"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle
a light in the darkness of being." - Carl Jung, M.D.
===================================================================================================Near-Death Newsletter.........................................December 1, 2004
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(1) NDEs in the News
(2) Q & A with Dr. PMH Atwater
(3) Books on the NDE
(4) IANDS in the Spotlight
(5) Odds and Ends
===================================================================================================(1) NDEs in the News
*** Near Death Experiences: What Happens When You Die?
(Watch their two excellent streaming videos on NDEs right from this
RENO, NEVADA ----- (KOLO News)
Are these near death experiences a trick of the dying mind or is this
evidence of life beyond? Over the next two nights, in a special series
on "Near Death Experiences," we leave that for you to decide. Click on
the red camera to watch Terri Hendry's thought-provoking reports.
*** Man Deemed Dead on Arrival; It Wasn't His Time
YORK, PENNSYLVANIA ----- (York Daily Record)
He remembers floating near the ceiling, looking down. "I seen them
working on me, trying to resuscitate me," he said. "There was a bright
light, I started floating toward it, but then a voice from the bright light
said your time ain't up, you have a family that needs you." His next
memory is waking up in the hospital's intensive care unit 10 days later.
"I am not a religious person I have to see it for myself," said Ray
George. But after what he went through, "That tells me there's got to be
a God that watches over you."
*** Brush With Death
TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA ----- (The Press Enterprise)
During his near-death experience, Andy Lakey said, he went on a
"cosmic trip" where he was visited by angelic beings and encountered
the "secrets of the universe." It was at that moment that he knew he had
to give up drugs and devote his life to a greater purpose, he said. In the
days and weeks that followed, Lakey started scribbling sketches of what
he saw during his overdose. He began turning the sketches into
paintings ... From that point, nearly overnight, Lakey's angel paintings
caught on with the public. An almost cultlike following developed, and
some believed Lakey's angel paintings had a spiritual healing power.
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Also: Visit Andy Lakey's website and see his NDE art:
*** Woman Encounters Her Dead Relatives While in Coma
MOSCOW, RUSSIA ----- (Pravda)
"This is the rarest medical case, when a patient managed to regain
her conscious after being in a coma for so long without slightest hints
of physical abnormality," states head doctor of the ER and anesthesiology
department Alexander Kornogolub. As for Natalia herself, the woman
considers that doctors" professionalism along with her husband"s love
are the main things responsible for her comeback.
*** An Obituary: John Bowers
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ----- (Telegraph News)
In 1942, he was seconded to the Sudan Artillery Regiment based at
Kufra oasis and, just before Alamein, took part in a commando raid
on a German airfield far behind enemy lines. As he returned from the
operation, Bowers had an "out-of-body" experience, in which he saw
himself being badly wounded in the back by a bomb that also killed
his Sudanese gunner lying beside him; it gave him a lifelong interest
*** UA Lab Hopes to Help With Sleepless Nights
TUCSON, ARIZONA ----- (Arizona Daily Wildcat)
Britton said it was fairly easy to find participants for her research
on the near-death experiences study. "There is a near-death experience
support group where I was able to find candidates," Britton said. "This
is a religious experience for people and I was looking to find unusual
waves in the temporal lobe." Britton was able to conclude through her
research that there were unusual brain waves in participants with
*** Oregon Boy Survives Lighting Strike, Credits "Guardian Angel"
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA ----- (WISTV)
Christian had been hit by a bolt of lightning, his body almost blown
apart. Richard and another man began CPR, but it wasn't working.
Christian wasn't getting air ... But he says on the day lightning hit
him, in a way he was reborn. There is no doubt in his mind, he knows
who was kneeling over him that day, "My guardian angel. It's like my
dad said, without her I might not be here today. So I think, I thank
her for being there. And I know that it's a few years late, but I think
that she was there for a reason ..."
*** Elizabeth Taylor Suffering Heart Failure, But Unafraid to Die
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ----- (Channel NewsAsia)
Taylor recounted how she felt her spirit leaving her body when she was
near death in London 43 years ago, and saw her third husband, film
producer Mike Todd, who was killed in a 1958 plane crash. "It's hard
to talk about. I was in a tunnel. I saw Mike. He said, 'It's not your
time.' I did fight, and I did come back. And I remember it all. It was quite
a trip," Taylor told W magazine.
