LISA RENEE: “Shocking Changes”

This period of time is extremely difficult for many people on the earth that are enduring stages of the Dark Night of the Soul, whether consciously on the spiritual path or not. Recently, the larger Collective Consciousness themes are around the power struggles and deep conflicts that exist in the structure of falsity and delusions, when electrified by the lightning flash that cracks through the darkness and confusion to illuminate the contents in front of us so that we can see or gain deeper truth. When we are struck by lightning (shocking changes), this can be a terror based or painful event in our lives that activates intense energy pouring up and into the body, and this creates an inner conjunction with the energy blockages in the body which surfaces great discomfort, anxiety, pain or fear. Most of the time when we experience an event in our lives in which lightning strikes occur, it is uncovering not only false structures, but buried parts of the unconscious mind and cellular memories that are embedded in our bodies. Meeting the negative energy or blockages when this inner conjunction is made acts as the spiritual catalyst for great changes and potential transformation, it forces the surface or hidden fears located in the pain body to be brought out into the thoughts, emotions, behaviors or in the impulses of the person.

Destructive Archetypes of Pain

When the person has no spiritual context, and if they are not strong enough to discipline their mind to gain control over outward impulses, they may find themselves acting out destructive archetypes and narratives of pain, fear and dramas with the people around them that trigger these inner memory buttons. Some of these Emotional Triggers can be from other lifetimes and those experiences, as well as unhealed emotional conflicts in the current lifetime that have been carried over because the negative emotional theme was left unresolved in other lifetimes or identities. It is important to understand that we can compassionately witness these impulses and negative narratives as they surface to us, but we do not have to choose to play them out in our body. In fact, it can be very traumatic if a person just allows themselves to be a slave to their impulses and play these narratives out unconsciously, which is re-engaging automatic memories from the collective consciousness that can be recycled into our life experiences, over and over again. The more we repeat the same Trauma pattern over and over, it registers imprints in our nervous system, brain and consciousness, making it harder to stop the destructive cycles of Pain Body triggers and ego wounds.

Pain Body Manipulated by Demonics

These pain body triggers and ego wounds can be further manipulated by negative entities, such as Fallen Angelics, which predictably will find wounds to jump onto and magnify the pain so the person is nearly a marionette puppet being pulled by attachment strings.

To stop the manipulation of painful and destructive emotional patterns, we have to stop acting them out, we must gain control over our impulses and make a strong decision to choose states of inner peace over succumbing to states of inner violence. Sometimes this means time out, take a break, turn off the mind and shift the body into passive and relaxed states, such as through meditation, and finding inner stillness. Inner Violence is the contents of the collective unconscious mind and pain body, while inner peace is the state of the spiritual self or super-consciousness. To create a bridge between the unconscious contents recorded in the pain body, and link them with the highest spiritual self, not only will we be the recipient of lightning strikes from the heavens above, we will be placed in a position where we must choose peace and love, in order to remain inner connected.

Ego Dismantling and Shocking Change

What may the Dismantling of Ego or Lightning Strike phase of Spiritual Initiation look like?

How many times may you recall when you are feeling safe within the narrow confines of your life, feeling comfortable in your current thoughts, beliefs and expectations? Then from out of nowhere, something shocking happens that completely destroys your day to day narrative and personal images of what you had thought your life would continue to be. All sense of security and structure that reinforced your identity, those people and circumstances that reflected a mirror image of what you thought was harmonious, reveals itself to be something else entirely.

Seeing Blind Spots through Shocking Events

Many times when lightning strikes we are seeing the delusion or falsity that was present in those interactions that gave us a false sense of strength and security. Much of the time this is the sudden realization that personal comfort was based on a house of cards, the inadequate foundation of false thoughts, beliefs and action.

This phase of spiritual growth can bring shocking inner and outer change and greater self-realization, it is a time of great personal turmoil when we go through the process of seeing blind spots in situations. When we see our blind spots, the places we were naïve or just plain wrong, now, what will you do and how will you manage the changes happening while facing the shocking truth?

