physical life, we must re-discover what we knew before – now in physical ways. We must also discover how to return to God. By the good that we do to each other here, by the ways we improve our minds, and by the ways that we learn to cope with a physical body and physical life, we earn our right of safe passage back to God; and in so doing, we likewise honor God.” (David Goines)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are to make the most of our opportunity for ourselves and God. We will return to God with the knowledge and experience we have gained and God is enhanced by it.” (David Goines)


3. Human Evolution Through Reincarnation

Multi-colored icon.   See the Reincarnation and the Near-Death Experience web page.

Multi-colored icon.   Our bodies evolved from the Earth. Our minds evolved from the stars. Our spirits evolved from God. We are evolving into the image of God in body, mind and spirit.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans are educated at a higher level by spirit beings who bring us into heaven. We grow and increase, and grow and increase, and shed the concerns, desires, and base animal stuff that we have been fighting much of our life. Earthly appetites melt away. It is no longer a struggle to fight them. We become who we truly are, which is part of the divine.” (Rev. Howard Storm)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans are immortal beings who have been alive forever. Our bodies come from an unending stream of life, going back to the Big Bang and beyond. Humans are part of a natural living system that recycles itself endlessly.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humanity is progressing up the spiral of evolution. There is no problem, no pain, no ill, no disharmony in the whole universe that eventually will not be made into harmony.” (Margaret Tweddell)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everything is evolving exactly the way it should and the ultimate destiny for every living being is to return to the Source, the Light, Pure Love.” (Juliet Nightingale)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a cycle for humans to improve and become perfected.” (Dr. Frank Oski)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans have a potential that is so far beyond our wildest dreams. Whatever we want to be we can be. It may take a hundred lifetimes of learning but if we want it we can get it.” (Darren Corlett)

Multi-colored icon.   “It is possible that the near-death experience is an evolutionary device to bring about a transformation in all humanity over a period of years … By transforming ourselves we transform the world around us, and so, by stages, the whole future of humanity.” (Dr. Ken Ring)


4. Humanity Within the Matrix

Multi-colored icon.   “Each person’s Higher Self is connected to each other to form a single matrix around the planet which is called the Higher Self matrix. It a sacred circle of human souls that exists within everyone. It is a direct connection to God that makes us all one being.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “A cosmic matrix of rainbow light exists around the Earth. This matrix provides souls with a number of earthly destinies from which to choose from. Then, before we are born into the world, we are required to forget these memories.” (Plato)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everyone has a light connection to their Higher Self which is an extension of our lives. Everyone is interconnected, forming a light grid. We are all one. Our oneness is interconnected by love and this love is connected to the grid. Our love connection to each other is available for us to access.” (Linda Stewart)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everything is united by a transparent net, or web, and each thread shines with great radiance. Everything pulses with the same luminosity a magnificent light of unparalleled brilliance.” (Josiane Antonette)

Multi-colored icon.   “Within the light, I knew that everyone and everything is connected to the light. God is in everyone, always and forever. Within the light is the cure for all diseases.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans are actually different aspects of the same being. This being consists of love – the kind of love that cures, heals and regenerates. This is the core of our being. We are all beautiful in our essence, our core. We are very beautiful creations.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “We all have the innate ability to heal ourselves, if only we have the desire and determination to enable this gift. Life has meaning and we are all connected. It is in finding those connections that we find the secret to good health and a long life.” (Dr. Melvin Morse)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everyone’s gain or loss affects everyone else to some degree because we are all connected.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are all connected and we know each other. All things are of the LOVING light.” (Kathy Oros)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are all collectively bonded to each other while on Earth, united in this one supreme purpose: to learn to love one another.” (Betty Eadie)


5. Humanity as a Fractal of God and the Universe

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans are really children of the cosmos – not just children of this world. The deeper part of us travels the entire universe and we chose to dwell in this solar system.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “We affect each other because we are all a part of each other. We affect all parts of the universe because all parts of creation interweave and interrelate with all other parts. (P.M.H. Atwater)

