Betty and Tom were invited on a popular daytime TV talk show to share their experiences of having been declared clinically dead in a hospital emergency room, then miraculously brought back. Betty was dead for 20 minutes but Tom had lost all his vital functions for a longer period.
The host of the television program wanted Betty and Tom to describe to the audience what it was like on the other side. The audience in the studio was totally captivated.
Host: “Betty, what was it like to die?”
Betty: “It was absolutely beautiful. I found myself going through a tunnel and being drawn in by a most wonderful source of light. I am not even sure I can adequately put the quality of that light into words.”
Host: “I don’t understand why you would find it difficult to describe this light. Please try.”
Betty: “I knew I was no longer in my physical body but I not only had retained all my senses, such as hearing and seeing, they had somehow manifested increased capacities. The world beyond this one was similar to earth yet everything seemed to have a different essence.”
Host: “Can you describe this difference for my viewers?”
Betty: “The light that I saw was much brighter than that of the astronomical sun. It was heavenly. Its unique rays seemed to consist of pure intelligence itself and its warmth bathed me with the feeling of infinite love. This wonderful light seemed to come from the center of the universe—from God.
The audience in the studio let out a gasp.
Host: “So, when we die there’s nothing to fear—we can all expect wonderful things to happen?”
Betty: “Yes! I did not want the experience to end but I was told that I had more things to do back on earth. Suddenly, I was drawn back into my physical body and the emergency room. If I could have kept going into the light, I am sure that I would have continued to experience intensified love and happiness.”
The audience was delighted to hear this and the TV cameramen quickly zoomed in on all their faces that were obviously full of hope.
Host: “How about you Tom? Did you have a similar experience?”
Tom: “Betty and I must have been declared dead at the same time. I actually saw her in the spiritual world when I was there. I also saw her disappear after a short while. For some reason I was allowed to continue to walk deeper into that divine light source.”
Host: “Did the feeling of love and happiness increase?”
Tom: “No, things got worse as I was drawn deeper into that light. Things became more painful for me.”
Host: “How can being bathed in pure intelligence and the warmth of love cause pain?”
Tom: “It wasn’t a physical pain. It was more like the remorse of conscience. As I moved deeper into this heavenly light, its rays penetrated into the very fabric of my being—somewhat like spiritual x-rays. Instead of revealing bones, it revealed all my negative character traits. It was painful to see myself as I really was compared to what this heavenly light expected of me. It was made clear to me that I could not advance further towards heaven’s beauty and happiness without making changes in my own heart and mind. I was then told to return to earth and work on making those changes. One cannot enjoy heavenly love beyond the love one cultivates in life. I was shown that there is no free lunch in this world or the next.”
The audience suddenly grew silent and contemplative. The several TV cameramen and TV director had no good angles to cut to during this moment of awkward silence.
Host: “I think we need to go to a commercial break.”