Lynn Russell's Out-of-Body
Experience and NDE Research
most of her life,
Lynn Russell (www.LynnKathleenRussell.com)
has been a student and experiencer
of a variety of spiritual phenomena.
And for 28 years, Lynn was a
professional family counselor
and loved every minute of it.
But when Dr. Jeffery Long of
NDERF.org asked for help
in researching his vast online
database of NDE testimonies,
she didn’t hesitate to accept
the challenge on the spot. From
her research of over 2,500 NDEs,
Lynn discovered profound and
consistent insights about life
and what happens afterward.
Through divine inspiration,
she published her findings in
The Wonder of You: What the
Near-Death Experience Tells
You About Yourself. Her
mission is to share these profound
insights - backed up with scientific
evidence - to give readers a
greater understanding of their
own spiritual journey. Her book
is filled with thought-provoking
answers to humanity's ongoing
quest to better understand the
true nature of our existence
and to gain a better perspective
of the many paths we travel
following information includes
excerpts from her book, a brief
analysis of her OBE, and more
information about Lynn Russell
and her wonderful book.
Lynn Russell's Out-of-Body Experience
May of 1973, shortly after college ended
for my second year, I had three magnificent
spiritual experiences. Actually, I see
them more as episodes that in the end,
linked together into one. They blew
me away and taught me great insights.
In sharing these experiences, I find
it difficult to find the right words.
Words are extremely poor tools to relate
such deep learning.
Each of these
events occurred in the middle of the
day. My children, Leah and Brad were
at school and three-year-old Gwen was
down for her afternoon nap. They all
happened on different days and always
when I was busy doing housework.
episode occurred while I was doing dishes.
Just above the sink was a window and
beyond the window in the yard stood
an old fruit tree. Its gnarled branches
twisted and turned in awkward directions.
I looked out that window at the tree
so many times that I ceased paying attention
to it. On this particular day I suddenly
had the overwhelming and unquestionable
feeling that the tree and I were one.
I'm not talking about a simple kinship
with the tree; I have felt that many
times. This time, I became the tree,
and the tree became me.
I was overwhelmed
with a feeling of great joy and connectedness
to all of life. Within the exuberant
happiness I had a feeling as though
everything was in its proper place and
all was humming along, as it should.
my hands dripping with suds, I thought
of various other forms of life; fish
in the ocean, lions and elephants in
Africa, the bird that sat in the tree
and the bug the bird was about to eat.
Whatever form of life I thought of,
I became so enmeshed with it that I
was not able to tell where the creature
began and I ended. It felt as though
whatever life forms I thought of and
myself were identical! There simply
was no separation.
That was the
end of the first installment in a series
of three. While the whole experience
lasted less than a minute, it had a
lasting effect on me. I no longer saw
the world in the same light. I knew
deep in the center of my being that
everything in the world was wonderfully
connected in a way I did not yet understand.
When it was over, I was thrilled. I
felt extremely privileged as though
I had been invited to view one of the
mysteries of the universe.
The next piece
of the puzzle came a few days later
while I was completely unprepared. Again,
it was the afternoon. I was doing housework
and the house was quiet. This time,
I was washing fingerprints from the
hall walls. My mind was on anything
but spiritual things, yet, as unexpected
as before, it was as if my conscious
thought was being taken over by something
this second experience, I was intensely
aware of an atom in my mind. I visualized
the atom's nucleus with the electrons
spinning around the core as though they
had a consciousness and knew exactly
what they were to do. The planning and
order of the phenomenon of an atom seemed
to dominate my awareness.
my vision changed. I was now viewing
our solar system with the sun in the
center and the planets spinning around.
Again, I found myself concentrating
on the deliberate order, rhythm and
planning of what I was viewing. Inexplicably,
I seemed to know without a doubt there
was intelligence behind all I was being
shown. I knew deep in my soul that the
order and planning of the universe was
not just an accident.
continued to expand until I felt as
though I was looking at the micro and
macro universe simultaneously. Over
and over the same message was being
given to me. The order and rhythm of
everything in the universe is not accidental.
There is intelligence and planning behind
all that is.
