Telepathy and the Near-Death Experience

Two people telepathyPeople who have had near-death experiences (NDEs) have experienced a far more instantaneous, efficient and less prone to misinterpretation type of communication than the spoken word could ever hope to achieve. Non-verbal communication exists everywhere as the primary means of communication in these non-physical afterlife realms. The word "telepathy" is not even an adequate definition. For example, Jayne Smith described receiving "blocks of knowledge" while expanding in God's light:

"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 ... When that block of knowledge was digested by me, as it were, another block of knowledge came in." (Jayne Smith)

Later on in her NDE, Jayne Smith explains the telepathic mode of communication while in the Beyond, "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." (Jayne Smith)

Near-death experiencers who have reported being out of their body during their NDE, and have wandered around living people unseen by them, have reported hearing the thoughts of such living people through telepathic means. Even deaf near-death experiencers have reported being aware of living people during their NDE.

-- Deaf NDErs hear telepathically

-- NDErs communicate telepathically with deceased pets

-- Jesus rescued Storm from hell when he cried out for him from a GREAT DISTANCE
-- Howard Storm communicated telepatically with Jesus by pictures - naked lady in mind and Jesus laughs
-- Jesus was observed summoning other beings to join him by producing a musical note which they could hear.
-- Howard Storm's revelation of a future telepathic society on earth

-- Cayce - thoughts are deeds
-- Create realities with your mind
-- Travel by thought

 
 Table of Contents 
 
1. NDE researchers on NDE telepathy
2. NDE accounts of telepathy
 
a. NDE accounts of telepathy by deaf people
b. NDE accounts of telepathy with living people
c. NDE telepathy insights from NDEr Howard Storm
d. NDE accounts of telepathy from Dr. Raymond Moody's study
e. Michellaneous NDE accounts of telepathy
3. NDE accounts of telepathy from various afterlife entities
 
a. NDE accounts of telepathy with the light
b. NDE accounts of telepathy with the being of light
c. NDE accounts of telepathy with Jesus
d. NDE accounts of telepathy with spirit guides
e. NDE accounts of telepathy with angels
f. NDE accounts of telepathy with the "presence"
g. NDE accounts of telepathy with deceased pets
h. NDE accounts of telepathy with miscellaneous afterlife entities
4. When afterlife telepathy is unwanted
5. The scientific basis for telepathy
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 1. NDE researchers on NDE telepathy 
 

Prominent researchers in the field of near-death studies have made it a point to note the peculiar persistence of telepathy as the primary "currency of communication".

"A luminous figure a true psychopomp will appear to guide the individual in his journey. This figure represents what I call the archetype of the cosmic shaman. For in this role he is not merely a guide in the passive sense of escort but is, rather, a man (or woman) of knowledge. He is a being who appears to know all about the life of the individual undergoing this experience and all about the realm into which the individual has entered. And while in this realm, the NDEr will receive instantaneously and telepathically the answers to all of his questions from this being, this cosmic shaman. Knowledge will simply flood into his soul as the mysteries of life and death are finally and fully illuminated." (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

Cardiologist Pim van Lommel writes in his seminal book Consciousness Beyond Life that, "Many people report direct communication with this being(of light), as if it reads their mind and responds to the mind" (Dr. Pim Van Lommel)

Dr. Peter Fenwick indirectly communicates his conviction that telepathy is a major part of the NDE when he compares the experience to the deathbed vision (DBV) experience, a related phenomenon, by stating in his paper, Dying: A spiritual experience as shown by NDEs and deathbed visions: "The similarity of deathbed visions to NDEs is striking. The peace, love and light are common to both, as is the experience of a journey and an entry into a world dominated by beauty and colour. The experiencing of religious figures and dead relatives together with the method of communication, a sort of mental telepathy, are also similar".(Dr. Peter Fenwick)

In her book, Otherworld Journeys, Dr. Carol Zaleski tells us having relayed an NDE that: "The line between outer and inner voices is especially difficult to trace in accounts which indicate that communication in the other world is telepathic" (Dr. Carol Zaleski)

Webmaster Kevin Williams carried out a study of fifty NDEs profiled on this website concerning twenty-one core elements of the NDE (including telepathy) and the percentage of NDEs containing these elements. For the study, he classified the fifty NDErs into five distinct categories. They are: (1) NDEs with a Christian orientation; (2) Near-death experiences of religious people other than Christians; (3) NDEs with "new age" elements in them; (4) NDEs by atheists or admittedly profane people before their NDE; and (5) NDEs by people with a non-religious orientation. I categorize (4) "NDEs by atheists" as separate from (5) "NDEs by the non-religious" because I wanted to distinguish those people who held an religious belief system (i.e.,atheism) as opposed to those who held no belief system (i.e., "Non-religious"). A person may ask why categorize NDErs according to the religious background? The reason is to see whether or not a person’s belief system can influences the NDE elements they experience.

