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Highly Recommended Books

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Love The Person You’re With
By David Sunfellow

Every day, all over the world, an increasing number of people are reporting near-death experiences (and related phenomena). This book is a collection of the-best-of-the-best stories and quotes from 40-plus years of research. It shines a bright light on the universal truths that are championed by NDEs and reveals, in life-changing technicolor, how to apply these truths to our everyday lives.

The book includes stories and quotes from Howard Storm, Jeff Olsen, Kenneth Ring, Tom Sawyer, Reinee Pasarow, Dianne Morrissey, Rene Jorgensen, Jeffrey Long, Oliver John Calvert, Erica McKenzie, Andy Petro, Amy Call, Mary Jo Rapini, Anne Horn, Ellyn Dye, Mellen-Thomas Benedict, Anita Moorjani, Barbara Harris Whitfield, Natalie Sudman, Sheila, Dennis, and Matthew Linn, Cami Renfrow, Ryan Rampton, Amphianda Baskett, Arthur Yensen, Dr. George Ritchie,  Julie Aubier, Mary Deioma, Peter Panagore, John W. Price, Dr. Laurin Bellg, David Sunfellow, and more.

A companion website showcases the 38 experiencers, 8 researchers, and 20 videos that are featured in the book. 

The print version of this book has been designed to be a beautiful gift book that can be shared with family and friends.

Endorsements:

“This is one jewel of a book, a real treasure. I have been recommending it to everyone I know. For anyone who wants to learn what near-death experiences are all about, this is the book for you.”

— Near-death experience researcher Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author of “Lessons from the Light

“This author has taken the best quotes from the most articulate experiencers and organized them into an easily understandable collection of what is really quite ineffable. This is an amazing contribution. I highly recommend this book! It stands out from the growing collection of books in this genre because it gets to the heart of the matter! It has taken on and brought us the Soul of the NDE. And the author doesn’t hide from the dark places. This book brings it all together.”

Near-Death Experiencer, researcher, and author Barbara Harris Whitfield

“This book is not only well worth the read, absorbing its psycho-spiritual information may be the closest thing to having a near-death experience without going through the risk and pain. Thank you David for synthesizing all these great life-changing experiences!”

— Charles Whitfield, M.D., physician, psychotherapist, and author of the best-selling book “Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

“The near-death experience phenomena that David has so meticulously curated in this book may possibly be a glimpse into the next stage of human evolution. Anyone seeking higher truth and consciousness will benefit from this easy to digest ‘cream of the crop’ NDE compilation.”

— Jon Michael, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship Music Minister

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The Gifts of Near-Death Experiences

The Gifts of Near-Death Experiences:
You Don’t Have to Die to Experience Your True Home
By Sheila Fabricant Linn, Dennis Linn, Matthew Linn

This is the only book that systematically encourages the reader to create a spiritual and psychological healing practice based on NDEs. Each chapter includes an account of a fascinating NDE, followed by a series of questions, meditations, exercises, and video links. The reader is encouraged to contemplate these stories and their own lives. It is truly a profound guide to both living and dying.

Here’s an example of the kind of helpful insights and practical exercises that this outstanding book contains: A Life Review Every Day.

Excerpts:

“The thesis of this book is that simply immersing ourselves in NDEs, by listening to accounts of them, reading about them, and so forth, can bring about some of the same changes in ourselves as those described in NDErs in the previous chapters. This has been our experience.”

— Page 169

“We live in a community in which many people have different political opinions, values, religious beliefs, and lifestyles than ourselves… In our experience, NDEs have the power to unite us as no other topic can, and to help us form immediate heart and soul connections with people to whom we might otherwise struggle to relate.”

— Page 186

Additional excerpts are posted here and here.

Listen to an iOM Radio Network Interview with Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn

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Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience
By Kenneth Ring, Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino

From The Forward:

“If any one person can claim to be an authority on near-death experiences (NDEs) without having had one, that person must surely be Kenneth Ring. After Raymond Moody sowed the seeds of modern near-death research by coining the term “NDE” in his 1975 Life After Life, it was Ken who watered and nurtured them till they grew into a self-sustaining phenomenon. It was Ken who was the first president of that band of scattered researchers who formed the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) 20 years ago. It was Ken’s office at the University of Connecticut that housed the organizations volunteers, phones, and growing archives for its precarious first decade. And it was Ken who founded the only scholarly journal for near-death studies and organized symposia on NDEs at annual meetings of mainstream academic societies.

