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Great story. More and more, people are simply accepting these kinds of things as fact, not "woo-woo," as you say. These stories are being woven into ordinary media accounts not as something particularly strange but as just part of life.

BTW, Michael, I am now reading Chris Carter's book "Science and the Near-Death Experience" per your recommendation, and it is indeed great. Thanks!


"Finally, it's a story of forgiveness - the father asks the rescuer to pass on the message that the driver who caused the accident should not be hated for what he did."

Assuming the driver didn't cause the accident consiously he isnt even responsible,cause and effect is in play.

Great story though,I admire people who help out in times of real need instead of people who hold a door and think they done enough for the day.


Thanks for shout out of links, Michael. Unnecessary! But I thought if you were going to do a blog on it, you might find the extra research useful, if you hadn't gotten to it yourself yet. It is an inspiring story!

"Assuming the driver didn't cause the accident consiously he isnt even responsible,cause and effect is in play."

One news story said it's possible the driver had a seizure, though this hasn't been confirmed.

from the opinion piece:

"Johnson's wife is a psychic; she told her husband Kotowicz came to him because he was the last person to be with him."

i have a feeling that this would be used as an in for the skeptics out there.....

i'm afraid that i'm too cynical to not overlook this. i want to believe but it seems like for every thing that i've read there's always something that would leave doubt as to the validity of the event. the skeptic side of me just won't go away! i'm always struggling and always on the sideline....

when my grandfather died back in Feb. My dad and I arrived at the hospital an hour too late (we came straight from airport- from Florida). the taoist priest who performed the 'departure' ceremony (Taoist's belief of afterlife is very commonplace in Taiwan) said that we should talk to him as he just died and that he could still hear us. I mumbled and said whatever i could, but i just didnt think he could hear us.

A few days later, while in the car with family friends, someone brought up about how my dad didnt even talk to him when he saw his body (my father's father). i snapped back and said that it was bunch of crap that he could hear us- no scientific basis whatsoever... my mom's friend, who was driving at the time, then said that he never believe in such things either, but when his own mom dad, he had an experience. It's a Taiwanese custom to leave the body at the home for 7 days (although not practice as frequently now). The priest who was behind the ceremony told him that he should leave grains of rice scatter around the altar (the altar is set up in the living room, with the body in the middle, and there's space between the altar and the body). On the 7th night, he was the only one in the house (he being the eldest son- again, tradition). when he woke up in the morning, he noticed there were footprints in the grains of rice on the floor.

knowing him, i know that he wouldnt say that just to make us feel better. he told us the story to let me know that there are things that are just simply beyond our own understanding and that perhaps there are reasons for following the custom and for things that we were told (that the dead can hear us hours after their death).

i guess i need to experience it firsthand so i would even contemplating crossing over..

some correction and note. my dad and i flew back to Taiwan from Florida as we found out he was very ill. also, at sixth paragraph, i meant to write, 'but when his own mom died..'

gotta start proofreading what i write before i post!

From my perspective having read many ADC accounts, it's nothing that new in that I've seen plenty of similar stories in media that specializes in spiritual matters but I suspect for many people this maybe the first time they've heard of such a thing.

I have noticed many ADC visions occur while the person seeing the vision is in bed (I'm excluding ones that occur while asleep because those are hard to verify at times). I know at least one skeptic has tried to explain the vision as a result of being in a state between being awake and asleep where humans are more susceptible to hallucinations. But then again, that doesn't explain verdicial cases of specific information getting passed on or even knowledge of future events. Assuming ADCs are communication from the deceased, could it be possible it is easier to communicate to the living from that state? I recall someone once saying sleep is like the sister of death, almost as if there is a relation between the two.

The other thing I wonder about how ADCs work is the who gets to see them and the time intervals of them. As in this case, only the rescuer got to see the deceased (we are told his wife, who is a psychic said because he was the last alive person he saw) and he has to pass a message to the deceased's family. It almost seems like a limitation of sorts, and I have heard of ADCs where the deceased only makes it to one living person and then that living person has to bear either the burden or joy of passing messages from the deceased. However, I have also heard of ADC accounts where the deceased makes visits to multiple people, so I just wonder exactly how the nature of this communication works.