For the core element telepathy, it was the number two frequently occurring core element (65% of NDEs) out of the twenty-one core elements after number one frequently occurring core element (69% of NDEs) -- experiencing overwhelming love. The category with the highest percentage of NDErs who mentioned experiencing telepathy is (3) NDEs with "new age" elements in them (80%). Perhaps this is due to the fact that telepathy is considered a "new age" or paranormal topic. It is a topic acceptable to people who may hold new age beliefs. The category with the second highest percentage of NDErs who mentioned experiencing telepathy is (4) NDEs by atheists or admittedly profane people before their NDE (75%). Perhaps this category is near the top of percentage range because telepathy is not necessarily a religious topic, but it may be considered a scientific topic given today's advances in quantum theory (see the holographic principle, nonlocality, quantum entanglement). The category with the third highest percentage of NDErs who mentioned experiencing telepathy is (1) NDEs with a Christian orientation (69%). Telepathy is considered by many Christians to be of the occult and satanic. This is especially true of fundamental Christians. This lower percentage of NDErs mentioning telepathy may be the reason. The category with the fourth highest percentage of NDErs mentioning telepathy is (5) NDEs by people with a non-religious orientation (60%). Perhaps the reason for such a lower percentage of NDErs is because telepathy may be considered to be miraculous, or even religious or "new age" and therefore not consistent with a non-religious orientation. The category with the lowest percentage of NDErs who mentioned experiencing telepathy is (2) NDEs by people of other than Christian backgrounds (50%). In this category, all the NDErs were Jewish. I am only speculating here; but it I am aware that modern Judaism is more focused on this life and somewhat dismissive of focusing on an afterlife. Modern Judaism is concerned mostly with important social issues; and therefore, Jews are not so heavenly minded. I suppose this may be why telepathy may be viewed in this category as overtly supernatural and nonscientific.

In conclusion, this study supports the notion that NDEs are different based upon (a) cultural and religious backgrounds, (b) the different needs people have and how the afterlife meets them; (c) the different perspectives and perceptions people have and how they transfer from physical reality to afterlifew reality. Read more about the conclusion to this study at this article: "Why Near-Death Experiences are Different." http://www.near-death.com/resources/editorials/why-ndes-are-different.html
(Kevin Williams)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






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2. NDE accounts of telepathy
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in many instances, the word telepathy is not used itself, but the speaker is clearly referring to a modality of communication which is in line with common uses of the term.

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a. NDE accounts of telepathy by deaf people
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A DEAF PERSON - Having drowned at a young age and experienced an NDE which is laden with classical features, we are told that, "One example when I approached the boundary. No explanation was necessary for me to understand, at the age of 10, that once I cross the boundary, I could never come back - period. I was more than thrilled to cross. I intended to cross but my ancestors over another boundary side caught my attention. They were talking in telepathy which caught my attention. I was born profoundly DEAF and had all hearing family members, which all of them knew sign language! I could read or communicate with about 20 ancestors of mine and others through telepathic methods. It overwhelmed me. I could not believe how many people I could telepathize with simultaneously".
-- http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Archives/archives_First_half_2006.html

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b. NDE accounts of telepathy with living people
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A LIVING BABY TELEPATHY - "While out of his body, George Rodonaia saw a baby being cared for by nurses in the hospital. He stated, 'l could talk to the baby. It was amazing. I could not talk to the parents - my friends - but I could talk to the little boy who had just been born. I asked him what was wrong. No words were exchanged, but I asked him maybe through telepathy what was wrong. He told me that his arm hurt. And when he told me that, I was able to see that the bone was twisted and broken. The baby had a greenstick fracture, a break in the bone in his arm probably cause by having been twisted during childbirth.' When George returned to his body and was revived, he told the parents about how he talked to their baby and discovered that he had a broken arm. The parents took the child to a doctor and x-rayed the arm. They discovered that George's diagnosis was correct." (Dr. George Rodonaia)

DANIEL BOURKE'S RESEARCH - "On Non-Verbal Communications During the Near-Death Experience: Documenting the Fact and Establishing its Importance" - by Daniel Bourke

From "Telepathy Between the Dead" - http://www.dailygrail.com/Guest-Articles/2014/2/Telepathy-Between-the-Dead

in a case report from the quarterly journal of near-death studies in which a man undergoing surgery for organ failure in one instance speaks specifically of his telepathic communication with his father when he states, "When I went to look at my father, it was drawing with his eyes as well, as if I could see them both [at] the same time. And I had no pain at all. There was talking between me and my father; not words but communicating other ways – don’t ask me what, but we were actually talking. I was talking to my father … not through words through my mouth, but through my mind." He has clearly indicated a form of non-verbal communication. However the same man, when asked a question directly had a slightly different and yet important reply as will shall see.

Penny: Do you recall hearing anything while in this state?
Reply: Only the words that my father spoke, and the gentleman saying, ‘He isn’t ready yet’

-- Sartori et al, "A Prospectively Studied Near Death Experience Out of Body Perceptions and Unexplained Healing", Journal of Near Death Studies, p. 74.

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c. NDE telepathy insights from NDEr Howard Storm
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"The agony that I had suffered during the day was nothing compared to what I was feeling now. I knew then that this was the absolute end of my existence, and it was more horrible than anything I could possibly have imagined. Then a most unusual thing happened. I heard very clearly, once again in my own voice, something that I had learned in nursery Sunday School. It was the little song, "Jesus loves me, yes I know ..." and it kept repeating. I don't know why, but all of a sudden I wanted to believe that. Not having anything left, I wanted to cling to that thought. And I, inside, screamed, "Jesus, please save me." That thought was screamed with every ounce of strength and feeling left in me. When I did that, I saw, off in the darkness somewhere, the tiniest little star. Not knowing what it was, I presumed it must be a comet or a meteor, because it was moving rapidly. Then I realized it was coming toward me. It was getting very bright, rapidly. When the light came near, its radiance spilled over me, and I just rose up - not with my effort - I just lifted up. Then I saw - and I saw this very plainly - I saw all my wounds, all my tears, all my brokenness, melt away. And I became whole in this radiance. What I did was to cry uncontrollably. I was crying, not out of sadness, but because I was feeling things that I had never felt before in my life. Another thing happened. Suddenly I knew a whole bunch of things. I knew things ... I knew that this light, this radiance, knew me. I don't know how to explain to you that I knew it knew me, I just did. As a matter of fact, I understood that it knew me better than my mother or father did. The luminous entity that embraced me knew me intimately and began to communicate a tremendous sense of knowledge. I knew that he knew everything about me and I was being unconditionally loved and accepted." (Howard Storm)
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a02

