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Near-Death Newsletter................................................. April 1, 2004
........................... Vol. 03, No. 04, Ed. 01
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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) Article on the NDE
(5) Q & A with Dr. PMH Atwater
(6) Books on the NDE
(7) Websites on the NDE
(8) Support the search for the afterlife
(9) Odds and ends
(1) NDEs in the news
*** Towards the Light
MELBOURNE, AU - (The Age)
"I remember looking down on my body on the operating table. It was
a very hot day and the doctors were in their shorts and sandals with
their aprons over them," says Cameron. "I was surprised at all the
blood everywhere and slightly horrified at the conversation going on
between the staff. The gynaecologist was giving me a heart massage,
thumping my chest and saying: 'Don't you die on me now you bitch.'
*** What Happened to the Research on Out-of-Body Experiences?
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - (Soul Travel Magazine)
Torbjorn Sassersson of Soul Travel Magazine interviewed F. Holmes
"Skip" Atwater, the Research Director at The Monroe Institute, and
Charles Tart, researcher in parapsychology and one of the founders
of the field of transpersonal psychology. The answers are pessimistic.
Almost nothing is being done at the universities in the West.
*** Near-Death Experience Has Changed My Life
SHEFFIELD, UK - (Sheffield Today)
"I've changed as a person. I stopped being materialistic and I started
to realise that life is about people not about places. You don't need a
posh house as long as you've got a place to stay. It's the people
inside who count. For the first time in my life I'm completely happy."
Now Matthew says he appreciates being able to do ordinary things
in life, like being able to see, get dressed, get to work and to have
been able to resume his job as a financial adviser.
*** I Was Close to God - Blast Man
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - (news24.com)
Four days after he was admitted, Ackerman had an out-of-body
experience. He said that while he was in theatre for a skin graft, he left
his body and viewed it and the doctors from above. "I felt very close to
God," he said. A week after the explosion he developed a high fever and
doctors feared for his life. Ackerman said: "That day I saw a pure white
light with the most beautiful colours inside - it was orange, light blue and
*** A Mystical Union
LONDON, UK - (The Economist)
Whether the Unio Mystica has anything in common with out-of-body
experiences, or even phantom limbs, remains to be seen - though all are
certainly mediated by the brain. According to Dr Blanke, this is only just
starting to become an accepted topic of research in neuroscience. Perhaps
its acceptance will depend ultimately on how the knowledge is used.
*** Fast Action, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Save Man's Life
PITTSBURGH, PA - (Pittsuburgh Post-Gazette)
"If he'd been anywhere else, he wouldn't be here today," Pat Snyder said.
"I don't know who runs that mall, but it's wonderful they put those
AEDs in there." There are six AEDs at the mall designed to help revive
people undergoing cardiac emergencies. One is in a mobile van that
security guards use to patrol the parking lot 24 hours a day in case
someone needs medical assistance.
*** King's "Hospital" is Unafraid, And That is a Problem
CHICAGO, IL - (Chicago Tribune)
In "Kingdom Hospital," the best-selling author's alter ego is in the titular
medical facility, recovering from being run down by a van -- sound familiar?
The hospital, of course, is haunted, the result of a 19th Century industrial
fire on the site that killed child employees. King himself wrote all 15 hours
of the series as he recuperated from the van crash that nearly killed him
and affects him still.
(2) Notes from the webmaster
Kevin Williams writes on: Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy
For April Fool's Day, I thought I would give everyone a good chuckle by
presenting my favorite "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handy of Saturday
Night Live television show fame. Lord knows we need a good chuckle
these days. Here they are:
We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients. But we can't scoff at
them personally, to their faces, and this is what annoys me.
When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or
pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it's not,
If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and your friends
are all watching you fall, I think a funny joke would be to pretend you
If you go flying back through time, and you see somebody else flying
forward into the future, it's probably best to avoid eye contact.
If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize
world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until
the looting started.
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate.