With regards to time intervals, I also wonder why the deceased in most cases only gets one short visit with the deceased. If the living and deceased were regularly able to communicate (such as for the remainder of the lives of the people the deceased knew), I think there would be less skepticism out there.

I hate to do this, especially after just seeing how amazing this story is but I wonder if there are other explanations for this. Could Johnson have had knowledge of ADCs before hand (there are a fair number of books on the subject) and decided to fabricate the story of the dead driver visiting him to win fame for himself? If he writes a book about the incident? It's hard to do, but I still think we should apply some critical thinking here.

I love it!

Off-topic, but equally inspiring, is this story out of France, which I officially certify as a genuine miracle:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101102/ts_afp/francechildrenoffbeat

"Could Johnson have had knowledge of ADCs before hand (there are a fair number of books on the subject) and decided to fabricate the story of the dead driver visiting him to win fame for himself?"

A person who is that self-centered probably wouldn't risk his life by entering a burning car that might explode at any second. That's how it seems to me, anyway, and one of the reasons I tend to trust this guy.

"Off-topic, but equally inspiring, is this story out of France, which I officially certify as a genuine miracle:"

I like the last sentence in that story: "We were closed yesterday but the mechanical device for closing the awning wasn't working."

Having experienced an After Death Apparition of my father (approx. 20 minutes BEFORE the telephone brought the actual news) back in '95, I can strongly attest to the life (and death) perspective change which develops from the occurrence. The change is permanent, the effects NEVER leave you. I read about NDEs and the nature of Mind for IN-formation, not CON-formation. There is an ever-present sense of certainty which has a clarifying influence on priorities and values. I would not be at all surprised if this happens to the heroic rescuer. It CAN have a disruptive outcome on personal lives when concepts of achievement and life goals become jettisoned, no longer aligned with the values of family and friends. This result seems even more acute for Near Death Experiencers, as Sandy can clearly testify. As for our hero, I can only hope that the positive results outweigh the negative consequences.

The opinion piece "does not exist or has been disabled".
I hope that is is temporarily disabled due to the election coverage. If anyone happens to have a copy 'n paste saved, could you post it? Legally?

"his wife is a psychic"

I, too, let a a small groan when I read this, assuming also that skeptics would jump in it and say, obviously, they are already delusional, or scam artists.

I also tend to thing, as Bruce, that the type of person who wants fame would't be someone who would throw themselves into a burning car. They would be more apt to play the bystander who leaps at the opportunity to tell the story to the police or the news.

I would like to think he isn't a phony. Perhaps, when he speaks to the wife, there will be a follow up story and perhaps something in his message will contain some information that could have only come from the deceased.

I spent six months in Europe with nothing but what I could fit into one carry-on bag and a small shoulder bag. Everything else went into storage. And quite of the few of the things that started out in that carry-on bag got mailed back to the States because I just got tired of carrying them.

That's most interesting, Mr Buy Online Rx.

I spotted you a couple of times on your travels.....correct me if I'm wrong... but you were the one in the grass skirt and lime green wellington boots combo... with a pink plastic bucket on your head.
The two worried looking men in white coats behind you...did you know them ?

I too noticed the same thing, and it raised the usual red flag of "uh-oh"....:-)

It's not that I think he's fabricating it - or a fame hound - I think his actions, as pointed out above, indicate otherwise.

He may though, (and it appears he is) be VERY predisposed to "magical" thinking, I believe there are several references in the article to god and a grand plan (I read several other articles on this story after reading the link above) and while I may personally be sympathetic to that view as well, I think that has to color a little bit, the story overall.

MUCH more important though - a GIFT for Art:

http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/breaking/2010/10/20/fermilab-scientists-to-test-hypothesis-of-holographic-universe/

The Holographic Universe is making a comeback!

