These types of fascinating experiences are the subject of A Glimpse of Heaven, a new book by Carla Wills-Brandon, Ph.D. Her previous book, One Last Hug Before I Go, presented the experiences of people who have had "deathbed visions," so this area of exploration is not new to Wills-Brandon. In A Glimpse of Heaven, however, she goes beyond these visions to cover a wider range of extraordinary experiences.
Premonitions of disaster, death-related visions, prophetic and visionary dreams, pets with a "sixth sense," communications from and with those who have died. These phenomena, although nearly impossible to prove in a scientific way, happen every day. They are a relatively common aspect of the human experience, as we can see in the many stories in this website's own "Your True Tales."
Wills-Brandon calls these events "spiritually transformative experiences," or STEs. They are experiences that extend outside of what science can explain, and are suggestive of the reality of not only an afterlife, but of an extralife - a realm that lies beyond our own three dimensions, yet that is capable of interfacing with our ordinary lives.
These kinds of experiences can be difficult, confusing, even traumatic for some people, says Wills-Brandon, because of the fear factor - the fear that friends and relatives will not understand or believe that the experiences were real. Perhaps even the experiencer has a hard time accepting what happened.
Speaking from personal experience, Wills-Brandon understands this fear and seeks to comfort those still in its grip. "Understand that you are not alone," she writes, "just currently disconnected from those of us who appreciate how incredibly common STEs really are. Let me be one of the first to validate any spiritually transformative experiences you might have had."
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