Anniversary Of OC IANDS January 13 Meeting

Join International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
Orange County Chapter Support and Interest Group as we celebrate 13 Years as a Group!!

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Date:          Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time:         1:00-4:00 pm

Place:     HeartSpace ( Formely SMHAS)

18271 McDurmott West Ste G, Irvine 92614

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In 2005 the Orange County IANDS group was formed. Pictured are Denis Purcell, from left, Gail Hamley, Stephen Damroth and Angel Love Powers. We will be eating cake and celebrating the many memories the group has shared over the years
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Guest Speaker Dr. Janet Woods

The Transformational Power of Visioning

For Near-Death Experiencers.

Dr. Janet Woods is the Chapter Director for the Orange County Chapter of IANDS. She is the founder and Director of the Art of Life Institute. Where the focus is to inspire people to take action on their vision, dreams and life purpose.

Janet is the best selling author award-winning speaker and radio host. In addition, she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House for her community service

While having dinner with a small group of friends and her fiance, Janet experienced a Threshold Death Experience (TDE). This episode led her to return with a renewed sense of purpose. Through the use of Vision Mapping, Janet was able to get in touch with her gifts and spirituality and created a program to support others in the same quest.

Janet has been able to guide thousands of like-minded individuals who have received this second chance at life to create a visual representation of their lives and how they choose to create and live them.

Please bring with you the following:

Scissors, Glue, and Lifestyle Magazines to share

This Saturday Dec 9th Speaker: Cheryl Deines

International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
Orange County Chapter Support and Interest Group

Please join us our Holiday White Elephant Gift Exchange.
* Have Something You Would Like to Re-Gift?
* Have Something You Know Someone else Would Love?
* Ready to Release Something Old, Yet Valuable?
Then wrap it pretty and bring it to the event. 

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Featured Speaker

Cheryl Deines

“Experiences at the Threshold of Death & Beyond”

Date:          Saturday, December 09, 2017

Time:         1:00-4:00 pm

Place:         SMHAS  18271 McDurmott West Ste G, Irvine 92614

 

Cheryl is author the book, “The Final Dance: Inspiration From the Dying About Living.” Which is coming out January 2018.

Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been working as a Hospice Social Worker for the last 17 years. Prior to her hospice work, she was a self-professed agnostic.

Unsure of whether life after death existed. Her beliefs have shifted drastically as she has worked closely with dying patients and their grieving family members. She will share some of the sacred and miraculous experiences she has had during her years in hospice which transformed her beliefs from questioning to knowing that life after death exists.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHERYL’S WEBSITE

You Can Survive It AND Thrive When Facing Challenges

On November 14, 2015, Orange County IANDS will be viewing Mark Pitstick’s documentary ‘Soul Proof’. See trailer below.

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When You’re Facing Big Challenges . . . 8 Keys to Surviving and Thriving

By Mark Pitstick, MA, DC

Let’s face it, life on Earth is not easy at times.  Some consider
this planet to be one of the toughest places to live in the
Universe.  Difficulties in life are relative.  For one person, that
might include being paralyzed, molested, battling drug and alcohol
addiction, or a loved one dying.  For another, it may be an ill
child, relationship struggles, health problems, or financial
difficulties.  On a personal and global level, there can be many
challenges.  You know what I’m talking about.

But it doesn’t have to stay that way.  And your inner light can
always shine through brightly no matter what your current situation
or what is going on around you.

The great news is that you live in an exciting time when much
documented clinical, scientific, and empirical evidence clearly
shows that life is forever.  This data clearly indicates that your
physical body is less than 1% of who and what you are.  The
rest—the love, energy, light, intelligence, consciousness,
spirit—is indestructible, wise, powerful, and infinite.  Further,
your essence is inextricably intertwined with All That Is.  That
means you are one with the One right now—not maybe, someday.

How does this contemporary information—that corroborates wise
spiritual and religious teachings across time and cultures—change
your response to challenges?
Here are eight keys to remember when going through tough times . . .

1. You’re not alone: That’s true in two ways.  First, everyone
suffers at some time or another.  It’s just part of this earthly
cruise package you signed up for.  So welcome to the human race.
Secondly, you are literally surrounded by the Light and your
spiritual support team—angels, guides, master teachers, soul
mates—whatever you call them.  So remember that you aren’t alone
even during your darkest moments.

2. Your suffering is time limited: Even a one-hundred year earthly
incarnation is just a blink of an eye in the span of eternity.  I
know that just one day can seem like forever when you feel mired in
pain or sadness.  But this human life is so transient, so brief—so
hang in there and know it’s just for a while.  Look for the silver
lining to life’s clouds when you are hip-deep in misery.  Some-day,
maybe very soon, you will see that it was all worth the temporary pain.

3. You, as a soul, chose these scenarios: God doesn’t put suffering
on you; that would make It a cruel dictator or puppet-master.  This
is a free-will universe. Much clinical evidence and wise spiritual
teachings agree that, before coming to Earth, you volunteered for
certain challenges.  Why?  For the service and growth
opportunities.  To grow in love and enjoy the adventures as you
temporarily forget who you are.  To expand Life’s knowledge base.
This does not, by the way, infer determinism because you always
have a choice.

