Afterlife Realms and the Near-Death Experience
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If you want to know what the afterlife is like, pay close attention to your dreams. There is a wealth of evidence suggesting a connection to the levels of consciousness with the afterlife realms as described in near-death testimonies. The dream realm and the afterlife realms both are realms of the mind, soul, and spirit. In the realms of the mind, all thoughts and things are possible. Death is merely a process of freeing your true essence from all physical limitations and fully inhabiting the realms of thought and spirit. In the afterlife realms, what one thinks is what matters most; because thoughts are deeds in those realms. There, we are what we think and there is no hiding from who we really are. One NDE experiencer, St. Teresa of Avila, described it perfectly, “After you die, you wear what you are.” And if a person reads enough NDE testimonies, it becomes possible to create a “map” describing the soul’s journey after death — at least from the NDE perspective. This article will attempt to give the reader such a map based upon the numerous NDE testimonies on this website.

1. The case for ten or more afterlife realms
The following is a list from science and religion which makes the case for ten or more dimensions of reality.

(1) Quantum physicists, using Superstring Theory, theorize a cosmology consisting of 10 dimensions. The goal of theoretical physics is to find the “holy grail” of physics– the so-called “Theory of Everything” (TOE) — a theory that explains all phenomena of reality. Superstring Theory is widely believed to be the closest TOE candidate. M-Theory is a unification of all consistent versions of Superstring Theory and adds one more dimension — a “Membrane” or “Matrix” dimension — for a total of 11 dimensions. Surprisingly, neuroscientists have recently discovered the human brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions.

(2) Pythagoras, perhaps the first great mathematician, believed the cosmos is divided into 10 heavens based on the perfect number 10.

(3) In Jewish mysticism, God’s entire creation is composed of 10 emanations of Light from the 10 utterances of God “Let there be” to create the world by the perfect order of 10 along with a hierarchy of 10 angelic realms and the law of the 10 commandments.

(4) In Buddhism, there are 10 levels of realization toward enlightenment and 10 directions of the Buddha’s light to 10 Buddha-realms.

(5) Christian Gnostics believed in a cosmology of 10 heavens which they based on information from the death experience of the Apostle Paul which they recorded in their scriptures (Apocalypse of Paul).

(6) In Islam, a legend exists where Muhammad journeyed through 10 heavens which was probably a near-death experience.

(7) The Biblical prophet Enoch in his writings (2 Enoch) mentions he ascended through the 10 heavens.

(8) The Bible describes an angelic hierarchy of 10 celestial powers [1] [2].

(9) Edgar Cayce learned from his out-of-body travels how our solar system’s 10 major spheres (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are three-dimensional physical representations of the invisible 10 afterlife realms. Cayce also revealed how the human body is a microcosm of the solar system. This cosmology was also taught by Plato and Aristotle, and was included in the doctrines of Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and all cosmologies where astrology was dominate.[1]

(10) The Apostle Paul equated the different degrees of glory of resurrected bodies with the sun, moon and stars. Throughout the Bible, there are references to multiple realms: third heaven, the highest heavens, heavens, and many dwelling places.

(11) During Lynnclaire Dennis‘ NDE, she entered into the light and saw the Universal Pattern and Source of all life which was in a shape that resembles an atom with electrons revolving around it. Her pattern eventually caught the eye of scientists because of its compatibility with the knotted pattern of 10-dimensional space in physics.

(12) Other experiencers, such as George Ritchie and Betty Eadie, as well as the Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg, each observed multiple levels in the hereafter. Howard Storm had an extensive experience in which he also observed multiple levels in the afterlife. Dr. PMH Atwater describes these multiple dimensions as existing here within the same space much like boxes within a box. Metaphysical sources also describe a multi-dimensional reality.

There are several conclusions to make here:

a. Heaven is not up and hell is not below. The various afterlife realms are like various frequencies on the light spectrum – most of which is invisible to the naked eye.

b. We are already living in the “afterlife” right now. This is because our experience in this physical, three-dimensional universe is just one of many realms we have experienced.

c. We do not have to die to experience the afterlife and eternity. Eternity is not something that begins after death. We are already in eternity now – the “eternal now.”