Note: Read more about Liz Taylor's NDE at the NDEs of the Rich & Famous:
*** Defibrillators Becoming Part of Churches' Resources
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY ----- (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Two years ago, Southland Christian Church had a near-death
experience: A worshiper collapsed from a heart attack in the
middle of services ... The incident got the church thinking more
about safety, and earlier this year it received a donation of six
automated external defibrillators, or AEDs ... AEDs are
computerized devices that check heart rhythm to determine
whether someone is experiencing cardiac arrest and, if necessary,
can shock the heart back into action.
*** Back From Near Death
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA ----- (The Edmunton Sun)
As he fought for his life in an Edmonton hospital after drinking gas
line antifreeze, Darcy Gauthier says he got a message from two of
his brothers in a dream. "You're the baby, get out of here," Darcy's
brothers told him in the dream, he said yesterday. "Mom needs you."
"I like it. I want to come," Darcy said to his brothers in the dream, he
said yesterday. " 'No, no,' they said, and they pushed me in the face."
*** Psychologist Seeks Scientific Answers to Theoretical,
Philosophical Questions About Soul
CYBERSPACE ----- (PhysOrg.com)
His dissertation, published in a 2002 issue of the "Journal of Cognition
and Culture," showed how hard it is for people to escape some type of
belief in an afterlife. In his research, Bering asked people questions
about a man who had been killed in an automobile accident: Can he
experience lust? Can he smell? Does he know he's dead? Bering found
that even professed atheists, after answering "no" to other questions
about the dead man's abilities, would say that "of course" the man knows
he is dead. "It comes into conflict," Bering said. "We try to put ourselves
into the shoes of the people who are dead, and make attributions to
them ... We really can't conceive of what it's like to not be here, to not
exist, to not know whether we exist or not."
Note: The late great psychologist and near-death experiencer, Carl Jung,
once said this: "The unconscious psyche believes in life after death." He
based this statement partly upon his observation of humanity's acceptance
of immortality during the dream state. Read Jung's NDE testimony here:
*** Are You a Believer? Video Might Make You Wonder
PORTLAND, OREGON ----- (KATU News)
Gilliland says his window into another world opened 27 years ago when
he nearly drowned, a near-death experience that he says allows him to
receive extraterrestrial telepathic messages. Throughout the years, he
has drawn countless people to his retreat who are hoping to make alien
contact, but around the town of Trout Lake, Gilliland is known as 'Cosmic Jim.'
*** Broader Definition of Death Debated to Boost Organ Donors
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA ----- (CBC News)
Under the recommendations of Quebec's science and technology ethics
committee, people whose hearts have stopped beating would also be
considered to be legally dead, and therefore eligible to donate organs.
The change means some people who cannot survive without artificial
support could be organ donors, said François Pothier, chair of the ethics
committee ... The new criteria could create serious ethical dilemmas for
hospital staff, who may have to choose between resuscitating accident
victims or considering them to be organ donors. Some hospitals in the
United States have already expanded the definition, said Pothier.
*** Dolphins Save Swimmers From Shark
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND ----- (Reuters)
A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand
swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark ... "They started
to herd us up, they pushed all four of us together by doing tight circles
around us ..." Howes tried to drift away from the group, but two of the
bigger dolphins herded him back just as he spotted a 9-foot great
white shark swimming towards the group. "They could have sensed the
danger to the swimmers and taken action to protect them," Orca's Ingrid
Visser told NZPA.
*** British Man Wins Fight to Help Wife Die
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ----- (Reuters)
England's tough laws against assisting suicide have been thrown
into confusion after the husband of a critically-ill woman has won
a legal fight to take his wife to Switzerland to end her life ... Belgium,
the Netherlands and Switzerland have each passed various laws
allowing assisted euthanasia, but Britons risk up to 14 years in jail
for helping a patient die, a penalty that is among the harshest in Europe.
*** Florida Governor Asks Court to Hear Right-to-Die Case
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA ----- (Reuters)
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court
to uphold his authority to stop a Tampa man from removing the feeding tube
that has kept his brain-damaged wife alive for nearly 15 years ... Schiavo,
now 40, has been kept alive via a feeding tube since suffering a heart
attack in 1990. Doctors said her brain was damaged so badly that she would
never regain consciousness.
Some Political Rhetoric: Does the government have the right to keep you
artificially alive for decades against your wishes? Jeb Bush says "Yes."
