In accordance with my promise, I will now relate the steps by which we move from bodily life into eternal life, in order to show how a person is revived. The explanation is based not on hearsay but on my own personal experience.
I was brought into a state in which I was unaware of physical sensation–almost into the condition of someone who is dying. My inner life and thinking remained unimpaired, however, so that I would perceive and remember what was happening. I underwent the same experiences as those who have died and are being revived, when their breathing is at first consistent with continued life and then falls silent.
Heavenly angels were present, occupying the area of my heart, so that I seemed to be at one with them in my heart. We were so close that at last hardly anything of my own remained to me besides thought and the perception that comes with thought. This lasted several hours.
In this way I was removed from communications with spirits in the world of spirits. They assumed I was departed bodily life.
In addition to the heavenly angels occupying the region of my heart, there were two angels sitting at my head. I perceived that this is so for everyone.
The angels sitting at my head were completely silent, communicating their thoughts only by the face, so that I felt something like a new face come over me–two new faces, in fact, since since there were two angels.
When the angels perceived that their faces are being mirrored, they know the person is dead. See the next two blogs for more on this.
from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1, Sections 168-173