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2023 ALL Panels

2023 ALL Panels

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2023 Day 1 - Thursday - Panels

Spiritual AND Religious: Bridging Mystical Experiences and Christianity

Moderator: Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv/ Roberta Moore, MBA / Graham Standish, PhD/ Walt Scotson

Thu.
9:15 am
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10:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
Far too many have been told by Christians that their NDE or other mystical experiences simply can’t be true. Still, many other Christians know they are true because they’ve had their own experiences. We are a group of Christian clergy and leaders who embrace your experiences. Like you, we know that Jesus’ mission was one of love and inclusivity, and that your deep spiritual experiences (we call them STEs) are gateways to a deeper relationship with God. We will be sharing our insights in ways that can bring unity between STEs, NDEs, and Christian spirituality.
Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv >> The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal priest for 26 years, counseling many people who’ve had NDEs and STEs. She herself has had a number of Mystical Experiences. Stephanie is drawn to how material reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. She has led NDE retreats, spoken at IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for podcasts. Stephanie is both grounded in the Christian tradition, while welcoming insight from beyond organized religion. She serves an Episcopal Church in Massachusetts.

Roberta Moore, MBA >> Videographer, writer, and speaker, Roberta Moore is producer of NDEvideo.com specializing in spiritual topics. Having studied near-death experiences since the 1970s, she is a long-time, professional member and former vice-president of The International Association for Near-Death Studies. In partnership with IANDS, she has produced two training videos about NDEs, one for healthcare providers and another for Veterans; both are available at YouTube.com/c/NDEvideo. She is a former professor of English at Florida Southwestern College, where she taught for 20 years.

Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, PhD >> Graham Standish is the executive director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA, and has decades of experience as a spiritual director, therapist, pastor, and teacher in the area of spirituality. He has guided many people in becoming more open to God’s presence and flow in everyday life. His PhD is in the area of spiritual formation. Beginning with his reading Raymond Moody’s “Life after Life” as a teen, he has been studying spiritual experiences related to NDEs and those in everyday life. He is the author of 10 books on different areas of spirituality.

Walt Scotson >> Walt has been teaching, instructing, and counseling since he was 15 years old. He retired as a Four Square Pastor after serving for 30 years, and was in the Montana National Guard and Army Reserve as a Senior Chaplain Assistant instructor for 22 years. Walt currently ministers in several healing modalities including Transformation Prayer Ministry, Reiki Level 2, Emotion Codes and is growing in mediumship and spiritual mysticism. He is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for IANDS, assists with IANDS Groups and Events (IG&E), facilitates the Central Montana IANDS Local Group, and is the assistant to the Director of IANDS Local Groups.

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Spiritual AND Religious: Bridging Mystical Experiences and Christianity

Moderator: Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv/ Roberta Moore, MBA / Graham Standish, PhD/ Walt Scotson

Thu.
9:15 am
-
10:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
Far too many have been told by Christians that their NDE or other mystical experiences simply can’t be true. Still, many other Christians know they are true because they’ve had their own experiences. We are a group of Christian clergy and leaders who embrace your experiences. Like you, we know that Jesus’ mission was one of love and inclusivity, and that your deep spiritual experiences (we call them STEs) are gateways to a deeper relationship with God. We will be sharing our insights in ways that can bring unity between STEs, NDEs, and Christian spirituality.
Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv >> The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal priest for 26 years, counseling many people who’ve had NDEs and STEs. She herself has had a number of Mystical Experiences. Stephanie is drawn to how material reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. She has led NDE retreats, spoken at IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for podcasts. Stephanie is both grounded in the Christian tradition, while welcoming insight from beyond organized religion. She serves an Episcopal Church in Massachusetts.

Roberta Moore, MBA >> Videographer, writer, and speaker, Roberta Moore is producer of NDEvideo.com specializing in spiritual topics. Having studied near-death experiences since the 1970s, she is a long-time, professional member and former vice-president of The International Association for Near-Death Studies. In partnership with IANDS, she has produced two training videos about NDEs, one for healthcare providers and another for Veterans; both are available at YouTube.com/c/NDEvideo. She is a former professor of English at Florida Southwestern College, where she taught for 20 years.

Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, PhD >> Graham Standish is the executive director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA, and has decades of experience as a spiritual director, therapist, pastor, and teacher in the area of spirituality. He has guided many people in becoming more open to God’s presence and flow in everyday life. His PhD is in the area of spiritual formation. Beginning with his reading Raymond Moody’s “Life after Life” as a teen, he has been studying spiritual experiences related to NDEs and those in everyday life. He is the author of 10 books on different areas of spirituality.

Walt Scotson >> Walt has been teaching, instructing, and counseling since he was 15 years old. He retired as a Four Square Pastor after serving for 30 years, and was in the Montana National Guard and Army Reserve as a Senior Chaplain Assistant instructor for 22 years. Walt currently ministers in several healing modalities including Transformation Prayer Ministry, Reiki Level 2, Emotion Codes and is growing in mediumship and spiritual mysticism. He is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for IANDS, assists with IANDS Groups and Events (IG&E), facilitates the Central Montana IANDS Local Group, and is the assistant to the Director of IANDS Local Groups.

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Anomalous NDEs Panel

Moderator: Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD / Alex Haley, JD / Glory Schneider, MFA

Thu.
12:15 pm
-
1:15 pm
ET
Rm 4 - Madison
60
Minutes
These panelists have had experiences which are highly unusual, even confounding. The learning that has been transformational for them may be part of a personal history that is not even known or accessible. Demystifying and translating their experiences were necessary components of claiming their meaning— for themselves, and for sharing with others.
Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD >> Angie has been running the IANDS Local Group near Washington, DC since 2019. Her interest in IANDS grew out of three spiritually transformative experiences she had years ago, which forever changed her life and got her on a spiritual path directed daily towards love, giving back, and a deeper awareness of true self. She is originally from the United Kingdom, and has lived in the United States since 1991 and has two daughters. She began studying psychology in London, then completed her research-based doctoral training in Developmental Psychology in Northern Virginia. After she could no longer ignore the long-time, clamorous call of the Universe to change directions, she recently moved from research to the clinical arena and a new path opened up effortlessly and mysteriously, and things have been falling into place ever since.

Alex Haley, JD >> Alex is a practicing attorney Oklahoma who had one NDE in 2003 and an out-of-body experience in 2022. Her spiritual awakening that generally occurs immediately upon return from an NDE did not occur for her until two years after the event. At that point, she learned from an audiobook by the Dalai Lama she happened to randomly purchase, that her NDE was a typical Buddhist practitioner’s conscious death. She had no previous background or interest in Buddhism before this.

Glory Schneider, MFA >> Glory Schneider is a filmmaker, lifelong traveler, and lover of Earth and it’s curiosities.
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Anomalous NDEs Panel

Moderator: Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD / Alex Haley, JD / Glory Schneider, MFA

Thu.
12:15 pm
-
1:15 pm
ET
Rm 4 - Madison
60
Minutes
These panelists have had experiences which are highly unusual, even confounding. The learning that has been transformational for them may be part of a personal history that is not even known or accessible. Demystifying and translating their experiences were necessary components of claiming their meaning— for themselves, and for sharing with others.
Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD >> Angie has been running the IANDS Local Group near Washington, DC since 2019. Her interest in IANDS grew out of three spiritually transformative experiences she had years ago, which forever changed her life and got her on a spiritual path directed daily towards love, giving back, and a deeper awareness of true self. She is originally from the United Kingdom, and has lived in the United States since 1991 and has two daughters. She began studying psychology in London, then completed her research-based doctoral training in Developmental Psychology in Northern Virginia. After she could no longer ignore the long-time, clamorous call of the Universe to change directions, she recently moved from research to the clinical arena and a new path opened up effortlessly and mysteriously, and things have been falling into place ever since.

Alex Haley, JD >> Alex is a practicing attorney Oklahoma who had one NDE in 2003 and an out-of-body experience in 2022. Her spiritual awakening that generally occurs immediately upon return from an NDE did not occur for her until two years after the event. At that point, she learned from an audiobook by the Dalai Lama she happened to randomly purchase, that her NDE was a typical Buddhist practitioner’s conscious death. She had no previous background or interest in Buddhism before this.

Glory Schneider, MFA >> Glory Schneider is a filmmaker, lifelong traveler, and lover of Earth and it’s curiosities.
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Insights from NDE/STE Experiences – Discussion Group

Moderator: Victoria Reynolds / Lisa Arrington / Hillary Hardin / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Shaun Martin, MA / Jayme Tener, MEd / Vicki Werner, BS

Thu.
4:00 pm
-
6:00 pm
ET
Rm 5 - Monroe
120
Minutes
This panel discussion is guaranteed to be an eye-opening and heart expanding experience. Each member of the panel will share an overview of their personal Near Death or Spiritual experience. They will also explain how their experience expanded their consciousness into seeing what is possible for themselves and how it provided insights for living with greater purpose and meaning. Following the presentations there will be audience participation through Q&A.
Victoria Reynolds >> Victoria Reynolds is a spiritual luminary, award winning international speaker, six time author, and broadcaster. Along with moderating this year’s Near-Death / Transformative Spiritual Experiences panel, Victoria will be sharing insights resulting from a profound spiritual experience which then lead to becoming a walk-in, and igniting her role as a luminary.

Lisa Arrington >> Lisa Arrington is an intuitive polymath, author, and SEO professional. She studies life’s universal connections and embedded meanings. Lisa will share the lessons she’s learned from her postpartum near-death experience and spiritual journey after the death and rebirth of her twin flame.

Hillary Hardin >> CEO and Founder of Whose Heart Mourns Me Foundation and Founder of HARE by Hillary. Hillary designs shoes for various health and wellness causes, alongside promoting awareness for various causes. Hardin writes Christian fiction based on true, along with writing gospel and jazz gospel music. She also ministers and conducts a Christian faith based television show that streams live on Favor Network and Preach The Word Network. She also is a mother of three amazing children. Hannah, Meghan, and Reaghan.

