During the third time meditating, suddenly, I was out of my body and hovering in a golden light pulsating in vast space. I felt like I was floating above a Grand Canyonish space. Everything was pixelated in brilliant colors, similar to that which is seen on a computer screen; however, at the time, we didn’t have personal computers. It was beautiful. Then I was aware of energy waves passing through me one after the other, similar to when you float in the ocean near the shore. Each wave was so pleasant. I realized that this love, light and energy are God, the other side. I knew I had gone to the other side. At that moment, I knew there was no need to search or question my life anymore. There is life after death. I also knew that I didn’t need to get involved with all the new gurus trying to sell their way. I was told my purpose in a thought form, which was that I am here to paint and be an artist, and to focus on that, not waste time, and get back to work.
Suddenly, I was back in my teacher's apartment, kind of in a pleasant shell-shocked state of mind. I told her what had happened and she smiled. (My close girlfriends ended up on communes that were not of great integrity and they got messed up on drugs for a long time.)
Though I would not call this meditation a near-death experience, I know that I was brought to the same type of place described by so many NDErs. I was shown that life after death exists, I have a purpose on earth, and I need to embrace all the wonders and lessons that this beautiful, earthly life provides for us…and keep painting!