Michael Joseph’s NDE – Interpreted by Spiritism

By Brian Foster


near-deathMichael Joseph had one of the most complete NDE’s that I have seen. He was able to retain many memories from his experience. His revelations of the spirit world are fascinating. I take the reader through Michael’s experiences and relate what the Spirit world is actually doing.


Michael Joseph, as a result of a terrible accident when he was a young man, had an extensive NDE experience. He talked to the spirits, looked at alternative futures and was told of upcoming events. You can read his whole story at the NDERF.org website. The direct link to Michael’s story is http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm.

Michael was climbing on some limestone cliffs on a frozen day, when part of the boulder he was hanging onto suddenly broke free. He and the large rock both fell, with the boulder landing on top of him. According to Michael’s recollection, the stone weighed 400-500 pounds. He felt that he left his body and seeing himself, he knew he was dead. Next Michael encounters a spirit guide;

“He told me this was an accident and I go back, IF I wanted. I told him by my thoughts there was no way to make that body work. It was squashed flat. He basically told me that he could make it work again. Did I want to go back? I wanted to know my options. What would happen if I chose to go back and what would happen if I didn’t. No sooner did I think these thoughts and BOOM, I was hit with a package of images. It showed in brief what would happen if I didn’t go back. I saw my sister get into alcohol and drugs and her life spin out of control … BECAUSE I wasn’t there. I saw my Dad commit suicide because of my death shortly after my mom divorced him over the matter of my death. I saw my paternal grandfather wither away and die, his heart broken over my death and my dad’s suicide. There were twin blows that destroyed all the joy he had left in life. The effects went on and on, my mom was sad and heart broken the rest of her life and so very lonely … And I saw a parade of faces of people I would never meet and whose lives I would have impacted and whose lives would have impacted mine but now I would never know any of them and they would never know me. The man in the white robe had me with my sister. I’ve always loved my little sister and for her alone I would have chosen to come back but seeing all that pain it would cause everyone else … mom, dad, grandparents, friends, cousins, aunts, uncles … man I HAD to go back.”[1]

Michael’s spirit guide, or guardian angel as many people call it, was right there in an instant. People guardianangel2 who have had NDE’s recognize that we live close to the spirit world. They are all around us, watching, guiding and trying to lead us to become better souls. But for most of us, the thought that spirits, or worse ghosts, inhabit the same space is a primitive notion and should be discarded, otherwise we would demonstrate to the world our ignorance and naivety. What if, these uncivilized people, who lived closer to nature and by no choice of their own, possessed little material goods, detected a truth about our sphere and the spirit realm that we have lost? Could we, who must be presented with absolute proof of everything, be missing something important, right before our eyes?

An alternative future was shown to Michael. How could this be? Allan Kardec, in his The Spirits Book, describes the power of a high spirit. He likens it to us, here on earth, walking through a trail in a canyon, not knowing what the next bend will look like. Whereas, the spirit, sitting on the mountain top, sees our path, where it will lead and other paths that may be offered to us. Still, this is easy to say, but how could this be in practice? What type of instantaneous mathematical calculations of probability, combined with moving pictures of those possibilities must be processed to present in life-like simulation a series of future options? I have no clue, but imagining how this could be done, may be a worthwhile pursuit.

Next, Michael was shown what would happen if he chose to return to his physical body;

“Then came a second package of images, those of what would happen IF I went back. I skipped over the obvious. Dad DIDN’T commit suicide. My sister turned out Ok. Mom ended up happy. My grandfather went on to beam with pride over his first grandson to attend a university. My grandfather was a legal immigrant from Italy who never made it past the 4th grade and he treasured education beyond EVERYTHING. He crowed like a proud rooster when his kids graduated from high school and I became the first of his grandkids to attend a prestigious university. But what I focused on in this second package was what I would pay as a price for going back. I knew that I would walk again, that all I had lost would be restored but only temporarily. In my latter life, perhaps 10 to 15 years after the accident, I would suffer pain, extreme pain and it would affect me the rest of my life.

