One person, Benedict, who reported his near-death experience in great detail, came close to describing eternity. After seeing shifting images, Benedict became aware that what he was actually seeing was the Higher Self matrix, a cosmic pattern of consciousness. Each person has a Higher Self that serves as an oversoul and also as a conduit back to the source.
Gazing at the matrix of souls, Benedict became aware they were all connected; humanity formed one being; each of us is an aspect of this wholeness.
Benedict asked the light to reveal the entire universe to him “beyond all human illusion.” He was told to ride the stream of life. His speed accelerated beyond the speed of light as he left the solar system, passed through the heart of the galaxy, and became aware of many worlds and many life-forms. What appeared to be travel through space was in fact the expansion of his own consciousness.
Benedict describes entire galaxies disappearing into a point, of all life-forms making their presence known, of a second light that contains every vibration in the universe.
Passing into the second light, he experienced a profound shift into silence and utter stillness. He could see to infinity. He was in the void, pre-creation, and his consciousness was limitless. He was in contact with the absolute, with unbounded awareness. He perceived all of creation generating itself without beginning or end. Millions of Big Bangs were constantly generating new universes. Since he was beyond time, this was happening simultaneously in all dimensions.
After reaching this cosmic epiphany, Benedict’s journey reversed itself, step-by-step, and he woke up with the unshakable realization that death was an illusion.
Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).