“If anyone has interviewed more NDErs than Ken — and I don’t know that anyone has — then surely no one has done it with the depth, open-mindedness, and insight as he. For many years, Ken’s home was known to experiencers across the country as “The Near-Death Hotel,” where itinerant NDErs trying to rediscover their place in this world could and did “drop by” and end up staying however long it took. And each one to whom Ken opened his home in return opened his or her heart and added to Ken’s growing comprehension of the true essence of the NDE. No other researcher has been able to meld the large-scale controlled study with the passionate friendships, the philosophical theories with the intuitive understandings, the command of the scholarly literature with the personal stories. And more importantly, no other researcher has been able to transmit to the rest of us the true meaning and impact of near-death phenomena for our planet…”

— From The Foreword by Dr. Bruce Greyson

Endorsement:

“The capstone of Kenneth Ring’s career, this book is the distillation of all that death can teach the living. Ring’s loving voice turns harrowing and resplendent near-death stories never published before into a practical guide that motivates through its sheer heart-gripping beauty. No reader will ever be able to think of life in the same way again after reading this book.”

— Jenny Wade, Ph.D., author of Changes of Mind: A Holononic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness

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Gad and the Afterlife

God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience
By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry

Based on the largest near-death experience study in history, involving 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including nonbelievers, God and the Afterlife presents startling evidence that a Supreme Being exists — and there is amazing consistency about what he is like.

In his bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jefferey Long showed us that there is a strong scientific case for life after death. Now, he goes further, revealing evidence that God is real. At the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Dr. Long studied the stories of thousands of people who have journeyed to the afterlife. Though there are a wide variety of differences in how people experience NDEs — some see a bright light, others go through a tunnel, still others experience a review of their life — he discovered that many of the accounts shared a remarkably similar description of God; a Supreme Being who radiated love and grace.

Expanding on his analysis begun in Evidence of the Afterlife, God and the Afterlife is the first intensive exploration of the people who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to share their journey. Groundbreaking and profound, it provides new insight into the human experience and expands our notions of mortality, offering possibility, hope, and comfort.

Click here to read excerpts from this important book.

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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences
By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry

“Evidence of the Afterlife” Handout (pdf)

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I Knew Their Hearts: The Amazing True Story of a Journey Beyond the Veil to Learn the Silent Language of the Heart
By Jeff Olsen

Excerpt:

“I felt the hustle and unrest of the hallway of a hospital. I watched the doctors and nurses as they went about their duties. I moved with ease all around them. I realized none of them were aware of me. They could not see me, but – wow – could I see them!

“My perceptions were expanded. I knew each person I saw perfectly. I knew their joys and their sorrows. I knew their love, their hate, their pain, and their secrets. I knew everything about them, every detail, every motivation, and every outcome. I knew every emotion they were feeling, and I knew intuitively why they were feeling it. In an instant, with no contemplation, I knew them as well as I knew myself. I knew their hearts…

“… I felt spontaneous, intense love for each and every one of them. Not a romantic love, but a perfect, compassionate love…”

“I moved about the hospital with ease, pausing to take in the beauty of the people I was encountering. I felt their true essence and marveled at the connection I had to each of them, even though I had never met them before…

“Most of my life, I had actually avoided people. Now, everyone I saw was truly my brother or sister. In fact it went even deeper than that. THEY were, in a strange sense, ME! We were all connected pieces in a huge puzzle of oneness.

“Words Jesus had said rushed to my recollection: ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these brethren ye have done it unto me.’ Was he talking about the awareness I was experiencing? Did he feel the same thing I was feeling? Was this how he walked the earth, in the consciousness of knowing each individual soul at this deep level of love?

“I realized he didn’t see himself as better than the beggar or the prisoner; he knew he was one with them. He knew them perfectly, in the same way I was experiencing the strangers I saw. We are all linked and equal in God’s eyes. I was seeing it, feeling it, and experiencing it.”

— Pages 35-37

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Highlights from Jeff Olsen’s Book: I Knew Their Hearts (pdf)

• “To what degree have you learned to love?”

