Near-Death Experience And Encounter With God Changed The Life Of An Athlete
Talented athlete Scott Drummond was drafted into the army in 1971. While his peers were sent to Vietnam, he was lucky: his basketball skills allowed him to avoid the front line. He played in Germany when many of his peers were dying in Vietnam.
Although Drummond escaped the war, he faced death while skiing at the age of 28. He had a near-death experience during which he went to Heaven and met the Creator.
He did not talk about his experience for 40 years, until the moment came to support others in difficult times.
Now 68, Drummond lives in Provo, Utah, where he had a mountainside accident decades ago. Pulling off his glove, he saw that his dislocated thumb dangled limply against the skin. Drummond called his wife and was taken to the hospital, where he had an out-of-body experience during surgery. Drummond later related what happened.
“I was lying on the operating table, and the doctors were planning to start the operation. Next to me were a nurse and a doctor. They put a sheet between me and the operated finger,” he told The Epoch Times.
“The anesthesiologist was supposed to give me a drug to put me to sleep during the operation, but he was urgently called.”
Although the nurse was quite experienced, she had never performed a Beer block (using a tourniquet to regulate local anesthesia during surgery). For this reason, she made a mistake, and during the operation, the medicine hit the Drummond’s heart.
“They used lidocaine for local anesthesia. I later found out that I was allergic to it. This is one of the reasons that caused cardiac arrest, Drummond recalled. “It happened that I was lifted right out of my body. I stood there and looked at my body. I watched all this from above, looked down and saw my body lying on the table.
Nurse ran out of the room in a panic, screaming that she had killed Drummond. The medical staff began working to save his life, while the doctor continued to operate on his thumb, all of which Drummond could clearly see outside of his body. Suddenly, he heard a voice in his head:
“It’s time to go”.
“Someone was standing next to me. I couldn’t look at him, but I communicated with him telepathically,” he said. – And in the next moment I realized that I was standing in a field, and it was a beautiful field with tall grass to the waist. This grass streamed and flowed towards me, and I felt love emanating from it.“
Drummond heard an order in his mind not to look back, an order that echoes in his mind to this day.
“I was gone. I was dead. I moved on. I could look from side to side, in front of me, but I couldn’t look back,” he said. There were big tall trees on the left, and it was a forest. These were trees I had never seen before until I visited the Olympic Forest in Washington about three years ago. …
“The next thing I noticed was the gorgeous colors. I have never seen such flowers before. We tend to see things in 3D here on Earth. If you multiply this by a factor of 10, you get the color of the leaves on the tree. They were brilliant green.”
Between Drummond and the trees was a field of flowers.
“The uniqueness of these wildflowers was that all the flowers were facing me,” he said. “I felt a connection with these flowers because love emanated from them. I thought it was a very calming feeling. And a cloud appeared in front of me, but it was brilliant, pearly white.”
At this moment, Drummond saw his whole life unfolding before his eyes, as if on a screen, starting from the age of 8.
“I have seen everything. It didn’t feel like a movie. It was all in my head, in my mind, and I relived it all again,” he said. — I experienced it again. I saw my family, I learned what sacrifices my parents made for me and my sport, taking me to all my games and events. All this was done by them out of pure love for me.”
He sharply recalls his experiences, living again all his life within clear limits – “black and white”, “good and evil”, without a middle, without a gray zone.
“There is either right or wrong, good or evil. And I had no one to justify myself to,” he said.
“In my life up to this point, I have not always done the right thing. Whether you’re playing professional or collegiate sports, you have to do everything you can to advance. And sometimes I did wrong. And even in the business world, to get ahead, I often had to step over other people. I realized that what I did was wrong.”
Encounter with God
Drummond then found himself in front of the cloud again, towards which he headed. A hand extended from there.
“I have never seen such a cloud before. It was so pure that I could not determine its color. It was too clean,” he said. — I took up the study of the hand. … His forearms were larger than mine. From the way his hand passed through the cloud, I realized that he was a little taller than me.
