04/16/13 NDE Class Notes


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04/16/13 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow

In an attempt to come to a deeper understanding of how we fool ourselves, and how we can be led astray by dishonest and/or deluded spiritual teachers, beliefs, and practices, we watched the documentary Kumare’. This is part of our ongoing efforts to learn how to embody one of the most transformative aspects of NDEs, namely: seeing, speaking, and living lives that are based on universal truths versus man-made lies, guesses, philosophies, and misconceptions.

A lively conversation followed the movie during which we heard personal stories of people being misled by spiritual teachers who did not practice what they preached. We also attempted to become more aware of the parts of ourselves that play the dysfunctional roles that were portrayed in the movie.

What part of ourselves looks to external authorities (religious and otherwise) to give us answers? Make us whole? Solve our problems? What part of us doesn’t want to ask questions, think deeply, accept responsibility for our lives? Where does the tendency come from to unquestioningly follow the status quo and believe and do what we are told by parents, religions, science, doctors, gurus, and other authorities? How can we learn to think for ourselves and be guided by the highest, truest, deepest spiritual forces within? How can we also learn to attract teachers, healers, and helpers who can help us become more healthy and independent, rather than dysfunctionally needy and co-dependent?

And on the other side of the fence, what part of us likes to pretend to be something we are not? Why do we waste time dressing up in costumes that make us appear more developed than we really are? How can we learn to see, speak, and live the honest truth about ourselves, which is that we are both human (we have lessons to learn and need to grow and develop) and divine (we are indestructible spiritual beings that are one with God) — and that both aspects of ourselves are unconditionally loved, honored, and embraced?

While Kumare’ focused on how people can slip into Eastern delusions, on Tuesday, April 23rd, we’ll take a look at some Western ones.

Our April 16th meeting ran two hours long — the first hour and a half will be spent watching movies, while the remaining 30 minutes was set aside for discussion. We’ll be using the same format in our April 23rd meeting.

You can find out more about Kumare’ here.

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Future Classes

Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at St. Andrew’s (see below for directions). We’ll be watching and discussing the documentary “Miracles for Sale”:

Derren Brown teaches an ordinary British citizen how to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. After six months of learning the trade, “Pastor James Collins” sets sail for America. With a camera crew documenting all aspects of the adventure, Paster James performs faith healing miracles live in Texas.

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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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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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