Near Death experience, Struct by lightning, Medical Intuitive, Functional Medicine

“Live your life to the fullest every single day”

     Sue Pighini     

Dr. Veronica Anderson, Host, Functional Medicine Specialist and Medical Intuitive interviews Sue Pighini about near death experience & living fearless regardless of your age.

Have you ever had a near death experience? Sue Pighini has been a Transformation Life Coach for the past 25 years and was trained in transformational coaching with David Gershon and Gail Straub’s of the Empowerment Institute. She helps others welcome change into their lives in order to live more fulfilling lives.

In this episode, Sue shares how she got stuck by lightning and turn that experience into a positive one. She’ll talk about how you can live fearless and drama free regardless of your age. Listen to the end for ways to determine if you have lived a fulfilling life.

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60: Show Notes

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Expect the Extraordinary – Sue Pighini


Time Stamps:

08:48 – Being struck by lightning

13:48 – Evolving through challenges

16:05 – From drama to wow

19:30 – Living fearless regardless of your age

23:12 – Two questions to answer when crossing over


Full Transcript:

Female VO: Welcome to the Wellness Revolution Podcast, the radio show all about wellness in your mind, body, spirit, personal growth, sex, and relationships. Stay tuned for weekly interviews featuring guests that have achieved physical, mental, and spiritual health in their lives.

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Dr. Veronica: I am Dr. Veronica and I am a medical doctor, medical intuitive bringing you information about your health and wellness every week.  I want you to live the best life possible and sometime living the best life possible means that you can have an experience that’s close to death.  Now, let’s talk about it, in our culture and society this is America, America to be loved but we are all scared, really really scared of dying and I believe that we are scared of dying because we know nothing about death, we are never around death.  Now as a physician I have been around death a lot, you cannot avoid it, you start your first year of medical school with gross anatomy and you know what that means when you have gross anatomy, you are sitting in the lab with fifty bodies, ok, twenty five bodies because your medical school class we dissect actual human bodies, people who donate their bodies to science so people like me and all the other doctors that are out there can get a full understanding of what the human body looks like, where everything runs, every nerve, every brain, the heart, the lungs, the lymphatic system, your toe nails, your finger nails, your eyes, your everything.  We dissect it and take it and there are kind people who realized that when they leave, they just left behind a suitcase. There is nothing really significant about the suitcase, it looks like a particular person but their soul has left it and so therefore they leave that body to help people learn and that’s a wonderful thing.

I actually have a friend, she is somebody who worked with me a while ago who posted on Facebook that her father had just passed away, there was not going to be a funeral or a memorial service, he donated his body to medical science and I said to her that’s really a kind wonderful gift to mankind, to human beings. And it’s also a gift that his family respected his wishes to do that. But what about death, we are all afraid of it, we are all think there is a conspiracy around it when people have what’s called brain death.  Families feel like the doctors just want to pull the plug on their loved ones so they can give the organs to somebody else and all that type of stuff which is not necessarily the case there are very strict protocols generally, generally in place.  Every once in a while you hear something horrific happened but they are generally strict protocols as to how you decide on these types of things when somebody is dead. Brain death is actually interesting because sometimes people can be brain dead and still be moving around and people don’t understand well if they are brain dead why are they moving and their hearts beating and what does it actually mean and we are showing him lines that are doing things in the brain and everybody is just like yeah, but my love one is there and they look this way.

But let’s talk about the other side of it, we are talking about the body, we are talking about what the people here are going through, we are talking about how we feel about death but on the other side there are those people out there who consider themselves very blessed and lucky to have gone through what we call near death experiences. Now, I have done lots of writing about near death experiences.

So let’s talk more, we haven’t talked a while about this, about me as an intuitive, well as an intuitive I have the ability to read energy and not just reading the energy of what’s going on here at now.  Sometimes I can see the energy of something that has happened in the past, and when I say the past and when I say the past in another life and another lifetime or in the future, something that I perceive is going to happen.  Now, future is interesting because we have free will and something that can be changed based on free will and many of us who go into different types of energy and realities understand that there may be parallel tracks and there may be more than one soul that’s split in the same time but in different places and different realms living different experiences and lives and this is how we evolved.  But near death experiences which have been studies including books written by doctors who have had near death experiences so that I know heaven is real and, you know, I am not talking about necessarily about what you believe from a religious standpoint of heaven and hell but we are talking about the in-between life.  And across ages, cultures, languages people describe their near death experience where they actually believe or they have died or they have left their body and went into the spiritual realm.  And they describe it pretty much all the same way whether it will be a child or an adult no matter what their religious beliefs were when they are in these lives and absolutely for them and people around them these NDEs near death experiences are life transforming.  Sometimes you meet relatives, sometimes you meet your guardian angel or other guides and by and large when people have these experiences they describe one, the fear of death goes away but something that is so wonderful and then when they come back they understand that they have special work to do and part of their special work to do is to tell people about their experiences and help other people evolve in different ways.

