“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.”
“We went up very fast and in the blink of and eye we were in this wonderous place of bright-colored landscapes. There were beautiful plants and grass. All of this was alive, like they were conscious plants. (That’s the only way I can describe it.) It was a place full of joy that even the plants were happy.”
“She felt as though she were taking a gentle journey down a river. She heard beautiful music. She felt a degree of peace and joy such as she had never experienced before.”
And here are the links shared by a very kind commenter, Andie Kirkdale:
Carl G. Jung was a world-renowned psychiatrist at the time of his near-death experience. “It seemed to me that I was high up in space. Far below I saw the globe of the Earth, bathed in a gloriously blue light.”
His experience is shared in his book, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, but excerpts can be read at NDERF.org
“So beautiful was his light, words cannot express. His light was like the rising sun. And like the sun, he rose up from behind the mountains into the sky. Love poured into every part of my being and my soul was revitalized.”
Akiane is an artist who began a serious effort at creating art at age 4. By age eight, her art could clearly be described as professional level. But the fascinating part of her story is how she was inspired to create her art… and the subject of two masterpieces that have opened the eyes of many to an image of the Savior that is recognized by many who have had near-death experiences.
“I was exhausted so I went to my room to sleep. What happened next is difficult to put into words. I felt as though I was in a timeless place. I felt incredibly peaceful and surrounded by an essence that was beyond love as we know it in human form.”
Andrew was riding his motorcycle with his friends in a park when they found themselves running into each other in a head-on collision. While in the air, Andrew had a remarkable out-of-body experience.
Mary Anne was in a car accident that killed her. And she met God.
Erin was dying in the hospital after complications from giving birth to her child, and met a man she supposed to be an angel, who told her incredible things she’d never forget. But when she met the man later, on earth, he seemed to have no memory of her or the incident.
When David Oakford found his life full of misery and depression, he turned to alcohol and drugs for help. But his cry for help went too far when he overdosed, and found himself out of his body. And while some (including David, at first) might consider his expansive experience a massive drug trip, he came to realize that this was much, much more than that.
“I’m not afraid of death or dying. I don’t even care how I die. I have a promise made to me by the Creator, the moment my mission in this existence is over, I will leave immediately and I don’t care how I go out. I just want to go home.”
Sharon’s book is called, Becoming Starlight: A Shared-Death Journey from Darkness to Light
After her heart collapsed, Nancy died—but for a time, didn’t know it. She heard people visiting in the other room, and it wasn’t until she went in to see them that she realized that some of the people were relatives who had long since died.
“A year later I was talking to my grandmother about falling and walking around and seeing everything green, and holding my head and laying down. My grandmother said, ‘You fell off the roof and you never got up until the paramedics put you in the ambulance’. I figured she was just old and couldn’t remember because I knew I was walking around…”
Dianne Morrissey was electrocuted, and died before she hit the floor. And her spirit, looking down at her body, had the chance to go on and see marvelous things… things that made her not want to come back.
Did you have a house in the spirit world with your own bedroom? Spencer did. In fact, Spencer’s account suggests that we all had such a place, designed uniquely for us by Father.Today we read a sample of Spencer’s experience from the book, Visions of Glory by John Pontius.
After sharing the experience of Victor from Ukraine, and a discussion of his NDE, we share a listener question about resurrection, and explore some ideas around the question.
“My presence fills the room. And now I feel my presence in every room in the hospital. Even the tiniest space in the hospital is filled with this presence that is me. I sense myself beyond the hospital, above the city, even encompassing Earth. I am melting into the universe. I am everywhere at once. I see pulsing light everywhere. Such a loving presence envelops me!”
“It was Easter Monday. Early that morning I sat bolt upright in bed. My husband asked me what was the matter. I exclaimed, ‘Jesus, I’ve seen Jesus!’”
“[My heart] Lub-thump… lub-thump… lub—(silence)—came completely to rest . I could immediately feel the blood flow slow down, then completely stop in every part of the body. In that first second, I became detached from the body and hovered within and around it.”
