Life and the Near-Death Experience

By Kevin Williams

 

The hard reality we face is that the ultimate goal in life is death. Death seems like a cruel absurdity that happens to us after enjoying the time of our lives. As it is with death, life is also a great mystery. The mystery of life offers many questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Have we lived before? Why are we here? Where are we going? Does life continue after death? Is there a God? These are profound questions that demand an answer. Fortunately, there are answers to these questions and they come from near-death experiencers. In this article you will learn many insights from them including: Life is what people worship as God. All life is a manifestation of God. For us to benefit from life, we must rediscover our oneness with God here in the physical realm. There are many realms to life and this physical realm is only one of them. Life is a mission from God we chose to fulfill. Life is a great World-School where we come to learn the many lessons of love. Everything in life runs according to a perfect and divine plan. Life is an enormous cycle of improvements where we progress at our own rate to reach the light.  

Table of Contents
1. Life is a School of Higher Education
2. Life is a Test After Which We Grade Ourselves
3. Life is like a River to Travel and Enjoy
4. Life was Planned by Us Before Our Birth
5. Life is About Giving and Helping Others
6. Life is About Receiving From God
7. Life is for Living
8. Life is About Preparing For Death
9. Life is a Cycle by Which We Progress
10. Life is God
11. Life is About Us
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1. Life is a School of Higher Education

Multi-colored icon.   "The reason we are here in this physical world is for soul growth. This physical world is the ideal place for this. Spiritual growth in the spirit realms is more difficult. The reason is that the influence of our physical bodies gives us the opportunity for a full range of love (a child's love, marital love, and parental love) which is ideally available here. Love that is misused or misdirected is best corrected in the here. In this physical world, there is the full range of physical and spiritual senses with which to act and communicate." (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our behavior on Earth provides a teaching ground for those in the spirit world." (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life in this world exists for us to test our ideals and learn from them. Learning our lessons here in the physical world is the fastest way to learn." (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   "As long as we have life here, we are learning, our spirits are growing, and we are coming closer to the divine, even by the things we suffer. We may not always know what to do in our lives, we may be troubled and in pain, but be assured, as long as we are here, we are growing." (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life in this world is the ultimate experience for our souls. It is ultimate because our souls evolve faster here than anywhere else. The lessons we need to learn are difficult to learn without having a physical form." (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   "Trouble is nature's way of teaching lessons that won't be learned otherwise. If we learn from the troubles of others, we can avoid most of our own." (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life in this world is a place for us to overcome certain weaknesses by applying ourselves to see that those weaknesses are truly overcome. Here we can learn for certain whether we have really changed." (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is a boot camp and school for our soul's spiritual education, and as such, it's tough." (Karen Brannon)

Multi-colored icon.   "This world is only a temporary place for our schooling. Our true permanent home is the spiritual universe." (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   "This world is only one realm of learning; there are many." (Sandra Rogers)

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2. Life is a Test After Which We Grade Ourselves

Multi-colored icon.   "When we die, we will realize that we have been living behind a veil our whole lives. The veil will be lifted and the floodlights will shine on us. Everything in life is really veiled spirit. We are literally on display our whole lives. Every thought, word, and deed has been recorded since birth and will be fully exposed. Everything we have ever done in secret will be brought out into the light for review in front of God and all the heavenly hosts. Our entire life is one huge test and we will be graded on everything." (Daniel Rosenblit)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is a test. If you pass the test you'll look back upon them as good experiences." (Peace Pilgrim)

Multi-colored icon.   "None of us will fully fathom the great truths of life until we finally unite with eternity at death. But occasionally we get glimpses of the answer here in the world and that alone can be enough." (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   "The highest spiritual values of life can come from the study of death." (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

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3. Life is like a River to Travel and Enjoy
Multi-colored icon.   Visit the NDE and Pre-Existence research conclusions about how we planned our lives on Earth before we were born.
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4. Life was Planned by Us Before Our Birth

