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The Tunnel and the Near-Death Experience

One skeptical theory used to explain the near-death phenomenon has nothing to do with death at all. It states that NDEs are actually memories of birth. A baby being born leaves the womb to travel down a tunnel towards a light, and what waits for it in the light is usually a great deal of love and warmth. According to the theory, what happens at near-death is only a stored memory of what happened when life began.

However, there are many arguments against this theory: a baby being born does not exactly float at high speed down a tunnel, but is buffeted along with difficulty by its mother’s contractions. And how does this model explain the meeting with friends and relatives who have died? The Being of Light is supposed to be the midwife or the doctor who rules the delivery room – but many babies are born without a midwife or doctor present, or perhaps with many people present. On a purely practical level, a baby’s nervous system is not sufficiently developed to allow it to assimilate and store memories of the birth process. Those who argue in favor of this theory say the feelings of peace and bliss are a memory of the peace of the womb when all physical needs were met by the mother and there were no stresses and strains. But why should this be any more likely than the feelings of peace and bliss are relief from the pain of illness and injury at the point of death? Being born is often not a pleasant experience for babies which leaves them crying in agony. In contrast, NDEs are more often described as the most pleasurable experience a person can have. The birth process is not pleasant. The following information will show you how the NDE tunnel is an experience like none other.

Table of Contents

  1. Insights Into the NDE Tunnel Experience
  2. Brief Encounters With the NDE Tunnel
  3. Extraordinary NDE Tunnel Experiences
  4. Edgar Cayce’s Extraordinary NDE Tunnel Experiences
  5. Skeptic Susan Blackmore on the NDE Tunnel

1. Insights Into the NDE Tunnel Experience

One of the nine elements that generally occur during NDEs is the tunnel experience. This involves being drawn into darkness through a tunnel, at an extremely high speed, until reaching a realm of radiant golden-white light. Also, although they sometimes report feeling scared, they do not sense that they were on the way to hell or that they fell into it. Instead of a tunnel, some people report rising suddenly into the heavens and seeing the earth and the celestial sphere as they would be seen by astronauts in space. Once on the other side of the tunnel, or after they have risen into the heavens, the dying meet people who glow with an inner light. Often they find that friends and relatives who have already died are there to greet them. (Dr. Raymond Moody)

Jan Price did not go through a tunnel during her NDE and a spirit guide explained to her why this wasn’t so: “You have wondered why you did not enter through the tunnel you have heard so much about. It is true that many experience their first awareness of this reality in that way, but when you separated from the body, you were immediately aware of the Light. You have been here before for brief periods and knew the way, so it was not necessary to travel through that corridor of mind known as the tunnel.” (Jan Price).

By analyzing a large number of NDE accounts on this website, a map of the various paths to heaven can be created. Here are the paths I have found:

a. The journey from the earth to the earthbound realm.
b. The journey from the earth to the Void.
c. The journey from the earth to the Void and then to heaven. (by means of the tunnel)
d. The journey from the earth to heaven. (by means of the tunnel)
e. The journey from the earth to the earthbound realm, then to the Void, then to heaven.
f. The journey from the earth to the Void, then through the tunnel to a heavenly receiving station in heaven. (Kevin Williams)

In his book, Life At Death, Dr. Kenneth Ring analyzed the near-death experiences of 24 people who attempted suicide. Among them, no one reported the tunnel phenomenon. (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

Webmaster’s Note: Many near-death experiencers by attempted suicide have found themselves in a gray or foggy area on the outer edges of the Void where such people reside until they make an important decision. Because my analysis suggests the main way out of the Void is through the tunnel, then this analysis from Dr. Ring supports my research conclusion that suicide experiencers have not gone through the tunnel because they have not yet made the decision which would take them through the tunnel and into higher spirit realms. (Kevin Williams)

“In the tunnel connecting this world with the next, humans as well as animals travel through the tunnel.” (Sharon Wood)

“The tunnel in the NDE is the pathway to God.” (Brian Krebs)

“The tunnel is a porthole to the place where all souls go if they choose.” (David Oakford)

In 45 Hindu near-death accounts, Pasricha and Stevenson found no evidence of a tunnel experience which is frequently found in western accounts of the near-death experience. However, another near-death researcher, Susan Blackmore, has reported accounts of a tunnel experience in her research of 8 Hindu near-death experiencers. (Hindu NDEs)

Robert Monroe: “Going from a waking state or semi-waking state into an amorphous state is usually the most dramatic kind of spiritual travel experience. In one type of amorphous transition, the traveler suddenly senses a powerful vibration or sound and is caught up in that energy. This is sometimes accompanied by a feeling of being drawn or propelled by this vibration at tremendous speed through a dark space. This experience seems very similar to the descriptions of the tunnel associated with near-death experience. Numerous people who came very close to death (no heartbeat or respiration) have near-death experiences where they have described different types of sounds or vibrations which propelled them at seemingly great speed through a dark tunnel or corridor.” (Robert Monroe)

“It’s not quite the same, because when you astral project, you don’t have to go through the white light, or a tunnel. When you project, you usually go right where you would like to go, right away.” (Jerry Gross)

“The dark tunnel is described in many ways, such as being like a cave, a well, an enclosure, a funnel, a vacuum, a void, a sewer, a valley, or a cylinder.” (Dr. Raymond Moody)

Dr. Ronald Siegel is the distinguished expert in psychopharmacolgy at UCLA. He is one of the leading experts in the field of hallucinogens and an ardent skeptic of the afterlife hypothesis. Dr. Siegel explains his theory of what causes the famous tunnel perspective in NDEs: “This is probably due to the stimulation of the central nervous system that mimics the effects of light on the retina. It can also occur when the electrical activity in the brain is altered in such a way that the threshold for perception of phosphenes (electrical activity in the visual system) is lowered, and bright lights are seen in otherwise dark surroundings. This point can create a tunnel perspective.” (Dr. Ronald Siegel)

“The way to escape the void is to choose love and light over the darkness. Once this happens, the light appears and the tunnel takes you toward the light and into heaven for further instruction.” (Kevin Williams)

Kevin Williams continues: “One fact about the differing perceptions that people have can be demonstrated when several witnesses observe the same event, such as an automobile accident, and the witnesses’ testimonies are not the same. One particular NDE example I have read illustrates the differing perceptions that experiencers can have of the same event. This particular example involves the tunnel experience. Most people describe their experience of traveling through the tunnel as a very beautiful and pleasant experience. However, one particular person (I cannot remember the name or the documentary) went through the tunnel kicking, screaming, and trying to grab the edges of the tunnel to prevent from going through it. This particular person was completely horrified by the tunnel experience. This is also a good illustration of how one person’s heaven can be another person’s hell. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.” (Kevin Williams)

2. Brief Encounters With the NDE Tunnel

“As I looked up, there was a tunnel – a light – an opening. It was glowing. Around that opening were many people milling around.” (Anne Horne)

While Warmack was in a coma in the hospital when he became aware of something “in the back of me, like a beam of light, brighter than the sun, brighter than any light I had ever seen.” He traveled through a tunnel and felt that he was traveling back in time. (Gregory Warmack)

“Suddenly I was standing alone in a room with large, heavy doors leading into other rooms. Someone came to me. I didn’t see him; I only heard his voice. He led me up through what seemed like a tunnel. I seemed to be walking, but my feet didn’t touch a floor.” (Clara)

“I was spinning sideways somehow through this tunnel. At first it was very dark, then it seemed like there was these streaks. I was falling but I wasn’t. I was traveling. That’s maybe more the word. There was this big white light at the end of it. I kind of came out into this.” (Paul Carr)

“For a while, I watched on as the nurses and doctors worked quickly to revive me. Then, I lost interest and my attention turned towards a long dark tunnel. At the end of the tunnel was a very bright light and I floated to the opening. Once inside, I moved with what seemed to be an extraordinary and effortless speed, and finally reached the light.” (Nadia McCaffrey)

“I 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!” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

“I remember closing my eyes. I am in this long dark tunnel. It is so cold and so dark. I have never been in a place so cold as this tunnel. I was traveling at the speed of light. As I neared the end of the tunnel, I saw the most brilliant yellow light coming toward me. I was beginning to feel warm. The nearer the light got, the warmer I felt.” (Beth Hammond)

“Then I began to float upwards and I realized I was having to make a decision. It was almost a physical two-way pull. There seemed to be no ceiling above me, just a black hole into which I was being compelled by a very strong force. It seemed as if I was to make a decision as to which way I would choose to go – up into the tunnel or back into my body.” (Caroline Sharp)

“I saw a pinpoint of light in the distance. The black mass around me began to take on more of the shape of a tunnel, and I felt myself traveling through it at an even greater speed, rushing toward the light. I was instinctively attracted to it, although again, I felt that others might not. As I approached it, I noticed the figure of a man standing in it, with the light radiating all around him”. (Betty Eadie)

“I asked God how could I possibly return back down the tunnel and back into my hospital bed. He spoke and said, ‘Son, tilt your head, now feel the liquid drain from your eye. Now open your eye and see.’ And I was immediately back in my physical body.” (Ian McCormack)

“Upon death, most people go through a heavenly process before entering into heaven. Evil people, instead of experiencing the tunnel and bright light upon death, are sent through what Sylvia calls the left door and enter into an abyss of empty, joyless, nothingness for a brief period of time … Most people, who go through the heavenly process, go through a tunnel and towards the light of God.” (Sylvia Browne)

