Why Are We Here? with Sandi Taranto

Why are we here? An experiencer of multiple childhood NDEs shares what she learned. DFW Friends of IANDS.

Growing up as a foster child, Sandi Taranto suffered unspeakable abuse including both neglect and torture. One particular episode when she was 5 or 6 years old, in which she was the victim of strangulation and was declared dead at the hospital, prompted an out-of-body near-death experience (NDE), but between the ages of 3 and 7, she endured many such abuses and had multiple NDEs. Not just a survivor, but a diligent and earnest seeker as well, Sandi has explored some of the deepest questions of existence, and, spurred relentlessly by information and wisdom she received during her NDEs, she has gained a keen perspective on the workings of the cosmos and the meaning of human existence.

Attend in person to talk with Sandi and get your questions answered.

About Sandi

Sandi Taranto lived for several years as a child under the care of foster parents who were extremely abusive, and had several NDEs during that period. Decades later, she is a mother herself, and has begun to share her experiences with a wider audience.

Jewish Experience Theme Group

Are you Jewish and wonder how or if your NDE or other Spiritually Transformative Experience aligns with your faith? Are you struggling to integrate your experience? Come explore these questions with others having similar concerns. While this Sharing Session contains Jewish content, it is open to all who have a desire to join us.

The “Jewish Experience Sharing Group” is a sharing group for those in, or from, a Jewish community who have had, or are interested in the near-death or similar experiences.

For some experiencers, it’s helpful to consider issues of having a Jewish background when discussing their NDE/STE. This group allows a safe place for those types discussions. Each evening will begin with a presentation, followed by time for participants to respond. Additionally, there will be time to share your experiences, challenges, joys, and dreams.

We understand attendees of this group may come from many different Jewish traditions, other faith traditions, or none at all. We commit to respecting all who attend this group, knowing each person holds their own personal perspectives and beliefs.

This is a safe place of non-judgment. There is also no proselytizing. The group will explore the meaning and purpose of NDEs and how to integrate them by understanding the Jewish values implicit in the experience. Each person’s NDE or spiritual transformative experience is unique, and Rabbi Steve will help you find the hidden core of your soul’s purpose contained in the experience of the NDE.

Kabbalah, contemporary psychology, and brain science will provide a deeper understanding of the role of your physical being in this world and how leaving this world is not death, but transformation into another stage of living. Together we will support each other as we move to greater insights and application of the wisdom which will be revealed to all of us in these sessions

It is important to know:

    • No one will know you attended, except those in your group. Your privacy is protected.
    • These meetings are never recorded.
    • Trained IANDS volunteers facilitate the group to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
    • You do not have to share. You can listen with your video off for as long as you wish to do so. You are welcome to share when you are ready, even if that takes months or years to achieve.

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.

Donation

 

About the facilitator 

Rabbi Stephen Robbins, Psy.D., D.D., co-founder and co-Rabbi with his wife, Rabbi/Cantor Eva Robbins of N’vay Shalom, co-founder for the AJRCA (Academy for Jewish Religion, California), first Transdenominational seminary on the West Coast, also a Kabbalist and practitioner of Kabbalistic healing. He is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in the Psychoneuroimmunology of trauma and brain development. He integrates the science and the mysticism into a unified system of human development. This system is particularly applied to those with NDEs. Rabbi Robbins has had 8 NDEs as well as 13 surgeries and multiple STE’s. His work focus’ on the positive messages he has received from his spiritual guides through his 8 NDEs. Many Jews who have had transformative experiences do not know how to deal with them. He works to provide, through his insights, support and guidance for others to find the deeper meanings through the uniquely Jewish concepts of eternal living, both in this world and the worlds to come.

 

Distressing Experiences Topic Group (2nd Thursday of every month)

The “Distressing NDE Sharing Group” is for those who may have had a dark, hellish, or otherwise uncomfortable NDE. This group is a safe place to openly talk about distressing NDEs. It is a safe place to share and listen. We attempt to further contemplate how these experiences might provide insight, meaning, and guidance to our Earthly lives.

Have you, or someone you know, had an NDE or spiritual experience with distressing aspects?  You’re not the only one. Find community here. This “Distressing NDE Sharing Group” is for those who may have had a dark, hellish, or otherwise uncomfortable element of their NDE.

This is a safe place to share with and listen to people who understand and have had similar experiences.  In this group, we strive to understand how these experiences might provide insight, meaning, and guidance for our earthly lives and beyond.

This group meets every 2nd Thursday at 8 pm ET, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT, and 5 pm PT. For international attendees, you can use this link to check your local time:
https://dateful.com/time-zone-converter?&tz2=new-york

It is important to know:

    • No one will know you attended, except those in your group. Your privacy is protected.
    • These meetings are never recorded.
    • Trained IANDS volunteers facilitate the group to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
    • You do not have to share. You can listen with your video off for as long as you wish to do so. You are welcome to share when you are ready, even if that takes months or years to achieve.

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.

Donation

 

About the facilitators

M.K. “Kathy” McDaniel – Facilitator

Kathy is the author of Misfit in Hell to Heaven Expat: Lessons from a Dark Near-Death Experience and How to Avoid Hell in the Afterlife.”

Placed on a ventilator for lung failure in 1999, M.K. McDaniel fought for her life in a drug-induced coma for three weeks. Misfit In Hell To Heaven Expat is a memoir of M.K.’s experiences before, during, and after a Dark Near-Death Experience. Her family waited and prayed, totally unaware of the horrors M.K. was bravely facing and miserably enduring in a seemingly eternal hell, culminating in her eventual glimpse of heaven and chat with her deceased fiancé. But M.K. still had work to do on Earth. During her lengthy recovery, as M.K. reflected on the purpose of her experiences in the Afterlife, she recalled the tribulations of her family ancestors and their courage to survive. If they could overcome their overwhelming obstacles, then so could she. As memories of former earthly hellish traumas surfaced and seemed to parallel her actual hell experiences, M.K. sought out others with the same story. She eventually found solace, hope, and understanding at the International Association of Near-Death Studies meetings in Seattle. IANDS offered insights, camaraderie, and joy she had nearly forgotten to be possible in this life. Uplifting, humorous, chilling, and engrossing, Misfit In Hell To Heaven Expat takes the reader by the hand to safely explore our human and otherworldly selves. Its gentle message will help the reader find their way along the bumpy, earthly road to eternity.

https://www.amazon.com/Misfit-Hell-Heaven-Expat-Near-Death/dp/1952146127/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Misfit+in+Hell+to+Heaven+Expat&qid=1620062673&sr=8-1

Daniel Endy – C0-facilitator

Daniel has been a spiritual seeker and researcher for over 50 years. In his early teens, he decided that the religious dogma he had been taught made no sense and he became what he calls a spiritual independent. Daniel felt that if there truly was a Creator and a spiritual reality beyond the physical world, it had to make rational sense. His studies have covered a very wide range of teachings, experiences, and publications.

Daniel has a particular interest in spirituality and all transformative experiences including NDEs, the works of Emmanuel Swedenborg, and distressing spiritual experiences. He is a member of the IANDS board of directors and is very active with the IANDS Sharing Groups and Events.

 

Revisiting The NDE Event Using Guided Meditation

Author of Divine Councils in the Afterlife discusses using guided meditation to access one’s NDE, or communicate, learn new information from one’s guides on the flipside.

Revisiting The NDE Event Using Guided Meditation

Saturday, FEBRUARY 18th, 2023 @ 1pm EST

 

A Message from Richard:

The subject of my talk will be “How to revisit the NDE using guided meditation ” based on my recent book “Divine Councils in the Afterlife. ” (Divinecouncils.com)

In the research I demonstrate how a person can revisit an event that occurred, including the NDE, using a simple exercise of guided meditation.

How people (including Scientists, Clergy) report being able to meet guides, teachers, fellow classmates on the flipside, learn new information from their experience, and ask and answer questions about their experience.

The talk will include examples of people who used hypnotherapy to access their NDE, and then examples of how people can revisit an event, or get help with accessing the event from their guides or loved ones.