In response to a very kind listener’s call, we talk about the music that near-death experiencers hear in the spirit world. Lani Leary, whose experience we shared in a previous episode, heard beautiful music in heaven, and some time after her return found herself mesmerized by the work of Iasos in a piece he wrote …
When Sherry’s son died, she was devastated. But four months after his death, Sherry had an experience that assured her that her son was both okay, and waiting for her.
Bill was in a terrible car accident that left him not in pain, but rather in total comfort and relaxation. And as he left his body, he says, “I was pure energy and I was drawn to a huge white and golden light that seemed to encompass the whole universe.”
Chen’s NDE carries some interesting insights about the connection of the spirit and the body. After experiencing a tunnel, and then a place of warm, loving, learning, Chen was able to control his physical body sufficient to keep it alive until he was able to get back in.
Kesha was in a pretty bad place in her life when a drug overdose took her out of this world, and into the next. But, like the beloved Christmas Carol character, Ebenezer Scrooge, Kesha found in her experience motivation to make a change.
My grandma, Leola Curtis, felt sick one day and went to the hospital. Despite all the tests they ran, they couldn’t find the cause of her illness. Yet she worsened, unable to keep anything down. And during the six days she spent in the hospital, she weakened, and finally passed out.
That’s when her experience began…
Lani Leary went to the dentist (sad to say, after reading so many dental NDEs, I’m a little less comfortable now getting dental work done!), had an allergic reaction to the nitrous oxide, and died. And floating over her body, rather than feeling sad about her death, she felt compassion for the poor dentist, who was nearly panicking. In this episode, we share her experience.
Bonni Burrows had several near-death experiences—including one as an infant. But her experience as an adult offers some absolutely beautiful insights into the spirit world. The audio for this episodecomes partly from a video of a panel where Bonni gives a summary of her experience.
In her book, Embraced by the Light, Bettie Eadie shares some remarkable insights about our life as spirits before we came to earth. In this episode, we read from chapter 13, which shares potential answers to questions about earthly trials, choosing spouses/families before mortality, when the spirit enters the baby, reincarnation, and our individual life missions.
Larry was driving his wife to work, when he started suddenly feeling dizzy. After switching drivers, he passed out. The next thing he knows, he’s in a tunnel that is unlike anything he’s ever seen before.
Howard Storm’s near-death experience gives us many insights into the afterlife. But his conversation with Jesus about God’s plan to save this planet shares even more insight into this life. In this episode, we hear Howard’s voice sharing his own account of the story many have come to call, Love the Person You’re With.
Erica McKenzie was slowly killing herself. It wasn’t that she wanted to die, but she never felt that she was enough. The problem became severe enough that after taking a narcotic diet pill (which is only supposed to be taken for a short time) for nine years, it finally killed her. That marked the beginning of McKenzie’s NDE, which changed her life forever.
We share the short version of her experience on the podcast, but I also found a longer video that goes into a bit more detail, for those interested in hearing more—which I recommend. Also, her book, Dying to Fit In, can be bought on Amazon.
Raymond Moody, in his groundbreaking book, Life After Life, talks about a border that many near-death experiencers come to that seems to separate them from this life. In this episode, we read five short samples from his book that demonstrate various types of borders people come across, and the implications of crossing those borders.
P.M.H. Atwater is both an experiencer and a near-death researcher. Her book, The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences is not a repository of NDEs, but rather a kind of encyclopedia of the various aspects of near-death experiences. Today we read a few short samples from her book on the subject of four types of near-death experiences:
- Initial experiences
- Unpleasant/hellish experiences
- Pleasant/heavenly experiences
- Transcendent experiences
Do we have names in the spirit world?
With our thoughts being open, is it possible to keep communication between only two people?
Sometimes it’s the short experiences that have answers to profound questions.
If you’ve never heard Amy Call share her experience, I highly recommend hearing her tell it. That said, the text version of her experience has details not mentioned in the video, so while I do read the text for this podcast, I recommend also watching the video.
