Review: Book review

S. C. Holden
1981 Computer journal  
A Farther Shore: How Near-Death and Other Extraordinary Experiences Can Change Ordinary Lives, by Yvonne Kason and Teri Degler. Tbronto, Ontario: HarperCollins, 1996, $26.00 hb, $16.99 pb. A rift in the International Association for Near-Death Studies (LANDS) has sometimes been felt between near-death experiencers on the one hand and near-death researchers and health care provid ers on the other. Experiencers in particular have decried scientific investigation or health care provision by
more » ... provision by professionals who have little or no personal knowledge of the near-death experience and, presum ably, can relate only very superficially, if at all, to the often deeply profound quality of the experience. As a counselor, researcher, edu cator, and multiple transpersonal (but not near-death) experiencer, I have wished for a way to bridge the rift, in particular to promote awareness of the commonality between near-death experiences and other experiences of a transpersonal nature. Now comes Yvonne Kason, a near-death experiencer, researcher, and health care provider. She has written what is, in my opinion, the single best existing book for anyone wanting to learn about near death and other transpersonal experiences, how they relate to the process of spiritual development, and how hypothetically they are all manifestations of the same underlying phenomenon. In 1979, at the age of 26, Kason was in the final stages of her training as a physician at the University of'Ibronto. Her near-death experience occurred dur ing a near-drowning in the icy waters of northern Canada. Eleven years later she became one of the founders of the Kundalini Research
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