Mellen-Thomas Benedict's Near-Death
Mellen-Thomas Benedict passed away on March 31,
2017. As with many brilliant minds, there was a
partner loving and supporting him through his career
journeys and doing a great deal of the work behind
the scenes. Adora Deva was that someone for the
past decade. Upon his unexpected passing, the managing
of end-of-life affairs and scores of tasks related
to his departure fell to her. If you were inspired
by Mellen’s experiences and his message, if you
were uplifted by his lectures or audio-visual products,
please consider honoring his life by supporting
the one who supported him. A
GoFundMe Campaign has been set up for donations
to help Adora.
In 1982 Mellen-Thomas
suffered from terminal brain cancer and died; but
miraculously lived to tell about it. While showing
no vital signs for 90 minutes, Benedict had perhaps
the most transcendental NDE ever documented. While
on the Other Side, Benedict journeyed through various
afterlife realms and was given access to Universal
Intelligence by which he was allowed to absorb a
tremendous amount of spiritual and scientific knowledge
including the nature of reincarnation. Benedict's
enthusiastic curiosity during his NDE took him far
into the remote depths of existence - and even beyond
- into the energetic void of nothingness behind
the Big Bang. He was shown in holographic detail
the evolution of both Mother Earth ("Gaia")
and humanity and experienced the cosmology of our
soul's connection with Gaia. He was given knowledge
about humanity's role in the Universe including
a beautiful vision of humanity's future for the
next 400 years.
in his book "Life
after Death: The Burden of Proof,"
recounts Benedict's journey at length and says,
an encyclopedia of the afterlife."
In the view of the
of this site, on this web page you will read the
most inspirational NDE ever documented.
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About Mellen-Thomas Benedict
NDE resulted in perhaps the greatest fundamental
transformation of any near-death experiencer ever
documented. Miraculously, Benedict returned to his
body with a complete remission of the disease. The
advanced scientific knowledge he brought back from
his NDE led him to numerous scientific discoveries
and U.S. and foreign patents (see
Ever since his NDE, Benedict has maintained his
direct access to Universal Intelligence, and returns
to the Light at will. This enables him to be a bridge
between science and spirit and allows him to develop
new technologies for health and wellness. Benedict
discovered living cells can respond very quickly
to light stimulation resulting in, among other things,
high speed healing. NDE expert
Dr. Kenneth Ring
says of Benedict:
has the big picture. His story is one of
the most remarkable I have encountered in
extensive research on near-death experiences.
It is very rare that those who have died
and returned have seen into the future to
the extent that Mellen has. His vision of
the future is one of hope. He has participated
in studies of a major university where he
contributed to understanding the structure
of genes and chromosome coding for a genetic
disease, while researchers puzzled over
how he could have access to this information."
Dr. Kenneth Ring
Dr. Janice Holden
of International Association of Near Death Studies
says of Benedict:
under hypnosis, was able to give accurate
information about and draw the genetic makeup
of a rare neuromuscular disease. I was astounded
by this. It's not the kind of thing where
one could cheat."
Dr. Janice Holden
Benedict has been closely
involved in the research area of
Quantum Biology - the quantum relationship between
light and life. Benedict has discovered how living
cells can respond very quickly to light stimulation
resulting in, among other things, high speed healing.
His research is providing dramatic new perspectives
on how biological systems work. He is also a technology
and product consultant and a popular lecturer on
the subjects of longevity, energy medicine, and
During his NDE, Benedict
was given the names of several people whose discoveries
would one day be seen as on a par with those of
Newton or Einstein. One of the names given to him
was "Cleve Backster." After having his NDE, Benedict
tracked him down. Cleve Backster, see
www.primaryperception.com, is best known for
his experiments with biocommunication in plant and
animal cells using a polygraph machine in the 1960s
which led to his theory of "primary perception."
Cleve Backster's study was partially replicated
in 1973 by
Dr. Harold Puthoff and
Russell Targ of CIA
Project" fame at the
Stanford Research Institute. Puthoff and Targ
applied for and received a research grant to probe
plant sensitivity. In 1973, they began to conduct
plant and human consciousness research on the “Backster
Effect." The product culminated in a final report
Biofield Sensor" by H. E. Puthoff and R. Fontes.
