I Am Rena’s Guardian Angel

The top of Mt Tamalpais during the May-October dry season is a great place to watch the fog flow and the sun set. Hiking can become hazardous, as the dry grass is very slippery. But the views are well worth the risk! This is why California is called ‘The Golden State.’ Not because of the Golden Gate, or the discovery of Gold in 1949. I chose an extra short exposure to show detail in the grasses, as there was not enough wind to show lots of motion. I chose this exact location to show where the redwoods meet the grassy curve on the left and show a peek of distant hills on the right horizon.

There is no escape from this truth. If I had not paused on the pier long enough for Rena to study me. she would not have owned the courage to approach me. I was her last chance. death was stalking her. God intervened.

I took Rena to Mount Tam and stood with her in the very spot we see above. I looked at her face, and again I saw God. I am showing the first painting I did of Rena at this place and am showing a pic of it to my sister who took up art. Rena became Rosamond’s muse.

I did a tunnel painting when I was sixteen. I believe I had a near-death experience twice before I died. Not only am I compelled to save Rena, I am driven to save the world. This is not good news.


A near-death experience (NDE) is a personal experience associated with death or impending death. Such experiences may encompass a variety of sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light.[1] NDEs are a recognized part of some transcendental and religious beliefs in an afterlife.[1][2][3][4]

Neuroscience research suggests that an NDE is a subjective phenomenon resulting from “disturbed bodily multisensory integration” that occurs during life-threatening events.[5]


Common elements[edit]

Researchers have identified the common elements that define near-death experiences.[3] Bruce Greyson argues that the general features of the experience include impressions of being outside one’s physical body, visions of deceased relatives and religious figures, and transcendence of egotic and spatiotemporal boundaries.[12] Many common elements have been reported, although the person’s interpretation of these events often corresponds with the cultural, philosophical, or religious beliefs of the person experiencing it. For example, in the USA, where 46% of the population believes in guardian angels, they will often be identified as angels or deceased loved ones (or will be unidentified), while Hindus will often identify them as messengers of the god of death.[13][14]

Common traits that have been reported by NDErs are as follows:

  • A sense/awareness of being dead.[3]
  • A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness. Positive emotions. A sense of removal from the world.[3]
  • An out-of-body experience. A perception of one’s body from an outside position, sometimes observing medical professionals performing resuscitation efforts.[3][15]
  • A “tunnel experience” or entering a darkness. A sense of moving up, or through, a passageway or staircase.[3][15]
  • A rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light (or “Being of Light”) which communicates with the person.[16][citation needed]
  • An intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance.[16][citation needed]
  • Encountering “Beings of Light”, “Beings dressed in white”, or similar. Also, the possibility of being reunited with deceased loved ones.[3][15]
  • Receiving a life review, commonly referred to as “seeing one’s life flash before one’s eyes”.[3]
  • Receiving knowledge about one’s life and the nature of the universe.[citation needed]
  • Approaching a border or a decision by oneself or others to return to one’s body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.[3][15]
  • Suddenly finding oneself back inside one’s body.[17]
  • Connection to the cultural beliefs held by the individual, which seem to dictate some of the phenomena experienced in the NDE and particularly the later interpretation thereof.[13][page needed]


Kenneth Ring (1980) subdivided the NDE on a five-stage continuum. The subdivisions were:[18]

  1. Peace
  2. Body separation
  3. Entering darkness
  4. Seeing the light
  5. Entering the light

He stated that 60% experienced stage 1 (feelings of peace and contentment), but only 10% experienced stage 5 (“entering the light”).[19] According to Alana Karran, the NDE stages resemble the so-called hero’s journey.[20]

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