Smith's Near-Death Experience
Thirty-five plus years
ago, Jayne Smith was in the hospital in labor
with her second baby. In the process, she experienced
clinical death and had a near-death experience.
The following is taken from her YouTube video
A Moment of Truth where she describes
her near-death experience. In my opinion,
her near-death experience is one of the most
profound near-death experiences I have ever
come across. After reading about her near-death
experience, I am certain you will agree. Information
on how to obtain a video tape of her describing
her near-death experience can be found below.
On the video tape, she answers some very profound
questions concerning life and life after death.
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Experiencing the Ecstasy of the Light
was totally aware. I was in blackness. I couldn't see
anything. I was thinking to myself, "This isn't the
way it is supposed to be. I'm not supposed to know anything
and I do. What on Earth has happened?"
At that point I felt something leave my body. It was
a whoosh. It went up through the top of my head. I could
feel it and I could hear it. Just a gentle whoosh. At
that point I found myself standing in a kind of gray
mist. Then I knew I had died.
The memory of this experience is seared into my very
soul. When I found myself standing in this gray mist
with the realization that I had died I remembered feeling
so overjoyed, so thrilled, because I knew that even
though I was what we call "dead", I was still very much
alive. Very much alive. I was totally aware. I
began to pour out these feelings of thanksgiving. I
wasn't doing it verbally, but it seemed that the very
essence of me was saying "Thank you, thank you, God
for setting it up this way, that I really am immortal.
I was not annihilated."
I was involved in this tremendous pouring forth of gratitude
and joy and as that was going inside me, this white
light began to infiltrate my consciousness. It came
into me. It seemed I went out into it. I expanded into
it as it came into my field of consciousness. There
was nothing I was aware of except this brilliant white
light. The light brought with it the most incredible
feeling of total love, total safety, total protection.
I was just enveloped in it. I remember feeling almost
cradled by it. It was so dynamic it was almost palpable.
As I existed in this white light, in this incredible
love, I began to be rapturous. The rapture built. The
bliss built. My consciousness began to expand with
the bliss of it all. Suddenly there came into my field
of consciousness an entire field of knowledge It was
like a whole block of knowledge that just simply came
in and settled itself on me. I knew, what takes several
sentences to tell, but it didn't come in several sentences
- it came all in one piece. What I knew was that I was
immortal, that I was eternal, that I was indestructible,
that I always had been, that I always will be, and that
there was no way in this world I could ever be lost.
It was impossible for me to fall into a crack in the
universe somewhere and never be heard from again. I
just knew that I was utterly safe and I always had been
forever and ever.
When that block of knowledge was digested by me, as
it were, another block of knowledge came in. A whole
field of knowledge came in to my being and what I knew
then was that the universe runs according to a perfect
plan. I knew that the plan was perfect. Everything that
we think about as being hard to understand or unfair
or cruel or whatever, that was really all without meaning.
I know that is very difficult, but I knew this. I understood
it. I comprehended it in a way that when I came back
from the experience I really couldn't comprehend anymore. I
understood that all of the things that we worry about
and concern us, we really don't have to worry about
at all. There is a perfect plan and the plan is working
itself out in its perfection.
Then I simply remember I became more blissful, more
rapturous, more ecstatic. I was just filling and filling
with this light and love that was in the light. The
dynamics of this light are not static at all. They
are so dynamic and so much going on in there of love
and joy and knowledge. As you take it into yourself,
or as it goes into you and you receive it, your ecstasy
level just becomes tremendous.
I knew that I had lost all sense of having a body. It
was just my consciousness, sort of pure and free floating,
and I did not think at all during this part of the experience.
I had no thoughts. I was a receiving station. I
merely felt and absorbed and took in and did not think
at all. I reached the point in the rapture of it all
where I thought to myself suddenly, the first thought.
"I wonder how much more of this I can stand before I
With that thought, the light began to recede. So, the
universe will not let us shatter. We cannot take
in more of this bliss and joy than we are able to handle
at a time.
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The Beauty of a Heavenly Meadow
the light began to recede, the rapture that I had built
up also began to dissipate. For a couple of seconds,
I could not remember what was going on. I remember thinking
to myself, "I don't know how I got here. I can't remember
what's going on." I didn't know if I had been in that
light for a minute of a day or a hundred years. I think
the force of all that energy just produced a condition
in me of amnesia for a couple of seconds. But that was
not allowed to last very long either.
Within a second or two, I found myself standing in an
absolutely beautiful green meadow. I knew then what
was going on. I knew once again who I was, that I had
died. My amnesia period was over with.
I stood there in this gorgeous
meadow and I remember that the light there was different
from the light here on Earth. Though it was not that
brilliant white light in which I was involved, it was
a more beautiful light. There was a goldenness
to this light. I remember the sky was very blue. I don't
recall seeing the sun. The colors were extraordinary. The
green of the meadow was fantastic. The flowers were
blooming all around and they had colors that I had never
seen before. I was very aware that I had never seen
these colors before and I was very excited about it.
I thought I had seen all colors. I was thrilled to death
of the beauty that was incredible. In addition
to the beautiful colors, I could see a soft light glowing
within every living thing. It was not a light that was
reflected from the outside from a source, but it was
coming from the center of this flower. Just this beautiful,
soft light. I think I was seeing the life inside of
When I finished looking at this exquisite beauty, I
started to walk. I had only taken a few steps before
I saw that there was in front of me a hill, a low hill.
There were perhaps 18 to 20 people standing on the hill.
They were dressed in robes, very simple, I suppose Grecian
type robes. They were also in all these beautiful
colors. There were men and women - more men than women
I don't know why. I thought about this a little bit,
but there were both men and women there. There was no
one that I knew, but then I had no close emotional ties
on the other side so it is not surprising that there
was no one there that I knew.
I felt to myself, "Oh, I want to talk with them." It
seemed that immediately I was there on the top of the
hill. I don't know whether I was able to just glide
there effortlessly or whether I only had to think I
wanted to be there and I was there. What I do remember
was that I did not have to climb the hill. There was
no effort involved in this.
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Jayne's Moment of Truth
I found myself at the top of the hill, I saw that over
on the horizon and just a little bit lower on the horizon,
there was a city. I realized in some way that this was
more than just a city, that what I was seeing actually
represented a world. I wondered, "Was that the world
I just came from or the one I am going to?" I never
had a chance to find out because right at that moment,
3 or 4 of the men that were in this group of people
over on the hill, came to me and we met.
I said to them, "I know what has happened. I realize
that I am dead. I know what's going on."
One man in the group did all the talking to me. He was
quite tall, taller than the rest. I remember the robe
he was wearing was purple. He had a white fringe
of hair that went around his head. The top of his
head was bald. He had an absolute marvelous face. It
was very noble, very kind, what we would think of as
a very spiritual face. He also had about him a great
deal of authority, so that I felt I was talking to someone
that I could trust completely.
When I said to him, "I know what's going on. I know
that I have died," he said, "Yes, that's true, but you
are not going to be staying here. It isn't time
for you to be here yet."
I must tell you that when we talked, we did not move
our mouths. I can remember that I only had to have the
impulse that contained the things that I wanted to say
and he would immediately be able to get that and answer
me. Even though he was not moving his mouth when he
talked with me, I could hear the sound of his voice
in my inner ear. I know what he sounded like. It was
a mental transmission, yet I could hear what he sounded
like. For a long, long time, I could remember the
sound of his voice.
I said to him again, "Everything
that has happened to me since I crossed over is so beautiful.
Everything is so perfect. What about my sins?"
He said, "There are no sins, not the way you think of
them on Earth. The only thing that has any meaning here
is what you think."
Then he asked me a question. "What is in your heart?"
Then in some incredible way that I don't understand
at all, I was able to look deeply inside myself, really
into the very core of me to my essence. I saw that what
was there was love, nothing else. My core was perfect
love, loving perfection. I had complete love and acceptance
for everything. I saw my own gentleness, tenderness,
harmlessness. I simply was perfect and loving.
I said to him, "Of course!" I felt I was connecting
with knowledge that I had known before. I wondered how
on Earth had I forgotten anything that important. I
have known that.
I said, "Can you tell me what everything is all about -
the whole world - everything?"
He said, "Yes."
He told me in only three sentences at the most. It
was so simple. I understood that immediately. I had
total comprehension of what he was saying to me. I remember
again saying to him, "Of course!" Then there was that
feeling again of connecting with knowledge I had once
had. I wondered how on Earth did I forget that.
I said to him, "Since I am not going to be able to stay,
there are so many people I want to take this back to.
May I take this all back with me?"
He said, "You may take the answer to the first question
back, the one about sins. But the answer to the second
one, you are not going to be able to remember."
The next thing I knew, there was a tremendous banging
in my head. It was loud, it was fast, and it was extremely
irritating. It went on for just a few seconds - a
loud bang, bang, bang, bang. Then that was over and
there was a sort of electronic click in my ear. I will
never forget the sound of that click because I remember
thinking that it sounded almost like a tape recorder.
When the click clicked, that was it, I was back and
I opened my eyes. My doctor was standing over me and
he was doing something that was extremely uncomfortable.
After the experience, I have never been able to remember
the specific two or three sentences I was told. I
have tried and I have tried for years after this experience
to make a concerted effort to try, especially after
I went to bed at night, when I would be lying there
in that not quite asleep state. And I never could. Finally,
I just stopped trying to do that.
But, I do think
I know what he was telling me even though I cannot recall
the actual two or three sentences. I know that it has
to do with love. I believe it has to do with what I
was enabled to see when he said, "What is in your
heart?" I looked inside myself and saw that I was
Now this does
not apply to just me. It applies to all human beings.
That is what we are. That is our core. This love, this
perfection, this God-ness. I believe that what it is
all about is that the world will keep turning and we
will have all these experiences and it will go on forever
and ever and ever. As we bring that into our consciousness
and have it remain there all the time, our connection
with God will be there, not somewhere in our unconscious.
We will be consciously aware of who we are all the time.
I think that's what the journey is.
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is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only
a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of
- R. W. Raymond
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