Raymond Moody on Robin Williams and Suicide

It is astounding to me the uproar Robin Williams’ suicide has caused, not only in the US but also in Europe. What I could pick up from Williams using remote viewing was his profound fascination with his immediate after-death experience. This high was later followed by regret for ending his life prematurely. When we know what awaits us, when we realize that the nonlocal reality we are heading for is permanent, eternal, absorbing, rushing toward it through suicide no longer makes sense. Williams soon realized that. So have all those who committed suicide but returned after having a near-death experience. They never attempt suicide again. They know the afterlife can wait. They also know that our reasons for committing suicide are, from the vast perspective of the afterlife state, unimportant and even petty. We hypnotize ourselves into believing we cannot change things, we cannot change the self-hatred, the deep sense of isolation and failure. But once out of the body, we quickly realize that the beliefs we labored under are just that, beliefs. And beliefs can be changed.

The short video below was inspired by Williams’ death. In it, Raymond Moody, the author who first popularized near-death experiences, speaks briefly about the phenomenon of suicide. He attributes suicide to mental disturbance. Actually, mental disturbance is often a strong factor, but not always. If we consider the group with the highest suicide rate, young males between the ages of 18 and 23, we cannot assume that all of them suffer from the same type of mental disturbance. We should assume, however, that young men have a particular set of difficulties with our cultural values and expectations around what it means to be a man, difficulties that are so severe that young males are unwilling to enter into the maturation process toward manhood. Social factors rather than mental disturbance are the tipping point. At the other extreme, some commit suicide with a definite purpose in mind and are thrilled to be “dead.” There is no general rule for what happens after suicide. The question can only be answered case by case.