Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Nov 14

A collection of reports that accuse Mother Teresa of failing to be the humanitarian saint she was widely perceived to be. The allegations include accepting money from corrupt sources, keeping secret bank accounts, misusing millions of dollars in donations (money that could have been used to alleviate poverty or improve the conditions of her hospices was used, instead, to open new convents, increase missionary work, and fund other Vatican projects), refusing to help the needy when they approached the sisters at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging sisters from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), the imposition of “unjust” punishments on sisters (such as being transferred away from their friends), and keeping sisters in check by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving… This post also includes Time Magazine’s August 2007 article on “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith.”

Esquire Challenges Dr. Eben Alexander’s Credibility & Story (Updated)

Esquire Challenges Dr. Eben Alexander’s Credibility & Story (Updated)

Aug 28

Esquire has published a must-read article about Dr. Eben Alexander, his near-death experience, and best-selling book, “Proof of Heaven.” Among other things, the author describes a series of malpractice lawsuits from Dr. Alexander’s past (including one where he falsified medical records), and a long string of inconsistencies in Alexander’s story…

A Teachable Moment: Esquire Versus Dr. Eben Alexander

A Teachable Moment: Esquire Versus Dr. Eben Alexander

Aug 18

A comprehensive look at the controversy that erupted from Esquire’s hard-hitting expose’ of Dr. Eben Alexander, including an NBC news report, a summary of the Esquire article, a video of the Dalai Lama and Dr. Alexander, a list of NDE-related networks that hosted conversations, comments from these networks, and a short list of take-aways for how to view this emotionally charged situation (and others like them)…

Movie: ‘Astral City: A Spiritual Journey’

Movie: ‘Astral City: A Spiritual Journey’

Jul 15

Based on the best selling book “Nosso Lar: An Account of Life in a Spirit Colony in the World of Spiritis” by medium Chico Xavier, “Astral City: A Spiritual Journey” tells the story of Andre Luiz, a successful doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death. When he wakes up in the spiritual world, he embarks on a new journey of self-discovery and transformation, from his first days in a dimension of pain and suffering, until when he is rescued and taken to the spiritual Astral City. With magnificent art direction and special effects that have never been seen before in a Brazilian production, and featuring an amazing score by composer Philip Glass, the film brings to the screen what life is like at the Astral City that hovers in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere…

Near-Death Experiences & The Dark Side

Near-Death Experiences & The Dark Side

Jul 07

Dr. Rajiv Parti writes: “It wasn’t until I had a near-death experience in 2010 that I realized how deeply my dark side was impacting the choices I made and how I lived my life. Up until then, my life had been very materialistic and self-absorbed, devoid of love. I was not practicing compassion or forgiveness towards myself or others. I was especially harsh towards people that I perceived to be lower than me in social or professional status…. I consider my NDE a gift. It inspired me to see things differently and consider other points of view. It helped me to see many different aspects of myself and then to embrace, forgive, and love what I saw…”

Nancy Evans Bush on the Controversy Surrounding Dr. Eben Alexander

Nancy Evans Bush on the Controversy Surrounding Dr. Eben Alexander

Jul 04

Nancy Evans Bush, author of Dancing Past the Dark and former president of The International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc. (IANDS), responds to the controversy surrounding near-death experiencer Dr. Eben Alexander…

Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Jun 14

How could more than 130,000 children be shipped from Britain to Australia and other Commonwealth countries, often without their parents’ knowledge, and the world not know about it? This was the question British social worker Margaret Humphreys began to ask in 1986, when an Australian woman arrived unannounced at her workplace and asked for help in finding her lost family…

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Jun 06

In the years since leaving the church I have never regretted my decision for a moment (other than the fact that it caused me to lose my wife and children). Subsequent study has given me a hundred times as much damning information about the church and its history as I had at the time of my original decision to leave it. Many Mormon friends and family members have tried to convince me that I made a mistake, but when I insist that they also listen to what I have to say about my reasons for believing the church to be false, they soon abandon the attempt, even though I assure them that my mind is open to any evidence or reasoning I may have overlooked. They are convinced that I apostatized because of sin, lack of faith, stubbornness, pride, hurt feelings, lack of knowledge or understanding, depravity, desire to do evil or live a life of debauchery. None of those reasons is correct. I left for one reason, and one reason only: the Mormon church is not led by God, and it never has been. It is a religion of 100% human origin…

Must Watch: ‘Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet’

Must Watch: ‘Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet’

Apr 06

Growing up in New Jersey, Vikram Gandhi was a typical American kid who resented the way his family tried to enforce Hindu beliefs and practices. He found it ironic that Americans began to popularize gurus and yoga just at the time he was growing away from such things. On a trip to India, he says, he found that “real” gurus were no more real than the American frauds who copied them.

