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The Void and the Near-Death Experience

Many near-death testimonies involve the experiencer entering a realm commonly known in metaphysical literature as “the Void.” This article discusses the nature of this realm to give the reader a good understanding of its purpose and how to deal with it after death. The general consensus among near-death testimonies is that the Void is a realm of complete and profound darkness – empty of everything except for the thought and emotional patterns of those who enter it. The Void is a perfect place for experiencers to examine themselves, contemplate their recent earth experience, and decide where they want to go next. For some experiencers, the Void is a beautiful and heavenly realm because, in the absence of all else, they are able to perfectly see the love and light within themselves. For other experiencers, the Void is a terrifying, confusing, horrible hell because, in the absence of everything, they are temporarily unable to see the love and light within themselves. For this reason, the Void also acts as a heavenly “Time Out” where the experiencer is forced to look within themselves. There is no judgment in the Void except the possibility of self-condemnation – a harsher form of self-understanding. The Void has also been understood as a process of “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 that is God. For these reasons and more, this article may be the most important article you may read on this website.

Table of Contents

  1. Summary of insights concerning the Void
  2. The nature of the Void
  3. Love does not exist in the Void
  4. Light does not exist in the Void
  5. Beings of light near the Void
  6. Religious traditions and the Void
  7. Profound experiences of the Void
  8. The reasons for the existence of the Void
    a. Self-reflection
    b. Decision-making
    c. Purification
  9. How to escape from the Void
    a. Love sets you free from the Void
    b. The light sets you free from the Void
    c. Your faith sets you free from the Void
    d. Beings of Light set you free from the Void
    e. Reincarnation sets you free from the Void

1. Summary of insights concerning the Void

Some near-death experiencers travel very quickly through the Void by means of the tunnel and on to higher realms. Other experiencers, particularly those who have developed a strong attraction for some earthly desire may instead enter a lower realm called the earthbound realm in a vain attempt to re-enter earth. But many near-death experiencers, as you will see, enter the Void immediately after death. From there, they may then enter the tunnel toward the light in the next heavenly realm. Other experiencers remain in the Void for one reason or another until they are ready to leave it.

For some souls, the time spent in the Void may feel like only a moment. For others, it may seem like eternity. This is because the nature of the Void is for contemplation. Once the soul is ready, the light appears and the tunnel takes them into higher realms. For souls who either refuse the light or have spent a lifetime ignoring the light within themselves, it may take what seems like an “eternity” before they are ready to move on. The problem for some souls is they prefer darkness rather than the light for one reason or another. For some of these souls, their only hope is reincarnation. This is because it is not possible for any soul to be confined in the earthbound and Void realms forever. God is infinitely merciful and would never abandon anyone to their own spiritual agony for too long; however, God allows souls to remain there only as long as it suits their spiritual growth.

The Void is not punishment. It is the perfect place for all souls to see themselves and to purge themselves from all illusions. For those souls who are too self-absorbed in their own misery to see the light, there are a multitude of Beings of Light nearby to help them when they freely chose to seek them. The nature of love and light is such that it cannot be forced upon people who don’t want it. Choosing love and light over darkness is the key to being freed from the Void. The moment the choice is made, the light and tunnel appears and the soul is drawn into higher realms.

2. The nature of the Void

As mentioned earlier, nothing exists in the Void except your own thought and emotional patterns. Within this dark emptiness, ego is stripped away

The following is P.M.H. Atwater‘s explanation of the nature of the Void:

“My dining room below was slowly but surely merging into another kind of space coming down from a source past my ceiling. These two spaces or dimensions of space were merging into each other, but I was not moving. I did not change position in any way. I was where I was, but the world around me was changing and shifting and becoming something else. My dining room faded from sight as this new space became more visible and more real. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. It encompassed me. The new space was both totally bright and totally dark at the same time yet without shape, form, sound, color, mass, or movement. It was aglow but there was no light source. It was dark but there was no darkness. Somehow within this strange environment was the presence of all shapes, all forms, all sound, all color, all mass, and all movement. Everything that ever was, is, or will be was there, yet there was nothing there at all. It was everything and it was nothing, yet within it was a feeling, a pulse, a sensation of energy “winking” off and on — a sparkling potential which “shimmered,” just as Jell-O does before it responds to touch. I called it “The Void” for lack of a better term or idea. It was comfortable enough, so within its crammed nothingness I proceeded with my experiments (At this point, Atwater experiments in the Void by creating images, such as a house, with her mind. She is then visited by deceased relatives and Jesus. Afterward, she finds herself back in the Void). I was now alone in this non-place and there was nothing. For the first time I looked upon myself to see what possible form or shape I might have, and to my surprise and joy I had no shape or form at all. I was naught but a sparkle of pure consciousness, the tiniest, most minuscule spark of light imaginable. And that is all I was. I was content that way, without ego or identity, pure, whole, and uncomplicated. Within that nothingness I had become, I simply existed, ecstatic in perfect bliss and peace, like perfection itself and perfect love. Everywhere around me were sparkles like myself, billions and trillions of them, winking and blinking like on / off lights, pulsating from some unknown source. I would have existed in that state of bliss forever had an irritation not made itself known, like an old sore deep within me; then energy waves burst forth from that deep old sore, and with them came the life of Phyllis, playing itself out from birth to death. (At this point, Atwater experiences a life review) (P.M.H. Atwater)

The rest of this section will focus on important characteristics of the Void such as:

(a) There is no love there.
(b) There is no light there.
(c) Beings of light are nearby to help tormented souls.
(d) Religious references to the Void.
(e) Profound examples of people who experienced the Void.

3. Love does not exist in the Void

The only love that exists in the Void is the love you bring into it. The Void itself has no love or light and because of this, the only way to leave the Void and enter the higher realms is by choosing love. The moment love is desired, the light appears as if summoned. Most near-death accounts describe very brief encounters with the Void, if any at all. It is probably true that most people choose love over darkness, much like most people choose to remain out of prison. God does not force anyone out of the Void. The way to heaven must be earned through cultivating and bearing the fruits of love and light. This is the key to getting out of the Void and into heaven. The following near-death accounts describe the loveless nature of the Void.

“While in second heaven (the Void) Howard Pittman felt an overwhelming oppressive feeling and wondered what was causing it. He was told that it is because there is no love there.” (Rev. Howard Pittman)

“In the Void, your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts.” (Robert Monroe)

An interesting thing that Mellen-Thomas Benedict learned while in the Void was that God was not there. God is here on earth. That’s what it is all about. Humanity‘s constant search for God outside of this world doesn’t need to happen. Everything is here. We are God’s exploration of God through us. People are so busy trying to become God that they ought to realize that we are already God and God is becoming us. That’s what it is really about. (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

4. Light does not exist in the Void

Light and love is God. Because of this, God’s influence in the Void is limited because darkness rules in the Void. In the same manner, the influence of darkness (spiritual ignorance) on earth is limited because light rules on earth. And light cannot be forced upon people. But once light/love is chosen by the soul, the soul’s stay in the Void is ended. The problem is that many souls have not realized divine love and light within themselves while on earth. This makes it difficult to leave the Void.

The following description of the second stage after death by Emanuel Swedenborg is a remarkable description of the Void:

“Immediately following death, there is a period of self-discovery in which the social masks worn on earth dissolve away and the true self is revealed. Each soul then shapes their own situation to correspond with their real inner nature. The second stage after death is where people learn the inward things that belong to their mind and their true selves. Everyone is directed into this stage after death because it is the actual state of the spirit. If a soul was inwardly involved in goodness while in the physical world, they will behave rationally and wisely at this stage. If a soul was inwardly involved in evil while in the physical world, they will behave senselessly and crazily. Once their outward matters are taken away from them, their madness is unveiled. People who are thinking about divine matters while they are active on earth are in touch with angels of heaven. It is a life of love, a life of behaving honestly and fairly in every task, that leads to a heavenly life. This life is not hard.” (Emanuel Swedenborg)

The following is a description of the Void from the revelations of Edgar Cayce who referred to the Void as outer darkness – a term that can be found in the Bible.

