Barrett was leader of the New Democratic Party of Alberta,
Canada. Her political life involved adversarial relationships
with the opposition party, chasing money for the next campaign,
and trying to improve her looks for the best camera shot.
But on that day, Pam's life took a dramatic turn. She went
to her dentist to have veneers put on her front teeth so
her smile would be beautiful for the upcoming election.
being anesthetized, and while the dentist was still working
on her teeth, Pam suddenly felt extremely ill. She sat bolt
upright in the chair and told the dentist, "I'm going to
die." She fell back into the chair, and later bolted upright
again saying to her dentist, "I'm going again." She'd had
came back, still dazed at what happened, and clearly caught
between the world of spirit and our earthly reality, she
asked the dentist if he could finish the last veneers before
the ambulance arrived!
hospital, Richard, a staff person, explained to Pam that
she had suffered an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
He promised to stay with her until her condition improved.
While talking with Richard, Pam left her body and found
herself floating at the ceiling, looking down at both Richard
and her own body. She was amazed that she seemed to be in
two places at once, like a split screen. When she slipped
seamlessly back into her body, she felt as if she was punched
in her solar plexus by God and told, "Get on a new path."
Pam got the message loud and clear.
day, right after leaving the hospital, she quit the Alberta
Legislature and began an inner journey to assimilate what
had just happened to her. Because she was a public figure,
the media went into hyper mode trying to get information.
She finally agreed to a live TV interview on February 7th.
A surprise guest on the show was Chris Lovelidge, leader
of the Friends-of-IANDS chapter in Vancouver. Chris validated
following days, Pam received 750 emails, almost as many
letters and packages, and she stopped counting after 450
phone calls. Strangers sent Bibles, the Koran, and other
religious material to help her on her spiritual search.
One of the emails was from an experiencer named Cody, who
eventually became her mentor and best friend. He listened,
helped her fill in the blanks, and helped her get through
the rough spots.
research indicates that it often takes around seven years
for an experiencer to fully integrate the NDE into their
life. As a two-time experiencer myself, I can say that if
every experiencer had a friend like Cody, the time it takes
to assimilate an NDE would be lessened, allowing the experiencer
to get on much more quickly with their soul's purpose for
of her NDE, Pam told the conference, she sees life now from
a vastly different perspective, one she calls �the hologram
of existence.' She explained this by referring to an old-time
kaleidoscope, containing bits of colored paper. As the kaleidoscope
turns, each piece of paper interacts with every other piece
of paper. In the hologram of life every thought, positive
or negative, affects everyone in the universe. Therefore,
after her NDE, Pam could no longer stay in the adversarial
world of politics. "War is bad and the legislature was nothing
but war. It doesn't have to be that way in politics, but
in our system it is, period." She does not judge other people,
she said, "I learned to stop judging and to start doing
what's right in life. What's right in life is to cultivate
enlightenment; and everybody gets there by their own path."
question-and-answer period at the end of her talk, someone
asked Pam if a country or the world would be different if
leaders were near-death experiencers. Pam replied, "If there
was an experiencer running the country or the world, there
wouldn't be a lot of lying going on. That's for sure."
"I believe there are two
sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side
where we live, and the other side where we shall
continue to live. Eternity does not start with death.
We are in eternity now."
Norman Vincent Peale