Circle of Honor


Spiritual Awakenings International wishes to honor and say thank you to the ground-breaking pioneers in the field of STEs and Spiritual Awakenings.

John R. Audette MS co-founder of IANDS, International Association for Near-Death Studies


Emma Bragdon PhD pioneer in Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency


Dannion Brinkley groundbreaker in raising awareness about Near-Death Experiences with his book Saved by the Light


Bonnie Greenwell PhD co-founder of the Kundalini Research Network

Bruce Greyson MD co-founder of IANDS, International Association for Near-Death Studies

Stan Grof MD co-founded the Spiritual Emergence Network

Bill Guggenheim  coined the phrase “After-Death Communications” in his groundbreaking book Hello from Heaven

book: Hello From Heaven: A New Field of Research-After-Death Communication Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal

Yvonne Kason MD first Canadian MD specializing in STEs, coined phrase STE, defined STE types,                          co-founder of the Kundalini Research Network and Spiritual Awakenings International                                     website:                                                                                                              book: Touched by the Light 

George Lucas filmmaker, accurately depicted STEs in his groundbreaking Star Wars films

Raymond Moody MD coined the phrase Near-Death Experience and first defined NDE symptoms

Jyoti Ma co-founder of the Kundalini Research Network, former director of the Spiritual Emergence Network
Kenneth Ring PhD co-founder of IANDS, International Association for Near-Death Studies

Kimberly Clark Sharp pioneered NDE support/sharing groups in USA

Robert Turner MD, Francis Lu MD, David Lukoff PhD successfully proposed to American Psychiatric Association the creation of non-pathological diagnostic category in DSM-IV for religious or spiritual issues including STEs

David Lukoff’s website:
Diane Willis, founder of iSee and Chicago IANDS

Circle of Honor Honorees no longer living

Richard Maurice Bucke MD described STEs in groundbreaking book Cosmic Consciousness

Edgar Cayce groundbreaking American psychic, founder of ARE, Association for Research and Enlightenment

Christina Grof co-founded the Spiritual Emergence Network

William James MD groundbreaking author on STEs The Varieties of Religions Experience

Gopi Krishna pioneer raising awareness re kundalini awakening in the west Kundalini, the Evolutionary Energy in Man

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross MD pioneering author describing NDEs, ADCs, and other STEs On Death and Dying

Lee Sannella MD first US MD to specialize in Kundalini Awakening

Paramahansa Yogananda father of yoga in the west, described STEs as normal part of spiritual development Autobiography of a Yogi