Near-Death Newsletter ----------------- July 2006
- "Truth sits upon the lips of dying men." -- Matthew Arnold
Near-Death Newsletter ----------------- July 1, 2006
http://www.near-death.com --- Vol. 05, No. 07, Ed. 01
TABLE OF CONTENTS
(1) News from P.M.H. Atwater
(2) News from IANDS
(3) NDEs in the News
(4) Books on the NDE
(5) IANDS in the Spotlight
(6) Odds and Ends
(1) News From P.M.H. Atwater
--- Announcing PMH Atwater's Q & A Blog!
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--- Latest news from P.M.H.: http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/news.html
--- Is personality stored in celluar DNA? http://pmhatwater.blogspot.com/
--- Who 'sends' us our dreams? http://tinyurl.com/fl8ve
--- One-third of NDEs may be unpleasant: http://tinyurl.com/kvb7k
--- Is what I am doing good enough? http://tinyurl.com/zvmoq
--- Mental Illness and NDEs: http://tinyurl.com/k9f2b
--- Is there an NDE-position on abortion? http://tinyurl.com/e5v6y
--- Free Beyond the Indigo "Extras" (online): http://tinyurl.com/8x4yp
--- Free Beyond the Indigo "Extras" (ebook): http://tinyurl.com/9rwzg
(2) News from IANDS
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(3) NDEs in the News
*** Near-death experiences go under the French microscope:
More than 1,500 delegates including people who claim to have had
NDEs are attending the one-day conference, which aims to take
stock of the disputed phenomenon in the most scientific way
*** Actress Jane Seymour describes her NDE on Larry King Live:
"I was watching from the corner of the room. And I saw this white
*** UA doctor offers reason for near-death experience:
As the body fails, consciousness "leaks out" of the body and
becomes part of the "quantum void," he said. In that state,
consciousness can exist "for a time."
*** Dave Bennett's near-death experience:
"I was in a dark void, but I felt a great peace. Then a light started
to glow around me, and I saw several light beings ...
*** Dannion Brinkley's mission at local VA hospitals:
Brinkley was in Spokane Monday visiting sick veterans at the local
Veterans Administration hospital. http://tinyurl.com/embqg
*** From life, to death, to life: Dick Reissner's NDE:
As the flatline on his heart monitor sounded his demise, the last
thing Reissner remembers seeing was the startled look on his
wife's face, which Sue Reissner refers to as her "silent scream."
*** Author remembers meaning of life with near-death experience:
During the operation, a slip of the scalpel turned a nondescript
surgery into a flat-line emergency during which he became eerily
detached from his body yet aware of people and events immediately
surrounding him. http://tinyurl.com/errba
*** Near-death survivors recall "the Other Side":
The survey by psychiatrist Peter Fenwick of Kings College in London
followed a television program on the subject, after which 2,000
letters were received -- focused on correspondents who seemed to
have what researchers describe as "core" experiences,
Spiritdaily.com reported recently. http://tinyurl.com/kfrn4
*** A near-death experience:
The New York chapter of the International Association for Near-Death
Studies group facilitator recently told the story of his near-death
experience while working as a commercial diver in California in
*** Sharing their near-death experiences:
"People who were brain-dead could see what was going on in a
waiting room, or around them, in precise detail. We are not talking
about a hallucination here because it was quite real," he said.
*** Video: Christian Andreason describes his NDE:
"I felt myself being lifted up and surrounded by this light," he said.
In real time, he was only gone for two minutes, but what he saw felt
like it lasted a lifetime. http://tinyurl.com/7jn83
*** Video: Renee Pasarow speaks about her NDE:
A talk about her near-death experience, Baha'i Faith Educational
Series video tape, Reno, Nevada 1989.
*** Video: Dr. George Ritchie NDE docudrama (6 min 46 sec)
At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an army hospital. Nine
minutes later, he returned to life. http://tinyurl.com/je699
*** Video: Dr. Maurice Rawlings: To Hell and Back (1 hr 28 min
52 sec). This video hosted by Dr. Maurice Rawlings, a noted
cardiologist, investigates life after death and his experiences with
patients that actually saw the Other Side.
*** Video: Dr. Maurice Rawlings on the NDE (1 hr 37 min 30 sec)
Dr. Rawlings discusses the near-death experiences of his own
patients brought back to life. http://tinyurl.com/gceb4
*** Video: Bill Wiese describes his NDE: 23 Minutes in Hell
(1 hr 36 min 51 sec). Bill was placed in hell not as a casual observer,
but as someone who was not saved.
*** Video: Gary Habermas lectures on the NDE (58 min 0 sec).
Gary Habermas describes a number of cases of near-death
experiences and their implications for materialistic philosophy.
