IANDS Stellar Speaker Series

Being trained as an energy practitioner and clairvoyant from the age of 4 set the stage for one of the world’s foremost authorities on the science and verification of the effectiveness of energy practitioners for certification purposes. This woman’s life journey would fill an encyclopedia… it is a talk you won’t want to miss and do it live to have your questions answered. From auras to stem cells, Dr. Connor, has explored the depth and breadth of human existence…

Walking the Path of Energy Science and Mysticism
with Melinda H. Connor, D.D., Ph.D., AMP, FAM

Join Melinda as she shares an incredible life journey of scientific and academic accomplishments that are almost too extraordinary to be believable. That is not to say that the path was easy as it is also testimony to the spiritual components that reinforced her reality. The blending of science and ethereal practices led to development of theory, techniques to evaluate that theory and the rewards of a life devoted to building a greater understanding of how science and spirituality can contribute to enhancing the potential for having meaningful lives as humans.

Some of Dr. Connor’s books…

Some of Dr Connor's books...

Biography:

 

Dr. Melinda H. Connor, D.D., PH.D., AMP, FAM is a born clairvoyant and she describes having intact past-life memories.  Her initial training in the energies came from within her family beginning at the age of 4. Founder of the Resonance Modulation school of energy practices which has over 300 graduates world wide, Dr. Connor holds degrees from Harvard University, Wellesley College, University of San Francisco, American Military University, California Coast University and University of Arizona. Dr. Connor was a National Institutes of Health T-32 post doctoral fellow and received her training as a research scientist at the University of Arizona in the Program in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell. She is the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, directed by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz and founded the Earth Songs Holistic Consulting group in 2008 focused on alternative health care research.

Ordained as a Buddhist Priest, Dr. Connor has trained as a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over thirty different styles of energy healing. A professor with appointments at multiple universities, Dr. Connor is board certified and a fellow of the American Alternative Medicine Association. As chair, of the National Alliance of Energy Practitioners founded in 2018, she is supporting the work of licensing energy practitioners across the country. Dr. Connor is the founder of the Resonance Modulation ™ training program and has written ten books. She has a private practice in Arizona and continues to present her research work at conferences around the world.

And some research papers of interest…

Prospective Empirical Test Suite for Energy Practitioners

Activate Stem Cells – facts sheet

Greater Reality Living Series

The second of 10 independent, interactive sessions in The Greater Reality Living series with Dr. Mark Pitstick. Today’s session is dealing with a contemplative technique for having a Life Review. This technique can deepen your awareness about greater reality living.

Greater Reality Living Series with Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
Saturday, September 26 at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT)

The Life Review Technique

This is the second of 10 independent interactive & presentation-oriented sessions…

SHORT DESCRIPTION

If you were to pass on today, what would your life review be like?  Would it be a work of art, or not so much?  Find out in this session so you can improve and make amends.  This technique can deepen your awareness about greater reality living.  You can share this technique, and a daily mini-version of it, with young people in your life and discuss afterwards.  Note: the webinar fee includes unlimited access to the video recording of this session (access to the video is available even if the live event is missed).

LONGER DESCRIPTION

This technique was originally developed by Ken Ring, PhD, early director of IANDS and professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut.  Author of Lessons from the Light and other books, he has worked with many people who had near-death experiences (NDE).  In his research, Dr. Ring found that the life-review was one of the most impactful aspects of NDEs.

Further, he found that you do not have to nearly die to benefit from a life-review.  Visualizing it during a deeply relaxed state can infer powerful positive changes.   Dr. Ring, now retired, gave me his permission to continue this aspect of his work.

The Life Review Technique is a life-transformative approach that uses deep relaxation and visual imagery to simulate dying and the subsequent life-review.  Processing that experience can produce very real changes that shape your life for the better now.  Using this technique can deepen your awareness of greater reality living and how you choose to live during your earthly visit.  You can share this technique, and a daily mini-version of it, with young people in your life and discuss afterwards.

A life-review can be a potent reminder about what is most important in life.  It can help you focus on your priorities and the purposes you had for choosing this earth-experience at this time.  The life review is not punitive; it is a great opportunity to learn valuable lessons that stay with you through eternity.  This feedback helps you do better the next time you are in a similar situation.

Using this technique can deepen your awareness about greater reality living and applying information from Greater Reality Living (co-authored by Mark and Gary E. Schwartz PhD).  You also can share this technique with young people in your life and discuss afterwards.

