02/05/13 NDE Class Notes


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02/05/13 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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A New Television 

Special thanks to Bob Burt, The Mustard Seed Venture, and Chyna Wu for helping us purchase a new television for our NDE class! It’s a beauty — large enough for everyone to see and hear clearly, and light enough to move from location to location without breaking any backs. For those of you who are interested, we bought a Toshiba 32C120U 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV via Amazon.com.

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New Books Added To Lending Library

This week, we added four new titles to our NDE lending library. Here’s a quick list of all the books that are available to people who attend our local classes (the four new books are marked with an *).

Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani (2 copies)
Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander (2 copies)
Lessons from the Light by Kenneth Ring (2 copies)
Evidence of the Afterlife by Dr. Jeffrey Long
Science and the Near-Death Experience by Chris Carter (2 copies)
Glimpses of Eternity by Raymond Moody (1 copy)
Dancing Past the Dark by Nancy Evans Bush (1 copy) *
Return from Tomorrow by George Ritchie (1 copy) *
To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal (1 copy) *
Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife Dr. Raymond Moody (1 copy) *
Bereavement Rescue with Near-Death Experience Evidence by Dr. Caroline Wilkins and Fr. Rod Walton
Transitions: A Nurse’s Education about Life and Death by Becki Hawkins (1 copy)
The Natural Soul by Barbara Whitfield (1 copy)
Healing Dreams by Marc Ian Barasch (1 copy)

For additional hand-picked books dealing with near-death experiences, visit NHNE’s NDE Bookstore.

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New Book:

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death
By Sam Parnia, Josh Young

No one comes face-to-face with death more often than Dr. Sam Parnia, founder of the AWARE Study (AWAreness during REsuscitation), and one of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship, and near-death experiences. Based on cutting-edge research in the science of death, Erasing Death is evidence that we are making previously unthinkable technological progress in our battle against death, and still more radical victories await us. With Dr. Parnia at the forefront, we may be on the verge of inadvertently discovering a new universal science of consciousness that reveals the nature of mind and the so-called human soul.

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New Book:

Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near Death Experience
By John W. Price

0062197711Millions have read the testimonies of those who have been to heaven and returned. But what do these stories mean for Christians? How do they fit with what the Bible teaches? What do they say about who goes to heaven? After hearing over two hundred accounts of near-death experiences, the Reverend John W. Price narrates the stories of these eyewitnesses and now makes a case not only for why Christians can trust near-death accounts but for why we should treat these amazing stories as precious gifts from God.

“John W. Price has written a marvelous book, Revealing Heaven, that uses the lessons brought back by many ‘near-death’ soul journeyers to help steer the Christian viewpoint into alignment with the knowing that so many share today: we are so much more than our physical bodies.”

— NYT bestselling author Dr. Eben Alexander, author of “Proof of Heaven”

“A must read for anyone interested in heaven or near-death experiences, Revealing Heaven is a powerful and exceptionally well-written book. The Reverend John Price has heard over 100 people narrate their near-death experiences and his insights are both informative and profoundly inspirational.”

— NYT bestselling author Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of “Evidence of the Afterlife”

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Describes Encounter With Three Angels

I reported on this story in earlier classes. In this video, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk describes his emergency room encounter with three angels, all of whom spoke with heavy Brooklyn accents!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq1r5YO9st8

For more information, go here.

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News from NDEr Eben Alexander
From Dr. Eben Alexander’s February 2, 2013 Newsletter

Original Link

“Good grief!” Isn’t that an interesting phrase?

My Aunt Monk died last week. She was an Episcopalian preacher’s wife, and a loving light for all who knew her. And, yes, I am sad. My experience of truly knowing that consciousness is eternal does not make me immune to the human emotion of loss. Indeed, when a loved one dies, it is our loss on this side of the veil. I miss the tangible presence of her, the laughter and love, even the routine of life as she fulfilled her place on this earth so vividly…so alive.

