I was talking on the phone and a lightning strike hit me in the face throwing me backward. I separated from my body and observed the people around me. A nurse was waiting to use the phone. She started CPR. I floated away from the scene, saw my children playing and floated out of the building. I was bathed in a bluish, white light that had the sensation of acceleration and direction. I was pure thought flowing in a wondrous river of peace and loving feeling.
Then instantly I was back and in pain. I saw a cardiologist and neurologist afterward and had no deleterious effects. Within that year, I developed an insatiable desire to listen to piano music, play it, and later to write it. I had a meager exposure to piano for a year of lessons at age seven and had no interest before the lightning. Currently, I'm a case study of Dr. Oliver Sacks.
A Wondrous River of Peace