"Bringing us Together"

President’s Comments 
February 1, 2021

“Bringing us Together

                                             Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Buenos Dias, Buongiorno, Bom Dia!

Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) wishes you all good health and prosperity in the upcoming year!  With all the challenges and tensions we are facing globally at this time, it is our pleasure to offer you a safe-harbor filled with optimism and hope.  SAI is non-aligned, and has no dogma.


Welcome New Advisory Board member,  Dr. Bonnie Greenwell PhD


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Bonnie Greenwell PhD has joined our Spiritual Awakenings International Advisory Board.  Dr. Greenwell is a world-renowned expert on STEs, especially Kundalini Awakenings, and is a past executive director of the counseling center at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  In 1990 she was the Co-Founder of the Kundalini Research Network, and has written 4 books on Kundalini Awakening.  Dr. Greenwell  has been recognized for her groundbreaking work as an Honoree on the SAI Circle of Honor. Bonnie is a transpersonal psychotherapist and non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. She has been licensed as a counselor since 1980 in California and later in Oregon, We welcome Dr. Bonnie Greenwell and are grateful for her wisdom and outstanding experience.
We look forward to hearing Dr. Greenwell’s SAI Presents talk on March 20 2021, The Impact of Kundalini Activation and Consciousness Shifts in Spiritual Awakening.

Welcome 3 new SAI Affiliated Groups.  
We were happy to welcome three new  wonderful  networks to our SAI Affiliated Groups and Networks global family last month.  We extend a warm welcome to:

  • Seeking Heaven: The Near-Death Experience and Other Phenomena

  • Jacob Cooper LCSW Author Network

  • Studio En-LIGHT-en Bookclub

To learn more and to get contact information and links for these networks and other SAI Affiliated Groups, please take a look at our “Affiliated Groups”  page, under the “About” tab on our SAI website.

SAI global outreach continues.  Our SAI Executive has launched the new year with active networking, reaching out  to STE related individuals and groups around the world,  Our SAI President and Vice President have already made several online presentations in January, raising  awareness about STEs and about SAI.  SAI co-hosted a Seattle IANDS event in December 2020, and will co-host the February 6, 2021 San Diego IANDS event.  SAI will continue its outreach globally, and we are open to assisting/co-hosting other affiliated group events.

SAI Calendar of Events has been a success. We have received positive feedback that several SAI subscribers have signed up for events held by SAI Affiliated Groups around the world.  We are delighted that this Calendar of Events is truly “Bringing us Together”, which is our SAI motto.

SAI Presents events are a smashing success!   Our Spiritual Awakenings International Presents events have been a huge success, and have vastly exceeded our expectations.  We are proud to have presented and will continue to present STE related speakers of extremely high caliber each month. Dr. Emma Bragdon’s outstanding January 16, 2021 presentation on Brazilian Spiritist Healers had such a high demand, that we increased our SAI Zoom capacity so that everyone who registered would be able to attend

Facebook Streaming of SAI Events. To meet demand, we started to live-stream our events on Facebook, and now many persons from around the world watch each monthly event live, or watch the recording posted afterwards on our SAI Facebook page. “Like” our Spiritual Awakenings International Facebook page to get notifications about live-streamed SAI events.

Videos of all past SAI Presents events are posted on our website. Videos of all our past SAI Presents presentations can be viewed for free, and are posted on our SAI website. Look for the videos on the “Videos” page, under the “Events” tab on our SAI website.

SAI Circle of Honor Honorees launch 2021.  Our 2021 SAI events have launched with 4 successive outstanding presentations by Spiritual Awakenings International Circle of Honor Honorees, each renowned groundbreakers in the field of STEs:

  • January 16, Dr. Emma Bragdon PhD
  • February 6, Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
  • February 20, Dr. Jeffrey Long MD
  • March 20, Dr. Bonnie Greenwell PhD

UFOEs and STEs being discussed April 17, 2021 by Rey Hernandez.
We look forward to our April 17, 2021 SAI Presents event with featured speaker Reinerio “Rey” Hernandez, an internationally renowned UFOE and STE researcher and Experiencer.  He will  outline the most current understanding of 
the interrelationship between “Experiencers” of the Contact  Modalities – individuals that have had contact with Conscious Intelligence via  Near-Death Experiences, Out-of-Body Experiences, UFOs/UAPs, Ghosts/Spirits,  Remote Viewing, Hallucinogenic Experiences, Channeling, and other PSI and  Paranormal experiences – through non-local Consciousness, a manipulation of space-time, and a  possible multidimensional reality which has spiritual implications. Fascinating stuff.

