Near-Death Newsletter - Vol. 2, No. 1 - Jan 2003
Near-Death Newsletter Vol. 2, No.1 January 01, 2003
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In this issue
* NDEs in the news
* The Forum
* What's new
* NDE discussion
* From the webmaster
* Upcoming events
* New NDE TV listings
* New NDE books
* New NDE web links
* Odds and ends
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NDEs in the News
*** Saddam Hussein's Son, Uday, has a Near-Death Experience
"The transformation began in December 1996. Uday was gunned down
and left for dead in a Baghdad suburb by unknown assailants. Several
of his bodyguards were killed in the attack, and it appeared at first that
Uday, too, would not survive. When he clung to life, it was said he would
never walk again."
*** Dr. Richard Eby passes away
Dr. Eby crossed over on Dec. 26th, 2002 after a long illness. His NDE has
been profiled on the near-death.com website for over a year now. During
Eby's NDE, Jesus told him that Eby would still be alive at the time of Jesus'
return. For a long time now, I have been advocating the idea that Christ has
already returned. Not by appearing in the sky as the highly symbolic Book
of Revelation and gospels suggest. It has always been obvious to me that
Jesus would enter into this world the same way as he did the last time.
Read more at this web page:
*** Near Death Experience Still a Mystery
Dr. Susan Aldridge states, "It involves a feeling of disconnection from
the body during a life-threatening medical crisis ... and often progress
down a tunnel towards a 'being of light' with long-dead relatives standing
by. It sounds like a transition between life and death. So why do only a
few people experience it?
*** Garcia Touched by an Angel?
"Doctors decided that Garcia needed heart surgery and in the course of
the operation they removed his heart from his body. Within a few minutes,
the chief surgeon declared Garcia legally dead. "I feel like I saw
he said. "I was looking down and saw myself on the operating table."
*** Near-Death Experiences Change Lives
"Patients who have near-death experiences gain an increased understanding
of life and some felt they recovered more quickly from their illnesses
to research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of
*** U of Mass student makes the most of second chance
"Lying on a street, the name of which he cannot now remember, D'Agostino
thought he had died. ''My body was out, but my mind still going, and what
happened - I can only think I began a self-grieving process,'' he said.
*** Researchers Seek Answers to Faith's Place in Psyche
"Hyperactivation of the amygdala, hippocampus and overlying temporal
lobe gives a person the sense that they're floating or flying above their
surroundings," says Joseph. "It can trigger memories and hallucinations,
create brilliant lights, and at the same time secrete neurotransmitters that
induce feelings of euphoria, peace and harmony."
*** Peace Pilgrim's NDE
"Then I saw beings. They were very far away. One of them moved
toward me very quickly. When she came close enough, I recognized
her. She looked much younger than she had looked when she passed
over. I believe that at the time of the beginning of the change called
death, those nearest and dearest come to welcome us."
*** Guenter's NDE
"I wanted to go right into the sun of our own solar system but
couldn't because of those barriers. There is a correspondence
between God, the universe as a whole and man. Our universe taken
collectively resembles one man."
*** Kathy Oros' NDE
"It was at this point I realized that I knew this place. I was HOME.
I also realized that I no longer had a body - and the feeling of pure
JOY was so wonderful because I was able to feel joy without
being bound in a body. I can't explain it in words how this feeling
felt. When you are free of the body feelings are felt in the fullest."
*** Oliver Hicks' NDE
"Then, out of nowhere I see a tiny pin prick of very bright white
light in the middle of my field of (closed) vision. Slowly, over 5
seconds, the light gets bigger in its circular, tunnel like nature.
It is tremendously pleasant and literally "attractive" - even
*** If you would like to have your NDE profiled on the
near-death.com website, post your NDE on the Forum Bulletin
Board at: http://forums.near-death.com
*** NDE and the Afterlife website facelift
This website recently underwent a major overhaul which was
sorely needed. Pages were combined. Pages were grouped
together. Same information but much more. If you are having
trouble finding the new location of a moved web page, you can
visit this webpage: http://www.near-death.com/directory.html
*** NDE Triggers
NDEs are induced by: death, dreams, stress, brain stimulation,
deathbed visions, seizures, coma, after-death visitations,
surgery, drugs, gravity, meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, psychic
visions, OBEs, mirror gazing, rapid eye movement, alien
abduction, sleep loss, sensory deprivation, sexual orgasms,
religious ecstasies, mental illness, falling from great heights,
and hyperstimulation. Whew. (01/04/03)
*** NDE Evidence
Dead brains can't have visions. NDErs see things outside of their
bodies. People born blind can see. Unbiased children have them.
