Near-Death Newsletter - March 1, 2004
- "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."
- ancient saying
Near-Death Newsletter March 1, 2004
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Table of Contents
(1) NDEs in the news
(2) Notes from the webmaster
(3) What's new on near-death.com
(4) Discussion on the NDE
(5) Q & A with Dr. PMH Atwater
(6) Television on the NDE
(7) Books on the NDE
(8) Websites on the NDE
(9) Odds and ends
(1) NDEs in the news
*** Two Former IANDS Board Members Return to the Light.
*** Barbara Rommer, NDE Research, Dies
FT LAUDERDALE, FL - (Sun Sentinel)
PMH Atwater eulogizes Barbara:
"Barbara had the ability to light up a room just with her
presence. No, she was not a near-death experiencer
herself, yet evidenced all the signs of someone who
had been transformed by the healing power of love..."
Eulogy to Barbara: http://www.near-death.com/news.html
*** Joanne Marnie, Former IANDS Board Member Dies
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - (Near-Death Newsletter)
PMH Atwater eulogizes Joanne:
"She was gifted with the ability to facilitate healings after
her near-death experience. Yet, she knew in her heart
this was not enough, that she must refine and develop
the gifts she was given. This she did. As a result, her healing
abilities skyrocketed and she became well-known.
Eulogy to Joanne: http://www.near-death.com/news.html
*** Divine Light? A New Book Seeks God in the Details
of Quantum Physics
BIRMINGHAM, AL - (al.com City Magazine)
Dr. T. Lee Baumann states, "Light has been proven
to be omnipresent, which means it's everywhere in
the universe at once. And as an entity for which time
doesn't exist, light is omniscient because it's aware
of everything in past, present and future. For the third
part, light's omnipotence, I have to take physicists
at their word because it's a very complex concept.
But basically, when scientists try to measure the
energy levels of electrons or atoms, they come up
with infinities, which makes the equation meaningless."
*** Professor Sees Light at End of Death's Tunnel
TUCSON, AZ - (Arizona Daily Wildcat) (Feb. 23, 2004)
Dr. Gary Schwartz states, "When you look at the totality
of the data, the simplest and most parsimonious
explanation that accounts for the largest amount of
data is the survival of consciousness hypothesis."
(2) Notes from the webmaster
Kevin Williams writes:
"Everything I Learned About The World I Learned From
The Movie "The Planet of the Apes""
After I saw this movie, it made me imagine what it would
be like if evolution were true (I didn't know that evolution
was true at that time) but more than anything it made
me realize how fragile this world appears to be and how
the wars over religion and material things could easily
destroy this planet. And the threat comes not only from
this planet, but from outer space. Just two months ago,
there was a "nine-hour crisis" where astronomers were
very concerned that a devastating asteroid was about
to hit the planet within 36 hours. And the odds of Earth
actually being hit by an asteroid of the kind that killed
off the dinosaurs is ... [read more at the link below]
(3) What's new on near-death.com
The following are the latest additions to near-death.com:
*** NDE News page make-over
Instead of a simple links page of recent NDE news, I
re-vamped the entire NDE New page on my website by
adding the news history of NDE and Consciousness
studies research as it is leading to proving scientific
evidence for the survival of consciousness after death.
*** NDEs of the Rich and Famous added
I have added the NDE testimony of famous crooner
Tony Bennett and CSI television show star William
Petersen of the show CSI. (added 02/26/04)
*** The NDE and the Future
I added another vision of the future given to Howard
Storm which he received during his NDE which I
wasn't aware of before and am now including. It is a
very dire vision of America's immediate future which
will occur before the year 2185 if American doesn't
change its ways. When I read about the prophecy,
my heart became very saddened for America because
it is not a good picture. Just remember that all such
apocalyptic NDE visions will be following by a new era
of human enlightenment and the "heaven on earth."
Howard Storm was told by beings of light that because
America is the primary merchant of war and culture
of violence which is exported to the rest of the world.
