|Live Stream the IANDS 2014 Conference!|
If you aren't able to attend the IANDS 2014 Conference, you can Live Stream the talks directly to your computer. And if you miss a talk, you can view it later -- Video On Demand -- until the end of the year!
The two talks on Thursday, August 28 are FREE, including the Special Presentation by P.M.H. Atwater, so you can see if you like the live streaming experience, at no risk.
You can buy a Live Stream Ticket for the full conference, a full day or specific Keynote Presentations. Simply set up a login to Streaming for the Soul, select "Purchase Tickets", make your selection(s) and use PayPal or credit card. Further questions, see the Live Streaming FAQ.
|IANDS Groups assist research on the causes of NDEs|
Researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium) teamed up with researchers from IANDS France and IANDS Flanders to compare near-death experiences (NDEs) occurring in coma versus non-life-threatening events. IANDS provided conceptual input and helped locate NDErs to participate. The study, reported recently in the press (also here), compared 140 NDEs from people who were in coma against 50 NDEs from people who were in non-life-threatening situations (sleep, fainting, meditation, drug or alcohol use, etc.).
The researchers scored the NDEs on the Greyson NDE scale (7 or higher out of 32 is considered an NDE) and compared the two groups by "content" (the NDE features) and "intensity" (total NDE scale score). Surprisingly, the results showed no difference in the intensity and content between the non-life-threatening NDEs and the coma NDEs. Furthermore, there was no difference in the coma NDEs depending on the cause of the coma (e.g., cardiac arrest vs. trauma vs. illness). More...
|We have Added New Workshops!|
We have added new workshops to the 2014 Conference:
• J. Timothy Green — Shamanic Journey Workshop (Sunday)
• Emiliano Campobello — Transcendent Music of the Sacred Flute (Friday)
• Robert Tremblay - FANTABULOUS! "Create your own adventure": an experiment in Energy (Sunday)
For the full list of workshops, click here or ...
|Earthquake Survivors' Pleasant NDEs|
Interviews with 81 earthquake survivors from the Chinese province of Tangshan provide a remarkably peaceful report of experiences while these people were near to death. Many of the survivors discuss seeing and speaking with deceased relatives and family members. A number of them report being pulled through a tunnel and seeing a bright light.
Though the earthquake occurred in 1976, before the descriptions of near-death experiences had reached the popular media, many of the reports echo the findings of current research in the field of near death studies. The survivors report happy and calm experiences that they remember clearly even after more than a decade had passed.
|Sharon Stone's NDE|
Actress Sharon Stone discusses her near death experience with Oprah Winfrey in a video that is hosted on the Epoch Times website.
She describes a wonderful experience that is filled with "white light". Stone discusses seeing people who have passed on and speaking with them. Her experience made her understand that death is "very near and very safe… and loving, and gentle, and OK, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
|NDEs by the Numbers|
How common are Near-Death Experiences? The Epoch Times examines the phenomenon by reviewing surveys and studies that have asked people about their beliefs and whether they have had an NDE.
Did you know that every year nearly 200,000 people in the United States have a Near-Death Experience? Studies indicate that religous beliefs have little to no effect on whether a person has an NDE, but 70 percent of people who have NDEs describe them as a spiritual experience.
At the end of the article, you can view a video of an interview with Dr. Jan Holden, editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, that provides a wonderful description of near-death experiences along with beautiful images reflecting common elements of an NDE. It might be necessary to reload the page to see the video in your browser.
|Taiwanese Center Embraces NDEs|
In mid-June, the Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation sponsored an information and educational meeting to encourage Taiwanese people who have had Near-Death Experiences to come forward and share their experiences. Established in 2002, this center has encouraged the recognition and awareness of NDEs in Taiwan.
According to Lin Keng-hsin, a psychiatrist at the center, people who experience NDEs "began to love life and nature passionately, and suddenly adopted simple diets, respected the environment, took to helping people, advocated environmental protection and put a higher priority on their spiritual sides."
|The Nature of NDEs: A Panel Discussion in Durham|
In early April, representatives from IANDS joined the Rhine Research Center in a joint presentation discussing the nature of Near-Death Experiences. The discussions included a presentation by NDE researcher Robert Mays on the nature of NDEs and three remarkable presentations by NDE experiencers. The educational night provided a nice introduction to the NDE experience and fascinated the crowd with an in-depth descriptions of NDEs and the life-changing effects they had on the panel members.
|2014 Conference Featured Speakers!|
Jeff Olsen - near-death experiencer, author of I Knew Their Hearts and Beyond Mile Marker 80: Choosing Joy after Tragic Loss (just published)
Robert Schwartz - regression therapist, author of Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the real meaning of the life you planned before you were born
|Week Long News Segment on NDEs|
In 1962, Nancy Clark was in the midst of a difficult childbirth when she left her body and found herself in the presence of a soothing and calming light. Her near death experience was profound, but she did not find the words to speak about it until she read Raymond Moody's Life after Life in 1976. Nancy has since become a group leader for an IANDS group in Ohio.
This story and other stories of near death experiences are being featured in a week long segment on Cleveland's Fox 8 News. You can see stories of Nancy's NDE and Howard Storm's distressing NDE by watching Fox 8 or viewing the videos of the segments on the Fox 8 website. Archive of all stories.