01/22/13 NDE Class Notes


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01/22/13 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow

This week’s class began with a few minutes of silence. Then I shared recent NDE-related news with the class.

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Updated: “The Light & The Life Review”

The 18-page paper I created as a study guide for several of our NDE classes called “The Light & The Life Review” (pdf) has been updated to include the following information from NDE Researcher Kenneth Ring:

The incontestable fact is, in these life reviews, justice is seemingly always tempered by a kind of mercy that allows most of us to re-experience our lives without teeth-gnashing anguish and remorse.

• There is never any condemnation — you are not judged.

• You are in the presence of a being who loves you unconditionally.

• You are treated with total compassion.

• You are already forgiven.

• You are only asked to look at your life, and to understand.

Although the life review may be the price you pay for entrance into the Light, the presence within the Light helps you through it with the greatest and most tender compassion and love and, even at times, humor. You are not being punished; you are being shown, so that you can learn.

Just to illustrate the benignity of this process, let this one example speak for many that might be cited. A man who had quite a hard time looking at his life during his review commented:

“I feel strongly that the whole life review would have been emotionally destructive … if it hadn’t been for the fact that my friend [the being of light] and my friend’s friends, while we watched the whole thing, were loving me. I could feel that love. Every time I got a little upset, they turned it off for awhile and they just loved me. Their love was tangible. You could feel it on your body, you could feel it inside of you; their love went right through you. The therapy was their love, because my life review just kept tearing me down. It was pitiful to watch, just pitiful … it was nauseating. But through it all was their love.”

To download a copy of this important paper, go here (pdf).

To learn more about NDE Researcher Kenneth King and the core discoveries his research revealed, go here.

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Help Get “Lessons from the Light” Available on Kindle

kindleI recently tried to buy a Kindle version of Kenneth Ring’s classic book, “Lessons from the Light” and discovered that there wasn’t one!  Not only are Kindle versions of popular books less expensive (and easier on the environment) than their print brethren, but they are also searchable, which is extremely helpful for people like me who want to locate important stories and references. You can encourage the publisher’s of Kenneth’s book to produce a Kindle version by going here and clicking on the link that says “Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this book on Kindle”. The link is located on the far right hand side of the page. Thanks for your help!

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NHNE NDE Statistics

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NHNE’s NDE work continues to deepen and expand. Here are a few numbers that were shared during our January 22nd meeting:

NHNE’s NDE Social Network currently has 396 members. Of these 396 members, 106 report having a near-death experience; 15 report having a near-death-like experience; 82 report having a spiritually transformative experience; and 3 report having a shared death experience. Along with having hundreds of wonderful people with amazing stories to tell, NHNE’s NDE Network also has one of the world’s largest collections of first-person NDE video testimonials — 365 videos and counting.

NHNE NDE on Facebook = 456 Members
NHNE NDE on Google+ = 165 Members
NHNE NDE on Twitter = 149 Followers
NHNE’s NDE YouTube Channel = 131 Subscribers

Part One of this presentation has now been viewed 20,289 times and received 136 likes and 13 dislikes.

Part Two of this presentation has now been viewed 11,335 times and received 99 likes and 5 dislikes.

The video we made of the presentation Becki Hawkins gave in Sedona has been viewed 9,925 and received 164 likes and 6 dislikes. Becki’s talk was based on her new book, “Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death.”

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NDEr Gary Lockwood

In most of our classes, I share interesting NDEs that have crossed my path since our last meeting. This week, I shared a video by Gary Lockwood. I encouraged the class to pay attention to near-death themes that Gary shares in common with many other NDErs, including a radical change of lifestyle after his NDE, a move away from materialistic interests and pursuits, the unexpected development of healing abilities, and a passionate desire to be of service to others.

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Anita Moorjani & Eben Alexander Appear Together for First Time on Jeff Probst Show

Dr. Eben Alexander and Anita Moorjani are both well-known NDErs who turned their remarkable near-death experiences into New York Times bestselling books. They have also appeared on many popular news programs and talk shows, including The Jeff Probst Show, which is featured below. We watched this video in class.

While we have watched videos that featured both Anita and Eben in our NDE classes, we dedicated several classes to reviewing quotes from Antia’s book, “Dying to Be Me.” The handout from Anita’s classes is located here. To learn more about Anita Moorjani, go here. To learn more about Dr. Eben Alexander, go here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhjCSzDzlVw

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Here are two more recent videos in which Dr. Eben Alexander appears on Larry King Now. I told the class about these videos, promising to post them here, but we did not watch or discuss them in class.

Dr. Eben Alexander on Larry King Now

Dr. Eben Alexander Debates Skeptic Michael Shermer on Larry King Now

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Dr Penny Sartori Seeking Frightening or Unpleasant Near-Death Experiences

Original Link

Dr. Penny Sartori writes:

“I am currently preparing a paper about frightening near-death experiences to present at a forthcoming conference. (I’ll post a future comment with links to the conference over the next few days). I am very interested in the frightening NDEs as well as the pleasant NDEs. However, there is far less information about the frightening NDEs so I am looking for people who have specifically experienced a frightening NDE.

