Near-Death Experiencer Arthur Yensen

In August of 1932, Arthur Yensen, a university graduate, geologist, and materialist-turned-syndicated-cartoonist, decided to take some time off to research his weekly cartoon strip, “Adventurous Willie Wispo.” Since his main character was a hobo, Yensen became a hobo for a time, blending in with the over sixteen million unemployed at that time in our nation’s Great Depression. He bummed rides from Chicago through Minnesota, until a young man in a convertible coupe picked him up on the way to Winnipeg. Going too fast for the road conditions, the car hit a three-foot-high ridge of oiled gravel and flipped into a series of violent somersaults. Both men were catapulted through the cloth top before the car smashed into a ditch. The driver escaped unharmed, but Yensen was injured, losing consciousness just as two female spectators rushed to his aid. After seeing the afterlife during this near-death experience, he later learned that telling others about his NDE often brought criticism, especially from the church. But there were those who would listen and as time wore on, more and more people would ask him about it. Finally in 1955, after much public interest, Arthur Yensen published a report of his near-death experience. To learn more about Yensen’s very interesting NDE, which pre-dated the modern NDE movement by four decades, visit


Chapter 78 – Sorted By Vibrations

This chapter is excerpted from the near-death experience of Arthur Yensen. Yensen had his near-death experience in 1932, four decades before Raymond Moody wrote his groundbreaking book “Life After Life,” which launched the modern-day near-death experience movement. The excerpts that appear in this chapter come from the website. They also appear in a video posted on NHNE’s Historical & Cross-Cultural Near-Death Experiences resource page.