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ABOVE ALL ELSE by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld which was recently published by Skyhorse Publishing in New York.  Click here for more details.

EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION:

I was in a plane crash.  The plane was carrying skydivers.  16 out of 22 people on board were killed at the crash.  I have no memory of it and was in a coma for over a month.  When I woke from a coma I had no idea where I was or what had happened.  But there was one crystal, clear memory in my head. 

That memory is written in complete detail as the opening chapter of my book ABOVE ALL ELSE which was recently published by Skyhorse Publishing in New York.  Excerpted from his website at www.aboveallelsethebook.com

It wasn’t a dream. It was as real as any real-world experience I had ever had. I could remember the entire thing, every action, every word, and every thought.  It went like this: I was in free fall. Almost as if I had just appeared there. I love free fall, and finding myself there at that moment seemed natural. I was at home, at peace, part of the infinite sky. But after a few seconds I noticed that this wasn’t normal free fall. It was quieter. The wind wasn’t blowing as fast. I wasn’t descending.  

A gentle breeze was suspending me. It was okay, it was fine. I was floating, flying, but it wasn’t   right. What was I doing there? I wasn’t afraid. I felt safe, but confused.  I looked up and saw James flying down to me just as if we were on a skydive together and he was “swooping” me. His  expression was that silly, playful smile he so often had in free fall. He was obviously was not confused at all. He knew exactly where he was and what he was doing there. 

He flew down and stopped in front of me. Still with a smile on his face, he asked, “Danny, what are you doing here?” I answered, “I don’t know.” James said, “You’re not supposed to be here, you have to get back down there.” I began to get a grasp of the situation. I asked him, “Are you coming with me?” His expression changed to one with a hint of sadness. He said, “No, I can’t.” I tried to persuade him to change his mind, “C’mon, James, we were just getting started. You gotta come with me.”

James raised his voice, interrupting me. “I can’t!” It was obvious that the decision was final. It seemed as if it wasn’t his decision. He continued with a gentle smile. “I can’t, but it’s okay. There are more places to go, more things to do, more fun to have. Tell my mom it’s okay. Tell her I’m okay.” There are more places to go, more things to do, more fun to have. Tell my mom it’s okay. Tell her I’m okay.” 

For a few seconds we just looked at each other as I accepted this for the reality it was. He changed his tone and spoke with some authority as he gave me an order. “Now,” he said, “you need to get back down there. You need to go get control of the situation.” 

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  Plane crash

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No    

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I was in a coma.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness   I am very conscious of the memory.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I could see everything as clearly as normal

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I could everything as clearly as normal

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Peace, confusion, comfort, happiness, sadness  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
I spoke with a friend that was killed in the plane crash.

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)?   No  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   Yes   A friend that was like a little brother was killed in the plane crash.  He came and spoke to me.

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   No

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   No

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   I came to a definite conscious decision to "return" to life
My friend told me I had to go back.  That I wasn't supposed to be there.

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   Yes   My deceased friend told he was okay and that there were more places to go, things to do and fun to have.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   Only to the point that since something exists after we die there must be some kind of God or "Force" involved.  Or so I think anyway.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   I interpreted the experience to mean that there is some kind of universal connection.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes   Only that we should take control of our lives and situations here on earth.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   Yes   Only that we should take control of our lives and situations here on earth.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   Yes   That James came to speak to me was an act of love on his part.

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   Yes   Only that there is much more to our "lives" than what we experience here.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   Prior to this experience I believed, or at least wanted to believe, that there was more.  This confirmed that and changed that from a desired belief to a proven belief.

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience?   I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience   This is the only memory I have over a period of about two months.  

My experience directly resulted in:  
Moderate changes in my life

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
Yes   Confirmed beliefs I hoped were true.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No       

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  I shared it with very few people.  First was my deceased friend's mother because he asked me to tell her he was ok.  I told her as soon as I was able to talk on the phone.  For several years I only told a couple of other close individuals.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   No  

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   I did and do believe it to be completely real.  James spoke to me to help prepare me to wake up in the new world I would be entering.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   I did and do believe it to be completely real.  James spoke to me to help prepare me to wake up in the new world I would be entering.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No     

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes