Death is a clinical process, a process that can be observed
and documented. Many have made the 'journey' and returned to tell about it. Others, such as the Shaman, have made it a practice
of taking the journey intentionally. We have a wealth of opinion about what happens to us when we make this journey as well
as a wealth of information that has been gathered from those who have actually been there and back.
Death is not an end, but simply a transition from one reality
Student: What happens to us when we die?
Master: When you die?
Student: When our physical life ends?
Master: What happens to you depends on you. What you call
death is not an ending, but a beginning. It is a birth, and you must decide now if it is to be a birth of experience or a
birth of awareness.
Even though death is a daily occurrence, we often
hold physical death in a special place. It should not be so. The death of the physical body involves the SAME PROCESS AS BIRTH.
It contains the confusion, the tunnel, the light, and the same restructuring of our paradigm. We experienced this process,
this 'death,' when we entered the physical world. The only difference is, at the time of physical death the body ceases to
function, and the physical view screen (the physical brain) on which reality has been presented begins to fade. This is a
process that almost everyone will experience, but it is not a new experience.
The mind contains built-in programming that results in a
step-by-step process from the physical movie of reality to the transpersonal realm at the time of physical death. It is through
this process that we are presented with awareness of our natural, holographic awareness or 'higher self.' It process happens
to all who experience a physical death, but the paradigm of each individual presents the process in an experience that is
consistent with their expectations. Remember that during this 'movie of physical reality' we have developed expectations concerning
what will happen when we make this transition. Our mind is energy, and even though the physical brain is dying, the mind is
still active. It is still filtering and shaping information, and presenting it to our awareness in a manner that meets our
expectations. We call this process "transition."
We may experience glimpses of transition throughout our lives
but, because we lack Knowledge of the process, we never realize what has happened. Glimpses of transition occur during situations
when the mind is deprived of sensory information from our physical reality, or our physical reality is in jeopardy, such as
in life threatening situations. At these times, the mind is stimulated into running the physical death program and we may
get a glimpse of transition in its beginning stages. This is when we may see our life 'flash before our eyes' when involved
in a traumatic accident. We are actually seeing holographically when this happens, and holographically is how our mind "sees"
without the limitations of the physical senses.
In order for us to remain in Balance during transition, we
must gain Balance in our movie of consensus reality, be aware of the process of transition and prepare ourselves for it. If
we do not take these steps, our mind simply presents us with an experience that meets our predetermined expectations of what
we believe will happen.
The process of transition at the time of physical
death is an archetypal process -- a process that follows the same pattern wherever it occurs, just as is the process of birth.
This is why the process is the same throughout the world, and even though reports of the experience differ, there are commonalties
in the experience that cannot be denied. These commonalties are, however, interpreted differently by the mind of the individual
Remember that the mind is not in the brain, but in the energy
of the whole being. The mind retains all the patterns, programs, and tendencies that we develop during our movie of consensus
reality, our 'physical' life. The mind remains, even during transition, the home of our paradigm. During transition, our mind
still provides us an interpretation of what we are experiencing according to its paradigm. Even though we are experiencing
the world of holographic awareness in which we naturally function during transition, our mind filters and refines the experience
and presents an illusion that meets our expectations.
The illusion of the movie of consensus reality is a clinical
process, and transition at the time of physical death is a part of it. Physical death is simply stepping from one stage to
another, one dream to another, one reality to another -- and nothing more. Physical birth is such a transition, and so physical
birth contains the same archetypal process, the same interacting patterns of awareness, as does physical death.
Although transition is one complete process, it is easier
to understand if it is presented as individual experiences. Again, there are reports of physical death from NDE's around the
world, and as always, the interpretation of the process is reported through the paradigm of the person experiencing it. What
we are concerned with is the archetype itself – the common aspects of transition that arise regardless of the reporting
The first archetypal experience in transition
is the tunnel. The tunnel is the reflection of the birth canal. As with birth, it may be preceded by a period of disorientation
and confusion. It is sometimes experienced as a dark hallway, a deep valley between two high cliffs, or even a dark field
with misty edges; the descriptions vary with the paradigm of the individual reporting it. Some individuals experience an open
field, a pleasant lake, a bridge, or a misty environment with a light in the background. Again, the presentation of experience
is the result of our paradigm so, throughout the world, there are reports of many different experiences of the process.
