Life After Life by Raymond A. Moody

Posted: May 22, 2010 in Book Notes
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  • The words of human language allude to things of which we have experience through our own physical senses. Death, though, is something which lies beyond the conscious experience of most of us.
    • The general understanding we have of language depends upon the existence of a broad community of common experience in which almost all of us participate.
    • …the experience is so indescribable, so far beyond human language and human modes of perception and existence…
  • Some say death is annihilation of consciousness; others say that death is the passage of the sour or mind into another dimension of reality.
  • No matter how old you are, don’t stop learning. For this is a process that goes on for eternity.
  • Death is a transition into a higher state of consciousness or of being…Death is like graduating from one thing to another…Death is such a release.
  • It is a well-known psychological phenomenon in which a person may start with a fairly simple account of an experience or event and over a period of time develop it into a very elaborate narrative – so embellished as to bear little resemblance to the original.
  • Most numbers and quantities one hears quotes in medical practice are means, averages, and are not to be taken as absolutes.
  • From the pure philosophical point of view, an infinity of hypotheses could be constructed to explain any experience, observation, or fact.
  • We cannot fully understand this life until we catch a glimpse of what lies beyond it.

Parallels

  • The Bible
  • Plato
    • Ultimately truth can only come to one in an almost mystical experience of enlightenment and insight.
    • Time is not an element e realms beyond physical, sensible world. Time is the moving, unreal reflection of eternity.
    • Human language is inadequate to express the ultimate realities directly.
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    • His thought and perception are less limited; his mind becomes very lucid and his senses seem more keen and more perfect and closer in nature to the divine.
  • Emanuel Swedenborg

Common stages and events of the experiences of dying

  1. Ineffability
  2. Hearing the news
  3. Feelings of peace and quiet
  4. The noise
  5. The dark tunnel
  6. Out of the body
  7. Meeting others
  8. The being of light
  9. The review
  10. The border or limit
  11. Coming back
  12. Telling others
  13. Effects on lives
  14. New views of death
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