Its a method of inquiry that gets the same results without hypnosis.

ABOUT RICHARD:

Richard is a filmmaker/author of ten books about the Afterlife. (Best selling in their genre at kindle.) Frequent guest on “Coast to Coast with George Noory and “Beyond Belief” on Gaia, Richard has three documentaries on the afterlife, Flipsidemyfilm.com or HackingTheAfterlifeFilm.com, “Talking to Bill Paxton” on Gaia, in addition to his latest book Divinecouncils.com. He’s spoken at 9 different IANDS locations and was a featured speaker at the IANDS convention (Orlando).

He’s been invited to return to the upcoming “Art of Dying and Living Conference” in March with Robert Thurman, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson.

Links to connect:

http://richmartini.com

Divinecouncils.com

https://thusmenla.org/p/art-of-living-and-dying?affcode=790278_cey7_hrr

This event will be recorded. The recording is included free with your RSVP to the event.

Childhood Experiencer Sharing Group

This is a sharing group for adults who have had a near-death or similar experience(s) when they were a child (ages 0-18).  The group will offer a safe space to explore the meaning and purpose of your experience and to connect with others who had a transformative experience as a child.

This is a sharing group for adults who have had a near-death or similar experience(s) when they were a child.  The group will offer a safe space to explore the meaning and purpose of your experience and to connect with others who had a transformative experience as a child.

We commit to respecting all who attend this group, knowing each person holds their own personal perspectives and beliefs. This is a safe place of non-judgment. There is also no proselytizing.

It is important to know:

    • No one will know you attended, except those in your group. Your privacy is protected.
    • These meetings are never recorded.
    • Trained IANDS volunteers facilitate the group to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
    • You do not have to share. You can listen with your video off for as long as you wish to do so. You are welcome to share when you are ready, even if that takes months or years to achieve.

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.

Donation

 

Military/Veteran Experiences Topic Group

Join this EXCLUSIVE IANDS online sharing event for active or veteran military service members … “There is nothing more satisfying than when someone is able to end years of isolation by having a receptive small group hear them talk openly about their experience(s).” Facilitated by Diane Corcoran, Army Nurse who has been there … Vietnam to Desert Storm. Second Sundays Monthly, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern (see the dropdown at the top of this webpage to always display in your TZ).


2nd Sundays, Monthly
4 pm ET
1 pm PT
10 am Hawaii
9 pm London

This specific group is for currently active or veteran military service personnel. Thank you for respecting this RSVP restriction. Please join and share, or just listen, in a small online group environment that emphasizes confidentiality and privacy.

Our Mission
Our Military and Veteran Near-Death Experience Sharing Group is a safe place to discuss your near-death experience (NDE) and or spiritual transformative experience (STE) with other service members. Offering unconditional acceptance, validation, education and support for your experience.

“There is nothing more satisfying than when someone is able to end years of isolation having had no-one previously receptive to hear them talk about their experience(s).”

It is important to know:

    • No one will know you attended, except those in your group. Your privacy is protected.
    • These meetings are never recorded.
    • Trained IANDS volunteers facilitate the group to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
    • You do not have to share. You can listen with your video off for as long as you wish to do so. You are welcome to share when you are ready, even if that takes months or years to achieve.

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.

Donation

Learn More
Watch this free training video on Military/Veteran’s experiences or read the brochure:
Understanding Veterans’ Near-Death Experiences (36:37)

Military Near-Death Experiences Brochure 2020 12-1-20

Col. Diane Corcoran Veteran’s FundMonies raised from this fun will develop and deliver NDE educational outreach programs to veteran and military hospitals. Includes promoting the Veterans Video for veterans and veteran caregivers, Understanding Veterans’ Near-Death Experiences. For more information, click here.