Multi-colored icon.   “The fact that we are here on Earth, shows that we are on the path to developing an individual consciousness that is part of the group consciousness of humanity. There are racial personality clusters, national personality clusters, municipal personality clusters, family personality clusters. Our individual identity is evolving like branches of a fractal. This is the group soul exploring in our individuality.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “So the problems of individuals, groups, races, and nations, are dealt with from one lifetime to the next through a person’s free will until they are solved. Then the soul is free to move on to other worlds, other solar systems, other universes, and other dimensions.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “No matter who we are, we are all joined under one God. Our souls are all one. All living things in the universe are connected to one another.” (May Eulitt)

Multi-colored icon.   “There is a hierarchy in the universe that is dedicated to preserving the harmony of the universe. Humans are an integral part of this harmony.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are multi-dimensional beings. We can access our other dimensions through lucid dreaming. This universe is God’s dream.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “The solar system we live in is our larger, local body. This is our local body and we are much bigger than we imagine. The solar system is our body. The Earth is this great created being that we are, and we are the part of it that knows that it is.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “The Earth, the sun, the moon, the darkness, the light, the planets, and all forms of life plants, rocks, animals, people are interconnected; they come from the same source of light.” (Josiane Antonette)

Multi-colored icon.   Everyone is influenced by their body and, in many ways, the influence of the body determines a person’s level of spiritual development. Our body is a temple for the divine spirit. We can find God within us by awakening the spiritual centers of our body to higher spiritual dimensions and realms. (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   The spiritual centers within our bodies are known by science to be the endocrine glands (also known in the East as “chakras”) which are the emotional and motivational centers of the body. They serve as points of contact between the spirit and the body and are the transformers of the divine spirit into physical consciousness and manifestation. Our endocrine glands are the pituitary, the pineal, the thyroid, the thymus, the adrenals, the lyden, and the gonads. (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   Through our spiritual centers, our spiritual force finds a means of expression. It is through these spiritual centers that the physical, mental and spiritual forces all come together. They are the organs of perception through which we can become aware of the spirit realms in the same way that our five senses are organs of perception of the physical realm. These spiritual centers with us are influenced by astrological forces that represent and correspond to the spirit realms. The highest spirit realm we can inhabit after death is determined by the highest spiritual center activated within our body by the spiritual force within. (Edgar Cayce)

The following is a list of the human body’s spiritual centers, their location on the body, the astrological influence on them, and their corresponding connection to afterlife realms. (Edgar Cayce)


6. Humanity’s Imperfect Nature

Multi-colored icon.   “There is no evil in any human soul. We seek love to sustain us and it is the lack of love that distorts people. We were designed by God to self-correct, just like the rest of the universe. No one is lost because everyone is already ‘saved.'” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   Howard Storm was given the following insights from beings of light after his life review when he was fearful of returning to Earth life and afraid he would make mistakes again: “Mistakes are an acceptable part of being human. We are here to make all the mistakes we want because it is through our mistakes that we learn. As long as we try to do what we know to be right, we will be on the right path. If we make a mistake, we should fully recognize it as a mistake, then put it behind us and simply try not to make the same mistake again. The important thing is to try our best, keep our standards of goodness and truth, and not compromise them to win people’s approval. God loves us just the way we are, mistakes and all. When we make a mistake, we should ask for forgiveness. After that, it would be an insult if we don’t accept that we are forgiven. We shouldn’t continue going around with a sense of guilt, and we should try not to repeat our mistakes. We should learn from our mistakes. God wants us to do what we want to do. That means making choices – and there isn’t necessarily any right choice. There are a spectrum of possibilities, and we should make the best choice from those possibilities. If we do that, we will receive help from the Other Side.” (Rev. Howard Storm)

Multi-colored icon.   “God knew we would make mistakes. Life is all about mistakes. It is constant change and growth. Our greatest challenges in life will one day be known to us as our greatest teachers.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humanity saves, redeems and heals themselves. We always have and we always will.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “The more we exercised our individual consciousness and free will for self-interest, self-gratification, self-glorification, and self-consciousness, the more we heightened our sense of self apart from the Whole.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “The greatest enemy we can face is ourselves.” (George Anderson)

