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Legendary Actor Michael Douglas Recalls That Time He Heard Angels Singing

Near-death experiences have a way of sticking to your memory like glue, and it’s one of those things in which you can remember the details quite vividly even years later. It makes perfect sense, as nearly leaving the Earth before your time is up is quite a jarring experience. In addition to thanking your lucky stars after such a frightening near-miss, it’s not uncommon for survivors to have some moments of deep reflection in which they’re able to place things in perspective. In some cases, things they experienced while nearly dying make it impossible not to do just that.

As the Daily Mail shares, legendary actor Michael Douglas, 73, has opened up about the time he nearly lost his life. In his younger days, he was a student at the University of California. One day, he was out doing some swimming when he ran into trouble. Douglas nearly died during the frightening experience, and he explains that he saw a ‘white light.’

“I did hear angels singing, saw a white light and then a relaxation came over me as I faced death,” he said.

His assessment is a common refrain from survivors of traumatic experiences. While some observers take that as a clear sign of the afterlife that’s touted by various religions, Douglas isn’t so sure about that.

“I think we have a mechanism in our brain that takes over and makes it easier to accept the inevitable during the process of dying,” he added.

That’s a possibility that makes sense as well, but other survivors go in a different direction entirely with what they experience. It’s not uncommon for the non-religious to suddenly acquire a tremendous amount of faith in the face of trauma, or for the believers to become even stronger in their convictions. Whether that’s due to proof of the afterlife or not is unclear, but it’s quite clear that a near-death experience is enough to scare the daylights out of any sensible person.

Douglas relayed his tale while discussing his upcoming movie, which is a reboot of the 1990 film ‘Flatliners.’ In the original, medical students start conducting experiments that result in them having near-death experiences. The experiments are fraught with consequences, and the students learn a ton of lessons they weren’t prepared for as a result. Kiefer Sutherland is set to reprise his role from the original film in the, while Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and Diego Luna are on board as well.

Douglas produced the film, and we can only imagine it sparked some memories of his own too-close-for-comfort experience from his youth. The star has also managed to beat tongue cancer, so he has plenty of other reasons to thank his lucky stars. It sounds like he’ll count his wife of 17 years, Catherine Zeta-Jones, as another reason why he should be so thankful.

“I'll give her anything she wants. I'm crazy about her, but I'm a few years older than her so I'm happy letting it pass,” he said.

Source: Daily Mail
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