• We are all one

• God knows and loves everyone very personally

• We are loved, cherished, and honored

• Everything happens for a reason; there is purpose in every circumstance; there are no accidents

• We help create our experiences

• We are all here to learn

• We experience life in a way that makes us more godlike

• Everyone is on their own unique journey

• Don’t judge anyone

• In every situation we encounter, especially the challenging ones, choose joy; choose to see every experience positively; as opportunities to learn, grow, deepen, love

• Treasure the simple things

• True peace can only be found from the inside out (looking to people and things to fill the emptiness of our souls is painful and futile)

• One of the best ways to ease our pain is to reach out and be fully present for others

• In order to know another person’s heart, we must first know our own

• Our bodies are temples of the divine

• Our hearts know the answer to whatever questions we have

• No one truly dies; no one is ever lost

• Glimpses of eternity sometimes make things more difficult in this world

• Pay attention to dreams (this is not said, but implied by the significant role dreams have played in Jeff’s journey)

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For more information about NDEr Jeff Olsen, go here.

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Anita Moorjani

Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
By Anita Moorjani

Advice from Anita’s Book:

• Love yourself unconditionally

• Be yourself fearlessly

• Be aware of your inner self talk

• How we feel about ourselves is more important than positive thinking

• Be honest with yourself and your feelings; don’t suppress or bottle yourself up

• Don’t give away your power

• Turn within for answers

• Follow your own unique path (which is different from everyone else’s)

• Suspend beliefs; open up to the universe, to what is — and to the unknown and unexpected

• Focus on being your full self here, in this world; rather than seeking to leave this world for other realms

• Love every part of yourself (ego, intellect, body, spirit); Every aspect of yourself is perfect

• Enjoy yourself

• Don’t take life too seriously

• Laugh often, especially at ourselves

• Look at the emotions behind everyday decisions and actions. Do things based on a passion and a zest for living; avoid doing anything out of fear

• Because time is fluid and everything is happening right now, the past can be changed in the present moment and future potentials can be tapped into

Quotes from Anita’s Book (pdf)

For more information about NDEr Anita Moorjani, go here.

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Return from Tomorrow

The near-death experience that inspired the modern day near-death experience movement.

Return from Tomorrow
By George G. Ritchie, Elizabeth Sherrill

“I’m not asking you to believe anything. I’m simply telling you what I believe. And I have no idea what the next life will be like. Whatever I saw was only from the doorway, so to speak. But it was enough to convince me totally of two things from that moment on: One, that our consciousness does not cease with physical death; that it becomes, in fact, keener and more aware than ever. And secondly, that how we spend our time on earth, the kind of relationships we build, is vastly more important than we can know.”

— NDEr George G. Ritchie, M.D.

For more information about Dr. George Ritchie, go here.

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Howard Storm

My Descent Into Death: A Second Chance at Life
By Howard Storm

Excerpts:

Life Review

“The only reason I could bear to proceed with the life review was because of their love for me. No matter what we watched me do in life, they communicated their love for me, even as they expressed their disapproval of the things I did.”

Interested In Relationships

“The angels and Jesus had no interest in the track meet competitions I won or lost. They were interested in the relationships and how we encouraged or hurt one another.”

Sex

“God is not particularly interested in human sexual expression. God is interested in how we love one another and doesn’t want us to exploit one another.”

Love

“It is impossible to love another person unless we love ourselves. Without the love of God, it is impossible to love ourselves because every human being is aware of their flawed nature and sinfulness.”

“The only authentic love in this world is achieved when there is a balance between love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self.”

“Our purpose is to know and do God’s will in this life, and we do this when we love one another as God loves us. Every person, without exception, needs to be loved by us. This is the most difficult and most important lesson of our life.”

Other Life in The Universe

“I asked them if there were other worlds. And they said, yes, the universe is full of other worlds — and there are other dimensions of other physical universes and those are full of other worlds.”

Diversity of Heavens

“Each person is escorted toward heaven according to his or her life, culture, and spiritual level.”

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For more information about NDEr Howard Storm, go here.

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
By Eben Alexander, MD

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion — and in essence makes us human — shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.

BeforeAlexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

For more information about NDEr Dr. Eben Alexander, go here.

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Application of Impossible Things

Application of Impossible Things – My Near Death Experience in Iraq
By Natalie Sudman

There have been many, many people killed and maimed by bomb explosions during the war in Iraq. This is the amazing story of a woman who survived a near fatal explosion. Incredibly, that was only the beginning of her story. During the event, she experienced a NDE (Near Death Experience). She retained vivid memories of going to the spirit side and from that unique out-of-body perspective; she helped celestial beings put her body back together so she could return to life. She wanted to share what the experience was like as viewed from the spirit side. A true tale of survival and courage, sure to empower others who read it.

For more information about NDEr Natalie Sudman, go here.

