Intense Emotions and the Near-Death Experience
In my own NDE research, intense feelings of love
is the number one most common characteristic found
in NDEs. Along with feelings of love, there is also
a wide spectrum of feelings that people may experience
during an NDE. Many of these emotional states experienced
in NDEs cannot be experienced in the physical realm.
I have heard more than one experiencer mention that
there is no love in this physical world in comparison
to heavenly love. One experiencer, Reverend Ken
Martin, returned from his NDE only to discover that
his life on earth, his ministry, his calling, his
wife and family, everything - is insignificant compared
to what he had just experienced in his NDE. As it
is with many other NDEs, the experience is something
that is completely out-of-this-world and cannot
be described with words. It is an experience involving
thoughts and feelings that have no real comparison
in this physical world.
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harps and floating on clouds
Someone wrote to me this interesting comment: "When
reading about all of this eternal love and happiness, it
sounds beautiful and amazing; however, it sounds like there
are an infinite amount of spirits with plastered smiles
on their faces floating around heaven ... What everyone
seems to say is that in heaven, EVERYONE goes around like
they're high on drugs. This is what it comes off as! Eternal
bliss and unmatched feelings of love? Sounds amazing. It
really does. The stories on your site make it sound as if
when you die, Jesus tells you, "Tough shit. This is the
way it is whether you like it or not," and our spirit automatically
transforms into a state of sheer, pure bliss without second
thought. It scares me."
Kevin Williams' reply:
Nobody forces you into
eternal bliss or anywhere to do anything. There are many
levels of love and happiness where you can choose and where
you can fit in. It is the same principle found here on earth.
Just follow your bliss. Let me cite some of the best NDE
references, in my opinion, concerning the tremendous ecstasy
found in NDEs:
"Sexual orgasms can't compare. You are so high. Magnify
that to infinity!" (Carter
"One woman told me that when she found herself in the light,
'The feeling just became more and more and more ecstatic
and glorious and perfect ... If you took the one thousand
best things that ever happened to you in your life and multiplied
them by a million, maybe you could get close to this feeling.'
Another man wrote, 'Then there was peace. Peace, but in
order to give an idea of what one means by that, the letters
would have to be written thousands of miles high in soft
glowing colors ... It is a complete happiness, total happiness,
beyond the realm of happiness.'" (Dr.
"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 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 shatter?' 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." (Jayne
During Arthur Yensen's NDE, he had a discussion with a heavenly
being who resembled a Greek god. Yensen had the following
conversation with him:
Yensen asked, "How
do you explain this intense happiness?"
He answered, "Your
thoughts are vibrations which are controlled by
the Master-Vibration. It neutralizes all negative
thoughts and lets you think only the good thoughts,
such as love, freedom and happiness."
Yensen asked, "Then
what becomes of the old grouches?"
He answered, "If
they are too bad they go to a realm of lower vibrations
where their kind of thoughts can live. If they came
here, the Master-Vibration would annihilate them.
After death people gravitate into homogenous groups
according to the rate of their soul's vibrations.
If the percent of discord in a person is small,
it can be eliminated by the Master-Vibration; then
the remaining good can live on here. For example,
if a person were 70% good and 30% bad, the bad could
be eliminated by the Master-Vibration and the remaining
good welcomed into heaven. However, if the percentage
of bad were too high, this couldn't be done, and
the person would have to gravitate to a lower level
and live with people of his own kind.
"In the hereafter
each person lives in the kind of a heaven or hell
that he prepared for himself while on earth. If
you threw a small pebble into a threshing machine,
it would go into the box - not because it is good
or bad, but because of its proper size and weight.
It's the same way here. No one sends you anywhere.
You are sorted by the high or low vibrations of
your soul. Everyone goes where he fits in! High
vibrations indicate love and spiritual development,
while low vibrations indicate debasement and evil."
