Martha Anne St. Claire's Near-Death Experience
Martha Anne St. Claire, M.A.,
(formerly Martha A. Cassandra Musgrave) is a near-death
gerontologist, counselor, educator, writer, angelic
messenger, spiritual medium, energetic healer, and pet
communicator. In addition, she is also a near-death
experience speaker who has been globally active, since
her last near-death experience, in 1974. She offers
individual sessions and group events that nourish and
facilitate personal and planetary healing and transformation.
Martha's down-to-earth, informative presentations have
been enjoyed nation-wide, before multi-cultural audiences,
through various organizations, at bookstores, churches,
centers, expos, and fairs. She has served on the
International Association for Near-Death Studies
Board of Directors (2001-2003), working as the Friends
of IANDS (FOI) International Chapter Coordinator. Her
NDE research was published in (IANDS), The Journal of
Near-Death Studies (Volume
15, No. 3, Spring, 1997). Her website is located
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| 1. Martha
Anne St. Claire's NDE
Martha Anne St. Claire lives in northern
California where she had a profound NDE when she was twenty-three
years old that changed her life and provided a prophetic glimpse
into our planetary future. She also was born premature, nearly
dying at birth, and she also had an experience at age seven.
However, the experience described below was the most
profound, as she recalls.
In 1974, while water-skiing
with friends, it was her last run for the day. The waves
were choppy and so rough that she was forced to let go of the
tow rope. As she fell, the triangle piece of the tow rope wrapped
around her left forearm, jerking her down harshly and dragging
her behind the boat, just under the surface of the water. Her
boyfriend was driving the boat, chatting and drinking beer with
his friend who was supposed to be watching but wasn't. They
didn't notice that Martha had fallen down. As she struggled
to hold her breath, she felt her spirit rise out of her body
and then could see her body just under the surface of the water,
being dragged at high speed. She saw her two friends in the
boat talking to each other, oblivious to what was happening
to her. She also saw her four-year old son playing on the shore
with other friends. Martha's spirit traveled into a dark tunnel
where she could hear loud clicking sounds. She traveled fast
toward the light at the other end, excited, feeling she was
going someplace she had once been. She came out where there
were flowers everywhere, brightly colored and gorgeous. She
then found herself in the universe surrounded by brilliant stars
and planets all around her and into infinity. Although she couldn't
see anything solid beneath her feet, she felt like she was standing
on something and that she was home.
note: Melchizedek was the king of Salem and priest of El Elyon
("God most high") who is mentioned twice in the Hebrew Bible.
Genesis 14:18-20, Melchizedek brings
out bread and wine and blesses Abram. In
Psalm 110:4, David references the Messiah
as being "a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." In the Christian
New Testament (Hebrews
Hebrews 6: 20 and
Hebrews 7: 1-21), Jesus Christ is identified
as "a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek" quoting from
Psalm 110:4. As
such, Jesus assumes the role of High Priest once and for all. More information
about Melchizedek can be found below.
Suddenly, Martha found herself before Melchizedek.
He didn't identify himself, but she recognized him and knew she had
always known him. In the beautiful light that seemed like "liquid divine
love", Martha experienced her true self, her full soul essence. "I felt
free. It was wonderful seeing him! There are no words to describe my
Melchizedek was bearded, stood eight or nine feet
tall, wearing colors of forest green, rich burgundy, and gold on his
velvet robe with a scarf covering his head and forehead. They communicated
through thoughts. He said, "Are you ready to come?"
She exclaimed, "Already?" She
felt that she had made a previous contract or agreement about her coming
to earth and that he was aware of it. She knew it wasn't her time to
die, that she hadn't accomplished all she had committed to do. She understood
that souls on Earth had chosen Earth, their parents, the time to be
here, lessons to be learned, and unique situations that was designed
for each person's growth. She gained the understanding that we are not
victims in the way we think we are; however, it takes great courage
to be born on Earth, especially during this time. Above all, she knew
we were given free choice.