"To my surprise, and also distress, they seemed to be capable of knowing everything I was thinking. I didn't know whether I would be capable of controlling my thoughts and keeping anything secret. We began to engage in thought exchange, conversation that was very natural, very easy and casual. I heard their voices clearly and individually. They each had a distinct personality with a voice, but they spoke directly to my mind, not my ears. And they used normal, colloquial English. Everything I thought, they knew. They all seemed to know and understand me very well and to be completely familiar with my thoughts and my past. I didn't feel any desire to ask for someone I had known because they all knew me. Nobody could know me any better. It also didn't occur to me to try to identify them as uncle or grandfather. It was like going to a large gathering of relatives at Christmas and not being quite able to remember their names or who they are married to or how they are connected to you. But you do know that you are with your family. I don't know if they were related to me or not. It felt like they were closer to me than anyone I had ever known." (Howard Storm)  http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a02

--- HOWARD STORM picture of nake lady in mind and Jesus laughs
Howard describes his surprise, and then shock, at discovering that Jesus not only knew everything he was thinking, but that Jesus also knew everything he ever thought and did in his entire life. Howard says, "I suddenly realized he had heard what I thought because I hadn't said anything. I couldn't read his mind. He was putting his words into my head in his own voice." Howard describes how he realized that this meant that Jesus was also aware of his most private and embarrassing thoughts and actions. Howard thought, 'I'm really uncomfortable with you (Jesus) knowing everything I've ever thought." All of a sudden Howard had a very vivid image of a naked woman to which Jesus started laughing because he could see what Howard was thinking and he just thought that was so funny. Howard concluded that Jesus loved him unconditionally no matter what he thought, did , or had done, and that everything was alright (Howard Storm)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsyWGPoMiMI

-- Jesus was observed summoning other beings to join him by producing a musical note which they could hear.
"Then he called out in a musical tone to the luminous entities who surrounded the great center. Several came and circled around us. During what follows some came and went but normally there were five or six and sometimes as many as eight with us. I was still crying. One of the first things these marvelous beings did was to ask, all with thought, "Are you afraid of us?" I told them I wasn't. They said that they could turn their brilliance down and appear as people, and I told them to stay as they were. They were the most beautiful, the most ..." (Howard Storm) http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a02

"My friends answered lots of questions in funny ways. They really knew the whole tone of what I asked them, even before I got the questions out. When I thought of questions in my head, they really understood them." (Howard Storm) http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a03

HOWARD STORM'S REVELATION OF A FUTURE TELEPATHIC SOCIETY ON EARTH
Howard Storm's light being friends told him more about the new world to come. According to them, God wished to usher in the kingdom within the next two hundred years. In order to do so, God had rescinded some of the free will given to creatures, in favor of more divine control over human events. This new world order, according to Howard, will resemble some near-death descriptions of heaven. People will live in such peace and harmony and love that communication will be telepathic, travel instantaneous and the need for clothing and shelter eliminated. (Rev. Howard Storm)

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d. NDE accounts of telepathy from Dr. Raymond Moody's study
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Dr. Raymond Moody's "core" near-death experience considers the telepathic aspect of the experience as being recurring enough to warrant a place in his model NDE; he writes that, "...Soon other things begin to happen. Others come to meet and help him. He glimpses the spirits of relatives and friends who have already died, and a loving, warm spirit of a kind he never encountered before-a being of light-appears before him. His being asks him a question, nonverbally...".
-- Moody, Life after Life, p. 19.

Dr Raymond Moody wrote that "hearing" in the spiritual state can apparently be called so only by analogy, and most say that they do not really hear physical voices or sounds. Rather, they seem to pick up the thoughts of persons around them.
-- Moody op.cit., p. 46.

an account collected by Dr. Raymond Moody in which his subject writes that, "While I was dead, in this void, I talked to people-and yet, I really couldn't say that I talked to any bodily people. Yet, I had the feeling that there were people around me, and I could feel their presence, and could feel them moving, though I could never see anyone. Every now and then, I would talk with one of them. But I couldn't see them. And whenever I wondered what was going on, I would always get a thought back from one of them"
-- Moody, op. cit., p. 52.

one of Moody’s experients, we hear that, "While I was dead, in this void, I talked to people-and yet, I really couldn't say that I talked to any bodily people. Yet, I had the feeling that there were people around me, and I could feel their presence, and could feel them moving, though I could never see anyone. Every now and then, I would talk with one of them. but I couldn't see them. And whenever I wondered what was going on, I would always get a thought back from one of them".
-- Moody, op. cit., p. 52.

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e. Michellaneous NDE accounts of telepathy
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"They answered them (my questions), but in a way that bypassed language. Thoughts entered me directly"
-- Alexander, Proof of Heaven p. 38.

