What Death Is

The following material was excerpted from two of PMH Atwater's books ~ Beyond the Light: The Mysteries and Revelations of Near-Death Experiences (Avon Books, New York City, 1994) and We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death (A.R.E. Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 2004). It is based on first-person commentaries from over 3,000 adult experiencers of near-death states. Learn more about the near-death research of PMH Atwater, L.H.D.,

What Death Is

There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before.

Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when all of a sudden someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to another, higher wavelength. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still just the same as it was. Only you changed, only you speeded up to allow entry into the next radio frequency on the dial.

As is true with all radios and radio stations, there can be bleedovers or distortions of transmission signals due to interference patterns. These can allow or force frequencies to coexist or commingle for indefinite periods of time. Normally, most shifts up the dial are fast and efficient; but, occasionally, one can run into interference, perhaps from a strong emotion, a sense of duty, or a need to fulfil a vow, or keep a promise. This interference could allow coexistence of frequencies for a few seconds, days, or even years (perhaps explaining hauntings); but, sooner or later, eventually, every given vibrational frequency will seek out or be nudged to where it belongs.

You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong.

Who can say how many spots there are on the dial or how many frequencies there are to inhabit? No one knows.

You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wavelength. You are still a spot on the dial but you move up or down a notch or two.

You don't die when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration.

That's all death is ... a shift

Time To Reassess 
A recent phone call shook me up. A woman who had lost a close family member to suicide, called to speak of the tragedy and of how much solace she had received from a facilitator of a near-death group when that individual had told her, "All suicides go to heaven. Research proves this." I had to tell her she had been misinformed. This crushed both of us.

An experiencer may say this, making clear that such a statement comes from his or her understanding of what was revealed. In fact, more and more experiencers are becoming outspoken about the revelations they received while on the Other Side of death. And most of them repeat again and again that the Light is unconditionally loving and forgiving, and is there for all of us, equally. Revelations like this are wonderful and they uplift and comfort and encourage the masses. Near-death experiencers are like "missionaries" in the field of death and dying and hospice, carrying with them the good news about God and about love. And this is great. Experiencers, though, can only speak for themselves. They cannot say their claims are based on research, no matter how convincing the research.

I straddle both "sides," as must of you know. The revelations given to me during my near-death episodes were lengthy and detailed. The majority are in my book, Future Memory. As a researcher, though, I am not free to make such claims. No researcher is. And neither is the International Association For Near-Death Studies, or any of their Friends of IANDS groups. As an experiencer, I can console people like this woman and give her hope. As a researcher, and certainly as a representative of IANDS, I can only say there are no findings in near-death studies to prove who goes where after death or at all. We honestly do not know how "the big picture" works. We can only publish our findings as verified. Interpretations are up to each individual.

Perhaps we are becoming a "victim" of our own success.

Near-death research has now reached a point where even skeptics find it hard to argue with the findings, there are so many now, and all of them first-rate. Our conference in Houston, Texas, at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, October, 2006, establish near-death research as on par with any other medical research; the stories experiencers tell, very healing and incredibly important. It took us thirty years to get to this point. Now, perhaps in excitement for what has been accomplished, words are being put in researcher's mouths and accredited to IANDS that do not belong there. We can now establish that the near-death experience is real and valid, a state to be reckoned with, but we cannot prove or even say with any degree of certainly, what it means, what causes it, or why it occurs, or even what any of this says about an afterlife and who goes to heaven and who does not.

Whoever told the woman that the young man who committed suicide is guaranteed a spot in heaven is guilty of spreading an untruth, perhaps even false hope. None of us have the right to do that, no matter how motivated we are to give solace and comfort to one who grieves. Experiencers can share their own personal stories, their own conviction based on their stories, but they cannot lay claim to interpretations as authentic fact.

While we're on the subject, some near-death groups are requiring guests who attend meetings to wear color-coded badges that label people either "Non-Experiencer" or "Experiencer." This sets up a cult-like atmosphere of specialness that most experiencers find uncomfortable. Any one can be an experiencer. Near-death episodes do not make one "special." People come to meetings to learn and to share, not to be set-apart or put on a pedestal. That sense of oneness that most experiencers come to feel, includes, not excludes.

No one is an expert on what the near-death experience means, although there are a lot of folks who think they are. Truthfully, the near-death experience reveals more about life than it does death, and what it reveals brings into question how we define ourselves as human beings and the range of our faculties and our mind. What speaks so powerfully to me, is the comment the vast majority of experiencers say after their episode – four words: "Always there is life." If this is true and I believe it is, then how can there be an afterlife or a before life? Suggested here is that life is continuous, in some form, somewhere, somehow.

Research cannot validate this, but when thousands and thousands of people across this blue marble called earth say the same thing – we have to stop and listen. Notice that those four words do not indicate destination. To me, they make a statement far more important, they affirm a sense of reality that is unending. That is the real solace and real comfort we can all benefit from.




Summarizing NDE's

  • NDEs cannot be explained adequately on the basis of drugs hallucinations, or cultural conditioning.
  • Religion, race, and age are also unrelated to NDEs.
  • Ninety-five per cent of NDEs are positive and literally transform the personality of the recipient. Many patients do not want to return to their physical body because the NDE experience is so positive.
  • A Being of Light often conducts a panoramic life review of the patient during a NDE. Not only is every action observed, but the effects on others are noted. Telepathy is the mode of communication.
  • The patient sometimes gets information about the future. Some of these precognition's have been documented.
  • NDEs have been described by Plato, Swedenborg, The Tibetan Book of The Dead, and the Bible. Biblical accounts appear in the Old Testament, in Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2: and in Acts 26:13-26 of the New Testament. "At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around about me and them which journeyed with me."
  • The overnight personality changes that occur, including a greater zest for life, improved self-confidence, healthier eating habits and increased compassion, simply cannot be explained by hallucinations or any other conjecture proposed by the skeptics critical of this experience.