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Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Awakenings


Dana Tate is a licensed Evangelist under the leadership of "God's Temple of Deliverance Inc, located in California.


Near death experience.


My eyes are open. A poem about deliverance.

Once turbulent waters are now full of thanksgiving.

No longer in bondage for today I have risen.

I've risen above the things that plagued me.

For once I was blind, but now I can see.

I've risen above the pain and shame!

I've risen above the storms and rain!

I've risen above the things that plagued me.

For once I was blind but now I can see.

My eyes are open, they are indeed.

My eyes are open and now I can see.

And I see the beauty of all God's creations.

And I see the beauty in the things I once hated.

Like the sun, the rain, the rustling leaves.

Blowing in the wind on a cool summer breeze.

The moon, the stars, up high in the sky.

The beauty of life is a delight to my eyes.

The beautiful animals!

The green-foamy sea!

Oh, glory to God!

I'm unbounded!

I'm free!

I've risen above the things that hindered me.

For once I was blind.

But now...I can see.

My Near death experience. (NDE) Changed my Life

After a near death experience, I learned to appreciate life like I never had before.

In 2005, I went into the hospital to have a simple operation for tumor removal and while I was under anesthesia I went into cardiac arrest.

I remember opening my eyes on the operating table and then sitting up. Next thing I remember, was coming out of my body and floating over the doctor's while they were trying to save me.

Finally, I floated toward the ceiling, took one final look at the activity below me, and then went through the ceiling.

I don't remember traveling through a tunnel or going through a light. I don't know how long, or how far I traveled, but my eyes suddenly opened and I was staring at four people wearing white gowns, a family. A woman, man and another male and female. All four looked terribly young and perfect, not like I remembered them, diseased, sickly, dying.

How My Near Death Experience Changed Me.

After I came home from the hospital, I noticed a change in me. The grass seemed a little greener and the sun shone a bit brighter, I also became obsessed with nature and the order of creation.

I felt like I had been born again seeing the beauty of life through a fresh pair of eyes. My attitude changed. No longer was I a person just existing on earth but a person on a mission to find out my purpose in this world.

With Thousands of Reports of NDE, Why are People Still Skeptical?

Many skeptics have tried to rule out the possibility of (out of body) or (near death experience). It's their opinion that the person was simply hallucinating or dreaming while under anesthesia but the similar reports of observing their own operations- out-side the body- or going into a light, are reported by too many to be ruled out.

Patients have stated they were filled with a sense of peace that surpassed their understanding. Some have said they felt no connection with the body they came out of, but were aware that they were watching their own operation from outside of their body.

Patients have reported that after this life changing experience, they were never the same. They became more spiritual, became obsessed with a need for understanding, and felt rejuvenated as if they had been reborn.

Prayer and deliverance.


The meaning behind the poem.

As I began to go through personal challenges in my life, I began to pray for deliverance. Soon I was led to a class at my church, where a wonderful evangelist, was gifted in intercessory prayer.

After attending her class for a month I had a sudden urge to write; the feeling was so powerful I began to write even though I knew I would be late for my prayer class, the result was this poem.

As I put pen to paper that day these beautiful words began to filter my heart "Once turbulent waters are now full of thanksgiving, no longer in bondage for today I have risen" This poem was the Holy Spirit's way of letting me know my prayers had been answered for I had been freed from bondage the moment I became saved through the precious blood of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

As I grew stronger in my faith, I began to understand that God free's us from bondage and forgive our sins once we become saved. However, bondage can take a shape of many forms, in our minds and in our hearts if we don't understand the importance of repentance and forgiveness within ourselves.

After writing this poem I went to my prayer meeting and shared this poem with the class, I wanted to encourage them to pray without ceasing, for the Lord's ears are always open to the faithful my poem was living proof.


Have you Ever Had A Near Death Experience?

© 2013 Dana Tate


Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on December 17, 2019:

Traveling ot-of-the-body is an experience that will change your whole life. I agree, there is more for me to do slowly, I'm evolving into a stronger and wiser person.

I don't fear death like I use to and things that used to matter don't matter as much as they used to. I seem to be on this endless chase for knowledge and truth and the thirst is insatiable

Jack my friend, bless you for all that you do in the work of our Lord.

Merry Christmas and, Happy New Year.

Jack Jenn. on December 12, 2019:

Hi Dana,

I very much enjoyed your article and it's true, most don't understand what you're talking about in NDE.

And most don't realise it's mentioned in the Bible either. Eccleseastes is speaking about the death of man and that we should be mindful of it and think about the brevity of life - particularly the end of it - as in the case of an unbeliever, or is it just a new beginning of something far more wonderful.

Chapter 12: 6,7 says, Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

In your experience the silver cord would have been loosed had God wanted you at that time but it obviously wasn't to be and only He knows why - there is more for you to do.

Enjoying your work Dana.

My very best,


Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on March 12, 2019:

Thanks Tim,

I hate that it took a near death experience to waken me spiritually, however it gave me a new purpose in life that gave me a reason to live.

I appreciate your encouragement.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 12, 2019:

Wonderful article, Dana. Thanks for a positive and encouraging work.



Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on March 03, 2019:

Yes Mark.

Our best testimonies come from our darkest trials.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on March 01, 2019:

Enjoyed your poem, Dana, as well your near death story. Sometimes it takes a big event like that to wake us up.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on September 02, 2016:

Gina, thank you so much for this beautiful testimony. In my NDE, I saw my mother, grandmother, grandfather and an uncle that had passed on. I came back with a deep awareness that I had been saved for something and that has been the beginning of everything.

