By Bob Olson
Some people might describe death as dark, but death is not dark in the way that we know darkness. In the darkness of our physical world, we can’t see anything—it is total blackness. As a result, our darkness can be frightening because we don’t know what is before us. Evidence indicates that this is not true of the spirit world.
The most compelling evidence of this comes from near-death experiences (NDEs). Many people who have had NDEs describe their initial transition into this alternate dimension as being in darkness, but say that there is light within the darkness. Rather than describe a frightening blackness, they experienced a soothing darkness that illuminated whatever was within it. They added that it was a comforting, peaceful darkness because they could still see in it. One person described it to me as a soft, velvety darkness where light radiated wherever she focused her attention. Others who have had NDEs told me they agreed with that description.
Other people who have experienced NDEs have described the initial act of leaving their physical bodies as traveling through a dark tunnel. However, in her book Near-Death Experiences: The Rest Of The Story, NDE researcher P.M.H. Atwater says that the tunnel experience is actually quite rare. Her findings indicate that many people say they had a tunnel experience when they didn’t because they worry that people won’t believe they had a near-death experience without adding the “tunnel” experience into their story.
Yet even most people who describe a tunnel experience say this tunnel has beautiful lights and colors within it (some say on the walls of it), and the bright light of the spirit world is at the end of that tunnel, which we travel toward without any effort on our part (we are drawn to the light automatically). The closer we get to this light, the more we feel the love, joy, peace and security of the bright, luminous spirit world (a.k.a. heaven). So this darkness seems to have no resemblance to what we know as darkness.
It’s important to remember that near-death experiences (which are merely a temporary death) are not entirely the same as the experience of being permanently (physically) dead in the spirit world. Of course, I’m using the word “dead” the way the general public uses it. Anyone who is reading this book quickly learns that we don’t really die; we merely transition to another dimension—the spiritual dimension, which is eternal. But the point I’m making here is that a near-death experience might not be the same experience as being a spirit in the spirit world. So people who have had NDEs cannot tell us for sure what the spirit world is like for our deceased loved ones in spirit. Therefore, we must consider the other evidence that helps us answer this question.
People in spirit who have communicated through mediums and people who have communicated with spirits during their deathbed visions have described the light of the spiritual dimension as being one-hundred times brighter than the sun, yet it never hurts their eyes. Just imagine sitting on a beach in the warm sun and soaking in the rays on your skin. According to these spirits, this imagery barely touches upon the actual magnificence of the light of the spirit world, as there are no human words that can fully describe it with any sense of accuracy and justice. Yet despite the fact that words don’t exist to properly describe it, I think we all get the idea that the spirit world offers a brilliant and wonderful luminosity that is nothing like the darkness that we know here on the earth plane.
So whether we go by what people have described of their near-death experiences or these communications from people on the other side, none of this evidence leads me to believe death is dark as we know darkness.
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