The topic is Out of Body experiences and their meanings. Here is a major one I had and how it has related to my life since then.
My Re-Entry to This Life . . . in Jerusalem
It was an early morning in March, 1984, in what we in human form have created as ‘time.’ I went out of body and floated out the window and up into the beams emanating from the dawning sun.
I was practicing an early meditation in my room at the King David hotel where the window in the room overlooked the wall behind which was the Old City of Jerusalem. A shaft of sunlight beamed into the room and “I” floated out on it, soaring above the Old City. The sense was ecstatic. “I” looked back and there was the being named Arthur, sitting cross-legged on a pillow on the rug in the room that I shared with Donnie Volhard, a ginseng farmer from Marathon, Wisconsin.
Donnie was accompanying me on a visit to Israel. I was the President of the Ginseng Research Institute and Donnie was a major ginseng grower in the middle of the burgeoning business that had transformed dairy farmers in that region of Wisconsin into this single crop that most of them had never heard of and would probably never use or even taste.
We had been invited by my friend, Stephen Fulder, to visit with the Israeli government company that was a major manufacturer of extracts. Stephen was an English Ph.D. who had met a “Sabra” – a native Israeli woman at Cambridge in England. They married and returned to Israel to live in a community called “Clil,” where homes are individually owned and where there are extensive common elements including utilities (water, power), education (school), some common gardens, roads, etc. Most of the residents had come from other parts of the world. I had got in touch with Stephen because I found that he had written pretty much the book I was thinking about writing relating to ‘traditional medicine’ and the place of ginseng therein. That book was published in the U.S. in 1982, followed by many more books that Stephen wrote on ginseng, and other ‘harmony’ herbs, primarily from the orient
After reading Stephen’s book, I finally got in touch with him and ended up sending him a plane ticket to come to the U.S. so we could meet and talk and that has lead to a great friendship that has had periodic and long hiatuses. Stephen has been very involved with working on peace-making between Israelis and its neighbors and is a leading person in the Buddhist work and teachings in Israel.
Back to my floating over the walls and streets of Jerusalem. What had gone out on the streak of light from the Sun was now floating above the wall, the Old City, the King David Hotel. In this description, there is a need to communicate who or what this energy – this ‘being’ or ‘non-being’ – someway to refer to ‘it.’ Let’s settle for “I” for now.
There was a sense of I having left the being who was still sitting in the hotel room – ‘he’ was still, small, inert – like a tiny toy. And this entity I had become had the sense of utter freedom, of extreme lightness, of the ability to transport to anywhere through willing it, of exhilaration. The memory this being Arthur has now of that time is that entity was ready to move on, to explore all the new existence that was opening up. And then I looked back down at the figure sitting in the room. What then transpired was a jumble of thoughts, impressions, empathies, realizations – all occurring simultaneously or outside of time. I cannot adequately describe it now as the spirit that was floating was and still is something separate and beyond my current being and its memory banks.
What I “got,” and what remains strongly in my memory banks, is that this soul (I can’t speak for others, although I do strongly suspect that other souls will have basically the same experiences) - that this soul understands when it leaves the body it inhabits that it has this sublime ‘next.’ So -- having had that experience -- the fear, the regret, the denial that involves and surrounds dying, disappears. Yes, there is strong attachment to people we love, to the job(s) we are involved with, to the joys our senses bring, to the experiences we continue to have and to the contributions we make and can make. These things have happened in our lives and continue to happen. So, in each instance of the here and now, our mission, as we get to understand it, has been completed.
So, given all I have described, what then happened to ‘I” floating over the Old City of Jerusalem? Well, first of all, Arthur was still ‘there.’ The floating soul went through an enormous set of introspections, reviews, and prescient projections. These were all done within the space of “no time.” A ‘decision’ was then made. That decision was that “Arthur” still had a lot to contribute and accomplish. And that allowing the experience and memory of this event to inhabit Arthur’s memory banks would contribute to the ability to make those contributions.
“I” then, after some gyrations, returned on a beam of light to merge again with this body. ‘We’ have had many decades more of challenges, experiences and opportunities. We have made contributions and planted seeds and ideas that have and will take root, some to flourish. And, more beckon.
Since that occasion I have had a number of other ‘travels.’ I get a series of involuntary fluctuations from my dan tien (located just below the belly button). Then the energy that can be described as my ‘soul’ (that “I” which went out on the beam of light that day at the King David Hotel) soars ‘out.’ I have experienced this phenomena a number of times while working at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y. A most memorable ‘trip’ was one where I soared at beyond light speed through the Universe, seeing planets being formed, stars in all stages, galaxies spinning, going in and out of Black Holes, and gazing beyond the ‘edge’ to the infinite field of no thing and all possibilities.
Mostly on these ‘outings’ I am in close proximity to my current space, growing in vibration with another being/soul or with an element of our non-human environment with which I can unite.
I feel very blessed to be continuing on this life track, privileged to be having this mix of experiences, and progressing in the learning curve for which I have chosen this existence: to be a Guide.
In this life I am named Arthur William Rashap. I have lived 79 years with a myriad of experiences that have enabled me to enjoy many worlds and to have met and worked with some special people. I want to share this and have the opportunity to interact with you.