What do you think? Is the government playing God here? When will the
government permit Terri to finally see the light and go home to God? Read
all about the controversy on this web page:
*** Time To Let Terri Go
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA ----- (St. Petersburg Times)
Time and again for the past six years, state and federal courts have
found that Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of
recovery, and that Michael Schiavo, her husband, is representing her wishes
in seeking to have her feeding tube removed. Yet, still there has been no
resolution. A large part of the blame for this unjustifiable delay rests with
Gov. Jeb Bush and former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Days after Terri
Schiavo's feeding tube was removed in October 2003, a frenzied
Legislature, browbeaten by Byrd and extreme right-wing elements, passed
"Terri's Law," giving the governor the discretion to reinsert the tube. It was an
exertion of raw power, injecting the government into a family matter and
disregarding a series of uniform court determinations ... At that point,
Michael Schiavo should have easily obtained a court order allowing him to
direct the removal of his wife's feeding tube. But that has not happened. Bush
and Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, are continuing to press the courts
for more delays, and the courts seem to be acceding to their tactics ... It is
past time for the courts to end this family's tragedy and allow Terri Schiavo
the peaceful end her husband believes she would have wanted.
*** Paradise Valley Author Will Discuss Jesus, Near-Death Books
MESA, ARIZONA ----- (The Arizona Republic)
If you're curious about what will happen to you when you die, author
Paul Perry ... will be speaking to the public this weekend. Perry
primarily will discuss his newest book, Jesus in Egypt: Discovering the
Secrets of Christ's Childhood Years. But since he co-wrote hugely popular
books like Closer to the Light and Transformed by the Light, that detailed
hundreds of near-death experiences (and sold about 3 million copies),
readers will hear from him about those books, too.
Note: Read about "Jesus in Egypt: Discovering the Secrets of Christ's Childhood":
*** Dan Rather Talks to Ghost
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA --- (NewsMax)
"Ed Murrow's ghost is here," Rather told the Hollywood Reporter. "I've
seen him and talked to him on the third floor of this building many
times late at night. And I can tell you that he's watching over us."
Rather says he chats with the ghost of the legendary CBS newsman
but neglected to report what the two talk about.
*** NDE Prophecy Watch: Economic "Armageddon" predicted
BOSTON, MASSACHUTTES ---- (Boston Herald)
Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan
Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish. But you should hear what
he's saying in private. Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown
last week, including a group at Fidelity. His prediction: America has no better
than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic "armageddon" ... Roach's
analysis isn't entirely new. But recent events give it extra force.
Note: Read the numerous NDE prophecies of a coming U.S. economic collapse:
*** Nun Prepares Mind, Soul For Heaven's Gate
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA ----- (Lincoln Journal Star)
She was taking classes to become a nurse when her friend went into
hospice. During a week-long break she cared for Sister Michelle
full time ... She's going to a place she knows through prayer, she
says. A place filled with what every one is searching for: Love.
"I think that's what most people are suffering from -- lack of love. I think
when we die we are going to meet love. "True love," says Sister
Michelle, "for the very first time."
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===================================================================================================(2) Q and A with Dr. P.M.H. Atwater
An in-depth look at the near-death phenomenon
In this section of the newsletter, PMH Atwater will answer a question
submitted to her from subscribers to this newsletter. If you have a
question that you would like her to answer for this column, just email
your question to me at: webmaster@...
P.M.H. Atwater's latest books are entitled
"The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
"We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death"
QUESTION: "Two years ago a very good friend of mine was very sick
(dying). This sickness all came about very quickly. She had sepsis, as
well as lupus. We were all called into the hospital because time was
getting close. My friend had been taken from her room to the Emergency
Room to be monitered. There were no beds in CCU at the time. Her
sister was coming in from New York and had asked me to pick her up
at the airport. Before leaving the hospital, we were all allowed in the
room for a few minutes. I knew she would not make it for her sister to
get there. The doctors were working on her to try and stablize her BP.
We were sent out of the room. Standing in the hallway, I could feel this
energy. I knew she was gone. On the way out of ER, sitting there was
a woman who could have been a twin. I asked my son over and showed
him. On the way to the airport, Adam (my son) told me he felt this energy
while standing in the hallway outside of Althea's room. He felt like the
woman sitting in the Waiting Room was there to take Althea home.
I did not tell the sister any of this on the ride back to the hospital. The
lady in the Waiting Room was gone and Althea was on life support. We all
knew she was gone. The next morning I got a call from the sister asking
me to take her back to the hospital, that Althea had just passed on.
You know how it is, if there is no response from the respirator, it
will shut down by its self. This is what happened with Althea. Do you feel
like it really could have been an angel sent here to get her? Allison, the
sister, told me she felt this strange feeling during the flight to Richmond,
and found Althea on the respirator. I told her what I had seen and said it
sure sounded like her sister had passed on." -- Patricia K.