2. The nature of the afterlife realms
P.M.H. Atwater uses a good analogy when describing death and the various afterlife realms: “There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before. Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when all of a sudden someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to different frequency. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still just the same as it was. Only you changed, only you speeded up to allow entry into the next radio frequency on the dial. You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong. You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wavelength. You are still a spot on the dial but you move up or down a notch or two. You don’t die when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration. That’s all death is … a shift.” (P.M.H. Atwater)

3. The six major afterlife realms
The graph below represents a map through the major afterlife realms which experiencers have encountered during their near-death experiences. No experiencer that I am aware of has encountered every afterlife realm depicted on the graph. Most experiencers have experienced three or four realms. Looking at the graph, one can see how the afterlife journey begins with the death of the physical body in the physical realm (Realm 1) which is the physical universe — planet Earth for humans. After death, humans travel through various afterlife realms with the ultimate goal of becoming a permanent citizen of the God Realm (Realm 6). This is accomplished through the process of reincarnation — “trial and error” — through multiple lifetimes in which we gradually become “perfected”. A good analogy of humanity’s journey through the afterlife realms, as represented by the graph below, is to think of the afterlife realms as God’s “Corporate Ladder” of success. We begin employment at the ground level (Realm 1) the physical universe. Through hard work and on-the-job education, humanity is gradually climbing God’s corporate ladder with the goal of becoming a “full partner” with the “Boss” — God — at the “corporate level” (Realm 6). However, this analogy only works from our current life’s point-of-view and gives the erroneous suggestion that the earth realm in Physical Realm 1 is an inferior realm. The fact is we are soul/spirit beings who have had a multitude of past life experiences on earth and perhaps even in the Soul and Spirit Realms — through the process of reincarnation.

According to the previous Case for Ten or More Afterlife Realms, the planets of our solar system are three-dimensional physical representations of invisible other-dimensional afterlife realms inhabiting the same space. As a whole, these afterlife realms represent the dimensions of consciousness of our solar system as part of the vast system of Universal Mind. Each solar system is analogous to a “university” and a single expression of the divine with its planets and planes of consciousness acting as integral parts each at a different vibratory level. The planet Earth is the third planet from the sun and is where three-dimensional life is represented in the solar system. There are other intelligent three-dimensional life forms living in other solar systems experiencing their own soul evolution. Each solar system in the universe is also analogous to an atom in a universe of atoms. Each solar system represents an opportunity for development, advancement, and growth toward the ideal of complete companionship with God — the position of co-creator. The idea of the soul existing as a “speck” in a seemingly endless universe is only an illusion. After death, the soul expands and transcends the physical universe. Also, the human body is a microcosm of the solar system with the endocrine glands acting as energy centers (chakras) with each planetary afterlife realm having some astrological influence over a particular energy center. After death, the soul travels through the various dimensions of the Soul Realms associated with the solar system. If the soul has learned all the lessons necessary to progress further, the soul meets with spirit guides and enters the Spirit Realms as spirit. The soul, which is the subconscious mind, is no longer needed, and the individual enters the Spirit Realms as pure superconsciousness — spirit.

A Brief Description of the Six Major Afterlife Realms
(a) Realm 1: The Physical Realm — In the universe, the planet Earth is where humanity experiences birth, life, and death. Religion, science, and war play dominant roles here. This is the realm of “cause and effect” (karma) where we come to be tested in ways only a physical experience can. The universe is inhabited by other intelligent beings according to a combination of the Drake Equation and the multitude of credible UFO sightings which have been documented [1] [2] [3] [4].