Juliet Nightingale didn’t just have a near-death experience, she was given what she calls a “tour” of several of the realms in the spirit world. “The best way I can describe this ‘tour’ was like being in a circular enclosure of windows,” she says, “each pane revealing something different… but when I’d focus on one particular pane, I’d suddenly see the pane become full size. And I stood still—just watching.”
When Kimberly Clark-Sharp’s heart stopped, she felt great. Doctor’s shouted that they couldn’t get a pulse, but Kimberly felt better than she had in many years. The only thing was, Kimberly was dead. And if she thought being out of the body felt great, she came to learn that it didn’t hold a candle to the love, peace, and joy she was about to encounter.
Kimberly wrote a book about her experience, called After the Light:What I Discovered on the Other Side of Life That Can Change Your World
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Traci was in a terrible car accident that sent her into the void, which she describes as, “far more real, beautiful, sensical and loving than the material world I had previously thought was ‘life’.”
Anne developed an abscess that was to be surgically removed. Scarcely did they have her admitted for surgery, and her spirit “soared out of the hospital and into the universe.”
Both experiences shed some interesting light on aspects of the afterlife that are worth noting, since all of us will get a turn to die.
When does the spirit enter the body? Is it at the moment of conception, or the moment of birth? The first response I have to give is, I don’t know. But are there experiences that shed some light on this subject? And the answer to that question is yes. Both Todd Burpo’s book, Heaven is For Real, and Roy Mills’ book, The Soul’s Remembrance, provide insights on this topic that I find absolutely fascinating.
Also mentioned in this podcast is Betty J. Eadie’s podcast, Embracing Life, which, while not actively producing new episodes, I highly recommend listening to the episodes she has released.
After sharing three anonymous near-death experiences, we have a brief discussion about astral travel—whether or not it’s always what it claims to be, and just for fun, an even shorter discussion about the bell sound sometimes mentioned by experiencers.
The three experiences are taken from the archives of IANDS.org.
Laurelynn Martin was in the middle of a promising tennis career when a routine surgery suddenly threw her into the afterlife.
“As the brilliance increased and the encompassing rays stretched to meet me, I felt that time, as we know it, was nonexistent. Time and existence were a blending and a melding of the past, present and future into this one moment. A sense of all-knowing enveloped me. Every part of my being was satisfied with an unconditional love beyond description. All questions were answered. An inner peace without striving or achieving was created and understood.”
Laurelynn’s book, Searching for Home, is available on Amazon.com, and her website (which includes the gardening books she’s authored) is http://www.laurelynnmartin.com/
Is this life an experience or a test? What is the purpose of good and evil? How much choice do we have about the conditions we are born into? Diane receives answers to these questions in her near-death experience, and we discuss some of these questions further.
Today we share the experiences of Jenna and Erica, both listeners to our show. Jenna overdosed on a highly hallucinogenic drug, and saw a glimpse of her own funeral. And Erica experienced a profound shared-death experience surrounding the death of a beloved aunt.
Special thanks to both Jenna and Erica for sharing these profound experiences with us!
Pegi Robinson had two near-death experiences. The first was at age five, but it wasn’t until about two decades later that the memory of that experience returned—and when
it did, it came back strong. But if that five-year old experience wasn’t enough, her second near-death experience as an adult took her all the way heaven and into the presence of God.
Pegi’s Book is called, The Will of a Wildflower
“I was dizzy with a headache, so I went to bed. In the morning, I was awakened by my daughter. It was around 10 o’ clock. I woke up very dizzy with a strong headache. I made a little breakfast for my daughter, who would turn five the next month. Since the breakfast cereal box looked empty, I decided to toss it in the trash but I didn’t have any energy. So, I dropped it to the ground to step on it. When I stepped on the empty carton, I was sucked out to who knows where…”
Text for this NDE is from NDERF.org
While on a surfing trip, Ian MacCormack was bit by a deadly poisonous jellyfish. After a grueling struggle to stay alive long enough to get help, Ian’s body gives way, and he dies. But upon his return, he completely turns his life around—and not just because his life nearly ended.
