Q: Is there Life After Death?
Last night I dreamt about life after death.
It may be no coincidence that my favourite spiritual speaker/author is the beautiful Anita Moorjani. She recovered from terminal cancer following a near death experience whilst in a coma. While her organs were shutting down and distraught relatives prepared for the worst, she went through an amazing transformational spiritual experience where she experienced another realm, a heavenly state of life seemingly after death, and had deep insights which she now shares in her books and talks all over the world.
I was in my 20s when I started to ask questions about life after death and whilst looking for answers I became fascinated with people’s accounts of their near death experiences (NDEs). I read shed loads of books beginning with Raymond Moody’s classic ‘Life after Life’. I wanted to know if there is anything after death, and although I did not think much to the world of apparent inequality I found myself in, the thought of not existing any more terrified me.
I had no problem believing that people can have extra sensory perception when in a coma or close to death, well why not, it seemed quite natural to me? But actual existence of on-going awareness after death did not make sense to me whichever way I looked at it and however much I wanted to believe in something. To be conscious surely you need a body and a physical world to give context to the awareness? Anyway who would want to live forever?...
I was 33 when I first experienced extra sensory awareness myself – although I did not fully understand it at the time. My new-born daughter had a dreadful sleep problem where she could not sleep for long and kept waking up with a start, crying for hours and unable to fall back to sleep again despite being very tired.
I noticed that I would feel ‘weird’ just before she would wake up. I would feel a sudden wave of nausea and my head would feel horrible then a few seconds later she would stir in her sleep and start to cry. I began to wonder if I was moving or doing something to wake her so I would lie completely still when this nausea happened and sure enough she would wake up a second later. What I was feeling was the disruption in her energy field which was related to the sleep problem.
It was a new experience for me to be aware of this non-physical connection between me and another person but it made sense too. I had heard of twins knowing things about each other from a distance and I put this experience into the same bag - A mysterious, inextricable bond between two people.
Little was I to know at that time that my extra sensory awareness would soon deepen and I would find out that not only can we sense each other from afar but that we can 'heal' each other from a distance too.
Years later I discovered my mother had been through a near death experience herself while giving birth to my brother David. Because of complications and David’s physical condition, the delivery was very traumatic. She recounted her story which had so many similarities to the accounts of NDEs I had read about.
During the delivery Doctors tried to pull the baby out using forceps, when her womb tore becoming badly damaged. She said that she became aware of the sound of someone screaming. She wondered who it could be and turning around to look, she saw herself on a hospital bed. Her vantage point was near the ceiling.
There was no pain but she could see the woman who she identified as herself screaming in pain below. What happened next was that she became aware of a tunnel with light at the end of it and down which she travelled. She came to a void that was very dark, describing it as complete blackness, and then she was enfolded with a feeling of total peace.
People who have had a near death experience or out of body experience in times of severe stress, sometimes ‘come back’ with extra sensory abilities they did not have previously, such as psychic or healing abilities. Some find it hard to deal with a sudden opening of their psyche, struggle to adjust, and find life back here in the physical plane very hard. Others readjust to the physical world with a new sense of meaning. Some like Anita Moorjani take their journey as a message of inspiration to help thousands of people all over the world.
It makes sense to me that my own energy healing abilities may be linked to this near death experience that happened before I was born. This might explain why I had become fascinated with near death experiences as though a part of me were trying to somehow integrate the experience in a way that my mother had been unable to do.
My views about whether there is life after death have changed so much over the years. The jury is still out on what if any conscious awareness may continue after death, but what I do know is that human perception extends beyond the sensory physical body, and recognition between people goes deeper than memories from this lifetime.
These days I like to think not so much in terms of whether there may be life after death, rather that there is life beyond the death of our physical understanding.