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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 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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• Natalie Sudman’s Website
• Natalie Sudman on Facebook
• The Implications of Natalie Sudman’s Unusual Near-Death Experience in Iraq
Application of Impossible Things: My Near Death Experience in Iraq (2012)
“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.”
“From the physical perspective, it’s appropriate to agree upon limits of behavior in order to create a harmonious collective experience. It may also be necessary because we’ve built our reality into a structure that discourages or overlooks personal understanding and consistent awareness of our Whole Selves (and so, our participation in All That Is) within our physical lives. Our judgments on behavior, then, are valid from this physical perspective and functional only within it. We try to curtail the actions of a burglar, a murderer, or a rapist, with good reason. It’s a judgment on the physical action, and an attempt to minimize detrimental effects on the general harmony of the physical world, our collective conscious experience.
“From expanded awareness every action is understood to express creativity, have meaning, and influence the balance and order of the whole of All That Is. From my experiences in expanded awareness, it appears to me that no being is considered evil or bad. Actions of a being may be understood to be disruptive, inharmonious, or detrimental to the creative flow within any one reality, but the creativity of an action could be understood as valid — perhaps even necessary or useful — regardless of the overall disruption. Actions of a being may be understood as likely to look disruptive or evil from within a physical perspective while being considered beautiful, necessary, or valuable creative action from the perspective of expanded awareness and thus good in every way.
“Here’s a simplistic (or simplified, though not necessarily simple) example. From our perspective, we’re generally unable to perceive or understand fully the roles that a Whole Self may choose to take on upon entering a body, but from expanded awareness it can be seen that someone may agree to act in a certain way in order to assist others in experiencing something. As outrageous as it may seem to our perspective in the physical, the man who built the bomb that blew me up may have performed that action at my own request. This is not to imply that because it was at my request, his actions are acceptable within the physical world and ought to be overlooked. The role may have been agreed upon in order for the bomber himself to experience what it’s like to be chased, arrested, detained, or killed for the violence he visited on others. The bomber’s actions don’t have to be condoned in the physical world because he and I as Whole Selves agreed to blow me up; we all keep playing our roles within the context of the physical (the collective reality that we as Whole Selves have chosen to focus upon and participate in) according to what we think is good and right.
“That as a Whole Being I actually chose to be blown up flies in the face of more than one cultural base assumption. We generally assume that things happen to us and that there are many things that we simply can’t control. Accidents happen, mistakes are made, some people are lucky, and some are not. My experience simply doesn’t support this base assumption. Whether consciously aware of it in the physical mind or not, my Whole Self is fully aware of every experience as a cooperative effort between my focused awareness within the physical world, my Whole Self, and other individual Selves. I craft my physical experiences. Things don’t happen to me without my consent; they happen because I created, co-created, or agreed to experience them.
“Just to complicate matters in one (of many) directions, from expanded awareness, it is understood that beings can become so focused within one reality that they entirely (temporarily) lose track of their Whole Selves. Within that disconnect, they can cause all sorts of disruption through focused but non-cooperative action. This isn’t a cause for punishment; it’s a cause for healing.”
— Natalie Sudman, The Application of Impossible Things, Chapter 4: Choice, Purpose, and Responsibility
“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.”
— 22:04 – 24:35
“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?”
— 25:58 – 26:58
“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.”
Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley Interviews Natalie Sudman
“We’re not the only ones who benefit from our experience in the physical world. In this experience we deepen our understanding of who and what we are in a unique way when we chose to come here and participate. When we leave our physical bodies we have a lot of knowledge that other beings don’t necessarily have. We have a lot to teach and share.”
“…we come into this world at this time in this place in order to participate. But that doesn’t mean we have to lose sight of the true fact of who we really are. We are not this personality, or this body, or these emotions. We are the infinite beings having an experience through this body, through the emotions, through the personality.
“It is possible to participate in this life, to get into a role with passion while still remembering that it is just a role – that we are actually whole beings: indestructible, safe, utterly beautiful. The best plays are ones in which the actors are so good, we all — actors and audiences — give ourselves over to the story. But in the end the curtain comes down – we always know it is a play.
“Dig in, be with life, and give yourself over to the story … without forgetting that it is a story.”
Bob Olson Interviews Natalie Sudman – A Series Of 7 Conversations
1 of 7: Natalie Sudman’s Near-Death Experience Due To A Roadside Bomb In Iraq
This is Part One of a seven-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.”
2 of 7: Natalie Sudman’s LIFE REVIEW During Her Near-Death Experience
This is Part Two of a seven-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.
3 of 7: Experiencing the HEALING Environment of a Near Death Experience
This is Part Three of a seven-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.
4 of 7: The Near Death Experience Of An Analytical Mind!
5 of 7: Recognizing the Presence of Deceased Loved Ones at Family & Friend Gatherings
6 of 7: What One Near-Death Experience Exposes About Our True Spiritual Essence
7 of 7: What Near-Death Experience Teaches Us About Suffering, Souls & Spiritual Guidance