Our inaugural First-Responders event will be May 15, 2021.   We will be honoring Police Officers Memorial Day, Police Week, and International Fire-Fighters Day which all occur in May, with our first SAI First Responders event.  Please spread the word among your first responder friends about this special event.

Exciting Announcement!

SAI’s first  Online Conference will be  Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, 2021.  Our most exciting news is that Spiritual Awakenings International will be celebrating our one year “birthday” by hosting our first Conference, Saturday June 12, 2021, and Sunday June 13, 2021.  We had hoped to celebrate one year since SAI’s launch of June 15, 2020, with a live, in-person conference.  However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic this is impossible, so we changed our plans to an online conference. 

SAI has a slate of tremendous experts and fascinating Experiencers from all parts of the world to speak on topics we think will be of interest to everyone.  Some highlights of our conference include:

  • Several SAI Circle of Honor groundbreaker speakers
  • “NDE Talking Dead Panel ” with Experiencers from 3 countries who came back from the dead
  • Spanish language Experiencers panel
  • International  conference speakers –including from Canada, England, Mexico, Spain, and the USA .

Our SAI online Conference will be Free!
We are committed to bring our speakers at no charge to our subscribers.

Thank you for your support as we continue to blossom and grow. SAI now has over 900 subscribers, spread across 42 countries around the world,

We welcome your suggestions and volunteer support.  If you have any suggestions to help Spiritual Awakenings International grow, or if you would like to volunteer to support SAI, please email us at the address below.

With much love and gratitude to all,

Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”                                 


President’s Comments 
January 1, 2021

“Bringing us Together

Happy New Year, Bonne année, Frohes neues Jahr, Feliz Ano Nuevo, Buon anno, Feliz ano novo!

Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year.  We hope you and your families are safe and healthy. 2020 has been one of the most volatile and challenging years in world history.  The coronavirus pandemic and economic distress have tested all of us in many different ways.  As the year comes to a close and a new year begins, we wanted to provide a short summary of SAI work on your behalf, and share some thoughts about how we can continue to grow in 2021.

2020 in Review

SAI is “by Experiencers for Experiencers”- relating to all types of Spiritually Transformative Experiences including Near-Death Experiences.  When we launched SAI on June 15, 2020, the pandemic had already hit. SAI ‘s top priorities were to:
  • launch the organization globally;
  • remain true to our founding mission to raise awareness about STEs and facilitate networking;
  • remain true to our business plan; and
  • provide inspiring and educational online presentations and information to help “Bringing Us Together”.
SAI has emerged to the point that has exceeded our wildest dreams.  Since launching we have rapidly grown to over 800 subscribers, spread across 40 countries on 6 continents, and with 28 affiliated groups globally. SAI is growing daily, and we thank you for all the support each of you has given.

Our SAI Presents events have been totally successful.   Each event has exceeded registration capacity, which led us to additionally stream each monthly event on Facebook to meet the demand.  SAI has had an international focus in choosing our speakers, which included presenters from Australia, England, Canada, and the USA in 2020.

We launched our Veterans, Military, and First Responders Program.  Veterans Day/Remembrance Day, November 11, 2020, we successfully launched our SAI Veterans, Military and First-Responders Program with an outstanding presentation by Rev. John Price on STEs among veterans and military personnel.  This program will be continued and expanded in 2021.

Our SAI Circle of Honor has recognized STE pioneers and ground-breakers from around the world.   Spiritual Awakenings International has been proud to honor and say thank you to some of the ground-breaking pioneers in the field of STEs and Spiritual Awakenings in the last 100 years. We are proud to have added two more European Honorees in December 2020, Dr. Pim Van Lommel from Holland, and Dr. Peter Fenwick from England, to add to our other Honorees from Canada, Hungary, India, Switzerland, and the USA.

The SAI Board has done extensive outreach to STE interested groups and individuals globally.  Our SAI Executive has been very active networking, reaching out via email, phone, and Zoom to STE related individuals and groups around the world, including to: Hong Kong, Australia, England, Spain, Lichtenstein,  Mexico, Nigeria, Canada, and all across the USA.  Our SAI President and Vice President have accepted a multitude of invitations in 2020  to present online to diverse groups, and will continue to do so in 2021, thus helping raise awareness about STEs and SAI.
SAI is committed to free presentations and to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. SAI is determined to make all our presentations free to subscribers and not charge any subscription dues or fees.  We think the information about STEs needs to be shared widely, free of charge.  Voluntary donations will be sought to support our operating costs. SAI has also embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has posted our commitment to DEI on our website.  SAI is open to all, and pledges to be all inclusive.

Our Commitment in 2021.

