A brush with death ~

I want to post here an email I received from a man named Zach – a supporter of my film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System.

This is an extraordinary story – one in which an intuitive “hit” saved the life of Zach’s son, and probably saved his life too. Zach has given me permission to publish this on the blog. He lives in the US.

Here it is:

I had a close brush with death in August that could have been catastrophic if I hadn’t listened to the voice.

My son and I were climbing in the Yellowstone backcountry. I was leading most the day and we were close to the top when I felt or heard a strong impression to move my son to lead and I follow.

My son switched with me and climbed a short face in front of us. Once he was up and stable I moved up to the base to start climbing when I heard an ominous grinding noise above me.

I looked up just in time to see a piece of rock about the size of a vw bug began to slide free from the face towards me. As it broke free it began to roll. I didn’t have much room to maneuver but I was able to move just enough to my left that the rock didn’t hit my head.

It did hit my right shoulder and stop for a few seconds with me pinned under a corner. Luckily it was unstable and slowly rolled over my right side and off the ledge I was on. 

The energy from the rolling boulder went through my right arm and shattered the elbow end of my humerus. It was 530pm. I was in shock. My 10 year old son was traumatized.

We had to figure out how to downclimb. Then hike 9 miles and drive 2 hours to the nearest hospital. My car is a manual and my kid doesn’t know how to drive yet. The hurdles to help were ridiculous, but through the ordeal I couldn’t help but feel how much worse things would have been if I hadn’t listened. 

As I’ve dealt with mild PTSD after the event I have woken up countless times from reliving the moment but as if I hadn’t listened to the voice… I watch helplessly as my son is crushed by a car size boulder.  I look forward to seeing the finished film and the result of all your work on the voice that can guide us if we know how, and are willing, to listen.

That’s a pretty amazing story.

I later wondered if, had not Zach had an involvement in my film, would he have been so attuned and so responsive to a strange “voice.” We’ll never know. But in attending screenings across Australia as I have over these past several weeks, I’ve constantly had people come up to me and tell me stories of how a voice or a gut instinct saved their lives.

What happened to me – hearing a voice which prevented me getting smashed by a truck – is not unusual. It happens all to frequently, it’s just that a lot of people don’t talk about it.

My film, it seems, gives people permission to talk about it.



9 thoughts on “A brush with death ~

  1. It must be amazing and so satisfying, Bill, to have people open up to you about their experiences when they see your film, or read about it in your blog 🙂


  2. Thanks so much Zach for sharing your story with Bill and for the permission you gave for Bill to share it with the PGS family. I hope that you, your precious son and all your loved-ones are beginning to recover from this terrible experience in mind, body and spirit. You would all be so very grateful that you listened to your intuition when you did.


  3. My film, it seems, gives people permission to talk about it

    This is very important, Bill, because in the West there has been an unreasonable denial of this aspect of our nature since the 17th Century.

    Malraux said “The twenty-first century will be spiritual or it will not be“, and thankfully, he was right.

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  4. On one of your trips to the US, you must take time to visit Yellowstone. I think it is the most remarkable landscape and wildlife refuge in the world. Of course, I have not seen them all. My first trip to Yellowstone was in 1948 at the age of six. It was remarkable and it is remarkable now, albeit very, very much more crowded. Unlike Zach, I have not ventured to far from civilization. They have bears there that eat people. Besides, as I have shared with you many times since our Caminos, I don’t like to walk much. Look forward to actually seeing you and Jen in the flesh next month. Unless you like sub freezing temperatures and snowmobiling, I suggest you make it in the late spring or early fall, just timed to avoid out of school vacationers.


    • Hi Steve, wish I had the time to go to Yellowstone but this next trip will be really jam packed with traveling from screening to screening. The park though has always been a place I’ve wanted to see. Yes looking forward to seeing you again too Steve! Bill

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