Multi-colored icon.   “The conquering of self is truly greater than were one to conquer many worlds.” (Edgar Cayce)


7. Humanity’s Divine Nature

Multi-colored icon.   “Within every human being is perfect love. That is our core – this love, this perfection, this God-ness.” (Jayne Smith)

Multi-colored icon.   “God is within us and we are an inseparable part of God. We are perfect love as a creation of God. We and God are one – Creator and created.” (Linda Stewart)

Multi-colored icon.   “We must stop trying to become God because God is becoming us.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “Humans are the true essence of God. We are God creating God. God lives within us and through us. God experiences it all, right along with us.” (Sherry Gideon)

Multi-colored icon.   “We were conceived in love spiritually, and love is the center of our beings. It is the energy of our souls, the spark of our divine nature. Being made of love, we cleave to it and seek it in all that we do. When we do not have it, or when we have lost it, we grieve. Its presence or absence colors our every action. It is life. It is happiness. It is salvation itself.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are the human part of God.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “The human soul has the same power as God. We have exactly the same intensive power as God. We have the same potential as God within the human condition. The oneness of the Whole, or the wholeness of the One, being God, is ultimately powerful and unconditional love.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Multi-colored icon.   “God is expanding through us.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “We call ourselves children of God and co-creators made in the image of God. But it would be closer to the truth if we called ourselves extensions of God or thoughts in the Mind of God.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are an individualized portion of God who has attained a perfect oneness with God – which is also our goal.” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “God is exploring Self through us in an infinite Dance of Life by every way imaginable, in an ongoing exploration through every one of us, through every piece of hair on our head, through every leaf on every tree, through every atom.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)


8. Humanity’s Divine Freedom of Will

Multi-colored icon.   “The greatest gift we were ever given was the free will to create our own reality and experience the biggest, grandest version of ourselves.” (Sherry Gideon)

Multi-colored icon.   “God made a promise not to intervene in our lives unless asked.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “God does nothing to curb human freedom. However humans act, it is within God’s reality. By whatever path, humans return to God.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are supposed to do whatever we want to do. That means making choices where there isn’t necessarily any right choice. There exists a spectrum of possibilities, and we should make the best choice we can from these possibilities. If we do that, we will receive help from above.” (Rev. Howard Storm)

Multi-colored icon.   “An important purpose for mortality is to help us learn to recognize and to choose the positive even though the negative more fully surrounds us. We make this choice consciously or unconsciously in every moment of the day, and these millions of tiny choices create the foundation of our identity. We are what we think. We are what we say, what we do, what we fill our lives with. Ultimately, every being creates himself by these countless, crucial choices.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “The freedom of one person is enough to change the whole universe.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everyone’s life is shaped to some extent by their karma. But karma is not greater than free will because with free will, anything is possible.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess. Nobody forces light and truth upon us, and nobody takes it away unless we let them.” (RaNelle Wallace)


9. Humanity’s Struggle with Imperfection

Multi-colored icon.   “The hell fire of purification mentioned in many traditions is symbolic of the divine energy that dwells within the seven chakras of human beings. The struggle between our higher and lower selves grows until finally the destructive elements are completely overcome.” (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our body is constantly in opposition to our spirit. The flesh is weak but persistent. Although the spirit must battle constantly to overcome the flesh, and this battle strengthens the spirit’s influence over the body.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “In order to return to God we have to come to ourselves and realize that our lower nature is leading us down the road of materialism and of living only for ourselves. This causes us to turn away from God and our divine destiny. This caused us to forget who we are and it caused our spiritual death.” (Dr. George Ritchie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our Father in Heaven created man in his own image — which is that of a perfect and multifaceted man. Women, too, are in the image of God and are multifaceted. Women’s bodies are co-creators of mortal life, and this makes us Godlike in a literal sense. In heaven, women and men are perfectly balanced in their roles and are equal. Standing side by side, they are perfect complements of each other.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “During my experience, I learned that there are two parts to every person. They can be described in various ways: male and female, intellectual and emotional, protective and nurturing, right brain and left brain. Often we go through life being one way or the other, but we can learn to balance both parts. Being off balance, too far one way or the other, keeps the spirit away from where it needs to be to achieve its greatest growth.” (Betty Eadie)