Although Melchizedek let her
know that she could stay in heaven and not return to earth, she panicked
at the idea feeling like she had failed in some ways. She could see
that there was more to do for her soul growth, helping others, and for
her son. Melchizedek felt she was being too hard on herself.
She insisted that she wanted
to go back. Then she was drawn toward a border that would lead her even
more deeply into heaven, but knew if she passed through it, she couldn't
return to Earth. She saw many other things, including in the distance,
an entrance to a cave glowing with light that led into another dimension
where people were studying and learning lots of information.
that dimension she states, "In that space you know all and have access
to the mysteries of the universe and more." In another direction, she
saw crystal-like buildings and temples with golden edges.
She saw that Earth was a difficult
place to be, but there was a divine plan, and things would eventually
be better. A twenty-year span between 1992 to 2012 was a time of great
transition of the Earth in preparation for the dawning of the Millennium.
understood that Mother Earth is alive and that surges of light are sent
down to help heal her because she suffers from the pollution she is
exposed to and also that the increments of light cause bizarre weather
patterns, even if great transformation. She saw more frequent earthquakes,
large tidal waves, a polar shift, and the ice caps breaking up and melting.
She saw the Earth's surface changing, and many people dying, often in
large numbers because they couldn't handle the intensity of vibration
and its consequences and they chose to do die because their souls needed
further growth in another sphere. In some cases, she saw people who
had prepared themselves spiritually, were protected, while those around
them died. However, she also saw that each soul chooses the time of
death She saw three days of darkness. She also understood that certain
catastrophes could be lessened or delayed through the power of prayer.
She says we have spiritual amnesia,
having forgotten the knowledge we possessed before birth; there is a
higher consciousness for each of us and it is important that we connect
with God through prayer and meditation to be awakened in our souls.
Melchizedek showed Martha what
would happen if she chose to die. She saw the boat being stopped and
her body being carried to shore where she was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
without success. Her boyfriend was crying and she knew he would feel
guilty for the rest of his life. She saw her son and knew she couldn't
leave him yet. She didn't want certain others to suffer because of her
untimely death and because she had spiritual work to do, she chose to
return to Earth, even if she so wanted to stay in the wonderful light.
Martha found herself back in
her body which had a will of its own, feeling stunned and weak in the
river. Coughing and sputtering, she surfaced a distance from the stopped
boat, and tried to yell, "Don't you see, I'm drowning out here?!" Yet,
even with the rope deeply meshed in her injured arm, she was in a state
of utter bliss and transformation.
As they reached shore, her son
said, "What took you so long, Mommy? I thought you were never coming
back." She knew that somehow he was aware of more than her brief boat
trip on the Sacramento River Delta. (This is a condensed version of
After her NDE, Martha's entire life changed and
the blissful energy stayed with her for some time. Martha could see
auras around others and in nature. Spiritual gifts, she'd had in childhood,
opened to her even more. She didn't talk much about it because others
were uncomfortable with her story or didn't understand. This was before
the term "near-death experience" had even become known.
to share the divine spirit she experienced during her NDE, led her,
in the years that followed, on an inner journey of spiritual practice
that included ministerial training through the Unity Church and a private
counseling practice as a spiritual medium, angelic messenger, and energetic
healer for humans and animals.
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| 3. Martha's
NDE Vision of the Future
Martha Anne St.
Claire described her NDE visions of the future in the NBC television
documentary entitled "Ancient
Prophecies III." Here is how
she described them:
I saw that there was a 20 year period from 1992 to 2012.
Things will be greatly accelerated on Earth. All these
things will be manifest by great Earth changes: earthquakes,
floods, tidal waves, great winds. I also saw there were
certain areas that would be particularly affected -
the areas of the east coast, which will be a surprised
regarding earthquakes. (Martha also saw cement rubble in NYC
and now wonders if she was seeing the events of 9/11.)