Most reporters tell of being aware of a distant light beyond
the tunnel and a noise of some kind. The noise is often a buzzing sound, or the sound of rustling wind. What is taking place
in transition is the process by which the view screen on the physical brain is replaced by the view screen of our energy mind
in the energy of our being. This can be compared to transition at the time of birth when our senses are flooded with the awareness
of our new reality.
The next experience that is encountered in transition
is the approaching of the Light of Mind or the Higher Self. This arises as the experience of the tunnel fades into the background.
As mentioned, the Light first appears far in the distance. As the individual travels through the tunnel, they feel drawn to
this Light. Most who have experienced it report that there are no words to describe the Light. It is said to be brighter than
any earthly light, yet will not harm the eyes of those that look directly into it. Individuals report that as they are drawn
to the Light, they experience total Love and acceptance.
Most say they felt the Light was familiar, as if they were
in some way a part of it. This Light often appears to those who have led a "good" life as well as those who have not. It may
appear to those who have held a belief in a god, as well as to many that have not. Once again, all experience is a projection
of the mind. The process is ARCHETYPAL, it is a commonality, but within the process, many experiences are available. Individual
experiences within the process are a product of our mind in response to our paradigm, just as is the case in consensus reality.
The Light often appears as a figure. The personage is always
a product of the observer's belief and reality structure - it meets the observes expectations. A Christian will usually see
Christ or an angel. A Buddhist will likely see a Buddha, or one of the saints. A generic believer may see an angel, and some
are just aware of the Light. Here is evidence that the mind is already beginning to fill in our view screen with information
that fits our expectations. There is something out there, limited, and with meaning. The fact that the Light appears differently
to different observers means only that the illusion of separation, limitation, and meaning is beginning again.
The presence of the Light is the arising of Mind or our Higher
Self. This is our natural state as energy, spirit beings. If we realize what is happening and are prepared for it, we are
able to recognize this Light as our very self and gain the Knowledge that it is from within. With Balance, we are able to
identify the activity of our mind attempting to present this Light through our paradigm. With Balance, we are able to gently
return this presentation to its source and merge with the light.
Without Balance, the light remains out there, limited, and
meaningful through our paradigm. It even appears to be seen through our rapidly diminishing physical senses. Our paradigm
tells us it is separate form us and the process of transition continues to meet our expectations.
With the end of the tunnel and in the presence
of the Light, comes the next archetypal step in the process of transition - judgment. Again, our awareness at this point is
a result of the presentation of our natural awareness, our Higher Self, while our mind still interprets the experience according
to its paradigm.
One commonality is evident - all judgment is self-judgment.
Almost without exception, the report is the light did not judge us - we judged ourselves! How can this be so? Our mind contains
our EGO programming. The programs of limiting thought that are our paradigm immediately interpret the presentation of the
Light as it arises. We are not able to consider our paradigm. It was created in response to sensory information from consensus
reality, and that reality is no longer available to us. There is no time. It no longer exists. At this point in transition,
our awareness has expanded to include our Higher Self. The only Balance we now have is that which we have practiced in our
previous reality. Our mind and our Higher Self-merge, and again, holographically. Our awareness is now a result of the holographic
merging of the paradigm of our mind with the unlimited potential of our Higher Self.
In Balance, we are able to fully realize the unconditional
Love and total forgiveness. In Balance, we are able to recognize the presentation of judgment as an interpretation of our
mind, gently return it to its source, and merge with our Higher Self.
Without Balance, we experience the judgment of
Ego and the Light remains separated from us.
This is why the Master stated, quite simply:
What happens to you will depend on you. What you call death is not an ending but a beginning. It is a birth, and you must
decide now if it is to be a birth of experience or a birth of awareness.
She is not saying that this birth, either way,
is good or bad. She is saying that when we focus our attention on experience while here in this movie of reality, we develop
patterns that remain with us when we leave, and we therefore choose another movie, another experience. And when we focus our
attention on Balance while here, still able to enjoy the movie of reality, we choose a camera with a wider lens -- one that
allows awareness. She is saying that it is a choice we make while we are here in the movie of consensus reality.
The activity of the paradigm in presenting our
experience in transition is evident in the fact that each individual will report an experience consistent with what he or
she believes in or has learned to expect.
Without Balance, our next movie experience meets
our expectations. The "heavens" are limited only by the attention of those who enter, but the heavens are another place of
experience. In the heavens, just as here, experience is available and is presented according to our expectations. We must
take this information seriously if we are to understand transition. Every heaven supporting every belief system in consensus
reality is available to us.