10. Humanity’s Thoughts are as Deeds

Multi-colored icon.   “Our individual actions and thoughts make an impact on the Universal Mind – the Whole.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “The small inner voice in our thoughts is the voice of God.” (Sandra Rogers)

Multi-colored icon.   “God is aware of the consciousness of every person.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Day by day we are building for eternity, every gentle word, every generous thought, every unselfish deed will become a pillar of eternal beauty in the life to come.” (Rebecca Springer)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our thoughts in this world become real things in the spirit world.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “There is power in our thoughts. We create our own surroundings by the thoughts we think. Physically, this may take a period of time, but spiritually it is instantaneous. If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Truth comes to us in stages. As we assimilate and understand a layer, the next layer is peeled away for us to ruminate.” (Lauren Zimmerman)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are given knowledge only as we are ready to receive it.” (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   “We must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness that can expand beyond our egos and range of everything we have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.” (Dr. Timothy Leary)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are made up of three different levels of consciousness: mind, soul and spirit. Our conscious mind is our personality. Our subconscious mind is our soul. Our superconscious mind is our spirit. When we “awaken” our superconscious mind, we attain at-one-ment with God.” (Edgar Cayce)


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


Life and the Near-Death Experience

Something about Near-Death Experience and life:


By Kevin Williams

The hard reality we face is that the ultimate goal in life is death. Death seems like a cruel absurdity that happens to us after enjoying the time of our lives. As it is with death, life is also a great mystery. The mystery of life offers many questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Have we lived before? Why are we here? Where are we going? Does life continue after death? Is there a God? These are profound questions that demand an answer. Fortunately, there are answers to these questions and they come from near-death experiencers. In this article you will learn many insights from them including: Life is what people worship as God. All life is a manifestation of God. For us to benefit from life, we must rediscover our oneness with God here in the physical realm. There are many realms to life and this physical realm is only one of them. Life is a mission from God we chose to fulfill. Life is a great World-School where we come to learn the many lessons of love. Everything in life runs according to a perfect and divine plan. Life is an enormous cycle of improvements where we progress at our own rate to reach the light.


1. Life is a School of Higher Education

Multi-colored icon.   “The reason we are here in this physical world is for soul growth. This physical world is the ideal place for this. Spiritual growth in the spirit realms is more difficult. The reason is that the influence of our physical bodies gives us the opportunity for a full range of love (a child’s love, marital love, and parental love) which is ideally available here. Love that is misused or misdirected is best corrected in the here. In this physical world, there is the full range of physical and spiritual senses with which to act and communicate.” (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our behavior on Earth provides a teaching ground for those in the spirit world.” (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life in this world exists for us to test our ideals and learn from them. Learning our lessons here in the physical world is the fastest way to learn.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “As long as we have life here, we are learning, our spirits are growing, and we are coming closer to the divine, even by the things we suffer. We may not always know what to do in our lives, we may be troubled and in pain, but be assured, as long as we are here, we are growing.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life in this world is the ultimate experience for our souls. It is ultimate because our souls evolve faster here than anywhere else. The lessons we need to learn are difficult to learn without having a physical form.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “Trouble is nature’s way of teaching lessons that won’t be learned otherwise. If we learn from the troubles of others, we can avoid most of our own.” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life in this world is a place for us to overcome certain weaknesses by applying ourselves to see that those weaknesses are truly overcome. Here we can learn for certain whether we have really changed.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a boot camp and school for our soul’s spiritual education, and as such, it’s tough.” (Karen Brannon)

Multi-colored icon.   “This world is only a temporary place for our schooling. Our true permanent home is the spiritual universe.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “This world is only one realm of learning; there are many.” (Sandra Rogers)


2. Life is a Test After Which We Grade Ourselves

Multi-colored icon.   “When we die, we will realize that we have been living behind a veil our whole lives. The veil will be lifted and the floodlights will shine on us. Everything in life is really veiled spirit. We are literally on display our whole lives. Every thought, word, and deed has been recorded since birth and will be fully exposed. Everything we have ever done in secret will be brought out into the light for review in front of God and all the heavenly hosts. Our entire life is one huge test and we will be graded on everything.” (Daniel Rosenblit)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a test. If you pass the test you’ll look back upon them as good experiences.” (Peace Pilgrim)

