The cycle of life(61 Posts)
When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfefed with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.
Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn't to be found anywhere. Thnere is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?
Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal
- Eckhart Tolle (From 'Stillness Speaks')
Life is a school. We incarnate on earth to learn and to advance the soul.
Death is, quite simply, 'going home'.
Do not be afraid of death. There is nothing to fear.
For anyone in need of comfort and reassurance, or those in search of knowledge on the topic of survival of the spirit, I recommend the following books:
On Death and Dying by Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Glimpses of Eternity by Dr Raymond Moody
The Art of Dying by Dr Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick
For the more enquiring mind, I would also highly recommend a classic of British spiritualist literature 'The Golden Key' by Percy Welsford.
"Why have most of those who went through a near-death experience lost their fear of death? Reflect upon this"
- Eckhart Tolle
My father died today. I find this thread comforting.
The following is the full account of the NDE experienced by Jules Lyons (Quoted earlier.)
I think it's the most beautiful, uplifting and comforting NDE I've ever come across.
The account first appeared in Dr Penny Sartori's 'The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences.' An excellent book and one I would highly recommend.
This is lovely.
'What Happens When You Die'
Woman's heart stops beating for 45 minutes, but she returns to life again completely uninjured and reports encountering her late father's spirit, on the Other Side.
You know you're on to something profound and significant when even the hospital spokesman can only put it down to "Divine Providence" ...
My brother was in hospital dying of emphysema. His breathing was very laboured, when all of a sudden he stopped and his breathing suddenly appeared normal. He looked at about 45 degrees upwards and smiled broadly, as if at something or someone; he turned to me and died suddenly in my arms. I am positive to this day that he wanted to tell me what he had seen.
Those few seconds before he died will live with me for ever, it was so powerful.
(From 'The Art of Dying' by Dr Peter Fenwick with Elizabeth Fenwick)
I believe this too
since my mum died I've just known she is still there, with my dad.
Having a NDE awakened and changed me in so many ways. It also brought me to full understanding that nobody is here on earth 'by accident', that we each have a purpose, something we came here to do in this lifetime, before we return 'home'.
When I look at the world, it seems that more and more humans are living out their lives as if their sole purpose is to 'get', rather than concentrating on their soul purpose .... which is to give
- Jules Lyons
What is it like to have a NDE? This will explain ...
Marie-Clare Hubert, a nurse who had a NDE was she was hospitalised with meningitis, went through a 'tunnel' and emerged to find dead family members, former patients and even long-dead pets.
Now she says, "I know for certain that we meet our loved ones again eventually. Its made me a better person and I try to do at least five kind things a a day for other people"
-From 'The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences' by Dr Penny Sartori
An atheist underwent a NDE and returned a changed person...
YouTube 'Atheist reunites with her dead Grandmother - NDE'
Dying is as natural as birth
- Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A gentleman named Dave approached me at a book-signing event in Seattle to tell me about the shared death experience he'd had with his wife several years earlier.
She had just completed a round of chemotherapy and was not feeling well. There was no reason to expect her to die anytime soon, said Dave, which is why he was so surprised to 'hear' her voice as he stood in the kitchen.
"I knew she was dying because I could hear her talking directly into my ear," he said.
"She was saying, "I've just died, but that's okay. Everything is fine. Please don't worry." "
Dave walked into the bedroom and found what he feared; his wife lying dead in bed. What he didn't expect to see was his wife's mother (in spirit), leaning over her daughter and welcoming her to the other side.
"Her mother had died thirty years earlier and I saw their bond renew right before my eyes," said Dave. The mother and daughter hugged and then "swirled up out of the room."
It was a great relief to Dave, who said that there was cheerfulness in his wife's voice that "lifts me up and keeps me going every day."
(Extract from 'Glimpses of Eternity' by Dr Raymond Moody)
Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness, where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh and to be able to grow...
- Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A lovely, comforting thread.
thanks for posting here knightofalbion, really inspiring stories
'You think dogs will not be in Heaven?
I tell you, they will be there before any of us'
- Robert Louis Stevenson
An extract from a NDE account given by a lady called Mary...
'Horses and dogs were playing together and when they stopped they seemed to stare a hole through me and then went back to playing.
I was told they were checking to see if I was the person they were waiting for that had loved them while on earth'
Dogs In The Afterlife:
Some years ago American Bryce Bond was taken seriously ill and in the course of this underwent a NDE.
He remembered suddenly passing through a long tunnel toward a beautiful light and then...
"I hear a bark and racing toward me is a dog I once had, a black poodle called Pepe. When I see him, I feel an emotional floodgate open. Tears fill my eyes. He jumps into my arms, licking my face. As I hold him, he is real, more real than I had ever experienced him. I can smell him, feel him, hear his breathing and sense his great joy at being with me again.
I put my dog to the ground and step forward to embrace my stepfather, when a very strong voice is heard in my consciousness 'Not yet' it says. I scream 'Why?' Then this inner voice says 'What have you learned? and who have you helped?' I am dumbfounded. The voice seems to be from without as well as within. Everything stops for a moment. I have to think of what was asked of me. I cannot answer what I have learned, but I can answer who I have helped.
I feel the presence of my dog around me as I ponder these two questions. Then I hear barking and other dogs appear, dogs I once had. As I stand there in what seems like an eternity, I want to embrace and be absorbed and merge. I want to stay. The sensation of not wanting to come back is overwhelming."
Bryce was also greeted by all of his relatives who had passed on before him. He experienced these loved ones as somewhat younger in form and face than when he had last seen them, happier and healthier.
He remembered racing backward through the same tunnel he had entered when it was time to leave and reviving in time to witness a hypodermic needle being plunged into his arm.
"I heard a voice say 'Welcome back'. I never asked who said it and nor do I care.
I was told by the doctor that I had been 'dead' for over ten minutes."
(From 'Beyond The Light' by P.M.H.Atwater)
"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow" - Last words of Apple co-founder and computer legend Steve Jobs.
Whatever it was he saw in the Beyond, it was wonderful...
I have seen death too often to believe in death.
It is not an ending, but a withdrawal,
As one who finishes a long journey
Stills the motor
Turns off the lights
Steps from the car
And walks up the path
To the home that awaits him.
'Valerie nursed her father at home while he was dying of lung cancer. About two weeks before his death he started to tell her about the various dead family members who had been to visit him and whom he could see and talk to. She assumed that these 'visits' were due to the drugs he was on...
'On a couple of occasions when I heard him talking, I thought he was calling me. When I went to his room to ask what he wanted he would say, "Nothing, I was talking to your mum."
On the day he died he said, "Look, there's your mum and David (her brother), they've come again. I think I'll go now." I thought he meant he wanted to go to sleep, so I said, "OK Dad, just lie back and close your eyes - you can go to sleep now." I held his hand; he lay back on his pillow, still looking at the wall opposite, and just sighed a deep breath and passed away.
I put all this down to the medication he was on.
When I cleared his room after the funeral, I found the tablets that I had been giving him under the bed. He had not taken any of his medication.
It then dawned on me that he was not hallucinating, he must really have seen my mother and brother, and they met him to help him on his journey'
- Valerie Feasby-Quigley (From 'The Art of Dying')
(An account given by a woman who used to work at an old people's home)
'One lady was fading at the age of 97, just slipping away. She was talking to someone, we could see her doing it but no one was there. We asked her later who it was and she said it was her sister Alice who had died six months previously. She said Alice would come for her the next day at 2.30 p.m.
I started work the next day at 2 p.m. and asked "Is she stll here?" I was told she was dying and as I was new to the job, someone would with stay with me and see me through the death experience. Just before 2.30 p.m. she opened her eyes briefly, whispered "Alice", held out her hand and passed away peacefully'
- From 'The Art of Dying by Dr Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick
So sorry to hear about your brother.
Life is a continuum. When your 'time' comes, all the people you have loved and who have loved you (who have passed over), irrespective of what religion they did or did not follow, will be there to greet you. Even your beloved pets will be there!
Sending thoughts of love and prayers to loved ones who have passed over are received and help them. So keep on with that.
What usually happens is that loved ones try to send a 'message' back to those left behind to let them know they're okay and still 'alive' in spirit.
Usually it is uniquely personal, something that you would understand the significance of, if not others. So keep a look out for such 'signs'.
Birds are a great favourite, as are clocks. (One does not have to be very spiritually-minded to understand the symbolic nature of all this.)
Today is my beloved brother's birthday, he would be 29. He lost his battle to cancer 2 weeks ago and we are all hollow without him.
He was an atheist and didn't believe in an afterlife. I hope and pray with everything I've got that he has been proven wrong. I'm a spiritual person and believe we go on, and these passages are a great source of comfort to me. I want to get one of the books for my mum as she struggles to come to terms with his loss.
Thank you for this thread.
'Grandma made a noise and I happened to look up at her and saw a look of discomfort and incomprehension on her face. All of a sudden she keeled over like a fence post falling down, straight as a stick without her knees even buckling.
I could see her dead body on the floor. But also at the same time I saw a much younger version of her standing exactly where she had been standing when she fell.
Now, there was a second figure beside her who was a man about her same apparent age.
The two looked at me and waved and when they did I felt a deep love.
Then they turned away as a unit and disappeared by walking away together through the kitchen wall.
We didn't have the word 'holographic' then, but it occurs to me how that this is the best word available to characterize the experience.
The two people cold be described as looking like a hologram, yet they had a greater degree of reality to them than anything I have experienced before or since'
- A retired professor of philosophy recalling how, as a boy, he witnessed his grandmother's death
(From 'Glimpses of Eternity' by Dr Raymond Moody)
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