During a kayaking trip with her husband, Mary Neal became trapped against some rocks with the intense white-water river rushing over her. As a medical professional, she recognized the ligaments tearing and bones breaking as she was twisted and pulled by the water.
But when the unexpected lack of pain suddenly found her rising safely and effortlessly from the water, she realized that rather than being the end of her journey, this was just the beginning.
Sharon Milliman had not just one near-death experience, but four. In this special episode, we interview Sharon, and talk about each of her four NDEs, as well as several other spiritual experiences she’s had.
Sharon’s experiences shed such a beautiful light on heaven, and offer the hope that not only is there nothing to fear, but that there is joy, fun, and love awaiting on the other side.
Sharon’s book, A Song in the Wind, is available on Amazon.com
Ronna Lackey had at least two NDEs, and from them, she learned the importance and value of doing family history. Often those we meet on the other side of the veil are family, and in Ronna’s case, she didn’t recognize the spirits she met. Only later, in looking through old photos, does she see the faces of the spirits she met beyond the veil.
This episode is from a chapter of Lee Nelson’s Book, Beyond the Veil, Volume II
Linda Stewart died after a long, painful illness. But then she returned. And though discussions of death were not previously welcome, suddenly she couldn’t keep from talking about her own, because during her own death, Linda had a beautiful, remarkable experience that changed the direction of her life. Completely altered her belief
system, and after putting her life completely in God’s hands, she became of great service to people by making them aware of the angels that
constantly surrounded them. With one eye still open to the spirit world around us, Linda is a great example of some of the potential after effects of a near-death experience.
After sharing Mache’s simple yet profound NDE, we discuss a listener’s questions on priesthood, temples, LGBT lifestyle, and suicide.
When a 105 degree temperature put Amphianda in the hospital, she was just feeling a little off. But after a few moments of delirium, she found herself leaving her body and entering a beautiful landscape.
After a long period of illnesses, surgeries, and finally a seizure resulting in heart -attack, Alma died. Gratefully, she returned. But when she returned, she had a story to share that she just couldn’t keep silent about.
Today we veer off the beaten path a bit. In response to a generous listener, in this episode I discuss a project I’ve been working on for the past couple years to write an album of music intended to reflect the music one might hear in Heaven. The album, albeit incomplete as yet, is called Home. …
After the suicide of his husband, Brandon suffered from PTSD, and a deep depression set in that led him to take his own life—twice. But thank heaven, Brandon returned both times. Brandon is a listener of the show, and called in to share his NDE with us.
Continuing Lance Richardson’s account, we share one of the many examples of music in heaven, as will as a discussion about religion and the near-death experience.
While some NDEs have a deeply ethereal, transcendental flavor, giving the listener the sense that heaven is without senses, but that there is nothing but flowing love and intelligence for eternity, others, like Lance’s, provide a picture that is so relatable as to almost seem mortal—albeit beautiful, joyful, and blissful.
Lynnclaire Dennis had a beautiful near-death experience that completely changed her way of looking at life. Despite initially attacking her husband for bringing her back when he revived her, her experience taught her the true meaning of love.
By now, we may understand that there is a grand, overarching plan to our life here on earth, but what about the individual plan each of us have for our own lives? What about our unique life purpose?
The NDE samples read in this episode come from Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, by Dr. Penny Sartori.
While playing in the ocean with her mother, a massive wave washed over them, separating her from her mother. Fighting for air, and unable to surface, Lisa eventually let go of the struggle, and found herself in the most loving light she’d ever experienced.
Do people in the spirit world work? Are there jobs to be done? With the help of Bettie J. Eadie’s book, Embraced by the Light, we get some clues.
How would it be to have all the answers? For a brief time, during her near-death experience, Jean seemed to have them; as she puts it, “the sum total of all ‘knowing’ or wisdom of all people for all time – past, present and future.’