Brianna Lafferty, BS >> As an award-winning author that suffered through most of her life with a rare, chronic illness as well as paranormal experiences that led to her near-death experience in 2017, Brianna Lafferty will share how she has been called to hack this life, help others, and start her own Death Doula business.

Shaun Martin, MA >> Shaun Martin, is a healthcare worker, graduate student, recording artist, and STEr. He will share his unique story of visionary experience and insight into the significance of STEs in modern day mental health and how they can be used to discover deeper meaning and fulfillment in our lives.

Jayme Tener, MEd >> In the Summer of 2018 during a series of celestial events, she had a spiritually transformative experience that radically changed her perception. She will be sharing about how her initiation into a complete change in perception that resulted in her understanding that the miraculous was actual reality and everything else was an illusion.

Vicki Werner, BS >> Vicki Werner experienced her NDE in 2012 and endured years of healing. She delved deep into the cause of dis-ease. Having a profound level of compassion with self-discovery in the healing process, she views trauma as a catalyst to expand consciousness and engage in self-love. Vicki is the author of The Secret to Healing and Recovery.
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Brianna

Insights from NDE/STE Experiences – Discussion Group

Moderator: Victoria Reynolds / Lisa Arrington / Hillary Hardin / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Shaun Martin, MA / Jayme Tener, MEd / Vicki Werner, BS

Thu.
4:00 pm
-
6:00 pm
ET
Rm 5 - Monroe
120
Minutes
This panel discussion is guaranteed to be an eye-opening and heart expanding experience. Each member of the panel will share an overview of their personal Near Death or Spiritual experience. They will also explain how their experience expanded their consciousness into seeing what is possible for themselves and how it provided insights for living with greater purpose and meaning. Following the presentations there will be audience participation through Q&A.
Victoria Reynolds >> Victoria Reynolds is a spiritual luminary, award winning international speaker, six time author, and broadcaster. Along with moderating this year’s Near-Death / Transformative Spiritual Experiences panel, Victoria will be sharing insights resulting from a profound spiritual experience which then lead to becoming a walk-in, and igniting her role as a luminary.

Lisa Arrington >> Lisa Arrington is an intuitive polymath, author, and SEO professional. She studies life’s universal connections and embedded meanings. Lisa will share the lessons she’s learned from her postpartum near-death experience and spiritual journey after the death and rebirth of her twin flame.

Hillary Hardin >> CEO and Founder of Whose Heart Mourns Me Foundation and Founder of HARE by Hillary. Hillary designs shoes for various health and wellness causes, alongside promoting awareness for various causes. Hardin writes Christian fiction based on true, along with writing gospel and jazz gospel music. She also ministers and conducts a Christian faith based television show that streams live on Favor Network and Preach The Word Network. She also is a mother of three amazing children. Hannah, Meghan, and Reaghan.

Brianna Lafferty, BS >> As an award-winning author that suffered through most of her life with a rare, chronic illness as well as paranormal experiences that led to her near-death experience in 2017, Brianna Lafferty will share how she has been called to hack this life, help others, and start her own Death Doula business.

Shaun Martin, MA >> Shaun Martin, is a healthcare worker, graduate student, recording artist, and STEr. He will share his unique story of visionary experience and insight into the significance of STEs in modern day mental health and how they can be used to discover deeper meaning and fulfillment in our lives.

Jayme Tener, MEd >> In the Summer of 2018 during a series of celestial events, she had a spiritually transformative experience that radically changed her perception. She will be sharing about how her initiation into a complete change in perception that resulted in her understanding that the miraculous was actual reality and everything else was an illusion.

Vicki Werner, BS >> Vicki Werner experienced her NDE in 2012 and endured years of healing. She delved deep into the cause of dis-ease. Having a profound level of compassion with self-discovery in the healing process, she views trauma as a catalyst to expand consciousness and engage in self-love. Vicki is the author of The Secret to Healing and Recovery.
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Brianna

2023 Day 2 - Friday - Panels

Life Between Life Reviews Enhance Love of Self and Love for Others

Co-presenters: Jim Fisher, MBA and Jen Catlin, MS

Fri.
9:15 am
-
10:15 am
ET
Rm 4 - Madison
60
Minutes
Learn what a life between life review (LBL) is and how hypnosis can be used to access guidance on one’s life purpose. Jim and Jen will discuss LBL reviews and how the information obtained can lead to greater love for oneself and for others. Through their own and others’ experiences, they will provide real-life examples showing how people benefited from their LBLs and inspired them toward loving action. You may be inspired to seek your own LBL to better appreciate the importance of the spiritual planning that went into your current incarnation, and gain insight into the behaviors of challenging people in your life.
Jim Fisher, MBA >> Jim is a retired CPA with a BS in Psychology and an MBA in Accounting. He served as the Treasurer of IANDS in 2019. Jim began exploring the breadth of reality 20 years ago when he met a near-death experiencer. Her story prompted a search for knowledge and experience that would expand his understanding of our collective spiritual nature. Several years ago Jim borrowed a concept from a friend and began a meetup group called Consciousness Café in North Carolina. The purpose of the group was to share experiences and broaden member awareness of their spiritual underpinnings. Jim’s efforts include multiple trips to the Monroe Institute, participation in Rhine Center programs, a two week healing retreat in the Peruvian jungle and trips to Togo, Africa exposing him to Togolese traditional spiritual practices.

Jen Catlin, MS >> Jen has an MS in Psychology and is a certified transpersonal, spiritual hypnotherapist, and hypnotherapy training instructor. She has had an NDE. She serves on the Education Committee for the Newton Institute. Jen has completed the Duke Integrated Mindfulness Training for Professionals.
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Life Between Life Reviews Enhance Love of Self and Love for Others

Co-presenters: Jim Fisher, MBA and Jen Catlin, MS

Fri.
9:15 am
-
10:15 am
ET
Rm 4 - Madison
60
Minutes
Learn what a life between life review (LBL) is and how hypnosis can be used to access guidance on one’s life purpose. Jim and Jen will discuss LBL reviews and how the information obtained can lead to greater love for oneself and for others. Through their own and others’ experiences, they will provide real-life examples showing how people benefited from their LBLs and inspired them toward loving action. You may be inspired to seek your own LBL to better appreciate the importance of the spiritual planning that went into your current incarnation, and gain insight into the behaviors of challenging people in your life.
Jim Fisher, MBA >> Jim is a retired CPA with a BS in Psychology and an MBA in Accounting. He served as the Treasurer of IANDS in 2019. Jim began exploring the breadth of reality 20 years ago when he met a near-death experiencer. Her story prompted a search for knowledge and experience that would expand his understanding of our collective spiritual nature. Several years ago Jim borrowed a concept from a friend and began a meetup group called Consciousness Café in North Carolina. The purpose of the group was to share experiences and broaden member awareness of their spiritual underpinnings. Jim’s efforts include multiple trips to the Monroe Institute, participation in Rhine Center programs, a two week healing retreat in the Peruvian jungle and trips to Togo, Africa exposing him to Togolese traditional spiritual practices.

Jen Catlin, MS >> Jen has an MS in Psychology and is a certified transpersonal, spiritual hypnotherapist, and hypnotherapy training instructor. She has had an NDE. She serves on the Education Committee for the Newton Institute. Jen has completed the Duke Integrated Mindfulness Training for Professionals.
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A 12-Step NDE Integration Process: In Service to Experiencers and Their Loved Ones

Moderator: Bethany Silver, PhD / Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP / Jim Bruton

Fri.
12:15 pm
-
1:15 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
Near-Death Experiences are uniquely personal and life changing. Until they find community among their own, Experiencers may feel rejected, isolated, confused and afraid to reach out for support. Learn how to facilitate a 12-Step NDE Integration support group that offers experiencers a path to community, validation, support and acceptance.
Bethany Silver, PhD >> has been an educator for 25+ years. She began her teaching career as a psychology instructor at Manchester Community College. At UConn’s Neag School of Education she served as the Director of the Professional Development Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. Dr. Silver has taught courses in research methods, evaluation, assessment, and learning. She has engaged her research skills with neurology patients at Hartford Hospital and public school districts in Connecticut. Bethany has been interested in NDEs since her graduate work at UConn exposed her to the work of Dr. Kenneth Ring, returning to study NDEs after recent losses of family members and friends. She co-facilitates the CT IANDS NDE Support Group with Tina Angeli and Jack Lardis, beginning in May 2020.

Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP >> is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in supporting Near-Death Experiencers and their families. Ms. Marquez Lyons has had her own psychotherapy practice since 2010. A spiritual seeker most of her life, in 2010 Diana had a shared death experience when her mom passed. She was the founder and leader of the CT Shoreline IANDS for seven years and has also had a kundalini awakening. Diana has spent the majority of her adult life studying Spiritually Transformative Experiences, as well as Near-Death Experiences and the aftereffects. Diana earned her ACISTE Certified Mental Health provider certification from The American Center for the Integration of Spiritual Experiences (ACISTE). She was invited to present at the ACISTE conference in 2013. Diana also presented at the 2015 IANDS conference, and in 2021 with Jim Bruton, and in 2022 with Bethany Silver and Jim Bruton.

