In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a week-long coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but Dr. Alexander miraculously survived – and brought back with him an astounding story (told in his best-seller Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife). During seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned completely violated everything he ever knew about brain, mind and consciousness, and drove him to question some of the most fundamental assumptions of conventional science, leading to a complete flip from his former worldview. The entire scientific community is facing a similar conundrum: how to explain that consciousness is merely a byproduct of the brain when overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully understanding how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited power to heal. Dr. Alexander will speak about his experience since his NDE and his observations about consciousness, mindfulness, healing and love. The objectives are:
‘Caring Science as Sacred Science’ draws upon the ‘Ethic of Belonging’ that unites humanity to the Infinite field of universal Cosmic Love. Personal transpersonal experiences will be integrated into an expanded model of science, which includes non-local, unitary consciousness and the potential evolution of humanity toward Omega point. At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to: explain why Caring Science is Sacred Science; describe the ‘Ethic of Belonging’ – as first principle of science; and explore personal transpersonal experience of “Being LOVE.”
Since the dawn of recorded history, millions of people worldwide have described Near-Death Experiences. These Spiritually Transformative Experiences include encounters with spirits of deceased loved ones. Using a colorful and dynamic PowerPoint presentation, paranormal expert and spiritual bestselling author Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer® (aka the Psychic Explorer®) will deliver an uplifting, enlightening and fascinating presentation about how quantum physics offers credible validation for the existence of the soul, the afterlife, spirit communication, karma, reincarnation and the reality of Near-Death Experiences. Mark Anthony’s research is based on science, theoretical physics, human physiology and credible evidence. This groundbreaking and uplifting journey into the Light bridges the gap between the scientific and the spiritual and removes fear and superstition surrounding spirit contact. This inspiring, informative and entertaining event is for all people of all belief systems.
For many years, scientists have debated the nature and origin of consciousness. Many materialist scientists propose that consciousness originates in the neurons in the brain. However, scientific studies concerning near-death experiences (NDEs) give compelling evidence for the primacy of consciousness, that is, that its origin is independent of brain activity. In this presentation Dr. Marjorie Woollacott will share her own journey as a materialist neuroscientist who had a spiritual awakening that gave her insights into both the nature and origin of consciousness. As she began to explore research on individuals’ experiences in their NDEs and in meditation, she saw that they have many characteristics in common, including a sense of ineffability, a noetic quality, experiences of light, feelings of being outside one’s body, and a sense of peace, joy and love.
This suggests that the nature of consciousness, as experienced in NDEs and meditation, is similar. In many NDEs there is also verifiable evidence that despite no measurable brain activity, a person nonetheless perceives the activities around them (within the ICU, during surgery, etc.). Research on these experiences supports the understanding that consciousness does not originate in the neurons of the brain. It also suggests that the brain may normally filter out a higher order nonlocal awareness, which can be accessed through NDEs, meditation, and other expanded states of consciousness.
A Manual for Developing Humans is the third book PMH Atwater was told to write during her third near-death experience. What she came to call “The Voice Like None Other,” told her to become a researcher. After nearly 40 years of work, 15 books on the subject resulting from her studies of nearly 4,000 adult and child experiencers, she discovered that the phenomenon actually reveals more about life than it does death, and what it reveals is startling. Each of us is challenged to realize that revelations given are not about becoming more spiritual, but becoming more fully human. In ancient times, the sound of god was “Hu,” the idea of “Hu-Man” was that of “God-Man, God-Woman.” Every religion and transformational episode throughout the ages has taught this…we are gods in the making. From the passion of her own experiences and through those of others, we glimpse the power of love in action and the depths of what it means to find healing in a Light beyond description.
Live Streaming and Video on Demand (VOD) of presentations in the main ballroom is now available. See the Live Streaming Schedule: click on the individual talk links to view the presentation details. Prices are shown on Live Streaming Pricing.
A panel of doctors, psychologists and nurses will discuss how a patient’s NDE should be handled. Panelists include: Liz Dale, J. Timothy Green, Krista Gorman, Debbie James, Erica McKenzie and Julijan Naskov. Moderated by Lee Witting. Details.
Jan Holden, NDE researcher and editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, will lead a panel in discussing what topics should be the focus of future NDE research and what the challenges are in conducting such research. The participants include Jan Holden, Alexander Batthyany, Mitch Liester, Robert Mays and Suzanne Mays. Details.
Panelists Virginia Hummel, Silvia Guersenzvaig, Heidi McClure, and Sheryl Hill will discuss their insights into After Death Communications. Moderated by Debbie James. Details.
Physician panelists Mary Neal, Rebecca Valla, James Kwako and Rajiv Parti will share how NDEs have impacted their practices. Moderated by Diane Corcoran. Details.
We have many workshops to choose from! Each 2-hour, 3-hour or 4-hour workshop allows you to explore a topic in more depth with an expert, sometimes with direct participation and experiential learning! The workshops are priced separately from the conference registration. Full List of Workshops..
Spend an hour and a half with your favorite speakers, enjoying enlightening conversation and excellent food! Check out when the speakers you are most interested in are scheduled and sign up early — only nine lucky attendees can join in.
Healing sessions are available each day, by qualified energy healers, using Reiki and other modalities. You can purchase multiple 20-minute healing sessions and schedule them on any of the conference days.
We will have a Thursday night Meet & Greet gathering where you can meet new conference goers and greet your friends from prior conferences. On Saturday evening, we will have a Social Time to share conversation, light snacks and a cash bar. This year, we are planning special entertainment like Tony Redhouse, shown here in Scottsdale in 2012.
On Friday evening we will have our traditional Fund Raising Banquet, featuring an elegant plated dinner. A keynote speaker will give a short presentation — all to help raise needed funds for IANDS’ mission!
At selected times during the conference, the authors will be present for Book Signings, where you can chat with your favorite author and have your book signed.
A number of informal discussion groups will be held during the conference on topics such as the aftereffects of NDEs and distressing NDEs. The discussions will be led by people who are expert in the subject area and are open to all attendees. The times and topics for these informal sessions will be included in the detailed schedule at the conference.
During the breaks and over lunch, be sure to visit our Bookstore, stocked with new books, books by our speakers, the classics of NDE literature and many related topics. Also many gift items!
The Group Leaders’ Seminar is a special program on Wednesday afternoon for IANDS NDE Group Leaders and those interested in becoming a Group Leader. Our Group Leaders are a special set of people who run the IANDS NDE Support Groups in various cities in the U.S. and across the globe. If you think you might be interested in starting an NDE Support Group, check this out!
Marjorie Woollacott, PhD
Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar
Enjoy an elegant dinner, fascinating conversation, and a short talk by one of our keynote speakers!
Keynote: Living in a Mindful Universe
Schedule as of 3/15/2017
The times, speakers and topics listed here are subject to change.