Al Sullivan who was rushed to surgery room after one of his coronary arteries became blocked where he reported that, "She smiled [my mother] at me and appeared to be shaping words with her mouth and these [were] not audible to me. Through thought transfer we were soon able to communicate".
-- Carter, Evidence of the Afterlife, p. 180.

The next example is another in which the word telepathy or another such terms is not explicitly used, but that from reading other accounts, it is clearly the case. We read that, "I put my dog on the ground, and step forward to embrace my stepfather, when a very strong voice is heard in my consciousness. Not yet, it says. I scream out, why? Then this inner voice says, what have you learned, and whom have you helped? I am dumb-founded. The voice seems to be from without as well as within. Everything stops for a moment. I have to think of what was asked of me. I cannot answer what I have learned, but I can answer whom I have helped"
-- Atwater, 17 Near-Death Experience Accounts from "Beyond the Light", p. 2, 3.

After a plane crash one person wrote of her time beyond that: "Everything said was all telepathic as if energy thoughts coming across. Communication was fast. I didn't have to wait or think about it. I just knew. Their laughter and excitement felt so contagious. I just wanted to go over there. It was so drawing. (For example, when you’re sitting in a restaurant and the table near you is having such a good time laughing hysterically, you want to find out what's so funny and laugh too.) I was ready to go over and find out what was so funny. They immediately stopped me and said, "No! We'll come to you." In the next immediate second, they were there on my side. They just came in me, all three. They melded into me and I realized how great communication is without words. Mouthing words is so slow. That is the last thing that happened"
-- http://iands.org/experiences/nde-accounts/570-communication-without-words.html

After a suicide attempt we read, "That's when I heard this voice. It came from behind me and just over my head. It was gentle, rich, and familiar, yet to this day I don't know who he is. When he "spoke" he communicated not just (telepathic) words but also emotions and knowledge. His words, really, meant nothing, but they were powerful"
-- http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/marney_m_nde.html

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3. NDE accounts of telepathy from various afterlife entities
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a. NDE accounts of telepathy with the light
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"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." (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

"The next thing I recall I was in the presence of this massive spirit. I can't say the actual size because there was no way to gauge our sizes. I was ever so gently floating up and down in a waving motion. It seemed ever so gently, it was almost like a calming motion. I say a massive spirit because as I was facing this spirit, it enveloped my whole vision. It was a bright glowing yellowish light, which closely resembles the radiants of the sun, but it was a soft light. It was not blinding in any way. It wasn't blinding because I didn't have my physical eyes (nor body). I was having a conversation with this spirit in a telepathic sense. I can't recall the conversation because in the spiritual form, the type of downloading of knowledge and insight I received is like a energetic strengthening of my spirit. It's difficult to explain this but I hope you can understand. My spirit is the one that received the knowledge and insight, not my physical brain. The knowledge is stored in my spirit, not in my physical memory. Do you know what I mean?" (Bruce Budden)

KIMBERLY-CLARK SHARK’s near-death account, "The Light gave me knowledge, though I heard no words. We did not communicate in English or in any other language. This was discourse clearer and easier than the clumsy medium of language. It was something like understanding math or music - nonverbal knowledge, but knowledge no less profound"
-- Kevin Williams, http://www.near-death.com/sharp.html

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b. NDE accounts of telepathy with the being of light
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DANNION BRINKLEY - "As I gazed at the Being of Light I felt as though he was touching me. From that contact I felt a love and joy that could only be compared to the nonjudgmental compassion that a grandfather has for a grandchild. 'Who you are is the difference that God makes,' said the Being. 'And that difference is love.' There were no actual words spoken, but this thought was communicated to me through some form of telepathy To this day, I am not sure of the exact meaning of this cryptic phrase. That is what was said, however. Again I was allowed a period of reflection. How much love had I given people? How much love had I taken from them? From the review I had just had, I could see that for every good event in my life, there were twenty bad ones to weigh against it. If guilt were fat, I would have weighed five hundred pounds. As the Being of Light moved away, I felt the burden of this guilt being removed. I had felt the pain and anguish of reflection, but from that I had gained the knowledge that I could use to correct my life. I could hear the Being's message in my head, again as if through telepathy: "Humans are powerful spiritual beings meant to create good on the Earth. This good isn't usually accomplished in bold actions, but in singular acts of kindness between people. It's the little things that count, because they are more spontaneous and show who you truly are." (Dannion Brinkley)
-- ../evidence/some-people-receive-verified-visions-of-the-future.html

"I was sometimes met by a being of pure light, not a human form, but pure point of light, who communicated with me mind to mind, via some form of telepathy." (Alan McDougall)

"The love and respect I had for this being was unlike anyone I had ever known. Then he spoke to me. Not with the mouth, but through telepathy, and I understood everything clearly." (Elizabeth)

Larry Hagman emerged into a place of bright and diffused light where he saw a person of indeterminate sex who called out to him without speaking. In typical out-of-body and near-death fashion, the communication seemed to be telepathic, as the being informed him that: "This is a glimpse of where you've been, where you're going, where you are all the time." Put into the terms of yoga psychology,: "You are That" and "That" is our true nature. Despite the deep insights he had already experienced, it was too much for Larry to fully comprehend. The person seemed to recognize this in giving him this message: "You don't have to go any further - Having seen this is enough for now." (Larry Hagman)
-- ../../experiences/triggers/drugs.html

