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Well Its Official!!!  &  We wanted to let our friends here know first.

Findhorn Press

Findhorn Press

David and Cindy have completed “Voyage of Purpose” a book about David’s transfomative experiences, how each one built upon the next creating opportunities for spiritual awakening. “Voyage of Purpose” © David and Cindy Bennett. The book will be released by Findhorn Press, Scotland, available in the US October 2011 – www.findhornpress.com – (the book is not up on their website yet, but will come in late spring/summer and then you can read more and pre-order).

Cindy has been biting at the bit to tell everyone but I made her wait until the contracts were signed. We are so excited they are a great match for us. They distribute in the US, UK and Australia.

Findhorn changed the secondary title and the cover, just like we were told would probably happen in the Next Top Author contest. We are very pleased with the way it is going. We will keep you in the loop when we learn the publication date. Here is a peak at the first draft of the cover. It can still change.

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Once upon a time. I want to start by saying that because when this happened it was before my near death experience. Now that I look at it with the help of Spirit, I see it much differently. Now I understand this story as a much more rewarding experience.

Once upon time, when I was the chief engineer of a research vessel, we were working with a small tethered submarine off the New England Coast. As we arrived at the work site we noticed that the Humpback Whales were migrating along the coast. One whale in particular became well known to us, we nicknamed her Scar. She had come to close to too many sightseeing boats, so close that the boats had run her over and her body was covered with scars. We figured that Scar was either very friendly or stupid, and she was a nuisance to shipping.

We were working on the ocean floor with our remote operated submarine (ROV). Part of the job required us to launch the submarine everyday so we could survey the ocean floor. To launch the ROV we lowered the submarine and its cage into the water. After the cage was submerged the small submarine would undock from the cage. Then remote operators would fly/swim the submarine to the sea floor. My job as chief engineer was to insure the submarine was in proper working order. After the submarine was in the water I would normally attend to other ships duties. But Scar made this job different.

When the submarine would start to work its way down, Scar would swim under the submarine and began bringing the ROV back to the surface. This of course drove the operators crazy. There was no way they could keep Scar from doing this, wasting valuable time and money. Scar thought the small sub was a baby and she was trying to bring it to the surface so that the baby could breathe. She didn’t want the ROV to swim so deep, so she was trying to help it. The scientists and the operators couldn’t think of any way to stop Scar. Then someone thought maybe a diver could distract Scar long enough to get the sub on the bottom. Once the sub was on the bottom Scar would leave it alone.

I was the lucky one chosen to go out and distract Scar. Before we would launch the submarine each day, I would get into our zodiac (a small rubber boat) and play around to attract Scar. When Scar would come, she would roll on her side so she could look at me with her huge eye. When scar looked at me that way, I felt as if she were looking into my soul. It was a strange yet wonderful feeling. Then I would get out of the boat and swim with scar until the ROV was on the bottom and the ship would signal me. We all thought, there must be something wrong with Scar. But no one wished her any harm. After a few days she no longer came by to visit. The call of migration and her natural rhythms probably pulled her away. But we all remembered and joked about her.

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Many years later, after my near death experience, I was hiking one day when Spirit reminded me of Scar. Spirit helped me see how this experience in my life was meant to demonstrate unconditional love and the beauty of nature. Scar was not crazy and there was nothing wrong with her. I remember her eye looking at me. As I recall this now, I can feel her unconditional love. The strength of love overcame her fear of us. One of Scar’s roles in life was to show everyone how beautiful a Humpback Whale is. She would roll on her side and take a look at us. She was willing to undergo the pain of being run over just so she could look at us and communicate love to us. She would show us what beauty and love is. I wish now that I understood this when it was happening so I could have helped my shipmates understand that scar wasn’t crazy.

Unconditional love is larger than we are. We have trouble understanding it. When we love someone we expect him or her to respond in a certain way. (That’s putting a condition on love) Unconditional love is endless and unifies everyone and everything in this universe. (Kind of large isn’t it) It’s hard for us to constantly think this way as humans, so for us to conditionally use love is easier. To keep it simple would be to love unconditionally. We keep adding a step to our love and making it complicated. Maybe that is why so many think of love as troublesome. If we expected nothing in return for our love, that would be a truer love.

