There is a rich literature on the neuroscience of consciousness that focuses on biological mechanisms of wakefulness and awareness of the physical environment. However, that literature totally ignores and in fact rejects the existence of a higher consciousness. Some scientists argue that, even if a spiritual realm existed, it could not be addressed by science. But the past century has seen a gradual recognition that science and spirituality are compatible, and that only a marriage of the two can provide an accurate description of reality. I argue that the science of consciousness can be elevated only when the consciousness of the scientists themselves has been elevated.
Rev. Bill McDonald will explore the mystical world of NDEs, Near-Death Like Experiences, STEs, Angels, Gurus, Mystical Beings and Supernatural Experiences that cannot be explained. He will also talk about how the power of love can expand our consciousness.
He will use personal stories from his own diversity of other worldy and mystical experiences. Talking about a childhood NDE, hearing a choir of angels singing, miracles in the midst of combat in The Vietnam War, and supernatural experiences in India including an NDE after falling off a 30-foot cliff in the Himalayan Mountains. He will also talk about his Naadi Palm Reading and how that related to his Near-Death-Like experience when his heart was purposely stopped, and he was put on a heart lung machine for heart surgery. He will also talk about the avatar, Babaji whom he met in this other worldy experiences.
He will discuss how being a combat veteran along with his NDEs and STEs have transformed his life into one of total service. He speaks from the heart and goes where he is lead in his talks. He is never fully sure of what he will say at any presentation, as it tries to allow the universe to guide and direct him and give him the words and stories that those in attendance need to hear. His talks are not tales about what others have done, or quotes from books – these are his one-of-a-kind life experiences and he shares them around the world and on YouTube where he has almost a million views on his videos.
Rev. Bill McDonald was a Huey helicopter crew-chief/door-gunner in Vietnam. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, 14 Air Medals, The Purple Heart Medal and other medals and ribbons. He had many STEs while in combat, as well as before and after the war including NDE-like experiences which he writes about in his books. He has been associated with around a dozen films, TV shows and videos including a PBS TV special called “The Art of Healing” and on the History Channel with the documentary “In the Shadow of the Blade”. He has authored several books that deal with his 3 NDE-like events and his many STEs.
Few argue that humanity is on the cusp of great changes, just as the American Colonies were in 1776. While revolution helped to create this incredible nation, the changes it brought didn’t embrace all who dwelled here. And those revolutionary changes also came with a heavy price. In this keynote presentation, Nancy Rynes makes parallels between historic revolutions, such as the one that began here in Philadelphia, and where humanity stands at the present moment. More importantly, she details how near death experiencers, and the wisdom they bring back from the afterlife, can usher in the next Evolution of humanity rather than a revolution. A humanity that is more expansive, compassionate, connected, light-filled, and creative than we have ever seen before.
Scientific research is finally catching up with what many know with certainty from firsthand personal experience. Acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (the first time in recorded history that humans had ever stepped on another heavenly body), Dr. Alexander will discuss the parallels in our current era. Just as Armstrong’s first step represented a monumental step forward for all of humanity, likewise, near-death experiences are the tip of the spear in shifting the entire world’s view of itself.
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.
People in a sudden state of clinical compromise, marked by disruption of all signs of life,
often report a remarkable experience known as NDE or Near Death Experience. These
experiences are only shared after medical intervention or CPR brings the experiencer back
to life. These are the messages of those who have died quickly and have returned to teach
us what it is like.
When people dying slowly of a terminal illness are approaching death, they too often have
remarkable experiences, as well as an expanded awareness. This is called NDA or
Nearlng Death Awareness. These are the messages from those who are dying slowly.
They teach us while they are dying because they can’t come back.
Although the NDE and the NDA have many similar characteristics, there are profound
differences. Understanding the differences and learning how to interact with the dying can
help us identify and participate in the NDA while it is actually happening.
This information is of vital importance for all critical care clinicians and for all – professional or
lay persons who care for, or are close to someone who has had an NDE or to a dying person
experiencing an NDA . Whether the dying is fast or slow. These are remarkable messages of
peace, comfort and hope that can change our lives.
The journey each human being faces is not an easy one and Sandra Champlain does not think it is meant to be. Fear of death, grief, and experiences like NDEs, or one of many other signs of the reality of the afterlife have the ability to transform our lives. The seeds of the lodgepole pine trees can only open and grow when they are exposed to tremendous heat of forest fires. Like the seeds of those pine trees, our revolutionary and often painful experiences can allow us to start our spiritual journey and ultimately provide us our greatest love and joy.
Join author and radio show host Sandra Champlain as she shares how her own deep grief led her on a journey from skeptic to believer in the afterlife. With now over 300 hours of interviews of We Don’t Die Radio, hear stories of some of the most remarkable people – how their incredible journeys begin from their toughest experiences. This presentation will not only give you many more reasons to believe in the reality of the afterlife, but could reignite your Soul’s plan for you having extraordinary life.
