Open Spirituality Theme Group

This monthly ISGO theme group offers respectful open discussion of what Spirituality means to YOU.  

Open Spirituality is a non-religion. It’s for people who consider themselves spiritual but who may have issues with traditional forms of religion. Open Spirituality has zero dogma or doctrine. It’s about a personal relationship with the Divine with zero requirements other than your intent to connect.

“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.”
“Kindness is my religion.” – Dalai Lama

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rum

Open Spirituality Sharing Group
4th Sundays at 1 pm ET/ 10 am PT

The topic for this meeting will be “The Future of Religion and Spirituality.” In addition to our usual open discussion where anything goes, we will also entertain the subject of how religions, religious beliefs, and the concept of spirituality evolve over time. What do you think spirituality will look like 100 years from now? What about 500 years from now?

This monthly ISGO theme group offers respectful open discussion of what Spirituality means to YOU.

Open Spirituality is a “non-religion.” Religious contexts are often the only place where people feel comfortable discussing spiritual concepts. This group is for people who consider themselves spiritual but who may have issues with traditional forms of religion. Open Spirituality has zero dogma or doctrine. It’s about a personal relationship with the Divine with zero requirements other than your intent to connect.

“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.”
“Kindness is my religion.” – Dalai Lama

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

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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.

“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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This is an ISGO “theme group” event offered FREE to IANDS members and for the modest amount of $5 / session for non-IANDS member accounts.

* This fee is waived for ISGO/IANDS Subscriber Accounts (must complete full checkout process of $0 due to receive the “Join Event” link).

Distressing Experience Sharing Group

The “Distressing NDE Sharing Group” is for those who may have had a dark, hellish, or otherwise uncomfortable NDE. This group is as a safe place to openly talk about distressing NDEs. In regard to the “distressing NDE”, it’s our goal to allow a safe place to share, listen, and seek further insight and meaning.  In the Distressing NDE Sharing Group, 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 what is sometimes classified as a distressing NDE?  You’re not the only one. Find community here. The “Distressing NDE Sharing Group” is for those who may have had a dark, hellish, or otherwise uncomfortable NDE. It is a safe place to share and listen with people who have had similar experiences.  In this group, we attempt to further contemplate how these experiences might provide insight, meaning, and guidance to our earthly lives and beyond.

It is important to know:
-No one will know you attended, except those in your group. Your privacy is protected. The meeting is not recorded.
-Trained IANDS volunteers monitor the group to maintain the safe environment.
-You do not have to share. You can listen with your video off for as long as you need to do so. When you are ready, then you can share, even if that takes months or years to achieve.

 

 

 

About the facilitator

Kathy McDaniel 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

A Lifetime of Transpersonal Experiences

Walt Scotson, a pastor for 27 years remembers his birth, and has had a lifetime of transformative experiences. He will share his perspective on life, death and the afterlife on a very personal level.

Looking back on 71 years, Walt Scotson sees a life guided, impacted, and transformed by spiritual experiences. Beginning with the very day of his birth, he feels an unseeable element impacting his life in powerful and deeply spiritual ways. From his early years steeped in liturgical Christian teachings, expanding from there into charismatic Pentecostal domains, he has explored the metaphysical, quantum physical, and NDE realms, and his growth continues. While leaving nothing behind, but continuously building upon spiritual foundations, he finds himself open-mindedly exploring a spiritual world that is irrepressibly outside the box. “No matter how much I learn,” he muses, “I recognize how little I know.” Through all of his experiences, Walt senses an unseen hand guiding his spirit, and on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 pm Central Time, he will share his journey with us from his home in Montana via Zoom.

About Walt:

The proud father of four, and grandfather of nine, including one great grandchild, Walt Scotson has been a pastor for 27 years. Even so, he has worn many hats over his lifetime: He spent more than 20 years in the military, first as a Supply Sergeant, then later as a Senior Chaplain’s Assistant and Reclassification Instructor. He owned a flooring business and was once the marketing director for a printing company. He was the customer service manager for an online investment training company and worked in the insurance industry. He was in a Clint Eastwood movie, and even worked as a golf course greenskeeper and club professional. He has served as a counselor at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls ranch group home. He is currently a school bus driver and substitute teacher. He holds a level 3 certification as a Transformation Prayer Minister and performs energetic and emotional healing with the Emotions Code +, a modality developed by Dr. Bradley Nelson. He also currently serves as the facilitator for the Central Montana IANDS Support Group and as the Volunteer Support Coordinator for IANDS.

