Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow

There’s an interesting article making the rounds about the recent services for Steve Jobs. His sister, Mona Simpson, shared in the eulogy she delivered at the late Apple CEO’s memorial service that his surprising final words from his deathbed were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.” 

That sure makes a person think and wonder what he was experiencing at that moment.  Did he see “the light” that is described by those who have had near death experiences?  Did he get the grand question of life answered?  Did he finally discover for himself the meaning of life?  What experience was he describing?  Guess as we may, we can’t know for certain until our time comes as well.   

From the website howstuffworks.com comes a description of “Near Death Experiences” that is the closet thing to the death experience we’ll ever know on this side of life.  Maybe it is some of what Steve Jobs was experiencing during the last moments of living on Earth. 

  • Int­ense, pure bright light – Sometimes this intense (but not painful) light fills the room. In other cases, the subject sees a light that they feel represents either Heaven or God.
    Out-of-body experiences (OBE) – The subject feels that he has left his body. He can look down and see it, often describing the sight of doctors working on him. In some cases, the subject’s “spirit” then flies out of the room, into ­the sky and sometimes into space.
  • Entering into another realm or dimension – Depending on the subject’s religious beliefs and the nature of the experience, he may perceive this realm as Heaven or, in rare cases, as Hell.
  • Spirit beings – During the OBE, the subject encounters “beings of light,” or other representations of spiritual entities. He may perceive these as deceased loved ones, angels, saints or God. ­
  • ­The tunnel – Many Near Death Experience subjects find themselves in a tunnel with a light at its end. They may encounter spirit beings as they pass through the tunnel.
  • Communication with spirits – Before the NDE ends, many subjects report some form of communication with a spirit being. This is often expressed a “strong male voice” telling them that it is not their time and to go back to their body. Some subjects report being told to choose between going into the light or returning to their earthly body. Others feel they have been compelled to return to their body by a voiceless command, possibly coming from God.
  • Life review – This trait is also called “the panoramic life review.” The subject sees his entire life in a flashback. These can be very detailed or very brief. The subject may also perceive some form of judgment by nearby spirit entities. 

Once upon a time I thought I was going to be a scientist and in those days I saw things more in black and white complete with a fair certainty there was nothing after death.  That was a perspective of youth, peppered by religious abuse by a mean stepfather.  Years of living and experience since have taught me much and opened my mind to a much broader perspective.  As I get older seemingly inching slowly but surely toward my last breath, it has become much easier to envision a life after death.     

I once told my son something like this:  “If my beliefs about spirituality and there being an existence of some sort after death is not true, my life will still have been better for my beliefs”.   I stand firmly behind that thought today stronger than ever. 

 Mellen-Thomas Bendict is a man who went through a profound near death experience.  Part of that experienced he described this way:  The light explained to me that there is no death; we are immortal beings. We have already been alive forever! I realized that we are part of a natural living system that recycles itself endlessly.

Steve Job’s sister who is professor of English at the University of California also said in the eulogy “Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods.”  There is one thing I have learned for certain that causes me to agree strongly with what she said.  Love is the solution to everything and I do mean EVERYTHING.   Peel the layers of anything far enough and love is always the answer. 

This morning I am grateful for my life and thankful for my beliefs that the experience of living has given me.  My gratefulness extends to Steve Jobs who I always had respect for.  With his last act of life he gave us a morsel to encourage thought and discussion of what lies on the other side.  Today because of those simple words he said I am a little less afraid of what lies in the great beyond.  Thanks Steve! 

 I respect more the person who struggles with his faith than the person who is confident in his skepticism.  Robert Brault

2 thoughts on “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow

  1. I have been with four people when they passed. I say “passed” as I firmly believe they passed over into something much more enlightened. My grandfather was looking over our heads as if others were in the room waiting. He was talking to his parents and brothers and sisters that had gone before. My grandmother, the same. My father passed from a horrible death struggle into calm. He looked right into my eyes and went. I feel their presence still….I have no doubt.

  2. My brother passed away just over eight years ago having had a motorcycle accident. A day or so after his passing, my mother came to me and said my brother had visited her…saying only “everything is alright.” Of course, I told her she must have been dreaming or seeing things because grief had overcome her. She sternly replied, and to this very day insists, that she had not imagined my brother visiting her…HE DID VISIT HER. She said he put his cheek on hers (like he always did and like the many pictures we have of the two together) and said the words to her that everything was alright. I believe her.
    I have a very good friend who was involved in a horrific car accident and, years later, a horrific motorcycle accident. Both times he actually died. I believe he flatlined three times from the car accident and as many as six times from the motorcycle accident. He was actually pronounced dead at the scene of the motorcycle accident. God must have decided it wasn’t his time, because he came back…although his injuries were grave and doctor’s literally rebuilt his body in many respects. He attended my brother’s funeral and asked my family if he could visit us afterwards. Of course, we said yes…he’s a very old family friend. He told us that Brad (my brother) is not gone, he’s just in another and better place. Marty (my friend) said each time he died he was visited by his family members…grandmother…grandfather, etc. He said there is something after this earthly life of ours. He knows it to be true. Amazing.

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