“After that, I remember I saw the most beautiful garden I have ever seen, I saw my cousin who died five months ago in an abortion operation…”
“And I laughed, ‘THIS IS IT? THIS is what everyone is so afraid of???’ I laughed the same as I hear myself laugh now inside this thing once again. I was still ME, just not in this.”
“I remember being taken to the hospital and wondering why. At the time, it seemed like I was sleeping because I was on top of the ceiling looking down at myself. Mind you, I was only three years old and all this was really cool.”
“God asked me, ‘How did you serve your fellow man?’ I told him that I did not know. Just then, my soul filled with my entire past, and almost instantly, it was over.”
“If you are allowed to return you must put your vow first above all else. Do this and all that you need and even desire will be added to you.”
“What I experienced was that I was a tiny object of myself traveling with very high speed in dark space with a light”
“Then he said something to me like ‘Well, you won’t get too many chances to recover from something like this again. You must be much more careful in the future or you won’t be able to do what you have to do and that won’t be good.’”
“They told me, you are where you wished, we waited for you. It was gorgeously good.”
“I had a flashback of all my past life. One would have said slides bombarded at full speed without interruption.”
“I traveled through space at great speed, once I had lost the fear of going with it. I saw a light and I went into it. It was wondrous light that engulfed everything; there was total knowledge and love.”
“I died for about three or four minutes eleven years ago and entered this other dimension that I took as being Heaven, certainly an afterlife. It was really beautiful, with gardens and fountains and small, countryside hills. The people appeared in Greek or Roman dress, very comfortable with white robes and sandal type shoes.”
After sharing Kay’s experience, we share some listener comments and questions relating to religion and the near-death experience. And we discuss the power of using the edge effect to get the most out of both NDEs and religion.
Mentioned in this episode were these past episodes:
“Eventually the tunnel let out onto a platform with a marble floor. There were various people milling about in grey hooded robes. One of them came up to me and introduced himself as my guided. The architecture of the place I was very Greek in style with columns and such. I don’t believe it was heaven or hell.”
“I had the feeling that I was asked very gently to make a choice between living or not living.”
“Sometime during my unconscious phase, I found myself thrown near the edge of a swirling mass of beings. All the beings around me were very black and the atmosphere was one of depression and resignation. I was being pushed along very fast by the swirling mass of beings, some looking like walking skeletons. I had the feeling that, as we were moving round, we also were moving towards the outer edge of the swirling mass where these beings simply fell off the edge into nothingness or death.”
“The voice said again much more clearly, ‘Go back, it’s not your time.’
“I then thought, ‘No, I’m going to see my mother and I don’t want to go back.’
“I preceded up to my front door and as I was about to open it the voice changed into my mother’s voice and said even louder, ‘Go back, it’s not your time.’
“I then said, ‘I don’t want to go to school; I want to stay here with you.’ I tried to open the door.
“Then the voice said in a stern voice, ‘Go back to school now!'”
From Nellie’s Experience: “I was at the light and then I was stopped at a barrier. I looked at the light and I experienced an overwhelming flood of peace, joy, and unconditional love. I knew that God was behind that light, and there with Him was everything we could imagine – beautiful, good, just, merciful, and righteous, in a far greater measure than the human mind can conceive.”
From Dot’s Experience: “A higher power is showing us a mission to do. We are looking in the table. It’s Earth in there. The higher power shows us two ways to accomplish our mission: one of which he prefers us to do, the other one he isn’t crazy about, but it seems that the main thing he is interested in is whether we will we do it the way he asks, yes or no. We have free choice.”
“I then entered some other dimension and was greeted by people who I feel were my relatives or at least were absolutely overjoyed to see me and greeted me with overwhelming love.”
From Rhonda’s experience: “I came away feeling that must be total contentment. Jesus sat down under a very large tree and they all knelt down in front of Him.”
From Stefan’s experience: “I had total consciousness, I knew the answers to everything, why it was the way it was, and why it has to be the way it did in some cases.
“I know I was thinking about the riddle of cancer, and suddenly I knew how to cure this disease with very simple means. I know I was thinking it seemed funny that nobody had thought of this cure before, which was as self-evident as it actually was. I knew everything about the universe, how it was once created and why it all worked the way it did.”