Benedict says in about
200 years Cleve Backster will be seen as a kind
of "saint" to the Gaia-based spirituality which
will dominate society at that time. Cleve Backster's
work is neither esoteric nor spiritual, but scientific.
His book is entitled, "Primary
Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living
Foods, and Human Cells" and his original work
is described in the book, "The
Secret Life of Plants." See also
Cleve Backster's Wikipedia page.
Concerning the validity
of Benedict's testimony, P.M.H. Atwater has this
"I can attest
that his case is genuine and his claims
about the brain tumor and the conditions
of his death are true. I have met his mother
and step-father, been in his and their homes,
and have followed his life since - his struggles
and his accomplishments - as he sought to
find a way to integrate his experience into
his daily life while still honoring the
mission he felt guided to fulfill."
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The Road to Death
1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition
I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy
they could give me would just have made me more
of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months
to live. I had been an information freak in the
1970's, and I had become increasingly despondent
over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and
so forth. So, since I did not have a spiritual basis,
I began to believe that nature had made a mistake,
and that we were probably a cancerous organism on
the planet. I saw no way that we could get out from
all the problems we had created for ourselves and
the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and
that is what I got. That is what killed me. Be careful
what your world view is. It can feed back on you,
especially if it is a negative world view. I had
a seriously negative one.
what led me into my death. I tried all sort s of
alternative healing methods, but nothing helped.
So I determined that this was really just between
me and God. I had never really faced God before,
or even dealt with God. I was not into any kind
of spirituality at the time, but I began a journey
into learning about spirituality and alternative
healing. I set out to do all the reading I could
and bone up on the subject, because I did not want
to be surprised on the other side. So I started
reading on various religions and philosophies. They
were all very interesting, and gave hope that there
was something on the other side. I ended up in hospice
waking up one morning at home about 4:30 am and
I just knew that this was it. This was the day I
was going to die. So I called a few friends and
said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and
told her. I had a private agreement with her that
she would leave my dead body alone for six hours,
since I had read that all kinds of interesting things
happen when you die. I went back to sleep. The next
thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near
death experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and
I was standing up, but my body was in the bed. There
was this darkness around me. Being out of my body
was even more vivid than ordinary experience. It
was so vivid that I could see every room in the
house, I could see the top of the house, I could
see around the house, I could see under the house.
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The Light of God
was this Light shining. I turned toward the Light. The
Light was very similar to what many other people have
described in their near-death experiences. It was so
magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is
alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to
go to your ideal mother's or father's arms. As I began
to move toward the Light, I knew intuitively that if
I went to the Light, I would be dead. So as I was moving
toward the Light I said, "Please wait a minute, just
hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I
would like to talk to you before I go." To my surprise,
the entire experience halted at that point. You are
indeed in control of your near-death experience. You
are not on a roller coaster ride.
So my request
was honored and I had some conversations with the Light.
The Light kept changing into different figures, like
Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images
and signs. I asked the Light, "What is going on here?
Please, Light, clarify yourself for me. I really want
to know the reality of the situation." I cannot really
say the exact words, because it was sort of telepathy.
The Light responded.
The information transferred to me was that your beliefs
shape the kind of feedback you are getting before the
Light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist,
you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have
a chance to look at it and examine it, but most people
do not. As the Light revealed itself to me, I became
aware that what I was really seeing was our Higher Self
We all have
a higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It
revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The
only way I can really describe it is that the being
of the higher Self is more like a conduit. It did not
look like that, but it is a direct connection to the
Source that each and every one of us has. We are directly
connected to the Source. So the Light was showing me
the higher Self matrix. I was not committed to one particular
religion. So that is what was being fed back to me during
my life after death experience. As I asked the Light
to keep clearing for me, to keep explaining, I understood
what the higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around
the planet where all the higher Selves are connected.
This is like a great company, a next subtle level of
energy around us, the spirit level, you might say. Then,
after a couple of minutes, I asked for more clarification.
I really wanted to know what the universe is about,
and I was ready to go at that time. I said, "I am ready,
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The River of Life
the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that
I have ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet.