(b) Realm 2: The Earthbound Realm — After death, a person may immediately find themselves out-of-body and inhabiting a soul/spirit body while observing their physical body from below. Some people have observed a silver cord connecting their physical body to their spirit body. This is the earthbound realm because it exists in the same dimension as the physical realm except that its inhabitants are invisible to those living in the physical realm. However, psychics living in the physical realm are able to contact inhabitants of the earthbound realm through mental telepathy. The earthbound realm is also known by other names such as the astral plane, the dream realm, the world of “hungry ghosts,” and hell.

(c) Realm 3: The Void — This is a timeless realm of complete and profound darkness – empty of everything except for the thought and emotional patterns of those who enter it. It is a perfect place for its inhabitants to examine themselves, contemplate their recent earth experience, and decide where to go next. For some people, the Void is a heavenly experience because, in the absence of everything else, they are able to see perfectly the love and light within themselves. For others, the Void can be terrifying or confusing because of an inability or unwillingness to see the love and light within. There is no judgment by God in the Void. There is only the possibility of self-judgment – a harsher form of self-understanding. The Void is where people undergo “ego death” where the “mask” of the personality is dissolved to allow the individuality of the soul to be experienced in relation to the Whole which is God. Many NDE experiencers find themselves immediately in the Void upon clinical death; and for many, the Void is as far as they go in their NDE as well.

(d) Portal: The Tunnel — Near-death experiencers report being drawn into and through a “tunnel” at an extremely high speed toward a radiant light. Some experiencers have seen other souls with them in the tunnel in the form of orbs. Some experiencers have seen other souls around the edges of the tunnel calling out to them or trying to grab the experiencer.

(e) The Receiving Station — This temporary transit area is a kind of heavenly sorting area where the destination of souls is decided. It has been described as a kind of heavenly way station, a heavenly amphitheater, or a heavenly airport terminal. Here is where the experiencer may have a homecoming with deceased loved ones, meet with spirit guides, meet a religious leader they admired such as Jesus, have a life review, and receive forgotten knowledge of both the past and the future. The NDE experiencer is then sent back to life on earth — usually after being told they are not ready to die. Examples of the Receiving Station in NDEs can be found here: [1] [2] [3].

(f ) Realm 4: The Soul Realms — The Soul Realms are composed of seven invisible planetary afterlife realms associated with seven planets in our solar system not including earth – which is itself a living organism called “Gaia“. Our three-dimensional sun, in another-dimensional afterlife realm, is a itself a Being of Light. After death, souls usually incarnate to a number of Soul Realms between earth lifetimes until the soul has attained its proper level of soul growth and is ready for advancement to the Spirit Realms. When a soul incarnates into an earth life from a number of Soul Realms, the soul will manifest the influences of those realms from which it came. In each realm we deal mostly with our choices made in our most recent earth incarnation. We do this by focusing mostly on a single aspect of our soul development associated with that realm. For example, in one particular Soul Realm we deal mostly with our unfinished emotional business left over from our past incarnation. In another realm, a mental realm, we deal mostly with karmic memories. In another realm, we deal mostly with our desires and passions. Souls live in communities with those whom share a like sympathy such as with family and friends. Souls occasionally take trips into other realms and return again to use those experiences in their soul communities — just as people on earth do during dreams and NDEs. This is accomplished under the guidance and protection of souls and spirits who have taken this as their ministry. The only difference is that after death, souls do not sleep and they vividly recall the experience of having traveled to another realm.

(g) Realm 5: The Spirit Realms — After all the Soul Realms associated with our solar system have been fully experienced and all the lessons have been fully learned and the proper level of soul growth has been attained, the soul can move on to Spirit Realms associated with constellations and star systems around the spiritual universe. Some NDE experiencers have met their “Higher Self” in this realm. Some experiencers have described seeing a City of Light or a “galaxy” of light.

(h) Realm 6: The God Realm — The highest realm is completely outside of the universe. This is the “God Realm” and it is the ultimate destination of every spirit. NDE experiencers have described becoming completely absorbed into — or at-one-with — God — in this Realm. The God Realm is also known by various religious traditions as “Vaikuntha” (Hinduism), “Tian” (Taoism and Confucianism), “Akanishtha” (Buddhism), “Shamayim” (Judaism), the “Kingdom of God” (Christianity), and “Jannah” (Islam). It is possible that there are a multitude of these realms as well.

