An easy way to contact deceased loved ones according to well-known NDE’er

ImageNanci Danison’s account of her 1994 NDE resonates for me, in part because she’s so articulate and handily puts into words what might be difficult for many of us.  Also, she remembers an incredible amount of detail from her NDE, even after 20 years.  Nanci, who lives in Ohio, can’t travel due to health reasons but it is my great hope to one day have her as a virtual speaker at a future OC IANDS meeting to which she’s already agreed.  My challenge – there’s no wifi connection in the room where we meet.
In the meantime, she has many videos posted on Youtube, and there’s this article she wrote a year ago for those missing deceased loved ones during the holiday season.
Here’s Nanci……

The holiday season and year end naturally trigger our thoughts of loved ones near and far, including those who have passed on from human life. This year, why not try to communicate with deceased loved ones instead of just missing them. After-death communications are real. They have been documented not only in the popular book Hello From Heaven! by Bill and Judy Guggenheim, but also by a group of psychologists working in VA hospitals with PTSD patients.

We can communicate with our loved ones in spirit form because they, and we, exist solely within Source’s mind. We are all characters/personalities Source has designed in its own mind as portals to experiences in the physical world. Though our primary purpose is fulfilled within physical life, we continue to live and experience what we call “the afterlife” after we have left it. More importantly, our love for those with whom we have developed emotional bonds continues eternally. We can, and do, reach out from the afterlife to those still on earth to express that love. It’s just harder to be heard above the chaos of human life.

The easiest way for our deceased loved ones to communicate with us is through what we call “dreams.” I learned in the afterlife that dreams fall into three categories, one of which is not really dreaming at all. Some of our so-called dreams are literally out-of-body living. We Light Being souls within these bodies do not need rest. And it’s boring to just watch our human animal sleep. So we use our spiritual power to manifest a temporary environment, based on earth or even some other location within the universe, populate it with people, and continue to live as usual within that manifested world/dream. It is during these out-of-body living episodes that our deceased loved ones can most easily appear and speak with us–once again taking on the human form we knew and loved.

All you have to do is let go of skepticism. Before you go to bed each night, form the intention to be open to contact from your loved ones in the afterlife. Then go to sleep. Keep doing it until you hear something. Time does not exist in the afterlife, so it may take a while for your loved ones to realize you are open and waiting to hear from them.

How do you know the difference between a dream your imagination concocted and a real communication with someone in the afterlife? Watch for these factors: (a) the “dream” isn’t about the deceased loved one at all, or features a location where you wouldn’t expect to see that loved one, and suddenly the deceased loved one “pops” into the dream; (b) the deceased loved one simply stands or sits and talks with you instead of taking part in the action scenes; (c) the action stops so that you can have the conversation; (d) your loved one may look younger, healthier or happier than you remember her/him; (e) you have a strong emotional reaction to the conversation or feel like something of great importance has been communicated to you; and (f) you feel like something has changed within you when you wake up.  [Note from Robin:  I’ve read others say, and is my experience as well, that the dreams where there’s a visit, I don’t forget as I do with other dreams. Also, there’s a quality that the dream is someone more real compared to other typical dreams].  

You may not remember your conversation with your visiting deceased loved one after you wake up because the human mind is designed to forget “dreams.” But you will have a lingering impression that something has changed. The change may be merely a calmness you didn’t have before going to bed, or, it could be as dramatic as a sense that you now know what to do with your life, a burning question has been answered, or sadness has been lifted.

Thank you for being open to the messages I have returned from the afterlife to share.


Nanci L. Danison, JD, afterlife experiencer, attorney, and author of BACKWARDS: Returning to Our Source for AnswersBACKWARDS GuidebookBACKWARDS Beliefs: Revealing Eternal Truths Hidden in Religions, and the Light Answers to Tough Questions series of CDs and DVDs (A.P. Lee & Co., Ltd., Publishers). Visit me at or watch me on YouTube.

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Roger Ebert: his astounding realization prior to passing

ImageRich Martini is a writer, filmmaker, past speaker at OC IANDS about his research into life between lives documented in his book and documentary,  Flipside: Journey to the Afterlife.  Today, Rich posted the following fascinating account on Facebook (and blog) about Roger Ebert, Ebert’s wife Chaz, and what happened prior to his Ebert’s passing.  Enjoy.

Here’s a pretty dramatic “Flipside” moment, and I will endeavor to interview Chaz Ebert about it for the next book. I knew Roger Ebert, my brother Jeff worked with him at the U of I on the school paper, and Roger had given me a brutal “thumbs way down” review of my film “Limit Up” which literally killed it while it was in the theaters. I thought he’d appreciate the story about a guardian angel who helps a woman become the first female soybean trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and Ray Charles played her boss, God; I had no idea he was an atheist when I insisted to the studio that they get Roger a copy of the film for his review. One of the many errors I’ve made in my film career. (No really, it’s a fun movie; Danitra Vance, Ray Charles, Brad Hall, Nancy Allen – just hard to find.)

