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Near-Death Newsletter ----- February 1, 2005

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    In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. - Robert G. Ingersoll
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      "In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear
      the rustle of a wing." - Robert G. Ingersoll

      ===================================================================================================Near-Death Newsletter..........................................February 1, 2005
      www.near-death.com ..................................Vol. 04, No. 02, Ed. 01
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      The Near-Death Newsletter is a free semi-monthly newsletter which is
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      ===================================================================================================Table of Contents
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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
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      News From P.M.H. Atwater
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      CHARLOTTSVILLE, VIRGINIA ----- (P.M.H. Atwater'a Website)
      *** Attend the IANDS Conference on Sept. 8-10, 2005, in Virginia
      Beach, VA.
      *** Then on Sept. 18-26, 2005, take a Sacred Journey Caribbean
      Cruise with PMH Atwater and Dannion Brinkley who will be sharing
      some time and space on the same shipping line. Although their
      engagements are separate, the two groups will enjoy each other's
      company whenever possible. Dannion and Atwater will have new
      books out by then. Dannion's book is "Messages from the Light,"
      and PMH's is "The New Children and The Fifth World, Prophecy
      and Evolution." A great synchronistic deal.
      http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/cruise/cruise.html
      Download the PDF: http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/cruise/SacredCruise.pdf

      *** Volunteers Needed For Important NDE Research
      CHARLOTTSVILLE, VIRGINIA ----- (P.M.H. Atwater'a Website)
      If you have had a NDE or other unexplained experience, you are invited
      to correspond with Dr. Bruce Greyson and his team of researchers.
      Please send your name and postal address and/or e-mail address to
      the corresponding researcher. Contact Dr. Greyson at cbg4d@...
      to report NDEs, or contact Dr. Jim Tucker at jbt8n@... to
      report children with memories of previous lives, or contact Dr. Emily
      Kelly at ewc2r@... to report any other experiences, such
      as apparitions, deathbed visions, and communications from deceased
      loves ones.
      http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/personalitystudies/case_types.cfm

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      Participate in a Study by Completing an Online NDE Questionnaire
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      SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA ----- (Near-Death Newsletter)
      Researchers at Wichita State University are investigating the after-effects
      of the NDE by learning more about its impact on peoples' lives. If
      you have had a NDE and decide to participate, you will be asked to
      answer an anonymous questionnaire which will take approximately
      10 minutes to complete. Any information obtained in this study will
      remain confidential and anonymous. Visit their website to decide if
      you would like to participate:
      http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/jazjef/_private/NDE_consent_VS.htm

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      Questioning Life After Death: Doctor Conducts Studies on Near-Death
      Experiences
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      DENTON, TEXAS ----- (The North Texas Daily)
      Consciousness may be more than just a product of brain activity,
      according to Dr. Jan Holden, a professor in NT's department of
      Counseling Development and Higher Education. Holden is involved
      with a study on near-death experiences at the University of Virginia,
      which started last March ... With this in mind, Holden designed a
      method of proving this phenomenon. A laptop computer that opens
      flat hangs on the ceiling with the screen facing away from the floor.
      A series of animations runs once the computer starts up. Holden's
      husband, a computer software engineer, developed the program.
      With this study, Holden hopes to provide support for the theory that
      consciousness is more than a product of brain activity. "If consciousness
      is a product of the brain, then when the brain dies, consciousness
      dies. If the brain is like a cell phone in the field of consciousness,
      then when the brain dies, consciousness continues," she said.
      http://www.ntdaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/01/21/41f0a79e73d4c
      *** Visit the IANDS website at: http://www.iands.org/

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      Univ of VA Research Mirrors Television's "Medium"
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      CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA ----- (The Daily Progress)
      The inspiration for NBC's new drama "Medium" is participating in a
      University of Virginia study that seeks to prove whether the living
      can talk to the dead. "Medium" tells the real-life story of Allison
      DuBois, an Arizona mother of three who claims to see dead people
      and helps police solve murder cases ... "We know it can be done.
      There is a history of mediums who worked under these conditions
      in the '20s and '30s and did quite well," Kelly said. "It's a matter of
      identifying someone who can do well under these conditions." This
      is the first study that UVa has conducted studies with mediums in
      30 years. The Division of Personality Studies typically researches
      reincarnation, near-death experiences, death bed visions and
      out-of-body experiences.
      http://www.dailyprogress.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=ÍP%2FMGArticle%2FCDP_BasicArticle&c==MGArticle&cid=31780290543&path=*** Visit the UVa Division of Personality Studies:
      http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/personalitystudies/
      *** Read about the Scole psychic study of the '20s and '30s:
      http://www.survivalafterdeath.org/articles/keen/scole.htm
      *** Visit Allison DuBois' website:
      http://www.allisondubois.com/default.htm

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      Linking Out-of-Body Experience and Self Processing to Mental
      Own-Body Imagery at the Temporoparietal Junction
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      WASHINGTON, DC ----- (The Journal of Neuroscience)
      Abstract: The spatial unity of self and body is challenged by various
      philosophical considerations and several phenomena, perhaps most
      notoriously the "out-of-body experience" (OBE) during which one's
      visual perspective and one's self are experienced to have departed
      from their habitual position within one's body. Although researchers
      started examining isolated aspects of the self, the neurocognitive
      processes of OBEs have not been investigated experimentally to
      further our understanding of the self. With the use of evoked
      potential mapping, we show the selective activation of the temporoparietal
      junction (TPJ) at 330-400 ms after stimulus onset when healthy
      volunteers imagined themselves in the position and visual perspective
      that generally are reported by people experiencing spontaneous OBEs.
      http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/abstract/25/3/550

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      Man Starts Breathing After Being Declared Dead
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      RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA ----- (WSOCT.com)
      Steve Green says he was ready to make funeral arrangements after
      his brother had been hit by a car and declared dead on a Franklin
      County road. Now, he's hoping those arrangements won't be necessary.
      Just as a medical examiner was unzipping a body bag Monday night
      to examine Larry Green's body to determine a cause of death, he
      discovered Larry Green was breathing. That was two hours after he'd
      been hit by a car and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency
      medical technicians.
      http://www.wsoctv.com/news/4132535/detail.html
      *** Watch the online news video about this story:
      http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/012505_NW_deadandalive.html#

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      Linking Life After Death To Subatomic Physics
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      INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ----- (VNN)
      If you have evidence of the existence of a spiritual world, a world of
      help and guidance and sympathy, then you can hold to it in spite
      of every denial of the materialists, who can only base their denial
      on the absence of any sensory stimulus to their material organism.
      Such a world may exist all round us, and yet can only be spiritually
      discerned. The faculty of discernment does exist in some people,
      and their positive evidence overweighs a wilderness of negation
      from people whose perceptions are limited to the bodily senses.
      http://www.vnn.org/editorials/ET0212/ET26-7687.html

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      "What The Bleep Do We Know?" Study Guide Now Available
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      LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ----- (What The Bleep website)
      The creators of "What the BLEEP Do We Know?" and the Institute
      of Noetic Sciences (IONS), have created a free Study Guide to be
      used by individuals and groups to maximize the personal benefit
      each viewer can receive from the film. The Guide is a free gift to
      fans of the movie. It is intended to help spread the value that is
      available by focusing on, understanding, integrating, and embodying
      many of the principles offered in the film. Written, compiled, and
      edited by the IONS staff and other professionals, the Guide provides
      a framework for individuals and groups to explore, discuss, and
      deepen their involvement with "What the BLEEP's" primary themes.
      http://www.bleepspace.com/download/WTBstudyGuide.pdf
      *** You will need to have the Adobe Reader installed to read the PDF file:
      http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

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      Recent Discoveries Raise New Theories on the Origin of Life
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      NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK ----- (The Epoch Times)
      Research in near-death experiences suggests that after death a
      person is still alive in some other form. British scientists report that
      many people who have been brought back to life in emergency
      rooms are able to recount in detail how their souls had exited their
      bodies and floated above the medical personnel. Reincarnation
      treatment is gaining approval from more and more people. In such
      treatment, patients could find what body parts were injured in their
      previous lives. In some cases, this treatment has been more
      effective in diagnosis than CT, MRI and blood tests.
      http://english.epochtimes.com/news/5-1-26/26040.html

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      From Death, a New Life Blooms
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      EUGENE, OREGON ----- (The Register-Guard)
      Only a few weeks later, Crystal Houser was dead. Her new heart
      and lungs seemed fine, her death unexpected and quick ... Nichols
      suffered from an elevated type of pulmonary hypertension - a hole
      in her heart ... She almost didn't make it. Like Houser, Nichols had
      a severe reaction to some of the post-surgery medicines she was
      required to take ... Her life in the balance, Nichols said she had a
      dream or near-death experience in the hospital in which she was
      greeted by several deceased family members - and a girl with
      blond hair she didn't recognize. Nichols said she wanted to go with
      the family members and girl, who made it clear to her that "it was
      not my time" to join them. Nichols believes the girl was the
      blond-haired Houser.
      http://www.registerguard.com/news/2005/01/26/d1.cr.krystal.0126.html

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      Psychic Helps B.C. Police Find Hiker's Body
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      NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA ----- (CBC News)
      Police in Nelson, B.C., have found the body of a young woman who
      disappeared last March, and they credit a local psychic for pointing
      them in the right direction. Kimberley Anne Sarjeant was last seen
      walking alone in a popular hiking spot near Nelson. Police say they
      used every tool at their disposal to try to find her, including search
      dogs, helicopters and infrared heat detectors. When none of the
      standard techniques seemed to work, Sgt. Steve Bank called on a
      local psychic for help.
      http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/01/27/psychic-body050127.html

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      Good For the Heart
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      JACKSON COUNTY, OREGON ----- (Mail Tribune)
      The paramedics called RVMC and told the hospital to assemble the
      cardiology team. Gross and a team of assistants were waiting for
      Day when the ambulance arrived. "He looked dead," Gross recalled.
      Twenty-one minutes after Day rolled into the hospital, Gross had
      opened an artery in his leg, inserted a wire in the artery, guided it to
      Day's damaged heart and installed a stent to repair the damaged
      coronary artery. Day remembers looking down at his body, watching
      from the ceiling while doctors worked to save his heart — an
      "out-of-body" experience like those reported by many people who
      have hovered between life and death.
      http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2005/0120/local/stories/01local.htm

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      Russian DNA Discoveries Explain Human Paranormal Events
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      VALLENTUNA, SWEDEN ----- (Red Ice Net)
      Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body
      is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now
      been scientifically proven and explained. The human DNA is a
      biological Internet and superior in many aspects to the artificial one.
      The latest Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains
      phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and
      remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual
      light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind's influence
      on weather patterns and much more.
      http://www.red-ice.net/specialreports/paranormaldna.html

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      Marginalizing Bin Laden
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      PETROLIA, CALIFORNIA ----- (CounterPunch)
      At the other extreme was "Why We Should Love Osama Bin Laden,"
      in which Kevin Williams, who maintains near-death.com, an otherwise
      estimable clearinghouse for near-death experiences, tells us:
      "Although I believe that Bin Laden should be captured and imprisoned,
      I believe that we should love the man as we should love everyone --
      unconditionally. . . . [the] terrorist attacks are really a cry out for help
      and it is our obligation to help them."
      http://www.counterpunch.org/wellen01272005.html
      *** Read Kevin Williams' article "Why We Should Love Osama Bin Laden":
      http://www.near-death.com/experiences/editorial03.html

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      Numbers May Lead Believers to Future
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      FORT COLLINS, COLORADO ----- (Colorado State Collegian)
      Tafoya believes his ability to crack codes came after an out-of-body
      experience he had in 1977 while at his father's funeral. "During my
      experience, I heard a voice that said: 'it's all in the numbers,'" Tafoya
      said. "That's when the ability came." Like he predicted Sept. 11, 2001,
      Tafoya believes that 2005 holds some political events. Through his
      mathematical equation, Tafoya determined that 2005 will be an
      action year because the digits 2 + 0 + 0 + 5 == 7.
      http://www.collegian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/01/20/41ef52647e04b

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      Climate Change Disaster by 2026
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      LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ----- (BBC News)
      Dangerous levels of climate change could be reached in just over
      20 years if nothing is done to stop global warming, a WWF-UK
      study claims. At current rates, the Earth will be 2 degrees Celsius
      above pre-industrial levels some time between 2026 and 2060, says
      a paper by Dr Mark New of Oxford University. Temperatures in the
      Arctic could rise by three times this amount, he says. It would lead
      to a loss of summer sea ice and tundra vegetation, with polar bears
      and other animals dying out.
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4218441.stm

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      Escape From the Universe
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      LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ----- (Prospect Magazine)
      Einstein's general relativity theory allows for the existence of
      "wormholes" or gateways connecting parallel universes, sometimes
      called "Einstein-Rosen bridges." But it is still unknown whether
      quantum corrections make such a journey possible or not. Although
      once considered a preposterous idea, the concept of the "multiverse"
      —that our universe coexists with an infinite number of parallel
      universes—has recently generated much interest among physicists
      from several directions.
      http://prospectmagazine.co.uk/article_details.php.6701.html
      *** Read about the NDE "wormhole" to another dimension:
      http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research16.html

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      Dr. Death to Teach Australians How to Make Their Own Suicide Pills
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      LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM ----- (The Daily Telegraph)
      A controversial euthanasia campaigner nicknamed Dr. Death is to run
      suicide seminars in Australia where people will learn how to make
      their own "death tablet''. Dr. Philip Nitschke says that the so-called
      "Peanut Pill" - named after a slang term for barbiturates - will be "more
      reliable and far more effective'' than other methods of suicide ... Dr.
      Nitschke, 57, the director of Exit International. Australia's voluntary
      euthanasia organisation, said that 30 of his 3,000 members will meet
      at a secret location in the Australian outback to work on the deadly
      recipe later this year. At the end of the weekend workshop, each will
      leave with a 10g "death pill'' that they have made themselves.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?view=ÞTAILS&grid==P8&targetRule=&xml==/connected/2005/01/26/ecneuth23.xml
      *** Visit the website "Fierce Goodbye: A Faith-Based Perspective on
      Suicide": http://www.fiercegoodbye.com/
      *** Visit Dr. Philip Nitschke's website "Exit International":
      http://www.exitinternational.net/
      *** Buy the DVD documentary "Fierce Goodbye":
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00061UI3C/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

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      Archive of NDEs in the News
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      Read all the major news articles concerning the NDE and related
      phenomenon from 1995 to current. This is a permanent archive to
      ensure that these news articles will always be available on the
      internet. http://neardeath.home.comcast.net

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      ===================================================================================================(2)....Q and A with Dr. P.M.H. Atwater
      ........An in-depth look at the near-death phenomenon
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      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@... for consideration.

      P.M.H. Atwater's latest books are entitled
      "The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591430208/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

      "We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death"
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876044925/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

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      SEPTEMBER 18 - SEPTEMBER 26, 2005:
      Take the Sacred Journey Cruise to the Caribbean with P.M.H. and
      Terry Atwater for a Seminar at Sea. Learn more here:
      http://www.near-death.com/atwater/special/cruise.html
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      QUESTION: "Have you come across any near-death experiencers
      who were blind or deaf?" -- Jeffrey

      ANSWER by PMH ATWATER: I encountered some adult near-death
      experiencers who were blind, most of them since birth, in my research,
      but no children who were. Of the adult experiencers, all of them claimed
      to see and clearly during their near-death episode. What amazed
      me is that those who were blind since birth - never saw - recognized
      colors instantly and knew what color was which just by the site of it,
      and used the right words to describe what they saw - even if it was to
      describe people who entered their hospital room, people they had never
      before touched, heard, or were around ...
      [Read more at http://www.near-death.com/atwater/index.html ]

      P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D.
      http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/
      http://www.near-death.com/atwater.html
      Marketplace (a public service):
      http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/rosen.html

      ===================================================================================================(3)....Books on the NDE
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      *** The NDE Online Store includes NDE books, videos, movies,
      documentaries, magazines, and other media.
      http://associatesshop.filzhut.de/shop/index.php?ID=bed2010a2e86954f2f1f2020e1056af

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      My Descent into Death: A Second Chance at Life
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      by Howard Storm
      This is one of the greatest NDE stories ever told. It was first released
      on July 10, 2000, and now a second edition will be released this
      February 15th. Not since Betty Eadie's "Embraced by the Light" has
      a NDE story been so utterly different from most others or more
      compelling. Perhaps no one but Howard Storm has fallen to such
      great depths, then risen to such great heights, and lived to tell about
      it. Rather than being welcomed by light beings immediately after
      death, Howard was tortured by monstrous beings of depravity. But
      a simple childhood prayer allowed him to be rescued by Jesus
      himself and be taken to heaven. As it was with Betty Eadie, Howard's
      story is a great message of hope and a great message of redemption.
      Anne Rice, who wrote the Foreword of Howard's book, had this to
      say about it: "This is a book you devour from cover to cover, and
      pass on to others. This is a book you will quote in your daily
      conversation. Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read
      it." When Anne Rice read Howard's manuscript she was so overwhelmed,
      she volunteered to provide the foreword.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385513763/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

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      Mysteries of Consciousness
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      by David D. Weisher MD
      Are you the sum aggregate of an epiphenomenon of random firing
      neurons that simply no longer exists after the complex system
      dies or are you a spirit that temporarily resides in this "brain machine"
      that is liberated upon the death of this complex neurological system?
      These two philosophies are not only basic, they are opposite and
      opposing. Both can not be truth. Either Life is a koas between two
      nothings or it is a complex and dynamic co-existence between the
      physical and spiritual worlds. This book examines this question
      like no other because of the unique background of the author. Not only a
      neurologist which gives him a position of some authority on this
      subject but he is also an engineer which contribute a degree of logic
      to the equation.
      http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=&272
      *** Read an interesting NDE excerpt from "Mysteries of Consciousness":
      http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/book_excerpt.asp?bookid=&272

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      Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century (E-Book)
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      John Jay Harper is a clinical hypnotherapist in Spokane, Washington
      who has written an ebook that integrates the NDE within the framework
      of both science and religion; specifically it is a theory on the operation
      of cosmic consciousness itself. His passion for learning about the
      hereafter was inspired by a 1988 after-death visitation with a deceased
      colleague - an experience which changed him from skeptic to mystic.
      It was this close encounter and the myriad of questions it generated
      which relentlessly drove him to solve the riddle of life after death and
      publish his findings. His book has recently been released as an ebook
      which is the only version that reflects Earth Changes predictions and
      includes overall major textual improvements. His ebook is available
      for immediate purchase and download at his website:
      http://www.johnjayharper.com/
      *** "Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century" (paperback):
      http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?&isbn==0-595-22975-1
      *** John Jay Harper's Science of Soul Online Store:
      http://associatesshop.filzhut.de/shop/index.php?ID=F6487857d3f1a1421c0ab10c8e34e80

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      Near Death and out-of-Body Experiences (Auspicious Births and Deaths)
      Of the Prophets, Saints, Mystics and Sages in World Religions
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      by Marilynn Hughes
      Ever wanted to know about some of the most fascinating moments
      in religious history? Moments when prophets and world religions
      were born? Final words and moments of the great prophets? Out-of-
      body experiences which led to the prophet's missions? Near-death
      experiences and afterlife visions experienced by the prophets, saints,
      mystics and sages? If so, this book is for you! Culled from some of
      the most remote ancient texts on world religion, these expressive
      moments in religious history are compiled in the actual words of
      those who witnessed or recorded these events.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1411619161/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

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      Soul Journeys: My Guided Tours Through the Afterlife
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      by Rosalind A. McKnight
      Take a fantastic voyage through other dimensions. McKnight was
      one of the first, and most successful, researchers to work with
      Robert Monroe and The Monroe Institute in Virginia. She spent
      eleven years doing research in a laboratory setting. With the help
      of Monroe and his Hemi-Sync technology that put her into altered
      states of consciousness, she explored and reported on various
      levels of non-physical reality. Written for every soul on the planet,
      these unforgettable adventures emphasize that all of us have angels
      and spirit guides waiting to help us discover the inner workings of
      the multiple worlds in which we exist and to which we will all one
      day journey.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1571744134/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20

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      The Marriage of the Sun and Moon: Dispatches from the Frontiers
      of Consciousness
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      by Dr. Andrew Weil
      From the great popularizer of alternative medicine, here is a collection
      of essays about his travels to South America in the early 1970s in
      search of information on altered states of consciousness, drug use
      in other cultures, and other matters having to do with the complementarity
      of mind and body. Andrew Weil's experiences during this time laid
      the foundation for his mission to restore the connection between
      medicine and nature. In The Marriage of the Sun and Moon, now
      updated with a new preface by the author, the esteemed Dr. Weil
      first attempts to empower patients to take fuller charge of their
      destinies.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618479058/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20
      *** Visit Dr. Weil's website: http://www.drweil.com/u/Home/index.html

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      From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of
      Consciousness
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      by Peter Russell
      Peter Russell went from being a strict atheist and scientist to
      discovering a profound personal synthesis of the mystical and the
      scientific. That transition is the basis of his book which he blends
      physics, psychology, and philosophy to reach a new worldview in
      which consciousness is a fundamental quality of creation. Russell
      shows how all the ingredients for this worldview are in place; it
      remains only to put the pieces together and explore the new picture
      of reality that emerges. Integrating a deep knowledge of science
      with his own experiences of meditation, Russell arrives at a universe
      similar to that described by many mystics - one in which the inner
      and outer worlds no longer conflict. The bridge between them, he
      shows, is light, and this book invites readers to cross that bridge to
      find new meaning in God and a deeper significance in spiritual practice.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1577314948/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20
      *** Visit Peter Russell's wonderful website:
      http://www.peterussell.com/index2.html

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      Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
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      by Susan Blackmore
      The famous NDE skeptic's latest book challenges the reader to
      reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul.
      How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What
      creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness
      itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are
      opening up the debate on these issues. Blackmore combines the
      perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience - and
      serves as a launch pad for further exploration of this "last great
      mystery of science."
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0192805851/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20
      *** Visit Susan Blackmore's website: http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/

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      Secrets and Mysteries of the World
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      by Sylvia Browne
      From the Great Pyramid to Stonehenge, Sylvia reveals amazing
      facts about some of the world's most mysterious sites. The truth
      behind sacred and controversial objects such as the Shroud of
      Turin and the Holy Grail are brought to light; and fascinating and
      mystifying topics such as crop circles, the Lost Continent of
      Atlantis, UFOs, Easter Island, and much more are examined and
      clarified. Sylvia tears away the obscure and timeworn explanations
      that hide the underlying truths about these fascinating subjects.
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401900852/ref==nosim/neardeathexpe-20
      *** Read Sylvia Browne's NDE testimony:
      http://www.near-death.com/experiences/paranormal07.html

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