Now I came to this with my negative view of what has
happened on the planet. So as I asked the Light to keep
clarifying for me, I saw in this magnificent mandala
how beautiful we all are in our essence, our core. We
are the most beautiful creations. The human soul, the
human matrix that we all make together is absolutely
fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. I just cannot
say enough about how it changed my opinion of human
beings in that instant. I said, "Oh, God, I did not
know how beautiful we are." At any level, high or low,
in whatever shape you are in, you are the most beautiful
creation, you are.
I was astonished to
find that there was no evil in any soul. I said, "How
can this be?" The answer was that no soul was inherently
evil. The terrible things that happened to people might
make them do evil things, but their souls were not evil.
What all people seek, what sustains them, is love, the
Light told me. What distorts people is a lack of love.
The revelations coming from the Light seemed to go on
and on, then I asked the Light, "Does this mean that
humankind will be saved?" Then, like a trumpet blast
with a shower of spiraling lights, the Great Light spoke,
"Remember this and
never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself.
You always have. You always will. You were created
with the power to do so from before the beginning
of the world."
In that instant
I realized even more. I realized that WE HAVE ALREADY
BEEN SAVED, and we saved ourselves because we were designed
to self-correct like the rest of God’s universe. This
is what the second coming is about. I thanked the Light
of God with all my heart. The best thing I could come
up with during my near death experience was these simple
words of total appreciation: “Oh dear God, dear Universe,
dear Great Self, I Love My Life.” The Light seemed to
breathe me in even more deeply. It was as if the Light
was completely absorbing me. The Love Light is, to this
day, indescribable. I entered into another realm, more
profound than the last, and became aware of something
more, much more. It was an enormous stream of Light,
vast and full, deep in the Heart of Life. I asked what
this was. The Light responded:
"This is the RIVER
OF LIFE. Drink of this manna water to your heart's
So I did. I
took one big drink and then another. To drink of life
Itself! I was in ecstasy.
Then the Light
The Light knew
all about me, everything past, present and future.
"Yes!" I whispered.
asked to see the rest of the Universe; beyond our solar
system, beyond all human illusion. The Light then told
me that I could go with the Stream. I did, and was carried
through the Light at the end of the tunnel. I felt and
heard a series of very soft sonic booms. What a rush!
Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet
on this stream of Life. I saw the earth fly away. The
solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared.
At faster than light speed, I flew through the center
of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I
learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is
bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw
many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone
in this Universe!
As I rode this stream
of consciousness through the center of the galaxy, the
stream was expanding in awesome fractal waves of energy.
The super clusters of galaxies with all their ancient
wisdom flew by. At first I thought I was going somewhere;
actually traveling. But then I realized that, as the
stream was expanding, my own consciousness was also
expanding to take in everything in the Universe! All
creation passed by me. It was an unimaginable wonder!
I truly was a Wonder Child; a babe in Wonderland!
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this point of my near-death experience, I found myself
in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. I could
see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity. I was in the
I was in pre creation, before
the Big Bang. I had crossed over the beginning of time
/ the First Word/the First vibration. I was in the Eye
of Creation. I felt as if I was touching the Face of
God. It was not a religious feeling. Simply I was at
one with Absolute Life and Consciousness. When I say
that I could see or perceive forever, I mean that I
could experience all of creation generating itself.
It was without beginning and without end. That’s a mind-expanding
thought, isn’t it? Scientists perceive the Big Bang
as a single event that created the Universe. I saw during
my life after death experience that the Big Bang is
only one of an infinite number of Big Bangs creating
Universes endlessly and simultaneously. The only images
that even come close in human terms would be those created
by super computers using fractal geometry equations.
The ancients knew of this. They said God had periodically
created new Universes by breathing out, and recreated
other Universes by breathing in. These epochs were called
Yugas. Modern science called this the Big Bang. I was
in absolute, pure consciousness. I could see or perceive
all the Big Bangs or Yugas creating and recreating themselves.
Instantly I entered into them all simultaneously. I
saw that each and every little piece of creation has
the power to create. It is very difficult to try to
explain this. I am still speechless about this.
It took me years after I returned from my near-death
experience to assimilate any words at all for the Void
experience. I can tell you this now: the Void is less
than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The
Void is absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities.