Many NDE researchers including Ken Ring PhD, Bruce Greyson MD, and Yvonne Kason MD have speculated about the possible relationship between Near-Death Experiences and Kundalini Awakening, as described in the yogic tradition. In this seminar, Dr. Yvonne Kason will share her conclusions from 40 year of kundalini and NDE research. She will compare the symptoms and after-effects of NDEs and kundalini awakening, and share how this leads her to the conclusion that Near-Death Experiences may sometimes awaken the spiritual energy/kundalini mechanism in experiencers. This kundalini awakening would greatly intensify the long-term after-effects of an NDE.
Learn about the medical health benefits of the unique, effortless, easy-to-learn technique Kelvin Chin has taught worldwide to bring about balance in thousands of people for 40 years, including active and retired military — at West Point Military Academy and in the U.S. Army in Korea and the DMZ. Learn how it helps to Overcome the Fear of Death and to help with assimilation of NDE’s. He will discuss this nonreligious, non-focusing, impactful technique that turns on the “Opposite of the Fight or Flight” switch, and dispels fear and anxiety. What happens in your neurophysiology when that switch gets turned on? Kelvin was a test subject in the first medical studies on meditation done in the U.S. in 1971. Kelvin teaches on videoconference and in-person — to 28 countries so far. BONUS: He will also teach you some other simple techniques in this talk that you can practice immediately and even teach others back at your hospitals, offices and educational institutions. He will explain why and how they work. And why all techniques are not equally effective.
Kelvin Chin has been meditating for 49 years, teaching it for 46 years, and has had many experiences “piercing the veil.” His clients are diverse, from age 4-94, the healthy to the emotionally or mentally challenged, and the full-of-life to end-of-life. He teaches a meditation technique called “Turning Within.” His clients report relief from panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, better health, faster healing, and balanced spiritual and psychic abilities. Kelvin is the author of the best-selling “Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems” — a nonreligious approach to the 4 Beliefs that underlie all religious and cultural beliefs. He uses these principles to help people reduce and eliminate their fears of death. He has taught in healthcare and universities, is a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale and Boston College Law, has lived in 8 countries and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Our speakers this year include Eben Alexander, Bruce Greyson, Mary Neal, Pim van Lommel and many more!see more
Our program will include near-death experiencers, doctors, nurses, clergy, researchers, past life regression therapists and many more!see more
Our many workshops, 2 to 3 hours in length, will allow you to explore a topic in more depth with an expert, sometimes with direct participation and experiential learning!see more
Plan for Lunch with a Speaker, schedule a Healing Session or two, browse through our Bookstore and take part in the Social Events scheduled for the conference!see more
Our hotel is beautiful, comfortable and very close to many activities in the area!see more
The Program Schedule gives an overview of the speakers and topics scheduled each day. It is subject to change so check your conference materials when you check in for the latest version!see more
Note: Conference photographs are from recent prior IANDS conferences.
EXHIBITORS ARE WELCOME! Four days of affordable space at the IANDS Annual Conference, with often over 300 attendees. Attendees include members of the educational, medical, psychological, and nursing professions; alternative practitioners, and the general public. See the Exhibitor Registration Form for details. The Early Bird rate for exhibitors goes to June 13!
GROUP LEADER DISCOUNTS: Group Leaders who register for the full conference and who register for and attend the Group Leaders Seminar on Wednesday afternoon will receive a discount of 50% off the full conference price. This is a savings of $225. Only one discount per IANDS Group. To take advantage of this discount, use Discount Coupon Code GROUPLDR281.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN! Visit our registration web site.
STUDENT DISCOUNTS of 60% off all registration fees are available for currently enrolled students in a graduate, undergraduate, community college or high school program. The discount coupon code is “STUDENT287” (case-sensitive). You will need to provide a valid student ID or a letter from your school administrator when you register at the conference. Welcome, students!
SCHOLARSHIPS for veterans with disabilities or active duty military personnel who have had an NDE (or NDE-like experience) to attend the IANDS conference: up to 100% off conference registration, plus more! More information and application.
Thursday through Sunday noon: General Sessions intermixed with Healthcare-Education-Research-Science Sessions, with presentations by NDErs, NDE educators and researchers, Clergy, Healthcare Professionals, Social Workers, and others on the Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences: A Deeper Understanding and A Sharing of the Gifts. Includes Spiritually Transformative Experiences, Near-Death-Like Experiences and related phenomena. Workshops (priced separately) are offered in late afternoon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Our conference is priced for every budget and schedule. You can choose to attend the full 3.5-day conference, any two days, a single day or just a morning. You can attend any number of workshops (separately priced) and sign up to have lunch with your favorite speakers.
NDE TRAINING VIDEO on Sale at the Conference! The NDE Training Video for doctors and nurses and the general public will be on sale at the conference at a 15% discount. Get a copy to share with your family, your doctors and nurses, your church and your community. It will help transform their understanding of NDEs. View the trailer now!
IANDS POLICY: IANDS’s purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences. IANDS is impartial and open to the presentation of varying points of view. While all personal beliefs are respected, IANDS does not support proselytizing or promoting personal religious beliefs.