Dannion Brinkley is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of spirituality, self-development and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. He’s the author of 3 international best selling books, Saved by the Light, At Peace in the Light, and Secrets of the Light, He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows and in 1994 his New York Times bestseller, Saved by the Light (VHS), was the highest rated made-for-television movie of all time (by the Fox Network).
Dannion’s deep understanding of and compassion for those who are suffering is anchored in his own personal experiences of enduring unimaginable pain and multiple near-death experiences. He’s been clinically dead for 28 minutes and had three of the most complete Near Death Experiences (NDEs) ever recorded.
His near death experiences range from—two lightning strikes, open-heart surgery, ruptured subdural hematomas—to brain surgery and a massive grand mal seizure. Drawing from these experiences, Dannion delivers his uniquely inspirational and insightful messages to diverse audiences worldwide on topics including Near-Death Experiences, Palliative and Hospice Care, and Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices.
Dannion’s near death experiences and panoramic life reviews engrained in him a sense of service and compassion. He has been a hospice volunteer for 33 years; has spent more than 26,000 hours at the bedside of dying veterans; and has been with 375 people when they drew their last breath.
In 1997, Dannion co-founded The Twilight Brigade, Compassion in Action in Los Angeles with a small but dedicated team of experience hospice volunteers and trainers. Since then, more than 5,300 have taken the volunteer training.
His vision is to grow the Twilight Brigade Chapters to be active in every VA VISN, with trained volunteers serving in every VA hospice unit in the country. This way, loved ones and VA providers have more access to the Twilight Brigade and truly no veteran at the end of their life will be alone.
Because of his work in healthcare and the VA, he has been active for more than 20 years in educating legislators and policymakers about the value of complementary therapies and urging for research and wider access. He was invited to the famed Chantilly meeting and has testified before Congress, a White House Commission, the National Academy of Sciences, and at numerous Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee meetings.
Dannion has received dozens of awards for his achievements and volunteer service, including the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Cherished Heroes Award, the Courage and Valor Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators and numerous VA Awards including the VA Special Secretary’s Award and the Heart of Hospice Award, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s highest honor.
Dannion is a respected international speaker and delivers his uniquely inspirational and insightful messages to diverse audiences worldwide on topics including near death experiences, palliative and hospice care, and complementary and alternative healing practices.