Toward The Light, May 8, 2006
Guest Name: Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino
Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino: I was born in 1954 in Berne (Switzerland) and have been living close to Geneva for many years. I work at the University of Geneva. For 25 years, I have devoted a large part of my time to study NDEs and write books and articles on the topic. I often give lectures both in and outside of Switzerland and participate at international NDE congresses. For many years, I have been a coordinator of the Scientific and Medical Network of Western Switzerland. My encounter with Professor Kenneth Ring in 1992 was decisive in many ways. Indeed, an entire day of interviewing allowed us to make a complete survey of his numerous research studies and investigations and to crystallize his personal conclusions and inmost convictions. This dialogue was published in "On the Other Side of Life", a book presenting testimonials from people who have lived through near-death experiences as well as research and opinions from a multidisciplinary panel of prestigious scholars (published in five languages, three more in press). During this sunny summer day, a deep friendship was born which resisted time and distance, as well as an advantageous collaboration which culminated in my participation in "Lessons from the Light" in which we present evidence that merely learning about the near-death experience has similar positive effects to those reported by people who actually have had NDEs (re-launch in September 2006 by Moment Point Press; published in seven languages, three more in press).
Recently, I wrote "Talking with Angel about illness, death and survival" with the aim and the desire to make the findings of recent NDE research accessible and profitable to those who are facing a major life crisis, especially children. I hope this book will be of benefit and comfort to those facing their own death, or for parents and care-takers of those with serious illnesses and, more generally, enrich anyone who is reflecting on this essential aspect of life (published in three languages, four more in press).
Rev. Juliet Nightingale — a multiple NDEr, is the host of this ground-breaking programme, Toward The Light, focusing primarily on the Nature of Consciousness and Life Continuum as revealed through the Near-Death and similar Spiritually Transformative Experiences. She features a stellar roster of special guests who are both experiencers and researchers in the realm of NDEs and related topics. Some of the show topics include:
- What Every Individual and Caregiver Should Know About The Dying Process
- Near-Death/Out-of-Body and similar Spiritually Transformative Experiences
- Exploring the Many Facets of After-Death Communications (ADCs)
- Experiencing the Afterlife and the Immortality of the Soul
- Living Inter-Dimensionally and Being Multi-Sensory
- Intuition and Telepathy
Nightingale covers new ground, discussing topics that up until recently have been nearly taboo. Audiences leave with the tools necessary for change, with information relative to their own lives, on both personal and professional levels. With compassion and the utmost respect for various religious beliefs, Nightingale inspires her audiences to go out into the world and make a difference.
Nightingale is a facilitator, speaker, teacher, clairvoyant, medium, life coach, and Reiki practitioner who is available for public and private speaking engagements (as well as for the above-mentioned services). She also conducts seminars covering a wide range of topics. From England, her accent immediately draws people in. And although a bit shy and reserved, with her 'tell-it-like-it-is' style, Nightingale holds her audiences spellbound, then engages the audience in colourful dialogue.
Toward The Light was founded by Rev. Juliet Nightingale — a lifelong mystic and Seer from England — who has been through a number of near-death experiences, (NDEs), as a result of life-threatening illnesses since childhood. She's also had many out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) — all of which have had a profound and lasting effect on her life. Initially, however, she rarely spoke of them as a result of being grossly judged and misunderstood. Thanks to her joining the International Association for Near-Death Studies, (IANDS), she has, since, been able to share her experiences first hand, and has generated great interest and deepening awareness of the profundity of the NDE, OBE & STE in recent years.
Nightingale has been on two IANDS committees — Membership Chair and Friends Of IANDS (FOI) International Relations Committee. She's also facilitated FOI NDE discussion/support groups in Nashville, Tennessee and different areas in New England — now holding 'virtual' and local meetings as Light On The Water (LOTW) — and being committed to generating a community of support for experiencers. She is passionate about her work in offering resources and support for NDErs and others who've had similar experiences ... where they'll find an abundance of resources, encouragement and amity with kindred spirits.
As a result of her deep convictions concerning near-death and similar experiences, Nightingale is very committed to fulfilling the goal of IANDS thus: "to enrich our understanding of the nature and scope of human consciousness and its relationship to life and death".
Nightingale has availed herself to the media for the purpose of furthering study and research on these topics. She's appeared on various radio programmes, TV, and in newspaper and magazine articles, as she discusses her experiences and knowledge of near-death/out-of-body experiences and the immortality of the soul. She has also written articles and given talks on these subjects — pointing out that "...we never really die; we simply shift from one realm to another — remaining totally conscious and alive, but in a different form. We never cease to be ... and it is the destiny of every soul to return to the Light."