As a veteran of the Vietnam War Chris Russell had a lot of trauma to contend with. So when he was introduced to The Integrative Restoration Institute he was very receptive to their technique called, iRest Yoga Nidra. Little did he know at the time that this ancient meditation technique would open the door for him to have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus Christ.

As a dedicated disciple of Jesus, Russell incorporates prayer into his meditation time. His primary focus is always on the Lord.

One day while in meditation he suddenly experienced a spiritual encounter that was similar to one which the Apostle Paul described in 2 Corinthians 12:2: “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven” (King James Version).

Russell was translated to the spirit realm where he saw a cathedral with no walls or ceiling. He saw the Lord above him in the center of a group of people. Gold rays of light shone around His Presence. Two hands picked up Russell and placed him on his back, at which time he became aware of his need to express his love for Jesus. He then called out, “I love you,” to Jesus with all the strength he possessed.

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