This exploitation will come to an end because American
society has the seeds of its own destruction within
them. America will either destroy themselves or God
will bring it to an end if there isn't a change. America
exploits the rest of the world by greedily consuming
the world's resources and if this doesn't stop, God's
blessing upon America will be withdrawn. The American
economy will collapse and civil chaos will occur.
People will be killing each other over a cup of gasoline.
The world will watch in horror as America is obliterated
by strife. The rest of the world will not intervene because
they have been victims of American exploitation.
[Kevin Williams' note: More can be read about this on
the NDE and Future page. This vision cuts to my heart
that such a thing is even possible to happen to America.
I only pray that enough of my fellow Americans will
seek to change the way America exploits the world for
profit, and help change our country away from a culture
of violence, and prevent this prophecy from happening.]
*** What's New page
All the recent additions to this website are also listed
on the "What's New" page on my website.
(4) Articles on the NDE
A Critique of Mary Baxter's Hellish NDE and Her Book
"A Divine Revelation of Hell"
I received an email concerning a reported NDE by
Mary Baxter which she describes in her book "A Divine
Revelation of Hell" where she describes being given a
tour of hell by Jesus. The person who emailed me this
information was concerned about my statements that
there is no "real" Biblical, historical, or NDE evidence
for the existence of a being known as "Satan." He
claimed that Mary Baxter's NDE had a reference to Satan
and that I should check it out. I was being witnessed to
through email to attempt to get me to accept Satan
as my personal tormentor. So I researched Mary Baxter's
NDE and had a very interesting email debate about this topic.
Read more about it here:
*** Search NDE Articles Archive
(5) 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 book is entitled:
"The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
and you can purchase a copy online at Amazon:
In the Summer of 2004, PMH's book entitled:
"The Real Truth About Death" is scheduled for release.
Reserve copies can be ordered at Amazon as well:
QUESTION: "Whether you have the time to reply to
this I have no idea, but it's worth a go. I live in Dunedin,
New Zealand. This year my daughter Krysha Helen
Hansen was killed whilst water skiing on the Waikato
River near Auckland. She hit a log and died within seconds.
My daughter was a born again Christian; devout to an
extreme in her religion. I am not of that faith, having been
to India four times and am a disciple of a 'perfect living master.'
"I am concerned about my daughter's spiritual state -
Krysha enjoyed an especially happy marriage, three
children. There was absolutely nothing in her life that
would make her want to leave it. A very happy person,
vibrant and bubbly. I have no belief in Jesus but do
understand, in a sense, that we go to where our mind is
focused. She would be shocked at leaving her husband
and young children, and I believe she would be in a
confused, shocked, and surprised state; looking
hopelessly for her family, not finding them, and wondering
what on earth is going on.
"If you can find the time, Dr. Atwater, to send your
opinion on such a meaningless death, would be more
than appreciated. For myself, I blame the driver of the
boat and see the whole event as an avoidable accident
and not pre-destined in any way. What is your opinion
of accidents versus destiny? I send you love." ....Isha
PMH Atwater's answer: "Goodness, you ask a question
that has been asked for thousands of years by millions
of people, who receive just as many answers from just
as many others. Since you narrowed the field to "my
opinion," I'll respond.
"Near-death research is replete with stories and
observations that address this head-on: Why would a
nine-day baby have a hellish experience? Why would a
female toddler suffer a terrible rape at the hands of her
father, die, then revive, only to endure having to live with
her murderer until she reached adulthood? Why would
two brothers drown while swimming in a river - yet only
one revive? Why would an accident wipe out an entire
family, except for one small child?
