Secrets of the Light: Lessons from Heaven

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In 1975, Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. When he awoke in a morgue twenty-eight minutes later, everything was forever changed. Over the next twenty years, Brinkley had not one, but two more near-death experiences. Now, in Secrets from the Light, he shares the lessons he learned in the afterlife so we, too, can fulfill our true purpose in life. With wit, humor, and compassion, Brinkley shows that by living the way Heaven intends, you will find happiness in ...

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Overview

In 1975, Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. When he awoke in a morgue twenty-eight minutes later, everything was forever changed. Over the next twenty years, Brinkley had not one, but two more near-death experiences. Now, in Secrets from the Light, he shares the lessons he learned in the afterlife so we, too, can fulfill our true purpose in life. With wit, humor, and compassion, Brinkley shows that by living the way Heaven intends, you will find happiness in this life and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

London Free Press
“An inspiring upbeat book with the message that ‘True joy in life comes from living in the moment, while learning to bloom where you are planted.’’’
London Free Press
“An inspiring upbeat book with the message that ‘True joy in life comes from living in the moment, while learning to bloom where you are planted.’’’
James Van Praagh
“This is a must-read for anyone on their spiritual path. Dannion does a wonderful job at illuminating the mysteries of life, and the illusion of death.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith
“With the warmhearted clarity and wisdom of those who genuinely know, Dannion and Kathryn Brinkley offer inspired and practical insights for those who want to enrich their individual life in a way that benefits not only themselves, but uplifts the entire planet. This book is a must-read.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061671760
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dannion Brinkley is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light. His books, tours, and lectures, with his wife, Kathryn, have transformed the consciousness of people across the world. Their nonprofit organization, The Twilight Brigade/Compassion in Action, trains volunteers to be at the bedside of our nation's veterans. It was nominated for the Heart of Hospice award in 2008. Dannion and Kathryn share their lives with six children between their homes in Nevada and South Carolina.

Dannion Brinkley is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller Saved by the Light. His books, tours, and lectures, with his wife, Kathryn, have transformed the consciousness of people across the world. Their nonprofit organization, The Twilight Brigade/Compassion in Action, recruits and trains hospice volunteers for our nation's dying veterans. Their organization was nominated for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association's prestigious Heart of Hospice Award in 2001. A movie based on Saved by the Light debuted as one of the highest rated television movies in the FOX television network's history. Dannion and Kathryn share their lives with six children and live between homes in Nevada and South Carolina.

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Secrets of the Light

Chapter One

My Lively Dance with Death

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
—Epicurus

The first time I died, it wasn't nearly as scary as I'd thought it would be. Yet, quite honestly, at age twenty-five, I had not actually spent a lot of time thinking about death—at least not my own. Nevertheless, between 1975 and 1997 I managed to die once and dance toe to toe with death through two more near-death experiences. I recounted much of my story in my first two books, Saved by the Light (1995) and At Peace in the Light (1996). But in this book I simply want to tell enough of the story to get us to the real purpose of the book—how we can all live more fulfilling and less fearful lives.

Back in 1975 I was one cocky son of a gun who could anticipate a punch, fieldstrip a rifle, and fix a '57 Chevy with one arm tied behind my back. Beyond that, and an occasional night out with my girl, I didn't give a damn about much of anything else. In my hometown I was the bully everybody loved to hate. Moreover, that's exactly how I liked it. I believed I had created the perfect world for myself, until a lethal thunderstorm loomed within throwing distance of my home in South Carolina on the evening of September 17, 1975.

I'd been working out of town for several weeks. While I was catching up with a close friend on the telephone, a bolt of lightning made a direct hit right outside my house. Like a heat-seeking missile, it was swiftly drawn through an ungrounded telephone line. Within seconds, it carved a path of melted flesh and bone as it entered myhead through the phone receiver. It all happened so fast, there was no time to react. Although I heard a deafening sound, like a high-speed locomotive rushing toward my ear, the lightning flashed inside my head before I could assemble my thoughts to put down the phone. Then it was too late; the lightning was hell-bent on having its way with me. Instantly, it lifted me off the bedroom floor and held me suspended in the air. The searing pain stunned my senses as the electricity burned its way through my entire body, engraving its fiery initials down the length of my spine. My body was burning from the inside out. It was beyond excruciating—truly torturous to the point of being incomprehensible. I could not think; I couldn't even scream. As the lightning exited through my feet, I dropped to the bed below as if forcibly thrown, severely bending the frame in the process.

By that time my girlfriend, Sandy, heard the commotion and came running in from the kitchen to see what was going on. She gasped in horror at the sight before her. There I was, badly charred and broken, strewn lifeless across the bed. She took a deep breath and immediately started CPR on me. I remember watching her do this. I was perched just under the ceiling at the far side of the room, and although I was floating above the scene, it never occurred to me that I was actually dead.

