The moment

At one time or another, most of us have wondered what the moment of death will feel like. We either do this for ourselves, planning ahead for our inevitable future, or we ponder the story we know about a loved one’s death.

You probably know someone or of someone who was killed in combat, in an accident, or in a crime. It is a pretty normal phenomenon to construct a mental story of that fatality from the details that were given. Those of us with stronger empathizing abilities may get quite emotional picturing the scene and wondering what it felt like (and how we could possibly experience something like it ourselves.)

Most of us have seen thousands of depictions of death in our movies, books, and other forms of entertainment. Much of this is realistically depicted, such as that classic, horrific opening of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan where soldiers are mowed down in graphic, gory detail. Even when it is pure fiction, death is often depicted as excruciatingly painful. As empathic creatures, we often think that what we saw or read is what we’ll get in the end.

Besides the ways in which we depict death—exploit death—in all its gut-wrenching detail, humanity also depicts it in many subtle ways that reside below the conscious radar. For example, we have fun holidays like Halloween. For amusement we play with symbols that represent various aspects of death, dying, and scaring the poop out of ourselves. People decorate their houses with headstones, bats, spider webs, ghosts, goblins, skulls, skeletons, the works.

Besides the more overt symbols of death, there are also subtle strands of this consciousness woven into our daily lives. Athletic competitions often feature “sudden death.” We see traffic signs announcing a “dead end.” A person is said to be “drop dead gorgeous.” Or there’s a cake “to die for.” Or there’s “Dave’s Killer Bread.”

In a multitude of ways, death is all around us.

FREE TO FLY

On the other hand, some people have been freed from the fear of dying … by dying. Or almost dying. They had a near-death experience, which in the classic, clinical sense, may have included flatlining. Even when their brains were “dead,” some of these people had amazing experiences in other dimensions of reality. They emerge from the experience with the fear of death having vaporized from their lives. For them, it’s been there, done that.

People who have had out-of-body experiences either deliberately or by surprise get first-hand information that consciousness is not confined to the brains in our bodies. They learn that leaving the body is not painful.

Near-death experiencers and individuals supposedly channeled from the afterlife appear to agree that dying is easy. No matter how gruesome a death may look from our human perspective, I cannot recall a spirit ever reporting that death was anything close to horrific.

It is often characterized as like waking up from a dream, proceeding from one reality to the next. If the dream was a nightmare, it’s often shaken off very quickly with a whew, a chuckle, and gratitude that it’s gone. I’ve sat in several IANDS meetings where people described how they popped out of their bodies when, for example, it was obvious that the bus was going to plow into their car. I have experienced this in dreams—I wake up just at the point where I would have been killed or injured.

It may be worth considering that much of what we have been shown and told about dying is, to use today’s vogue expression, fake news. Our impressions about the moment of death may have been programmed into us under false pretenses. Most stories having to do with death rarely include peace, liberation, ecstasy, and anything else that promotes visions of well-being. Outside of spiritual literature, we’re taught to fear The Grim Reaper.

Soul phone technology will give a voice to the process of dying. It won’t be new information because mediums have been channeling it for decades. However, soul phone technology will give more credence and credibility to the knowledge that already exists.

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