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c. NDE accounts of telepathy with Jesus
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"While in my spirit body I remember communicating telepathically, this is how I and Jesus communicated in that heavenly garden. It was so easy, it required no effort, you thought the thoughts and they were communicated. Speaking through my physical mouth is so difficult, and frustrating, and sometimes you're misunderstood, and they get the wrong meaning of what you're trying to say. The phrase the world uses of being soul mates is referring to the communication between two souls, spirit to spirit communication. To communicate on a spiritual level is a very profound. I believe I've had this spiritual gift ever since my near-death experience, and it has profoundly blesses my life as I use it. I feel this great need to communicate on a spiritual level with others, and one of the only ways I'm able to communicate in this way is through writing. I have to prepare myself mentally to be able communicate on a spiritual level. You have the time to do this as you are writing in your home, without distractions. We are what we think. I find trivial thoughts distracting, I rarely watch TV and then only if it stimulates good thoughts. I listen to different music now, and gravitate towards the ethereal." (Derry Bresee)
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/triggers/coma.html

"There were such feelings of warmth and love coming from the light that it made me feel good. Now it was right before me and instantly began communicating with me. Instantaneously it emanated to me, thought-pattern to thought-pattern. And to describe it I coined the phrase: superluminal telepathic communication: a telepathic thought-pattern to thought-pattern rapport that functioned as fast as or conceivable faster than the speed of light. It was pure communication that was complete in every respect. I will do a bit of role-playing here because the communication was not in words. The light emanated to me, 'Tom, you have to be where you are and in the condition that you are. Before you is the light. You have the opportunity to ask any series of questions. Any question that you can conceive of will be absolutely, unequivocally answered. If it's a series of questions about something that you would require some kind of knowledgeable background to intelligently formulate your questions, you will instantly have that background.' In other words, as I thought of and formulated a desire or a question, it would already have been recognized, acknowledged, and therefore answered. And the dialogue that took place, took place in no time. It didn't require a fifteen-minute duration in time; it simply happened. One of the questions which I did ask was, 'What about the Jesus stuff?' Now that was not a singular question; it's hard for me to describe so you can understand the way it is. 'What about the Jesus stuff?' is like saying, 'Okay, all kidding aside, was Jesus of Nazareth real, was he a live person? A historical truth? Was he the son of God? Is he divine? Is he at the right hand of the Father? What about the Jesus stuff?' I can break off here and tell you that was basically answered in the affirmative. At one point I felt as if I were a speck of light on Jesus' shoulder, and I was able to experience full knowledge of all of his incarnations from the beginning of time." (Thomas Sawyer)
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/reincarnation03.html

"In the mid-1970s, Ralph Duncan was dying of leukemia. While he was hospitalized, he had an NDE during which he encountered a luminous being whom he took to be Jesus. Ralph observed that he did not look anything like the traditional images of him. Jesus' eyes were 'shooting fire' and he communicated a telepathic message: 'That's enough, it's dead, it's gone.' Ralph understood this to mean that he no longer have leukemia. Through his eyes 'shooting fire' and saying 'That's enough,' Ralph understood this to mean in effect, 'I've zapped you with enough voltage for this to cure you.' Ralph said this is what Jesus meant when he said, 'It's dead, it's gone.'" (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

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d. NDE accounts of telepathy with spirit guides
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"The guides told me I was in the threshold of death. I wondered if the persons who were dying and leaving their bodies in that moment, knew where they were. The guides that accompanied me were kind, tactful and VERY COMPLIANT, but impenetrable when certain questions were asked, and when they did, they answered with only a smile. The communication was by telepathy and they knew instantly what I was thinking, but their answers were essential, concise and certain." (Diego Valencia)

COUNCIL OF ELDERS TELEPATHY - "I was aware of the presence of five beings who silently busied themselves within the sacred chamber. Attired in hooded robes that were reminiscent of those worn by trappist monks, my attention was drawn to the one who stood behind the podium. In answer to the mild surprise I felt upon discovering I was not alone, he began utilizing telepathy byway of an introduction. He indicated that within the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Beings who presided over the Library of Light were known as The Council of Five. I was informed that an unprecedented Call had been sent to all sectors of Life. I was told the Leaders of Light were to convene from everywhere and every when within the Chambers of the Library. I was instructed that what once had been was to be no more, because that which is known as "darkness" was to cease and LIGHT would prevail in ALL the worlds of Creation. Looking toward the limited number of pews, I felt there needed to be lot more seating capacity if they intended to pull this caper off. In response, The Council Member began telepathically communicating the name of just one of those who would attend. Immediately a portal opened (sorta, like a holograph that was so intense it felt as if I was in both places at the same time) and I became immersed in the image of immense galaxies that spiraled in space and, comprising millions upon millions of stars and solar systems, teamed with Life and Light. The name of the spiritual leader of this galaxy was inexplicably long and as each word was pronounced I'd see an associated pictographic accomplishment ... and the accomplishments embodied a character whose caliber was Creator Level. As His name continued to unfold, I witnessed the depth of His achievements and realized the unimaginable scope of His evolvement. Further, I came to learn their were Others like Him who were sovereign in their own limitless galaxies and they were the ONES who would be gathering in the Library of Light. They are the Heavenly Hosts of the Legions of Light." (Mr. M)

