Notable Near-Death Experiences


5. "Carl G. Jung's Near-Death Experience".

"I hung on the edge of death and was being given oxygen and camphor injections.  ...

It seemed to me that I was high up in space. Far below I saw the globe of the Earth, bathed in a gloriously blue light. I saw the deep blue sea and the continents.  Far below my feet lay Ceylon, and in the distance ahead of me the subcontinent of India. My field of vision did not include the whole Earth, but its global shape was plainly distinguishable and its outlines shone with a silvery gleam through that wonderful blue light. In many places the globe seemed colored, or spotted dark green like oxidized silver. Far away to the left lay a broad expanse - the reddish-yellow desert of Arabia; it was as though the silver of the Earth had there assumed a reddish-gold hue. Then came the Red Sea, and far, far back - as if in the upper left of a map - I could just make out a bit of the Mediterranean. My gaze was directed chiefly toward that. Everything else appeared indistinct. I could also see the snow-covered Himalayas ... . {In a dream experienced about 1977 or 1978 in T.P., suburb of D.C., a saw a series of maps of areas extending from the D.C. region across Canada to Alaska and Siberia -- then suddently I was hundreds of miles above Sarandip (isle of "serendipity", viz., synchronicity), seeing, beyond it, southern Bharata (I not being high enough to see <arabia, nor even northern Bharata). I could see the curvature of the earth; but there were no clouds below, and I was not in a body. Then I awoke.} ...

From below, from the direction of Europe, an image floated up ... a "basileus of Kos." {The meaning of the neuter word /kos/ (contraction of /koas/ -- litterally meaning 'fleece' is 'public prison (at Korinthos)'. } {There was, at Kos, a mythic basileos named Krisamis (/krismion/ = [] phulakion, i.e. [], phulakeion 'watchtower'), who (DCM, s.v. "Crisamis") dreamt of "a monstrous eel" which "emerged from the sea and stole the most beautiful of all his sheep" : cf. how a sheep was, in Kos, demanded from Ant-AGoRas [cf. the name /AGRon/ (DCM, s.v. "Agron") of a plover-god on Kos] by (DCM, s.v. "Heracles", p. 203a) Hera-klees, who upon being wounded (on Kos by [DCM, s.v. "Chalcodon 4", p. 98a] Khalko-odon 'bronze-toothed') "escaped and took refuge in a woman's hut where he put on women's clothes to avoid being found." The word for 'sea-eel (murry)' is /muraina/ or /SMURaiNa/ ( : cf. "SMURNa", name of the daughter of king Kinuras (/kinuros/ 'whimpering', whose daughter is otherwise called (DCM, s.v. "Cinyras", p. 103b) "Eune" ('bedding [distinct from the bedstead]') the wife of Teukros. Kinuras is son of (DCM, s.v. "Cinyras", p. 103a) Sandakos (/sanduk-/ 'flesh-colored ["pink"] women's garment [in Ludia -- but Hera-klees wore, in Ludia, a woman's garments, GM 136.h]'} ...

I myself was, so it seemed, in the Pardes Rimmonim, the garden of pomegranates, and the wedding of Tiferet with Malchut was taking place." {This litterary invention by Moses Cordovero would, perhaps, be based on the marriage of Haides with Perse-phone, a matrimony indissoluble -- though for only three "months" (GM 24.k) of each year -- once she had "eaten a pomegranate seed" (DCM, s.v. "Persephone", p. 359b) or else its "seven seeds" (GM 24.j), which breaking of her fast was witnessed by (DCM, s.v. "Ascalaphus 1") Askalaphos the owl ("short-eared", GM 24.l); cf. the transformation, on Kos, of Agron's sistre Meropis into an owl (DCM, s.v. "Agron") by goddess Athene.}

DCM = Pierre Grimal (transl by Maxwell-Hyslop) : The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Blackwell Publ, Oxford (UK), 1986.

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.

"Commentary on Jung's NDE" :

"Jung’s experience is remarkably similar to Dr. Eben Alexander III, a neurosurgeon whose near-death experience is profiled in his book, "Proof of Heaven : A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife {Simon & Schuster, NY, 2012. praeview :}.""


10. "Dr. Dianne Morrissey's Near-Death Experience".

"1. Dianne Leaves Her Physical Body".

"Suddenly, I was aware that I was inside a vast, seemingly infinite blackness. ... . ... I now found myself back in my home, but in a new form. I was transparent, yet I still looked like me. ... My entire spirit body was transparent, and I was inside a glowing white light that extended about three feet around me. ... I saw a long silver cord coming out of my spirit body... . ... I followed it through the two hallway walls and into my den, where I saw it attached to the back of the head of my physical body. The cord was about an inch wide and sparkled like Christmas tree tinsel! As soon as I saw that the silver cord was attached to my physical body, my spirit body was thrust into a dark tunnel. I moved through it with great speed, traveling faster than I could have imagined possible."