It is Absolute Consciousness; much more than even Universal
Intelligence. The Void is the vacuum or nothingness
between all physical manifestations. The SPACE between
atoms and their components. Modern science has begun
to study this space between everything. They call it
Zero point. Whenever they try to measure it, their instruments
go off the scale, or to infinity, so to speak. They
have no way, as of yet, to measure infinity accurately.
There is more of the zero space in your own body and
the Universe than anything else!
call the Void is not a void. It is so full of energy,
a different kind of energy that has created everything
that we are. Everything since the Big Bang is vibration,
from the first Word, which is the first vibration. The
biblical "I am" really has a question mark after it.
"I am -- What am I?" So creation is God exploring God’s
Self through every way imaginable, in an ongoing, infinite
exploration through every one of us. I began to see
during my near-death experience that everything that
is, is the Self, literally, your Self, my Self. Everything
is the great Self. That is why God knows even when a
leaf falls. That is possible because wherever you are
is the center of the universe. Wherever any atom is,
that is the center of the universe. There is God in
that, and God in the Void.
As I was exploring
the Void during my life after death experience and all
the Yugas or creations, I was completely out of time
and space as we know it. In this expanded state, I discovered
that creation is about Absolute Pure Consciousness,
or God, coming into the Experience of Life as we know
it. The Void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre
life, before the first vibration. Godhead is about more
than Life and Death. Therefore there is even more than
Life and Death to experience in the Universe!
When I realized this I was finished with the Void, and
wanted to return to this creation, or Yuga. It just
seemed like the natural thing to do. Then I suddenly
came back through the second Light, or the Big Bang,
hearing several more velvet booms. I rode the stream
of consciousness back through all of creation, and what
a ride it was! The super clusters of galaxies came through
me with even more insights. I passed through the center
of our galaxy, which is a black hole. Black holes are
the great processors or recyclers of the Universe. Do
you know what is on the other side of a Black Hole?
We are; our galaxy, which has been reprocessed from
another Universe. In its total energy configuration,
the galaxy looked like a fantastic city of lights. All
energy this side of the Big Bang is light. Every sub
atom, atom, star, planet, even consciousness itself
is made of light and has a frequency and/or particle.
Light is living stuff. Everything is made of light,
even stones. So everything is alive. Everything is made
from the Light of God; everything is very intelligent.
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The Light of Love
I rode the stream on and on, I could eventually see
a huge Light coming. I knew it was the First Light;
the higher Self Light Matrix of our solar system. Then
the entire solar system appeared in the Light, accompanied
by one of those velvet booms. I could see during my
near death experience all the energy that this solar
system generates, and it is an incredible light show!
I could hear the
Music of the Spheres. Our solar system, as do all
celestial bodies, generates a unique matrix of light,
sound and vibratory energies.
Advanced civilizations from
other star systems can spot life as we know it in the
universe by the vibratory or energy matrix imprint.
It is child’s play. The earth’s Wonder child (human
beings) make an abundance of sound right now, like children
playing in the backyard of the universe. The Light explained
to me that there is no death; we are immortal beings.
We have already been alive forever! I realized that
we are part of a natural living system that recycles
itself endlessly. I was never told that I had to come
back. I just knew that I would. It was only natural,
from what I had seen during my life after death experience.
I don’t know how long I was with the Light, in human
time. But there came a moment when I realized that all
my questions had been answered and my return was near.
When I say that all my questions were answered on the
other side, I mean to say just that. During my near
death experience, all my questions have been answered.
Every human has a different life and set of questions
to explore. Some of our questions are Universal, but
each of us is exploring this thing we call Life in our
own unique way. So is every other form of life, from
mountains to every leaf on every tree. And that is very
important to the rest of us in this Universe. Because
it all contributes to the Big Picture, the fullness
of Life. We are literally God exploring God’s self in
an infinite Dance of Life. Your uniqueness enhances
all of Life.
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His Return to Earth
I began my return to the life cycle, it never crossed
my mind, nor was I told during my near-death experience
that I would return to the same body. It just did not
matter. I had complete trust in the Light and the Life
process. As the stream merged with the great Light,
I asked never to forget the revelations and the feelings
of what I had learned on the other side. There was a
"Yes." It felt like a kiss to my soul. Then I was taken
back through the Light into the vibratory realm again.
