Michael F. Combs
After battling heart problems for over 10 years, in 2003 Michael's heart had finally worn out. It progressively slowed, then stopped, his breathing with it. Several minutes passed as those who loved him took in what they had just witnessed, and said their final prayers and goodbyes. Then he inexplicably took in a deep breath, and his heart began to beat again. The same thing happened again precisely 40 hours later. In each instance Michael had an extensive after-death experience and the accounts gave him full conviction of his purpose in life and a determination to live.
Although he survived, the lack of oxygen severely affected his memory and his heart was extremely weak. Sometimes, barely able to move, and on daily oxygen, he neared deaths door again. A determined individual, Michael came back fighting with renewed purpose and an understanding that his work was not yet done. Through mental exercises, he diligently worked to recover his memory and has regained much, but not all, of it.
He studied and explored alternative treatments for his weak heart and arrhythmia condition and beat the odds, and for many years was stronger and more vital he had been prior to the issues. But, that's not the only amazing part... nine months in to his recovery, still on strict bedrest, Michael woke up one morning and confidently exclaimed, "I know how to paint." Until that time he had never had an artistic eye, or had an interest in painting for that matter. However, he said that while he was sleeping he was instructed on how to use paints, colors, brushes and techniques. Today, he's painted more than 150 original pieces. Oddly, with each one, his heart seems to grow stronger still.
The artwork was not the only thing that's come to life through his challenges since 2003. Michael also found that his musical talent has intensified...so much so that he gets headaches from all the new music playing in his mind. He has released two new albums and 12 single-song meditations and as of 2016 which can all be found on iTunes or Amazon. Currently Michael is working on a full symphony in an effort to describe what it’s like to die and see the greatness of the after-life using music.
Yet another piece of the puzzle is his creativity and interest in writing. Michael calls it "the zone" - the ability to get lost in his writing and stories and to be open to wherever the stories lead. As of this writing, he's now completed his third book. His first book is entitled is a fictional story called "Ten Days with an Angel" which was written in just a few months within the first few years of his after-death experience. He released “Hope for the Human Spirit” in 2014, and “Our Last Christmas” in 2016. We expect many more to follow.
Michael is also a six time aviation world record setter, and his plane is slated to go into a museum when he is finished with his record setting adventures. Check out www.FlightHS.com for more information.
As for Michael’s personal demeanor, he is an incredibly warm and humble man with a contagious, child-like outlook on life, and a heart to serve others. Through these various art forms, he is fulfilling his purpose in life. In turn, it's this act of giving and sharing these things that gives him strength, one heartbeat at a time.