04/02/13 NDE Class Notes


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Previous Class Notes & Materials

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04/02/13 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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April Calendar

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You can download a copy of our April calendar here (pdf).

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Anita Moorjani in Sedona

This was our first NDE class since Anita’s visit to Sedona. Many people who attended Anita’s talk reported that they not only loved her talk, but felt inner shifts take place from experiencing Anita in person. The importance of spending time with people who have had near-death experiences (or other spiritually transformative experiences) is included in “The Formula” as one of the things we can do to help bring this divine energy more fully into our lives.

While I was not able to take as many photographs of the event as I wanted to (because I was preoccupied with organizational responsibilities), you can find a few photos of the event posted here.

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Anita’s talk was also filmed. I posted her talk on YouTube on April 1st. As of this post, it has been viewed 3,315 times.

While almost all of the comments that Anita’s talk has generated on YouTube have been over-the-top positive, one YouTube viewer wrote this:

“I listen to Anita for some time now. I like her talks. But there is one thing I cannot understand and it is the idea of loving yourself. I hear her but I don’t understand it and this is when I get frustrated. I just don’t get what she is saying. It sounds great but I don’t get it. It is like when she speaks about self love it seems like chineese to me. I really would like to understand it but it seems an impossible task. :(“

I brought this up in class, and also posted a related comment on NHNE’s NDE Facebook Page:

Most of us probably agree with Anita Moorjani that it is VERY important to love ourselves. Indeed, if we could love ourselves as deeply as The Light loves all those who have encountered It, our lives would be completely transformed.

But how do we do this? The short answer is that we can’t love ourselves as completely as The Light does until we experience It’s love for us directly. Beginning at 30:27 and running until 31:56, Anita describes how a direct encounter “saved her life” and taught her the importance of loving ourselves:

“The first lesson and the most important lesson I learned about life, or what I learned that I believed saved my life, is that I learned that it is extremely important to love yourself. Very, very important! And I cannot stress this enough. It was the love I felt coming for me that saved my life. I never knew before that, before my near-death experience, that I was supposed to love myself unconditionally. The love I felt in the other realm — it doesn’t matter where or who it was coming from — because all of us have different philosophies of how we like to see life. I don’t like to put labels on anything. So whether the love comes from Jesus, or Allah, or Krishna, or Buddha, it doesn’t matter. Whether it came from my father. It’s all God. The love was so unconditional. And that love that I felt told me that I was deserving and I was worthy of being loved. And It made me realize that it’s OK to love myself.”

So how can you and I experience the love God has for us? Short of having a direct encounter with the Divine like Anita did, I think the answer is little-by-little, step-by-step. By that I mean, we feel and express love as best we can, in whatever ways are available to us: love of God, love of self, love of others. As we do this, we slowly but surely open the door to more full blown encounters with the Divine. And this, in turn, creates a wonderfully self-perpetuating cycle: the more we love, the closer we are drawn to the Divine; and the closer we are drawn to the Divine, the more capacity we have to love.

We talked about this in class and will continue to explore this topic in future classes.

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How did so many people hear about Anita’s video so fast? The main credit goes to Anita for mentioning the video (and her visit to Sedona) on her Facebook page, which currently has over 26,000 followers. Here are screen captures from three posts that Anita made about her visit to Sedona. If you would like to read all the comments connected with each of these posts, or see how far and wide each post was shared with others, simply click on the graphic and you will be taken to the appropriate Facebook post.

Posted March 24 (the day after Anita’s talk)

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Posted March 28

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Posted April 1 (the day Anita’s video was released on YouTube)

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The day after the event, Anita and Anita’s husband, Danny, told Alexandra and I that it had been “the best organized event” they had ever participated in. Considering how many talks Anita has given, all over the world, this was high praise indeed. Special thanks to all volunteers, and to the Sedona Creative Life Center, for their help in making this possible!

Anita and Danny also loved Sedona and indicated that they would like to return someday. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Next we turned our attention to important NDE-related stories.

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Memory Study: Near-Death Experiences More Vivid Than Real Life

A lot of news outlets picked up this story. The gist is this:

A study, conducted by researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium, analyzed three groups of people who had a serious brain injury resulting in a coma. After analyzing the data, they found that NDEs weren’t stored like imagined or real events, but were in their own category, as they were recalled more vividly than the most vivid real memories. Long after a near-death experience, people recall the incident more vividly and emotionally than real and false memories.

That’s very significant. Here are a couple places you can learn more:

Near-Death Experiences More Vivid Than Real Life, Memory Study Shows
LiveScience
April 5, 2013

Memories of Near Death Experiences: More Real Than Reality?
ScienceDaily
March 27, 2013

This story has been added to this important NDE resource page on NHNE Pulse:

NDEs Absolutely, Positively NOT Caused By Malfunctioning Brains

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Universal Studios To Make Movie About NDEr Eben Alexander

The story is located here:

Ryan Knighton’s Unique Perspective On One Man’s Near-Death Experience
The Globe and Mail
March 25, 2013

And here are the excerpts I shared in class:

Ryan Knighton, the screenwriter for the upcoming movie, said that his script focuses not just on the seven days Alexander spent near death in the hospital and his journey to “the Core,” but also on what happened to Alexander post-medical-miracle recovery. He had long conversations with Alexander about that, and it became a key element. Said Knighton:

“I was more curious about his life after, because he doesn’t really [write in the book] about what happened to him after the coma. Coming back and what it did to his life, his profession and his family and everything. And that sort of gave the second engine in the story that it needed.”

Knighton is also quoted as saying:

“I think there’s a real medical thriller in this story. The infection itself and the fact that they thought it was this very deadly antibiotic-resistant E. coli. For a while there they thought he brought the black plague into the United States. You can’t get stakes much better than that for a movie.”

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Dr. Eben Alexander: The Easter Question

Alexander also made headlines this past week for a story he wrote for the Huffington Post about Easter. Since he has a lot of interesting things to say, I will share the entire article here and bold the parts that I read in class.

The Easter Question
By Dr. Eben Alexander
Huffington Post
March 29, 2013

What do you say to a parent who has lost a child?

Any doctor will tell you this is the toughest question there is. How could one presume to say anything to someone who has suffered such a thing?

During my years as a neurosurgeon, I operated on hundreds of children with brain ailments ranging from benign tumors to the most virulent cancers. Many of the children I operated on survived. But not all of them did, and on the occasions when they didn’t, the job of telling that child’s parents fell to me. These days, ever since publishing “Proof of Heaven,” the story of the near-death experience I underwent four years ago, most of my time is taken up not with operating on brains but with telling my story. I’ve spoken to thousands of people in the past several months, and the joy I get from sharing my essential message — that each of us is immortal, that consciousness is not contained or limited by the brain, that death is not the end, and that love is the most powerful force in the universe — is such that I simply never tire of telling it.

But one element in my new life has taken me by surprise. I now find myself regularly confronted with that question I so dreaded as a surgeon:

Why did my child die?

I’ve started to think of this as “The Easter Question.” For though it is asked every day, in every part of the world, by people of countless different faiths speaking countless different languages, it is a question that for Christians comes into especially sharp focus on Easter. Easter, after all, is built around Christ’s arising from the grave; and from the Christian perspective, through that event the power of suffering and death was defeated once and for all. And there is quite simply no greater suffering than that experienced by a parent who loses a child. I know this not only because of my experience as a surgeon, but because my own birth-parents lost their daughter: a sister who, as I narrate in “Proof of Heaven,” I never knew on earth.

