11/12/13 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow
As always, the class began with a few moments of silence. After our quiet time together, Alexandra and I gave everyone an update about what is happening with the Center, and the Center’s new website, which will launch next week. I also announced that Robert Perry’s talk on the parallels between “A Course In Miracles” and near-death experiences is complete. His talk be available next week with the launching of our new website. Robert’s talk will also available on DVD for those who don’t have access to YouTube or the internet. We also plan to launch a fundraiser the same time.
The Formula 2.1
Version 2.1 of “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” is now available. Version 2.1 adds an extremely important catch phrase to the main page: “It’s The Little Things.” Here are a couple quotes from “The Light & The Life Review” that illustrate this extremely important truth:
“The angels and Jesus shared their feelings of joy with me when love was expressed, and they shared their disappointment and sadness when we hurt one another… I excelled in the shot put and discus for a track coach who gave me acceptance and approval. The angels and Jesus had no interest in the track meet competitions I won or lost. They were interested in the relationships and how we encouraged or hurt one another…”
“I had to turn away numerous times when I saw myself treating my children in unloving ways. The most unloving thing that I did was to be at times so obsessed with my concerns that I was indifferent to their needs. I am sorry for the occasions that I was impatient or cruel to my daughter and son. The most disturbing behaviors I witnessed in my life review were the times when I cared more about my career as an artist and college professor than about their need to be loved. The emotional abandonment of my children was devastating to review. It was horrifying to see how I had become so much like my father, putting status and success above everything else.”
“The only reason I could bear to proceed with the life review was because of their love for me. No matter what we watched me do in my life, they communicated their love for me, even as they expressed their disapproval of things I did.”
— NDEr Howard Storm, from his book, “My Descent Into Death”
“I have never interviewed anyone who had a near-death experience who told me that they came back to make more money or to spend more time at their jobs away from their families… Instead, they become convinced that they need to be more loving and kind. They react to their experience by living life to its fullest. They believe their lives have a purpose, even if that purpose is obscure to them. Invariably it involves concepts such as love of family or service to others. They seem to know that the love they create while living will be reﬂected and radiated back to them when they die.”
— Melvin Morse, M.D., from his book, “Parting Visions”
And here are two videos that were played in the class to drive home this point:
Click here to listen to NDEr Reinee Pasarow share her entire near-death experience.
Click here to listen to the Kenneth Ring’s complete interview with Jeffrey Mishlove.
IANDS Training Video
The IANDS training video for doctors and nurses is finished and available for purchase.
How do you recognize a patient’s near-death experience? How do you respond to it? The new IANDS-sponsored NDE Medical Training Video provides answers. This groundbreaking video features six medical professionals, addresses the needs of near-death experiencers, and provides professional and general audiences with knowledge of NDEs. The Training Video DVD (30 min) costs $39.95. The institutional NDE Training Package (which includes the DVD and supporting training materials) costs $199. Both items are now available on the IANDS website. Discounts are available to IANDS members.
During last week’s class, we agreed to tackle two exercises:
1. Make a list, every day, of at least three things you are grateful for.
2. And for those who wanted to score extra credit, do what the video suggested: Write someone who is important to us a letter of appreciation, then call them and read it to them.
While no one did the second exercise, several people did do the first one. And two especially significant discoveries emerged from our sharings.
The first discovery was that when we take time to feel genuinely grateful — and express that gratitude — several of us noticed how that lifted us into a higher state of consciousness. Simply put: we felt closer to God when we were grateful. Gratitude, it turns out, is a surprisingly quick and effective way to reconnect with our deeper selves.
The second discovery was that when we take time to feel genuinely grateful for whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, those circumstances, no matter how challenging, are easier to deal with. We feel less stress, more connected, more effective, more present, and, because of that, we are able to master our circumstances and move through them more quickly and gracefully.
If you combine these two thoughts you have a fantastic merging of the vertical and horizontal sides of life that are foundation principles in The Formula. While gratitude helps us connect more deeply with God (the vertical side of life), it also helps us be more grounded and effective in this world (the horizontal side of life).
These discoveries really helped flesh out why gratitude is so important and why (and how) it plays an important role in The Formula. We agreed to continue the exercises and report back next week.
Our next NDE class will take place on Tuesday, November 19th 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
The materials created for this class are available, free of charge, to whomever is interested. If you would like to support this work, you can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here. This ongoing, evolving, cutting-edge work is co-sponsored by NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE) and The Mustard Seed Venture.