About Diane
Diane Corcoran is an Army nurse who has been there – from Vietnam to Desert Storm. Dr. Corcoran served as a nurse from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm. In 1969, she cared for a 19 yr. old wounded
Vietnam combat soldier who wanted to share his NDE on the battlefield, but was extremely worried that no one would believe him. Instinctively, Diane listened to his account with care and compassion. Though the term NDE was not yet coined, she knew that his extremely emotional experience had a profound life changing impact on him. Since that day, she has dedicated her life to educating the international medical community about NDE and provided validation, education and support for active military and veteran experiencers. Dr. Corcoran served as a former President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and continues to serve as a Board of Director. In addition, she is the founder of Corcoran Consulting and The Vet NDE Project.

How do sharing groups work?
Everyone with a sincere interest in near-death and related experiences is welcome. You are invited to share, learn, or just listen in one of our over 13 sharing groups per month. These are safe spaces.  You can leave your camera off and sit silently until you are ready to join the group. Each sharing group is free to attend, with donations requested to cover the cost of the services provided.

Each group is led by a trained facilitator. The facilitator maintains the IANDS Sharing Group guidelines that are created from decades of experience providing sharing groups in the clinical setting. It is the facilitator’s role to provide an opportunity for each person, who wishes to do so, to share. It is also the facilitator’s goal to keep the group space safe while maintaining neutrality. These groups do not provide counseling. They are peer-to-peer sharing groups. These groups last 90 minutes. There is no guest speaker. Each attendee is given the same privileges to speak as all other attendees, as long as the guidelines are followed. The size of groups is limited. The group access closes 10 minutes after start time to maintain the feeling of safety, security, and privacy. Even though these groups are free to all, donations are requested so that we can continue to provide them free of charge to all who wish to attend.

You are required to create an account with IANDS Sharing Groups Online to participate in these groups. A link will be sent to you in your confirmation email or you can return to the reservation page on the date of the event and use the Join Event button that will be on that page.

Explore the Extraordinary Podcast

IANDS Groups and Events would like to invite you to a FREE event to discuss our upcoming podcast ‘Explore The Extraordinary Podcast’ with host Betty Guadagno. 

EXPLORE THE EXTRAORDINARY PODCAST

Saturday, January 28th  1pm EST

IANDS Groups and Events would like to invite you to a FREE event.

Daniel Endy will discuss our upcoming podcast ‘Explore The Extraordinary Podcast’ with host, Betty Guadagno.

Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180 degree transformation from drug addicted, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.

During this event Betty will share about the mission and intended purpose of creating the ‘Explore The Extraordinary Podcast’. We will be looking for first time shares, experiencers, teachers, researchers, and others on the spiritual path that would like a space to share. All are encouraged to reach out to be involved in this project.

Please email exploretheextraordinarypodcast@gmail.com to be a guest.

 

There is no cost to attend this event. To continue to bring you a wonderful experience, we thank you in advance for your kind donations.

Donation

This event is brought to you by IANDS Groups and Events

This event will be recorded. The recording is included free with your RSVP to the event. This event will also be available on Youtube. 

https://www.youtube.com/@IANDSvideos

Emanuel Swedenborg’s Spiritual Experiences w/ Curtis Childs

In the mid-1700s Emanuel Swedenborg experienced a spiritual awakening. Over the next 30 years, he documented his experiences and what he learned from the angels who guided him. His descriptions of the afterlife closely aligns with the reports of near-death experiencers.

Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?  In this interview, Curtis Childs will share how the unusual spiritual experiences of an 18th-century scientist have survived and gathered a following that is currently more relevant than ever before. We will learn how Swedenborg’s teachings helped Curtis recover from depression and how they are helping many others to understand spirituality in new ways.

In the mid-1700s Emanuel Swedenborg experienced a spiritual awakening. Over the next 30 years, he documented his experiences and what he learned from the angels who guided him. His descriptions of the afterlife closely align with the reports of near-death experiencers.

Raymond Moody wrote about Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual experiences in his famous book, “Life After Life” which coined the term “near-death experience.”

—- About Curtis Childs —-

Director of Off The Left Eye B.A. in Communications, Oakland University While obtaining his degree in communication studies from Oakland University, Curtis experienced an internal battle with depression that led him to question God and his lifelong interest in Swedenborgian theology. After a period of intense suffering, he recovered from his depression with the help of modern medicine, therapy, and a return to the spiritually uplifting messages he found in Swedenborg’s writings. Now, Curtis is applying his education and desire to help others find peace through Swedenborg’s insights by producing and hosting this weekly webcast. He’s happiest when he can use Swedenborg’s concepts to help someone solve something they used to think was unsolvable. Curtis has been a speaker at several conferences including TCCHE and IANDS (2019).

