I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where I lived with my parents and three sisters. Since I was very little my parents discovered that my learning abilities were astonishing, but that was not all. Later they also discovered that I could see and hear things that no one else could. All this seemed to be tied up with the aftermath of a near-death experience (NDE) when …
I first learned about Near-Death experiences (NDEs) during my tour of Vietnam. I was right out of nursing school and new to the Army. I was working nights in our recovery room, and a young soldier asked if he could talk with me. He said, “I want to tell you something, but you have to promise me you will believe me.” I, of course, said I would. He started to talk about a most unusual spiritual experience he had when he was wounded, and he began to cry. Clearly, his account was intensely emotional and personal. At the time, 1969, I had no idea what his experience was or what to say to him. I was extremely moved by his description of what we now know to be a classic NDE. I told him I thought it was a gift, and I hoped he could positively integrate it into his life.
One of the most miraculous aspects of many near-death experiences is the almost immediate physical healing of the body – generally from that which caused the “death” of the body in the first place. Experiencers have reported going into immediate remission from cancer, others have had tumors disappear, and trauma victims experience accelerated healing of bones, organs, and tissues. Generally, near-death experiencers report overall rapid healing after having experienced time in the afterlife.
Have you wondered how it works, and if it is related to what we call Reiki and other energy-healing modalities?
The 1st Infantry was involved with a military campaign in Vietnam called “Operation Billings.” Our helicopter had been assigned to insert troops into some very hostile areas when we received a frantic call for immediate assistance from a group of about one hundred men who were trapped and fighting for their lives. The enemy units had surrounded the group. The perimeter of this small landing zone (LZ) had partially collapsed. There was ongoing hand-to-hand combat on the edges of the clearing in which our helicopters would land.
We could tell from the voice of the radioman that they were in the thick of a firefight. We could hear the gunfire and explosions in the background as the guy yelled over his radio. They needed medical evacuation as soon as possible. We were the only available aircraft in the sector, so we turned around and raced to their location.
By some twist of fate, I have been blessed with five Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) over the course of my lifetime. At the hand of the Divine sculptor, I have become one of a rare breed – a multiple Near-Death Experiencer!
All five of my NDEs had powerful after-effects on me and altered the course of my life, both as a medical doctor, and as a spiritual seeker. Together with other Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) that I experienced – a kundalini awakening, mystical experiences, and psychic awakenings – they prompted me in 1990 to become the first Canadian Medical doctor to specialize my Psychotherapy practice in the counseling and research of persons having NDEs and other mystical and paranormal experiences.
Death is inevitable. But what is death? Is it the end, the beginning, or a transition?How we understand and view death can directly affect how we respond to the death of a loved one and how we think about our own death.
WHY ARE MOST PEOPLE AFRAID OF DEATH?
There may be as many reasons as there are people on the planet, but the most common reason is the Fear of Uncertainty – we are unsure of what will happen to us when we die.