"ACADEMIA WITHOUT WALLS"
"The next Paradigm does not deny materialism. It simply says consciousness came first."
Spiritual visions have seeds of healing grief within them. But first they have to be understood as being real and meaningful. Our society does not as yet support that concept. Too often these experiences are dismissed as being hallucinations, the result of medications, or otherwise trivialized. - Melvin L Morse MD
"Our spiritually undernourished culture has cut itself off from a key aspect of healing grief and trauma-The Divine" Melvin L Morse MD
1. Spiritual Visions and Healthy Grief: By Dr. Morse. With pictures of children's NDEs. Click here.
2. The Holidays Are a Good Time for Grieving (Or why I didn't call my Mother on Christmas Day) Click here for PDF file.
3. The Important of Ritual and Spiritual Practice for Grieving: Click here for article from my blog
1. The Twilight Brigade: Volunteers who go to the bedside of dying Veterans. 5000 members in 16 states. Founded by Dannion Brinkley after his near death experience. Click here.
One of the few modern texts on dying that includes a full discussion of the spiritual aspects of death and dying. Premonitions of death, the spiritual events at death and after death communications. Scholarly and easy to read Click Here
Fenwick P, Lovelace H, Brayne S: Comfort for the Dying: Five Year Retrospective and One Year Prospective Study of End of Life Experiences. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (In press) Click here for PDF
The Risen by August Goforth. Very important book, especially for anyone dealing with grief, loss.
2. Bonanno G: The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us about Life After Loss. Basic Books 2009
Buy this book. It makes most other books on the subject obsolete.
3. Cutshall S: How to Be a Healing Presence.
1. Scientific American article on the neuroscience of grieving. But don't let that stop you from reading this article. Points out recent research that shows that venting and support groups that emphasize talking about grief can often do more harm than good. First we need to know what the PERSON needs, wow! what a concept! Many people have strong emotional resilience and can get over grief, and should be allowed to do so. Coping skills often work better than support groups.
1. Allan Botkin PsyD was an EMDR therapist. A funny thing happened. He found that his patients were interacting with REAL spirits during the process. click here for his website
50-75% of grieving parents and spouses have profound spiritual experiences. These experiences contain the seeds of healing. Yet too often they are dismissed as hallucinations, grief induced dreams, instead of honored as the real albeit non-local perceptions that they are.
Our mission as Spiritual Scientific is to be part of the changing of our current culture to one that nurtures spiritual visions. These experiences represent the most profound transcendent aspects of the human soul and yet are far too often trivialized and dismissed.
Robert Todd Carroll has a PhD in Critical Thinking. However he is a bit disingenuous in this article, as he calls Dr. Schwartz a "former Harvard Professor". Uh, Robert, he's a former Harvard professor because he's now at the University of Arizona". I happen to disagree with this article but include it so you can make up your own mind on this important issue. I happen to like and respect both men.