After an overdose of opioid medication, Joe found himself falling to the bed, unconscious. His experience, which for a long time he assumed to be a dream, clearly fits the description of a near-death experience. As a listener to the podcast, Joe shares a recording of his own voice sharing his experience.
We also share the questions of a listener about finding an NDE searchable database, and several questions about the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints to which I belong.
Briefly mentioned in the last questions was my book, The Second Coming and the Second Commandment, which is available on my books and music website.
Today we have the great blessing of interviewing Chris Batts’ about his remarkable near-death experience following his suicide.
In addition to speaking about his near-death experiences, Chris now works to inspire others, teaching suicide prevention, and encouraging people with his Youtube Channel. His book is soon to be released, and anyone interested in learning more from Chris, or want to ask questions about his experience, can reach him through his Youtube channel or his Facebook account.
“I was swooshed into a place with 4 robed beings. No wings. There was Ethereal, beautiful, whiteness everywhere. They spoke without speaking. Like a chorus…”
“The trooper about turned white and said, ‘That was no dream you had, what you described is exactly what happened.”’
In today’s episode, we share some comments and experiences shared by listeners. Included is the question of how much commentary you would like with the podcast. Is it fine like it is, or is it too much?
“I describe myself as flying fast through a sequence of sceneries that seemed unlimited, peripheral vision, I’m observing the journey…
“I am the journey.”
“I popped out through the top of my head, through the wall of the house (the bed was set against the wall), stood up and spoke to a white cloud-like, human-shaped figure outlined in blue (I’ve now come to understand that that was one of my guardian angels).”
“What I distinctly remember to this very day, is firstly a flashing of beautiful scenes, fields, oceans, dolphins, horses, and everything racing. Then suddenly I left the earth as such entering into a tunnel spiraling upward…”
“I saw a bright light through a tunnel, I went to the light; as I was going to the light I saw tiny lights all around me. I remember feeling at peace and the feeling of floating…”
“I did not see God (or Jesus either for that matter), but it seemed like God was looking over my left shoulder. God said, ‘Go back'”
“It was at this point that I was having out of body experiences. I felt as if my body was on autopilot and I was floating above it and totally aware of what was happening but not being at all concerned about it! I felt very calm and peaceful and as if nothing mattered any more, in fact quite euphoric!”
In this anonymous near-death experience from IANDS.org, the experiencer describes communicating with a musical note. She says, “Then I heard a musical note. I knew it was telling me to go back.”
Devon Loomis is a relationship coach with a Youtube channel where he shares his relationship advice. Today we play for you his remarkable account of his brief but profound near-death experience.
In answer to a listener question today about what happens in the afterlife to those who have done very regrettable things, we share the experience of Ana, who dies while giving birth to twins, and finds herself on the other side.
Today we discuss the topic of out-of-body experiences, and after sharing a listener experience on the subject, share the account of Pepe, who has met several people in his daily life that have had OBEs.
“‘How is that girl in the next room? Is she okay?’
“When I said that, a nurse who was nearby who was carrying a tray of syringes and other objects dropped it on the floor. She then went and got the specialist who had been looking after me and they started to whisper. I could hear what they were saying, the nurse kept repeating ‘how does she know that?'”
“The next thing I knew was that I was rising up from my body toward the ceiling. I knew my body and other people were below me, but I kept looking up. I stopped near the ceiling light; it was next to my face, very bright. Next thing I knew I was outside over a river…”
“I found myself still in my seat but outside the airplane to the left in a very large room brightly lit with curtains draped all around the walls from floor to ceiling the seat appeared to be on a raised part of the floor with two steps down. Across the room to my left, some steps led up behind the curtains, which I presumed was out of the room. All the light came from this point and was much brighter from behind the curtained ‘entrance’.”
“I had a feeling that everything was okay even if it was beyond what I could understand. I did feel a gentle breeze moving me upwards. I had the feeling that everything was alright. I felt really good, benevolent, full of love and compassion.”
“I was given total and absolute knowledge about ALL things instantaneously!”
“Then the room started to fade away and this light took the shape of a tunnel that surrounded me; at this time I was being pulled at a high rate of speed and there was somebody with me, I felt safe and loved and at peace.”
