Near-Death Newsletter - Vol. 2, No. 04 - April 2003
Near-Death Newsletter Vol. 02, No. 04 April 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
*** Near-Death Experience
WESTERN AUSTRAILIA - (ABC South West WA)
"Geoff Cattach from Yarloop in country Western Australia couldn't
believe his ears when his son young related his personal experience."
This web page requires RealMedia or RealPlayer to hear the audio
of the NDE.
*** Near-Death Moment a Moving Experience
MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECORD, PA - (The Intelligencer)
"I saw the most beautiful, incredible lights," Gordon says. "It was
brighter than our sun, and it felt so peaceful and loving. I wanted to
go to it."
*** What is Mind?
BRAZIL - (Brain & Mind Magazine)
"Saver & Rabin found that clues to the neural substrates of religious
experience, near-death experiences and the intake of hallucinogens
may be deduced from limbic epilepsy (the limbic system is described
as the emotional system of the brain).
*** Man Shares Story in Book After Nearly Dying
STIKESTON, MO - (Skieston Standard Democrat)
"The book tells of all the things I described to the doctor taking place
in the emergency room after I had my aneurysm," Bean said. "But my
doctor declared that I was unconscious." He continued: "I was telling
them everything I remembered, and they were like, 'That's impossible.
You were out."
*** Twin Rivers Resident Describes "Journey"
EAST WINDSOR, NJ - (Windsor-Hights Herald)
"He is, in a way, reborn after the book's climax, a near-death experience
where Bob is forced, by his guardian angel, to make a choice that will
affect the rest of his life, and the lives of everyone he has ever touched."
*** Minutes from Death
(Christianity Today Magazine)
"His throat slashed by a vagrant, this pastor saw his life and
ministry, and what it could have been."
*** A True Mystic
PORTLAND, ME - (Portland Herald Press)
"The Swedenborgian religion is based on the 18th-century writings
of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist who began having
mystical experiences - visitations of Christ, and near-death-like
experiences - when he was in his mid-50s."
*** The Earth's gravity field changed in 1998
GREENBELT, MD - (Goddard Space Flight Center Media)
New research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center discovered
that in 1998 something changed the Earth's gravity field, moving the
magnetic poles closer together. The NASA article explained that
as the ice on the poles melted, ocean currents moved water toward
the equator, which factors researchers believe to be partly responsible,
in conjunction with shifts in atmospheric patterns, for this ongoing
shift in the Earth's magnetic field. Could this be the pole shift predicted
by so many NDE prophecies?
*** Mac Wright's NDE
"A feeling of immense euphoria mixed with the desire to go back
to wherever I had been overwhelmed me. The best way to describe
it is that it was like the love a parent has for their favorite child
times one billion."
*** J.A.'s NDE
"Suddenly we got into a place that looked like a room or a church
or a temple, the only thing was that it was shining brighter than
*** Asher Elmekiess' NDE
"A rope was around his waist and he looked like a monk with a
hood covering his head and straps on his sandals. He was what I
would say a very Biblical looking person. There was something
about him, as if he was the Peace, Love and Joy of that place."
*** Reinee Pasarow's NDE
"The Earth was alive and the Earth was singing. It was singing a
single song and in that song everyone had a voice. Every human
being had a very important note to add to this precious song of
the Earth. It was a song of love and every living being had
something to add to the song of Earth."
*** Rose A.'s NDE
"I found that part of me had separated from my physical body
and had risen above my body to the ceiling. From above, I saw
myself lying face down on the carpeting. Everything was so clear
mentally and there was no pain."
*** Mrs. Walters' NDE
"When I had my first child I had the experience of being out of
my body and hovering above it attached to a thick cord. I could
see myself on the bed and the doctor who was in a panic."
*** 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 or email it to me
*** Major changes or additions to the near-death.com website:
*** Research Conclusions
I am doing a major update to my research conclusions by adding
a great number of new information concerning the following subjects:
1) Humanity - http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research04.html
2) War - http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research10.html
*** The NDE and Dr. Richard Eby
It is claimed that most of the NDEs profiled on my website are not
totally consistent with traditional Christian teachings except for the
case of Dr. Richard Eby. This web page discusses why this is not
true by analyzing Eby's NDE.