Well, as you can guess it I have a wonderful guest on today who has had a near death experience.  She is a creativity life coach, her name is Sue Pighini.  I am going to spell the last name, you know I would like you to be able to always find the guests on my show because they are always fascinating, have information for you and can help you.  I am here talking to you, you are near me, you can always come to me, I can help you in a lot of realms but I admit that there are lots of experts out there that can help you in certain areas perhaps better than I can and I want you to know who those are.  So I don’t say I am the only person that can help you and I am wonderful and good and nobody else is.  I admit that we all work as a team and we all evolve together in groups and in my group of people, in my soul group I meet wonderful people who have gifts and talents to share with you.

Sue Pighini is a creativity life coach, does transformational coaching, is an intuitive healer.  So she really is my soul sister and realize when I say we are both females in this life but when you are in a spiritual realm you may appear as a male or female to somebody who, because it’s comfortable to them but that’s not necessarily your soul doesn’t have a gender. I have been male, I have been female, I have been all different races, I have died very old, I have died really young, I have had lives where I was poor, I have had lives where I was a wealthy ruler. I have this fascinating life, maybe one day we will talk about this on the radio in 1500 I was actually a very sought after ………. 0:08:13.7 I. So, as I wax on I would like you to meet Sue Pighini because we are going to talk about her angelic messages and her spiritual encounters.  Welcome to Wellness For The Real World Sue.

Sue:  Thank you Dr. Veronica, it’s a pleasure to be here and I can’t wait to chart with your audience.

Dr. Veronica:  So tell us about your near death experience.

Sue:  Well, it was a lot of years ago and at the time when in fact people didn’t know what a near death experience was.  I was twenty eight, I was hiking in the mountains in Arizona, I went up into a cave with my husband and we were in the cave, we had gone up to the hills on a motorcycle and when we got there, less than five minutes later a torrential rain came and that’s what happens in Arizona during the rainy season in August and September.  So my husband ran out and said I have to get down this hill and protect the bike because if it gets drenched we won’t be able to get out of here, so he said come as fast as you can.  So it was a very steep incline, I walked out of the cave, started down the incline and realized I was going to tumble head over heels. So I looked up in the rain and I could see this pool and it was part of a fence and it was separating the State of Arizona and the military base that we were on at the time.  So I put my hand up to pull myself up so that I could make my way down the hill and the next thing I knew I was up in the air I was flat on my face and I had been struck by lightning.

My clothes melted, in those days, in the olden days we wore polyester clothing and my clothes started melting off my body.  Now I am learning this from my husband who was now looking up the hill and seeing all the steam come off of my body.  So in those seconds, I could feel no pain, I assume I was on the ground, I did not feel that I was in my body.  I looked over to my right and I could see a tunnel that was cloudy but it was like that was where I was supposed to go.  And then a voice came to me, it was soft but very urgent and it said move your legs back and forth before the fire reaches your heart and it says that you has to go back to your children. And with that it was like the movie came to me, my son, a picture of my son was on the left, a picture of my daughter was on the right and I felt so drawn to those children, they were only three and five.

And I started moving my legs as the voice had told me and I moved my legs and I moved my legs and as I moved my legs the more I came back into consciousness and I was on the ground with mud in my nose and my face and everything and I felt no pain.  There was absolutely no pain whatsoever.  So my husband came back up the hill, threw me over his shoulder because he knew what had happened, dropped me on the motorcycle,  We got to a logger’s cabin on the military base still up in the hills and they were able to get an ambulance that came and saved my life.

Now, in those days, again, a lot of years ago, almost forty years ago when  was twenty eight it was not accepted and my husband when I told him the story of this, what I call an angelic voice he said don’t mention that to anyone, first of all I don’t believe that’s what you heard, I think it was just your mind trying to save your life.  So I felt I should just be grateful I am here and I am not going to mention this to anyone.