Right then, she said she felt herself being sucked away into a tunnel at a fast pace. Then she was flying so fast through this dark tunnel. She then stopped midstream in it and was in this dark tunnel. She never saw a light at all. She heard this voice say to her, “If I let you go back what will you do with your life?” She responded back to this voice, “I will dedicate my life to you.” She knew this overpowering, loving presence was GOD himself asking her this question. She never saw him – only heard him. He then showed her pictures of her future helping others and other things like a movie screen showing her future. Then she felt this swoosh back through the tunnel and back into her body. (Lisa Marie)

In 1982, while a Fellow for the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Melvin Morse was working in a clinic in Pocatello, Idaho. He was called to revive a young girl who nearly died in a community swimming pool. She had had no heart beat for 19 minutes, yet completely recovered. She was able to recount many details of her own resuscitation, and then said that she was taken down a brick lined tunnel to a heavenly place. When Dr. Morse showed his obvious skepticism, she patted him shyly on the hand and said, “Don’t worry, Dr. Morse, heaven is fun!.” (Dr. Melvin Morse)

Marilyn Gibson wrote: “Suddenly, I found myself in another dimension. A glowing golden tunnel appeared in front of me. Far, far into the tunnel, almost as if at its distant opening, stood a man dressed in a splendid golden robe … The Master continued his invitation, but he was so far away. I wanted to fly to him. I knew that this was possible; it was simply a matter of making the decision … Exiting my body would be an easy choice. I would float through this glorious tunnel and seek the answers the Master had to offer. Yet, just as I slipped into the tunnel something pulled me back. While I was surrendering to the marvelous force that had come to claim me, the hospital staff had worked to pull me out of my coma with massive doses of cortisone. I remember nothing after the tunnel experience until three days later.” (Marilyn Gibson)

“Then I remember a very powerful force pulling me towards a serene, very beautiful realm, a higher realm. I traveled very slowly along a tunnel toward a bright light, and I could feel an overwhelming sense of warmth and peace and whiteness. I wanted to walk into the whiteness, which was so tranquil and happy. It was like stepping into a vacuum, there was nothing tangible, no scenery to look at, but a tremendous feeling of being somewhere, like nirvana. I felt okay, as though this was where I was meant to be, as if I had arrived home, and I was at ease with myself for the first time in a long time.” (Helen)

“Then I found myself in what appeared to be a large tunnel with a small white light at the other end. I was moving toward this light pretty fast. I was surrounded by a feeling of absolute peace and what I can only describe as unconditional love. It felt wonderful to be there. As I moved towards the light, I was aware of two presences near to me. They were telling me by thought alone that it was not my time. I had to go back. We were communicating just by thoughts back and forth to each other. I knew these presences knew me, but I did not know them. I had never met them before. Then I was moving quickly back down through the tunnel and into my body.” (Enigma)

“I started to move toward the light. The way I moved, the physics, was completely different than it is here on earth. It was something I had never felt before and never felt since. It was a whole different sensation of motion. I obviously wasn’t walking or skipping or crawling. I was not floating. I was flowing. I was flowing toward the light. I was accelerating and I knew I was accelerating, but then again, I didn’t really feel the acceleration. I just knew I was accelerating toward the light. Again, the physics was different – the physics of motion of time, space, travel. It was completely different in that tunnel, than it is here on earth. I came out into the light and when I came out into the light, I realized that I was in heaven.” (Barbara Springer)

“I then remember traveling a long distance upward toward the light. I believe that I was moving very fast, but this entire realm seemed to be outside of time. Finally, I reached my destination. It was only when I emerged from the other end that I realized that I was no longer accompanied by the being who had brought me there. But I wasn’t alone. There, before me, was the living presence of the light … My mind was naked; in fact, I became pure mind. The ethereal body which I had traveled in through the tunnel seemed to be no more.” (Beverly Brodsky)

“I then felt myself moving off very fast, exceedingly fast, into what seemed like outer space. I always felt that it was the fact of going so fast that gave me the sense of being in a tunnel. And I was going toward a very bright light. As I was traveling along I could see different-colored lights, and then I got stopped, just stopped before I got to the light.” (Janet)

“As a massive field of energy began to form in the sky directly in front of me, I heard a loud, grinding mechanical noise as the mass of energy shaped itself into a cylinder funneling upwards. It seemed as if the darkness of the sky turned into liquid as the mass of energy curled like an ocean wave and formed a perfect tunnel that stretched into the heavens. As I stared into the large and imposing tunnel of energy, a shimmering, luminescent-blue field of energy began to float down the tunnel toward me. As it rapidly approached, I watched the luminescent-blue field mass into a form and begin to materialize into an image of a human being. As the image composed itself, I found myself face to face with an old friend.” (Ned Dougherty)

“A dot of light appeared far off in front of me. It was just a pinpoint, a tiny speck in the distance, but its brilliance distinguished it from all other lights around me and I instinctively pressed towards it. Emanating from it was a love and hope and peace that my soul hungered for. I wanted, I needed this brilliant, radiant light. The black tube took the shape of a tunnel now, opening up as I neared its end. The light burst forth before me, filling everything with brightness, and I was coming upon it impossibly fast. ‘Oh, my gosh,’ I thought, ‘It’s brighter than the sun. It’ll blind me! It’ll kill me!'” (RaNelle Wallace)

“A tunnel was forming, opening like the eye of a hurricane and coming toward me. I actually didn’t move at all; the tunnel came to me. There was the sound of chimes as the tunnel spiraled toward and then around me. Soon there was nothing to be seen – no crying Sandy, no ambulance attendants trying to jump-start my dead body, no desperate chatter with the hospital over the radio – only a tunnel that engulfed me completely and the intensely beautiful sound of seven chimes ringing in rhythmic succession. I looked ahead into the darkness. There was a light up there, and I began to move toward it as quickly as possible. I was moving without legs at a high rate of speed. Ahead the light became brighter and brighter until it overtook the darkness and left me standing in a paradise of brilliant light.” (Dannion Brinkley)

Randy Gehling approached a dark tunnel. When he held back and said that he was afraid to go into the darkness, the angel smiled and told them that this was the only way that they could get to their destination. “I could see a bright light at the far end of the tunnel, so I said, ‘All right, as long as you don’t let go of my hand!’ She laughed and said, ‘I told you that I would never leave your side. I have been with you ever since you were born. In fact, I was there at your mother’s side when you were born. I am your guardian angel.'” Randy asked her what her name was. “We don’t have names in the manner that you mean,” she said, “but if it makes you feel better to call me something, you may call me, Areo (ah-ree-o).” The tunnel did not prove to be such a terrible ordeal after all. Randy and Areo seemed to whoosh through it quickly. (Randy Gehling)

Lynn wrote: “Suddenly, I had to move on, so I floated into the waiting room, where my parents were. My father had his head buried in my mother’s lap. He was kneeling at her feet, his arms wrapped around her waist, and he was sobbing. My mother was stroking his head, whispering to him. This scene shocked me, as my father was not prone to showing emotions. Once I realize they would be fine, I felt myself pulled into a horizontal tunnel. The ride through the tunnel was like nothing else. I remember thinking, ‘So this is death.’ The tunnel was dark, and every once in a while something that looking like lightning would flash across my path. These flashes were brilliant in color and didn’t scare me. At the end of the tunnel was a bright light. From the light came two dogs of mine. One was a collie named Mimi who had died three years previously from an infection, and the other was a boxer named Sam who had died two years before after being hit by a car.” (Lynn)

3. Extraordinary NDE Tunnel Experiences

Thomas Sawyer‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “In this capacity, though, I was looking at absolute nothingness or darkness but my eyes were not straining. I had the desire to look around inquisitively. What is this place? Where am I? Well, again instantaneously, this darkness took the shape of a tunnel. It was perfectly level, however slightly ambiguous in that it was straight before me and it was cloud-like. It was very vast, as opposed to small and confining, and was anywhere from a thousand feet to a thousand miles wide. That didn’t matter to me but I want to give you some reference point. I was very comfortable and inquisitive. It was cylindrical. If you took a tornado and stretched it out straight, it would be similar to that, without the houses and the doors floating around inside. It absolutely extended to infinity. This measurement of infinity was the first empirical knowledge that I had within my near-death experience. Simultaneously with the awareness of this tunnel, I had a feeling of forward motion; it was very comfortable, it was very usual. Moving through this tunnel there was an acceleration. There was not any wind vibration, nor any noise. There was no motion sickness or anything like that. It was like floating within a vacuum. I saw that I was increasing speed, but there were no g-forces of the kind you would naturally experience in accelerating movement. I went faster and faster through the tunnel. The next empirical knowledge I had was that I had attained at least the speed of light or conceivably faster. Whisking through the tunnel at this speed, I had the depth perception, the visual perception of the tunnel whisking past me (or I through the tunnel). The next thing is that way, way off in the distance to infinity there appeared this little speck of light. That light was very special; it was the first identifiable object that I was able to focus on, to realize that it was nothing like what I’d seen before. It was extremely bright. This speck of light was brighter than something that would immediately blind you. It was brighter than a million billion carbon arcs, or welder’s torches, anything you can possibly compare it to. It was the brightest thing I’d ever seen in my life. There was a tremendous eager anticipation because this was the first thing that wasn’t blurry or ambiguous. The appearance of this light way off at the end of the tunnel brought me a sense of great love and a feeling of camaraderie. That was something extraordinary, greater than anything that I’d experienced during my thirty-three years of life. It was utter beauty.