ANSWER by PMH ATWATER: "We can all surmise that indeed the
woman in the Waiting Room, who was a twin in appearance to Althea,
was sent there to help Althea die. Please know there is no way anyone
can be certain of that or prove it in any way. I would, however, like to
share what I have found to be true not only in my research of near-death
states and transformative states, but in my personal life as well ..."
[Read more at http://www.near-death.com/atwater/index.html
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D.
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*** Walk of Faith: Three Near-death Experiences and a Journey
from the Brink of Hell to Heaven -- by Chiemi Lynn Haman
This book was published last year but escaped my notice.
Description: "Walk of Faith" opens up for the reading audience
one person's journey to find God, with God's help, through a
series of three NDEs and miracles. These miracles are followed
by a supernatural battle leading to appearances of Jesus.
*** Led By The Hand Of Christ: A Woman's Journey To
Paradise and Back -- by Suzanne Freeman, Shirley Bahlmann
Description: "Christ smiled, his face alight with joy and love as he
took my hand." Thus begins one of the most detailed journeys to
the spirit world ever recorded. When Suzanne Freeman found
herself floating against the ceiling of a hospital operating room
in 1999, she knew in an instant that she had died ... As Suzanne
turned back toward her body to enter it again, she was stopped
abruptly. She turned to see a hand wrapped around her arm - a
hand with a puncture wound - the hand of Jesus Christ. The Savior
took her by the hand and led her to Paradise, where she was greeted
by family, friends and many others, who emphasized simple yet
valuable eternal truths.
*** Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher Dimensions,
and the Future of the Cosmos -- by Michio Kaku
The leading candidate for Einstein's fabled "theory of everything,"
M-theory depicts our universe as a "bubble" floating in an expansive
eleven-dimensional "multiverse." Leading physicists now envision our
universe as one of countless "bubble universes" only millimeters away
from each other. In this new picture, Big Bangs create new universes all
the time and, if these parallel universes are as close as physicists
believe, our universe could eventually collide with one of them -- with
*** Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time
by Robin Le Poidevin
Space and time are the most fundamental features of our experience,
and yet they are also the most puzzling. Did time have a beginning? Is
there space beyond the universe? Would time go on if everything else
stopped? Could space exist with nothing in it? Might time travel be
possible? Are there parallel worlds? Could time go backwards? Is there
a fourth dimension of space? Are space and time just the constructions
of our minds? Robin Le Poidevin provides a clear, witty, and stimulating
guide through these and many other puzzles and paradoxes.
*** Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics
by Henry P. P. Stapp
Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful
thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern
physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as
new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains
how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to
be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and
atoms. The implications of the theory bring some of the most profound
questions that mankind has contemplated: How should humans view
themselves in a quantum universe? What will be the impact on society of
the revised scientific image of the nature of man? The author addresses
recent debates about consciousness.
*** Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything
by Ervin Laszlo
Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an
interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and
conveys information, a field known as the "Akashic record." Recent
discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic field is real and
has its equivalent in science's zero-point field that underlies space itself.
The author conveys the essential element of this information field in language
that is accessible and clear. From the world of science he confirms our
deepest intuitions of the oneness of creation in the integral Theory of Everything.
*** Same Soul, Many Bodies: Discover the Healing Power of Future Lives
through Progression Therapy -- by Brian L. Weiss
Brian Weiss, M.D., is most famous for his fascinating account of the
past lives of one of his patients, Catherine, recorded in Many Lives, Many
Masters. For years, Weiss focused only on leading his patients into the past,
yet some of them experienced spontaneous pre-cognitive moments -- knowing
what will happen before it actually occurs -- a phenomenon which NDE
researchers have also written about. Then for awhile, and only on rare occasions,
he pro-gressed his patients forward but only in their own lifetimes. At some
point, Dr. Weiss had a stunning insight when he came to realize that past,
present, and future are one, and what happens in the future can affect the
present, just as the past also influences it. The book's basic concept is that
the future is flexible, and that we will be present in that future, learning
*** The Afterlife Connection : A Therapist Reveals How to Communicate
with Departed Loved Ones -- by Jane Greer
Dr. Jane Greer, a classically trained therapist, began with the belief
that the bond that exists between the living and the dead is not
purely a psychological one, but is, in fact, much more dynamic and
empowering. In the shattering aftermath of her own mother's death,
Dr. Greer learned - and shows us as well - that transcommunication
is not simply a "hello from heaven" but a powerful therapeutic tool
that is available to any of us. Through this communication, the pain
of grieving can be made more bearable, ambivalent relationships can
be healed, and a loved one's messages can bring relief and joy.
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