And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
Higher beings from outer space may not want to tell us the secrets of life,
because we're not ready. But maybe they'll change their tune after a
If higher beings from outer space ever come and we show them our
civilization and they make fun of it, we should say we were just kidding,
that this isn't our real civilization, but a joke we hoped they would like.
Then we tell them to come back in twenty years to see our real civilization.
After that, we start a crash program of coming up with a new civilization.
There are many stages to a man's life. In the first stage, he is young
and eager, like a beaver. In the second stage, he wants to build things,
like dams, and maybe chew down some trees. In the third stage, he
feels trapped, and then "skinned." I'm not sure what the fourth stage is.
If God dwells within us like some people say He does, I sure hope
He likes the food I'm eating because that's what He's getting.
My young son asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get
buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should
have told him the truth - that most of us go to hell and burn eternally - but
I didn't want to upset him.
Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there in the
room talking to you - which is why I don't like to read good books.
I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't
have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes
on the last day of their life?
My wife was watching the football game with me when she said,
"You know, most of these sports are based on the idea of men protecting
their territory." "Yeah," I said while trying not to laugh. Girls are funny.
Instead of putting a quarter under a kid's pillow, how about a pinecone?
That way, he learns that "wishing" isn't going to save our national forests.
If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down?
We might if they screamed all the time for no good reason.
Once I wept for I had no shoes. Then I came upon a man who had no feet.
So I took his shoes. I mean, it's not like he really needed them, right?
Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it
was a lucky guess. That way he will develop a good, lucky feeling.
If a child asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him
is that "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute
thing to tell him is that "It's probably because of something you did."
I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices
and just laugh at people.
Peace and Light,
(3) What's new on near-death.com
The following are the latest additions to near-death.com:
*** Added more prophecies to The NDE and Future web page
More of Howard Storm's NDE prophecies of the coming "purification"
of America. I discovered yet another article on Howard Storm's NDE
visions of the future. I hate to be a messenger of "gloom and doom"
but it would be irresponsible of me if I did not share this with everyone.
Remember, the future is not cast in stone. The future is constantly
changing based upon our actions, current trends, and probabilities
at any given moment. In a Spirit Daily.com online newspaper article
on August 18, 2003 by Michael H. Brown entitled Near-Death Prophecy:
Man was shown Failure of Infrastructure, Power Grid, Reverend Howard
Storm discussed America's future as shown to him during his NDE.
"They made it very clear to me that God had given this country the
greatest blessing of any people in the history of the world. We have
more of God's blessing. Everything that we have comes from God.
We didn't deserve it, we didn't earn it, but we happen to be the wealthiest,
most powerful nation in the world. And God gave us all this so that we
could be the instruments of God's light in this world, and we are not
instruments of light. In other countries people see us as purveyors of
exploitation, military might, and pornography. They see us as completely
hedonistic and amoral -- we have no morality. People can do whatever
they want wherever they want with whatever they want. Our amorality
is a cancer on the rest of the world, and God created us to be just the
"People get mad at me for saying it," Storm continues, "but God is very
unhappy with what we're doing. When I came back from the experience
I was almost out of my mind trying to convert people. God wanted a
worldwide conversion thousands of years ago. God pulled out all the
stops 2,000 years ago with Jesus. From God's view, that was the definitive
moment in human history. And the impact of the prophets and teachers
and the Messiah has been a big disappointment to God because people
have by and large rejected it. I was told that God wants this conversion.
And if we don't get with the program fairly soon, He is going to have to
intervene in some ways that from a human point of view are going to seem
cataclysmic. God is really tired of what we're doing to one another and
the planet and to His Creation. We were put in this world to be stewards
and live in harmony with His creation and one another and we don't realize
the important spiritual consequences of what we do when we raise a child
in a faithless society."
Storm continued, "I asked how [America's purification] would come about,
and they said it would be simple, that our society is very dependent on
a lot of very fragile things -- energy grid, transportation. In each
geographical area of the United States people used to be relatively
self-sufficient as far as agricultural products. Now, how long would any
state survive without the transport of food and energy?
"What would happen is these very complex and delicate grids of our
economic system would begin to break down. We've created a society
of such cruel and self-centered people that the very nature of civilization
would begin to break down. The angels showed me that what would
happen is that people would begin robbing the grocery stores, hording
goods, and killing one another for gasoline and tires, and as a consequence
everything would break down and would end up in chaos."
*** Tiffany Snow's NDE - Healer by Lightning Strike
Read about an amazing woman who was struck by lightning and taken
to heaven to meet Jesus. She returned with a heavenly gift to heal
others, a psychic ability, and a mission to teach and help others
manifest their God-given gifts.
*** The Past Lives of Jesus According to Edgar Cayce
I added more information concerning Edgar Cayce's identification of some
of the past lives of Jesus. Below are links to some of them:
(1) Amilius - A higher being who was the "logos" from Atlantis
(2) Adam - the first "son of man" and "son of God"
(3) Enoch - the Biblical patriarch who journeyed to heaven
(4) Hermes/Thoth - the architect of the Great Pyramid and the Hermetism
(5) Melchizedek - the mystical High Priest and king of Jerusalem
(6) Joseph - the son of Israel who became the Prince of Egypt
[the page on Joseph is a new page which can be found here:
(7) Joshua - the warrior who led the Israelites into the Promised Land
(8) Asaph - the music director and seer who served under David
(9) Jeshua - the high priest of Israel who helped organize the return
from exile and the rebuilding of the temple http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Def.show/RTD/ISBE/Topic/Joshua%20(
(10) Zend - the father of Zoroaster who founded the Magi's religion
(11) Jesus - the man who attained "at-one-ment" with God - the final
evolutionary transition for human beings to attain a perfect
human-divine unity also known as "Christhood".
(12) ????? - the entity who will return to Earth to usher in the kingdom
of heaven on Earth
*** Added more to The NDE and Pre-Birth research conclusions
I added my article "Life is a River" and included more information
about pre-birth knowledge which we forget when we are born.
*** What's New page
All the recent additions to this website are also listed on the
"What's New" page on my website.
(4) Article on the NDE
*** NDEs: Brain Physiology or Transcendental Consciousness?
Or both? Are NDEs merely the product of brain physiology or are
they experiences involving consciousness transcending matter?
Or could they be both? This article discusses these issues and
presents all sides. This article is the result of an email discussion
I had with an anesthesiologist named Gerald Woerlee, author of
the book "Mortal Minds: A Biology of the Soul and the Dying
Experience" who takes the physiology position. I, of course,
disagree with the purely materialistic view but I agree that there
is certainly a biological component involved. I believe there may
well be a happy medium.
*** Search "Articles on the NDE" 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:
P.M.H. Atwater's latest book is entitled
"The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
and you can purchase a copy online at this Amazon web page:
In the Summer of 2004, her book entitled
"We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death"
is scheduled for release. Reserve copies can be ordered at this
Amazon web page:
QUESTION: "I sincerely believe that I am receiving advice from my
higher self. I ask questions and receive answers, analogies,
things that I could never come up with; if I could I wouldn't ask.
I was, at a point, a totally atheistic material-oriented skeptic.
After several after-death events when my parents died, I did
thousands of hours of research into science, and found to my
amazement that survival was supported by two Nobel prize winning
physicists; and research done by Pribram, Aspect, Tiller, etc.
confirmed much of this. I have a problem with an addiction to two
substances. It's not important which ones. My higher self informs
me repeatedly that until I conquer this, I am virtually "stuck."
I cannot proceed to whatever other aspects of my life's lessons
I am supposed to be learning.
"My questions are twofold. Do you believe that our higher selves
offer guidance in this form, and do you believe that what I am
being told is accurate?