Why is there death? Why is there suffering? The Christian answer to these questions is that these things exist because the world has fallen away from its original divine perfection. But Jesus, through taking birth in this world, suffering the worst that it can give and rising again into glory, has defeated the evil of this world, and the suffering that goes along with it. “In the world ye shall have tribulation,” says Jesus in the Gospel of John. “But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

More than ever since my near death experience, I consider myself a Christian — though one who knows that God loves all of His children, including those whose faith is expressed in traditions different from my own (while I feel that God has no gender, due to convention I use the pronoun He when I refer to Him). Any pastor will tell you that the single concept that separates the wheat (that is, the real believers) from the chaff (those who are Christians only in name), is whether a person accepts that what Christian tradition says happened on Easter Morning really happened. The entire force of the Christian message can be pushed into that moment when the rock of the cave rolled aside and Jesus — the same and yet not the same Jesus whom his mother had watched die on the cross just two days before — stepped out once more into common daylight. That he had, in fact, overcome death.

Now, I can tell you that if someone had asked me, in the days before my NDE, what I thought of this story, I would have said that it was lovely. But it remained just that — a story. To say that the physical body of a man who had been brutally tortured and killed could simply get up and return to the world a few days later is to contradict every fact we know about the universe. It wasn’t simply an unscientific idea. It was a downright anti-scientific one.

But it is an idea that I now believe. Not in a lip-service way. Not in a dress-up-it’s-Easter kind of way. I believe it with all my heart, and all my soul.

The universe we live in is one in which everything is connected. Not just in a manner of speaking, but actually. Every atom in your body, and every subatomic particle of which those atoms are made, is in profound and direct relationship with every other atom, and every other particle, in the universe: a universe that is composed not of hard, unyielding matter but of energy. This energy, in turn, is “made” of (or “manifested” by) something called consciousness. And consciousness itself is not “made” of anything, for it transcends all materiality. If we insist on envisioning consciousness as being “made” of anything, that substance must be the Divine itself.

We are, really and truly, made in God’s image. But most of the time we are sadly unaware of this fact. We are unconscious both of our intimate kinship with God, and of His constant presence with us. On the level of our everyday consciousness, this is a world of separation — one where people and objects move about, occasionally interacting with each other, but where essentially we are always alone.

But this cold dead world of separate objects is an illusion. It’s not the world we actually live in. The world we really live in has many more dimensions than we can perceive. It’s one in which consciousness, soul, and spirit are not only real, but more real than the physical, and where the limitations that bind us during our time on earth will fall away when we leave our physical bodies behind.

From this perspective — and it is a perspective that I now live in contact with every day — there is quite simply nothing that the loving God who rules this world cannot do. God — the God who can do anything, and who cares for us more than He cares even for Himself — is never far from us. Despite the incomprehensible vastness of the worlds He commands, both visible and invisible, He is right here with each of us right now, seeing what we see, suffering what we suffer… and hoping desperately that we will keep our hope and faith in Him. Because that hope and faith will be triumphant.

Why did this happen to my child? How could a loving God, if there truly is such a being, ever let it?

This Easter, in the wake of a year that saw so much horrific tragedy — not just for parents, of course, but for all kinds of people — I know that if I am asked this question, I will be more than willing to answer it. Not perfectly, God knows, but honestly. The universe we live in is vast beyond imagining, but it is ruled by a God who loves us in a manner that is equally beyond imagining. And he has not forgotten us. This April, more than ever, that, for me, is what Easter is all about.

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The Second International NDE Conference in Marseille, France

Dr. Penny Sartori reported on the Second International NDE Conference in Marseille, France. You can read her full report here. The portions of her report that I shared in class were as follows:

• The conference took place on March 9th and 10th. It was held at The Palais de Congress, Marseille.

• There were about 2,000 people in attendance. Sartori said that the large number of people who attended was an indication of the growing interest in near-death experiences (and related topics).

• Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Jeffrey Long and Jody Long all gave presentations.

• Many of the audience members were nurses, doctors and physiotherapists who realized how important it is to address NDEs in healthcare.

• Sartori mentioned presentation had been about people having distressing spiritual experiences that occur in the absence of life threatening circumstances. Afterwards, she describes meeting a couple who were deeply affected by her talk. The wife had experienced a distressing experience and essentially had no one to process it with. This emotional encounter reminded Sartori how important it is that we research distressing NDEs further.