“After death, we may enter a region that is Void of love, life, and light, Void of everything. For some, this region is approximately their wish come true. Here they are truly alone with themselves. For some souls, this is a pain that is unbearable. In the absence of truth, love, gentleness, and kindness, some souls fill the Void with an irrational and unbelievable amount of pain and fear. It is so dark in the realm of outer darkness that the darkness hurts and panic grips them without knowing why. There are various degrees of darkness to this realm, and it is darker and denser at the center than at its outer fringes. The closer we are to the outer edges, the more interaction there is with others in the realm. The closer to the center, the darker and more painful is the solitude. Those who find themselves in outer darkness cannot travel across this dimension. They must grow through the levels of this realm. After death, one may find themselves in a particular degree of darkness that most closely corresponds to the degree of the absence of love in one’s life. Outer darkness is not a punishment. It is a region which operates lawfully for the benefit of those who are there. This region is not a realm which was created for any soul to experience, but one which came about as a consequence of the negative activity of souls in creation. So great has been the desire for self, so monumental across time and space has been the selfishness of some of God’s creatures, that this realm is the creation or manifestation of their own collective activities. Outer darkness and the reality with which it is associated were created and are held in place by collective self-interest. (Edgar Cayce)

5. Beings of light near the Void

Near-death accounts involve the experiencer observing Beings of Light near the Void ready to help, or helping, souls in the Void. Souls in the Void are unaware that Beings of Light are all around them, until they decide they need God’s help.

Asher Elmekiess was in a place where darkness was everywhere. Yet there were sparkles all around like little stars. It was a place of so much love, peace and joy. Asher did not want to move or come back from there. (Asher Elmekiess)

“There are souls called the shining ones who dedicate themselves to going into this dark realm and bringing spiritual light. The souls who are dedicated to this work of rehabilitation are clothed in protective garments so that they are not harmed or pierced by the dagger-like thoughts of hatred which those in the dark realms are throwing out. The shining ones are not allowed to go and talk to these people, but they stand nearby and call to them through thought – prayer, if you like. The moment the souls in this dark area respond in a positive way, the ones who have come to help are able to bring them out into a less dense, foggy world and eventually out into the realm of light.” (Margaret Tweddell)

6. Religious traditions and the Void

The Void is known by many religious traditions by many different names. Some of them are: purgatory, hell, outer darkness, prison, Gehennom, Sheol, pit, abyss, an-nar, and Preta-Loka. The following is a brief description of some of these traditions.

“[During deep meditation] I lost all sense of individualness and only after attempting to regain a sense of myself did I realize that I had lost individual consciousness … It was as if my consciousness turned off a gravitational force that somehow maintained selfness, allowing my mind to slip into an infinite vacuum much like the difference between a contained planetary atmosphere and infinite, airless outer space. I assume this is what the Eastern seekers mean by entering the Void.” (John Van Auken)

“[During deep meditation] I immediately found myself in a beautiful place, right next to the Light and Presence of God, where we are all living traces of His movement, yet still Him in essence. We are ourselves, yet also Him. I could feel it! All unique, but still Him. We all were open both to God and to connecting with each other, and there was nothing else except this! This was prior to inner and outer worlds, prior to space and time, prior to existence itself! This is the place where there are no limits, where peace is not yet disturbed, where surrender is natural, and where our life is wholly our relatedness to each other and to God.” (Stuart Dean)

The Tibetan Buddhist Book of the Dead teaches that once awareness is freed from the body, it creates its own reality as one would experience in a dream. The Clear Light of the Ultimate Reality appears and the deceased must embrace this supreme experience not in a selfish and egoistic way but rather with love and compassion for everyone. The deceased must then realize that his own self is one with this light in order to attain Nirvana. If the deceased responds with fear, it is still not liberated and will descend into the second phase [the Void] where peaceful deities appear. If liberation is not attained at this time, then the peaceful deities turn into wrathful deities. It is important in this realm to recognize the Void-ness of all these beings as a projection of their own mind. (Tibetan Buddhism)

The writers of the New Testament referred to the Void more than they did heaven. Here is just one of these references:

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

7. Profound experiences of the Void

There are many very interesting near-death accounts that involve an extended experience in the Void. From such accounts, much information concerning the Void can be gleaned. The following profound near-death experiences with the Void are the best I have come across.

Guenter Wagner’s Void experience is too long to summarize here. His Void experience is one of my personal favorites.

Other excellent Void experiences come from: • Mellen-Thomas BenedictNancy Evans BushRaNelle Wallace.

Other, less in depth, Void experiences come from: • Don BrubakerRev. Kenneth HaginDr. George RodonaiaThomas SawyerAngie Fenimore

8. The reasons for the existence of the Void

a. Self-reflection

Examining your inner spiritual nature is an important part of soul growth and there is no better place to do this than in the Void. Those who have learned to ignore their inner spiritual nature have the most difficulty in the Void because they have the most to learn. This is why it is important to examine your inner spirituality on earth before you get to the Void. In fact, that is one of the important reasons why we come to earth in the first place.

Lynnclaire Dennis entered a vacuum, a sacred space that was exceedingly real and where her grief disappeared. The love within her saved her from oblivion. (Lynnclaire Dennis)

“All you may know of heaven or hell is within your own self.” (Edgar Cayce)

b. Decision-making

The ultimate purpose of the Void is for us to look perfectly within ourselves. If a person looks deep enough within themselves, they will find the light that can bring them from the darkness. The problem is that many people choose not to do this for one reason or another. The following near-death accounts involve making decisions in the Void.

c. Purification

The suffering that souls experience in the Void serves a purpose for good. Many religious traditions teach that God gives us suffering in order to create character, perseverance, and to cause us to rely more on God and not in our own strength (or weakness). Suffering should never be viewed as a curse from God, but rather a blessing in disguise. It is God’s will for us to suffer in this world and in the Void in order to bring forth goodness. In fact, this is the symbolism behind the crucifixion of Jesus.

Betty Bethards learned that the Void is a realm of total darkness where we must confront the fears we have built within our own minds. As soon as we are able to meet them directly, to face them, they dissipate. It provides the opportunity for people to confront and move beyond the negativity they have created. Souls do not enter the Void unless they need to experience it for their growth. Hell is a level of consciousness which can be experienced in or out of the body. It is a lonely place where one is not allowed to be in communication with anyone other than one’s own negativity. (Betty Bethards)

The type of near-death experience that PMH Atwater categorizes as the initial experience, involves elements such as a loving nothingness, the living dark, a friendly voice, or a brief out-of-body episode. Unpleasant or hell-like experiences involve inner cleansing and self-confrontation. (P.M.H. Atwater)

“Upon death, most souls go through a heavenly process before entering into heaven. Some souls, instead of experiencing the tunnel and bright light upon death, find themselves in an abyss of empty, joyless, nothingness for a brief period of time.” (Sylvia Browne)

9. How to escape from the Void

Escaping from the Void is very easy for some souls and difficult for others. Various near-death accounts provide a wealth of information on how to escape from the Void. Here is a list of them:

a. Love sets you free from the Void.
b. The light sets you free from the Void.
c. Your faith sets you free from the Void.
d. Beings of Light set you free from the Void.
e. Reincarnation sets you free from the Void.