Multi-colored icon.   “None of us will fully fathom the great truths of life until we finally unite with eternity at death. But occasionally we get glimpses of the answer here in the world and that alone can be enough.” (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   “The highest spiritual values of life can come from the study of death.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)


3. Life is like a River to Travel and Enjoy Multi-colored icon.   Visit the NDE and Pre-Existence research conclusions about how we planned our lives on Earth before we were born.


4. Life was Planned by Us Before Our Birth

Multi-colored icon.   “The universe runs according to a perfect plan. All the so-called injustices we see in life really has no meaning. The perfect plan is working itself out in its perfection.” (Jayne Smith)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life in this world is like a rigged roulette wheel in a casino. As much as we try, we can never be able to fully satisfy our selfish desires. It’s virtually impossible.” (Daniel Rosenblit)

Multi-colored icon.   “Nothing in life or death is an accident.” (Lynnclaire Dennis)

Multi-colored icon.   “There are no accidents in the universe. Everything that happens in life has a purpose.” (George Anderson)

Multi-colored icon.   “From the vantage point of the spirit world, there is no problem or disharmony on Earth that will not be corrected.” (Margaret Tweddell)


5. Life is About Giving and Helping Others

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is about people, not pursuits.” (Laurelynn Martin)

Multi-colored icon.   “The most important thing in life is love.” (Dr. Raymond Moody)

Multi-colored icon.   “Anyone who has had such an experience of God, who has felt such a profound sense of connection with reality, knows that there is only one truly significant work to do in life, and that is love; to love nature, to love people, to love animals, to love creation itself, just because it is.” (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   “A life of piety without a life of love (which occurs only in this world) is not a spiritual life. Rather, it is a life of love, a life of behaving honestly and fairly in every task, from a more inward source that leads to a heavenly life. Such a life is not hard.” (Emanuel Swedenborg)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are to leave the world a little better than we found it.” (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   “If we learn to give what we have, we will receive more. This is a spiritual law. We will be given all that we are prepared to receive.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “The gift of life God gives us comes with a catch: We are to give the gift back.” (P.M.H. Atwater)


6. Life is About Receiving From God

Multi-colored icon.   “Half the gain in coming into Earth life is merely showing up.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “One little girl summed up what she learned from her NDE as: ‘Life is for living and the light is for later.'” (Dr. Melvin Morse’s research)

Multi-colored icon.   “The point is to live the questions now, and perhaps without knowing it, someday we will live into the answers. Live the questions and the universe will open up its eyes to you.” (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   “All the suffering in our lives is actually for our good. Out of the most tragic of circumstances springs human growth.” (Angie Fenimore)

Multi-colored icon.   “God never gives us more challenges in life than we can handle. Rather than jeopardize our spiritual progression or cause more suffering than can be endured, God will bring us home where we can continue progressing.” (RaNelle Wallace)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life’s supposed to be hard. We can’t skip over the hard parts. We must earn what we receive.” (Angie Fenimore)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess.” (RaNelle Wallace)


7. Life is For Living

Multi-colored icon.   “Our missions mainly have to do with love, but the purpose of life is also to experience joy, gain spiritual understanding and self-awareness, play with the joyful abandon of a child, absorb ourselves in the delight of each moment, let go of obligation and duty, and live for the pure joy of being.” (Jan Price)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are sent here to live life fully, to live it abundantly, to find joy in our own creations … to use our free will to expand and magnify our lives.” (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is a joyful game to be played and everything works out perfectly. Sooner, if played joyfully with love. Later, if not.” (Dee Rohe)

Multi-colored icon.   “We mustn’t wait to find our heaven in the clouds. We must find it here because it exists here and will be whatever we make it and whatever we are willing to accept of it.” (Tina)


