07/02/13 NDE Class Notes

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Previous Class Notes & Materials

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07/02/13 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow

As always, the class began with a few moments of silence. Then I reported the latest NDE news…

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2013 IANDS Conference

Early bird rates are available until July 4th.

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The 2013 International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) Conference will take place August 29 – September 1 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Featured speakers include Eben Alexander, MD (neurosurgeon and near-death experiencer, author of Proof of Heaven), Anita Moorjani (near-death experiencer and cancer survivor, author of Dying to Be Me), Mary Neal, MD (orthopedic surgeon and near-death experiencer, author of To Heaven and Back), ill Guggenheim (author of Hello From Heaven), and PMH Atwater (author of The Rest of the Story).

For more information, go here.

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Fox & Friends: “To Heaven & Back”

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Fox & Friends ran a series of five reports the last week of June pertaining to near-death experiences. These mini reports, each of which last about three and a half minutes, featured Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Mary Neal, Colton Burpo, Don Piper, and Carson Higgins. We watched the first four of these reports in class. You can read about all five reports on NHNE Pulse.

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NDEr David Milarch’s Vision Takes Root Around The World

We discussed the near-death experience and life work of NDEr David Milarch in previous classes. While it doesn’t mention the near-death experience that inspired David to begin growing and planting champion trees, I played the following video in this week’s class to introduce new people to David’s work:

Then I shared excerpts from this story:

UK’S ANCIENT FORESTS COULD SPREAD AGAIN THANKS TO PLAN TO CLONE ‘SUPER-TREES’
By John Vidal
The Observer
June 29, 2013

Original Link

Mirror Story on NHNE Pulse

EXCERPTS:

The £2m scheme to reproduce and grow again all of Britain’s biggest, oldest, tallest and most ecologically important trees has been devised by the US tree conservationist David Milarch, who hopes to reproduce all the UK’s “super-trees” and then offer tens of thousands of their genetically identical offspring free to schools, cities and landowners. Famous trees that could be cloned include the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest where Robin Hood is said to have sheltered, a 3,000-year-old yew in Berkshire and a majestic 209ft fir in the Scottish Highlands.

Milarch, who is backed by the Eden project founder Sir Tim Smit and Sir Richard Branson, is in Britain this week for talks with specialists on ancient trees and Prince Charles’s forestry experts. He expects to draw up a list of Britain’s “super-trees” in the next few weeks and start cloning this summer.

Eventually he hopes to establish a complete archive of all Britain’s most important trees, which would be made publicly available. “We have never ever sold a tree, we accept donations only. We just make them available,” said Milarch.

“Everyone has said that you cannot clone old oaks. But we now have all 22 of the great oaks of Ireland cloned. No one had ever been able to clone with 1,000-year-old trees, but we can now do it. We could produce millions of [any one] tree in a year.”

So far, Milarch and his conservation organisation Archangel have successfully cloned 75 species, including redwoods, giant sequoias, Monterey cypresses and the Monterey pine. They have also cloned the Methuselah bristlecone pine, thought to be the oldest tree in the world at 4,845 years old.

For more information about David Milarch and how a near-death experience inspired the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, go here.

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NHNE’s NDE Network

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NHNE’s NDE Network currently has 461 members. It is the largest self-contained NDE network in the world. Many of the members report having spiritually transformative experiences. In order to help them find others who have had similar spiritual experiences, we’ve created five categories of spiritual experiences and then listed members accordingly. We currently have 120 members reporting near-death experiences; 18 members reporting near-death-like experiences; 4 members reporting shared-death experiences; 1 member reporting distressing a near-death experience; and 92 members reporting other kinds of spiritually transformative experiences. Go here to find out who’s reporting what.

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IANDS Groups Around the World

To see a list of study groups around the world that are affiliated with The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), go here.

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NDE Meetup Groups

To see a list of of Meetup Groups around the world that study near-death experiences, go here.

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NHNE NDE Facebook Page

NHNE’s NDE Facebook Page now has 706 members. If you want to keep up with the latest NDE-related news, books, events, videos, movies, articles, and more, go here.

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Two New Pages Added To NDE Stories Website

Two new sections have been added to NHNE’s NDE Stories website.

Dr. Rajiv Parti

rajiv-partiDr. Rajiv Parti, founder of the Pain Management Institute of California and Chief of Anesthesiology at Bakersfield’s Heart Hospital, specialized in cardiac anesthesiology. On Christmas Eve of 2010, after two years of battling chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, and impotency due to surgical complications from prostate cancer, Dr. Parti was taken to the Emergency Room at UCLA. Suffering from sepsis (a life-threatening infection) and in excruciating pain, Dr. Parti had an out-of-body experience. Floating ten feet above his body, Dr. Parti watched his medical team as they struggled to save him. While part of his consciousness remained in the operating room in Los Angeles, another part of his consciousness journeyed to India where he watched family members prepare a meal. From there he visited hell, experienced a life review, met deceased loved ones, travelled through a “time tunnel,” and visited Heaven where he met a Being of Light (whom he regarded as God) and two guardian angels. During the experience, Rajiv was told that he was going to be alright, but that when he returned to his body, his life purpose would be changed forever: he would leave behind his materialistic lifestyle, stop practicing anesthesiology, and become a healer.

