According to The Washington Post in its February 23, 1997 edition: Art Bell was at the time America’s highest-rated late-night radio talk show host, broadcast on 328 stations. That same year he visited Dannion before brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma. Following surgery, Dannion had his third near death experience.
The following post is a rare special edition from the Dannion archives. First, you’ll find the interview transcript between Art Bell and In Light Times Magazine before the surgery. Then, you will find a three part YouTube series of the Art Bell and Dannion interview after the surgery. We hope you enjoy it and BE BLESSED!
In Light Times: Art, you and your wife Romona flew to be at Dannion’s side before the surgery. What kind of spirit did you find him in when you arrived to the hospital?
Art Bell: Mixed. He was in a great deal of pain, and he was at the point where he told me it had to end one way or the other. He knew he had to either go into surgery or die. On the other hand, spiritually he was as complete as a ever. In fact, I’ve got a twenty minute videotape of Dannion saying goodbye… which I hope I will never have to use.
ILT: I can feel the emotion in your voice. It’s obvious that your friendship with Dannion means a great deal to you. How has Dannion changed your life, Art?
Art Bell: Well, let’s see. It is a very close friendship that we have forged. You know, he’s probably the most spiritual person I have ever known. Yet he’s not a perfect person, by any means. You’ll have to pardon the expression, but there’s still a lot of asshole left in Dannion. There is a little bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in him, yet he’s the most perfectly spiritual person I’ve met. He has the most perfect understanding of what “lies beyond” of anybody I have ever talked to. Dannion is a true psychic, and I can even go into how I know that… I just know this as a verified fact in my life. I know a lot of other people who would say the same thing.
ILT: Has Dannion helped to broaden your understanding of spiritually, or changed your focus in that area?
Art Bell: No, he’s helped me to believe that is it real. I am probably as much of an agnostic as you will ever want to meet. Really, even tough I deal with these subjects all the time. What I deal with on the air and what I personally know to be true are two very different things. Dannion has helped me to believe and understand that these things are real, there’re not somebody’s hope or wish or dream or faith. They are real. Dannion is the first one who ever proved that to me.
ILT: What effect do you think Dannion’s work has had on the world at large?
Art Bell: I think Dannion’s hospice work has had the greatest effect, because he as put his action where his mouth has been, which is untrue of a lot of other people. Dannion spends a lot of his time with the dying because he has been there! So, he’s changed lives of the people whom he has touched. I don’t know that I could say that he has changed the world but through his books, he has reached millions of people. I think his real legacy is what he is doing with people and for people in his hospice work via Compassion In Action. Dannion provokes throught and interest through his books, but it is the lives he has touched that will be his legacy. I really think the worlds needs to begin worrying about the good people who are starting to leave it.
ILT: Indeed, I think we’ve just received a tap on the shoulder to remind us that we cannot continue to externalize that responsibility.
Art Bell: Right now, I don’t see that happening. I don’t see the saintly replacements for these people we’ve just lost [Mother Teresa, Princess Diana]. I just don’t and it’s all part of this thing I talk about in my new book, The Quickening. We are going through a very rapid change. So, when we are facing the threat of losing people of light, like Dannion, that’s not a good sign. But with luck, Dannion’s light will be with us for some time to come.
Excerpted from pages 10 and 11 *In Light Times* October 1997 *Reprinted with Permission*