Thursday, 17 July 2008

PMH Atwater on Toward The Light 20.7!

PMH AtwaterP.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D., Ph.D. (Hon.)

Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Atwater married young and became a mother of three, Sunday School teacher, secretary, and prize winning cook. A handwriting analysis in the mid-sixties led to a complete career and life-style change. She was redirected into public service and innovative project development and analysis. Paralleling this change she began intensive research into paranormal and altered states of consciousness.

With a professional background in hypnotic past-life regressions, sensitivity work, de-haunting houses, and mediumship, she came to specialise in aura massage, astrology, numerology, dream and symbol interpretation, rune casting, divinatory and earth energy sensing.

1977 set the stage for severe health traumas resulting in death and the near-death phenomenon, three times in three months. The following year,

In an effort to understand what had happened to her and was still happening, she began to seek out and interview other near-death survivors. Her initial findings about the aftereffects of near-death were published in Vital Signs magazine, 1981-85, and later became Coming Back to Life: The Aftereffects of The Near-Death Experience (hardcover 1988 Dodd Mead & Co., paperback 1989 Ballantine Books, softcover, Citadel Press). After over fifteen years of intensive research, speaking with or interviewing over 3,000 near-death survivors, her book Beyong The Light, What Isn't Being Said About the Near-Death Experience (hard cover 1994 Birch Lane Press, paperback 1995 Avon Books) represents the most complete compendium yet done of the phenomenon, its aftereffects and implications (Its sequel: Future Memory, Birch Lane Press 1996, paperback edition from Hampton Roads Publishing).

An international authority on near-death states, she has served two terms on the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. Her book, Children of The New Millennium, a major study of child experiencers of near-death states, came out August 1999 from Three Rivers Press. It was then enlarged and rewritten as The New Children and Near-Death Experiences (Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., 2003). With the help of David Morgan, she produced the world's first positive/negative, 360-degree compendium of the entire near-death phenomenon. Titled The Complete Idiots Guide to Near-Death Experiences, (available through Toward The Light), this 480-page Macmillan edition debuted March/April, 2000. Atwater has received numerous awards during her life. Her biography is in sixteen Who's Who Books, half of them international editions. Her most recent book is entitled, The BIG Book of Near-Death Experiences. (Please see below for more books/DVDs by PMH.)

Some of her findings have now been clinically verified in prospective studies, the latest in "The Lancet" medical journal 15.12.01, in the paper by Pim van Lommel, a Dutch cardiologist. She has lectured twice at the United Nations and at many other gatherings, large and small. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. She has been on such television talk shows as Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, Regis & Kathy Lee, Geraldo, and The Shirley Show in Canada.

An accomplished rune caster specialising in the yin or feminine approach to rune use, she authored The Magical Language of Runes, (1990 Bear & Co.) and Goddess Runes (1996 Avon Books). Her talent with Goddess Runes was featured on the first two television informercials produced by Psychic Friends Network. She has produced 'Goddess Runes: Instructions in Brief,' and 'Goddess Runes: The Adventure Begins.' She attended Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, and received her humanities doctorate in 1992 from the International College of Spiritual and Psychic Studies (Spiritual Sciences Fellowship), Montreal, Canada. In March, 2005, P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D. was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. in Therapeutic Counselling from Faculty of Medical Studies, Medicina Alternativa Institute, affiliated with The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka. And in the fall of 2005 she was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists and the "Outstanding Service Award" from the International Association of Near-Death Studies.

PMH was my very first guest on Toward The Light back in March 2006 and she's been on the show a number of times. This will surely be a lively and informative show. PMH is my favourite 'walking encyclopaedia' and you'll know why after tuning in this Sunday.

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Coming Back to Life by PMH Atwater, is the first book about the near-death phenomenon to look at all aspects of both the experience and its aftereffects—including the hellish experience, suicides, possible changes in brain structure and chemistry because of what happened, plus how the phenomenon really affects those who experience it—and compares all of this to what a person goes through after a transformation of consciousness, no matter how caused. The tone is up front and personal. The story of the author's three near-death experiences is covered in Chapter Two, as a way of setting the stage for this controversial investigation. Extensive Resource Section.

This is the revised edition of what has turned out to be PMH's best-selling book ever.

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