Social Worker Transformed by Hospice Client Experiences

A hospice clinical social worker, Scott Janssen has worked over 3 decades with terminally ill patients. A self-proclaimed materialist, Scott would dismiss NDEs and the like as attributable to drugs and mental illness. As he witnessed or heard of hundreds of transpersonal experiences of ordinary people approaching the mystery of death, his viewpoint and life was transformed. Scott is a prolific writer about hospice care and life lessons from the dying. He will share captivating stories and personal reflections from being with people navigating the end of life and how that opened his mind and heart. Wed. Jan 13, 2021 at 7 pm CST.

Scott Janssen, MA, MSW, LCSW – will share transformative stories from the forefront of hospice social work.

Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm CST (5 PST, 6 MST, 8 EST)
Sponsored by Dallas/Ft Worth Friends of IANDS,
Co-leaders:  Jan Holden, Ed.D. and Pete Quortrup

Scott is a clinical social worker with the University of North Carolina Hospice in Pittsboro, just west of Raleigh and has worked with terminally ill patients and their families for over 28 years. During that time he has witnessed or heard reports of hundreds of transpersonal experiences as ordinary people have approached the mystery of death. These phenomena take many forms, such as near-death and out-of-body experiences, deathbed visions and synchronicities, messages delivered in dreams or hypnogogic states, strange animal behavior coinciding with death, and after death communications.

 He has served as an editorial adviser for Social Work Today and written over 80 articles for professional and literary magazines as well as scholarly journals. His novel Light Keepers is a metaphysical adventure about connecting with the transpersonal realm and learning to choose love over fear. His book Standing at Lemhi Pass: Archetypal Stories for the End of Life and Other Challenging Times explores the use of therapeutic storytelling with hospice patients and their loved ones.

 His articles and commentaries on transpersonal end of life phenomena have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Social Work Today, KevinMD and the American Journal of Nursing.

In addition to end-of-life care, he is trained in working with patients struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Trauma Informed Work Group and has spoken nationally about psychological care for terminally ill combat veterans and building trauma informed hospice teams.

When he started his career as a hospice social worker Scott was a self-proclaimed materialist, quick to dismiss non-ordinary experiences like NDEs as meaningless phenomena originating in biological, pharmacological or psychiatric causes. His patients have transformed his understanding and his life.

At our meeting, Scott will share captivating stories and personal reflections from decades working with people navigating the end of life as well as the ways this has opened his mind and his heart.

About Scott’s books:

Light Keepers (13.99 on Amazon) takes place within the threshold space between the seen and unseen worlds. Set in the desperate aftermath of the Civil War, it is a work of adventurous and visionary fiction which explores the question of how we may move toward love rather than fear in a world that often seems harsh and unsparing.

 

Standing at Lemhi Pass (12.99 on Amazon), a phrase taken from a pivotal moment during Lewis and Clark’s early exploration of the American West, borrows lively stories from American history and applies them to times we are facing loss, grief or any one of life’s profound challenges.

 

“A Resistant Atheist’s Path to Becoming: The Accidental Medium”

“A Resistant Atheist’s Path to Becoming: The Accidental Medium” – Louisa Peck. Raised atheist with a disdain for anyone who believed differently, Louisa died from an overdose and encountered a being of immense, indescribable love. In denial, it took two decades of paranormal events to change her mind… Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 pm PST (7 pm MST, 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST).

An Arizona IANDS Guest Speaker Webinar hosts:
“A Resistant Atheist’s Path to Becoming: The Accidental Medium” – Louisa Peck
Friday, December 11, 2020, 6 pm PST
(7 pm MST, 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST)

Raised atheist with a disdain for anyone who believed differently, Louisa Peck had just graduated from Vassar College when, in a Manhattan night club, she snorted a gram of lidocaine sold to her as cocaine and suffered a cardiac arrest. Her NDE progressed from a symbolic landscape into the heart of the sun, where she encountered a being of immense, indescribable love. Sent back against her will, 22-year-old Louisa found herself unable to face the ridicule from her family, society, and her own rational mind entailed in acknowledging the reality of her NDE — not to mention a reason to stop drinking. Instead she chose to deny her NDE’s reality. Despite striving with all her will to remain atheist, Louisa experienced over a dozen paranormal events in the next two decades that changed her mind. Today, hearing regularly from her guardian angel and occasionally from deceased loved ones, she refers to herself as an “accidental medium.”

Bio:

After a youth spent publishing short fiction and teaching college English, Louisa now runs her own business coaching tech managers in writing skills. A Seattle “native,” she remains an avid mountain climber at age 60, having summited all five Washington volcanoes several times and planning to stand atop Mount Rainier again next summer. She and her 19-year-old son both recovered from Covid-19 this spring. She remains an active member of Seattle IANDS, having interviewed over a dozen NDErs and condensed their stories for the Seattle IANDS newsletter.

Tune in Friday, Dec. 11, 6 pm PST (9 pm EST), to ruminate together on these perspectives.

Dallas/Ft Worth Friends of IANDS

Dr. Christina Rawls grew up knowing she was different… from having her own language as a child to experiencing a variety of what are known as supernatural experiences. Chris will discuss her interest, research and experiences in metaphysics while sharing some photographs of orbs, a phenomena she began recording in 2011 to the present. Join us Wed. December 9, at 7:00 pm CST (5 PST, 6 MST, 8 EST).

