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1993 St Louis

1993 North American Conference

 

1993

St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

 

Note: Presentations are listed in the order that they appeared during the conference.

1993 Saint Louis

     
Near-Death Experience And Kundalini

Bruce Greyson, M.D.

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Research findings on relation between physical symptoms of kundalini, psychoticism, and NDEs. Aftereffects of NDEs are similar to kundalini awakening. Spiritual issues around kundalini and NDEs.

President's Address

Nancy Evans Bush, M.A.

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Presentation of resources and needs of International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS). Resources include publications, conferences, information resources, interviewees, research grant program, education, support contact for experiencers. Needs include increased support through membership, volunteer time and talents.

Experiencer Panel

Panel Members

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The experiencer panels are always some of the high points of the conference. Each of the four or so experiencers on the panel tells his or her experience and answers questions from the audience.

Embraced By the Light

Betty Eadie

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Detailed autobiographical account of NDE occurring after surgery by Eadie, a Sioux Indian adult female.
The Knowledge Celebration of Death

George Rodonaia, Ph.D., M.D.

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Detailed autobiographical account of NDE occurring after automobile accident by Rodonaia, a Russian adult male.
Bedside And Beyond: Immediate Intervention And Delayed Disclosure

Kimberly Clark Sharp, M.S.W. & Regina Hoffman, Ph.D.

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Part 1 includes an account of Clark Sharp's NDE as a result of a medical crisis, including after-effects. Account of her experiences as a Social Worker, including validation of veridical perception experienced by Maria, a migrant worker, during an NDE. Suggestions about how to assist people during and after an occurrence during which they might experience an NDE, including how to help them to re-orient themselves back into their bodies. These suggestions are based on the presenter's own experiences and on interviews with people who had to be resuscitated by medical personnel about what they would have found helpful. Part 2 gives Research that Regina Hoffman has done on the disclosure of NDEs, including the reasons NDErs choose to take the risk of disclosure, how disclosure affects the immune system, the difficulty of describing an NDE with words, and the effects on non-NDErs who listen to accounts of NDEs is presented.

Near-Death Experience Versus Not Close To Death Experience

Diane Jane Morrissey, Ph.D.

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Account of Morrissey's NDE as a result of electrocution. She now teaches people how to have OBEs. Discussion of sleep, dreams, and OBEs. Also distinctions between NDEs, OBEs, astral projection and remote viewing.

The Role Of The Spiritual Path In Near-Death Experience Re-Entry

Judith Cressy, D.M.

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Cressy reports being an NDEr. (No account of her experience is on this tape.) Discussion of problems NDErs experience as a result of returning to their lives after their experience. Discussion of Cressy's perspective that many, if not most, of these problems are spiritual in nature and can be ameliorated by becoming a spiritual aspirant. Discussion of Cressy's model for mystical experiences and how it compares with Ken Ring's model and Ken Wilber's model. Discussion of devastating side-effects of intense spiritual experiences.

Physiological After-effects Including Electrical Sensitivity

P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D.

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Atwater reports having 3 NDEs. (No account of those experiences is on this tape.) She reports common aftereffects of NDEs, including new relationship the NDEr may have with electricity.
The Frightening Near-Death Experience

Nancy Evans Bush, M.A.

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Bush reports having a frightening NDE. (No account of her experience is on this tape.) Discussion of 3 types of frightening experiences:
  1. Experiences that are like non-distressing NDEs but the person perceives them as distressing,
  2. Experience of a void,
  3. Experiences that include imagery of demons and hellish landscapes.

Discussion of aftereffects of these experiences and Bush's interpretation of them.

The Distressing Near-Death Experiences As Initiatory Ordeal

Gracia Fay Ellwood, Ph.D.

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Brief description of Ellwood's OBE, which was analogous to the NDE in which the person experiences a void. Biographical accounts of distressing NDEs. Discussion of 3 types of distressing NDEs:
  1. Experiences that are like non-distressing NDEs but the person perceives them as distressing,
  2. Experience of a void,
  3. Experiences that include imagery of demons and hellish landscapes. Discussion of several possible interpretations of these experiences.
What Near-Death Experiences Teach Us About Purposes Of Earth Life And Post-Earth Life

Harold A. Widdison, Ph.D. & Craig R. Lundahl, Ph.D.

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Discussion of Widdison and Lundahl's interpretations of the meaning of pre-earth life, earth life, and post-earth life based on biographical accounts of NDEs in the literature. Much of this presentation is based on Betty Eadie's report of her NDE.
Near-Death Experience And Kundalini Awakening: Exploring The Links

Yvonne Kason, M.D.

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Kason reports having an NDE. (No account of her experience is on this tape.) Account of aftereffects of her experience. Discussion of common mechanism in the brain that is responsible for NDEs and other spiritually transformative experiences. Kason describes seven main groupings of spiritually transformative experiences including mystical, psychic awakenings, classical kundalini awakening, inspired creative expression, NDE, perceived UFO encounters, and transient psychoses with mystical features. Relationship between symptoms of kundalini and aftereffect of spiritually transformative experiences.
The Seven Major Aftereffects Of The Near-Death Experience: Positive And Negative Aspects

P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D.

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Atwater reports having 3 NDEs. (No account of those experiences is on this tape.) Aftereffects of these experiences are described. Atwater also reports that she was born with synesthesia and describes the impact that has had on her life. Seven general major aftereffects of NDE's and seven major negative aftereffects are delineated. Atwater's interpretation of NDE's is discussed.

Workshop For Leaders And Prospective Leaders

Peggy Raso & Kimberly Clark Sharp, M.S.W.

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Suggestions are given for people who are leading or plan to lead IANDS associated discussion groups for NDErs. Suggestions come from experiences of both presenters.

Perspective And Strategies Of Working With The Near-Death Experience Patient

Diane Corcoran, R.N., Ph.D. & Roselea Newsome, Ph.D.

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Discussion of experiences of family members of NDErs. Supportive and non-supportive reactions illustrated. Discussion about how statements that NDErs make may affect their families (i.e. "I didn't want to come back"). Suggestions for spouses and children about how to adjust to extreme changes that may be present in the NDEr. Though the discussion is intelligible, there is a significant amount of distracting background noise on this tape.

After Death Communication

Bill Guggenheim

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Biographical accounts of people who have experienced communications from deceased loved ones. Descriptions and interpretations of after death communications (ADCs) and their effects on those who experience them. Delineation of twelve categories of ADCs.

The Near-Death Experience As An Agent For The Evolvement In Consciousness Of Mysticism And Mediumship

Jayne W. Smith

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Account of Smith's NDE and her life journey after her experience. Discussion includes experiences in spiritual awakening, alternate states of consciousness, mysticism, mediumship, spiritual healing, guided imagery, and A Course in Miracles. This tape contains only the first 45 minutes of this presentation. We do not know how long the entire presentation was.

The Role Of Near-Death Experience In Hospice Work

Pamela M. Kircher, M.D.

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Kircher reports that she is an NDEr. (No account of her experience is on this tape.) Describes her experiences as a Hospice physician. Discussion of deathbed visions, experiences of hospice workers and how NDEs affect them, reasons why patients have NDEs, and how to encourage disclosure.
The Human Energy Field And The Dying Process

Elke Siller Macartney

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Discussion of the human energy field and its relationship to healing and dying processes. Discussion includes auras, astral travel, mental auras, healing through energy, and kundalini.

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