Off The Left Eye website and videos are a project of the Swedenborg Foundation.

The Swedenborg Foundation’s YouTube channel is here:
OffTheLeft YouTube Channel

This is a FREE event! To continue to bring you a wonderful experience, we thank you in advance for your kind donations as an exchange of love energy.

Donation

This event is brought to you by Philadelphia IANDS and Daniel Endy.

This event will be recorded. The recording is included free with your RSVP to the event. This event will also be available on YouTube on the IANDS YouTube Channel.

IANDS Sharing Group (Sunday PM)

ISGO Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. They are a safe place to talk and share openly about one’s Near Death Experience, Spiritually Transformative Experience, or simply discuss these and similar topics of interest (or simply enjoy listening). Everyone is welcome!

Please join us for the next IANDS Sharing group!

Facilitator: Catherine Chapey

IANDS Sharing Groups are not just for near-death experiencers. They’re a safe place to share spiritually transformative experiences and other similar topics of interest. And of course, you’re always welcome to simply listen. Everyone is welcome!

For these groups, IANDS uses the very simple Zoom video conferencing program. You are required to create an account with IANDS Sharing Groups Online to participate in these groups. A link will be sent to you in your confirmation email, or you can return to the reservation page on the date of the event and click on the “Join Event” button (which will be active fifteen prior to the group scheduled to start time). 

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.

Donation

 

Everyone with a sincere interest in near-death and related experiences is welcome. You are invited to share, learn, or just listen in one of our (currently) twelve sharing groups per month. These are safe spaces.  If you’re more comfortable, feel free to leave your camera off until ready to turn it on. However, we encourage you to enter your name in your “video box” (even if your camera is off).

Each group is led by a trained facilitator. At each sharing group, the facilitator will review the IANDS Sharing Group guidelines. IANDS facilitators strive to provide equal opportunity for attendees to share. It’s an essential goal for the IANDS facilitator to keep the group space safe while maintaining neutrality.

These groups do not provide counseling. They are peer-to-peer sharing groups, lasting approximately ninety minutes. Sharing group access closes fifteen minutes after start time to maintain the feeling of safety, security, and privacy.

 

IANDS Sharing Group (Sunday AM)

ISGO Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. They are a safe place to talk and share openly about one’s Near Death Experience, Spiritually Transformative Experience, or simply discuss these and similar topics of interest (or simply enjoy listening). Everyone is welcome!

Please join us for the next IANDS Sharing group!

Facilitator: TBD

IANDS Sharing Groups are not just for near-death experiencers. They’re a safe place to share spiritually transformative experiences and other similar topics of interest. And of course, you’re always welcome to simply listen. Everyone is welcome!

For these groups, IANDS uses the very simple Zoom video conferencing program. You are required to create an account with IANDS Sharing Groups Online to participate in these groups. A link will be sent to you in your confirmation email, or you can return to the reservation page on the date of the event and click on the “Join Event” button (which will be active fifteen prior to the group scheduled to start time). 

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.

Donation

 

Everyone with a sincere interest in near-death and related experiences is welcome. You are invited to share, learn, or just listen in one of our (currently) twelve sharing groups per month. These are safe spaces.  If you’re more comfortable, feel free to leave your camera off until ready to turn it on. However, we encourage you to enter your name in your “video box” (even if your camera is off).

Each group is led by a trained facilitator. At each sharing group, the facilitator will review the IANDS Sharing Group guidelines. IANDS facilitators strive to provide equal opportunity for attendees to share. It’s an essential goal for the IANDS facilitator to keep the group space safe while maintaining neutrality.

These groups do not provide counseling. They are peer-to-peer sharing groups, lasting approximately ninety minutes. Sharing group access closes fifteen minutes after start time to maintain the feeling of safety, security, and privacy.