Multi-colored icon.   "The universe runs according to a perfect plan. All the so-called injustices we see in life really has no meaning. The perfect plan is working itself out in its perfection." (Jayne Smith)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life in this world is like a rigged roulette wheel in a casino. As much as we try, we can never be able to fully satisfy our selfish desires. It's virtually impossible." (Daniel Rosenblit)

Multi-colored icon.   "Nothing in life or death is an accident." (Lynnclaire Dennis)

Multi-colored icon.   "There are no accidents in the universe. Everything that happens in life has a purpose." (George Anderson)

Multi-colored icon.   "From the vantage point of the spirit world, there is no problem or disharmony on Earth that will not be corrected." (Margaret Tweddell)

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5. Life is About Giving and Helping Others

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is about people, not pursuits." (Laurelynn Martin)

Multi-colored icon.   "The most important thing in life is love." (Dr. Raymond Moody)

Multi-colored icon.   "Anyone who has had such an experience of God, who has felt such a profound sense of connection with reality, knows that there is only one truly significant work to do in life, and that is love; to love nature, to love people, to love animals, to love creation itself, just because it is." (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   "A life of piety without a life of love (which occurs only in this world) is not a spiritual life. Rather, it is a life of love, a life of behaving honestly and fairly in every task, from a more inward source that leads to a heavenly life. Such a life is not hard." (Emanuel Swedenborg)

Multi-colored icon.   "We are to leave the world a little better than we found it." (David Oakford)

Multi-colored icon.   "If we learn to give what we have, we will receive more. This is a spiritual law. We will be given all that we are prepared to receive." (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   "The gift of life God gives us comes with a catch: We are to give the gift back." (P.M.H. Atwater)

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6. Life is About Receiving From God

Multi-colored icon.   "Half the gain in coming into Earth life is merely showing up." (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   "One little girl summed up what she learned from her NDE as: 'Life is for living and the light is for later.'" (Dr. Melvin Morse's research)

Multi-colored icon.   "The point is to live the questions now, and perhaps without knowing it, someday we will live into the answers. Live the questions and the universe will open up its eyes to you." (Dr. George Rodonaia)

Multi-colored icon.   "All the suffering in our lives is actually for our good. Out of the most tragic of circumstances springs human growth." (Angie Fenimore)

Multi-colored icon.   "God never gives us more challenges in life than we can handle. Rather than jeopardize our spiritual progression or cause more suffering than can be endured, God will bring us home where we can continue progressing." (RaNelle Wallace)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life's supposed to be hard. We can't skip over the hard parts. We must earn what we receive." (Angie Fenimore)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess." (RaNelle Wallace)

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7. Life is For Living

Multi-colored icon.   "Our missions mainly have to do with love, but the purpose of life is also to experience joy, gain spiritual understanding and self-awareness, play with the joyful abandon of a child, absorb ourselves in the delight of each moment, let go of obligation and duty, and live for the pure joy of being." (Jan Price)

Multi-colored icon.   "We are sent here to live life fully, to live it abundantly, to find joy in our own creations ... to use our free will to expand and magnify our lives." (Betty Eadie)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is a joyful game to be played and everything works out perfectly. Sooner, if played joyfully with love. Later, if not." (Dee Rohe)

Multi-colored icon.   "We mustn't wait to find our heaven in the clouds. We must find it here because it exists here and will be whatever we make it and whatever we are willing to accept of it." (Tina)

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8. Life is About Preparing For Death

Multi-colored icon.   "How we lived our lives in this world determines which afterlife realm we have earned and travel to after death." (Betty Bethards)

Multi-colored icon.   "If we develop along the lines of unselfish love while in this world, we make it better for us when we die. It's what we are that counts!" (Arthur Yensen)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our lives in this world is a preparation for a fuller, freer and richer spirit world. It can be compared to life in the womb being a preparation for a fuller, freer and richer existence in the physical world." (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "Day by day we are building for eternity. Every gentle word, every generous thought, every unselfish deed will become a pillar of eternal beauty in the life to come. (Rebecca Springer)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our lives matter and is significant in determining how far we can go into the light." (Grace Bubulka)