So I have written this book now, it’s my second book but it’s called Expect the Extraordinary – Angelic Messages, Spiritual Encounters and the Sour of the Sky.  And the reason I have finally written a book is because after that first event I have had two more life saving events where I was about to die and another voice came to me.  These are those times to save my life as well as lots of other times that were not life saving but I knew that the angels were there.  So that has propelled me into writing this book because it’s so important to me to have others realize that death is not the end, that’s number one.  Number two is live your life to the fullest every single day, live your life to the fullest and that is really my message. So when I go out and speak in front of groups or I work with clients or hold workshops or whatever that’s the message that I try to convey and that is that you don’t need to have experience to realize that life is so fantastic and that you may need to make some changes, you may need to head in another direction but life is truly spectacular.

Dr. Veronica:  Life is truly spectacular. One of the interesting parts of life, people talk about suffering and believe that they are suffering because they have done something bad.  And I say to people, you are not suffering because you did something bad, you are suffering because your soul has to evolve and so part of having an illness or injury or something really challenging happen in your life is for you to evolve.  Now, you went through this major experience, do you agree with that that you went through that challenge so that you would evolve?

Sue:  Absolutely and I didn’t realize it at the time.  What did happen though on the other end of the lightning event was that I realized that I had to transform my life.  I was in a marriage that was not working, we had tried desperately to make it work and it was not working.  So I ended up ending that marriage and going on on my own with my two children.  That was the first step.  After that I made lots of other steps but as I look across my life each of the angelic events, encounters if you will, that I talk about in the book are all about taking chances and it’s always about a learning process.  We invite many of these events into our lives in order for us to get to another place, a higher place if you will that allows us to teach others or be part of others lives or be an example of others lives as you are every time you are on the radio.  You expand a life in everyone who hears you and I think that when we understand that life is always about the excitement of transformation we become more relaxed, there is not as much drama, it’s not as if the question we ask ourselves is why is this happening to me again. And yes absolutely, it’s always about learning and going forward.

Dr. Veronica:  So, you talk about helping people go from a boring life to a wow life.  Now, there are people out there who have trauma and drama and trauma and drama.  I am sure that’s not what you are talking about. You are talking about you had trauma and drama and trauma and drama before you had your near death experience but I am sure now your drama is something that’s wonderful as opposed to one of those oh, god, she is doing it again type stories.  Tell us about going from boring to wow.

Sue:  Well, I feel these is two kinds of drama just as you said, the first is uninvited and our souls are going to grow and expand regardless of what we do or don’t do.  So my advice is, let’s do all the good things, let’s do all the exciting things to expand your soul because that’s what it’s about, that soul wants to expand and learn and take a bigger bite out of the apple if you will.  So when I work with my client there are three things that I ask them to do. The first is, make a list of you want your life to look and it’s what you desire, it’s not the word want, it’s a much deeper word than that, it’s the word desire and it comes from your heart, that’s number one.

Number two, you are going to take those things that you desire and what I suggest to my groups are either go into a magazine or you cut photos out of something you already have and you make something called a passion board.  I am sitting in my office right now, I am looking at mine, I am seeing how many events that I have put on that board have come to pass and had yet to come to pass and I paste them on a piece of board, not board board but cardboard or poster board and then I happen to frame mine so that the edges don’t cut off.  And every single day that I am sitting at this desk I am looking at that and I ask myself have you accomplished or going after all of those exciting things that are on your passion board?  And that keeps me going, ok, what more do I want to do?  How do I want my life to look, that’s number two.

Number three, I have learned that we frequently learn from …….. 0:17:59.5 and reflection. So there is a concept from Abraham Hicks which you can read about on the web that says if you concentrate and focus for seventeen seconds on a desire that’s deep, that desire now comes closer to reality, a greater reality for you.  And if you multiply that times four, you now have sixty eight seconds.  So if you can get the sixty eight seconds you are now pulling into your energy a more realistic view of what you truly desire and that can end up manifesting.

So I am going to give you one small example, I took up riding horses at age sixty, I was the oldest in the class when I took my first riding lesson, everyone else in that class was six, age six and I was sixty and these little girls would say are you a grandma, what are you doing in that class? And it was a very thrilling adventure for me and the first time I did that I knew in my heart that I wanted to be connected to a horse.  There was something about the energy of a horse that was important to me.  Well now, several years later, I bought my first horse at sixty five and I now have a herd and I am looking out of my window in my office and I see five horses out there one of whom is a baby, is a little filly. So my dreams of seventeen seconds of a horse farm have come true, it’s on my passion board, it’s in my head, it’s in my heart and that’s all positive drama if you will versus negative because the soul is going to expand regardless of what we do.  So best that we take a positive, exciting approach to life and be so grateful everyday that we are here.