The following information is a more detailed discussion of these ways to escape from the Void:

a. Love sets you free from the Void

The Void is a spiritual dimension that exists within us. During our lives, we may fill this Void with many things such as: love, hatred, happiness, sadness, knowledge, ignorance, family, just to name a few. And when we die, we actually step into this spiritual dimension we have filled. Whatever we fill the Void within us with, at death, we enter into it. Perhaps this is one good reason why the most important aspect of our missions in life have to do with love. Realizing, filling and cultivating divine love within our Void and sharing this love with others during our life will create a heavenly paradise that will be manifested in death. The following near-death insights deal with love and its relationship to the Void.

“After death, many people find themselves in the Void. The way out of the Void is simple. You must think of love. Those who you love might show up to tell you to go back to your body or to think of love. To recognize love as a reality is the key to getting out of the Void.” (Brian Krebs)

Lynnclaire Dennis’ love redeemed her from oblivion. We only have to remember to make love real. (Lynnclaire Dennis)

“Ignorance of the need to seek spiritual growth may keep some souls in the Void for a long period of time.” (Nora Spurgin)

“Those in the dark realm can progress, but their progress is limited. The key is love.” (RaNelle Wallace)

“To protect yourself from the unspiritual souls in the darkness, whether on earth or in the Void, chose to focus on love.” (David Oakford)

Joni Maggi was in a dark outer space and feeling total bliss. It was there she learned that the universe is upheld by love. (Joni Maggi)

b. Light sets you free from the Void

While some people describe leaving the Void through love, others describe leaving the Void through light. They are both describing the same thing and the same God. One near-death experiencer put it so nicely, “God is the light that loves.”

Laurelynn Martin floated up through blackness where there existed no fear, no pain, and no misunderstandings. There was also a sense of well-being. She was enveloped by total bliss in an atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance. The darkness was warm and soft, a blanket of velvety love, stretching endlessly. The freedom of total peace was intensified beyond any ecstatic feeling she had ever felt on earth. In the distance, a glorious white, golden light beckoned her forward. (Laurelynn Martin)

Ray Meir was in a very dark, vast, peaceful area. It was much like floating through outer space and total darkness. He felt extremely peaceful and very comfortable. Ahead he could see an extremely bright light attracting him. He felt a great love emanating from the light and he moved toward the light much like a child walking to its father. (Ray Meir)

Barbara Springer entered a black space where there existed no light; but she wasn’t frightened at all. The space was totally comfortable. Ahead of her she noticed a bright light. (Barbara Springer)

Darlene Holman approached the blackness. Then see saw a light in the distance with souls around the edge of it. (Darlene Holman)

Hal was in the darkness and could neither see nor feel himself nor anything else. He wondered if the blackness was all there was and if he’d have to make do with his memories and imagination until they ran out. He was absorbed in thought when a faint glimmer of light appeared; but it quickly vanished. He tried to summon the light and another brief burst of light appeared. He wondered if he could attract its attention. The light appeared again and the nearer it came, the brighter it was. In the light, he could dimly see himself. The light grew very bright and he tried to look away. It was so bright that he feared its intensity. He yelled for it to stop and the light replied, “I will not harm you.” (Hal)

c. Faith sets you free from the Void

By reflecting on positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts, and feeling the love and light within yourself, you will be able to progress from the Void. The following information demonstrates how faith can set you free.

George Rodonaia was surrounded by a profound darkness which shocked and horrified him. He wondered why he was in darkness and what he was supposed to do. He realized that because he could still think, this meant he still existed. Then he reasoned that since he existed, he should think only positive thoughts. He wondered how to define what is positive in the darkness. When he thought of light, he was instantly in the light. (Rev. George Rodonaia)

“As soon as we are able to confront our fears directly, to face them, they dissipate.” (Betty Bethards)

Mrs. Walters tumbled in the blackness and felt frightened because she didn’t know where she was going. She thought, “I have to get back inside my body.” Immediately, she was back inside her body without knowing how. (Mrs. Walters)

d. Beings of light set you free from the Void

Beings of Light are near and ready to help anyone in the Void out of their predicament. All it takes is but a desire or a cry for help, no matter how large or small the desire. Some experiencers, such as Linda Stewart, didn’t belong in the Void at all and were automatically rescued from the Void. The following is a summary of her rescue from the Void.

Linda Stewart was irresistibly draw toward a vast, endless black Void or black hole. Gradually, she felt herself sinking into it. It appeared that she would simply disappear into the dark nothingness. As her new awareness waned, she yielded to the heaviness overtaking her as darkness filled her mind. Her vision became obscured as she began to merge into the blackness. Offering no resistance, she released her hold on any remaining shred of consciousness and personal identity. As she felt the last of herself disappearing into nothingness, she was suddenly buffeted by a powerful, energetic force that swooped beneath and lifted her, carrying her upward. She was barely conscious. Her only awareness was the sensation of rising. Vast distances seemed to fly by her and the higher she rose, the more her head cleared. She felt peaceful and loved immeasurably. She knew that she was in the arms of a Being who cherished her with perfect love. This Being was Jesus and he carried her from the Void into a new reality. (Linda Stewart)

“Higher beings know what to do to help a soul in the Void advance themselves if they so choose to do so.” (David Oakford)

e. Reincarnation sets you free from the Void

God never abandons anyone to the Void or anywhere. Those who are either unwilling or ignorant about entering the light may have only one choice and that is to return to earth through reincarnation. Again, this is not punishment; it is a way for such souls to return to the earth-school for more lessons and learn how to progress.

“For some souls, the only hope out of the Void is through reincarnation.” (Arthur Yensen)

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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)

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Guenter Wagner’s Near-Death Experience

This is one of the most interesting NDEs you will ever read. After evaluating Guenter Wagner’s childhood NDE profiled here, I have found some very interesting aspects about it. His discussion of the “black world” is a very good description of the Void experience which many experiencers have described. Many near-death accounts involve this Void and it is generally only a transitory space that people travel through (usually by means of the tunnel) to get to the light. Some people spend more time in the Void than others, but the evidence suggests that souls remain there until they are ready to leave it. Guenter’s NDE is like many others in that he experiences the Being of Light (whom he identifies as Jesus), the Void, and a very interesting life review. He also experiences time travel, but Guenter’s time travel experience is like none I have ever read. Although his NDE may seem unusual at times (because the Void experience can be unusual), this is a good example of the subjective nature of NDEs. It is also a long near-death account but certainly well worth reading.

Table of Contents

  1. His Accident and Out-of-Body Experience
  2. Reaching a Decision Inside the Void
  3. Experiencing the Earthbound Realm
  4. Trying to Return to Life Through the Sun
  5. Returning to the Void
  6. Entering a Heavenly World Through the Tunnel
  7. Encountering Helpful Spirit Guides
  8. Being Purified By the Sun
  9. Being Enlightened By the Moon
  10. Observing the Dance of the Suns
  11. Seeing the Future with the Being of Light
  12. Receiving Knowledge of His Mission in Life
  13. Traveling Back Into Time to the Stone Age
  14. Trying to Understand Life in the Stone Age
  15. Living Life as a Cave Man
  16. A Message to Humanity from the Being of Light
  17. Learning from a Life Review
  18. Returning to His Physical Body
  19. More Information About Guenter Wagner
  20. An Interview with Guenter Wagner

1. His Accident and Out-of-Body Experience

I do not know exactly how old I was when I had this experience, but everything happened in our new home, so I must have been 11 years old, at least.

On that day I left my flat on the first floor when, all of a sudden, I heard a voice behind me. I quickly turned around but there was nobody. I cannot recall the exact words, but the voice said, in effect, that the quality of my world that I knew of was nothing compared to the one that he would be able to show me. “Nonsense,” I said to myself and started to run down the stairs to the basement in a boisterous and cheerful way. There were only a few steps left when I jumped up high knocking my head against the ceiling.

