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Your Seat Belt: You're in for the Ride of Your Life"
In 1989, after
plane took off, travel agent Shari Peterson
prepared to loosen
seat belt and take a sleeping pill.
heard a voice whisper to
: “Fasten your seat belt. You’re in for the ride of your
life.” Within minutes, an explosion tore a huge hole in the
plane’s side right next to
watched in horror as nine passengers were sucked out of the plane,
belt, though strained, held
in place. The plane plunged 1500 feet per minute toward the ocean.
Lights blacked out, and passengers screamed or quietly spoke final
words to one another. Peterson prayed
for help, and “in my mind’s eye,”
said, “I saw this hand just swoop out of the clouds ... go almost
under the side and bring the plane down gently.” The violent
descent stopped, and the plane limped back to safety in
amid the cheers of the passengers.
and Scott Degenhardt were father and son in name only -- until death
brought them together
On Valentine’s Day,
Ronald T. Degenhardt's birthday, he doubled over with pain. The first
diagnosis, gall stones, was soon changed to highly virulent – and terminal –
Ron mailed a letter to his estranged son in Florida,
Scott – saying: “I would like to be closer to you…”
But when Scott arrived in Nashville, he noticed a
striking difference in his father -- whose life had once been a chaotic tangle
of stress, debts, alcohol and strained relationships – most of all with his
son, for whom there had never been an “I love you” or an embrace.
Somehow, this dying man, who had never been able to
express emotion, now showed his feelings freely. He exuded a spirituality and a
heightened awareness – as if a light had been turned on, and for the next two
months, the 20-year-old Scott got to know his father for the first time in his
life. And as they talked and bonded, Ron shared a mysterious, recurring dream he
was having: a man walking in the background, holding up a sign with the number
By the time the end approached – as hospital
personnel were constantly draining fluid out of Ron’s lungs while family
members and even nurses stood by crying – the healing of the father-son
relationship was complete. The strong-willed Ron, maintaining a stiff upper lip
to the last moment of consciousness, slipped into a coma.
“I love you,” Scott told his unconscious father.
“And I appreciate how you showed me the value of honest and hard work.”
Now, there was nothing to do but wait for the call.
In the early morning hours of May 30, Scott said, he
abruptly awoke to see a whitish vapor shooting toward him and then hovering in
the air. Dad!
It was Ron from the waist up, smiling, a misty body
with a see-through translucence. Then, like a tidal wave, Scott was hit
telepathically with a mass of emotions and thoughts from his father. An ecstasy
at being free from cancer’s pain – a genie free of the bottle.
Scott was happy for his father. It seemed so right. For
Scott and his Dad, thinking speeded up. A question-and-answer back-and-forth
soon escalated into a rapid-fire swapping of thoughts and emotions – how Scott
felt for his father and how much his father loved him, Scott recalls.
Gradually, Scott said, he began to take notice of his
surroundings. He thought: Is this real or a dream? Scott looked down. He saw
himself! His body was lying on the bed, eyes shut, asleep. He was half out
of his physical body, sitting up in his spiritual body. He looked at his
spiritual hands and arms: misty and translucent like his father’s form.
Terror iced its way through Scott. He didn’t know
anything about out-of-body experiences of the living, he said. Does this mean
I’m dead, too, like Dad? And if I’m not, how am I ever going to get back in
As Scott continued to look around his room, he
noticed that could “see” wherever he directed his attention, even if he
didn’t face the object with his spiritual form. I’ll try looking at
everything in the room at once, he thought. It worked.
Scott calmed himself and looked toward his father. Ron
was still there. Calm down, Scott thought. You might as well enjoy this
experience. This is probably the last time you’ll see Dad. He and his father
basked again in each other’s presence, Scott said.
Eventually, though, Scott sensed another connection
opening up – between the two of them and… infinity. Coming from the other
link, Scott heard the voices of different, higher spiritual beings, one of whom
spoke to Ron. “They’re calling me now; I have to go,” Ron said. Ron’s
spiritual form swooshed off in the direction of an opening, and then the
connection closed up, Scott recalls.
Scott himself lost consciousness, and the next thing he
knew, he was sleeping -- awakened by the ringing of the telephone. Scott’s
mother Kathy came to his room. I know what she’s going to say, but let her say
it, Scott thought to himself. “It was the hospital,” she said. “Your
father has died.”
“How do you know that?”
“He was just here. I was talking with him.”
Ron died at 12:15 a.m., May 30. Scott thought about his father’s recurring
dream of the man with the placard marked with the number “30.”
For weeks, the afterglow and elation of Scott’s
mystical experience kept him “supercharged.”
