New York Times Best-Selling Author of
Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light
| Born in South Carolina in 1950,
Dannion Brinkley served in the Marine Corps and worked within U.S. intelligence
operations. A veteran of several war zones and intelligence work, Brinkely had just
returned home form Nicaragua in 1975 when his life was forever changed.
While his wife fixed dinner, Brinkley called a friend on the phone. As thunder rolled in the distance, a light drizzle began to fall. All of a suden, Brinkely was hit in the neck by a bolt of lightening. It traveled down his spine and welded the nails in the heels of his shoes to the nails in the floor. It knocked him out of his shoes and into the air; threw him back down and bent the bed frame. As his body burned form the inside out, he was paralyzed. As fear engulfed him, Brinkley feared for his wife's safety. Because of his espionage background he thought that someone had come to even thescore by doing exactly what Brinkley had done many times and in many places in the world.
As Brinkley opened his eyes, he was in a blue-gray place. In this place,k he was calm and no longer on fire. Brinkley rolled over and saw himself sprawled across the bed. He watched his wife come down the hall and begin CPR efforts. He watched as paramedics arrived and began working on his body.
Brinkley didn't think about being dead. He didn't know about near-death experiences and had no idea that he was experiencing one. As many other people who have under gone near-death experiences report, Brinkley saw a tunnel and a bright, wondrous light.
During Brinkley's near-death experience he underwent a panoramic life review. He felt every emotion, thought every opinion and saw every event that had ever happened in his life. In addition to reviewing everything about his life, Brinkley also got "be" every person he had ever met. He got to feel the direct interaction between the other person and himself, all of the pain, anguish, frustration, humiliation and anger that he had inflicted on so many people.
Eventually, Dannion returned to his body. He sad been clinically dead for 28 minutes. His body had been massively traumatized by the lightening strike. It took two years for Brinkley to relearn to walk and to feed himself.
Once recovered, Brinkley wanted to find a way that he and otherscould benefit from his near-death experience. To this end, he has been a hospice volunteer for 17 years, helping peo;le eliminate their fears of death. In May 1997, he founded the national hospice volunteer organization, Compassion In Action. For more information about Cannion Brinkley's near-death experiences, read his best-selling books; Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light.