588. Bruce Greyson

Bruce GreysonBruce Greyson, M.D., is the Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director Emeritus of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. He was one of the founders of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Dr. Greyson majored in psychology at Cornell University, received his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical College, and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia. He practiced and taught psychiatry at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut, where he was Clinical Chief of Psychiatry, before returning to the University of Virginia 25 years ago. Dr. Greyson’s research for the past four decades has focused on the aftereffects and implications of near-death experiences. He is co-editor of The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives, co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, and author of After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond.

Website: brucegreyson.com

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Interview recorded February 26, 2021

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584. Helané Wahbeh

Helane WahbehHelané Wahbeh is the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Wahbeh is clinically trained as a naturopathic physician and research trained with a Master of Clinical Research and two post-doctoral research fellowships. She has published on and spoken internationally about her studies on complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder and their relationships to physiology, health, and healing. Her current research interests include healing stress and trauma, examining mechanisms of mind-body medicine, and rigorously studying extended human capacities. Dr. Wahbeh’s extensive meditation training includes the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a four-year Meditation Teacher Training with CoreLight, and a 19-year regular meditation practice.

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Topics discussed:

  • A broad definition of channeling.
  • Do psychic and similar abilities run in families? Nature vs. nurture.
  • Does the utilization of “junk” or non-coding DNA result in the unfoldment of abilities such as channeling?
  • Helping people find their Noetic Signature.
  • Everybody has the capacity to channel and many have done so without knowing it.
  • We are undergoing a paradigm shift. Abundant evidence challenges the materialist worldview and is shifting the predominant paradigm to an understanding that consciousness extends beyond the brain. This is important because it better explains our reality.
  • The implication of non-local consciousness is that we are all connected and part of a greater whole. This understanding radically changes our behavior and our influence on the world.
  • The influence of major events on collective consciousness as detected by random number generators (RNG’s).
  • The ancient history of channeling. The respect traditional cultures had for channelers (shamans, medicine men, etc.)
  • Degrees of authenticity among channelers and degrees of positivity and usefulness among the entities they channel.
  • Looking to external sources for wisdom vs. looking within.
  • The importance of discernment.
  • Whether subjective, spiritual experiences can be studied as scientifically as the physical phenomena hard sciences study.
  • The currently existing tools of material science are unable to evaluate subtle realities.
  • IONS is developing new ways to measure these realities using the scientific method.
  • Plans to study the legitimacy of out of body experiences and perception of subtle beings.
  • Whether great artistic and scientific achievements are sometimes channeled.
  • People knowing or doing things far beyond what their education and training should have made possible.
  • The capabilities of autistic savants.
  • Higher intelligences interfacing with humanity to transmit wisdom.
  • Could major shifts in collective consciousness (Nazism, QAnon) be mass channelings of powerful negative entities?
  • The question of evil.
  • Can Artificial Intelligence become conscious?
  • Could anxiety or mental health issues result from involuntary ‘channeling’ of negative influences?
  • Conspiracy theories. Striking a balance between closed-mindedness and willingness to consider unconventional possibilities.
  • Those committed to mainstream thinking, such as in medicine, often refuse to consider alternative ideas, such as naturopathic medicine.
  • We need to eschew black and white, dogmatic thinking and be more open-minded, curious, and inquisitive.
  • Being able to face uncertainty and discomfort without taking refuge in false certainty.
  • Does greater spiritual maturity enable one to channel more evolved intelligences?
  • Helané’s personal channeling experiences.
  • Potential pitfalls of channeling. Can it cause health problems? Some teachers and traditions discourage it.
  • Helané discusses how to participate in her work.

Interview recorded January 24, 2021

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578. Ingrid Honkala

Ingrid HonkalaIngrid Honkala, Ph.D., was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she grew up with her parents and three sisters. From the moment she drowned in a tank of cold water at the age of nearly three, Ingrid was aware of other dimensions of life than those most of us normally experience. She was also gifted with the wise input of “Beings of Light” who gave her invaluable insights and assistance as she faced the challenges of growing up, falling in love, and finding her professional destiny as a research scientist and oceanographer. Despite many hardships, she accomplished her dreams, becoming not just a successful marine scientist, world traveler, and mom, but also a mentor and a giver of light.

Through her compelling life adventure that journeys from her native Colombia to Europe and her eventual home in the United States — and from a deadly war zone to underwater explorations and a NASA research center — Ingrid reveals how any human experience can be illumined from within. If we are willing to pay attention to subtle signals, take our intuition seriously, and forgive our most challenging difficulties, anyone can experience a brightly guided life. Throughout her life, Ingrid has been guided to meet and help many people on their journey to become aware of a deeper reality and reconnect with their inner wisdom.

In her autobiography, A Brightly Guided Life: How a Scientist Learned to Hear her Inner Wisdom, Ingrid reveals how after having her Near Death Experience, the first glimpses of heaven were revealed to her and the doors that allow her to communicate with Beings of Light were opened. Since then a myriad of experiences that many could call mystical and perhaps impossible have crossed her path. However, the Beings of Light have made it clear to her that she is not here to convince anyone about anything but to be a giver of Light. To accomplish this purpose, she has been guided through an amazing journey of unimaginable challenges, awakenings, and miracles where along the way she became the vehicle to help others to rise up from some of the deepest states of hopelessness and bring them back to life. For all this she is eternally grateful and committed to continue awakening, growing, and serving the Light.

Website: ingridhonkala.com

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Interview recorded November 29, 2020.

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