I want to offer special thanks to Troy, a listener to the podcast for bringing this story to my attention. Oliver’s NDE is incredibly insightful, and offers an incredible perspective on how God can both love us, and seek to correct us when we’re off track. Shared in his own words.
We also had another listener comment by Stephen T. McClard, who’s insights we discussed in a previous episode. Stephen links to his page, https://bhaktisattva.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-essence-of-enlightenment-and.html.
Thanks, Stephen and Troy for your comments and thoughts!
Recently we shared the experience of one of our listeners, who nearly lost her four-year-old son, and her shared-death experience at that time. Now we get to hear the rest of the story—her son’s account. And though they didn’t tell each other of their individual experiences until the son (Jake) was in his twenties, when they did, they realized how profound the whole ordeal really was.
Today we share the NDE of David Bennett, Author of Voyage of Purpose: Spiritual Wisdom from Near-Death back to Life
“I was zooming down the center of a huge tunnel-that seemed to be lit from inside the walls of it. I could tell I was actually moving because the tunnel walls had a spiral effect to them. I remember thinking how beautiful it was and was amazed how I could be suspended in air flying so fast down the center of this huge thing.”
“Suddenly, all I saw was light. Not bright light, but soft, comforting light. I don’t know how to explain it, like I said, it is too big for words; there was a peace coming over me. Rest, peace in its greatest form. No worries, no problems, no bad feelings, no black thoughts. Only peace. Bigger than when you’re in love, greater than when you hold your child for the first time, more beautiful than anyone can imagine. Only peace, rest, and happiness.”
Jeffrey had a particularly distressing near-death experience, where he encountered strange places, creatures, and suffering. Probably not the best episode to share with children, but one that may shed some light on the suffering we experience in this life.
“We were drinking pop, eating pizza and watching the Superman movie with Christopher Reeves where he loses his powers (Superman II or III?) I’d never seen it before. At one point in the movie, Superman is in a restaurant and he turns his back to a man who attacks him from behind. I think the man either punched or kicked him in the back and he experienced amazing pain, and maybe became paralyzed, I don’t recall now, but at any rate, the cruelty of the act, along with the sheer pain he felt, struck me like I’d been hit.
“It was odd, because I’d never felt a particular affinity for Superman (and it was just a movie). Why should I over-identify with his pain? And yet I did, so here’s what happened when I took on Superman’s pain…”
“My feeling now is that my NDE happened before my husband came and if he had not come, I might not be here today.”
“He tilted he head towards me and said ‘This isn’t want you wanted, it is?’ “I was starting to cry and replied, ‘No, it was stupid and I was only trying to get attention.’ “Then he said to me, ‘Do you see the light?’ “I looked around and far off into the distance was this …
“He asked me if I wanted to return to that body again and it took me a while to decide. He told me I would have to come up with three reasons why I should be allowed to return.”
Linda died from internal bleeding. And being an atheist, and having lived, in her words, an “extremely arrogant, vain, conceited and very materialistic” life, perhaps her surprise at continuing to exist after death was only overshadowed by where she found herself.
“The more that I looked at him, the more that I saw how long I knew him. I actually remembered knowing him even before this universe was created. I could actually see this. I looked and looked and I couldn’t see any time that I didn’t know him. I could see long before any of this stuff came into creation.”
“Suddenly, from within this being, a huge tunnel had opened up and it was beautiful beyond words. I cannot tell you what I felt. The feeling of love, and peace that I had achieved while I was passing through this was amazing! I felt myself engulfed in the passion of love that seemed to flow from every corner of this tunnel and from this being!”
Nan died in a suicide attempt. But while being accompanied toward the light, her angelic guides kept repeating, “It’s not time! This is not the right time, oh no…”
“Before I was awakened from the surgery, I was aware of being enveloped in a bright glow that had no glare—it was simply perfect.”