I chose to come back. He smiled, as if he KNEW I would pick the harder path because of how I felt for my family and friends. There was a snap and a pop and I was back in my body. It was FILLED with crackling electricity like sounds and feelings. I had no breath, no air and this huge rock was choking off all air. I grabbed the small end of the tear near my nose with my one free left hand (my right arm was pinned under the rock) and rolled the thing off me like it was made of paper mache`.”[2]

Michael’s perispirit, the connection we have from our spirit to our physical bodies, was re-attached to his broken body. From the second option presented, one can see how positive influences have far-reaching and significant effects on other people’s lives. We should never underestimate our power to BookCover-Reincarnationhelp. While things may appear to us to be small and unimportant, one never knows how our action could be translated into helping or harming another person’s life and those relations of that person. A more detailed explanation of the process of reincarnation is in my book, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.

Michael was next transported to the hospital, where he experienced his second phase of the NDE;

“The next thing I know I’m back in the operating room where the surgeon is working frantically to save my life and as he works at massaging my heart I found myself drifting away and the further I drifted the darker the room got and the further away his voice sounded, Found myself well above the operating theater where I should have been on a floor above that room or outside looking on a roof, but I wasn’t. Instead I was floating in the entrance to a tunnel or vortex. I was sucked into it and then was when my adventure REALLY began.

I ended up with a life review, and was escorted around “the other side” by a being who was my guardian angel/teacher whom I came to call “professor” but he had an incredible sense of humor. I say “he” with tongue in cheek because “he” was neither a he or a she.

I saw what happened to true atheists (apparently I was opened minded enough that I didn’t qualify). I got to see various “heavens” and asked to see what “Hell” was like if there was one (and there was but it was nothing like I expected). I even asked to meet Jesus and apologize only to meet a man that was nothing like I expected and was given interesting historical facts I was later able to verify.

But all of that is FAR TOO complex to include here, including numerous predictions of the future that have ALL come true except ONE, which I think is yet to happen”[3]

Michael’s guardian angel gave him the complete tour. Michael was gifted with a life review, so in the future; he would know what type of actions stand out, in either good or bad light. People with NDE’s are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to have their tests graded before the end of their allotted time, so they can improve in the second half of their test.

According to various books, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, and inspired by the spirit Andre Luiz, when true atheists die, meaning those who absolutely expect to never wake up again, they don’t wake up. They exist in a sleep-like state, since our thoughts are our actions in the spirit world. Only with time and assistance from helpful spirits, are these souls stirred to life, and made ready for their time in the spirit world.

Michael’s description of various heavens is correct. There are different levels of heavens. There areNossaLar-city celestial cities around our planet awaiting good souls to ascend. Additionally, as we become purer spirits, there are places reserved for various levels of spirits. In fact, the whole universe is filled with colonies of spirits, each one, according to the Law of Affinity (whereby spirits who have attained similar inclinations).

You can read what others saw in heaven and who they spoke to in my book – The Spirit World Talks to Us – 12 Accounts of Near Death and Other Experiences.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00061]As to Hell, Michael may have one of the locations where spirits who have committed crimes are gathered together, again caused by the Law of Affinity. I have heard one of these places described as an Asian city about 150 years ago, somewhat dirty, slaves pulling carts, and the feeling of violence in the air. An alternative site that may have been shown to Michael could have been the Lower Zone, where spirits, who are tied to earth, still wander. The Lower Zone starts right on the surface of our planet and ascends some miles upwards, until it hits the border of the celestial cities. Now you may say, thisExplore-Small-front-cover is impossible, I look up and see nothing but sky. We cannot detect these places because they exist in a different place or dimension than us. Remember, spirits are less dense and composed of energy, while we are composed of matter. To understand the different levels and purposes of the spirit realm please read my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined.

