Presentations


Friday, March 23rd

PRESENTATIONS - BALLROOM
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Pat Johnson

What Dying Teaches Us About Living; What Is Love?

"As I’ve spent the last seven years at meetings and conferences about near death experiences (NDE’s), I’ve noticed that there is a fascination by the public about what it’s like to die, is there an afterlife and is there a God? These questions often cause us to overlook the real lessons of the NDE. I believe the real lessons and messages of the NDE have more to do with how to live, than with death and dying. When I spend time with experiencers, these questions are not the focus of our conversations. The experiencer is focused on finding purpose in their lives, learning the lessons that we are put here on earth to learn, and serving and loving others. The experiencer is often driven to share these messages of love, connectedness to others and God. It can sometimes be a burden to the experiencer as they try to share and live out these messages, that are not always welcomed in our earthy world.

My presentation takes a look at the core messages of the NDE that many experiencers bring back with them. The lessons of how we are connect to one another and to God. The messages of acceptance, forgiveness, the value of our souls, service to others, and complete and unconditional love. We will take a look at how these insights are available to everyone, and in practical terms, how anyone can live and integrate these lessons into their lives.

As a near death experiencer, much of what is revealed to you comes after the NDE. As I often say, the NDE is just the starting point. The NDE is more of a process, than a moment. This process of learning and experiencing life is available to experiencers and non-experiencers alike. Experiencers are no more special than anyone else. We are just ordinary people that may have gotten a good hard kick in the pants. As I pondered and searched for answers after my NDE, I began to notice how often I heard the word love. Love is the center of the NDE, but this word is used so often, and in so many different ways, it often loses its meaning. In my presentation we will look at what love really is, and how we can live it and how it can be shared."

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Robin Landsong

The Song of Belonging: A Childhood NDE during the Rhodesian Bush War

"When I was eight years old, in 1977, I was abducted by an American from the US and taken to Rhodesia at the height of the Bush War. He assaulted me, then abandoned me. I made my way to a rural village. Two women of this village mothered me and helped heal my injuries with their love, singing prayer, and medicine from the land.

A battle happened near the village, I was shot by a soldier and crossed over into death. On the other side I was first greeted by two black women who I recognized but could not name. As I moved through the veils toward the Great Heart four more beings showed me that my belonging could never be diminished no matter what happened. While holding my lifeless body, one of my Mamas began singing a calling song to me. When I heard her song I chose to come back to life. Two days later my village was massacred. During my escape I collapsed and had a second NDE.

This past spring I returned to Africa for the first time in 40 years where I experienced profound healing and reunion. I share this healing and my NDEs to show how the situations where we have been most broken can be the very conditions that activate our greatest potential, and how we all absolutely belong. My presentation will include:

A slideshow including the visual art I created to bring you with me on the beautiful journeys of my NDEs.
Video of my reunion with one of the women who helped save my life.
My husband, John Utter, and I will close with Singing Medicine for the group."

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Howard Storm

Everything is different, now what?

"The near death experience completely changed everything I knew and believed, and it has taken me over three decades to process how to live this radical identity and not make a mess of it. It has ben a continuous struggle to be the saint we all were created to be."

8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Mary Neal

A Surgeon's Near Death Experience and some of the Lessons Learned

Mary’s dramatic story of drowning and returning to Earthly life. During a kayaking accident in Chile, she was pinned underwater for nearly 30 minutes which resulted in drowning and a near death experience followed by a miraculous resuscitation, journey back to the United States and recovery. She will share some of the lessons imparted to her during her visit to Heaven as well.





Saturday, March 24th

PRESENTATIONS - BALLROOM
9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Jeffrey Long

God and the Afterlife: Latest Findings from the Largest Near-Death Experience Study Ever Reported.

Long, M.D. has scientifically studied over 4000 near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Long will review this prior research and present his current groundbreaking investigation of the content ofNDEs that address humankind's "Big Questions" which include: Does God exist? Is there an Afterlife? Whit is the meaning and purpose of earthly life? NDEs have extraordinarily consistent information that address the Big Questions. Insights into the Big Questions from NDEs does not seem explainable by pre-existing cultural or religious beliefs. This is the largest scientific investigation of sequentially shared experiences addressing the Big Questions ever reported.

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Jeff Olsen

Wholeness In Spite of Tragedy

In 1997 Olsen experienced a tragic automotive crash that took the lives of his wife and youngest son, leaving him in hospital with multiple life-threatening injuries. Clinging to life, he glimpsed realms beyond the physical, experiencing the unconditional love that is the source of all life. Olsen now shares not only what he learned by glimpsing beyond death, but how we can apply those lessons to create more peace, love and unity in our lives now.

Join us in this unique opportunity and discover how you can find wholeness in spite of tragedy. Open up to finding satisfaction through the simple things of life. Explore the power of choice and how moment-to-moment decisions can greatly influence your earthly experience.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Curtis Childs

How to Make Every Experience Spiritual

“The spiritual world is right where we are, not distanced from us in the least. In short, as far as the deeper levels of our mind are concerned we are all in that world, surrounded by angels and spirits there.” -Emanuel Swedenborg

How do we bridge the gap between the sublime experience of unconditional love and light, and the jarring ordeal of someone cutting you off in traffic? How do we take the knowledge of the interconnection and love we all share at a higher level and try to fit it into a life where paying bills and looking into “check engine” lights occupies so much of our collective headspace? How do you tell the world that there’s so much more to life when that world looks at you like you’re crazy for saying so? While it might seem like navigating the distance between “heaven and earth” is almost impossible, it’s actually the thing we were born to do. We’ve got the potential written into us, and everything we see in the world around us is waiting to make that connection—we’ve just got to learn the language first.