The impact of this blow sent me down on my knees and I quickly passed out. I fell into a deep blackness. I remember going through a kind of black hose. At the end of it, I felt being drawn back by a mysterious force, but I resisted because I did not want to go back through that black hose again. I went forward and suddenly I found myself in a gray space.

I did not know where I was, and, looking around, I saw in some distance someone slowly coming towards me. Actually, I did not see this figure at all because there was nothing to look at. However, I sensed a gray figure being there. I definitely knew that there was someone. I said, “I have lost my way. Could you please show me the right way back?”

The next thing I knew was that I was lying on the basement floor. I heard this extremely uncomfortable ringing noise, which gradually became more and more intense. Then the noise stopped, and, all of a sudden, I realized that a white, gauze-like material was very slowly oozing out of my head.

It took on the shape of a very long stocking and floated at a slight angle right above me. I became very embarrassed, because I did not want to be seen by anyone with this material coming out of me. Meanwhile, more of this gauze-like material was collecting itself under the ceiling and I could not do anything to stop it. I did not feel any pain whatsoever in this process.

Suddenly it dawned on me that I was out of my body. It must have happened the moment this oozing stopped. I saw a body lying on the floor, which could only belong to me. I was shivering and I quickly wanted to return to my body and its warmth when I heard someone say:

“Stop! Before going back, see what it is like outside!”

[Webmaster note: I believe this is the voice of another soul in the Void]

2. Reaching a Decision Inside the Void

However, I did not pay any attention to the voice. Although I could not see any physical body but my own, this voice was quite near. Then I heard it again, this time it was begging me very earnestly:

“Please, do not go back, I beseech you. Why do you not want to discover your new faculties first? You may still go back if you do not like them.”

I hesitated. After all, this voice was right. Why shouldn’t I give it a try? On that the voice said quickly:

“Test your mind! If you do you will discover that you can think in a way you have never experienced before.”

The voice was right again. I could think very lucidly indeed, and I was able to understand very quickly with a directness that did not leave a trace of doubt. Then I heard the voice again:

“If you are willing to stay outside of your body, you will make a wonderful journey and you will see many interesting things. However, you must decide quickly! So hurry up!”

Eventually I began to consider the whole situation. It was really up to me whether I wanted to return to my body and live the life on Earth with all its limitations and with all its joy or to stay outside in this condition of clear thinking. The voice again urged me to hurry up and to tell him whether I had made up my mind.

3. Experiencing the Earthbound Realm

I gave in. I decided to stay outside and I instantly realized that my body had to die, meaning total destruction by decay. I thought to myself, “How sad for my mother!”

As for me, I did not feel any regrets, because my body was now only a wrapper to me, a burden of which I freed myself the moment I had decided to stay outside.

Presently I realized that I was able to move freely about in a way I had never experienced before. I was floating right through the walls of our house (I saw my mother in front of the kitchen stove cooking a meal) and up into the sky. In the distance, I saw a great shining ball, which was the sun. I felt irresistibly attracted to it by its brightness and I wanted to go right into it. No sooner had I thought this when I hit something that catapulted me far out into blackness. I tried once more, but it all happened again. I quickly learned that there had to be an invisible barrier that I could only approach but not overcome.

4. Trying to Return to Life Through the Sun

I had another go and this time I stopped right in front of this barrier in order to watch the sun, which was now shining in a reddish glow. Its size was relatively small because I had to look at it from a distance, which was determined by this invisible barrier. Nevertheless, the reddish glow of the sun did not satisfy me at all.

Suddenly the voice said, “There are more lights!”

As I was looking around, I saw in the distance a multitude of other lights, which shone much brighter than the Earth’s sun. I wanted to be with those lights! Although they were far, far away, I could reach them in an instant. However, each individual light had its own effective barrier that knocked me off into the blackness again every time I tried to approach it.

Getting in contact with these barriers was very unpleasant, because every time I touched them, my whole being was violently shaken.

All of a sudden, the voice said, “Look for a single, bright light and approach it slowly.”

[Webmaster note: I believe this is either the voice of a helpful light being or a helpful soul in the void.]

I chose an individual light whose brightness was much greater than all the other lights around it and I approached it very carefully. I saw a huge ball burning incredibly bright. The voice told me that it was one of the many stars that I was able to see from the Earth.

5. Returning to the Void

I was watching this ball for quite a long time until I could not look at it any longer. Therefore, I withdrew into the blackness again. I began to consider my situation. I could not stay in that blackness forever. There must be a way out. I looked around and I saw another cluster of stars that was strangely twisted.

I wanted to go there but I heard the voice say, “They are all alike. Go up!”

I did not know where up was, but tried all the same – with success, because I saw very far away, over the blackness, a shimmering line. I wanted to go there in spite of that incredibly long distance, but I only wanted to go to the edge of this line, because I did not know whether it had a barrier or not.

6. Entering a Heavenly World Through the Tunnel

I covered the distance instantly. This time there was no barrier that would repel me. The light came from another world. (While our world is black with lights in it – this other world is bright). However, I could not enter this world. I was moving around in every direction trying to figure out a passageway to this world. I soon realized that there was only one possibility: Hurling myself down this black abyss that lay right in front of me. I hesitated. I did not have the courage to jump.

But, suddenly, I heard the voice again, “There is no other way! You will have to jump! Jump! Jump!”

Then I jumped. I do not know what happened next, but I do remember very vividly that I suddenly found myself moving at a tremendous speed through a tunnel of blackness. I had entered this tunnel headfirst. My whole being was in a kind of a cylinder or pipe and I shot through this tunnel like a capsule in the tubes of a pneumatic post.

I was moving faster and faster, until I was ejected far into this new universe. The blackness was instantly substituted by a sort of dim brightness (if I may say so). I tumbled over myself several times very vehemently until I felt being slowed down by this new world. I remember thinking, “Why are they treating me so rough?”

I felt this new world closing in on while simultaneously the old world was retreating until I was completely taken up by this new world.

While being ejected I heard the voice shout at me, “This is your world! You do not belong to us! You have to remain in this world! Don’t you ever try to come back.”

I turned around and I saw a piece of the black world, which I must have trailed behind me while being ejected, withdraw to the opening where it was finally sucked up. The moment the old world was shut out, I was immediately taken up by the new one, so much so, that I was thoroughly convinced that I could only further exist in this new world. I had no choice anyway. The black world was gone. I was now an inseparable part of this new world. I thought to myself, “This scoundrel of a voice! He has betrayed me by forcing me into this world. There is no way back! This is final! Hopefully, I will be able to breathe and not suffocate to death.”

Therefore, I tried to breathe, but I soon found out that no breathing was necessary. I simply could exist. As long as I was in the black world, I had never thought about breathing.

As I said earlier, everything around me was dimly bright. Although it was bright, I could not see clearly. The impact of the finality of the condition I was in was overwhelming. Although I felt being part of this new world I did not know anything about it. I felt utterly alone, betrayed, very tiny and insignificant. No other soul far and wide. I started wailing about my situation. I did not know what to do. I felt very miserable.

7. Encountering Helpful Spirit Guides

All right, I was able to move freely wherever I wanted to go. However, where should I go? No one was there! No one? Nevertheless, there were voices very far away! In fact, I heard two voices.

I could hear them say, in complete disbelief, something like, “Look, look, there is a little soul! Look there is a young soul! What is he doing here? How did he come here?”

Voices in this world were actually no voices at all. Something was thought and I immediately understood what they were talking about. What I am reporting now are impressions and not the meaning of actual words. These impressions were, however, so clear that I had no doubts whatsoever.

