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In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond Paperback – December 6, 2011
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In the past year I have read at least 20 NDE books by everyone on in the field. There is an American fascination with 'proof' of life after death, You can see it in the rather bizarre Ghost hunting reality tv shows to the proliferation of every manner of NDE book or New Age / traditional spiritualist medium and psychic. Traditional religions have always promised an afterlife, usually after living a good life within the precepts or faith of said faith. Still outside of the mystical visions of a few Saints or Holy Men, the NDE is `Unknown County' to Traditional religions.
Raymond Moody's books try to take an objective medical approach to the experience; some NDE books are travel-logs of heaven; details of crystal cities, indescribable colors and sounds, spirit beings, angels or communication with God or Jesus. Most NDE experiencer's come back with a message that we are all truly loved, created by God and need to tell us that we are all, `very truly one.'
Some of the Christian NDE's see their experience as a validation of Christianity.
Anita Moorjani, a Hindu in Dying To Be Me saw, her NDE as a strictly spiritual experience. While millions of people world-wide have had NDE's, (there is even a scale or list of common NDE elements,) the fact is the vast majority of people will never have an NDE.
Other than the fact that almost all NDE'ers has a positive experience, (Hellish experiences seem to be confined to be confined to those that believe in hell), the question remains, "What do they mean?"
The three things I have been able to pull out of all the NDE books I have read are:
1. Some people go deeply into the NDE, yet never crossing into heaven or the afterlife and are sent back with a `mission.' That seems to be the gist of the Danion Brinkley books.
2. Almost every NDE book describes the realization that we are all loved, all created by God, and we are all part of a 'fabric of life, time, love, hope, family, time and creation that is indivisible and eternal.' Some NDE'ers have seen past or future lives, some have not.
3. Most of those that are sent back are stopped at a line, by a loved one they know are someone in their family tree, and told that "it is not your time" and have to return to their body. These NDE's seem to be the most common if you look at You-Tube. Yet every NDE changes the life the experiencer once they return. They are not afraid of death, reluctant to share their experience for fear of ridicule by medical professionals or the clergy, and yet are profoundly changed in the way they see life and treat people.
That to me seems to be the most important message of the NDE phenomena; if you have seen the promised land, then you live your life to the fullest. Kindness and love become a way of life. Hope and faith is replaced with knowledge and assurance.
Kim Justus in her book, In A Flash, is about an NDE plus a life. If you are looking for details about Crystal Cities, or Spirit guides you will not find it here. But her death and NDE are fascinating in that a beloved Grandfather that had passed-on, is the one that tells her she has to return to her body. This Grandfather figures prominently later in the book. As Kim lives her life to the fullest, she come to find out more and detail about this man, his life, often in miraculous ways. More importantly Kim was open to `big miracles in small places.' Kim's involvement in the story of Tom and Bob is an impossible series of coincidences that bring healing to father and son that is more important than the type of music playing in heaven or the color of the flowers or the names of your Guardian Angels.
Kim is very candid about her early wild life, drinking, drugs, ambition and money that so often blind us when we are young. Truth be told, Kim did come back with a mission; the Brain Aneurysm that almost killed her, lead her to seek out others that have survived the condition and work with a foundation to help those suffering from the condition and the after effects.
It you want to read about and NDE, plus a life, I highly recommend In A Flash.