"They are brought to a path that heads up toward heaven
and are committed to angel guardians there. Then they are
accepted by some other angels and introduced into communities,
and there into many forms of happiness." (Emanuel
"The happiness and ecstasy in NDEs are like nothing we can
compare to on earth. God will not let us have more of this
ecstasy than we can bear. There are many realms in the afterlife
corresponding to the many levels of bliss that souls can
choose from. In general, the level of bliss we realize after
death is basically determined by our choice between positive
vibes or negative vibes here on earth. And no one is locked
into a particular vibrational level and each of us can choose
higher and lower levels of bliss. The higher the vibrations
we desire, the more our negative thoughts and feelings are
replaced with positive thoughts and feelings." (Kevin
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intense emotions conclusions
The following are the main conclusions I gleaned
from the NDE insights above and my own research:
choose to rise to higher realms of love and happiness
when we are ready and when we have earned it. No
one is forced to dwell in a realm for which we are
not compatible and for which we don't desire or
belong. Nobody forces light and happiness upon us.
higher realms where souls are more united in love,
only perfect oneness survives. Many experiencers
describe the lower hell realms as a condition where
self-centeredness and darkness reigns supreme without
inhibition. In my view, this suggests that as the
soul rises to higher realms of vibration, the more
the forces of oneness are applied to the soul. This
means everyone becomes more and more on the same
wavelength as the soul vibrations rise higher. That
wavelength is the love, joy and peace of the light
of God. Souls who dwell there want only the force
of perfect unity, love and happiness to reign. This
certainly does not mean that everyone goes around
with plastered smiles and playing harps. However,
I believe it does mean that souls desiring something
different can find a realm to express their vibrations.
In the lowest realms, there is no oneness - only
self-centeredness and misery. Because unity increases
as the vibrations of the soul grow higher, no negative
vibrations exists - only positive vibrations. This
allows for a freedom and happiness that cannot be
compared with the earth experience.
key to entering the higher realms is to desire only
perfect love and happiness for everyone and yourself.
This perfect state of the heart and mind certainly
must involve experiencing the full range of love
and happiness that exists. In the same way, there
probably exists in the lower realms a full range
of low vibrational emotions that can be expressed.
This is one reason I believe that this physical
realm is a vibrational level somewhere between the
highest and the lowest. Perhaps one of the reasons
we are here in the physical realm is to learn how
to cope with these high and low emotional vibes.
doesn't force anyone to any level of bliss they
don't desire or don't belong. We are free to choose
and create our own level of bliss. And the saying
birds of a feather flock together certainly applies
to all levels of the heart and mind. But there is
evidence from near-death accounts that all dimensions
of reality are on a path that eventually returns
to the oneness of God.
our citizenship in this half-way to heaven realm
means we need both experiences of higher and lower
emotional states for soul growth. Mellen-Thomas
Benedict once commented on how we are all here to
help each other to attain a higher level of consciousness.
He said that we are going to "link up, hold
hands, and walk out of hell together."
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nature of heavenly bliss
The same person wrote to me this comment: "The
big problem I have is not with happiness and joy. It is
just that I WANT to have some type of negative feelings.
Wouldn't you think that around hour number two of being
blissful and joyous to no extent, you would start to get,
frankly, bored? What is any positive without a negative.
It is undefined ... boring. Sheer bliss without periods
of non-bliss would not be good to me at all. This is what
I'm afraid of."
Kevin Williams' reply: "There is evidence
suggesting that others agree with your desire to experience
less than higher realms of bliss. For example, during Jayne
Smith's NDE, heavenly bliss was not forced on her and she
concluded that God will not let us shatter from more bliss
than we desire. We cannot take in more of this love and
bliss than we are able to handle at a time. So you see,
some people experience exactly what you are referring to
in their NDE - not becoming blissed-out. We all come to
earth on a mission from God. I am convinced that those who
come here from higher realms are probably trying to bring
heaven to earth. Those who come here from lower realms are
probably trying to remove the influences from their previous
experiences in the lower realms. NDErs who visit higher
vibrational realms of bliss often carry these influences
back with them to share with the rest of us for the purpose
of our enlightenment. Many NDE accounts involve people voluntarily
returning from these higher realms to our lower realm. According
to one particular experiencer, she had a choice between
remaining or staying. She decided to return because she
preferred experiencing physical things than experience higher
levels of bliss (See the NDE of
Dr. Dianne Morrissey
below). Not all people experience ecstasy during an NDE.
Some have very negative experiences when they find themselves
in a realm where God appears to be nowhere around (as in
the lower hell realms). Some of these realms are totally
devoid of love and happiness and there are those who belong
there because they fit in. According to
Dr. George Ritchie,
those who prefer to entertain negative vibes can and do
flee the light and bliss of God after death because they
are too uncomfortable to have their inner thoughts and feelings
revealed to everyone. When
Rev. Howard Storm
was rescued from hell by Jesus, he felt very uncomfortable
in the higher realm." (Kevin
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of people choosing lower realms over higher realms
The following NDE accounts involve experiencers preferring,
for one reason or another, to return to this lower physical
realm rather than experience the bliss of higher realms.
