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AJ Parr – The Paradox of NDEs and Religions: My Journey into Oneness and Decoding the Tower of Babel Syndrome
Saturday, September 16, 2023 1:00 pm EDT
1 PM Eastern Time, 10 AM Pacific, 6 PM in the UK, Sunday 5 AM in Auckland, NZ
Why are NDEs so different yet so alike? Venezuelan journalist AJ Parr connects the enigma of their contracting nature with the diversity found in religions, emphasizing a common factor at play.
In 1991, AJ had a spontaneous NDE-like experience in which he merged with the Light and into Oneness. Driven by lucid dreams, multiple STEs, and a compelling desire to comprehend what had taken place, he began a 30-year comparative religion study and authored over 20 books on the ancient roots of religion and the illusory nature of verbal thinking. More recently, upon recognizing the parallels between his encounter with the Light and certain near-death accounts, he conducted a series of journalistic interviews that allowed him to pinpoint at least nine commonalities of Heavenly NDEs, as reported in his book, Stairway to Heaven: 25 Near-Death Experiences About Encounters with God, Jesus, and Paradise (Journalistic Research on Real Cases).
His latest conclusion is that mystical experiences, including NDEs, are inevitably affected by what he calls the “Tower of Babel Syndrome,” which unconsciously shapes our spiritual experiences via cultural and Jungian archetypical filters capable of modeling our perception of the higher or spiritual dimensions, thus making each experience so different yet so alike.
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AJ Parr (Alvaro Parra Pinto) is a Venezuelan journalist, comparative religion researcher, and author living in Colombia. He’s experienced lucid dreams since his childhood, later followed by OBEs and different STEs, including two Oneness experiences that profoundly marked his life. He is the author of the 2023 book Stairway to Heaven: 25 Near-Death Experiences About Encounters with God, Jesus, and Paradise (Journalistic Research on Real Cases). Aiming to shed light on the intriguing question of why the world’s major religions are so different yet so alike, he authored the 12-book series The Secret of Now, based on the non-dual teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Adi Shankara, Rumi, Meister Eckhart, Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Alan Watts, Dalai Lama, and Eckhart Tolle, among others. He also authored a three-book series about the Secret Teachings of Jesus, which presents a holistic as well as esoteric interpretation of his message.
AJ presently serves on the SAI Spanish Committee, is a member of the SAI Advisory Board, and hosts the SAI-affiliated YouTube channel AJ Parr Spiritual Journalist. He attended the University of Oklahoma and the Catholic University Andrés Bello, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.