Thursday, January 15, 2015

Having Died

I often find myself thinking about my first death and what I brought back from it.
The realization I keep coming to is, once you have died, you are always there. All of the trappings of everyday life here is a shadow of what is happening there.
At 16 I was hit by a train and killed. I have referred to the event as a near death experience but it was not, it was death.
 I spent a great deal of time surrounded and engulfed by the most positive and perfect energy, by the energy of all the souls ever to have lived and that were living. There is no time and space, simply "all". Everything that had ever happened to me and ever would happen to me was there with all the possible paths from start to return and the feeling was overwhelming. When I decided to return to this plane I was given help in the form of other souls that could assist me in my journey back. They remain both in me and in the other plane at once, always there keeping me strong.
When I died again in the VA hospital during surgery and then in recovery, I was given reinforcement of what I had known before and a strengthening of the connection.
It is truly hard to imagine being there and here at the same time when there is no time or space on that plane and we are relegated to an existence here in lockstep with the physical world. The two planes are real but do not touch. They pass through each other like wave on an ocean.
I often laughingly consider the idea of dark matter and that the other planes may well be what we detect.
The morning started with excitement at the prospect of getting laid in the big 1959 Impala my brother had left with us when he moved to France. My own car, a 1951 Ford Vicky, was in the shop getting a new engine that would later get me in lots of trouble, and dad said I could use the big car for a date.
Kathy, an older and wiser cousin of another girl friend, was in town and had already teased me with some very erotic kisses and the promise of a day spent at the coast in unrestrained debauchery.
I was to take mom to my sisters house and then the day was mine! We left the house around 7:30 and mom wanted to take a drive on River Road to see the sights. On the way out of town I was struck with a sudden impulse to use the seat belt. I did not have belts in my car and seldom if ever used them in this car but I stopped and put it on and instructed mom to do the same. She had a hernia and would not put the belt on so we proceeded.
As we neared the Sodaville turn off on the highway mom ask me to take the short-cut, an old graved road between River Road and Highway 20, I turned down the road, in to the sun, and drove up to the rail road crossing. The sign we all know too well, was delapitated and the arms of the sign were collapse, the brush around the tracks had grown up, and you could not see to the left at all. I paused, then pulled up on to the tracks. There was a split second when I saw the train as it hit us then I was gone. The train had not blown its horn and was going about 30 miles an hour. We were taken 510 feet down the track hitting the ties and NONE of the tires blew out. They think mom made at least 7 trips from the front seat to the back. Who knows what would have happened had she had on the seat belt.
Trying to explain to people what death was like is both difficult and painful. Difficult due to the fact that there really is no way to explain EVERYTHING AT ONCE in time based language. Painful for the same reason.
When people die and come back they speak to close friends about what it was like in words that they can understand. If they are Christian they talk about seeing God because their friends all want to hear that. You bring back what you take with you, and you have to talk about it in terms that your community can grasp.
I did not SEE God but was enveloped in all the energy of all the souls that ever lived or would ever live, everywhere. Since there is no way to describe the feeling of absoluteness, of power, of complete and total joy I have never really tried.
I will say that it was not my time and as I was given the chance to return and  I was given help. Imagine being braided with other energy and reinforced. That is how I came back.