They change people forever. They have similarities. They bring
back scientific discoveries. NDErs are convinced it is real. People
can share an NDE. Some were dead for days. Some have seen
the future. They have been going on for thousands of years. (01/04/03)
*** Experts of the NDE
These renovated pages profile the main NDE researchers in
the field. You will find much new info here. (01/04/03)
You can find the new links to the web pages of the NDErs
and researchers that have recently been updated and moved.
Also, their email and website information are available. This
is part of the new renovation of my entire website. (01/04/03)
*** If I kill myself, will I go to hell or have to reincarnate?
Is any suicide justifiable? Should people have the right to live and
die as they please? Are there any karmic implications involved?
Is there a way to kill myself without hurting others and preventing
the possibility of making a mistake and ending up a vegetable? Are
NDEs involving suicide always hellish? Are NDErs told by the Being
of light that suicide is not a valid option?
From the webmaster
*** The NDE and Astrology
Do NDEs give us any insight into the reality or falsehood of
astrology? If so, what are these insights? Is there a connection
between the NDE and astrology? Are astrological concepts
supported by science? Are such concepts supported by what
we know about NDEs? Is astrology supported by the Bible? What
exactly is astrology and how does it affect our afterlife situation?
*** January 8-10, 2003 - IANDS North American Conference
"Healing and the NDE" - Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Our aim is to reach out to health-care professionals of all types:
doctors; nurses; psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental
health counselors; hospice workers; energy healers, etc.
*** March 7, 2003 - "Counseling Approaches to Child and
Adult Near-Death Experiences"
Univ of North Texas, Denton, TX - Featuring Debbie James, M.S.N.,
Pam Kircher, M.D., Jan Holden, Ed.D.
*** March 17, 2003 - 7 p.m. - "Near Death Experience Alternatives"
St. James, Piccadilly, London SW1 - Do NDEs point to
consciousness beyond the brain? By Dr. Peter Fenwick, Institute of
Psychiatry, University of London), President of the Horizon Foundation
(formerly the International Association for Near-Death Studies UK).
Is our consciousness just a mass of brain processes? An evolutionary
by-product with no meaning or purpose? Or is it something beyond
the brain - a bridge to other powerful, hidden dimensions of reality?
*** April 25-30, 2003 - Fifth International Conference on Science
and Consciousness - Albuquerque, NM
"Consciousness Exploring Itself" - Presenters include, Ralph Metzner,
Peter Gorman, David Feinstein, Gregg Braden, John Hagelin, Amit
Goswami, Vasant Lad, Onye Onyemaechi, Don Campbell, William Tiller,
Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and many others.
*** May 16 -18, 2003 - "Pure and Convincing: Children's Near Death
Experiences & Past Lives" - A.R.E. Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
From the innocent and fresh experiences of children comes a fresh
understanding of what lies beyond this life: fascinating research on the
innocent and pure experiences of children, presented by the foremost
experts in this field. Melvin Morse, MD; Kimberly Clark Sharp, LCSW;
Charles Thomas Cayce, PhD, Carol Bowman, MS; ; Robert J. Grant;
New NDE TV listings
*** Jan. 9, 12 - "Defending Your Life" - TMC
Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep find love in an afterlife way station where
fates are determined. NOTE: This is an excellent movie which is based
on NDE information. It is a funny, romantic, and tear-jerking movie.
Brooks must defend his life during his life review before a Council of Elders.