Dr. Veronica:  You know sue, what I really love about your story is that you were fearless and you went after your dreams even at an age where people would say, you are past your prime.  So you were in a classroom with six year olds at sixty and most people would not have the nerve to do that buy yet you have achieved probably rather quickly compared to what most people do. Most people would probably say at twenty oh I want have a horse farm and they would still be waiting for it in retirement whereas for you, you have actually manifested that quite rapidly and past the point of time where people would say oh, you are past your prime just forget about it, pack it in.  Talk to people about never giving up on their aspirations and their dreams no matter what age they are.

Sue:  Wonderful, that is one of my most exciting topics and it really is about living fearlessly regardless of fifty, sixty or even seventy.  I am seventy two and I still ride my horses as often as I possibly can, it’s kind of rainy right here on the East Coast these days but here is what I learned, as I work with clients around the country and they come to me the one thing that I have learned over the last fifteen years of this client base is that they are more afraid of living than they are of dying.  So death is so far away that people just assume I will do it tomorrow, I will do it tomorrow, I will do it tomorrow.  And if you take one small step every single day to make change in your life, change always creates confidence.

So if you take one small step. I am going to drive a different way to the food store.  I am going to go on a different path and chat with a friend I haven’t chatted with in a long time. I am going to approach a difficult situation and get that elephant that has been in the middle of the room out of the way. Every single day there is going to be a new challenge and there is a PhD scientist by the name of Bruce Lipton that has written  a fabulous book on something called epigenetic.

Dr. Veronica:  Yes, you are talking my language go on.

Sue:  One of my favorite things, so when I read that book I have included him in both of my books because I thought his message was so powerful and that is if you continue to pour in to your brain, into your heart positive messages about life every single day those positive messages now circle they now become the cellular membrane of your cells and they replicate, they reproduce themselves by the thousands in positivity not in negativity.  So I am really so devoted to helping people  understand that the more positive thoughts you think the longer you will live. Longevity is a huge factor in positivity and you will live without drama, you will live in peace and joy.

And I will tell you one more little caveat that I use with everyone and I am not even sure where I got this but probably from someone wonderful like you who is a medical intuitive and they said to me, and I work with a lot of intuitives and have for the last many years, they said Sue there is only going to be two things that are going to be asked of you when you cross over to the other side.  The first is, did you live in joy?  And the second is, did you make a difference?  So if we follow just those two caveats, those two directions we will have our lives made because if it isn’t giving you joy and if you aren’t happy in the environment, in the relationship, in the job that you are in you need to make a change.

Dr. Veronica:  You need to make a change, listen to what Sue says.  Now, I am going to cut that off, we are coming down to the end of our time with Sue on Wellness For The Real World and let’s talk about how that all relates to your health.  Well, you say you have stress and stress we know through Dr. Bruce Lipton who Sue mentioned his great book, won several prices, wonderful work, he is a micro biologist, the biology of belief and he actually showed and brought it to the lay public how you think and feel changes your cellular network and changes whether your body is sick or whether it’s healthy.  So when you have stress and in the intuitive world I call everything related to emotional stress, fear, anger, sadness.  Fear, anger, sadness are health harming emotions and if you do not know how to name them and get rid of them and bring them over to the positive emotions, you will manifest a disease and ultimately the disease will cause loss of function, loss of an organ and loss of life.

Now when you learn how to make that stress and bring it over to the areas of love, joy and gratitude, love, joy and gratitude are the health promoting behaviors emotions, love, joy and gratitude, you will have a healthy life.  So you will notice anybody who has a long life they display, they in the embodiment of love, joy and gratitude with gratitude being higher than love and so you really want to figure out how to do it, you think your life is tough, that person who is giving you a tough time get out of it and then turn around as you are of it and thank them for challenging you and be able to bring that over to gratitude, love and joy.  They were there to evolve your soul in your soul life before you even came in you agree with that person that they were going to give you that experience.  So rather than blaming other people for your troubles look right square back at yourself because you asked for it.

Female VO: Thank you for listening to the Wellness Revolution Podcast. If you want to hear more on how to bring wellness into your life visit See you all next week. Take care.



Medical Intuitive, Functional Medicine Doctor, Functional Medicine New York, ManhattanDr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.

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