As I began to visualize the world again I was far above the earth, then closer above the wreck. I could see the cars, the train, all the people standing around, and the ambulance. I could see ALL of this at once, not normal vision but as through a  360 fish eye lens.
I began to get closer and felt the pull of the thread of energy holding me to my shell and I was pulled down in to my body.
I opened my eyes and saw white. I could feel the sheet so I lifted my right hand and pulled the sheet off. People screamed, a woman fainted. They were all trying to get my mom out of the car and had pronounced me dead: no breath, no pulse, no blood coming out of my right hand. I had a huge piece of glass between my thumb and finger and when I came back it started bleeding.
The train coupler had pushed in the door and I was under it. The door was wrapped around me and I was between the knuckle of the coupler and the train.
To say that people were animated and excited would be understating the event. Once they got mom out they were faced with the problem of getting the train off me.
The door had wrapped around my lap and pushed me down in the seat leaving only my head and right arm exposed. Gas was everywhere.
They could not figure out what to do. Keep in mind there were no jaws of life back then. They contemplated jacking the train up put gave up on that Idea fast. I listed to the conversations and finally yelled at them to "get this fucking train OFF me!" I told them to get the tie-down chains of the Rose Logging truck (the truck was 300 feet down the road and hidden by the train so I could not possibly see it but I even knew whose truck it was) and tie the car to the tracks and back the train off. They decided that would work and the secured the chains to the car and the cross ties. One guy ask "What about your legs?" I said "What are you going to do, hurt me?"
The train backed up and the sound of metal on metal was a slow scream as the coupler again pushed down on me. My legs were bent backwards and I watched as the door released and sprang open. my legs popped up and my left arm, now exposed, was pretty damaged and torn up. There was a small cut above my left eye that was bleeding hard. They cut away the door and the seat braces to get me out. The whole operation took about 30 minutes.
They came around to the other side of the car and lifted me out and on to a gurney.  On the way to the hospital I floated in and out of my body a few times.
While this was going on, the State police had gone to our tire shop and ask my dad if he knew a John Canaga and that a car belonging to him had been in a train crash and the boy in the car was dead. My dad's name was John William Canaga, Bill Canaga to everyone. He flew to the hospital and found my mom in a comma and as he was talking to the Dr. they wheeled me in. I sat up and ask about mom. I don't think I ever saw my dad cry before or after that.
They told me I would not be able to walk for a few months as my legs were in bad shape, having been bent backwards, but no tendons tore loose and nothing was broken. That night I rand for a nurse and finally got out of bed and dragged myself to the bathroom. I was able to stand balance on my legs for just a few seconds by holding the railing. I followed the railing along the wall of my room and then out in the hall. I pulled myself around the hall for about an hour balancing and falling but the next morning I was able to walk with crutches. There as no internal damage amazingly, so on Monday night the let me go home.
KGAL radio had announced my death just after the wreck and so I was dead all day Saturday till my dad, having called the  station and tried to tell them I was fine, only to be hung up on as crank caller, drove out there and beat on the door and told them in person. At 11:00 they called the hospital and got the story right. But, the damage had been done so Tuesday when I went back to school lots of people, including a few teachers, were very surprised.

Years later, in 1994, I was scheduled for surgery at the Portland VA hospital. August 8th at 8:00 am.
As one Dr. put it, "Three hours in to a two hour surgery thing started going bad".
They were performing laparoscopic operation to create a stomach valve so I would stop having heartburn. My thorax spasmed and collapsed and the tools were still inside me.
I was again in the same place as before and was surrounded by energy, then I was pulled back. They inflated me and finished the operation not knowing that the tools had punctured the bowel and the plural.
I was given a small pillow to hold against my stomach as I sat in recover. I kept breathing out but not being able to breath all the way in. This went on for a long time and I complained but was told I was fine and it was normal. As I took my last breath I listened to myself flat-line, got up and watch as they threw me on a gurney and ran down the hall trying to get me to breath. I was again back to the realm of pure energy but also floating above myself, watching.
 They threw me one to a bed face down and put two huge needle up my back in to my lung cavity and drew off the grey fluid, then turned me over and one of the doctors straddled me and took a scalpel and cut me open between my 5th and 6th rib on the left and used a rib spreader to insert a tube. I woke up as he was making the first of four cuts. I screamed and bent the bed rail down. They put three tubes in two on the right and one on the left, attached me to a vacuum machine and three months later , after giving up trying to fight the infection, operated again and removed my lungs, cleaned my out and put them back.
I was told by the Dr. who did the operation that he was good but that I should call my friends and say goodbye just in case.
I left the hospital a few weeks later weighing 160 pounds, down from 230 when I went in.