Multi-colored icon.   "The general rule of thumb is this: hellish life, hellish afterlife - heavenly life, heavenly afterlife. Death will not change a hellish life into a heavenly afterlife, nor does it change a heavenly life into a hellish afterlife." (Dr. Melvin Morse)

Multi-colored icon.   "If we educate ourselves as much as possible about the spirit world, it makes our transition there even better. Even if we gain the smallest impression that there is life after death, we are able to obtain enlightenment and understanding. (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "We are preparing for death throughout our whole lives." (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life in this world corresponds to our external nature handling external resources. Life in the spirit world corresponds to our internal nature handling spiritual resources." (Nora Spurgin)

Multi-colored icon.   "It is best to kick our bad habits while in the world. It is easier while in physical form to break those shackles than it is to undo them on the other side, where no temptations are put in our way. There is no reward for behaving correctly while in spirit, because there is nothing to tempt us otherwise. The hard school is in the physical one, and it is here that we must meet and overcome the temptations." (Ruth Montgomery)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our quality of life in the spirit world is directly affected our heart and activities in the physical world." (Nora Spurgin)

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9. Life is a Cycle by Which We Progress

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is an endless cycle of improvements and humans are not perfect yet." (Dr. Frank Oski)

Multi-colored icon.   "Any habit-forming pleasure, and they are endless, traps us into the cycle of rebirth over and over, until our appetites are finally put aside while we are in the flesh." (Ruth Montgomery)

Multi-colored icon.   "Everyone who passes through this world must learn their final lessons in this world, where our free will is called into play in a fashion different from existence in other realms of reality." (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   "We progress at our own rate to reach the light. If we do things that take us away from the light, then we are perpetuating our time here." (Amber Wells)

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10. Life is God

Multi-colored icon.   "Life is love is God. If you add anymore to this definition then you are not making it any better." (Chuck Griswold)

Multi-colored icon.   "In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life is what you worship as God ... and earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds." (Edgar Cayce)

Multi-colored icon.   "To know that life is God, is to know how very special life is. We must be very careful how we treat things in life because how we treat things in life is how we treat God. Do we destroy life or do we respect it? Do we nurture life or do we abuse it? Do we value life or do we take it for granted?" (Elsie Seachrist)

Multi-colored icon.   "Life tries out different shapes and then returns to where it came." (John Star)

Multi-colored icon.   "Creation is about absolutely Pure Consciousness coming into the experience of life." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

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"Life is light itself." (Dr. John Jay Harper)

Multi-colored icon.   God is life. (1 John 5:20)

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11. Life is About Us

Multi-colored icon.   "The solar system we live in is our larger, local body. We are much bigger than we imagine. The world is this great created being and we are the part of it that knows that it is." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   "The Earth, the sun, the moon, the darkness, the light, the planets, and all forms of life plants, rocks, animals, people are interconnected." (Josiane Antonette)

Multi-colored icon.   "The universe is God's dream. Humans are already legendary throughout the cosmos of consciousness. One of the things that we are legendary for is dreaming. We are legendary dreamers. In fact, the whole cosmos has been looking for the meaning of life, the meaning of it all. And it was the little dreamer who came up with the best answer ever. We dreamed it up." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   "Our physical bodies have been alive forever. They come from an unending stream of life, going back to the Big Bang and beyond." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

Multi-colored icon.   "In conclusion, life (existence) is many things: a river, a test, a challenge, a pilgrimage, a journey, a mission, a world of fun, a school, a transition, a preparation, a shelter, and a lesson, just to name a few. But life, in all its entirety, really is all of it. Life is God." (Kevin Williams)

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"In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life is what you worship as God ... and Earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds" - Edgar Cayce

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