The Big Picture of Life – co-authored by Mark, Dr. Schwartz, and Katta Mapes MA, MEd – is a version of Greater Reality Living written for ages 10 -16 or so.  After this webinar, you will be better prepared to discuss this topic and this book with young people in your life.

If you are truly sorry for inappropriate actions in the past, those can be erased and reformatted in the way you could have acted (not should have, for there is no outside judgment here).  The life-review technique can help you more deeply realize your interconnectedness with all life and why the Golden Rule makes obvious sense.

You also can enjoy a “mini-LRT” each night when you go to bed.  Simply review your day with self-praise for your positive thoughts/words/deeds.  Then consider the ways that you could have done better and visualize yourself doing so the next time around.   Feel for ways that you can make amends or improve and resolve to do so.

Dr. Pitstick has used deep relaxation and visual imagery techniques with thousands of persons in private sessions and groups since earning his clinical psychology masters’ degree in 1980.  During the actual technique during this webinar, your audio and video will be blocked so you can relax in the privacy of your home during this group experience.

Recommendations Before the Session

  • Be rested since the induction techniques used are very conducive to sleep.
  • If possible, sit up instead of lying down during the session.
  • Eat a light, healthy meal beforehand so you aren’t hungry or have low blood sugar.
  • Avoid excess caffeine or sugar for 48 hours.
  • Avoid using alcohol or recreational drugs for at least three days beforehand.
  • Get as relaxed as possible before the experience.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that will not bind as you sit still for 45 minutes.
  • Bring lip salve to prevent dry lips during the open-mouth breathing.
  • Drink water and use the bathroom just before your session.
  • Turn off all phones, pagers, or other potentially interrupting devices

Recommendations After the Session

  • Enjoy some quiet time to internalize your lessons, insights, and inner peace.
  • Be careful and really focus if you drive soon afterwards.
  • Keep a journal to note any additional insights that arrive in dream or waking states.

Disclaimer: This session is not designed to replace medical or psychological care.  Your participation is voluntary; you should stop if you feel uncomfortable at any time.  If you have a history of significant mental illness, obtain permission from your doctor or therapist before using this technique.

IANDS Launch Pad Series – Rob Pikula

My spiritual awakening revealed darkness before light, and then light before dark long before I can remember. Learning that my soul had lived as light in Egypt times, I then decided to bounce into the darkness for purposes of learning how to transmute that darkness and clear the way for today.

What does it mean to be a warrior soul?  as shown to Rob Pikula

This is my experience that I offer in the hope that it will help others on their journeys.

My spiritual awakening revealed darkness before light, and then light before dark long before I can remember. Learning that my soul had lived as light in Egypt times, I then decided to bounce into the darkness for purposes of learning how to transmute that darkness and clear the way for today.

Biography:

Rob began his spiritual studies in northwest Indiana by studying many healing modalities for over 15 years.  For five years, he trained with a Naperville, Illinois medium-ship group,  Diana Kushenbach Academy of Spiritual Arts. These years of deep, deep meditation he has learned who his many guides are, why he can see, hear, feel them expressed through other energetical senses. Rob is certified as a Medical & Reiki Master, an artist, author and a metaphysical intuitive mentor utilizing his gifts.

The Big Picture of Life Discussion Group

Join Katta Mapes for this discussion group to learn more about the big picture of life for you and for the young people in your life. Fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next session will be Tuesday, September 29 – 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT) for a minimum of 4 more sessions and beyond based on audience response.

With Katta Mapes ….

The Big Picture of Life” themed IANDS Sharing Group (ISGO) online:

The IANDS family embraces parents, grandparents and others who have loved ones who are young people – children and teens.

Just like you, they often wonder about life and beyond.

Written by Katta Mapes MA, MEd Mark Pitstick M.A., D.C and Gary Schwartz PhD, “The Big Picture of Life” offers a guide to help young people learn some answers about these big questions. It is beautifully illustrated by Maiah Pardo.

 

Join Katta Mapes for this discussion group to learn more about the big picture of life for you and for the young people in your life.

Fourth Tuesdays of the month starting on August 25 – 8 pm EST; 5 pm PST for 5 sessions

Have your questions been answered? Even so, how do you answer if someone you know and care about asks these questions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography:

Katta Mapes M.A., M.Ed.

‘I love life, learning and laughter.’

 Katta is a Consultant, Trainer and Writer in Tucson, AZ. Her services include classes, workshops and individual sessions on a broad range of psychospiritual topics and issues.  Currently she is forming classes and support groups for psychic kids, teens and their parents with a Super Sensitive Sixth Sense.

