April, 2013 Newsletter
A Panel Discussing Near-Death Experiences.
Early Start Time 7:15
The April FMBR program will be a panel discussion. The panel will consist of four people who have had Near-Death Experiences. (NDE) The panel will consists of Alan Hugenot, PMH Atwater, Nadia McCaffrey, and Sharon Lund, and will be hosted by Bill Virga.
Alan Hugenot graduated from college with an engineering degree after being trained to view the world through the perspective of Newtonian materialist science, But, in 1970, he survived a Near-Death experience which changed his perspective on everything. Since then, he has spent over 40 years collating all then scientific research on consciousness survival and the afterlife, including Near-Death experiences, reincarnation and past life regression therapy, After-Death communications and the supporting theories of quantum mechanics. Here is a longer bio for Alan.
PMH Atwater, author of many books including 'Future Memory', is a researcher, analyst and observer, and a joyful, happy, person.
An international authority on near-death states, Dr. Atwater uses the culmination of her research to establish that the near-death phenomenon is not some kind of anomaly, but is rather part of the larger genre of transformations of consciousness. She combines her 33 years of near-death research with what she was doing in the 60s and 70s, experiencing, experimenting with, and researching altered states of consciousness, mysticism, psychic phenomena, and the transformational process, to reveal what transformations of consciousness really are, why we have them, and where they lead us. This lifetime endeavor covers over 43 years of work, involving nearly 7,000 people. Her meticulous and unique protocol gives validity to what she has discovered and verified, and to the link that can be made between what is happening in the Middle East and the percentage worldwide of people who have undergone near-death experiences. A tipping point has been reached, a shared reality has emerged. . . for a leaderless, global, revolution in consciousness!
Sharon Lund, has danced with life and dance throughout her life, overcoming nine years of sexual abuse as a child, anorexia, suicide attempts, HIV/AIDS and two near-death experiences. She has embraced all of her challenges because they brought her to self-discovery, wholeness, and living her life purpose.
Sharon has presented and inspired audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan. She appeared on Oprah, 48 Hours, Eye on America, CNN, and was featured in the November 07 issue of "O" The Oprah Magazine.
Sharon is the author of award-winning book, Sacred Living, Sacred Dying: A Guide to Embracing Life and Death; The Integrated Being: Techniques to Heal Your Mind-Body-Spirit, and There Is More . . . 18 Near-Death Experiences. She also produced the award-winning documentary, Dying to LIVE: NDE (Near-Death Experiences); and co-produced, Mustang Man: How a Wild Horse Tamed a Vietnam Vet.
Sharon is the founder of Sacred Life Publishers. Her life is about service and inspiring other people to share their stories. She embraces and understands the sacredness of life and the Oneness of All.
Nadia McCaffrey, a three-time near death experiencer had her first NDE at age seven while spending the summer with her grandparents on their estate in central France . She was bitten by a red asp, a deadly snake. Floating above her body, Nadia suddenly became aware of a feminine presence --a being of light who introduced herself to Nadia as: "Je suis ta petite Maman du ciel," (I am your little mother of the sky). Nadia recalls: "She was so beautiful. She was everything ... you just can't really ... describe the peace, the love, the well being ... She opened her arms ... and I just wanted to curl up and touch her. She made me understand that I couldn't do that, I couldn't come any closer, that she had things to communicate to me, so I stopped. I stayed there floating in mid-air." Nadia was told that she was going to be all right, and would recover. She was told she had work to do in the world and, although its nature would unfold only over time, she would eventually come to represent hope for people.
For most NDErs, suicide is not an option. But NDE research shows that this is not necessarily the case for child NDErs who don't have a clear understanding of the boundaries between life and death. Therefore, it is not surprising that Nadia experienced her second NDE during a suicide attempt at the age of seventeen. During this NDE, Nadia entered the light, but then heard this huge man's voice say: "You can't stay, you have to go back, you have a lot of work to do. You haven't even begun yet." Although accustomed to arguing her way through most situations, Nadia states unequivocally, "You don't argue with that voice."
On December 22, 1999, more than thirty years after her second NDE, Nadia had a third NDE -- this time of the "empathic" variety. An empathic NDE is said to occur when the experiencer "feels" another person's death experience as if it were one's own experience. By now, Nadia had been working with the dying for many years. Her life was filled with purpose. Yet this NDE would change her life and lead her to her present Veterans' Village project. During this NDE, Nadia was shown that, if she chose, she would build a self-sustainable center. It would be built according to very specific plans involving sacred geometry and natural resources. The center would serve as a haven providing home-like palliative care, assistance for the dying, healing, and education to show people how to reconnect with the earth and thereby regain lost values. The center would be run by volunteers, and services would be free to all who came there. Nadia was shown that the center would be a model for many more to come, and would benefit thousands in many ways. She has no doubt of the support being provided to get the center up and running. The flashing pictures also showed Nadia that the future of our planet depends on our own actions, individually and collectively. She feels the future scenarios were a warning that there is not much time left in which to choose our future.