• Sartori mentioned how interesting it was to see so many scientists, from different parts of the world, who having studied NDEs for so long, are coming to the same conclusions that death is not the end.

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Distressing Near-Death Experiences

Speaking of the importance of studying near-death experiences, Nancy Evans Bush, author of Dancing Past the Dark, recently posted an essay on her blog called Why keep discussing distressing NDEs? After Nancy shared her thoughts on this topic, many of her readers offered their input, some of which was quite moving. After I read this particular post, I came away feeling four things:

1. There are many people in the world who have had distressing near-death experiences. They need places to go and people they can talk to about these very unsettling experiences.

2. Distressing near-death experiences need to be included in talk of NDEs because they form a significant portion of these experiences (somewhere between 1 and 15 percent of near-death experiences are distressing).

3. Culturally, we have a tendency to focus mostly on light, love, and superficial topics. This is dangerous, imbalanced, and unhealthy.

4. Not discussing distressing NDEs is directly related to not dealing with personal and collective shadow issues. This is also dangerous, imbalanced, and unhealthy.

In future classes we’ll be talking about distressing near-death experiences, and shadow issues (which are also included in “The Formula“).

In the meantime, you can find out more about hellish and distressing near-death experiences, by visiting these links:

NHNE NDE Forum on Distressing Near-Death Experiences

Near-Death.com on Distressing Near-Death Experiences

Dancing Past the Dark Website

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Dannion Brinkley Coming to Sedona
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The Sedona Creative Life Center
Tickets $35 in advance; $45 at the door

To order tickets, go here:

http://www.stellarproductionslive.com/tickets.html

For more information about Dannion Brinkley, go here.

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Speaking of Dannion Brinkley

We spent the remaining time in class discussing dark side issues pertaining to the near-death experience movement — and human beings in general. To bring this topic alive, I shared a few quotes from Dr. Raymond Moody’s book, “The Last Laugh,” that dealt with Dannion, along with Dannion’s response to what Moody had to say. All this information, and more, is included on the NDE Stories website. I’m including the lion’s share of it here. I have once again bolded the portions I shared in class. There were two reasons for sharing this information:

1. To give those who are planning to attend Dannion’s Sedona event a little more background information about Dannion and other charismatic NDErs who make predictions and/or present themselves in very dramatic ways.

2. To remind us that all human beings, including near-death experiencers, have dark side issues. It is, therefore, important to do what we can to become aware of these issues, in both ourselves and others, and do our part to “tell the truth” (be who we really are, warts and all) so we can grow into the best, most authentic, solid, grounded, healthy, and happy people possible.

THE LAST LAUGH
By Raymond Moody
1999

Original Link

EXCERPT:

Two NDEntertainers in particular have scored big hits — Betty Eadie, author of Embraced by the Light, and Dannion Brinkley, who told his story to journalist Paul Perry, who skillfully crafted it into Saved by the Light. The NDEntertainers make an excellent stalking-horse for illustrating some of the principles of playful paranormalism, for the books and the performances of these New Age thanatothespians invite analyses somewhat along the lines of those that literary or theater critics offer about works of fiction or dramatic productions. I must admit that while I find value in using entertainment as an attention-getting tool, a litterary-style criticism of the public presentations of some of the speakers now on tour brings to light some troubling contradictions inherent in that kind of NDEnterprise.

Both Betty and Dannion borrow heavily from techniques of the performing arts to get their message across. Betty even wears an eye-catching costume, a fancy, fringed dress with a touch of Native American style. But I have known Dannion a lot longer, so I am in a better position to offer a commentary on his monodramatic extravaganza.

I met Dannion in 1976, several months after he barely survived being struck by lightning. He told me that while he had been on the verge of death, he entered a realm of light and found himself in the company of luminescent beings. He said these beings had shown him a series of encapsulated visions that he described almost as though they had been film clips. He had been given to understand that they were visual representations of events that were to take place in the future.

