Natalie worked as an archeologist in the Great Basin states for sixteen years before accepting a position managing construction contracts in Iraq. As a female civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Basrah and Nasiriyah, Iraq, she was riding in a truck when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle. As a result of the severe injuries her body received from this roadside bomb, Natalie had a near-death experience where she left her body and entered the spirit world. There it was decided that her work on Earth was not done and with the help of spirit guides, they repaired the body so she could reenter it. She retained the conscious memory of what happened and during the time in the hospital, more details returned. Before this experience, Sudman was dubious about anything that smacked of the paranormal. This experience made her a believer.
After being injured in Iraq, Natalie retired from government service. She is now enjoying art, writing, and continuing explorations into the non-physical. Natalie has also been a subject of studies performed by the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies, and welcomes invitations to act as a lab rat for any scientific investigation. Describing herself as an open-minded skeptic, Natalie finds that the rigorous methodology of science appeals to her critical https://thesearchforlifeafterdeath.com/2016/08/28/the-implications-of-natalie-sudmans-unusual-near-death-experience-in-iraq/mind, while her artistic nature enjoys the expansive freedom of leaving behind the critical mind in frequent forays into the non-physical. She maintains that an irreverent sense of humor and a willingness to look foolish are the cornerstones of constructive exploration.
Raised in Minnesota, Natlie Sudman has lived most of her adult life in eastern Oregon, Montana and South Dakota. She recently moved to southern Arizona. Natalie’s two-dimensional work is available through Davis & Cline Galleries in Ashland Oregon. Her ceramics are available online at Inyan Trace Art Studio. She occasionally blogs at Trace of Elements.
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“This is an amazing true story of a female civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Basrah and Nasiriyah, Iraq. She was riding in a truck with other men when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle. Her body was so severely damaged that there was no possible way she could live. She vividly recounts her Near Death Experience when she went out of the body to the spirit world. There it was decided that her work on Earth was not done and with the help of spirit guides, they repaired the body so she could reenter it. She retained the conscious memory of what happened and during the time in the hospital, more details returned. This is the amazing story of a survival in wartime conditions. This has happened to many others in Iraq, but how many remember the spirit side of the experience?
“Before this experience, Sudman was dubious about anything that smacked of the paranormal. This experience made her a believer. She shares her story here for the first time to demonstrate that the paranormal is normal and to assist others who have had similar experiences. This is a book for anyone interested in near death experiences and out of body experiences. It is one of the first such book to come out of the Iraq conflict.”
“We can be over there anytime and infinitely, forever; forever and forever, for a long time and it’s so easy and it’s so beautiful, but this life here is really exciting from the other side. And it’s pretty quick. So dig in and enjoy it… A lot of the spiritual messages seem to be deny the body and deny the — these emotions are bad emotions — and these things are not holy and I don’t think that’s true. From my experience, everything is holy. Here is there. We didn’t come here just to experience all the happy things. We also came here to experience the difficult emotions because we learn from those and they enrich us in ways that really we can’t get when we are out of body, when we are in our whole selves. If we could get those out there, we wouldn’t be here. From that perspective it’s very exciting to participate in any kind of emotions, and any kind of situation. It’s an adventure. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful…. It’s a miracle.”
“I can’t tell you how many times I hear that: ‘I want the NDE without the ND part.’ But there’s lots of ways to remember who we are. You don’t need to do the ND part. A lot of people want the flashy spiritually transformative experience of an NDE or something that happens that changes their whole life in an instant. Well, when you have that, unless you have already done the work before you had that experience, you’re going to have to do the work after that experience. What I’m saying is that it may not change your life the way you think it will. And it may not change your life that easily. You can kind of start at the beginning and work your way through something and learn it from the bottom up and by the time you get up to that peak experience, it may not feel like a peak because you’ve worked your way up and it might just fell like ‘aaahhhhh, now I’m here.’ Or you may have that peak experience but then you may crash and have to work your way back up. Or you may find ‘oh I’m loosing it’ and coming back up and find that road really rocky trying to master what you experienced in an instant. So what I am saying is a spiritually transformative experience is not always just magic. It can be very disruptive. And very, very difficult afterwards. It may not always be, but it can be. Be careful what you wish for is I guess what I am saying. And you don’t have to have it that way. That may be really flashy, but it may not be the best way for you. You may be working your way along slowly, slowly, and you may be a lot farther along than you think you are. Just keep going. It’s your path. It’s your path and your path is valuable for you. Their path is not valuable for you.”