4. The many NDE pathways through the afterlife realms
There is one particular aspect to near-death testimonies that varies greatly from each other and it is the path by which experiencers travel to reach various afterlife realms. By analyzing the various NDE testimonies on this website, a diagram of the numerous pathways to these various afterlife realms has been created.

There are very likely other paths but these are the ones I have encountered most often. Lets go through each path one at a time.

a. Path A: Earth to Earthbound Realm

The Earthbound Realm (ER) consists of hell realms located in the same space as the Physical Realm (PR) except the ER and its inhabitants are invisible to those inhabiting the PR except, of course, by those who are psychic enough to sense them. The transition to the ER after death is so subtle that many souls who travel there are not even aware they have died. Several cases in point are Dr. George Ritchie and Dr. Dianne Morrissey. Both of these experiencers dwelt in the ER for extended periods of time until they saw their dead body and realized they were dead. Any NDE where the experiencer is out-of-body and can observe their dead body from a distance is an experience in the ER. The ER is a temporary state of mind and soul after death of having earthly, physical desires that can no longer be satisfied. It is also a condition resulting from living a hellish lifetime with little or no soul growth. The condition is neither condemnation, judgment, nor punishment. It is the natural consequences (karma) of living such a life. It is a painful condition similar to “withdrawal symptoms.” It is a purification process much like the Catholic concept of purgatory. It ends when those in such a condition are willing to see the light and love within themselves and others which is God.

Other great ER experiences can be found in the NDEs of Howard Storm, Howard Pittman, Josiane Antonette, David Oakford, Don Brubaker, Angie Fenimore, Lorraine Tutmarc, and Mellen-Thomas Benedict.

Other earthbound descriptions are from: Dr. Dianne Morrissey (the complete account in her book), Josiane Antonette, Howard Pittman, Emanuel Swedenborg and Ruth Montgomery.” (Kevin Williams)

b. Path B: Earth to Void

“Some people report entering the void immediately after death without having to go through the tunnel. Others do report entering the void through the tunnel. Some people, such as Dr. George Ritchie, do not go through a tunnel but are led from one realm to the other by a Being of Light.” (Kevin Williams)

“One of the best descriptions of the void comes from the near-death account of Mellen-Thomas Benedict. It is also one of the best and profound near-death accounts you will read. Other excellent void descriptions can be found in the NDEs of: Guenter Wagner, Dr. George Ritchie, Howard Storm, Angie Fenimore, RaNelle Wallace, and Don Brubaker.” (Kevin Williams)

c. Path C: Earth to Void to Heaven

“Some people describe entering the Void either through the tunnel or not through the tunnel. Once in the void, some people immediately return to their body and their NDE is over. Other people, such as Guenter Wagner, have an extended experience in the void and then return to their bodies. But in the map above, you can see that some people leave the void then enter heaven. Once in the void, the only way out of it is through the love you have cultivated within you during life. In the void, once a person begins to think, remember, feel and realize love, the tunnel opens and you enter toward the light. Some people, such as Linda Stewart, leave the void with the help of a Being of Light. The void is totally devoid of love and light and the only way you can be attracted to the light is by realizing the love within you.

“One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the earth to void to heaven is the near-death account of Howard Storm. Another near-death account involving a trip through the void on the way to heaven is the near-death account of Linda Stewart. (Kevin Williams)

d. Path D: Earth to Heaven

“Some people do not report an experience with the earthbound realm or the Void. The travel to heaven directly my means of the tunnel. For example, Edgar Cayce traveled through the tunnel literally thousands of times and during each time, he would be able to see all the levels of the afterlife passing by him as he went straight to heaven to get his information. Why some people enter heaven by different methods is anyone’s guess. Perhaps people travel to afterlife realms according to how much they have earned it in life and in past lives. This would explain how some children have experiences in heaven without having to earn it in their current life and this suggests to me that they have earned it in a previous life. That is just my 2 cents worth.” (Kevin Williams)