I remember very clearly Japan slipping into the ocean.
I was shown there was going to be something akin to
three days of darkness. I don't feel it is from nuclear
war. To me, it was more of a feeling of natural Earth
disasters with smoke from volcanoes that would block
the sun. We are all going to be on a roller-coaster
ride, and yet, it is not forever. If we have darkness,
it will pass. We will always have great light." -
Martha Anne St. Claire
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More Information about Melchizedek
previously mentioned, Melchizedek was the king of
Salem and priest of El Elyon ("God most high")
who is mentioned twice in the Hebrew Bible and several
times in the Christian New testament. Melchizedek is
also mentioned in other ancient texts.
Dead Sea Scrolls themselves have a fragment
11Q13 (11QMelch), dated to the end of the 2nd
or start of the 1st century BC, where Melchizedek
is seen as a divine being and Hebrew titles as
Elohim are applied to him. According to
text, Melchizedek will proclaim the "Day
of Atonement" and he will atone for the people
who are predestined to him. He also will judge the
peoples. This Melchizedek fragment also reveals
the Messiah to be a "redivivus"
(reincarnation) of Melchizedek.
Second Book of Enoch, a Jewish sectarian text
of the 1st century AD, Melchizedek is mentioned.
The last section of the work, the
Exaltation of Melchizedek, tells how Melchizedek
was born of a virgin, the wife of Nir, a brother
of Noah. The text describes how the child came out
from his mother after she had died and sat on the
bed beside her corpse, already physically developed,
clothed, speaking and blessing the Lord, and marked
with the badge of priesthood. Forty days later,
Melchizedek was taken by the archangel Gabriel (Michael
in some manuscripts) to the Garden of Eden and was
thus preserved from the Deluge without having to
be in Noah's Ark.
Philo (20 BC – 50 AD), a Hellenistic Jewish
philosopher who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, during
the rule of the Roman Empire, identified Melchizedek
Logos as priest of God, and honored as an untutored
(37 AD - 100 AD), a Romano-Jewish historian who
witnessed the sack of Jerusalem, refered to Melchizedek
as a "Canaanite chief" in
War of the Jews, and as a priest in
Antiquities of the Jews. Josephus also mentioned
that the Pharisees, the Jewish sect which founded
Rabbinic Judaism (to which Paul once belonged) were
believers in reincarnation. Accordingly, Josephus
writes how the Pharisees believed the souls of evil
men are punished after death and the souls of good
men are "removed into other bodies" and they "have power to revive and live again." Josephus
also mentions how the
Essenes of the
Dead Sea Scrolls lived "the same kind of life"
as the followers of
Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher who taught
reincarnation. According to Josephus, the Essenes
believed the soul is both immortal and preexistent
which is a necessary tenet for belief in reincarnation.
Rabbinic texts, Melchizedek receives little
attention, perhaps because of the discussions of
him in the New Testament and the speculations about
him in Second Temple era Jewish documents, such
2 Enoch. This tradition, especially in
Targum Yerushalmi, and the
Babylonian Talmud, Melchizedek is believed to
have been the reincarnation of
Shem - the son of Noah.
Christian Gnostic writings affirms Jesus to
be Melchizedek reincarnated. According to the collection
of early Christian Gnostic scriptures (the
Nag Hammadi Library), dating on or before the
4th century and discovered in 1945, they contain
a tractate pertaining to Melchizedek where it is proposed that
Melchizedek is Jesus Christ. Melchizedek, as Jesus
Christ, lives, preaches, dies and is reincarnated.
The Coming of the Son of God, Melchizedek speaks
of his return to bring peace, supported by the gods,
and is a priest-king who dispenses justice. This
tractate about Melchizedek states the following:
"And you crucified
me from the third hour of the Sabbath -
eve until the ninth hour. And after these
things I arose from the dead. My body came
out of the tomb to me. [...] They did not
find anyone greeted me [...] They said to
me, Be strong, Melchizedek, great High Priest
of God Most High."