Everything we do in life is to either give love or receive love. Whether it is in our work or play we are always trying to give love or receive love. Every action that every human has is trying to do one or the other, because we all want to be loved. The societies that mankind has built were built on human emotions. As messed up as they might seem, they give us all the ability to live the life we chose to live. Every act we perform is a call for love or to give love. Even the emotions that we think are negative are ends to a means for love. Greed, hatred and hostility are acts with emotion. We do this to make ourselves into what we think will make us be loved or give love. Your gardening or the intense effort you put into work are all making you be the person that will receive love or be able to give love. Because love is everything and everything is love. So when we can love unconditionally we will be a different person and will have made a giant step for humanity.

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Dying is hard but returning to life is even more difficult and challenging.

What the heck am I talking about? I died in a boating accident and drowned in 1983. You can read about my Near-Death Experience (NDE) on my website, but what I want to share here is some of the life altering aftereffects an NDE can bring about in an experiencer’s life. Just think about it one minute and you can understand the conflict of living a life that is confining and limited in our physical form. When in the light we have an unlimited ability to connect to the universal all. It is an incredibly loving experience that is humbling beyond words. But back to life and living in this world after such an experience.

First I’d like to look at judgment. In my NDE there was an all all-encompassing life review that was shared with my soul group of light beings. The review looked at every detail of my life, good and bad. So you can imagine I did not want to share my most unsavory moments in life with this group of beings. I was judging myself, but the most marvelous thing was, my family of light beings were not. They were emanating a pure love that was unconditional so there was no judgment attached. In the Light you also see the interconnection between all living and non living things in our universe. In addition to that every time we have an interaction with someone or something there is an energetic exchange. In physical life we can barely notice this exchange unless we train our selves to be more sensitive. Well, I can say that every time I used judgment against someone in my life review it created an energetic exchange that was disruptive and blinded me to the true nature of the situation or person. The ripples caused by those exchanges were even more disturbing than I knew. The more energy I put into a wrongly judged event the more far reaching the ripples of effect would range outward beyond my perception.

When returning to life after that experience I wanted to become as loving and nonjudgmental as my light family. But experiencers bump into a world of judgment not just being judged about the NDE but we feel judged about everything.  A leopard can’t change his spots that quickly. We have lived a life full of habits that don’t change in an instant. Some times we can fool ourselves to think we can change that fast but it takes an effort to develop new habits.  In life we have these wonderful emotions that can be attached to our judgment and when that happens most of the time we blind ourselves to the truth. Many times we rush passionately forward unknowing the truth only to create suffering.  After many mistakes we remember the NDE and slowly change. You can not be exposed to that much unconditional love without it changing the way you work and think. Some in the NDE community call it a re-wiring of the mind psyche. What ever it is, it happens to most experiencers and it changes the way we live our lives. We can’t help it. Many people see us as detached because we don’t want to jump to judgment. That is not true, we are much more attached than ever and trying to see as clearly as we can in this bodily form. We will use discernment and look at things with our hearts until we feel we know the truth. But we are as human as the next person so we are fallible. Seeking truth requires patience to get beyond the drama that life presents us on a daily basis. Our judgments create the greatest suffering including stress and disease. One only has to live in this world to see the suffering that judgment brings. So becoming a little less judgmental is not a bad thing and very desirable to everyone not just experiencers.

Another thing that happens when we return is we are striped of the false personas we had spent our whole life developing. We had developing false personas to show the world what we wanted them to see us as. We wanted to appear smarter, stronger, confident, altogether, or maybe beautiful and standing tall. What ever we made up, we used these personas for different life situations. We were hiding our true self so no one could reach us and that way we were protecting ourselves. Well, what happens is we get such an in-depth look at our true nature in the NDE, that we can accept who we are without all the false trappings. We are far from perfect and know our faults, but how can we develop non judgment if we pickup those old false personas and are not showing our true selves. It can be terribly frightening at first striped bare and exposed. But to develop non judgment you can no longer mislead someone else into a false judgment. We have to be truthful and clear to avoid false judgment. After you step out as yourself you see no one can really harm your true nature because it is a part of the Universal All.

Near-Death Experiences can give everyone of us wonderful tools for living. Living life as our true self with less judgment is just one tool in the box. I know I’m trying to use this instrument as often as possible.

Dave Bennett is the President of the Upstate NY IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) He speaks about his NDE and the aftereffect on the web and to groups. His website is www.Dharma-Talks.com

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