The whole process reversed, with even more information
being given to me. I came back home, and I was given
lessons from my near-death experience on the mechanics
of reincarnation. I was given answers to all those little
questions I had: "How does this work? How does that
work?" I knew that I would be reincarnated. The earth
is a great processor of energy, and individual consciousness
evolves out of that into each one of us. I thought of
myself as a human for the first time, and I was happy
to be that. From what I have seen, I would be happy
to be an atom in this universe. An atom. So to be the
human part of God ... this is the most fantastic blessing.
It is a blessing beyond our wildest estimation of what
blessing can be. For each and every one of us to be
the human part of this experience is awesome, and magnificent.
Each and every one of us, no
matter where we are, screwed up or not, is a blessing
to the planet, right where we are. I went through the
reincarnation process expecting to be a baby somewhere.
But I was given a lesson on how individual identity
and consciousness evolve. I was so surprised when I
opened my eyes from my near death experience. I do not
know why, because I understood it, but it was still
such a surprise to be back in this body, back in my
room with someone looking over me crying her eyes out.
It was my hospice caretaker. She had given up an hour
and a half after finding me dead. My body was stiff
and inflexible. She went into the other room. Then I
awakened and saw the light outside. I tried to get up
to go to it, but I fell out of the bed. She heard a
loud "clunk," ran in and found me on the floor.
When I recovered, I was very surprised and yet very
awed about what had happened to me during my near death
experience. At first all the memory of the trip that
I have now was not there. I kept slipping out of this
world and kept asking, "Am I alive?" This world seemed
more like a dream than that one. Within three days I
was feeling normal again, clearer, yet different than
I had ever felt in my life. My memory of my near-death
experience came back later. I could see nothing wrong
with any human being I had ever seen. Before that I
was really judgmental. I thought a lot of people were
really screwed up, in fact I thought that everybody
was screwed up but me. But I got clear on all that.
About three months later a friend said I should get
tested, so I went and got the scans and so forth. I
really felt good, so I was afraid of getting bad news.
I remember the doctor at the clinic looking at the before
and after scans, saying, "Well, there is nothing here
now." I said, "Really, it must be a miracle." He said,
"No, these things happen; they are called spontaneous
remission." He acted very unimpressed. But here was
a miracle, and I was impressed, even if no one else
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The Lessons He Learned
mystery of life has very little to do with
intelligence. The universe is not an intellectual
process at all. The intellect is helpful; it is
brilliant, but right now that is all we process
with, instead of our hearts and the wiser part of
The center of the Earth is this
great transmuter of energy, just as you see in
pictures of our Earth's magnetic field. That's our
cycle, pulling reincarnated souls back in and
through it again. A sign that you are reaching human
level is that you are beginning to evolve an
individual consciousness. The animals have a group
soul, and they reincarnate in group souls. A deer is
pretty much going to be a deer forever. But just
being born a human, whether deformed or genius,
shows that you are on the path to developing an
individual consciousness. That is in itself part of
the group consciousness called humanity.
saw that races are personality clusters. Nations
like France, Germany and China each have their own
personality. Cities have personalities, their local
group souls that attract certain people. Families
have group souls. Individual identity is evolving
like branches of a fractal; the group soul explores
in our individuality. The different questions that
each of us has are very, very important. This is how
Godhead is exploring God's Self - through you. So
ask your questions, do your searching. You will find
your Self and you will find God in that Self,
because it is only the Self.
More than that,
I began to see that each one of us humans are soul
mates. We are part of the same soul fractaling out
in many creative directions, but still the same. Now
I look at every human being that I ever see, and I
see a soul mate, my soul mate, the one I have always
been looking for. Beyond that, the greatest soul
mate that you will ever have is yourself. We are
each both male and female. We experience this in the
womb and we experience this in reincarnation states.
If you are looking for that ultimate soul mate
outside of yourself, you may never find it; it is
not there. Just as God is not "there." God is here.
Don't look "out there" for God. Look here for God.