That led him into the deliberate deception that he filmed in “Kumare.” He grew a long beard and a pony-tail, exchanged his shoes for sandals, switched his slacks and suits to flowing orange robes, and started carrying an ornate walking stick. Then he moved to Arizona, hired an expert to teach him yoga and a PR woman to promote him as a guru, and began to attract followers in meetings at shopping malls, community centers and around the swimming pools of his affluent clients. His accent was modeled on the way his grandmother spoke English. His teachings were deliberate gibberish: talk of inner blue lights, “finding the guru within,” and chants of fabricated mantras.

Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumare forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram, the filmmaker, is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, Kumare unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation…

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

Apr 06

This post includes the 1972 Oscar winning film, Marjoe. Marjoe Gortner was the first Evangelical preacher to blow the whistle on his profession. In this award-winning documentary Marjoe reveals age-old tricks of the trade and exposed some of the entertainment aspects of the popular movement that have made it big business… From the beginning, his preaching skills were meticulously cultivated. Before he learned to say “Mamma” or “Poppa,” he was taught to sing “Hallelujah!” When he was nine months old his mother taught him the right way to shout “Glory!” into the microphone. At three, he could preach the gospel from memory, and he received drama coaching and instruction in every performing art from saxophone playing to baton twirling. On Halloween, 1948, at the age of four, Marjoe was officially ordained and thrust into a wildly successful career as the Shirley Temple of America’s Bible Belt, the sprawling non-geographic community of strict adherents to the Christian scriptures. In the following decade he preached to packed tents and houses coast to coast, as enthusiastic audiences flocked to see the Miracle Child who allegedly received sermons from the Lord in his sleep…

A Sobering Lesson: Real Mastership Versus Fake Mastership (Updated)

A Sobering Lesson: Real Mastership Versus Fake Mastership (Updated)

Apr 06

There may be no case more perplexing or egregious than that of Yanagi Ryuken, a purported master of aikido. Master Ryuken apparently believed himself capable of defeating multiple attackers without deigning to touch them. Rather, he could rely upon the magic power of chi. Video of him demonstrating his devastating abilities shows that his students were grotesquely complicit in what must have been a long and colorful process of self-deception. Did these young athletes actually think that they were being hurled to the ground against their will? It is hard to know. What seems certain, however, is that Master Ryuken came to believe that he was invincible; otherwise he wouldn’t have invited a martial artist from another school to come test his powers….

The Dark Science of Addictive Junk Food

The Dark Science of Addictive Junk Food

Mar 04

The public and the food companies have known for decades now that sugary, salty, fatty foods are not good for us in the quantities that we consume them. So why are the diabetes and obesity and hypertension numbers still spiraling out of control? It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. Instead, there has been a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive…

Nazi Ghettos, Slave Labor Sites, Brothels, Concentration Camps & Killing Factories

Nazi Ghettos, Slave Labor Sites, Brothels, Concentration Camps & Killing Factories

Mar 02

As early as 1933, at the start of Hitler’s reign, the Third Reich established about 110 camps specifically designed to imprison some 10,000 political opponents and others. As Germany invaded and began occupying European neighbors, the use of camps and ghettos was expanded to confine and sometimes kill not only Jews but also homosexuals, Gypsies, Poles, Russians and many other ethnic groups in Eastern Europe. The camps and ghettos varied enormously in their mission, organization and size, depending on the Nazis’ needs. When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500. The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers…

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Quote & 2005 Movie: Sophie Scholl

Feb 26

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves — or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control.

“If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”

— Sophie Scholl (1921 – 1943), German student, a member of The White Rose Society, a non-violent anti-Nazi resistance group. Died at age twenty-two.

‘Shadow Effect’ Author Debbie Ford Tells Oprah She Has Cancer (Updated)

‘Shadow Effect’ Author Debbie Ford Tells Oprah She Has Cancer (Updated)

Feb 18

Debbie Ford, the co-writer of “The Shadow Effect” with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson and “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers” tells Oprah that she has cancer…

40 Years Later, The True Scale of U.S. Atrocities in Vietnam (Updated)

40 Years Later, The True Scale of U.S. Atrocities in Vietnam (Updated)

Jan 29

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents in the conflict. Nick Turse says otherwise. In his new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians was quite common in a war that claimed 2 million civilian lives, with 5.3 million civilians wounded and 11 million refugees.