"I reached the point in the rapture of it all where I thought
to myself suddenly, "I wonder how much more of this
I can stand before I shatter?" 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." (Jayne
"I felt torn between two desires: wanting to go into the
light and wanting to touch something tangible and retain
my connection with all that was physical. (For this reason,
she returned to the physical realm.)" (Dr.
"In my NDE I was also shown that there are many souls in
heaven who are more than willing to come to this place regardless
of the state it is in." (David
"At a time when I felt the closest to accepting my death,
I experienced a resurge of sorrow and pain, longing for
my son, for my life. I couldn't let go of my human life.
My guides tried their hardest, they never gave up, they
never became discouraged. It is unbelievable the amount
of patience and love they exuded. Finally, my hysteria was
calmed by a higher spirit who seemed to envelop me in love.
My guides were instructed to allow me to return. Despite
their pleas to allow them more time, they were told that
at this point, my spirit would not rest. It was best to
let me return, to settle my spirit, learn further lessons.
My pleading won my return for the time being. I understood
before my descent that my friends and family had lessons
that were being postponed, but they would have to learn
the lessons at some point that my death taught." (Karen
"Then I made the decision to come back to earth. And I remember
that it was such a hard decision. It was so difficult because
everything there was so beautiful and there was so, so,
much love. I had the feeling of freewill, yet a feeling
of duty was present - of obligation. And the second that
I realized that I shot back into my body." (Brian
"This man was not able to tell us how long this reunion
lasted. He was so awed by his family's health, their beauty,
their radiance and their total acceptance of this present
situation, by their unconditional love. He made a vow not
to touch them, not to join them, but to re-enter his physical
body so that he could share with the world what he had experienced.
It would be a form of redemption for his two years of trying
to throw his physical life away." (Dr.
"During his experience he had seen images of people he knew
... I wanted to get there but there was just some part of
me that wanted to [pause] go back with these images ...
When I woke up, the first thing I thought was Oh, God. Thank
you. I made it, and I was extremely happy. (He had been
severely depressed before his suicide attempt.)" (Dr.
After Sandra shot herself and during her NDE, she was told
that she could remain in the light, provided she later is
reincarnated to re-experience and overcome all that brought
her to the point of suicide. Or she could be revived to
live out rest of her life and overcome her problems here
and now. Obviously, she chose not to stay in the light so
that she could resume her life and not have to face the
same problems in a future life. (Sandra
"So, in conclusion, nobody forces us to experience a particular
level of bliss we don't want. It appears from NDE accounts
that people are given the choice to: (a) reincarnate or
(b) be revived from death to return to earth (c) or experience
a particular vibrational level that we desire and have earned.
If we desire to remain in the physical realm, we are allowed
to do so. But because the core of our being is perfect love
and joy (God), I don't believe we will ever be truly satisfied
until we reunite completely with God and others in the higher
realms of bliss." (Kevin
The same person wrote to me this comment: "Descriptions
of heaven do seem overwhelmingly blissful and simplistic.
One cannot be blamed for getting the impression that the
next life is hyper-happy, bright floaty white and churchy
... I believe many of us, deep inside, are a bit frightened
of a perpetual white happy Jesus heaven."
Kevin Williams' reply: "The idea of heaven
as being a place where people float on clouds and play harps
is one of the biggest misconceptions about heaven. It certainly
has nothing to do with any NDEs that I have read. One particular
experiencer had the opportunity to visit many of the heavenly
realms that exists on the other side during his NDE. He
stated something that came to my mind while reading your
comment. Here it is:"
"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
"Those who have visited higher afterlife realms state that
the physical realm is but a shadow - a lesser reality -
when compared to the higher heavenly realms. Some of these
realms are described as being far more dynamic than anything
experienced on earth. In conclusion, the saying to each
his own certainly applies. We always create our own reality
based on our own desires. If one desires worshipping eternally
before the throne, they will be allowed to do so until they
begin to get the feeling that what they desire is an illusion.
For these reasons I say follow your bliss but be careful
what you wish for because you will probably get what you
ask for." (Kevin
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"If I lived
a billion years more, in my body or yours, there's
not a single experience on earth that could
ever be as good as being dead. Nothing."
- Dr. Dianne Morrissey
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