blinkstar.gif (494 bytes) The near-death experience / suicide connection

Many NDE researchers have learned that people who are informed about the NDE generally lose any suicidal tendencies they may have. But what about those who are not informed about the NDE and hurt others by committing suicide? While there are documented accounts of very beautiful suicide NDEs, many are negative suicide NDEs that can be described as "hellish." We are often told by religious leaders that suicide is an unforgivable sin that leads to eternal damnation in hell. This is not what the NDE reveals. What the NDE does reveal is the fact that life is inescapable and a learning experience. It also reveals that "hell" is a temporary spiritual condition.

Dr. George Ritchie learned what happens to those who commit suicide during his own NDE. He states there are three kinds of suicides resulting in three different outcomes.

  1. The first classification are those who kill themselves in order to hurt someone, get revenge, or to kill themselves out of hatred for someone else. According to Dr. Ritchie, these people are forced to "haunt" the living by being aware of every consequence of their suicide on those left behind.
  2. The second classification are those who, because of mental illness, confusion, or a terminal illness, take their own life. Ritchie states these people will be allowed many opportunities from God to grow in love just as any other person would who had not committed suicide.
  3. The third classification are those who kill themselves from drug, alcohol, or any other addiction. According to Ritchie, these people become "stuck in limbo" trying in vain to satisfy their addiction until eventually something frees them.

It is important to know that God forgives everyone. The problem with many suicides is they may find it difficult to forgive themselves for hurting the loved ones left behind. According to Ritchie, the kind of afterlife a suicide initially finds after death is influenced by their motive for committing it. 

According to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, an ancient Buddhist book of the afterlife, a person who succeeds in committing suicide becomes imprisoned in the experience of their suicide. They can be freed by living loved ones imagining the person who committed suicide with streams of light pouring on them. Accordingly, such actions will free the person from the pain and confusion of their suicide. The Book of the Dead also mentions that a suicide has no choice but to follow the negative karma resulting from their suicide. Because the Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the oldest books in the world documenting the NDE, in my view, it should be given great authority.

The NDE suggests that everyone chooses their own destiny before they are born. Because we have the divine gift of free will, anyone has the ability to go against that destiny by committing suicide. Although many NDErs have said nobody is predestined to commit suicide, there is also no eternal damnation for doing it. If a person cuts short their destined time for life because of problems dealing with life, these problems will not only still be with them, but the suicide often has the added burden of knowing the full consequences of their action. From the many NDEs I have studied, it appears to me that God's perfect universal plan will be worked out, with or without a personís cooperation.

Those who believe life is too difficult need to hear from those who have committed suicide and were revived to tell about it. These NDErs tell us nothing is worse than knowing you decided to reject Godís gift of life and destroy your opportunity for spiritual advancement. Knowing with unlimited knowledge and complete understanding the great harm done to the surviving family and friends as a result of the suicide is particularly "hellish" to many who succeed in killing themselves. The NDE suggests many who unjustly commit suicide would more than likely become an earth-bound spirit, a slave to every consequence of their act of suicide, until the natural time they were destined to actually die. The spirits of earth-bound suicides usually hound and hover around the living in vain seeking forgiveness. Once the time comes when the personís natural destined time for death comes, they will be freed from this earth-bound condition. At a later time, they will have to reincarnate again in order to face the exact same problems that led up to their suicide and for which they could not overcome. An example of this, is the suicide NDE of Sandra Rogers. During her NDE, she met Jesus who told her that as a result of her suicide, she had only two choices. One choice was she could be revived and live out the rest of her days. (This was the choice she chose.) The other choice was she could stay in the light with the following condition: she would have to reincarnate at a future time and experience everything again that led her to take her own life in the first place. Sandraís experience suggests one must overcome his or her problems in this life or one will have to face the same problems in a future life. Suicide may not always solve anything. Suicide may not only delay our problems from being overcome; it may compound our problems. It may be wiser to overcome our problems here and now rather than commit suicide and have to face the same or even more difficult problems later. 

Another experience to learn from is the suicide NDE of Angie Fenimore. During her NDE, she found herself in a hellish realm of psychic disconnection and torment. The anguish she experienced within herself during life, manifested itself in the spirit after death. A being of light, whom she identified as God, appeared to her from behind some form of a barrier and asked, "Is this what you really want?" She realized none of the other suicides in this hellish realm were aware of God's presence. God told her, "Don't you know that this is the worst thing you could have done?" She realized then she had "thrown in the towel" and because of it, she had cut herself off from God and from His guidance. She felt trapped. She told God, "But my life is so hard." The reply from God was, "You think that was hard? It is nothing compared to what awaits you if you take your life. Life's supposed to be hard. You can't skip over parts. We have all done it. You must earn what you receive."

Angieís NDE gives us a unique insight into unjustly taking your own life. The NDE reveals the purpose of our lives is to learn to love. This often means learning from our sufferings, however hard it may be, because suffering can help lead to perfection of character. The NDE suggests there are reasons for everything, including our current sufferings; but, the reason for our sufferings are often not always evident. Everyone has problems for which they must overcome. If we try to escape or go around some other way, the problem does not go away.

The NDE also shows we have a destiny to fulfill and a "mission" to complete. Part of that destiny is to learn and grow in suffering and to love others despite our sufferings. We are also here to learn from past-life mistakes, pay back karmic debts and to receive karmic benefits. It is very common in NDEs for the NDEr to be told, "Your time is not yet," or, "Your mission is not complete," or, "You are not ready." From such NDEs, one can conclude everyone's death is predestined, that is, unless it is by your own hand. Suicide cuts short a person's natural time for death thereby forcing an early end to their mission. Their mission, whatever it is, must be fulfilled. Because the mission is not fulfilled, it will have to be fulfilled at another time in another life by the person who cut short their mission. It is sad to see the severe damage caused to families resulting from some suicides. The damage can stay with the surviving family and friends their whole lives. People's lives are never the same again after a suicide. A suicide dies once; but, those left behind die a thousand deaths trying to understand why.

In the realms of the mind and spirit, we will find the greatest enemy we have to face is ourselves. This is why it is critical to face our problems here and now. Problems never go away until they are overcome.

One of life's greatest lessons may be to learn how to cope with depression and overcome it. An overwhelming desire to commit suicide is one of the biggest indicators of clinical depression. There are many medications available on the market to reverse clinical depression. Any doctor can prescribe this medication once they know the patient is depressed enough to commit suicide. If one is thinking of committing suicide, getting medical treatment may be the greatest decision of their entire life. 

Are there justifiable reasons to commit suicide and are there any negative consequences for it? There are situations where committing suicide is highly regarded and rewarded. One example is when a soldier falls on a grenade to save the life of his buddies. Another is when terminally ill patients wants to spare their family the pain of experiencing their slow agonizing death. Such selfless acts are greatly admired in our society. Other acts of suicide which probably carry no negative karma are those committed while under the influence of a mental illness and those occurring accidentally. Nevertheless, it is the selfish type of suicide, where the purpose is to harm others, which should be avoided at all cost.

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