It’s not the end of the world, but the beginning of a new one.

Christophor Coppes –

In my previous blog post I tried to point out that our focus on our short-term self-interest has put us in this great economic and financial mess we are still struggling with, and in the environmental mess we are still ‘enthusiastically’ creating. A change towards a focus on a longer-term our-interest would really be much more beneficial.  That is what I have argued more extensively in my book Messages from The Light, which is based on many interviews with Near-Death Experiencers (NDErs).


One reaction to my previous blog post was that it is the end of the world. But my reaction would be: it is how you want to look at it. Yes, it is the end of the world as we have seen it for the last few decades or more. No, it is not the end of the world, because we will all manage to get through and will eventually create a better world. This would be a world where people would tend to be more spiritual (and probably less formalistic and dogmatic in religious matters) and more recognizant of the needs of others and of nature.


There will be a change, that is for sure. The way we are going about our daily life is unsustainable. That was demonstrated sufficiently in the recent Great Recession where we experienced the biggest destruction of wealth in peacetime ever. If we don’t change, we will experience something similar again. We will get this lesson over and over again, till we do change. An NDEr once told me that the intermission between the lessons would be shorter and shorter. She said that it would be like instant karma: “you do something, and immediately you’ll get slapped in the face.”


Fortunately, the change will be for the better. Many NDErs are convinced about this. One of them had told me about the Great Recession before it really happened. She allowed me to include her story in my book only when I would also add that, although the whole process will be painful, we will get through our problems. They are like birth pains, but we are destined to head for a more wonderful world. At this time, however, humanity is going through the struggles of its adolescence.


What will we learn? We will see that we are all profoundly interconnected. That is one of the most important messages from NDErs. We all belong to one big whole. In my book I call it “Unity Universe”. We are an indispensible part of it. Interestingly, one NDEr even turned it around. He said that Unity Universe is part of us. This just shows the great interconnectedness, and that what we perceive as someone else actually is ourselves. I am you, you are me. At this moment and in this world we don’t feel it, but once we are in that other part of unity universe (and NDErs have had a glimpse of it) we will appreciate this great truth. The consequence of this interconnectedness is that everything we do has an influence on everything. One NDEr even compared it to the law of the conservation of energy. Everything we do or think will create ripples that will travel through this unity universe and will have an effect somewhere.


More and more people will discover this truth, and we will understand that we have a ripple creating power. We cannot hide behind the idea that we are small, weak, or insignificant. We don’t have to be the president, the prime minister, a CEO or head of a department to make a difference. We are individually responsible for the ripples we create ourselves, and for the energy that these ripples represent. The best thing to do is to create positive ripples. Those are the ones that add energy to the world. These ripples are possible when we are in alignment with The Light. And The Light that NDErs see, consists of unconditional love. Looking at the world from this perspective makes things very simple: everything is thoroughly interconnected; whatever we do or think will create ripples; the most beneficial ripples to ourselves and to others are the ones that are created out of alignment with love.


From this it is very easy to see that a society that is based on an excessive focus on short-term self-interest may run into problems. As long as the self-interest leads to a win-win situation for all people and nature, it will create positive ripples and good energy. A win-win situation, for instance, is a situation where a bank grants an honest mortgage to someone who can subsequently buy a wonderful house to live in and who is able to service the mortgage. But as we have experienced over the last decades, self-interest has been understood to mean a situation where “I win, and you lose”. Many people started to believe that this was perfectly acceptable. An example is the predatory lending practices. However, this “I win, you lose” attitude creates negative ripples, and the multitude of these has turned into the recent financial tsunami that we are still struggling to recover from.


So what will change? Of course I don’t know exactly what that change will be. But what I do understand from NDErs is that we will have to take a next step in our development by stopping to focus on ourselves and, instead, start focusing on a longer-term our-interest. When we create opportunities for others or when we allow others to improve themselves, we actually do it for ourselves. In the end, they are us in this unity universe. In practice it would mean, that we should invest in people and in a better environment. To make this point, I could give a few examples where the present situation is unsustainable.


Here is one with respect to our environment. The developed world uses an excessive amount of resources. For instance, if everyone would live like an American and would use an equal amount of natural resources, we would need 4.5 earths. However, we only have one! I have no solution, but I am convinced that we can do better, without giving up our quality of life.


Here is an example with respect to the distribution of wealth. There is a vast inequality in the world, but let’s stick to the inequality in the US. Over the last decade the median incomes in the US have stagnated, and probably have decreased due to the Great Recession. Nevertheless, the economy has grown. This means that the very rich have become even richer at the expense of others. Actually, since the sixties the income inequality in the US has gotten worse and now ranks with countries like China and Russia. At the same time education has become more costly. Going to college is becoming more and more out of reach for average Americans. For the first time in history many Americans have less education than their parents! However, to remain competitive, the US should increase education for all Americans.


These two examples show that there are great challenges for us. It requires a change of thinking to meet them. Once we have really changed, people will look back and say: “It is easy. Why didn’t we think of that before?” The change starts within ourselves, when we realize that we are thoroughly interconnected.


Messages from The Light, published by New Page Books, EAN 978-1-60163-138-1. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and many other booksellers.


About the Author

Christophor Coppes
Christophor holds a PhD in economics and worked for many years at the University of Groningen and in the banking industry. He was both in a commercial position with a French bank as well as in a supervisory role at the Dutch Central Bank. Currently he is still working for this institution, monitoring the developments in the international Financial Markets.

During his career in the financial sector he never lost his human interest. This resulted in writing a book based on the real story of how friends and family lovingly looked after a terminally ill Aids patient and helped him through the final stages of his life.

His disgust over the biggest single massacre in Europe after the Second World War in Srebrenica, in 1995, made him write a book about the real experiences of one of the victims, a Muslim girl who became translator for the Dutch UN soldiers.

His conviction that Near-Death Experiences are true spiritual experiences dates back to 1979 when he read Raymond Moody’s Life after Life. A few years ago he wrote a book in which he compared the essences of NDEs with those of five world religions. His conclusion is that the true essences of the five religions can be found in NDEs, but that not all the essences of NDEs can be found in each individual religion. In 2008 he became president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in the Netherlands.

Christophor demonstrates his social engagement through his work as board member of the society for ‘Worldwide Dentistry’. He participated in dental projects for underprivileged school children in Kenya, Cambodia and Nepal. He lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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