Look through your Self. Start having the greatest
love affair you ever had ... with your Self. You
will love everything out of that.
I had a
descent into what you might call hell, and it was
very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My
descent into hell was a descent into each person's
customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of
not-knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity.
But each of the millions of souls around me had a
little star of light always available. But no one
seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed
with their own grief, trauma and misery. But, after
what seemed an eternity, I started calling out to
that light, like a child calling to a parent for
help. Then the light opened up and formed a tunnel
that came right to me an insulated me from all that
fear and pain. That is what hell really is.
So what we are doing is learning to hold hands, to
come together. The doors of hell are open now. We
are going to link up, hold hands, and walk out of
The light came to me and
turned into a huge golden angel. I said, "Are you
the angel of death?"
It expressed to me that
it was my oversoul, my Higher Self matrix, a
super-ancient part of ourselves. Then I was taken to
Soon our science will quantify
spirit. Isn't that going to be wonderful? We are
coming up with devices now that are sensitive to
subtle energy or spirit energy. Physicists use these
atomic colliders to smash atoms to see what they are
made of. They have got it down to quarks and charm,
and all that. Well, one day they are going to come
down to the little thing that holds it all together,
and they are going to have to call that ... God.
With atomic colliders they are not only seeing what
is in here, but they are creating particles. Thank
God most of them are short-lived milliseconds and
nanoseconds. We are just beginning to understand
that we are creating too, as we go along.
I saw forever, I came to a realm in which there is a
point where we pass all knowledge and begin creating
the next fractal, the next level. We have that power
to create as we explore. And that is God expanding
itself through us.
Since my return I have
experienced the light spontaneously, and I have
learned how to get to that space almost any time in
my meditation. Each one of you can do this. You do
not have to die to do this. It is within your
equipment; you are wired for it already.
body is the most magnificent light being there is.
The body is a universe of incredible light. Spirit
is not pushing us to dissolve this body. That is not
what is happening. Stop trying to become God; God is
becoming you. Here.
The mind is like a child
running around the universe, demanding this and
thinking it created the world. But I ask the mind,
"What did your mother have to do with this?"
That is the next level of spiritual awareness. Oh!
My mother! All of a sudden you give up the ego,
because you are not the only soul in the universe.
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What Is the Best Religion?
asked God: "What is the best religion on the planet?
Which one is right?" And Godhead said, with great love:
"I don’t care." That was incredible grace.
They come and they go, they change. Buddhism has not
been here forever, Catholicism has not been here
forever, and they are all about to become more
enlightened. More light is coming into all systems
now. There is going to be a reformation in
spirituality that is going to be just as dramatic as
the Protestant Reformation. There will be lots of
people fighting about it, one religion against the
next, believing that only they are right.
Everyone thinks they own God, the religions and
philosophies, especially the religions, because they
form big organizations around their philosophy. When
Godhead said, "I don't care," I immediately
understood that it is for us to care about. It is
important, because we are the caring beings. It
matters to us and that is where it is important.
What you have is the energy equation in
spirituality. Ultimate Godhead does not care if you
are Protestant, Buddhist, or whatever. It is all a
blooming facet of the whole. I wish that all
religions would realize it and let each other be. It
is not the end of each religion, but we are talking
about the same God. Live and let live. Each has a
different view. And it all adds up to the Big
Picture; it is all important.
I went over to
the other side during my near-death experience with
a lot of fears about toxic waste, nuclear missiles,
the population explosion, the rainforest. I came
back loving every single problem. I love nuclear
waste. I love the mushroom cloud; this is the
holiest mandala that we have manifested to date, as
an archetype. It, more than any religion or
philosophy on earth, brought us together all of a
sudden, to a new level of consciousness. Knowing
that maybe we can blow up the planet fifty times, or
500 times, we finally realize that maybe we are all
here together now. For a period they had to keep
setting off more bombs to get it in to us. Then we
started saying, "we do not need this any more." Now
we are actally in a safer world than we have ever
been in, and it is going to get safer. So I came
back from my near-death experience loving toxic
waste, because it brought us together. These things
are so big. As Peter Russell might say, these
problems are now "soul size." Do we have soul size
The clearing of the rain forest
will slow down, and in fifty years there will be
more trees on the planet than in a long time. If you
are into ecology, go for it; you are that part of
the system that is becoming aware. Go for it with
all your might, but do not be depressed. It is part
of a larger thing. Earth is in the process of
domesticating itself. It is never again going to be
as wild a place as it once was. There will be great
wild places, reserves where nature thrives.