“Those arms were much more muscular. This was a man who either worked in construction or was a farmer or carpenter. It looked like he was working with his hands. …They were very strong.”
Drummond believes that this man was in fact the Lord, who then told him:
“Your time has not yet come. You still have a lot to do.”
Drummond continues to hear those words every day.
“And the next moment I was sent back to my body and I was on a stretcher,” he said.
“I was being taken out of the ward, and suddenly I began to move in all directions. There was a real war in my body, because I did not want to return, because I had never felt such love and such peace before.“
Life from scratch
Drummond’s heart didn’t beat for 20 minutes. Now he understands that he was given the opportunity to start life on Earth from the beginning, and he had to take advantage of this.
“I was sent back because I was too selfish in my previous life. I was not kind to other people and did not treat them with respect as I should have,” he told the newspaper.
“There was one thing I regretted the most: I never told my wife how much I loved her. Before the operation, I just said: “See you later.” I didn’t even imagine that I could not return after it.”
After his encounter with death and subsequent celestial encounter, Drummond learned to be kind and considerate to others. Instead of focusing on himself, he prefers to help people in their careers, contributing to their improvement.
“The lessons I have learned are very valuable,” he said. “And it didn’t happen overnight. This is what I had to learn for 40 years, because I want to look more worthy when I go back there next time.”
The Dark and Mysterious History of Yosemite’s Tenaya Canyon
Tenaya Canyon is a trail-less and treacherous part of Yosemite
National Park that runs from Tenaya Lake down to Yosemite Valley. It is
known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite” because of the many
accidents, injuries and deaths that have occurred there over the years.
people even believe that the canyon is cursed by the spirits of the
original inhabitants of Yosemite, who were violently displaced by the
Mariposa Indian War in the 1850s.
The canyon is a challenging and
risky route for adventurous hikers and climbers, who have to navigate
smooth granite slabs, steep rappels, mandatory swims and precarious
ledges. The canyon also offers stunning views of waterfalls, swimming
holes and rock formations.
However, the park officials warn that
“a trip into the unforgiving terrain of Tenaya Canyon…should not be
taken lightly.” There is a sign at the entrance of the canyon that
reads: “TRAVEL BEYOND THIS POINT IS DANGEROUS.”
of the most famous incidents in Tenaya Canyon happened in 1918, when
John Muir, the “Father of the National Parks,” fell and was knocked
unconscious while exploring the canyon.
He later wrote: “I was
suddenly brought to a standstill by a blow on the head that confused my
senses for a moment or two without wholly stunning me.” He managed to
recover and continue his journey, but he never returned to the canyon.
Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, CA
“Tenaya Canyon is one of those places where you can feel history all
around you,” said Scott Gediman, a park ranger at Yosemite National
Park. “It’s a very powerful place.”
Another notable explorer of
Tenaya Canyon was Ron Kauk, a legendary climber who lived in Yosemite
for decades and scaled some of its most challenging walls.
He camped on the side of a rock face in Tenaya Canyon and felt a mysterious force pulling on his sleeping bag.
He told SFGATE:
“It was like something that came around in a teasing kind of way or
something. It wasn’t anything too dramatic, no lights flashing around or
flying by you. Just to acknowledge that there was something else
He speculated that the canyon might be “the holding place for the original spirit of the place and the people (of Yosemite).”
Canyon is named after Chief Tenaya, the leader of the Ahwahneechee
tribe that lived in Yosemite Valley before they were driven out by the
Mariposa Battalion, a group of armed volunteers sent by California’s
governor to subdue the Native Americans in the area.
battalion captured Chief Tenaya and his people and forced them to
relocate to a reservation near Fresno. However, some of them escaped and
returned to Yosemite Valley, where they were attacked again by the
Chief Tenaya’s son was killed in the battle, and he
reportedly cursed his enemies and his homeland before fleeing into
Tenaya Canyon. He was later killed by a rival tribe near Mono Lake.
historians and locals believe that Chief Tenaya’s curse still lingers
in Tenaya Canyon, causing misfortune and tragedy for those who enter it.
