Welcome to
The Afterlife Advocate
 A Conversation about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving
and the Journey of the Soul
Issue # 18 - June 2016

Published by The Afterlife Education Foundation,
producer of the Original Afterlife Conference 
Upcoming Events 

June 4-11
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Los Angeles, CA
July 16-17 

Multiple East Coast

August 20 - 21, 2016
Denver, Colorado

Terri Daniel in Chicago

IANDS lecture Oct. 8
Grief Workshop Oct. 9

A Message from Terri Daniel

As the founder of the afterlife conference, I am deeply invested in not only the conference as an event, but the image we project to the world and the profundity of our message. 

I decided last year to place more emphasis on education and deeper inner work. Our audience is growing in its understanding of consciousness, and I wanted to raise the bar so we can continue to expand. We are leaving the basics behind and moving into deeper areas of study and exploration. Many of us are no longer interested in hearing personal stories about NDEs, or that it's possible to communicate with the dead. We don't need to be reminded that we are spirits having a human experience, or that there's a more spiritual way to cope with grief. We already know these things. 

But now that we know, what should we do?   

My plan worked. The feedback from the conference this year was filled with comments about how much deeper, more intelligent and more educational the programs were. To those who were there and noticed this shift, I thank you with all my heart!

On a personal  note, I want to let you all know that I 
am finishing my MA in pastoral care next month, and will be entering a doctoral program at the San Francisco Theological seminary in January (DMin). 

I'm sad to leave Oregon, but I'll 
be living in a beautiful place in Sonoma County, sharing 25 acres with one of my best friends (and my other best friend, pictured here). If any of you live near Sebastopol (where my home will be) or San Anselmo (where the seminary is), let get together!

Terri Daniel, CT 
End-of-Life Advisor,  Interfaith Chaplaincy,
Bereavement  Support
Afterlife Conference Wrap-Up

The 2016 Afterlife Conference was a HUGE success... our best ever!  Even though attendance was lower than in past years, the content was deeper, richer, more educational and, in the words of one attendee, "This conference elevates the conversation." 

Naturally we're thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response, and are already hard at work planning next year's event (June 1-4, 2017 in Portland, OR).

Many of you have asked how to get recordings of the conference presentations. You can find them HERE. Many thanks to Backcountry Recording for doing an excellent job.

For photos from the conference, please visit the photo album on our Facebook page HERE

We look forward to seeing all you in Portland in 2017! 

The Truth About Near-Death Experiences
by Piero Parisett MD  

This is the final installment in a series of articles by Dr. Parisetti in which he makes an excellent case for understanding that NDEs do not occur in the brain/body, but in non-physical consciousness. This excerpt is the conclusion of a five-part series that can be read in full on his website.

According to the prevailing theories in neuroscience, any conscious experience - notably including a highly complex experience such an NDE, involving the formation of detailed, long-lasting memories and resulting in significant psychological and behavioral changes - requires the full functionality and coordination of several anatomical functional unites of the brain, most of which are located in the cerebral cortex.
Immediately following a cardiac arrest, the "full functionality and coordination of several anatomical functional units of the brain, mostly located in the cerebral cortex" which is commonly believed to support the emergence of consciousness, awareness, cognition and the formation of memories cease to exist. READ MORE

Meet Brant Huddleston

We discovered Brant when he was an attendee at our 2015 conference in Norfolk, VA. He was so articulate, funny, and possessing of a natural stage presence that we enlisted him to be our emcee for the weekend, and brought him back for 2016. He is now a full-time member of the Afterlife Conference family, and we want you all to know about his Dance to Death Afterlife podcast. He interviews an eclectic group of thought leaders in the death and afterlife field, providing thought-provoking commentaries on end-of-life care, conscious dying, after-death communication and bereavement.

 Bridging the Gap between Religion and Spirituality
Bishop John Shelby Spong
Sound healer Pati Pellerito
One of the great surprises at this year's conference was the momentous audience reaction to Bishop John Shelby Spong's presentation (two standing ovations). Most of our attendees were unfamiliar with him, but by the end of the evening, once they heard his message, they were full-fledged fans.

What we love about this work is that we are creating a bridge between spiritual traditions that leads to a common place... a sense of oneness with the divine and a remembrance of ourselves as spiritual beings. With Bishop Spong at the conference, surrounded by mystics and out-of-body explorers, we facilitated a transfer between subcultures; our group was invited into the world of religious scholarship, and Spong was invited into a world that includes mediumship, shamanism and less mainstream pathways to the divine. 

In these examples, Bishop Spong and sound healer Pati Pellerito (who led our shamanic closing ceremony with Linda Fitch) represent how these seemingly divergent paths -- and all the other paths -- lead us all home to Spirit.  

Bishop Spong: God is not a person

"Let me simply observe that almost everyone since the dawn of humanity begins with the concept of God as something like a person. If one remains there, neither God nor prayer will ever make sense. Can we then move to a non-personal language for God? This is not easy but ultimately, I believe we must learn to develop a non-personal concept of God that we as persons can still access. When I say that, however, my religious language begins to sound like gibberish."  READ MORE...
 God as Sound/Vibration

The ancients knew that sound and vibration were keys to the cosmos. As an example, here's an excerpt from a first-century Aramaic translation of what most people know as The Lord's Prayer: 
"Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest...Let Your will come true - in the universe (all that vibrates)just as on earth (that is material and dense)" READ MORE

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