How can we imagine the Beyond? It is clear that this is difficult, we can not see it. In this first part, we adhere to what near-death experienced people report. If near-death experiencers can see things on our 3-D earth, and if the blind can see that this proves to be correct in an investigation, then let’s just assume the rest of the reports are true too.
There are usually 2 parts of world that are reported in near-death experiences:
1.) the out-of-body experience with a view of our normal 3-D world
2.) the so-called “metaphysical part” of the near-death experience with a view into the hereafter
1) The Part with Out-of-Body Experience
Here, at first sight, the world looks the way we are used to it. Only the point of view is different: usually from a position on the ceiling or from a height down, so to speak, a bird’s eye view.
The visual perception, however, differs from the real world, because there is no view in a particular direction, but how some report in detail, a 360 ° all-round view. At the same time, you can perceive everything that is in front of you, behind you, right and left and above and below of yourself. You are in another, subtle or energetic world, and therefore you can see through material solids of our world such as e.g. walls and roofs.
Some even report a zoom effect: they can see not only the individual hair, but even the hair follicles, so the microscopic hair roots of a human.
The focus of vision is not determined as a line of sight by eye movement or head turning, but simply by concentrating on a specific thing, by the will to see something specific.
The auditory System
It’s not sure if there is such a thing in the Beyond. Anyway, people in the near-death experience can somehow hear what people living down here say. But they can also read their thoughts, on the path of telepathy. When people in the near-death experience come into contact with other beings, they communicate by telepathy, ie through direct transmission of thoughts which are not verbalized.
On the other hand they report also about something like music or sounds.
This is easier in that subtle Beyond world than down here: you do not need to move your legs, but you simply “wish” to another place and you’re already there, you can not get out of breath and get no sore feet – how practical! This is for sure also related to the fact that there is either no space and no time in that world, and therefore no distance, or that space plays hardly any role. Some people who can set themselves by meditation in an out-of-body state, use this in the form of astral travels or “shamanic journeys”, this means they travel within the Beyond world to a place they just want.
Communication with other beings happens telepathically, without language. There are reports that near-death experiencers could read the thoughts of living persons for example of rescuers at the resuscitation. Mediums communicating with deceased or spirits report that this happens without words, often in a pictorial symbolic language. Pascal Voggenhuber, a well-known medium from Switzerland, explains vividly how he always has to interpret the pictures transmitted to him and translate them into an understandable language.
The body in the Beyond world seems to be externally similar to our earthly body. But it does not consist of matter and is not subject to the laws of our 3-D world. Some report that they can pass through a ceiling or a wall. The body consists of a kind of light energy. The appearance is not fixed, maybe they can influence their own appearance. In any case, deceased appear consistently not in appearance at the time of death, but at the time of their best years. Those who have died as a child have the appearance of a young adult.
2. The metaphysical, otherworldly Part
This is the part where people in the near-death experience turn away from the earth. This often starts with the tunnel experience.
However, this is only a transitional area to the Beyond. Often people in their near-death experiences are told by other beings that they should not go any further, but return to the material earthly life, they still have tasks to fulfill there. In other words, if they went on, they would be in the “right” Beyond. So we’re talking about a precursor to the Beyond.
Of course, there is no way to verify or prove the information here. One can only say “if the observations of the near-deaths about our 3-D world are correct, then the information about the Beyond world will probably agree to some extent.” There is without doubt, however, the possibility of individual colorations, interpretations and misinterpretations. Still one can at least compare between individual reports and say, “if 2 or 10 near-death experiencers reported the same, then it will probably be true.”
Thus there can never be one last general certainty or provability for this part.
There are people who, from childhood, have the ability to see deceased souls and to contact them. Mostly they are known as “mediums”. And there is at least one person who has the ability to see angels too, I recommend the book by Lorna Byrne, Angels in my Hair. Of course this is not verifiable. Those who are inclined to believe in otherworldly things, who perhaps have already had experiences themselves, may also include the statements of these special people.
That is the transition from the purely out-of-body experience to the metaphysical Beyond. Some describe it as a tunnel with very dark walls, others as a space containing an incredibly deep eclipse. Here they do not move by their own power of imagination or thought, but they are pulled by a foreign power.
Some say that the tunnel serves to adapt the soul to the real Beyond.
Nearly all near-death experiencers report that what they have seen is unimaginable and indescribable for us 3-D people. They try to describe what they have seen in words of our language, more or less as a kind of analogy. Again and again it is reported that by transforming the indescribable into earthly descriptions things are not reproduced correctly, that otherworldly things in the description are simplified and falsified.
Place is a concept of space. There can be no places in a Beyond where there is no space or time. However, there still seems to be some places in the Beyond that have something special, environments that have a certain look. These could be places with a special energy. In the following, as many near-experiencers do, I will use the term “place” in the knowledge that this is not the same thing as a place on our 3-D-Earth.
The Knowledge Library
Some report about a place where all knowledge is stored, about the universe, about every human being, everything that has happened. And just by being in that place, one can acquire the knowledge one seeks by telepathy. From the theosophist Charles Leadbeater and the anthroposophy founder Rudolf Steiner, this “world memory” is called “Akasha Chronicle”, Akasha beeing the Sanskrit term for sky / ether.
Levels in the Beyond
A few near-death experiencers report various lower and higher levels in the Beyond. They differ in the degree of their subtlety. By developing your consciousness you can reach a higher level. Some of these levels also seem to correspond in some ways to the ancient notions of hell, purgatory, and heaven, with hell differing in many ways from conventional beliefs. Some religions have the idea of “7 heavens,” but esoteric circles count by far more grades.
Adding and accepting not only reports of near-death experiencers, but also reports from psychicly talented people and astral travelers one can know much more about the appearance of the Beyond, see What does the Beyond look like? Part 2
[translation revised 11-Sept-2019]