12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes
12/18/12 Class Notes
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
• How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World
12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class NotesDec 30
12/18/12 Class Notes
By David Sunfellow
I came to this class planning to use most of our time together summarizing and discussing all the material we have covered in the past year. Instead, we spent most of our time discussing the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings.
We began the class by silently praying for the children, teachers, and school staff members who were killed during the shooting. Then we discussed how horrific incidents like this are typically viewed from “the other side”. The conversation began with me reading a few paragraphs from the near-death experience of Cami Elizabeth Renfrow (see below). Other members of the group then added their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to the discussion.
Cami Elizabeth Renfrow
I was shown a ‘bank’ of recently dead people (who were no longer people of course, and couldn’t even be seen — they were just energetic entities I could sense — and in fact seemed to be part of me — part of this Force of Love — as much as they were separate beings). Many had died tragic, unexpected deaths.
All were full of joy. Of all the beautiful agony we could see in the loved ones remaining on earth, all of it appeared noble. All of it appeared purposeful. These recently dead were trying to comfort and communicate with the earthly human part of those left behind, nearly laughing with compassionate outreach. It was as if they were trying to wrap their arms around those left behind and say, “Can’t you feel me? I’m right here with you even more than in life because my half of the veil is lifted. No body or personality holds me back from you. I did my job, I died when I was supposed to. Your job is beginning. We are a team, we chose this together, it’s your turn to grow from this and transform it with your open heart. After this life we’ll plan another together as we have so many times. In the meantime let’s get this one right and make good use of your pain for the benefit of all of life. Everything is exactly as it should be and I wouldn’t change it if I could. The only shame of this whole mess is if you let it destroy you and waste the chance for growth. Are you sure you can’t feel me?” It was almost a sense of coaching and cheering and reassuring.
This sense was so powerful that for years after I returned to a more normal type of consciousness, anytime I heard of a tragedy too big to recover from (losing three children in one day for example) my instinctive first emotion was a genuine sense of gaping awe and respect for the people involved, admiration that they would sign on for such difficulties, and for the potential for growth and useful power in proportion to their pain.
In addition, some of this communication seemed to go on between recently dead and people back in the world who were NOT loved in this life but perhaps nemeses(!). They were part of the soul group and beloved teammates in growth nonetheless, and the sense of love between them at that higher level was equal to that between people who had played a pleasant role in each other’s lives.
FEAR NOTHING – LEAST OF ALL DEATH
It’s all chosen — by you — through love. There is always a healing path right through the middle of it. The worst you can imagine — the very worst — may even be rejoiced on the other side, and none of it ever goes unnoticed. You have infinite support available to you, whole worlds cheering for you to weather it well and grow with love so you can come home. BE BOLD.
JOY IN INCARNATION
Your higher self incarnated because as a sensate, embodied being you can have experiences your spirit alone cannot. Don’t be afraid of desire. Don’t be afraid of passion, of adventure, of a little sin, of failure, of living in your own unique way. Don’t be afraid of anything. Life truly is a big play — have fun with it, don’t take it so seriously. Life in all its glory goes on, no matter how messy it looks from here and now.
BAD THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS BAD
I believe when we are struck with challenges and suffering and we weather them with the most open heart we can — without blame or recrimination, without grasping, accepting responsibility for all of our own circumstances — we are each claiming a small win for the whole of life. We freely and joyfully chose our family, our flaws, our recurring fights, for our own good.
Here is a quick list of some of the things that were shared:
• While many NDErs are deeply imprinted with the kind of knowledge and experience that Cami mentions above, when traumatic events touch their personal lives, many of them struggle, like everyone else, not to be swept away in the drama of it all. One thing that can help all of us (NDErs and non-NDErs alike) remain calm and centered through dramatic events, is a strong community of people who are tapped into the deeper truths of existence. That’s what we are trying to build in Sedona.