However, he was always friendly when I saw him at Cannes or other fests. I met his wife Chaz a few years back as well – a lovely couple. So when he was pronounced dead and then revived some years ago, he wrote how Chaz reported she heard him saying “I’m still here.” She insisted the Doctors revive him – and they did. He went on to live another four or five years with her. It didn’t change Roger’s opinion of an “afterlife” as he wrote a column about what happened – how he wasn’t conscious of calling out to her, but she was. I noted how funny it was that the proof there is “consciousness after life” actually happened to him – and to the person he loved the most on the planet – but he was blind to it. And six days ago, this appeared in Esquire, Chaz’s recollection of his final days. He was experiencing what so many have experienced – some in near death experiences – and some while under deep hypnosis as pioneered by Michael Newton and outlined in my first book “Flipside.”

Take a moment to read this description of Roger’s last moments on the planet. “The one thing people might be surprised about, Roger said that he didn’t know if he could believe in God. He had his doubts. But toward the end, something really interesting happened. That week before Roger passed away, I would see him and he would talk about having visited this other place. I thought he was hallucinating. I thought they were giving him too much medication. But the day before he passed away, he wrote me a note: “This is all an elaborate hoax.” I asked him, “What’s a hoax?” And he was talking about this world, this place. He said it was all an illusion. I thought he was just confused. But he was not confused. He wasn’t visiting heaven, not the way we think of heaven. He described it as a vastness that you can’t even imagine. It was a place where the past, present, and future were happening all at once. (

Funny how he reviewed his glimpse of the nature of reality; “It’s all a hoax.” He could have said “It’s all a movie” or “It’s all a theatrical piece” which would have been a bit more accurate (according to the research). “Hoax” implies there’s someone behind the curtain pulling the strings, and pulling something over on people. “Illusion” is accurate, but again, so is film; funny he didn’t make that connection. But when you examine the “Flipside” you find that there’s no one but you pulling the strings – albeit with help from spirit guides and other resources – but we experience events and problems in our paths because we put them there, to examine them, to learn from them – to learn compassion for others. We are directing the hoax, so to speak, and when we experience the vastness, the “stepping outside of time” that one can experience during a near death experience or under deep hypnosis, we see the past, present and future as other events to experience. And we experience the vastness, as Eben Alexander did in “Proof of Heaven” as a “glittering darkness” where we are all connected at the same moment. But don’t take my word for it; take Roger’s. Two thumbs way up.

“He was sitting almost like Buddha, and then he just put his head down.”

A near-death experiencer from conservative Jewish background

Beverly Brodsky

Beverly Brodsky

This Saturday, December 14, 2013, we are pleased to have Beverly Brodsky as our guest speaker, who will share her near-death experience resulting in a horrendous motorcycle accident.

Beverly  was raised in a conservative Jewish family in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Philadelphia. She went through her teens as an atheist. Since learning of the Holocaust at age eight, she had turned angrily against any early belief in God. How could God exist and permit such a thing to occur? In July 1970, her questions were answered when a motorcycle accident led to her near-death experience. Beverly’s testimony was included in the book Lessons From the Light written by Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaeser Valarino.  Ring described Beverly Brodsky’s NDE as “possibly the most moving in my entire collection.”

For two years, Beverly was on the Board of Directors for ACISTE (the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences), is the San Diego IANDS group leader for over 20 years.  She’s also a minister in the L.A. Community Church of Religious Science, and prior to retiring, was a systems and business analyst for the federal government for 28 years.

* See the bottom of this email for more information about Brad Breedlove, the teenager featured in the recent CNN special To Heaven and Back.


Date:     Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Time:    1:00-4:00 pm

Place:    Unity of Tustin, Tustin, CA (details below)

Admission fee is $8


We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 1pm-4pm at Unity Church of Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave., Tustin, CA.  Drive to the back of the church, turn left, and park. Enter the 2nd door you come to.

Not everyone who attends has had a near-death or spiritually transformative experience. Everyone has their own reason why this group is of interest, and all are welcome.

We meet to talk about and share near-death experiences, questions about death and dying, and the latest information from NDE research.  IANDS groups such as ours can be found in communities around the world.

Send your request with first and last name, and email address to Indicate you’re interested in being added to the OC IANDS meeting mailing list.

About Ben Breedlove from the CNN Special, To Heaven and Back

Teenager Ben Breedlove was one of three people featured in the special who shared their NDE’s. Thank you Donna Heim for providing this video link of the eulogy given by Ben’s sister, which adds inside information and insights to the comments made by Benjamin Breedlove: “The rest of the story”.

If you missed CNN’s To Heaven and Back, here is the replay: