Fifteen years ago today, I awoke from a weeklong coma due to severe bacterial meningitis from which I was not expected to survive. The medical details of the case, objectively reported by three physicians not involved in my care but fascinated by my recovery, showed my brain was in no shape to produce any dream or hallucination, yet I witnessed the most profound, detailed and transformative experience of my life. Those memories are as sharp today as if the whole thing had happened this morning. The other mystery the case report addressed was the fact of my not only surviving, but thriving, after this severe life-threatening illness when most prior such cases went on to die. I remain most grateful to my family & friends, doctors and nurses, and especially to God for gifting me with such a life-affirming experience, and my ability to return to this world and share it.
In sharing my story, the world has gifted me with thousands who have reached out over the last 15 years to share their personal stories. This deluge of interrelated reports of spiritual encounters has greatly strengthened and affirmed my own knowing of these richer and deeper truths of our shared existence. One such encounter occurred just this morning, when a friend invited me to meet her father, a 93 year old who lost his beloved wife of 43 years in February, 2023. After such a long and loving partnership, his loss at first was almost unbearable. My friend gave him my 2012 book Proof of Heaven, and he had come down from three states away to personally thank me for “saving his life.”
As often happens in these encounters, I found that he was indeed helping me. He shared beautiful stories of how when he was most distressed about her loss, that he felt her physically jump into his lap, even though that feeling was not accompanied by her physical body, but a profound awareness of her playfulness and ongoing existence. Another time, she kissed him on the lips in very real fashion, even though no physical body was there doing the kissing. A third profound physical sensation was of her holding his hand at a moment he really needed it. He radiated love and mirth, all around his sharing of these beautiful stories of ongoing connection with his beloved. The ongoing experiences with our loved ones who have left the physical plane can be most comforting and reassuring of the eternity of our souls’ connections, and of our own deeply loved souls traversing this world – we are never alone.
Given such comforting realizations, it is hard to ignore all of the turmoil and conflict in our modern world. In spite of these contradictions in life, I am optimistic about our future. That optimism is based on my understanding of the scientific data supporting the reality of our interconnected souls and the fact of these myriad spiritual experiences. As a whole, they inform us that we are all in this together, and that the binding force of love has infinite power to heal. My journey has also involved over a decade of meditative practice using Sacred Acoustics binaural beat brainwave entrainment, thanks to my life partner of the last 12 years, Karen Newell (co-founder of sacredacoustics.com). Karen has been a rich source of spiritual wisdom, much of which is revealed in her contributions to the book we wrote together in 2017, Living in a Mindful Universe. My gratitude to her cannot be overstated.
The problems of our world are largely due to the false sense of separation inherent in our predominant materialist belief system. The deeper wisdom of the quantum-informed science of consciousness bolstered by so many personal human experiences proving our interconnections that transcend bodily death – that is where I find solace and comfort. The evidence leads in one direction – towards a comforting truth that we are spiritual beings in a spiritual universe as part of one consciousness.
I am grateful to all of my fellow souls sharing in this liberating realization. Blessings to you all, and prayers for peace to all souls sharing this earth!
With Love, and gratitude,