All this makes me know that I am forever connected to that place of pure energy, as if tethered to it by some strand, always connected and safe.
I am there all the time as I am here.
Here is an interesting idea from Dr. Lanza; http://higherperspective.com/2015/01/consciousness-death.html#G5EeAB3DSfixMmtR.01

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The First One

In September of 1965, on a bright and sunny morning, my life changed forever.
My car, an old 1951 Ford that my dad had given to me the year before for my 16th birthday, was in the shop an a guy named Joe Tolomei. He owed my dad a lot of money for all the tires he went through as a circle track racer so dad made a deal with him to fix up my car. The motor was a flat-head 8 and was fine for any 16 year old at the time, but dad had other ideas.
Joe had built an engine for his car with a 1953 Ford truck engine. He went though it and did every thing he could to squeeze more power out of it. When he took it to the track the racing committee said "NO!" It was too much for the track and so he was stuck with this monster.
Dad decided it would be a good idea to put an engine that was banned from a race track in my car. So I was without a car for a really huge weekend. I had made a date with an older woman, the 18 year old cousin of a girl who I also lusted after. We were going to the drive-in and we were going to waste no time with the movie. She had already shown me serious skin and kissed like she was going to devour me.
I pleaded with dad to use the real car, my brother's 1959 Impala. He had left it with dad for safe keeping but when he got to France he said we could keep it and he bought a 1956 Mercedes Gull wing. (more on that later)
Dad ask mom if she minded and she said that as long as I dropped her off early Saturday morning with my sister across town in Sodaville, she was fine with the idea.
I got up extra early Saturday morning and called Kathy to see if she wanted to make a whole day of it and go to the coast, then to the drive-in. She sounded excited and we set up a time. I was waiting in the car for mom for what seemed like hour until she finally came out and settled in.
As we drove over the bridge in to town she remarked on how pretty the river was and told me to take the road along the east side of town along the river.
As we were about to turn on to River Road a very odd thing happened.
Let me go back in time a bit. When I was about 3, dad and mom loaded me up in the old Chevy, a 1947 Sedan I believe, and we took off down the hill to town. The Mastenbrook's horse had walked through the gate at the bottom of the hill and when dad hit it, it came though the front window in between mom and dad and ended up on me, head first. I have no real memory of that but I know I was unhurt. However, after that happened I started doing odd things that upset dad a lot. Like the time we were over half way to town in the '51 Ford and I turned around in the seat and started yelling that the barn was on fire. We were so far away from the house there was no possible way I could have seen flames or even a glow but I would not relent. Dad was yelling at me to shut up and finally slapped me. That did no good so he angrily turned around a drove back home, thinking that dinner had been ruined by a screaming brat. As we pulled in to the driveway, a small flame flickered un to sight under the bard,
Dad had been drying corn in an old tin bushel barrel over another one with a bed of coals. They were set up on bricks but a coal had dropped through a rusted out hole in the tub and dropped to the straw. Th fire was just gaining a hold when we got home and dad easily put it out with the hose.
He did not speak to me for a really long time after that, just watched me.
A few more events like that including running away from the little one room school at the base of the hill in the middle of a lesson, just in time to find my mom had fallen through the back door window while on a ladder cleaning the gutters. She had badly cut her arm and I stopped the bleeding and called the neighbors to come help. That also was rewarded with a quiet that countered mom's over stated praise.
Anyway, back to 1965. As were turned on to River Road I stopped the car and put on the seat belt. I had never worn one, my old Ford did not have them, but I was adamant that mom put her's on also. She refused saying it hurt her hernia and she would be fine.
I relented and we had a pleasant drive along the Santiam River with mom commenting on the sites and me thinking about getting laid.
As we turned off the river and headed to Hwy 20 by way of Weirich Drive, mom suggested we take the short-cut, Weirich Cut Off, to Sodaville Road. This is a short gravel road and at the time was overgrown with bushes so you were driving through dense plants on each side, ones that leaned in to the road. At the end of the road was a raised railroad crossing, one of those where you have to drive up and over the track. The crossing sign was so old it had collapsed and was almost straight up and down. The sun was over my shoulder and the bushes were brightly lit. The brush had not been cut back for the year and the tracks were raised just enough that you had to slow down to get over them. This has changed now as they have lowered the track and removed most of the brush from around the tracks.