Validating Your Spiritual Experience

Recently I’ve been visiting the website, Near Death Experience Research Foundation, at, and watching the wonderful videos there. Hundreds of people are now sharing their stories of miraculous recovery and spiritual renewal in a public format that wasn’t possible years ago. This is a great departure from the cloak of secrecy or shame that surrounded these experiences in the past, where people were afraid to come forward and would stay silent for fear of ridicule, job loss, or worse.

Many years ago I, too, had what they now call an “STE,” or Spiritual Transformative Experience. Like others, I only told my mother and a few close friends at the time. In my case, I was fortunate in that it was not preceeded by an accident or life threatening illness, instead it came seemingly out of nowhere one evening. Just like a Near Death Experience, I was enveloped in light, and telepathically connected with a group of advanced beings who had my welfare in mind, and I felt the ecstatic bliss of unconditional love. These kind of phenomena had many names, such as “unitive experience,” an “awakening,” or “kundalini rising” among others.  All I knew was that I returned from the experience changed, and over a period of years became aware of a new purpose to my life.

Validating Your Spiritual Experience

Now it seems hundreds of thousands of people are having this experience, as documented by websites such as this, and bestsellers by Raymond Moody (video), Eben Alexander, Steve Taylor, and Anita Moorjani. I find it tremendously validating to know that others have been transformed in the same manner as I, and that it is acceptable now to talk about these events. Over the years I have made it my mission to educate others about the mystical worlds, and now I am writing a book detailing a lifetime of psychic and spiritual experiences (shared in part with my late mother, the gifted clairvoyant, Maureen Treanor) that I hope others will find helpful. As I have learned over the years, sharing our stories is how we can truly validate our spiritual experiences and help others to open the door to their own ‘awakening.’

Click here for book reviews for “Dying to be Me,” by Anita Moorjani, or “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander.

Click here for the Merlian News podcast interview with Dr. Raymond Moody



Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age

| by Cheryl Shainmark

In his new book Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age Feiler notes that the idea that we’ll have one job, one relationship, one source of happiness for most of our lives is outdated, and that we now live in a non-linear world that forces us to make transitions. While this trend has been occurring for some time, what is new right now is that the whole world is going through these transitions at once. How we face these life altering changes, and what tools we can use to help the process these events is at the core of this book.

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The Importance of Sharing Our Metaphysical Experiences

Some time ago the New York Times Magazine section featured a wonderful interview with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of several books including “Nickel and Dimed.” The interview focused on her most recent book, Living With a Wild God, which is a memoir detailing the author’s “dissociative” experiences when she was in her teens. “…The whole world came to life, and the difference between myself and everything else dissolved — but not in a sweet, loving, New Agey way. That was a world flamed into life, is how I would put it.” As I read what Ms. Ehrenreich had gone through, I found myself moved by the story and recognized the pattern of staying silent for years about the strange and wonderful events that had occurred to her.

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Changing Lives: Sharing Our Transformative Experiences

A few weeks ago I wrote about a New York Times interview with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of several books including “Nickel and Dimed.” The interview focused on her most recent book, “Living With a Wild God,” a memoir detailing the author’s transformative experiences when she was in her teens. Having had numerous experiences myself, I found that her account caught my interest. In the last few years I have noted an increase in the number of people stepping forward to tell their sometimes other-worldly stories of wonder, enlightenment, and awe…

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