MUSIC IN NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
"Music and the Near-Death Experience".
"Spiritual enlightenment occurs when you spiritually activate the body's chakras from the lowest to the highest using varying levels of vibration and music. "
"1. Introduction to NDE music".
"about 50% of near-death experiencers hear music during their NDE. They describe this music mostly as "music with a beautiful, floating sound." ... near-death experiencers ... found that they identified New Age style synthesized music as nearest to what they had heard during their NDE."
"2. Summary of the insights concerning NDE music".
"Near-death accounts provide many interesting descriptions of the music that is often heard in the spirit realms. Some of these descriptions are: transcendental, unearthly harmonic beauty, angelic, sublimely beautiful, exquisite harmonies, heavenly, a celestial choir of angels, a tone so sublimely perfect, joyous and beat-less melody, an orchestra of voices, the Music of the Spheres, ... bells and wind chimes, celestial symphony, glorious tones and rhythms and melodies, complicated rhythms with unearthly tones, deeper and more profound than new age music ... . In the spirit realm, gardens sing and colors can be heard. It is a realm where light and sound, color and geometrical patterns are all combined into a totality of harmonic perfection. ... NDE music revelations show the great importance that music plays in the universe, in the spirit realms".
"3. Dr. Dianne Morrissey's NDE musical aftereffect"
"Dr. Dianne Morrissey ... changed, of course, when she had an NDE. Dianne's NDE changed her life so much that she ... now writes and teaches people how to have out-of-body experiences."
"4. Examples of NDE music experiences".
"Music surrounded me. It came from all directions. Its harmonic beauty unlike earthly vocal or instrumental sounds was totally undistorted. It flowed unobtrusively like a glassy river, quietly worshipful, excitingly edifying, and totally comforting. It provided a reassuring type of comfort much like a protective blanket that whispered peace and love. I had never sensed anything like it. Perhaps angelic would describe it. ... Most unusual to me was the absence of any beat."
"And then I heard the MUSIC. ... I knew then, and know now, that I was hearing the symphony of angels, the song of the universe, what some have called the Music of the Spheres. All thoughts melted in its melody and everything else ceased to be of any importance. I closed my eyes and began to dance, moving to the resonant vibration that coursed through my essence. The melody seemed to issue from a single point and was composed of one verse, a song whose mystical tone my entire being knew and sang. I bathed in its melody as utter joy filled my being".
"The stars began to change shapes before my eyes. They began to dance and deliberately draw themselves into intricate designs and colors which I had never seen before. They moved and swayed to a kind of rhythm or music with a quality and beauty I had never heard and yet ... remembered. A melody that humans could not possibly have composed, yet was so totally familiar and in complete harmony with the very core of my being. As if it were the rhythm of my existence, the reason for my being. The extravagance of imagery and coloration pulsed in splendid unison with the magnificent ensemble."
"Permeating the colors and patterns was sound, countless octaves of sound. It was as though the colors could be heard. It reminded me of bagpipes. ... Superimposed on this vast life-giving hum, was the melody, which was created by the individual sound of every living thing. Light and sound, color and geometrical patterns were all combined into a totality of harmonic perfection."
"In the bardo of becoming, as well as many other kinds of visions, the mental body will see visions and signs of different realms. A small percentage of those who have survived a near-death experience report visions of inner worlds, paradises, and cities of light with transcendental music."
"Everything in the spirit world is kept in place by an all pervading Master-Vibration ..., which prevents aging. That's why things don't get dirty, or wear out, and why everything looks so bright and new. This is why heaven is eternal. Our thoughts in heaven are vibrations which are controlled by the Master-Vibration. It neutralizes all negative thoughts and lets you think only the good thoughts, such as love, freedom and happiness. After death people gravitate into homogenous groups according to the rate of their soul's vibrations much like throwing a small pebble into a threshing machine, it would go into the box because of its proper size and weight. We are sorted by the high or low vibrations of our soul. Everyone goes where they fit in!"