Chris Rawls, Ph.D., will discuss her interest, research and experiences in metaphysics. 
Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm CST (5 PST, 6 MST, 8 EST)
Sponsored by Dallas/Ft Worth Friends of IANDS,
Co-leaders:  Jan Holden, Ed.D., and Peter Quortrup

Dr. Christina Rawls grew up knowing she was different, from having her own language as a child to a variety of supernatural experiences. Having come close to death at least six times, she documented these experiences in various ways over time, including in her master’s thesis on both physics and philosophy in 2004. At the age of 44 Chris is currently teaching philosophy full-time at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. In tonight’s talk, Chris will discuss her interest, research and experiences in metaphysics while sharing some of her photographs of orbs, a phenomena she noticed and began documenting in 2011.

Chris’s childhood metaphysical experiences were multiple. From precognition to astral-projection, evidential mediumship and more, her family witnessed and eventually concluded that Chris had abilities and experiences they couldn’t name. Though some attribute these episodes to family trauma, stress, anxiety and related mental health causes, they have persisted into adulthood and have been witnessed by multiple others, encouraging Chris to seek further understanding.

Today, with a doctorate in philosophy Chris is ready to begin discussing her experiences publicly, hoping thereby to continue taking philosophy to task while encouraging other academics to bring these topics to the table as legitimate areas of concern. Even now, her record of super-normal experiences, as NDE researcher Dean Radin would call them, continues to grow. Inspired by IANDS’s and others’ long history of scientific research on related phenomena, and encouraged by the work of evidential medium Suzanne Giesemann and journalist Annie Jacobson among many, Chris hopes to find a publisher, get tested scientifically, and eventually teach openly on such topics in academia. The journey begins tonight.

Orb photos by Christina Rawls.

 

Arizona IANDS Guest Speaker Webinar

“Maintaining Unity Consciousness While Embracing Diversity” – Chuck had a successful 40-year career in a Fortune 25 corporation constructing then managing multinational computer services. In parallel to this work life, a spiritual life developed that crisscrossed structured analyses of a non-material reality as typified by near-death and similar experiences. Mixing these two broadly defined structured paradigms has resulted in an interesting mix for a theory of what’s really going on here! Join us on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 pm PST (9 pm EST).

Out of the Box – Insights to the Other Side: Maintaining Unity Consciousness While Embracing Diversity” w Chuck Swedrock, BSc, MBA, ACISTE Coach
Friday, November 13, 2020, 6 pm PST
(7 pm MST, 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST)

Looking back on a spiritually directed life, a map can be drawn of how experiences accumulate through a lifetime to give us the ingredients for this present-moment “impression” of reality (for examples see Chuck’s YouTube video “A Life Guided by Experiences – Chuck Swedrock“).

Using two brief illustrations, one from Dr. Michael Newton’s work revealed in his book, “Journey of Souls”, and the other from Todd Michael’s book, “Evolution Angel“, Chuck will share a lifetime journey that leads to the conclusion of why we are where we’re at and meant to be for the current moment.

A cowboy hat to emphasize the journey of this life...Then, looking at the twists, turns, and major episodes in life, Chuck will share some expansive views of what he has come to realize in working with many near-death and similar experiencers about what life on this planet appears to be versus some very convincing evidence for how it “really is”???

Tune in Friday, Nov. 13, 6 pm PST (9 pm EST), to ruminate together on these perspectives.

Electing Love and Unity – a free online 12-hour webinar

During the uncertainty surrounding this period in history, there is one life affirming message that embraces everyone and that is the universal message of LOVE from Unity Consciousness, All That Is. After 40 years of concentrated research by believers and skeptics, there is evidence for survival of human consciousness that cannot be refuted by scientific means. This core message of LOVE excludes no-one and embraces them where they are at without condemnation or judgment. This FREE event is brought to you to hear for yourself the messages by individuals from all walks of life that have experienced this truth personally. RSVP now and come and go as fits your schedule all day long. Tuesday, November 3, 7 am – 7 pm PST (10 am – 10 pm EST).

Electing Love and Unity… a FREE online election day 12-hour panel
looking beyond the apparitions caused by the false messages of fear!

Featuring: Panelists sharing near-death and similar experiences that reveal a consistent message of love and transformation; regular breaks for guided meditations with experienced music therapists; and interactive question and answers with specialists in the field of near-death and related consciousness studies.

An election day free event with presentations by those who have experienced unity consciousness and the research that demonstrates the reality of those experiences producing messages like:

— there is no death, the body may expire but The Self Does Not Die!
— with the Source of All, there is no agenda – only acceptance.
— the experience of being human unites us all as ONE!
— the ultimate nature of LOVE leaves no room for fear.

Add your affirmation in the comment area on checkout when RSVPing for this event. The RSVP is good all day long to come and go as you please… and be sure to tell others in your community about this marvelous opportunity.

Seattle IANDS Guest Speaker

Joyce Hawkes, PhD is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work as a research biophysicist. After a near-death experience in 1976 she was drawn to an exploration of indigenous healing traditions around the world, and now offers healing at the interface between Science and Spirit. On ISGO at Sat. Nov. 14, 1:30 pm PST (4:30 pm EST).

NDE Gifts Available for All:  You can learn to access visions, Divine guidance, receive and give healing, and more with or without an NDE…!

Joyce Hawkes, PhD is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work as a research biophysicist. After a near-death experience in 1976 she was drawn to an exploration of indigenous healing traditions around the world, and now offers healing at the interface between Science and Spirit.

Hawkes practices and teaches internationally and is the author of Cell-Level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell, and Resonance: Nine Practices for Harmonious Health and Vitality. Her popular TEDx talk is titled Biophysicist Discovers New Life After Death.

Find Joyce here: www.CellLevelHealing.com