Jim Bruton >> Jim Bruton has been a world traveler and adventurer for much of his life- his adventures ranging from living in Africa as wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic to serving as a war journalist for NBC News. Using only a backpack, providing news coverage as a war journalist for NBC News in Iraq, and Lecturing in Telemedicine at Yale University School of Medicine. But when his experimental aircraft crashed in Oct. 2016, he had an adventure that topped them all. Transported to the In Between, his NDE there was not a typical passive one but required him to do something- to change his future and see how all things are interconnected. Jim has documented all of this in his books, “The In Between, A Trip of a Lifetime” (2020), and “The Practice in Between: The Art of Letting Go”(2021).
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A 12-Step NDE Integration Process: In Service to Experiencers and Their Loved Ones

Moderator: Bethany Silver, PhD / Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP / Jim Bruton

Fri.
12:15 pm
-
1:15 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
Near-Death Experiences are uniquely personal and life changing. Until they find community among their own, Experiencers may feel rejected, isolated, confused and afraid to reach out for support. Learn how to facilitate a 12-Step NDE Integration support group that offers experiencers a path to community, validation, support and acceptance.
Bethany Silver, PhD >> has been an educator for 25+ years. She began her teaching career as a psychology instructor at Manchester Community College. At UConn’s Neag School of Education she served as the Director of the Professional Development Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. Dr. Silver has taught courses in research methods, evaluation, assessment, and learning. She has engaged her research skills with neurology patients at Hartford Hospital and public school districts in Connecticut. Bethany has been interested in NDEs since her graduate work at UConn exposed her to the work of Dr. Kenneth Ring, returning to study NDEs after recent losses of family members and friends. She co-facilitates the CT IANDS NDE Support Group with Tina Angeli and Jack Lardis, beginning in May 2020.

Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP >> is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in supporting Near-Death Experiencers and their families. Ms. Marquez Lyons has had her own psychotherapy practice since 2010. A spiritual seeker most of her life, in 2010 Diana had a shared death experience when her mom passed. She was the founder and leader of the CT Shoreline IANDS for seven years and has also had a kundalini awakening. Diana has spent the majority of her adult life studying Spiritually Transformative Experiences, as well as Near-Death Experiences and the aftereffects. Diana earned her ACISTE Certified Mental Health provider certification from The American Center for the Integration of Spiritual Experiences (ACISTE). She was invited to present at the ACISTE conference in 2013. Diana also presented at the 2015 IANDS conference, and in 2021 with Jim Bruton, and in 2022 with Bethany Silver and Jim Bruton.

Jim Bruton >> Jim Bruton has been a world traveler and adventurer for much of his life- his adventures ranging from living in Africa as wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic to serving as a war journalist for NBC News. Using only a backpack, providing news coverage as a war journalist for NBC News in Iraq, and Lecturing in Telemedicine at Yale University School of Medicine. But when his experimental aircraft crashed in Oct. 2016, he had an adventure that topped them all. Transported to the In Between, his NDE there was not a typical passive one but required him to do something- to change his future and see how all things are interconnected. Jim has documented all of this in his books, “The In Between, A Trip of a Lifetime” (2020), and “The Practice in Between: The Art of Letting Go”(2021).
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Back to the Beyond, Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis

Moderators: Adam Dince, MBA and Betty Guadagno

Fri.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 5 - Monroe
60
Minutes
Hypnotherapist, Adam Dince, will speak about how hypnosis can allow you to revisit the dimensions and realms you journeyed to during the out-of-body experience portion of your NDE. And be prepared to have your mind blown by Betty Guagdano’s hypnotic journey back to the Beyond. Adam and Betty will also be facilitating a Q&A session after the presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how hypnotherapy can help near-death experiencers reconnect with the place most call home.
Adam Dince, MBA >> Adam is the author of “Back to the Beyond: Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis.” He specializes in past life regression, life between lives regression (LBL), and hypnotic regression techniques that heal traumas, limiting beliefs, and other challenging life experiences. In addition to hypnotherapy, he is also a Sacred Medicine Man, Reiki Master Teacher, author, and the founder of & healer at Sacred Stairways Hypnotherapy & Healing located in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Betty Guadagno >> Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180-degree transformation from drug addict, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, and working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.
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Back to the Beyond, Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis

Moderators: Adam Dince, MBA and Betty Guadagno

Fri.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 5 - Monroe
60
Minutes
Hypnotherapist, Adam Dince, will speak about how hypnosis can allow you to revisit the dimensions and realms you journeyed to during the out-of-body experience portion of your NDE. And be prepared to have your mind blown by Betty Guagdano’s hypnotic journey back to the Beyond. Adam and Betty will also be facilitating a Q&A session after the presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how hypnotherapy can help near-death experiencers reconnect with the place most call home.
Adam Dince, MBA >> Adam is the author of “Back to the Beyond: Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis.” He specializes in past life regression, life between lives regression (LBL), and hypnotic regression techniques that heal traumas, limiting beliefs, and other challenging life experiences. In addition to hypnotherapy, he is also a Sacred Medicine Man, Reiki Master Teacher, author, and the founder of & healer at Sacred Stairways Hypnotherapy & Healing located in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Betty Guadagno >> Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180-degree transformation from drug addict, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, and working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.
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End of Life Experiences: Evidence for Terminal Lucidity in Children and Adults

Moderator: Marjorie Woollacott, PhD / Bruce Greyson, MD / Karalee Kothe, MA / Natasha Tassell-Matamua PhD

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon in which there are unexplained increases in mental clarity, verbal communication and/or physical capability in the days and hours prior to the death, in persons who are often mentally impaired or comatose. This panel will explore its history, the research that is ongoing in the area, new data from research in a pediatric population and descriptions of terminal lucidity in animals, and the significance of these results for care by family and the medical community at the end of life.
Marjorie Woollacott, PhD >> Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, is emeritus Professor and prior chair of the Dept. of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She taught courses in neuroscience as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences, Research Director, IANDS, and Co-director of the Galileo Commission. Her current research interests are in meditation, spiritual awakening, end-of-life experiences and after-death-communication. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited nine books

Bruce Greyson, MD >> Dr. Greyson is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only scholarly journal dedicated to near-death research. Through his research, he has discovered common and universal themes in near-death experiences that go beyond neurophysiological or cultural interpretations, as well as patterns of consistent aftereffects on individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities. He was a co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. His most recent book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond, is his first trade book bringing his scientific research to a popular audience.

Karalee Kothe, MA >> Karalee Kothe, MA, received degrees in Psychology and Global and Multicultural Studies from Montana State University working in the Stress, Adversity, Resilience and Health Lab, exploring different responses to acute anxiety between emotion regulation and mindfulness coping strategies. She earned her MA in Psychology at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University, aiding with research in NDEs. She is currently a PhD Clinical Health Psychology student at CU Denver, interested in exploring how clinical health populations can live meaningfully unhindered by fear of death, understanding the lessons that death and dying teach us about living, and connecting to our shared sense of mortality as our greatest common ground.

Natasha Tassell-Matamua, PhD >> Natasha is an Associate Professor and co-Director of the Centre for Indigenous Psychologies in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her teaching is in the area of Indigenous psychologies, and in particular the utilization of Indigenous knowledges to effect meaningful change across a range of contexts. Her research typically focusses on the interplay between spirituality, well-being and the wider ecosystem. Natasha has also spent the last 14 years researching the phenomenology, after-effects and cultural specificity of near-death experiences and other exceptional experiences of consciousness, and has published extensively in the area as well as providing numerous presentations both nationally and internationally.
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End of Life Experiences: Evidence for Terminal Lucidity in Children and Adults

Moderator: Marjorie Woollacott, PhD / Bruce Greyson, MD / Karalee Kothe, MA / Natasha Tassell-Matamua PhD

Fri.
4:00 pm
-
5:00 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon in which there are unexplained increases in mental clarity, verbal communication and/or physical capability in the days and hours prior to the death, in persons who are often mentally impaired or comatose. This panel will explore its history, the research that is ongoing in the area, new data from research in a pediatric population and descriptions of terminal lucidity in animals, and the significance of these results for care by family and the medical community at the end of life.
Marjorie Woollacott, PhD >> Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, is emeritus Professor and prior chair of the Dept. of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She taught courses in neuroscience as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences, Research Director, IANDS, and Co-director of the Galileo Commission. Her current research interests are in meditation, spiritual awakening, end-of-life experiences and after-death-communication. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited nine books

Bruce Greyson, MD >> Dr. Greyson is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only scholarly journal dedicated to near-death research. Through his research, he has discovered common and universal themes in near-death experiences that go beyond neurophysiological or cultural interpretations, as well as patterns of consistent aftereffects on individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities. He was a co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. His most recent book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond, is his first trade book bringing his scientific research to a popular audience.

Karalee Kothe, MA >> Karalee Kothe, MA, received degrees in Psychology and Global and Multicultural Studies from Montana State University working in the Stress, Adversity, Resilience and Health Lab, exploring different responses to acute anxiety between emotion regulation and mindfulness coping strategies. She earned her MA in Psychology at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University, aiding with research in NDEs. She is currently a PhD Clinical Health Psychology student at CU Denver, interested in exploring how clinical health populations can live meaningfully unhindered by fear of death, understanding the lessons that death and dying teach us about living, and connecting to our shared sense of mortality as our greatest common ground.

Natasha Tassell-Matamua, PhD >> Natasha is an Associate Professor and co-Director of the Centre for Indigenous Psychologies in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her teaching is in the area of Indigenous psychologies, and in particular the utilization of Indigenous knowledges to effect meaningful change across a range of contexts. Her research typically focusses on the interplay between spirituality, well-being and the wider ecosystem. Natasha has also spent the last 14 years researching the phenomenology, after-effects and cultural specificity of near-death experiences and other exceptional experiences of consciousness, and has published extensively in the area as well as providing numerous presentations both nationally and internationally.
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Revealing the Path: Transmuting Challenges Across All Time Through Gentleness and Love

Moderator: Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP / Sharon Milliman / Emilie Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC

Fri.
4:00 pm
-
5:00 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
During this time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty there are doors that already exist leading to realms of liberation and love. Join 4 NDE’ers as they draw upon the transformative insights of their experiences to provide for you: keys of understanding and direction that will unlock these doors, foundational evidence that the answers are within you as part of your essential nature, insight into the connectedness of all time and why this matters, and capacity to move forward through all circumstances empowered with clarity and inspiration.
Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP >> Kimberly has been devoted to meditation from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a monastic nun. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, TEDx speaker, meditation coach, and former meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute. She has produced three CDs and a book, Love Calls, Insights of a former Carmelite Nun, about her time as a nun. Communication through words has always been a shining way for Kimberly to be an instrument of inspiration and transformation. She identifies her personal call and mission to inspire others to live from the power and wisdom of Source within them.

Emily Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC >> Emilie is a successful businesswoman who has had a deep and lifelong spiritual practice. A few days after the birth of her twin daughters, unforeseen medical complications resulted in a life-changing near-death experience. Her vivid account of an eternal, graceful and all-encompassing love is filled with insights on how to cultivate a Heavenly experience within the day-to-day world of humanity. In the midst of this life-changing event, Emilie made a promise to share her experience of Divine Love in order to help others on their own journeys of inner healing and awakening.

Sharon Milliman >> Sharon is a four-time near-death experiencer. She is a published author, speaker, and licensed ordained minister. Sharon has presented as a guest speaker at a number of spiritually oriented groups, including IANDS groups, various churches, hospitals and hospice groups. Sharon was featured in an NDE documentary film by filmmaker and producer James Bonato in 2022. She was featured on the Dr. Oz Show in 2019, and the National Geographic channel in 2016. Sharon’s books include A Song In The Wind, A Near-Death Experience, The Whispers In The Wind, A Poetic Journey Of The Soul, and A Rose From Heaven.
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Revealing the Path: Transmuting Challenges Across All Time Through Gentleness and Love

Moderator: Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP / Sharon Milliman / Emilie Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC

Fri.
4:00 pm
-
5:00 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
During this time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty there are doors that already exist leading to realms of liberation and love. Join 4 NDE’ers as they draw upon the transformative insights of their experiences to provide for you: keys of understanding and direction that will unlock these doors, foundational evidence that the answers are within you as part of your essential nature, insight into the connectedness of all time and why this matters, and capacity to move forward through all circumstances empowered with clarity and inspiration.
Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP >> Kimberly has been devoted to meditation from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a monastic nun. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, TEDx speaker, meditation coach, and former meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute. She has produced three CDs and a book, Love Calls, Insights of a former Carmelite Nun, about her time as a nun. Communication through words has always been a shining way for Kimberly to be an instrument of inspiration and transformation. She identifies her personal call and mission to inspire others to live from the power and wisdom of Source within them.

Emily Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC >> Emilie is a successful businesswoman who has had a deep and lifelong spiritual practice. A few days after the birth of her twin daughters, unforeseen medical complications resulted in a life-changing near-death experience. Her vivid account of an eternal, graceful and all-encompassing love is filled with insights on how to cultivate a Heavenly experience within the day-to-day world of humanity. In the midst of this life-changing event, Emilie made a promise to share her experience of Divine Love in order to help others on their own journeys of inner healing and awakening.

Sharon Milliman >> Sharon is a four-time near-death experiencer. She is a published author, speaker, and licensed ordained minister. Sharon has presented as a guest speaker at a number of spiritually oriented groups, including IANDS groups, various churches, hospitals and hospice groups. Sharon was featured in an NDE documentary film by filmmaker and producer James Bonato in 2022. She was featured on the Dr. Oz Show in 2019, and the National Geographic channel in 2016. Sharon’s books include A Song In The Wind, A Near-Death Experience, The Whispers In The Wind, A Poetic Journey Of The Soul, and A Rose From Heaven.
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2023 Day 3 - Saturday - Panels

Transformative Messages from the Other Side, A Mediumship Panel

Moderator: Maria Lupita Gurule / Patricia L’Dara, MA / Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC

Sat.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
A common condition of near-death experiencers is that “the veil to the other side” is lifted, creating rich, mystical, and life-altering experiences even beyond the NDE itself. In this panel, meet three NDErs who straddle between the seen and unseen, bridging the subconscious / unconscious with the conscious. Each will share their experience that forever altered their lives into loving service for Souls—both here and there. Discover the transformative power within to uplift humanity, aid the Earth, and experience life for the better.
Maria Lupita Gurule >> Maria Lupita Gurule’s near-death experience (NDE) in 2000 opened up her reality, unveiled an invisible field, and forced open her ‘Gifts of the Spirit.’ Through her struggle to integrate back into life, Maria learned how to accept and use her abilities to heal from life’s traumas. Mystically attuned and guided, Maria overcame many debilitating life challenges in order to learn how to fully live. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the service and love of Humanity. She is a Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist with expertise in past-life, inter-life and natal-life sessions, and a world-class Soul-Reader.

Patricia L’Dara, MA >> Patricia came to the work of death and dying when her mother made her sacred passage in 1993. Prior to that time, Patricia had never been in a room with anyone dying and did not know what to expect. Her experience was so beautiful and profound that it altered her life. Since her first encounter, she has quietly continued to accompany people from all walks of life in their passing. Patricia is the author of the book, Song of Sight: An Introduction to Soul Passage Midwifery.

Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC >> Award-winning author Ray Catania’s latest book, “You Are Still Alive, Now Act Like It”, is available in 52 countries. In addition to being an author, Ray Catania is an intuitive-medium, who teaches spirituality and metaphysics with clients in his private practice. He is an NDE survivor, an ordained minister, with master certifications in life coaching, Usui Reiki, and meditation, and is working towards his doctorate degree in Metaphysical Parapsychology. Ray has had the privilege of studying under, and training with, some of the greatest forward-thinking minds in the world, including Intuitives, Mediums, Shaman, and Energy Healers.


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Transformative Messages from the Other Side, A Mediumship Panel

Moderator: Maria Lupita Gurule / Patricia L’Dara, MA / Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC

Sat.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
A common condition of near-death experiencers is that “the veil to the other side” is lifted, creating rich, mystical, and life-altering experiences even beyond the NDE itself. In this panel, meet three NDErs who straddle between the seen and unseen, bridging the subconscious / unconscious with the conscious. Each will share their experience that forever altered their lives into loving service for Souls—both here and there. Discover the transformative power within to uplift humanity, aid the Earth, and experience life for the better.
Maria Lupita Gurule >> Maria Lupita Gurule’s near-death experience (NDE) in 2000 opened up her reality, unveiled an invisible field, and forced open her ‘Gifts of the Spirit.’ Through her struggle to integrate back into life, Maria learned how to accept and use her abilities to heal from life’s traumas. Mystically attuned and guided, Maria overcame many debilitating life challenges in order to learn how to fully live. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the service and love of Humanity. She is a Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist with expertise in past-life, inter-life and natal-life sessions, and a world-class Soul-Reader.

Patricia L’Dara, MA >> Patricia came to the work of death and dying when her mother made her sacred passage in 1993. Prior to that time, Patricia had never been in a room with anyone dying and did not know what to expect. Her experience was so beautiful and profound that it altered her life. Since her first encounter, she has quietly continued to accompany people from all walks of life in their passing. Patricia is the author of the book, Song of Sight: An Introduction to Soul Passage Midwifery.

Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC >> Award-winning author Ray Catania’s latest book, “You Are Still Alive, Now Act Like It”, is available in 52 countries. In addition to being an author, Ray Catania is an intuitive-medium, who teaches spirituality and metaphysics with clients in his private practice. He is an NDE survivor, an ordained minister, with master certifications in life coaching, Usui Reiki, and meditation, and is working towards his doctorate degree in Metaphysical Parapsychology. Ray has had the privilege of studying under, and training with, some of the greatest forward-thinking minds in the world, including Intuitives, Mediums, Shaman, and Energy Healers.


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Ethical Action is an Act of Love

Moderator: Rebecca Valla MD / Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Reiki Master

Sat.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
This panel includes three of the five members of the IANDS Ethics Committee. They will each share their personal and professional commitment in the work of supporting IANDS’ ethical standards. They will show that to behave ethically is to manifest love. They will also seek the input of all of the IANDS community with regard to training and awareness needs in applying and effectively utilizing the ethics policies.
Rebecca S. Valla, MD >> Rebecca S. Valla, MD is a practicing Psychiatrist for over 30 years. She in currently working in a private practice with her husband, a Dermatologist. She ascribes to a Holistic and Integrative approach to her work, where Self-Love and Inner Child Healing are central. She is a life-long spiritual seeker, and enthusiastic supporter of NDErs and their opportunity for transformation and healing. She is a former IANDS Board member, and current Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee.

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for NDErs and one for organ donor families. She is a current IANDS Board member, and the Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee. Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA >> Rebecca “Becky” Austill-Clausen is an Occupational Therapist and Reiki Master, providing Reiki for 27 years. She presents the Usui form of Reiki Level I as a Pre-Conference Workshop at IANDS Annual Conference yearly since 2021 including the upcoming 2023 Conference. Becky is delighted to be the Healing Coordinator for each IANDS in-person Annual Conference since 2019. She founded a private practice that grew to include 350 therapists serving over 100,000 clients.
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Ethical Action is an Act of Love

Moderator: Rebecca Valla MD / Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Reiki Master

Sat.
12:15 pm
-
1:15 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
This panel includes three of the five members of the IANDS Ethics Committee. They will each share their personal and professional commitment in the work of supporting IANDS’ ethical standards. They will show that to behave ethically is to manifest love. They will also seek the input of all of the IANDS community with regard to training and awareness needs in applying and effectively utilizing the ethics policies.
Rebecca S. Valla, MD >> Rebecca S. Valla, MD is a practicing Psychiatrist for over 30 years. She in currently working in a private practice with her husband, a Dermatologist. She ascribes to a Holistic and Integrative approach to her work, where Self-Love and Inner Child Healing are central. She is a life-long spiritual seeker, and enthusiastic supporter of NDErs and their opportunity for transformation and healing. She is a former IANDS Board member, and current Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee.

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for NDErs and one for organ donor families. She is a current IANDS Board member, and the Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee. Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA >> Rebecca “Becky” Austill-Clausen is an Occupational Therapist and Reiki Master, providing Reiki for 27 years. She presents the Usui form of Reiki Level I as a Pre-Conference Workshop at IANDS Annual Conference yearly since 2021 including the upcoming 2023 Conference. Becky is delighted to be the Healing Coordinator for each IANDS in-person Annual Conference since 2019. She founded a private practice that grew to include 350 therapists serving over 100,000 clients.
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Dispelling the Shame and Fear Accompanying Distressing Spiritual Experiences like NDEs, STEs, and OBEs

Daniel Endy, BS / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Michael Alton Haley, BA / TBD

Sat.
12:15 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 6 - Van Buren
120
Minutes
Following a presentation, there will be sharing and group discussion for those who have had a distressing NDE, STE, or OBE. Many distressing experiencers feel even more out of place than pleasant experiencers. This extended 2-hour session will give you a chance to meet other DSTErs, to listen to their experiences, and to learn how they handled these unusual cases. (Non-experiencers are also welcome to attend.) We are glad to continue the ground-breaking work of Nancy Evans Bush in the area of distressing NDEs.
Daniel Endy, BS >> is the co-founder and co-facilitator for the IANDS Distressing Experiences Sharing Group (2nd Thursday of each month 8 pm ET). He has a deep interest in understanding the full range of spirituality and spiritual experiences and has studied them extensively for over 50 years. Daniel is a hypnotherapist and a regression therapist in the Charlotte, NC area. He has a BS degree in Computer Engineering, had a successful career in software, and has been a co-founder of several successful businesses.

Brianna Lafferty, BS >> As an award-winning author that suffered through most of her life with a rare, chronic illness as well as distressing paranormal experiences that led to her near-death experience in 2017, Brianna Lafferty will share how she has been called to hack this life, help others, and start her own Death Doula business. Certified Death Doula, and in Sussex Hypnosis.

Michael Alton Haley, BA >> Michael is the Founder of World Riders Foundation, a non-profit organization that built schools for orphanages in foreign countries. In May of 2018, while finishing their first school in Uganda Mike contracted Malaria and MRSA – a very serious infection – which led to a 16-day coma. During his coma, Mike died for 10 minutes and had a very detailed distressing NDE before it turned into a loving experience. In the years since then, Mike has been processing his experience, seeking understanding, and sharing what he experienced. Mike has had a variety of professions from commercial fishing in Alaska, to owning a childcare center. Mike has a BA in Philosophy from the University of St Thomas.

More Panelists may be added.
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Brianna

Dispelling the Shame and Fear Accompanying Distressing Spiritual Experiences like NDEs, STEs, and OBEs

Daniel Endy, BS / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Michael Alton Haley, BA / TBD

Sat.
12:15 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 6 - Van Buren
120
Minutes
Following a presentation, there will be sharing and group discussion for those who have had a distressing NDE, STE, or OBE. Many distressing experiencers feel even more out of place than pleasant experiencers. This extended 2-hour session will give you a chance to meet other DSTErs, to listen to their experiences, and to learn how they handled these unusual cases. (Non-experiencers are also welcome to attend.) We are glad to continue the ground-breaking work of Nancy Evans Bush in the area of distressing NDEs.
Daniel Endy, BS >> is the co-founder and co-facilitator for the IANDS Distressing Experiences Sharing Group (2nd Thursday of each month 8 pm ET). He has a deep interest in understanding the full range of spirituality and spiritual experiences and has studied them extensively for over 50 years. Daniel is a hypnotherapist and a regression therapist in the Charlotte, NC area. He has a BS degree in Computer Engineering, had a successful career in software, and has been a co-founder of several successful businesses.

Brianna Lafferty, BS >> As an award-winning author that suffered through most of her life with a rare, chronic illness as well as distressing paranormal experiences that led to her near-death experience in 2017, Brianna Lafferty will share how she has been called to hack this life, help others, and start her own Death Doula business. Certified Death Doula, and in Sussex Hypnosis.

Michael Alton Haley, BA >> Michael is the Founder of World Riders Foundation, a non-profit organization that built schools for orphanages in foreign countries. In May of 2018, while finishing their first school in Uganda Mike contracted Malaria and MRSA – a very serious infection – which led to a 16-day coma. During his coma, Mike died for 10 minutes and had a very detailed distressing NDE before it turned into a loving experience. In the years since then, Mike has been processing his experience, seeking understanding, and sharing what he experienced. Mike has had a variety of professions from commercial fishing in Alaska, to owning a childcare center. Mike has a BA in Philosophy from the University of St Thomas.

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Brianna

It Happened at IANDS: Witnessing a Family’s Transformation From Terrifying Death to Afterlife Peace

Father Nathan Castle, OP / Michael A. Quinn / Linda L. Quinn

Sat.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
Between early April and mid-July,1994, approximately three-quarters of a million Rwandans were massacred in a genocidal purge. Most were members of the Tutsi tribe. On August 19, 2019 a family of three presented themselves in a dream to Father Nathan seeking help in moving from one afterlife plane to the next. Father Nathan and Michael Quinn were prayer partners in this crossing as they moved into prayer and recorded a session involving this family that had died in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. This was assisted by St. Charles Lwanga and Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of Rwanda. They will reenact that experience in this presentation.
“Father Nathan Castle, OP >>Father Nathan Castle has helped more than 500 “stuck” and not-so-stuck souls who died suddenly and traumatically to adjust to the afterlife. Victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings, drownings, and suicides come to him in his dreams seeking help to resolve their Interrupted Death Experiences. Father Nathan believes that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him and his prayer partners to do. In his Afterlife Interrupted books, Father Nathan is quick to point out that not everyone who dies suddenly gets stuck. He also addresses questions like: Is death survivable? What does he do to help people cross over? Does time exist in the afterlife? Do deceased relatives help us adjust to moving through our deaths.

Michael A. Quinn and Linda L. Quinn >> Michael and Linda Quinn have been hospice volunteers for 20 years. They are co-authors of The Journey Home – Soul Release Intercession: Assisting the Actively Dying at the Time of Transition and The Journey Home – Inspiring Passages From Near-Death Experiences to Comfort the Dying. Writing these books are a part of their sacred journey to awaken us to the reality that we are all beautiful, sacred souls, loved beyond measure by God, and that life is full of opportunities to share this profound love with others. Michael is also the author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: Listening for the Whispers; Suffering From Acatalepsy?: Learning to Love the Questions and Whispers From the New Paradigm.

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It Happened at IANDS: Witnessing a Family’s Transformation From Terrifying Death to Afterlife Peace

Father Nathan Castle, OP / Michael A. Quinn / Linda L. Quinn

Sat.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Crystal Ballroom
60
Minutes
Between early April and mid-July,1994, approximately three-quarters of a million Rwandans were massacred in a genocidal purge. Most were members of the Tutsi tribe. On August 19, 2019 a family of three presented themselves in a dream to Father Nathan seeking help in moving from one afterlife plane to the next. Father Nathan and Michael Quinn were prayer partners in this crossing as they moved into prayer and recorded a session involving this family that had died in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. This was assisted by St. Charles Lwanga and Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of Rwanda. They will reenact that experience in this presentation.
“Father Nathan Castle, OP >>Father Nathan Castle has helped more than 500 “stuck” and not-so-stuck souls who died suddenly and traumatically to adjust to the afterlife. Victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings, drownings, and suicides come to him in his dreams seeking help to resolve their Interrupted Death Experiences. Father Nathan believes that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him and his prayer partners to do. In his Afterlife Interrupted books, Father Nathan is quick to point out that not everyone who dies suddenly gets stuck. He also addresses questions like: Is death survivable? What does he do to help people cross over? Does time exist in the afterlife? Do deceased relatives help us adjust to moving through our deaths.

Michael A. Quinn and Linda L. Quinn >> Michael and Linda Quinn have been hospice volunteers for 20 years. They are co-authors of The Journey Home – Soul Release Intercession: Assisting the Actively Dying at the Time of Transition and The Journey Home – Inspiring Passages From Near-Death Experiences to Comfort the Dying. Writing these books are a part of their sacred journey to awaken us to the reality that we are all beautiful, sacred souls, loved beyond measure by God, and that life is full of opportunities to share this profound love with others. Michael is also the author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: Listening for the Whispers; Suffering From Acatalepsy?: Learning to Love the Questions and Whispers From the New Paradigm.

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Healing Transformations Through Love and Light (2 hours)

Moderator: Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas / Loreli Drache / Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS / Elizabeth Clark, MA, CBMT, HCPC

Sat.
1:30 pm
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3:45 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
135
Minutes
Each of our professional women panelists present to you a very unique journey and perspective. We each are here to share our stories of how we have transformed through our personal experiences and how we each have brought our gifts to the world of healing. Please join us to learn our story.
Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas >> As a childhood trauma survivor, Tonda experienced an NDE at the age of 9. She is a public speaker and is certified as a wellness coach, an art therapist, learning facilitator, and is an intuitive nature guide through her indigenous heritage, ceremonies and teachings.

Loreli Drache >> Loreli Drache is a four-time near-death experiencer, spiritual transformative-mystical experiencer, spiritual mentor, medical intuitive, medical assistant, clair-abled, channeler, energy reader, psychic intuitive empath, energetic alchemist, quantum-shaman healer, mystic, Reiki Master Teacher, Akashic record reader, oracle reader, reverend-high priestess, intuitive jewelry artist, writer, and poet.

Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS >> Rebecca Kastl Millsap, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, energy healer, and angel reader, underwent a life-altering spiritually transformative experience (STE) in 2006. During and after that experience, she became aware of the Divine Love that guides all of us. Since that experience, she has dedicated her life to connecting to that love and sharing it with others as much as possible. She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband and daughter.

Elizabeth Clark, MA, CBMT, HCPC >> Elizabeth comes from a performing arts background. Witnessing the extraordinary effects that the music had on the young patients and their families as a performer inspired her to train as a music therapist. She currently works as a trauma informed, Board Certified Music Therapist and HeartMath practitioner to help clients access and express emotional trauma. She has extensive clinical experience in healthcare in France, UK and the US.
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Healing Transformations Through Love and Light (2 hours)

Moderator: Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas / Loreli Drache / Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS / Elizabeth Clark, MA, CBMT, HCPC

Sat.
1:30 pm
-
3:45 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
135
Minutes
Each of our professional women panelists present to you a very unique journey and perspective. We each are here to share our stories of how we have transformed through our personal experiences and how we each have brought our gifts to the world of healing. Please join us to learn our story.
Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas >> As a childhood trauma survivor, Tonda experienced an NDE at the age of 9. She is a public speaker and is certified as a wellness coach, an art therapist, learning facilitator, and is an intuitive nature guide through her indigenous heritage, ceremonies and teachings.

Loreli Drache >> Loreli Drache is a four-time near-death experiencer, spiritual transformative-mystical experiencer, spiritual mentor, medical intuitive, medical assistant, clair-abled, channeler, energy reader, psychic intuitive empath, energetic alchemist, quantum-shaman healer, mystic, Reiki Master Teacher, Akashic record reader, oracle reader, reverend-high priestess, intuitive jewelry artist, writer, and poet.

Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS >> Rebecca Kastl Millsap, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, energy healer, and angel reader, underwent a life-altering spiritually transformative experience (STE) in 2006. During and after that experience, she became aware of the Divine Love that guides all of us. Since that experience, she has dedicated her life to connecting to that love and sharing it with others as much as possible. She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband and daughter.

Elizabeth Clark, MA, CBMT, HCPC >> Elizabeth comes from a performing arts background. Witnessing the extraordinary effects that the music had on the young patients and their families as a performer inspired her to train as a music therapist. She currently works as a trauma informed, Board Certified Music Therapist and HeartMath practitioner to help clients access and express emotional trauma. She has extensive clinical experience in healthcare in France, UK and the US.
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No Story is Too Small: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

Moderator: Peter Panagore, M.Div / Kristen Adams, MA / Lynne Seymour, RN / Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD / David Ulrich / Shelly Liedtke, BMSc / Ellen Corson, BA / Kacy Kelly / Françoise E. Netter, MA

Sat.
4:00 pm
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6:15 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
135
Minutes
NDEs and STEs are life-altering events for those who experience them. They are irresistible catalysts for change. Initially, the change is internal as experiencers reconsider their beliefs about life and the hereafter. During this time, many NDErs and STErs keep their experiences to themselves as they engage in the challenging inner work of reformation and transformation. In a parallel process, they also reconsider their relationship to neighbors and humanity as a whole. Over time, they gain sufficient clarity and courage to emerge from their seclusion and share their stories with others. This has helped to build the NDE community through organizations like IANDS. It also draws in STErs by offering validation and community, and non-NDErs by offering knowledge, inspiration, and hope. Through the stories of several individuals, this panel presentation gives voice to the transformative process. Hear stories from the early days when those who shared their experiences were scoffed at or seen as delusional, to recent time where open-minded people are beginning to listen. Glimpse an emerging future where NDErs and STErs move from the margins of society to a position of acceptance and inclusion where their experiences and contributions can serve to help others on their transformative journeys.
Peter Panagore, MDiv >> Peter Panagore, author of the best-selling, Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just the Beginning, experienced two transformative near-death encounters. Following a BA in English Literature, he changed careers from architecture to theology and completed a Master of Divinity at Yale University, specializing in the Classics of Western Mysticism. For more than two decades, Panagore served progressive New England churches. His first book, Two Minutes for God, a best-seller in Maine and now available worldwide, was based on his 15 years as an NBC-TV writer for a daily Maine and New Hampshire broadcast viewed annually by 30 million people. He currently hosts “Not Church: Mysticism No Doctrine No Dogma No Bravo Sierra” on his YouTube channel, offers spiritual counseling through Zoom, and teaches meditation and yoga to a global community.

Kristen Adams, MA >> After all her schooling, Kristen was fulfilled — balancing the obligations of her young family with her calling: working with traumatized kids. But when an epically ugly-messy divorce came to her own household, she took an unsatisfying government desk job that provided ample leave time to invest in her own children — but which only barely paid the bills. During the ensuing two decades, she lost all belief in a Benevolent Cause but had convinced herself it was better that way. Finally, after years as a front-line functionary, she was finally promoted and then quickly promoted yet again. Things were finally going right. She finally had room to breathe! A routine X-ray found a space-occupying lesion in the right upper lobe of her lung, and she feared this was the end of her difficult, sad, and disappointing life. It was time to look for answers.

Ellen Corson, BA >> Ellen Corson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1964 and moved to Hanover, NH, in 1974. She graduated from Hanover High School and attended Brown University. Ellen’s favorite class at Brown was Religious Studies. However, since that was not an acceptable field of study in her family, she went on to work at numerous non-profit organizations and social assistance organizations, later founding an Improvisational Comedy group while volunteering around Greater Portland, Maine. She is currently a hospice volunteer who is giving herself a course in mystical studies, wherever it leads. Her 21-year-old son remains skeptical.

Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD >> Dr. Kendall Gilligan was an emergency department physician for almost 40 years before he retired in 2018. His spiritual insights were shaped by a study of Edgar Cayce, Paramahansa Yogananda, and especially by Al Miner/Lama Sing. The insights that he will share come from his personal experiences that arose from contemplation that he began as a teenager.

Kacy Kelly >> Scholar, gas station clerk, mother, wife, and meditator. Kacy had an STE that happened from self-destructive tendencies, and there came the point when she fell to her knees in pain. I quickly got back to my feet. It took a week to heal, at which point she found myself stopped in my tracks with a knowing that I was saved by the light that goes and comes back again. I don’t really know what that means. I didn’t see heaven or hell, just this knowing and a real empty feeling. It was like it took her two years to get her soul back! She moved, changed my life, got married, and had a daughter.

Shelly Liedtke, BMSc >> Shelly is a lifelong perpetual student of Self-Empowerment and a Spiritual Life Coach who is here to lovingly help her students and clients shift the stresses of day-to-day living from mystery to mastery, steadily center in the Sacred Intentions of their Soul and open the doorway to consciously creating miracles in their life. Throughout all of her mentoring and coaching services, she offers loving, gentle support for welcoming her clients and students back home to being their True Self; to open the space for really loving and appreciating who they are deep down inside – the One they came here on earth to experience and BE – so they can thrive and be healthy, well and happy in their life…all through the lens of Love grounded in Gratitude.

Françoise E. Netter, MA>> Françoise E. Netter, MA, renowned author, educator, presenter, and performer, has innovatively contributed to Yoga, Dance Therapy, and Stress Management for over four decades. She has instructed at prestigious institutions like Stanford University and the University of Colorado and trained professionals in her specialty. Françoise has garnered international attention through TV, radio, podcasts, and print media. Her book, “Movement For The Mind,” empowers individuals to integrate and apply their creativity holistically. Drawing from her mystical experiences and trauma, Françoise aims to inspire transformation. Her current focus revolves around Resiliency and trauma, serving as the theme of her upcoming book and Ted X talk.

Lynne Seymour, RN >> Lynne had a life transforming NDE in 1970 at the age of 24 following the traumatic birth of her first child. She came close to death when her vital signs plummeted. She left her body, went to a heavenly realm, and was convinced by spiritual beings to return to complete her work on earth. She returned with a distorted sense of reality, a feeling of disconnection, no one with whom she could safely share her story, and a longing to return to her true home. In 1980 she had a profound, life-changing STE in which she experienced the all-encompassing love of God. She retired after 40-plus years in nursing but has been haunted by a desire to gain a deeper spiritual understanding of her own NDE and to complete her work in this world.

David Ulrich >> Raised in 1960s Detroit, David’s early experiences of faith were shaped by the Methodist Church he attended with his family. His grandmother’s role as the church secretary deepened his exposure to the church, particularly to its minister, whom he respected greatly. However, his perception was jolted upon discovering the minister indulged in questionable habits. As a teenager, David explored various religious paths, including the Church of God, the Catholic Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, seeking authenticity but finding hypocrisy instead. As he matured, he chose to step away from organized religion to formulate his unique understanding of God. His spiritual journey took a significant turn at age 25, when a Detroit Unity Temple radio broadcast resonated with him, leading him to a community that nurtured his spiritual quest, a journey still in progress today.


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No Story is Too Small: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

Moderator: Peter Panagore, M.Div / Kristen Adams, MA / Lynne Seymour, RN / Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD / David Ulrich / Shelly Liedtke, BMSc / Ellen Corson, BA / Kacy Kelly / Françoise E. Netter, MA

Sat.
4:00 pm
-
6:15 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
135
Minutes
NDEs and STEs are life-altering events for those who experience them. They are irresistible catalysts for change. Initially, the change is internal as experiencers reconsider their beliefs about life and the hereafter. During this time, many NDErs and STErs keep their experiences to themselves as they engage in the challenging inner work of reformation and transformation. In a parallel process, they also reconsider their relationship to neighbors and humanity as a whole. Over time, they gain sufficient clarity and courage to emerge from their seclusion and share their stories with others. This has helped to build the NDE community through organizations like IANDS. It also draws in STErs by offering validation and community, and non-NDErs by offering knowledge, inspiration, and hope. Through the stories of several individuals, this panel presentation gives voice to the transformative process. Hear stories from the early days when those who shared their experiences were scoffed at or seen as delusional, to recent time where open-minded people are beginning to listen. Glimpse an emerging future where NDErs and STErs move from the margins of society to a position of acceptance and inclusion where their experiences and contributions can serve to help others on their transformative journeys.
Peter Panagore, MDiv >> Peter Panagore, author of the best-selling, Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just the Beginning, experienced two transformative near-death encounters. Following a BA in English Literature, he changed careers from architecture to theology and completed a Master of Divinity at Yale University, specializing in the Classics of Western Mysticism. For more than two decades, Panagore served progressive New England churches. His first book, Two Minutes for God, a best-seller in Maine and now available worldwide, was based on his 15 years as an NBC-TV writer for a daily Maine and New Hampshire broadcast viewed annually by 30 million people. He currently hosts “Not Church: Mysticism No Doctrine No Dogma No Bravo Sierra” on his YouTube channel, offers spiritual counseling through Zoom, and teaches meditation and yoga to a global community.

Kristen Adams, MA >> After all her schooling, Kristen was fulfilled — balancing the obligations of her young family with her calling: working with traumatized kids. But when an epically ugly-messy divorce came to her own household, she took an unsatisfying government desk job that provided ample leave time to invest in her own children — but which only barely paid the bills. During the ensuing two decades, she lost all belief in a Benevolent Cause but had convinced herself it was better that way. Finally, after years as a front-line functionary, she was finally promoted and then quickly promoted yet again. Things were finally going right. She finally had room to breathe! A routine X-ray found a space-occupying lesion in the right upper lobe of her lung, and she feared this was the end of her difficult, sad, and disappointing life. It was time to look for answers.

Ellen Corson, BA >> Ellen Corson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1964 and moved to Hanover, NH, in 1974. She graduated from Hanover High School and attended Brown University. Ellen’s favorite class at Brown was Religious Studies. However, since that was not an acceptable field of study in her family, she went on to work at numerous non-profit organizations and social assistance organizations, later founding an Improvisational Comedy group while volunteering around Greater Portland, Maine. She is currently a hospice volunteer who is giving herself a course in mystical studies, wherever it leads. Her 21-year-old son remains skeptical.

Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD >> Dr. Kendall Gilligan was an emergency department physician for almost 40 years before he retired in 2018. His spiritual insights were shaped by a study of Edgar Cayce, Paramahansa Yogananda, and especially by Al Miner/Lama Sing. The insights that he will share come from his personal experiences that arose from contemplation that he began as a teenager.

Kacy Kelly >> Scholar, gas station clerk, mother, wife, and meditator. Kacy had an STE that happened from self-destructive tendencies, and there came the point when she fell to her knees in pain. I quickly got back to my feet. It took a week to heal, at which point she found myself stopped in my tracks with a knowing that I was saved by the light that goes and comes back again. I don’t really know what that means. I didn’t see heaven or hell, just this knowing and a real empty feeling. It was like it took her two years to get her soul back! She moved, changed my life, got married, and had a daughter.

Shelly Liedtke, BMSc >> Shelly is a lifelong perpetual student of Self-Empowerment and a Spiritual Life Coach who is here to lovingly help her students and clients shift the stresses of day-to-day living from mystery to mastery, steadily center in the Sacred Intentions of their Soul and open the doorway to consciously creating miracles in their life. Throughout all of her mentoring and coaching services, she offers loving, gentle support for welcoming her clients and students back home to being their True Self; to open the space for really loving and appreciating who they are deep down inside – the One they came here on earth to experience and BE – so they can thrive and be healthy, well and happy in their life…all through the lens of Love grounded in Gratitude.

Françoise E. Netter, MA>> Françoise E. Netter, MA, renowned author, educator, presenter, and performer, has innovatively contributed to Yoga, Dance Therapy, and Stress Management for over four decades. She has instructed at prestigious institutions like Stanford University and the University of Colorado and trained professionals in her specialty. Françoise has garnered international attention through TV, radio, podcasts, and print media. Her book, “Movement For The Mind,” empowers individuals to integrate and apply their creativity holistically. Drawing from her mystical experiences and trauma, Françoise aims to inspire transformation. Her current focus revolves around Resiliency and trauma, serving as the theme of her upcoming book and Ted X talk.

Lynne Seymour, RN >> Lynne had a life transforming NDE in 1970 at the age of 24 following the traumatic birth of her first child. She came close to death when her vital signs plummeted. She left her body, went to a heavenly realm, and was convinced by spiritual beings to return to complete her work on earth. She returned with a distorted sense of reality, a feeling of disconnection, no one with whom she could safely share her story, and a longing to return to her true home. In 1980 she had a profound, life-changing STE in which she experienced the all-encompassing love of God. She retired after 40-plus years in nursing but has been haunted by a desire to gain a deeper spiritual understanding of her own NDE and to complete her work in this world.

David Ulrich >> Raised in 1960s Detroit, David’s early experiences of faith were shaped by the Methodist Church he attended with his family. His grandmother’s role as the church secretary deepened his exposure to the church, particularly to its minister, whom he respected greatly. However, his perception was jolted upon discovering the minister indulged in questionable habits. As a teenager, David explored various religious paths, including the Church of God, the Catholic Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, seeking authenticity but finding hypocrisy instead. As he matured, he chose to step away from organized religion to formulate his unique understanding of God. His spiritual journey took a significant turn at age 25, when a Detroit Unity Temple radio broadcast resonated with him, leading him to a community that nurtured his spiritual quest, a journey still in progress today.


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2023 - Day 4 - Sunday - Panels

NDE Awakenings to the Joy of Healthcare Service

Co-Moderators: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K and Vincent DeVice, BSN, RN / Deborah King, PhD, RN / Deborah Snider, ThM

Sun.
10:30 am
-
11:30 am
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
These panelists have had inspiring NDEs that have led them to even greater commitment and purpose in their work with patients. The Moderators are also professionals in healthcare, and will bring their sensitivity to the expanded awareness of the threshold for loving connection between patient and practitioner.
Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for NDErs and one for organ donor families. She is a current IANDS Board member, and the Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee. Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

Vincent DeVice, BSN, RN >> Vincent Device is a new graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse working in a hospital in Pennsylvania on the telemetry unit. Vincent began his interest in the literature of near-death experiences in high school and continued to read related content throughout his undergraduate degree and nursing studies. He has attended three IANDS annual conferences and participated as a presenter in two. In the 2022 event, Vincent served as a panelist and interviewed the distinguished near-death researcher, registered nurse, and Vietnam Veteran Diane Corcoran. He continues to be an active member in the IANDS community with the goal of fostering knowledge of near-death experiences particularly, to young adults and healthcare professionals.

Deborah King, PhD, RN >> Debora King has been a successful healthcare professional for over 40 years, working in critical care, home care and hospice, mental health, and academic settings. For many years, Dr. King was privileged to hear about NDEs, spiritually transformative experiences, and other phenomena around the time of death and after transition—from her patients, family members, and students in her roles at Bellevue, Johns Hopkins, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in psychotherapy practice, and many other settings. Although her own formal educational preparation in nursing, clinical psychology, and research left her unprepared to compassionately respond to such experiences, her own personal journey led to powerful spiritually transformative experiences of her own, including a life-changing NDE in 2008 during cardiac arrest and coma which changed her life forever. She is passionate about sharing the universal messages of connection, compassion, and love she received during her NDE with other healthcare professionals, experiencers, and non-experiencers alike. In her current work as a professor of graduate studies at Stevenson University, Dr. King’s qualitative research class helps nursing professionals to examine the lived experience of those who have had spiritually transformative experiences in order to strengthen holistic clinical practice and self-care skills.

Deborah Snider, ThM >> Deborah has worked in healthcare and shared in the journey of NICU parents and families for over 30 years. In 1999 she had an NDE that led to a search for deeper spiritual understanding. She has volunteered for hospice, studied energy healing, shamanism, meditation, and mediumship. Deborah has taught mediation classes, presented workshops on mindfulness, and currently serves as a spiritual medium. Her greatest joy is assisting others in experiencing themselves as spirit and finding their own path to joyful service.
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NDE Awakenings to the Joy of Healthcare Service

Co-Moderators: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K and Vincent DeVice, BSN, RN / Deborah King, PhD, RN / Deborah Snider, ThM

Sun.
10:30 am
-
11:30 am
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
These panelists have had inspiring NDEs that have led them to even greater commitment and purpose in their work with patients. The Moderators are also professionals in healthcare, and will bring their sensitivity to the expanded awareness of the threshold for loving connection between patient and practitioner.
Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for NDErs and one for organ donor families. She is a current IANDS Board member, and the Co-Chair of the IANDS Ethics Committee. Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

Vincent DeVice, BSN, RN >> Vincent Device is a new graduate of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse working in a hospital in Pennsylvania on the telemetry unit. Vincent began his interest in the literature of near-death experiences in high school and continued to read related content throughout his undergraduate degree and nursing studies. He has attended three IANDS annual conferences and participated as a presenter in two. In the 2022 event, Vincent served as a panelist and interviewed the distinguished near-death researcher, registered nurse, and Vietnam Veteran Diane Corcoran. He continues to be an active member in the IANDS community with the goal of fostering knowledge of near-death experiences particularly, to young adults and healthcare professionals.

Deborah King, PhD, RN >> Debora King has been a successful healthcare professional for over 40 years, working in critical care, home care and hospice, mental health, and academic settings. For many years, Dr. King was privileged to hear about NDEs, spiritually transformative experiences, and other phenomena around the time of death and after transition—from her patients, family members, and students in her roles at Bellevue, Johns Hopkins, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in psychotherapy practice, and many other settings. Although her own formal educational preparation in nursing, clinical psychology, and research left her unprepared to compassionately respond to such experiences, her own personal journey led to powerful spiritually transformative experiences of her own, including a life-changing NDE in 2008 during cardiac arrest and coma which changed her life forever. She is passionate about sharing the universal messages of connection, compassion, and love she received during her NDE with other healthcare professionals, experiencers, and non-experiencers alike. In her current work as a professor of graduate studies at Stevenson University, Dr. King’s qualitative research class helps nursing professionals to examine the lived experience of those who have had spiritually transformative experiences in order to strengthen holistic clinical practice and self-care skills.

