Reflections about Angels in the OR

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I am a fan of Audible books, especially on long road trips, and I’m happy to hear that people are enjoying Angels in the OR as an Audible. Years ago as an English major in college, I dreamed of writing a book. I didn’t imagine that a car wreck at the end of my senior year in college would be the starting point of my future book.  As an agnostic, I never imagined angels would feature in my story either, but I am grateful that they showed up in that operating room and changed everything about my life.

People often ask me if I am still in touch with the angels. I didn’t talk frequently about this connection until many years after my near-death experience, but they are in my life and the energy they send is healing, encouraging, and loving.  Picking up on their energy is often the link to knowing their presence. I notice, sometimes after the fact, how they connect me to certain people who help me accomplish a particular goal, usually one that focuses on education, healing, and unconditional love.

Since I started blogging and making YouTube videos in 2016, I have talked with many people who have been inspired to ask the angels to help them during surgeries. At book signings, I am meeting medical professionals who are open to assistance from the other side and this is encouraging too. There are many amazing people walking this earth doing wonderful work in a variety of situations. One of the messages from the other side is that we need to make a conscious choice to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds us.  Too much of a focus on tragedy and negativity weighs down our spirits.

I hoped to spread healing and strengthen other’s faith with Angels in the OR.  While writing, I imagined that a soul who was deeply hurting might open up to a light from the heavens that would change his or her life. I understand deep grief.  Before and after my near-death experience, I have experienced situations that challenged me deeply; however, difficult situations can teach us how to use our compasses differently.  When you point your compass in the direction of God, challenges become much easier. And, when your focus is on adding God’s love to the world, your own healing deepens and expands.

This week, I have begun to change some of my YouTube interviews into podcasts. I hope you might check out some of these interviews. I have been blessed to connect with many amazing light-filled souls who shared their stories with me.

In fact, these interviews prompted me to create The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit last year. This year, I have partnered with The University of Heaven in the creation of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  We have a great line-up of speakers who will certainly inspire and encourage you.


The Healing Power of Art and Sound–Speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit–Jose Hernandez, Karen Newell, and Dr. Eben Alexander



Jose Hernandez is a speaker at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Jose Hernandez has spent close to two decades integrating his near-death experience and sharing his experience and gifts with others.  An electrical engineer and self-confessed atheist, Jose died twice in one night following a mundane accident at work and a simple mistake by hospital staff in the ER department. Jose had a profoundly life changing experience during the more than five minutes that he was clinically dead.

Years after his NDE, Jose and his wife Anastasia  formed Immersive Arts, LLP, an organization dedicated to the installation and promotion of healing art and mindfulness spaces in institutions, healthcare and addiction facilities, and educating the public and healthcare workers on the value of art in the healing environment and bridging the divide between health, emotion, and spirit.  Jose has a deep compassion for the condition of humanity and speaks credibly to the skeptic and scientifically minded.

To learn more about his work sign up to hear him speak at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit 

Here is my YouTube interview with Jose Hernadez.


Here is a sample of the artwork of Jose Hernandez.


Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell are two of the speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Eben Alexander, MD, was a neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of HeavenThe Map of Heaven, and co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe with Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of Living in a Mindful Universe.

Here is a video that details a bit more of Karen and Eben’s healing work with Sacred Acoustics.

Thank you everyone for your interest in near-death experiences.  The purpose of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit is to bring you the gifts and wisdom of these many speakers in an online format.  Last year people who attended the summit commented that all doubt was erased and their creativity was enhanced listening to near-death experiencers talk about heaven.

We hope you will join us this year.  Other speakers include Dr. Raymond Moody, Lisa Smartt, Paul Perry, Dr. Jeffrey Long, John Burke, Nancy Rynes, Dr. Tony Cicoria, Lesley Lupo, David Ditchfield, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Howard Storm, and your host, Tricia Barker.


To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here.

Sound Cloud, Podcasts, 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit and More!


Here is a quick preview of the Audible version of Angels in the ORLeslie Howard did a great job narrating my memoir.  If you would like to purchase to Angels in the OR through Audible, here is the link. 

In the past few months, I’ve talked with a lot of different podcasters and YouTubers.  If you would like to check out some of their wonderful podcasts, here are a few different ones.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, has a great podcast called Life, Death and the Space Between.   It was a pleasure to speak with her about my near-death experience and The Second Annual Near-Death Experience Summit.

Hamza David talked with me about my NDE and spirituality on his wonderful podcast Intrinsic Motivation: A Homies Perspective

Jeanie Brosius King interviewed me on her amazing podcast B-Now which stands for  The Beautiful Network of Women. 

Tony Epstein interviewed me on The Magical Mystery Tour, a radio station broadcasting from Goddard College in Vermont.  I went to graduate school at Goddard, so this was a special interview for me.

My story was recently featured on the podcast Undiscovered Beasts and Strange Phenomenon 

Fort Worth Today featured me on their show, and here is a replay link.

Daniel Lovett recently asked me some great questions on Sozo Talk Radio EP0028

Simon Brown interviewed me on his great show Past Lives Podcast. Here is a link.

Dr. Al’s Rise Up Radio chat with me can be found at this link.  His inspiring, popular podcast is moving to YouTube as well.

Be sure to also check out a beautiful podcast called Path of  Lightworker.

In this interview, Heather Eland explains how my near-death experience crosses my astrological chart.  You can view this fascinating interview on Beyond Astrology With Heather.

I hope you will also check out The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  This is a fantastic way to interact online with the many speakers including Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry, Lisa Smartt, Dr. Eben Alexander, Karen Newell, Nancy Rynes, John Burke, David Ditchfield, Howard Storm, Lesley Lupo, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Jose Hernandez, Tony Cicoria, and your host Tricia Barker.  We look forward to seeing you at the live online summit on June 23rd.  There are many videos to check out ahead of time.

If you haven’t seen my latest YouTube interview with Jose Hernandez, please do check it out. His story is beautiful and moving.


To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here.

Audible Version of Angels in the OR

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I am pleased to let you know that the Audible version of my book Angels in the OR is available.  I know many of my college students prefer Audible and listen to books while they work out.  My narrator, Leslie Howard, did a fantastic job narrating the book, and I look forward to hearing your responses to this version of my memoir.

I feel blessed to have connected with so many kind, empathetic souls who have read Angels in the OR these first few weeks since its release.  I’m also grateful for Sharon Rawlette’s book review of Angels in the OR.  She has a wonderful blog and a book coming out soon called The Source and Significance of Coincidences.

If you enjoy listening to podcasts, I was recently interviewed on B-Now Radio with Jeanie Brosius King.  B-Now stands for The Beautiful Network of Women. Jeanie asked great questions about angels and their lasting influence in my life.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, also interviewed me on her podcast called Life, Death, and The Space Between.   We talked about a lot of topics, including my impetus for starting The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.

This year, I’m happy to partner with The University of Heaven to bring you The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  I am looking forward to this event and hope you will join us.