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Extended Abstract: Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence

Extended Abstract: Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Burgos, Katrina
Description: Brief paper discussing research regarding people who resist spiritual emergence and transformation.
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Paranormal Aspects of Pre-Existence Memories in Young Children

Paranormal Aspects of Pre-Existence Memories in Young Children

Date: Winter 2015
Creator: Rivas, Titus; Carman, Elizabeth M.; Carman, Neil J. & Dirven, Anny
Description: Abstract: The authors present both unconfirmed and externally confirmed cases of children's pre-existence memories with paranormal aspects that apparently cannot be explained by childish fantasy. The anomalous phenomena mostly comprise extrasensory perception with one case involving psychokinesis. Such aspects are similar to and convergent with paranormal aspects of near-death experiences and point to a common, non-physical origin of both types of experiences.
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From Trauma to Transcendence: Clinical Perspectives on an Evolutionary Process

From Trauma to Transcendence: Clinical Perspectives on an Evolutionary Process

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Colli, Janet Elizabeth
Description: Abstract: Trauma and dissociation play a decisive role in initiating spiritual experience. This article explores transformational crises and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) that occur within the context of trauma, physical illness, and mental disorders. Such growth or transformation may be a natural evolutionary process, in which the defense mechanism of dissociation plays a part. Consciousness is challenged to transform when one's ego identity and defenses are threatened. Ultimately, one may arrive at a radically re-ordered conceptual framework and higher-order functioning. Acknowledgement of this evolutionary dynamic may serve as a bridge between two fields: clinical psychology, with its expertise regarding the effects of trauma, notably dissociative states, and transpersonal psychology, with its expertise regarding transformational processes. Research from both fields is explored, as well as case examples from the author's biography, her clinical practice, and the collective. The concept of functional dissociation is introduced, and clinical considerations are addressed.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Autumn 2015
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Dreams from Another Dimension?

Dreams from Another Dimension?

Date: Winter 2015
Creator: Krippner, Stanley
Description: Abstract: In 2015, I began communicating with an events planner for the U.S. Army who shared with me a series of anomalous dreams -- anomalous in the sense that the dreams usually contained specific names of deceased servicement previously unknown to her but known to an assistant chaplain with whom she worked. The goal of my ensuing case study research into this apparent episode of spontaneous mediumship was to collect these dreams, search for commonalities, and propose explanations for their anomalous aspects. Alternative explanations included fraud, faulty memory, coincidence, and telepathy or some other form of remote perception. None of these alternatives explained these anomalies as well as what the experiencer herself proposed: that the deceased themselves had successfully communicated with her during her nighttime dreams.
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Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-Physical Causation?

Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-Physical Causation?

Date: Spring 2015
Creator: Mays, Robert G. & Mays, Suzanne B.
Description: Article discussing current research and possible causes of near-death experiences, comparing the hypotheses regarding physiological causes (e.g., neural circuitry) and non-physical causes (e.g., a separation of consciousness).
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Differentiating Spiritual and Psychotic Experiences: Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

Differentiating Spiritual and Psychotic Experiences: Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: This article discusses spiritually transformative experiences and how they differ from psychotic experiences, including the context, content, how the experience is remembered, and effect on the individual.
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The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences

The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: Hufford, David
Description: Abstract: Extraordinary spiritual experiences (ESEs) events that appear to be direct perception of spiritual facts, have a history in Western societies of being stigmatized and pathologized except within very limited religious contexts. That negative view has caused real harm to many "visionaries." But in the latter 20th century, social science research began to show that ESEs are actually common in the general population and that they are normal. Near-death experiences are a well-known example. The growing body of research literature suggests that many conventional theories about spirituality are empirically mistaken and that ESEs may have the potential to be powerfully health promoting. This emerging evidence creates both a great ethical obligation and a research opportunity.
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Extended Abstract: Assisted After-Death Communication: A Self-Prescribed Treatment for Grief

Extended Abstract: Assisted After-Death Communication: A Self-Prescribed Treatment for Grief

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: Beischel, Julie
Description: Brief paper discussing the use of induced after-death communication to help resolve grief.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: Rominger, Ryan & Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Extended Abstract: After-Death Communication: Parents' and Their Children's Understanding and Meaning-Making

Extended Abstract: After-Death Communication: Parents' and Their Children's Understanding and Meaning-Making

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: Jeska, Kimberly
Description: Brief paper discussing after-death communication with children and how it affects their relationships with their parents.
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Extended Abstract: The Healing Power of an Alternative Supportive Community for Spiritual Seekers

Extended Abstract: The Healing Power of an Alternative Supportive Community for Spiritual Seekers

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Sabet, Elizabeth J.
Description: Brief paper discussing the Holistic Options for People Everywhere (HOPE) organization and its goals to assist people who have spiritually transformative experiences and to educate the broader community about assiting expereiencers.
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Shedding Light on the Tunnel and Light in Near-Death Experiences: A Case Study