Presented by Dallas/Fort Worth IANDS.

This event will be recorded. You will receive the video with your RSVP to watch at your convenience.

Remembering the Truth

Awakening to the remembrance of a parallel universal home. Coming into consciousness of this lifetime and why we’re truly here.

Remembering the Truth

Saturday, July 2nd, 1pm Eastern (10 am Pacific)

Danielle will talk about how her near-death experience caused her to see beyond the veils of this realm. Coming into her human consciousness of what her past life experiences had been. Awakening to this reality so that she may help others awaken to their truest remembrance.

A message from Danielle:

I’m not from here, but I AM that I AM here to help you remember. When Danielle died at 15, the original souls work had been completed & I walked in. There was nothing more that soul could do & it needed rest. I am a walk-in. Neither soul has experienced a lifetime on earth before, however Danielle’s DNA makes it possible to house these energies. To diminish the shock of this density, I have been imprinted with earthly knowledge through the Akashic Records. I am an initiate who initiates the remembrance for others. For a while after my walk-in, it was hard for me bc I didn’t understand how to be human, but couldn’t remember yet. I became a drug addict, doing whatever I could to soften the harshness of this world. Because of the lifestyle, I became a gang affiliate. I was so confused. Then everything changed, I changed. The total solar eclipse of 2017 ripped the veil and all memories of my ancient galactic roots flooded in. I remember. I became aware of the multi dimensional realms that exist all around us. I was having dreams of a great wave of light, a grand solar flash. I was given the choice to exit the body or stay and complete the mission. I chose to stay and help you remember.

This Event is being recorded and will be available for viewing approximately 48 business hours after the event. The recording is included free with your RSVP to the event. 

Chuck’s Retirement Party

Share your words of gratitude for this wonderful person who is a central figure in building IANDS Sharing Groups Online.

Chuck Swedrock’s Retirement Party
May 27th, 2022  8:00-9:30 pm ET 

Chuck is hanging up his IANDS hat. It’s time to celebrate him! Share your words of gratitude for this wonderful person who is a central figure in building IANDS Sharing Groups Online. Without his dedication over the last four years, ISGO would not be the success that it is. We’ll have his friends sharing their memories, anecdotes, and gratitude. This will be interspersed with a few fun games and some fabulous music.

Karen Michelle and Dean Christensen will entertain throughout with his wonderful music.

Karen Michelle

Dean Christensen
Free to everyone.

ISGO Sharing Group

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: Shaun Lether

IANDS Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. It’s 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!

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).

These “sharing groups” are free to everyone!

That said, ISGO “Sharing Groups (Experiencer Sharing Lounge)” 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:

https://iands.app.neoncrm.com/forms/isgo-development

 

ISGO Sharing Group

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

ISGO Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. It’s 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!

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).

These “sharing groups” are free to everyone!

That said, ISGO “Sharing Groups (Experiencer Sharing Lounge)” 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

 

ISGO Sharing Group

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: Debra Kaiser

IANDS Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. It’s 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!

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).

These “sharing groups” are free to everyone!

That said, ISGO “Sharing Groups (Experiencer Sharing Lounge)” 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:

https://iands.app.neoncrm.com/forms/isgo-development

 

ISGO Sharing Group

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: Keyaunoosh Kassauei

ISGO Sharing Groups are not just for Near Death Experiencers. It’s 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!

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).

These “sharing groups” are free to everyone!

That said, ISGO “Sharing Groups (Experiencer Sharing Lounge)” 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

 

God Reveals Meaning of Life During Covid Related NDE

God reveals meaning of life when Jason Janas had a Covid related NDE. In his NDE, he was given a view of religion and three items we choose when we come into this life. Hear these and other insights from his NDE.

Jason Janas shares his revelations from God during a
near-death experience in a Covid induced illness.
May 20, 2022, 7 pm EDT (4 pm PDT)

Hear what Jason learned about how to view religion plus three basic items we have a choice to include when creating the plan for coming into this life. Be sure to take this opportunity to be intrigued with these many insights Jason was given.

Then ask Jason questions during the last 30 minutes of his talk for which you would like a deeper understanding and to probe further into the knowledge he gained during his experience.

Durham IANDS with Susan Amsden, Facilitator