Consciousness/Life After Death?
An exploration of Near-Death
Presented by Janice Holden, Ed.D.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:30–9 p.m.
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“Consciousness/Life After Death? An exploration of Near- Death Experiences”
Presenter: Dr. Janice Holden
DATE: Tuesday June 17, 2014
TIME: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Austin Center for Spiritual Living
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Near-Death Experience (NDE) refers to a usually lucid, real experience of altered consciousness during a close brush with death–one that involves altered perception of the material world, often from a perspective outside the body, as well as perception of and interaction with non-material environments and entities. The classic “scientific” argument is that this phenomena is more a neurological/physiological brain response than a non-physical/spiritual experience.
Our speaker, Dr. Jan Holden, draws from 40 years of research and makes clearthat a great controversy exists in the medical and psychological fields concerning NDEs.
• Can physiological mechanisms explain all aspects of NDEs?
• What do NDEs suggest about whether the brain produces consciousness or whether the brain is more a receiver/transmitter of consciousness–a limiter and filter of essentially independent consciousness rather than a source of it?
All of these ideas and more are discussed in this unique presentation by Dr. Holden.
The traits of a classic pleasurable NDE are as follows:
• A sense/awareness of being dead.
• A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness.
• Positive emotions.
• A sense of removal from the world.
• A sense of one’s consciousness functioning apart from the physical body.
• Perceiving one’s body from an outside position.
• Sometimes observing doctors and nurses performing medical resuscitation efforts.
• A sense of rapid movement through a structure, such as a tunnel, or a void.
• Immersion in, and communication with, a powerful Being of Light.
• An intense feeling of unconditional love.
• Encountering deceased loved ones and spiritual entities.
• Experiencing a life review.
• Memories of past lives; glimpses into the future in this lifetime and/or future lives
• Receiving knowledge about one’s life and the nature of the universe.
• A decision by oneself or others to return to one’s body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.
• Connection to the individual’s cultural beliefs, which seem to influence the phenomena and/or how the experiencer interprets it (From Holden, Greyson, & James (Eds.), The handbook of near-death experiences: Thirty years of investigation. Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009)
Dr. Janice Holden
In 2009, leading near-death experience (NDE) researchers published The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, a collection of comprehensive, critical reviews of all NDE research for the 30 years since NDEs came to public and professional attention.
Dr. Jan Holden, lead editor of The Handbook , will present a summary of the book, including updates since 2009. She will illustrate her presentation with an on-camera, in-depth interview with a young woman who had her NDE in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Holden will welcome comments and questions both throughout and following her presentation.
Dr. Holden is professor of Counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling & Higher Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, and she is editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the scholarly publication of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.
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