What happens when we die?
This is a question I have been asking myself a lot lately. While I have always had some understanding of the afterlife and spirit realms, I had been feeling the urge to learn more and understand life, death and the realms in between
I have read many near death experiences, with one of my favourites being from Anita Moorjani, who shared the details in her book- “Dying to Be Me”. But I wanted more, I wanted to understand things on a deeper level.
Of course, as soon as I put my intention out into the Universe, I came across Cherie Aimée, who was willing to share her near death experience with me.
What interested me the most about Cherie’s story was that it was not all filled with angels and harps. There is a lot more going on in the afterlife than we can even begin to comprehend.
In fact, there are really no words to even describe a lot of Cherie’s experience, which is why it is hard to piece it together in a way that is really concrete and easy to understand.
It is also interesting to note that every near death experience is going to be different depending on the person and what they need to see, learn and experience.
While there are definitely some core themes in all near death stories, it seems that even in the afterlife, our perception of things is different and based on our own personal experiences.
Cherie and I spoke for nearly 2 hours on all things relating to her experience in the afterlife.
You can read about her full experience in the book, God’s Fingerprints (Cherie’s story appears in Chapter 8), but here are my top 8 takeaways from our discussion-
1. People around you can feel your aura.
Your aura is an electromagnetic frequency that surrounds your body. It can be seen, but it can also be felt. When someone says they are getting a “bad vibe,” they mean they are somehow connecting to another person’s aura and picking up on his or her frequency.
2. Everyone is intuitive.
There is nothing special, weird, or unique about being intuitive. We all get feelings, sense, and thoughts about things. Intuition is basically data in the world that has not fully formed yet but can be experienced through a sixth sense.
3. Psychic protection is essential.
Psychic protection is a way of holding your energy and retaining it as your own. It’s important to psychically protect every day, whether through meditation, visualization, or protective crystals.
4. Ghosts are real but rare.
Occasionally, the spirit of someone who dies elects not to enter the spirit world. They may decide this for a few different reasons, including being scared of going into the light or even not knowing they have passed away. However, 99 percent of lingering spiritual energy is positive, not spooky.
5. When people die, they get a new perspective on their lives.
When someone crosses over, they see the world through a new perspective. Each lifetime in the physical plane, if lived correctly, leaves the soul enlightened. When we go to the other side, we become enlightened, especially through the process of having a life review. So don’t be surprised if the deceased have some really important messages to pass on to you.
6. Psychics can sometimes be wrong—and that’s OK.
Even though I myself am psychic, I have readings from other psychics, too, and psychics can be wrong. As a psychic, we interpret energy, and so, of course, that interpretation can vary from person to person.
7. Psychics can see, but only you can manifest.
A psychic may see or sense things about your future—opportunities, insights, windows of chance—but only you can make these things happen. For example, I will often tell my clients I see them doing X but only if they do A, B, and C before that. You have to do your part, too.
8. Dead people love us.
When the spirit of a loved one visits us, they do it for one simple reason: because they love us. Think of it like this: If you passed your beloved grandmother on the street, wouldn’t you stop and say hi? Even though they are in another dimension, they still experience, know, and understand the world we live in, and they love us and want us to know this. So look for signs from them.
9. God first, psychic second.
I am surprised by the number of people who contact me for a reading who don’t believe in the other side or any higher power. Psychic, intuition, mediumship—all of them are mystical experiences that require a belief in Source to completely understand and embrace.
10.) Dying is Easy
The moment Cherie left her body, she said she felt surprised how easy it was. In her words, the process was as simple as walking through a doorway. It was easy, painless and instantly she felt like she had nothing to fear.
In fact, years of conditioning around being afraid or fearful of death melted away, and she reported feeling light, free and completely blissed out.
For Cherie, after she crossed over she saw herself in this ball of white light which felt comfortable, loving and very safe. She felt herself floating around in this ball of white light feeling formless and connected to everything.
11.) We Are Here to Grow
After you die, you undergo a life review where you get to “experience” all of the lives that you have lived to date. Cherie said she was made to watch and even live through multiple past lives and even her present life. The experience was so real, it was like she had to live through each one of her lives day by day.
While some lives went faster than others, some dragged on and Cherie was able to really see that it was through the harder lives that she learned and gained so much more knowledge. She was also able to see a common theme running through each of the lives being presented to her.
In that moment, Cherie knew what lessons she had come to earth to learn and that if she didn’t go back to her current life, she would still have to face these lessons at some other point.
These lessons are not ones that are forced on us, but rather they are lessons that our soul wants to learn and wants to be able to understand, and earth is almost like a “testing ground” for these lessons.
It was after this realisation that Cherie decided to head back to her body.
12.) Death is Not the End
While floating in this beautiful, formless state Cherie understood that death was definitely not the end. She still felt very much “alive” but just in a different way. She wanted to communicate to her family that she was still around and that she still felt very connected to them.
While she wasn’t there physically, she was very much present with them and knew that the relationship she shared with each of her family members and friends would continue to grow and develop even in the afterlife.
13.) There is no Space or Time
According to doctors, Cherie flatlined for over 90 minutes. After this, Cherie was kept alive only by a life support machine. While her situation was critical for many days, during her travels in the afterlife, Cherie felt like she was gone from the human world for many years. In her mind, it was like she had been away for a very long time.
Cherie said that in the afterlife there was no time and no space. This is very difficult for us to understand from this earthly realm, but everything felt expansive and time could not be measured like we do on earth.
14.) Communication is all Telepathic
After moving through the white light, Cherie found herself surrounded by six higher beings all dressed in black. She felt very comforted and loved by these beings and knew they were there to help her, but they just seemed to be standing there.
Cherie instinctively knew that they were communicating telepathically, but she had to learn how to quiet and still her mind in order to hear them. While it was easy for her to do this, she still had to learn this new form of communication.
(Yes, it seems that even in the afterlife we still need to learn how to still and quiet our minds!!!)
Once she had learned how to keep her mind still, she was able to hear the beings asking her if she wanted to continue or go back to earth.
As she was feeling extremely blissed out, Cherie decided she wanted to stay in the afterlife, but before accepting her decision, the beings wanted to show her a life review.