01/14/14 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow
As always, the class began with a few moments of silence. After our quiet time together, Alexandra gave an update on the January 24-26th Mustard Seed Venture Indoor Rummage Sale. To donate items, or if you’d like to volunteer at the sale, call or email Alexandra Fraser 862-0130, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Moody’s “Logic of NonSense” Conference
The Logic of Nonsense Conference
January 17-18, 2014
I’m not sure what to say about this except that Raymond Moody, widely regarded as the father of the near-death experience movement, is making some very dramatic claims. Here are a couple comments extracted from the introductory videos that follow:
“I’m really willing to step forward and say now that we have made a genuine breakthrough in the rational investigation of life after death… 2014 is going to be a whole new era. I’m willing to step forward with this and say that we have made a genuine breakthrough in the RIGOROUS rational investigation of this question…”
“What reputation I have, I’m putting it on the line… I can pretty much guarantee you that the study of life after death is never going to be the same after January 17th and 18th… What I basically developed is a very simple way of reformatting your mind… this is not hype. This opens up a sort of unknown power of the mind…”
New Book: ‘The Angel Effect’
In his previous bestseller, The Third Man Factor, John Geiger examined stories of explorers who found themselves at the edge of death and experienced a benevolent presence that led them out of the impossible. After that book’s publication, Geiger was inundated with firsthand accounts from people who’d had the same experience — a visitation that aided them as they faced crises ranging from physical and sexual assaults to automobile accidents, airplane crashes, critical illness, childbirth, and devastating depression.
In The Angel Effect, Geiger brings together a breathtaking collection of personal stories about people who experienced what he now calls the Angel Effect: a Tucson woman involved in a serious car accident feels the reassuring presence of a mysterious nun; a Christian missionary during the 1994 Rwandan genocide senses the ethereal protection of angels; a young couple on a treacherous midnight drive through a snowy pass are guided by a middle-aged cleaning lady. In every case — including Geiger’s own experience in 2008 — the survivors are left to wonder if their benefactor was a physical reality, a trick of the mind, or an otherworldly visitation.
In this emotionally gripping narrative, Geiger argues that the Angel Effect has the potential to aid us, even to save us, and questions whether or not calling on a benevolent presence is a trainable skill that can be applied in moments of great need. Having investigated numerous historical accounts of these “sensed presence” experiences and compiled exhaustive scientific research into possible psychological and neurological causes for the phenomenon, Geiger reveals compelling discoveries about the human brain, the spiritual world around us, and our innate capacity to hope.
Bruce Van Natta: Saved by Angels
After hearing about John Gegier’s new book, we watched this video as a real world example of angelic interventions.
Jeff Olsen’s Near-Death Experience
We spent the remainder of our time together listening to and discussing the near-death experience of Jeff Olsen. While we have listened to interviews with Jeff in previous classes, and also discussed a study sheet (pdf) I created from the material presented in his book, “I Knew Their Hearts“, this was the first time we listened to Jeff tell his entire story. I had originally planned to share a video of the presentation that Jeff gave at the 2013 IANDS Conference, but the audio was so poor that I decided to share another talk instead. The talk we listened to was given at the IANDS group in Tucson in December of 2013. While the audio on this presentation was better than the audio on the 2013 IANDS presentation, it was broken up into four and five minute chunks that garbled or omitted transition comments. While Jeff’s talk was outstanding, the technical quality of these two presentations is too poor for me to recommend to other groups. If you are sharing the information you find posted here with another group, I would encourage you to purchase a 2012 IANDS talk that is available on Jeff’s website, or wait until better recordings become available.
The class ended with me sharing a summary of the main things that Jeff shared in his book:
• “To what degree have you learned to love?”
• We are all one
• God knows and loves everyone very personally
• We are loved, cherished, and honored
• Everything happens for a reason; there is purpose in every circumstance; there are no accidents
• We help create our experiences
• We are all here to learn
• We experience life in a way that makes us more godlike
• Everyone is on their own unique journey
• Don’t judge anyone
• In every situation we encounter, especially the challenging ones, choose joy; 2 choose to see every experience positively; as opportunities to learn, grow, deepen, love
• Treasure the simple things
• True peace can only be found from the inside out (looking to people and things to fill the emptiness of our souls is painful and futile)
• One of the best ways to ease our pain is to reach out and be fully present for others
• In order to know another person’s heart, we must first know our own
• Our bodies are temples of the divine
• Our hearts know the answer to whatever questions we have
• No one truly dies; no one is ever lost
• Glimpses of eternity sometimes make things more difficult in this world
• Pay attention to dreams (this is not said, but implied by the significant role dreams have played in Jeff’s journey)
• “I Knew Their Hearts” (Book)
• Jeff C. Olsen Class Notes (pdf)
• Jeff Describes His NDE on NDERF
• NDE Stories on Jeff Olsen
• AtOne Website
• Jeff Olsen on Facebook
• AtOne on Facebook
• Jeff Olsen on Twitter
Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, January 21st from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at the MSV-NHNE Community Center.
The Mustard Seed Venture – NewHeavenNewEarth Community Center
82 Saddlerock Circle
Sedona, AZ 86336
A Newly Emerging Spiritual Path
“Unlike spiritual paths that arose from the ideas and inner experiences of lone, isolated human beings, the path presented by near-death experiences is emerging as a direct, grassroots revelation that millions of people from all over the world are receiving and sharing. If we explore this newly emerging path deeply enough, we discover that all religions, philosophies, and cultures are honored; that science and spirituality are celebrated; that both the human and spiritual side of our natures are cherished and embraced. In short, near-death experiences present us with a universal, all-inclusive, perfectly integrated spiritual path that revolves around three core truths: 1. We are all one; 2. Love is the essence of life; 3. We are here, in this world, to become perfect embodiments of the divine.”
“The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” or “The Formula” was introduced in David Sunfellow’s two-part YouTube presentation called “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World.” The goal has been to identify the universal truths presented by near-death experiences and wrestle them into “a formula” that we can use to transform our lives. Version 2.1 can be downloaded here (pdf). The Formula’s Circling Worksheet can be downloaded here (pdf).
Donations & Discussions
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