By Paul Perry
There is no way to express the debt of gratitude I have for Raymond Moody, MD, PhD. And that includes all the initials that follow his name. As a medical doctor he has diagnosed my ailments or explained those of others in a simple, patient and complete way that I wish existed in all who practice his profession.
As a PhD in philosophy, Raymond has explained the fine points of the near-death experience so clearly and completely that I have been able to write five books with him (fifteen in total) on the lively subjects contained in the world of near-death studies. Sometimes when I need company I will put on an audio tape from the good doctor and listen again to what he had to say about Greek philosophy, some odd-ball mental disease or, oh yes, our work, which is why I was recording him to begin with.
Being around Raymond is always educational and never confrontational. He’s the perfect teacher and most of all, the perfect friend.
And he’s wacky. He not only wanted to be a comedian, he has even taken the stage to entertain his colleagues, exploring the mysterious world of laughter one joke at a time. And yes, he has a comedy record album too, an item so extinct that he doesn’t even have a copy. If you have one let me know so I can convince him to reissue it. After all, aside from national politics, there isn’t enough humor in this world.
I first met Raymond through our mutual book agent, Nat Sobel. Nat had ushered Life After Life through a difficult publishing process, a time when most publishers would not publish a book about near-death...
Today is one of the most exciting days of my 74 years because I have great news to share:
The University of Heaven has launched...and we are delighted that you are a part.
The University of Heaven offers paid and complimentary opportunities for exploring near-death, shared-death and after-death research through live events and pre-recorded courses with those at the leading edge of consciousness studies.
On OCTOBER 30 7-8 pm ET, I will be presenting I’M CONVINCED a free webinar that explores the rational reasons and astonishing accounts that led to my only recently conceding: Indeed, consciousness survives.
Register here for I’m Convinced to find out more about the five-decade journey that has led me to conclude that there is an afterlife.
On November 13th at 7 pm ET, our six-month seminar series, The NDE Consciousness Forum, launches with our first forum The Mindful Universe with Eben Alexander and Karen Newell. Other forums will feature Jeffery Olsen, Dr. Jeff O’Driscoll, Dr. Melvin Morse, Kevin Braheny Fortune of Hearts of Space, Dr. Tony Cicoria, Dr. Mary Neal and Dr. Rachel Harris.
For much of my life, I have been the subject of interviews across the world. And now, I look forward, to being the one asking the questions to some of the world's most interesting and well-informed researchers and thinkers in the area of consciousness studies. Join me for interviews and interactive experiences with these leading-edge thinkers at the frontiers of spirituality and science.
Do you have a book idea but...
By April C Brader - Board Eligible Traditional Chinese Medicine Physician, Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Each spiritual healing tradition from around the world has its own unique herbs to help individuals manage grief.
In traditional Chinese medicine, we usually use a comprehensive herbal formula consisting of several herbs based upon our ancient manuals (materia medica) and/or patient’s presentation, manifestations and symptoms. Some of the potential herbs we use in an herbal formula for the treatment of grief may include:
By April C Brader
Board Eligible Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist
The tidal wave of grief can be profound and overwhelming. It often comes without warning, plunging us into the depths of the psychic abyss.
Grief is the universal equalizer as everyone we know--our entire family, our beloved friends and cherished pets-- will one day die. Grief is also a profound motivator. It compels us to examine our soul beliefs. It rocks us to our core and opens the door to emotional, mental and spiritual transformation and even healing.
When I was a student in a graduate course on thanatology, the study of death and dying, our professor invited several parents who belonged to a support group for parents who lost children. One toddler died of a rare heart defect, another adolescent died of cancer, one was killed in a terrible accident at home and the last child was tragically murdered.
The guests spoke about the loss of their child with such emotional candor and intense, palpable grief that as they shared their stories, the entire class of graduate students in class were openly...
The bright realization that must come before death will be worth all the boredom of living. Ned Rorem
What’s it like, waiting to die? Of course, it’s different for everyone. I can only say what it’s like for me. On the whole, it’s rather boring.
Don’t get me wrong. I still have many pleasures in life and – knock on silicon – I’m lucky not to be suffering from any fatal illness, though if I were, that would certainly add some drama in my life. I could then follow the example of the poet Ted Rosenthal, who after contracting leukemia, joyfully called his friends and said, “Guess what’s happened to me!” Well, no thanks. I’ll take my boring life any day and intone a hymn of gratitude every morning I wake up with only the...
Introduction: Hi, everyone. I think I should tell you a little bit about the column I’ll be writing monthly and that if you have the interest you’ll be reading – at least until your interest begins to flag. You see, toward the end of last year, I wrote something, just as a lark, I called “Waiting to Die.” Well, I published it in a couple journals and on two websites of friends, and to my surprise, I received a lot of encouragement to write more such pieces. So I did. I’ve now written a bunch of them, and in this column, I am going to start inflicting them on you, beginning with my maiden effort.
One advisory: These essays are not morbid; they are meant to be humorous, at least some of the time. And they usually end with something that I hope you will find to be of spiritual value, maybe even occasionally inspiring. But, bottom line, which this almost is, they are meant mainly to be entertaining, and if occasionally they prove edifying, I hope you will forgive me.
OK, you’re on your own. Have fun and enjoy the ride.
Dr. Ken Ring's series of essays "Waiting to Die" debuts here tomorrow September 5, 2018.
Dr. Ring is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut where he researched near-death experiences. He designed scientifically structured studies of 102 near-death survivors that further developed Dr. Raymond Moody's early NDE findings. He is well-known for his ground-breaking research...
Hello, I am Dr. Raymond Moody. I am best known for having coined the term “near-death experience” in my bestselling book Life After Life.
Welcome to Illuminating.
Illuminating is the blog of The University of Heaven, a new online platform for the rational exploration of the afterlife, launching September 20, 2018.
Illuminating will be published twice a month with articles from leading-edge researchers and thinkers in the field of consciousness studies.
Featured Columnist Dr. Kenneth Ring
We are honored to be joined by Dr. Kenneth Ring, highly esteemed near-death-experience researcher and author of the bestselling Lessons from the Light and The Omega Project. His book Mindsight is a groundbreaking inquiry into the near-death experiences of the blind.
Ken's monthly column Notes from the Ringdom features his new series of essays “Waiting to Die” that offer an enlightening and humorous perspective on life and death from a man who has fully investigated both. The column will debut this Wednesday September 5 with a short introduction from Ken on Tuesday September 4th. Keep your eyes open for what promises to be a compelling series of posts from a masterful writer and thoughtful researcher.
You can prepare for Ken’s column by reading more about him:
Remedies for Grief
On Thursday and Friday September 6-7 we will publish a two-part series by April Brader. April offers all of us a...