IANDS 2003

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For the study, participants usually described physical healing in terms of "hands on healing" the laying of hands," or "channeling of energy."  Frequently, the description of physical healing includes elements of prayer, visualization, and guidance from a higher source.  Described is a transfer of energy, primarily through the hands.  There are elements that the recipient be receptive to the energy transfer and that the giver of the energy be sensitive enough to direct the energy appropriately.  Many will connect to spirit either by directly praying for divine intervention or by altering their mental state to be more receptive to energy transfer.

NDErs bring a most interesting spin on the traditional meaning of healing.  As one fellow put it, "I don't even take medicine because when it's my time to go, so what?"  Which begs the question inherent in our definition of healing, "What are we healing?"  It is a very different view when looking at healing through the lens of immortality.

The other large part of the study turned out to be about emotional healing.  When asked if individuals had abilities to heal another person, 38.8% of respondents described emotional components of healing.  They felt they could heal be being empathic, giving encouragement, nurturing, in tune, more aware, and full of love towards others.

When asked if they had experienced emotional healing attributable to their experience, I was a bit surprised by the two largest categories of answers.  Emotional healing is described as becoming more peaceful or more relaxed.  Additionally emotional healing is described as losing the fear of dying and being certain of the continuity of mortal life.  Although I know that this is a feature characteristic to NDErs, I never correlated it with emotional healing or being such a powerful healer. 

We had a hugging demonstration to show the power of emotional healing.  Those who wanted to participate could stay in the center of the room and those who didn't want to participate could move out towards the edges.  Participation was purely optional.  After invoking Lee Campbell's name and describing her full-meal deal hugs, I told the audience those were the hugs we were looking for.  Due to time constraints, hug 3 people instead of 10.  I consider the experiment a total success.  The audience was having such a good time, I couldn't get them to stop!  It was truly magnificent how the energy of the room changed.  There was more connection between members of the audience and there was so much love and goodwill. 

Not only did the talk go well despite the electrical and computer problems, there was an additional blessing conferred upon NDErs right before the banquet dinner.  IANDS president, Bill Taylor, was pulled aside by an NDEr who was adamant about the need for a prayer circle.  Spiritually, we were placed in the proper position.  Everyone present in the room formed a circle and then linked arms around their neighbors.  During the prayer, I was a bit surprised to get an emerald the size of a brick shoved into my consciousness.  It was placed on the left side over my heart.  Oddly, there was a tear-shaped void or area of darkness to the bottom right hand side of the emerald.  I said, "Oh, I guess I have to fill that with light."  I then noticed two strong, large bands of light went flowing from the emerald, through my arms and out like a wide ribbon through the rest of the circle.  I fully expected the ribbon of light to stop when it joined itself on the opposite end of the circle.  It didn't.  Rather it kept going and returned back to me, thereby making two full circles of light through the group.  I talked to Margaret Burwell, an NDEr from Richland, Washington.  She was kind enough to help me realize that this was a tremendous spiritual healing gift for the whole group individually and collectively.