1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Crystal McVea

Waking Up in Heaven

An inspirational conversation of a near-death experience, rebirth, divine mercy, and faith from author Crystal McVea. On December 10th, 2009, Crystal McVea entered the hospital for a routine procedure that went drastically wrong and left Crystal standing at the gates of heaven with God as doctors rushed to revive her back on earth.

This unexpected meeting of a self-described sinner and skeptic with God changed everything. Raised Christian, she had left her faith behind after childhood abuse and the subsequent struggles and suffering of her troubled teens and early adulthood. She longed to believe but felt abandoned, broken, and undeserving. A moving testament to the power of divine love and forgiveness, Waking Up in Heaven shares the message of hope, healing, and compassion McVea brought back from her brush with God. This brave, honest account of years lost to shame and guilt will inspire those who’ve stumbled along their own spiritual journey, with the uplifting reminder that no one is beyond the reach of grace and redemption, and that, in the words of the author, “God is real. Heaven is real. And God’s love for us is the realest thing of all.”

3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Michael Quinn & Lisa Smartt

Final Words & Eternal Stories: Language As a Bridge at End of Life

In what promises to be a fascinating and moving experience, authors Michael Quinn and Lisa Smartt will be co-presenting on their respective books and experiences dealing with the terminally ill.

The Journey Home: Inspiring Passages From Near-Death Experiences to Comfort the Dying is a beautiful collection of near-death accounts that offers words as a bridge between worlds and brings comfort and insight to the dying and their caregivers. The Quinn’s invite the dear one who is preparing to transition to imagine that their heart is creating a precious inner sanctuary to hold, nourish and cherish these passages, and to retreat into their heart sanctuary for comfort whenever fear or sorrow arises.

Linguist Lisa Smartt brings her perspective on words as bridges at end of life by sharing the findings of her research into final words through the Final Words Project, which she established with Dr. Raymond Moody in 2014.

Smartt discusses the linguistic patterns and themes of the over 1500 end-of-life utterances collected analyzed, and chronicled in her book Words at the Threshold: What We Say When We’re Nearing Death.

Michael and Lisa will share how language gives us glimpses into what exists beyond the threshold and offers a pathway to the sacred for both the living and the dying.

4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Pam Kircher

An NDE Elder’s Reflections

"My NDE at age 6 some 67 years ago taught me that love and Oneness are all that matter, and that much of existence lies outside of the every day world. That understanding has been the root of my decision making throughout my life. After graduating with an MD from Baylor College of Medicine, I’ve been a family doctor, a hospice physician, a writer about hospice and NDEs, a speaker, a wife, a mother, and now an elder learning and drawing strength from other elders and from nature at our ranch, One-in-the-Spirit, in the Colorado mountains. In this presentation, I’ll share what I’ve learned as my NDE and other STEs have guided me along winding paths. I’ll also share the mysteries that still puzzle me and my hopes for the future. Much of my life, I’ve been circumspect as I introduced new ideas to the mainstream. That careful approach in introducing divergent concepts has served me well in my work with the medical profession in NDEs and energy healing. In my retirement years, I am much less restrained, speaking my truth from a deep place in a direct way. My hope is that my ideas and experiences as I share reflections on my life will have meaning for others that inspires them to further explorations that result in changes in our world."





Sunday, March 25th

PRESENTATIONS - BALLROOM
9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Jody Long

Living as an Immortal.

Are you happy? If yes, then congratulations! But, if you aren't happy or if there is so much chaos in your life, that you are merely surviving one day at a time, then this is one talk you'll appreciate. The NDErs connect to the love, peace, and bliss that they felt on the other side as a way to maintain balance. This talk can help you learn how to release fear so that you can live up to your spiritual potential by tap into that universal love. By connecting to your higher spiritual self, you can access not only the positive emotions associated with the other side, but you can also utilize your creative abilities to manifest what you need in your life to be happy and to pass that love onto others.

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Matt Debow

Spiritual Experiences

In Matthew DeBow’s book the Soul Code, he explores transformative and near death experiences. By uncovering patterns about the soul and its path from heaven to earth and back, he believes it enlightens us to a better understanding about ourselves and humanity as a whole.

It is clear these spiritual experiences show a mechanistic action of how souls exist as living beings. His research is based on human experience, not; speculation, philosophy, theology, mediums, channels… These transformative experiences happen to people who least expect it and in most cases optimizing their worldview.

Could these experiences have been the divine intervention that inspired the world’s spiritual leaders? These events bring forth important truths crossing ideological boundaries, religious beliefs, and social differences. Often these instances have a lasting positive effect and in some cases result in enhanced human potential.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
David Drapela

His Message

As you join this remarkable man for his presentation, he will share insights he’s been given about life and how to live it. His loving presence is felt by everyone in the room. When he delivers his messages, it is entertaining and thought provoking.

3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Cherie Aimee

The Day I Died & Went to Heaven

8 Lessons of the Afterlife
In this talk, Cherie Aimée will share her extraordinary near-death experience from 7-years ago and the lessons she brought back to share with the world. It has taken her years to make sense of what she experienced in the afterlife—and learn how to communicate her journey in a way that inspires and brings hope and healing to all who feel her heart. Cherie’s story has been featured by several podcast shows and media outlets including Forbes, ABC7, Dr. Oz Show, The Morning Show, and a film documentary in Japan through NHK Broadcasting. She is a well-sought out speaker and influencer using social media to share this powerful message from her journey into the light.