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Glimpses of Eternity

Glimpses of Eternity: An Investigation Into Shared Death Experiences
By Raymond A., Jr. Moody

Shared Death Experiences

Shared-death experiences (SDE) have been documented by the Society for Psychical Research in London since the late 1800s. Peter Fenwick, MD, and Elizabeth Fenwick, RN, who research end-of-life phenomena, have collected hundreds of shared-death experiences in the United Kingdom and in Northern Europe. Dr. Raymond Moody formally coined the term “shared-death experience” in his 2009 book, Glimpses of Eternity. Previously, the phenomena now identified as the shared-death experience was associated with death-bed visions (William Barrett), death-bed coincidences (Fenwick), and other extraordinary end-of-life phenomena.

The core elements of the shared-death experience are remarkably similar to those of the near-death experience (NDE). Although no single SDE has included all of the elements listed below, and although no two SDE’s are exactly the same, a person who experiences even one or two of these elements receives profound benefits from their SDE. The following elements may characterize shared-death experiences:

• Mist at death
• Hearing beautiful music
• Change in the geometry of the room
• Strong Upward Pull on the Body
• Shared Out-of-Body Experience
• Seeing a Mystical Light
• Empathically Co-living the Life Review of the Dying Person
• Greeted by Beings of Light
• Encountering Heavenly Realms
• Boundary in the Heavenly Realm

Preliminary research from Shared Crossing Research Initiative and Dr. Raymond Moody’s research has shown that the shared death experience offers many benefits, including:

• Dramatic grief reduction, knowing that the one who has died is actually alive and well in the afterlife
• Greatly reduced fear and apprehension of death
• Increased belief in an afterlife
• A deeper understanding and refocusing on one’s purpose in this life

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Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife
By Raymond Moody with Paul Perry

The bestselling author of Life After Life, Raymond Moody, offers a stunning, myth-busting memoir of everything he has learned in a lifetime studying “the other side” and our connection to it. The grandfather of the NDE (near death experience) movement, Raymond Moody has, in the words of Dr. Larry Dossey, author of The Power of Premonitions, “radically changed the way modern humans think about the afterlife.” Paranormal is “a thrilling and inspiring literary experience. Anyone who is not grateful for Moody’s immense contribution to human welfare ought to check his pulse.”

Click here and here to read excerpts from this important book.

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Loved - A Transcendent Journey

Loved: A Transcendent Journey
By Mary Deioma

Endorsement:

“Mary Deioma’s book, ‘Loved: A Transcendent Journey’ is something special. Based on direct, personal experiences, Mary tackles life’s big questions with authority, clarity, humility, honesty, and a refreshing sense of humor. In a mere 148 pages, she offers a sophisticated understanding of the nature and purpose of heaven and hell, clears up confusion about The Void that so many near-death experiencers have experienced, provides a helpful seven-level framework to conceptualize the nature of reality, explores the malleable nature of time and how healing can be initiated by revisiting old wounds in the present, discusses why some experiential states of consciousness are more accurate — and trustable — than others, discusses the complicated nature of premonitions and future events, and offers practical insights as to how to use all this information in our day-to-day lives. The first bit of magic is acquiring this information. The second bit of magic is explaining it simply and clearly. And the third bit of magic is compressing it all into a small book that is personable, engaging and easy to understand. Everyone who seeks to answer life’s big questions should own, read, and ponder this jewel of a book.”

— David Sunfellow

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Alchemy of Dreams

The Alchemy of Dreams I: Transform Your Life – Develop a Friendship with Your Dreams
By Wesley Wyatt

What if the stories are true? What if dreams represent a largely untapped resource that could transform your life and relationships? After all — everyone dreams, every night. In this, the first of three books in The Alchemy of Dreams Series, author Wesley Wyatt provides a rich and nuanced discourse on the potential of dreams, the language of symbolism and dream interpretation. Utilizing the psychic readings of the Edgar Cayce readings, the author provides practical tools for accessing the inspiration and counsel offered in dreams.

– Increase your recall of dreams.
– Discover the causes and meaning of repetitive and disturbing dreams.
– Learn how dreams can assist you in expressing your true nature and aptitudes.
– Deepen your understanding of the language of the soul – symbolism.
– Learn specific techniques for translating the personalized symbolism in your dreams.
– Learn to ‘incubate’ a dream on a specific concern.