Thomas Sawyer continues: “The light was way off in the distance and got larger as I got closer to it. I was eager to get closer to the light. I was still Thomas Sawyer, with all of my personality and characteristics, yet here I was, separate from the light by just a spatial measurement of visual connotation. Now being at the end of the tunnel and standing before the light, it seemed that it covered the entire vista before me. It was more beautiful than I’ve tried to describe, because I could use all the superlatives, and then I’d have to say: but it was more. I had never experienced anything that divine. It was white, possibly, blue-white, but certainly white. It was paradoxically absolutely everything. It included Thomas Sawyer. It included the tunnel that was behind me. It included the entire universe that I was ever aware of. It was absolutely, positively, everything. It was also absolutely the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever seen, that I’ve ever been near or experienced. The light I am describing is whatever most people would describe as God. That’s the description. It meant the same to me as the word God. It was in fact the light of Jesus Christ. From the onset of this rather super-conscious state of the darkness of the tunnel, there was something that was totally missing, and that was what we call time. There’s no such thing as time in heaven! The chronology of my accident is as I told you: there was the darkness, I was moving through the tunnel, and there was a light at the end of the tunnel. There was then a confrontation with the light at the end of the tunnel whatever more. That’s the chronology in that order … I know that I experienced a total life review, but I have never been able to fit it properly into any of that basic chronology. It had to have happened from the center of the tunnel or the movement within the tunnel, prior to what I call the confrontation with the light … What happened when I went through the tunnel? Did I see the face of Jesus Christ? Yes, I did. But the most important thing that I have been able to say is probably the aspect of total knowledge … At first it just seemed like a foggy grayness about me. As the speed of my upward and outward movement increased, the enclosing fog seemed to have a bright ending at the distance. I remember at the early moments of moving ahead through this enclosure a brightness to my left where I could see through the cloud-like tunnel. Beyond the walls of my tunnel was a shimmering, glowing light …My tunnel structure thinned along the sides but the light ahead was beckoning me. I was intensely attracted to reaching the light. As the sides of the tunnel became clearer, the light ahead became brighter and closer as my speed increased.” (Thomas Sawyer)

Rev. Howard Pittman‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “Suddenly we came to a most beautiful place. I know that I’ve already reported how terrible that second heaven was, so you can imagine how surprising it was to find anything beautiful over there. God would not allow me to retain the memory of why this place was so beautiful. I do remember that it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen. This place looked like a tunnel, a roadway, a valley or some sort of highway. It had a most brilliant light all its own and was completely surrounded with an invisible shield. I knew that the invisible shield was the protection of the Holy Spirit. Walking in this tunnel, or along that roadway, or valley, or whatever, was what appeared to be human beings. I asked my escort who they were. He told me, ‘They are saints going home.’ These were the departed spirits of Christians who had died on earth and they were going home. Each of these saints was accompanied by at least one guardian angel and some had a whole host of angels with them. I wondered why some saints were accompanied by only one angel and others had many. I was watching as the saints passed through the way that all saints must take to go home. Here it was, the passageway from earth to the third heaven. Instead of allowing me to enter, the angel stationed me before the gates, slightly to one side. He instructed me to stay there and watch as the saints were permitted to enter into heaven. As the saints were allowed into heaven, I noticed a strange thing. They were permitted to enter only one at a time. No two were permitted to enter those gates at the same time. I wondered about this but it was never explained to me. When the last of the fifty saints had entered into the third heaven, I started to enter but my escort stopped me. He told me that if I entered I could not come out and that I would have to stay there until the Father brought me back. The angels told me that all who enter the third heaven must remain there until brought back to this physical world by Christ himself. When the angel said I could not enter unless I stayed.” (Rev. Howard Pittman)

Dr. Dianne Morrissey‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “As soon as I saw that the silver cord was attached to my physical body, my spirit body was thrust into a dark tunnel. I moved through it with great speed, traveling faster than I could have imagined possible. Although the tunnel was filled with an all consuming darkness, I felt peaceful and unafraid … When I came to the end of the darkness, I stepped into a new dimension. Here, I could sense the presence of a loving spirit, sent – I knew – to God to greet me. Then, I was back at the site of my physical body. Back and forth I traveled through the tunnel, several times in succession, moving from the Other Side to my electrocuted physical body and back again. Each time I emerged from the tunnel, I was met by a radiant angelic being who stood before me, smiling. The being had no wings, and I sense it was female. She was everything I’d ever dreamed an angel would be. As she moved toward me, I walked to meet her … Suddenly, my spirit body was back in tunnel. Again, when I emerged from the tunnel, the angelic being was waiting for me … I was suddenly thrust forward through the tunnel, and when I looked down, I was aghast to see my physical body below me … What mattered to me was the light. I wanted the light. I was again thrust forward through the tunnel. The angelic being was still there, waiting for me to truly decide about my life, waiting for me to decide about death, waiting for me to decide about my future … For some reason, however, the angelic being sent me into the tunnel again, back and forth through many tunnels. I wondered why. I still wanted to ‘touch,’ but I wanted the light – both desires tugging at my spirit … I finally found myself back in my house … Suddenly, I was rushing through the tunnel again. When I emerged, I was up near the ceiling in the den, looking down at my physical body below me. Then, without warning, I was thrust swiftly back into my body.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

Virginia Rivers‘ NDE Tunnel Experience: From Dr. Kenneth Ring‘s wonderful book, Lessons From The Light: “Immediately the blackness began to erupt into a myriad of stars and I felt as if I were at the center of the universe with a complete panoramic view in all directions. The next instant I began to feel a forward surge of movement. The stars seemed to fly past me so rapidly that they formed a tunnel around me. I began to sense awareness, knowledge. The farther forward I was propelled the more knowledge I received. My mind felt like a sponge, growing and expanding in size with each addition. The knowledge came in single words and in whole idea blocks. I just seemed to be able to understand everything as it was being soaked up or absorbed. I could feel my mind expanding and absorbing and each new piece of information somehow seemed to belong. It was as if I had known already but forgotten or mislaid it, as if it were waiting here for me to pick it up on my way by. I kept growing with knowledge, evolving, expanding and thirsting for more. It was amazing, like being a child again and experiencing something brand new and beautiful, a wonderful new playground. As each second passed, there was more to learn, answers to questions, meanings and definitions, philosophies and reasons, histories, mysteries, and so much more, all pouring into my mind. I remember thinking, ‘I knew that, I know I did. Where has it all been?’ The stars began to change shapes before my eyes. They began to dance and deliberately draw themselves into intricate designs and colors which I had never seen before. They moved and swayed to a kind of rhythm or music with a quality and beauty I had never heard and yet … remembered. A melody that humans could not possibly have composed, yet was so totally familiar and in complete harmony with the very core of my being. As if it were the rhythm of my existence, the reason for my being. The extravagance of imagery and coloration pulsed in splendid unison with the magnificent ensemble. I felt completely at peace, tranquilized by the vision and the melodic drone. I could have stayed in this place for eternity with this pulse of love and beauty beating throughout my soul. The love poured into me from all corners of the universe. I was still being propelled forward at what seemed great speed. Yet I was able to observe all that I passed as if I were standing still. Each passing second I was absorbing more and more knowledge. No one spoke to me, nor did I hear voices in my head. The knowledge just seemed to BE and with each new awareness came a familiarity. A tiny pin point of light appeared far in front of me at the other end of my kaleidoscopic tunnel. The light grew larger and larger as I was soaring closer and closer to it, until finally I had arrived at my destination.” (Virginia Rivers)

Pam Reynolds’ NDE Tunnel Experience: “There was a sensation like being pulled, but not against your will. I was going on my own accord because I wanted to go. I have different metaphors to try to explain this. It was like the Wizard of Oz – being taken up in a tornado vortex, only you’re not spinning around like you’ve got vertigo. You’re very focused and you have a place to go. The feeling was like going up in an elevator real fast. And there was a sensation, but it wasn’t a bodily, physical sensation. It was like a tunnel but it wasn’t a tunnel. At some point very early in the tunnel vortex I became aware of my grandmother calling me. But I didn’t hear her call me with my ears … It was a clearer hearing than with my ears. I trust that sense more than I trust my own ears. The feeling was that she wanted me to come to her, so I continued with no fear down the shaft. It’s a dark shaft that I went through, and at the very end there was this very little tiny pinpoint of light that kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. The light was incredibly bright, like sitting in the middle of a light bulb … My grandmother didn’t take me back through the tunnel, or even send me back or ask me to go. She just looked up at me. I expected to go with her, but it was communicated to me that she just didn’t think she would do that. My uncle said he would do it. He’s the one who took me back through the end of the tunnel. Everything was fine. I did want to go … It was communicated to me that it was like jumping into a swimming pool. No problem, just jump right into the swimming pool. I didn’t want to, but I guess I was late or something because he [the uncle] pushed me. I felt a definite repelling and at the same time a pulling from the body. The body was pulling and the tunnel was pushing …It was like diving into a pool of ice water … It hurt!” (Pam Reynolds)

Plato‘s NDE Account of the Solder Named Er and His Tunnel Experience: “When his soul went forth from his body he journeyed with a great company and that they came to a mysterious region where there were two openings side by side in the earth, and above and over against them in the heaven two others, and that judges were sitting between these, and that after every judgment they bade the righteous journey to the right and upward through the heaven with tokens attached to them in front of the judgment passed upon them, and the unjust to take the road to the left and downward, they too wearing behind signs of all that had befallen them, and that when he himself drew near they told him that he must be the messenger to humanity to tell them of that other world, and they charged him to give ear and to observe everything in the place … From the other tunnels came souls preparing for reincarnation on earth. From above came souls happily reporting delights and visions of a beauty beyond words. From below came souls lamenting and wailing over a thousand years of dreadful sufferings, where people were repaid manifold for any earthly suffering they had caused.” (Plato)