"In 2008, Fermilab particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan made waves with a mind-boggling proposition: The 3D universe in which we appear to live is no more than a hologram."
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Thanks Felipe. I'm not the only crackpot that thinks like that. I'm in very good company! And as of yet no one has been able to explain away to me the mind boggling connection between NDE's and what one might expect in a holographic universe. When Dr. Ken Ring used to teach a class on near death experiences at the University of Connecticut "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot was required reading. So for me it is irrelevant what Dr. Sam Parnia turns up as evidence in his AWARE study. Until someone can explain away the amazing connection between NDEs and the holographic universe I have a high degree of confidence that NDE's are exactly what they purport to be, visits to some other dimension, and most likely the the holographic film which our present universe is projected from.

While it doesn't have to do with the holographic *Universe* theory, it seems to me that Art is interested in holography in general to warrant having this piece posted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11685582

"you were the one in the grass skirt and lime green wellington boots combo... with a pink plastic bucket on your head. "

Dave, you really should treat our new guests with more courtesy. I mean, what if he never visits us again? ;o)

Geez, I do hate those spammers, though! I've got my own blog and spend half the day trashing their garbage.

But thanks for the smile!

"Having experienced an After Death Apparition of my father (approx. 20 minutes BEFORE the telephone brought the actual news) back in '95,"

Kevin, how lucky you are to have had an experience like that, and the spiritual certainty that it can bring. Had your father been ill, or did you have reason to expect that he might pass on soon?

There is a woman at our church, Geraldine, (about 70 years old?) told me that when she was in high school her grandfather died and a couple of days after he died she saw him in the doorway of their house.

Geraldine also told me that one time she was feeling really down and depressed and she was lying there in bed and she told me she felt "the Lord's hand" slip in between her two hands (they were lying under her head) and it gave her great comfort.

Another guy at our church, Todd (about 44 years old) told me that when he was about 8 years old he was hit by a car and had a near death experience. He said he can still remember the love he felt while he was there. He was angry that they sent him back.

Our preacher, Darryl (53 years old), told me that one time he was working on an electrical box and shocked himself and he hit the ground and he popped out of his body and saw himself lying there on the ground.

Another guy at our Church, Cecil - age 67, when he was in high school was out in a pasture and there was a great big old tree out in that pasture. He said it started storming and raining so he got under that tree to keep dry. He heard a voice in his head that said "run Cecil run!" He didn't move, then he heard the voice again, "Run Cecil Run!" He still stayed under the tree and then the third time the voice shouted at him "RUN CECIL RUN!" so he took off running and when he got a little ways away from the tree he looked back and a bolt of lightening hit that tree and it exploded into pieces. He said if he hadn't run he would have been killed.

Another woman at our church, Pam, was at the bedside of her little nephew, Chase age 11, when he was dying from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. About 1:00 am in the morning Chase came out of his coma and said to his relatives surrounding his bed, "do ya'll see all the angels in the room?" Then he laid back down and slipped back into his coma and died at 4:00 am.

Like my momma used to tell me when I was a boy - but didn't believe her then - "truth is stranger than fiction!" Now that I'm a whole lot older - I know that she was right.

Bruce: Our father had been diagnosed with myelodisplasia (secondary & unclassified) in the early spring. His doctors said that weekly white cell transfusions would likely make him survive thru Christmas, so we knew he had a terminal condition. He was at the hospital receiving his scheduled transfusion (accompanied by my sister) in July when an undetected pneumonia (he'd been a smoker since age 16) overtook him. Despite being in the best place for receiving immediate emergency care, he passed on. Because my sister was on scene throughout, we were later able to pinpoint the time as corresponding with the apparition I experienced some 35 miles away. So, while we knew he was terminally afflicted, we ALL expected to be spending one last Christmas with him, as per the estimates of his doctors. I should note that the disease, properly called myelodispastic syndrome(s), is quite rare, a leukemia-like bone marrow disorder. The same disease took Carl Sagan.