"Every other bit of information on questions I have asked has been
extremely logical, not always what I wanted to hear, but exactly
correct nonetheless. There appears to be a strong sense of urgency
to my facing this problem, as if time were running "short." Any
input you can offer would be greatly appreciated." - David
ANSWER: "Information from such sources as Divine Guidance,
Holy Spirit, our Higher Self, freely flows to one and all. I can't
imagine anyone cut off from this flow, unless, because of his or
her own foolishness or carelessness or belief in separation from
God, the connection was severed. We are one with The One -
always have been and always will be. Most near-death experiencers
return from their "journey" convinced of this, even if their episode ...
[read more here: http://www.near-death.com/newsletters/atwater/index.html
(6) Books on the NDE
*** The NDE Online Store includes NDE books, videos, movies,
documentaries, magazines, and other media.
******************** COMING MAY 1 ****************************
Life Between Lives: Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression
by Michael Newton - Over many years, Dr. Newton developed his
own intensive age regression techniques in order to effectively take
hypnosis subjects beyond their past life memories to a more
meaningful soul experience between lives. With his blockbuster
books "Journey of Souls" and "Destiny of Souls," Newton is considered
to be a pioneer in uncovering the mysteries about life after death
through the use of spiritual hypnotic regression. In this long awaited
follow-up book, Newton now trains other advanced hypnotherapists
in his techniques which gave him the international reputation for being
the regressionist who has mapped out much of our life in heaven
Visit my web page profiling Dr. Newton's research:
Visit Dr. Newton's website to learn more about his latest book:
Journey of Souls:
Destiny of Souls:
*** The Birth Called Death: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's
Journey to the Other Side of Life - by Kathie Jordan (Available: Now)
From the age of 7 to the age of 22, Kathie Jordan's deceased brother
came to her at nighttime, pulled her from her body, and guided her
to heaven. In these nighttime journeys, she was taught about the
purpose of life in the body, the meaning of death, and about the soul's
progress in the afterlife. In these moments out of her body, Kathie is
taken to higher and higher levels of heaven, where she meets and
learns from spiritual teachers, including Jesus.
*** My Last Breath - by Matthew D. Dovel (Available: Now)
This book is a very interesting and intense story of someone who had
two NDEs which resulted in him first going to heaven and then hell
the other. This makes his NDEs unique in that one was heavenly
and the other was hellish. Most NDEs involving a person experiencing
both heaven and hell are within the same NDE. It is refreshing to
read the comparison between the two destinations from someone
who experienced both but at separate times. "My Last Breath" is
easy to read and thought-provoking at the same time. As it is with
many NDEs, many of his profound insights requires time to fully
digest as you reflect more and more on his wonderful message.
Undoubtedly, such insights require the rest of your life to fully
appreciate. In essence, "My Last Breath" is not only a fascinating
read, it is also a guide on how spirituality can be applied in everyday life.
*** My Proof of Survival: Personal Accounts of Contact With the Hereafter
by Andrew Honigman (Available: Now)
For the past fifty years, "My Proof of Survival" has been one of FATE
magazine's most popular features. Now the best of these stories
are presented in book form for the first time-true accounts from
ordinary people who have had extraordinary encounters with the
hereafter. These firsthand reports of messages, gifts, and assistance
from the spirit world.
*** Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of
Consciousness - by Russell Targ - (Available: Now)
The psychic abilities of most humans are dampened by the clatter of
our conscious minds. The author draws on the work of ancient mystics
and traditions to show readers how to quiet this noise and see into the
far reaches of time and space through remote viewing. This psychic ability
offers a path of self-inquiry and self-realization and expands each person's
limited awareness of the consciousness shared by all humans. Targ
explores its scientific as well as spiritual implications and offers
techniques and exercises to nurture this universal but mostly untapped skill.