When we are exposed to the lightning strike which is the marker of a personal spiritual initiation that leads into another level of consciousness, experiences, and spiritual Ascension, the next stage of emotional processing is generally shock. The central nervous system, brain and body can be pushed into an overloaded and overwhelmed state, subsequently there can be several cycles after the lighting strike that sends oceanic waves of frequency to move throughout the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual layers. These subsequent waves as they settle into a more coherent and integrated pattern within the lightbody layers, a person can move into feeling numb, apathetic, disorientated in time and in a void. This is a major life upheaval, it is spiritual crisis, bringing on normal reactions of grief, anger, sadness, confusion, sleepless nights and even facing confrontations with others.

When we are undergoing a change in the foundation of our sense of security and identity, it penetrates to the deepest core of our being, reverberating shock waves that force us to get out of personal comfort zones and to emotionally and spiritually grow beyond the current level.

Breaking Down Ego Defenses

The sudden destruction of our artificially created world and identity structures usually represent the inner and outer barriers erected to hide from yourself and others that express how you really feel. These mental body structures are personal defenses, Ego Defense Mechanisms, walls put up to disguise certain feelings, to cover up true inner thoughts and feelings. When a person is undergoing incredible stress and pressure, these walls can shatter, finally revealing your true inner self and feelings to those people around you.

When we suppress or hold back intense feelings and painful emotional processing, the internal pressure can be so great that we over-react, go paranoid, or play out Victim-Victimizer roles in our outward impulses or reactions. Our Discernment is not good when we can only see through the lens of inner pain, and so it is critical we do not take things personally, because it’s not personal. Be very careful with how much of yourself that you attempt to hide, because you must know that one day, everything will be revealed, over time the truth is revealed always.

Personal Turmoil

Therefore, when lightning strikes and you are thrown into personal turmoil, feeling pain and confusion, the first thing to remember is this is an act of creation within the destruction, and that it is potentially leading you to higher consciousness states, so don’t over react and let fear totally paralyze you. In this stage, you are being asked to break down all the false structures that have been artificially created or are no longer productive for your spiritual growth. If you resist the walls coming down to reveal the greater truth of your own unproductive behaviors that need correction, and instead play the hot potato ego game of assigning blame or dark interference upon others around you, this will increase pain and difficulty, as well as lead to the risk of negative spirit attachments magnifying the pain in you and possibly others. We are all breaking through the façades and pretense in our life, and by pretending, feigning, imagining and wishing things were different, this only puts up more pretense in order to constantly defend the rebuilding of your crumbling reality to maintain appearances for others, and this will only make things worse.

When people are totally overwhelmed and undergoing this stage of intense shock and pain, the ego may surface the narcissistic wounding and superior attitudes in order to face others and to try to cope with what is happening. When the narcissistic wound shows up in people, the main theme is they are blind to what anyone else is really undergoing, it’s harder for them to consider or cooperate in a natural flow with other people.

Narcissistic Wounding

The Narcissistic Wound means that person’s immediate issues and concerns become the central importance and all-consuming focus, it’s the only thing they can see when they are in pain or fear, and this produces the me, myself and I self-preservation consciousness.

The narcissistic wound in the three layers of ego is desperate to survive, and in its death throes will rise thought forms of sensing internal and external threats, sensations of severe discomfort with life’s situations, that lead to internal distractions of circular obsessions and prolonged anxiety.

Remember that the artificial façades, self-delusions and barriers are going to fall, whether you like it or not, because you have reached a limit in this area, and can no longer live with it. Although this phase of spiritual growth is very hard, we all have to undergo this process, no one gets away from this critical piece of spiritual ascension.

The mountain of ego, pain body, deceptions, facades, illusions, manipulations and emotional bait hooks must be destroyed so that you are free to face truth and gain an accurate sense of reality without false attachments.

Please remember you are undergoing the necessary changes required to accept the consciousness shift that will move you forward into more personal and spiritual freedom, clearing inner violence and living in a state of inner peace. The caveat is that you cannot resist it, and you cannot hide from it, this will require unraveling the deeper truth so that you can rise out of Service to Self consciousness and into the macrocosm perception of the Service to Others group consciousness. Embrace the opportunity to expand your consciousness and see things in your life, and your place in the Universe in a totally new way.

Holding Space for Spiritual Alchemy

There are some of us on the spiritual path that may be holding space for others, loved ones around us that are undergoing this intense process of lighting strike. Our loved ones, friends and acquaintances may be confused about what is occurring, they may be projecting assorted images, they may have faulty memory, they may be acting out past life archetypes, they may feel threatened and terrorized with survival fears in the future. They are unable to deeply understand all that is happening because they are utterly overwhelmed with intense energies, which surface deep emotional pain and grief.

When people are enduring intense pain and confusion while undergoing major life altering transformation and change, they may seek to pull you into their emotional entanglements and narratives.

To hold a clear and unconditionally loving space for such intense forms of spiritual alchemy, it is important to hold complete observer towards the process, even when it can be painful to watch people we care about endure such intense pain, confusion and grief. In spiritual community, this is a call for self-mastery in compassionate witnessing, and never, ever taking on another person’s emotional process or disjointed perceptions when they are in the deep and heated battle of the inner Armageddon, while the ego construct is flailing about in its death throes.

Practice Compassionate Witnessing

Witnessing is a natural function of expanded Consciousness which occurs during the embodiment of the higher spiritual-energetic intelligent bodies when the person is dedicated to Christos Principles of Compassion. In the earlier stages of awakening, the goal is to clear the fear programs and survival terror that is programmed into the Negative Ego and the Pain Body. This can be accomplished by identifying the Negative Ego thought forms as fear based and refocusing these painful, destructive thoughts by shifting perspective into Neutral Association or Observer Point. When this skill of disciplining the mind from the Negative Ego reaches a certain threshold in spiritual ascension embodiment, the benefits lead one to experience mental and emotional freedom, completely free of personal suffering.

The Law of Compassion is the first basic truth of One Self-God Self. As One Self-God Self, to be “Compassion in Action” towards others is then to be in harmony and right relationship to Self, right relationship to God, right relationship to the Universe. This is a Law of One practice. (Love Yourself, Love Others, Love the Earth and all of her creatures, is an action of Compassion.)

Staying in Natural Flow and Rhythm

While the earth and many people around us are enduring the challenges of the Dark Night, along with the Lightning Strike and subsequently going into shock and pain body processing, being of service also means we must be true to ourselves and set appropriate boundaries that keep us in alignment to our own natural rhythm and flows. When people are processing personal pain, they will tend to pull you into sharing their perceptions of pain through subtle or not so subtle manipulations. Generally the desire for people in pain is to find others that can commiserate with them, and this may look like emotional bait hooks trying to reel you into their perceptions. The best service you can be to the earth, is to love yourself and others unconditionally, without taking on their personal lessons for spiritual growth.

Everyone has to walk the path of spiritual ascension and do their own emotional work, and it is unique for every person, you do not want to interfere or take another person’s lessons away from them.

This means you will need to maintain your natural flows and set the terms of staying in the natural rhythms of your life, those rhythms that you have created for self-care, and to be true to yourself.

Our biggest struggles, challenges and problems in life can be generated when we are not in alignment with our own internal natural rhythms, which is defined through maintaining the alignment with our inner spirit.

We cannot stay present in the now moment when we are out of sync with ourselves. When we honor and allow our natural, authentic way of being in the world that is in harmony with the values we hold and align with our spiritual purpose and mission, we stay in the synchronicity of divine energetic flow. When we are aligned with our inner self, we must honor the authentic rhythm and harmony in our life, so we can listen to our highest spiritual self, which keeps us in alignment with the harmony of the Universal Laws.

Our Most Important Relationship

The most important relationships we have is with our higher power, God, and the inner relationship we have with ourselves.

During these tumultuous times, this is your priority to develop every day. Take care of these two most important relationships. And when something or someone is not happy because you take this space to connect into the natural rhythms of life, instead of fulfilling their personal needs and expectations of you, gently tell them that you follow your inner spirit without hesitation, and that you listen to nothing other than how your spirit guides you. We must find unconditional love and acceptance for ourselves, before we can truly allow people to be who they are without judgments and expectations. When we accept the responsibility to become a God-Sovereign-Free being, it means that we must protect our own rights to stay in higher alignment in so to achieve sovereignty, as well as to protect the rights of others in so they are free to be who they are, having the right to their own personal experiences and perceptions.

Stay awake as we traverse the valleys of the shadow and death, on the other side of destruction is creation, which awaits the deeper illumination of higher consciousness that we have worked so hard to achieve. May the Spirits of Christ walk with you, in Spirit of Purity, Spirit of Generosity, Spirit of Patience, Spirit of Kindness, Discipline/Conservation, Diligence and Humility. [1]

 

References:

  1. Lightning Strikes

See Also:

Ego Death

Dark Night of the Soul

Second Death

 

~via Ascension Glossary

ERIC RAINES: “Strengthening and Balancing the Kidneys Brings Clarity and Power”

The Kidney Meridian (KI) is regarded as the most important well of Vital Life Force in the body.

The adrenal glands (cortex and medulla) cap the kidneys, making the meridian and organ health play a major role in endocrine balance as the adrenals supply a wide range of hormones to the body and are fed by the same pathways as the kidneys

The kidneys filter the blood, pulling toxins from the body to excrete them through the urine and play a crucial part in balancing fluid levels in conjunction with the large intestine.

Energetically, I find traumatic energy reacting with panic and fear stuck in the lower back, echoing inside of the icy pang of coppery fear that rushes up to the heart/chest, clenching the belly muscles close to the spine.

Fight-or-flight states of being strip the adrenal cortex of nutrients, energy and regeneration ability. Extended periods of this state begin to viscerally change the structure of the brain, which is why we see soldiers coming back from war quite literally different people. They no longer have the same neural wiring or chemistry (this can be reversed, we just need to learn how to train the body out of fight-or-flight).

I am finding more and more that we can do incredible miracles on the energetic and mental levels that revolutionize the body, mind and spirit, but direct attention to the body is crucial in this ascension ride.

This is a quick, powerful exercise to begin moving and strengthening the natural pump/flow connections the kidneys have to the rest of the body and nervous system, just make sure to not overextend yourself and if you feel any pain, use less pressure or movement until it is not painful and gently continue. Make sure to drink plenty of water as well.

Strengthening and balancing the kidneys brings clarity and power to cognitive thought, vitality to internal awareness and a major boost in chi flow. Emotionally, fear, panic anxiety and trauma become much easier to process as the triggers can no longer start the hormone cascade that leads into a neurochemical firestorm that makes the internal space drop into pure survival mode.

Anyone identifying as an energy worker, Starseed or on the path of Ascension would benefit greatly from direct physical attention to what powers their energy body.

With greater understanding comes greater awareness. With greater awareness comes insight into how to alchemize and transform. With understanding of energetic alchemy, consciousness can rewrite the physical, starting with your own internal universe.

You can literally train yourself in how to ascend by following the path the body naturally takes as you observe it letting go of what does not align, of what is not preferred.

Dissolving all fear triggers is simple once you understand the mechanics and without fear, love is all that can be felt.

From my heart to yours,
Eric ❤

 

~via Unleashing Natural Humanity

WENDY HUTCHINSON: “The Closure Of The Earth Project And The Shift To 5D”

“For the first time in history, the human can ascend to 5D consciousness while keeping the human body intact. What was once thought impossible is now possible as we are witnessing the birth of the Avatar. Humanity now can expand consciousness to higher and higher levels while maintaining and creating a human experience matching that frequency. This is what is described as creating Heaven on Earth. Alignment with higher harmonics is allowing some to not only touch but also hold the vibrational frequency of not only 5D, but 7D, 9D, and some maintaining frequencies so high, they can exit the 12D matrix and return to assist with ascension and the evolution of mankind, while here in physical form.”

~Wendy Hutchinson

 

A couple years ago I data streamed information telling me the Earth project was closing, in fact it was closed but we had to catch up in linear time. I knew a shift was upon us and this was a huge pivotal time in the history of our planet and for humanity. Many people had opinions of how it would go down and what the shift would look like, but questions remained about when, where, and what the experience would look like. There’s no doubt the shift is not only happening, but also completing. The Magnetic North is shifting due to the heating of the Iron flow beneath Canada and Siberia. This is the set point used for all Satellite, GPS positioning and shipping navigation. It’s currently drifting more towards Siberia and moving at a faster rate than ever before. Confirmation of the energetic lay lines shifting in addition to the rise in the Schumann Resonance reflects the documented change in the Earth’s energetic field as well as her physical lay lines. Higher frequency light encoded energy is washing over our planet in waves at unprecedented levels.

We are also seeing final energy clearings for portals around the Earth, some dormant for thousands of years (the first being Notre Dame). The catastrophic events in our lives and even around the planet are not to be feared or looked at as devastation. We are experiencing an entire energetic reset of the Earth as she ascends and goes higher.

Humanity is required to shift our energetic frequency both as a collective and as individuals. We must rise and match the new vibration of 5D Earth. The shedding of all that no longer serves us is required. This includes relationships, jobs, living situations, and how we show up for others and ourselves. We are being guided to respect the human vessel that houses our soul. Some people are guided to look at their habits around drugs, alcohol, and a new focus on the intake of higher vibrational foods. The higher harmonic frequencies require truth and alignment. In the 3D lower frequencies, we could easily deny our truth and participate in things that weren’t aligned with our higher selves. The vibration of 3D Earth was more aligned with lower vibrational choices and allowed for people to behave a certain way creating lower vibrational outcomes. Moving into the higher harmonics is demanding the shedding of all that is not in pure alignment with our higher aspects of self. The process can be gradual or extreme, depending on how people are responding to their current circumstances.

The 5D shift is gradual, not a radical one-day event. People need time to adjust and shed density. The human body is changing energetically on a cellular and DNA level and moving towards more light body. The energetic lay lines and mapping of the human body (the morphogenetic field) is changing. Soon the 3D healing modalities won’t work on the new 5D body template. The window is closing, people are being pressed to choose alignment with the higher self, and yet they resist. Fear programs run deep. Behavior patterns are hard to break. Detachment and surrender are critical here to ease the process. Situations present to us for healing and resolution. The triggers will continue as we heal and release layers of deeply embedded programing.

The shift to 5D is not a physical relocation, it is our reality created by the vibration we hold. Our level of consciousness changes the vibrational energy we send out, and our physical experience and reality resonate with that vibration. Everyone is shifting at their own pace. The experience will present differently for each person. This “event” will not occur on a specific date. Some are moving through multiple dimensions in one day or one hour, sometimes jumping timelines and/or collapsing timelines or experiencing all of it within a 24 hour period. Imagine the people living in one zip code. There can be homeless people, professionals, or ascended masters, all having a completely different life experience while living in the same neighborhood. Similarly, people living on Earth are experiencing a life or ease or struggle based on the harmonic frequency they hold. The geography looks the same, but the experience is different. As all of us level up, the rate that we ascend is based on the individual choices made and the willingness to align with our highest aspects of self to source.

Some will create the experience of struggle to clear density and respond with resistance. Others, doing their deep inner work, those willing to heal the wounds of their past and honor their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual truths will ascend faster and hold the higher frequencies longer. Eventually with mastery, they will assimilate more of the light encoded frequencies hitting our planet and lock into a dimensional reality consistently. Many of us currently anchor light and frequency here. We hold the vibration so others can entrain up. People must release the deeply embedded fear programing to ascend.

For the first time in history, the human can ascend to 5D consciousness while keeping the human body intact. What was once thought impossible is now possible as we are witnessing the birth of the Avatar. Humanity now can expand consciousness to higher and higher levels while maintaining and creating a human experience matching that frequency. This is what is described as creating Heaven on Earth. Alignment with higher harmonics is allowing some to not only touch but also hold the vibrational frequency of not only 5D, but 7D, 9D, and some maintaining frequencies so high, they can exit the 12D matrix and return to assist with ascension and the evolution of mankind, while here in physical form.

This shift may present as the complete destruction of everything. These experiences may feel like the end of everything as you know it when in fact it’s the reset required to let go of things that aren’t in alignment with you. People are being pushed by the higher self to release all that does not serve them. Disempowering belief systems, old paradigms, and aspects of self must be shed. Resisting the process creates suffering while surrender to the process will make it easier. Use discernment around everything. Follow the prompts and seek your truth.