"Out-of-body realms are usually areas of intense experience where the dominant reality is that of light, sound, vibration, motion or emotion. For example, the soul may sense a powerful vibration or sound that causes them to be caught up in that energy. Sometimes these sounds or vibrations propel them at a great speed through a tunnel. They may experience the feeling of inner sounds or vibrations but not the experience of movement and acceleration. Often, such experiences involve hearing spiritual music or sounds, and can be quite ecstatic. These inner sounds along with inner lights can sometimes act as a means of transition between waking experience and some formed inner world. Sounds which occur during conscious transitions out of the body are usually very powerful, and may result in the obliteration of the body image. Some of the sounds which occur are of a spiritual or mystical nature rather than transitional sounds that carry the traveler to a different place. These "higher" spiritual sounds are of a heavenly nature and are ecstatic beyond description. Some sample sounds one may encounter are the sounds of a speeding train, a loud buzzing, a flute, or the sounds of nature like the roar of a waterfall. These sounds or vibrations are of such intensity that they seem to pass right through the body, overpowering the other senses."
"Near-Death Experience Research Conclusions :
NDE Research Conclusions Index -- 29. Music".
(including list of recordings of music simulating that of near-death experience)
"Gilles Bedard's Near-Death Experience and Music Research".
"1. Gilles Bedard's Near-Death Experience".
"All day long, I went in and out of a coma. ... Suddenly, I couldn't see any walls. Then I saw myself from the ceiling. I was nine feet higher than my body and I was looking down at the people around me. ... In the blink of an eye, my vision expanded and I went into a place like a cosmos where there were twelve people standing in a half-circle. They were all pure white lights and they had no faces. Beyond them was a tunnel. ... I somehow knew these people although they weren't family or people I could recognize. It was as if they were waiting for me. I asked them what was happening, and they told me, 'You are not going to die. You are going back to Earth. You have something to do.' ...
What I remembered most is the music I heard when I was out of my body. ...
During the night, I had a sensation of falling into a tunnel. Going into it, I knew I was about to die, but just before arriving at the end of the tunnel, I woke up. ...
During my convalescence, I began to remember the special sound I had heard on the other side. It was slow and calm ... . At this period, I had a vision. I was with a sage in the mountains and we were looking into a valley and he said, 'You are going to bring this music to the people.' ...
"2. Gilles Bedard's Analysis of NDE Music Based on His NDE".
"When I first heard the music of Tangerine Dream [http://www.tangerinedream-music.com] ("Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" from their CD called "Pheadra") in 1974, I thought that was almost it. But ten years later, when I heard Structures from Silence from Steve Roach [http://www.steveroach.com], I recognized the sound I heard on the Other Side. The music of Steve Roach is by far the most accurate and closest to the real sound of the near-death experience. When you go to the source of that sound, you then find yourself beyond the emotional side that we usually associate with the music on Earth. In my twenty-five years of research, on the television and radio programs I was invited to, I played that music and hundreds of people 'recognized' this particular sound. This happened also at the IANDS conference.
The music of Constance Demby [http://www.ConstanceDemby.com], especially the piece "Celestial Communion" from her album Set Free is the musical illustration of being bathed into the light. For many of the people who assisted at my conferences, that piece unfolded on many occasions, as a souvenir of the near-death experience for those who lived one."
"3. A List of Music Approaching the Sound of the NDE".
"(1) To prepare yourself for the experience, listen to "Structures from Silence" by Steve Roach. It will convey to you the light within.
(2) For being in the presence of the light and feeling its energy, listen to "The Other Side" by Steve Roach from the CD "Dreamtime Return."
(3) For being one with the light, listen to "The Unfolding" fromDuality by Lisa Gerrard [http://www.LisaGerrard.com] and Pieter Bourke [http://www.myspace.com/PieterBourke/].
(4) For being bathed in the light, listen to "Celestial Communion" from Set Free by Constance Demby.
(5) For a glimpse of eternity, listen to "The Graceful Sky" from Cavern of Sirens by Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana [http://www.vidnaobmana.be].
(6) For remembering, listen to "Dante's Prayer" from Book of Secrets by Loreena McKennitt [http://www.quinlanroad.com]."
"Near-Death Experience Resources :
NDE Resources Index -- 15. NDE Music".
and also found at
"Notable Near-Death Experiences :
Notable NDEs Index -- 17. Gilles Bedard".