Open Spirituality – First Monthly Meeting

Let go of any preconceived ideas of spirituality! We are going to explore the subject of spirituality from every conceivable perspective. This group will combine open discussion with presentations and guest interviews all centered around the broadest definitions of spirituality. 

This is the first meeting of this new ISGO sharing group.  Below is a starting description of the intent of this group. We hope you can join us as we kick off this new monthly exploration of our own expanded definitions of spirituality.

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Let go of any preconceived ideas of spirituality! We are going to explore the subject of spirituality from every conceivable perspective. This group will combine open discussion with presentations and guest interviews all centered around the broadest definitions of spirituality. 

This group:

  • Respects and values all perspectives;
  • Is inclusive of all perspectives,
  • Welcomes all that seek to explore and investigate the mysteries of life;
  • Seeks to find the common ground that ties everything together;
  • Feels that science and spirituality are 2 sides of the same whole;
  • Sends love and understanding to all beings.

If you like subjects that are “out there” with a spiritual, philosophical, and/or theological perspective, this group is for you! 

Religions generally come from an exclusive perspective that can be very limiting. 

This group is for you if ANY of the following statements resonate:

  • You feel constrained by societal boundaries/definitions of spirituality and/or religion;
  • You consider yourself ‘spiritual’ but not religious (SBNR);
  • you love your religious community, but feel there is more to spirituality;
  • You believe in the Oneness of all that is;
  • You believe in the equality of all beings;
  • You love the mystery of life/existence and you would like to explore it in more depth;
  • You love God/Source/Creator, but feel that those terms are too limiting;

The Open Spirituality group will explore and discuss the most inspiring spiritual aspects of all religious traditions, philosophies, theologies, cosmologies, and *experiences* like STEs, NDEs, OBEs, alien encounters, psychic phenomena, mediumship, the healing arts, and such.

Open Spirituality welcomes people from all faith traditions. It does not promote any particular belief or theology other than the belief that we are all spiritual beings.

Proponents are self-proclaimed and all are welcome and supported as long as they are open, inclusive, and supportive of the beliefs of others. Open Spirituality welcomes atheists and agnostics as well since the belief in the existence of a deity is a matter of personal opinion.

Open Spirituality is perhaps best defined by these quotes:

“Religion is an external practice. Spirituality is a state of mind.”

“Religion is about believing. Spirituality is about being.”

“Kindeness is my religion.” – Dalai Lama

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of the opinions of others drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

Lastly, the following excerpt from Wikipedia seems appropriate:
Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR), also known as “spiritual but not affiliated” (SBNA), is a popular phrase used to self-identify a life stance of spirituality that does not regard organized religion as the sole or most valuable means of furthering spiritual growth.

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For these groups, IANDS uses the very simple “Zoom” video conferencing program. After registering for the event, it’s as simple as clicking the link provided in your email (prior to the event).

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These “sharing groups” are free to everyone!

That said, ISGO “Sharing Groups” rely on charitable contributions to maintain staffing and administrative support. To continue to bring you a wonderful group experience, we thank you in advance for your kind donations: Simply click on the following link to donate:

Donation

 

Integrating the Afterlife into This Life

Join Jacob Cooper, author of “Life After Breath”, as he discusses some of his biggest takeaways and lessons when he crossed over and went to the other side during his profound near- death experience as a child. Hosted by AZ IANDS, 2/11/22, 7 pm MST

Integrating the Afterlife into This Life
Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7 pm MST (9 pm EST, 8 pm CST, 6 pm PST)

Join Jacob Cooper, author of “Life After Breath”, as he discusses some of his biggest takeaways and lessons when he crossed over and went to the other side during his profound near- death experience as a child. During this discussion, you will come to greater understanding that you do not have to wait to die to get to heaven but you can find it right now. Jacob will facilitate lessons, wisdom and tools to bring the infinite awareness of the soul into this finite body and moment.

Jacob Cooper is a Clinical Social Worker, Certified Reiki Master, and
Certified Hypnotherapist who specializes in Past Life Regression
Therapy, works privately with clients through online services.
Inspired by his near-death experience and transformative encounters,
he facilitates spiritual awareness and empowerment through
life-changing seminars. Currently, he resides and practices in Long
Island, NY. He is the author of “Life After Breath” published by
Waterside Productions.

Website: wWw.Jacoblcooper.com

We do not sell books, but you can purchase Jacob’s book at Amazon by clicking the link below.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Breath-Fatality-Immortality/dp/1951805283

 

 

A Spiritual Journey in a Physical World

In reviewing his life, Mr. Thompson has discovered several paths that were set for him to follow in this life on earth before he came back in this reincarnation. He knows he did not have to follow the path because he is given choices. However, there are lessons to learn, and he trusts his guides who never tell him what to do. They are there to guide him and encourage him.

