|Do Children Really Have NDEs?|
As the film Heaven Is For Real is released in theaters, we remember the writing of Nancy Evans Bush , author of Dancing Past the Dark, as she discusses issues and evidence of children who have had NDEs.
When news of near-death experiences first began reaching the public, almost forty years ago, one of the earliest questions was, “What about children?” Children haven’t had much education or religious training; so surely a child could not have such an experience?
Well, wrong. As early as 1983, more than two thousand people had reported their near-death experiences (NDEs) to the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). [... Among them were dozens from people who mentioned having had an NDE as a child; fifteen of them were described in detail.]
|Distressing NDEs: A Detailed Investigation|
The study of NDEs took a significant turn with Nancy Evans Bush's important work, Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near Death Experiences. In a recent series of posts, Peter Hulme reviews this book in detail and provides an excellent summary of some of the important components of this book.
As Hulme states, "...of the 354 near-death experiences ... between the years 1975 and 2005 ... there were no unpleasant reports." Dancing Past the Dark introduced the topic of distressing NDEs with an insightful discussion of the components of these experiences, methods for interpreting them, and ways to help people to integrate the experiences and move on with their lives.
In his first posting, Hulme provides an introduction to distressing NDEs and discusses why it is important to study these experiences.
|Religion Inspired by NDEs: See the video|
Dr. Gregory Shushan of Oxford University "...examines the relationship between afterlife conceptions and conceptually-related anomalous experiences in ethnohistoric indigenous traditions worldwide." In 2012 he gave a lecture at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion which compared the components of NDEs to the religious texts of numerous ancient civilizations. His work convincingly shows that NDEs have inspired afterlife conceptions among world cultures from ancient times. That is, NDEs appear to be a causal inspiration of religious belief from ancient times, not an illusion produced as the result of religious belief.
He is also the author of the book Conceptions of the Afterlife in Ancient Civilizations.
|NDEs In the Media: Salon Magazine|
An archived article, "Near Death Explained" from Salon Magazine, provides a very clear and complete discussion of the strongest evidence for Near-Death Experiences being an expression of a spiritual existence independent of the physical body. The article provides numerous NDE reports including the case of Pam Reynolds who experienced an NDE while in a medically induced state of death. Additional reports include discussions of NDEs of the blind and scientific statements from NDE researchers such as Bruce Greyson and Sam Parnia.
Though this article appeared in 2012, the discussion is still relevant, and the article provides a very clear discussion of phenomena studied by NDE researchers. See the full article here.
|Knees and NDEs for Taylor|
Introducing the emcee of the 2014 IANDS conference in Newport Beach, California!
Scott Taylor is a more than a traditional Scotsman, and he has the knees to prove it. In honor of his 60th birthday, Scott has decided to wear a traditional Scottish kilt every day in 2014. When he made this decision last Fall, Scott had no idea that the coming Minnesota winter would see more than 50 days with temperatures below zero!
Save the date for this conference and make sure you don't miss out on your chance to confirm Scott's commitment in person! To read more about our exciting emcee, click here.
|IANDS Makes Waves in Santa Barbara|
Death and the Big WOW! The Santa Barbara Chapter of IANDS was recently featured in the Mission and State newsletter in Santa Barbara. Barbara Bartolome is the leader of the Santa Barbara IANDS NDE Support Group as well as a member of the IANDS Board of Directors. Her personal NDE occurred during spinal surgery when she was 31 years old. In her words, "I was up on the ceiling and they were calling Code Blue, they were putting an oxygen mask on me as I looked down at my body. I thought, ‘Huh. If I’m up here and my body’s down there, I must’ve… died.’”
This article provides a wonderful review of a meeting of the IANDS chapter in Santa Barbara as well as a discussion of the NDE experience and the scientific evidence that has been gathered to support this experience. You can read the full article by clicking here.
|Save the Date! 2014 IANDS Conference|
Hope, Healing & Life Transformations
August 28 - 31 at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, California
The near-death experience (NDE) catalyzes powerful transformations in the experiencer. Many times there is a miraculous healing from the NDEr's injuries or illness. With the insights and understanding of their life purpose, there is always personal growth and spiritual transformation. NDErs frequently find they have the gift to heal others, and the message and insights of the NDE can soothe and comfort grief from the loss of a loved one. The profound message of love from the NDE can bring about transformation for all of us.
2014 IANDS Conference details:
|Excellent Documentary with Howard Storm|
Matthew J. Cline's (Cline Cinematography) documentary is called The Redemption of Howard Storm: A near-death experience (view the trailer). Howard Storm was an atheist who had a profound NDE in 1985 when he died in a hospital in Paris. His spirit was escorted away by a group of deceased people who claimed to be just like him and then turned and attacked him. Howard made a plea to Jesus and called out for salvation which led to a profound experience. Howard's story helped to define distressing NDEs.
You can watch the entire documentary online. Click the links below:
|What near-death experiences tell us|
NDE researcher Robert Mays moderated a symposium on near-death experiences in November 2013 called A Journey to Heaven and Back. The symposium was jointly sponsored by IANDS and the Open Center in New York City. The program featured NDErs Dr. Eben Alexander, Anita Moorjani and Lorna Byrne.
Robert offered the following perspective:
In 2008, Eben Alexander came down with acute bacterial meningitis and was in deep coma for 6 days, with little chance for survival. Although his brain was severely compromised, he had a profound, ultra-real experience of an exquisite, heavenly realm. High above him shimmering angelic beings arced across the sky in glorious song, raising him higher and higher. He entered an immense void.