Many prophets seem to foresee mostly drastic kinds of unpleasantness, and the majority of Dannion’s foreseeings were the typical soothsayer-fare — looming famine, war, economic depression, social disarray.

In the mid-1970s, when I first heard these foretellings, I was smug. As an avid, in-depth follower of current events, I felt sure the world was in for a big shake-up, a conclusion I based on simple extrapolation from the bad news of those days — the nuclear arms race, rampant poverty in the third world, carelessness about the environment, and burgeoning overpopulation — not on psychic warnings. I also knew enough about psychiatry to perceive that most Americans were hiding their heads in the sand about global developments. And I had heard several other near-death exerients recite their own awesome, end-time visions of gloom and doom that were parallet to Dannion’s. I surmised that sometimes, when people realized that they were on the verge of death, their defensive structures collapsed and their thoughts raced ahead from what was then the state of world affairs to make likely inference: a worldwide calamity was in the offing.

Subsequently, however, I admit I have been a bit unsettled by the uncanny accuracy of some of those experients’ forecasts. In 1975, my friend Vi Horton correctly foretold (from her near-death vision) the exact year, nature, and outcome of the revolution in South Africa. And in April of 1976 Dannion told me that in his vision he had foreseen that in 1990 there would be a breakdown of the Soviet Union and that there would be food riots there. I recall that incident so vividly because what he said struck me as silly and absurd; I took his seriousness about the pronouncement as evidence that the bolt of electricity had disrupted his brain circuitry. Imagine my surprise fourteen years later when the event transpired just as he had forespoken it. There have been many other instances, too, when he issued predictions that seemed totally off the wall at the time, only to be fulfilled later with chilling precision.

Then I must go on immediately to add that I have seen and heard him pronounce many other prophecies, detailing even the exact day, month, or year of their forthcoming, and all in the same preemptory voice and manner of all-confident authority, that never did materialize as he said they would.

Not only that, but he has continued to prophesize ever since his near-death experience took place in September 1975 because he believes that his close call with death empowered him to read minds and to peer into the future. And his display of mind reading is among the best and most convincing I have ever witnessed. Time after time, I have seen folks’ jaws drop, or tears well up in their eyes, as Dannion, a total stranger to them, correctly rattles off the details of their personal circumstances, even their deep inner secrets.

For years, I have been baffled by his amazing talent for seeming to know things about others that he seemingly would have no way of knowing. That is why I encouraged him to get his story into print. I introduced him to the persons who arranged for its publication.

But I had envisioned a different presentation; for a long time, I have wanted to see Dannion in a face-off with the Amazing Randi or other sigh cop, such as Dr. Ray Hyman, a psychologist who specializes in putting claims of telepathic powers to the test. I still hope that some day such a confrontation will come to pass. Since the release of his book, though, a couple of parapsychologically minded investigators have assessed Dannion’s skills, and they profess to be as perplexed by him as I am.

Whatever the eventual outcome of the wrangling about Dannion among parapsychologists, sigh cops and funda-Christians, however, it won’t make any difference to the many admirers and fans who have gathered around him. They will continue to believe he can read minds and foresee the future. Nor is Dannion ever bothered for a minute by any of his misforeseeings, for when prophecies fail, fresh ones soon are heard tripping from his tongue to replace the worn-out ones.

Playful paranormalists can give a much better formulation of the walking conundrum that is Dannion Brinkley than is likely to come out of any dysbeliever battles. What has always interested me most about Dannion’s tale is not his near-death experience per se, since it is one of a multitude of similar ones, but, rather, its flashy accouterments. He captivates others by dressing up his account in the trappings of a charismatic, bedazzling, and enmazing personality. He is an enlightening example of a kind of person who has been of great importance in the history of the paranormal, namely, the individual who is able to interweave several popular strands of paranormal mythology into one life story.