The “2021 New Year” ushers in a renewed commitment to making Spiritual Awakenings International even stronger.  As our number of subscribers continues to grow in the new year, and as we build an even larger network of affiliated groups, we pledge to continue to provide our subscribers around the world with outstanding free online presentations on a wide variety of STE topics..

We will be offering a powerful line up of SAI Presents events to kick off 2021.  In the first three months, each of our presentations will be given by a member of our SAI “Circle of Honor”, which is SAI’s version of a hall of fame.  The following are the speakers chosen for the next three months and their topics:
  • January Dr. Emma Bragdon  PhD– How Brazilian Spiritist have effectively managed Spiritual Emergency for 100+ years
  • February- Dr. Jeffrey Long MD – Evidence for the Afterlife: Groundbreaking discoveries from the largest NDE study ever reported
  • March– Dr. Bonnie Greenwell PhD– Impact of Kundalini Activation on Consciousness Shifts in Spiritual Awakening
We plan our inaugural First-Responders event May 15, 2021.   As an expansion of our Veterans, Military, and First Responders program, we will be honoring Police Officers Memorial Day, Police Week, and International Fire-Fighters Day which all occur in May, with our first SAI First Responders event.  Retired Police Officer and psychotherapist Dr. Richard E. Kelly will present his fascinating research on STEs in First Responders/Emergency Service Workers. 

Our first SAI conference is planned for June 12-13, 2021.  Our powerful monthly speakers will  lead up to our first SAI conference, to be held online Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021. We are scheduling our online conference to celebrate one year since the launch of SAI. We will feature some tremendously talented speakers, including some of our outstanding Circle of Honor honorees, and will also feature a variety of STE-related topics that will appeal to our subscribers.  Circle of Honor speakers confirmed to date include Bill Guggenheim, Dr. Bruce Greyson, and Dr. Francis Lu.

A top SAI priority is service to others. Ultimately, despite 2020’s challenges, SAI is proud that we stayed focused on our mission of service.  In so many ways, this has never been more important.  In the coming year, we’re committed to making SAI better each and every day for you.  

We welcome your suggestions and volunteer support.  If you have any suggestions to help Spiritual Awakenings International grow, or if you would like to volunteer to support SAI, please email us at the address below. 

We wish you a very Happy New Year.  As we enter 2021, on behalf of the SAI Board and Advisory Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude and wish everyone a very safe, happy, and healthy New Year.  

Happy New Year, Bonne année, Frohes neues Jahr, Feliz Ano Nuevo, Buon anno, Feliz ano novo
Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”                                                    

President’s Comments 
December 1, 2020

“Bringing us Together

Welcome, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Buenos Dias, Buongiorno, Bom Dia!

Thank you for being part of our growing SAI world family.  With our US subscribers recently celebrating Thanksgiving, at this special time I would like to express deep gratitude to all the Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) subscribers around the world.  Together we have developed Spiritual Awakenings International into a global family, and we are so thankful for the enthusiastic response we have received in the short time since we launched in June 2020. SAI now has close to 750 subscribers, in 37 countries on 6 continents, and is growing rapidly on a daily basis.

SAI Presents has featured international speakers. Our Spiritual Awakenings International Presents monthly events have been enthusiastically received, and reflecting upon our presenters during 2020 – we have proudly featured international presenters from Australia, Canada, England, and the USA.  We plan to continue featuring diverse topics and global presenters that will appeal to an international audience, and continue to make those presentations available for free to our subscribers.

We are now live-streaming our SAI Presents events on Facebook. Our monthly presentations have been sold out, and we have expanded our reach by live-streaming the presentations on our SAI Facebook page.  If you have not yet “liked” our SAI Facebook page, please do so now, so that you will be notified by Facebook about each live-streamed event.

Our first SAI conference is planned for June 2021.  Due to the COVID 19 virus concerns, it has become evident that our first in-person conference can not be held in 2021. Instead we are planning an online conference in June of 2021, celebrating one year since the launch of SAI. We will feature some tremendously talented speakers, including some of our outstanding Circle of Honor honorees, and will also feature a variety of STE-related topics that will appeal to our subscribers.

SAI starts new programs. Our Military, Veterans, and First Responders Program was launched on Veterans Day /Remembrance Day November 11, 2020, and will be continued and expanded in 2021.  Additionally, SAI will present the first “NDE Talking Dead Panel” at Conference 2021.  Keep tuned for more details.

We wish you very Happy Holidays.  As the year-end and holiday season approaches, on behalf of the SAI Board and Advisory Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude and wish everyone all the best in the upcoming holiday season.  We wish you all joyous celebrations of whichever holiday tradition you might be following. All of us at SAI wish all of you:

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad, Boas Festas, Buon Natale, Zalig Kerstfeest, Happy Christmas. 