"We all ask why. Life does not seem fair to us, or even
rational. God seems not to hear our pleas yet another's
prayers are answered and miracles occur. Why for them
and not us? Does God even exist? Are our lives little
more than happenstance - fated - or do we have a destiny,
"I have said many times that with child experiencers of
near-death states, reasons for the child's death and later
revival may not always be what we might expect. A
child's experience, although important for the child once
mature, seems rather to happen, at least initially, more
for benefit of the child's parents, caregivers, relatives, or
friends than for the child. I have observed this with adult
experiencers, as well. I saw the same thing during all
those years I was researching fatal accidents - why some
lived and others died. Let me share a few paragraphs from
the book that will come out April 2004 (A.R.E. Press)
about this very thing:
"During the days when my former husband John and I
leased 160 acres near Filer, Idaho, there were many
farm tragedies. We were privy to all of them. This situation
intensified once he became a crop-duster pilot. He
specialized in flying night jobs barely inches above the
soil of tree-lined farm fields. A number of gruesome and
horrible accidents snuffed out innocent lives. We both
stared death in the face at moments of personal risk
because of auto accidents and serious illness, so did
our loved ones and each of our three children. This kind
of thing happened so often that for a time I used to set
a place for 'death' at the kitchen table, replete with dishes
and chair, so our children wouldn't be frightened of our
family's familiar consort.
"Among what caught my attention then was the
incredible number of people who, far from having a
brief hunch or scary feeling, actually exhibited
pre-knowledge of their coming death. Conversations
my husband and I had with survivors and next of kin
revealed intriguing stories about how the deceased
must have known what was coming because of the
way he or she behaved before the tragedy occurred,
shifting routines about three to six months before his
or her death.
"After a while, I noticed that these changes centered
around a need to wrap up business and personal
affairs as if there existed some unspoken reason for
expediency. Insurance policies took on importance,
as did the need to visit loved ones and to be more
intimate or philosophical than usual. One last 'fling'
was often enjoyed before the individual relaxed and
was at peace. Just before the death event, the victim
seemed to 'glow' as if something important were about
to happen; something the individual had prepared for."
"You can find an article that goes more in-depth about
this and gives the full pattern of how people tend to
behave before they die on my website.
"A mistake most people make in trying to make sense
of life and death issues, is - we view the occurrence
from the point of view of our personality, which is
wrapped up in the here and now, things eternal to us.
We miss the soul's point of view, which is internal to
us, the larger picture.
"Here is another quote, from the chapter called "The
Thought Which Stirred," in my book Future Memory.
This particular quote comes from that section where
I attempt to convey in words what was revealed to me
during my third near-death experience:
"'Fate' is a term used to describe those specific
and planned events encountered during specific
and planned cycles of the soul. These seem fixed
in the cycles because of choices made previously
by the soul, and they usually remain as planned until
met (fulfilled) or completed to whatever extent. But
that which seems fixed still carries within it an open
range of responsive choices. Variations of response
can alter events or change entire scenarios. This is
because choice is inviolate. As the soul has free will,
so, too, does any embodiment (personality). And with
that freedom of choice, the embodiment can choose
to cooperate with or deny its soul, oppose or deviate
from any plan its soul has made. Life experiences
tend to run smoother or at least be more effective
and satisfying if the life-form cooperates with its soul
and accepts the plan of the cycle. The choice factor,
however, is layered with possibilities and is not
restricted to any particular result or concept of
"Really, anyone who wishes to tackle the weightier
issues of life should read Future Memory. Be advised,
though, that it is a labyrinth, not a regular book, per se.
You must read it as you would walk through a site
labyrinth - follow the path, no skipping around (or the
book will not make sense to you).
"You might examine your daughter's life for the six
months before she died to see if she left any clues that
imply she might have "known" what was about to
happen to her. You may be surprised with what you
find. Life has taught me that we all know when we are
going to die; some know subconsciously, others with
full awareness ... but somehow, someway, we know.
"Can there be real accidents? Can soul plans change
suddenly? Can there be interference or intervention?
Yes, I believe so. Yet even that tends to serve a purpose
sooner or later.
"I cannot say that your daughter's untimely death was
fated or destined. But I can say that there is more to
life and death than what any religion or "perfect master"
teaches us. Do not judge the impact of your daughter's
death solely on the basis of how it appeared or what
you or anyone else might think. Embrace possibility,
and allow love to heal your grief and kiss your soul.
Blessings to all, P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D.
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(6) Television on the NDE
*** John Edward's TV program "Crossing Over" was cancelled.
It is unfortunate that Crossing Over ultimately lost out in
the ratings game, especially when there is such a hard-core
group of viewers who are dedicated fans of his. But I am
sure we have not heard the last of John Edward. Visit his
website but you will not find that it has been updated yet.
