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When the ordinary person approaches death, usually his whole body becomes paralyzed, just as a part of your body sometimes “goes to sleep.” When your foot goes to sleep, you see it and you know that it is yours, but you cannot move or use it. So, at the approach of death, most people feel an entire paralysis, or a going-to-sleep state of the entire body – limbs, muscles, and even internal organs, including heart, lungs, and diaphragm.
[edit on 17-8-2009 by spacemanLive]
Physical and Psychological States at Death
The ordinary man, at the time of death, experiences the following sensations:
1. Gradual numbness of the limbs, muscles, heart, lungs, and diaphragm.
2. During the spreading of numbness in the limbs and muscles, a sense of sadness, helplessness, and a desire to live, comes into the mind.
3. When the numbness reaches the heart muscles, a sense of pain and suffocation is experienced which cause an extreme fear of death. An attachment toward possessions and loved ones strongly comes upon the soul and cause extreme mental grief.
4. With the pain of suffocation, there is a great mental struggle to bring breath back again. At this time, a condensed review of all the good and bad actions of his lifetime comes up in the mind of the dying man. From this mental introspection comes the guiding tendency in determining the kind of birth the dying man will have in the next life.
The Wisdom Of Yogananda, Volume 2
Originally posted by Darthorious
The suffocation effect is false.
When I died the second time (first time was instant) I felt no suffication effect what so ever.
In fact jut the opposite.
Originally posted by Toadmund
Point I am making here is dead is dead, almost or close to death is not death.
I speak about Death as one who knows the matter from both the outer world experience and the inner life expression: There is no death. There is, as you know, entrance into fuller life. There is freedom from the handicaps of the fleshly vehicle. The rending process so much dreaded does not exist, except in the cases of violent and of sudden death, and then the only true disagreeables are an instant and overwhelming sense of imminent peril and destruction, and something closely approaching an electric shock. No more.
For the unevolved, death is literally a sleep and a forgetting, for the mind is not sufficiently awakened to react, and the storehouse of memory is as yet practically empty.
For the average good citizen, death is a continuance of the living process in his consciousness and a carrying forward of the interests and tendencies of the life. His consciousness and his sense of awareness are the same and unaltered. He does not sense much difference, is well taken care of, and oft is unaware that he has passed through the episode of death.
For the wicked and cruelly selfish, for the criminal and for those few who live for the material side only, there eventuates that condition which we call "earth-bound". The links they have forged with earth and the earthward bias of all their desires, force them to remain close to the earth and their last setting in the earth environment. They seek desperately and by every possible means to re-contact it and to re-enter. In a few cases, great personal love for those left behind or the non-fulfilment of a recognised and urgent duty, holds the good and beautiful in a somewhat similar condition.
For the aspirant, death is an immediate entrance into a sphere of service and of expression to which he is well accustomed and which he at once recognises as not new. In his sleeping hours he has developed a field of active service and of learning. He now simply functions in it for the entire twenty-four hours (talking in terms of physical plane time) instead of for his usual few hours of earthly sleep.
- A Treatise on White Magic, Djwhal Khul/Alice Bailey