IANDS President Emerita Diane Corcoran urges IANDS members and friends to support a video project for veterans called Understanding Veterans' Near-Death Experiences. Service members who have had an NDE should be assisted by medical personnel or chaplains trained to deal with those who have experienced NDEs. However, because of lack of training, that care is often not available, and the impact of this crucial gap of care can be great. It is traumatizing, exacerbating the effects of already devastating injuries, as well as PTSD, and magnifying feelings of confusion, fear, isolation and hopeless despair. Veterans may carry these feelings for a lifetime. The Fund Raising Goal for this video project is $40,000. IANDS has contributed $14,000 toward the goal and we are still seeking donations of the final $15,000 to help promote the video to veterans and veteran care givers. See the video trailer on YouTube. The video DVD will be on sale shortly for $29.95.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame will host a fascinating and visionary “Conference on Near-Death Experiences While Drowning”, on Friday, August 18th, 2017. Since its inception in 1965, ISHOF has been the "Mecca of Aquatics," bringing together many fascinating people and acting as the facilitator for knowledge exchange. This conference aims to bring attention to near-death experiences during a drowning episode, a very important issue largely neglected by most aquatic safety professionals.
“I could see, floating in the air, the lifeguards attempting to resuscitate a lifeless body; it was mine.” “I saw a bright light that asked me, in a life review, what I have done in my life for love and learning.” “I felt peace and no fear of death.” These are the words of people reporting what they experienced during the time they “died” temporarily during a drowning episode, as reported by Holden and Avramidis in their book Near-Death Experiences While Drowning. Such Reports are termed near-death experiences (NDEs). Contemporary advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation have enabled lifeguards and first responders to bring large numbers of victims back to life, heretofore unprecedented in human history. Of the millions of those who survive drowning each year, approximately 20% of survivors report NDEs. Read More!
The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is a member along with several other organizations in the Alliance for Global Consciousness (AGC). The Alliance is an affiliation of like-minded organizations whose objective is to elevate their service to humankind and advance the evolution of their work, both individually and collectively, while moving further toward a shared purpose, namely: The transformation of human consciousness across the globe. Current and on-going events of the AGC member organizations.
The AGC initiated a strong collective effort to assist its member organizations to become more vigorous and effective in the mutual exploration, understanding, and positive applications of consciousness.
Members of AGC organizations explore topics like personal spirituality, subtle energies, near-death studies, health and healing, life after death, meditation and mindfulness, personal enlightenment, human connectivity, energy medicine, out-of-body experiences, ESP, and psychic phenomena, and every avenue of human consciousness.
Whereas her first book, Dancing Past the Dark, was a descriptive study of distressing NDEs, here she blends questions raised by readers into her ongoing investigation and considers our cultural notions about fear in spiritual life. Despite the topic, it is not a gloomy book and throws considerable light on the source and purpose of the extreme conditions present in distressing NDEs.
Much of the book’s material originated in the years since the publication of Dancing Past the Dark; new writing augments blog posts and conference presentations, which have been expanded and largely reworked for the more permanent format of this new book. The Buddha in Hell and Other Alarms is available as an ebook or in paperback and can be found on Amazon and virtually all other bookselling outlets.
The long-awaited book The Self Does Not Die has now been published and is available on Amazon.com. The project involved translating and publishing the recent Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit that detailed 78 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of NDEs. Veridical perceptions in NDEs provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body and, by implication, survival of consciousness after death.
IANDS was able to raise more than $20,000 for the project and there are now 104 cases in the English edition! The book features each case with all of the references that readers can use to explore the case further. These references include many on-line references with the links given. There is a handy on-line version of the Reference List on the IANDS web site where the links can be followed simply by clicking on them.
On Monday Nov. 14th, IANDS President Emerita, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, Retired Army Colonel was interviewed on Lisa Garr's EXPLORING THE BEYOND, The Aware Show with KPFK FM radio program discussing Universal Characteristics of Near-Death Experiences and Out-of-Body Experiences. A Special Afterlife Summit commenced November 14 - 18 featuring Diane Corcoran and many different speakers which can be viewed here:
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Research request: unusual memories prebirth - age 5
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - RESEARCH PROJECT
P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D. is looking for people who feel very different or odd because of pre-birth memory, birth trauma, being a preemie, or while a baby, toddler, up to the age of five.
P.M.H. seeks to refocus on tiny ones, to double-check the work she has already done. Our tiniest near-death experiencers are different. Her earlier work in this area is contained in the book The New Children and Near-Death Experiences.
Your present age, race - if adult, occupation, marital status, any children.
Age when you think your NDE or similar experience occurred.
Details, including medical and/or third-party verification if available.
What was it like afterward? Please describe.
Brief description of childhood: what was it like for you with your family, your siblings, your friends? What was dating like, sports, school, social activities? What was growing up like for you? Sleep?
Were there any differences that seemed to set you apart - the way you think, the way you speak, the way you interact, the way you respond, the way you worship, your contact with the spiritual, animals, nature?
Did you ever contemplate or try to commit suicide? Run away? If so, why?
Did you ever take drugs or drink alcoholic beverages? If so, why?
How was sex for you? Relationships? Did you ever seek counseling?
Did you ever try to relive or understand what happened to you through art or creative writing? If so, please send samples/photos of what you did.
Do a black/white drawing or sketch of your episode - what you can remember of it, or how it affected you. If you already have childhood drawings like this, please send a copy of them. Stick figures are fine.
Give written permission to P. M. H. Atwater that she can use any or all of your material, what you provide, in her research, in any program she may put together, in any book she may write, or digital recording.
If you are under the age of eighteen, you need to provide parental/guardian permission as well as your own.
State if you would be willing to appear with Dr. Atwater on any television show, film, radio show, or promotional endeavor - should such occur.
Dr. Atwater reserves the right to edit whatever is submitted if needed. You will be sent a copy before publication, so you can double-check for accuracy. Whatever papers, drawings, materials are sent will not be returned. You retain full rights to your own material. What is asked for here is simply permission for Dr. Atwater to use whatever you submit.