Concept of ONE
In her research Atwater heard many near-death experience stories and in one of them we meet "Ken" who shares his story. He´s being rushed to the emergency room after an accident. He "dies" and describes what happened:
My eyes were open, but I did not see. I had the sensation of moving through a dark space then I suddenly was in the light. I was across the emergency room by the counter and could see the gurney flanked by a State Trooper.
I was on the gurney and I could see myself as though looking at myself from several feet away over my left shoulder. There was no pain or physical sensation of any kind. I was then swept by an euphoric feeling. I had a feeling of great peace and calm.
I knew I was dead, but had no adverse feeling, no fear. I felt completely at peace and without need or want of any kind. I had the feeling of complete contentment, total relaxation, and of being home. I began to have understandings.
As though someone had communicated with me, but without an audible sound. This was a pure communication process with me comprehending and understanding without the use of verbalizations.
There was no entity visible to me providing the messages, but I assumed a presence. I was very comfortable with this and did not question or feel shocked by the occurrence. I was not afraid nor did I have a desire to see the presence.
Indeed, I had no desires or wants of any kind. The understandings I had were: I no longer had any need or want, these included food and drink, companionship, or entertainment. I was without emotion except for the euphoria I was feeling.
I had no desire to ask questions, being so totally at peace with myself and my surroundings. I was not interested in my body or what had happened to cause my death. I was made to understand I was to return. At this point I had my only desire. I wanted to stay. I made an inquiry, the same way I was made to understand.
I knew my desire to stay was understood without me having to speak. The wall beyond my gurney became transparent and I was shown what appeared to be a flowing river. It was silver and shimmering as it flowed.
The drops in the river were each a different color yet all flowed together as one body of water. Nothing gave me the impression this was actually water or a river, but this is the best descriptive example that can be given of something I witnessed for which there are no words.
I understood (I use this term because I did not actually hear) the drops were the experiences of all who had lived. The experiences existed as separate items yet belonged to the whole. The whole was the collective knowledge of all. I understood there was no individual, just one, yet each experience was individual making up the whole.
This concept of ONE is so foreign to any description I can give, there seems to be no way now of describing it. My previous understanding of One was a single uniqueness. In this case One is something else. Many being One and One being many, both existing simultaneously in the same time and space. I further understood that the collective experiences are omniscient knowledge. Everything that has been spoken, heard, and experienced.
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