Gina Welds from Tampa, Florida on September 02, 2016:

Hi Dana. Your hub has prompted me to share my own experience. Mine also occurred during a surgery, but I have "evidence" of death as well as eye witnesses, namely my surgeons, to corroborate my story. I won't go into any detail, but my grandmother appeared to me at the end of the tunnel of light, saying that "God wasn't ready for (me) just yet," and that I should go home.

My surgeon relayed the story of my surgery a few days later. The whole surgery had been recorded, so I was able to piece together the events clearly. I now wish I had kept a copy that was offered to me, but I did not want to relive my own death again. The lead or head surgeon was the last person to call time-of-death, and he stated that just as he was about to, my heart started to beat again.

I fully believe that was the moment that my Grandmother gave me that message.

My surgeon, who I did not realize was a strong believer, then said, "Someone up there must love you, because you should not be here. Find out what your mission is and do it." (paraphrased)

Life changed for me after that experience, and my life has evolved and taken some turns that only God can orchestrate. I continue to live in faith and under the guidance of God almighty.

Thank you for sharing this. I am so glad I found your work here on HP.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on October 23, 2015:

Wish I could. I could always use the extra cash Kaycie. Thanks for commenting and reading.

Kaycie on January 01, 2015:

Haha, shouldn't you be charging for that kind of knewdolge?!

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on June 15, 2014:

I second that, here's to getting to know you better. Thank you for your visit and comment. I plan to go to your hubs and get some good reading in. Thanks again your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 15, 2014:

Hi Dana, this one was super great. Excellent poem and hub to read on a wonderful day like this one. Glad I'm getting to know you better :-)

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on June 14, 2014:

This is a continuation to Grand old Lady: After that experience my life changed. I began to see the world differently, people differently, creation differently. Because I knew for a fact that we were spiritual beings living in a body, the bible began to make sense to me. Seeing my family was a gift. It took away my hopelessness, I hope this has helped you.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on June 14, 2014:

Gran old Lady: You have no idea how much pleasure your comment and visit has made me. In truth, that near death experience that I had has attributed to everything I am today. I was having an operation and something went wrong while I was under anesthetic. I floated out of my body and I watched the doctors operation on me from the ceiling. Then everything went black because the next thing I remember are my eyes opening. (That's where the title of the poem came from) and I was staring at family members who had passed on. They were all dressed in white and looked very young. I remember feeling peaceful and had no thoughts of this world. I remember wondering what my family was looking at because they never turned to me but seemed to be staring at something down below. I tried to see but only saw darkness. Next thing I remember was floating which I believe was, above my body and my eyes had opened again. This time my mother was staring right at me. And then I woke up in the operating room murmuring to my doctor that I had seen angles. He admitted that I had lost a lot of blood and my body went into some kind of shock. What I witnessed when I first came out of my body was them trying to revive me.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 14, 2014:

I've had some experiences similar to yours when I had a severe illness that could have led to shock and death. Thank you for sharing your experience and how it affected your life afterwards. If you could write more in detail about your out of body experience, it would be most appreciated.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on April 16, 2014:

Harishprasad thank you so much for your very inspiring and uplifting words. I love the way you express a deep understanding of all my poetry. I can only tell you, and i'm sure you know, how inspired a writer feels when someone completely understands their heart. Your comment as always is greatly appreciated.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on April 04, 2014:

Dana, this poem is wonderful and words are uplifting and very soulful. This is the gift of life that we must appreciate with our every breath and with all gratitude. How wonderful that you started appreciating even those things that you disliked at some point of time ! It means now your heart knows only love. What you have elaborated further about your transformation is also very interesting and a unique experience. I just loved reading this lovely poem and thoughts expressed by you. Voted up.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on March 19, 2014:

Jodah: Yes you are right there are too many people with the same testimony to dismiss it as someone's imagination. The thing that made me realize more than my 'knowing' was the way my heart changed. Thank you for commenting and appreciating this poem.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 18, 2014:

Hey Dana. I don't wish a near death experience on anyone but it certainly can be a catalyst to make you appreciate life and see everything with fresh eyes. I have heard many people say the same thing so we can't dismiss it as just a dream or a result of the anaesthesia.

Beautiful hub with a great message. Yes you were certainly inspired to write that poem. Glad you shared it. Voted up.

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on August 21, 2013:

Thank you chocolate I agree there is a time for eveything and when you look at life everything has its birth and it's death...thank's for stopping by.

chocolate on August 20, 2013:

The lord is always at work in our lives a seed is planted, then watered, then it grows and when it's season comes it is born. I wish everyone could understand this. Ecclesiastes said it best there is a time for everything. Life in a lot of ways is repetitive in the way which everything has a season, beautifully expressed.

Harriett on June 28, 2013:

Simply one word...beautiful!

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on May 07, 2013:

Thank you so much for your kind words.

ikki on May 02, 2013:

beautiful and heartfelt

Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on April 26, 2013:

Thank you so much naturalife... Having a near death experience does give you a " Spiritual Awakening" and like yourself, I have also thanked God everyday for my life, and tried to make the most out of it. Thank you so much for your encouragement, it makes sharing a pleasure.

Isabella from Far North Queensland on April 20, 2013:

Hi Dana,

I had near death experience, too. Since then, I have loved life and my everyday prayer is "thank you God". I can identify with your words. Beautiful and sweet.


Dana Tate (author) from LOS ANGELES on April 19, 2013:

mrmathew 1963, thank you for commenting. Your'e right sometimes we do take the small things for granted in our busy lives. If I had never went through my experience i may have never learned to appreciate life to it's fullest.

mrmathew1963 from Australia on April 18, 2013:

G'day Dana

Yes everything seems to glow maybe because we are more aware, you notice things you didn't quite notice before as you took them for granted like the sky & the moon & even an ant. I didn't myself go through a near death experience but I have gone through some unreal conscious states.



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