Beyond the Brain is a conference series exploring new research on how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. This year's event covers near-death experiences, extra-sensory perception, technology and consciousness, magic and cosmic consciousness. It also features a screening of 'The Bridge' and a 'sound journey' meditation experience, facilitated by Urubu.
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The new video DVD, Understanding Veterans' Near-Death Experiences, is NOW ON SALE ($24.95 IANDS members, $29.95 non-members). 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. This new IANDS-sponsored Veterans' NDE Training Video provides answers.
The long-awaited book The Self Does Not Die has now been published by IANDS and is available on Amazon.com. The project involved translating and expanding the Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. This new edition details 104 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. Available at Amazon & Kindle!
The International Swimming Hall of Fame hosted 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.
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:
Includes an interview with Barbara Bartolomé, leader of the IANDS Group in Santa Barbara, CA.
NDEs throughout History and across Cultures
NDEs throughout History and across Cultures
Allan Kellehear, PhD
Is there a "core" near-death experience that encompasses Western and non-technological societies? For the past 30 years numerous studies have been made of Western near-death experiences, their aftereffects and implications. Some researchers claim there is a "core" experience that is part of mankind's spiritual heritage. In this presentation, Dr. Allan Kellehear, an Australian sociologist and director of palliative care, delivers a challenge to the assumptions drawn by white, Anglo-European cultures with his survey of non-Western accounts, including numerous studies of hunter-gatherers and Pacific islanders, as well as the growing literature on Asian experiences.Dr. Kellehear analyzes all accounts of non-Western near-death experiences published through 2005 to determine what, if any, features appear to be universal. The features he examines are the tunnel, the out-of-body experience, the life review, and the presence of supernatural beings and a supernatural world. He concludes that some features seem cross-cultural, some appear to be culture-specific, and, in some cases, the question of universality of the feature remains ambiguous.