In this episode, DeeAnne recounts not one but two near-death experiences and how these shaped her into the spiritual mentor she is today. You’ll hear how she discovered her own personal power to overcome struggle and suffering in her life and her experience with heaven.

About the Host:

DeeAnne Riendeau is a thought leader in spiritual and business development whose mission is to elevate how we think and live. Experiencing a life of chronic illness, and 2 near-death experiences, DeeAnne rebounded with 20 years of health education and a diverse health career.

She is known as the modern-day Willy Wonka for giving away her company Your Holistic Earth, which is the first holistic health care system of its kind. She is currently the owner of Rose Hope International, in which she helps those who are seeking more joy, love, freedom, and a deeper meaning in life using your soul’s library also known as the Akashic Records.

She has spoken at Harvard University, appeared on Shaw TV, Global Television, and CTV, and has been recognized as a visionary and business leader having been nominated for numerous awards including Alberta Business of Distinction. Along with being an entrepreneur, DeeAnne is a mom of 2 bright kids, publisher, popular speaker, and international bestselling author who uses her heart and her head to guide others to create their best life.

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WSC Intro/Outro:

This is when Spirit calls, and you on your journey are in the right place. This show is about magic miracles and meaning shared through stories, interviews and channeled messages. We have so much to share about who you are and your divine mission here on the earth. Let's get to it when Spirit calls is right now.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

Hello beautiful souls. This is DeeAnne Riendeau. I am the founder of when Spirit calls. And today I wanted to share a bit of my backstory to connect you with who I am and a bit of my story, my experience. So I want to start by sharing with you the very first time that I realized that this life was so much bigger than what I even could imagine. It happened when I was five years old, I was eating a jawbreaker candy, those round hard candies you might remember those. Anyways, needless to say, my dad said Deann go sit down before you choke. And we were at home and I turned to go sit down and I choked. The jawbreaker got lodged in my throat. And I couldn't breathe. So my dad came running behind me, wrapped his arms around my abdomen and started heaving. I remember thinking my head is gonna pop off. I remember that very clearly. The pressure was so intense. And my dad tried with all his might, but he could not get that job breaker to budge. And so I went limp in his arms. And he guided me to the floor. And I had an out of body experience. I remember hovering above my dad, I could see him working on me. He could see him panicking as he struggled. I could see my mom running to the to the phone to call for help. And I could see my older sister poking her head around the corner. And so despite all this chaos happening below, in the space that I was in, I felt peace, I wasn't worried it felt good. I wasn't even conscious of any thoughts that I had in that moment. I just remember it feeling good. Now my dad did something that you're not supposed to do. And thank God he did. He used his thumb. And he pushed against the sidewall of my throat. And he got just enough leverage to be able to pop that Jawbreaker up. And he got me breathing again.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so after that experience, things seemed different. I felt different. Mum noticed at that time as well, I started to have very lucid dreams. So my dreams seemed very real. They seemed very tangible to me. And oftentimes, they were nightmarish dreams, dreams, where I would be fighting demons and all sorts of dark things, things that I had never even seen on TV at that point. And it was quite terrifying. I remember waking up one night and I could not speak I was awake. And I could see the demons all around me and I could not move I could not scream for help. I was paralyzed. Eventually, I knocked myself out of it and was able to call for help. But I spent a lot of nights sleeping on my parent's floor. Because the dreams were so real to me. We also noticed some other things. I started to wake up with premonitions. We have visions. I would know when people had died. And so I started to tell my mom Mom, so and so died in my dream last night. Oftentimes, my mom's job would would drop. How do you know that? And sure enough, she would have just gotten off a phone call from someone who told her that person died. And so this started to show up so young. But I was raised in a Catholic home. And even though my mom was loving and unconditional love at that she didn't really know what to say what to do, how to respond to what was happening. And part of me thought I better I better tuck this away. This is kind of weird, you know? And so that's what I did. I tucked it away.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so many children and you might be one of those was as children, where we have a knowing or we have an understanding of a gift. Maybe we don't see it as a gift. But as something we have something, and we just don't know, we just don't know what to do with it. We just don't feel like it's safe for us to share it. And so we stuffed it away, and we hide it. And so life carried on for me. And fast forward through very successful teenage years, I had some road bumps. Sometimes where I thought, you know, maybe maybe not being here would be better. But nonetheless, I persevered. And because of my experience my near death and choking, as well as some other health challenge that I had growing up, I decided to go into healthcare. I wanted to save the world. And so I became an EMT, I became a medic, I also completed my dispatch and started firefighting as well. And so my first official career leaving high school was a very intense one. And I remember, you know, there were so many times where I had to face death, in the sense that we would arrive and someone would be dead or someone would be in the process of dying. And Heather many lives I tried to save. But in that career, I, you know, I really felt quite helpless, because I felt like I was getting to these people too late. And I remember one particular time where I, we had a call, and it was what they call a Doa dead on arrival. But we have to go anyways and go through the process. And the woman was elderly, and she had died in her sleep. But I had to stay with the woman. Well, the police took pictures and images, and I helped her roll her body and what have you. And I remember feeling her presence or her energy all the way home. Once I got home, I think I had like two or three showers that day, because I just felt like, Oh, I could still feel this lady. Why is she here? Little did I know that I was a medium. And I had some of those gifts and abilities. At that time, I was oblivious to that. And so it just felt creepy. And so again, you know, feeling those energies and stuffing them away. Like that feels too weird. People don't talk about this stuff. Let's stuff it away. And so, obviously, spirit had been poking at me in so many ways, but I just wasn't ready to hear. I just wasn't ready to listen.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so now fast forward, I'm now in my mid 20s. And life is pretty good. I'm, you know, with a partner. And you know, we're talking about getting married and having a family. And I have a surgery on my knee. I had injured my knee in high school and a skiing accident. And it had just gotten too much. So I needed full reconstruction on my ACL in my left knee. And so I had surgery on the knee. And in the days to follow I was recovering at home. Now, I don't know what happened with the medication or what have you. But my blood pressure bottomed out. And I fainted. Luckily, my brother in law was with me at the time. So he caught me. But I was unconscious for a time. And in that unconsciousness, I went somewhere amazing. I was surrounded by these beautiful giant beams of light. I could see them they were different colors and shapes. And they were communicating to me not with English, but some sort of vibration, maybe frequency, if you will. And I remember receiving it fully and understanding what they meant. And this was such a euphoric and tangible and beautiful experience that I wanted to stay. Now if any of you have done any research on near death experiences, you know, that oftentimes they tell you that your work is not done here. And that's what happened. My work was not done. And so I came to know, I didn't know how to express what I had just experienced to my brother in law, and I was a bit scared. He was gonna think I was crazy.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so I kind of took the experience and I digested it and I processed it. And eventually I felt safe enough to tell my mom who then said well, you should maybe start talking about this This sounds like a really incredible experience, it seems too good not to share. And so I think it was about a week or so later, and I'm, I'm in my kitchen. And I'm, and I'm telling the story to a friend. Now I've gotten the courage now to start telling the story to a friend. And so I am telling her the story, and I'm telling about how incredible it was. Now, my brother in law lived with us at the time. And he comes running into the kitchen. And he slams his hand on the counter, and he says, I knew it. He said, When you went unconscious, he said, I couldn't tell if you were breathing, I thought you would stop breathing, I thought you had died. And then he said, but then I it was almost like, I felt angels come in, like these energies came in, and they said, everything was going to be okay. And then I felt I knew that it was gonna be okay. And he said, within seconds, maybe it felt like moments, but like you within seconds you came to. And he said, I felt it too. Oh, my gosh, my mind, my heart. Everything that needed to be validated, got validated in that experience. What a beautiful gift it was for my brother in law to express that vulnerability for himself to because what he did for me that day was such a tremendous gift. It gave me permission to be vulnerable and share the story.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so as scary as it was, for me, I began to share the story. By this time, I had a career teaching. And I was starting to do some public speaking and starting to listen into my heart and allow my gifts to come back to the surface a little bit. And so I started to share the story. I started to tell people about it. And the more people that I shared it with, the more impressed I was at the doors it opened. Not for me necessarily, but for other people. I would have lineups of people that would come to me and they say oh my gosh, I had a story like this, or an experience like this with an angel. And I never told anybody about it because I thought I was crazy. Or I thought people would judge me. And so the biggest lesson that I learned from all of that is the power and sharing your story. We have no idea the ripple that we can create when we share our story. And particularly the vulnerable ones in which people will think we're crazy, in which we may be judged.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

