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330 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGthe environment around them. This coincides with what hasalready been said about the Tibetan Book of the Dead:"I remember coming round from the anesthetic and thendrifting off and finding myself out of my body, over the bedlooking down at my carcass. I was aware only of being abrain and eyes, I do not remember having a body." 15A man who had suffered a heart attack told Kenneth Ring:"It seemed like I was up there in space and just my mind wasactive. No body feeling, just like my brain was up in space. Ihad nothing but my mind. Weightless, I had nothing." 162. Helplessly Watching RelativesI have described how, in the bardo of becoming, the deadare able to see and hear their living relatives, but are unable,sometimes frustratingly, to communicate with them. Awoman from Florida told Michael Sabom how she lookeddown on her mother from a point near the ceiling: "Thebiggest thing I remember was that I felt so sad that I couldn'tsomehow let her know that I was all right. Somehow I knewthat I was all right, but I didn't know how to tell her .. ." 17"I remember seeing them down the hall... my wife, myoldest son and my oldest daughter and the doctor ... I didn'tknow why they were crying." 18And a woman told Michael Sabom: "I was sitting way upthere looking at myself convulsing and my mother and mymaid screaming and yelling because they thought I wasdead. I felt so sorry for them,... just deep, deep sadness.But I felt I was free up there and there was no reason forsuffering." 193. Perfect Form, Mobility, and ClairvoyanceThe mental body in the bardo of becoming is described inthe Tibetan Book of the Dead as being "like a body of thegolden age," and as having almost supernatural mobility andclairvoyance. The near-death experiencers also find that theform they have is complete and in the prime of life:"I was floating and I was a much younger man ... Theimpression I got was that I was able to see myself some waythrough a reflection or something where I was twenty yearsyounger than what I actually was." 20They find also that they can travel instantaneously, simplyby the power of thought. A Vietnam veteran told MichaelSabom:"I felt like I could have thought myself anywhere I wanted

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