How out-of-body experiences can
help us understand and cope with death
By Ines Beyer
Death is scary. It is part of life and unfortunately for those leaving unexpectedly early due to an accident or illness it can be a tough crisis to face. Many of us live as if death would not happen to us and it can be shocking to our psyche when we are faced with death. The loved ones left behind are equally going through a huge loss and grief that can be unbearable to deal with at times. So we must talk about death.
Deepak Chopra and Marilyn Schlitz bring awareness to this topic with the upcoming film “Death Makes Life Possible.” It is a film that will make us think about what death really means. What happens when I die? What if my partner dies? What is the afterlife like? Our physical life has a purpose and death makes life meaningful. That is the message of the film and we certainly agree. When faced with death, life becomes precious and we want to makes the most of it.
The context in which we see death in general, what we expect and how we have lived our life greatly affects what our death experience and dealing with other people’s death will be like.
Through out-of-body experiences (spontaneous, intentional, or in the form of near-death experiences) we can have a temporary preview of what it will be like to exist without a body and to visit other non-physical dimensions. Experiencers often conclude that death happens when our consciousness (astral body or “soul”) leaves the physical container and simply does not return to it anymore because the body no longer functions properly. It is like taking off a heavy coat, revealing an inner layer or more subtle bodywhich remains, maintaining our personality, mental capacity, habits and motivations.
Experiencers tend to overcome the fear of death because the OBE/NDE tends to feel liberating. In fact, birth appearsmore restricting to one’s awareness and capability,transitioning from a freer state to a more restrictive one, experiencing reduced lucidity. A baby develops and goes on to regain some of the awareness throughout child development and life. At the end of life, however, we go from less awareness to greater mental clarity – at least as far as the body is concerned.
So when you deeply think about the personal accounts of OBE/NDE, death can be described as a moment of transition from one state and body to another. That’s it. We continue to exist and we will have more bodies and lives in the future. Experiencers describe seeing people from their spiritual evolution group again, those that have already passed and those that join in later years. Death is the deactivation of the physical body, but our consciousness does not die. This is good news. Knowing this can help us be okay and suffer less with the process.
It is great to read or hear about the afterlife, but often we are not quite sure if it is really true. Those that have lucid out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences lose the fear of death, because they have experienced it first hand. They have seen the other side and interacted with others there. Sometimes they have seen their physical body laying in bed, realizing that it is just a machine, a useful tool. They no longer belief that they will continue to exist based on what they were told, but they now deeply know this, because they have experienced it. The experience is so vivid that it is self-persuasive. However, people are often able to make accurate observation of remote locations or obtain accurate information from the diseased, as well – not to mention the mounting evidence of psi research.
IAC’s Consciousness Development Program (CDP) is offered worldwide and is a way to learn produce projections of the consciousness (out-of-body experiences) in a healthy and safe way. The OBE is a skill that can be learned. It can provide a way to make multiple observations of the multiple dimensions of the spiritual world. This way, you can explore and seek answers to life’s questions on your own. You may be able to see where you came from(and are likely to return to), connect to your past lives, understand why you came to this current life and body, what you planned to do here, and what the afterlife is like. In the CDP classes, we discuss the death process in terms of three possible deactivations (desomas). We also discuss how we might spend the period between lives, relationships, ethics, karma and our life purpose.
Why not lose the fear of death, understand yourself likenever before, get inspiration for your life purpose and get a preview of death as an “extraphysical birth.” Make every day count! To learn more visit http://www.iacworld.org/ for a calendar of online activities and in-person courses at IAC’s Research Campus in Portugal or in the educational center nearest you. To find out more about the Schlitz/Chopra documentary, visit “Death Makes Life Possible.”
Ines Beyer, M.Sc.
Ines Beyer has a Masters Degree in Metaphysical Sciences and is currently an instructor-volunteer at the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). She is passionate about learning and exploring all facets of consciousness and what makes us who we are at our essence. She shares a great purpose of educating and bringing awareness to new research in the field of consciousness and the nature of human manifestation, evolution, personal growth and self-empowerment. Her approach is spiritual, yet practical and down to earth. She is especially interested in the mind-body connection, positive psychology and the process of death, helping others reduce fears and coping with death.