I continued complaining that I would not know anyone in this bright world and that I had been forced to come there. The voices drew nearer. However, I could not see anybody. I simply sensed their presence, which was very fine with me. I now knew that there were beings in that world with whom I was able to communicate. Beings, however, that were simultaneously strangers, but friendly ones.

The beings urged me to go back where I had come from. I thought this very ridiculous being now a part of this new world. Moreover, even if I really wanted to go back, which was impossible, how should I proceed? In addition, even if I did succeed in finding my way back, I would not have the slightest idea where my native world, Earth, lay. Then I sensed that they wanted to force me out of this world. I became very upset and I thought, “No one can force me to leave this world. I have a right to stay here, because I am a part of it.”

The two beings must have understood what I was thinking, because I could not sense their voices any longer. Then, one of the beings guided me (I do not know how) to a place that I had not seen before. The other one must have gone away calling for assistance in attempting to find the right approach of how a situation like that should be handled.

8. Being Purified by the Sun

This place turned out to be a meadow with many flowers in it. It was a wonderful meadow, but I knew that it was only an image of a meadow, somehow conjured up and suspended in this new world. The being asked me to play on the meadow, but I could not. I simply did not know how.

All of a sudden, I was aware of a tiny bright light far away in the “sky” but rapidly coming nearer and nearer. It was shaped like a ball and it was indescribably bright. I tried to shade my eyes, but I did not need to. Despite its incredible brightness and brilliance, it did not dazzle me a bit!

Presently, this light stopped at a distance right above me. It was a sun about the same size as the sun of our world, but it was indescribably brighter. I kept staring at this sun wondering how a light could possess such brilliance. The brightness of the lights in the black world was brilliant, too, but of a different nature.

Suddenly I realized that it was scrutinizing me very closely. On that, it opened up, and a beam came pouring down on me.

And I heard it shouting at me, “I can destroy you if you do not tell the truth about your being here!”

I answered, “But I do not know anything else but the truth!”

Then something happened that I would never, never forget. Love, pure, utter love came pouring down on me along with incredible warmth. My whole soul or being was immersed in this love. He lifted me up and gave me a kiss on my mouth. This Being of Light loved me deeply, infinitely deeply, and more and more intensively. I was happy! I could have stayed in this beam of love forever. If my story had been a lie, the Being of Light would have annihilated me. I had a clear conscience anyway, so there was no reason to fear anything.

Gradually the loving became weaker and I felt that something was wrong with me – something that made it very difficult for the light to continue with his love. He was trying not to tell me why.

Finally, however, he was not able to keep it up any longer and he quickly said, “You have a smelly breath. You need a bath.”

[Webmaster note: I believe this is a reference to the purification process many souls need to undergo after death. The phrase “smelly breath” is probably a reference to “smelly thoughts” or negative thoughts which are incompatible with existence in the higher afterlife realms. In these realms, communication is telepathic; so if you enter into the afterlife with “stinking thinking,” such thoughts become aware to everyone in that realm as a form of “thought bacteria.” Various NDE testimonies describe how negative thought processes must be purified before entering these higher realms. See Arthur Yensen’s NDE testimony for a more detailed understanding.]

I received the impression that I would have to take a bath similar to that I was used to on Earth, but by dipping the whole body. It was made plain to me that this process was going to be unpleasant, but I could stop it when it became too painful for me to bear.

Although I could not comprehend the reason, I was willing to do what the Being of Light wanted me to do. I was lifted up and put into a red light. I closed my eyes. I could not feel anything. I did not know for how long I had been in this state. After some time, however, I realized that I was being tossed about rather rigorously. It was like being in a washing machine. I cried, “I think that is enough!”

Immediately, I was lowered down and the love and the warmth were switched off, but I still remained in this beam (or sphere).

9. Being Enlightened by the Moon

Suddenly the sun disappeared and I saw a moon. I was in a different world. Everything was black but the moon, which was right in front of me. It was much clearer and more refulgent than the moon in our world. There was not a trace of blackness in it. The moon was surrounded by a wreath of little, bright stars. I kept staring at this shiny moon when suddenly I felt a strange sensation entering through my left eye and spreading into the deepest recesses of my brain.

I was wondering about the fact that I could distinctly see the moon with my left eye that had always been weaker than my right one and I suddenly realized that right in front of me were all the answers to any questions we might have on Earth. I got very excited about this and I tried to locate the place about which I wanted to tell our scientists on Earth that they should come and see this extraordinary place.

I tried to pinpoint this place by looking at the left side of the moon and counting the little bright stars. However, in doing so I realized that they were not stars but in turn little moons.

Again, I was looking at the left side of the moon and the more I was looking the more little moons were coming up in a straight line, one little moon after the other. There was no hope of locating this place. Then I began to feel cold and I was shivering. I remembered the sun of our world, its warmth that sometimes may have been too hot but, overall, it was life-giving warmth. I desperately wanted to return to the bright, living sun. Only then did I realize that I was looking at the moon with my left eye while my right eye was closed. I wanted to open my right eye to see the sun again but I was not able to.

I wanted to leave the moon, which I was no longer interested in. I wanted to go back to the bright, living sun. I tried very hard but in vain, I even felt an extremely unpleasant pain in my head. All of a sudden, however, the moon with its black surroundings disappeared and I saw this incredible bright sun again.

10. Observing the Dance of the Suns

Suddenly the sun started to move backwards changing its colors to a deep dark red. It kept moving back into the sky until it was a very tiny red light – like a point. Then it began to move very quickly. At one time I saw the bright sun on the left side and then the red sun on the right side, dancing, as it were, from left to right and from right to left.

I felt that the sun wanted to communicate with me. I thought to myself that up here the suns cannot speak but just move about and that this was their way of talking. Then it stood still and I saw the bright sun in front of the tiny red sun. Nevertheless, I could not make out what this was all about. I regarded the whole spectacle more as a funny and entertaining act than anything else. However, it was not funny at all. I suddenly felt that I should be transferred back into the world with the shiny moon and I remembered the unpleasant pain and the cold that I had encountered there.

Suddenly I realized that the bright sun in front of me was the shiny moon and that the red sun had the moon safely under control making in fact one sun. This was the message that the sun had wanted to get across.

11. Seeing the Future with the Being of Light

Then the Being of Light wanted to talk to me on a man-to-man basis. He placed me on top of a high mountain where I had to sit on a large piece of rock.

I asked him why he had wanted to destroy me, and he told me that there existed also evil but very powerful and cunning beings who were his enemies with whom he had been constantly fighting. He also told me that I had to warn my world against them, and I automatically nodded in agreement. He said that his enemies had wanted to play a trick on him by using me as a kind of trap, but he had to defend this world and the black one. His world, however, would be much easier for him to defend, because the evil beings had no power in it and he had no power in the black world.

I realized having been positioned in such a way that I was able to overlook a huge stretch of clouds that were marvelously illuminated from below. Suddenly a flash of lightning whose intense light was much greater than that of the bright world, forced me to look up. Then a big bang followed, but I was totally unperturbed. On the horizon, I saw smoke bulging out of the clouds and gradually taking on the shape of a mushroom. It grew larger and larger and brighter and brighter. I was in complete awe. Suddenly everything was gone.

I heard the light call, “Look here!”

I turned around, and I heard screams and I saw fire and smoke almost surrounding me.

I did not comprehend what this was all about, when suddenly the light cried:

“I will do everything in my power to prevent this from happening!”

Then everything was over. Again, the bright light wanted to talk about his enemies. However, I was still very impressed with what had just happened. So I thought to myself, “Oh no, not again!”

