IANDS Stellar Speakers Series

As a near-death experiencer, 4X cancer survivor, author and hospital chaplain, Rev. David Maginley, explores the soul’s homework through the wisdom of those who have stepped across the edge of mortality. In these chaotic times, understanding how conflict and suffering challenge ego self-preservation has never been more important. Engaging this wisely accelerates our awareness that we all emanate from Love. Our differences need not divide us! Sat. Dec. 21, 10 pm PST (1 pm EST, 2 pm AST).

“Conflict and Suffering as Instruments of Awakening”
with Rev. David Maginley, MDiv, CSCP
Saturday, November 21, 10 am PST (1 pm EST, 2 pm AST)

As a near-death experiencer, 4X cancer survivor, author and hospital chaplain Rev. David Maginley, explores the soul’s homework through the wisdom of those who have stepped across the edge of mortality. In these chaotic times, understanding how conflict and suffering challenge ego self-preservation has never been more important. Engaging this wisely accelerates our awareness that we all emanate from Love. Our differences need not divide us!

The ego is such a convincing garment of identity! And nothing threatens it life conflict and suffering. How easily we believe everything we think. How often we are controlled by everything we feel. Yet those who’ve had a NDE know that ego identity is a necessary illusion, an aspect of the human experience. Their temporary transformation does not lead to enlightenment! But it does leave the indelible signature of the sacred upon our psyche.

David has been with hundreds as they’ve died, and will share insights on ego identity, how it fuels the present crisis, and the centrality of forgiveness and reconciliation in coming home to ourselves. One of the most difficult and central aspects of this is understanding the way conflict and suffering deconstruct ego identity in the reverse order that it was formed. And ego does not enjoy the process! Instinctive defence mechanisms kick in, and add fuel to the fire. This replays old injuries, triggering regret, shame, and frustration. What can we do?

David will explore concrete, simple strategies to restore connection and community, grounded in the wisdom of near-death experiences. We are all wired with this. Awakening it is the homework of the soul, now more than ever.

Rev. David Maginley is an interfaith spiritual counselor at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and award-winning author of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey. David has also survived cancer four times, which resulted in a profound near-death experience and explorations in the nature of consciousness and the connection of body, mind and spirit. He knows what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed, and has a sense of this life from both sides of the veil.

David is ordained with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, a specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, member of Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and is featured in the documentaries Here Right Now and When You Die.

He has presented internationally on the most difficult topics: suffering and meaning, grief and hope, death and dying and our connection to God through love.

More information can be found at davidmaginley.com

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!?

IANDS Stellar Speakers Series

A 30 month ordeal of repeated trips to the emergency room, involving 18 respiratory arrests and induced comas … and yet the transcendent gifts of those experiences are a bounty now shared with countless others who hear Penny’s phenomenal rendition of this period of her life and full recovery!

A Life Reclaimed… with Penny Wittbrodt, RN

A Near-Death Experience … and again!

In August 2012, nurse Penny Wittbrodt was rushed to the emergency room after the mysterious onset of severe respiratory distress.

Her husband raced to the hospital and within minutes, stood helplessly watching as she stopped breathing, was placed on life support and into a medically induced coma.

Over the next two and a half years that scene unexplainably replayed itself eighteen times.

Penny shares her story, her near-death experiences and the conversation with God that led to her complete recovery.


When Penny shares her NDE with others it’s undeniable how deeply moving, and intelligent this nurse is.  Her account of being rushed to the emergency room where her husband has to witness her on life support, the events that replayed multiple times over the next two and a half years and the aftermath that follows, affirms on the deepest level that profound meaning lies behind every seemingly tragic event in our existence. 