As a retired bilingual school guidance counselor and spiritual explorer she brings decades of experience in helping children, youth and adults.  Her books, ‘Stop! Think! Choose! Building Emotional Intelligence in Young People’ and ‘A Manual for Teacher Training in Interpersonal Peacemaking’ are now out of print and are only available from the author.

After over three decades of working with adults, children and teens from various countries, she initiated a psychospiritual entrepreneurship endeavor: Creating Conscious Connections L.L.C.  Her goal is to promote social and emotional well-being for all.  Her signature programs are available in English and Spanish.

  • Creating Conscious Connections ~ Connect with the Divine Source of your being for the benefit of all

~ Reach In and connect with yourself

~ Reach Out and connect with others

~ Reach Up and connect with the Divine

  • The Skills Skool Series

Classes, workshops and private sessions for learning life skills that lead to success in both the Little and Big Picture of Life for children, youth, adults and families. She also offers training and consultation for school personnel in various aspects of social-emotional learning.

Contact her at:  Katta.Connect@gmail.com  (Hablo español)

San Diego IANDS presents…

Colette heard voices, received messages and knew things that were going to happen from an early age that she rarely shared with anyone. After the passing of a close relative she asked for proof of life after death and received it in a Spiritually Transformative Experience which she will share in her presentation.

Colette Dupont shares her Spiritually Transformative Experience after asking for proof of life after death.
Saturday, September 5, 1:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm EDT)

Biography:

Colette Dupont is an Energy Healer who combines Pranic Healing and Shamanic techniques in her treatments. She also communicates with Spirit through EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and posts the transcriptions and audible recordings on her website, Pranicspark.com.

Colette heard voices, received messages and knew things that were going to happen from an early age. She rarely shared this with anyone, but simply made use of it. Often she would get information to do something for someone and just followed the nudge of Spirit.

After the passing of a close relative she asked for proof of life after death and received it in a Spiritually Transformative Experience which she will share in the presentation along with the history, current information and directions on how to communicate with your loved ones in Spirit via electronic voice recording on your laptop.

Christian Theme NDE/STE Discussion Group

Individuals often report having a being they identify as Jesus in their near-death or related spiritual experiences. This group is intended to provide a safe, validating opportunity to share individual experiences. This is not a forum to debate or deny another person’s experiences. All are welcome for the mission of loving and respecting individual experiences and differences of interpretation from religious themed experiences.

Title: A sharing group for those in, or from, a Christian community who have had, or are interested in, near-death or similar experiences.

Purpose: To provide a safe environment for those in, or from, such a community to hear and share these extraordinary experiences.

Are you a Christian who wonders how or if your NDE or other Spiritually Transformative Experience aligns with your faith? Are you struggling to integrate your experience and your religion? Come explore these questions with others having similar concerns. We will share our experiences and struggles and joys and dreams. We come from many different Christian traditions and will therefore hold a variety of views, so we commit to respecting all perspectives and seeing Christ in each other. This is a safe place of non-judgment. There is also no proselytizing. With open hearts we can discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among and within us. While this Sharing Session contains Christian content, it is open to all who feel called to join us.

About the facilitator

The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal Priest for 25 years and has professionally counseled many people who’ve had NDE’s and STE’s. She herself has had a number of Spiritually Transformative Experiences beginning at age 6. Stephanie is drawn to the bright overlap between matter and spirit, and how life in this reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to act as a translator to a world that is often blind to the astonishing wonder of All That Is, and help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. Stephanie has led retreats, spoken at Boston IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for the Leap from Within podcast. While grounded in the Christian tradition, Stephanie welcomes insight both from within organized religions and beyond. You can learn more at Grannypriest.com.

Greater Reality Living Series

Much scientific and clinical evidence now clearly shows that life continues after bodily death in the greater reality –  the totality of life that isn’t perceived by human senses.  How might this great news, nine related benefits, and the L.I.V.E.S. formula affect the way you live and treat others and our planet?  This event fee includes a digital copy of The Greater Reality book by myself and Gary E. Schwartz PhD.

Greater Reality Living Series with Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
August 29 at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT)

This is the first of 10 independent interactive & presentation-oriented sessions…

Greater Reality Living – series launch (introduces series and includes a bonus gift).

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Much scientific and clinical evidence now clearly shows that life continues after bodily death in the greater reality –  the totality of life that isn’t perceived by human senses.  How might this great news, nine related benefits, and the L.I.V.E.S. formula affect the way you live and treat others and our planet?  This series launch session fee includes a digital copy of The Greater Reality book by myself and Gary E. Schwartz PhD.

