"Hi Bill, I saw your comment that you're attracted to this site for the support, that non-NDE'ers don't understand. I run an IANDS chapter meeting each month, the closest one to Los Angeles. We meet in Tustin the 2nd Sat of each…"
Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Because of spammers trying to sneak into this network, and because we would actually like to get to know you, we require you to write a few sentences about yourself. What kind of work do you do? What kind of interests do you have? How long have you been interested in near-death experiences? Etc.)
Use to work extensivley in music business designing. Have always been an artist searching for my own style. Since my NDE I've found it and now I can't stop painting.
Have you ever had a near-death experience (NDE)? If so, please tell us a little bit about it.
My NDE was on January 9, 2008. I was going to go paint that morning and stopped to gas up the car. When I went into pay Istarted to feel sick, there was no way I could paint. I was having a stroke, tho at the time I wasn't aware what was going on. I barely made it into the house. Really started to get sicker. Felt I should lay down but instead of going to my bed I layed on the floor. My body started going numb. I have to say enen being sick, this was the best feeling I've ever had in my life. I don't think there's any drug that could give you this feeing. It was like being wrapped up in the softest, warmest blanket ever. It felt great! I remember closing my eyes. It was then I lost all track of time. The next thing I remember was a bright white light then a voice telling me not now, go back, wake up and call for help. I did just that. Guess it just wasn't my time but I would have gladly went. Since this I had no contact with my family, talk to just a few friends. I'm extremely into animals and their feelings. The one thing I've really noticed is I can't stop doing oil paintings. Sometimes I'll work on up to 5 at one time. Just can't paint them fast enough. I did 100 paintings last year and plan on doing 150 this year. I'll post some of them.
Has a friend of family member of yours ever had a near-death experience (NDE), near-death-like experience (NDLE), shared death experience (SDE), or other spiritually transformative experience (STE)? If so, tell us a little bit about that.
Why did you decide to join this network?
Been looking for NDE support. Friends just don't understand.
Hi Bill, I saw your comment that you're attracted to this site for the support, that non-NDE'ers don't understand. I run an IANDS chapter meeting each month, the closest one to Los Angeles. We meet in Tustin the 2nd Sat of each month, 1-4pm. We have a speaker each month, usually someone who's had an NDE or spiritually transformative experience. Our next meeting is July 14th. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Let me know if you'd like me to put you on our email list to receive monthly meeting notices with description of who will be speaking that month. There will be no spam, don't worry. :)
I think that you are correct that your late fiancé wants to contact you and that you are on the verge of a break through. I think that your wanting to visit with him is because that both of you are desiring communication.
What helps me with spirit contacts is to keep the heart and mind open and to not allow the physical brain to say otherwise when promptings and telepathy start coming. What helps me is to remember that the spiritual world is not physical. One doesn't "hear" from the spirit as one hears from the physical. Spirit contact is often softer, lighter, gentler, and can seem "imaginary" and not "real." I think that little children are more open to spiritual communications and what we might think are "imaginary friends" are, in fact, benevolent and significant Beings for them.
What has helped me in doing my part to facilitate spirit contact is meditation, or clearing the mind. Monkeys-in-the-tree-tops, physical thinking drowns out the subtle, spiritual contacts. I remember being in a cemetery where my brother-in-law is buried. I asked him what he might have to say to me. Until I could clear my brain of extraneous chatter, I couldn't "hear" him. Clearing my brain and waiting with him for a little while, his message came through distinctly and unambiguously but very softly. He communicated two words: "I care." The communication was definitely different from the brain-chatter. There was confirmation in my mind that this was my brother-in-law.
Pretty amazing story Bill. My fiance died last June and I feel like I am on the verge of making contact with him...not sure how I am to do this but I think it's happening. I loved your ND story..thank you for sharing and your magnificent art!
Your updated profile and your paintings in slide show format gives the viewer and reader a better understanding of who you are, Bill. Better understanding of those who have had NDEs makes a better world. Thank you for making the physical world a better, more beautiful, and more loving place to spend one's physical existence.
Welcome to the site Bill! I Love your paintings that you posted and admire your talent and would love to be so blessed as you. A couple weeks ago my husband and I embarked on a year long journey in our long bed truck and camper and due to the storage space available, I have had to be selective in what I chose to bring with me. I chose, a few books, journals, my camera and art supplies which I have been collecting for years in hopes of one day unleashing my own God given talent. Haha, I have no idea what God has given me since I have never made an attempt to produce anything. We are currently camping at an RV resort in Mexico off the coast of the Sea of Cortez and today while strolling the beach, I came across a pile of fist sized shells and have decided they will be my first canvas to attempt my hand at Art. Wish me luck, or should I say talent.
I understand what you mean when you write of the need to communicate with others who have had NDE, or have an interest. I look forward to future talks and more postings of your Art.
I'm so glad you added additional comments here on your page and also added the paintings. They are really nice! And thanks so much for "friend-ing" me. I want you to know that what you have written, the paintings that you've posted, and being friends has warmed my heart right now and you have given me a smile that passes understanding. It's 8:30 p.m. here in Pacific Time, so it must be around 11:30 back East in Pennsylvania. I'll say good bye by hoping you have a relaxing and restful night. Oh, and please take care; we need you around on earth for a while!
It's nice to read that your NDE has helped you find your own style of painting and that you are really into your painting now. I hope you'll post some of your work. I know that I'd like to see some of your art. Would you please tell us a little bit more about your style? There are other members who have also acquired creative arts since returning from their NDEs. I think that my area of art is in creative writing and being able to better understand what others are trying to communicate and what's behind or beyond their words.
What I find intriguing is that creativity and spirituality are both functions of the right hemispheres of our brains. My sense is that, once an NDE occurs, the NDEr's right hemisphere is activated more than before an NDE. Along with creativity, intuitiveness is centered more in the right than the left hemisphere of the human brain. I think that NDErs are more able to "feel with their guts" and "just know" than before NDEs.
I liked your response to the question about reasons that motivated you to join The Network. Friends not understanding is a frequent reason that folks have joined. For sure, the more you cruise around The Network and participate, the more that other members will be drawn to you and will be able to understand your NDE experiences and the things that have occurred ever since you returned to the physical realm.
I look forward to reading more about your NDE(s): 1) How old you were, 2) You in the "before" NDE and "after" NDE states, such as your values, attitudes, beliefs, etc., 3) how many of the core functions do you recall going through, i.e. OBEs, going through the tunnel, seeing The Light, experiencing The Light, seeing deceased family members, seeing a barrier over which you could not travel or you couldn't return, participating in your life review, being told you have things to do in the physical world and that you MUST return, how long did doctors say that you were brain dead, etc.
Each human being has a different experience and this is why, I think, each story helps everyone else gain additional knowledge and wisdom. Through the telling and re-telling of each story, we all benefit and we will be able to identify and understand.
Thanks so much for becoming a member and letting us all become friends.