At this point
I got a message that kept me wondering
for many years. I did not hear a voice,
yet the information came to me in such
a powerful way I was completely unable
to dispute or deny it in any way. It
was so strong it hit me in the center
of my gut. "Your being is intricately
connected with the operation of the
It was such
a strong knowing that I was powerless
against it. Still, I don't have delusions
of grandeur. I know when it comes to
the universe I'm smaller than a speck
of dust. So how could my being have
anything to do with the operation of
the universe? It took me eleven long
years to realize that we are all a part
of a magnificent Oneness. It is through
our connection with this Oneness that
we each play a part in the operation
of the universe.
experience was even more vibrant and
with deeper learning, if that is possible.
As before, it too came in the afternoon
when the house was quiet. It was several
days, or perhaps even a week, after
the last event and was fully unexpected.
I had just
finished picking up the children's toys
in the living room when the final experience
occurred. Standing in the middle of
the room, I scrunched down to see if
there were any toys under the couch
or chair. I do not understand how it
happened, or why. All I know is that
without warning there was a presence
in the room with me. I did not see anything,
yet it was undeniable, I was not alone.
I felt as though I was engulfed in an
enormous blanket of more love, peace
and joy than I could ever come close
to describing. This overwhelming love
was being directed right at me.
I felt as though I had an umbilical
cord in my stomach, connecting me to
the presence. It was then I heard actual
words. The words were external to me
and seemed to come from my right. The
voice said, "This is where you came
from and this is where you will return."
as suddenly as it began, the experience
was over. No other events followed.
When I think
back to the experiences as a whole,
I believe that the entire experience
was designed to teach me about the Oneness
of all. I have come to realize that
if we are all one and there is planning,
order and an intelligence within the
operation of the universe, then we must
all be connected to that Intelligence
I walked several feet off the ground
in ecstasy. Nothing bothered me, not
even my father. Before these experiences
I was terrified of dying. At night I
lay in bed working myself into a worried
mess, knowing that eventually I would
have to die and there was nothing I
could do to stop it. After these events
I looked forward to dying. Not that
I became suicidal. Still, I knew when
the day came it would be a positive
happened after my spiritual experience.
I was a serious nail biter. My nails
were bitten back so far that I could
not chew any more. When I ran out of
nail to work on, I chewed the skin around
the nails. They looked like bleeding,
gnawed, piggy fingers. After these beautiful
experiences, one day I looked down at
my hands and I had nails. I do not recall
stopping myself from biting them. It
just seemed to happen unassisted.
It took me
many years to understand the meaning
of these spiritual events, but the learning
made me feel alive. Life has become
a joyous adventure.
Kevin Williams' Brief Analysis of Her
my opinion, Lynn's third experience
was an out-of-body experience. She felt
a presence which was connected to an
umbilical cord. This is a clear reference
to her becoming aware of her so-called
"astral" or "soul" body tethered to
her physical body. The umbilical cord
Lynn saw attached to her body is known
as the "silver
cord." It also appears
that her experience was a spontaneous
OBE which either bordered on an NDE
or may have been an actual NDE. Whatever
the case, she certainly experienced
the out-of-body phenomenon and the astral
realm. As it is with spontaneous OBEs,
spontaneous NDEs also happen. For example,
I remember watching a British NDE documentary
on television describing a spontaneous
NDE reported by an elderly British woman.
She was merely sitting in a chair reading
a book when suddenly she found herself
out of her body and looking down on
herself. She then flew out into space
and had a classic NDE. Then at some
point, she immediately found herself
back in her body, dazed and amazed.
So, these kind of experiences can happen
spontaneously when you don't expect
it. However, such experiences are not
had the side-effect of taking away her
habit of chewing your fingernails -
a habit often associated with anxiety.
Side-effects such as this are very common
because NDEs and OBEs are often profound
How Lynn Russell Learned God Wanted
to Use Her
Can we say
no to God? I did.
slice of sun shone through my window
and tickled my longing to be out in
it. I was at my desk busily writing
a report on a family I’d recently closed.
It had almost been a year since I’d
joined the Family Therapy Program and
I was becoming comfortable with my job.
Still, according to Rob Tomlinson, I
wasn’t there yet. "It’s not good enough
to know this material in your head.
It takes a good two years of working
in the field to be able to think in
He was right,
I wasn’t to the point of thinking in
families; I wasn’t even sure what that
meant until I’d been working in the
field long enough to understand. In
the meanwhile, Rob was there to offer
his encouragement and support.