LONGER DESCRIPTION – Overview of Series Topics 

The greater reality is all that actually exists. The vast majority of it cannot be perceived by your five senses, but is nonetheless very real.  It is a scientific fact that your senses, as amazing as they are, detect less than one percent of reality.

Because so much of reality escapes the senses, you likely have viewed life as though through a tiny pinhole and then wondered why things don’t make sense.  Many benefits accompany deeply knowing the contemporary evidence about the nature of reality.  University-based, controlled, replicated, and multicentered research reported in peer-reviewed scientific journals now makes it very clear . . .

Life continues after bodily death.

(Please take a moment and let that great news settle in.)  This life-transformative news will be officially announced in early 2021 after completion of multicenter studies at six universities and institutes, publication of The SoulPhone Experiments book, and publication of a seminal paper in a prestigious scientific journal.  To learn more, visit SoulPhone Update.

In addition to the great news about life after bodily death, much scientific, clinical, and experiential evidence provides a high degree of certainty that you and everyone else . . .

  1. do not really ‘lose’ loved ones after their earthly bodies perish since you can reunite with them when you change worlds.
  1. can enjoy a continued, but different, relationship with them now.
  1. are an integral part of Source Energy / the Light now.
  2. receive assistance and guidance from sources variously described as angels, guides, master teachers, and higher energies.
  3. can have many different and, perhaps, simultaneous life experiences.
  1. can create the greatest life you have envisioned.
  1. are interconnected with other people, animals, nature, and all of life.
  1. have special purposes for experiencing being on this planet at this time.
  2. have a pre-birth plan … “Did  my soul REALLY plan all this?”.
  3. can develop an awareness of past-life traumas that when understood facilitate release of issues carried over into this life.

None of the above is apparent when you rely on just your five senses.  All of the above can assist having a more joyful, peaceful, and meaningful human experience.  That’s why it’s so important to learn more about the greater reality AND deeply internalize this great news.

The term greater reality living describes how you might choose to live as you expand your awareness about the totality of life.  How will you live and treat others – and yourself – when you really know that the benefits listed above are quite probably true?

We pose this question because we do not pretend to know what this will mean for you.  You and all people are unique and have special reasons for being just as you are in this exact moment.  The book Greater Reality Living can help you formulate your best answers.  My book The Big Picture of Life – co-authored by Dr. Schwartz and Katta Mapes MA, MEd – is a version of Greater Reality Living written for ages 10 -16 or so.  After this webinar, you will be better prepared to discuss this topic and The Big Picture of Life book with young people in your life.

Living in more evolved ways is easier when you have a support system of kindred spirits who are also on the path of love, enlightenment, self-growth, and service to others.  We encourage you to expand your circle of loving, open-minded, and service-oriented people.  This is one benefit of online and local Greater Reality Living Groups.

Many people have expressed their desire to regularly meet with a group of such people.  They want a nonjudgmental, safe, inclusive, and respectful place where they can share their personal spiritually transformative experiences and discuss important topics.  Five keys to greater reality living – the L.I.V.E.S. formula – will also be discussed in this webinar.  

Life continues after bodily death.  That has now been definitively demonstrated scientifically!

I hope you join us to learn more about the evidence behind this statement and the benefits listed above.  Knowing all that, and applying the L.I.V.E.S. strategies for greater reality living over time, can improve every aspect of your earthly experience.

Disclaimer: This session is not designed to replace medical or psychological care.  Your participation is voluntary; you should stop if you feel uncomfortable at any time.  

The Big Picture of Life Discussion Group

Join Katta Mapes for this discussion group to learn more about the big picture of life for you and for the young people in your life. Fourth Tuesdays of the month starting on August 25 – 8 pm EST; 5 pm PST for a minimum of 5 sessions and beyond based on audience response.

With Katta Mapes ….

The Big Picture of Life” themed IANDS Sharing Group (ISGO) online:

The IANDS family embraces parents, grandparents and others who have loved ones who are young people – children and teens.

Just like you, they often wonder about life and beyond.

Written by Katta Mapes MA, MEd Mark Pitstick M.A., D.C and Gary Schwartz PhD, “The Big Picture of Life” offers a guide to help young people learn some answers about these big questions. It is beautifully illustrated by Maiah Pardo.

 

Join Katta Mapes for this discussion group to learn more about the big picture of life for you and for the young people in your life.

