Consciousness and Life After Death? An exploration… Tuesday, June 17th, Austin, TX

Consciousness/Life After Death?
An exploration of Near-Death

Presented by Janice Holden, Ed.D.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:30–9 p.m.
Austin Center for Spiritual Living (map)
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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
5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite D-115
Austin, TX

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MEETING DESCRIPTION:
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.
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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)

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OUR PRESENTER
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.
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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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