of the Near-Death Experience
the symbols and images that appear represent
of our higher consciousness. As in dreams,
near-death experiences are experiences of
our higher consciousness, and therefore,
it shouldn't be surprising that similar
symbols and images appear in near-death
experiences as well. On Karen Keeley's website,
Consciousness and Personality,
she provides a good explanation of how these
symbols and archetypes are universal and
what they mean. She states:
that the same symbols and archetypes surface
over and over again in all cultures is evidence
that mankind does indeed possess a "collective
unconscious," and that (according to
those who believe in a personal God) behind
the collective unconscious is God.
Carl Jung's "Self"
is not just the individual person, but includes "the
preexistent matrix of consciousness from
which the ego, or individually differentiated
consciousness, arises." In order to
be taken seriously as a scientist and psychologist
Jung obviously couldn't use the term "God,"
so he used "Self" instead. Those
accustomed to thinking of God as totally
separate and apart from themselves may find
this blasphemous, but others find God in
(or through) their own inner self, by discovering
or remembering their True Self, higher self,
core self -- which was created in the EXACT
image and likeness of God in the beginning,
is intimately connected to God and can never
be separated, therefore to know one's own
true Self is to know God. The implication
of Jungian psychology is of a "deeper"
center than can normally be consciously
experienced, but which is accessible inwardly,
JOINTLY, to all individuals on Earth, to
each according to their specific needs and
desires, if they seek and ask. Jung taught
that without ego consciousness, the Self
(or God, "I Am") cannot realize
itself in the world; and without the Self,
the ego has no depth or source of meaning
and integration. The ego stands to the Self
as "the moved to the mover," and
through the process of "individuation",
as consciousness of the Self increases,
the ego increasingly experiences itself
as "the object of a supraordinate subject"
and the individual transcends the ego. It
is helpful to think of a wheel (or a circle,
a mandala) as a symbol of the Self, as Jung
are examples of sacred circular symbols,
that appear in near-death experiences.
a devout Christian, had an unusual
near-death experience resulting
from a severe complication during
childbirth. In her own words, she
described seeing unusual mandalas
during her near-death experience: "I
was rocketing through space like
an astronaut without a capsule with
immense speed and great distance.
A small group of circles appeared
ahead of me. To the right was just
dark space. The circles were black
and white and made a clicking sound
as they snapped black to white and
white to black. They were not evil
exactly, just mocking and mechanistic.
The message in their jeering was, "Your
life never existed. The world never
existed. Your family never existed.
You were allowed to imagine it.
You were allowed to make it up.
It was never there. There was nothing
there. There never was anything
there. You're not real."
Several years after her near-death
experience, Nancy was looking through
a book on eastern philosophy. What
she saw in the book so upset her
she threw the book across the room.
In the Eastern philosophy book was
the same circular shape she saw
in her near-death experience. It
was the Chinese symbol "yin-yang"
which represents the oneness of
all so-called opposite principles
we find in the universe.
The Buddhist concept of reality
is that nothing in this physical
world is real. People consist of
a "bundle" of habits,
memories, sensations, desires, and
so forth, which together delude
people into thinking that he or
she consists of a stable, lasting
self. This false self is what reincarnates
body after body. In Buddhism, life
in a corporeal body is the source
of all suffering. Hence, the goal
is to obtain liberation. This means
abandoning the false sense of self
so that the bundle of memories and
impulses disintegrates, leaving
nothing to reincarnate and hence
nothing to experience pain. "Nirvana"
is the Buddhist term for liberation.
Nirvana literally means extinction
- an extinction that allows a person
to become one with all there is –
to become "God" (Buddha).