Fourth Tuesdays of the month starting on August 25 – 8 pm EST; 5 pm PST for 5 sessions

Have your questions been answered? Even so, how do you answer if someone you know and care about asks these questions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography:

Katta Mapes M.A., M.Ed.

‘I love life, learning and laughter.’

 Katta is a Consultant, Trainer and Writer in Tucson, AZ. Her services include classes, workshops and individual sessions on a broad range of psychospiritual topics and issues.  Currently she is forming classes and support groups for psychic kids, teens and their parents with a Super Sensitive Sixth Sense.

As a retired bilingual school guidance counselor and spiritual explorer she brings decades of experience in helping children, youth and adults.  Her books, ‘Stop! Think! Choose! Building Emotional Intelligence in Young People’ and ‘A Manual for Teacher Training in Interpersonal Peacemaking’ are now out of print and are only available from the author.

After over three decades of working with adults, children and teens from various countries, she initiated a psychospiritual entrepreneurship endeavor: Creating Conscious Connections L.L.C.  Her goal is to promote social and emotional well-being for all.  Her signature programs are available in English and Spanish.

  • Creating Conscious Connections ~ Connect with the Divine Source of your being for the benefit of all

~ Reach In and connect with yourself

~ Reach Out and connect with others

~ Reach Up and connect with the Divine

  • The Skills Skool Series

Classes, workshops and private sessions for learning life skills that lead to success in both the Little and Big Picture of Life for children, youth, adults and families. She also offers training and consultation for school personnel in various aspects of social-emotional learning.

Contact her at:  Katta.Connect@gmail.com  (Hablo español)

Seattle IANDS Guest Speaker

The author of Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences and The Buddha in Hell: Perspectives on Distressing NDEs, she is now working on Book #3, about how integrating her own NDE led her to a new cosmology. For users that RSVPed for Nancy’s previous talk on July 11, please read the catalog entry before registering.

Nancy Evans Bush, MA, “Reckoning: Discoveries After a Traumatic Spiritual Experience
Saturday, July 11, 1:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm EDT)

Formerly a teacher and nonprofit administrator, Nancy Evans Bush, MA, came to the International Association for Near-Death Studies in 1982–first as Executive Director, then long-term Board member and President, now go-to researcher on distressing near-death experiences. The author of Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences and The Buddha in Hell: Perspectives on Distressing NDEs, she is now working on Book #3, about how integrating her own NDE led her to a new cosmology. The mother of three, grandmother of seven, and great-grand of two, she lives with her long-time partner beside a tidal marsh in coastal North Carolina, looking at birds and tides.

Production note: The original NEB webinar conducted on July 11 had significant audio problems that have now been resolved with Nancy acquiring a high-end headset with microphone. Plus, we will have practice sessions to make this a top-notch quality video and audio result. Those who paid for the original session will be given free access to this new event (previous attendees should enter the coupon code “neb0912” at checkout to be given credit for their original rsvp).  If you are not one of those previous attendees, please register now for what is to be an awesome event!

Biography:

Four months after IANDS was incorporated in Connecticut in November of 1981, I was hired as Office Manager, its first paid staff person. Previously I had taught middle school English and French, been librarian for a major anthropological foundation and grant writer and research associate for one of the first pediatric nurse practitioner programs in the U.S., and served as Director of Client Services for a large Federal employment and training program. IANDS was something different. When the Association closed that office, I became a freelance technical writer so I could continue my work with distressing NDEs, and was soon back with IANDS as a member of the Board of Directors, then President. Around 2010, with Bruce Greyson’s prodding, I wrote Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences, followed by The Buddha in Hell and Other Alarms. Book #3 is in process, still untitled; it is about how integrating my own NDE led to a new cosmology..

My bachelor’s degree in English is from SUNY-Albany, with a certificate in French from McGill University.   A few years after coming to IANDS, I did a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from St. Joseph’s University so I could learn about mysticism.

My three children are adults, and there are seven grandchildren and two great-grands. My long-time partner and I live next to a salt marsh in coastal North Carolina.

The Big Picture of Life – Free Webinar

A free webinar for covering existential questions for yourself and the young people (& others) that you care about in your life. Based on the pictures and themes covered in this kid’s book for all of us!

The Big Picture of Lifewith Katta Mapes & Mark Pitstick

Have your questions been answered? Even so, how do you answer if someone you know and care about asks these questions?

How do you answer the questions of life for yourself?

  • Who am I?
  • What happens when I die?
  • Are there angels or spiritual beings?
  • Why aren’t all prayers answered?

And how then do you answer those questions when someone you care about, young or old, asks them to you!?