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e. NDE accounts of telepathy with angels
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"The farther up I went, the brighter the Light became. Two cherubs appeared, one on either side of me, and we slowly drifted to the corner of the ceiling. We communicated through mental telepathy, which is faster and more efficient than mere words. They told me they were Escort Angels and had come to take me Home. (Donna Gatti)
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f. NDE accounts of telepathy with the "presence"
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"I must add here that this 'communication' I sense with this 'presence' during death is not in the sense of material auditory speech, but rather different, almost as if it is from mind to mind, or telepathic, if you prefer." (Jack Ward)

"There was other entities out there. I can sense them, but I never saw them. I never saw squat. I didn't see anything. I just sensed all this. And when I say 'speak,' I am sure it was more of a telepathic thing than it was moving the mouth." (Paul Carr)

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g. NDE accounts of telepathy with deceased pets
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http://www.near-death.com/experiences/with-pets/jan-price.html#a03

As the density changed, becoming lighter and finer, I felt that I was being lifted to another level of awareness - and then I found myself in surroundings that appeared to be more substantial - Maggi was there. My beautiful dog, my beloved springer, came to me. She had died less than a month before, and John and I still ached from her absence. I felt her presence, her love, and she appeared to me as she had when she was in physical form - only younger, more vital.

She said: "You know that Daddy can't handle both of us being gone right now."

"Yes, I'm going back," I replied. "Will you come soon?"

"When it is time, we will know. Now I will show you wondrous things. Let's explore together."

If you are having difficulty accepting the idea that my first encounter on the other side was with a dog, you aren't the only one. While John thought it perfectly natural, one of our daughters became a little, upset when I told her about it. I think she would have preferred that her mother be greeted by Jesus, an angel, or at least by a family member. I did meet a Master Teacher - I'll get to that later - but Maggi came first. After all, she had been close "family" for many years, and whoever is responsible for setting up the Welcome Wagon over there certainly knew what a delightful experience it would be for me to be greeted by her...

What I came to realize is that there is a love connection between the two worlds - a stream of energy that forms a heart bond between two souls that is the strongest at the time of transition. Love comes out to greet you, wearing the form that will be most meaningful to you at the time. In my case it was our precious dog, and yes, dogs have souls - Plato knew it and so did Saint Augustine, along with most other true saints and sages. And yes, they can communicate audibly in our language in that other world. They have done so in the physical realm, too, as evidenced in certain passages of the Bible [2, 3].
[2] Numbers 22:21-34, www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2022:21-34&version=NIV
[3] Genesis 3:1-6, www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203:1-6&version=NIV

Later at home after my recovery, I discovered in Joseph Campbell's writings that: "Animals are our equals at least, and sometimes our superiors. The animal has powers that the human doesn't have. The shaman, for instance, will often have an animal familiar, that is to say, the spirit of some animal species that will be his support and his teacher." [4]
[4] Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (New York: Doubleday, 1988), p. 75.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385418868/?tag=iandsorg-20

I also found that animals were held in veneration by all races of antiquity, and ancient wisdom texts tell us that "The dog, because of its faithfulness, denotes the relationship which should exist between disciple and master or between the initiate and his God. The dog's ability to sense and follow unseen persons for miles symbolizes the transcendental power by which the philosopher follows the thread of truth through the labyrinth of earthly error. The dog is also the symbol of Mercury.[5] (Mercury was the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology.)
[5] Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc., 1977), p. 92. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1461013135/?tag=iandsorg-20

Valerie Moolman, author of "The Meaning of Your Dreams," has written that: "People who are particularly fond of dogs tend to regard them, unconsciously, as human beings, and to identify very closely with them." [6]
[6] Valerie Moolman, The Meaning of Your Dreams (New York: Castle Books, 1969), p. 97.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0346122007/?tag=iandsorg-20

This is especially true in what we call the nonphysical world, where all relationships are on a higher frequency. Even though we take our consciousness with us (we don't instantly become totally enlightened), we find that our thoughts and feelings are more in tune with the spiritual reality of all that is. And what is "spiritual"? To me it is the true inner essence of everything - the rock, the tree, the animal, the person. It is the spirit, the unique field of energy within each mineral, plant, animal, and human.

So Maggi and I were interacting on a finer wavelength, and although we had dropped our physical vehicles, our bodies were made visible to the senses through an image in the mind projected as form - and she was as real to see and touch as she was when I'd held her in my arms in the physical world.

My friend Maggi and I walked side by side as we had so many times in that other place of being. Without any effort we moved through a realm of ecstatic color. The pulsating, indescribable colors were fluid - energy waiting to be formed. Maggi showed me how to shape forms out of energy by pressing with my mind. If you want the form to hold, you press firmly. This is a highly mental plane, and form is created with no bodily effort. An image of that which you wish to create is held in mind, and through intense focus is brought into expression. You can lock it in, or release it.

This was so new to me then, but later I found that it was pretty much old hat to near-death experiencers. As Michael Talbot describes it in his book, "The Holographic Universe:": "When the mind is in the 'higher' frequencies of the near-death dimension, it continues to do what it does best, translate those frequencies into a world of appearances." [7]
[7] Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991), p. 245.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062014102/?tag=iandsorg-20

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h. NDE accounts of telepathy with miscellaneous afterlife entities
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GATEKEEPER TELEPATHY - "A man stood with authority at the gate. He had black, tight curls and his face seemed somehow familiar. 'You weren't expected,' he said. His lips did not move. Our conversation was entirely telepathic. 'Well, I'm here now,' I replied, a little surprised that my lips did not need to move either." (Robert Coleman)

ENTITY IN THE VOID TELEPATHY - One woman went through a black tunnel and entered a black void of absolute nothingness. She discovered that the darkness existed in every direction. She sensed an entity in the darkness with her and she asked it, "What happened?" Through telepathy, the entity replied, "You're dead." The entities reply was as if it enjoyed telling her this. As soon as she realized this, a clear white bright light brought her into a huge, wonderful, stadium or amphitheater where love and music emanated from it. (P. Anderson)

EARTHBOUND SPIRITS TELEPATHY - "There may be earthbound spirits of low vibrations, whom we may regard as devils because they annoy us through mental telepathy. These demons tune in on us through our low vibrations of hate, fear and greed. They can be tuned out with unselfish love, or if necessary be chased away by the stronger spirit of Jesus Christ." (Arthur Yensen)

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4. When afterlife telepathy is unwanted
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There is one facet to this type of communication which wasn't addressed and one which I haven't addressed myself on my own website. There are potentially serious problems with this type of telepathic communication as revealed in some NDE testimonials. I will cite two examples. One of them is from Jayne Smith and the other is from George Ritchie. I will just copy and paste the parts of their testimony describing these potential problems.

THE NATURE OF TELEPATHY (BLOCKS) - "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 ... 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 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 Smith)

From Jayne's testimony and others I've studied, I believe that communication in the afterlife is through instantaneous telepathic "blocks" of information rather than by consecutive telepathic ideas. I say this because some NDEs reveal the existence of an "adjustment period" which people entering the afterlife go through where they must "shed" certain aspects of Earthly life and "relearn" what they forgot before being born. So this is probably the reason why people entering the afterlife (or should I say "re-entering") find it unusual to communicate this way at first. The problem Jayne experienced was in her single thought expressing her fear about shattering. I believe she was beginning to enter this adjustment period before her Earthly fearful thought got in the way.

But an even more serious problem can be seen from George Ritchie's NDE testimony when he describes the nature of communication in the hellish realms: "There were two other things distinctly unique about the beings of this realm. Since hypocrisy is impossible because others know your thoughts the minute you think them, they tend to group with the ones who think the same way they do. In our own realm of the existence, Earth, we have a saying, 'Birds of a feather flock together.' The main reason that they stick together is because it is too threatening to be with beings with whom you disagree when they know it."

"At first I thought we were looking at some great battlefield. Everywhere spirits were locked in what looked like fights to the death, writhing, punching, gouging. No weapons of any sort, I saw as I looked closer, only bare hands and feet and teeth. And then I noticed that no one was apparently being injured ... If I suspected that I was seeing hell, now I was sure of it. These creatures seemed locked into habits of mind and emotion, into hatred, lust, destructive thought-patterns ... It was impossible to tell if the howls of frustration which reached us were actual sounds or only the transference of despairing thoughts. Indeed in this disembodied world it didn't seem to matter. Whatever anyone thought, however fleetingly or unwillingly, was instantly apparent to all around him, more completely than words could have expressed it, faster than sound waves could have carried it. And the thoughts most frequently communicated had to do with the superior knowledge, or abilities, or background of the thinker. 'I told you so!' 'I always knew!' 'Didn't I warn you!' were shrieked into the echoing air over and over ... What was keeping them here? Why didn't each one just get up and leave? I could see no reason why the person being screamed at by that man with the contorted face didn't simply walk away. Or why that young woman didn't put a thousand miles between herself and the other one who was so furiously beating her with insubstantial fists? They couldn't actually hold onto their victims, any of these insanely angry beings. There were no fences. Nothing apparently prevented them from simply going off alone."

"Unless - unless there was no alone in this realm of disembodied spirits. No private corners in a universe where there were no walls. No place that was not inhabited by other beings to whom one was totally exposed at all times. What was it going to be like, I thought with sudden panic, to live forever where my most private thoughts were not private at all? No disguising them, no covering them up, no way to pretend I was anything but what I actually was. How unbearable. Unless of course everyone around me had the same kind of thoughts - Unless there was a kind of consolation in finding others as loathsome as one's self, even if all we could do was hurl our venom at each other. Perhaps this was the explanation for this hideous plain. Perhaps in the course of eons or of seconds, each creature here had sought out the company of others as pride and hate-filled as himself, until together they formed this society of the damned." Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20060106032433/http://near-death.com/experiences/ritchie02.html

HOWARD STORM - "God will allow people to be dragged into darkness with like-minded creatures. I have told you, from my personal experience, what goes on in there. I don't know from what I saw anymore than that, but it's my suspicion that I only saw the tip of the iceberg. I deserved to be where I was – I was in the right place at the right time. That was the place for me, and the people I was around were perfect company for me. God allowed me to experience that, and then removed me, because he saw something redeeming in putting me through the experience. It was a way to purge me. People who are not allowed to be pulled into darkness, because of their loving nature, are attracted upwards, toward the light." (Howard Storm)
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a05

