On September 17, 1975, in Aiken, South Carolina, Dannion Brinkley, 25, was on the phone with his best friend Tom Hall when a storm passed overhead. A lightening bolt struck Dannion, sending at least 180,000 volts of electricity through his body; a jolt so powerful it left his shoes welded to the floor.
Dannion says he suddenly found himself floating above his body while watching first his wife, and then Tom try to resuscitate him. For all intents and purposes, Dannion was clinically dead, but he recalls having a vivid near-death experience.
“I start down this tunnel. I see what appears to be a form coming out of this beautiful misty blue. Then all of a sudden, I not only felt everything I'd ever done and saw everything I'd ever done, I became every person that I'd ever encountered.”
Dannion admits that when he was young, he was self-centered and mean-tempered, nothing short of a bully. The pattern continued during a tour of duty in southeast Asia. While in his near-death experience, Dannion was forced to confront those he had victimized through the years.
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