When I was
struggling with a family, I was comfortable
going to him knowing he would willingly
help me. "What does your tummy tell
you?" he asked. "What are you feeling
about the situation in your bones?"
After I explained
what I thought, he encouraged me to
listen to those feelings and follow
what they were telling me. It was, he
said, the best indicator of all.
On this particular
day, I hunched over my report and concentrated
on what I was doing. Suddenly, I clearly
heard a voice speak to me in my head.
to use you," it told me.
flood of emotions smashed through me
with a loud crash of chaotic jumble.
I was alone in the office and immediately
jumped up to open the door and make
sure no one had spoken beyond that barrier.
The hallway was empty and quiet. It
appeared that most of my co-workers
were off seeing their clients or working
quietly in their offices. In truth,
it hadn’t really been necessary to check
the hall; I knew instantly where the
voice had come from. Still, I didn’t
want to acknowledge that reality.
Slowly I closed
the door and returned to my seat while
confusion, apprehension and unreasoned
fear danced in my mind. I wanted to
reject the whole thing. Alarm for my
sanity rolled around in my thoughts.
Then again, I thought, I was perfectly
sane a moment before I heard the voice,
so why would I think I had lost it in
"What do you
want to use me for?" I asked the voice
"I want to
know what you want me for, then I’ll
decide if I’ll do it or not!" ... nothing.
"I don’t want
to be seen as weird or strange, I don’t
want to end up like those people who
stand on street corners praising the
Lord!" ... nothing.
you choose a good born-again Christian?
I don’t even know the Bible!" ... nothing.
For the next
year I dug in various corners for answers
... again nothing. Psychics couldn’t
give me any ideas on what I was to do.
Ministers and preachers wanted to pray
for me and clear out the demons. Eventually
I let it go and decided that it was
just my imagination.
years passed since I’d begun working.
I loved every moment and every family.
Yet there was just so much one person
can accomplish alone and with three
teenagers. I felt like I was stretched
as far as I could go. At times it seemed
I was hanging on to the side of the
Grand Canyon by my fingernails. That
was when I heard the voice one more.
brought a list of chores that needed
to be done. Pick up some groceries,
go to the cleaners and buy shoes for
the kids. Gwen, now fourteen, her friend
and I were enjoying a treat in a crowded
doughnut shop. We’d been fortunate to
find a seat as I watched people flowed
in and out, in and out with eager anticipation
of their coming pleasure. Gwen and her
friend were giggling over some silly
teenage thing when I heard that voice
want to use you, you know,"
it clearly said.
My instant reaction
was one of surrender. "Okay," I willingly
thought, "but, I have nothing left to
worry," the voice returned,
"I am preparing you now."
Then I had
a flash of a man and money. I had no
idea if the man owned the money or if
the money was completely separate from
him. And, I had no idea what role the
man would play in the opera of my life.
A short while
ago I got another message that the time
had come. I knew it was this book and
the next book that I was to do.
The Wonder of You: What the Near-Death
Experience Tells You about Yourself
is the result of researching 2,500 NDEs
Dr. Jeffrey Long's website. My next
book (half written) is entitled "Paradise
Restored" and its purpose is to prove
the Oneness of all that exists.
I also have
a workshop on Science and Spirituality
and a future book on the same topic.
I look at quantum theory, cosmology,
holographic studies, research on the
brain, and the search for consciousness.
The purpose for my workshop is to show
people how amazing they really are.
Excerpts From Her Book "The Wonder of
From the Chapter on Oneness:
the NDErs full memory of their
identity remained, they were
miraculously transformed into
the Being of Light. They knew
-- in a way they could not understand
-- that they had, at the very
fundamental level, been intricately
involved in the creation of
the universe. This awareness
was not simply a metaphor; it
was a complete and genuine fact.
Additionally, they realized
they had taken an active role
in the formation of every single
thing that exists everywhere.
In order for us to know
a full human experience, it
is important we have individual
egos which bring separation.
It is through separation that
we learn to consciously reach
out in love and understanding.
The lessons of the physical
existence would not be possible
if we retained the awareness
of our connection to the Oneness.
At that level the essence of
our being is to love and we
cannot be otherwise. For us
to learn to reach out to one
another, as well as understand
all that is available for us
here, we need to know existence
from and individual perspective.
