I died I didn't see a
tunnel or a white light
or any of that. I saw the Angel of Death sitting
cross-legged in front of me.
My death was the result
of a suicide attempt (and a damned effective
one at that), and this Angel was very angry
at me for trying to whack myself. We argued
for about 8 hours (Earth time) before I grudgingly
went back into my body.
During the out of
body time it was made clear to me that the Angel
of Death was:
(b) Frequently confused
with, or assumed to be,
Lucifer / Satan.
He looked fierce,
made out of black shadows, humanoid form, angular
face, glittering eyes, huge black wings pinioned
Although he looked
it, he didn't seem frightening, for whatever
reason. The Lord (or Angel) of Death possesses
a very wonderful sense of humor which nobody
ever seems to comment on and he has a high level
of compassion towards the beings that he "takes."
He is very self-aware and sees irony in his
Kevin, your mentioning
the Lord of Death from the
Tibetan Book of the
Dead is, in my experience, a perfectly accurate
description of who he is and what function he
performs -- at least in my experience