If you want a true story full of spiritual insight and intrigue, you’ve come to the right place.

In 2009 I met The Great Wazu, otherwise known as Dannion Brinkley, the world’s most famous dead guy.

Yes, dead guy. You read that correctly. Dannion was struck by lighting talking on a telephone in his house in Aiken, South Carolina on September 17, 1975. The lightning traveled down the phone line, entered near his left ear, moved though his (body burning off his hair), and then exited near the calf muscle of his left leg. As the lightning exited it welded the soles of his shoes to the nails of the floor board.

“Imagine someone pouring battery acid down your throat, and then multiply that by about a million,” Dannion once told me. “I was scorched from the inside out. That’s when I lifted out of my body—and it all began.”

Millions know of Dannion’s now famous 28 minute Near Death Experience (NDE). If you haven’t, you ought to. It’s chronicled in his NY Times bestseller, Saved By The Light. People say it’s sold 30 million copies world-wide, but I think it’s probably closer to 15. Either way, that’s a lot of books.

Allow me to paraphrase. The lightning killed him dead as a guy can be. The doctor’s memo from when he arrived to the hospital supposedly said “patient unconscious, no EKG.”

When Dannion died he had a “panoramic life review.” He went to a majestic crystal city in what you might call Heaven (or another dimensional reality). He met Beings of Light there and these Beings showed him Boxes of Knowledge. The Beings said his mission on Earth was to create “Spiritualistic Capitalism” and develop “The Centers.” And then he came back to his scorched body lying on a gurney with a sheet over his face. He started to blow on that sheet and his buddy was shocked. He’s alive! A genuine Frankenstein. It took him a year just to be able to walk and feed himself.

You might be thinking a guy who goes through all this must be some kind of spiritual guru or enlightened zen master, but as Dannion says, “I was enlightning-ed. It was a phone call from God I wish I never answered. But it seems I had it comin.”

And I’ll tell you something. He is about as far from a floofy spiritual teacher as a person can be. In fact, when you get to know Dannion Brinkley, he can actually be a huge Asshole, with a capital A. But that’s where the psychological and spiritual complexity begins.

Of all the people to describe Dannion Brinkley, I think Art Bell’s characterization is most accurate. Bell, America’s highest rated radio talk show host in the late 1990s, described Dannion saying “there’s a little bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in him, yet he’s the most perfectly spiritual person I’ve met.”


(1997) Art Bell visiting Dannion before brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma, a ‘complication’ from the lightning strike. Following surgery, Dannion had his third NDE.

I first came across The Great Wazu in 2009 at the Metaphysical Fair in Denver, Colorado. I couldn’t tell if he was full of bullshit, a brilliant spiritual sage or something else altogether.  At the time, I was a 25 year old spiritual-know-it-all fresh out of a Theology degree from Notre Dame. I thought who does this guy think he is? Died and gone to heaven?  No Jesus in this story? Beings of Light? Dimensional realities? Quantum Physics? Panoramic Life Review? No one ever actually dies? WTF?

I decided I must put this man to the test.

But before I could, he invited me to journey with him to Teotihuacan–”where man becomes god,” he said. “If you have the Catholic balls to do it I will give you a PhD on Death.”

He had thrown down a spiritual gauntlet, and I was to intent to answer the challenge.

And so standing at the bottom of the Pyramid of the Sun, 30 miles outside of Mexico City, with a righteously good doo, my PhD on Death began…


It’s been eight years since meeting Dannion and going to Teotihuacan. I’ve completed the PhD on Death and done a thorough psycho-spiritual study on the man behind the legend.  I’ve observed and learned his secrets on life beyond death and how they apply to living well on the mortal coil. I am currently writing my first book—-a spiritual guide with funny, inspiring stories from the front-lines of hospice and the Teachings of the Great Wazu.

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The Big O