Diego Valencia‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “Suddenly, my mind was allowed to rest in a quiet place in order to further ascend through a translucent tunnel with a light that seemed rather a yellowish opacity. Then I saw many beings, some ascending, some descending. Two of them were known to me on the earth realm and I had not seen them for more than 20 years. I also met people unknown to me then, whom I met many years later in their bodies on the earth realm. I asked one of the two persons I did know, what he was doing there, and he told me he had had a very serious health problem, and almost died, but the health problem had already been solved by the doctors. This is the reason he was going back to his body. Nevertheless, another friend who was a friend of my family for many years, was leaving the earth realm in a definite way, so was I told. Then came some guides to take the friend who had been ill, back to earth through a tubular shape in descent. I also observed other tubular shapes through which other souls were ascending, and among them, the lady known to me and my family whose body had died. I inquired if the lady could go back but they said her time was over and that she had definitely left her body. I felt the energy of the lady perturbed, because she was confused since she did not know she was dead, but I avoided meeting her. In that moment my guides smiled. A different lap started in which the path was transparent, silent and compliant. I felt the pleasure of having my conscience in total calm, together with the tender but distant company of the guides and other entities which I could not see. Suddenly I saw another path where all the dead members of my family appeared, among them my father.” (Diego Valencia)

Robert Coleman‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “I was being propelled across a vast distance. I dare not look straight ahead, but I remember looking at the wall flashing past me as I sped along some kind of tunnel. Then, at the other end of this journey, I felt a most beautifully reassuring sense of calm. I looked down at myself in my new form. I had taken on a golden glow. I did not need to walk. I floated. Everything about me was love, goodness and warmth. Suddenly, I felt as if I had been given access to the total knowledge of the universe. I stared at a huge dark wheel containing stars and other celestial bodies that slowly revolved. A deep voice spoke slowly, but I could not make out what it was saying. I was at some kind of entrance … I had to promise solemnly not to try to return. I agreed. Once more, I stood in front of the great dark disk again. As the stars and shapes slowly revolved, a deep voice said slowly, ‘Your time has not yet come.’ I felt all the wisdom that I had suddenly gained was being forced out from me. I knew I could not take this knowledge back with me, but was concerned that I might lose what limited intelligence I already had before I died. Then, once again I was in the long tunnel, feeling the wind against my cheek as I looked away and saw the long wall rushing past me.” (Robert Coleman)

Webmaster’s Note: The great dark disk may be the entrance to the tunnel. Other experiencers have seen the tunnel in the same kind of thing in their NDEs. (Kevin Williams)

Reinee Pasarow‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “At this point I became aware that there was a light calling me from somewhere else and I entered what people speak of as the tunnel. I will speak of it as that although I did not quite perceive it as a tunnel. It was a transition place where I became aware of other beings who seemed to be rather disoriented, rather confused and lost and some of these beings were moving through to their home. I simply wanted to go home. I moved through this place and I became aware that I was not moving like we move physically. When we move physically we have an intent, we have a goal, and we move step by step to that goal. But what moved me through this place was love. It was the love of God and the love all things sacred and all things beautiful and all things just. I could go on and on and on but this was what propelled me on. It was my connection and my affection for God. As I came to the end of this place, I wondered if I would be alone, and just like that I was with my uncle …” [After her life review, the Being of Light told her, “It was not time for her to enter that world.” She then described returning to her physical body.] “I was catapulted back down what I perceived to be a tunnel. This time it was down a rainbow tunnel of light, sound and vibrational frequency of love. With a terribly hard crash, I became aware of the scene I had left earlier – the fire trucks, and now an ambulance. There were men who were picking up my body and loading it into the ambulance. I was in a state of complete grief. I felt that I had become Eve and was cast out of the garden of Eden. As I was descending down this tunnel, my heart was already attached to my home beyond. I was begging not to leave. I crashed down into this realm of existence and was suddenly confused by time and space … I was being propelled across a vast distance. I dare not look straight ahead, but I remember looking at the wall flashing past me as I sped along some kind of tunnel. Then, at the other end of this journey, I felt a most beautifully reassuring sense of calm. (Reinee PasarowWatch her video on YouTube)

Lou Famoso‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “I entered what I thought looked like the Holland tunnel without the cars and traffic and the ability to see what looked like light at its end. It was dark but not black. The path was slightly illuminated from what I thought to be the sunlight shining from the other end. As I was being drawn toward the lighted end of the tunnel, I carefully looked around, even squinting to see into the darker recesses. I passed what I thought to be very religious men doing what they would do when praying to their GODS. They were all dressed in their finest garbs, robes, togas, head dresses, loin cloths and the like. Most of them were off to the sides of the tunnel, but one of them, that I seemed to float right over, looked oriental with a long grayish Fu Man Chu, sitting there in the middle of the tunnel with his hands clasped and his feet crossed … When I floated past the monk just below me, I thought he could actually see me because it appeared like he began to smile a smile of passage. All the other religious men were mumbling sounds of prayer and were moving their arms about as if making gestures of a blessing. I wasn’t sure if they were blessing me or the tunnel. I noticed none of them were actually standing or sitting in the tunnel but appeared to be levitated. I wanted to stop and speak with some of them, maybe ask a few questions like who they were and how long have they been here, but I was being whisked away toward the light. I saw wisps of smoke I believed to be incense. It came from all portions of the great tunnel from one end to the other. I could see and smell, but I had yet to have the sensation of touch since my feet were never touching the tunnels floor. I seemed to be traveling squarely in the center as I drifted toward the end. The closer I got to the end of the tunnel, the brighter things got, and as I neared the end, it was like coming face to face with a huge canvas that was just recently blazed in the brightest white of whites. An empty canvas, ready to be painted upon and I awaited that painting … The being told me that should I ever have questions of the heart or mind, he will answer them if I only look within myself, for that is where he will dwell. From this time forward I need only think it to be so, and it will be so, for I would forever know the truth … I asked how I would know and before I received an answer I was being whisked away through that darkened tunnel like a dust bunny in a vacuum, with about as much control as a runaway freight train. A loving voice was telling me I must go back today. (Lou Famoso)

Gilles Bedard‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “In the blink of an eye, my vision expanded and I went into a place like a cosmos where there were 12 people standing in a half-circle. They were all pure white lights and they had no faces. Beyond them was a tunnel. I wasn’t afraid. I somehow knew these people although they weren’t family or people I could recognize. It was as if they were waiting for me. I asked them what was happening, and they told me, ‘You are not going to die. You are going back to earth. You have something to do.’ I asked them what it was, and as soon as I asked it was as if I knew the answer. They said I would know what I had to do when the time came. At that moment, I could sense the future and I realized I had the choice to do what I wanted to do. I felt pure peace. What I remembered most is the music I heard when I was out of my body. It was fascinating. It was hard to tell how long the experience lasted. It could have been five seconds or half an hour. When I came back into my body, it felt very small. But it was OK. I felt calm, very warm. When I came to, around 5 a.m., I felt ready for a party. It was as if nothing had happened to me. I didn’t remember the experience at that time. But a month after I left the hospital, I had another one. During the night, I had a sensation of falling into a tunnel. Going into it, I knew I was about to die, but just before arriving at the end of the tunnel, I woke up. It was not a dream. It was real. And it was then that I remembered the earlier experience.” (Gilles Bedard)

Don Brubaker‘s NDE Tunnel Experience: “There was a sudden whoosh, and I saw a large glowing red ball approaching me, almost like the light on the front of a train. In that instant, as the red ball rushed toward me, I knew terror like never before. As it approached, I realized that it was really a large, eerie red eye. It stopped when it got close to me, and then began traveling alongside me through the tunnel. I could hardly stand to look at it, its gaze was so piercing. It felt like it was looking right into my mind, into my very soul. Still I was plunging into the depths of this horrible tunnel. I glanced at the walls of the tunnel, walls of deep black whirring past me like video footage on fast forward. Yes, I was still there, still falling millions of miles into some terrible pit. And yet, there I was, lying death-like on a hospital bed. I could see myself there, and it panicked me all the more. The eye – suddenly I realized that I was seeing the hospital room through the red eye. It was absurd to me that I hadn’t realized this before – and yet I could hardly process my thoughts. It was all too bizarre. Panic started building in my mind as it began to dawn on me where I was, suspended in this dank tube. As the red eye glowered at me, the thoughts began to arrange themselves, coalescing slowly. Suddenly, the idea was undeniable. I was in hell. The realization swept over me like an ocean wave, unstoppable though I tried desperately to dismiss it. Hell! I didn’t even believe in hell! And here I was? This was it? I had only the briefest moment to react to the thought when a deep, comfortable voice echoed through the tunnel.” (Don Brubaker)

Lynnclaire Dennis‘ NDE Tunnel Experience: “It was then that I saw the tunnel and knew with absolute assurance that I was on my way home, certain that the home I had long yearned for was in the light at the other end of this passageway. As I was standing alone with my grandmother, she told me that I must make this part of the journey alone. Filled with peace, I knew I would see her again on the other side. I was ready, and without hesitation took my first step into the corridor that led toward the light, crossing an intersection that connected now with forever … Once I was inside the tunnel it was as if someone at the other end was calling my name, drawing me forward. I knew that this passageway was taking me to the top of the mountain, leading me home into the light. I was overjoyed to be going to the summit, as all my life I had wanted to climb to the top of Mt. Rainier. I had never made the attempt, believing that I would try and fail, or that I would die trying. I moved effortless into the passage. Soon I knew I would be able to fly. Fly? The light was getting brighter and warmer as I moved through the tunnel. The MUSIC, the celestial symphony, continued to fill the air with a psalm of Oneness, played on unseen instruments of peace. I arrived at the pinnacle and, standing at the entrance to the light, took a single step, leaving my right footprint imbedded in Eternity. I entered a sacred space a place where I knew I had returned to my most essential nature, where I felt wholly and consciously united with all things and Source, where a soothing balm of peace was poured on my spirit by an unseen hand, an emollient so rich in love that to this day I cannot fully absorb or comprehend it.” (Lynnclaire Dennis)

4. Edgar Cayce’s Extraordinary NDE Tunnel Experiences

Edgar Cayce was a man who, over the span of his lifetime (1877-1945), had more out-of-body journeys into the afterlife than anyone ever documented. Cayce (pronounced “Kay-see”) learned that when he was put in a special form of self-hypnotic trance, he could leave his body and journey into the afterlife realms. Cayce made over 14,000 otherworldly journeys in his life and the information he gained from these journeys has astounded people all over the world.

