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Meetings and Messages
Beyond the Body
One of the most amazing out-of-body experiences is a fully conscious meeting with a loved one who has passed on. This personal contact can provide startling insight into our spiritual natures and the unseen dimensions around us, and a powerful verification of our own immortality. It also provides an excellent opportunity for us to reunite and communicate with a friend or loved one whom we feared lost to us forever. It is common for people to report personal encounters with departed loved ones during out-of-body and near-death experiences. What I have found especially interesting is the diversity of these meetings. The reported contact can take almost any form: a child, a recently passed wife or husband, a cloud or sphere of intelligence, or a gentle grandparent. Sometimes the contact is with someone known; at other times it may be with someone who appears as a guide or teacher.
In the OBE survey I conducted, 24 percent of the respondents' experiences involved contact with a departed loved one. In addition, 22 percent of the respondents saw or felt the presence of a nonphysical being. Increasing evidence suggests that most contact is with individuals we have known at some point in our past. Often spirits are attracted to us becausethere is a connection to our soul group, a past life, or because there is an emotional or spiritual relationship that we are unaware of.
One of the great benefits of out-of-body exploration is the self-empowerment that it offers. It provides us with abilities and perceptions extending far beyond the limits of matter. For many it opens up a new world of possibilities that our society is only beginning to examine and understand. For example, our current concepts of death and dying are a based on some very old assumptions. Many of us still look upon death as the end of life. Our vocabulary is filled with statements indicating the finality of death: "the last breath," "the final moments," on so on. Out-of-body experiences provide substantial evidence that when someone dies, that person has in fact only changed their vibratory rate and the density of their body. The person is still very much alive and well.
I was living in Michigan when my mother called from Maryland at about 1 A.M. to tell me that after a long illness, my father had passed away. After packing a bag and making airline reservations, I decided to lie down on my living-room sofa to rest for about an hour or so before my flight. Suddenly there was a sense of motion or vibration, and I found myself sitting in my parents' basement on a Danish-style couch that they had for years. There was a voice from around a corner -- it sounded very much like my deceased mother-in-law's -- that said, "Susie, your daddy's here." In an instant I saw my father standing in front of me, a pipe in his mouth, dressed in a flannel shirt and brown Levi's. I said, "What are you doing here? You are supposed to be dead. But you look great." He opened his arms to me and said, "Everything is good here. I feel great. I just wanted you to know." I stood and embraced him -- he seemed solid -- and in an instant I came back to my sofa in Michigan. It was that experience that convinced me beyond anything I had been told during my Catholic upbringing that there is existence beyond this life. I am certain that we will meet again.
-- Susan W., Bel Air, California
It is common for people who have died to remain relatively close to the physical world for several days after death. During this period they often visit their loved ones and express their good-byes. We often receive this communication during sleep. Many are unaware that during sleep we move slightly out of sync with our biological bodies. This provides a potential window of direct communication with our minds. How we perceive and remember this communication is based on our awareness. Some have no recollection of the visitation, while others perceive the contact as a dream ranging from a vague memory to an incredibly vivid interactive experience. Those who are trained and comfortable with out-of-body exploration possess an enormous advantage because their consciousness is far more open and prepared for this multidimensional contact and communication. In other words, they are far more likely to experience spiritual visitations in full awareness. Those who are fearful of spiritual contact remain largely unaware of the contact or interpret it as a fleeting dream.
One of the reasons people learn self-initiated out-of-body exploration is to consciously meet and communicate with their deceased loved ones. This kind of meeting is far more common than many believe. Research indicates that a large percentage of parents who have lost a child will have some kind of contact with that child within a year of the loss and that more than 50 percent of people experience a reunion with their departed spouse.
My wife had passed after a long illness, and the first few days afterward passed like a blur. Even though her death relieved her from pain, I was numb with grief. Most of the time I had friends and family with me, but one evening when I was alone I relaxed on the sofa, recalling the lifetime we had spent together. As I closed my eyes to rest, I felt my body start to tingle and vibrate, and then I became very, very light. I was almost dizzy. Then suddenly...The Secret of the Soul. Copyright © by William L. Buhlman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.