Deborah Snider, ThM >> Deborah has worked in healthcare and shared in the journey of NICU parents and families for over 30 years. In 1999 she had an NDE that led to a search for deeper spiritual understanding. She has volunteered for hospice, studied energy healing, shamanism, meditation, and mediumship. Deborah has taught mediation classes, presented workshops on mindfulness, and currently serves as a spiritual medium. Her greatest joy is assisting others in experiencing themselves as spirit and finding their own path to joyful service.
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Trauma and Darkness can Lead us to Love and Light

Moderator: Cathy Gabrielsen, BS / Oshara Waago / Leora Leon, BA / Ritu LeBouef, MA / Keshia Santero

Sun.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
The Trauma Panel will lead you on a miraculous and supernatural ride of spiritual awakening and emotional self-healing. This knowledgeable and empathetic panel will share their expertise, wisdom, strategies, and tools that aid them in transforming their trauma and the residual emotional and physical pain. You will learn much from The Panel Members’ varied life experiences that will not only show you how to recover, heal trauma, and eliminate fear, but also to help you find the strength within you to manifest a life filled with peace, purpose, and power.
Cathy Gabrielsen, BS >> Cathy is an international healer and speaker, spiritual teacher, holistic Ayurvedic coach, graduate teacher of Energy Medicine, and #1 best selling author of Dying to Live: Surviving Near-Death. Cathy is the founder of Connect Thru Cancer and The Gabrielsen Healing Center. She offers private healing sessions via zoom. After two near-death experiences, once as a teen and another time recovering from cancer, Cathy experienced spiritual transformations and discovered her own paranormal gifts. Cathy learned how to heal her own anxiety, depression, and PTSD and returned to life to help others heal their mind, body, and spirit.

Oshara Waago >> Oshara is the president and founder of The Seth House which is restoring the building where Jane Roberts channeled Seth and where most of their 45 books were written including “Seth Speaks.” Plans are underway to create an open center for the study of Seth’s information and other life-affirming teachings. She was the founder and publisher of three New Age Magazines. She also channels a group of higher beings.

Leora Leon, BA >> Leora’s metaphysical experience began as a young child when she discovered the four “clairs” of intuition. She experienced two near-death experiences (NDEs), one in a boating accident when she was knocked unconscious and was underwater for 30 minutes and the other while hiking at 7,000 feet in the Angeles Forest Mountains. Both transformed her life and she learned the wonders of the multi-universe. She turned that knowledge into books, healing, and teaching people worldwide. Leora is certified in multiple metaphysical modalities, including becoming a Past Life Regression Therapist, certified by Dr. Brian Weiss, a certified Shaman, a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Channel, and an Intuitive Energy Healer.

Ritu LeBouef, MA >> Ritu is a native of India who has had numerous Spiritual experiences. While under the discipleship of her Guru, Swami Mohan Das Ji Maharaj, she had a life-changing spiritually transformative experience (STE) awakening her to profound spiritual principles, “I AM That” and that God is Love. Her experience led her to understand the essence of Sanatana Dharma (aka Hinduism). After her profound experience, Ritu left her successful IT career to share her inspirational messages to awaken others to their Eternal Truth and to practice holistic therapies to help others heal. She conducts international support circles, spiritual seminars, and workshops.

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Trauma and Darkness can Lead us to Love and Light

Moderator: Cathy Gabrielsen, BS / Oshara Waago / Leora Leon, BA / Ritu LeBouef, MA / Keshia Santero

Sun.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Washington
60
Minutes
The Trauma Panel will lead you on a miraculous and supernatural ride of spiritual awakening and emotional self-healing. This knowledgeable and empathetic panel will share their expertise, wisdom, strategies, and tools that aid them in transforming their trauma and the residual emotional and physical pain. You will learn much from The Panel Members’ varied life experiences that will not only show you how to recover, heal trauma, and eliminate fear, but also to help you find the strength within you to manifest a life filled with peace, purpose, and power.
Cathy Gabrielsen, BS >> Cathy is an international healer and speaker, spiritual teacher, holistic Ayurvedic coach, graduate teacher of Energy Medicine, and #1 best selling author of Dying to Live: Surviving Near-Death. Cathy is the founder of Connect Thru Cancer and The Gabrielsen Healing Center. She offers private healing sessions via zoom. After two near-death experiences, once as a teen and another time recovering from cancer, Cathy experienced spiritual transformations and discovered her own paranormal gifts. Cathy learned how to heal her own anxiety, depression, and PTSD and returned to life to help others heal their mind, body, and spirit.

Oshara Waago >> Oshara is the president and founder of The Seth House which is restoring the building where Jane Roberts channeled Seth and where most of their 45 books were written including “Seth Speaks.” Plans are underway to create an open center for the study of Seth’s information and other life-affirming teachings. She was the founder and publisher of three New Age Magazines. She also channels a group of higher beings.

Leora Leon, BA >> Leora’s metaphysical experience began as a young child when she discovered the four “clairs” of intuition. She experienced two near-death experiences (NDEs), one in a boating accident when she was knocked unconscious and was underwater for 30 minutes and the other while hiking at 7,000 feet in the Angeles Forest Mountains. Both transformed her life and she learned the wonders of the multi-universe. She turned that knowledge into books, healing, and teaching people worldwide. Leora is certified in multiple metaphysical modalities, including becoming a Past Life Regression Therapist, certified by Dr. Brian Weiss, a certified Shaman, a Reiki Master/Teacher, a Channel, and an Intuitive Energy Healer.

Ritu LeBouef, MA >> Ritu is a native of India who has had numerous Spiritual experiences. While under the discipleship of her Guru, Swami Mohan Das Ji Maharaj, she had a life-changing spiritually transformative experience (STE) awakening her to profound spiritual principles, “I AM That” and that God is Love. Her experience led her to understand the essence of Sanatana Dharma (aka Hinduism). After her profound experience, Ritu left her successful IT career to share her inspirational messages to awaken others to their Eternal Truth and to practice holistic therapies to help others heal. She conducts international support circles, spiritual seminars, and workshops.

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Your Spiritual Experience Contains Your Gift to the World

Moderator: Betty Guadagno / Mystic Chics: Wendy Casey / Audrey Casey Herrick / Mary Casey Bowers

Sun.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
No matter how lonely you have felt, how isolated, how nervous that everything you once knew has now changed, it has changed FOR you. Your experience has happened because you were ready for it. Join The Mystic Chics as they share their own experiences of doubt, loneliness, and isolation due to spiritual experiences and gifts they have had since birth. Participants experience an awakening of empowerment and confidence to take loving action in their lives.

This trio of two sisters and an aunt offer a safe, supportive, substance-free environment in their sacred healing ceremonies, igniting the God Source within. In this discussion, you can ask questions and learn tools on how to best navigate this new version of Amazing You!
Betty Guadagno >> Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180-degree transformation from drug addict, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, and working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.

Mystic Chics >> Wendy, Audrey, and Mary are The Mystic Chics. That’s Chics without a “k.” Healers, authors, musicians, and family: these Modern Medicine Women offer private healing sessions in their two East Coast studios as well as ceremonial healing events around the country. Their unique combination of energy medicine skills, spiritual gifts, and family harmonies provides a transformational experience for anyone receiving their various forms of healing medicine. In the bestselling 2023 anthology, Deserts to Mountaintops, the Chics document their spiritual journey: from the trauma of early family death, to overcoming addiction, reclaiming their intuition and voice, and now, through the spiritual healing business they have created together. As published singer, song-writer musicians, their four recently released singles (Words Create, Be the Change, I Find Myself Mantra, and Awaken the Mystery) speak to the creative power we each have in every moment of our lives.
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Your Spiritual Experience Contains Your Gift to the World

Moderator: Betty Guadagno / Mystic Chics: Wendy Casey / Audrey Casey Herrick / Mary Casey Bowers

Sun.
1:30 pm
-
2:30 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Wilson
60
Minutes
No matter how lonely you have felt, how isolated, how nervous that everything you once knew has now changed, it has changed FOR you. Your experience has happened because you were ready for it. Join The Mystic Chics as they share their own experiences of doubt, loneliness, and isolation due to spiritual experiences and gifts they have had since birth. Participants experience an awakening of empowerment and confidence to take loving action in their lives.

This trio of two sisters and an aunt offer a safe, supportive, substance-free environment in their sacred healing ceremonies, igniting the God Source within. In this discussion, you can ask questions and learn tools on how to best navigate this new version of Amazing You!
Betty Guadagno >> Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180-degree transformation from drug addict, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, and working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.

Mystic Chics >> Wendy, Audrey, and Mary are The Mystic Chics. That’s Chics without a “k.” Healers, authors, musicians, and family: these Modern Medicine Women offer private healing sessions in their two East Coast studios as well as ceremonial healing events around the country. Their unique combination of energy medicine skills, spiritual gifts, and family harmonies provides a transformational experience for anyone receiving their various forms of healing medicine. In the bestselling 2023 anthology, Deserts to Mountaintops, the Chics document their spiritual journey: from the trauma of early family death, to overcoming addiction, reclaiming their intuition and voice, and now, through the spiritual healing business they have created together. As published singer, song-writer musicians, their four recently released singles (Words Create, Be the Change, I Find Myself Mantra, and Awaken the Mystery) speak to the creative power we each have in every moment of our lives.
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