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

Jan 04

On January 27th and March 16th of 2012, David Sunfellow gave two talks in Sedona entitled “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World”. The following two-hour, two-part video is a summary of the information that David shared during these presentations…

Story: ‘The One I Feed’

Story: ‘The One I Feed’

Jan 02

There was grandfather, his little grandson often came in the evenings to sit at his knee and ask the many questions that children ask. One day the grandson came to his grandfather with a look of anger on his face…

12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

Dec 30

This update includes information about how the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings is probably viewed from the other side, comments from class members about this horrific event, news about the 20th anniversary of the publication of Betty Eadie’s book, “Embraced by the Light”, news about NDEr Barbara Whitfield’s new book “Another F*king Growth Experience”, and a calendar listing all the classes that will take place in January…

Shadow Work: Insights From The Pathwork Lectures

Shadow Work: Insights From The Pathwork Lectures

Nov 18

Before integral perspectives came along, the Pathwork Lectures of Eva Pierrakos provided the best, most inspired overview of personal growth and the spiritual path that I had ever come across. Along with being exceptionally “integral” in the way they view and encourage personal growth, the Pathwork Lectures are unique in terms of how much, and how clearly, they deal with shadow issues…

Prop 37 GMO Labeling Law Defeated By Corporate Dollars & Deception

Prop 37 GMO Labeling Law Defeated By Corporate Dollars & Deception

Nov 08

Proponents of Proposition 37, the California ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods, are attributing Tuesday’s narrow defeat to corporate dollars and deception, but are also pledging to persist in a battle that they see as key to the health of Americans. This page also includes THREE DIFFERENT GMO DOCUMENTARIES, Pro Proposition 37 commercials, GMO reports, graphics, background information on who opposed and supported Proposition 37, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM GMOS)…

The Flat Earth Society

The Flat Earth Society

Oct 31

Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Walking around on the planet’s surface, it looks andfeels flat, so they deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a “round Earth conspiracy” orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies. But in the 21st century, can they be serious? And if so, how is this psychologically possible?

New Movie: ‘Hellbound?’ (Updated)

New Movie: ‘Hellbound?’ (Updated)

Sep 26

Horrific depictions of hell have gripped humanity for centuries. And rightly so. Throughout history, people of all faiths have agonized over why God allows so much evil in the world. Their only comfort has been the hope that somehow, someday, God will make things right. Evildoers may get away with murder in this life. But in the life to come, there’ll be hell to pay. But the traditional view of hell also presents us with a dilemma: Of course we all want to see the scales of justice balanced. But if God is our pure, all-loving Creator, can he really allow (presumably) billions of people to suffer in hell for eternity? Evil is evil, but doesn’t the traditional view of hell tip the scales too far the other way? To many people, it seems like we can have a good God or we can have the traditional view of hell, but we can’t have both… Hellbound? is a feature-length documentary that asks why we are so bound to the idea of hell and what our view of hell reveals about how we perceive God, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves…

The Life, Death & Corrupting Influence of Sun Myung Moon

The Life, Death & Corrupting Influence of Sun Myung Moon

Sep 04

This special resource page examines the life, death, and corrupting influence of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed Messiah from South Korea who led the Unification Church, one of the most controversial religious movements to sweep America in the 1970s. Along with news stories that report his death at 92, this page features several documentaries that examine the dark side of Moon’s life, teachings, church, front organizations, political agendas, cozy relationships with U.S. presidents and government officials, generous support of ring wing political movements, personal debauchery and family life…

08/28/12 NHNE NDE Class Notes

08/28/12 NHNE NDE Class Notes

Aug 30

This NHNE NDE Class update includes information about a sister group in North Carolina, our newly forming dream group, the 2012 IANDS conference, the 2012 ACISTE conference, the 2012-2013 Tucson IANDS Guest Speaker Series, NDEr Dr. Eben Alexander’s new book, NDEr Jeff C. Olsen’s new book, 7-Year-Old NDEr Ari Hallmark’s new book, the dark side and Will Bray on Skeptiko, the relationship between NDEs and synchronicities, David Milarch — An Example Of NDE-Inspiration At Work In The World, Lilou Mace interviewing Anita Moorjani one year later, Don Wolf’s NDE, and more…