Death Makes Life Possible – Film Project by Marilyn Schlitz

The film explores questions surrounding death and what happens after, bridging culture, science and healing. It’s co-produced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and The Chopra Foundation.

We’re still in production but we just finished a trailer, which will get its premiere public showing at the Sages & Scientists Symposium this weekend.

Death Makes Life Possible: Exploring Cosmologies of Dying and Beyond – Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. As a scientist and anthropologist, she has pioneered clinical, laboratory, and field-based research in the areas of consciousness, human transformation and healing. A researcher, speaker, change consultant, and writer, Marilyn’s books include: Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (co-authored with Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok) and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine(co-authored with Tina Amorok and Mark Micozzi).

Marilyn”s talk was entitled “Death Makes Life Possible,” where she explored various cultural cosmologies of dying and the afterlife. She then considered the ways in which scientists are attempting to bring an evidence-based perspective to the question of what happens during the dying process and beyond. She also deliberated on the psychological and social significance of these cosmologies for reducing suffering and the fear of death.
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Nonlocal Consciousness: An Explanatory Model for the Near-Death Experience (updated May 12, 2012) – Pim van Lommel, M.D.

Pim van Lommel, MD, a cardiologist from Holland lectured that his frontier research on near-death experiences is based on a multi-site, longitudinal clinical trial. He found that many people who survive cardiac arrest described strikingly similar experiences to those of near-death reports.
Nonlocal Consciousness: An explanatory model for the Near-Death Experience
Pim van Lommel, M.D.

Since the publication of several prospective studies on near-death experiences (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest, with strikingly similar results and conclusions, the NDE can no longer be scientifically ignored. It is an authentic experience which cannot be simply reduced to imagination, fear of death, hallucination, psychosis, the use of drugs, or oxygen deficiency, and people appear to be permanently changed by an NDE during a cardiac arrest of only some minutes duration. The current materialistic view of the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers and psychologists seems to be too restricted for a proper understanding of this phenomenon. One has to come to the inevitable conclusion that consciousness cannot be localised in a special time nor place (nonlocality), and there are good reasons to assume that our consciousness does not always coincide with the functioning of our brain. So research on NDE seems to be a source of new insights into the possibility of a continuity of our consciousness after physical death.
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You can also view his recent post on his latest book ‘ Consciousness beyond Life‘ here.

The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological Philosophical and Spiritual Dimensions – Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. (updated May 12, 2012)

Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is one of the world’s foremost researchers of the further reaches of the human mind. A psychiatrist who has researched non-ordinary states of consciousness for over 50 years, he is one of the founders of transpersonal psychology. Dr. Grof is the bestselling author of numerous books, and his latest, When the Impossible Happens, presents a mesmerizing firsthand account of inquiry into such topics as survival of consciousness after death, synchronicities, reincarnation, and remembering birth and prenatal life. Dr. Grof lives in Mill Valley and is a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD, described his own work over the decades exploring death and dying from psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions. He explained the parallels between and among psychedelic therapy, holotropic breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy, thanatology (the scientific study of death), anthropological fieldwork, and therapy with individuals in psychospiritual crises.

In this slide-illustrated lecture, we will explore the observations from the research of various types of non-ordinary states of consciousness, which have important implications for the understanding of death and dying – experiences in psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy, thanatology, anthropological field work, and the therapy with individuals in psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”).

We will focus on such topics as near-death experiences (NDE), the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth, psychedelic therapy with terminal cancer patients, karma and reincarnation, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, aboriginal rites of passage, eschatological mythologies, and the ancient books of the dead.
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