Edgar Cayce‘s NDE Tunnel Experiences: “I see myself as a tiny dot out of my physical body, which lies inert before me. I find myself oppressed by darkness and there is a feeling of terrific loneliness. Suddenly, I am conscious of a white beam of light, knowing that I must follow it or be lost. As I move along this path of light I gradually become conscious of various levels upon which there is movement. Upon the first levels there are vague, horrible shapes, grotesque forms such as one sees in nightmares. Passing on, there begins to appear on either side misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. Again there is change and I become conscious of gray-hooded forms moving downward. Gradually, these become lighter in color. Then the direction changes and these forms move upward and the color of the robes grows rapidly lighter. Next, there begins to appear on either side vague outlines of houses, walls, trees, etc., but everything is motionless. As I pass on, there is more light and movement in what appear to be normal cities and towns. With the growth of movement I become conscious of sounds, at first indistinct rumblings, then music, laughter, and singing of birds. There is more and more light, the colors become very beautiful, and there is the sound of wonderful music. The houses are left behind; ahead there is only a blending of sound and color. Quite suddenly I come upon a Hall of Records. It is a hall without walls, without ceiling, but I am conscious of seeing an old man who hands me a large book, a record of the individual for whom I seek information.” (Edgar Cayce)

On another occasion, Cayce’s tunnel experience was described this way: Cayce felt himself to be a bubble traveling through water to arrive at the place where he always got the information. (Edgar Cayce)

On yet another occasion, Cayce’s tunnel experience was described this way: “Cayce went up and up through a very large column, passing by all the horrible things without coming in contact personally with them, and came out where there was the house of records. Cayce stated that as he ascended the column, there would be beings on either side of him calling out to him for help or trying to get his attention. Cayce knew that any deviation from the column and the beam of light would mean he would not be able to return to his body. It, the column, wound around on a wheel like the Rotarians have. Cayce mentioned that he felt very secure traveling that way.” (Edgar Cayce)

Kevin Williams’ Analysis of Cayce’s NDE Tunnel Experiences: “Edgar Cayce did not experience clinical or brain death, but he was able to control his mind to travel consciously through the identical process of the near-death state. This can be done by anyone, according to Cayce, if the “proper attunement” is made. Cayce also mentions that this is done by everyone when they fall asleep and enter the realm of dreams, only it is done subconsciously not consciously. The same is true for death. Cayce’s experience reveals more aspects about the nature of the tunnel so often described in near-death experiences and more about the structure of the afterlife. One of the afterlife levels that Cayce observed while in the tunnel appears to be like our own except it is motionless. In my opinion, this motionless afterlife level is the physical realm. While Cayce journeys through the tunnel and the eternal now, time on earth stands still. This principle can even be found in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The afterlife level Cayce sees where human beings appear with some body part magnified has been described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead and other religious traditions as being hell. It is a place where a particular desire has been overemphasized while in physical life. The level where hooded monk-like beings appear has also been described by many other near-death experiencers such as Dr. George Ritchie and Betty Eadie. Cayce was able to describe very accurately some of the various levels of the afterlife that appear in near-death accounts.” (Kevin Williams)

5. Skeptic Susan Blackmore on the NDE Tunnel

One of the most dedicated skeptical researchers of near-death experiences is Susan Blackmore, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of the West of England, a parapsychologist, and Zen Buddhist. She is also one of the few researchers who have actually had an out-of-body experience. During her first year at Oxford, Blackmore had an OBE after several hours on the Ouija board while stoned on hashish. The experience also occurred during a period of her life when sleep deprivation was common for her. She describes herself as having been in “a fairly peculiar state of mind” when she had the OBE. Despite her experience, she continues to believe it was all merely part of her hallucination experience. As a former heavy marijuana and hashish user, I (Kevin Williams) can tell you that Blackmore’s OBE is not an example of marijuana or hashish intoxication. Rather, it is more like an OBE triggered by a more “harder” hallucinogen such as LSD or ketamine. The following is a brief description of Susan Blackmore’s OBE / NDE-like experience, and responses from a critic I received by email which I thought to be interesting. You can read Blackmore’s full OBE account here.

Susan Blackmore‘s OBE Tunnel Experience: Susan Blackmore traveled down a tunnel of trees toward a light, floated on the ceiling and observed her body below, saw a silver cord connecting her floating astral body, floated out of a building in England and crossed the ocean to New York. After hovering around New York, Blackmore floated back to her room in England where she became very small and entered her body’s toes. Then she grew very big, as big as a planet at first, and then she filled the solar system and finally she became as large as the universe. Despite her experience, Blackmore believes the tunnel is caused by oxygen starvation, which causes certain cells in the brain, inhibitory cells, to die first, the excitable ones taking longer. (Susan Blackmore)

Blackmore discusses drugs including her own experience: “Under conditions of extreme tiredness and smoking hashish I had an NDE-type experience complete with the tunnel and light, out-of-body travels, expansion and contraction of size, timelessness, a mystical experience and the decision to return…”

Critic of Blackmore’s Dying Brain Theory: “Blackmore uses her drug-induced experiences as the basis for her conclusions. I shall argue that Blackmore’s confusion on the subject of NDEs is the result of her own drug-induced confusion — which is not an uncommon occurrence.”

Blackmore: [Concerning NDErs passing through a tunnel of mental energy] “There are many serious problems with such a theory. If the other worlds are a part of this world then they cannot really account for the afterlife.”

Critic: “Such a conclusion proves false when we consider the reports of NDErs. They not only see ethereal energy patterns, they see this world, the world of operating rooms and other mundane settings.”

Blackmore: “Something should be seen leaving the body and going into the tunnel. The tunnel itself would be present in physical space and we should be able to measure it or in some way detect its presence.”

Critic: “Yes, and that’s why those skilled at observing the subtle energy that surrounds the spirit are able to perceive such things.”

Blackmore: “Still we should not reject such theories out of hand just because they seem senseless. It is better to apply some criteria to them and see how they fare. Is this theory specific? No, not at all. The tunnels described are all different in precise form and this theory can say nothing about what forms they should or should not take.”

Critic: “Blackmore again looks at content, not underlying phenomena. The structure of specific tunnels is not in question, as has been stated, they are mental constructs, mental or ethereal energy patterns. As such they take many malleable forms. Blackmore fails to understand such mental energy is NOT confined to a brain, but rather is patterned energy that makes up a mind, not a brain.”

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Afterlife Realms and the Near-Death Experience

If you want to know what the afterlife is like, pay close attention to your dreams. There is a wealth of evidence suggesting a connection to the levels of consciousness with the afterlife realms as described in near-death testimonies. The dream realm and the afterlife realms both are realms of the mind, soul, and spirit. In the realms of the mind, all thoughts and things are possible. Death is merely a process of freeing your true essence from all physical limitations and fully inhabiting the realms of thought and spirit. In the afterlife realms, what one thinks is what matters most; because thoughts are deeds in those realms. There, we are what we think and there is no hiding from who we really are. One NDE experiencer, St. Teresa of Avila, described it perfectly, “After you die, you wear what you are.” And if a person reads enough NDE testimonies, it becomes possible to create a “map” describing the soul’s journey after death — at least from the NDE perspective. This article will attempt to give the reader such a map based upon the numerous NDE testimonies on this website.

Table of Contents

  1. The case for ten or more afterlife realms
  2. The nature of the afterlife realms
  3. The six major afterlife realms
  4. The many NDE pathways through the afterlife realms
  5. NDE insights concerning the various afterlife realms

1. The case for ten or more afterlife realms

The following is a list from science and religion which makes the case for ten or more dimensions of reality.

(1) Quantum physicists, using Superstring Theory, theorize a cosmology consisting of 10 dimensions. The goal of theoretical physics is to find the “holy grail” of physics– the so-called “Theory of Everything” (TOE) — a theory that explains all phenomena of reality. Superstring Theory is widely believed to be the closest TOE candidate. M-Theory is a unification of all consistent versions of Superstring Theory and adds one more dimension — a “Membrane” or “Matrix” dimension — for a total of 11 dimensions. Surprisingly, neuroscientists have recently discovered the human brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions.

(2) Pythagoras, perhaps the first great mathematician, believed the cosmos is divided into 10 heavens based on the perfect number 10.

(3) In Jewish mysticism, God’s entire creation is composed of 10 emanations of Light from the 10 utterances of God “Let there be” to create the world by the perfect order of 10 along with a hierarchy of 10 angelic realms and the law of the 10 commandments.