However, the light made me aware of the fact that this war had been going on for a very long time, and the evil beings had become more and more powerful, and if this continued he would not see any means of preventing them from taking over everything. He said that if the enemy had really succeeded in coming into his world, the war would have been lost. He would have been powerful enough, no doubt, to fight them off, but the war would have been lost in the long run. He was really afraid of loosing this war. Then it was intimated to me that he needed help. I wanted to help him, and I replied, “Yes, but how?”

12. Receiving Knowledge of His Mission in Life

He answered that the only way I could help him was by going back and telling my world what had happened to me. I was completely shocked to hear him say so, because I did not want to go back. I was so depressed that I almost started to cry.

All of a sudden he asked, “Would you like to know what will become of you later on in your life?”

I looked up and answered cheerfully, “Yes, I would love to.”

The light said, “You will become a teacher.”

To a certain extent I was disappointed and repeated, “A teacher?”

The light replied, “Imagine a teacher in your world and show me what it is like being one.”

I imagined, quite vividly, a teacher who was standing in front of his pupils giving lessons.

The light said, “No, not that kind of teacher.”

I was then thinking of a university professor lecturing to his students.

The light said, “Not that kind of teacher. You are going to teach the university teachers!”

I was surprised and almost could not believe it. Besides, I considered this quite difficult. I imagined a map of my world, and I saw myself in future life going from place to place, from university to university teaching the university teachers of my world.

But the light said, “No, not like that. They will come to you!”

I replied, “To my house?”

The light said, “Yes, imagine such a situation.”

I imagined our house on Earth, our living room, and I saw myself sitting on a chair opposite a stern-looking, respectable professor, trying to teach him. However, I failed. I was too embarrassed and too shy. I said, “I do not think I am clever enough to do this. Moreover, I have a speech impediment.”

The light replied, “You will become a new type of teacher and I am going to explain it to you in a moment.”

He then paused, and I looked up and saw myself lying on a hospital bed that was being pushed down a very long corridor by a member of the medical staff. I asked, slightly alarmed, “Am I being ill?”

The light replied, “No! Just a little bit confused. You will be taken to hospital where you will get a shot and fall into a very deep sleep.”

I was not worried any more.

And the light said, “But let me explain this new type of teacher. You are going to teach while being in a sort of sleep. However, it will not be the kind of sleep that you know of. While being asleep, you will be able to hear and talk, and they will come to you and ask you questions.”

I was deeply impressed, but also worried. So I asked, “Will I feel pain in this process?”

The light replied, “No, it will not hurt you.”

I gradually became accustomed to the idea of becoming a teacher. So I asked, “Will they also learn their lessons?”

He made a suggestive face, meaning that he was not sure about that. I asked him another question, “Will I also teach them when I am awake?”

The light replied, “No, you will certainly speak to them when you are awake. But what you say while being asleep will be of much more importance.”

And he showed me a room in which I saw myself sitting on a chair talking to someone. I actually did not see myself neither did I see the person to whom I was speaking. Nevertheless, I definitely knew that it was I, because I was now in that room looking about. I saw a low table, books on the walls, two windows, and drapes that were moving in front of a window by a slight draught of wind.

Suddenly the room disappeared and the light said, “Before doing this, you will have to write down everything that has happened to you. Every detail of it. You will have to make a scientific report.”

I said, “Of course.”

The light said, “But I am afraid you will have forgotten everything.”

I shook my head in disbelief.

But he said, “You cannot even tell me now how you came here.”

I could not belief him and tried to remember what had happened on Earth. However, to my great surprise, I was not able to do so.

The light said, “Do not worry. A book will help you. In fact, there will be two books, but the first one will be more important. Besides, you will have many books.”

13. Traveling Back Into Time to the Stone Age

Suddenly the light became quite enthusiastic and said that I was to be the first teacher of this new type, and there would be a lot more to come. I was disappointed to hear him say so. Nevertheless, the light wanted to show what it meant being the first.

He asked, “What do you think? How many people are there in your world?”

I said, “40 millions may be?”

The light replied, “No, many more. You must not only think of those who are alive. Take into account all the human beings that are dead and you will have a huge number of people. Let us go back in time, as far back as possible, and tell me how far back we should go.”

I said, “Middle Ages?”

The light replied, “No, farther back.”

I said, “The birth of Christ?”

The light said, “No, farther back.”

I was thinking hard, “Adam and Eve?”

The light replied, “No, not that. Go farther back in time and think of what you have learned in your history lessons.”

I was thinking for some time. Eventually I blurted out, “Stone Age?”

He was disappointed, and he said, “You should have known better, but I think Stone Age will do.”

He then told me that in that age there were not many people living on Earth. However, they were free to walk wherever they wanted to go, and that there were no borders that would keep them from roaming about. I said, “How beautiful.”

14. Trying to Understand Life in the Stone Age

I was imagining a map of Europe, which I had seen in my Atlas, with all its borders. I did not have much time to think about all this, because, all of a sudden, I saw human beings back on Earth. I was looking down on a group of people, men and women, who were dressed in furs, sitting around a campfire. I could see a woman with her baby on her back, and a man who was standing in front of the group obviously making a speech. Another man stood a little apart.

All of a sudden, I heard a loud cry of disappointment, and the guttural voice of the man in front of the group of people. I did not understand what he was saying.

The scene disappeared and the light said, “I am going to translate for you, but you must concentrate very hard.”

I certainly wanted to do so, because I was eager to hear what this man was talking about. Therefore, I started to concentrate.

The light said, “You call this concentration? You have to concentrate much harder!”

I was amazed to hear him say so, because I considered my first attempt quite satisfactory. Nevertheless, he wanted me to do better.

The light said, “Let’s have another go!”

I closed my eyes and began concentrating extremely hard. However, the light was not in the least satisfied.

He said, “I think it is useless.”

However, suddenly the tone of his voice became very gentle and he came close to me and said tenderly:

“The reason for my asking you to concentrate so hard is that, later on, you should be able to tell everything as accurately as possible. So you need to concentrate like you have never done before on what this man is going to say.”

And he added in a different voice that betrayed his disappointment:

“This is a final attempt. If you fail this time, it will be no use trying any longer!”

15. Living Life as a Cave Man

I was determined to do my best. I closed my eyes again and tried as hard as I could to listen to what I was supposed to hear. All of a sudden, I was able to understand what the man was saying:

Guenter Wagner’s Brief Experience as a Cave Man

He said: “Now we have proof. You have just heard for yourselves. What we have been suspecting is true. He who took on the difficult task of making such a dangerous journey has just returned and confirmed our suspicion. They want to resist us. However, we will not put up with that. I have told you again and again. Now the time has come to fight them. We must not wait until they have become stronger. They are still weak now. It is true. Nevertheless, think of the future! We will have to attack them now.”

He was addressing the group of people in a very impressive manner. I was completely impressed and I could understand very well why he was forced to attack his enemies.

But suddenly I heard this other man who was standing apart say:

“I am primarily a hunter and fight the animals. I am not going to fight weaklings who start running away the very moment they catch sight of us. Every hunter would hurt his pride and honor if he did such a thing. We hunters fight the animals, which are by far more dangerous. Many brave hunters have hurt themselves in their fights. Nevertheless, we are prepared and willing to take the risk because we are hunters. I will never fight those weaklings.”

As for me, I could not get along with what he was saying. After all, one had to fight one’s enemies. I could not understand that it should be more honorable to fight animals than people. However, I could not go on contemplating such things, because my eyes were forced to the ground that gradually began to move. At first slowly, but then faster and faster until I was no longer able to distinguish any details.

The movement suddenly came to a halt. I saw grassland in front of me and in the distance there was the edge of a forest with very high trees. Suddenly, I was placed in the woods. Although I could not see anything, I knew that I was in this forest, that is, right in the middle of a village.