“I have a particular interest in the frightening NDEs because of a patient I encountered when I was a student nurse. I also came across two people who experienced a frightening NDE during the course of my prospective hospital research. I think it is of great importance that we know more about the frightening experiences so that we can give greater support to those who experience them.

“Have you experienced a frightening NDE or do you know of someone who has experienced a frightening NDE? I would love to hear from you and learn more about your experience. I understand that these are highly sensitive experiences so you can contact me privately at drpennysartori@yahoo.co.uk rather than publicly through the blog.

“I will be very grateful to anyone who feels able to share their experience with me.”

To learn more about distressing or hellish near-death experiences, go here:

NHNE’s NDE Forum on Distressing Near-Death Experiences
NHNE’s YouTube Playlist Featuring Distressing Near-Death Experiences
Nancy Evans Bush: Dancing Past the Dark

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AWARE Study Update

The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study was launched in 2008. The study is being led by Dr. Sam Parnia, a world-renowned expert on the study of the human mind and consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton. The team has been working in collaboration with more than 25 major medical centers throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. During the AWARE study, physicians have been using the latest technologies to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will also be testing the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to see and hear during cardiac arrest through the use of randomly generated hidden images that are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above.

How is the research going? And when will results from the study be made available? Horizon Research recently reported:

“The AWARE investigators have explained that owing to the exploratory nature of this study they do not anticipate there to be an end in the near future. Instead the study is likely to evolve into further research projects downstream with time. They are pleased to report the study is progressing well but have indicated that the results so far suggest more data and larger scale studies may be required. At this time, they anticipate being able to release the preliminary results obtained during the first five years of the study in September or October 2013 to mark the fifth anniversary of the launch of the study. This will be done through the appropriate scientific channels such as publications in scientific journals and possibly by means of a lecture, symposium or conference at a suitable venue if there is sufficient public interest.”

To learn more, go here.

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That ended the newsy part of the meeting.

In recent weeks, one beloved member of our local group died and another member lost a beloved family member. Because of this, I dedicated the rest of the meeting to sharing and discussing a few NDE-related resources that are available to help people deal with end-of-life issues. Here’s a quick list…

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NDEr Dannion Brinkley: The Twilight Brigade

NDEr Dannion Brinkley has created a 5,500 strong army of volunteers to help U.S. veterans make a graceful passage from this world to the next. Here’s how “The Twilight Brigade” is described on their website:

“The Twilight Brigade is one of the largest end-of-life care community operating as an independent agency within VA hospitals and hospice care facilities across America.

“The Twilight Brigade Chairman, Dannion Brinkley, and the approximately 5,500 volunteers nationwide that collectively make up The Twilight Brigade, are dedicated to being at the bedside of our nation’s dying, especially Veterans.

“The Twilight Brigade is a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 for the primary purpose of raising society’s consciousness about the needs of the dying, especially Veterans — through community and professional education, advocacy, and direct service to the terminally ill and their loved ones, ensuring that no one need die alone.”

To learn more about how The Twilight Brigade handles this sensitive subject, download this informative pdf: FAQS For Those Who Love Someone Who Is Dying

To learn more about Dannion Brinkley, go here.

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The Bereavement Rescue Centre 

B003YOSCPYThe Bereavement Rescue Centre offers a new paradigm in bereavement treatment. They don’t just offer conventional counselling, but instead base their approach on the evidence available for life after death. By presenting this evidence, from sound medical and scientific sources, they help people find confidence in life after death. Most people whom they have helped in this way find that the pain of bereavement is reduced from unbearable dispair to a more handleable level of pain comparable to that experienced when a loved one emigrates.

To learn more about The Bereavement Rescue Centre, visit their website, download their proposal for a UK centre (pdf), and check out their book.

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Finally, here are five more books worth checking out:

The Art of Dying
By Peter and Elisabeth Fenwick

B001I14R4UThe Art of Dying is a contemporary version of the medieval Ars Moriendi — a manual on how to achieve a good death. Peter Fenwick is an eminent neuropsychiatrist, academic and expert on disorders of the brain. His most compelling and provocative research has been into the end of life phenomena, including near-death experiences and deathbed visions of the dying person, as well as the experiences of hospice and palliative care workers and relatives of dying people. Dr. Fenwick believes that consciousness may be independent of the brain and so able to survive the death of the brain, a theory which has divided the scientific community. The “problem with death” is deeply rooted in our culture and the social organization of death rituals. Fenwick believes that with serious engagement and through further investigation of these phenomena, he can help change attitudes so that we in the West can face up to death, and embrace it as a significant and sacred part of life. We have become used to believing that we have to shield each other from the idea of death. Fear of death means we view it as something to be fought every step of the way.

