Barbara Harris Whitfield: Life After Death

Barbara Harris Whitfield
Barbara Harris Whitfield

Barbara Harris Whitfield’s life changed when she died.

At 32 years old, she was seriously disabled and had no motivation to live. What ensued was a series of near death experiences (NDE) that changed everything.


“I had a typical 1950’s marriage.”

“We had the perfect home, the perfect kids, the perfect airplane, the perfect swimming pool…

and incredible debt. I thought this is what life was.”


Fifties Life



But a pool accident injured her back, which led to a host of drugs to deal with the pain. Hospitalizations and increased drugs, by 1975, led to a spinal fusion. Several breaks that had been undiscovered were found during surgery and she awoke in a Stryker circle bed, later followed by months in a body cast.

During this time, she had her first NDE.

Medical professionals told her she hallucinated.

Barbara’s story is one of moving from being a devout atheist to one of deep spirituality, a realignment typical of an NDE. But Barbara had more than one NDE and in this podcast she shares her story.

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Barbara Harris Whitfield



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Barbara Harris Whitfield: Professional Background

After her NDE, Barbara Harris Whitfield became a researcher at the University of Connecticut Medical School with psychiatry professor Bruce Greyson, Research Director for The International Association for Near-Death Studies International Association for Near Death Studies. (IANDS). They studied the after effects of people who have had an NDE. She also taught at Rutger’s University’s Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies School and served on the board and executive board of IANDS. She is also a past president and board member of the Kundalini Research Network.

Barbara’s experiences have led to numerous books and publish appearances. You can visit her website here. She’s been on Larry King Live, the Today Show, Man Alive, Donahue, Unsolved Mysteries, PM Magazine, Good Morning America, Oprah, Joan Rivers, Sonya Freeman, CNN Medical News and Alabama Public Television, as well as All Things Considered.

In the second part of this podcast we discuss right brain intuition, the power of your heart, and Barbara offers some thoughts on living a more spiritual life. You can listen to this fascinating conversation by joining as a Bump II subscriber.

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