Those are the stories to start sharing. So that we can help others to heal. I often say storytelling is a form of medicine. And one of the things that I aspire to do with this podcast that you're listening to, is to tell you stories in such a way that you can receive so much value and gain so much insight that it will help you on this incredible divine path that we call life. And so allow today to be a little bit of a precursor into what else is coming. We have some beautiful guests that we've invited to be part of the show, many of whom have had really incredible experiences when spirit has called them. And it's important for you to know that you don't need a near death experience. Okay? Please don't self induce a near death experience so that you can experience the angels. The beauty is that simply by our awareness, we can experience these beautiful energies and entities that are around us that are available to us. You don't have to have some great epiphany, some great catalyst does not need to happen. You simply are invited to choose to choose to believe in something more than what you are to choose the path of heart centered intuition to choose life as it is meant to be delivered to us. You see, we've gotten so far away from who we really are, we've forgotten. We've forgotten the way we've forgotten our soul essence.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so a big invitation Today for you, is to simply step in, lean in to the possibilities. Allow yourself to see the world through an energetic lens to notice when your intuition calls you and follow the path and see what happens. To pay attention to the visions to the voices in your head to the feelings you have, and to the innate knowing that is within you. We all have abilities beyond what we can comprehend. And we have forgotten. And so a divine purpose in this podcast of when Spirit calls, is to remind you that spirit is always calling, always calling in the simple things in life in the subtle signs that you see are our role is to simply pay attention to see what we cannot see before. There's a beautiful quote by Michael Bernard Beckwith, some of you might be familiar with Michael Bernard Beckwith. Michael Bernard Beckwith has been on the secret he is Reverend and quite a beautiful speaker. So his quote goes something like this. When you believe more in what you don't see, then in what you do see, then what you do see, you won't see and what you don't see, you will see. Now some of you might be going, Wait a second, what did she just say? And I remember when I first heard this quote, I, you know, I thought the same thing and thought, Okay, what it what does that mean? And through the process of reflection and deeper understanding, what he's essentially saying is, the more we see of the energetics of the world, so the love, the flow, the grace, that we maybe, that maybe it's not so tangible to us, when we can begin to see that there's so much more behind this three dimensional or this physical space. That is when we begin to see so much more.

DeeAnne Riendeau:

And so what was once important to us and perhaps material possessions, as an example, becomes less important. The connection with others becomes more important, the love between others becomes more important. So this is what this quote means to me. And when I started to look through the world with this energetic cleanse, everything changed. So I'm so delighted and excited to share on this journey with you. I hope that you will find the interviews and the conversations we have so inspirational. And in the next episode, I'm going to be sharing a little bit more about some of the beautiful stories that I've had the pleasure of experiencing in my life that have been examples of when spirit has called me in a much louder way than than usual. So we'll be talking about that on the next episode. And I look forward to spending so much more time with you all. Thank you have a wonderful day. And we'll see you again on when Spirit calls.