*** Check out my remodeled NDE TV web page.
I hope to expand this web page even further soon.
*** I did an internet search for NDE documentaries and
movies and came up with these:
(1) "Flatliners" (Drama)
The movie about medical students secretly inducing
their own NDEs but not being about to handle the
after-effects. Although this movie is well done, I was
disappointed that it only focused on hellish NDEs.
Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon.
(2) "Dragonfly" (Drama)
Kevin Costner plays Dr. Joe Darrow, an ER physician who's
married to a pediatrician named Emily (Susanna Thompson).
While on a Red Cross mission in Venezuela, Emily is killed
in a bus crash. Six months later, Joe sees dragonflies - Emily's
good luck "totem" - everywhere and begins to wonder if his
wife is trying to contact him from the Other Side. He also
encounters young cancer patients who have had near-death
experiences and claim to have messages from Emily. Is his
wife really trying to reach him, or is he simply consumed
with unresolved grief? I recommend this movie because of
the many references to NDEs and the actual NDE scenes
they have in the movie.
(3) "Defending Your Life" (Drama)
Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep find love in an afterlife
way station where fates are determined. This movie
is based around Brook's life review in heaven which is
done extremely well in dealing with the life review as
self-evaluation. This movie is actually almost a tear-jerker
and very funny. Well worth seeing if you haven't seen it
already. Two thumbs very enthusiastically up!
(4) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigations" (TV show)
In case your a fan of this show, I recently added Michael
Petersen's NDE on my NDEs of the Rich and Famous.
(5) "Penn & Teller: Bull! Ouija Boards; Near-Death Experiences"
The skeptical magicians (why are they all magicians instead
of brain surgens?) get their sleight of hands-on experience
dealing with Ouija boards, and kill time discussing
near-death experiences. It is always good to hear the skeptics
opinion to understand your own position better. I am sure
we will not hear about brain surgery or anything too in
depth here. Check your TV listings for the time nearest you.
(7) Books on the NDE
*** The NDE Online Store includes NDE books, videos,
documentaries, movies, magazines, and other media.
*** "Life Between Lives: Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression"
by Dr. Michael Newton (Release: May 2004)
Dr. Newton's next books is soon to be released!
Newton is world-famous for his spiritual regression techniques
which take hypnotic subjects back into the past when they were
lived in heaven in between Earth lives. His two best-selling books,
Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, have left thousands of
readers eager to discover their own afterlife adventures, their
soul companions and guides, and their purpose in this lifetime.
Now, for the first time in print, Dr. Newton reveals his step-by-step
methods. His experiential approach to the spiritual realms
sheds light on the age-old questions of who we are, where we
came from, and why we are here. This groundbreaking guidebook,
designed for both hypnosis professionals and the general public,
completes the afterlife trilogy by Dr. Newton. And it is remarkable
how well his research compliments NDE research. I get more
email from people wanting to know about Dr. Newton. So now
your wait will soon last no more! Also visit his website
which I recently discovered at: http://www.lifebetweenlife.com/
For many years I have been trying to find his website or contact
him. Judging my the name of the above internet address, I
believe that Dr. Newton probably has the rights to that website
*** "We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death"
by Dr. PMH Atwater (Available: April 2004)
Whatever you thought you knew about life and death,
be prepared for some surprises. This material is based
on PMH Atwater's 25 years of researching the near-death
phenomenon with thousands of experiencers, other
personal stories, plus what she herself witnessed on
the Inner Planes when she died in 1977.
*** "Experiencing the Next World Now"
by Dr. Michael Grosso (Available: Now)
Grosso covers some of the best cases supporting survival
of consciousness after death from the vast body of
paranormal research from a wide variety of anomalies.
Larry Dossey, M.D. says this about the book: "A daring
new vision of consciousness is currently taking shape, in
which the mind transcends the physical brain and body.
This new picture of the mind holds the promise of survival
of bodily death - immortality... Dr. Michael Grosso is one of
the leading architects of this new paradigm, as this book shows."
