Who Are the Castaways?
My desire to write books about children came when I was a very busy young mother. Throughout my life I had always loved writing in my journals. After I was married, I wrote about my children and the spiritual and amazing times that occurred with them, some even before they were born. If I had spiritual connections to my children even before their birth, I wondered if other mothers had the same experiences.
As I reached out to other women, women in my car pool and my children's play groups at my church, I learned that the pre-birth experience or the announcing dream occurred with all people. As a busy mom I prayed about writing a book. I was prompted to do a simple thing-to be a gatherer-a gatherer of evidence and stories that support the dignity, the spiritual dignity, the physical dignity and every other kind of dignity of the unborn child.
As I published my books over the years, I realized that these stories were changing hearts, not only the hearts of those who have the experiences, but of people who read about them-readers' hearts were changing to bond with their unborn children. It was then that I really saw the purpose of the work the Lord had given me. These accounts and stories served as evidence against abortion and supported the right of the pre-born child. What a unique way to teach, to share in a loving non-threatening way, the beauty and treasure of children.
After many years of hearing, recording and listening to innumerable accounts, a new category emerged and began to fill up a file in my desk, the aborted ones. I called them "castaways". I was hearing stories of abortion from the children themselves, in many cases. Mothers were telling me about children they almost aborted (almost castaways), and the treasure the children became to them. Chapters and stories began to come together. Our first book The Castaways: Safely in His Arms, was published in 2000. We sold or gave away 10,000 books. There were many reports of children saved from abortion with this little book. In October of 2015 we were ready to publish our 15th Anniversary Edition. The Castaways: New Evidence Supporting the Rights of the Unborn Child has a few of the stories in the original Castaways and many more gathered since then. Come and listen to the castaways. They have their stories to tell.
What happens to children who are not born because of abortion? When I asked this question in prayer, I did not expect to receive an answer. Instead, in a personal experience, I contemplated the sorrow of those who are denied life and aborted and was told I needed to write a book.
"You have the wrong person to do this," I thought. Although I tried, I could not pray my way out of this assignment, and proceeded on as I was asked.
What I have discovered may surprise you, touch your heart and forever bind you to the pre-born child. Sharing this new book with others may possibly save the life of a child. I know this because I have had many people write or call me and tell me about children who have been spared abortion because of the original book, The Castaways. Some of these stories are in the new edition of the The Castaways.
After many requests, I wrote the 15th Anniversary Edition of The Castaways with many new accounts and updated research.
Order Your Copy of the book
The Castaways: New Evidence Supporting the Rights of the Unborn Child
Have a story of your own to share? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Originally published in Coming From the Light)
From an initial sampling, we have determined the following statistics:
When PBEs Occur:
53% before conception
47% after conception, before birth
To Whom PBEs Occur:
63% to mothers
13% to fathers
24% to others -- siblings, grandparents, self in flashbacks, other relatives, close friends, midwives.
Ways and Means of PBE Communication:
When the experience involves contact with a pre-mortal spirit, the contact can occur in one or more ways:
During an NDE: There are many accounts of NDEs which describe a visit to the pre-mortal realm. Suzanne Freeman and Ned Dougherty are two such NDErs.
Dreams: Very vivid dreams in which the individual sees and/or converses with a being that the individual knows has not yet been born but will be born in the future. Some cultures call this type of experience "announcing dreams". These dreams are often extremely vivid and memorable.
Visions: PBEr sees distinctly male or female form, various "ages", variously attired, while awake; sometimes form is accompanied by glow or light, sometimes not; sometimes appears and/or disappears suddenly.
Auditory: Experiencer hears a voiced message from or about the pre-born. Often the voice is a child, gives its preferred name, announces that it needs to come to earth now, and/or refers to the parent as "father" or "mother".
Telepathy: Pre-born beings witnessed by communication directly to the experiencer's mind; telepathic or spiritual communication, as often described in NDEs.
Sensory: An individual vividly senses an unseen presence hovering around them. Along with the presence can be a distinct feeling of urgency.
Other Types of PBEs:
Escort to Earth: these accounts indicate an escort who brought the pre-born to earth.
Adoption: these accounts announce one of two things: (1) the child will be birthed by a biological parent, but is to be adopted by the parent(s) who witness the PBE; and (2) the biological parent is told that the child she carries is intended for another family--often apparently occurring to prevent the biological parent from aborting the baby; part of the message is a sense of peace, joy and purpose that gives the biological parent strength to follow through with the pregnancy.
Memories, flashbacks, deja vu: These include children who spontaneously report memories of siblings or themselves in their pre-born state, or an adult with a vivid recollection of being in the pre-mortal realm, recalling birth or early infancy, and/or who have a flashback or vision and see themselves in the pre-mortal realm.
Language: The PBEr remembers speaking a different language, or having to learn the language they speak now.
The Light: PBEr sees an unearthly, bright light. Usually occurs in companion with other types of PBEs.
Ten Traits of a "Typical" Pre-Birth Experience:
Radiation of love: The pre-born radiates a powerful love to the pre-birth experiencer, similar to the love felt from the light in the NDE.
Celestial light: The pre-born may radiate, or appear in, a brilliant light that does not hurt the eyes and conveys extraordinary peace, similar to the light in the NDE.
Thankful and eager to come to earth: The pre-born is excited about earth life, views it as a growth opportunity, and is thankful that the parents are providing this opportunity. Yet there may be some fear of the unknown in facing the transition to earth life.
Leaving a heavenly home: The pre-born is eager to enter earth life, but expresses a degree of loss or apprehension at leaving the sanctuary of his heavenly home.
A time to come to earth: The pre-born often indicates that the time in which one comes to earth is assigned, as part of a divine timetable, so personalized growth experiences can be achieved.
A unique mission: The pre-born message conveys that each individual has special purposes or missions to accomplish during his specified time on earth.
Protection/Warning: Some pre-born appearances provide protection or warning to the recipient. (In the case studies reviewed, aid to the PBErs was provided by the pre-born to prevent or recover from suicide attempts, abuse, rape, birth control, and abortion that would block the pre-born's conception and birth on earth.)
Messages: Some pre-born appearances provide messages about something the future parent(s) or others must do as part of their earth mission or to help the pre-born.
Escort to earth: Some pre-borns are brought to earth by escorts (just as some NDErs are escorted to the life after life).
Deja vu: Some PBEs consist of memories or flashbacks of one's pre-earth life.
I have felt called of God to love, educate, persuade and inspire others to courageously give life to the child within who so desperately wants to be born, and nurture all the children we are blessed to parent.
I have spent more than 20 years studying pre-birth experiences. After I married and our children began to arrive, several of their births were preceded by what I later learned to call an "announcing dream" in which I saw or sensed the soul of the child to be born. In some cases I was even told what the child's chosen name was to be.
I wondered if other parents had these experiences, and soon discovered that I was by no means the only one. But what began as curiosity became a quest when I received a profound impression that part of my life's mission was to research, teach, and write about the souls of the unborn.
As I began this research, I was soon joined by my husband, Brent. We proceeded to conduct interviews, collect case studies, give talks, and publish about the marvels and mysteries of "announcing dreams." We worked carefully to honestly report what we were learning.
Our data demonstrates that unborn souls can "announce" their birth not only in dreams but also in visions or in audible or telepathic messages, usually to mothers but sometimes to fathers or other family members.
We also found that what we came to call "pre-birth experiences" have been reported in many cultures, although they are more common in some than in others.
I am deeply grateful to all those who have shared their unique and beautiful spiritual experiences of their unborn children with me. The blessings of family, friends and this mission and ministry have enriched my life beyond measure.