It was Christmastime when Paul found himself driving into what looked to be a head-on collision. Says he, “As I realized I was about to be killed, a sensation as of a swirling vortex began that enveloped my whole body, which then concentrated in my head and I exited my body through the top of my head. I literally flew out of the top of my head. I found myself traveling in an upwards direction…”
The music at the end of this episode is You Gave You, written and sung by Chas Hathaway
“Behind me… were lots of people in a beautiful garden park—maybe 60 people, and they were all excited to see me, and I was so excited to see them, almost jumping up and down type of excitement. I knew I was in my real home…”
After sharing Robert’s riveting near-death experience, in which he saw many lifetimes, we talk about the concept of reincarnation, and offer some alternative explanations for what people are experiencing when they seem to see their own past lives.
Cheryl Duran emailed the podcast with her beautiful near-death experience, and we’re so glad she did, because not only does her experiences provide some incredible insights into death and the spirit realm, but it also spawned a discussion on coming up with words to describe the ineffable.
As a young girl, Mari had a tonsil operation, which went fine, but upon being given an injection of sulphur, Mari was in trouble. Her body’s reaction put her body unconscious, but sent her spirit somewhere much, much more enjoyable…
Cristine was working in her garden when she suddenly found herself in another realm, where, among other things, she experienced the creation of everything, and a garden like nothing she’d ever seen before.
Two exciting announcements! My book is out, AND we’ve struck a partnership with NDERF (the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation).
This is not an episode—just an update so that any who would like to buy the book for a Christmas gift are able to in time for Christmas. (Just make sure to check the shipping method to be sure it’s one that will get it to you in time.)
Jeff was accidentally buried alive—which killed him, of course. But before he was rescued and returned, he visited heaven and during that visit, as he put it, “I immediately hit the floor face down saying ‘I am not worthy to be here. I should not be here’ over and over again.
“I was before the Holy Trinity.”
Donna’s NDE is an interesting demonstration of the after effects of the near-death experience. Have you, or anyone you known, experienced these after effects without having had an NDE? If so, has there been an incident in your life where it’s possible that you had an NDE but it was masked from your memory?
Anthony had a near-death experience, but unlike many NDErs, Anthony was able to keep track of time—at least as he experienced it in the spirit world. And how long was he there? Two-thousand, five hundred years. And how long was his body dead? Eight minutes.
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Nancy had a near-death experience, and says, “I went out of my body and was floating up over us. I had an urge to pass right through the second story wall to the outside and did. I hovered over the Pacific Coast Highway and watched cars passing by below. I felt extremely peaceful. After a little while I had a pleasurable urge to just shoot through space and sort of streamlined my form (although I never looked at my spirit body) and rocketed out into the cool, dark space.”
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“A voice said to me, ‘The love you give and the love you receive are yours for all eternity; you only answer for your incompletions – all the things not said or done.’ What I had seen made sense; I saw all my incompletions. Why hadn’t someone told me? I could have done it differently.”
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“At this moment, I heard a voice behind me and turned. There, standing… were two friends of mine who had been killed in a car wreck in 1983. They had been together when they were killed (as was fitting since they were always inseparable) and the three of us were closer than brother and sister. I went to both funerals and swore to myself that I would really like to have those two gals come to collect me (if that was how it was done) when I died. Well, here they were.”
Music from this episode:
And just to reassure everyone, while there will be a few more episodes with background music (they were already recorded and scheduled before I got the first feedback about the music), I will NOT be recording any more episodes with background music. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who contacted me with feedback. So far, the vote has been unanimous, and I’m happy to have the extra time back that it took to add the music. So don’t worry. After about a week of music background, everything goes back to normal!
The background music is still in its experimental stage, so let me know if it’s distracting, annoying, or too loud. It’s more work putting it in, so if it doesn’t matter either way to listeners, I’ll probably not keep doing it. Basically, let me know if you like having the musical background.
The background music from this episode is:
“While in His presence, I felt that the knowledge of the universe was all mine. All, questions were answered and made complete sense. We communicated freely, not with words, but clearly and more concise than any conversation I have ever had. I had no worries of this world.”
Music from this episode (by Chas Hathaway):
From a listener comment, we have today’s discussion on some of the lesser-discussed aspects found in near-death experience research, including Thomas’ past-life regression experience. Thomas had several experiences, and I want to personally thank him for sharing them with us. We also kick off the podcast with a short NDE by Sandy from NDERF.org
Today we get the awesome opportunity to share the experience of one of our listeners, Jim Bruton, who had a remarkable and unique near-death experience that is quite different than many of the traditional NDEs.
