Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the near-Death Experience

By Kenneth Ring; Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino | Go to book overview

Chapter Thirteen
Journeys to the Source:
The Ultimate Lessons
from the Light

Our excursion into the afterdeath realms brings us close to the heart of the mystery of creation itself, though, of course, we who only hear the tales that near-death survivors return to tell of these realms can at best be filled with wonder but never with certainty concerning this ultimate mystery. Nevertheless, there have been a few NDErs who have seemingly penetrated well past the common zones of experience where almost all NDEs end, and their accounts of their journeys beyond the Light, as it were, give us a heretofore unrevealed glimpse of a radiant universe that truly appears to be something akin to the ultimate source of creation itself. From the standpoint of these extraordinary experiences, the NDEs we have been considering to this point, however glorious their splendor, seem incomplete and tell only a portion of the story we all long to know. Indeed, the journeys beyond the Light, some of which I would like to share with you next, almost always speak of or imply the existence of a second light, which is at once, a kind of ultimate Light, the source of everything, a place where we come from and to which we will inevitably return. And those who are blessed enough to travel there are the persons who are perhaps best equipped to express for us what might fairly be called "the ultimate lessons of the Light," from which, using a phrase associated with the

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