“One of the best descriptions concerning the transition from the earth directly to heaven is the near-death account of Betty Eadie. Other NDEs involving a direct trip to heaven are from: Dannion Brinkley, Jayne Smith, David Goines, Jan Price, May Eulitt, Carl Jung, Edgar Cayce, and John Star.” (Kevin Williams)

e. Path E: Earth to Earthbound Realm to Void to Heaven

“An interesting aspect of near-death accounts is that if one reads enough of them, one begins to understand the various transitions from the earth to heaven. The map above represents near-death accounts that involve all the first three levels (earthbound, void, heaven). Some of these reports, such as Dr. George Ritchie‘s, are virtually guided tours by a Being of Light. Often, these kind of experiences are the most transcendental.” (Kevin Williams)

“Those cases who came closest to death, or were clinically dead, just as Moody’s cases reported, told of being outside of their bodies, of moving through a Void or dark tunnel toward a luminous light, of meeting with departed relatives and friends, of having a feeling of great comfort and bliss and of being surrounded by compassionate love, a feeling so beautiful they longed to remain, and when they returned to the earthly realm, they were affected by this feeling the rest of their lives.” (Dr. Kenneth Ring)

Edgar Cayce would leave his body and become oppressed by the darkness. He would then experience a tremendous feeling of loneliness. He would then see a white beam of light and know that he must follow it or be lost. Whenever he would move through the tunnel toward the light, he would travel through various afterlife levels where unusual beings dwelled. On the first afterlife level, there were vague, horrible, grotesque forms such as one would see in a nightmare. Moving on, he would see on either side of the tunnel, misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. He would also see people on both sides of the tunnel calling out to him for help and trying to get his attention. But Cayce knew that any deviation from the tunnel would mean that he wouldn’t be able to return to his body. As he moved farther up the tunnel, the darkness would become lighter and the realm more colorful. At the end of the tunnel, he would then enter the Hall of Records, the heavenly source for the information he obtains. (Edgar Cayce)

Howard Pittman entered the second realm (the Void) where no love existed and where “demons” (earthbound human souls) there were participating in their area of expertise in tormenting souls. Pittman was then taken to the first realm (the earthbound realm) which he learned was in a spirit realm near the earth where demons stalk the living. It was in this realm that he saw demons in all shapes and forms. He was then led back to the second realm and to the entrance to a tunnel where angels were leading souls to the third realm (identified as one of the heavenly realms). (Howard Pittman)

Jan Price saw the skyline of a great city with three different dimensions. The first had a dinginess pervading the atmosphere. There was a gloominess, and everything was gray, even the inhabitants, but she sensed that somewhere beneath the discoloration pulsed life and beauty. It brought to her mind the lowest levels of existence in the world from which she came. Evil walked the squalid streets with malevolent bearing. No one there was up to, or expected, any good. From that dark dimension, each succeeding higher dimension became more colorful and more light. (Jan Price)

According to psychic George Anderson, after death we work our way up through the various levels of consciousness. We go through the tunnel and are able to go through the darker levels, which can represent a form of hell or purgatory, because these are the two negative levels, or the darker ones. But if we’ve been a good person, we generally just seem to pass through them very quickly and then we go on through the third and fourth levels of consciousness. When we go through these levels we meet our relatives and friends greeting us at the end of the tunnel where they’re waiting and lead us into the light.” (George Anderson)

As Mellen-Thomas Benedict passed into the second light [the Void], he expanded beyond the first light. He found himself in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. He could see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity. He realized that he was in the Void. He realized he was in pre-creation, before the Big Bang. He had crossed over the beginning of time and into the Eye of Creation. He felt as if he was touching the Face of God and was at one with Absolute Life and Consciousness. Mellen-Thomas described the void this way:

“The void is less than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The void is absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities. It is much more than even Universal Intelligence. The void is inside and outside everything. You, right now even while you live, are always inside and outside the void simultaneously. You don’t have to go anywhere or die to get there. The void is the vacuum or nothingness between all physical manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and their components. Modern science calls it zero-point. The Void is completely out of time and space as we know it. The Void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre-life, before the first vibration. While Mellen-Thomas was in the Void, he was aware of everything that had ever been created. It was like he was looking through the eyes of God. Suddenly he wasn’t him anymore; he had become God.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)

f. Path F: Earth to Void to Receiving Station to Heaven

“Some people on the way to heaven first enter a heavenly receiving station where other souls are seen entering into as well. This receiving station is a place where people can meet deceased relatives and friends, have a life review, and/or move on to other structures within heaven. Some of these other structures that have been seen is a heavenly temple, a heavenly library, or a temple of knowledge. At this point, there are other higher heavens to go and it is my opinion that these are beyond the reach of people having an NDE. Often, it is in this first heavenly realm where people are told they must return. The following are experiences with this heavenly receiving stations.” (Kevin Williams)

Diego Valencia entered a dim, colorless, train station-like realm where grayish entities were being helped by guides from a foggy realm near earth. He was then given the decision to either return to his body or stay. (Diego Valencia)

George Ritchie entered the earthbound realm where he observed souls stalking the living because of some earthly desire. In the second realm (the Void), he observed angry spirits locked into hand to hand combat, trying in vain to hurt each other. In the third realm, he observed souls being led into a heavenly weigh station. After visiting a heavenly library, he is shown a distant city made of brilliant light. Its description resembled the city described in the Book of Revelation. (Dr. George Ritchie)

Dr. Michael Newton‘s research of afterlife experiencers yielded the following conclusions: All souls, regardless of experience, eventually arrive at a central port in the spirit world that is like a staging area for orientation. Once past this station there seems to be no further detour. A large number of returning souls are transported in a kind of spiritual form of mass transit. Souls are brought in, collected, and then projected out to their proper final destinations similar to a central terminal of a metropolitan airport that has the capacity to fly people out in any direction. The most outstanding characteristic of this place is a continuous feeling of a powerful mental force directing everything in uncanny harmony. Some have said that this is a realm of pure thought. (Dr. Michael Newton)

David Oakford was taken to a great city in the shadow and clouds above earth which he discovered was heaven. He observed the souls of humans and animals flying to and from the great city and back to the earth. He observed many souls coming to the city with guides. Some of the souls were sad, beaten and scared. In the city, David entered a large building where he had a life review. (David Oakford)

Ned Dougherty was in the deepest void of space feeling comfortable and at home. Ned then entered into a magnificent ethereal structure. This heavenly structure resembled an amphitheater made of a brilliant, crystal-like substance. The amphitheater was suspended in the void of space in the same fashion that a space station might hover in space. The amphitheater was similar in size to a sports stadium and conveyed a great majesty. It was here that Ned experienced a life review. (Ned Dougherty)

One woman, Pamela Anderson, went through a black tunnel and entered a black void of absolute nothingness. She discovered that the darkness existed in every direction. She sensed an entity in the darkness with her and she asked it, “What happened?” Through telepathy, the entity replied, “You’re dead.” The entities reply was as if it enjoyed telling her this. As soon as she realized this, a clear white bright light brought her into a huge, wonderful, stadium or amphitheater where love and music emanated from it. (Pamela Anderson)

An accountant described his account: “As we walked along together to find Jesus, I noticed there was one building larger than all the others. It looked like a football stadium with an open end to the building where a blinding light radiated from it. I tried to look up at the light but I couldn’t. It was too brilliant. Many people seemed to be bowed in front of this building in adoration and prayer. I said to my parents, ‘What is that?’ They said, ‘In there is God.’” (An accountant)