Grief. It stops us in our tracks. But, it also hands us the opportunity, even demands, that we breathe, pay attention, and live in the present moment, appreciating everyone around us and all the beauty great and small. Living in this moment does not allow us to avoid reality, which is often our first instinct when dealing with bad news, whether the deep sorrow of death or a disappointment on the job or in a relationship. Would that we could be asleep and awaken from this bad dream…not return to the sad reality of loss. But so it is, and it is universal. We have all felt loss, or will endure it at some time in our lives.

So, how do we move forward? First, honor the one who has crossed over, in whatever way is most fitting. For some, that might be sitting with the body for a period of time as the spirit makes its way onward. For others, it may be hosting a party to celebrate the remembrance of good times together. For one group of friends last week, it was leading the entire funeral procession through the drive-thru window at Burger King! And, in some traditions, it may be through wearing black for a full year after a family member dies. All these activities join friends and family together in shared acts of Love, and that’s a great parting gift from our beloved. Good grief?

As time passes, for me, the awareness that consciousness (as soul, or spirit) survives bodily death gives me a sense of peace and comfort, and gives me the courage to offer sincere words of hope to others. In addition, having a daily practice of meditation or prayer renews my energy as it reconnects me to Source, or the “Core.” And, there is no substitute for the time-honored practices of expressing gratitude and giving of ourselves to others. Even the smallest expression or thought of gratitude can shift our energetic system and open a window into our soul. Even one act of doing something for someone else connects us, expands us and reminds us of how we are all interconnected, all part of a larger field of Love…

With Love,
Eben

Eben Alexander, MD
Lynchburg, VA
February 2, 2013

For more information about Eben Alexander, go here.

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Rick Archer Interviews Anita Moorjani

The remaining portion of our class was spent watching and discussing the following videos.

In previous classes, we’ve listened to other people interview Anita Moorjani. What distinguishes this video is the depth and breadth of the questions that Rick Archer puts to Anita — and her thought-provoking answers. We started this video at the beginning and listened to until 34:04. We stopped twice to discuss two important topics: How Anita’s life was not only completely transformed by her near-death experience, but how the transformation is ongoing. Says Anita, “It’s like you become a different person. And it’s this new person that now thinks in a different way… The person I am becoming every day is more and more different than the person I was then.”

After listening to Anita discuss her feelings about how modern medicine and society at large deals with cancer, we paused to discuss how we are all massively conditioned by the culture in which we live. And how this conditioning is very often harmful. In the interview, Anita mentions how society contributes to people contracting cancer by aggressively encouraging them to think about contracting cancer constantly. Says Anita, “I feel that all this cancer awareness is what is causing more and more cancer.” When pressed by Archer that perhaps cancer could be caused by such things as genetics, which appeared to be beyond conscious control, Anita responded that she was “unable” to see cancer as a physical disease anymore because she experienced, physically, how quickly it reversed itself just because shifts took place in her internally. This, for Anita, was dramatic proof that we not only create our realities but that the realities we create, no matter how grim, can be reversed by reconnecting with the deeper, truer, more spiritual aspects of ourselves. Here’s another quote from Anita (from another source) that echoes this theme:

“I saw all people as ‘energy’, and depending where our energy level was, that was the world we created for ourselves. The understanding I gained from this was that if cancer was not in our ‘energy’, then it was not in our reality. If feeling good about ourselves was in our energy, then our reality would be positive. If cancer was in our energy, then even if we eradicated it with modern medicine, it would soon come back. But if we cleared it from our energy, the physical body would soon follow. None of us are as ‘real’ or physical as we think we are. From what I saw, it looked like we are energy first, and physical is only a result of expressing our energy. And we can change our physical reality if we change our energy…”

To give the class a window into the kind of cheerful attitude that Anita advocates, even when faced with such heavy burdens as cancer, I shared the following video, which was posted on Anita Moorjani’s Facebook page. She introduced it by saying: “LOL!! Just LOVE this one! I can so relate! :)”.

For more information about Anita, go here. Among other things, this page contains many thought-provoking quotes from Anita, including practical tips as to how we can begin to control the kinds of experiences we manifest in our lives.

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Future Classes

Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, February 12th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at St. Andrew’s. Please note that we will be meeting in the Chapel Choir Room, which is in the chapel.

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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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