Q & A with PMH Atwater
Dr. Atwater is an international authority on near- death states as well as a near-death experiencer. She is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
“This e-mail is long overdue and as such, may be a bit long. But I appreciate you taking the time to read it. I have many times over the last several years thought of writing you, but each time I felt it was not the right time to do so. However, after your last newsletter, the desire was too strong and hence, this e-mail.
“I found you in 2012. I had just gone through dealing with my son’s cancer (he is doing well and the cancer was a true blessing to us both). My daughter gave me a Kindle so I asked for the right books to come to me. Yours was the 17th book (purchased 11-9-12) that I asked to be read. It was “Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story.” One page in and I actually was not just reading the book, the book was surrounding and enveloping me with physical feelings such as tingles and warmth. It was also like being starved and all of a sudden I was given the most satisfying meal I could imagine. Food for the soul! In the process of reading all of your books, I saw George Meek’s name mentioned (“After We Die, What Then?”) a few times and that perked my interest even more as I have somewhat of a history with George Meek of Metascience.
“My Dad, Hans Heckmann, worked on the Spiricom device with George for many years in the ‘80s and ‘90s. My ex-husband also worked for George, and we lived on his property in Franklin, NC, in the early ‘80s. My father often talked about all the mediums that he had met and worked with. My three sisters and I were brought up between two opposites - “Talking to the Dead” and “Talking to the Priest.” My Mom, a staunch Catholic, eventually succeeded in stopping all of my father’s work as she was afraid of lower level spiritual involvement. Just to give you an example from my childhood: my three sisters and I still laugh about the incident when we received spirit phone calls - my Mom threw holy water all over the phones and they stopped calling. I can remember my Father playing us back a tape of voices from the other side praising God. I just try to take the good in each perspective.
“I wanted to share with you two photos. One is from my heavily read copy of “Future Memory” (my favorite book of all time as you can tell from the photo), as well as a photo of a used book I ordered and received with a lovely notation in the front. You have very nice penmanship and I was frankly thrilled to receive a notated copy even though it was not meant for me. I still treasure it.
“Now to the catalyst of this e-mail. When I received your November 2015 newsletter (I devour these ‘deserts’ and click on every link), I noticed the link to “Calling Earth” and promptly watched it. I was moved, remembering the people my Dad loved and worked with. Ernst Senkowski is especially one that I remember, not to mention all the memories of George and Jeanette Meek and the years I spent in North Carolina. I will now have to e-mail Mark Macy to discuss with him. Although I have met and communicated with Mark in the past, he was not as powerful a memory as George and Ernst, although he worked with my Dad for years. Thanks for linking to it - what a blast from the past.
“Thank you so much for devoting your life to opening up minds. I eagerly await any and all material you produce - as I mentioned at the beginning of this e-mail, it is food for my soul.”....Rita
Oh, my goodness, we certainly know the same people and have participated in similar projects. George Meek was a good friend to me as he was to many - all his many projects - I promoted them all. Back in the “old days,” I created and ran INNER FORUM in Boise, Idaho. Brought speakers in each month, good ones, in an effort to show the public the difference between fraud and reality, between tabloids and real research and real people who did real work. Worked with over 3,000 people in seven years. It was quite a journey. But then, I was always the one to jump in and find out for myself. I have lived my life by the Russian Proverb: “Trust, but verify.” Then I died, and had to relearn everything all over again. Geeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzz. I call what I went through “the heavenly sledge hammer effect” - three deaths and near-deaths in three months. Phew!
Well, here you are, another soul who has walked many of my pathways. Yes, Future Memory is my favorite book, too. Glad you read Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story. The second half of that book, from Chapter 16 on, got me in all kinds of trouble (not new for me). I stuck my neck out and really did tell at least some of “the rest of the story.” One of these days, I’ll tell even more.
I love the way you grew up. Too bad your mother was so frightened of the real and the wonderful. So many are - who have not searched, read, researched, and experienced the energy world and the realms of soul. Thank you for blessing my day. You seem like a dear friend - actually you are. Blessings, PMH