When Dr. Parti’s consciousness returned to his body, his mental, behavioral and psychological priorities changed dramatically. In the weeks that followed, Dr. Parti abandoned his career, and with the support of his wife and children, downsized his family home from a 10,000 square foot mansion to a modest home. He traded in his Hummer and Mercedes for a Toyota hybrid and now spends his time volunteering for community projects and teaching that chronic pain, addiction, and depression are “diseases of the soul.” In a radical departure from his conventional medical training, Dr. Parti now advocates a consciousness-based approach to healing.

Special Note: Rajiv will be coming to Sedona Tuesday, September 10th!

Mickey Robinson

micky-robinsonAfter a plane crash, Mickey Robinson had a near-death experience that radically changed his life. A healthy, active, athletic skydiver before the crash, Mickey suffered sever burns from the crash and was expected to die from his injuries. Instead, he survived and, since then, Mickey has spoken to many churches and groups of people. Mickey serves as a Director of Prophetic Christian Ministries Association, President of the Lazarus Foundation, a care and discipleship center for the physically challenged, and Seagate Ministries. Seagate Ministries is located in Franklin, Tennessee, where Mickey resides with his wife Barbara and their children.

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Scott Degenhardt: What Happens When You Die?

Thanks to Robert Beer for telling me about this video. We watched from 06:40 – 08:24 in class.

TRANSCRIPT:

Scott Degenhardt: “He came into the room. I was there with him when his tunnel opened up – I saw it open up off to the distance. I could hear beings that I call angels… spiritual beings that called him and told him that it was time for him to go. And he disappeared off into that tunnel… Minutes later the phone rang and it was St. Thomas calling to say that he had just died. And of course I told my mom as she came in to give me the news that I already knew: He was just here, and by the way, he was doing fantastic!”

Scott Degenhardt: “The only way to describe it is that it was a privilege to know how he was doing after he died.”

Phil Donahue: “Were you giddy at his funeral?”

Scott Degenhardt: “When I walked in and the first time saw his body, I was still buzzing from the experience. To be real honest, I almost laughed because I thought here was this hunk of dirt that didn’t have anything to do with my father and here were all these people sitting around crying over all of this and it seemed so silly because I knew where my father was and how he was feeling at the time and I wanted to tell them that you don’t need to cry; he’s doing just fine!”

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Shadows: Perceptions of Near-Death Experiencers

Shadows: Perceptions of Near-Death Experiencers
An original NDE documentary by Norman Van Rooy
Duration 43 minutes. Produced in 1992.

Over the past several months, I’ve been corresponding with filmmaker Norman Van Rooy about getting his 1992 NDE NDE documentary posted on YouTube. And last week, it finally went up! Rooy’s documentary features David Biber, Paul Carr, Karen Daly, Marc Gallo, Chuck Griswald, Chuck Griswold, Anne Horn, Martha Lounsberry, Cindy Massey, Dr. Melvin Morse, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Barbara Springer, Robert Turner, and Dee Wagner. During this class, we watched from 34:20 to 36:03.

TRANSCRIPT:

“This is another thing that I learned when I was there [on the other side]… God loves everyone; it isn’t just Christians that God loves. God loves everyone. No matter what religion. No matter what anything… God loves all of us.”

— NDEr Barbara Springer

“On one hand, because of what I now feel I know, and what I feel I’ve learned, I think it would be safe to say that I have departed [from what] traditional Christianity as we normally think of it teaches. On another level, I feel like I’ve come to what traditional Christianity really is. And by traditional Christianity I mean… what Christ was talking about and the way that was being acted out in the first and second century as opposed to the way that it’s acted out now.”

— NDEr Paul Carr

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Music Video: Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am

Finally, since NDEs constantly remind us of how important it is to feel God’s love for us — and be an instrument of God’s love for others — I ended this week’s class with this music video.

Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am
Artist: Jason Gray
Album: A Way To See In The Dark

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name
Remind me who I am
In the mirror all I see
Is who I don’t wanna be
Remind me who I am

In the loneliest places
When I can’t remember what grace is

Tell me, once again
Who I am to You, who I am to You
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to You, that I belong to You
To You

When my heart is like a stone,
And I’m running far from home
Remind me who I am
When I can’t receive Your love
Afraid I’ll never be enough
Remind me who I am

If I’m Your beloved can You help me believe it

Tell me, once again
Who I am to you, who I am to You
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to you, that I belong to You
To You

I’m the one You love, I’m the one You love
That will be enough, I’m the one You love

Tell me, once again
Who I am to you, who I am to You
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to you, that I belong to You

Tell me, once again
Who I am to You, who I am to You
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to You, that I belong to You
To You

To You

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Future Classes

Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, July 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. Version 1.0 can be download here (pdf). The Formula’s Circling Worksheet can be downloaded 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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