Just for fun today I thought I’d share a few of the first-hand accounts of a few Hollywood celebrities who had near-death experiences. Though there are dozens to be found out there, these are the ones I could find recordings of them giving the account.
After sharing some very insightful thoughts by a listener, we share the experience of Brad, who both drowned as a child and was attacked as an adult.
But unique to Brad’s experience, because he was approached before his second experience and asked if he would like to have the experience.
In his near-death experience, David experienced seven levels of heaven. And while he didn’t give a great deal of detail (perhaps 2/5 on the detail scale), what he does say about them is… well, out of this world.
Plus we share a fun little experience of a high schooler who, in a momentary scare, has a life review.
Nanci Danison had a remarkable near-death experience. It involved an overwhelming encounter with the light that seemed to be completely independent of her senses—no vision, no sound, no sensation—but also seemed to involve the deepest part of her nature, which wanted more than anything to become utterly and eternally one (merged) with God.
In this episode, we share a recording of her experience, and discuss what it might suggest about the nature of our existence.
This near-death experiencer had 2 NDEs, the second of which came after a brutal bullying. But the lessons learned from the experience pointed to nothing but love.
Ned Dougherty had a heart attack, which killed him. Gratefully, he was revived, but upon his return, not only did he talk about heaven (including heavenly beings, the temple of knowledge, and several other amazing things), but he was given many prophecies about what may happen if mankind doesn’t follow the plan laid out before we came to earth.
What should we make of the prophecies given by near-death experiencers?
Ned’s Book, Fast Lane to Heaven, is available on Amazon.com
You might say Jonathan learned the danger of LSD the hard way—or you could say he learned it’s danger the nicest way possible. He overdosed, and had a near-death experience. To his credit, though, his NDE jumpstarted the life cleanup that helped him stop doing drugs for good.
Christianne’s NDEs are interesting—not just because she had 5 of them, but also because of her manner of telling about them. A bit of a humorist, but not one to give a lot of detail, the account comes out as a sort of hodge-podge of otherworldly experiences.
Still, I think it’s worth adding to our listening library.
P. M. H. Atwater is something of a legend in NDE study circles, because she’s written several books on the subject, and speaks on the subject everywhere she goes. And lest you think she’s doing it as some get-rich thing, it was the Light that told her to write three books. At the time she had no idea what the Light was talking about, but her mission since has become obvious.
In this episode, we share her account of her own experience—with the focus on her first near-death experience.
Also, just for fun, here’s a video that slides through several drawings or art pieces composed by people who have had near-death experiences, and have tried to draw what they saw.
Dr. George Rodonaia died. If there’s any question of that fact, consider that he was in the morgue for three days, and didn’t return from death until they began to cut him open in an autopsy.
But his memory of those three days is quite remarkable.
In this third and final reading from John Pontius’ book, Visions of Glory, we talk about some interesting aspects of the interplay between the physical and spiritual worlds.
In this episode, we share more from John Pontius’ book, Visions of Glory. John Pontius wrote this book on behalf of Spencer, who had the NDEs discussed, after over 50 interviews with Spencer.
John Pontius’ book, Visions of Glory, shares the account of Spencer, who had several near-death experiences in his life. In this episode, we share a few snippets from the first such experience, and the perspective it gave Spencer.
Paul had a simple near-death experience, but the love displayed by the four people involved was so profound that it offered not only strong evidence of the afterlife, but that those on the other side are eager to help and guide us when love is our motivation.
Pam Reynolds had a beautiful near-death experience that by viewed in a BBC interview, but here we share a more detailed account of her experiences on the other side.
Arthur Yensen, a cartoonist, was in a terrible car accident that provided him with a beautiful NDE.
Dr. Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon who got a deadly condition known as bacterial meningitis, which put him into a coma where the brain is essentially dead—incapable of dreams, no conscious thoughts, nothing
But what Dr. Alexander experiences can be called anything but nothing.
From Dr. Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven.