meet the speakers

Mark Anthony

Debunking Death: Near-death Experiences and the Light of Quantum Consciousness

General Session | Friday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

Since the dawn of recorded history, millions of people worldwide have described Near-Death Experiences. These Spiritually Transformative Experiences include encounters with spirits of deceased loved ones. Using a colorful and dynamic PowerPoint presentation, paranormal expert and spiritual bestselling author Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer® (aka the Psychic Explorer®) will deliver an uplifting, enlightening and fascinating presentation about how quantum physics offers credible validation for the existence of the soul, the afterlife, spirit communication, karma, reincarnation and the reality of Near-Death Experiences. Mark Anthony’s research is based on science, theoretical physics, human physiology and credible evidence. This groundbreaking and uplifting journey into the Light bridges the gap between the scientific and the spiritual and removes fear and superstition surrounding spirit contact. This inspiring, informative and entertaining event is for all people of all belief systems.

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Tricia Barker & Stephanie Arnold

Panel: Two Veridical Near-Death Experiences, with Janice Holden

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream, 1 NCE

In a veridical NDE, an experiencer reports having perceived things that are later verified as accurate.  These cases are especially compelling when the person perceived something that they could not have perceived physically, considering the position and/or condition of their physical body, when what they perceived was something they did not anticipate or actually contradicted their expectations; and when their perception was verified by a credible third party.  This panel will begin with a brief summary of the 2016 book The Self Does Not Die, which contains over 100 cases of NDEs with veridical perception verified by credible third parties, mostly physicians.  Then two NDErs whose cases did not appear in the book will describe their NDEs and aftereffects with particular emphasis on veridical aspects of their experiences.   Among the aftereffects they will discuss are they knowledge that humans are worthwhile, divine, and loved more than we could ever imagine, a sense of enhanced connectedness to all of nature, and the ability to use knowledge and light from the angels and God to guide acts of service and even a career of service.  They will conclude with ways that audience members can more frequently use messages from angels and God to help heal and to participate in the healing of others.

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Jim Bay, Lisa Evers & JC Gordon

Near-Death Experiencer Panel #2

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Every night after work as a landscaper, Jim “Bubba” Bay went for a walk. But on the night of November 15, 2009, while walking on Hammertown Road in Pine Plains, New York, Bubba fell head-first off a 14-foot embankment, breaking 23 bones, including 11 ribs, 10 vertebrae, his skull and left scapula. After a day in intensive care, the doctors induced a coma. Bubba survived, and when he awoke from the coma, he began to tell his family and friends about his remarkable visions of The Light on the edge of death. After a strenuous rehab program, Bubba emerged from his near-death experience with his faith in God and the divine renewed and his eyes opened to everyday miracles. He has found purpose and meaning in a tragedy-filled life scarred by the deaths of two sons, and even in the chronic pain he continues to endure each day. If God or the divine or the Light is there for an ordinary working man like Bubba, then God is real and watching out for everyone, no matter what faith or belief system a person has. There is a higher power and plan that is real and available for all of us.

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Bo Billups

Life Lessons Learned from the Light by a Non-NDEr

General Session | Friday & Saturday | Poster Presentation

The Near-Death Experience offers many “lessons from the Light” about love and healing.  These include the truths that we are loved beyond measure, our lives have purpose, we are part of a great plan, and “all is well”. These lessons are for all of us and an NDE is not required to learn them. The study of the topic by the speaker and the amazing response from other non-NDErs after sharing this information led the speaker on a spiritual awakening to a life of greater happiness and well-being. His journey included Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) and instances of After Death Communications (ADCs). The spiritual implications of the NDE lessons go beyond the limiting faith traditions that focus on divisions (the “us and “them” mentality) or the limits of a strictly materialist perspective.  Without proselytizing, the speaker will share the basic tenants of the “New Thought” spiritual movement and explore how it echoes the lessons of the NDE.

Allan Botkin & Alma Blazquez w/ Neal Grossman

The NDEr's path to wholeness: case study of IADC technique with NDEr

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

The NDEr’s path to wholeness. The healing that continues through a consciousness of the Light of Source of All Love.

The NDE/STE awakens the physical senses and develops and evolves deeper senses, such as intuition. In this case, an NDE’r can be shown a Part of their life, during the NDE, that must be “lived out” upon returning to life on Earth, as an intuitive and Healer, Medium or other. The NDE’r can be in immense joy to be alive and has a consciousness that Eternity is our true Home, and Is here in the present, where only Love and Light exists; though divine healing can be continual until the NDE’r allows the full “Yes” to occur. The “Yes” is a conscious decision to live one’s Full Life Energy given to the NDE’s/STE’r. After the Acceptance of All Loving Healing can the miraculous happen: the Gift that the NDEr’s story will help and heal the self and others, and expands the purpose for the Return to Earth. It takes time to process the NDE, and the process can involve protecting the family of cultural origin (externalized ideas of the physical world). The Ultimate Healing is knowing there is nothing to protect, that All is Love and that we are completely Safe to be ourselves. I (Alma) experienced a profound NDE in 2012. Three and a half years later, Fall of 2015, I saw Dr. Allan Botkin in the hope of removing emotional scars left over from early childhood abuse and early childhood NDE before age 5. Meeting PMH Atwater during the 2015 San Antonio IANDS Conference assisted me to finally do the ‘work’ I was shown I needed to do when I was in my 2012 NDE; disclose the early NDE to arrive at authenticity of being to help others. Allan used his Induced After-Death Communication technique on me, and to our mutual surprise, I found myself back with the Light and Love Orb of my NDE, and a very intense healing portal was opened. In our presentation, we shall discuss what we each experienced during this time. Allan’s work and testimony of the portal that was opened has been the reason I am living in the expansion of my NDE. We would love to share this unique experience. We raise, as an open question, whether this technique may be used to help other NDErs revisit their experience and to process their NDE/STE so that our lives can be lived fully in joy for self and others, why we are here (to assist one another).

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Nancy Evans Bush

The Buddha in Hell: When ‘Spiritually Transformative’ is Confounding

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Transformational near-death experiences, like other spiritual epiphanies and ‘great dreams,’ sometimes present with bizarre, difficult-to-interpret imagery. In this hour-long introduction to the topic, Nancy Evans Bush works with two distressing NDEs to illustrate the limitation of literal understandings and discuss useful approaches to unraveling meaning even in bizarre and terrifying-sounding situations.

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Robert Caplan & Peter Panagore

Chaplains' Near-Death Experience Panel

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Looking Within: 80 Years of Reflection, Projection, Love and Healing

This discussion group will invite comments of participants that integrate their NDE (or Spiritually Transformative Experience – STE) with what is relevant and personal for them. This could involve the integration of personal experience and cultural dramas, patterns, and unfolding global memes. Unlike more tangibly oriented sessions, this conversation will discuss the ineffable… It will invite participants to think about and talk about aspects of their experiences and post-NDE lives that may be difficult to address with their families and general communities.

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Christine Clawley & Joseph Miyaki & Nancy Grignon

Colorado Near-Death Experiencer Panel

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

I will present my own NDE experience, where I spent one month in a coma while recovering from the Necrotizing Fasciitis (aka Flesh-eating Bacteria) and use my own experiences, along with other case studies and research to support alternative perspectives of time, which challenge the dominant, Western conception of time as linear. I will include research undertaken while completing my MA in Jungian Psychology, which examines the state of timelessness and non-ordinary reality as accessed through dreams, trauma, and near death experiences. I will also therapeutic value of the experience of timelessness, oneness, and feminist approach to therapy, which emphasizes qualities of receptivity, being, acceptance and a state of not-knowing. I will also examine traditional and Indigenous beliefs and ceremonies that provide both direct experience and a framework for understanding NDEs. Furthermore, I will discuss my own journey and path towards healing, which honors intuition, dreams, and returning to one’s own internal rhythm.

Diane Corcoran & Tony Woody with Roberta Moore

Discussion Group: Military NDEs & the New Veteran's Video

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Discussion Group with NDEr veteran Tony Woody; IANDS President Emerita & retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran; and producer of Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, Roberta Moore.

The U.S. military and the Veterans Administration (V.A.) are a special environment that make it difficult for service members to reveal their experiences. The newly created Veteran’s Video, Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, will be shown and discussion/sharing will take place regarding these issues. Retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, will also recommend what we need to do to help veterans and military VA facilities support veterans who have had a near-death experience.

Diane Corcoran was a young Army nurse in Vietnam when she treated a soldier whose leg had been amputated.   One night he called her over to tell her about his very unusual battlefield experience of coming out of his body and seeing other fellow soldiers leaving their bodies as well.  He then described a transcendent experience into another realm. Through the years, Diane became more and more aware of a hidden problem for veteran NDErs.  Their care providers have virtually no training to distinguish the after effects of NDEs from other conditions such as PTSD or brain injuries.  Veteran NDErs are getting little support and are sometimes being misdiagnosed and over-medicated, and they are left with nowhere to turn. Thousands of our vets have had NDES and they don’t even know what has happened to them. In response to this lamentable situation, several years ago Diane conceived the idea of a video to train veterans and their care providers about NDEs and their aftereffects.

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Malynda Cress, Anne Salisbury, & Suzanne Maiden

After-Death Communication Panel

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

NDE – An Extraordinary Teacher for the Dying and Living

Fear of pain (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual), suffering, loss of dignity and independence, isolation, and powerlessness are some of the most common mentioned concerns in leaving this physical reality (dying process). Since information assists the unknown in becoming better known, suggestions for issues and counsel for difficulties arise enabling more confidence and ease in surrendering to the dying process. The NDE usually brings forth knowledge highlighting the tremendous feeling of Love, Serenity, Peace, Calmness and Coherence during the dying process. Knowledge overshadows the fear of the unknown as Serenity calms the angst, and Love subdues the fears of the dying process. Without the fear (or less fear) of dying, there is more space for living…that is powerful, that is healing, that is Love and Light.

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Liz Dale

NDEs/STEs exemplify Love, Light, Healing, both LGBT & non-gay

General Session | Friday & Saturday | Poster Presentation

Love, light and healing energies are key components in the near death experience of many survivors of NDEs and STEs. These messages are best explored by directly addressing the stories from various people who have encountered such phenomenon. In this presentation, various experiences will be offered as examples from within the LGBT literature taken from Crossing Over and Coming Home and from newly collected (unpublished) stories which will become a second book yet to be published. We are collecting cross cultural stories of the NDE and STE from the LGBT and non gay NDErs and STErs for a comparison study. A new website has been set up with survey questions written by Liz Dale, PhD and Kevin Williams (webmaster@near-death.com. Survey questions we are collecting cover the issues of love, light and healing as well as life after the NDE/STE and lessons learned. We would like to share some of these concepts with the attendees at Denver 2017 IANDS conference and spread the word about the study.

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Bruce Davis & Nancy Van Alphen

Spiritually Transformative Experiences: STE Panel

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

What Other Cultures Have to Teach Us About Living With The Other Side

Bruce Davis had his first NDE like experiences as a graduate student from a Shaman who took him to “dream classes” on the other side to access the Akashic Records. Here spirits and people would receive spiritual lessons. Afterwards, Bruce lived with the psychic healers in the Philippines, an ashram in India, Balinese priests experiencing many NDE like experiences through the years. Recently Bruce lived for twelve years in Assisi Italy where he was deeply touched by Franciscan spirituality. Bruce has a life long journey in the mystical experiences in modern and undeveloped cultures where his connection grew to the heart inside his heart, God. He has faced the life challenges of how we are so human and at the same time so Divine. This presentation shares Bruce’s spiritual adventure as he discovered the heart based spiritual practices of these different cultures as keys to unlocking our true spiritual nature, purpose, and path in this world.

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Lisa Evers, James Bay, & JC Gordon

Near-Death Experiencer Panel #2

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Lisa D. Evers is a Near Death Experiencer whose encounters have given her knowledge to many of the secrets of life, Heaven, history, and death.  She first shared her extraordinary story on the international television series “I Survived…Beyond and Back” originally aired on A & E Bio Channel.  She shares the intimate details of the process of going through a death experience and the diverse religious atmospheres and beliefs she was surrounded by as a child that caused her curiosity to seek truth and answers to so many long-standing questions of many human beings.

What makes her stories unique was the time she was allotted to spend in Heaven to ask all her life long questions, such as…Where did we come from?  Why do we have sufferings and wars?  Why are there ants?  What is up with the Bible and the conflicts surrounding it?  And, who is God?  She knows that what one believes is what they will experience and a will to live will make a difference.

Because of her experience instead of running from death she runs to it by assisting many people that are facing it.  She is not afraid of death and knows that it is a process surrounded by peace and unconditional love.

Rex Finfgeld & Chico Gonzalez

Panel: NDE Sources of Consciousness and Inspirational Knowledge

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation

(NDEr story)

I plan to tell the story of my NDE. I will describe the experience while near death and how it has led to a profound transformation in my life. I think and see in ways like I had never imagined. I have had, still having, epiphanies from this experience some of which I will share. I’ll touch upon the source of consciousness, love, spirit or chi, and the mind or imagination at the source of consciousness within and around us. A goal of this presentation is to offer a perspective and develop a picture of what God, the Great Spirit, Jehovah, Allah, Brahma/Brahman, the Ultimate Observer etc. may really be. We are the manifestation of this spirit therefore divine. I’ll share that which is divine within us in discussing the soul and the soul path. I will explain free will and predestination. I’ll get into how to heal and release karma so we may create the path in fulfilling our destiny. This is sometimes called dharma. This will conclude with what all of this means to us and our lives in fulfilling our destiny both individually and collectively in taking steps toward manifesting our dreams in creating world peace.

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Ana Gonzalez & Deirdre Maltby

Discussion Group: Healing Energy

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation

NDE Experience

I was born with a complicated heart congenital problem: Transposition of great vessels and one single ventricle. Expecting to live for a few years and die at around 8 or 9 years old. I believed I would die soon so I developed a special communication with an “angel” that would be my companion during very difficult times. As a miracle I kept on living. I got married and had a beautiful daughter. Just then my heart got real sick and finally doctors were able to do a surgery on me, since there was none. After a respiratory and cardiac arrest during that stay in the hospital I had a wonderful near death experience. I saw myself out of my body and watched doctors’ work with it. I experienced a marvelous a trip in which I saw all the creation while floating in some kind of tube resembled to a tree. It was a long and detailed journey. Then I got this wonderful message I had to share: “Go back, stay in peace, and do everything I’ve told you.” I didn’t want to come back. It took doctors more than an hour with CPR.

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Chico Gonzalez & Rex Finfgeld

Panel: NDE Sources of Consciousness and Inspirational Knowledge

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation

GODS ECOSYSTEM (2 distressing NDEs)

I experienced two distressing near-death experiences (NDEs); the first NDE was unlike other NDEs according to Greyson & Bush research findings of the International Association of Near-Death Studies. I wanted to share my spiritual occurrences and after effects.

JC Gordon, James Bay, & Lisa Evers

Near-Death Experiencer Panel #2

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

The Infinite Potentials and Limitless Role of Consciousness

During my June 25, 1996 near death experience I was downloaded the infinite potentials and limitless role that Infinite Consciousness is waiting to activate within us all.  The strategy of Infinite Consciousness was revealed to me during my NDE so that its next giant leap forward can be activated by anyone.  My presentation will resonate with those who are searching for the truth and freedom they innately know exists but have been blinded from knowing.  I look forward to sharing the most rewarding experience of my life so anyone can benefit and unleash the potential their consciousness intends them to be.

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Krista Gorman & Ainsley Threadgold

Love as the Source for Healing after Near-Death Experiences

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation

Ainsley: I propose to discuss my Near-Death Experience and it’s relationship to what I was told / my ‘mission’ and the healing it has brought. Healing, like with everything else is energy, indeed it is love. Love simply is everything, it is the inner and the outer. I feel strongly that our missions here are to heal through love, to seek within ourselves the love that we naturally are, going back to harmony and balance. If anything all I am doing is healing myself and showing it through everything that I do. To live lovingly with the hope that my example inspires others to love themselves too. Understanding this within health care settings could revolutionise how we care for others and how we get them to care for themselves. Illness and wellness are both energies and aspects of our living day to day, month to month, year to year. Living negative lives causes a build up of negative energies which can cause disharmony in the body. We’ve all talked ourselves into getting a cold, now its time to love ourselves out of that frame of being…heal the self by loving the self…. love the self and see the world around you change. The people around you, the love around you.

Krista: My focus will be how, through my NDE, I’ve come to a place of increased awareness of who and what I am, have healed and continue to heal the “wounds” of my life that occurred up to my point of awakening to the love I am, and how to bring the love and light of the NDE message into our lives, to really apply it and re-dis-cover who we are in our very essence, which is pure love energy. I am a Physician Assistant and will also discuss how the healing of the Self can benefit the patient.

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Nancy Grignon & Christine Clawley & Joseph Miyaki

Colorado Near-Death Experiencer Panel

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Nancy will be sharing some of her ongoing spiritually transformative experiences that include her near-death at the age of 18 and the life changing 4 hours of missing time that taught her more about the “truth  of who she is” this lifetime.

After her near-death she began to have numerous interactions with the divine.  Whether she found herself floating out to the edges of infinity as a young child or receiving clear spiritual guidance, Nancy’s life has been continuously molded and transformed by the Source of Creation.

Nancy brings messages of hope and light to people.  She also receives divinely inspired information to help people find their calling and divine path this lifetime.  She currently works as an intuitive life coach.

Neil Helm

NDE Effects on Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Doctoral dissertation on NDE Effects on Religious and Spiritual Beliefs is approaching completion but is still on-going by the 2017 IANDS Conference. My 2016 conference presentation on the data gathering was well attended. Atwater, Greyson, & Holden have all published on the effects that NDEs have on religious and spiritual beliefs, but all have called for more research on this important area. We acknowledge that NDE after-effects not only change religious and spiritual beliefs but they have the ability to make positive and negative changes in personal lives and families. Experiencers can make occupational and societal changes to follow new religious and spiritual beliefs. However, the changes can disrupt family harmony, leaving spouses and children abandoned. The dissertation that is still on-going hopes to find the love, light, and healing in these NDE religious and spiritual experiences.

Janice Holden, & Sahar Loseu

Induced After-Death Communication: Unique Benefits in Grief Counseling

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Spontaneous after-death communication (ADC)–encounter with a deceased person–is commonly reported in near-death experiences and is reported overall by one in three people. Experiencers who are bereaved almost always report that the experience eased their grief. At an IANDS conference over a decade ago, psychologist Allan Botkin reported on his discovery and development of Induced After-Death Communication (IADC), a counseling technique to facilitate a grieving client to have an experience of ADC with the deceased loved one. We describe the results of the first-ever study of the comparative effects of traditional grief counseling and IADC on grief among adults from the North Texas region. We include case examples and discuss implications for clinical mental health professionals and future researchers.

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Janice Holden, Sahar Loseu, Cody Lankford, Debbie James, & Nancy Nadeau

Two NDE Education Studies: Licensed Professional Counselors and Student Nurses

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Healthcare professionals, such as licensed professional counselors and nurses, are ethically bound to do no harm to clients/patients – including those who have had near-death experiences (NDErs).  However, recent research indicates that some NDErs have felt harmed when they disclose their NDEs to these and other health professionals.  In this presentation, we describe two recent studies – one with licensed professional counselors and the other with student nurses – that used similar methodology.  Participants completed the recently published Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES), completed 2.5 hours of online NDE educational programming, then completed the KANDES again.  Results indicate that the educational programming significantly improved participants’ knowledge and attitudes about NDEs – and that they enjoyed the educational materials.  The presenters will discuss implications for the future of education about NDEs so that harm to NDErs may be reduced or eliminated.

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William Taylor & Janie Thompson w/ Janice Holden (seen above)

Panel: Two NDErs' Journeys with Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

In a spontaneous mediumship experience (SME), the experiencer is visited by one or more uninvited deceased individuals who ask the experiencer to convey a message to another living person. In some cases, the experiencer did not previously know the deceased individual and/or the living person. Results of a recent study indicated that a substantial number of near-death experiencers (NDErs) who never experienced SMEs before their NDEs experienced them afterwards—and that these experiences sometimes presented unique personal, moral, and social challenges. In this panel presentation, the moderator will briefly summarize the study results, after which two NDErs will briefly describe their NDEs and overall aftereffects and then will provide detailed descriptions of their SMEs, any challenges their SMEs presented, and how they managed the challenges. The audience will have an opportunity for question/answer and discussion—and to share their own SME journeys.

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Janice Holden, Cody Lankford, & Leslie Holmes

After-Death Communication (ADC) and the "Fruits of the Spirit"

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

In ADC, a living person has a feeling or sense of encounter with a physically deceased person with whom the living person had a personal relationship. Research reveals 1/3 of people worldwide report experience of spontaneous ADC sometime in their lives. Although reported effects of ADC have been overwhelmingly positive—enhancing experiencers’ sense of wellbeing, continuing bond with the deceased, and worldview/cosmology—adherents to some religious perspectives consider ADC to be evil or “of the devil,” which can obstruct an experiencer’s access to the potential of the ADC to enhance their wellbeing. In the Abrahamic religious traditions, the old testament of the Bible cites “necromancy”—conjuring of the spirits of the dead—to be not “of the Spirit,” but the same passage goes on to provide a “litmus test” of phenomena that are of the Spirit: those that yield the fruits of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” In this presentation, we describe a study in which we assessed adults’ self-reports of these outcomes resulting from their most impactful ADCs. Results hold potential to advance dialog about ADC among religious adherents and to provide helpful information for counselors working with clients who struggle with religious implications of their ADCs.

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Leslie Holmes, Cody Lankford, & Janice Holden

After-Death Communication (ADC) and the "Fruits of the Spirit"

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

In ADC, a living person has a feeling or sense of encounter with a physically deceased person with whom the living person had a personal relationship. Research reveals 1/3 of people worldwide report experience of spontaneous ADC sometime in their lives. Although reported effects of ADC have been overwhelmingly positive—enhancing experiencers’ sense of wellbeing, continuing bond with the deceased, and worldview/cosmology—adherents to some religious perspectives consider ADC to be evil or “of the devil,” which can obstruct an experiencer’s access to the potential of the ADC to enhance their wellbeing. In the Abrahamic religious traditions, the old testament of the Bible cites “necromancy”—conjuring of the spirits of the dead—to be not “of the Spirit,” but the same passage goes on to provide a “litmus test” of phenomena that are of the Spirit: those that yield the fruits of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” In this presentation, we describe a study in which we assessed adults’ self-reports of these outcomes resulting from their most impactful ADCs. Results hold potential to advance dialog about ADC among religious adherents and to provide helpful information for counselors working with clients who struggle with religious implications of their ADCs.

Debbie James, Janice Holden, Sahar Loseu, Cody Lankford, & Nancy Nadeau

Two NDE Education Studies: Licensed Professional Counselors and Student Nurses

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Healthcare professionals, such as licensed professional counselors and nurses, are ethically bound to do no harm to clients/patients – including those who have had near-death experiences (NDErs).  However, recent research indicates that some NDErs have felt harmed when they disclose their NDEs to these and other health professionals.  In this presentation, we describe two recent studies – one with licensed professional counselors and the other with student nurses – that used similar methodology.  Participants completed the recently published Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES), completed 2.5 hours of online NDE educational programming, then completed the KANDES again.  Results indicate that the educational programming significantly improved participants’ knowledge and attitudes about NDEs – and that they enjoyed the educational materials.  The presenters will discuss implications for the future of education about NDEs so that harm to NDErs may be reduced or eliminated.

More about Debbie James

Debbie James & Diane Corcoran

NDE 101: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Near-Death Experiences

General Session | Friday | Lunch Session, 1.5 NCE

Debbie James, RN, PhD, and Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, will present an introductory lecture for those people who are new to the Near-Death Experience (NDE) field. They will present the basic information on NDEs, including the incidence of NDEs, the main features of NDEs, and the typical after-effects of NDEs. Best Practices in the delivery of quality nursing care of patients touched by near-death experiences (NDEs) is impacted by increased knowledge of the all aspects of the phenomenon. Registered Nurses may implement strategies to promote disclosure of a Near-Death Experience and support building and fostering relationships after an NDE.  This interactive session will provide a diverse approach to and regard for the essentials. Participants will be invited to discuss personal and professional insight and approaches to care giving.

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Robin Aisha Landsong

The Song of Belonging: A Childhood NDE during the Rhodesian Bush War

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation

When I was eight years old, in 1977, I was abducted by an American from the US and taken to Rhodesia at the height of the Bush War. He assaulted me, then abandoned me. I made my way to a rural village. Two women of this village mothered me and helped heal my injuries with their love, singing prayer, and medicine from the land.

A battle happened near the village, I was shot by a soldier and crossed over into death. On the other side I was first greeted by two black women who I recognized but could not name. As I moved through the veils toward the Great Heart four more beings showed me that my belonging could never be diminished no matter what happened. While holding my lifeless body, one of my Mamas began singing a calling song to me. When I heard her song I chose to come back to life. Two days later my village was massacred. During my escape I collapsed and had a second NDE.

This past spring I returned to Africa for the first time in 40 years where I experienced profound healing. I share this healing and my NDEs to show how the situations where we have been most broken can be the very conditions that activate our greatest potential, and how we all absolutely belong. My presentation will include:

  • A slideshow including the visual art I created to bring you with me on the beautiful journeys of my NDEs.
  • My husband, John Utter, and I will close with Singing Medicine for the group.

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Cody Lankford, Leslie Holmes, & Janice Holden

After-Death Communication (ADC) and the "Fruits of the Spirit"

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

In ADC, a living person has a feeling or sense of encounter with a physically deceased person with whom the living person had a personal relationship. Research reveals 1/3 of people worldwide report experience of spontaneous ADC sometime in their lives. Although reported effects of ADC have been overwhelmingly positive—enhancing experiencers’ sense of wellbeing, continuing bond with the deceased, and worldview/cosmology—adherents to some religious perspectives consider ADC to be evil or “of the devil,” which can obstruct an experiencer’s access to the potential of the ADC to enhance their wellbeing. In the Abrahamic religious traditions, the old testament of the Bible cites “necromancy”—conjuring of the spirits of the dead—to be not “of the Spirit,” but the same passage goes on to provide a “litmus test” of phenomena that are of the Spirit: those that yield the fruits of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” In this presentation, we describe a study in which we assessed adults’ self-reports of these outcomes resulting from their most impactful ADCs. Results hold potential to advance dialog about ADC among religious adherents and to provide helpful information for counselors working with clients who struggle with religious implications of their ADCs.

Cody Lankford, Janice Holden, Sahar Loseu, Debbie James, & Nancy Nadeau

Two NDE Education Studies: Licensed Professional Counselors and Student Nurses

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Healthcare professionals, such as licensed professional counselors and nurses, are ethically bound to do no harm to clients/patients – including those who have had near-death experiences (NDErs).  However, recent research indicates that some NDErs have felt harmed when they disclose their NDEs to these and other health professionals.  In this presentation, we describe two recent studies – one with licensed professional counselors and the other with student nurses – that used similar methodology.  Participants completed the recently published Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES), completed 2.5 hours of online NDE educational programming, then completed the KANDES again.  Results indicate that the educational programming significantly improved participants’ knowledge and attitudes about NDEs – and that they enjoyed the educational materials.  The presenters will discuss implications for the future of education about NDEs so that harm to NDErs may be reduced or eliminated.

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Denny Linn, Sheila Linn & Matt Linn

The Gifts of NDEs: You Don't Have to Die to Experience Your True Home

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

The typical stages of a near-death experience parallel healing processes that we have taught in our retreats and conferences all over the world. In our experience, these processes are healing across cultures, and we believe they mirror the experience of an NDE. In this presentation we will introduce these healing processes and how they can be used in everyday life to offer non-experiencers a way to share in the benefits of NDEs and to deepen the experience of those who have had an NDE. We will focus especially on a process that is a form of daily life review and that can help us find our special purpose in life. Near-death researcher Dr. Kenneth Ring has described the NDE as a “benign virus” that can be “caught” by immersing ourselves in accounts of NDEs, and we hope participants will “catch” the virus and deepen its effects if they already have it. Note: We have presented something similar in Spanish as well as in English, and we could give this presentation in both languages.

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Sahar Loseu, & Janice Holden

Induced After-Death Communication: Unique Benefits in Grief Counseling

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Spontaneous after-death communication (ADC)–encounter with a deceased person–is commonly reported in near-death experiences and is reported overall by one in three people. Experiencers who are bereaved almost always report that the experience eased their grief. At an IANDS conference over a decade ago, psychologist Allan Botkin reported on his discovery and development of Induced After-Death Communication (IADC), a counseling technique to facilitate a grieving client to have an experience of ADC with the deceased loved one. We describe the results of the first-ever study of the comparative effects of traditional grief counseling and IADC on grief among adults from the North Texas region. We include case examples and discuss implications for clinical mental health professionals and future researchers.

Sahar Loseu, Janice Holden, Cody Lankford, Debbie James, & Nancy Nadeau

Two NDE Education Studies: Licensed Professional Counselors and Student Nurses

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Healthcare professionals, such as licensed professional counselors and nurses, are ethically bound to do no harm to clients/patients – including those who have had near-death experiences (NDErs).  However, recent research indicates that some NDErs have felt harmed when they disclose their NDEs to these and other health professionals.  In this presentation, we describe two recent studies – one with licensed professional counselors and the other with student nurses – that used similar methodology.  Participants completed the recently published Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES), completed 2.5 hours of online NDE educational programming, then completed the KANDES again.  Results indicate that the educational programming significantly improved participants’ knowledge and attitudes about NDEs – and that they enjoyed the educational materials.  The presenters will discuss implications for the future of education about NDEs so that harm to NDErs may be reduced or eliminated.

More about Jan Holden

Suzanne Maiden, Anne Salisbury, & Malynda Cress

After-Death Communication Panel

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

A Psychotherapist’s journey from Terminal Cancer to Talking to The Dead

Death is not real. 1) Workshop will open with this presenter’s story – successful psychotherapist – to diagnosis terminal cancer – to seeing spirits 2) Presenter will share several verifiable experiences of seeing deceased relatives, family or pets of others – often for complete strangers 3) Presenter will discuss ethical issues around psychic/mediumship phenomenon both from a professional and lay person perspective 4) Presenter will teach learners how to open up to their own spirit guides, and deceased loved ones

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Deirdre Dewitt Maltby & Ana Cecilia Gonzalez

Discussion Group: Healing Energy

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation

The Journey To Acceptance Of Self-Love Through the NDE Experience

Can the components experienced within NDE’s truly help us redirect our inner compass and change our outer lives? Deirdre Dewitt Maltby’s near fatal accident and subsequent NDE became the catalyst needed to commence on an ongoing spiritual journey, leading to the acceptance of self-love that had eluded her for most of her life. Listening to the whispers from the Source of the unconditional love she encountered within her NDE has now become the mainstay of this new way of being. In sharing her NDE, messages, insights and lessons she has received she will discuss how Near Death Experiences can enrich the lives of those who have them, which also enhances the lives of others they touch. She will discuss and provide some of the ways anyone with the intention to do so can garner the knowing and love the universe makes available to all. Deirdre’s first book” While I Was Out” is an amazingly visual account of her multi-faceted NDE and the steps she took when making the choice to unravel the mysteries of what she experienced. Her second book “This is For You” contain some of the messages she has been given.

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Robert & Suzanne Mays

Near-Death Experiences & the Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream, 1 NCE

The phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDEs) strongly suggests the existence of a separate, autonomous mind or psyche. In an NDE, the mind exists and operates independent of the physical brain and body, having (1) a sense of separation from the body, with freedom from pain and disabilities; (2) lucid thought processes and hyperreal perceptions with veridical information beyond ordinary physical senses and prior knowledge; (3) real, albeit subtle, interactions with physical processes; and (4) accurate memory recall of past events and the formation of vivid, indelible memories of NDE events. In some cases, the mind entity can be seen and heard objectively by others at a distance from the body. If the mind entity is real, there should be ample evidence of its presence in brain processes during ordinary waking consciousness. We propose that the two neural correlates of the mind-brain interface are (1) the characteristic pauses in neural activation seen in brain EEG and MEG recordings, indicating mental activity during such cases as perception, language comprehension and working memory; and (2) the characteristic increases in neural activation in progressive brain regions, indicating the process of the mental content coming to consciousness from unconscious detection to full awareness. We present examples of interpreting patterns in EEG and MEG recordings in rapid visual categorization, auditory and visual language comprehension and face recognition tasks. The mind-entity hypothesis has greater explanatory power over physicalist brain-production theories in explaining not only the phenomena associated with NDEs but also ordinary neurological phenomena like perception and language comprehension, as well as a number of the enigmas of consciousness, such as the “hard problem” and the “binding problem.”

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Joseph Miyaki & Christine Clawley & Nancy Grignon

Colorado Near-Death Experiencer Panel

General Session | Friday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Reset One’s Self

At the age of 15 I rode a bike to a pickup football game with friends, with no helmet. I got to the game safe and played football with friends. Four days later I woke up from a coma. A friend’s tackle gave me a traumatic brain injury. I went from being a bully to lover. I went from being a content sloth, to taking action in life.

Roberta Moore, Diane Corcoran & Tony Woody

Discussion Group: Military NDEs & the New Veteran's Video

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Discussion Group with NDEr veteran Tony Woody; IANDS President Emerita & retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran; and producer of Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, Roberta Moore.

The U.S. military and the Veterans Administration (V.A.) are a special environment that make it difficult for service members to reveal their experiences. The newly created Veteran’s Video, Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, will be shown and discussion/sharing will take place regarding these issues. Retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, will also recommend what we need to do to help veterans and military VA facilities support veterans who have had a near-death experience.

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Nancy Nadeau, Janice Holden, Sahar Loseu, Cody Lankford, & Debbie James

Two NDE Education Studies: Licensed Professional Counselors and Student Nurses

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Healthcare professionals, such as licensed professional counselors and nurses, are ethically bound to do no harm to clients/patients – including those who have had near-death experiences (NDErs).  However, recent research indicates that some NDErs have felt harmed when they disclose their NDEs to these and other health professionals.  In this presentation, we describe two recent studies – one with licensed professional counselors and the other with student nurses – that used similar methodology.  Participants completed the recently published Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES), completed 2.5 hours of online NDE educational programming, then completed the KANDES again.  Results indicate that the educational programming significantly improved participants’ knowledge and attitudes about NDEs – and that they enjoyed the educational materials.  The presenters will discuss implications for the future of education about NDEs so that harm to NDErs may be reduced or eliminated.

More about Jan Holden

Peter Panagore & Robert Caplan

Chaplains' Near-Death Experience Panel

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Looking Within: 80 Years of Reflection, Projection, Love and Healing

This discussion group will invite comments of participants that integrate their NDE (or Spiritually Transformative Experience – STE) with what is relevant and personal for them. This could involve the integration of personal experience and cultural dramas, patterns, and unfolding global memes. Unlike more tangibly oriented sessions, this conversation will discuss the ineffable… It will invite participants to think about and talk about aspects of their experiences and post-NDE lives that may be difficult to address with their families and general communities.

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William Peters

SDE's and Shared Crossings: The Extraordinary Gift in Death's Doorway

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation

In this presentation participants will learn the essential elements of the Shared Death Experience (SDE), its profound healing and consciousness enhancing benefits, and the leading edge methods that facilitate it. William will define SDE’s and Shared Crossing Experiences and place them in the context of other end of life or Near Death Experiences. He will share the current understanding of how the SDE occurs based on his research with over 150 participants in the Shared Crossing Research Initiative (SCRI). Participants will hear heartwarming and extraordinary personal accounts from this groundbreaking study. Also discussed will be the many unforeseen healing benefits of preparing for a conscious, connected, and loving end-of-life experience with the aspiration of safely sharing with a loved one their journey into the afterlife. Through a mix of lecture, guided visualizations, and Q & A, participants will gain valuable insights. William will explain how participants can prepare themselves, their loved ones, or clients to create the conditions for enabling an SDE or Shared Crossing experience.

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Tibor Putnoki

The path of "active love"

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation

Tibor Putnoki went through a near death experience in 1994. His NDE lasted for 9 minutes. This experience not only changed his earlier life entirely, but also gave an inspiration for the rest of his life: “People need to be told, they need to know, not to live and act as they do, and as I did”. Since this experience he walks on the path he calls “active love” and he founded and works at the Light of Love Public Benefit Foundation. In his presentation Tibor will give a talk about how to be a living example that mankind was created to live in love and happiness, and that we are able to live according to this. No special knowledge or education is needed: we all have the ability to Love-it is a life-choice and we can experience and demonstrate this in all circumstances in Life.

Tibor Putnoki–Founder, Speaker of Light of Love Public Benefit Foundation: IANDS Affiliate Group Leader, Hungary.

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Nancy Rynes

Divine Light, Divine Love

General Session | Friday & Saturday | Poster Presentation

From my perspective, a picture is worth more than 10,000 words… I intend to create an art display of oil paintings illustrating the nature of Divine Love as it relates to both the spiritual and physical realms. The paintings will be illustrations of the teachings and experiences I had during my NDE, as well as of the spiritual communications I have received since that time. Along with the paintings, I will print and display the inspiration for each piece (quote from my book or communication from my guides), as well as an explanation of what I depicted in the painting. The paintings will be realistic in style but all new, similar to the examples I have attached here but larger in size and more expansive in scope. I will explore how I saw the energy of Divine Light and Love during my NDE, as well as how I “played” with it. But more importantly, I’ll show how it can transform us if we allow it.

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Anne Salisbury, Suzanne Maiden, & Malynda Cress

After-Death Communication Panel

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

How NDEr’s Bring Healing Energy to Those Who’ve Passed

Each experience of the Other Side is unique. Sometimes loved ones who have passed remain stuck in beliefs that block them from the full heavenly experience. This is similar to our having beliefs that can cloud our interpretation of this reality. You can bring love, light and healing to those who are still more asleep on the Other Side. Join us to learn how you can truly make a difference in the Afterlife. As professional intuitives, Anne and Greg are in regular contact with those on the Other Side. They have done thousands of sessions for those who have had spiritually transformative experiences and those who have had loved ones pass. They are best-selling award-winning authors of three books on intuition and the afterlife. In their extensive research, Anne and Greg have seen how the experience of Love can impact those in this life and on the Other Side. You will receive practical exercises as well as intuitive messages. You may also experience the powerful energy of Love as we access our intuition for the group.

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Scarlett Heinbuch & David Schwartz

Waking up to Love: A shared NDE

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation

Scarlett & David met for the first time during a shared NDE that spontaneously occurred in September 2005 when David was on the brink of death in the CCU of a Richmond, VA hospital. He had been in an unresponsive coma for nearly four weeks, on a ventilator for life support and in complete kidney failure due to a rare form of vasculitis —Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Scarlett had heard of David’s illness through a mutual friend and attended a gathering where David’s mother was present. Moved by his mother’s expression of love and sorrow, Scarlett offered to visit David and offer Reiki and healing prayer. The next day, she went to visit David. While working with David, they had a shared near-death experience (SNDE) in which they met in a spiritual dimension of living liquid light and love, resulting in an unexplained medical recovery for David. This spiritual love story of two people who woke up to a world of love on the other side and were able to bring it back to earth—together—will inspire others to know that the transformative power of healing love exists and can be applied in everyday life.

William Taylor & Janie Thompson w/ Janice Holden

Panel: Two NDErs' Journeys with Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

In a spontaneous mediumship experience (SME), the experiencer is visited by one or more uninvited deceased individuals who ask the experiencer to convey a message to another living person. In some cases, the experiencer did not previously know the deceased individual and/or the living person. Results of a recent study indicated that a substantial number of near-death experiencers (NDErs) who never experienced SMEs before their NDEs experienced them afterwards—and that these experiences sometimes presented unique personal, moral, and social challenges. In this panel presentation, the moderator will briefly summarize the study results, after which two NDErs will briefly describe their NDEs and overall aftereffects and then will provide detailed descriptions of their SMEs, any challenges their SMEs presented, and how they managed the challenges. The audience will have an opportunity for question/answer and discussion—and to share their own SME journeys.

Janie Thompson & William Taylor w/ Janice Holden

Panel: Two NDErs' Journeys with Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

In a spontaneous mediumship experience (SME), the experiencer is visited by one or more uninvited deceased individuals who ask the experiencer to convey a message to another living person. In some cases, the experiencer did not previously know the deceased individual and/or the living person. Results of a recent study indicated that a substantial number of near-death experiencers (NDErs) who never experienced SMEs before their NDEs experienced them afterwards—and that these experiences sometimes presented unique personal, moral, and social challenges. In this panel presentation, the moderator will briefly summarize the study results, after which two NDErs will briefly describe their NDEs and overall aftereffects and then will provide detailed descriptions of their SMEs, any challenges their SMEs presented, and how they managed the challenges. The audience will have an opportunity for question/answer and discussion—and to share their own SME journeys.

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Valerie Varan

The Quantum Nature of Healing Light and Love: How Quantum Physics and Psychology Affirm the NDE/STE

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Those who have had NDEs/STEs are often left feeling conflicted within, because our shifted worldview is so dramatically different from most others. As a result, we struggle to live from our highest consciousness values and seek validation for our new worldview. We know we are not “crazy”. We do need a scientific language to talk about our experiences, and about our new purpose to radiate unconditional love and light. Quantum physics does give us this language, and helps us understand the nature of light, both “local and nonlocal”, and how it heals. It also gives us a clue as to the physics of love as cohering energy. Quantum psychology gives us an integrative map of the many levels of consciousness to which we have access, and can help us learn to shift at will from lower “local” levels, to higher more collective and “nonlocal” levels related to Law of Attraction. Come learn how the nature of light relates to love, levels of consciousness, and healing; gain a vocabulary and map for processing about NDEs/STEs in healthcare settings; find out the 8 categories of struggle most common to experiencers, and how you can help (rather than harm) as a healthcare provider.

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Tony Woody w/ Diane Corcoran & Roberta Moore

Discussion Group: Military NDEs & the New Veteran's Video

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation, 1 NCE

Discussion Group with NDEr veteran Tony Woody; IANDS President Emerita & retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran; and producer of Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, Roberta Moore.

The U.S. military and the Veterans Administration (V.A.) are a special environment that make it difficult for service members to reveal their experiences. The newly created Veteran’s Video, Near-Death Experience: What Veterans Need To Know, will be shown and discussion/sharing will take place regarding these issues. Retired Army Colonel, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, will also recommend what we need to do to help veterans and military VA facilities support veterans who have had a near-death experience.

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Marjorie Woollacott

Near-Death Experiences: Windows into the Nature and Origin of Consciousness

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Thursday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream, 1.25 NCE

For many years, scientists have debated the nature and origin of consciousness. Many materialist scientists propose that consciousness originates in the neurons in the brain. However, scientific studies concerning near-death experiences (NDEs) give compelling evidence for the primacy of consciousness, that is, that its origin is independent of brain activity. In this presentation Dr. Marjorie Woollacott will share her own journey as a materialist neuroscientist who had a spiritual awakening that gave her insights into both the nature and origin of consciousness. As she began to explore research on individuals’ experiences in their NDEs and in meditation, she saw that they have many characteristics in common, including a sense of ineffability, a noetic quality, experiences of light, feelings of being outside one’s body, and a sense of peace, joy and love. This suggests that the nature of consciousness, as experienced in NDEs and meditation, is similar. In many NDEs there is also verifiable evidence that despite no measureable brain activity, a person nonetheless perceives the activities around them (within the ICU during surgery, etc.). Research on these experiences supports the understanding that consciousness does not originate in the neurons of the brain. It also suggests that the brain may normally filter out a higher order nonlocal awareness, which can be accessed through NDEs, meditation, and other expanded states of consciousness.

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Explore The Extraordinary - 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:00 AM -
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 5:00 PM (PDT)

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