Gardening and reserves will be the thing in the
future. Population increase is getting very close to
the optimal range of energy to cause a shift in
consciousness. That shift in consciousness will
change politics, money, energy.
going through my near-death experience and coming
back, I really respect life and death. In our DNA
experiments we may have opened the door to a great
secret. Soon we will be able to live as long as we
want to live in this body. After living 150 years or
so, there will be an intuitive soul sense that you
will want to change channels. Living forever in one
body is not as creative as reincarnation, as
transferring energy in this fantastic vortex of
energy that we are in. We are actually going to see
the wisdom of life and death, and enjoy it.
As it is now, we have already been alive forever.
This body, that you are in, has been alive forever.
It comes from an unending stream of life, going back
to the Big Bang and beyond. This body gives life to
the next life, in dense and subtle energy. This body
has been alive forever already.
One of my questions to the light was, "What is
I was given a tour of all the
heavens that have been created: the Nirvanas, the
Happy Hunting Grounds, all of them. I went through
them. These are thought form creations that we have
created. We don't really go to heaven; we are
reprocessed. But whatever we created, we leave a
part of ourselves there. It is real, but it is not
all of the soul.
I saw the Christian heaven.
We expect it to be a beautiful place, and you stand
in front of the throne, worshipping forever. I tried
it. It is boring! This is all we are going to do? It
is childlike. I do not mean to offend anyone. Some
heavens are very interesting, and some are very
boring. I found the ancient ones to be more
interesting, like the Native American ones, the
Happy Hunting Grounds. The Egyptians have fantastic
ones. It goes on and on. There are so many of them.
In each of them there is a fractal that is your
particular interpretation, unless you are part of
the group soul that believes in only the God of a
particular religion. Then you are very close, in the
same ball park together. But even then, each is a
little bit different. That is a part of yourself
that you leave there. Death is about life, not about
What happens when we dream? We are
multi-dimensional beings. We can access that through
lucid dreaming. In fact, this universe is God's
dream. One of the things that I saw is that we
humans are a speck on a planet that is a speck in a
galaxy that is a speck. Those are giant systems out
there, and we are in sort of an average system. But
human beings are already legendary throughout the
cosmos of consciousness. The little bitty human
being of Earth/Gaia is legendary. 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. So
dreams are important..
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Mellen-Thomas Benedict Links
Wisdom Magazine's Interview with Mellen-Thomas
Rev. Lindsay Babich of the Art of Living Well
Interviews Mellen-Thomas Benedict --
Mellen-Thomas Benedict Amends 1982 Interview
With P. M. H. Atwater --
Credibility of Mellen-Thomas Benedict's NDE
Website of Mellen-Thomas Benedict (archived)
YouTube Videos About Mellen-Thomas Benedict
Seminar: Earth GAIA 101 (78 mins)
The Afterlife, Light Healing, Reincarnation
(115 mins) --
Life in a Prison and Near-Death Experiences
(44 mins) --
Coast to Coast AM (2009 Audio) (115
Science of the Afterlife (48 mins)
A Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic (Part
Part 4) (59 mins) --
"We Don't Die" Radio Show (54 mins)
Advanced NDE Class (Part
Part 2) --
2012 and Beyond (90 mins) --
Messages from the Light (Part
Part 12) (116 mins) --
Recommended DVD and Books
Spirit of Gaia (DVD)
by Mellen-Thomas Benedict
"Spirit of Gaia" is Benedict's greatest
revelation learned from his near
death experience. In this DVD seminar
he will share insights from his
visitations with the Light concerning
2012, thru 2060 and the StarSeed
destiny of mankind. Read more...
Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the
by P.M.H. Atwater
What has been missing from my work,
from everyone else’s work is the voice
of the collective ... inside what we
all seek to describe. What lies at the
heart of near-death experiences? A God
that in ways is beyond description.