Here are links that tell various parts of Nadia's story.
"Near Death Experience as a Threshold Experience"
with PMH Atwater
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 1:30PM-4:30PM
An international authority on near-death states, Dr. Atwater uses the culmination of her research to establish that the near-death phenomenon is not some kind of anomaly, but is rather part of the larger genre of transformations of consciousness. She combines her 33 years of near-death research with what she was doing in the 60s and 70s, experiencing, experimenting with, and researching altered states of consciousness, mysticism, psychic phenomena, and the transformational process, to reveal what transformations of consciousness really are, why we have them, and where they lead us.
This lifetime endeavor covers over 43 years of work, involving nearly 7,000 people. Her meticulous and unique protocol gives validity to what she has discovered and verified, and to the link that can be made between what is happening in the Middle East and the percentage worldwide of people who have undergone neardeath experiences. A tipping point has been reached, a shared reality has emerged. . . for a leaderless, global, revolution in consciousness!
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D. is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978 and completing 10 books on her findings She has won many awards, appeared on numerous TV shows, and spoken around the world -- always inviting people to look past appearances for the truth that underlies what we think we know. PMH had three near death experiences herself in 1977. Her website is www.pmhatwater.com
From Reduction to Synergy
As we are all aware, we are living in astonishing times. The pace of change, for better or worse, seems to be ever increasing. Advances and the potential for advances seem to be presenting themselves daily, as do disasters and the potential for disasters. One of the glaring hallmarks of recent ecological and economic disasters is the failure to recognize that our actions, either individual or collective, do not occur in a vacuum. It is impossible to isolate actions from the systems within which they are undertaken. As Chief Seattle is credited with saying "All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." As we have seen, a relative handful of people making bad trades of credit default swaps has disastrous consequences to the economic systems of the whole world. The blowout of a single regulator valve on a drilling platform can cause ecologic disasters that last generations. We are constantly seeing proof -- large and small, local and global -- that all of our planetary systems are intertwined. The worldview based on separation has reached the limits of workability.
Nicholas A. Christakis, social scientist and physician, points out "for the last few centuries, the Cartesian project in science has been attempting to break matter down into ever smaller bits, in the pursuit of understanding. And this works, to some extent... but putting things back together in order to understand them is harder, and typically comes later in the development of a scientist or in the development of science." The universe, however, is holistic -- that is, it is a whole, and its functioning cannot be fully understood just in terms of its component parts. Human systems -- biological, technological, economic, environmental, social -- must be understood to be relational. Holding a collective worldview of relatedness, of holism, presents the increased need for synergy as we strive to resolve the challenges that face the world today. When a worldview of relatedness is held, that change provides the fertile soil from which synergy arises. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia meaning working together to create something greater than the sum of the parts. It is time to focus upon thinking and asking questions in a more synergetic mode.
For example, let us explore the problem of planetary sustainability in the future using a synergetic approach. We will view three key elements of that problem involving energy, the environment, and economics. These elements tend to be addressed separately. However, as Einstein famously said, "problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created." Observe these two drawings.
One represents the present and the other a more desirable future. First we must be able to close the materials cycle, that is, we must be able to move completely from use to reuse. This is possible by using fusion grade (very high temperature) plasmas to return all molecules in materials back to one of the 92 basic elements of Nature. This will permit our current open cycle economics to convert to a closed system economics that models the way Nature operates.
That change will remove the current pressure that is promoting over-consumption, the drain on resources, and environmental deterioration and set the foundation for the new paradigm. A clean energy source is needed. The one proposed is based upon the hydrogen/boron (p-B11) fusion fuel cycle with inertial electrostatic confinement. Controlled fusion is the energy source that powers our sun and the other stars. There are no physics laws that would prevent the achievement of this entire synergetic objective. An R&D path to this objective is outlined in articles and scientific papers. A link to a general write-up on sustainability with artwork and references that addresses this interrelationship and interdependency is: www.fmbr.org/papers/ecological_sustainability.pdf.
