12/03/13 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow
As always, the class began with a few moments of silence. After our quiet time together, I reminded everyone that our new website is up and running and that Robert Perry’s talk on “Parallels Between ‘A Course In Miracles’ and Near-Death Experiences” is now available online and on DVD.
The first Tuesday of every month is a special two-hour long class, so there was tons of news to share…
CNN’s Special on Dr. Mary Neal, Anita Moorjani, and Ben Breedlove
Cheers to CNN for doing a beautiful job covering the near-death experiences of Dr. Mary Neal, Anita Moorjani and Ben Breedlove. CNN not only picked three solid stories to share with their viewers, but they allowed these people significant air time to tell their stories without interviewers asking irrelevant questions or making dumb comments. CNN also didn’t waste time including the uninformed, know-it-allish, often hyper-aggressive comments of materialistic “experts” who routinely say near-death experiences are produced by malfunctioning brains while brashly ignoring the facts that say otherwise. Good job CNN! This one hour special report is one more indication that NDEs are finally being taken seriously by the mainstream culture and that the days of these experiences being pigeon-holed, dismissed, and ignored is nearing an end.
I played two video clips from this special in the class. You can find those video clips, and many more, posted here.
Actor Paul Walker Dies, Blogger Points To CNN Special To Ease The Pain
People die every day. And for most human beings, death is a sad, tragic, emotionally devastating experience.
In recent days, actor Paul Walker died in a car crash. While most of the mainstream media focused on details of the accident and Walker’s acting career, at least one blogger attempted to use the CNN report mentioned above to address the pain, confusion, fear, and suffering that surrounds death.
Is There An Afterlife? Near Death Survivors Believe They Saw The Other Side
By Jean Williams
December 02, 2013
The recent death of actor Paul Walker has left his family, friends and fans in a state of disbelief and sadness. Often at times like these people start to question the meaning of life and their mortality.
So, what happens when we die?
People who have died, left their bodies, then returned, claim they know the answer…
Anita Moorjani at TEDxBayArea
Anita Moorjani recently spoke at TEDxBayArea. Towards the end of her talk, beginning at 13:42, Anita discussed “the five most important things” she learned from her near-death experience. We listened to this portion of her presentation and explored, one-by-one, the five things she mentioned:
1. Love yourself uncondtionally
2. Live life fearlessly
3. The importance of humor, laughter, and joy
4. Life is a gift (even our challenges are gifts)
5. Always be yourself (“be as you as you can be”)
While each point sparked lively conversations, Anita’s primary call for people to love themselves received the most air time. Among other things, we learned that this topic is more complicated than it seems.
For example, while most of us treat ourselves very badly (inwardly, we tend to berate ourselves and be very critical and unforgiving), there is also a very strong tendency, especially in the Western world, to spend too much time self-lavishing and not enough time helping, caring for, and reaching out to others. We are also confronted with the fact that the universe is filled with other beings, not just ourselves, and it is often through loving others that we experience the deepest happiness and have the most profound and transformative experiences. In other words, for many human beings loving others leads to us experiencing God’s love for us, our love for ourselves, and an increased ability to love others.
Which brings up another critical issue. While Anita tends to focus on how important it is to love ourselves (which, of course, it is), she doesn’t often mention what gave her the ability to love herself. While she was visiting Sedona, she told us where this ability came from. Beginning at 30:27 and running until 31:56 in her Sedona talk Anita said:
“The first lesson and the most important lesson I learned about life, or what I learned that I believed saved my life, is that I learned that it is extremely important to love yourself. Very, very important! And I cannot stress this enough. It was the love I felt coming for me that saved my life. I never knew before that, before my near-death experience, that I was supposed to love myself unconditionally. The love I felt in the other realm — it doesn’t matter where or who it was coming from — because all of us have different philosophies of how we like to see life. I don’t like to put labels on anything. So whether the love comes from Jesus, or Allah, or Krishna, or Buddha, it doesn’t matter. Whether it came from my father. It’s all God. The love was so unconditional. And that love that I felt told me that I was deserving and I was worthy of being loved. And It made me realize that it’s OK to love myself.”
In other words, Anita’s ability to love herself unconditionally grew out of her experiencing the unconditional love of the other realm. Do you and I need to have this kind of experience before we can love ourselves in a truly healthy and balanced way? My own answer is, yes, absolutely. It is only when we can experience ourselves as God does that we can genuinely love ourselves, wholeheartedly and unconditionally. So how can we experience ourselves like God does? That’s the million dollar question. And short of having the kind of full blown encounter that Anita did, the answer appears to be “little-by-little, step-by-step.” By that I mean, we feel and express love as best we can, in whatever ways are available to us: love of God, love of self, love of others. As we do this, we slowly but surely open the door to more full blown encounters with the Divine. And this, in turn, creates a wonderfully self-perpetuating cycle: the more we love, the closer we are drawn to the Divine; and the closer we are drawn to the Divine, the more capacity we have to love.
