Posted December 21, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
During the holiday season one can suppose that there is a large increase in the number of men and women who spend time thinking about things spiritual. Days become spent anticipating reunions with family and friends from near and far, thinking about ways to make sure the highest quality time becomes shared, and hoping there are no old arguments or fistfights! Those who have fought battles with alcohol addiction are supremely aware of the past’s lessons learned around New Year’s Eve, where millions voluntarily poison themselves, waking up on New Year’s Day with alcohol sickness – wondering how one could have been so foolish the night before.
I was reminded of a comedian whose name escapes me talking about drinking. The person first thinks about whether to go to the club, decides to go and leave at 9:00, at 9 talks himself into staying for “just two more”, after two more decides that “only two more drinks and I’ll leave”, eventually proposes marriage to the waitress, and later firmly decides that he and his friends are going to drive to Mexico – now. He eventually leaves the club because of closing time, falls asleep in his car and wakes up at 7 AM to a blinding sun – hearing the morning’s noise and chatter, and seeing joggers running in their morning exercise routine.
At this point, feeling like a complete idiot – sicker than a dog – he swears to God that he will never do this again and that, “this time I really mean it!”
So, I hope you take it easy on the booze this holiday season, and do arrange for a “designated driver” or taxi to prevent accidents and harming others if you decide to step out and poison yourself with alcohol. Drinking and driving is strongly discouraged – I thank God that I never harmed anyone but myself in those “glory days” – and I will reiterate that you please take good care with holidays’ alcohol consumption. Good care for yourself, your family, and friends.
Unconditional love and spiritual transformation on Earth… Is there any possibility that the writer may have bitten off a little more than he can chew? Concepts like spiritual transformation and unconditional love are some of the biggest ideas that one can attempt to expound upon, yet let’s see where this may lead.
For me research is mostly a non-academic affair. When reading articles or viewing interviews or documentaries, etc., I will at times note names of men and women mentioned, and then go try to find out more of what those persons have to say and share. Sometimes one will come across certain speeches, interviews, or other forms of communication that seem to make good sense, which leads to more names and researching, and so on.
That was the case here when I found this video of a doctor of anesthetics, Dr. Rajiv Parti, describing his experience associated with having a near death experience (NDE). After reading a personal NDE account in an article by a fellow blogger, I took note of a man’s name from the article, found some productions he had done, and eventually noted and came across Dr. Parti’s address. After listening to him speak, I decided that his story was worthy of sharing with others, as there is definitely a truly profound message that can be gathered from his account.
Before moving on, the thought occurred to me that every single human being’s life story has inherently a truly profound message. Dr. Parti has been forthcoming in his assertion that a person does not necessarily have to have an NDE to become spiritually transformed. Other NDE researchers agree, saying that just reading or hearing about another’s NDE has almost the same effects as actually having one. This can be seen as true with the increasing worldwide interest in the phenomenon, where many books about NDEs are coming to rank high on the world’s bestseller lists.
Is there a connection between rising popularity of all things NDE and a real, worldwide spiritual transformation?
This is a question which many university trained men and women are seriously considering. I have come to believe that there is a very strong connection. Many have come across the idea of the coming together of science and spirituality, seen most visibly in current research in the field of physics, with terms such as non-locality, holographic universe, etc. being discussed and pushing the edge of the scientific envelope, so to speak. While physicists are pushing the envelope in their field of scientific discipline, medical doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists are pushing the envelope is their disciplines as well.
In the area of near death studies.
If I were a betting man, I would guess that almost every man and woman reading these words has come to have at least an out-of-body experience (OBE). OBEs are those “lucid dreams” which are in contrast to normal dreams in that the man or woman perceives them as “more real” – where the time spent in them are felt as special or important in some way. Perhaps some reading this may have done what is termed “astral travel”, (consciously or unconsciously) where a person leaves their physical body and travels around the neighborhood, somewhat like flying as a bird would, afterward feeling a sense of astonishment because “that was really something”.
At present it could be safely said that proof of the real aspect of NDEs is available. One can find veteran doctors testifying that person(s) who have had NDEs have seen and heard things while outside their bodies that should have been impossible while in the physical location and condition they were in. Seeing items that are on top of 10 foot cabinets or rooftops, accurate descriptions of clothing or activities of family members hundreds of miles away while in the hospital, etc. are examples. Hearing and describing conversations on another floor of the hospital or in the homes of family members a few or hundreds of miles away at the time are other examples.
The “Golden Rule” is the way it is
One of the common features of the NDE is where men, women, and children have what is termed a “life review“, where the person views every action and thought of their just lived life – no matter how seemingly insignificant or mundane or inconsequential. What is especially interesting about descriptions of life reviews is the phenomena of feeling in a dual manner. This is where the person feels from both their own perspective, and from the perspective(s) of person(s) who they are interacting with during the moments throughout their life.
For example, let us say during your life review you see and relive an event in the fourth grade where you got into an argument with one of your friends. Perhaps you and your friend eventually got into a physical confrontation and you bloodied your friend’s nose. Now, when you have your life review, you will feel the pain that the friend experienced after you stuck him. Your friend’s pain will be felt by you not only as his physical pain, but any pain including psychological – from his disappointment, and sadness that his good friend would do such a thing.
To add to the profound nature of this dual life review aspect, you will now experience what your friend’s parents are feeling when he goes home and they talk about the incident. When your friend’s parents contact your parents you will feel what your parents felt during that time. When your dad goes to work and discusses the incident with his co-worker, you will know what your dad’s co-worker was thinking. In other words, you will feel the consequences of your first action of punching your friend’s nose all the way down the line of result – until there are no more consequences.
Common to life review descriptions are feelings of sadness for actions which harmed another, while in contrast good feelings come when actions which helped others, or expressions of compassion or love become shared, pointing to the absolute truth of “doing unto others what you would have done to you”.
Now, does this phenomena of near death experiences have the potential to transform life on Earth in truly powerful, “rubber meets the road” ways? An increasing number of men and women around the world believe the answer is yes. I believe as well that the overwhelmingly amazing, profound nature of the near death experience offers humanity the highest spiritual wisdom – now widely available in personal NDE accounts for study by any man, woman, or child on Earth with access to a computer.
Two of the largest collections of NDE accounts on the internet are:
Near Death Experience Research Foundation, found here> – nderf.org
International Association for Near Death Studies, found here> – iands.org
Dr. Rajiv Parti shares his journey in the following video, speaking before men and women at a conference connected with the International Association for Near Death Studies. The video is found at Dr. Parti’s YouTube channel – Rajiv Parti. Thank you, Dr. Parti.
His transformation after having a near death experience is illustrative of transformations in a high percentage of people who have gone to the “other side” and returned to tell about it. Dr. Parti’s description of conversion from a materialistic to spiritual life, from dealing with stress through alcohol to dealing with it through meditative practice, from an emptiness and depression to fullness and bliss, from addiction to recovery, the details of his life journey – all combine to offer a most interesting series of ideas worthy of consideration.
Is an increasingly powerful spiritual transformation occurring now on Earth?
We shall see.
- The Near Death Experience and the Universal Connectivity – An Esoteric Revelation (epages.wordpress.com)
- The Silly Science of Near-Death Experiences (psmag.com)
- Top Five Phenomena That Offer Evidence For An Afterlife (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- What we have to learn from Near Death Experiences (nickandrea19.wordpress.com)