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Near Death Experiences as Evidence of Spiritual Reality

A reader named Jose wants to know why some people who have a near death experience (NDE) are able to come back to their physical body, and others just have a physical death experience and don’t come back.

From his reading about near death experiences, Jose says it appears that as you cross over from physical reality to spiritual reality, you realize your spiritual magnificence and ability to cure your physical body of any disease or catastrophic accident, and live a wonderful life. With this in mind Jose wants to know why anyone wouldn’t return to their physical body after realizing such power, particularly if they could also prevent loved ones from experiencing the emotional pain and suffering that often occurs when someone departs physical reality.

When You are No Longer in Your Physical Body, You are Still You

“We would like to say here that there are many that have near death experiences and do not have any memory of it, because those who have the near death experience and come back to share it with others, this was part of their plan incarnating into this lifetime.

“At this particular time on a planetary level, many of the souls that are living in the physical body are learning about being spirits in this physical body. But they want some proof that there is more, [that] there is a beyond, that they have come in, that they can (so to speak) die and come back.

“And so the ones that have the near death experiences and return to share that… that was part of their purpose. Much of the information they receive when they are in that near death state… all of it is not remembered and brought back with them. So what is brought back and shared is to help others know that there is a great beyond; there is a better place; there is a spiritual eternity that goes on.”

“The people that do have these near death experiences and come back to share that, it was their agreement that this would happen and they would be carriers of the messages, with proof of what they experienced: that there is more than just living in this physical body.”

“And so it was also planned that all ages would have this experience, and would have proof of what was going on when they were (so-called) dead: that they knew…what was being said, what was going on, who was there. So you have young children experiencing this, old people experiencing [this], middle-aged people [experiencing this].”

“And so when so many different ages and types of people all over your planet are having this experience, it is to bring that information with (what you would say) solid proof that you are a spirit in a physical body. And when you are no longer in that physical body, you are still you. You still exist. Is that understood?”

—The Council
(The formatting above throughout this post represents The Council’s comments during our session. Text [in brackets] in these quotations has been added to improve readability and clarity when this seems useful.)

The Council repeatedly emphasized that not everyone who has a near death experience remembers the magnificence of their spiritual reality when they return to physical reality. Increasing numbers of people are able to remember because this is their intention as a spiritual being, and because they agreed to have this experience to help other souls remember you are part of a spiritual reality beyond your physical experience.

The proof The Council mentions is the ability of people who’ve had near death experiences to accurately report physical reality occurrences that took place while their physical body is unconscious, often at a distance from their physical body that leaves no other explanation for this awareness other than a non-physical/spiritual explanation.

If you believe that who you are will cease to exist when life passes from your body, The Council reminds you that you are the life that passes from your physical body. Who you truly are is the eternal life energy that temporarily occupies your human body.

What About Free Will?

Jose’s question also mentions the aspect of near death experience reports where people say they were told it wasn’t their time to leave their physical body and they were supposed to return to physical reality in order to fulfill some purpose. Jose asks where free will comes in if souls are prevented from making the transition from physical to spiritual reality.

“When you are told to go back, you are also reminded why. And so if many do not remember, they usually will come back saying that they had another purpose, or it wasn’t fulfilled, [or] it wasn’t their time. But the choice is always in the spirit whether to return or not.

“But as we said, so much is experienced that is not remembered [that] you may come back and say, ‘I was told to come back.’ But in reality you choose to come back because of what you’ve experienced, and what you’ve heard, and what you know when you were in the spiritual dimension with us.”

The Council has emphasized in several sessions that your free will as a spiritual being is never compromised. But from your human point of view this can seem questionable if you feel your human desires aren’t being satisfied because something is preventing it.

In Closing

The Council is showing quite a bit of interest in near death experiences lately and we’re beginning to understand why. Many of these reports are of experiences that are difficult to explain by the physical reality conventions that modern societies have come to believe in and depend on. It’s exciting to imagine these reports of near death experiences are helping persuade people that awareness that spiritual reality is at least as important as awareness of physical reality.

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Does Spirit’s Pre-Birth Planning Negate Human Free Will?

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February 17, 2014 - Posted by | Death, Free Will, Helping Others, Near Death Experience, Questions & Answers | , , ,


  1. Thanks for your appreciation, Amy. Bright Blessings to you as well.


    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | July 18, 2022

  2. Thank you for sharing your insights. What a joy to connect my experiences to joy and service. I am here to help and apparently, I have a lot of work to do. Spirit gathered the parts of myself I unknowingly gave away and purified me. I look forward to the richness of this new existence and invite my gifts to reveal themselves.
    Bright Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Amy Marie | July 17, 2022

  3. Hello. I am a psychic medium and “true” Empath. My question is, while I feel, and know, that Angels, and Archangels, particularly Michael, have been with me and protect me since I was self aware. However, I am struggling to identify with my Spirit Guides. Of course I know they are there, and the messages I get are more than likely directly from them. Why can’t I seem to identify how many Guides I have and their names? I’m sure I have gone through the appropriate steps to communicate with them, but I get nothing. I’ve even tried automatic writing. What does The Council suggest? I thank my Angels and the Archangels for protecting me; I thank my spirit guides as well. I would love to know more about them since they aid me with my gifts.


    Comment by Wendy | January 5, 2015

  4. Thanks for your appreciation, Jan. It means a lot.


    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | February 24, 2014

  5. A beautiful post, Bob and Cynthia – as always.
    I’m delighted that The Council is showing such interest in NDEs and fully take the point that those of us who have experienced them do not remember everything. A little like trying to recall all parts of a dream, I imagine. Thank you for bringing us this information. Love, Jan


    Comment by janonlife | February 19, 2014

  6. Thanks, Rob. Your appreciation means a lot. We’re equally grateful for what you do. Your books are inspired works of love that help many, many people remember they are spiritual beings having a human experience.


    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | February 19, 2014

  7. Beautiful – as always!

    With gratitude,


    Comment by yoursoulsplan | February 18, 2014

  8. Thank you for the feedback, Peter. Relative to the statement you particularly like, in our last couple sessions with The Council they seem to be emphasizing that the more open people are to believing this idea, the more you will see desired changes taking place in your life. Love, Bob & Cynthia


    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | February 17, 2014

  9. A good understandable explanation of this subject. I particularly liked – “Who you truly are is the eternal life energy that temporarily occupies your human body”.
    Love and Light, Peter


    Comment by Peter Ashley | February 17, 2014

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