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                         website:

Emma Bragdon PhD pioneer in Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency                                                    website:

Dannion Brinkley groundbreaker in raising awareness about Near-Death Experiences with his book Saved by the Light                                                                                                                                                                    website:                                                                                                                                       book: Saved by the Light:The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received

Peter Fenwick PhD  groundbreaking British end-of-life and NDE researcher                                                                website:                                                                                                        book: The Art of Dying

Bonnie Greenwell PhD co-founder of the Kundalini Research Network                                                                website:                                                                                                                               website:

Bruce Greyson MD co-founder of IANDS, International Association for Near-Death Studies                            website:                                                                      website:…/near-death-experiences-ndes/

Stan Grof MD co-founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network

Bill Guggenheim  and Judy Guggenheim coined the phrase “After-Death Communications” in their groundbreaking book Hello from Heaven!                                                                                                                                   website:                                                                                                                             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 the phrase STE, Spiritually Transformative Experiences, 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                 website:                                                                                                                                     website:

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 MSW, LICSW, 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:                                                                                                                                                 website:                                                                                                                        video: Understanding spiritual crises

Pim Van Lommel MD, groundbreaking Dutch cardiologist and NDE researcher                                                            website:                                                                                                                              book: Consciousness Beyond Life

Diane Willis, founder of iSee and Chicago IANDS                                                                                                                                                                                     website:

Circle of Honor Honorees no longer living

Richard Maurice Bucke MD described STEs in his groundbreaking book Cosmic Consciousness                       book: Cosmic Consciousness

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

Christina Grof co-founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network                                                                                 books: Spiritual Emergency, and other books

William James MD groundbreaking author on STEs in his book The Varieties of Religious Experience              book: The Varieties of Religious Experience

Gopi Krishna pioneer raising awareness of kundalini awakening in the west in his groundbreaking book Kundalini, the Evolutionary Energy in Man                                                                                                                                          books: Kundalini the Evolutionary Energy in Man, and other books  

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross MD pioneering author describing NDEs, ADCs, and other STEs in her groundbreaking book On Death and Dying                                                                                                                                                               book: On Death and Dying

Lee Sannella MD first US MD to specialize in Kundalini Awakening                                                                           book: The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence

Paramahansa Yogananda father of yoga in the west, described STEs as normal part of spiritual development in his groundbreaking book Autobiography of a Yogi                                                                                                     website:                                                                                                              books: Autobiography of a Yogi, and other books