8. Life is About Preparing For Death

Multi-colored icon.   “How we lived our lives in this world determines which afterlife realm we have earned and travel to after death.” (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   “If we develop along the lines of unselfish love while in this world, we make it better for us when we die. It’s what we are that counts!” (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our lives in this world is a preparation for a fuller, freer and richer spirit world. It can be compared to life in the womb being a preparation for a fuller, freer and richer existence in the physical world.” (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   “Day by day we are building for eternity. Every gentle word, every generous thought, every unselfish deed will become a pillar of eternal beauty in the life to come. (Rebecca Springer)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our lives matter and is significant in determining how far we can go into the light.” (Grace Bubulka)

Multi-colored icon.   “The general rule of thumb is this: hellish life, hellish afterlife – heavenly life, heavenly afterlife. Death will not change a hellish life into a heavenly afterlife, nor does it change a heavenly life into a hellish afterlife.” (Dr. Melvin Morse)

Multi-colored icon.   “If we educate ourselves as much as possible about the spirit world, it makes our transition there even better. Even if we gain the smallest impression that there is life after death, we are able to obtain enlightenment and understanding. (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   “We are preparing for death throughout our whole lives.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life in this world corresponds to our external nature handling external resources. Life in the spirit world corresponds to our internal nature handling spiritual resources.” (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   “It is best to kick our bad habits while in the world. It is easier while in physical form to break those shackles than it is to undo them on the other side, where no temptations are put in our way. There is no reward for behaving correctly while in spirit, because there is nothing to tempt us otherwise. The hard school is in the physical one, and it is here that we must meet and overcome the temptations.” (Ruth Montgomery)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our quality of life in the spirit world is directly affected our heart and activities in the physical world.” (Nora Spurgin)


9. Life is a Cycle by Which We Progress

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is an endless cycle of improvements and humans are not perfect yet.” (Dr. Frank Oski)

Multi-colored icon.   “Any habit-forming pleasure, and they are endless, traps us into the cycle of rebirth over and over, until our appetites are finally put aside while we are in the flesh.” (Ruth Montgomery)

Multi-colored icon.   “Everyone who passes through this world must learn their final lessons in this world, where our free will is called into play in a fashion different from existence in other realms of reality.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “We progress at our own rate to reach the light. If we do things that take us away from the light, then we are perpetuating our time here.” (Amber Wells)


10. Life is God

Multi-colored icon.   “Life is love is God. If you add anymore to this definition then you are not making it any better.” (Chuck Griswold)

Multi-colored icon.   “In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life is what you worship as God … and earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds.” (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   “To know that life is God, is to know how very special life is. We must be very careful how we treat things in life because how we treat things in life is how we treat God. Do we destroy life or do we respect it? Do we nurture life or do we abuse it? Do we value life or do we take it for granted?” (Elsie Seachrist)

Multi-colored icon.   “Life tries out different shapes and then returns to where it came.” (John Star)

Multi-colored icon.   “Creation is about absolutely Pure Consciousness coming into the experience of life.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

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“Life is light itself.” (Dr. John Jay Harper)

Multi-colored icon.   God is life. (1 John 5:20)


11. Life is About Us

Multi-colored icon.   “The solar system we live in is our larger, local body. We are much bigger than we imagine. The world is this great created being and we are the part of it that knows that it is.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “The Earth, the sun, the moon, the darkness, the light, the planets, and all forms of life plants, rocks, animals, people are interconnected.” (Josiane Antonette)

Multi-colored icon.   “The universe is God’s dream. Humans are already legendary throughout the cosmos of consciousness. One of the things that we are legendary for is dreaming. We are legendary dreamers. In fact, the whole cosmos has been looking for the meaning of life, the meaning of it all. And it was the little dreamer who came up with the best answer ever. We dreamed it up.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “Our physical bodies have been alive forever. They come from an unending stream of life, going back to the Big Bang and beyond.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   “In conclusion, life (existence) is many things: a river, a test, a challenge, a pilgrimage, a journey, a mission, a world of fun, a school, a transition, a preparation, a shelter, and a lesson, just to name a few. But life, in all its entirety, really is all of it. Life is God.” (Kevin Williams)


In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life is what you worship as God … and Earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds – Edgar Cayce