From the Chapter on Creation:
Source not only creates because
it wants to, it creates because
it must. There simply is no
other choice. This Loving Creative
Energy is a vast power greater
than the Big Bang. It produces
an ecstatic joy because the
Love Force that is the essence
of Its being compels nothing
From the Chapter on Illusions:
the certainty of our existence,
we need to know we are far more
than just connected to one another
by an invisible cord. It is
imperative we realize we are
the Muslim women behind their
burkas and the homeless people
in the inner cities of the world.
In precisely the same way, we
are multimillionaires living
in luxury, and simultaneously
the African dying of AIDS.
From the Chapter on Our Reality:
de Mello tells us to "Wake up
and discover your true reality."
He tells us that we are an amazing
and glorious creation of Love
and even the smallest atom of
us is sacred -- we are consecrated
those who have had a near-death
experience, we are already there.
There is no need to strive to
be closer to spirit, we already
are. As Yoda in Star Wars said,
"Do or do not. There is no try."
Reviews of Her Book "The Wonder of You"
does something in this book
nobody else has done. She shows
you how near-death experiencers,
in sharing what happened to
them and what that meant to
them, are actually describing
the truth, the real truth, about
each and every one of us ...
anywhere in the world! She gently
and relentlessly, puts the full-brunt
of the near-death experience
in your lap, right where you
live and love and have your
being. Near-death states strip
away the trappings of the mind,
to reveal the substance of soul.
Thank you, Lynn, for helping
to awaken us."
P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D.,
near-death researcher since
1978, investigating nearly 4,000
cases of adult and child experiencers.
Latest findings in "Dying
to Know You: Proof of God in
the Near-Death Experience."
beg or borrow a copy of
The Wonder of You; What Near-Death Experiences
Tell You about Yourself,
by Lynn Russell. This book will help
to make sense and tie together all the
books and stories of others’ near-death
experiences. Plus it will reveal what
those experiences tell us about ourselves.
Ms. Russell describes her own life-changing
spiritual experiences, and how, through
them, she learned that there was no
difference, no separation between her
and all life forms on the planet --
way before the term 'oneness' was understood.
Her background makes for a great foundation
for this book; one I feel will become
the new Bible for NDErs. She did an
extensive two-year research on NDEs
Dr. Jeff Long, M.D and his wife Jody
who later wrote
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science
of Near-Death Experiences.
She has studied over twenty-five hundred
reports by people who experienced NDEs.
Early on, she began to see a pattern
that their experiences were deeper messages
like buried treasures brought back from
what we call death or the other side
that were a legacy for all of us.
some of these 2,500 stories, grouped
by categories of their experiences.
Although no two NDEs are alike, the
similarities in what they experienced
when they 'died' are extraordinary.
The incredible stories, and Ms. Russell’s
way of weaving them together by topics,
makes the book hard to put down. You
will want to keep this book and make
it a permanent part of your library,
underline and mark it for future study.
If you’re like me, you will experience
a change in consciousness after reading
The Wonder of You. I believe I will
never look at death quite the same.
The love of our Creator and the vast
array of experiences awaiting our soul,
when it’s ready to permanently exit
the physical form, or experience its
own NDE, is exciting to consider.
this book. Kudos to Ms. Russell for
excellent research and a job well done
on a book that people of all ages will
be helped and inspired by for decades.
The Logos Center has pre-ordered 20
books -- I’m sure we will place many
Anne Puryear, Vice-President,
The Logos Center, Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Suicide and Afterlife and Messages from
Table of Contents of "The Wonder of
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Wonder of You:
What the Near Death Experience
Tells You About Yourself
by Lynn Russell
You already are all you have
dreamed of becoming. That is
the message of this book. Spiritual
seekers hear these words coming
from many directions and still
wonder how this could be? This
book will guide you to the reality
of all you already are. You
are being offered a gift of
truth and love with the understanding
that it is meant for you.
What the Near Death Experience
Tells You About Yourself
by Lynn Russell
This book is dedicated to all the
amazing people who willingly shared
their story so that the rest of
us could discover and grow in love.
It is the author's hope that readers
will come to see their reality through
this book, through all the wonderful
messages shared in it, and through
the work of numerous other authors
mentioned in these pages. Then you
will learn your reality and realize
the wonder of you.