The tunnel and the Light may be accompanied by the presence
of departed loved ones. Here, again, the response of our mind to the arising of the Higher Self is following the same patterns
it has in our movie of consensus reality. The vibrations of our attention are responded to, and common beliefs in realities
draw entities together. Another illusion that supports our expectations is presented by our mind. The loved ones may very
well reside in a "place" in which we share a common belief in, and we may have longed to be with them. Again, what we expect
and believe in is exactly what happens!
The tunnel and the Light, and the potential for
judgment, are the first experiences of transition. Remember, again, that the mind is not in the brain, it is the energy that
we are, and it is still active and running programs. When the tunnel and the Light appear, they appear out there, limited,
and with meaning. What is happening is the presence of natural spirit state arising on view screen of our new awareness. We
are witnessing our very nature, our primordial self. We are experiencing, for a brief instant that can seem to take an eternity,
The Light of Mind. It is us. But, without Balance, this holographic awareness is filtered and shaped by our still active paradigm
to fit our expectations. Without Balance, our paradigm is still predominant. Without Balance, the illusion remains in the
separation, limitation, and meaning given by our mind.
If our belief system contains a strong paradigm of an external
creator, it will not allow us to gain the awareness that this Knowledge is arising within us; it appears external and contains
meaning. There is a god archetype, and an archetype is, by its nature, unlimited. The presentation of any archetype naturally
assumes the form that we hold in the paradigm of our mind. If we believe in a god of judgment and wrath, that program appears
in our mind and becomes our experience. If we believe in a god of Love and forgiveness, we experience the same. Both experiences
have been reported, as well as almost everything in-between. It may seem redundant, but our experience arises to meet our
These experiences are usually filled with emotion
beyond description. The love we experience here in the movie of reality is nothing compared to the love that presents itself
in our god. The fear that we experience in the movie is nothing compared to the fear we experience as our mind presents its
concept of a god of wrath.
It is at this point that those experiencing transition ask
to return or are 'sent back.’ Very few that go beyond this point will return to tell about it.
The observer usually interprets the last experience
in transition in complete agreement with his or her beliefs. If they return, they will tell of the 'heaven' or the 'hell'
that they believed in. It is only through intentionally making the journey with an open mind and a desire to learn that we
discover what happens next.
The next step in transition is the fullness of the Light
of Mind, The Higher Self or The One within, whatever name you prefer. We prefer to use 'The One.' Up till this point we have
been experiencing holographic awareness related to our experience, filtered and refined by our still active mind, and not
the full awareness of The One. Because our paradigm is still with us, we may still feel a sense of separation, almost like
an observer. When full awareness of The One arises, it may appear as a vast emptiness, but we are aware that the emptiness
is full of potential. In the quantum energy state of The One, there is only potential. Remember that we are experiencing holographically
now, and our mind is still active. We still hold the memory and the paradigm of our last movie -- and still have a sense of
It is at this point that our Ego may surface
again - with judgment. Confronting the sense of our personal "I" is the last step in transition. Our Ego may lead us to believe
that we will have to give up our "identity" in order to merge with The One. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our identity
is of The One. It is the final sense of separation that we are confronting. The sense of separation is the last stronghold
for the Ego and the paradigm. The One is not a place of separation in any form.
In The One, total intimate awareness of each
and every entity is available to us at all times. The Ego program presented by our mind may try to hold on to our separation,
telling us that we will lose our sense of self. The mind knows that our consciousness will gradually become aware of every
thought of every entity that is, as well as all potential floating in the vast reaches of The One. We are confronted with
the awareness that each and every entity that is will become totally and intimately aware of us. Our Ego may tell us they
will know everything about us. We must not be deceived, they already do! And we, in Mind, already know them. But that awareness
has been sequestered behind our paradigm. We are just now becoming aware of it.
Awareness of the transpersonal realm is not something
new to us. It is where we came from, and we hold in our Higher Self awareness the intrinsic knowledge and ability to move
about freely in it.
In order to go any further, the idea that we
are not worthy or are unprepared must be set aside. We were, shall we say, born ready.
This is the process of transition in its simplest
form. There are many variations of the process, and many different experiences can arise during it. The steps usually happen
in the order given even if they are not recalled, but there are exceptions in the reports given. We all have different paradigms.
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