You're not wrong to call the result a "spiritual certainty", but the changes resulting from the experience are simultaneously a blessing and a challenge. The challenges are seemingly the most important part of our lives, to judge by what NDErs tell us regarding "life review", the difficulties and tribulations that no one can avoid (I can speculate that the notion of reincarnation would probably guarantee that everyone gets to experience what is "needed" by whom/what-ever it is that decides). After that, who knows? A state of perpetual development? An actual "endpoint" of navel-gazing omniscience? I can't say, but even with this brief response, you can see how your sense of perspective becomes SO open that one challenge can be in simply trying to remain "mindful" in this life moment, and offer what help I can to others while trying to "stay IN it". Many of Sandy's comments resound very deeply for me.

I wish I had experienced an ADC. I often wonder why my grandmother never came to see me, as she loved me and my brother so much. I remember a friend of the family telling me that he woke to find his mother sitting at the foot of his bed telling him that she had passed and not to worry. He got the phone call minutes later. He was an old man, and there was no reason for him to lie.

Thanks, Kevin. I'm still struggling to figure out where I belong in this life. Sometimes I wish that my experiences would go away, but then there are times when I'm not having them that I wonder if I'm OK.

The past few days I haven't been able to connect to others the way I normally do. I've been feeling under the weather, so maybe that's to blame. Not seeing the lights is very disorientating for me. I guess I don't know how to be normal.

Funny thing is, I did see one ghost yesterday. It was a lady named Ruth. Ruth's sister is in her 80's and lives alone except for a little dog that keeps her company. Now that the weather is getting colder she has trouble getting out and doing things. Anyway, Ruth asked me to check on her sister who it turned out needed some help looking after her dog yesterday.

I took Robbie (the dog) for a walk, which was something his owner wasn't feeling up to doing. The dog was happy, the ghost was happy and the little old lady down the street was happy.

So even though I'm not getting much in the way of my usual weird stuff coming through this week, the one ghost I did see was one who really needed to be seen by me.

Whatever the ups and downs of these experiences are, it just seems like you don't always get to have the ones you want to have, but you do get the ones you need to have.

Sandy, that is facinating!

"Because my sister was on scene throughout, we were later able to pinpoint the time as corresponding with the apparition I experienced some 35 miles away."

Thanks for filling me in on the details of your great story, Kevin. These are common occurrences, really, but I always enjoy hearing about them.

"After that, who knows? A state of perpetual development? An actual "endpoint" of navel-gazing omniscience?"

Maybe both. Since what we call "time" is only one way of experiencing things, maybe we're actually on our journey and at our destination simultaneously. Or, as Art, our resident holographic expert, might say, we're both a tiny piece of the puzzle and the Whole Thing.

Just for the record, Art isn't that into reincarnation at all. Not at all. I believe the evidence we have for reincarnation is real enough - it's just the story that we've made up to go along with it isn't quite right. Something else is going on. I'm thinking that the only thing that reincarnates are the memories and not the "soul" itself. Young kids tuning into a different station until their own sense of "self" solidifies, or hypnotized adults tuning into someone else's story - like watching one DVD and then stopping it for a bit and watching someone else's DVD story for a while. And as far as those physical manifestations? Just a case of "thoughts are things and consciousness creates reality." and yes, it's a holographic universe thing.

Everything else went into storage. And quite of the few of the things that started out in that carry-on bag got mailed back to the States because I just got tired of carrying them.

Men's health, thanks for sharing that remarkable story. Clearly, one of your main life lessons this time around has to do with separation.

I think what Men's Health is saying is, "You can't take it with you."

It's a metaphor. Very subtle.

No idea how the spambots homed in on this blog, but clearly they are here in force and cannot be stopped. And I for one look forward to serving our new insect overlords.

"And I for one look forward to serving our new insect overlords."

Yes, I guess it's bad enough that they've invaded our space. But when we begin to argue the deeper meanings of their messages (as we're doing now) we're in trouble. :o)

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http://www.hplusmagazine.com/editors-blog/precognition-real-cornell-university-lab-releases-powerful-new-evidence-human-mind-can-

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