From the webmaster
*** Holy wars, smart bombs and friendly fire
My new web page on the NDE and War deals with some profound
questions of the day. In light of the NDE, unconditional love for our
enemies, and turning the other cheek, how does war such as the
war in Iraq fit in? Should we support the war or support the protesters?
Should we riot against police or kill Iraqis for peace? What do NDEs
say about war?
*** 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, 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;
*** June 13-15, 2003 - Brussels, Belgium
"1st Global Conference: Visions of Heaven and Hell"
The conference will explore all pertinent sources which deal with
or have a bearing on, understandings of heaven and hell. All genres
and media will be considered in order to examine the widest
possible range of representations, past and contemporary, which
offer perspectives and insights on why these notions exist within
human life, thought, belief and practice.
*** June 23 - 26, 2003 - The Academy of Religion and Psychical Research
Annual Conference - Bloomfield, CT - "The Varieties of Religious and
Psychic Experiences: Personal and Global"
The theme encompasses mystical, near-death, and out-of-body experiences;
all forms of parapsychological experiences, including survival research,
mediumship, apparitions and electronic voice communication, etc.
*** July 16 - 20, 2003 - Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship Intl Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA - "A Search for Peace: Inner Peace and Global Peace"
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear informative and inspirational
lectures, take part in useful workshops, and enjoy the company of
others also interested in psychic topics, and spiritual life and service.
*** July 28 - Aug. 1, 2003 - Evoking the Spirits of the Deceased
Rheinbeck, NY - "A workshop with Dr. Raymond Moody"
"In this fascinating workshop, Moody teaches us a step-by-step
technique for seeing and interacting with apparitions of deceased
friends and family members. Moody recreated this procedure after
applying modern knowledge about alternate states of consciousness
to the ancient Greek oracles of the dead, known as psychomanteums."
*** September 5-7, 2003 - The 11th European Skeptics Congress
London, UK - "European Skeptics Conference"
This symposium assesses the current status and future prospects of
parapsychology. Parapsychology attempts to study alleged paranormal
phenomena using the tools of experimental science.
*** September 19-21 - A Conference Exploring the Evidence for Life
After Death - Rheinbeck, NY - "Soul Survival"
"This unique gathering is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the
evidence for life after death with some of the leaders in the fields of
soul survival, past-life therapy, reincarnation, communication with
the deceased, and the afterlife."
*** NDEs and the Afterlife Calender of Events (not associated with
This is a list of activities that are scheduled for the next couple of months
in the San Francisco Bay Area in Calif.
New NDE TV listings
(Check your local TV listings for the correct time nearest you.)
*** April 6,10,11,12,14,16,17,18 - "Flatliners" - Movie
Medical students experiment with the afterlife by inducing near-death
experiences. Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts
*** April 9 - "Defending Your Life" - Movie
Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep find love in an afterlife way station
where fates are determined. (excellent life review comedy)
*** April 11,12,13 - "Penn & Teller: Bull!" - Documentary
"Ouija Boards and Near-Death Experiences"
Skeptic magicians Penn & Teller get some hands-on experience
dealing with Ouija boards, and kill time discussing near-death
*** April 11,17 - "Dragonfly" - Movie
The wife of a doctor is killed and her young cancer patients who have
had near-death experiences receive messages from her to the
doctor (played by Kevin Costner).
*** For television series featuring the paranormal (including NDEs)
*** Search Cable TV listings for NDE programs
TV listings in this section of the newsletter span from April 5 through
April 20. After April 20, 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
*** Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death
by Stephen E. Braude (Available: Now)
Strong circumstantial evidence affirming the afterlife is profiled.
*** Love Never Dies: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Love
by Sandy Goodman (Available: Now)
If you have lost a child or a loved one, this is an incredible book that
absolutely must be read. But if you are only interested in the processes
of After Death Communications (ADC) or spiritual growth, this work is
laced with gems throughout; each another valuable piece of the puzzle
of that is the bigger picture of the other side.