“There was never the slightest doubt that I was out
of my body and saw my Dad. There is a difference. When you’re out of your
body, thinking is much faster and clearer than even on your good days, and your
senses are much sharper. Things are so readily understood that it’s hard to
misunderstand,” Scott said.
“We do resurrect after we die. We do have a better
life waiting for us. It is far better than we can imagine.”
|John Ronner published his
first magazine article at age 15. As a longtime newspaper reporter,
John won awards from The Associated Press and other news
organizations. Since the mid-1980s, John has spoken with hundreds of
people about their experiences. He has discussed his findings in
interviews with The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other
publications and in appearances on such national programs as The
Phil Donahue Show, The Learning Channel, Sightings, and the NBC
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Angel? Five Possible Signs You Have One
A 1993 poll by Time
magazine provided one of the most detailed looks at how Americans view
angels. About two thirds of respondents reported that they believed in
angels. Nearly half said they had a guardian angel. In fact, about a third
declared that they had experiences with their angels. The great majority
described the angel as a superior, non-human being -- the classic
religious angel. But a minority, about 15 per cent, disagreed. They
considered an angel to be a departed human being.
How can you tell if, as
the popular TV show put it, you have been “touched by an angel?”
You may have a strong
feeling to do or say something – even something that seems illogical at
the time – which later turns out to be correct course of action. 10
nights in a row, Cincinnati office worker David Booth had nightmares of an
American airlines jet flipping over and crashing down in a huge fireball.
Every night booth woke up crying. The FAA took his dreams seriously and
tried unsuccessfully to identify the particular jet – figuring it was
either a Boeing 727 or a DC 10 from Booth’s description. Booth never had
the nightmares again after May 25, 1979. On that day, actress Lindsay
Wagner, TV’s Bionic Woman, had a strong negative premonition as she and
her mother were about to board an American Airlines DC-10, Flight 191, at
Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Wagner canceled the pair’s reservations.
Seconds after takeoff, one of the jet’s engines broke off, the jet
flipped over, and crashed, killing all 273 aboard in a horrible fireball.
Well, you may literally have been touched. Some report physical
contact. A South Carolina businessman accidentally fell overboard in the
middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The
boat’s skipper realized some eight miles later that he was gone,
executed a perfect 180-degree turn and miraculously found the victim nearly an hour later, still treading water and floating – but
at the end of his strength. As he sank at the last moment, as often
happens during a rescue, the businessman felt hands grip
him, support him and propel him to the boat, where he collapsed. On
regaining consciousness, the businessman thanked the skipper for jumping
in to save him. The helmsman was surprised and informed the businessman
that he had been in the water alone the entire time.
You might see a
dazzling being of light – the
angel in its native glory. A 9-year-old Iowa farm girl accidentally locked
herself in her father’s refrigerated meat truck. Some time later, slowly
freezing to death, she shut her eyes and prayed for God to “take” her
to relieve her of the painful hypothermia. Through her closed eyelids, she
noticed a light. When she opened her eyes, she saw two shimmering columns
of light – beings of some sort – that glided to her side, levitated
her and carried her to the locked door, which now opened by itself. She
was deposited outside in the hot August sun.
You might hear voices
calling to you. In 1989, after her
plane took off, travel agent Shari Peterson prepared to loosen her seat
belt and take a sleeping pill. But then she heard a voice whisper to her:
“Fasten your seat belt. You’re in for the ride of your life.” Within
minutes, an explosion tore a huge hole in the plane’s side – right
next to her seat. She watched in horror as nine passengers were sucked out
of the plane, but her belt, though strained, held her in place. The plane
plunged 1500 feet per minute toward the ocean. Lights blacked out, and
passengers screamed or quietly spoke final words to one another. Peterson
prayed for help, and “in my mind’s eye,” she said, “I saw this
hand just swoop out of the clouds ... go almost under the side and bring
the plane down gently.” The violent descent stopped, and the plane
limped back to safety in Honolulu amid the cheers of the passengers.
There are other
telltale signs, but perhaps the most common indication could be a
meaningful coincidence or “synchronicity.”
In 1799, a suicidal William Cowper hailed a London taxi and asked to be
taken to the Thames River, where he secretly planned to drown himself. In
thick fog, the cabbie wandered aimlessly, finally giving up the task as
hopeless. He confessed to Cowper that he was too lost to even get him back
home. Cowper stepped out of the cab and suddenly realized he was right in
front of his home! He went inside and composed a church hymn still often
sung today: God Moves in Mysterious Ways His Wonders to Perform.