Aimed at a broad popular readership, The Art of Dying looks at how other cultures have dealt with death and the dying process (The Tibetan “death system”, Swedenborg, etc.) and compares this with phenomena reported through recent scientific research. It describes too the experiences of health care workers who are involved with end of life issues who feel that they need a better understanding of the dying process, and more training in how to help their patients die well by overcoming the common barriers to a good death, such as unfinished business and unresolved emotions of guilt or hate. From descriptions of the phenomena encountered by the dying and those around them, to mapping out ways in which we can die a “good death”, this book is an excellent basis for helping people come to terms with death.

Glimpses of Eternity
By Raymond Moody

0824948130Raymond Moody, author of the multimillion copy best-seller, Life After Life, reveals new results from his lifelong investigation of what happens when we die. Raymond Moody revolutionized the way we think about death with his first book, Life After Life, which was stories of people who died and then returned to life. Going through a tunnel, encountering an angelic being or having an out-of-body experience are hallmarks of what Moody termed a ‘near death experience.’ Since the publication of his multimillion copy best-seller, hundreds of thousands of people have contacted Moody to share their own experiences. The startling pattern that Moody discovered is that at the time of death, loved ones also have inexplicable experiences. Glimpses of Eternity is the first book to talk about the phenomenon of ‘shared death experiences.’ Readers will discover deathbed moments when entire families see the light or the room changes shape. Others tell of seeing a film like review of a loved one’s life and learning things that they could never have known otherwise. The stories are at once a comfort and a mystery, giving us a new understanding of the journey that we will take at the end of our lives.

0553576348Hello from Heaven: A New Field of Research-After-Death Communication Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal
By Bill Guggenheim, Judy Guggenheim

“After-death communications,” or “ADCs, ” occur when someone is contacted spontaneously and directly by a deceased family member or friend, without the help of any medium. The authors’ research shows that these spiritual experiences offer hope, love, and comfort for thousands of people. Included are more than 350 first-hand accounts of those whose lives have been changed and even protected by messages or signs from the deceased.

1558747796One Last Hug Before I Go: The Mystery and Meaning of Deathbed Visions
By Carla Wills-Brandon M.A.

Death is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Over the years, the bestseller lists have contained many works on death-related phenomena: Betty Eadie’s Embraced by the Light; James Van Praagh’s Talking to Heaven; and Raymond Moodie’s Life After Life, are just a few.

One Last Hug Before I Go is the first book to explore in depth the Deathbed Vision (DBV). Complete with the author’s own encounters and those of over forty other DBV experiencers, this revolutionary work provides research information from the early twentieth century through the present. Included are: survivors’ detailed accounts of their departed loved one’s visions and final words; the survivors’ mystical experiences and premonitions preceding a loved one’s passing; accounts of seeing the soul leave the body; and after-death communications. These final words and visions from the dying provide a poignant, final farewell hug to loved ones, offering peace of mind and hope for an eventual reunion.

0984744509Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death
By Becki Hawkins

Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death is a collection of stories from Becki Hawkins’s patients over the past thirty years of her career. She started off as a nurse’s aide, became a registered nurse, and began her career in oncology. A couple of years later she also started seeing hospice patients. She also did outpatient oncology nursing, home health/hospice, became a hospice chaplain, and later a hospice volunteer. She now sees patients on a volunteer basis. She began writing a feature column, “Beyond Statistics,” for a local newspaper when her husband told her one evening after her shift at work, “Please don’t tell me about it. Write it down.” The first article was published in 1986. These stories are the patients’ stories and their education to Becki as she visited them about the transitions we make in life and in death. Some of them involve patients in the nursing home, others in the hospital or an outpatient setting, and many others in the patients’ homes. Some of the patients were strangers, some were friends, some acquaintances, and some were family. You will find humor, heartbreak, wisdom, and frequent spiritual allusions in Transitions. The author reminds us that life is brief and fragile, and laced with story after story of how each of us is “learning” in this place that one patient named “Earth School.”

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Future Classes

Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, February 5th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at St. Andrew’s (see below for directions). You can download February’s calendar here (pdf).

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A Newly Emerging Spiritual Path

Unlike spiritual paths that arose from the ideas and inner experiences of lone, isolated human beings, the path presented by near-death experiences is emerging as a direct, grassroots revelation that millions of people from all over the world are receiving and sharing. If we explore this newly emerging path deeply enough, we discover that all religions, philosophies, and cultures are honored; that science and spirituality are celebrated; that both the human and spiritual side of our natures are cherished and embraced. In short, near-death experiences present us with a universal, all-inclusive, perfectly integrated spiritual path that revolves around three core truths: 1. We are all one; 2. Love is the essence of life; 3. We are here, in this world, to become perfect embodiments of the divine. 

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Donations & Discussions

The materials created for this class are available, free of charge, to whomever is interested. If you would like to support this work, you can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here. If you would like to participate in conversations with other people who share an interest in this work, we encourage you to join The Mustard Seed Venture Network. This ongoing, evolving, cutting-edge work is co-sponsored by NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE) and The Mustard Seed Venture.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
100 Arroyo Pinon Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4457

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