By Bob Olson
It’s important to make a distinction between the word “dying” and the word “death.” Dying can be painful. Death is not.
Death is the state where you are physically dead but your consciousness survives. Many people who have died for a few seconds or minutes and then been revived have said that they were fully aware of their body and surroundings while dead. This is called an out-of-body experience (OBE), which is an early stage of the death experience.
In many cases during near-death experiences (when people die for seconds or minutes but then come back to life), people found themselves floating up by the ceiling above everyone else in the room (for example, above the doctors and nurses in the emergency room). If they were outside when they died, they floated freely outside but still above their body. Many who have had this experience said the transition was natural, such as, “One second I was running for shelter across a field during a lightning storm. The next second, I was floating above my body as it lay on the grass.”
Regardless of the state of their physical bodies, there is no pain felt while floating in this observer position separated from their body. Even those who were struck by lightning or hit by a train, for instance, had no sensation other than weightlessness, freedom from the confines of their body, and a deep sense of inner peace. Most people who have had out-of-body experiences admit that they felt so absolutely wonderful during their OBE that they did not want to return to their physical bodies. That’s how blissful it feels to leave our bodies and exist in spiritual form.
Of course, anyone living who has told us about their near-death experience (NDE) obviously did return to their body, and that is when they felt the pain of the harrowing experience that caused them to leave their body for a brief time in the first place, if there is any pain associated with the experience that caused the NDE.
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