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August 29–September 1, 2019

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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Bruce Greyson

The Science of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Scientists

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Keynote Presentation

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.

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Bill McDonald


General Session | Saturday | Keynote Presentation

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.

Rev. Bill McDonald is the founder of both the American Authors Association, The Military Writers Society of America and also the head of the Spiritual Warrior Ministries which is an all-faiths chaplain organization that provides free ministry services for the veteran community. He has been interviewed well over 600 times on radio, TV, and for newspapers and magazines. His life experiences and stories have been featured in over 2 dozen books by other authors including the best-selling book “God in the Foxhole”. He has written articles for a wide range of magazines including the Sunday supplement “PARADE MAGAZINE” and “The Self-Realization Fellowship Magazine”.

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Nancy Rynes

Evolution as the Next Revolution

General Session | Sunday | Keynote Presentation

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.

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Eben Alexander

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Humankind

General Session | Saturday | Plenary Presentation

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.

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Maggie Callanan

Quick Dying...Slow Dying Messages of Hope

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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.

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Sandra Champlain

From Grief to Glory - An Afterlife Explorer Receives Her Greatest Gift

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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.

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Yvonne Kason

NDEs and Kundalini Awakening: A Yogic Perspective on NDEs, other STEs, and their Shared After-Effects

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:00 AM -
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 5:00 PM (EDT)

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia
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260 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
United States


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