With blessings to you all,

Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”     

President’s Comments –November 1, 2020

Welcome, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Buenos Dias, Buongiorno, Bom Dia!


Launch of the Veterans, Military, and First Responders program- Veterans/Remembrance Day.  November 11, 2020 marks the launch of the Spiritual Awakenings International Veterans, Military and First-Responders Program, facilitated by retired U.S. Army Major and SAI Secretary Linda Truax.  We will be commemorating Veterans Day and Remembrance Day on November 11, 2020, with a special presentation by Rev. John Price, retired State Area Command Chaplain (Colonel) of the Texas Military Forces.  He will share stories of STEs such as Near-Death Experiences that were told to him by US active military personnel and veterans, and how these STEs impacted their lives.

Please tell your active military and veteran friends about our special Veterans/Remembrance Day Event.   Although the event will be of interest to everyone, we wish to specifically reach out to veterans and active military for this presentation.

First-Responders Memorial event planned for May 2021.  To commemorate Police Officers Memorial Week and Fire-Fighters Memorial Day, which both occur in May, we will have a special First-Responders Memorial event on May 15, 2021. Retired Massachusetts State Police Officer of 22 years and current psychotherapist, Dr. Richard Kelly, will present his fascinating and ground-breaking research into the prevalence of After-Death Communications and other death-related spiritual experiences in First Responder personnel.

We are delighted to offer outreach to our veterans, active military, and first-responders, our silent heroes, to show our support, and to explore the special needs of these persons whom may have powerful STEs in life-threatening situations in their line of duty, as they often put themselves in harms way in order to keep the rest of us safe.

Congratulations to new Circle of Honor honorees.  As part of our research into pioneers in the STE field, the SAI Board and Advisory Board unanimously decided to add 3 more persons to the SAI Circle of Honor:

  • John Audette – co-founder of IANDS
  • Dannion Brinkley – groundbreaking multiple NDE Experiencer
  • Bill Guggenheim – pioneer describing After-Death Communications.

SAI would like to congratulate our new honorees, and tell subscribers that we will feature 2 of these groundbreakers as speakers in our planned first SAI online conference in June 2021.

Induction Ceremony for Circle of Honor honorees.  The SAI Board and Advisory Board plans to have a formal induction ceremony for all our SAI Circle of Honor honorees at our planned in-person SAI conference,  However, due to Covid restrictions, we are not sure when a live conference will be feasible.  We will advise you on the date of that conference and induction ceremony as soon as it is certain.

Welcome new international SAI affiliated groups.  We wish to extend a warm welcome to the two new SAI affiliated groups and networks that joined the SAI family in October 2020:

  • SEN Slovensko a Česko (Spiritual Emergence Network)/ SEN Slovakia and Czechia – based in Slovakia
  • Emerging Proud – based in the UK
Thank you to our subscribers in 33 countries. We are delighted that in just 4 months we have grown to have over 640 subscribers on 6 continents and in 33 countries, including but not limited to:
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territories, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guam, Hong-Kong China, India, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, US Outlying Islands, US Virgin Island. 

With blessings to you all,
Goodbye, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Adios, addio, Ciao!

Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”                                                    


President’s Comments  – October 1, 2020

Yvonne Kason MD

Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) Presents is a great success! Since the launch of SAI in June we’ve had 3 amazing SAI Presents events, each that sold out!  Registrations exceeded our maximum capacity, which exceeded our wildest expectations.  Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and support!  Unfortunately Diane Willis became ill and could not make her scheduled presentation on September 19, but we will reschedule her for another date.
Sept. 19, 2020 presentation on Kundalini and Near-Death Experiences: A Yogic Perspective, by Dr. Yvonne Kason. Due to Diane’s last minute cancellation, in order not to disappoint all the registrants arriving at our scheduled SAI Zoom event, I became the back-up speaker and presented my talk on Kundalini and Near-Death Experiences on September 19. I was delighted and amazed that nobody left the event, even though this was a last minute change in speaker and topic. Thank you everyone!  The video of this talk is posted on the events “videos” page on our SAI website for those of you who would like to see it.

Upcoming Spiritual Awakenings International Presents events expand our STE focus. We are planning to bring speakers focused on new and different STE related topics to our upcoming SAI Presents events.  We have confirmed future speakers on such topics as: Spiritual Emergencies; “seeing” or mediumship; Deathbed dreams and visions; Spiritist Healers; Kundalini Awakenings; After-Death Communications; and trans-dimensional STEs including UFO encounters (on the recommendation of Dr. Kenneth Ring). We hope that you will all enjoy these fascinating  speakers.

