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February 1 — 3, 2023

Finding Connection and Purpose through Spiritual Health

Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

Course Description:

Around the world and over millennia, near-death experiences reveal the universality of a common spiritual realm. While there are differences based on cultural influence, reported similarities involve a movement from darkness to light, travel to another realm, and contact with deceased loved ones.

Notably, reports from patients in hospice (who typically experience a more prolonged, natural death process), describe the same main features. There is a focus on love, relationships, and a continuing journey to another realm where they are greeted by predeceased relatives.

Coming close to death and surviving is a traumatic event for anyone. But for those who return with memories of a spiritual realm, profound transformation in attitudes, beliefs and values often occurs. Among these so-called “after-effects” of near-death experiences are increased compassion for others, a sense of higher purpose, greater appreciation for life, and losing any fear of death.

The after-effects of near-death experiences have been noted among psychiatrists to be remarkably effective compared to traditional therapy and drug treatments, motivating researchers to explore the precise cause of these life-changing benefits. It seems that touching some aspect of the spiritual realm, beyond this physical world, plays a significant role.
Meditative and transcendental experiences provide an opportunity to cultivate similar features of near-death experiences, and potentially lead to comparable transformative after-effects. Using specialized audio recordings containing binaural beats, the brain’s lower brainstem serves to entrain the listener to alpha, theta, and delta brainwave states resulting in a calmer, more focused awareness that creates a foundation for connection with the spiritual realm.

Daily Schedule:

February 1-3, 2023:

February 1: 8pm evening satsang

February 2: 12pm workshop (90 minutes) and  8pm evening satsang

February 3: 12pm workshop (90 minutes)

All times are in Eastern time zone. 

* Satsangs happen daily at the ashram. The evening satsangs start at 8 PM ET and typically conclude somewhere between 9:30 – 10 PM ET. The evening satsangs consist of a 30-minute guided meditation; 15 minutes of kirtan (joyous chanting accompanied by various musical instruments), 45 minutes – 1 hour of lecture or presentation with time for Q & A and discussion; final prayers and the Arati (a beautiful ceremony that involves the waving of a lighted lamp).

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This program is included at no extra cost in our Yoga Vacation Program. 

Additional Information:

This program is offered live through Zoom webinar.

For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.

It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.

Requirements and Recommendations:

Eben Alexander, MD, was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of HeavenThe Map of Heaven, and Living in a Mindful Universe.

Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She empowers others by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation. With Eben Alexander, Karen co-authored Living in a Mindful Universe.

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