Is it useful for us to know something about the Beyond and life after death? No, we can not buy anything from this knowledge. We normally can not communicate with the Beyond and the living beings there, we can not look beyond our death. We live in this earthly “here and now” with the corresponding conditions and constraints. But there are many other aspects. Those who personally had such a Near-Death Experience were usually deeply affected by it. They have experienced a love and security reaching down to the deepest roots of the soul and which we can not imagine here in this world. It has given them courage to face life and meaning in life.
But part of this experience can also be given to us other people who have not had a near-death experience, in which we engage with the experiences of others and by reading about the love they have experienced. Kenneth Ring speaks of a “benign virus” that seizes all who are seriously concerned and open to it (K. Ring ” Lessons from the Light”).
As social beings, most people define their self- confidence over the recognition by others, be they friends, family members or colleagues. If they do not get this recognition, the self- confidence automatically decreases. The near-death experience gives rise to a new kind of self- confidence, being loved unconditionally. Fellow human beings are important because we are all connected, not because they must support our self-confidence. We are worth something, worth a lot, just because we are beings with an immortal soul. Since this soul is immortal, no one can take that value from us.
Meaning of Life
In the monistic-materialistic view, many define the meaning of their life from the visible successes in family (number of children, house of one’s own?), job (career, social position), in a hobby (how many mountains have you conquered, how many marathons did you run?) or else in private life (how many friends do you have, how many people value your company?). Because in this view, life is over and done with the time of death. For the Romans it was desirable to gain fame that extends beyond death to gain a little “eternal life” in this way. But there is a small problem here: just not everyone out of 7 billion people can become world famous!
In the light of the Beyond, however, every human being is equally entitled to exist and equally to be loved. Our life is a task within a long-lasting personal history. Even a modest and withdrawn life can simply have the meaning of sharing one’s love with few people. We know that our life continues after death, not in the same world, not in the same body, not with the same sense organs, but with the same self-consciousness. We take along our memories and our knowledge, but above all our capacity to love, empathy, “social competence”, and will develop them further.
The Coexistence of different Religions
Every religion has a different teaching and knows only part of the truth. The near-death experiences teach us that much of the Beyond looks very different from what we are taught in our respective religious tradition. This teaches us openness and tolerance for other religions and opinions.
No Condemnation of others
A very important element of the near-death experience is the life review. Nobody gets damned, nobody gets thrown into hell. Every human being has the opportunity to judge from a higher point of view and perhaps even draw the consequences from it. This reduces the all-too-human tendency to condemn other people for their acts or for their otherness.
Responsibility for oneself
For me it is an important thought that I will once in a life review see everything, how I affected other people. That can be very frustrating! We’re already stumbling over the slightest bad thought we’ve had, and the slightest negative impact we’ve made on others. Here no one has the chance to delude oneself. From this arises a great responsibility for ourselves, for what we do, for what we effect.
(revised translation 27-Sept-2019)