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Research request for NDErs: spontaneous mediumship experiences
If you have had, or think you might have had, a near-death experience (NDE): You are invited to participate in a research study examining whether or not you experienced being visited by a deceased person who communicated a message they wanted you to convey to another living person (termed spontaneous mediumship experiences, SMEs), prior to and/or after your NDE, and if so, the nature of those experiences. The research is being conducted by Ryan Foster, Ph.D. and Jan Holden, Ed.D., editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies.
Participation involves completing an online survey that should take you about 30 minutes. If you had, or may have had, an NDE; if you’re at least 18 years old; if you’re at least reasonably fluent in written English; and if you’re willing to participate in the study, please click here to take the survey. For more information, email Dr. Foster: rfoster(at)marymount.edu.
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 November 2013 17:54 )
What near-death experiences tell us
NDE researcher Robert Mays will moderate a symposium on near-death experiences, A Journey to Heaven and Back sponsored by IANDS and by the Open Center in New York City on Saturday, November 23, 10 AM - 5:30 PM. The program will include NDErs Dr. Eben Alexander, Anita Moorjani and Lorna Byrne. We encourage you to come hear their remarkable accounts and explore the implications of these extraordinary experiences. Also WBAI-FM interview about the Symposium (35 min). Moderator Robert Mays offers the following preview:
In 2008, Eben Alexander came down with acute bacterial meningitis and was in deep coma for 6 days, with little chance for survival. Although his brain was severely compromised, he had a profound, ultra-real experience of an exquisite, heavenly realm. High above him shimmering angelic beings arced across the sky in glorious song, raising him higher and higher. He entered an immense void.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:00 )
Study on rats proposes a mechanism for NDEs
A recent study by Jimo Borjigin and colleagues (University of Michigan) reports that highly coherent, global oscillations in the brains of rats occurred from about 12 to 30 seconds after cardiac arrest. The investigators found that near death, some of the electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, providing "strong evidence for the potential of heightened cognitive processing in the near-death state." "The measureable conscious activity is much, much higher after the heart stops." They assert that this evidence provides "a scientific framework to begin to explain the highly lucid and realer-than-real mental experiences reported by near-death survivors."
How well do these assertions hold up to scrutiny?
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:25 )
NDE Radio is here!
The first show was broadcast on Monday, September 9! And the program will now broadcast every Monday at 11 AM Eastern.
The show features first-hand stories of near-death and out-of-body experiences, interviews with guests who have experienced the other side, and with researchers of the NDE and other "mystical" phenomena. Shows will offer the chance for audience call-ins, and each show will be archived for listening at any time.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 October 2013 08:53 )
Open Center Symposium in NYC on NDEs Nov. 23
A Journey to Heaven and Back is the theme of a symposium on near-death experiences by the Open Center in New York City, Saturday, November 23. The program will include NDErs Dr. Eben Alexander, Anita Moorjani and Lorna Byrne, and will be moderated by NDE researcher Robert Mays.
The panelists in this symposium have all had NDEs and have demonstrated great courage in sharing their stories in the face of great skepticism, but feel compelled to bring hope and comfort to others by sharing their profound conviction that there is nothing to fear when we transition to the next life. Come hear their remarkable accounts and explore the implications of these extraordinary experiences.
Also WBAI-FM interview about the Symposium (35 min).
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:57 )
NDE Training Video Now on Sale!
For doctors and nurses: How do you recognize a patient's near-death experience? How do you respond to it? This new IANDS-sponsored NDE Medical Training Video provides answers. It is now available on the IANDS Shopping Cart!
This groundbreaking video features six medical professionals, addresses the needs of near-death experiencers, and provides professional and general audiences with knowledge of NDEs.
Training Video DVD only (30 min) ~ $39.95. The institutional NDE Training Package (includes the DVD and supporting training materials) ~ $199. Both items are now available on the IANDS Shopping Cart, discounts available to IANDS members. View the trailer now!
Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 September 2013 18:45 )
Esquire article on Eben Alexander distorts the facts
Commentary by NDE researcher Robert Mays - revised August 21, 2013
Luke Dittrich, contributing editor at Esquire, wrote an article critical of Dr. Eben Alexander's book Proof of Heaven. Dittrich cited several malpractice lawsuits against Dr. Alexander, in some of which the allegation was that Alexander had altered medical records to cover his errors. Dittrich makes this his theme for critiquing the story of Alexander's NDE, that Alexander altered the facts of his story to make them more dramatic. In particular, Dittrich questioned the central premise of the book, that Alexander's experience was the result of a brain all but destroyed by meningitis. Alexander's hyper-real experience of the heavenly Gateway Realm with the beautiful girl on the butterfly wing and the knowledge he gained from The Core, were all hallucinations resulting from a medically induced coma. Alexander thereby stood to gain financially. But how careful was Luke Dittrich with the facts he presented? (PDF: Full article)
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:13 )
The Big Book of NDEs is back!
The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The ultimate guide to what happens when we die by P.M.H. Atwater is back! This is a wonderful, comprehensive encyclopedic resource full of useful information about NDEs and related phenomena.
We also have The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation on the Shopping Cart, also with an IANDS member discount.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 September 2013 18:15 )
Researchers to investigate what happens when we die
Station WTVR in Richmond reports that beginning in January, Dr. Bruce Greyson and his team at the University of Virginia will participate in a research study where doctors will attempt to monitor near-death experiences as they occur in the hospital, using computers near the ceiling to project random images in places where people tend to go into cardiac arrest. The images will be visible only at the ceiling, looking down.
“We know that 10 percent of people who have cardiac arrest will say during the arrest, they left their bodies and many say they hovered above their bodies, looking down on it,” Greyson said. His team hopes to determine whether what the patient saw corresponds to what was shown on the computer.
The article also recounts the NDEs experienced by Dr. Eben Alexander and also Wayne Hart, who said, "There was a perfect sense of peace, of belonging, of being home... [Afterward], everything changed. I was a completely different person."
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:51 )
AWARE study & two others receive Templeton grants
Three studies relating to NDEs have been award grants in the Immortality Project, including the AWARE study directed by Sam Parnia of Stony Brook University, according to a University of California Riverside report. The size of the individual grants was not disclosed but they average $240,000.
Another study by Ann Taves and Tamsin German of UC Santa Barbara will include a "quasi-experimental field study" of IANDS to examine the role that NDE accounts and experiences play in shaping and reinforcing the potency of afterlife beliefs in the NDE movement. In the third study related to NDEs, Shahar Arzy of Hadassah Hebrew University will examine the life-review experience reported in many near-death experiences, including its prevalence and relationship to life events.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 19:53 )
Interview with Diane Corcoran on Combat NDE Project
Jeff Garton of Veteran Empowerment Training recently interviewed IANDS President Diane Corcoran about her Combat NDE Project, reviewing her military career as a nurse and her work on near-death experiences (NDEs) and with IANDS.
Dr. Corcoran launched the Combat NDE Project to develop education materials and videos to reach out to veterans in military or VA facilities—to get the word out to veterans about NDEs to help them understand their own NDE and the aftereffects they may be experiencing.
The Veteran Empowerment Training is a job and career readiness training for veterans.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 May 2013 22:17 )