To attain Nirvana, one must face
and accept the concept that physical
reality is not real; true reality
comes through self-extinction which
results in becoming one with the
was an American Indian who saw an
interesting mandala during his near-death
experience. He was shown an elaborate
vision oriented around a classic
Native American mandala: the circular
hoop, the four directions, and the
center of the world on an axis stretching
from sky to Earth. Numerous neighing,
dancing horses, surrounded by lightning
and thunder, filled the sky at each
direction. Then he heard a great
Voice say: "Behold the circle
of the nation's hoop, for it is
holy, being endless, and thus all
powers shall be one power in the
people without end." Then Black
Elk, standing on the highest mountain,
surveying the grand vista of the
hoop of the world, said: "I
saw more than I can tell and I understood
more than I saw; for I was seeing
in a sacred manner the shapes of
all things in the spirit, and the
shape of all shapes as they must
live together like one being."
described the near-death experience
of a soldier named Er. In his near-death
experience, Er saw a "cosmic
axis" - a rainbow light holding
together the eight spheres revolving
around the Earth, each guided by
its own Fate. One of these Fates
casts before those who are to be
reincarnated a number of earthly
destinies from which they may choose
to be, for example, a tyrant, an
animal, an artist, etc. Then, just
before returning to Earth as a shooting
star, each soul is required to drink
from the "River of Forgetfulness"
so that all these cosmic events
will fade from memory. Only Er was
not allowed to drink and forget.
Thus, Plato's cosmology was based
on a near-death experience and this
amazing vision of the universal
saw the light in his near-death
experience change into different
figures, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna,
mandalas, archetypal images and
signs. He was told that our beliefs
shape the kind of feedback we receive
from the light. For example, if
you were a Buddhist or Catholic
or Fundamentalist, you would receive
a feedback loop of your own beliefs.
The light revealed itself to Mellen-Thomas
as our "Higher Self matrix,"
a mandala of human souls. He saw
that what we call our Higher Self
in each of us is a matrix and all
Higher Selves are connected as one
being. All humans are connected
as one being and we are actually
the same being, just different aspects
of the same being. We are part of
the same soul fractaling out in
many creative directions, but still
the same. Mellen-Thomas saw this
mandala of human souls and describes
it as the most beautiful thing he
has ever seen. When he went into
it, he experienced an overwhelming
love – the kind of love that
cures, heals, and regenerates. He
was told a grid exists around the
planet where all the Higher Selves
are connected. Later in his experience,
Mellen-Thomas rode a stream of consciousness
through the center of a galaxy.
The stream was expanding in amazing
fractal waves of energy. He realized
that, as the stream was expanding,
his own consciousness was also expanding
to take in everything in the universe.
learned a tremendous amount of information
including how the atomic bomb mushroom
cloud is the holiest mandala humanity
has manifested to date, as an archetype.
It, more than any religion or philosophy
on Earth, brought humanity together
all of a sudden, to a new level
of consciousness. Knowing we can
blow up the planet hundreds of times
over, finally made us realize that
maybe we are all in this together.
had a near-death experience in 1987
while hot-air ballooning in the
Swiss Alps. During her experience,
she came into contact with what
she calls "the Pattern",
a mandala which she describes as "primarily
a matrix of personal and global
healing." Seeing the Pattern,
she knew she was looking at life
itself. It was light; it was time
and space. It was the energy of
all matter, the heart of all that
mattered. Lynnclaire states there
are many symbols that appear in
this pattern such as mathematical
symbols, religious symbols like
the yin/yang, the cross, a tear,
a circle, a straight line, the vesica
pisces, a crescent, a pentagram,
a six-pointed star and on and on
saw molecules flying around, atoms,
protons, and neutrons during his
near-death experience. On the one
hand, it was totally chaotic, yet
what brought him such great joy
was that this chaos also had its
own symmetry. This symmetry was
beautiful and unified and whole,
and it flooded him with tremendous
joy. He saw the universal form of
life and nature, laid out before
him. It was at this point that any
concern he had for his body just
slipped away, because it was clear
to him that he didn't need it anymore,
that it was actually a limitation.
had a near-death experience in which
he saw the Earth from a vantage
point of a thousand miles into space.
The sight of the Earth from this
height was the most glorious thing
he had ever seen. His vivid encounter
with the light, plus the intensely
meaningful insights led Jung to
conclude that his experience came
from something real and eternal.
Jung saw the Earth as representing
the "mother" archetype.
Carl Jung, who founded
centered on the archetypes of the
his near-death experience,
entered a glorious heavenly temple
where he saw thirteen Beings of
Light. He was able to count the
beings as they stood behind a podium.
Each one of them represented a different
emotional and psychological characteristic
that all humans have. For example,
one of these beings was intense
and passionate, while another was
artistic and emotional. One was
bold and energetic, yet another
possessive and loyal. In human terms,
it was as though each one represented
a different sign of the zodiac.
