Blessing in Disguise: Another Side of the Near Death Experience
By Barbara Rommer
“Tony said: ‘I was in the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It had a pure, pleasant, fresh, clean smell. I was pain free and totally happy. There were beautiful flowers of vibrant, vivid soft colors. A stream of crystal clear water was flowing down the mountain, the top of which protruded into the clouds.
“Tony felt that it was Saint Peter and four other robed people who escorted him up that mountain. When he stumbled several times, Saint Peter asked him: ‘ Do you have a problem? You keep hesitating. Would you like to go back?’
“Tony answered: ‘Yes,” because his wife, Pat, and his family needed him. Saint Peter told him that he might go back, but the he would be returning on a specific date. He was also told of a mission that he was to accomplish.
“He would never tell Pat either the projected date of his return or about his mission. Two-and-a-half years later, on August 29, Tony went into spirit. Two years after that, Pat was finally cleaning out his drawers. She found a small piece of paper, tucked in the back, with Tony’s handwriting. It said: ‘Return date; August 29.”
Excerpt (beginning at 2:55):
“I found myself sitting up in this big ball of light. The room was nothing but light, bright light. I was shown things and taken on a journey. Now whether the whole thing was a product of my illness and imagination or delusion, well, that could be one argument, except for one thing: everything I was shown, and everything that I learned, actually transpired 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, even 50 years plus later. In fact, I was shown a whole panorama of the major events in my life up to the age 59. It only went to age 59. Where I was living, who I was going to marry, the Vietnam war. The whole thing unfolded. And it was unfolded with such love, and compassion. It was letting me know that there was pain, there was suffering, there were things ahead, but in the end, I would get through these things.
“Now the only thing I didn’t understand about this experience was I kept seeing in this light these two numbers. They were either two numbers or a number. I kept seeing 29 and then the 2 would flip over and look like a 5 so it was 29 and 59. I didn’t know if I was supposed to be dead at 29 or dead at 59 or what that meant…
“I came away with a sense of what my dharma was going to be and what my purpose was. At eight years old, that’s a pretty heavy thing… I came away with the sense that no matter what I was loved, I was embraced. And there were people… there was intelligent force that was looking after me and I felt like it wasn’t just one, but it was multiple. I felt that same force, that same energy when I was in Vietnam and other times in my life when I really needed protection. It was there for me. So I saw the house I was going to move into and the woman I was going to marry, which turned out exactly true, right on…
“So I went through my life wondering what this 29, 59 thing was all about. When I went to India, I had a major heart attack and fell off a 50 foot cliff… When I came back [to the states], I went to an American doctor, a heart doctor, and I went, “What’s going on? I’ve got all these problems with my heart and I spent 50 years as a vegetarian. 3 or 4 years as a vegan. I meditate every day. I don’t drink alcohol of any kind. I don’t smoke. I don’t do any drugs or dope. I get good sleep. I exercise.”
“He looked at me and he said, ‘Well, in your case, if you hadn’t been doing all that all these last decades, you would have been dead at 29 instead of looking to have a heart operation just before you’re 59.’
“So then it dawned on me that the 29 and 59; here he’s telling me that I should have been dead at 29 based on my genetics and I’m lucky to make it to 59. I put it together. I’m in my early 70’s and reflecting back on that, I totally understand what he was saying.
“Sometimes, you have to go through things in your life — suffering, pain, all kinds of things — but, in the end, there’s always something that’s wrapped up in that as a gift; there’s always a lesson, the beauty of it.
“All that I’ve been through has taught me compassion, taught me love for others, it’s taught me respect for God, for life, for other people. I realize that I’m loved. And not just by fellow people because I don’t know how many people actually love me, but I’m loved at a deeper level.
“I try telling those people out there that are fed up with everything, when I counsel people on the suicide hotline, or veterans, you’ve got to look at this thing at the bigger, broader, universal vision. You are loved. More than you’ll ever realize. And when you have a near-death-like experience, or a near-death experience, that’s the one aspect of it — you may forget about everything else; you may not understand anything else — but that’s the one thing you do understand; it’s the one thing that you do remember; it’s the one thing that keeps you motivated for the rest of your life. You know you are loved. Because you are loved beyond any capacity that any person can give you. Trust me on that. We are all loved.”
“How did you love?”
“What did you do to help others?”
“I was shown that we were at a crossroads. I experienced this in 1968. I was told there would be an unemployment growth that would spread across the globe. Everything was flourishing at the time. I was told about a plague that would spread all over the world. And I was shown everything that could happen on Earth if we didn’t change — and this ‘if” is of critical importance. It’s our piece of freedom in a way. I was shown that things are unfortunately happening these days, as earthquakes, environmental issues, tsunamis, etc. But what I saw, and what worries me the most, is the emergence of unbelievable violence. This violence scared me. We are all somehow responsible for it.
“There I saw what my life would be, when I come back, between the moment when I come back, and the moment when I finally leave. I would be put on many trials and suffering. I saw myself crying many times. I asked myself: ‘What have I done to God to deserve all these trials and sufferings?’ I was told that before I was born, I had accepted all of this because through them I would grow. There was some selfish part of me which made me ask: ‘May I be given in one life what I have to live in other lives on this Earth?’ because for me the Earth is a real hell and I did not want to come back. I was told that they could not give me more (weight) than my shoulders could carry.”