From time to time we ask the question: Do men really know the nature of the cosmos — stars, galaxies, nebulae?
What if, when we look upward, we’re staring into eternity?
Just a “what if.”
But an intriguing one. For many photographs of deep space seem to bear a supernatural nature: silhouettes, figures, good and bad, in galaxies, in cosmic clouds.
Is it all — space – “just” an endless expanse?
Is it Heaven, hell, purgatory? Maybe the way to all three?
Many who have near-death experiences describe whisking past the sun and planets to a great Light in the Way Beyond. In a video clip below, a woman describes precisely this upon suffering a “fatal” heart attack.
“I had a memory of being out of my body, a sense of having a dream but more than a dream,” claims Kathryn Young. “I don’t know how to explain that in the way I convey it. I knew that I wasn’t in my body and I was floating through the cosmos and the most beautiful explainable place, pretty much like you see released in a ‘three-D,’ 360-degree circle, all around me, and the scenery was just beautiful, beyond earth. I was just looking down on something that was so vibrant, colors that I had never experienced in life, and the thing that reminds me of it are those pictures NASA takes of nebulae.” [scroll for more text; click photos for sources]
Of course, with any near-death or other mystical experience, one has to hope it doesn’t wander into the New Age. Praise God for His Creation. It’s all about His creative power. Praise Christ. Keep the focus on the “Most High God.”
“Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.”
Continued Kat: “I was looking down on something so brilliant, so bright, ahead of me. It felt like I was getting closer and closer to it, and as I got closer, I was having a conversation with something much larger than myself. I felt like I was just engulfed in the force and energy.”
This, she ended up believing, was the energy of God, Who embraced her with ineffable affection and warmth beyond warmth.
“It felt like the most intense love that I can describe, an unconditional love that encompassed me not only me but everybody,” she relates. “I don’t know how to describe this, but I felt people that I knew and people I hadn’t met yet.”
This is the Angel Nebula:
One not so angelic. (A bat?)
Again, silhouettes? Images?
It was just two minutes before she was back in her body (as always, for your discernment.) “I was told I had a purpose and that I would be supported and that I was to trust and believe in myself and find my purpose.”
In this vast expanse, we all have a mission somehow crucial to the universe, to what He created.
Endless space. Endless mystery. In the news: “Scientists say a ‘ghostly glow’ is surrounding our solar system, but they’re not sure where it’s coming from,” says the London Guardian. ” reports Science Alert: “All the stars and galaxies surrounding the Solar System – and zodiacal light, aka dust on the Solar System’s plane – none of these can explain what astronomers are now calling ‘ghost light.'”
And: what about that Star above Bethlehem?
And the Queen of Heaven, the stars beneath her feet, the sun and moon, the stars in the Guadalupe image?
“She was standing o the moon, with the twelve stars on her head for a crown” (Revelation, 12:1).
Oh, how amazing it will be — to learn answers upon passing!
And how every morning we should pray to go to the highest reaches, to Heaven, wherever it is, whatever “space” is, when the journey and testing and exile on terra firma ends.
[resources: Michael Brown pilgrimage]