As mentioned earlier, higher level spirits have knowledge of the future and Michael was told of certain events that would happen, and they did. All foretold events, except one, which may occur in the future, have transpired. Others may read this and think, just coincides, Michael’s brain was shutting down and somehow he thought images in his mind told him all that he wrote. But ask yourself, how could he have known the future? Yes, he could have, in his imagination, visited heaven, have conversations with spirits, experienced many other sensations, but he was given concrete happenings.

Another interesting comment was made by Michael in his report. At the end of the description of a NDE, there is a series of questions posed to the person who is reporting the event.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After I was clear of my body, BOTH times. As I said before, I have an IQ of about 150, genius level and yet when out of my body, in a “dead” state, I found myself WAY smarter. Comparing the two. I’d consider myself a drooling moron to what I was outside my limiting body.”[4]

When you are pure energy, think of the power of your mind. Think of what you know now and realize that you know nothing. Think of the reality people say you should acknowledge and inside you consider that they have no clue about the real reality. We are but a physical speck of dust, on earth to learn the correct attitudes so the vast resources of our intellectual ability can be put to good use.

Lastly, Michael gives an answer to one of the questions, which I believe illustrates how we all connect and how God hears our prayers and sees all;

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? Yes I EXPERIENCED that universal connection. We are both part of a great supernatural “internet” and yet simultaneously separate PCs as well (to use an analogy).” [5]

In the book, In the Realms of Mediumship, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier and inspired by the spirit Emmanuel, the Preface of the book written by Emmanuel, tells us;

“Through the sentiments that characterize their inner life, all individuals emit specific rays and live within the spiritual wave with which they identify themselves.

Such truths cannot remain semi-hidden in our sanctuaries of faith; they will radiate from the temples of science like mathematical equations.”[6]

telepathyHence, Michael is describing the concept of the Internet, where we all have a unique identifier and we are in constant communication with all around us. Our minds are constantly transmitting information which the spirit world receives. Our waking conscious may not be able to decipher the code, although some people have fleeting moments of intuition that make it through our physical filters.

In summary, Michael’s NDE substantiates, independently of the Doctrine of Spiritism, the complex and overwhelming power of the hidden world around us. The Druids called it the “Other World”, for NDE-1-SmallfrontCoverthey too knew that we are but temporary casings housing an immortal soul.

If you would like to read more stories about Near Death Experiences and understand what the spirit realm is telling us through these enlightening events, please read my book, What Really Happens During Near Death Experiences – According to Spiritism: 12 NDE’s are Explained and Explored (NDEs Explained by Spiritism).

Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at http://www.nwspiritism.com.

Works Cited
NDERF org. (2014, August 8). Michael Joseph NDE. Retrieved from Nderf.org: http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm
Xavier, F. C. (2011). In the Realms of Mediumship. Brasilia (DF), Brazil: EDICEI.

[1] NDERF.org, “Michael Joseph NDE”, n.d., http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm, (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)
[2] NDERF.org, “Michael Joseph NDE”, n.d., http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm, (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)
[3] NDERF.org, “Michael Joseph NDE”, n.d., http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm, (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)
[4] NDERF.org, “Michael Joseph NDE”, n.d., http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm, (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)
[5] NDERF.org, “Michael Joseph NDE”, n.d., http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/NDE_Experiences/michael_joseph_nde.htm, (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)
[6] Xavier, Francisco C., In the Realms of Mediumship, EDICEI, p. 9


I confronted evidence for non- linear time perhaps fifteen years ago as I read a study completed by Dr. Chet Snow that had been initiated by Helen Wambach Ph. D. It took me another decade to get my head around this idea. Thank you immensely for this further evidence for this fascinating possibility.


Please, please help me, explain to m what’s going on and what’s happening to me?


    I humbly suggest you read more about Spiritism to determine what is going on in your life. We are here to learn and to pay for our past wrongs. Your experiences may be tied up into pre-planned trials your are having to suffer through in your life. In actuality, your trials are the solution, since they have been placed before you to resolve old issues. Go through your life trying to think positive and love as much as you can and you will get through the rough episodes that have been assigned to you.


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