4. You have everything you need: The same Intelligence and Energy
that created universes also courses within you.  You are part of
Source Energy now and forevermore.  Challenges can help you recall
your divine nature.  They help you awaken to who you really are and
all that you can do.   Aim for a great life, but when tough times
arrive, remember that you possess limit-less potential and amazing
abilities.  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

5. Difficulties, tragedies and challenges are opportunities: When
life gets tough, you are more likely to ask important questions and
reach down deep to discover all that you are.  Ancient Egyptian,
Chinese, and other languages captured the dual nature of
difficulties, that they are also opportunities. Challenges create
exquisite opportunities to grow, serve others, appreciate the
little things in life.  It’s easily worth the price of admission.

6. That which does not kill me makes me stronger: Nietzsche said
that, but I’d modify it a bit: “Nothing can kill you, but life’s
challenges can make you stronger.”  Of course it’s natural to
prefer avoiding tragedy and disappoint-ments.  But when those enter
your life, see them for what they are and bless them.  Look at the
stars, not the mud, and know it’s all good, it’s all God.  Look for
the doors that open when others close, doors you wouldn’t have seen
if it weren’t for the “bad” things.

7. There’s a rhyme and reason for all things: The Bible says, “To
every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven.” Many other wisdom sources have echoed this truth.
Consider all the minute details that had to align for you to be
where you are right now and experiencing what you are.  Is that a
random and chaotic process, or a lawful one with meaning and
purpose?  Only you can decide what makes the most sense to you, but
the collective evidence indicates the latter is the way Life works.

8. Life on Earth is an adventure: Humans love adventure stories and
movies so much because they remind us about why we are here.
Before this physical earth-experience, your real self could see the
big picture.  You knew it was imminently worthwhile to struggle
some because of all the benefits therein.  But then you were born
and, if you’re like most people, totally forgot the cosmic
perspective.  You forgot that you are a timeless, deathless being
of energy who loves adventures and creating great stories.  You are
a knight in shining armor, a heroine who always wins in the end.
So relax and enjoy life.

Think upon these things and consider examining your current
challenges in a different light.  Your earth-experience makes much
more sense when you remember who you are, why you’re here, and Who
walks beside/within you always.

Live radiantly and soulfully,
Mark

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Mark Pitstick, MA, DC, 234 N. Plaza Blvd.  Chillicothe, OH 45601  740-775-2189
mark@soulproof.com, www.soulproof.com, www.radiantwellness.com

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Mark in your calendar now!  On November 14, 2015, Orange County IANDS will be viewing Mark Pitstick’s documentary ‘Soul Proof’.  All are welcome.  Here’s the trailer.

Dec 13th speaker: Had NDE at birth, SIDS mother, helps dissolve fear of death

International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS)
Orange County Chapter Support and Interest Group

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Featured Speaker

Kienda Valbracht

 

Date:          Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time:         1:00-4:00 pm

Place:         Unity of Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave., Tustin, CA

 

Kienda had an NDE (near-death-experience) at birth and the reason why she had many STEs (spiritually transforming experiences) in her early childhood years. In her late teens, to more deeply understand her own experiences, she began exploring the world’s religions, cults, and mystery.

Kienda is also a SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) mother. She bore the shock and sorrow of her infant son’s death. Her continued relationship with her son, Christian Alexander, has contributed to her book, Lucid Death: Conscious Journeys Beyond the Threshold.

She says most people have no idea what happens after death, and so live in fear of the unknown.  Everyone needs a clear, comprehensible understanding of death and the beyond, including doctors, nurses, caretakers and hospice workers, because all physical life begins at birth and ends universally in death. Through her research and experience, she offers information, insight, and hopefully, can help to dissolve the fear, leading to a richer, fuller life.  That experience includes: Reiki Master, Institute of Cultural Affairs Facilitation Training, Interdimensional Consciousness Training. Minister of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards (SHES), Multi-dimensional Cellular Healing, SIDS Grief Counselor, Hospice, Tai Chi Chuan, Firewalking, Omega, Tarot, Subud, Sufi Healing Order, IANDS, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Rites of Passage, Costume Design, Theater Production, Singing, Motherhood, Waldorf Education, and Anthroposophy.

Kienda has an IMA in Thanatology (the study of Death,) and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Kienda’s website is http://kiendavalbracht.com.

 

NDE survivor of scuba diving accident will speak at April 12th meeting

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On September 29, 1984, Darlene Jaman survived a freak scuba diving accident off the coast of California. She experienced a core NDE (Near Death Experience) enveloped by the white light and an imbuing Love. This resulted in her spiritual reawakening and her birth of creative sight.

Darlene’s journey took her on a path of discovery to spend two and half years in Scotland at Findhorn Spiritual Community. Coming back to Los Angeles, she dedicated herself to help terminally ill patients who fear death.

For over a decade, Darlene facilitated and counseled the West Los Angeles friends of IANDS support group.

Darlene was raised in Los Angeles, and through the years, received extensive training in prestigious institutes of art, fashion design, and gourmet cooking.  After her NDE, painting became the way to quiet her mind, a transcendental gateway to another universe far beyond the physical limitations of the canvas. She is able to draw from gifts of sight which transcend beyond her thoughts and feelings giving over to the flow of painting, never knowing what will come onto the canvas.

Darlene will bring a couple of her pieces to the meeting which depict elements of her NDE,  also seen in her sketch below which she’ll explain during her talk.

 

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MEETING DETAILS
Date:     Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Time:    1:00-4:00 pm

Place:    Unity of Tustin, Tustin, CA

Admission:  $10, but no one turned away

PLEASE BRING A SWEATER OR JACKET – the room may be too cold for some.

To receive meeting notices by email, send your request with first and last names to robin@robinbarr.com.