Jim’s website is https://www.inbetweenproductions.com/, where you’ll find the imagery Jim refers to in his experience.
Five-year-old Mark was being tended by his grandfather, who stepped out of the room for only a few minutes, when Mark discovered a bottle of “Smarties” on his Grandfather’s desk. Unable to resist the heart medication that looked so much like candy, Mark downed the bottle. By the time he discovered that they tasted nothing like candy, it was too late. Mark died.
But prior to his return, Mark visited the other side and describes what he experienced there.
“When I exited the other end of the tunnel, I was standing in a grassy field that had low gently rolling hills. There were a few large oak trees and flowering bushes. I realized I was standing on a narrow sandy path and started walking along it.”
“I later accounted to my husband what had happened to me and asked him to tell me his side of the story. I told him at times I was not in my body. He believed that had he not been there calling my name they would have lost me.”
From two listeners we get two FANTASTIC questions today: One about apocalyptic futures seen in people’s near-death experiences, and one about whether we get to be with our pets again in the afterlife. Thanks to Wendy and Delon for today’s topics!
Referenced in this podcast is Erika McKenzie’s NDE.
“As I was getting ready to ask him another question, I looked up and saw my nephew floating above the others. He was not on the right or left – he was just floating around. I asked him, ‘Richard what are you doing up there?’
“He answered, ‘It was not my time. I have to stay here until it is my time.’
“My nephew Richard committed suicide in September, 1989. I felt the hurt in my heart to know he was not able to be at peace.”
In this interview with author Nancy Rynes, we talk about her incredible near-death experience, some of the insights she gained from it, and the lessons she learned from her time in the spirit world. Nancy’s website is NancyRynes.com, and her book can be bought there, or at amazon.com.
“I am a comical person by nature so everyone was laughing, and (they) said I kept them all laughing up there [in heaven]! Anyway, I asked jokingly, ‘What’s in it for me? Will I be in awful pain?’
“He said, ‘Pain, yes. But you’ll have help with it.'”
“I could feel my spirit come out of my body and I saw my body lying there as if asleep. I was carried as if my angels, though I did not see them, far up into the heavens and at a great speed. I was taken to a place surrounded by music. It was like no music I have ever heard. More beautiful than all the best music my ears have heard and it came from everywhere.”
“I felt like I was in a tunnel, and at the top was a light. I felt like I was flying through the tunnel at incredible speed but as I was going through I could sense all the things I had done through my life and all the people I had known and loved…”
“I immediately rose to my feet, and looked at the nurse who had helped me up. She wasn’t a nurse. She was clothed in light, extraordinarily beautiful, and loving. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen, and I almost cry when I think about it.”
We also share a sample from Kim Rives’ experience that is fascinating for a number of reasons.
“At some point, a being came along and took me on a tour of the universe. I had instilled in me, creation and how the galaxies were created. I got to visit places that were advanced beyond comprehension, and yet see places that are just starting out!”
I opened my eyes and standing at the end of my bed was the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. He reached out His hand toward me and smiled and said, “Do you want to come with me now or do you want to stay?”
“After a few moments, I blacked out. The next thing I knew I was watching a kind of movie of my life. Not a whole life story as some people experience but only some great and happy childhood memories. I don’t know how long this lasted but after this I was in a tunnel and out of body. I realized that my body was behind me but I was afraid to turn around and look. But then, being of a nature that is very analytical, I began taking an interest in the tunnel itself…”
Diane Goble drowned while rafting with her husband and friends. “The next thing I knew,” she says, “I was a hundred feet above the river, looking down at the raft stuck against the rocks below…”
Diane’s book, Beyond the Veil, recounts more details about her experience. There are also several video interviews with Diane on Youtube:
“I was not seeing anything. I was petrified, and remember saying, ‘Please God, don’t let me be alone, where are you?’”
“The next thing that I saw was the most brilliant, intense light that I have ever seen.”
“There were four judges on four separate, tall benches—they were in grey robes with hoods and I couldn’t see their faces, but they were all writing. In front of them was a low courtroom bar and I immediately knew that if I crossed it, I would never be coming back.”