Sunday, 28 December 2008

Steven Hairfield on Toward The Light 28.12!

Steven HairfieldSteven Hairfield, Ph.D ~ At the beginning of his lectures and workshops, Dr. Steven L. Hairfield likes to ask his audience:

What if what you term as God, heard everything you thought and considered it a request for it to give you what you were thinking? Would you change the way that you think?

He also asks this: 'Do you feel as though something is about to happen?' These questions generally trigger a myriad of thoughts and surprise in the visions and minds of the listeners present. It opens the doors to the world of spirituality and consciousness of being, and it indeed sets the thought process in motion. He himself was asked these by one of his teachers while in the Far East.

Dr. Hairfield has an interesting and fascinating background. Having been raised in a very 'normal' environment, he decided to serve his country in the military, during a rather troubled era. His duties and expertise led him to Vietnam. Anyone who was there can tell you that it was not a pleasant experience. His search for peaceful answers and higher understanding guided his steps within the walls of a Zen Buddhist monastery in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam, where he would take refuge and study whenever he could. His natural curiosity, blended with a very acute intuitive sense led him to deeper questions of life and the purpose of self. The monks began to insist that he should learn of Issa. He then learned that Issa was in fact Jesus. He later learned that Issa, Jesus, had spent much time in what is now known today as India, Pakistan, Ladak, Nepal, and Tibet before returning to the Middle East to carry out His mission. This truly inspired his personal search for knowledge and a passion to somehow recreate the Master's 18 years not mentioned in the Bible. He had set a goal that would intrigue and shock him later, but first, he had to understand what made the human mind work in the fashion that it does. Upon his return to the United States he studied for and received a B.A. in Psychology. Then pushed by his dream for Universal Truth, he travelled to India following an inner urge which led him to his greatest teachers and lessons, Tibetan Masters. They guided him through India, Nepal, and twice into Tibet, they smuggled him into the later as it was Red Chinese with closed borders at the time. While in this part of the world he adapted to the life of a monk, and for many years he continued his research in the Far East and the path of Jesus while proving to himself that indeed He had been there studying. While there Dr. Hairfield honed the talents Spirit had given him learning many healing techniques and became a Reiki Master and the techniques of focusing energy for higher purpose he now teaches these techniques to his students and audiences throughout the world.

When he returned home once more after working with his eastern teachers he wanted to understand the belief system and studied the greatest belief system of all and received an M.A. in Religion and Theology, becoming quite interested and fascinated by the field of Metaphysics in the process. He knew by what he had already learned that there was another message contained in the idea of religion and the Bible. Thus some years later he went back to the books and received his Doctorate in Metaphysics. Through his years of studies with Zen and Tibetan Monks, Ishaya Monks, as well as the Cree and Blackfoot Native Traditions, this true American Monk offers an unparalleled approach to understanding how we influence our own paths in life and why we experience what we do. In his lectures, workshops, TV and Radio appearances, he enjoys sharing his unique blend of philosophies to assist others in the attainment of their spiritual goals. His only desire is that all people find consciousness. In 2000 he was inspired to communicate his accumulated knowledge and experience to the world through a book. It is now in its second printing and is titled Once Upon a Parable – A Journey into Life. Dr. Hairfield has poured his love for humankind into this explicit work. He has completed his second work called: Return to Innocence – Messages from the Ancients, a spiritual guide to a better way of living life and how the original messages were shifted from their original intention of the universe to an external physical reality. There are two books written about him entitled Interview with an American Monk I & II. He has recently released his best work of all A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible. This book answers the mysteries of the Bible and the Master Himself. It is based on 37 years of thorough research that led him all over the world. A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible is based on historical and metaphysical fact which includes the missing books that were not originally included in the Bible. It is a journey of Mastership, Empowerment while achieving an inner Divine nature. He has also recently been selected by the Edgar Cayce Foundation through the Association of Research and Enlightenment (ARE) as one of their few intuitives that are the most tested intuitives in the world and it is an honour to serve using this field to change people's lives.