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“Honestly, there’s a lot of people out there who have NDEs who don’t talk about them. They don’t make it into their life’s work to talk about them. That’s OK. It didn’t necessarily cause a huge revolution in their lives. It may be just part of their life — one more step of an evolution. It may not to be front and center. It may not need to be talked about by them. That’s OK. I think a good thing to ask yourself when [you say] I want the NDE without the ND part, or I want a really flashy transformative experience, ask yourself why you think you want that? What do you think it will give you that you don’t already have?”
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“In this non-physical state of being, there is a profound sense of belonging. Everything about everyone that exists is not only accepted, but admired, respected, recognized and celebrated. There is a cooperative, co-passion for being that permeates everything I experienced. Everything there is effortless. It is just so easy. It’s blissful. And it’s filled with a joy that is so fundamental it’s only really remarkable from outside of that state of being. So image that everything you have ever thought, imagined, experienced, dreamed, or created was recognized to be valuable to you yourself and to everyone else — to all that exists. Imagine that no matter what you do or how you express yourself, you belong and are valued. This is true. What was known to me, what was so basic as to be assumed was just that: that we are each intrinsically valuable and everything we experience matters, not just to ourselves but to each other and to All That Is.
“I use the phrase ‘All That Is’ instead of God, Source, Universe, whatever — a lot of those words have personal connotations that limit my ideas. And so when I say ‘All That Is’ it includes all that is. That’s the term that I’ll be using.
“My experience is that we are always within and expressions of All That Is which is a beautiful Force of infinitely curious and creative energy and awareness. How can we be anything but perfect? We are All That Is just as much as It is us. We are created by It; It creates us. We participate in It; It participates in us. We extend It and It extends us. We are each individual expressions of this single infinite awareness. We are one. And we are each perfect exactly as we are.
“We’re so used to thinking in terms of hierarchies. The healer is more important that the addict. The teacher is more important than the arms dealer. These hierarchies of values are not real. I don’t care how dull, or weird, or messed up we think our lives are here in the physical world, I can assure you that all of us are having a valuable experience. And I don’t care how special we think we are, we are each uniquely special. Every single one of us. Our experience extends and enhances everything that exists. We are each infinitely creative beings having an amazing experience just by being here.
“From the perspective out of body, it was understood that it takes some skill to even exist in the physical body, in the physical world. It takes a skill of focus to maintain consciousness within a physical body and then to participate in a collective, cooperative, creative experience of being in this physical world. So we’re all amazing. We’re all jet pilots flying 50 feet off the deck upside down. We are very cool. Just by showing up here, just by showing up.”
Part One of Three
This is Part One of a three-part series of interviews that Natalie Natalie Sudman did with AfterLifeTv’s Bob Olson. In this interview Natalie Sudman tells the story of her encounter with a roadside bomb (IED) and what happened when she left her body and had a near-death experience. In the blink of an eye, Natalie found herself in another dimension, what she calls the “Blink Environment.” Surrounded by thousands of other-worldly beings, she instantly began downloading minutely detailed information to them about events, thoughts, concepts, judgments, projections and connections regarding her physical life so far.
“A lot of times we think that our lives are small and petty and are not very valuable. I’m not as valuable as the person who has control over millions of dollars. Or I’m not as valuable as the person who runs a country. But it’s not true. All of our lives are valuable. If you do nothing more than enjoy your day then you have done something valuable for creation, for The All That Is, God, whatever you want to call It. Just our being here is amazing and everything we do matters. Everything we do matters.”
“We don’t really realize how amazing and totally cool we are; that we can, as Spirit, maintain the focus that it takes to stay in our physical bodies and work in a physical environment. It takes a special kind of skill and not all spirits or beings have… developed themselves in that direction… That kind of razor focus that it takes us to stay here is a real high, it’s a real thrill for the Whole Self to be able to do that.”
Part Two of Three
This is Part Two of a three-part series of interviews that Natalie Natalie Sudman did with AfterLifeTv’s Bob Olson. In this interview Natalie Sudman reveals what happened to her in the second stage of her NDE, which she calls the “Rest Environment.” She talks about the relationship between spirit and soul, her experience having a life review, the matrix that connects all living things, coincidences as serendipity, choices we make and those we don’t make, the power of our beliefs over our intentions, and a profound final message about the gift of being human.
Part Three of Three
This is Part Three of a three-part series of interviews that Natalie Natalie Sudman did with AfterLifeTv’s Bob Olson. In this interview Natalie Sudman reveals what happened to her in the “Healing Environment.” She talks about the different forms (shapes/appearances) she took in all three environments, and how her soul (whole self) chose the injuries she would have when re-entering her physical body. She also discusses why she chose those injuries, what the Healing Environment was like and what it teaches us about our soul’s detachment and sense of humor, and why our souls make choices for tragedies in the first place. She also talks about spirit guides, the environment in which they exist, and how they fulfill our requests when they get mixed messages from us.