Many years ago, a Vietnam veteran told me a fascinating story about an out-of-body experience he had during combat. He and some fellow soldiers were engaged in a firefight in the jungle when a grenade exploded nearby. Jack remembered rising up out of his body and watching as paramedics frantically tried to revive him, bandaged his wounds, placed him on a stretcher, and ran up to a helicopter to slide the stretcher inside. Then he calmly watched as the helicopter flew away with his body aboard. The next thing he recalled was waking up in a field hospital to learn that most of his comrades had died.
There are many paranormal stories related to war. Perhaps because soldiers experience such extreme emotions on the battlefield, a residue of their fear and exhilaration leaves an imprint on the surrounding area that doesn’t readily dissipate. I’ve read the stories of people who describe having seen ghosts from the Revolutionary War. And the hauntings on the Gettysburg battlefields are legend.
One story in my first book recounts a past-life episode that a man had as a doctor during the Civil War and how it shaped his career path in this life. Another tale recounts a paranormal event that occurred in Italy during World War I, as retold by the soldier’s grand niece.
Clearly, in situations like war where death becomes a daily companion, paranormal activity can’t be far behind. Read more about it in Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of Psychic Bystander, available in hardcover, softcover, and electronic versions.
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