Others think that the canyon is simply a dangerous place that requires
caution and respect.
Tenaya Canyon has had more than 110 people
killed there and many more injured. It is known to the Park Service as
the Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite.
of people go missing at national parks across the United States every
year. Some of these disappearances are never solved. Yosemite National
Park holds the notorious position as the national park with the third
most missing persons per year (233).
Either way, Tenaya Canyon
remains one of Yosemite’s most fascinating and mysterious places, where
nature’s beauty and history’s brutality collide.
Vatican investigates potential miracle at Connecticut church
The Catholic Church is reportedly investigating a potential miracle that occurred at a church in Connecticut, reports independent.co.uk.
The supposed miracle took place at St Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant.
Revered Joseph Crowley, who heads St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, which
includes St Thomas Church, reported that the wafers distributed during
the observation of communion multiplied while sitting inside the
“God duplicated himself in the ciborium,” Rev Crowley
said after communion, referencing the metal storage containers used to
house the communion wafers. “God provides and it’s strange how God does
that. And that happened.”
response, the Archdiocese of Hartford began an investigation to
determine whether or not a miracle had occurred at the church.
then, the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith, a group dating
back to the 1500’s tasked with promoting and defending the Catholic
faith throughout the world, has been notified and has begun its own
A spokesman for the archdiocese, David Elliott,
issued a statement to the Hartford Courant saying that “reports such as
the alleged miracle in Thomaston require referral to the Dicastery for
the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. The Archdiocese has proceeded
accordingly, and will await a response in due time.”
an important part of the process of becoming a saint within the Catholic
Church. Sainthood considerations typically begin five years after the
death of an exceptional Catholic.
number of criteria must be met, including “verified miracles” — Vatican
officials must determine that the miracles are a direct result of an
individual praying to the candidate saint. They must come to the
decision that the miracle was a result of the dead potential saint
interceding between the petitioner and God, causing the miracle.
Catholic Church defines a miracle as a “sign of wonder such as a
healing, or control of nature, which can only be attributed to divine
While duplicating thin bread wafers may seem like a minor
use of divine power to those unfamiliar with Catholic theology, the
Eucharist — often called communion or the lord’s supper — is arguably
the holiest and most important sacrament — or ritual — in the faith.
typically believe in the idea of transubstantiation, or the idea that
the bread and wine given during the ritual literally become the body and
blood of Jesus Christ upon consecration, as opposed to simply symbols
of his presence.
O’Neil, who goes by the moniker Miracle Hunter, authored a book called
Science and the Miraculous: How the Church Investigates the
Supernatural, spoke to the Hartford Courant and gave examples of
previous eucharistic miracles.
“There are various types of
eucharistic miracles, but the ones that are most remarkable, in my
opinion, were on some rare occasions, the host is said to bleed human
blood,” he said.
Reverend Michael McGivney, the founder of the
Knights of Columbus, ended his clerical career at St Thomas, where the
alleged communion miracle took place. He has been in consideration for
sainthood and requires one more verified miracle before he moves on to
final consideration for sainthood within the Catholic Church.
Leonard Blair explained to the Hartford Courant that “what has been
reported to have occurred at our parish church in Thomaston, of which
Blessed Michael McGivney was once pastor, if verified, would constitute a
sign or wonder that can only be attributed to divine power to
strengthen our faith in the daily miracle of the Most Holy Eucharist.
would also be a source of blessing from Heaven for the effort that the
US Bishops are making to renew and deepen the faith and practice of our
Catholic people with regard to this great Sacrament.”
“Blessed” is a title given to saint candidates who have had “verified” miracles attributed to them by the Vatican.
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