(4) In Buddhism, there are 10 levels of realization toward enlightenment and 10 directions of the Buddha’s light to 10 Buddha-realms.

(5) Christian Gnostics believed in a cosmology of 10 heavens which they based on information from the death experience of the Apostle Paul which they recorded in their scriptures (Apocalypse of Paul).

(6) In Islam, a legend exists where Muhammad journeyed through 10 heavens which was probably a near-death experience.

(7) The Biblical prophet Enoch in his writings (2 Enoch) mentions he ascended through the 10 heavens.

(8) The Bible describes an angelic hierarchy of 10 celestial powers [1] [2].

(9) Edgar Cayce learned from his out-of-body travels how our solar system’s 10 major spheres (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are three-dimensional physical representations of the invisible 10 afterlife realms. Cayce also revealed how the human body is a microcosm of the solar system. This cosmology was also taught by Plato and Aristotle, and was included in the doctrines of Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and all cosmologies where astrology was dominate.[1]

(10) The Apostle Paul equated the different degrees of glory of resurrected bodies with the sun, moon and stars. Throughout the Bible, there are references to multiple realms: third heaven, the highest heavens, heavens, and many dwelling places.

(11) During Lynnclaire Dennis‘ NDE, she entered into the light and saw the Universal Pattern and Source of all life which was in a shape that resembles an atom with electrons revolving around it. Her pattern eventually caught the eye of scientists because of its compatibility with the knotted pattern of 10-dimensional space in physics.

(12) Other experiencers, such as George Ritchie and Betty Eadie, as well as the Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg, each observed multiple levels in the hereafter. Howard Storm had an extensive experience in which he also observed multiple levels in the afterlife. Dr. PMH Atwater describes these multiple dimensions as existing here within the same space much like boxes within a box. Metaphysical sources also describe a multi-dimensional reality.

There are several conclusions to make here:

a. Heaven is not up and hell is not below. The various afterlife realms are like various frequencies on the light spectrum – most of which is invisible to the naked eye.

b. We are already living in the “afterlife” right now. This is because our experience in this physical, three-dimensional universe is just one of many realms we have experienced.

c. We do not have to die to experience the afterlife and eternity. Eternity is not something that begins after death. We are already in eternity now – the “eternal now.”

2. The nature of the afterlife realms

P.M.H. Atwater uses a good analogy when describing death and the various afterlife realms: “There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before. Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when all of a sudden someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to different frequency. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still just the same as it was. Only you changed, only you speeded up to allow entry into the next radio frequency on the dial. You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong. You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wavelength. You are still a spot on the dial but you move up or down a notch or two. You don’t die when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration. That’s all death is … a shift.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

3. The six major afterlife realms

The graph below represents a map through the major afterlife realms which experiencers have encountered during their near-death experiences. No experiencer that I am aware of has encountered every afterlife realm depicted on the graph. Most experiencers have experienced three or four realms. Looking at the graph, one can see how the afterlife journey begins with the death of the physical body in the physical realm (Realm 1) which is the physical universe — planet Earth for humans. After death, humans travel through various afterlife realms with the ultimate goal of becoming a permanent citizen of the God Realm (Realm 6). This is accomplished through the process of reincarnation — “trial and error” — through multiple lifetimes in which we gradually become “perfected”. A good analogy of humanity’s journey through the afterlife realms, as represented by the graph below, is to think of the afterlife realms as God’s “Corporate Ladder” of success. We begin employment at the ground level (Realm 1) the physical universe. Through hard work and on-the-job education, humanity is gradually climbing God’s corporate ladder with the goal of becoming a “full partner” with the “Boss” — God — at the “corporate level” (Realm 6). However, this analogy only works from our current life’s point-of-view and gives the erroneous suggestion that the earth realm in Physical Realm 1 is an inferior realm. The fact is we are soul/spirit beings who have had a multitude of past life experiences on earth and perhaps even in the Soul and Spirit Realms — through the process of reincarnation.

According to the previous Case for Ten or More Afterlife Realms, the planets of our solar system are three-dimensional physical representations of invisible other-dimensional afterlife realms inhabiting the same space. As a whole, these afterlife realms represent the dimensions of consciousness of our solar system as part of the vast system of Universal Mind. Each solar system is analogous to a “university” and a single expression of the divine with its planets and planes of consciousness acting as integral parts each at a different vibratory level. The planet Earth is the third planet from the sun and is where three-dimensional life is represented in the solar system. There are other intelligent three-dimensional life forms living in other solar systems experiencing their own soul evolution. Each solar system in the universe is also analogous to an atom in a universe of atoms. Each solar system represents an opportunity for development, advancement, and growth toward the ideal of complete companionship with God — the position of co-creator. The idea of the soul existing as a “speck” in a seemingly endless universe is only an illusion. After death, the soul expands and transcends the physical universe. Also, the human body is a microcosm of the solar system with the endocrine glands acting as energy centers (chakras) with each planetary afterlife realm having some astrological influence over a particular energy center. After death, the soul travels through the various dimensions of the Soul Realms associated with the solar system. If the soul has learned all the lessons necessary to progress further, the soul meets with spirit guides and enters the Spirit Realms as spirit. The soul, which is the subconscious mind, is no longer needed, and the individual enters the Spirit Realms as pure superconsciousness — spirit.

A Brief Description of the Six Major Afterlife Realms

(a) Realm 1: The Physical Realm — In the universe, the planet Earth is where humanity experiences birth, life, and death. Religion, science, and war play dominant roles here. This is the realm of “cause and effect” (karma) where we come to be tested in ways only a physical experience can. The universe is inhabited by other intelligent beings according to a combination of the Drake Equation and the multitude of credible UFO sightings which have been documented [1] [2] [3] [4].

(b) Realm 2: The Earthbound Realm — After death, a person may immediately find themself out-of-body and inhabiting a soul/spirit body while observing their physical body from below. Some people have observed a silver cord connecting their physical body to their spirit body. This is the earthbound realm because it exists in the same dimension as the physical realm except that its inhabitants are invisible to those living in the physical realm. However, psychics living in the physical realm are able to contact inhabitants of the earthbound realm through mental telepathy. The earthbound realm is also known by other names such as the astral plane, the dream realm, the world of “hungry ghosts,” and hell.

(c) Realm 3: The Void — This is a timeless realm of complete and profound darkness – empty of everything except for the thought and emotional patterns of those who enter it. It is a perfect place for its inhabitants to examine themselves, contemplate their recent earth experience, and decide where to go next. For some people, the Void is a heavenly experience because, in the absence of everything else, they are able to see perfectly the love and light within themselves. For others, the Void can be terrifying or confusing because of an inability or unwillingness to see the love and light within. There is no judgment by God in the Void. There is only the possibility of self-judgment – a harsher form of self-understanding. The Void is where people undergo “ego death” where the “mask” of the personality is dissolved to allow the individuality of the soul to be experienced in relation to the Whole which is God. Many NDE experiencers find themselves immediately in the Void upon clinical death; and for many, the Void is as far as they go in their NDE as well.

(d) Portal: The Tunnel — Near-death experiencers report being drawn into and through a “tunnel” at an extremely high speed toward a radiant light. Some experiencers have seen other souls with them in the tunnel in the form of orbs. Some experiencers have seen other souls around the edges of the tunnel calling out to them or trying to grab the experiencer.

(e) The Receiving Station — This temporary transit area is a kind of heavenly sorting area where the destination of souls is decided. It has been described as a kind of heavenly way station, a heavenly amphitheater, or a heavenly airport terminal. Here is where the experiencer may have a homecoming with deceased loved ones, meet with spirit guides, meet a religious leader they admired such as Jesus, have a life review, and receive forgotten knowledge of both the past and the future. The NDE experiencer is then sent back to life on earth — usually after being told they are not ready to die. Examples of the Receiving Station in NDEs can be found here: [1] [2] [3] [4].

(f ) Realm 4: The Soul Realms — The Soul Realms are composed of seven invisible planetary afterlife realms associated with seven planets in our solar system not including earth – which is itself a living organism called “Gaia“. Our three-dimensional sun, in another-dimensional afterlife realm, is a itself a Being of Light. After death, souls usually incarnate to a number of Soul Realms between earth lifetimes until the soul has attained its proper level of soul growth and is ready for advancement to the Spirit Realms. When a soul incarnates into an earth life from a number of Soul Realms, the soul will manifest the influences of those realms from which it came. In each realm we deal mostly with our choices made in our most recent earth incarnation. We do this by focusing mostly on a single aspect of our soul development associated with that realm. For example, in one particular Soul Realm we deal mostly with our unfinished emotional business left over from our past incarnation. In another realm, a mental realm, we deal mostly with karmic memories. In another realm, we deal mostly with our desires and passions. Souls live in communities with those whom share a like sympathy such as with family and friends. Souls occasionally take trips into other realms and return again to use those experiences in their soul communities — just as people on earth do during dreams and NDEs. This is accomplished under the guidance and protection of souls and spirits who have taken this as their ministry. The only difference is that after death, souls do not sleep and they vividly recall the experience of having traveled to another realm.

(g) Realm 5: The Spirit Realms — After all the Soul Realms associated with our solar system have been fully experienced and all the lessons have been fully learned and the proper level of soul growth has been attained, the soul can move on to Spirit Realms associated with constellations and star systems around the spiritual universe. Some NDE experiencers have met their “Higher Self” in this realm. Some experiencers have described seeing a City of Light or a “galaxy” of light.

