Vail Symposium events delve deeper into near-death experiences, March 16-17 |

Vail Symposium events delve deeper into near-death experiences, March 16-17

Dr. Eben Alexander.
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What: Physicians’ Perspectives of Near-Death Experiences, with Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Mary Neal and Dr. Raymond Moody; moderated by Karen Newell.

When: Thursday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program.

Where: Donovan Pavilion, 1600 South Frontage Road W., Vail.

Cost: $25 online general admission, $35 at the door, and $10 for students and teachers.

What: Synthesizing Science and Spirit through Near-Death Experiences, with Alexander, Neal, Moody and Newell.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 17.

Where: Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail.

Cost: $40

More information: Visit or call 970-476-0954 to register.

VAIL — A near-death experience is a consciousness phenomenon associated with impending death and sensations from such experiences can have life-altering effects. Physicians who have experienced near-death experiences, for instance, are turning their academic and professional training toward finding explanations of such a mind-bending experience.

With the recent growth of scientific and experiential literature surrounding near-death experiences, the Vail Symposium will present three physicians — Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Raymond Moody and Dr. Mary Neal — to discuss their near-death experiences and how they’re channeling years of medical training into understanding near-death and spiritual experiences.

consciousness and spirituality

The panel lecture will be held today at Donovan Pavilion beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will focus on life after death, how past lives and experiences shape current realities and how divine beings exist to help guide in different levels of consciousness. A workshop will also be held on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Vail Public Library to explore more of the scientific evidence and implications of near-death experiences.

“Many members of the community have shown deep interest in matters of consciousness and spirituality,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The literature of each panelist is well known. Along with their medical backgrounds, this is a great opportunity for people who want to explore these experiences to learn a great deal.”

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Meet the panelists

Alexander is the neurosurgeon who wrote the book “Proof of Heaven,” which spent 94 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Alexander spent three decades honing his worldview around the science of the brain before a transcendental near-death experience, in which he was driven to the brink of death by a brain infection, changed everything he thought he knew about the brain, mind and consciousness.

Neal is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon in Jackson, Wyoming, and wrote the book “To Heaven and Back,” which spent 36 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Her near-death experience occurred while trapped upside down in a kayak, during which time she left her body and experienced life after death.

‘life after life’

Moody is considered by many to be the father of near-death experiences, a term he coined in the 1970s in his best-selling book “Life After Life,” which has sold 13 million copies throughout the past 40 years. Moody takes a philosophical and experiential approach to understanding the phenomenon and was among the first to collect repeat findings, across many cultures, of a tunnel with a bright light and the presence of loved ones on the other side.

Newell, who will moderate the program and be a presenter at the workshop the following day, is the founder of Sacred Acoustics, an organization that creates brainwave audio for meditation.

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