"2. Dianne's Profound Life Review".

"Then, I was back at the site of my physical body. Back and forth I traveled through the tunnel, several times in succession, moving from the Other Side to my electrocuted physical body and back again. ... As I turned my eyes left, the entire scene changed into a life review, a vivid, three-dimensional color display of my entire life. Every detail of every second, every feeling, every thought while I had been alive on Earth was displayed before me in perfect chronological order".

"3. Dianne Meets Her Higher Self".

"One part of me was the transparent Dianne on the bed. The second was my physical body in the den ... . The third part of me was my spirit, now out of its body. This part of me remained conscious and aware of all my experiences ... . ... Then, I sense that I must look to my right, through the lace. There, I could see a pinpoint of Light coming from the next room, the next dimension".

"4. Dianne Becomes One with the Light".

"The pinpoint of Light became a brilliant white beam a trillion times brighter than the brightest sun imaginable, and began to move toward me. At first, it appeared to be bands of multifaceted light being stretched and pulled together. ... As I lifted the lace and extended my hand toward the brilliance, wanting to touch the Light, it rushed under the lace and touched the outstretched middle finger of my right hand. As soon as the Light touched me, I was transformed. The Light and my spirit merged".

"5. Dianne Meets Her Guardian Angel".

"Suddenly, my spirit body was back in the tunnel. Again, when I emerged from the tunnel, the angelic being was waiting for me. ... Breathing did not seem necessary for her or for me ... . She looked at me and asked telepathically, ... "Have you ever been in a world without anger, without rage, without grief, without sadness, without envy, without poverty, without jealousy, without worry, without tears?" ... I answered them all the same way - emphatically, 'No.' ... For some reason {the reason being that this answer is utterly false : for indeed, we are every night for several hours in such a world, the world of dreaming}, however, the angelic being sent me into the tunnel again, back and forth through many tunnels."

"6. Dianne Returns to Her Physical Body".

"Suddenly, I was rushing through the tunnel again. When I emerged, I was up near the ceiling in the den, looking down at my physical body below me. Then, without warning, I was thrust swiftly back into my body, entering through the back of my neck, with my spirit legs and arms together, like a diver doing a jackknife. ... For a moment, I actually saw myself half in and half out of my body. Then, with a jolt, I landed fully back in my body."


34. "Mellen-Thomas Benedict's Near-Death Experience".

"In the view of the webmaster of this site, on this web page you will read the most inspirational NDE ever documented."

"1. About Mellen-Thomas Benedict".

"Mellen-Thomas Benedict's NDE resulted in perhaps the greatest fundamental transformation of any near-death experiencer ever documented. Miraculously, Benedict returned to his body with a complete remission of the disease. The advanced scientific knowledge he brought back from his NDE led him to numerous scientific discoveries and U.S. and foreign patents (see Ever since his NDE, Benedict has maintained his direct access to Universal Intelligence, and returns to the light at will. ...

During his NDE, Benedict was given the names of several people whose discoveries would one day be seen as on a par with those of Newton or Einstein. One of the names given to him was "Cleve Backster." After having his NDE, Benedict tracked him down. Cleve Backster,, is best known for his experiments with biocommunication in plant and animal cells using a polygraph machine in the 1960s which led to his theory of "primary perception." Cleve Backster's study was partially replicated in 1973 by Dr. Harold Puthoff andRussell Targ ... . ... In 1973, they began to conduct plant and human consciousness research on the “Backster Effect." The product culminated in a final report called "Organic Biofield Sensor" by H. E. Puthoff and R. Fontes."

"2. The Road to Death".

"The condition I had was inoperable ... . ... Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in the bed."

"3. The Light".

"As the light revealed itself to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our Higher Self matrix. The only thing I can tell you is that it turned into a matrix, a mandala of human souls, and what I saw was that what we call our Higher Self in each of us is a matrix. It's also a conduit to the Source; each one of us comes directly, as a direct experience from the Source. We all have a Higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really describe it is that the being of the Higher Self is more like a conduit."

"4. The River of Life".

"I entered into another realm, more profound than the last, and became aware of something more, much more. It was an enormous stream of light, vast and full, deep in the heart of life. ... Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this stream of life. I saw the Earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the center of the galaxy ... . ... Almost immediately, a second light appeared. It came from all sides".

"5. The Void".

"As I passed into the second light, I expanded beyond the first light. I found myself in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. ... Then I suddenly came back through the second light ..., hearing several more velvet booms."