Lisa described her experience: “There was no tunnel or light. I ‘awoke’ standing upright in the back of what looked like a large auditorium-type place, without the chairs. The wall were gold and had jewels embedded in them. I was far in the back at first and couldn’t figure out where I was. There were horns playing loud classical-type music and it was a very formal-type ceremony. There were dancers with beautifully colored flags dancing in a supernatural sort of way. I felt my presence coming in closer, but I didn’t feel legs moving underneath me.” (Lisa)

Lynnclaire Dennis described her experience: “In luxuriant warmth we moved on, drawn higher into the valley, moving toward the Source of the light. I made a single turn, and the meadow suddenly became an amphitheater. On a stage that seemed to be suspended in front of me, I witnessed, with my grandmother, what seemed to be an encore performance of my life.” (Lynnclaire Dennis)

Edgar Cayce mentioned there exists a kind of weigh station in the spirit realm which is a transient place where souls decide their next destination. This transient place is the junction between various cosmic realms. It is both a usual and an unusual place related to the soul’s evolution. (Edgar Cayce)

Berkley Carter Mills was taken to a suspended platform where he met a being so powerful that he thought it was God. The angels bowed and took their places with two others at the platform’s four corners. Carter learned that the powerful being was Jesus. Carter is then led through a life review. (Berkley Carter Mills)

5. The connection between the body and afterlife realms
According to Edgar Cayce, Eastern mysticism, and NDE studies, the human body is a receiver of cosmic energy (like a radio) for which we are able to connect with spiritual realms in the afterlife. This “receiver” aspect of the human body is made up of a system of endocrine glands within our body which are points of contact to an associated system of spiritual energy centers (called “chakras” in the East) which are collectively called the “subtle” or “astral body” (or simply the “soul“). The soul body is the “vehicle” by which people have near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and lucid dreams for example. Near-death experiencers such as Edgar Cayce and Mellen-Thomas Benedict have described how our solar system is actually a physical representation of our higher spirit body. This revelation explains how planetary-astrological forces can influence us here on earth.

The soul body is also the energetic form of the physical body. The spiritual centers of the soul body are points of contact where the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the body come together. Each spiritual center associated with an endocrine gland is also a point of contact to a particular invisible afterlife realm represented physically by one of the planets of our solar system (see the chart below). Cayce identified a particular afterlife realm by giving it the same name as its corresponding planets in our solar system. For example, the planet Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun and is the physical manifestation of an invisible afterlife realm that is 7th in the afterlife hierarchy. The pituitary gland – the “master” gland of the body – is associated with the “third eye” chakra in Eastern religions and is the point of contact connecting our physical body to 7th afterlife realm represented physically by the planet Jupiter.

Each spiritual energy center corresponds to one of the seven notes on a musical scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Each spiritual center also corresponds to a color on the light spectrum of which there are seven: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (or white). The positive and negative “vibes” a person is outwardly exposed to in life can influence the inward functioning of the endocrine glands and their corresponding spiritual center. The dominant vibration – positive or negative – within a person’s body reflects which spiritual center is dominant within a person’s life. It is the dominant vibration of a person’s life – body and spirit – which determines the level of the corresponding afterlife realm they have attained. Certain yoga meditation techniques (such as chanting mantras) have been used in the East to raise the quality of the spiritual energy vibration to help heal the mind, body and spirit.

6. NDE insights concerning the various afterlife realms
Dr. George Ritchie stated, “In the afterlife, our thoughts are no longer private, but become known to all around us. People of the same kind of thoughts are drawn to each other because it is too threatening to be with others with whom we disagree when they know it.” (Dr. George Ritchie)

Arthur Yensen stated, “After death, people gravitate into homogeneous groups according to the rate of their soul’s vibrations. If the percentage of discord in a person is small, it can be eliminated by the Master-Vibration of God; then the remaining good can live there. However, if there is more discord within a soul’s vibrations than good, this cannot be done and the person must gravitate to a lower afterlife level and live with people of their kind. Each person lives in the kind of a heaven or hell which they prepared for themselves while on earth. Nobody sends us anywhere. We are sorted by the high or low vibrations of our soul. Everyone goes where they fit in.” (Arthur Yensen)

