The Witness – NDE Round Table Lineup

This Fall I’m releasing 4 round table discussions, all of which will focus on a different aspect of the phenomenon of direct experience.


I am very excited to announce that the Near Death Experience Round Table lineup is complete and is as follows:


“In 1975, I coined the term near-death experience in my book Life After Life. For half a century, I have researched some of life’s greatest mysteries. As both a PhD in philosophy and an MD, I have had a strong interest in how medical realities intersect with the ineffable realm of philosophy. In my multiple roles as author, professor, public speaker and grief counselor, I have heard thousands of accounts of near-death, shared-death and after-death experiences. I never expected that my interest in the afterlife would become such a focus of my life’s work, but it has led me to great associations, friendships and insights. Throughout my five-decade career, I have explored themes related to the trans-personal aspects of death, dying and grief. In my book Glimpses of Eternity, I discuss the phenomena of shared-death experiences. I write about my inquiry into past lives in my book Coming Back and share methods for evoking the dead, from Ancient Greece to modern times, in my book Reunions. I also have a passion for language, which I share with my colleague and co-founder of the Life After Life Institute, Lisa Smartt. My PhD in philosophy focused on unintelligibility and my new book Making Sense of Nonsense (Llewellyn 2020) discusses what nonsense teaches us about consciousness and altered states of being. For years, I have imagined a forum in which leading-edge researchers and thinkers could share their most up-to-date investigations into near-death phenomena while also drawing upon the wisdom of the ancients whose practices and customs clearly recognized a life beyond this one. With the help of my friends and colleagues, I will share with each of you all we have discovered at the most fascinating frontiers of life and death.”


Dr. Mary Helen Hensley is a chiropractor, metaphysical healer and international motivational speaker. After a Near Death Experience following a high speed car collision in 1991, a lifelong ability to communicate with those in spirit, coupled with the gift to see future events, was enhanced by a new endowment: to touch an individual, “read their past” and facilitate healing. Mary Helen began to realize that her previous skills of communicating with those in spirit had become so much more. She found herself able to “read” the ethereal field of an individual, linking her to the person’s history, gaining insights into how past experiences were creating a person’s present reality, regarding their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Mary Helen has been speaking to audiences across the globe about what it means to live with unshakable faith in the Divine plan of a multi-faceted Multi-verse.


After coming across a Nova TV program on Egyptian pyramids that changed his life at the age of 28, Howdie put every moment of his time to study the ancient world. Good fortune brought him to spend time with a Korean Zen monk, several Native Indian medicine men, a doctor of medical Qi Gong, herbalists, and alchemists. He saved what money he had and traveled the world to visit ancient sites in Egypt, Mexico and Europe. He has been looking to uncover less how the sacred sites were built, but why, and how can such sites be used by humans today in positive ways. This wisdom was put into the book The Power Of Then.When he was 36 he fell into a canyon in Western Canada, and had a death experience that revealed the false covering of oneself, and of reality. Changing his effort of study, he delved into the work of Gnostic and Hermetic teachings, stone circles and megaliths, as well as the writings and teachings of Tat Foundation creator Richard Rose. This awakening experience was very hard and confusing for him, included years of near incapacitating illness…forcing one to go the only place we have avoided- within.


“I’m the creator and host of Rogue Ways and my goal is to serve others through sharing analog, electric, concentric wisdom via exploration of Conspiracy, Culture, Consciousness, Spirituality, Magic, Questions, Exploration, Freedom, Liberty, Community. I aim to think critically and skeptically about literally everything, following the manifold paths toward deeper wisdom and understanding of this crazy journey called life.”


“My name is Lisa Smartt. Five years ago, I listened in stunned silence as my skeptical and rationalist father described seeing angels in his last days of life. Three days before dying, he announced, “The angels say only three days left now.” He spoke of a “green dimension” and his room crowded with people who were unseen to me. He also spoke in poetic and metaphoric language, describing the big art show that was approaching and the boxes he had to carry for his ceramicist wife of 54 years. I listened in awe as I transcribed his final words that not only painted a world unseen to me but were rich in language patterns that appeared to be unique to end of life. Trained in linguistics, I was deeply curious about the language I witnessed. When I discovered little or no research had been done into people’s final words, I established The Final Words Project”

The Synchratic Method

All 5 of my guests for this discussion have had run-ins with the death experience, either directly or have studied it thoroughly and professionally. The Near-Death Experience has fascinated me ever since I placed my feet back on solid ground after my initial psilocybin experience. I was not in mortal danger, yet my consciousness experienced many of the characteristics that NDE witnesses endure. There are also paranormal experiences and alien contact experiences that mirror the same motifs. My aim is, as always, to build bridges from one type of experience to the next because I strongly believe we are dealing with a unified field. I hope to showcase the incredible synchronicity between these vastly different pathways of transcendence, and perhaps help us move towards a more objective view of perturbed consciousness experiences.

I look forward to sharing these discussions with you all!


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