This is a once in a lifetime conversation with David Ditchfield, an artist, composer, near-death experiencer and author, who wants to use his NDE to make a positive difference in people’s lives. We talk about his experience in great detail and also talk about other things like Covid and our beloved Earth.

David had a freak accident a few years back, in which he slipped down between a train and tracks and was dragged under the speeding train for quite some time. As the surgeons fought to save his life, he had a profound near-death experience and journeyed to, what he believes is the Afterlife. When he woke from this experience in hospital, he found he had acquired astonishing new abilities which, to this day, he still cannot explain.

The first gift was an enhanced ability to paint. After his NDE, David felt compelled to produce dramatic and rich images of the things he saw in the Afterlife, paintings so vivid and real it was as though he had taken a HD camera with him to visually capture what most NDE’rs can only describe using words.

Then, even more surprisingly, he started writing classical music, composing full-scale symphonies and rhapsodies. This new-found gift was all the more astonishing as David (a former punk/pop guitarist) has never received any training in classical music and never composed such music before his NDE. In fact, to this day, he cannot read or write a single note of musical notation. David’s debut symphony “The Divine Light” expresses what he felt during his NDE. The symphony was premiered at a sell-out concert and received a standing ovation from the audience. Since then, he has been commissioned to compose further classical works which have also been premiered at sell-out performances and has completed more than thirty paintings and a number of commissioned artworks.

David’s NDE memoir, Shine On, will be released in Spring 2020 and Dr Raymond Moody Jr, best-selling author of Life After Life, describes Shine On as: “One of the most gripping accounts of a near-death experience that I have read. And I say that having interviewed, since 1965, thousands of people who described such experiences.”

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