The Being Of Light: Account 1
So I made a promise in my last post that I will be doing a project over the coming months while the AWARE study is ongoing and in the absence of any new data on research into NDEs. That project is to analyze accounts from NDEs about the Being Of Light, and try to understand better the nature of this being who is often described as the most significant experience of the core NDE experiences.
Many have referred to this being as God/Jesus/Mohammed/Buddha etc, as he seems to represent all they believe to be true about that figure. However, for the sake of these posts, and since we do not know for sure who or what this being is, I am going to refer to it (for we do not know whether it is a she or a he, or something altogether beyond our understanding with regard to sex), as BOL. I will use the pronoun IT to describe BOL because although this depersonalizes the being, I do not want to infer my own sex bias upon this being.
The first series of posts on this subject will refer to specific accounts, or sums of accounts. I will attempt to uncover common themes about the nature of this being, to try to understand it better and also to identify any outlying descriptions that might point to inconsistencies and therefore call into question the validity of these accounts.
The first account from my favourite NDE, is the one recounted by Howard Storm (http://www.near-death.com/storm.html#a02):
“I don’t know how to explain to you that I knew it knew me, I just did. As a matter of fact, I understood that it knew me better than my mother or father did. The luminous entity that embraced me knew me intimately and began to communicate a tremendous sense of knowledge. I knew that he knew everything about me and I was being unconditionally loved and accepted.
The light conveyed to me that it loved me in a way that I can’t begin to express. It loved me in a way that I had never known that love could possibly be. He was a concentrated field of energy, radiant in splendor indescribable, except to say goodness and love. This was more loving than one can imagine. I knew that this radiant being was powerful. It was making me feel so good all over. I could feel its light on me – like very gentle hands around me. And I could feel it holding me. But it was loving me with overwhelming power. After what I had been through, to be completely known, accepted, and intensely loved by this Being of Light surpassed anything I had known or could have imagined.”
Amazing! Just incredible that there might just be this being that we meet after we die that fits this description. I almost can’t wait! At this stage I am going to pull out the key words or phrases that he uses to describe the BOL, and as I report on and present more accounts, I will do the same for each account and separately compile a spreadsheet to methodically examine consistencies or contradictions.
Key words and phrases:
Goodness and love
I’m going to leave it there for now. Maybe you might want to contemplate this account for a few moments. Imagine if this being is real. How does that make you feel?