NHNE Setting Sail On Bold New Adventure

NHNE Setting Sail On Bold New Adventure

Jun 30


NHNE News List
June 30, 2009

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Hello Everyone!

I’ve spent a couple days writing the letter you are about to read — and several months planning it. Here’s a quick summary:

1. I’ve come to believe that near-death experiences are an emerging global phenomenon that have the potential to radically change life on this planet.

2. I’m planning to commit as much time and energy as I can building a grassroots network that can energetically explore this subject.

3. I’m paving the way for those of you who are interested to gather together with family and friends, and members of your local community, to explore this topic in depth.

4. I need your financial support to rewire NHNE so we can give this subject the time and attention it deserves.

The letter below explains everything. Please read it carefully and let me know what you think…

With Love & Best Wishes,
David Sunfellow



NHNE was created to help answer humankind’s oldest, most perplexing questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we headed? What is the origin and purpose of life?

Have we succeeded?


But we’ve traveled all over the world (figuratively speaking) trying to.

The database for this news list contains 16,727 hand-picked articles on everything from UFOs to neuroscience to past lives, while the archive on NHNE’s mother ship has sorted 5,949 of these articles into 136 special interest categories.

That’s a lot of seeking.

And that’s just the seeking we’ve done since 1999. Before that, NHNE published a host of newsletters, special reports, and other information that laid a solid foundation for all the explorations that followed.

Honestly, after years of exploring all kinds of Alice In Wonderland topics, and realizing how deep the rabbit hole goes, I was beginning to think NHNE’s mission statement bordered on the ridiculous.

Until now.

What’s changed is this: whereas before we (and other groups like us) were trying to piece together an impossibly large puzzle with embarrassingly few resources, there are now people emerging all over the world who are reporting experiential answers to life’s big questions.

I’m not talking about savants, super humans, super computers, extraterrestrials, big-brained philosophers, ascended masters, or any other savior figures.

I’m talking about everyday people having direct, personal encounters with the Divine — and returning with answers. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, educated and not, believers, agnostics, and atheists, from every walk of life, all reporting the same essential truths.

This has never happened before. And it is happening now, with increasing frequency, all over the world.

In short, the answers that NHNE has been searching for, may finally be revealing themselves in a big, unexpected, you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me kind of way.

I’m speaking, of course, of near-death experiences, which are beginning to go viral.


If you read the report I sent out on Jeffrey Long’s new book, Evidence of the Afterlife , you know that the first time I heard anyone describe a near-death experience was in the late 1970s. This was before the experience had been popularized; when it was still new, strange, exotic, rare — like a UFO.

This was also before modern medicine started bringing more and more people back from the dead; before the internet made it possible to find people all over the world who were having similar experiences; and before there was a large enough cross-cultural sampling of NDEs to draw any definitive information from them.

Now, of course, all that has changed. Not only are more and more people reporting NDEs, but they are returning from death with life-changing insights, knowledge, and otherworldly gifts.

It’s still the wild west, of course — a new frontier that we’ve just begun to explore — but NDErs are providing tangible proof that we’re much more than the flea-bitten primates we think we are.


Classic near-death experiences are categorically different from the day-to-day kind of spiritual experiences we’ve all had and/or heard about. They are also different from classic enlightenment experiences, which have been reported by people all over the world for ages.

Unlike most spiritual experiences, NDEs arise when people have clinically died. These folks are not in a meditative state; not sleeping, or dreaming; not hallucinating; not in a drug or chemically-induced state; they haven’t been juiced by the CIA or abducted by aliens. What they have done is die and leave their physical bodies. In this state, they go places, see things, and do things that are reportedly octaves more intense, detailed, and real than the experiences that are available to those of us who are still fully encased in Earth-bound bodies and minds.

While many NDEs include classic cosmic consciousness experiences — they are bathed in oceanic waves of love and bliss; they feel themselves to be one with all creation, they perceive themselves to be God — NDEs are also surprisingly concerned with life on Earth.