Endorsement:

“Let me cut to the chase: Wesley Wyatt is the most skilled person I know at dream work and dream interpretation. His abilities with dreams arise out of a lifetime of working with his dreams and the dreams of others. I know because I’m his brother. We not only learned how to work with our dreams together, but we have spent four decades sharing dreams and honing our skills. Whether you are someone new to dreams and dream work, or a seasoned veteran, everyone can benefit from the treasures my brother has collected over the years. Do yourself a favor. Buy his books. And then buy a few copies to share with those you love. While we are all born with angelic companions, in the form of dreams, only those who actually know how to work with these powerful, magical forces can make the most of their gifts. My brother can show you how to tap the same forces that have guided, protected, healed, and inspired many of humankind’s most celebrated dreamers. The Alchemy of Dreams, in other words, are spiritual dynamite. These books contain pearls of great price that can make everything better, deeper, healthier, happier.”

— David Sunfellow

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The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences
By Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, Rudolf H. Smit, Robert G. Mays, Janice Miner Holden

Are near-death experiences (NDEs) just elaborate hallucinations produced by a dying brain? Or the exuberant fantasies of attention-seeking narcissists? As the accounts in this book abundantly demonstrate: Neither!

This book contains over 100 reliable, often firsthand accounts of perceptions during NDEs that were later verified as accurate by independent sources. These near-death experiencers were everyday people from all over the world — many of whom were clinically dead, unable to see or hear, and yet able to perceive new vistas of a world beyond the senses and even beyond death.

The Self Does Not Die is a trailblazing effort to present the most confirmed cases of consciousness beyond death ever compiled. In these cases, the authors have gone back to the original sources, the people involved in each case, whenever possible, rather than relying on secondhand sources. In so doing, they have assembled a unique collection of empirical data that any scholar worthy of the name must take into account.

By carefully studying and describing many convincing and corroborated cases, during cardiac arrest and other cases, the authors conclude that there are good reasons to assume that our consciousness does not always coincide with the functioning of our brain: Enhanced consciousness can sometimes be experienced separately from the body.

This book is a must read for anyone wanting to know more about this fascinating subject with its implications about the very nature of human consciousness and its survival of physical death. It has the potential to radically change the currently still widely accepted materialist paradigm in science.

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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
By Pim van Lommel

Endorsements:

“Dr. Pim van Lommel’s Consciousness Beyond Life is an exciting, informative, and thorough overview of near-death experiences. As one of the foremost experts in the field, his work moves us closer to rational comprehension of human kind’s deepest mystery — life after death.”

— Raymond A. Moody MD,PhD, author of Life After Life

“Most books on NDEs only touch on some of the ideas that are presented, but the distinctive contribution of this book is that it presents and defends a complete theory of consciousness…. What a brilliant, erudite and magisterial book. A magnificent achievement, clearly a landmark book. ”

— Dr. Kenneth Ring, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Connecticut

“Consciousness Beyond Life confronts the apparent enigma of clear thinking, accurate perception, and enhanced memory in people who are clinically dead. This rigorous and provocative book may change our ideas about the mind and how we practice medicine.”

— Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Excerpt:

“After eight years, people with an NDE scored significantly higher in the following areas: showing emotions; less interest in the opinion of others; accepting others; compassion for others; involvement in family; less appreciation of money and possessions; increase in the importance of nature and environment; less interest in a higher standard of living; appreciation of ordinary things; sense of social justice; inner meaning of life; decline in church attendance; increased interest in spirituality; less fear of death; less fear of dying; and increase in belief in life after death. These different levels of change are a consequence of the NDE and not of surviving a cardiac arrest.”

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The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation
By Janice Miner Holden, Bruce Greyson, Debbie James

Excerpt from Chapter 1: The Field of Near-Death Studies: Past, Present, and Future

“In 1975, Raymond Moody, then a medical student, published the book Life After Life. In it, he coined the term ‘near-death experience’ and the acronym ‘NDE,’ and he introduced the phenomenon of NDEs to the public and most professionals. His book marked the opening of the contemporary field of near-death studies. Even in that book, however, Moody noted that writers had recorded NDEs going back as far as ancient texts. It is now clear that accounts can be found in humankind’s earliest writings, including the Bible, Plato’s Dialogues, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

“As that list of texts suggests, it is also now known that NDEs have been described across cultures, not only in the literature of Western culture but also in the folklore of Native American, South Pacific Islander, and East and Central Asian cultures and in the literature of non-Western cultures. Indeed, accounts of near-death and out-of-body experiences can be found in the oral traditions and written literature of about 95 percent of the world’s cultures (Sheils 1978).