You see, at that time, the depth of my spiritual perspective was truly limited, if not fatally flawed. I was raised in the Deep South and, as you probably know, everybody goes to Hell where I come from. As a survivor of that fundamentalist religious environment, I possessed no spiritual framework for understanding what I was about to encounter head-on. I had never heard of a near-death experience. Dr. Raymond Moody hadn't even coined the phrase yet. And I wouldn't have believed in it even if I had heard of it. I never gave the time of day to that kind of cosmic crap. For me, the world of the mystical didn't hold the slightest interest. But as of that moment in 1975, everything spiritual had my full and undivided attention. I guess you could say the lightning had permanently readjusted my attitude!

Before too long, from my vantage point just below the ceiling, I saw Tommy—the friend I'd been talking to on the phone—rush into the bedroom. Panicked by the abrupt way our conversation ended, he'd put down the phone and headed over to my house. Having been trained as a corpsman in the Navy, Tommy automatically took over the resuscitation effort while Sandy ran next door to call for an ambulance. I watched them with great curiosity and without the slightest sensation of physical discomfort. That crushing, burning torment that had riveted me just moments before was now completely gone.

As all this transpired, the vibrant kaleidoscope of living colors that emanated from Tommy and Sandy astounded me. In fact, as I glanced around the room everything appeared to be literally alive and vibrating with color. Even the wooden chest of drawers in the corner radiated a multihued energy. What an amazing observation for a redneck! I wish everyone could see what I saw on that night. It certainly changed the way I relate to animate, and even inanimate, life to this very day. I no longer take for granted the unique and beautiful spiritual life force flowing through every creation in the physical world. To witness how intricately everything was connected, interwoven, and related, at the deepest levels of a highly organized matrix of networked energy, was indeed an overwhelming and inescapable new reality for me. Yet, as inspiring as that discovery was, it would pale in comparison to what was yet to come. Before the night was over, I was destined to witness the breathtaking marvels of the heavenly realms.

Secrets of the Light. Copyright © by Dannion Brinkley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 There and Back Again 1

1 My Lively Dance with Death 3

2 Living Between the Worlds 21

3 So Far from Home 27

4 What You Seek, Seeks You 35

5 Let's Synchronize Our Watches 41

6 No More Excuses 49

7 Another Life Bites the Dust 57

8 Varying Degrees of Heaven 67

9 The Fertile Void 77

Part 2 The Fourfold Path to Power 89

10 And Now, the Rest of the Story 91

11 The Power in Love 101

12 The Power in Choice 113

13 The Power in Belief 119

14 The Power in Prayer 125

Part 3 The Seven Lessons from Heaven 133

15 Lesson One 135

16 Lesson Two 145

17 Lesson Three 153

18 Lesson Four 161

19 Lesson Five 167

20 Lesson Six 175

21 Lesson Seven 179

22 The Panoramic Life Review 189

Conclusion If It's True, What Shall We Do? 197

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Secrets of the Light

    When we lose a loved one or even a beloved pet we want to know that they are in a safe place and are okay. After losing my mother 22 years ago I have read extensively about "life after death" and have found this book to be the best description of how I want to believe things are. I have given the book, repeatedly, to people facing death with a loved one or having already lost someone.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

    In my humble opinion, every human being on the planet should read this book! Dannion does have a way with words! His inspiration is amazing, his humor infectious and his courage?... Well, we should all be so brave. Outstanding read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Inspiring!

    This is a thought provoking book that kept my interest throughout. After the passing of my mother this past year, I have read many books that dealt with topics of the soul and spiritual afterlife. This, for me, was one of the most healing and inspirational of all the books that I read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

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    would not recommend

    This is not a Christ based book. I did not even finish reading it.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

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    Secrets of the Light by Dannion Brinkley

    I thought I had read and re-read this topic a thousand times quite thoroughly. Reading the sentence about Brinkley's last death experience, struck a nerve or should I say a bundle of nerves---"In one way or another, each of them had stopped living long before they died." There I found my reality, my blue-grey place and it scared the hell out of me! This extraordinary book written with total love and surrender from this author's heart, had oozed its way into my head and is still filtering into my heart. WOW! Whether you're living your life or you've stopped living and settled into a cocoon, this book can help you skip a big step on your way to Heaven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I heard the author speak...

    After hearing the author speak years ago, I wouldn't buy his books. He was telling AIDS patients at the time that there is no hell, and his story has been evolving. I know differently, even from our family experiences. He and Moody were also making fun of Christians.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Recommended for anyone seeking spiritual progression.

    Mr. Brinkley's experiences and his sharing of the lessons from them are truly a guide to live in the ways we are meant to live. The lessons he has defined for those of us seeking to live a more spiritual life are enriching, especially those who speak to the readers individually. It will remain on my bookshelf as a reference for my lifetime.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book for those who are going through the loss of a loved one.

    I read this book as my father was passing away from cancer after a long hard year of fighting. It will help anyone going through the grieving process.It help affirm your belief in something more.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Definitely Informative and Inspirational. There is so much to be gained from this account!

    Very useful knowledge of accounts with after-life that provide the impetus to grow both spiritually and personally on a deeper and more profound level.

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    This book was fun to read as were his other books. The subject matter is interesting since it deals with life after death, however, it's very subjective. The reader needs to remember that IF this story is true, then it may only be true for this particular person.

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