The [...] indicates missing fragments or
Birger A. Pearson states:
"Furthermore, the tractate's
apparent identification of Melchizedek with
Jesus Christ ... is also documented elsewhere
in early Christianity, particularly in Egypt.
We are drawn to the conclusion that, in
the revelation which the priest Melchizedek
has received, he has seen that he himself
will have a redemptive role to play as the
suffering, dying, resurrected and triumphant
Savior, Jesus Christ! ... From what we read
... it seems that the victory of Jesus Christ
is the victory of Melchizedek and that,
in fact, they are one and the same ... I
did and do understand the text of the first
tractate to imply that Melchizedek was prophesied
to return again, as Jesus."
Christian Protestant denominations
are generally in agreement with
Martin Luther that Melchizedek was a historical
figure and an "archetype"
of Christ. Others, noting
Hebrews 7 which states that Melchizedek was
"without father, without mother, without genealogy"
agree that Melchizedek could not be Jesus and instead
identify him as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
In Islam, there is no mention of Melchizedek
Qur'an or in early Islamic exegesis or literature.
Some later commentators, including
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, however, did suggest a link
between Melchizedek and
Khidr - a revered figure in Islam whom the Qur'an
describes as a righteous servant of God and who
possessed great wisdom or mystic knowledge. Khidr
is most often said to be a contemporary of Moses.
In medieval Islamic tradition, Khidr is variously
described as a messenger or a prophet. Abdullah
Yusuf Ali referred to St. Paul's allegory of Melchizedek
in his Epistle to the Hebrews as a parallel to the
Muslim view of Khidr. In
Ismailism, however, Melchizedek is of greater
importance as one of the "Permanent Imams"; that
is those who guide people through the ages of history.
Edgar Cayce, the so-called "sleeping prophet,"
Melchizedek was only one of the reincarnations of
Jesus. Cayce revealed how it was necessary for
the very advanced spirit of Melchizedek to reincarnate
in order to reach Christhood as the man Jesus. The
Cayce revelations show us why the Master spirit
again incarnated after the experience as Melchizedek:
The Christ spirit incarnated as
Joseph the prince of Egypt. The Christ spirit
then realized it was necessary to set a pattern for humanity
and to show the way back to God through
unconditional love and self-sacrifice. Thus, the
Master spirit assumed his mission through his incarnation as Jesus. By resurrecting his body,
he made the Jesus-Melchizedek priesthood eternal.
It is clear from the
Epistles to the Hebrews that Melchizedek
was not an ordinary human, assuming he even was
human. However, a careful examination of the evidence concerning
the existence of Melchizedek reveals him to be a
previous reincarnation of Jesus.
There are strong parallels between Melchizedek and
Jesus: both are the Son of God, priest of
the Order of Melchizedek, King of Righteous,
King of Peace, a Messiah, appointed by God, eternal priesthood,
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5. More Information about Martha Anne St. Claire
Anne St. Claire received her B.A. in Human Resources
George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon,
and her M.A. in
Gerontology from San Francisco State University.
She has been trained for ministry through the
Unity School of Religious Studies
in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has practiced as
Reiki healer, has received her
hospice volunteer certification through
Legacy Hospital, in Portland, Oregon, and
has been licensed for
assisted living administration in California.
She is particularly interested in healthy aging
for seniors and
end of life issues facing seniors and
those in final transition.
life purpose is to bridge heaven and earth,
bringing divine love, awakening, insight, and
comfort regarding end of life, death, and dying
issues, as well as, to assist in bringing healing
and support to the dying and those in grief.
She seeks to bring education, inspiration, and
awareness to the global community and to assist
in lessening humanity's fear of death. Martha
would love to come speak to your group about
the wonders of the near-death experience and
its meaning for you on earth now, and more.