• In the same way that people can catch and transmit fearful ideas and feelings, people can also catch and transmit loving ones. And since one deeply centered person can calm multitudes of people, no one needs to feel like a victim. We just need to deepen our personal connections and join with others of like mind who are doing the same.
• Near-death experiences champion the idea that our thoughts and feelings create the realities we experience. Because of this, it is very important that we learn to control our inner worlds and not lend our energies to destructive forces.
• It was noted that some of the people who seemed to cope best with the Sandy Hook Elementary Shootings were devote Christians. Along with entertaining a deep belief that their deceased loved ones had not died, but had simply passed from this world to the next, they also felt the next world was a better place than this one — and they fully expected to join their loved ones again when their time came to die. In addition, many of these Christians extended forgiveness to the shooter and asked for prayers for both him and his family. All of this echoes the core truths presented by NDEs.
• Another theme that had Christian overtones was also noted: namely, that it is often the poor, the disenfranchised, the outcasts of society that end up snapping. If we, as a society, made more of an effort to reach out to these kind of people, and help them feel seen, loved, and included, then we might be able to avoid future Sandy Hook-like tragedies.
• In addition to identifying and caring for disturbed people living on the fringes of society, it was also pointed out that we need a more informed and comprehensive way to deal with bereavement in our society. One possible model, which is built around near-death experiences, is the Bereavement Rescue Centre.
• While the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings are tragic, several people mentioned that events happen every day, all over the world, that are equally disturbing, if not more so. Why was so much attention paid to this event while so many others are overlooked, or barely mentioned?
• While the mainstream media tends to focus on all the awful things happening in the world, the evidence is overwhelming that the world, as a whole, is actually improving on every level, and doing so at accelerating rates. Here’s an article that describes some of the remarkably positive things that are happening in the world right now: 2012: The Greatest Year In The History Of The World.
• Finally, it was also noted that while many NDErs return to Earth with dire predictions of humankind’s near future, we also have NDErs, like Mellen-Thomas Benedict, who are declaring a Golden Age is not only the destiny of humankind but, in fact, unfolding right now. What do you think? Is humankind headed for a Golden Age or destruction? Even NDErs who return predicting imminent upheavals usually believe that these events are not the end of humankind. Instead, they are envisioned as purification processes, or as labor pains that herald the birth of a new, more spirit-filled world.
20th Anniversary of Betty Eadie’s book “Embraced by the Light”
Betty Eadie’s book, “Embraced by the Light” marked its 20th anniversary in November. For more information about Betty’s book, go here. For more information about Betty and her near-death experience, go here.
NDEr Barbara Whitfield’s New Book: “Another F*ing Growth Experience”
Due out in January, Barbara’s latest book, “Another F*ing Growth Experience: A Guide to Self-Awareness and Change”, is co-written with Sharon Cormier. The book is endorsed by Bruce Greyson, MD, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Medical School and Kenneth Ring, PhD, Professor Emeritus at University of Connecticut, Author of Lessons From The Light. The Foreword is by Charles Whitfield, MD. Click the image below to see a full-size version of the front and back cover. For more information about Barbara and her near-death experience, go here.
The first NDE class of 2013 will take place on Tuesday, January 8th. The last week of every month will now be dedicated to a dream class. Click here to download a copy of January’s Calendar.
A Newly Emerging Spiritual Path
Unlike spiritual paths that arose from the ideas and inner experiences of lone, isolated human beings, the path presented by near-death experiences is emerging as a direct, grassroots revelation that millions of people from all over the world are receiving and sharing. If we explore this newly emerging path deeply enough, we discover that all religions, philosophies, and cultures are honored; that science and spirituality are celebrated; that both the human and spiritual side of our natures are cherished and embraced. In short, near-death experiences present us with a universal, all-inclusive, perfectly integrated spiritual path that revolves around three core truths: 1. We are all one; 2. Love is the essence of life; 3. We are here, in this world, to become perfect embodiments of the divine.
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