I can’t do research right now, but I just got so excited having a conversation with Lou about life after death, which I’ve made a study of for some years, that I wanted to dash off a note before lying down again.
I wanted to tell the story that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross told to her audience about a very unusual event in her life. For those who don’t know Kubler-Ross, she probably single-handedly turned around the view of death in the medical community, as far as it has been turned around.
She described the five stages of grieving and has greatly expanded our knowledge of and empathy for those who are dying.
I attended her talk at a very large auditorium perhaps in the early nineties. I can’t remember the date now. There were easily 5,000 people in attendance, lightworkers all.
She said that she had received a phone call one day from a man who said that he wanted her to come and give a talk at a conference on such-and-such a day and he was sending her airline tickets. She said she was busy at another conference that day and he said he would send her the tickets anyways.
She thought that a little presumptuous and filed the tickets away when she received them.
As it happened, something occurred to have her own conference cancelled. When that happened, she contacted the person again and agreed to come.
He picked her up at the airport and drove her to the conference. She entered a room where a circle of people sat, each with a tape recorder. She sat in the middle with the conference organizer.
He told her to wait and, in a minute or so, a majestic spirit materialized in the room. Everyone turned on their tape recorders. He explained to her everything that had happened in her life leading up to the present day. He told her the inner significance of it all. He explained how she got to the conference.
He informed her that her life would now change and that she had a mission to complete. It was to be her task from now on to convince the world of the reality of life after death. He said that her entire life to this moment had been a preparation for this.
I should add that, though Kubler-Ross worked with the dying, she had no great familiarity up to that time with any of the material on life after death. She was a medical doctor and concerned herself only with making her patients comfortable in the time before death.
After the spirit spoke to her in front of the audience, he then asked her to accompany her into a separate room. He spoke to her there of matters she would not reveal to us. She said she was profoundly impacted by his words. The spirit then disappeared and she went back out into the main room. The man ended the conference and drove her back out to the airport.
Her story of her encounter with the spirit was so electrifying that the audience gave her a long standing ovation. Her talk included the story of her life up to that moment (she did as much as a number of people might do) and some very moving descriptions of some people’s final moments. It was one of the best talks I’d ever heard in my life.
I haven’t followed her career since that day. I recall that she worked with Robert Munroe at his centre for out-of-body travel. But it isn’t till this moment that I noticed that I don’t know what she did after that. That part of it has never been important.
I know what her talk did for me.
I was permanently inspired by it and it was a large factor in having me write a book about life after death. Even though that was the only time I saw Kubler-Ross, she remained one of my heroes throughout my life.
I’m so moved by that event that when Lou referred to Raymond Moody and what he had found, I felt I had to describe it.
OK, that’s enough. Back to bed.