(h) Realm 6: The God Realm — The highest realm is completely outside of the universe. This is the “God Realm” and it is the ultimate destination of every spirit. NDE experiencers have described becoming completely absorbed into — or at-one-with — God — in this Realm. The God Realm is also known by various religious traditions as “Vaikuntha” (Hinduism), “Tian” (Taoism and Confucianism), “Akanishtha” (Buddhism), “Shamayim” (Judaism), the “Kingdom of God” (Christianity), and “Jannah” (Islam). It is possible that there are a multitude of these realms as well.

4. The many NDE pathways through the afterlife realms

There is one particular aspect to near-death testimonies that varies greatly from each other and it is the path by which experiencers travel to reach various afterlife realms. By analyzing the various NDE testimonies on this website, a diagram of the numerous pathways to these various afterlife realms has been created.

There are very likely other paths but these are the ones I have encountered most often. Lets go through each path one at a time.

a. Path A: Earth to Earthbound Realm

The Earthbound Realm (ER) consists of hell realms located in the same space as the Physical Realm (PR) except the ER and its inhabitants are invisible to those inhabiting the PR except, of course, by those who are psychic enough to sense them. The transition to the ER after death is so subtle that many souls who travel there are not even aware they have died. Several cases in point are Dr. George Ritchie and Dr. Dianne Morrissey. Both of these experiencers dwelt in the ER for extended periods of time until they saw their dead body and realized they were dead. Any NDE where the experiencer is out-of-body and can observe their dead body from a distance is an experience in the ER. The ER is a temporary state of mind and soul after death of having earthly, physical desires that can no longer be satisfied. It is also a condition resulting from living a hellish lifetime with little or no soul growth. The condition is neither condemnation, judgment, nor punishment. It is the natural consequences (karma) of living such a life. It is a painful condition similar to “withdrawal symptoms.” It is a purification process much like the Catholic concept of purgatory. It ends when those in such a condition are willing to see the light and love within themselves and others which is God.

Other great ER experiences can be found in the NDEs of Howard Storm, Howard Pittman, Josiane Antonette, David Oakford, Don Brubaker, Angie Fenimore, Lorraine Tutmarc, and Mellen-Thomas Benedict.

Other earthbound descriptions are from: Dr. Dianne Morrissey (the complete account in her book), Josiane Antonette, Howard Pittman, Emanuel Swedenborg and Ruth Montgomery.” (Kevin Williams)

b. Path B: Earth to Void

“Some people report entering the void immediately after death without having to go through the tunnel. Others do report entering the void through the tunnel. Some people, such as Dr. George Ritchie, do not go through a tunnel but are led from one realm to the other by a Being of Light.” (Kevin Williams)

“One of the best descriptions of the void comes from the near-death account of Mellen-Thomas Benedict. It is also one of the best and profound near-death accounts you will read. Other excellent void descriptions can be found in the NDEs of: Guenter Wagner, Dr. George Ritchie, Howard Storm, Angie Fenimore, RaNelle Wallace, and Don Brubaker.” (Kevin Williams)

c. Path C: Earth to Void to Heaven

“Some people describe entering the Void either through the tunnel or not through the tunnel. Once in the void, some people immediately return to their body and their NDE is over. Other people, such as Guenter Wagner, have an extended experience in the void and then return to their bodies. But in the map above, you can see that some people leave the void then enter heaven. Once in the void, the only way out of it is through the love you have cultivated within you during life. In the void, once a person begins to think, remember, feel and realize love, the tunnel opens and you enter toward the light. Some people, such as Linda Stewart, leave the void with the help of a Being of Light. The void is totally devoid of love and light and the only way you can be attracted to the light is by realizing the love within you.

“One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the earth to void to heaven is the near-death account of Howard Storm. Another near-death account involving a trip through the void on the way to heaven is the near-death account of Linda Stewart. (Kevin Williams)

d. Path D: Earth to Heaven

“Some people do not report an experience with the earthbound realm or the Void. The travel to heaven directly my means of the tunnel. For example, Edgar Cayce traveled through the tunnel literally thousands of times and during each time, he would be able to see all the levels of the afterlife passing by him as he went straight to heaven to get his information. Why some people enter heaven by different methods is anyone’s guess. Perhaps people travel to afterlife realms according to how much they have earned it in life and in past lives. This would explain how some children have experiences in heaven without having to earn it in their current life and this suggests to me that they have earned it in a previous life. That is just my 2 cents worth.” (Kevin Williams)

“One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the earth directly to heaven is the near-death account of Betty Eadie. Other NDEs involving a direct trip to heaven are from: Dannion Brinkley, Jayne Smith, David Goines, Jan Price, May Eulitt, Carl Jung, Edgar Cayce, and John Star.” (Kevin Williams)

e. Path E: Earth to Earthbound Realm to Void to Heaven

“An interesting aspect of near-death accounts is that if one reads enough of them, one begins to understand the various transitions from the earth to heaven. The map above represents near-death accounts that involve all the first three levels (earthbound, void, heaven). Some of these reports, such as Dr. George Ritchie‘s, are virtually guided tours by a Being of Light. Often, these kind of experiences are the most transcendental.” (Kevin Williams)

“Those cases who came closest to death, or were clinically dead, just as Moody’s cases reported, told of being outside of their bodies, of moving through a Void or dark tunnel toward a luminous light, of meeting with departed relatives and friends, of having a feeling of great comfort and bliss and of being surrounded by compassionate love, a feeling so beautiful they longed to remain, and when they returned to the earthly realm, they were affected by this feeling the rest of their lives.” (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

Edgar Cayce would leave his body and become oppressed by the darkness. He would then experience a tremendous feeling of loneliness. He would then see a white beam of light and know that he must follow it or be lost. Whenever he would move through the tunnel toward the light, he would travel through various afterlife levels where unusual beings dwelled. On the first afterlife level, there were vague, horrible, grotesque forms such as one would see in a nightmare. Moving on, he would see on either side of the tunnel, misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. He would also see people on both sides of the tunnel calling out to him for help and trying to get his attention. But Cayce knew that any deviation from the tunnel would mean that he wouldn’t be able to return to his body. As he moved farther up the tunnel, the darkness would become lighter and the realm more colorful. At the end of the tunnel, he would then enter the Hall of Records, the heavenly source for the information he obtains. (Edgar Cayce)

Howard Pittman entered the second realm (the Void) where no love existed and where “demons” (earthbound human souls) there were participating in their area of expertise in tormenting souls. Pittman was then taken to the first realm (the earthbound realm) which he learned was in a spirit realm near the earth where demons stalk the living. It was in this realm that he saw demons in all shapes and forms. He was then led back to the second realm and to the entrance to a tunnel where angels were leading souls to the third realm (identified as one of the heavenly realms). (Howard Pittman)

Jan Price saw the skyline of a great city with three different dimensions. The first had a dinginess pervading the atmosphere. There was a gloominess, and everything was gray, even the inhabitants, but she sensed that somewhere beneath the discoloration pulsed life and beauty. It brought to her mind the lowest levels of existence in the world from which she came. Evil walked the squalid streets with malevolent bearing. No one there was up to, or expected, any good. From that dark dimension, each succeeding higher dimension became more colorful and more light. (Jan Price)

According to psychic George Anderson, after death we work our way up through the various levels of consciousness. We go through the tunnel and are able to go through the darker levels, which can represent a form of hell or purgatory, because these are the two negative levels, or the darker ones. But if we’ve been a good person, we generally just seem to pass through them very quickly and then we go on through the third and fourth levels of consciousness. When we go through these levels we meet our relatives and friends greeting us at the end of the tunnel where they’re waiting and lead us into the light.” (George Anderson)

As Mellen-Thomas Benedict passed into the second light [the Void], he expanded beyond the first light. He found himself in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. He could see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity. He realized that he was in the Void. He realized he was in pre-creation, before the Big Bang. He had crossed over the beginning of time and into the Eye of Creation. He felt as if he was touching the Face of God and was at one with Absolute Life and Consciousness. Mellen-Thomas described the void this way:

“The void is less than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The void is absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities. It is much more than even Universal Intelligence. The void is inside and outside everything. You, right now even while you live, are always inside and outside the void simultaneously. You don’t have to go anywhere or die to get there. The void is the vacuum or nothingness between all physical manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and their components. Modern science calls it zero-point. The Void is completely out of time and space as we know it. The Void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre-life, before the first vibration. While Mellen-Thomas was in the Void, he was aware of everything that had ever been created. It was like he was looking through the eyes of God. Suddenly he wasn’t him anymore; he had become God.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

f. Path F: Earth to Void to Receiving Station to Heaven

“Some people on the way to heaven first enter a heavenly receiving station where other souls are seen entering into as well. This receiving station is a place where people can meet deceased relatives and friends, have a life review, and/or move on to other structures within heaven. Some of these other structures that have been seen is a heavenly temple, a heavenly library, or a temple of knowledge. At this point, there are other higher heavens to go and it is my opinion that these are beyond the reach of people having an NDE. Often, it is in this first heavenly realm where people are told they must return. The following are experiences with this heavenly receiving stations.” (Kevin Williams)

Diego Valencia entered a dim, colorless, train station-like realm where grayish entities were being helped by guides from a foggy realm near earth. He was then given the decision to either return to his body or stay. (Diego Valencia)

George Ritchie entered the earthbound realm where he observed souls stalking the living because of some earthly desire. In the second realm (the Void), he observed angry spirits locked into hand to hand combat, trying in vain to hurt each other. In the third realm, he observed souls being led into a heavenly weigh station. After visiting a heavenly library, he is shown a distant city made of brilliant light. Its description resembled the city described in the Book of Revelation. (Dr. George Ritchie)

Dr. Michael Newton‘s research of afterlife experiencers yielded the following conclusions: All souls, regardless of experience, eventually arrive at a central port in the spirit world that is like a staging area for orientation. Once past this station there seems to be no further detour. A large number of returning souls are transported in a kind of spiritual form of mass transit. Souls are brought in, collected, and then projected out to their proper final destinations similar to a central terminal of a metropolitan airport that has the capacity to fly people out in any direction. The most outstanding characteristic of this place is a continuous feeling of a powerful mental force directing everything in uncanny harmony. Some have said that this is a realm of pure thought. (Dr. Michael Newton)

David Oakford was taken to a great city in the shadow and clouds above earth which he discovered was heaven. He observed the souls of humans and animals flying to and from the great city and back to the earth. He observed many souls coming to the city with guides. Some of the souls were sad, beaten and scared. In the city, David entered a large building where he had a life review. (David Oakford)

Ned Dougherty was in the deepest void of space feeling comfortable and at home. Ned then entered into a magnificent ethereal structure. This heavenly structure resembled an amphitheater made of a brilliant, crystal-like substance. The amphitheater was suspended in the void of space in the same fashion that a space station might hover in space. The amphitheater was similar in size to a sports stadium and conveyed a great majesty. It was here that Ned experienced a life review. (Ned Dougherty)

One woman, Pamela Anderson, 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. (Pamela Anderson)

An accountant described his account: “As we walked along together to find Jesus, I noticed there was one building larger than all the others. It looked like a football stadium with an open end to the building where a blinding light radiated from it. I tried to look up at the light but I couldn’t. It was too brilliant. Many people seemed to be bowed in front of this building in adoration and prayer. I said to my parents, ‘What is that?’ They said, ‘In there is God.'” (An accountant)

Lisa described her experience: “There was no tunnel or light. I ‘awoke’ standing upright in the back of what looked like a large auditorium-type place, without the chairs. The wall were gold and had jewels embedded in them. I was far in the back at first and couldn’t figure out where I was. There were horns playing loud classical-type music and it was a very formal-type ceremony. There were dancers with beautifully colored flags dancing in a supernatural sort of way. I felt my presence coming in closer, but I didn’t feel legs moving underneath me.” (Lisa)

Lynnclaire Dennis described her experience: “In luxuriant warmth we moved on, drawn higher into the valley, moving toward the Source of the light. I made a single turn, and the meadow suddenly became an amphitheater. On a stage that seemed to be suspended in front of me, I witnessed, with my grandmother, what seemed to be an encore performance of my life.” (Lynnclaire Dennis)

Edgar Cayce mentioned there exists a kind of weigh station in the spirit realm which is a transient place where souls decide their next destination. This transient place is the junction between various cosmic realms. It is both a usual and an unusual place related to the soul’s evolution. (Edgar Cayce)

Berkley Carter Mills was taken to a suspended platform where he met a being so powerful that he thought it was God. The angels bowed and took their places with two others at the platform’s four corners. Carter learned that the powerful being was Jesus. Carter is then led through a life review. (Berkley Carter Mills)

5. The connection between the body and afterlife realms

According to Edgar Cayce, Eastern mysticism, and NDE studies, the human body is a receiver of cosmic energy (like a radio) for which we are able to connect with spiritual realms in the afterlife. This “receiver” aspect of the human body is made up of a system of endocrine glands within our body which are points of contact to an associated system of spiritual energy centers (called “chakras” in the East) which are collectively called the “subtle” or “astral body” (or simply the “soul“). The soul body is the “vehicle” by which people have near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and lucid dreams for example. Near-death experiencers such as Edgar Cayce and Mellen-Thomas Benedict have described how our solar system is actually a physical representation of our higher spirit body. This revelation explains how planetary-astrological forces can influence us here on earth.

The soul body is also the energetic form of the physical body. The spiritual centers of the soul body are points of contact where the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the body come together. Each spiritual center associated with an endocrine gland is also a point of contact to a particular invisible afterlife realm represented physically by one of the planets of our solar system (see the chart below). Cayce identified a particular afterlife realm by giving it the same name as its corresponding planets in our solar system. For example, the planet Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun and is the physical manifestation of an invisible afterlife realm that is 7th in the afterlife hierarchy. The pituitary gland – the “master” gland of the body – is associated with the “third eye” chakra in Eastern religions and is the point of contact connecting our physical body to 7th afterlife realm represented physically by the planet Jupiter.

Each spiritual energy center corresponds to one of the seven notes on a musical scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Each spiritual center also corresponds to a color on the light spectrum of which there are seven: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (or white). The positive and negative “vibes” a person is outwardly exposed to in life can influence the inward functioning of the endocrine glands and their corresponding spiritual center. The dominant vibration – positive or negative – within a person’s body reflects which spiritual center is dominant within a person’s life. It is the dominant vibration of a person’s life – body and spirit – which determines the level of the corresponding afterlife realm they have attained. Certain yoga meditation techniques (such as chanting mantras) have been used in the East to raise the quality of the spiritual energy vibration to help heal the mind, body and spirit.

6. NDE insights concerning the various afterlife realms

Dr. George Ritchie stated, “In the afterlife, our thoughts are no longer private, but become known to all around us. People of the same kind of thoughts are drawn to each other because it is too threatening to be with others with whom we disagree when they know it.” (Dr. George Ritchie)

Arthur Yensen stated, “After death, people gravitate into homogeneous groups according to the rate of their soul’s vibrations. If the percentage of discord in a person is small, it can be eliminated by the Master-Vibration of God; then the remaining good can live there. However, if there is more discord within a soul’s vibrations than good, this cannot be done and the person must gravitate to a lower afterlife level and live with people of their kind. Each person lives in the kind of a heaven or hell which they prepared for themselves while on earth. Nobody sends us anywhere. We are sorted by the high or low vibrations of our soul. Everyone goes where they fit in.” (Arthur Yensen)

According to Edgar Cayce, “After death, the dimension of the afterlife we travel to is determined by the level of spiritual development we have attained while on earth.” (Edgar Cayce)

Jan Price stated, “In the afterlife, everyone is free to visit the various afterlife realms and nothing is restricted. The only governor is the state of the conscious mind. Deeply held beliefs come into visible expression there. Not everyone has the same experience because everyone creates his or her own experience. Subtle energies slowly open restrictive, closed minds in order to accept greater understanding.” (Jan Price)

“We can not dwell in the higher spiritual realms until we have perfectly qualified for it by a change of heart and mind, a significant amount of preparation, and by completing our mission.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“Those living in the higher realms radiate the brightest light and their glory must be cloaked when people in the lower realms look at them. It is possible for people in the lower realms to visit higher realms, but they must be prepared or covered so they can stand in the presence of greater glory.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“Our earth experience determines our afterlife destiny, but no one is locked there, and each can progress to higher and higher levels of being.” (Jan Price)

“How does a person get ahead of others in the afterlife? They don’t. There is no place in heaven for discontent or personal ambition. Some people may not be able to change at all after they arrive in the afterlife. On earth, we can change ourselves quite easily and should use this life to make ourselves into the kind of people we want to be in the afterlife.” (Arthur Yensen)

“Death is merely the doorway to the next level of soul growth and evolution.” (Edgar Cayce)

“In the afterlife, death on earth is considered a graduation.” (Howard Storm)

“Infants who die are taken in spirit to a place where they are nurtured, taught and mature.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“There are heavenly hospitals full of injured and crippled souls – the result of their hard faring on earth – who are nursed back to health so that they can begin their work in heaven.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“To travel from one point to another in the afterlife, all one has to do is think about it.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

“Those on the other side can observe what is happening on earth whenever they choose to do so.” (Jan Price)

“Each afterlife realm has a theme for learning. The physical realm exists for us to test our ideals and learn from them.” (David Oakford)

“How we lived our life on earth determines which heavenly realm we have earned and travel to after death. We choose our own pace through the afterlife realms.” (Betty Bethards)

“The afterlife realms are experiences of enjoyment and recreation. People do things they enjoy and keep company with people they enjoy in a realm of joyful activity. The skills, interests, and abilities developed on earth may be reflected in the roles chosen in eternity. We contribute uniquely toward the goodness and beauty in the realm we inhabit which is vast and of transcendent beauty. Our quality of life in spirit is directly affected by our heart and activities on earth. Opportunities for practicing love continues.” (Nora Spurgin)

“The most difficult thing for a person who has been deeply steeped in a particular religious tradition is to realize that the form alone is not what elevates a person; it is the heart. Still, those who cling to an external form of religion will be most comfortable with others who practice the same rituals, whatever they may be. In this sense, congregations may continue centered around the particular religious traditions they practiced while on earth.” (Nora Spurgin)

“Our moral obligation to help others continues after death. Death does not eliminate our obligations. We are still given opportunities in spirit realms to freely serve others.” (Margaret Tweddell)

“In heaven, we can remember our real identity and know what possibilities exist for soul growth. We do not move forward until we choose to.” (Dr. PMH Atwater)

“After death, we can choose to observe people on earth to see how they deal with situations. Our behavior on earth provides a teaching ground for those in spirit.” (Betty Bethards)

“When a soul incarnates to earth, they will be more influenced by the afterlife realm they just came from, the planet it represents, and the astrological configuration at the time of their birth. These planetary influences allow us to receive certain lessons and tests related to our karma. Our free will has absolute power over any planetary or heavenly realm – even God.” (Edgar Cayce)

“A heavenly computer exists in the spirit realm that is designed to help us choose our destiny.” (Dr. Allen Kellehear’s research)