"6. The Light of Love".

"I saw that the solar system we live in is our larger, local body. This is our local body and we are much bigger than we imagine. I saw that the solar system is our body. ... I could see all the energy that this solar system generates, and it is an incredible light show! I could hear the Music of the Spheres. Our solar system, as do all celestial bodies, generates a unique matrix of light, sound and vibratory energies. Advanced civilizations from other star systems can spot life as we know it in the universe by the vibratory or energy matrix imprint."

"7. His Return to Earth".

"She found me dead and checked the stethoscope, blood pressure and heart rate monitor for an hour and a half. Then I awakened and saw the light outside."


36. "P.M.H. Atwater's Near-Death Experience".


"I only recognized myself as floating next to the bathroom light bulb with the ceiling scarcely an eyelash away. ... With the beginning of thought and question came the appearance of dark gray blobs floating around in the air beside me. With every new thought, another blob would appear. ...

There was an audible snap, and I was jerked like an overstretched rubber band into the crumpled, bloody mess on the floor, entering my body through the top of the head, that area that was once my "soft spot" when a baby, and feeling the need to shrink or contract to fit back in. ...

This time I floated ever so gently out of my prone body, rising straight up while passing through waves of pain that appeared as heat waves on a sidewalk on a hot summer day. These waves of pain were located outside my body; and, as I floated through them, I could feel piercing, ripping power yet it had no effect. I floated on past the pain waves and continued upwards until reaching the ceiling. ... As my thought produced questions, blobs began to form around me. Blobs again, only this time they were more like shimmering pastel bubbles, fully pliable, transparent, and translucent. This time they were pretty and I liked them. I finally recognized the blobs to be my thoughts jelled into substance but devoid of specific direction, size, or shape. {so-called "thought-forms"} ... It came then to my mind to see again those family members and loved ones who had passed on before, and no sooner had I thought the thought than they were there - ... . Everyone who came looked as they had when last I saw them, only they seemed more vibrant and healthier than before, brighter. ... Everywhere around me were sparkles like myself, billions and trillions of them, winking and blinking like on/off lights, pulsating from some unknown source. ... As I looked down at the body of Phyllis on the floor, I was so filled with love and forgiveness that I floated ever so gently back into her body, moving as I went on a layer of large bright sparklers such as those used on the Fourth of July. ...

Again, I reentered through the top of the head, feeling the need to shrink and then squeeze back into the tight form Phyllis's body offered. ...

This time, I moved, not my environment, and I moved rapidly, first moving out through the top of my head, then sailing up through the ceiling, out the roof, and into the night sky with a universe of stars watching. My speed accelerated until I noticed a wide but thin-edged expanse of bright light ahead, like a "parting" in space or a "lip," with a brightness so brilliant it was beyond light yet I could look upon it without pain or discomfort. I had been a meditator and teacher of meditation for nearly a decade and "heavenly" lights, white light, and all manner of etheric light were familiar to me; but this was not like any of those. It was more intense, more probing, more radiant, more powerful. It was beyond any frame of reference I had. The closer I came the larger the parting in space appeared until, when I reached its edge, I was absorbed by it as if engulfed by a force field. I cannot describe for you how that felt, except to say it was "divine." ... Before me there loomed two gigantic, impossibly huge masses spinning at great speed, looking for all the world like cyclones. One was inverted over the other, forming an hourglass shape, but where the spouts should have touched there was instead incredible rays of power shooting out in all directions. The top cyclone spun clockwise, the bottom counterclockwise, but their sides were somewhat bulgy rather than being as smooth-sided as might be expected, considering what appeared to be a tremendous rate of spin. ... The cyclone was crammed full of people and I had the feeling of seeing all life. The same phenomenon was happening to each and all. Past, present, and future were not separated but, instead, interpenetrated like a multiple hologram combined with its own reflection. ...

I was so delighted to discover such a thing could exist on the earthplane, I moved away from the cyclones, past the edge of this lightworld that had engulfed me, and back through the night sky to my house below, descending rapidly and entering my body, again through the top of the head, squeezing to fit back in. ...

The first speaker, Dr. William Tiller, physicist from Stanford University, talked about "The Eternal Now." He spoke of things like energy, mass, and interpenetration, but I only remember staring at charts and drawings projected on a huge screen behind him. As his talk ended, he stated it was his belief everything happened at the same time in the same space and, with those words, there flashed on the screen his rendition of what the physical dynamics of that phenomenon might look like. The diagram which appeared was of two spinning cyclones, inverted over each other, forming an hourglass shape, and where the spouts should have touched there was a powerful force shooting rays out in all directions."