I’ve written about how near-death-experiences (NDEs) bear witness to the spiritual realm. So do the pre-death experiences of those who aren’t pulled back from the brink. They are another class of eyewitnesses to a supernatural realm that exists alongside the material universe.

Dr. Pam Kircher of M.D. Anderson works with the terminally ill. When she noticed some of her patients talking to deceased relatives, she thought they were hallucinating—until she performed a simple test:

I would interrupt the conversation with Aunt Sally. I’d ask them their pain measurement on a scale of one to ten, or ask them what they had for breakfast. And they could tell me. They were polite; they would stop the conversation with Aunt Sally and tell me very logical answers to these questions, and then go back and talk to Aunt Sally, who of course was much more interesting than I was.

A person who is hallucinating cannot be pulled back to reality. … They’re gone. They are not going to tell you what their pain level is. They’re in another stage of reality. But my patients could be pulled back.

Almost all of us know family or friends who “saw” someone or something otherworldly before leaving this one. Even the scientifically-minded Steve Jobs may have been so blessed according to the eulogy given by his sister and published in The New York Times on October 30. It concludes:

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

What do you suppose the inventor of some of the coolest devices on Earth saw that made him say, “OH WOW?”


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