*** We Are Eternal: What the Spirits Tell Me About Life After Death
by Robert Brown (Available: Now)
"We Are Eternal" reveals the astonishing story of the world beyond
the physical, including what happens when our physical body dies,
and what spirits really want us to know about capital punishment,
suicides, evil spirits, and man's inhumanity to man.
*** The Phenomenology of Past-Life Experiences (Mellen Studies in
Psychology, V. 5) by Diane S. Winn (Available: Now)
Diane Winn describes her research into the phenomenon of
reincarnation and past-life experiences.
*** The Lost Secret of Death: Our Divided Souls and the Afterlife
by Peter Novak, Colin Wilson. (Available: July 2003)
Peter Novak, author of "Division of Consciousness", discusses
his very interesting theories concerning the soul and it's connection
with the afterlife.
*** European Cases of the Reincarnation Type
by Ian Stevenson, MD. (Available: May 2003)
The leading research in the field of reincarnation profiles European
cases of reincarnation.
*** Return of the Revolutionaries: Evidence of Reincarnation and
Creation of a New World, by Walter Semkiw. (Available: May 2003)
Walter Semkiw provides compelling evidence for reality of reincarnation.
*** Healing Lazarus : A Buddhist's Journey from Near Death to New Life
by Lewis Richmond (Available: October 2003)
Buddhist teacher, Lewis Richmond, contracted encephalitis that
attacked his brain and sent him into a coma for 10 days. He learns
that the central Buddhist teaching of life as suffering and impermanence
has literal as well as spiritual meaning. His book provides additional
depth to his near-death account and recovery.
*** Children's Near-Death Experiences and the Evolution of humankind
by Dr. P.M.H. Atwater (Available: In the Fall)
This book is a remake of the original; same basic style, but new cases
and new research never before published, especially as concerns our
tiniest near-death experiencers (newborns and toddlers).
*** To search for NDE books at Amazon.com, click here:
New NDE web links
*** British Near Death Group: Spiritual Support Email Discussion
A discussion of the near-death experience leading to the conclusion
of the existence of things beyond our understanding and ultimately
of a loving God.
*** Knowledge From Beyond: Prayer, Support and Sharing Email
Discussion - A discussion of near-death experiences and the
knowledge that people have brought back with them from the beyond.
This is a loving, non-judgmental environment for everyone where it
is believed that all religions have the capacity of containing spiritual
*** Canadian Near Death Group: Spiritual Support Email Discussion
A Canadian near-death experience group where we discuss angels,
ghosts, mental health, miracles, reincarnation, and more is also
*** Near-Death Experiences: In or out of the body?
An article from Dr. Susan Blackmore's website
Perhaps we should give up and conclude that all the experiences
are "just imagination" or "nothing but hallucinations." However, this
is the weakest theory of all. The experiences must, in some sense,
be hallucinations, but this is not, on its own, any explanation. We
have to ask why are they these kinds of hallucinations? Why tunnels?
*** Greater Things: Death and Back NDEs
Accounts of those who have died, seen the Savior, visited the spirit
world, and then were permitted to return with a special mission or
*** NDEs and OBEs in Melanesian Society
Reports of adventures in which people leave their bodies or die, journey
to the world of the dead and then return are found in Melanesian
*** Science Mysteries: Life After Death
People of all times and places in history have believed that the
human soul survives death. If there is no consciousness beyond the
grave, then life has fooled almost everyone from the Pharaohs of Egypt
to Jesus of Nazareth.
*** Complete Idiots Guide to NDEs: Near-Death Look-a-Likes
Chapter 3 of Dr. P.M.H. Atwater's excellent book
Experiences similar to NDEs happen to many people. The fear
of impending death triggers some of these episodes.
*** Almost Heaven: Near-Death Experiences...Fact or Fiction?
A brush with death almost always makes us appreciate our lives.
The old saying is that you don't realize what you have until it's gone,
and that's certainly true when it comes to a near death experience.
*** If you know of any new NDE website or web article you
would like to see profiled, email me the address of the website
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Kevin R. Williams
"Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife"
"Nothing Better Than Death"
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you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the
people you can, as long as ever you can." - Anonymous