*** For television series featuring the paranormal (including NDEs)
*** Search TV listings for NDE programs
TV listings in this section of the newsletter span from Jan. 1 through
Jan. 15. After Jan. 15, search the cable listings for TV listings from
Jan. 16 through Jan. 31. A search using keywords such as: death,
near-death, afterlife, reincarnation, heaven, hell, hereafter, afterworld,
beyond, and otherworld, the other side.
New NDE books
*** Best Evidence: An Investigative Reporter's Three-Year Quest to Uncover
the Best Scientific Evidence for ESP, Psychokinesis, Mental Healing,
Ghosts and Poltergeists, Dowsing, Mediums, Near Death Experiences,
Reincarnation, and Other Impossible Phenomena That Refuse to Disappear
by Michael L. Schmicker
"In Best Evidence, Michael Schmicker assembles scientific documentation
for experiences that many readers intuitively believe are real, despite
mainstream skepticism: ESP, psychokinesis, mental healing, ghosts and
poltergeists, dowsing, mediums, near-death experiences, reincarnation,
and, as Schmicker puts it, "Other Impossible Phenomena That Refuse to
*** The Afterlife Codes: Searching for Evidence of the Survival of the Soul
by Susy Smith, Suzy Smith, Gary E. R. Schwartz, Linda G. S. Russek
"Susy Smith's thirtieth book contains more of the profoundly inspirational
knowledge about life after death that she has received over the years from
her mother and her spirit colleagues. Through the Survival Research
Foundation and the Susy Smith Project at the University of Arizona,
Smith hopes to scientifically prove that consciousness survives after
physical death. She relives her years of awakening to a strong belief in
life after death, and her psychic research spanning four decades of growing
knowledge and changing attitudes about this controversial field.
*** As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning
by Richard John Neuhaus
"Neuhaus, who found himself drifting in and out of consciousness after a
tumor ruptured his intestines and the subsequent botched surgery caused
internal hemorrhaging. One night he was visited by two beings, which he
calls angels, who assured him that "Everything is ready now."
*** Though You Die: Death and Life Beyond Death
by Stanley Drake
"Death is a certainty that affects us all, something that every human being
must eventually face. And more is known about human death than many people
realize. A growing number of people have experienced the brink of death and
an "out-of-body experience." Some feel they have in fact chosen to return to
life after hours on the operating table."
*** Death: The Great Mystery of Life
by Herbie Brennan
" Herbie Brennan turns his attention to ghosts, mediums, out-of-body
(OOBE) and other psychic phenomena which are clearly his chief interest more
skeptical readers may raise an eyebrow. Brennan has done a number of
experiments using hypnosis to trigger OOBE in subjects and the results of
these, along with examples done by others in the field, are used to support
arguable conclusion that "there is a substantial body of evidence to suggest
the second body everyone experiences during an OOBE is something more
than a subjective reality."
*** Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death
by Stephen E. Braude
(No summary available)
New NDE web links
*** Life After Death (LAD) Discussion Forum
"Lou Famoso has created this new forum as another location for you
to post your LAD (or NDE) and discuss related topics. Posting your
NDE on as many forums as possible is a good way to get your message
to as many people as possible. Check it out."
*** Renee Paraslow [ Pasarow], A Talk on Her Near-Death Experience
"It was the love of God, and the love all things sacred and all things
beautiful and all things just, and I could go on and on and on but this
was what propelled me on was my connection and my affection for God."
*** Near-Death Experiences in Thailand: Discussion of case histories
"Several studies have indicated that the phenomenologies of NDEs
is culture-bound. The observation that the Being of Light can appear
differently according to a person's expectations of what God will be
like supports the notion that a person's religion also plays a role. In
this article, we will examine eleven NDEs collected in Thailand."
*** Sir Martin Brofman in conversation....the Near Death Experience
That Changed his Life
"The Being said that because my reason for wanting to return was
somebody outside myself, I would be allowed to return. Before I had
the chance to express that I didn't really want to return, there was a
rapid, confused movement, something happened,"
*** Who's Who in NDE Research
"Richard J. Bonenfant, Ph.D., provides an excellent brief biography of the
"movers and shakers" in near-death studies. This page is excellent for a
*** If you know of any new NDE website or web article you
would like to see profiled, email me the address of the website
at neardeathexperience@... Thank you!
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