I am struck to the core by her account of entering a supernatural world paired with her intimate conversation with God that eventually lead to healing in her life.  I felt compelled to listen close as she described a love feeling that passes throughout her DNA only to be given a God affirmation that he is inside of her.  Hearing Penny share her experience, I knew she speaks truth paired with love and a burning desire to help others by sharing her experience and there is no doubt in my mind that all who are blessed to be able to hear her speak would consider it to be a great gift.

by Erica McKenzie, RN  – Author of “Dying to Fit in

Penny Wittbrodt could be called a “frequent flyer” between her spiritual home and her earthly dwelling, owing to several NDEs during bouts with anaphylaxis and medically induced comas, and at least one STE years before her first NDE. While her experiences were deeply spiritual, personal and profound, I appreciate Penny’s down-to-earth honesty, pragmatic outlook, and her teachable, questioning spirit displayed as she tells of her encounters with God, in all His light, patience and lovingkindness. There is a true sense of comfort in recognizing Penny’s concerns, curiosity, fears and questions which she expressed before God, as universal, and our own.

And Penny, herself, is a gifted teacher, as a nurse and recent survivor of CoVid19. Through live-journaling during her illness on an interactive forum, she is engaged [with] an audience of hundreds, equipping them with detailed, healthful understanding and knowledge from her own research and experience. Not only has she been able to expand their own practical understanding of medical care and self-advocacy, Penny has had the opportunity to quietly share her NDE story, with its powerful rays of light, hope and love, enabling listeners to move beyond fear and go forward with faith on their own journeys.

by Debi W Bender

BIOGRAPHY – Penny Wittbrodt, RN

Photo w sleeping husband & our goddaughter.Penny Wittbrodt is the mother of three grown kids and grandmother of four. She and her husband Don, enjoy life in the beautiful bluegrass state of Kentucky. After graduating from nursing school in 2002, Penny accepted her first position as a Cardiothoracic ICU nurse. Most of her nursing career was spent in critical care.

Penny also felt a need to give back to her community and was involved in two different not-for-profit outreach programs. One of these, was a local clinic that served patients who otherwise would have lacked basic primary medical care.

Several years later, her small town was shocked by the closing of their local Boys and Girls club. Penny and a team of concerned parents opened their own after-school center. In its first year of operation, the program received the state of Kentucky “Destiny Award,” for excellence in service to at-risk and underserved children.

The after-school program revealed Penny’s love for teaching. She took a year away from nursing when she accepted adjunct professor positions, at three area technical colleges. There, she taught pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and dosage calculation.

When the spring term ended, she returned to nursing. Penny would soon be forced to give up her career, when in 2013, she was assaulted by a patient. The attack left her with a spinal injury which required a lengthy surgery and left her with permanent nerve damage in her spine, left arm, and hand. Unable to work, she fell into a dark depression and began isolating herself. This led to overwhelming social anxiety which in turn, caused her to withdrawal even further.

Several months after surgery, she developed a mysterious autoimmune condition which caused eighteen bouts of respiratory failure, over two-and-a-half years. Doctors had no answers and every treatment they prescribed failed. Finally, through a series of near-death experiences, the source of her continued attacks was revealed. Penny discovered how to overcome her condition and took action. That decision dramatically changed the course of her life. Based on her experience, she was invited to write a chapter for Dr. Penny Sartori’s book, “The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences.”  Penny is currently finalizing her first book, “A Life Reclaimed.

Durham IANDS Guest Speaker Webinar

After a life of profound spiritual experiences, Brian’s NDE in 2015 expanded his awareness of reality in profound ways to include … awareness of thousands of planets with life; our thoughts and emotions affect the entire Cosmos and are far more impactful than we understand; in a life review beings are given the option to change or not change actions taken… and more! Push that “RSVP Now” button for even more details…
PLEASE NOTE! This is a LIVE session event only. There will be NO post-event video available.

Brian Keith – Cosmic Conundrum, An Inconvenient Truth of Evolution
Friday, January 17, 7 pm, EST — No recording permitted, live talk only.
Do NOT register for this event unless you can sign-in at the actual event time! This speaker has asked that there be no recordings.

Brian Keith Brian Keith was an Executive Banker for Wells Fargo, overseeing credit card operations in 5 states. After acquiring additional education, Brian moved to North Carolina and began to work as a forensic engineer. But Brian, perhaps because of the proximity of his second NDE in 2015, or perhaps because he’s had more than one NDE, will not sound like his previous career, although he certainly can be precise and focused. A major difference would be that the radiance Brian emanates as he talks about his most recent NDE would fill any room.