Society really requires a new narrative for these times. A narrative of sustainability for planet earth must be a narrative of interrelatedness and synergy. We need to approach the dire challenges that we are facing within a narrative that states: All of creation, visible and invisible, is connected. And it is possible to create systems that allow all of life to thrive, in balance, on the Earth. Such a narrative creates a context larger than we have had in the past. It allows for more creativity to emerge. The concept of connection removes the constraints to thinking that have come along with the reductionist worldview. Thinking in terms of synergy allows for the possibility of something completely new and unexpected to emerge.
The promise of these times is enormous, as are the dangers. The objectives we set for ourselves may appear difficult or impossible. Yet, once the interrelationship is accepted and goals outlined, the innovative capability of humanity will be released. It will be like a snowball rolling down a hill. This is the way that sustainability on planet earth can be achieved. Once the people are given a sense of unity and purpose and optimism the innovative spirit will awaken and new options will appear.
Judy Kitt, President, FMBR
William C. Gough, FMBR CoFounder and CEO Emeritus
Robert Bourdeaux, Illustrator
Marsha Sims to Perform
Marsha Sims, former FMBR Board member and frequent song leader at FMBR Holiday Parties, will be singing the role of Inez (best friend of Leonora) in Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore with Verismo Opera at the Fox Theater in Redwood City. Hear some of Verdi's most melodious music including his exciting Anvil Chorus sung by Spanish gypsies. Set in Spain in the early 15th century, the story is told by three separate, intertwining sub-plots, rich with colorful history.
Fox Theater, 2223 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA 94063, Tickets 650-369-7770
- April 28, Sunday, 2:00pm
Tickets & information: 650-369-7770
Ticket Prices $22-42. ($22 seniors 55+, students, children under 18, $42 general admission)
Company Information www.verismoopera.org
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Ken Morley, Director, FMBR
FMBR Is on Video
There are two ways to see the FMBR meetings on video. On USTREAM and Vimeo
1. At the time of the meeting we are broadcasting live video on Ustream.tv on the web. These recordings are of our meeting speakers and some of the short topics that often introduce the meetings proper. The videos are of medium quality as far as video but good quality on the audio side. We have all the meetings starting from Jan, 2012, except for Feb, May, and Aug (Jun we had no meeting). Anyone can watch these videos.
2. As our video editor (and videographer) Kurt Bohan finishes the video of each meeting, this more polished version is put online at the video service Vimeo. To view these videos you must be a member of FMBR ( if you get the FMBR newsletter, that does not indicate that you are a member, the annual donation for membership is only $50). Each video has a different password. If you are a current member you are invited to send an email or letter to FMBR requesting a list of the videos and the password for each.
There is one video on the Vimeo service taken at a working meeting of BIOS/HeartMath sponsored by FMBR at Institute of Heartmath, Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz mountains in Jun 2011. Here is the link to that video.
( BIOS is a project of the Chicago Center for Creative Development. There is a book Bios A Study of Creation by Hector Sabelli, with others, which develops and explores this hypothesis.)
There is a ful list of the videos available to FMBR Members at, FMBR TV.
UPCOMING FRIEND EVENTS
APRIL 13, 2013: 1:30 pm San Jose Dowsers blog, San Jose: (Check later in the month.)
APRIL 18, 2013: 7:00 pm Silicon Valley Health Institute, Palo Alto:
Burton Goldberg "What You Need to Know About What is in Your Food"
( Read their newsletter)
Publisher Burton Goldberg is a leading voice of alternative medicine.
APRIL 23, 2013: 7:00 pm South Bay IANDS Saratoga: The speaker is PMH Atwater
She is the most prolific writer and most active researcher since the creation of the field of Near-Death Studies. Her web site is spectacular, and you should visit it if only to get the idea of the breadth and depth of her studies.
RAHM: Metaphysical Exploration Group, Novato: (Check later in the month.)
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FOUNDATION FOR MIND-BEING RESEARCH
The Foundation was established in 1980 to assist in the evolution of consciousness studies and to help bring this new field into wider recognition as a bona fide science. The interdisciplinary nature of the field is reflected in the activities of the organization and in the breadth of interests of its members who currently represent areas of engineering, science, medicine, the humanities, and the arts.
With its major focus on facilitating the development of an integrated model of consciousness, the Foundation provides encouragement and resources to a rather unique group of creative researchers and scientists with the objective of betterment of the individual, the society, and the environment.
Because of the special nature of scientific inquiry in this area, the Foundation is interested in building its regular membership with competent individuals who:
- are open to a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge
- recognize they are an integral part of any experiment in which they choose to participate
- know and are prepared to expand their own level of consciousness
The intention is to develop high standards of credibility in all research activities and publications.
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