*** Video: Rev. Kenneth Hagin's NDE docudrama (3 min 35 sec)
At the age of 15, Kenneth had a near-death experience which
resulted from a malformed heart - a condition he was born with.
*** Videos: Conscious Media Network Video Interviews:
Watch online video interviews of NDE and consciousness-related
experts for free. http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/
*** Paraplegic chronicles his journey to healing mind-body connection:
In several "out-of-body experiences," as he calls them, he says he
watched what was happening like it was on TV.
*** Video: Death as an out-of-body experiance in Plato's Phaedo:
This video explores Phaedo's Death Yoga, recognizing death as an
out-of-body experience, and unpacks the definition of True
Philosophy and Phaedo's "Yoga of Death."
*** Nearly comatose man's brain rewires itself in most dramatic
recovery in US history:
Doctors have their first proof that a man who was barely conscious
for nearly 20 years regained speech and movement because his
brain spontaneously rewired itself by growing tiny new nerve
connections to replace the ones sheared apart in a car crash.
*** Researchers find molecular "brake"' to cell death:
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center have significantly refined the scientific understanding of how
a cell begins the process of self-destruction - an advance they say
may help in the design of more targeted cancer therapies.
*** Learning about life from those facing death:
"Life happens now and it can be lost in yesterday or misspent
waiting for tomorrow," says Dr. William E. Hablitzel, author of "Dying
Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me: Stories of Healing
and Wisdom along Life's Journey."
*** Brushes with death renew life for most:
Most people who brush up against death live with renewed vigor and
spirituality, said Lee W. Bailey, philosophy and religion professor at
Ithaca College in New York.
*** Dead right:
"About 10 percent of people who come close to death or who survive
actual clinical death have a near death experience," according to
Peter Fenwick of the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.
*** "Mind over matter" no longer science fiction:
Brunner and two colleagues from the state-financed Wadsworth
Center in Albany, New York were demonstrating a "brain computer
interface (BCI)," an astounding technology which digitalizes brain
signals emitted as electrical impulses -- picked up by the electrodes
-- to convey intent. http://tinyurl.com/k4qvd
*** Human brain waves control robot:
In a step toward linking a person's thoughts to machines, Japanese
automaker Honda said it has developed a technology that uses brain
signals to control a robot's very simple moves.
*** Coming soon: mind-reading computers:
An "emotionally aware" computer being developed by British and
American scientists will be able to read an individual's thoughts by
analyzing a combination of facial movements that represent
underlying feelings. http://tinyurl.com/gwqlq
*** Woman with perfect memory baffles scientists:
Give her any date, she said, and she could recall the day of the week,
usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her
life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date.
*** Satellite could open door on extra dimension:
An exotic theory, which attempts to unify the laws of physics by
proposing the existence of an extra fourth spatial dimension, could
be tested using a satellite to be launched in 2007.
*** The strange world of quantum entanglement:
Entanglement is a strange feature of quantum physics, the science
of the very small. It's possible to link together two quantum particles,
photons of light or atoms, for example, in a special way that
makes them effectively two parts of the same entity. You can then
separate them as far as you like, and a change in one is instantly
reflected in the other. http://tinyurl.com/jgnxv
*** Molecule-sized switch could control DNA machines:
A molecule-sized switch just 50 nanometers wide may someday
control microscopic machines and also could make DNA
sequencing faster, less expensive, and more precise.
*** The past-life memories of children:
His book "Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's
Memories of Previous Lives" tries to verify statements from children
who claim to have had past-life experiences.
*** What is enlightenment? Explores "Reincarnation: the evolution of
death and life and everything in between":
Carter Phipps, senior editor of "What Is Enlightenment?" magazine,
takes readers on a scientific and philosophical journey into the
whole evolving process of death, reincarnation, and the afterlife.
*** Dreams that predict the future:
Famous psychic Edgar Cayce maintained that the visions presented
in dreams are necessary for personal development and should be
applied in waking life. http://tinyurl.com/fqjq3
*** Famous discoveries from dreams:
Otto Loewi and his Nobel Prize winning dream, Srinivasa
Ramanujan and his mathematical discoveries, Kekule and his
molecular discoveries, Louis Agassiz and his fossil discovery,
Madame CJ Walker and her million dollar product, Elias Howe and
the sewing machine, Abraham Lincoln and his premonition of death,
Paul McCartney and "Yesterday", Mary Shelley and "Frankenstein",
Stephen King and "Misery", Robert Louis Stephenson and Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde, Jack Nicklaus and his champion-winnng golf swing.
*** Tap your dreams to change your life:
A young guitarist has a dream in which he hears amazing guitar riffs.