According to Edgar Cayce, “After death, the dimension of the afterlife we travel to is determined by the level of spiritual development we have attained while on earth.” (Edgar Cayce)

Jan Price stated, “In the afterlife, everyone is free to visit the various afterlife realms and nothing is restricted. The only governor is the state of the conscious mind. Deeply held beliefs come into visible expression there. Not everyone has the same experience because everyone creates his or her own experience. Subtle energies slowly open restrictive, closed minds in order to accept greater understanding.” (Jan Price)

“We can not dwell in the higher spiritual realms until we have perfectly qualified for it by a change of heart and mind, a significant amount of preparation, and by completing our mission.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“Those living in the higher realms radiate the brightest light and their glory must be cloaked when people in the lower realms look at them. It is possible for people in the lower realms to visit higher realms, but they must be prepared or covered so they can stand in the presence of greater glory.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“Our earth experience determines our afterlife destiny, but no one is locked there, and each can progress to higher and higher levels of being.” (Jan Price)

“How does a person get ahead of others in the afterlife? They don’t. There is no place in heaven for discontent or personal ambition. Some people may not be able to change at all after they arrive in the afterlife. On earth, we can change ourselves quite easily and should use this life to make ourselves into the kind of people we want to be in the afterlife.” (Arthur Yensen)

“Death is merely the doorway to the next level of soul growth and evolution.” (Edgar Cayce)

“In the afterlife, death on earth is considered a graduation.” (Howard Storm)

“Infants who die are taken in spirit to a place where they are nurtured, taught and mature.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“There are heavenly hospitals full of injured and crippled souls – the result of their hard faring on earth – who are nursed back to health so that they can begin their work in heaven.” (Dr. Craig Lundahl)

“To travel from one point to another in the afterlife, all one has to do is think about it.” (Dr. Dianne Morrissey)

“Those on the other side can observe what is happening on earth whenever they choose to do so.” (Jan Price)

“Each afterlife realm has a theme for learning. The physical realm exists for us to test our ideals and learn from them.” (David Oakford)

“How we lived our life on earth determines which heavenly realm we have earned and travel to after death. We choose our own pace through the afterlife realms.” (Betty Bethards)

“The afterlife realms are experiences of enjoyment and recreation. People do things they enjoy and keep company with people they enjoy in a realm of joyful activity. The skills, interests, and abilities developed on earth may be reflected in the roles chosen in eternity. We contribute uniquely toward the goodness and beauty in the realm we inhabit which is vast and of transcendent beauty. Our quality of life in spirit is directly affected by our heart and activities on earth. Opportunities for practicing love continues.” (Nora Spurgin)

“The most difficult thing for a person who has been deeply steeped in a particular religious tradition is to realize that the form alone is not what elevates a person; it is the heart. Still, those who cling to an external form of religion will be most comfortable with others who practice the same rituals, whatever they may be. In this sense, congregations may continue centered around the particular religious traditions they practiced while on earth.” (Nora Spurgin)

“Our moral obligation to help others continues after death. Death does not eliminate our obligations. We are still given opportunities in spirit realms to freely serve others.” (Margaret Tweddell)

“In heaven, we can remember our real identity and know what possibilities exist for soul growth. We do not move forward until we choose to.” (Dr. PMH Atwater)

“After death, we can choose to observe people on earth to see how they deal with situations. Our behavior on earth provides a teaching ground for those in spirit.” (Betty Bethards)

“When a soul incarnates to earth, they will be more influenced by the afterlife realm they just came from, the planet it represents, and the astrological configuration at the time of their birth. These planetary influences allow us to receive certain lessons and tests related to our karma. Our free will has absolute power over any planetary or heavenly realm – even God.” (Edgar Cayce)

“A heavenly computer exists in the spirit realm that is designed to help us choose our destiny.” (Dr. Allen Kellehear’s research)