I could hear the voices of some people and I heard someone say:

“We cannot run away forever. How many times did we have to run away? Many, many times! Such beasts! They come and destroy our village! And every time we run away. But not this time! This time we are going to stay! It cannot go on like that forever.”

I could feel fear and anxiety. They would have liked to run away as they had done so many times before. However, this time they had made up their minds and intended to stick to their firm resolve. However, they were all full of fear.

Some voices said:. “They eat meat! Imagine that! Meat! In addition, they build huge fires in the prairie. They dance around the fires and bathe in blood. However, what remains the worst: They eat meat. The very thought of it! In the end, they are going to eat our flesh, too.”

A voice, a woman’s voice, who was sitting in her hut, kept saying again and again:

“I am afraid. I am terribly afraid. Oh, how scared I am! I am scared, so scared.”

I was able to feel distinctly her anxiety. Her fear grew stronger and stronger.

She kept saying: “I am scared, I am scared.”

Her fear began to take hold of me. At first I thought, “Why is she so afraid? She must be hysterical. How on Earth can you be so afraid?!”

Nevertheless, I was being immersed, deeper and deeper, into her feelings of sheer fear. I could not stand it any longer! I thought to myself, “I wish she stopped worrying now.”

It was extremely unpleasant indeed.

16. A Message to Humanity from the Being of Light

Suddenly everything was over, and the light said to me:

“If they had done nothing, nothing would have happened. It is true; they would have come all the same. However, nothing would have happened. This, however, will again lead to further dead persons!”

He was stressing the words – dead persons – and – again. I felt great apprehension on the part of the light concerning the large number of dead people, so I asked, “Again?” because I was of the opinion that I had watched the first human beings on Earth.

The light answered, however, “Hundreds of thousands.”

I was amazed at this and I could feel how the light was suffering from the great number of dead people. I am not quite sure about what happened next, but all of a sudden, I heard a thunderous, angry voice accusing mankind, including myself, of destroying his garden on Earth.

The Being of Light’s Message to Humanity

He shouted, “I made you human beings a wonderful garden and you destroy everything. Human beings poison the water and the air. They destroy everything. At first, the effect of their work of destruction was limited. However, it got worse and worse. They destroy everything that they can lay their hands on. Although Man is constantly looking for other places, he has only this one place (Earth). You could see for yourself. And if they continue to destroy everything they will blow up the whole Earth in the end!”

I was completely perplexed. After some time, the light said:

“Ask me that, ‘You do not know how to inform your world.'”

I answered, “But you have just told me how to do it!”

However, he insisted by saying, “Now you are again a little and ignorant child that does not know how to do it!”

So I asked him that, being a little and ignorant child, I would not know how to inform my world.

To my great surprise, the light answered in an angry and brusque voice, “You will know how to do it when the time is right.”

However, I did not want to leave him forever. So I asked him if I could come back after having told my world and stay with him permanently.

He said, “No, you have to go back and live.”

Although I still did not know my way back, this time I had no doubts whatsoever. If the Being of Light wanted me to go back and live, I simply had to. It did not matter any longer how it could be done. This light had absolute power. Nevertheless, I could still not understand why. I repeatedly pleaded, “Why? Why can I not come back? Why? Why? Why? Why am I not allowed staying on in your very love and warmth?”

The light answered that no one could stay permanently with him. However, I still was not satisfied. If it was not possible to stay with him, I surely could come back and stay in this bright world in which those two beings were already living!

But the light repeated, “No, you have to go back and live!”

I replied, “But why have these two beings been allowed to stay?”

The light answered that even these two beings could not stay on permanently. They were only in this world in order to learn. In addition, he began to emphasize the importance of love and learning. He wanted me to be his apprentice. He the master, I the apprentice. However, I still could not see what love and learning should have to do with my wish to stay on in this bright world.

I had, it was true, to admit that I did not love the light, but I certainly was willing to learn everything that he wanted me to learn. On that, the light started, to my great dismay, to position himself further back in the sky, and I could not feel his presence any longer, because the beam had been switched off. I suddenly felt cold and very miserable.

17. Learning from His Life Review

However, one of the other beings asked me to watch a certain place very carefully. Indeed, they urgently asked me not to move but to fix my eyes on to that place. I did what I had been told to and presently I saw this panoramic review. Very vividly and distinctly. I was stupefied! The images of this film moved very rapidly, showing me my past life on Earth. I could instantly understand everything that was being shown to me.

I cannot remember any of the details, because this was only an experiment to test my ability whether I was able to really understand what I was watching.

The beings asked me several times if I could clearly comprehend what was being shown. I answered impatiently, “Of course, of course!”

I was slightly annoyed about their questions.

In communicating with the beings, I always used my mouth as I had done on Earth. This was not the case when I was talking with the Being of Light.

Thereupon the Being of Light started to show me my past life again, but this time the stress lay on the quality of my soul during my existence on Earth. When I was watching my past life the first time, I was just very happy to be able to watch my former world and myself. I regarded this actually more as an entertainment than anything else. I did not feel miserable any longer.

However, the second time, former events of my life on Earth were shown with the emphasis on my reaction to certain situations in terms of love or nastiness or even hatred. This was made quite clear to me, and I knew what to look during the second review. Everything started from the beginning. I could not see how I came into existence on Earth, because I only had to mind my behavior with regard to love or hatred.

At first I was very satisfied that nothing was happening to which I could have reacted with either love or hatred. Then, the film speeded up, but there still was not anything for which I could have been made responsible. I was stupid enough to say triumphantly: “See, there is nothing!”

On that, I could see a scene in which my twin sister and I were quarrelling (I could not make out the reason for the argument), but I instantly knew how ugly I had behaved. I said to the light, “But you must understand! This is bad, all right, but this is the way human beings behave on Earth! You cannot really blame me for that!”

The great light did not blame me for anything that I had done on Earth. Then I was shown some more nasty scenes on Earth in which I had behaved badly. However, I still had excuses. Then, I think the great light became slightly impatient at my stupidity, no doubt. Suddenly, the film was accelerated to such an extent that I was unable to distinguish any images at all. Then it stopped abruptly, and I was confronted with a situation in which I behaved extremely badly.

My behavior was tremendously enhanced, so that every bad aspect of my character stood out clearly in front of me. It was horrifying! I could hardly believe this character of mine! I was finally convinced! Such a soul could never stay on in this bright world! I had no right, no claim whatsoever! I was completely shaken and dejected. I wanted to go back. Yes, there was really no other way possible.

Then I saw the light disappear into the “Sky”, and I heard a laughter and the words:

“And he really thought he could stay on!”

18. Returning to His Physical Body

Then the Being of Light was gone. One of the other beings brought me back to Earth. I do not know how. I only heard, while being tucked back into my body, a snapping sound like the sound that can be heard when you put the lid on top of a mess tin securing it with the catch. When I opened my eyes, I remember starting to cry, “I do not want to die, I do not want to die, and I do not want to die!”

Then I picked myself up and in approaching the staircase, I wondered if there would ever be a way back, whereupon I heard a voice shout at me:

“Amend yourself!”

And another voice said:

“You must kill your mother!”

[Webmaster note: These voices are obviously from a mischievous soul in the void.]

Then I climbed up the stairs down which I had been jumping so happily. I could only feel a minor swelling on the top of my head, which was not particularly painful.

[Guenter Wagner’s NDE account ends here.]

19. More Information About Guenter Wagner

I am German, male, unmarried, born 1942. Immediately after my experience, I was very troubled and I couldn’t understand what had happened to me. I simply did not know what to do next. I couldn’t talk to anybody about it. I wanted to obey the Being of Light by writing a scientific report, but I was unable to do so. I simply did not know how to proceed. Then suddenly a voice told me that I had to learn another language. Period.