He awoke abruptly and, in a near panic, grabbed his guitar, turned on
his recorder, and played the riffs from his dream before they faded
from his mind. The resulting song became the band's first
number one hit. The song revolutionized rock music. The young
guitarist was Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and the song is
*** Video: Excerpt from "How to trick your body into falling asleep to
enter a lucid dream": http://tinyurl.com/g6cym
*** The real "Medium" writes about spirit world:
In her new book, "We Are Their Heaven," forensic psychic Allison
DuBois tells readers about her experiences with people who have
lost loved ones. http://tinyurl.com/h73cz
*** Signs: Gifts from dead? Scientists study question; many
Butterflies, rainbows, garage doors that go up and down for no
reason -- these are the kinds of stories the living tell about signs
they believe they have received from the dead.
*** "I've found God," says man who cracked the genome:
The scientist who led the team that cracked the human genome is to
publish a book explaining why he now believes in the existence of
God and is convinced that miracles are real.
*** Dog makes cell phone call to save owner's life:
Beagle receives award after dialing 911 when man suffered seizure.
(4) Books on the NDE
--- NDE books and videos are available at the Near-Death Online
Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S.
Government Remote Viewer 001
by Joseph McMoneagle, L. Robert Castorr (Foreword), Edwin C.,
Ph.D. Joseph McMoneagle is a near-death experiencer who became
a remote viewer in the U.S. Army's "Stargate" Project - a top secret
intelligence-gathering initiative launched at the height of the Cold
War. This book recounts the author's distinguished military career
as well as his work with scientists who tested his abilities in the lab.
McMoneagle was awarded the Legion of Merit for his military service,
and has been featured in Newsweek, Time, and Reader's Digest, as
well as on ABC's Nightline and CBS's 48 Hours.
--- REFERENCE: Wikipedia listing: http://tinyurl.com/mzhq6
--- ARTICLE: McMoneagle's NDE testimony: http://tinyurl.com/owpnh
--- WEBSITE: Joseph McMoneagle's site: http://www.mceagle.com/
--- BLOG: Joseph McMoneagle's blog: http://blog.mceagle.com/
--- PRODUCTS: Joseph McMoneagle: http://tinyurl.com/romhv
Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality
by Dr. Dean Radin
The latest scientific research shows that psychic phenomena is both
real and widespread, and are an unavoidable consequence of the
interconnected, entangled physical reality we live in. In this
illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic
phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are
real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled
lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores,
among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals
the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and
intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding
them. "Entangled Minds" sets the stage for a rational, scientific
understanding of psychic experience.
--- REFERENCE: Wikipedia listing: http://tinyurl.com/mprgv
--- ARTICLE: Dean Radin multimedia: http://tinyurl.com/qlg3n
--- WEBSITE: The Official Site of Dean Radin: http://www.deanradin.com/
--- BLOG: Dean Radin's blog: http://deanradin.blogspot.com/
--- PRODUCTS: All products by Dean Radin: http://tinyurl.com/hnmsv
Dreaming beyond Death: A Guide to Pre-Death Dreams and Visions
by Kelly Bulkeley, Patricia Bulkley
Documented throughout time and across cultures, dreams
experienced by those on the verge of death can offer profound insight
into the process of dying and provide deep spiritual solace for the
individual passing away. The authors bring together their diverse
areas of expertise to create a guide to pre-death dreams that offers
practical advice and provides a broader understanding of this
--- REFERENCE: Wikipedia listing: http://tinyurl.com/lultn
--- ARTICLE: "How Dreams Work": http://tinyurl.com/hzcoz
--- WEBSITE: Kelly Bulkeley's site: http://www.kellybulkeley.com/
--- PRODUCTS: All products by Kelly Bulkeley: http://tinyurl.com/oyyeh
Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?
by Jon Klimo, Pamela Rae Heath
This provocative study explores what happens to those who commit
suicide. Drawing on communications from the spirits of more than
100 "successful" suicides, it offers an intriguing look at what the
dead themselves say about suicide, its repercussions, and their
experiences in the afterlife. http://tinyurl.com/etkls
--- REFERENCE: Wikipedia listing: http://tinyurl.com/efrhn
--- ARTICLE: Suicide and the NDE: http://tinyurl.com/gb8pt
--- WEBSITE: Pamela Heath's site: http://www.pamelaheath.com/
--- WEBSITE: Jon Klimo's profile: http://tinyurl.com/s95lq
--- PRODUCTS: All products by Jon Klimo: http://tinyurl.com/qod8z
--- PRODUCTS: By Pamela Rae Heath: http://tinyurl.com/q2h39
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