You are not alone. You are being guided every step of the way. You will arrive at your destination right on time. Be gentle with yourself. Surrender the Ego, the agenda, and the attachment to everything that is not unconditional love, and create the amazing life that awaits you.

 

~via In5D.com

MARTIJN DE ZEE: “How To Cut Energetic Cords With Someone”

Why not shield away ALL parasitic beings, starting with Archons and their minions, the ‘Archon Angels’, ‘Descended Disasters’ and ‘Galactic Federation Of Blight’? Too brainwashed by New Age consciousness traps and fake or mind-controlled channelers? Or are you a minion of the Dark yourself? If so, have fun in the Soul-Harvesting Recycle Dump and another stupefying ride on the Blank-Slate-Memory-Wipe Reincarnation Wheel… WEE! Ah, can you just imagine yourself a powerful God-Sovereign Being? Alas, few will awaken or ever know the joy… ~Ascension Avatar

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Have you ever felt a constant pull to someone and thinking all day about this person you used to have a relationship with? You may be psychical disconnected, but chances are you are still connected on an energetic level.

The mental aspect is linear and does not deal with nonlinear emotions which usually happen unconsciously in the astral plane. When we meet someone, we automatically connect energetically. When when leave this person again, the connection is automatically disconnected. The reason we have a gut feeling, with someone we first meet, is because our astral body communicates with the aura of the other person. Should it be concluded that this person will have a negative effect on you, it will be translated by your astral body in a sense, or in images, not in language. It is therefore true that we cannot exactly explain why we better stay away from certain people. If we choose to ignore this advice, there undoubtedly will come a time, we regret it, because our astral body is not linked to time, as it has already seen and experienced what will be the outcome.

When you meet someone who you immediately feel a deep connection with, it usually has a karmic cause. The energy cords are directly connected and entwined to the heart chakra, if for example, there was an intimate love relationship in your (past) life. Automatically, the same energetic (karmic) commitment is made. Love at first sight is a good example. So learn to trust your feelings, because it has a clear function, to save you from situations that will not end well. It is very important that after the termination of a relationship the cords on the astral plane are going to be cut too. If the person still thinks about you obsessively, and cannot let go of you, this may have a negative effect on you.

The best way to cut through the cords is to visualize it. You can do this with scissors or with an ax, or any other object that will serve. By imagining that you are breaking the energetic connection with someone, it will work through on the astral plane. Sometimes, during visualizing, this can cause feelings of resistance, because something inside of you is not completely convinced to cut him or her completely out of your life. This resistance can be the cause of problems you can have when someone still harasses you in the astral plane. You give the person access to pull the cords tighter, because you still have feelings for him or her. These do not necessarily have to be romantic feelings but also hatred and resentment toward someone creates a connection.

A good friend and psychologist had issues with repeatedly thinking of her ex from 15 years ago. Meanwhile, she had been a relationship of 4 years with someone else. Her ex had still feelings of resentment over the fact that she had ended the relationship, while she was still troubled by guilt. An ideal recipe for staying energetically connected. After I guided her once during the visualization of the disconnecting, she felt liberated and relieved. After this, she repeated the ritual herself several times, until she felt no resistance during the visualization of breaking down the energetic commitment. Whatever the person did to you, it’s important to thank him or her for the lessons they have given you. Remember hatred does not serve anything or anyone and only reinforces the connection. The lessons you have learned were necessary to transform you into the person you’ve become.

 

~via Zentasia.com

 

STEVE TAYLOR, Ph.D.: “Transformation Through Dying — The Aftermath Of Near-Death Experiences”

Ascension Avatar note: I’ve been through this three times since age 3 and retained my original soul, but each time came back wiser with new abilities… art… hearing ‘music of the spheres’… having ‘x-ray vision’ into the souls of humans, if they are human at all or a cloned version… knowing the final outcome of earthly events long before they ‘occur’…

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A near-death experience is when a person appears to be clinically “dead” for a short period — when the heart stops beating, the brain registers no sign of activity and other vital signs indicate death — and yet they report a continuation of consciousness. This may happen following a cardiac arrest, for example. For a few seconds or minutes, a person may show no biological signs of life, and yet when they are resuscitated, report that a series of unusual experiences.

