Returning to Church

FAQ:  What was it like to return to church after you healed from your coma?  

Like many people, I went to church for a lot of reasons, including community, charity, social involvement and interesting sermons. The first time I stepped foot in church after waking up, I was overwhelmed by gratitude.  I was invited to light an advent candle and the spiritually transformative awakening I felt in that religious setting shocked me into the reality of the ideals religion points to. I felt keenly aware of God’s presence, and thus—immediately, necessarily—keenly aware of God’s love. It’s incredibly moving, and it’s just one of the ways my experience helped me understand the fundamental truths that underlie all religions.


Fear of Death


I’ve done a lot of interviews since PROOF OF HEAVEN launched, and have been blessed to speak with everyone from local radio hosts to New York Times reporters, from Japanese documentarians to Oprah.  After a while I noticed the same questions coming up again and again. Some were about my specific story; others were about what I had learned and how it could apply to others’ journeys.   These questions were shared across all ages, countries, genders, and life experiences. No matter who we are or where we’re from, we all feel a pull to learn more about our purpose.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on some of these questions with you.  They’re in no particular order, but they are all real questions that reporters, readers, and interviewers have asked me over the last two years.

FAQ #1:  Has your experience changed your fear of death?

My experience showed me that death is not to be feared. It is not the end of our relationships with the others. It is not the end of our conscious awareness. At the same time, it also made me even more conscious of how precious life is.  We exist to contribute the most good we can, and to experience all the joys, and learn the lessons we are to learn (and teach others) from the challenges and hardships in life.  I know that the truth of my experience—that our consciousness (soul/spirit) is greater than our physical incarnation, and continues beyond death—holds for every living being.


Welcome – Feb 2014

Ever since I started sharing my story, and especially since the release of my book, Proof of Heaven, people have pulled me aside after meetings and presentations to tell me about their own experiences. It often starts the same way: I’ve never told anyone this before, but…

The opportunity to hear those stories and share in the spiritual learning process of others is the greatest gift Proof of Heaven brought me. It has helped me to understand more about my own experience, and to see how different aspects of truth are revealed to each of us, like facets of a gem. It also revealed how difficult it is for most people to talk about spiritually transformative experiences, and how few opportunities modern life affords us to openly discuss questions that truly matter — the ones about life and death, and about who we are and what we’re meant to become.

That’s part of why I’m so excited for the launch of my new website at It’s a way for folks to reach me, but it’s also designed as a safe space for those curious about spiritually transformative experiences (STE’s), near-death experiences (NDE’s), and phenomena related to non-local consciousness to learn with and from each other. This website is not a one-way street; it is the beginning of a networked community of researchers and open-minded thinkers who will together expand the boundaries of knowledge beyond what mainstream materialist science has yet dreamed possible. Whether by reading, signing up for the newsletter, or — most importantly — submitting your own story, you are most welcome to join us as we take the first step.