by Nick Andrea
Thank God, I’ve never had a near death experience. I rather like the feeling of my feet on the green Earth, in a body. Regardless, I also find myself with an innate passion to know the mystical truth of life and death. To that end, I have read about many Near Death Experiences (NDEs). In the majority of these encounters, the dying person meets God, or the Light. While I use the term “God” as a convenience – as many of them do – I am referring to what they describe as an ineffable, all-encompassing, all-knowing, all-loving presence. After such a meeting, most of these individuals report that they’ve finally come to understand what they’ve been seeking their entire lives. They have found home.
What I draw from this is that, no matter what happens in our lives, there is something so magnificent waiting for us. To me, that’s good news.
However, in the midst of that it’s tempting to look to that time after death as the golden salvation that we will have once we are released from this prison plane. Indeed, this is the ideology that forms the core of many religious traditions, the world over.
I think this view is erroneous, though, because if fail to recognize God here and now we will spend the decades of our precious lives missing the point. This view stems from quantum physics. Many in this field believe the human nervous system is essentially an antenna that channels and “reduces” consciousness to be able to operate on this material plane. (See Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander). If that’s true it means that God is present right here, even if the human organism can only channel a very small range of its total frequency. To me that’s even better news because it means we don’t have to wait decades to find lasting satisfaction. We can find it now.
So, where do we look? Another consistent thing about NDE experiences is a life review, wherein, the individual is shown clips from their Earthly existence. Every time they loved someone or something, or experienced beauty or goodness, they saw that it was God. So, to look lovingly into the eyes of a child or a spouse or even an enemy, to be struck by the beauty of a dusk sky, to hear a song that tunes our whole being to a single frequency, is to look into the eyes of God.
So, why wait for death to find God? Why pine for Heaven after life ends? We’ll be there when we die, but why not be there right here, right now?