Quite apart from his near-death experience, his prophecies, and his mind-reading, Dannion represents a confluence of a number of distinct themes that historically always have found willing audiences among seekers of paranormal pleasure. Examing these themes closely brings us a good insight into not only who people listen to about the paranormal, but why.

The Common Denominators

First, there is the matter of the lightning. Then there is the item about a bed. Both lightning and beds have figured predominantly for centuries in the best traditions of the paranormal.

As I’ve already indicated, Dannion’s peri-mortal adventure began in a flesh-sizzling flash of lightning, and that by itself was enough to dynamize his tale with paranormal meaning, because for almost the whole of human history, lightning has been interpreted as a supernatural manifestation, and no one is impervious to it holdover paranormal symbolism.

Dannion’s claim that a bolt of lightning endowed him with inexplicable talents is by no means unique. Throughout the world, especially in tribal cultures, there is a folk belief that those who walk the earth after being struck by lightning have paranormal abilities. In some traditions, practitioners who are initiated into their vocation in this way are respected as the most powerful of all shamans…

I have brought up Dannion Brinkley because Dannion’s saga is a case in point. His story is told with an inscrutable, idiosyncratic use of language that is inseparable from his charismatic personality style. In other words, he certainly has a dramatic flair. In addition, he is using (by chance, it would seem) at least two storytelling imageries — lightning and a bed (more about which later), which appear historically in tales of the paranormal. Finally, his style of storytelling is important to this analysis.

Dannion is a huge, muscular man, and he is charmingly overbearing. He can easily dominate conversations, and loves to be the center of everyone’s attention. He holds listeners spellbound, on the edge of their seats, but as long as I have known him, I have never been able to track his train of thought. He speaks in a rapid-fire manner that makes it impossible for all but the quickest to get a word in edgewise. His inimitable manner of oration is a word-blizzard.

A respected Cambridge scholar wrote a tify hypotyposis of the count de St. Germain that perfectly captures Dannion’s style. According to E. M. Butler, the count “cut a dazzling figure and mystified everyone by his incognito, by dropping mysterious hints, by refusing to commit himself to the possession of powers which he nevertheless seemed to be exercising before their eyes, and by his indecipherable personality.”

Now for the bed part.

Dannion claims that during his near-death experience, otherworldly beings showed him a design for an electronic bed with healing powers. They instructed him to build this device and to install it in his healing centers. I have seen several models of this bed from beyond. They are comfortable recliners with built-in headsets that play tape-recorded music through the body by bone conduction. When I tried one of the beds, I found its effects indistinguishable from hypnagogia.

All that aside, Dannion’s story about a supernatural settee interests me because it illustrates a bedrock principle of playful paranormalism: It replays the same old favorites again and again over the centuries, the same stock characters show up in slightly different situations, but, overall, the paranormal manages in every succeeding season to make its familiar dramas seem new and exciting.

Viewed historically, the paranormal performs somewhat like a repertory theater. For instance, the tale of “an uncanny man with a mysterious couch” is deeply embedded in the history of paranormal and other periparanormal amusements. The particulars of saints’ sofas or of holy men’s mats often take on significance in their stories.

Solomon slept in a magical bed aflutter on every side with angels. Moses was set afloat in a crib woven from reeds. The infant Jesus slumbered in a manger. Then there are Indian fakirs’ hystrichomorphic cots and Asklepio’s klini…

To sum up, Dannion Brinkley’s story appeals because it tries so many colorful threads of popular paranormality together into one entertainment package.

I want to make it clear that I am writing in the abstract, and that, personally, I find Betty and Dannion to be lovable and endearing people who do good things for others. I understand, for example, that Dannion recruits volunteers for hospice during his dramatic and exciting talks with large audiences, and gets quite a few of them. I don’t question either of their motives for a second. I am merely pointing out here what makes them listened to.

On balance, I expect, NDEntertainment and NDEism will prove to be more a helpful than a harmful development. They will be kept in check by the medical technology that ensures a continuing stream of new arrivals back from round trips to the near hereafter. The high incidence and high prevalence of near-death experiences are a corrective to any possible NDExcesses of NDEists or NDEntertainers.