Many NDErs report being swept up into 3D, pedal-to-the-metal, see-and-feel-absolutely-everything life reviews. During these life reviews, they are held accountable for everything they have thought, said, and done. These reviews make it crystal clear that regardless of what we may believe before we die, the universe is not a place where we can create our own realities without consequence. We are, for example, not simply our brother’s keeper; WE ARE OUR BROTHER — and we experience our thoughts and actions, good and bad, as our brothers do, inside THEIR minds, bodies, and emotions, not just our own. Life, as NDEr Mary Jo Rapini reports, is apparently designed to teach us how to become increasingly godlike:

“I went into this tunnel, and I came into this room that was just beautiful. God held me, He called me by name, and He told me, ‘Mary Jo, you can’t stay.’ And I wanted to stay. I protested. I said, ‘I can’t stay? Why not?’ And I started talking about all the reasons; I was a good wife, I was a good mother, I did 24-hour care with cancer patients. And He said, ‘Let me ask you one thing — have you ever loved another the way you’ve been loved here?’ And I said, ‘No, it’s impossible. I’m a human.’ And then He just held me and said, ‘You can do better.’ ”

Like Mary Jo, many NDErs report encountering a personal God who is not only aware of their every thought and action, but is also actively involved in every aspect of their lives — loving them, forgiving them, and guiding them in the most intimate ways imaginable.

Many are smitten with a sense of purpose — they realize they were born with specific missions to fulfill and, often against their wills, are sent back to complete them.

Many NDErs slip into states of consciousness where they feel they know everything — and are astonished at the perfection of life, including all the suffering that terrorizes — from Earth-bound perspectives — so many humans.

While most NDErs are startled to discover that the world is a dream, an illusion, a lesser reality than where they find themselves on the other side, they also recognize that the Earth exists for a purpose and you and I, embedded in the drama as individualized souls, have an obligation to play our part. As NDEr Anita Moorjani put It:

“When in that state, even though I felt one with everything, I still seemed to recognize myself as a separate being from the oneness, as if I had my own evolution. It was like I had this mind, which is not me, but I sort of … had an obligation to ‘evolve’ it as best as I could.”

Classic NDEs are also associated with miracles — broken bodies are healed, lives, relationships and careers are upended, and people walk away not only accurately remembering the experience for the rest of their lives (a phenomenon that is truly unique among spiritual experiences), but permanently changed by it. Like Lazarus being raised from the dead, many feel they have literally been born again as a new person, infused, to some degree, with the love, light, patience, compassion, forgiveness, and wisdom they experienced on the other side.

Most NDErs also come back with gifts, called “aftereffects”, that include such things as a lack of fear of death, a sense of God’s presence, an awareness of the meaning and purpose of life, a reduced interest in material gain or status, psychic and paranormal abilities, increased self confidence, increased capacities for love and compassion, increased awareness of the needs of others, even increased intelligence, to name a few.


When you add up the fundamental truths imparted by near-death experiences, a clearly defined spiritual path emerges. What makes this spiritual path so compelling is that it is not coming from (or through) the minds and hearts of any one person, or group. God did not pick Moses to write this one down, or a chosen group of people to spread it. Rather, life itself is revealing universal laws through so many different people, from so many different walks of life, that no one mind, group, or movement of people can claim ownership — or control the message.


Along with the fact that near-death experiences have turned into a legitimate global phenomenon, is another important fact: near-death experiences also appear to have the ability to change those who study them.

As NDE researcher Kenneth Ring notes in his book, Lessons from the Light:

“There is… evidence that merely learning about the NDE has effects similar to those reported by NDErs. This means that the NDE may act like a benign virus. By exposing ourselves to it, we can catch it — that is, we can experience some of the same benefits as do those who actually have the NDE themselves. Therefore, as we hear from those who have had NDEs and understand more clearly just what they have gained from their encounter with the Light, you, too, will have the opportunity to learn and grow as the NDEr has.”

After spending a considerable amount of time studying NDEs, I can personally vouch for this idea. Studying NDEs tweaks you. If this is true for others, as Ring suggests it is, we may be looking at the holy grail of personal development — a painless, inexpensive, relatively easy way to help people enter into deeper, more authentically loving, caring, forgiving spaces before we end up destroying ourselves and much of the rest of the planet.



Finally, there’s one more reason I feel it is important for us to put some real effort into exploring this topic: you and I, and everyone we love, are going to die.

If you’re like me, it’s probably hard for you to wrap your head around this idea — even if you’ve lost someone you love, or are teetering on the brink of extinction yourself.

Here’s how this disturbing fact breaks down for me:

I have four kids and lots of family and friends. They love me and I love them. I absolutely, positively, do not like the idea of any one of us disappearing, ceasing to be, wandering off somewhere that is inaccessible to the rest of us.

I’m also fed up with how much pain and suffering death has caused humankind. It’s time, I think, to put this bad boy to rest and I believe there is a fighting chance that near-death experiences could pave the way.


The three reasons I have itemized above — that NDEs are an emerging global phenomenon; that studying them can potentially transform our lives; that the trauma associated with death needs to come to an end — compels me to feel that we must give this topic some serious attention.

