Yes, I am aware that this man's NDE has been discussed and presented on ATS before - but it's been a couple of years now, and I feel it would be
of interest to many members to revisit.
My last thread asked members to examine their willingness-level to explore alternative ideas outside of their chosen "faith" or "Religion" or
"belief system." What is so scary about thinking, or discovering, your Religion is
Now, as a result of some further browsing on the web, I would like to present a 90-minute NDE that explains that NO ONE RELIGION has it right...and
furthermore, it doesn't really matter what your religion is - according to Mr. Benedict.
If you've already heard of him and have thoughts about his experience and its veracity, I'd like to hear about your responses.
If you haven't I urge you to spend 15 minutes reading his NDE here
. The link
is on the site near-death.com, and is subcategorized under "reincarnation".
Lately there have been some discussions back and forth about whether or not we each are connected and part of the Divine (we are); whether or not we
reincarnate (we do), and just our typical everyday disputes over which religion has it "right" or "mostly right".
Now we have access to someone who says he knows. And it's good news!!
The man died of an untreated brain tumor. He was "stone cold dead" for AT LEAST 90 minutes
, but possibly longer, because it wasn't until
after his body was found by his hospice care-giver that the "timing" began. Rigor was setting in, his hospice caregiver had honored his request to
leave his dead body unmolested for a few hours. (She caved in at 90 minutes after finding him, but it was long enough for him to explore the answer to
" Life, The Universe, and Everything. And the answer is NOT "42."
The Light of God
There was this light shining. I turned toward the light. The light was very similar to what many other people have described in their near-death
experiences. It was so magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to go to your ideal
mother's or father's arms.
As I began to move toward the light, I knew intuitively that if I went to the light, I would be dead.
So as I was moving toward the light I said, "Please wait a minute, just hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I would like to talk to
you before I go."
To my surprise, the entire experience halted at that point. You are indeed in control of your near-death experience. You are not on a roller coaster
ride. So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the light. The light kept changing into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha,
Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs.
I asked the light, "What is going on here? Please, light, clarify yourself for me. I really want to know the reality of the situation."
The information transferred to me was that your beliefs shape the kind of feedback you are getting before the light. If you were a Buddhist or
Catholic or Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have a chance to look at it and examine it, but most people do
As the light revealed itself to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our Higher Self matrix. The only thing I can tell you is that it
turned into a matrix, a mandala of human souls, and what I saw was that what we call our Higher Self in each of us is a matrix. It's also a
conduit to the Source; each one of us comes directly, as a direct experience from the Source. We all have a Higher Self, or an oversoul part of our
being. It revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really describe it is that the being of the Higher Self is more like a
conduit. It did not look like that, but it is a direct connection to the Source that each and every one of us has. We are directly connected to the
So, yes, we all have a spark of the Divine. Actually, we ARE the Divine. When this man visited Life, the Universe, and Everything, he learned that
WE ARE GOD experiencing itself. God is not "out there", or "above us"...God IS US, God is the entire cosmos, and being human is a very precious
gift - it is God's consciousness, or self-awareness.
I went into the void, I came back with this understanding that God is not there. God is here. That's what it is all about. So this
constant search of the human race to go out and find God ... God gave everything to us, everything is here - this is where it's at. And what we are
into now is God's exploration of God through us. People are so busy trying to become God that they ought to realize that we are already God and God
is becoming us. That's what it is really about.
I was given lessons on the mechanics of reincarnation. I was given answers to all those little questions I had:
"How does this work? How does that work?" I knew that I would be reincarnated.
The Earth is a great processor of energy, and individual consciousness evolves out of that into each one of us. I thought of myself as a human for the
first time, and I was happy to be that. From what I have seen, I would be happy to be an atom in this universe. An atom.
So to be the human part of God ... this is the most fantastic blessing. It is a blessing beyond our wildest estimation of what blessing can be. For
each and every one of us to be the human part of this experience is awesome, and magnificent. Each and every one of us, no matter where we are,
screwed up or not, is a blessing to the planet, right where we are.
About heaven: There are multiple "heavens" - every one that has ever been imagined exists. The one you 'picture' is the one you'll find...
I had a descent into what you might call hell, and it was very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My descent into hell was a
descent into each person's customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of not-knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But each of the
millions of souls around me had a little star of light always available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with their
own grief, trauma and misery. But, after what seemed an eternity, I started calling out to that light, like a child calling to a parent for help. Then
the light opened up and formed a tunnel that came right to me an insulated me from all that fear and pain. That is what hell really is.
I'll stop there and hope that you all will find his NDE as fascinating and "helpful" as I have this morning. I just stumbled across it in a
generic search for NDE stories...and no, I have not found anywhere or anyone (yet) who has claimed "Hoax" on Mr Benedict.
Enjoy, and if you're up for it...let's DISCUSS!