2016 Monthly IANDS Leaders Teleconference Schedule (usually the THIRD Tuesday of each month at 9 PM Eastern time). (IANDS members click here to download the available mp3 recordings of conference call guest speakers):
Tuesday, Jan 19 -- featured speaker/topic – Rita Hildebrandt, Experiencer -- In her late twenties in the midst of intense inner work with her spiritual teacher, Rita regressed to the womb of her mother and experienced herself as a fetus with a sense of asphyxiation and her soul moving out of the womb into the Source – a contact that remained as a spiritual guidance throughout her life. She contacted her mother and received the story of what actually happened that helped explain the particular way that she operated in the world that did not seem to fit with the norm of people's experiences. It was not until 2013, though, when she was attending a spiritual retreat, that she received the final piece of information that completed the understanding of her unusual way of being. Rita will describe her profound personal experiences pointing to the existence of a reality and consciousness that is the Source of life, death and beyond and that is the core consciousness of each and every one of us as the soulful co-creators of our human experience here on earth. Her background combines a wide range of experiences, from foreign language teacher, to corporate executive, to spiritual counselor and visual artist. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and training in the Expressive Arts. Since 1991 she has been giving readings and consultations to people in the US and internationally and facilitated groups in the Expressive Arts, Dreams and the unfolding of the Soul in the human experience. Visit her web site.
Tuesday, Feb 16 -- featured speaker/topic – Louisa Peck, Author, Near-Death Experiencer: In 1982 at a Manhattan nightclub, recent Vassar grad Louisa and her date purchased a bag of "cocaine" that did nothing to get them high, though it had passed the test of numbing gums. "You can do it all," said her date. So Louisa snorted what turned out to be a full gram of lidocaine (also known as xylocaine) - a general anesthetic that shut down her cardio-pulmonary functions resulting in a grand-mal seizure followed by cardiac arrest. While a bartender performed CPR, Louisa's spirit shot out of her body like a rocket, high over the open ocean, beginning her journey to the Light. Upon her return, 22-year-old Louisa, who fancied herself an existential atheist, found a way to explain away her experience and stuff her deeper sense of truth in a psychic lock-box. All went well for 5 years until, walking off a hangover on a Gloucester, MA, beach in the midst of an early morning storm, she encountered a exceptionally curious grizzled individual dressed in turn of the century Macintosh rain gear and staring anxiously at the empty horizon as if for a ship.... So began a series of 13 paranormal events, or "Weird Things," that relentlessly decimated Louisa's empiricist view of the world, overlapping with a hold on sobriety with which she has been graced since 1995. Louisa's stories relates the interwoven strands of healing from the pains behind her addiction and increasing faith in and reliance upon the powers of Good from the other side as she helps others trapped by addiction. Link to Louisa's sobriety / NDE blog and book: A Spiritual Evolution
Tuesday, Mar 15 -- featured speaker/topic – Beth Peterson is an expert on survival. After enduring personal tragedy and suffering horrific abuse throughout her childhood she went on to enlist in the United States Army, gaining rank quickly and proving herself as a valuable and capable soldier. While on patrol in Fort Benning, Georgia in July 1992 her entire life was changed in an instant when she was struck and killed by lightning. After being escorted to Heaven in the company of three angels she was given the choice to remain in her peaceful afterlife or return to Earth, so long as she promised to help others overcome their own trials and hardships. She chose to come back and during her recovery faced tremendous physical, emotional, and mental pain, including a traumatic brain injury that caused her to have to relearn how to talk, walk, read, and write. The day before the one year anniversary of the first lightning strike she was struck again…… Visit her web site.