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. RAYMOND MOODY
By Kathryn M. Peters
From 1999

EXCERPT:

Kathryn Peters: I sense in your new book, The Last Laugh a bit of frustration over the way in which the near-death experience, and the paranormal are being treated or perhaps the word is ‘exploited’ today. You refer to Betty Eadie and Dannion Brinkley (two of the most popular lecturers on the metaphysical circuit) as ND Entertainers. This comes across as less than complimentary. Is that the way you intend it, Dr. Moody?

Raymond Moody: It’s not at all intended as un-complimentary. It is just a description of my impressions.

Kathryn Peters: You compare Mr. Brinkley’s experiences to those of leading characters in history. You compare the fact that he was struck by lightning, he possesses an overtly charming personality, and he has developed a ‘super-natural settee’ likened to the saint’s sofas and holy men’s mats. With that understood, the question I pose is this: Do you think it possible that Dannion Brinkley, like those to whom you compare him, has been sent in order to assist in the dawning of a new spiritual age of understanding of death and the realms beyond?

Raymond Moody: Well, no, I do not think that of any one person more than I think that of all of us. I wouldn’t put anybody up on a pedestal like that. Everybody is here in their own capacity. I just don’t think in terms of gurus.

Kathryn Peters: Without the need for putting anyone on a pedestal or worshipping gurus, is it not possible to consider, if we each come with our own capacity, those out there doing the work like Dannion, Betty and others who have undergone an NDE, are here to collectively push this new spirituality into the forefront as part of their divine task?

Raymond Moody: I think that is a wholly unanswer-able question.

Kathryn Peters: Dr. Moody, if I handed you a magic wand giving you the power to alter public interest as well as scientific research regarding the paranormal, what changes would we witness as a result of your will?

Raymond Moody: I have a very definite answer to that. If I could wave a magic wand, I would help people by teaching them critical thinking. I think that would liberate people more than anything else.

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DANNION BRINKLEY COMMENTS ON RAYMOND MOODY’S THE LAST LAUGH

Kathryn Peters: Dannion, have you had a chance to read Dr. Raymond Moody’s latest book, The Last Laugh and if so, would you please give me your opinion of it?

Dannion Brinkley: Yes I have read it, as a matter of fact, and I think it is fabulous! It’s a very good book which was truly needed.

Kathryn Peters: Then as you know, Dr. Moody refers to you and your colleague and friend, Betty Eadie as ND Entertainers. Can you give me a response to that?

Dannion Brinkley: Well, I think it’s absolutely true! I take what Raymond said as a compliment for I take tremendous pride in what I do. Nothing makes me happier than to know that due to my own personal near-death experiences I can take on a subject matter, death, which is undeniably a terrifying proposition in our culture, and I can genuinely entertain people with my insights and humor. I consider it a gift from God to be able to lessen people’s fear of dying with laughter the way I do. And I’m actually told I even inspire them along the way. For me, it doesn’t get better than that. Then to have a leading research expert in the field, like Dr. Raymond Moody, recognize and acknowledge my contribution is indeed humbling.

Kathryn Peters: In The Last Laugh, Dr. Moody also compares you to some pretty remarkable historical figures, Dannion, how does that make you feel?

Dannion Brinkley: Wow, I find it such a true honor to have Raymond equate me in stature to giants in history such as Asklepios and Solomon as well as the lightning shamans of Peru. I sincerely thank him. This book is remarkable for it comes from not only a brillant scholar but from one of the funniest human beings I have ever met. Long live the Rainman.

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Future Classes

Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, April 9th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at St. Andrew’s (see below for directions).

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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.”

“The Formula”

“The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” or “The Formula” was introduced in David Sunfellow’s two-part YouTube presentation called “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World.” The goal has been to identify the universal truths presented by near-death experiences and wrestle them into “a formula” that we can use to transform our lives. Verison 1.0 can be download here (pdf).

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