by Marinus Jan Marijs
The collecting, retrieving of those who have died (phenomenology)
In many cultures one can find the idea that those who have passed away are being retrieved and accompanied to another realm. After one has left the physical body behind because of physical death, one floats about one to two meters above the physical body. In the situation of an out-of-the-body-experience and with a physical body still alive, a ‘cord’ connects the soul-body with the physical body. However, when the physical body dies, that cord will be broken. Sometimes there is a panoramic life review. After leaving the dying physical body behind, there is an expansion of consciousness, and the person who passes over becomes aware of someone who comes to accompany one to another realm.
Giovanni Battista Piazetta (1683 – 1754)
Those who comes to retrieve and help those who passed over, will be perceived in different ways:
- If it is a friend or family member who already died some time before, that person usually has the same appearance as he/she had during his/her physical life, but normally the person looks younger;
- Sometimes it is a transparent being, clear as glass, without optical scattering;
- Sometimes the person has a human shape with an archetypical image;
- Sometimes it looks like a light being without any human shape.
The fact that people after death are being retrieved and accompanied by beings, is not only confined to instances in which people pass away. The same can happen during life, when people experience out-of-the-body experiences.
Sometimes people on their deathbeds speak of the appearing of a family member or a friend who already died some time ago.
If dying people are being retrieved and accompanied by friends or family members who already died some time ago, this implicates that they can translocate at free will. It also means that they are aware of what happens to the dying, know at which point in time, and in much cases know this in advance even before the person who is about to pass over knows it him- or herself.