Not the God of holy writ, but a Sourceplace
-- an all-encompassing Oneness, and
Allness. This book is that collective
voice, the sum of millions of people
-- worldwide -- who speak as one. It
is nothing less than the proof that
everyone on planet Earth, in their own
heart, seeks to have: that God exists.
Also available in
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The Near-Death Experience: A Reader
by Lee Bailey, Jenny Yates
The most up-to-date and comprehensive
survey of near-death studies. It gathers
together remarkable representative cases
of NDEs, such as Mellen-Thomas, and
surveys the lively interdisciplinary
research debating ways to interpret
this challenging phenomenon from biological,
psychological, philosophical, and religious
viewpoints. Also available in
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God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking
New Evidence for God and NDE
by Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
Based on the largest NDE study in history,
involving 3,000 people from diverse
backgrounds and religious traditions,
including nonbelievers, God and the
Afterlife presents startling evidence
that a Supreme Being exists -- and there
is amazing consistency about what God
is like. Expanding on his analysis begun
Evidence of the Afterlife, God and
the Afterlife is the first intensive
exploration of the people who have reported
going to the frontier of heaven, met
God, and have returned to share their
journey. Also available in
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Love The Person You're With: Life-Changing
Insights from the Most Compelling NDEs
by David Sunfellow
This book is a collection of the-best-of-the-best
stories and quotes from 40-plus years
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on the universal truths that are championed
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technicolor, how to apply these truths
to our everyday lives. The book includes
stories and quotes from 38 experiencers
and 8 researchers. Along with fantastic
content, this book has a
companion website that showcases
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videos that are featured in the book.
Also available in
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I Knew Their Hearts: The Amazing True
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by Jeff Olson, Lee Nelson
After a tragic accident took the life
of his wife and son, Jeff experienced
a miracle. This personal and poignant
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the true story of Jeff's out-of-body
experiences and his newly remembered
ability to communicate at a deeper level
with people on both sides of the veil.
It's a moving read you won't want to
The Gifts of NDEs: You Don't Have to
Die to Experience Your True Home
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This is the only book that systematically
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and psychological healing practice based
on NDEs. Each chapter includes an account
of a fascinating NDE, followed by a
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and video links. The reader is encouraged
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Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science
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by Judy Bachrach
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of what occurred while they were dead,
and the conclusions are astonishing.
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for pancreatitis. Her heart stopped
pumping for nine minutes before doctors
managed to revive her. In those nine
minutes, she went to heaven, stood with
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Near Death in the ICU
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injury from the voice of the physician
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we die, and in doing so, challenges
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more than our earth-bound physical bodies.
NDEs are often profoundly meaningful,
yet when they are reported, they are
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by medical caregivers and family members.
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events to honor the transformative role
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who experience them? Also available
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Application of Impossible Things: An
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the vehicle. Her body was so severely
damaged that there was no possible way
she could live. She vividly recounts
her NDE when she went out of the body
to the spirit world. There it was decided
that her work on Earth was not done
and with the help of spirit guides,
they repaired the body so she could
reenter it. She retained the conscious
memory of what happened and during the
time in the hospital, more details returned.
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Jesus and the NDE: Testimonies of the
by Ray L. Hill
In his groundbreaking work, Roy L. Hill
provides a unique perspective of Jesus
by people who interacted with Him during
NDEs. Their stories are noteworthy due
to the high consistency between hundreds
of reports. Indeed, research suggests
that Jesus is seen more than any other
single being in heaven. Such numbers
beg the question, "What is Jesus saying
to people living in today’s troubled
world?" Throughout the book, Dr. Hill
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provides for a new age. Compelling topics
include the interconnection between
people, spiritual transformation, unconditional
love, religion, and salvation.
The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures
of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse
by Robert Moss
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journey that will expand your sense
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life beyond death and in other dimensions
of the multiverse. Moss describes how
he lived a whole life in another world
when he died at age nine in a Melbourne
hospital and how he died and came back
again, in another sense, in a crisis
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Words at the Threshold: What We Say
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communication by using examples from
ordinary people. When her father became
terminally ill with cancer, author Lisa
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and noticed that his personality underwent
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