*** The Lost Secret of Death: Our Divided Souls and the Afterlife
by Peter Novak (Available: Now)
Do the dead resurrect or reincarnate? These apparent contradictory
concepts of reincarnation and resurrection can be resolved by a very
interesting theory developed by Peter Novak. His compelling theory,
which he calls the "Division of Consciousness Theory," is based both
on modern science and ancient scripture. It explains for the first time
how each of these ancient perspectives might be true simultaneously.
Novak ingeniously reconciles the West with the East, the right-brain
with the left-brain, the rational soul with the emotional spirit, the male
and the female, the darkness and the light, the yin and yang, to
explain the unity of the Whole. This is one of the best books you'll
ever read in my opinion.
*** Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect
by Tiffany Snow (Available: Now)
Tiffany was a successful songwriter and record producer in Nashville
when lightning struck her and almost took her life. It resulted in a
profound NDE where she received the gifts of healing and psychic
ability. She discovered her mission in life is to heal, teach, and help
others manifest their God-given gifts with power and love in their own lives.
(7) 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.
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JUNE 24 - 26, 2004 - IANDS Annual Conference
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Check out the IANDS Conference information page.
*** World Scriptures Website
This web page has links to every religious traditions sacred texts
online - some of which you can actually download to your PC.
*** Early Church Fathers Collection Website and Early Christian
Download for free all the writings from the first 800 years of the
Christian Church! If you are into early Christian history, you got
to check these websites out!
*** Scrolls from the Dead Sea Website
Read the sacred writings of the Essenes online including historical
information. This is an outstanding website! Read about the "Teacher
of Righteousness" and the struggle between "The Wicked Priest"
and "The Liar". Then read about the compelling theory that the Essenes
where referring to the historical break in early Christian history between
James and Paul which led to the victory of Pauline Christianity in Rome
over Jerusalem Christianity.
Also visit the Center for the Advancement of First Century Christianity's
articles about "The Two Ways of the First Century Church" to learn
what REALLY happened after Jesus' death before this information
became suppressed by Rome.
*** The Essene Nasorean Church of Mount Carmel Website
The Essene Nasorean Church of Mount Carmel follows the esoteric
spiritual Order of the early Christian sect called "Nasorean" (the "Way")
described in the Book of Acts of the New Testament of which Peter
and James belonged. The Essene Nasorean Church consists of men
and women dedicated to studying and teaching the ancient mysteries
of the higher teachings of Jesus.
Also visit the "Jesus Betrayed" website to read more about the struggle
between the Christianity established by Paul and the Christianity
established by James and the Jerusalem apostles.
*** The Kabbala Online Website
The Kabbala is often referred to as the "soul" of the Torah. It is an
ancient Jewish tradition which teaches the higher mysteries of Judaism
such as reincarnation and the cosmic plan for the universe as well as
a detailed understanding of ourselves. NDE testimony can be found in
*** Holy Qur'an Resources on the Internet Website
The holy text of Islam is a message given to Muhammed from God by
the angel Gabriel. According to the Islamic legend called "Miraj,"
Muhammad had an experience very similar to an NDE where it is said
he ascended through seven heavens in the company of Gabriel. In the
Qur'an, Muhammad's enemies are quoted as saying that they would
not believe him unless he ascended to heaven and brings down a book.
Despite the bad actions of fanatics who are giving Islam a bad name,
understanding the true peaceful nature of the Muslim faith may go a
long way bringing understanding and peace to the world.
*** The Bhagavad Gita Online Website
The Gita is considered to be among the greatest spiritual texts ever
written. The Hindu Lord Krishna beautifully describes the way to
self-realization and the process by which a human being can become
one with God. Its primary purpose is to enlighten humanity to the
the true nature of divinity within all things.
*** The Tibetan Book of the Dead Online Website
This Buddhist text is a book describing what happens at the moment
of death and the intermediate phase after death which is followed by
rebirth into the world. The ancient Tibetan lamas cloaked their mystical
teachings with heavy symbolism and its esoteric meaning to show that
it is the death and rebirth of the ego that is described, not of the body,
which makes this text a book for the living as well as the dead.
*** 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:
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