Typically, near-death experiences begin with a feeling of separation from the body (or out-of-body experience), sometimes with a humming or whistling sound. Then there is usually a journey through a dark passage or tunnel towards a place of light. There is a feeling of serenity and intense well-being, a sense of calmness and wholeness, which is often so pleasant that some people are reluctant to return to their bodies, and even feel disappointed when they regain consciousness. Often people meet deceased relatives or beings of light. In a smaller proportion of cases, there is a “life review,” in which the significant events of a person’s life are replayed.

Throughout the experience, people feel that their senses have become heightened — everything they experience has a quality of intense realness. In contrast to hallucinations, NDEs feel much more real than our ordinary experience. There is often also a sense of being outside time. Even though a person may only be unconscious for a few seconds, they may undergo a complex succession of experiences that may appear to last for hours. There is also a sense of connectedness or unity. The sense of being a separate entity, enclosed within our own mental space, is replaced by a sense of being part of an interconnected network of being, of sharing identity with other people, or the world in general.

Near-death experiences are controversial because it is difficult to explain them in neurological terms. Many suggestions have been made — for example, that they are caused by cerebral anoxia, by undetected brain activity, or the release of “psychedelic chemicals” like DMT or ketamine in the brain when a person is close to death. From this point of view, NDEs are nothing more than brain-created hallucinations, no more real than dreams.

The After-Effects of NDEs

However, one of the most striking things about near-death experiences is their long-term effect. They frequently bring about a profound shift of values and perspective, which itself leads to major lifestyle changes. People often become less materialistic and more altruistic, less self-oriented and more compassionate. They often feel a new sense of purpose, and their relationships become more authentic and intimate. They report becoming more sensitive to beauty, and more appreciative of everyday things. One person who had an NDE after a heart attack told the researcher Margot Grey, “Since then, everything has been so different… The sky is so blue and the trees are much greener; everything is so much more beautiful. My senses are so much sharper.” People often report becoming more intuitive too, and even sometimes developing psychic abilities. Another woman told Margot Grey that she felt “a very heightened sense of love, the ability to communicate love, the ability to find joy and pleasure in the most insignificant things about me…I seemed to have a very heightened awareness, I would say almost telepathic abilities.”

One of the most significant effects of NDEs is a loss of the fear of death. Because NDEs have such a powerful quality of realness, most people are convinced that they really have briefly experienced death. As a result, they become certain that there is life after death. And since their NDE was such a blissful experience — so blissful that people are sometimes disappointed to return to their bodies — any anxiety they may have had about dying dissolves away. It’s probable that an unconscious fear of death is a major source of a lot of pathological human behavior — such as materialism and status-seeking — so when this fear disappears, it has a major effect. So the loss of fear of death probably contributes significantly to some of the other changes I’ve already mentioned, such as a shift away from materialism.

It’s remarkable that one single experience can have such a profound, long-lasting transformational effect. And this is illustrated by research showing that people who have near-death experiences following suicide attempts very rarely attempt suicide again. This is in stark contrast to the normal pattern — in fact, a previous suicide attempt is usually the strongest predictor of actual suicide.

And in my view, the fact that they have such profound after-effects makes it seem very unlikely that NDEs are a brain-generated hallucination. Hallucinations certainly do not have these kinds of transformational after-effects. They are usually quickly forgotten, with a clear sense that they were delusional experiences, less authentic and reliable than ordinary consciousness. But with near-death experiences, there is a clear sense that what we experience is more real and authentic than normal consciousness, and our vision of reality — and our values and attitude to life — are completely transformed.

So if NDEs can’t be explained in neurological terms, how can they be explained? Perhaps to a large extent, they can’t be explained. But as I point out in my new book Spiritual Science, they certainly point towards a different vision of the world in which consciousness isn’t directly produced by the brain, but is in some sense fundamental and universal.

 

~via WakeUp-World.com