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Dr. Eben Alexander leads panel discussion on near-death and shared-death phenomenon in Vail

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Dr. Eben Alexander will head a panel discussion titled “Near and Shared Death Experiences: Firsthand Accounts, Causes and Effects” on Monday, March 14, in Vail.
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What: “Near and Shared Death Experiences: Firsthand Accounts, Causes and Effects,” with Dr. Eben Alexander, William Peters and Nancy Rynes, moderated by Karen Newell.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

Where: The Arrabelle at Vail Square, 675 Lionshead Place, Lionshead Village.

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

What: “The Shared Death Experience: Profound Evidence of the Afterlife,” a workshop with William Peters.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.

What: “Engaging your Free Will,” a workshop with Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell.

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: $40 preregistration online, $50 at the door or $15 for students, teachers and Vail Valley Young Professionals Association Members for each workshop.

More information: Visit vailsymposium.org.

VAIL — Dr. Eben Alexander spent more than 50 years of his life honing what he called a “scientific world view” — studying the human brain, becoming a renowned neurosurgeon and teaching at Duke and Harvard medical schools.

However, all of that changed when a brain infection drove him into a deep, weeklong coma where he had a transcendental near-death experience. Alexander has spent the past five years trying to reconcile the spiritual experience of his near-death experience with contemporary physics, cosmology and his scientific background.

Building on previous Consciousness Series presentations about both near-death and shared-death experiences, William Peters and Nancy Rynes will accompany Alexander in a panel to discuss consciousness and the afterlife in Vail today at The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, will moderate the panel discussion.



“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Alexander back to Vail to discuss this topic alongside our other panelists,” said Julie Norberg, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “Since he first spoke in Vail in 2014, Dr. Alexander continues to astound the crowd with new research, new perspectives and altogether new information on consciousness topics.”

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Alexander, who is also author of “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” which spent 97 weeks atop the New York Times best-seller list, spoke in 2014 and 2015 in Vail. This year, the panel discussion will dive deeper into the subject by taking a closer look at the causes, as well as the after-effects felt by those who have experienced near-death and shared-death phenomenon.

“This will be a great addition to anyone who previously attended one of our consciousness lectures,” Norberg said. “The subject has gained a lot of attention since 2014. We hope the community can come out and continue to learn and challenge themselves on this subject.”

Peters is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project, which raises awareness about the profound and healing experiences that are possible for the dying and their loved ones. He has had two near-death experiences and a variety of shared-death experiences. He has also trained with John of God in Brazil.



Rynes was once a skeptic of near-death experiences and other spiritual matters until she was nearly killed while riding her bike and had a near-death experience. She will speak about this experience.

Supplemental workshops

Following the lecture, on Tuesday, Peters will lead the first workshop, “The Shared-Death Experience: Profound Evidence of the Afterlife,” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

“The workshop environment is something that has grown in interest in the last year, really,” Norberg said. “It allows for a more detailed and intimate experience with each subject. The workshops allow every participant to get hands-on experience.”

In the workshop, Peters will explain the phenomenon of shared-death experiences, whereby a loved one, caregiver or bystander shares in a dying person’s initial transition from this world into the afterlife. Participants can expect to learn the essential elements of a shared-death experience, its healing elements and the leading-edge methods that facilitate a shared-death experience.

Following Peters’ workshop, Alexander and Newell will lead their workshop, “Engaging your Free Will,” also on Tuesday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

This interactive workshop discusses free will versus predetermination and the profound meaning to the human existence. Alexander and Newell will discuss how the soul’s higher perspective chooses events in our lives, including hardships and challenges, and how these events offer lessons through experience and relationships that assist in the over-arching evolution of consciousness.


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