Dr. Hairfield continues his writing, counselling, his lecture and workshop tours, and has even released two CDs the first is the Seven Essene Mirrors of Relationship and The Power of Thought. There are also many of his seminars that are available as down loads from the web site. He resides in Reno, Nevada in the high Sierra Mountains.

A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Diane Goble on Toward The Light 21.12!

Diane Goble lives on the side of a mountain in the eastern Sierra Nevada Range in California, and her latest passion is scenic photography from Mammoth Lakes, California to the Cascade Range in Bend/Sisters, Oregon... But her life's work involves the field of death and dying. She has been a psycho-spiritual counsellor for over 20 years, has written several books, and has recently developed a training program to teach alternative practitioners, coaches, counsellors, and ministers how to teach others the Art of Conscious Dying into the Light so they can become Transition Guides for their loved ones and friends.

Diane came to the field of conscious dying as a result of having had a near-death experience 36 years ago during which she was shown the process of transition and given information to help her pursue her spiritual mission as a human being. Since then she has spent many years studying and meditating — evolving toward higher consciousness and sharing what has been revealed to her through her writings and her web sites. This is her spiritual path. In her human life, she has three children, five grandchildren and a dog named Spirit.

Diane is a member of the on-line NDE Support & Interest Group, Light On the Water, which is facilitated by Rev. Juliet Nightingale.

This is going to be a deeply moving and empowering show — especially as I'm now facing my own pending transition... :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Marilyn Strong on Toward The Light 14.12!

Marilyn C. Strong has a B.A. in Religion and Adult Education through Antioch University West and an M.A. in Spirituality and Culture from Matthew Fox’s Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality.

Marilyn has worked in the areas of educational design and development and in the areas of group facilitation, ritual, music, and celebration. She was on staff at the Chinook Learning Center on Whidbey Island as Director of Education for seven years, facilitating their non-residential, nine-month Core Studies Program and their residential program, Spirit and Culture. Scholars in residence included Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Brother David Steindl-Rast, David Spangler, ritualist Elizabeth Cogburn and singer Susan Osborn.

Marilyn then went on to co-create and co-facilitate with Renie Hope, the Gaia Spirit Rising Program, a nine-month long women’s spiritual growth program that ran for eight years. Guest presenters in the program over the years included China Galland, Merlin Stone, Christine Downing, Demetra George, Luisah Teish, Dorothy Fadiman, and Denise Lynn.

She also created and co-facilitated with Jerry Wennstrom the six-month program, Thresholds: Exploring Passageways to the Soul through Dreamwork, Ritual and the Creative Process. Guest presenters in this program included Marion Woodman, Christina Baldwin, David Whyte and John O’Donohue.

Recently, Marilyn toured the country with Jerry, working more in-depth with the material of Jerry’s book and video and co-leading workshops together. She also facilitates group and private ritual, is a Jungian-oriented spiritual counsellor, an ordained minister, and a ceremonialist with a keen interest in depth psychology, dream analysis, Alchemy, and the healing process that comes through making ritual art. Marilyn facilitates weddings and memorial ceremonies, and her work has also taken her into the area of death and dying, supporting friends in the dying process with both voice and ritual. For many years she was an annual guest presenter at the Women of Wisdom Conferences in Seattle.

Marilyn has also released a CD of her chants, songs, and drumming, Songs for Sophia, which is available upon request. Her singing can be heard in the sound track of the film, In the Hands of Alchemy. She brings depth of understanding, chanting and excellent ritual creation to any event.

It will be lovely speaking with Marilyn about her work in Death Midwifery. Join us! :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Betty Kovacs on Toward The Light 7 Dec!

Betty J. Kovacs received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, in Comparative Literature and Theory of Symbolic Language. She has studied and taught in Europe and the United States. She is Professor Emerita, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California, where she taught literature, writing, mythology and symbolic language for over twenty-five years. She has studied the spiritual traditions of prehistory and indigenous cultures and has worked with shamans from the Amazon and the Andes in Peru. She has also served many years on the Board of Directors of the Jung Society of Claremont in California. Dr. Kovacs has been interviewed on radio and local cable TV. She is author of The Miracle of Death and 'Journey of the Mothers' in Earthwalking Sky Dancers. Recent seminar series include Deeper Orders of Reality: Creating Our Future and The Feminine Dimension of the Divine.

