Raymond Moody live from the Trinity Church in Santa Barbara
Raymond Moody is the foremost researcher of near death experiences, and is credited with having created the term "Near Death Experience." Raymond Moody's book "Life after Life," published in 1975, was the first serious book documenting experiences of people whose bodies were pronounced clinically dead, yet they "came back to life" and reported incredible stories of the experiences they had while their bodies were dead.
In Raymond Moody's own words, he writes, "What is perhaps the most incredible common element in the accounts I have studied, and is certainly the element which has the most profound effect upon the individual, is the encounter with a very bright light. Typically, at its first appearance this light is dim, but it rapidly gets brighter until it reaches an unearthly brilliance. Yet, even though this light (usually said to be white or "clear") is of an indescribable brilliance, many make the specific point that it does not in any way hurt their eyes, or dazzle them, or keep them from seeing other things around them (perhaps because at this point they don't have physical "eyes" to be dazzled).
Despite the light's unusual manifestation, however, not one person has expressed any doubt whatsoever that it was a being, a being of light. Not only that, it is a personal being. It has a very definite personality. The love and the warmth which emanate from this being to the dying person are utterly beyond words, and he feels completely surrounded by it and taken up; in it, completely at ease and accepted in the presence of this being. He senses an irresistible magnetic attraction to this light. He is ineluctably drawn to it.
Raymond Moody continues, "Interestingly, while the above description of the being of light is utterly invariable, the identification of the being varies from individual to individual and seems to be largely a function of the religious background, training, or beliefs of the person involved. Thus, most of those who are Christians in training or belief identify the light as Christ and sometimes draw Biblical parallels in support of their interpretation. A Jewish man and woman identified the light as an "angel." It was clear, though, in both cases, that the subjects did not mean to imply that the being had wings, played a harp, or even had a human shape or appearance. There was only the light. What each was trying to get across was the they took the being to be an emissary, or a guide. A man who had had no religious beliefs or training at all prior to his experience simply identified what he saw as "a being of light." The same label was used by one lady of the Christian faith, who apparently did not feel any compulsion at all to call the "Christ."
Shortly after its appearance, the being begins to communicate with the person who is passing over. Notably, this communication is of the same direct kind which we encountered earlier in the description of how a person in the spiritual body may "pick up the thoughts" of those around him. For, here again, people claim that they did not hear any physical voice or sounds coming from the being, nor did they respond to the being through audible sounds. Rather, it is reported that direct, unimpeded transfer of thoughts takes place, and in such a clear way that there is no possibility whatsoever either of misunderstanding or of lying to the light.
Furthermore, this unimpeded exchange does not even take place in the native language of the person. Yet, he understands perfectly and is instantaneously aware. He cannot even translate the thoughts and exchanges which took place while he was near death into the human language which he must speak now, after his resuscitation.
"The next step of the experience clearly illustrates the difficulty of translating from this unspoken language" says Raymond Moody. The being almost immediately directs a certain thought to the person into whose presence it has come so dramatically. Usually the persons with whom I have talked try to formulate the thought into a question. Among the translations I have heard are: "Are you prepared to die?" "Are you ready to die?" "What have you done with your life to show me?" and "What have you done with your life that is sufficient?" The first two formulations which stress "preparation," might as first seem to have a different sense from the second pair, which emphasize "accomplishment."
Raymond Moody is a scientist and also a philosopher. His dogged research and unyielding determination to know the truth about what these experiences were that people had when their bodies had been declared dead has left us with a treasure trove documented stories of what many believe to be the Afterlife. It wasn't until Jeff Olsen contacted Dr. Moody and told him about his Near Death Experience, and also about the visit he received from the attending physician and attending nurse that cared for Olsen the night he was brought to the emergency room after a horrific car crash that left his wife and baby dead at the scene, that Moody finally declared, "I give up. I am going to have to admit there is no other explanation for the experiences but there is an Afterlife or life after death."