In spiritual terms, these beings
went far beyond the signs of the
zodiac. Each being then proceeded
to show Dannion visions of the future.
near-death experience, he saw in
heaven a new full moon. The moon
in the new world shined so clear
and bright, that it was beyond all
comprehension. John told two heavenly
beings that he would like to fly
higher up under heaven and take
the sun in his right hand and the
moon in his left hand and count
all the stars. His wish was granted.
to Carl Jung, the moon is an archetype
representing the male unconscious
femininity. He also said the moon
represents a principle of the feminine
psyche, in the sense that the sun
is the principle of the male psyche.
This is particularly obvious in
the astrological interpretation
of the sun and moon, not to mention
the age-old assumptions of mythology.
had a vision during her near-death
experience in which she saw a sun
attempt to shine upon one side of
a darkened Earth, but the inhabitants
paid no attention. The other side
of the Earth remained in darkness.
She watched as the darkness grew
and covered the whole planet. No
one paid attention as the darkness
covered the sunlight. A voice told
her, "This is the world with
the absence of light, love, and
free will. It is the people's choices
that created the world you have
just seen." With these words,
the Earth became a place of vibrant,
breathtaking beauty. She perceived
how the Earth, the sun, the moon,
the darkness, the light, the planets,
and all forms of life – plants,
rocks, animals, and people –
are interconnected; they come from
the same source of light. Everything
is united by a transparent net,
or web, and each thread shines with
great radiance. Everything pulses
with the same luminosity –
a magnificent light of unparalleled
brilliance. The voice then tells
her, "From the light we have
come, and to the light we all shall
Carl Jung theorized that the sun
was an archetype of the human concept
of self. Through Carl Jung's research
we now know that the individual
psyche is not just a product of
personal experience, but has an
evolutionary history resulting in
a transpersonal dimension manifested
in universal patterns and images
such as are found in all the world's
religions and mythologies. Jung
further discovered that the psyche
has a structuring or ordering principle
that unifies the various archetypal
contents. The archetype of wholeness
is the central archetype that Jung
calls the Self. The Self is the
supreme psychic authority and subordinates
all else to it including the ego.
It is the central source of life
and the fountain of our being. It
is represented through those symbols
that indicate wholeness, or completeness,
such as mandalas, circles, and most
importantly, the sun, which has
been described as the "Window
opening into eternity," and
the source of the divine within
all living things.
terms, light is eternal and omnipresent,
and while it diminishes in inverse
proportion to the square of the
distance, it sooner or later fills
the entire universe. Light is the
vehicle of divinity; it is the consciousness
of God. We stand at the center of
our own creation because at the
center is the sun or the light of
the ONE. We exist as a preordained
Idea manifest within the Self. As
an image of the One, so is the One
an image of us; the
of humanity is made manifest through
the physical body as the ONE manifests
through the body of the sun. Life
is a solar idea.
Oakford traveled past all of
the planets in our solar system
during his near-death experience.
Near each planet he could see the
auras around each one of them. He
saw spirits on all of them as well.
He was told that all planets are
places for spirits to live, learn
and thus evolve. He saw great cities
on each and every one of those planets.
It was explained that other life
in the universe is not readily seen
because the beings were all of higher
vibration and most spirits in human
form have yet to attain the higher
vibration required to see them.
He was told that each planet has
a theme for learning and that any
of them can be chosen by a soul
when we are between physical lives.
He was told that souls practice
on the other planets to be ready
to live on Earth. He was told Earth
is the ultimate experience for a
soul. It is ultimate because our
souls evolve faster here than anywhere
else. He was told that the lessons
we need to learn are difficult to
learn without having a physical
form. After he was told of all these
things, he was able to see our whole
solar system all at once in full
color. The planets were all in a
line and he could see all of them
from Pluto to the sun. He felt very
blessed that he was given this great
stationary yet hanging in space
during his near-death experience.
Everywhere around him were countless
radiant beings, like stars in the
sky, coming and going. It was like
a super-magnified view of a galaxy
super packed with stars. And in
the giant radiance of the center
they were packed so densely together
that individuals could not be identified.
