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The Afterlife Advocate

A Conversation about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving 
and the Journey of the Soul

Issue # 75 - MARCH 2021
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Message from the Editor
ALL EVENTS ARE ONLINE
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED


Feb. 28 | March 14
March 28 | April 11
with Dr. Terri Daniel

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March 13


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March 23
An in-depth workshop
with Dr. Terri Daniel

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March 31
with Thomas John
and
Suzane Northrop



Spring is nature’s way of saying, 'Let’s Party!’
— Robin Williams

While we're not "gonna party like it's 1999" this spring, we will certainly be happy to see warmer weather approaching. So don't forget to celebrate the Spring Equinox on March 20, with deep gratitude for the end of a brutal winter across the U.S.

I live about 20 minutes south of Portland, OR., and I was without power for six days as the result of a freak ice storm. But it was nothing compared to the what people experienced in Texas.

I'd like to suggest that we take a moment on March 20 to express our gratitude for warmth and continued life, while acknowledging the natural cycles of birth, death and regeneration. HERE is a lovely article about ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox.

Speaking of celebrating, plans are shaping up for our 2021 Afterlife Conference, which will be online June 24 - 27. You'll find details below, or visit our website. Earlybird prices end March 31, so register soon!

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP
Founder, The Original Afterlife Conference
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy, Bereavement Support
REMINDER!
Earlybird Prices End March 31
for the (Virtual) 2021 Afterlife Conference!
Online June 24, 25, 26 and 27
The 11th annual Afterlife Conference Returns to Cyberspace This Year!

The general admission ticket includes all general sessions,
with access to the session recordings for 30 days.
There are also optional tickets for
in-depth workshops (pre and post-conference),
small group readings with our featured mediums,
and CE credit hours

A Deep Dive into Near-Death Experiences
by Piero Parsetti MD 
"I am talking here of the fact that, before strongly suggesting the survival of consciousness, NDEs are fundamentally at odds with the materialist theories of mind. If NDEs as we understand them are true, then mind and consciousness are not merely the product of the electrochemical activity of the brain. This may seem a secondary point, whilst I believe it is absolutely primordial. The fact that mind and consciousness are somehow independent of and more than the physical brain provides the foundation for a rational belief in life after life. One can open up to the idea of survival if one has, beforehand, understood that mind and brain are not the same thing."

 Last Call to Register!
Spring 2021 Online Grief Support Groups
Start This Sunday, Feb. 28
with Dr. Terri Daniel
As some of you may know, Dr. Terri Daniel is now offering quarterly online grief support groups. The groups meet every other week for 90 minutes, and the Spring 2021 sessions are scheduled for Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, and April 11.

Comparative Religion Corner

Every once in a while we like to include content related to spiritual views throughout the world, with a critical thinking perspective on complicated doctrines and teachings. If this is a topic that interests you, read the articles below. You might also be interested in Terri Daniel's new book, Grief and God: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing.

Death Has Many Names
by George Yancy

In traditional Yoruba cosmology, there seems to be no explicit reference to final judgment as in Islam and Christianity; humans are enjoined to do well in life so that when death eventually comes, one can be remembered for one’s good deeds. One’s character may be measured in terms of virtue and vice, or in deeds that are worthy of reward. For the Yoruba, this is the core essence of religion.

Yoruba religion focuses on the lived religious experience of the people rather than on systematized beliefs and creeds as we see in other world religions such as Islam and Christianity. READ MORE...
So Long, Self
by Neil Carter

This article describes how Christianity — as it is understood, taught and practiced by many Christians — can encourage shame and self-loathing. Many thanks to Neil Carter for his insight and wisdom on this topic. Here’s an excerpt:

“In order to need a savior, you have to feel there is something you need saving from, and that means you have to believe that somehow you are in really, really bad shape. You have to feel that you need saving in the first place. And that means taking whatever your current view of yourself happens to be—no matter how low it already is—and lowering it even further.” READ MORE…
What is Karma?
by Terri Daniel

Here is a look back into a fascinating discussion about Karma that occurred in our Facebook group. We hope you will read the article and the comment that accompany it. Here's an excerpt:

"When the Tibetan Buddhists first brought their teachings to the west in the 1950s, the word "karma" came along with them, and within two decades the word became part of American pop culture. You could see it everywhere from bumper stickers ("my karma ran over your dogma") to department stores ("shoplifting is bad karma"). But we westerners could not wrap our minds around the concept of karma." READ MORE...
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