SUCCESSFUL RE-ENTRY FOR NDErs
You might expect returnees from a blissful NDE to adapt triumphantly back into life, or even those who have had a negative experience to do so, but as I pointed out previously this does not generally happen. Why not? My impressions will not fit everyone’s experience because we are all different, but they do explain some of the pitfalls. While I illustrate a basketful of these in “Living Beyond: Making Sense of Near Death Experiences”, I will stick only to the main one here. If interested further, please glance at the You Tube ref:https://youtu.be/fGLXYNaD-JI
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Almost all returnees would rather have remained in the afterlife, but were told they had things to do first on earth and that their “time is not yet” — which is a strange expression we can probe another time.
Immediate problems for returnees include disappointment at leaving the afterlife, and the feeling of being inside a body of “extreme heaviness like dead meat” after the freedoms experienced in the spirit body. These are comparatively trivial however—it is a longer term issue that appears to determine a successful or unsuccessful re-integration into life again.
What, then, is this main issue inhibiting a successful return; the main lesson that may not have been grasped?
While NDEs are designed for one specific person only, the principles of living that apply to all of us are not cancelled on return. The main dominating principle is to LOVE — love our God and love our neighbour, regardless of race, culture or religion. This LOVE has been demonstrated to the NDErs during their afterlife experiences, but many unfortunately do not get it right away.
God illustrates divine love during the NDE by the deep interest he takes in each person. For example, they are generally met by the spirits of dead ancestors, or by angels especially guardian angels, who make them feel loved and “at home”. Care has been taken and planning is thorough; for example, the ancestors who meet them are always their own ancestors, without error. This deep personal interest continues as an NDEr watches his or her life play out during the Life Review. Even what they supposed were private thoughts may be seen. There is no hint from God of self-interest here, only a concern for the NDEr, and a desire for them to live their lives on return in a more loving and effective way. It is essential that returnees learn from God’s example and develop a similar interest and growing concern for others.
Some people radiate love and caring on earth to a limited extent, such that others feel comfortable when with them. God does this from his very being, because God IS LOVE. Thousands of accounts written by NDErs, many of whom were erstwhile atheists or agnostics, describe how God radiated love such that they never wanted to leave his presence. Similarly, mankind, created in his image, needs to work on making those they interact with feel important, comfortable and cared for.
Typical characteristics of returnees that may hinder a successful re-integration include self-interest; such that they remain at the centre of their activities rather than serving and caring for others as had been demonstrated to them during their NDE. There is a stark division between success and failure at this point, and a personal price to pay for failure.
Unsuccessful re-integration is typified by a continuing domination by self-interest. This can go much further than how they look or what money they can make out of their NDE; their experiences can be used as bait. They can be told they are “specially blessed”, “spiritually gifted”, “able to communicate God’s thoughts”, or “messages from the dead,” to us mere mortals on earth. Let’s be clear, millions of NDErs have exercised their latent and previously unknown abilities while in the afterlife: they have communicated telepathically, spoken to the spirits of the dead, interacted with angels or God himself — but these abilities were created for the afterlife and some were not supposed to be courted for use on earth. The bible warns against these practices because they are untimely and inappropriate for earthly use. Too many NDErs pursuing such abilities on return have run into spiritual problems, depression and worse. Therefore I must warn against their approach.
To generalise—the lifestyle God expects from returnees when back on earth is to practise Love to a greater extent than previously, such that their own character becomes more godly. In a few cases God will add a more specific direction for that NDEr, but these are additions to the Love imperative such that the overriding rule of Love is not deviated from, but remains foundational.
I’ll finish by illustrating this deviation from the norm by telling you about Jayne. Jayne was an Australian street kid, apparently a no-hoper who became locked into a disastrous marriage and who struggled with having three abusive autistic sons who were horribly abusive towards her. When God sent her back from Paradise, she concluded even God did not want her around and had rejected her! She had been given a lifeline, though, that on her return she should become a teacher. Teacher! Her! Her level of education as a street kid did not countenance such a thing. However, she believed God could make it happen, and clung to this belief as the years slipped by.
Sixteen long years later, her marriage ended, and her sons now relatively independent, Jayne qualified as a teacher. Her own difficult life, and dealing with unpleasant children, enabled her to become a very effective and loving teacher of some disadvantaged and sometimes violent children. She now knows God had loved her all the time and had not rejected her at all — it had all been a part of her special mission chosen for her. She is contented and feels fulfilled.
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