Kawohl immigrated to the U.S. in 1950 from Germany
and currently resides in Newport Beach, California,
where he works as a real estate broker. When
he was a teenager, he had a near-death experience
which forever changed his life. Today he has
two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Kurt remarks, "I have been truly blessed.
God's inspirations and blessings are available
to all who seek them. Our lives may come with
many bumps and bruises but we should always
look forward towards a major goal that we want
to achieve and strive to attain it "One
day at a time."
is Kurt Kawohl's testimony and some of the insights
he has learned.
I have personally experienced
my spirit leaving my body and being united with the "ultimate
supreme spirit" (God?). In 1956, when I was fifteen years
old, I had pneumonia and thought I was dying. My father
took me to a doctor who gave me a penicillin injection and
recommended immediate hospitalization. We had no medical
insurance or money, so my father took me home to recuperate.
I remember the drive home vividly. Every breath was painful
and my chest felt as though a great weight was upon it.
I watched cars and trucks drive by, and wondered how people
could make long term plans when life was so unpredictable.
nights later, it felt as if my spirit left my body and it
experienced being in a place with a gathering of souls or
spirits. I sensed great peace, tranquility and ecstasy --
a rapture that was beyond a person's imagination. I felt
as if I was a part of ALL, a part of God. I was mentally
communicating and in sync with everyone, including not only
some of my deceased acquaintances and relatives, but many
of the prophets of the Bible, and historical people I had
read about. There was no dominant force, no forceful leader.
I somehow knew who everyone was. Every thought interacted
with the whole community. I had no questions; it seemed
as if everything was revealed and crystal clear. I saw the
universe stretched out with spirits engaged in mental interaction
like master craftsmen contemplating the creation of a new
representation of Kurt's spiritual journey
When I told my father who was
a preacher of the Lutheran Faith about my experience he
dismissed it abruptly and told me that this "supreme spirit,"
this God that my spirit had witnessed, was not the God of
the Bible and he told me to pray for my salvation. We never
talked about it afterwards.
that time I never really gave it much thought until the
New York World Trade Center tragedy on 9-11-01. I went into
deep meditation. I wanted to find an answer to why and how
some misguided individuals could believe that their actions
would be rewarded with their soul's eternal life with God.
I then had a couple of experiences similar to the one I
had at age fifteen of my spirit communicating with the "ultimate
spirit." (God, Allah or whatever one desires to call him/her/it)
One spiritual experience seemed to last throughout the entire
night. My spirit observed the entire history and the evolution
of the universe and our varying perceptions of God, as if
in a fast-forward film.
is of no significance. It is the message that needs to be
taken into account and judged for its merits. The experiences
I encountered after the 9-11 tragedy helped me come to this
conclusion: In this 21st Century, the Age of Technology,
we are still plagued by religious beliefs that are a contributing
cause toward terrorism, killings and wars between nations.
Belief in a deity, who keeps causing catastrophes, punishes
people, and created the universe out of nothingness as if
by magic was brought about by hysteria and superstitions.
This thought process needs to be reassessed and brought
up to date. Open-minded people must use common sense to
determine whether this so-called deity was incorrectly perceived,
misinterpreted and misunderstood by the masses of a bygone
say that my personal experience of oneness with a supreme
spirit is nothing but a dream or a vivid imagination. It
doesn't matter whether you accept or totally reject my story.
What does matter is that we evolve to a point whereby we
can encourage open-minded people to offer feedback on how
our religious beliefs can be brought into the 21st century.
is that God is a spiritual unity, a oneness, a structured
government-like "Spiritual Collective"; the "Progressive
and Accumulative Spiritual Intelligence" of the universe
existing in the spiritual fourth dimension; a collective
of the righteous souls who have passed into the spiritual
realm; a spiritual continuity.
not think of dying, is to not think of living."