Their selves were in such harmony
with the Creator that they were
really just one.
described his experience with an
image that appears very frequently
in near-death experiences. In his
near-death experience, he saw the
shape of a tunnel. It was perfectly
level, straight and cloud-like.
It was very vast, as opposed to
small and confining, and was anywhere
from a thousand feet to a thousand
miles wide. It was cylindrical.
If you took a tornado and stretched
it out straight, it would be similar
to that. It extended to infinity.
Simultaneously, with the awareness
of this tunnel, he had a feeling
of forward motion. While moving
through this tunnel he felt an acceleration.
There was not any wind vibration,
nor any noise. It was like floating
within a vacuum. He went faster
and faster through the tunnel until
he attained the speed of light,
or faster. Off in the distance there
appeared an extremely bright light.
It was brighter than anything he'd
ever seen in his life.
described the tunnel as a "column"
that winds around on a wheel such
as the Rotarians use. Cayce said
he ascended this column during his
out-of-body experiences and there
would be beings on either side of
him calling out to him for help,
or trying to get his attention.
Cayce knew that any deviation from
this column, and the beam of light
ahead of it, would mean he could
not be able to return to his body.
experienced an enormous explosion
beneath her during her near-death
experience. It was an explosion
of light that rolled out to the
farthest limits of her vision. She
was in the center of the light.
It reached the ends of the universe,
which she could see, and doubled
back on itself in endless layers.
She was watching eternity unfold.
The light was brighter than hundreds
of suns, but didn't hurt her eyes.
She had never seen anything as luminous
or as golden as this light, and
she immediately understood it was
entirely composed of love, all directed
at her. This wonderful, vibrant
love was very personal, as you might
describe secular love, but also
sacred. Though she had never seen
God, she recognized this light as
the light of God.
revealed that God built the cosmos
using the tools of music, arithmetic,
geometry; harmony, system, and balance.
The building blocks were all of
the same material, the life essence.
It was a power sent out from God
which, by changing the length of
its wave and the rate of its vibration,
became a pattern of differing forms,
substances, and movement. This created
the law of diversity that supplied
endless designs for the pattern.
God played on this law of diversity
as a person plays on a piano, producing
melodies and arranging them in a
symphony. According to Cayce, the
planets of our solar system are
physical representations of afterlife
realms. There are nine planets to
our solar system. Therefore, our
solar system is a physical representation
of nine of the many afterlife realms
that exist. The Earth is the third
planet from the sun and represents
the third afterlife realm. According
to Cayce, circular geometric images
represent our Higher Self and the
circle itself is a mandala representing
to the Hindu yogi
Adi Da Samraj, each of the levels
of this Great Mandala of the Cosmos
represent a quality of energy, or
light. In each of the rings or portions
of this Mandala, which moves out
from the central Whiteness, are
infinite numbers of possible worlds
and various kinds of embodiment.
The level which we exist in now
is on the outskirts of the Great
Mandala of the Cosmos. There are
grosser conditions of awareness,
grosser possibilities, than the
present one, which may be called "hells",
or degraded states, or states of
embodiment less than human. They
may appear as forms of worlds other
than the present one, as well as
states in the realm of this gross
world that are not necessarily apparent
The Archetypes and The Collective
by Carl Jung, Gerhard Adler,
Essays which state the fundamentals
of Jung's psychological system: "On
the Psychology of the Unconscious"
and "The Relations Between
the Ego and the Unconscious,"
with their original versions in
Man and His Symbols
by Carl Jung
Illustrated throughout with revealing
images, this is the first and only work
in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist
explains to the layperson his enormously
influential theory of symbolism as revealed
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
by Carl Jung
In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one
years old, C. G. Jung undertook the
telling of his life story. At regular
intervals he had conversations with
his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé,
and collaborated with her in the preparation
of the text based on these talks. On
occasion, he was moved to write entire
chapters of the book in his own hand,
and he continued to work on the final
stages of the manuscript until shortly
before his death on June 6, 1961.
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of
by Jordan B. Peterson
Why have people from different cultures
and eras formulated myths and stories
with similar structures? What does this
similarity tell us about the mind, morality,
and structure of the world itself? Jordan
Peterson offers a provocative new hypothesis
that explores the connection between
what modern neuropsychology tells us
about the brain and what rituals, myths,
and religious stories have long narrated.