One more thought.
When I listened to Anita talk about life being a gift, it occurred to me that she is absolutely right. As she pointed out, even challenges, when followed through to the end, turn out to be gifts. The idea that emerged more clearly in my mind is that EVERYTHING about life — being born on Earth, being sent back (if we happen to be an NDEr), all the challenges we face — EVERY SINGLE THING WE EXPERIENCE — has been carefully designed to make us better, deeper, happier. That’s why we are here. To become more, not less; to gain, not loose; to become increasingly wonderful beings on every level. That, I think, is something to ponder, marvel at, and feel grateful for!
Anita’s Talk in Sedona
To learn more about Anita’s Sedona talk, go here.
To learn more about Anita and her near-death experience, go here.
The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences:
How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully
By Dr. Penny Sartori
To be released on February 18, 2014
Penny Sartori was a nurse for 17 years in the Intensive Therapy Unit of a major hospital. Early in her career, a connection she made with a dying patient totally changed her life. After undertaking a five year research project into near-death experiences, Penny was awarded a PhD and has written, lectured and broadcast widely, and is now one of the UK’s foremost experts on the subject of NDEs.
Writes Dr. Sartori:
“When I reflect back on my research, I realise that we have been so busy trying to pathologise NDEs that we have missed a big point and that is the message that NDErs have for us all. Very often there is great wisdom in what NDErs have to say and by hearing what these people have to say, this is something we can all benefit from without having to nearly die.”
Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of the New York Times bestselling “Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences” adds:
“You won’t want to miss this exceptional book! Dr. Sartori is uniquely qualified. She conducted one of the most important prospective near-death experience studies ever reported. As a nurse she works daily with dying patients. This book is scholarly in content, yet easy and delightful to read. This highly recommended book contains a treasure trove of wisdom that is powerful, inspiring, and could change your life.”
The 5th Circle on The Formula: See, Tell, Live The Truth
The 5th circle in “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” emphasizes the importance of seeing, telling, and living the truth. We find this reflected in near-death experiences by the fact that lying and deception on the other side is not possible. Everyone knows exactly what everyone else is thinking and feeling, and why. We are also acutely aware of our true motivations and no longer have the capacity to lie to ourselves, or others. Life reviews also make it crystal clear that there are absolute truths that we are all held accountable to. In spite of how skilled we are at evading responsibility for our thoughts and actions on Earth, NDEs make it crystal clear that no one actually gets away with anything. We should, therefore, spend our time learning how to see, tell, and live the truth, rather trying to become masters of spin and deception.
And what do you know? It turns out that telling the truth is also linked to health and happy relationships…
Study: Telling Fewer Lies Linked To Better Health And Relationships
By Susan Guibert
August 6, 2012
Research from the University of Notre Dame shows that when people managed to reduce their lies in given weeks across a 10-week study, they reported significantly improved physical and mental health in those same weeks.
The “Science of Honesty” study was presented recently at the American Psychological Association’s 120th annual convention.
“We found that the participants could purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday lies, and that in turn was associated with significantly improved health,” says lead author Anita Kelly, a Notre Dame psychology professor whose research includes the study of secrets and self-disclosure.
Two Inspiring Stories
NHNE’s primary NDE network, which now has 522 members, is the largest self-contained NDE network in the world. Almost HALF of our members report having near-death experiences or other spiritually transformative experiences. Here are two beautiful experiences that Robyne recently shared:
“I was told by Doctors that I came very close to dying of pneumonia back in 1994 (the Dr said I scared them, that they thought they were going to lose me), but I do not recall leaving my body or anything like that. I do believe I was visited by an angel who sat next to my bed for 3 days while I was unconscious and comforted me throughout that time. I remember it VERY clearly and remember vividly what he looked liked, what he was wearing (emerald green hospital garb), and how he smiled at me and held my hand and made me feel very safe. J I tried to give him a card before I left the hospital 12 days later to thank him, but when I asked the hospital staff where I could find him to give him the card, they said that no-one had been there beside my bed. It was very confusing to me because I knew he was there the entire time, as I was wondering why he just sitting there and not going back to work! LOL”
“I had what I’ve come to understand is a STE not too long ago. I was having some serious health issues (was told that I had had a heart attack at some point although it is unknown when it actually occurred) and I had some other serious health related problems that were causing me a great deal of fear and anxiety. I was not enjoying the ride in the least, and I would just stay home and could barely leave the house. One day I was alone at home and I was in so much pain and fear, and I went to lie down on my bed and I cried out to God to help me or to just let me die. I couldn’t take any more of what was happening to me.