*** "The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce: Interdimensional
Communication and Global Transformation" (Available: Now)
by Wynn Free, David Wilcock (Contributor)
This book provides very compelling evidence that Edgar
Cayce is back and now lives in America as David Wilcock!
I must say that after examining only a portion of the evidence
it was very difficult to keep an open mind and not become a
full-blown believer! Cayce said he would reincarnate in the
year 1998. Without having examined all the evidence yet,
I know that this is possible for a number of reasons.
Cayce stated babies are born with their souls not fully
"seated" into the body. Through various phases of growth
toward adulthood, the soul becomes further and further
manifested within the physical body. Through the endocrine
glands, the phase from childhood, through puberty, then
through the teenage years and on through adulthood, by
the time a person reaches their late twenties or early 30's
their soul is fully "seated" in the body. And because David
Wilcock was already an adult in the year 1998, it is still
possible to make a case that Cayce's soul fully manifested
in David Wilcox at that time thereby Cayce's reincarnation
through David Wilcock is possible. And if that theory doesn't
fly yet and all the evidence still points to David, then there
is always the so-called "walk-in" phenomenon first described
by Ruth Montgomery.
So, I am still evaluating this claim and slowly going
through this book. Because physical features carry
over from one life to the next, just by examining the following
web page of photographs is enough to get you to seriously
think about the real possibility:
Here is more info: David Wilcock has the gift of channeling
that Cayce had. David's parallels to Cayce include not just
a remarkable physical resemblance, but also astrological
charts, personality traits, correlations in the development
and awareness of their psychic abilities, and the apparent
connections of Wilcock's close friends to Cayce's intimate
associates. Wilcock also examines Cayce's many predictions
about global health issues and Earth changes, and gives
guidance to those who want to understand the significance
of these changes now taking place. So far, I only see one
candidate for Cayce's reincarnation since 1998. It is David
More about Cayce: http://www.near-death.com/cayce.html
David's website: http://www.ascension2000.com/
A.R.E. website: http://www.are-cayce.com/
[Note: The ARE has not endorced David. My understanding
is that ARE is extremely careful about such claims due to
the large number of Cayce "reincarnates" or Cayce associate
"reincarnates" that the ARE has had to deal with for over
50 years since Cayce's death. You have not heard the last from
me on this issue, nor do I believe have we heard the last of
David Wilcox. My advice is to keep an open mind but not so
open that your brains fall out! 8>)
*** "The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
by Dr. PMH Atwater (Available: Now)
This book is an expansion of her original book,
"Children of the New Millennium" and it goes much
further in examining children's cases; a large and
detailed Resource Section and Appendices. Included
in the material is the story of the youngest hellish
case she has found, that of a nine-day-old infant.
(8) Websites on the NDE
IANDS is the premier research organization in the field
of near-death studies. If you haven't yet joined this
wonderful organization, I encourage you to join online
at their membership page. There are many benefits for
being a member. Their quarterly newsletter Vital Signs
is alone worth becoming a member.
Home page: http://www.iands.org
Join IANDS: https://www.iands.org/joincard.html
JUNE 24 - 26, 2004 - IANDS Annual Conference
Evanston, IL (near Chicago) at the Best Western
Check out the IANDS Conference information page.
*** Journal of Scientific Exploration Website
You will find the abstracts to some of the most important
studies conducted concerning survival science by the
top researchers in various fields.
*** Fortean Times Website
This is one of the best websites dealing with everything
weird. It has been around for over 30 years and they
have an excellent archive.
*** Fast Forward: Links to Sites for the Case of Reincarnation
This is Ellen Mogensen is with the Past & Now Forward
Holistic Counseling with a very nice website on reincarnation.
This is a John Edward fan site who is petitioning to have
his show back on TV. Worth a look.
*** Esolibris Website
This is a large site containing many different articles dealing
with survival after death, reincarnation, meditation, and healing.
*** If you know of any new NDE website or web article
you would like to see profiled, email to me the address
of the website at: webmaster@...
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Peace and Light,
Kevin R. Williams
"Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife"
"Nothing Better Than Death"
"If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart
wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as
the river and the sea are one." - Kahlil Gibran