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What’s it like to die?  Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Josh Mantz – Veteran, Consciousness Seeker, Ghost.

2:41 – Let’s start with the moment that you were shot and walk us through minute by minute until you died.
11:00 – “We’ve got to understand that the rational mind, our ability to think, completely goes offline during these responses.”
12:39 – “What I experienced was a prolonged 15 second autonomic response.”
15:42 – “It’s not just survival. It’s ‘What is most important to move through the situation?'”
17:50 – Let’s discuss moral trauma, and the effect it has on all involved.
26:52 – “My soldiers, yelling for me was almost like this hand reaching down and grabbing me, before I slipped away.”
30:33 – “It was such a privilege to me, to be conscious for this…to be able to watch them work. ”
37:30 – “All the good, all the bad, all positive, all negative, everything dissipates. Everything goes away. when you die”
39:28 – “There is no sense, whatsoever, of finality in death. We fade into death, just like we fade into life.”
50:00 – “I was forced to reckon with the question, ‘Was I too much of a humanist in that environment?'”
58:45 – “Trump is not pro-cop. He uses his people as pawns.”
1:02:45 – “My interpreter was executed…just for working with us.”
1:10:12 – “This environment that our military folks have been in is very similar to the risks our law enforcement professionals take every day.”


Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.

She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.