“More recently, over 150 years before Moody’s book, several authors explored the phenomenon that would later be named NDE-some of these people being, literally, explorers. In 1825, Henry Schoolcraft described an account in his book Travels in the Central Portion of the Mississippi Valley. In 1872, David Livingstone, of ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume’ fame, described what we now call an NDE in his book Adventures and Discoveries in the Interior of Africa. Just one year later, Samuel Woodworth Cozzens related an account in his book The Marvelous Country: Three Years in Arizona and New Mexico. Before 1900, at least six other authors (Barrow 1848; Clarke 1878; Little 1881; Munck 1887; Winslow 1868) published books containing NDE accounts. Among these was Frances Power Cobbe’s 1882 book The Peak in Darien; in it, she recounted NDEs in which the experiencers encountered deceased people who were not at the time known to be deceased.

“In the 19th century, accounts of NDEs also appeared in the Western professional literature of both medicine and psychical research. In the periodical literature, physician A. S. Wiltse published a description of an NDE in his 1889 article in the Saint Louis Medical and Surgical Journal. Accounts in the medical literature tended to focus on the effects of these phenomena, with the apparent goals of warning physicians not to declare patients dead prematurely and of helping survivors readjust to life after reviving. Accounts in the psychical research literature tended to focus on accurate perceptions of experiencers while ‘they’ were ostensibly out of their bodies, with the apparent goals of elucidating the relationship between mind and body and providing supportive evidence for the possibility that some part of humans may survive bodily death.

“Beginning in the 19th century, Western investigators moved beyond individual case reports into collections of cases, which allowed analysis of features that appeared to comprise consistent patterns across individuals. Among these were Mormon collections of NDEs that were not published for the general public until the 20th century (Lundahl 1979, 1993-94). In Albert von St. Gallen Heim’s 1892 article in the Yearbook of the Swiss Alpine Club, he described 30 NDEs, primarily from climbers who had fallen while climbing, as he had done. In the first two decades of the 20th century, psychical researcher James Hyslop published a series of articles describing the phenomenology of ‘visions of the dying.’ For two decades beginning in 1971, Russell Noyes and his colleagues published a series of articles in the psychiatric literature describing ‘depersonalization in the face of life-threatening danger,’ including paradoxical hyperalertness and mystical consciousness. In 1975, German theologian Johann Christoph Hampe published a book describing the primary phenomenological features of NDEs; it was published in English in 1979. Indeed, before Moody’s book in 1975, in the scholarly Western periodical literature alone, over 25 authors had published over 30articles addressing NDEs (Holden and Christian 2005b). When Life after Life first appeared, it quickly became a bestseller. As of 2001, over 13 million copies had been sold, and the book had been translated into 26 languages (E. Russo, personal communication, August 10, 2006). This book ushered in the modern era of near-death research in which NDEs were identified as a discrete phenomenon rather than as a type of depersonalization, a special case of out-of-body experience, or a variety of religious epiphany. In the intervening 30 years, the topic of NDEs has continued to generate curiosity and has sustained interest such that researchers and theoreticians around the world have investigated and written on the topic. Thus, not only have NDEs occurred throughout history and across cultures but also the study of them has become increasingly international…”

Contents Include:

1. The Field of Near-Death Studies: Past, Present, and Future

2. Pleasurable Western Adult Near-Death Experiences: Features, Circumstances, and Incidence

3. Aftereffects of Pleasurable Western Adult Near-Death Experiences

4. Distressing Western Near-Death Experiences: Finding a Way through the Abyss

5. “Trailing Clouds of Glory”: The Near-Death Experiences of Western Children and Teens

6. Characteristics of Western Near-Death Experiencers

7. Census of Non-Western Near-Death Experiences to 2005: Observations and Critical Reflections

8. World Religions and Near-Death Experiences

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Highly Recommended Movies

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Resurrection

Resurrection is a 1980 film which tells the story of a woman who survives the car accident and discovers that a near-death experience has given her the power to heal other people. Ellen Burstyn delivers a tour-de-force performance as the modern-day miracle in this unforgettable story. It stars Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom and Eva LeGallienne. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards; one for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn) and another for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva LeGallienne).

Watch it here

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Groundhog Day

An inspired movie that humorously illustrates many of the core truths championed by near-death experiences.  Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, transforms from an arrogant and egocentric TV weatherman into a Christ figure. And he does it, true to life, in the same sloppy, humorous, convoluted way that most of us do.

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Miracles From Heaven” is based on the true story of the Beam family.  When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored, and their community inspired.

To learn more about NDEr Annabel Beam and her new book and movie, go here.

 

 

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