“At the moment I was literally about to break, a peace came over me and I had a “knowing” that absolutely nothing could harm me, not even death. I heard (in my mind, not aloud) very soothing and comforting voices saying that I am never alone, that I am loved deeply and that I am always protected. I decided to CHOOSE life at that moment, and I have been choosing it ever since. I feel that it was a great gift given to me and that I am here for a reason.”
An Outstanding NDE Aftereffects Story
What happens to us — what do our lives begin to look like — when we begin to live in Kingdom of God states of consciousness? Here is an unidentified woman’s wonderful story from the August 2013 IANDS Monthly NDE that may provide a glimpse:
“Forbidden to speak of the encounter [an NDE-related encounter with angelic beings], I have kept it to myself all these years although it changed me profoundly. My parents indicated that I became much more compassionate and far less self-centered after this experience. After this, I was able to almost read people’s thoughts I became so attuned to others. I still do this.
“I also have very unique and close relationships with animals. I have actually been asked to leave the zoo because all of the animals I passed came over to stand in front of me in their enclosures. Many pressed themselves right up against the bars or glass and tried to touch me. A woman from another family who was there at the same time as me said that I was “hogging” the animals and their attention to myself, and zoo attendants asked me to wait until no one else was present before I approached the animals. As this happened time after time as soon as I entered a zoo building or exhibit they eventually asked me to leave even though I was not doing anything but silently appreciating the animals!!
“Strangers — particularly children — still approach me all the time. People and animals have even followed me home for no discernible reason other than to be with me. I have grown used to this behavior and I no longer question it. I also appear to have a VERY green thumb and plants that florists have declared as dead come to life for me. I just seem to know intuitively what to do.
“As an adult, I was drawn to healing professions and worked for many years in an operating room and other hospital environments. Now I work as an applied anthropologist with adult students whose learning disabilities make post-secondary education difficult. I am frequently told that I have a calming influence on others and that my presence is “soothing.”
“Since my experience I have also on several occasions been re-visited by animal companions who have passed on, and I now regularly get help from my mother (who has passed on) when I least expect it. I feel as if I am far more open to life/nature and that the boundary between planes of existence is somehow more permeable for me than it was before my encounter. I awoke from my illness (whatever it was) with the certain knowledge that all life is connected, and from that day I have refused to kill anything. I lost my fear of spiders and snakes and I now scoop all insects up and put them somewhere safe when I encounter them. As an adult, I have adopted a Jain philosophy (ahimsa or non-violence) toward life.”
Communicating With The Rest Of Life
Speaking of communicating with animals (and the rest of life), near-death experiencers often report the ability to communicate with plants, animals, eco-systems, worlds, celestial systems, angels, nature spirits, other humans, you-name-it on the other side of the veil. That’s because EVERYTHING is alive.
Is it possible to communicate like this now, in this world? Absolutely. And, in fact, that’s one of the core truths presented by near-death experiences: Life is about relationship and everything is connected and constantly communicating with one another, even if we are unaware of it. Bottom line: If we want to bring Heaven to Earth, we need to learn how to consciously communicate with all the forces we share life with, including the vast numbers of animals we share this world with.
I ended this class by playing the first 13 minutes of a 2012 documentary called “The Animal Communicator,” which featured Anna Breytenbach and her extraordinary ability to communicate with animals. You can watch the entire movie here and learn more about Anna, including how she communicates with animals, by going here. The following video clip is a beautiful introduction to Anna and her abilities:
Back to near-death experiences, Kevin Williams, the host of near-death.com, has collected many accounts of people encountering pets and animals on the other side of the veil. Writes Kevin:
“According to many near-death sources, animals have souls and go to heaven just as human beings do. Within the section of this site, you can read the testimonies of people who had a NDE and were reunited with their deceased pets. Here you can discover some amazing facts about your pet and animals in general. After reading these testimonies, you will never look upon your pets or animals in the same way. The testimonies provided here describe animals as having a heaven(s) of their own of which human beings are allowed to visit. They reveal how communication with our deceased pets on the Other Side is by means of mental telepathy.”
For more information, go here.
Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, December 10th 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).
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