Trigger of Meditation
Meditation is a
technique to tune up the instrument that is our body, mind and emotions to more clearly perceive
reality. This could be described as expanding our consciousness and
understanding our true nature. Through meditation we can realize and be aware of many states of
consciousness. Near-death experiences often describe going into the
light and this can be achieved through meditation. A British doctor,
Parnia, who studied 63 patients who were revived after being declared clinically
dead, concluded that consciousness doesn't die and that the brain is merely a receiving station for consciousness.
This agrees with the notion that meditation is the practice of using your receiving station to connect with your higher states of
The following is Joni Maggi's
NDE which was triggered through meditation. Her
experience is not unique and there have been others who have had a NDE
triggered by meditation. Her experience also appears in Kevin Williams'
Better Than Death.
Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine that
you are face to face with the sun!
What an extraordinary feeling! I thought to
"How can I be face to face with the sun and not feel the burning heat?"
This first thought shocked and puzzled me - to be thinking in the way I would normally
It was literally so bright that I could not
sustain the gaze so I turned away. At that moment I noticed a silver cord, attached around
the navel area going down, down, down to a person I saw lying on my bed. It was me! I had
a curious non-interest in it.
Suddenly, I was in dark outer space, floating
as it were on my back, in what I can only describe as total "bliss"
(one of a
few words which I'll explain later I had never understood before that
sure how long this ecstatic feeling lasted but it was what I suppose is called Cosmic
Consciousness or cosmic bliss. I knew that: the Universe is upheld by love
(though if you ask me now I would not be able to explain that!)
I knew that the
planets are alive and conscious. I knew that they would never bump into each other on
purpose or cause any damage - there was no violence but rather a total harmony in their
I then looked down and could see the
far far away and down in this dark sky. I knew that it was a place of violence, a realm
shrouded in darkness and difficulties, so to speak.
At one point I saw what I can only describe
as a group of beings - perhaps Beings of Light
would describe them best. I then zoomed
over to them - literally willed myself over to them (swoosh!) and was there
They were seated
(?) in an oval circle and
there seemed to be a leader of some sort at the head of the group. First of all, I felt
the most overwhelming love coming from them! It cannot be compared to anything here on
Earth. For one, I felt that it was an inclusive group - rather than an exclusive one.
(Here on Earth we seem to have trouble letting new people into groups but there it was as
if all of them at the same time were welcoming me!)
I heard them - in my mind -
say: "Welcome home! You have been on such a long journey!" I had the feeling
that they were sharing life experiences and learning from each other, as if in a sort of
I didn't have time to find out because at
this point I said to the leader, again telepathically, "I cannot stay! I have to
bring up my son!" with a real sense of urgency.
(At the time my son was 4 years old and
I knew somehow that I had the absolute obligation to bring him up and take care of him.
Years later, when I thought of this, I understood that we live in a "moral"
I immediately started coming down again. And
as I was coming down, I saw - as if written on the entire dark sky - this message:
"There is nothing worth worrying about!
Not even death!"
And again I knew - or understood in an instant that death
is exactly like falling asleep.
What happens is that you let go
of daily consciousness and slip into another. Or for that matter, like waking up - you let
go of sleeping consciousness and find yourself in our recognized reality. It was an
incredible feeling of peace to know that there is no death!
All of a sudden, I was awake and I literally ran
to my table to write everything down because I knew that the "veils"
new word for me) were going to fall and that I would forget or lose the feeling of the
experience. I had the feeling that a shaft of light had come down through the top
of my head. The top of my head was literally tender!
The third word I came to know was
"grace" (which up to that point I thought meant the prayer that Christians say
at the dinner table).
I had been an atheist - or agnostic - up until my experience but
after that, though the veils did fall down again, I have spent the last 20 years, trying
to recapture that feeling, that absolute knowing. I feel closer and closer to it
all the time now.
I felt that I had been
given a gift of tremendous value! I could not, and can not to this day understand how
that works or what that means. I only know that I had been in a state of
emotional crisis -
I was living at the time in South America and undergoing a painful separation from my
husband so I found myself alone, depressed and with a very young child. I had also been
asking myself the question:
"What one thought gives peace?" for a very long
Somehow, I feel that my earnest and extremely deep need to find an answer to the ups
and downs of life was answered in that unspeakably profound experience.
This is the first time I am sharing my
experience so openly with others because my family and friends, of course, at the time did
not believe me or understand me. Plus the fact that I myself had lost contact with the
light and only years later did I start to remember it and piece it together again
coherently. Now, it is probably the most important thing I can do - to remember it and to
share it with others. If it hadn't been for the experience I probably would not have
pursued the spiritual path with such relentless passion as I understand that there is a
spiritual need which cannot be filled by any other thing than...how shall I call it? The
I also know that it was real!
Actually, I could say that it was the only real thing that has ever happened to
me. At this point I cherish sharing my experience with others and hope to learn afresh
from their experiences to continue to get a wider and wider appreciation and understanding
of this phenomenon.
I still have many unanswered questions:
Why was I blessed with this experience?
(I think it
was because without it I never would have been able to go on, but even so,
who "gave" it to me or how did I receive it?)
Why are other people not given the same experience, though some search for
it so longingly?
And it has only whetted my appetite to know more - everything! - about
our life purposes, life after death, etc!
Unfortunately I cannot - as I mentioned,
retrieve the feeling of it and sometimes I still forget and find myself in
darkness and pain. But just remembering it and sharing it helps me - and who knows maybe
others - to know more and more about it, especially now that these phenomena are coming
more and more to light!
"It is within you that the
divine lives." -
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