Which explains why there hasn’t been much email from me in recent weeks. Instead of passing along NHNE’s usual collection of fascinating, brain-cell-building materials, I’ve been retooling; laying the foundation to commit every resource at my disposal to the all-out exploration of NDEs. Here’s what I’ve done do far:

I’ve pulled the plug on 12 social networks, with two more to follow in July. Altogether, this has affected a couple thousand people and put an end to my active involvement in the integral world.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing everything I can to help seed and support a grassroots effort to explore this topic on the ground, with ordinary people. I’ve created three NHNE NDE networks — one on Ning, one on Facebook, and one on Twitter. I’ve created a network on Ning for Group Leaders affiliated with the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). And I’ve started creating websites for IANDS groups that need and want them. The first three are:

San Diego IANDS

Los Angeles IANDS

Sedona IANDS [now called NHNE NDE]

The Sedona IANDS website is, of course, my home base.

Hopefully, this gives you an idea how serious I am about this — and encourages you to think about getting serious too.



The most important thing you can do, if you haven’t done so already, is to get informed. Here’s the best place on the planet to start:


By Kenneth Ring

I think this book is so important that I WILL BUY ANY OF YOU A COPY WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT. I’m not kidding. Just send me your name and mailing address, and I will get a copy if you can’t afford to buy one for yourself. But do yourself, your family, your fellow human beings, and planet Earth a favor: read this book.


The best way I know to expand and deepen our knowledge about any subject is to gather together with others who share similar interests.

To help grease the wheels, I’ve created a template website for NDE groups to use that not only helps publicize local meetings and events, but also helps educate local communities — and connect them with other groups who are doing likewise. The three IANDS group websites I listed above are all using the template I designed. You can too. If you are interested, drop me a line and I will help you take the next step. I will also personally help any of you who decide you want to start a local group to explore NDEs.


I need about $2300.00 to get this project off the ground. That will help me rewire NHNE and get things solidly moving in the direction I have outlined above. Among other things, this money will help me move NHNE’s mother ship to a less expensive location where I can mothball her without loosing any of the great content that is posted there. It also includes retooling NHNE Pulse to serve as an archive for especially important content that is posted on Integral NHNE, which will cease to exist in July. And catching up on other critical NHNE bills.

If you can help — and feel the near-death experience deserves the kind of grassroots movement I am advocating — please do. You can make a one-time donation, and/or become a monthly subscriber.

To make a one-time donation, go here.

To become a monthly subscriber, go here.

At the end of our last fundraiser, we had 41 people signed up as monthly subscribers. Since then, we’ve lost 9. We now have 32. It would be VERY helpful if a few more folks could lend a hand here.

This plea for financial support is also the official beginning of NHNE’s summer fundraiser, so you can expect to be moderately annoyed by repeated pleas for financial support over the next week or two.


Finally, you can help by telling others what we are up to, why, and invite them to join us. The more people that know about this, the better.


In closing, Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions , who is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable human beings on planet Earth when it comes to religions and the spiritual experiences they champion, had this to say about the near-death experience:

“I am profoundly moved and persuaded by the near-death experience.”

I hope you will be too — and that you join me in an effort to not only acquire a deeper understanding of these important experiences, but also do what you can to help spread the word, anchor the impulse, and lift the veil of darkness that has led humankind to mistakenly believe all we are is flesh and bones on a tiny blue planet in an insignificant part of the universe.

With Love & Best Wishes,
David Sunfellow



Lessons From The Light:
What We Can Learn From The Near-Death Experience

By Kenneth Ring

Evidence Of The Afterlife: The Science Of Near-Death Experiences
By Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry

Book Summary: ‘Evidence Of The Afterlife’
By David Sunfellow

• Pulse on Near-Death Experiences
• NHNE NDE Bookstore
• NHNE NDE Resource Center & Social Network
• Sedona IANDS  [now called NHNE NDE]
• San Diego IANDS
• Los Angeles IANDS
• IANDS Group Leaders Network


1 comment

  1. michael kelley

    I’ve recently forwarded 2 emails to both NHNE and to David Sunfellow considering my 70+ years of dealing with and researching the lifelong aftereffects of my 2 NDEs. My years of research differ from most other research in that I have always directed my work to understanding the Essence of the NDE. That which is essential to the very existence of that thing studied. The goal is to reduce the thing studied to its simplest form of understanding making it easier to comprehend. By accomplishing this goal in my NDE research I’ve duplicated both the NDE and The Kundalini Awakening which are related and go back to the beginning of Humanity; since people Have been DYING. If NHNE chooses to ignore my work it will just render you more ignorant of this knowledge. Perhaps you’ll miss something important. Michael Kelley

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