The Miracle of Death

The Miracle of Death is an inspiring narrative of one family's extraordinary grief experiences, including precognitive dreams, visions, after-death communications, out-of-body experiences, and synchronistic events, surrounding multiple deaths in their family. The sole survivor and narrator is a Western trained academic who initially struggled to accept realities that ultimately changed every aspect of her life. Weaving personal, historical and mythic perspectives, Dr. Betty Kovács shows us that such individual experiences, along with cutting-edge scientific research, support a radical change in the way we think about death—and life.

Benefits to the Reader:

  • To better cope with the death of a child or loved one
  • To realise that consciousness survives physical death
  • To understand dreams and waking visions as valuable modes of communication
  • To know that mystical experience is natural
  • To increase our awareness of human possibilities and other dimensions of reality
  • To discover an expanded and healing worldview
  • To understand that we are all a part of each other and that together we can heal the earth

When viewing a video interview of Betty on her website, I noted how similar our message is — even verbatim — and I knew that this would be a profound and beautiful connection between us. This is going to be a very uplifting and empowering show and one you'll definitely not want to miss!

Monday, 1 December 2008

November Archived Shows Are Up!

Talk about being up-to-date in a timely manner, all of the November shows on Toward The Light are archived and up on the TTL site now. Enjoy listening to them and spread the word! :)

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Tim O'Reilly on Toward The Light 30.11!

Tim O’Reilly grew up in the Queens region of New York City, USA. He is the producer, director and writer of the documentary, Round Trip: the Near-Death Experience. Tim studied painting and drawing at the Arts Students League of N.Y.C, then studied Film at the School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C. and graduated with a B.F.A., in film.

Tim had a near-death-like experience (NDLE) when he was ten years old. Although Tim didn’t give his NDLE too much thought, he believes it inspired him to make Round Trip, thirty years later.

Round Trip: the Near-Death Experience, endorsed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, originally released on VHS in 1996, has been re-released in DVD on July 2008, with English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) and Spanish and French subtitles.

Round Trip

Seeing this film brought tears to my eyes straight away — taking me back to my own near-death episodes and how, no matter what and after so many, many years, I'm still so deeply affected by the rich substance of all of these heartfelt testimonies from fellow experiencers. When you look into the eyes of these individuals you can clearly see how transformed they are as a result of their NDEs and the fact that the fear of death is totally absent. This will be a splendid show, so please join us!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Jan Vandersande on Toward The Light 23.11!

Jan W. Vandersande, Ph.D., author of the book, Life After Death: Some of the Best Evidence, has published more than 80 scientific articles so brings a wealth of technical expertise to bear on the subject. He holds a doctorate in physics and has served professorships at the University of Witwatersand, South Africa, as well as Cornell University. Dr. Vandersande has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently the communications director for VIASPACE Inc. He spends a lot of his spare time reading about, analyzing and writing about psychic phenomena.

Live After Death: Some of the Best Evidence

Life After Death: Some of the Best Evidence
~ It's the essential-and seemingly unknowable-question that has haunted mankind since the beginning: What happens after we die? In Life After Death: Some of the Best Evidence, renowned physicist Dr. Jan W. Vandersande surveys evidence for an afterlife and finds a lot of the observed physical phenomena both credible and compelling.

Intended for sceptics and believers alike, Life After Death condenses more than 100 years of literature and testimony-including the author's own psychic experiences as a long-time member of a psychic circle-to sort out the astonishing from the fraudulent. The investigation gives readers a front-row seat to séance rooms to experience such marvels as direct voice, ectoplasm and materialisations—messages and events, he shows, that are directed from beyond the grave. As the book makes clear, the occurrences during such episodes, though fantastical, can't be dismissed as mere fantasy or fraud.

Through historical accounts, photographs and personal experience, this engagingly written work adds to a growing body of evidence for the existence of an afterlife that's increasingly difficult to ignore.

I am so pleased to have yet another brilliant physicist on Toward The Light who's also come up with compelling evidence in favour of the Afterlife.