(CANCELED) IANDS: On the Continuity of our Consciousness

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On the Continuity of our Consciousness:

A concept based on scientific studies on Near-Death Experience


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About the Facilitator

Pim van LommelPim van Lommel, M.D., born in 1943, graduated in 1971 at the University of Utrecht, and finished his specialization in cardiology in 1976. He worked from 1977–2003 as a cardiologist in Hospital Rijnstate, a 800-bed Teaching Hospital in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is now doing full-time research on the mind–brain relation. He published several articles on cardiology; but since he started his research on near-death experiences (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest in 1986, he is the author of over 20 articles (most of them in Dutch), one book, and many chapters about NDE. He was co-founder of the Dutch IANDS in 1988. In 2005 he was given the Dr. Bruce Greyson Research Award of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2006, the president of India awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in New Dehli. His Dutch book Endless Consciousness was nominated for Book of the Year 2008 in the Netherlands. In 2010 he received the 2010 Book Award from the Scientific and Medical Network, and in 2017 he received the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Award from the Dutch Society of Volunteers in Palliative and Terminal Care (VPTZ). In 2020 the Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) recognized him for his ground-breaking work about Near-Death Experiences as Circle of Honor Honoree.

A cardiologist for more than twenty years, Pim van Lommel has studied near-death experiences (NDEs) in patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published a study on Near Death Experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. He, then, wrote the Dutch bestseller Endless Consciousness in 2007; over 100,000 copies were sold in the first year.

The NDE is an authentic experience which cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. After such a profound experience, the patient’s personality undergoes a permanent change. In Van Lommel’s opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers, and psychologists is too narrow for a proper understanding of the NDE phenomenon. The author provides examples and ways that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and that consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.