Brian’s 1st NDE, which he heard about from his father, occurred during childbirth. His father said he was only “half out” of his mother when the attending doctor had to leave for an emergency. He returned 40 minutes later, discovered Brian could not breathe and began resuscitation. This probably was the cause of numerous problems Brian had throughout his childhood, because he could “see” into the spiritual, and he talked about what he saw. Brian still remembers how at the age of 4 he described to a school mate the past life memories Brian could somehow see manifesting next to his friend. The painful consequences from his school system, as well as family and friends, from this, and other incidents like it, led Brian to shut down his spiritual awareness, which he succeeded in doing for decades. Focusing on achievement on the material plane Brian sped through college, and after leaving Wells Fargo, created a forensic engineering company.

Brian’s description of the tragic traffic disaster on the evening of Feb 16, 2015 in Charlotte NC, and his selfless acts to save lives as cars continued to pile up, is incredible. After he was eventually taken out by a car, and found himself looking down on the wrecks, Brian said it felt like he was “waking up from a dream.” This is the beginning of his NDE account which will include his:

(1) being made aware of the tens of thousands of other planets with life like ours, but different.
(2) discovering that our thoughts and emotions indeed affect the entire Cosmos, but are far more impactful than we understand.
(3) being given the option to change or not change things he had said or done as he experienced them during his life review, and the consequences of doing that.

These are a few of the many things Brian will share as he opens up about this NDE. And then there’s what happened after that NDE. Although Brian is still involved with his forensic engineering company, his 2nd NDE reopened doors to the spiritual. He now begins each day by meditatively expressing hours of unconditional love to the Cosmos. He also leads a meditational group of 40 people in a related practice.

Brian is a very inspiring and fun person to talk with. Please join us as we collectively step away from some of our outmoded understandings of reality and expand our consciousness a bit further. There will be a thought provoking entertainment component in the beginning and at the end of the meeting. This is our last chance to see Brian for awhile before he leaves to return to the islands very soon.

(Biography originally written by Greg Wilson, Seattle IANDS)


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Check out the many upcoming ISGO events and if you are not already an ISGO Subscriber, consider how as a subscriber those benefits will mount up fast!

Spiritual ME Sundays – Hospital Experiences Introduction: Patients & Personnel

Spiritual ME Sundays series are designed to help you apply practical teachings and resources available to guide you on your path.


Hospital Experiences Introduction: Patients & Personnel – Many NDE, SDE and STE are experienced in hospitals. Sharing what happens opens doors to understanding and compassion that places new awareness for all to consider of what to expect and how perhaps to be supportive. Explore hospital triggered spiritual transformative experiences and ways to help. 


Explore mystical experiences such as Near-Death Experience (NDE), Shared Death Experience and Spiritual Transformative Experiences (STE) with ISGO Certified Facilitator Dr. Mary Jo Bulbrook.   As a practitioner, academic and researcher in this area, Dr. MJ brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on the why’s, how to’s and what for’s in a practical format to offer options and resources for you. She will incorporate what she learned from other experts and colleagues in the industry.

In addition, Spiritual ME Sundays series are designed to help you apply practical teachings and resources available to guide you on your path.

July 28th Sunday Sessions – Notes for the Self Introduction: Lessons Learned

Aug 25th Sunday Session – Hospital Experiences Introduction: Patients & Personnel

Sept 22nd Sunday Session – Energetic Support: Introduction to Energetic Theory & Practice for NDE & STE

TIME Eastern Daylight Timezone

5 – 6:00 pm: Course lecture with Q & A (Recorded)

Optional Group Personal Support 30 min 6 to 6:30 pm


Admission Options:

    • Spiritual ME Sundays – Sunday, August 25:
      Hospital Experiences Introduction: Patients & Personnel

      Early bird*:  Regular fee = $15  (ISGO Subscribers fee = $10)
      – ends Sunday, August 18, 2019.
      * Early bird price is for RSVPs completed at least 7 days before the class date.

      Course Cost:  Regular fee = $20  (ISGO Subscribers fee = $15)
      – starting Monday, August 19, 2019.