Tuesday, Apr 19 -- featured speaker/topic – Rich Kelley brings us his Near-Death Experience that occurred at the age of 15 in a drowning incident. He was overcome with a profound sense of peace and calmness came over him. Rich goes into depth of his thoughts on what life really is about. Is life really just a stage play we create before we come to earth? Do we choose the cast and characters? Call in and listen to the "rest of the story". Visit his web site
Tuesday, May 17 -- featured speaker/topic – meeting was canceled
Tuesday, Jun 21 -- featured speaker/topic – Robin Aisha Landsong, Experiencer, Author, Artist, Singing Medicine, Craniosacral Therapist: Robin Aisha was abducted at eight years old from the US and taken to Africa. Arriving in Rhodesia during the Bush War she was separated from the man who kidnapped her. She spent the night alone in the bush, then made her way to a tribe who gave her water, food, and safety. The tribe became her new family. They taught her how to sing their songs, and how to plant and harvest. Mama Eahton adopted her as she became one of the tribe. The village was peaceful until a faction of armed guerrillas rode in shouting and making threats. One week later, in a ceremony full of dancing, drums, and celebration she was given the name Aisha (which means “she is life”). Days later, the guerrillas came again, and shot her while she played in the grass. The bullet grazed her head causing severe blood loss. "I crossed over into death." Come and listen as Robin Aisha tell of the five beings leading her through the confusion and pain to acceptance, peace, and to profound love. How Mama Eahton's wailing turned to song and why she chose to return "like a long stream of light from a stained glass window." Visit her web site Robin Aisha Landsong's art
Tuesday, Jul 19 -- featured speaker/topic – Rev. Lee Witting is a chaplain at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, and pastor of the Union Street Brick Church in downtown Bangor. He had a near-death experience at age seven, when he drowned. He received his doctor of ministry degree in NDE studies from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2010, and serves as a board member and editor of Vital Signs for IANDS. Lee hosts a weekly Internet radio show, NDE Radio, featuring interviews with experiencers, and the theological implications of NDEs. All past shows are available at the website, nderadio.org. His talk will be on "NDEs and the nature of eternity".
Tuesday, Aug 16 -- featured speaker/topic – Elissa Al-Chokhachy (pronounced (Al choke ah chee), RN, BSN, MA, FT (Fellow in Thanatology- study of death, dying & bereavement), hospice nurse for 25+ years. Author of four books to help with loss & grief – 2 illustrated children’s books & 2 adult audience books (Miraculous Moments & Our Children Live On) which are collections of many first-hand experiences of nearing death awareness, after death communication & near death experiences. Visit her web site
Tuesday, Sep 20 -- featured speaker/topic – Stephanie Arnold - Pregnant with her second child, Stephanie began receiving mysterious but strong premonitions that should would die during the delivery. Distressed, Stephanie did everything she could to inform the medical team and her family about what she knew was coming. No one believed her, but Stephanie knew they were wrong. When she gave birth to her son, Stephanie flat-lined and died on the operating table for 37 seconds, during which time she had a spiritual experience she would never forget. After hearing what Stephanie discovered in her search to make sense of what happened to her, you will never look at life, death, and the afterlife the same way again. Visit her web site.
Tuesday, Oct 18 -- featured speaker/topic – Scott Fitzgerald De Tamble is a Clinical Hypnotherapist in Southern California, specializing in Past Life Regression and Life Between Lives Spiritual Regression. For the past 15 years he has dedicated himself to guiding hundreds of clients to a deeper understanding of their eternal soul and their current life's mission. He is a Contributing Author to the Newton Institute book, "Memories of the Afterlife." Several of his LBL sessions are featured in "Flipside," Richard Martini's entertaining film and book about LBL work and our eternal spiritual nature. Scott's session work is also spotlighted in Mr. Martini's books, "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" Vols. 1 and 2, and his newest book, "Hacking the Afterlife." Scott is also a Certified Master Trainer of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, offering education and Hypnosis Certification for students under the banner of IACT, the International Association of Counselors & Therapists. He also trains qualified hypnotherapists in Past Life Regression and Spiritual Hypnotherapy. Visit his web site.
Tuesday, Nov 15 -- featured speaker/topic – William Buhlman's forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences. His third book is titled Adventures in the Afterlife. William was inspired to explore the afterlife a result of his confrontation with mortality following a cancer diagnosis in 2011. His lucid dreams and out of body experiences during his treatment and recovery provided mind bending visions that were so illuminating that he felt compelled to journal his experience. Insights that are provided in this book will assist the reader to navigate the many thought responsive environments in the afterlife. Visit his web site.
Tuesday, Dec 20 -- featured speaker/topic – Connie Anne Miller, Experiencer, Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Connie was born in Germany and immigrated to America in 1980. As a young child, she experienced ongoing molestation by a close family member. At the same time, she was relentlessly bullied at school. Something helped her survive this - children. Children only she could see and hear, and always there to provide blessed comfort. But she was to endure more. At 17 years of age, Connie was abducted and violently gang-raped by a group of young men. During the attack, she left her body in which she was transfused and surrounded with a glorious splendor which she will describe. Connie knew she had gone “somewhere over the line”, a different reality during a moment when her life had been in great danger. Time had passed. There was a car accident followed by an angelic encounter. Twice she crossed the 'bridge' into another dimension. Over the years, Connie's had numerous encounters with “helpful strangers”, who have been there one moment, gone the next. These 'Messengers' have brought answers to questions not consciously asked, while other times, just show up to 'check in'. Connie lives in Lancaster, CA, and is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Since 1992, she's specialized in working with children diagnosed with developmental delays, learning disabilities and especially autism.