Lynn Russell's Out-of-Body
Experience and NDE Research
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
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 a book,
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 as individuals.
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.
The first 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 beyond me.
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.
The visions 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
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 universe!"
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
The final 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
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
Then, just 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 the Oneness.
For months 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
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
2. Kevin Williams' Brief Analysis of
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 common.
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 and life-changing.
How Lynn Russell Learned God Wanted to Use
Can we say no
to God? I did.
An enticing 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 families."
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
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 an instant.
"What do you want
to use me for?" I asked the voice ... nothing.
"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!" ...
"Why didn’t 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
My instant reaction
was one of surrender. "Okay," I willingly
thought, "but, I have nothing left to give."
the voice returned, "I am preparing
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 from
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
Excerpts From Russell's Book "The Wonder of You"
the Chapter on Oneness:
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
the Chapter on Creation:
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
the Chapter on Illusions:
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.
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 ground.
According to 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 Russell's Book "The Wonder of You"
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
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 with
Dr. Jeff Long, M.D and his wife Jody Long,
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of
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.
"I LOVED 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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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.