At night, I felt very miserable. This went on for about 2 weeks, when, one night, the Being of Light returned and said that I had to forget everything. Later in my life, however, I would encounter great misery.

Relieved, I turned myself on the other side and fell asleep. When I woke up the following morning, I couldn’t recall a single word!! For the following 25 years, I had lived my life the way I wanted it to live. I became an alcoholic and resigned from church. I believed neither in God nor in the other world. However, I did develop a drive for learning English.

The big change, though, came in 1980, shortly before Christmas Eve. On TV, there was a report on NDEs, and they were talking about a light. Suddenly it struck me that I, too, had once seen such a light. Thank God, I could not recall everything at once. Surely, it would have killed me! I personally call this my Saul/Paul experience, because it had a similar effect on me. Saul had been blind for 3 days and became an apostle later on and I became a fighter against the devil in and about me.

The positive effect of all this was, however, that I instantly got rid of my alcohol problem. The negative effects were three suicide attempts in 1981. (The third one almost being successful). As an after-effect of alcoholism, I developed a rupture of my stomach in 1986 whereby I missed the grave only by an inch. They took out my entire stomach plus other organs. By the way, no cancer. The Being of Light was right, after all.

In 1980/81 I couldn’t write down my experience in German, and even today there is no German translation, because I have not yet had the inner O.K. from the Being of Light who is our Lord Jesus Christ. Besides, it is more difficult for me to translate my story into German, because the recollection of the experience was entirely in English, and I have trouble finding the correct German terms (I have never been good at translating anyway.)

20. An Interview with Guenter Wagner

The following is an interview by someone who is interested in near-death experiences.

Question: You were about 11 years at the time. Age and worldview have an influence on the NDE experienced by individuals. Do you think the Being of Light treated you as a child?

Wagner: No, I don’t. He specifically wanted to talk to me on a man-to-man basis. At the end of my report he said and I quote. After some time, the light said, “Ask me that you do not know how to inform your world.” I answered, “But you have just told me how to do it!” However, he insisted by saying, “Now you are again a little and ignorant child that does not know how to do it!” So I asked him that, being a little and ignorant child, I would not know how to inform my world.

Question: Such a judgmental light, all the emphasis on fighting, being told to kill your mother. How do you feel about this?

Wagner: Strangely enough, there was not only a voice at the end of the experience, but right at the beginning as well. There are not only good guys in the spiritual world. The Bible calls them demons, devil, evil beings, serpent, dragon etc. and on Earth we are constantly surrounded by them – sometimes people get obsessed by them. I have been fighting those evil spirits since 1980 and this will continue until I die that is until I leave my body forever. For instance, the evil voices told me more than once that hey were going to kill me. They hate Jesus Christ and every person who chooses Him. I can testify to this. Right after my NDE/OBE, however, I had no idea whatsoever as to whom that voice was or where it came from.

Question: How do I feel about this?

Wagner: Well, in spite of all that has happened, I would not like to miss one single event of my live. Since Christmas 1980, I have been able to establish a personal relationship with the Being of Light by way of internal fights, visions and auditions and I am now in a position to go public with my experience.

Question: Did you like your mother?

Wagner: Yes, I did. I did not kill her. She died peacefully at the age of 92 in 1994.

Question: There are both hellish and heavenly aspects to it – both the good and the bad. How do you explain the loving parts and the not-so-loving parts, the way you were treated, what you were told? I am also curious to know about afterward.

Wagner: Since 1980 I have undergone many temptations and have thus learned more than during my entire stay in the other world. You could also say that through temptations I have drawn the Lord God Jesus Christ into existence on Earth. Please don’t get me wrong here. The loving parts come exclusively from our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God. The term God includes infinity, eternity, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience etc. However, no one knows what those words actually mean. That is why the most ancient Jews did not name God. But this is not so with the name Jesus Christ. He is God in form, a visible God, a real person in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells (according to Paul). Jesus Christ is plainly man and all other human beings are made in His image. (He being the original, we are the copies, so to speak). His father is Divine Love itself and He is Divine Wisdom itself and His will is the Holy Ghost. These three make one God in Jesus Christ. In 1996, He made me aware of what it really means when you say you have prayed to God, namely nothing. A very unpleasant experience indeed, actually one of the worst experiences I have ever had in this respect. (Horrible, terrifying, harrowing). The not-so-loving parts stem from malicious, evil spirits. I do not know whether you have ever experienced their malice and their slanderous behavior. Their hatred is indescribable. They were once physical human beings. However, they did and still do love evil and without love no one can exist. Our Lord God Jesus Christ has the power to destroy them, no doubt, but He will not do so, because of their free will and their love. Love is what constitutes man (either way).

The Being of Light (our Lord Jesus Christ) is my master and I am His apprentice, as He told me so in my NDE/OBE. Actually, it is not me who fights these evil beings; it is He who does so. He told me so in His “lecture” on the importance of love and learning. I said in my report, and I quote, “In addition, he began to emphasize the importance of love and learning.” In this sentence alone is hidden more than words can tell and so it is with the entire account. In January 1987, for example, He taught me, “I am nothing. I can do nothing. I have nothing. I am dead. I am what I am through the Lord Jesus Christ. I can do what I can do through the Lord Jesus Christ. I have what I have through the Lord Jesus Christ. I am alive.”

In April last year He came to me in person (although I did not see him) and set my whole heart and chest on fire. However, this is another story. And so on and so on.

Question: What was it like for you after the accident?

Wagner: Please refer to the above.

Question: You were only 11 years old. Was your body different in any way? Were your abilities and perceptions different in any way? How did you feel inside? How was school for you afterwards? Did you feel any different in your family?

Wagner: I had forgotten my NDE and I led a normal life. No special feelings, occurrences etc. whatsoever.

Question: With your twin sister?

Wagner: She knows nothing about it. No one in my family knows about my experience; let alone my colleagues.

Question: You must have been caught up in the war years and what happened to Germany and with the Nazis.

Wagner: No, I have not. I was born in 1942, the war ended in 1945. I had a happy childhood. We didn’t have much to eat, though, but we never starved. My hometown was not subject to enemy attacks and remained intact.

Question: Did your experience at the age of 11 make any difference in what you saw, how you felt, about what was going on around you?

Wagner: No, it did not. I simply didn’t understand what had happened to me and I kept thinking about it.

Question: Do you suppose that your experience presaged (prepared you for) the war?

Wagner: No, I do not. I was a baby at that time.

Question: Do you suppose the Being of Light was so mean and spoke so much of fighting because that is what your world was filled with at that time?

Wagner: No, I do not. Besides, our world is still filled with fighting. (The Being of Light is never mean, ever.)

Question: Did your experience prepare you for the war and the after-effects of the war, how it would affect you as a youngster, and what you would have to go through?

Wagner: No, it did not. I forgot everything.

Question: I do believe you had a near-death experience, not just an out-of-body experience.

Wagner: So do I.

Question: I have found that with the majority of child experiencers of near-death states, it takes about 20 to 30 years, even 40 years, before they are able to understand what happened to them and integrate their experience.

Wagner: That is most certainly true.

Question: Many turn to alcohol within about 5 to 8 years of their experience.

Wagner: You are right on, indeed. I turned to alcohol when I was about 20 years old. By the way, I had three OBEs altogether; the first one during birth, the second one when I was about four, the third one at the age of 11 or 12. In 1980/81, while recollecting my experience, I recalled those two other experiences, as well, which made things worse at the time.

Question: I suspect there is more to your story.

Wagner: You are certainly right here.