HOWARD STORM - "I saw off in the distance something that looked like the picture of a galaxy, except that it was larger and there were more stars than I had seen on Earth. There was a great center of brilliance. In the center there was an enormously bright concentration. Outside the center countless millions of spheres of light were flying about entering and leaving what was a great being-ness at the center. It was off in the distance. Then I ... I didn't say it, I thought it. I said, 'Put me back.' What I meant by telling the light to put me back, was to put me back into the pit. I was so ashamed of who I was, and what I had been all of my life, that all I wanted to do was hide in the darkness. I didn't want to go toward the light anymore - I did; yet I didn't. How many times in my life had I denied and scoffed at the reality before me, and how many thousands of times had I used it as a curse. What incredible intellectual arrogance to use the name as an insult. I was afraid to go closer. I was also aware that the incredible intensity of the emanations might disintegrate what I still experienced as my intact physical body. The being who was supporting me, my friend, was aware of my fear and reluctance and shame. For the first time he spoke to my mind in a male voice and told me that if I was uncomfortable we didn't have to go closer. So we stopped where we were, still countless miles away from the Great being." (Howard Storm)  http://www.near-death.com/experiences/notable/howard-storm.html#a02

These testimonies show that one of the most important lessons we must learn on Earth is - not just what we say and do to others - but what we think of others. Perhaps even more: our intent toward others. Only in this world can we say one thing and think or intend something else. The importance of how we think of others can be summed up by Zoroaster, the ancient Persian prophet of Zoroastrianism, whose religion has been summed up this way: "Good thoughts, good words, and good deeds." This may be one of the important reasons why so many NDErs emphasize the importance of love in this world and the next.

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NDE accounts reveal that communication in the afterlife is by telepathy. Thoughts and feelings cannot be hidden from others in the afterlife.

"Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, 'Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?'" (Matthew 9:4)

Jesus is seen in the gospels having the ability to read people's minds using telepathy. Because Jesus was obviously a highly evolved spiritual being, we can probably assume that all spirit beings have telepathic powers. Because the afterlife has been described by many experiencers as a realm of pure thought, it wouldn't be a great leap of faith to conclude the following: People exist in the afterlife as thought forms where everyone's thoughts are not secret. And this is what NDE accounts describe - an afterlife that is a place where people cannot hide anything from others - even their thoughts. The following is another Bible verse supporting this idea:

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts." (1 Corinthians 4:5)

To have your true inner self and thoughts revealed to everyone can be a hell for those who are mostly motivated by negative forces. But to have your true inner self and thoughts revealed to everyone can be a heaven for those who are mostly motivated positive forces. NDEs support the idea that everyone's true inner nature is a part of God and that those who enter the afterlife actually realize their true inner nature. Those people who live a life against their divine inner self will face difficulties when they enter the spirit realm. This afterlife process is self-realization and self-judgment - not eternal damnation. During the NDE life review there is no judgment from God.

"Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son." (John 5:22)

"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words, that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day." (John 12:47-48)
The only judgment that exists after death is self-judgment. There we enter the light of God where all is made known.

"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." (John 3:19-21)

The Bible verse above describes people dwelling in the dark to escape from having the light of God reveal their inner divine nature and life of ignorance - both of which are exposed to everyone in the heavenly realms.

Near-death experiencers have affirmed that so-called evil is actually ignorance or darkness. In the Bible, light is always a reference to God and knowledge of God. Those people who lived a life of "darkness" (ignorance) will find it is incompatible with their true divine nature. This self-realization can truly be hell for such people. It is self-realization and self-judgment. Below is another Bible verse describing self-judgment.

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts." (1 Corinthians 4:5)
The Bible verse below describes how God's light can shine in the darkness of our hearts - even before we die.

"For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
One particular Bible passage can be interpreted to be that the angels we judge are actually ourselves:

"Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know we will judge angels?" (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)
Angels is sometimes a word used in the Bible to apply to humans. Here are some of them:

"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones (children). For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)

"Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, 'Peter is at the door!' 'You're out of your mind,' they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, 'It must be his angel.' (Acts 12:13-15)

"At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven." (Matthew 22:30)

"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)

People can send themselves to the dark realms of hell to escape from having the light of God reveal their inner divine nature and life of ignorance which is exposed to everyone in the heavenly realms.

"Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed." (John 3:20)

"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.'" (Revelation 1:17-18)

Because of the terrible situation people might find themselves in after death - incompatible human and divine natures - God has established the cycle of birth and rebirth (reincarnation) to allow people to purify themselves from these incompatible memories.

There are many mansions - heavenly realms - that make-up the afterlife. This physical realm is but one of them.

"IMy Father’s house has many rooms (abodes); if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?" (John 14:2)

"I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven... And I know that this person ... was caught up to paradise." (2 Corinthians 12:2-4)

"Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21)

"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)

The Bible clearly describes a hierarchy of afterlife realms. Along with the realms of heaven and hell and this world, the Bible verses above show that there are even more afterlife realms. The Biblical reference to the "third heaven" agrees with this idea of multiple realms. From the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation, the goal for humanity is to be restored to the paradise. Genesis reveals the fall of humanity and the world. Revelation reveals the restoration of humanity and the world.

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5. The scientific basis for telepathy
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Michael Talbott's Holographic Universe

4. The holographic universe and the NDE
5. The holonomic brain and the NDE
6. Quantum consciousness and the NDE
7. Nonlocal consciousness and the God spot
8. Quantum superposition and the NDE
9. The many-worlds theory and the NDE
10. The many-minds theory and the NDE
11. The zero-point field and the NDE
12. Black hole physics and the NDE
13. Biocentrism and the NDE
14. Subjective experiences and the NDE
15. Scientific articles on NDEs and its relationship to physics
http://www.near-death.com/science/research/science.html

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