Martha's life purpose is to bridge heaven and
earth, bringing divine love, awakening, insight,
and comfort regarding end of life, death, and
dying issues, as well as, to assist in bringing
healing and support to the dying and those in
grief. She seeks to bring education, inspiration,
and awareness to the global community and to
assist in lessening humanity's fear of death.
Martha would love to come speak to your group
about the wonders of the near-death experience
and its meaning for you on earth now, and more.
is also available for recorded phone consultations,
offering skilled, practical guidance and heavenly
insight. She can assist with current life issues
and help to bring clarity and direction to situations
or decisions, as well as bring healing to one's
past and nourishment to one's soul. Martha has
a natural gift of spiritual mediumship. As a
counselor and Angelic Messenger, relaying what
she receives for you, your loved ones, pets,
and others, she often brings clients life-changing
comfort and connection regarding loved ones
who have passed over.
Martha seeks to awaken soul memory and divine
consciousness within, vanquish any fear of death,
and to work in global community to accelerate
and co-create Heaven on Earth. You
may read testimonies here.
Aspects of Martha’s career,
and her personal near-death experiences have
been featured on:
Afterlife: What Happens When We Die
[DVD]. This documentary by
Paul Perry Productions answers questions
about the afterlife which are scientifically
explored through modern research into
NDEs. Through interviews with noted
researchers like best-selling author
on the subject, Raymond Moody, M.D.
Ph.D. and Jeffrey Long, M.D., and testimonials
from people that have had NDEs, and
featuring re-enactments, this documentary
explores the evidence of the afterlife
using insightful interviews, case studies,
event re-creations and rich rendering
of classic spiritual art on the subject.
Afterlife is a provocative and inspirational
examination of the science, and evidence,
of life after death.
Ancient Prophecies III [Youtube.com].
This documentary examines the dire predictions
Book of Revelation,
Jeanne Dixon and prophecies from
Martha Anne St. Claire (formerly
Martha A. Cassandra Musgrave),
Elaine Durham and
Jessica Carde. The documentary takes
a hard look at the correlating global
catastrophes from today's headlines
and speculates that all the foretold
signs leading to the Apocalypse are
starting to converge. You can read more
NDE prophecies of the future on
this website. This documentary was produced
Greystone Communications in 1995
and distributed by NBC. The film was
occasionally aired on prime time television.
A VHS format version of this documentary
used to be available on Amazon.com but
is now currently unavailable. Nevertheless,
this wonderful documentary can now be
viewed on Youtube.com at this location:
Near Death Experience: In The Realm
of God [YouTube] (2008). This documentary
featuring Martha was filmed at the
3rd Spiritual Retreat for Near Death
Experiencers, St Louis. Other media
appearances by Martha include:
Portland’s AM Northwest, Portland's
News Channel 8, Oregon's
News Channel 12, Hard
Prophecies III (NBC), The
Discovery Channel, The
Learning Channel, Life
After Death (Vision TV, Canada),
and on Austin’s
KVET radio. Written articles and
reference sources for Martha's work
Falls Argus Leader, Cats
Light of the Dawn Newsletter (Japan),
The Uniguidance Newsletter (FOUG), Lessons
from the Light by Dr. Kenneth
Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino, The
Paranormal Sourcebook by Charles
E. Sellier & Joseph Meier, What
It Feels Like by A.J. Jacobs,
Handbook of Near-Death Experiences:
Thirty Years of Investigation by
Janice Holden, Bruce Greyson, and Debbie
this web page for a more in depth
description of Martha's media appearances.
Martha has in-depth
experience in shamanic
ritual and practice, Tibetan
Buddhist and Christian traditions,
and with the genuine healing gifts of various
Brazilian and Filipino psychic surgeons. She
has enjoyed traveling to over twenty-four countries
and is looking forward to more international
adventure, especially where it's warm and sunny!