Shedding Light on the Tunnel and Light in Near-Death Experiences: A Case Study

Date: Autumn 2015
Creator: unknown
Description: Partial abstract: In this article, we present a case study of an adult male who experienced both gravity induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) as a Korean War aviation cadet, including narrowing of his visual field to a point of light and also two subsequent transpersonal experiences -- a near-death experience (NDE) and an after-death communication (ADC) -- that both included a tunnel-and-light feature. His Near-Death Experience Scale scores for each experience and his comparison of the qualia of these experiences provide unique evidence in the debate about the nature and likely origins of such experiences. These data place more weight on the argument that the tunnel and light in transpersonal experiences cannot reasonably be attributed to loss of oxygen in the brain.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Summer 2015
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Of Love and Light: A Case Report of End-of-Life Experiences

Of Love and Light: A Case Report of End-of-Life Experiences

Date: Autumn 2015
Creator: Tassell-Matamua, Natasha A. & Steadman, Kate
Description: Abstract: Unusual occurrences at the end-of-life have been reported anecdotally over centuries yet have only recently attracted increased academic attention. Recent studies suggest commonality to end-of-life experiences (ELEs), which can be broadly categorized into six types. ELEs are relatively common, frequently occurring in terminally ill and palliative patients. They also reportedly have positive effects on the dying, facilitating more peaceful deaths. We present a case report of the death of a woman of Cook Island Maori and New Zealand Maori descent who died from cancer, as retrospectively reported by her husband. The case is interesting due to the number of ELEs occurring for the dying as well as significant others during the period leading up to, at the moment of, and after her death. The case is discussed in relation to previous findings on ELEs and resulting implications for enhancing understandings of the dying process and consciousness.
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Integrating Spiritual Experiences: Peaks to Plateaus

Integrating Spiritual Experiences: Peaks to Plateaus

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Hart, Tobin
Description: Abstract: This article provides a distilled sketch of my observations of three general phases in a process of integrating spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). The process may be thought of as both marking development over time as well as being microgenetic, spiraling through phases in brief moments. In addition, three forces activated in an STE -- transcendence, communion, and destruction -- as well as challenges frequently associated with these types of experiences are described with brief case examples as they manifest across the three phases. Awareness of these phases, along with their overriding questions and challenges, provides an open-ended framework for helpers to use in assisting the spiritual experiencer toward integration.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Winter 2015
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner & Rominger, Ryan
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Spring 2015
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Electromagnetic Phenomena Reported by Near-Death Experiencers

Electromagnetic Phenomena Reported by Near-Death Experiencers

Date: Summer 2015
Creator: Greyson, Bruce; Liester, Mitchell B.; Kinsey, Lee; Alsum, Steve & Fox, Glen
Description: Abstract: Electromagnetic (EM) aftereffects have been reported following near-death experiences (NDEs). These effects include both (a) EM actions, apparent actions by the individual on the surrounding EM environment, and (b) EM reactions, apparent reactions of the individual to the EM environment. This study investigated EM aftereffects among 216 NDErs, 54 persons who had been close to death without NDEs, and 150 persons who had never been close to death. NDErs reported both greater EM actions and greater EM reactions than did either comparison group. Among NDErs, those with higher scores on the NDE Scale reported more EM aftereffects. Thse findings corroborate and extend prior studies and suggest the need for controlled experiments to measure the kinds and strengths of EM fields generated or channeled by NDErs, the kinds of EM fields and devices that are affected by NDErs, and the kinds and strengths of EM fields to which NDErs react.
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Extended Abstract: Dying, Death, and Near-Death Phenomena: Validations from the Quantum World

Extended Abstract: Dying, Death, and Near-Death Phenomena: Validations from the Quantum World

Date: Spring 2014
Creator: unknown
Description: Brief paper discussing correlations between near-death phenomena and quantum theory in relation to consciousness.
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Editor's Foreword

Editor's Foreword

Date: Summer 2014
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
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Complex Visual Imagery and Cognition During Near-Death Experiences

Complex Visual Imagery and Cognition During Near-Death Experiences

Date: Winter 2015
Creator: BatthyƔny, Alexander
Description: Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) entail complex and structured conscious experience during conditions known to coincide with rapid loss of consciousness often associated with decline or disruption of the neurological correlates currently held to be causative factors of visual imagery and cognition. In this study , 653 NDE reports of cardiac and/or respiratory arrest patients were analyzed for unprompted, spontaneous references to quality of conscious visual imagery and mentation during an NDE. Results indicat that in a majority of NDEs, both figurative and abstract mentation are either preserved or markedly improved during unconsciousness and unresponsiveness in the context of respiratory and cardiac arrests. These findings underscore the call to further study the mechanisms behind the 'outliving' of a conscious sense of selfhood and complex, structured visual imagery and cognition during severely deteriorating physiological function -- and perhaps especially during clinical death.
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Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences: A Neglected Aftereffect of Near-Death Experiences

Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences: A Neglected Aftereffect of Near-Death Experiences

Date: Winter 2014
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner; Foster, Ryan D. & Kinsey, Lee
Description: Article describing the methods and results of research to explore spontaneous mediumship experiences (SMEs) that occurred during and after near-death experiences (NDEs).
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