A Spiritual Journey in a Physical World
January 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm Pacific

Greg Thompson has been living with his spirit guides his whole life. Hear how he communicates with them and how the communication techniques have changed over his life. He will also explain some of the events that have occurred and that you too may have experienced. He believes that everyone has spirit guides helping you even if you do not know it. Perhaps you will remember similar experiences and now know that there are spirits there to help you.

We do not sell books, but you can purchase Greg’s book at Amazon by clicking the link below.

Living with My Spirit Guides: Thompson 0, 0 Greg 0: 9781982256890: Amazon.com: Books

Biography

Mr. Thompson is a retired IBM software engineer and an empath who has had several near-death experiences, one shared-death experience, numerous out of body experiences, done remote viewing, astral travel, has psychic abilities, and has been blessed with the ability to communicate with his spirit guides. He is also the group leader for the Portland Oregon chapter of IANDS. He has written a book titled “Living with My Spirit Guides” which chronicles his experiences.

https://www.livingwithmyspiritguides.com
https://www.facebook.com/greg.thompson.355138/
PDX IANDS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1862443844058354

A Miraculously Healed NDEr, Mellen-Thomas Benedict

Deepak Chopra called NDEr, Mellen-Thomas Benedict, “the encyclopedia of the afterlife.” Mellen was immediately healed from brain cancer after his NDE and tells of his visitations with the Light informing him of insights regarding Earth 2012-2060 (from this most popular IANDS Conference video). Durham IANDS with Susan Amsden, Facilitator, Friday, Dec. 17, 7-8:30 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific)

Deepak Chopra called NDEr, Mellen-Thomas Benedict, “the encyclopedia of the afterlife.” Mellen was immediately healed from brain cancer after his NDE and tells of his visitations with the Light informing him of insights regarding Earth in 2012-2060.

Mellen-Thomas Benedict quote (from The Spirit of Gaia: 2012 and Beyond): “The ‘Spirit of Gaia’ is the greatest revelation that I have learned from my near death experience. In this visual presentation I will share my insights from my visitations with the Light concerning 2012, 2020, 2040, 2060 and the ultimate fate of mankind. With humor and a positive prospective I will present a view of a new paradigm that transcends popular concerns of Doom and Gloom. Humanity is in the process of the greatest change in its history and it has nothing to do with conspiracies, plagues or alien rescues. The years between 2012 and 2060 transform our world completely. This change of paradigm would have been impossible in the past and the reasons why may surprise you. We will also explore the Nature of Spirit with a natural perspective of the NDE as an important factor of human and planetary evolution. My insights from the Light have focused me on all the good in this world and the amazing revelation that just as the world is, right now, humanity is 95% better off than at any other time in history and that our collective future is brilliant. I know this may sound impossible and unbelievable, but I have convincing evidence to prove it.”

Facilitator’s Note: I chose this video since it’s been the most popular video requested from IANDS Conference talks.

FREE to IANDS Members/ISGO Subscribers; Non-members: $5
December 17, 2021 and 7:00-8:30 PM (Note: Shorter meeting time since the video is a little over an hour)

To Sign up for this event (even if FREE for you), click here to register: https://isgo.iands.org/webinar/a-miraculously-healed-nder-mellen-thomas-benedict/ . Call 919-383-7940 M-F 9 am – 4 pm ET if issues.  (IANDS Conference video).

Durham IANDS with Susan Amsden, Facilitator

A Lifetime of Uncommon (Yet Natural) Miracles…

The miraculous may just be a natural part of our life… and spiritual gifts can be learned. It is possible to have heightened connection to the Divine within us without having “an NDE”. Come hear some of the amazing ways that you too can learn to find and trust that connection.

A Lifetime of Uncommon (Yet Natural) Miracles…
a Launch Pad Series event featuring: Leesa Anderson

Leesa will share experiences of a divine and spiritual nature… seeming miracles that have occurred throughout her life as she radically relied on God to direct her way through extreme loss and hardship, staving off bankruptcy as well as directing her as a witness to an accident that resulted in a series of impossible and miraculous outcomes. All was greatly influenced by a very small and simple suggestion from a dear friend that helped build her ‘spiritual muscles’.

Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 pm EST (10:00 am PST)

Biography

Leesa’s life has been a mix of the practical, spiritual and mystical. From a career as the owner of a corporate real estate company for a ski resort, to her lifelong quest to understand the meaning of key spiritual teachings, to two shared death experiences that bookend her years of adulthood, she has many (many) stories to share.

A nudge from ‘Life’ to ‘let the light out’ into the world (along with a great deal of encouragement from ISGO’s Chuck Swedrock), Leesa is coming forward for the first time to offer these amazing and inspiring experiences to anyone whose heart may benefit from hearing them.

While she is not an author or a teacher, life may one day take her down these paths. For today, simply tune in and enjoy a series of remarkable experiences. She’d love to hear your thoughts and offer answers to any questions you may have. With much heart and love, let the stories begin.