Veterans/Remembrance Day Event – Launch of the Veterans, Military, and First Responders Program.  Please join us on Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day, November 11, 2020 for our very first event of our Veterans, Military and First Responders Program.  We plan to make Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day an annual special event hosted by SAI, to explore the special issues faced by military STE Experiencers, and to express support and our gratitude to our veterans for their service..

Enhancing our international focus to “Bring Us Together”.  To enhance our international status we are looking forward to going “down under” to Australia, with Dr. Nicole Gruel’s October 17 presentation, co-sponsored by Sydney IANDS, and Agents of Awesome.  Then on November 21, we will be going “across the pond” to England with Raymond O’Brien’s presentation, co-sponsored by the Past Life Podcast (both based in the UK).

Thank you to our new subscribers and new affiliated groups worldwide.  We are delighted that in just two months we have grown to have 500 subscribers in 22 countries around the world, on 6 continents – on  every continent except Antarctica!  We wish to say thank-you and acknowledge the new groups and networks who have affiliated with SAI in the last month. See our “about” – ” affiliated groups” page for website links to learn more about each of our affiliated groups. Our newest affiliated groups include:

  • Consciousness & Contact Research Institute (CCRI)
  • Debra Diamond PhD Author Network
  • Francisco Valentin – The Transcript
  • HiveMind
  • Passion Harvest
  • Portland IANDS
  • Spiritan Self-Awareness Initiative
  • Sydney IANDS
  • The Past Lives Podcast

Raising awareness about Spiritual Awakenings International.  Your President and Vice President have been busy networking internationally to raise awareness about Spiritual Awakenings International. On September 11, Robert Bare presented to Salt Lake City IANDS. September 20, both Robert Bare and Yvonne Kason made online presentations to the National University of Natural Medicine, in Portland.  On September 21, Yvonne Kason recorded a podcast together with Raymond O’Brien, for The Past Lives Podcast in the UK, to promote Raymond’s upcoming SAI Presents talk in November.  On September 26, Dr. Yvonne Kason’s blog announcing Spiritual Awakenings International was posted in Passion Harvest, based in Australia.  Dr. Yvonne Kason also recorded a presentation for the SHIFT Network’s “Beyond the Veil Summit:: NDEs, mediumship, and the science of the afterlife.“,  which is scheduled to air October 28.

Help us spread the word about Spiritual Awakenings International. Thank you everyone for your support, and please help us at this time of growth by spreading the word about Spiritual Awakenings International to your networks, friends, and colleagues, and by encouraging others to subscribe!

With gratitude to you all,

Dr. Yvonne Kason MD
Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”                                               

President’s Comments

Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI) would like to thank all those individuals and groups who have affiliated with our organization.  Thank you!  Since our launch on June 15, 2020, SAI has welcomed affiliated groups from 5 countries spanning 4 continents, and we currently have 417 subscribers living in 20 different countries on 6 continents, every continent except Antarctica!  We are truly emerging as a global community. How wonderful and exciting!

By Experiencers, for Experiencers.  SAI is determined to keep up with the rapid growth of our organization, and we want to thank all those individuals and groups who have chosen to be part of the SAI global family.

“Spiritual Awakenings International Presents”. We hope that you will all enjoy the fascinating online speakers we have scheduled for our “Spiritual Awakenings International Presents” online events.  On July 18, 2020 we had our inaugural event, when I as President and Co-Founder of SAI was the first speaker, on “Discovering STEs: My inner and outer Journey”.  We were amazed at the large number of you who signed up for this event.  This far exceeded our expectations and we are grateful for it.  It brought up a good problem, the need to expand our teleconferencing abilities to accommodate such a large audience!  For those of you who missed this event or couldn’t get in to it, the video is now posted on our SAI website, on the video page (in the Events pop-down menu).  More information can be found in my book: Touched by the Light

Upcoming SAI Presents speakers.  We will strive to schedule both international and North American speakers, to reflect our diverse global community.  We will also strive to invite diverse speakers, Experiencers as well as counselors and researchers, to present on a wide range of STE types, their after-effects, the blessings, and the challenges. If you would like to be a speaker at one of our upcoming SAI Presents events, or if you have a request for a future speaker, please let us know at .

First SAI International Conference.  SAI is currently thinking about scheduling its first conference which would include an induction ceremony for our SAI Circle of Honor honorees.  Due to the covid 19 pandemic, we cannot yet finalize our conference dates and plans until things become safe for such a face-to-face gathering.

Help us spread the word. Thank you everyone for your support, and please help us at this time of growth by spreading the word about Spiritual Awakenings International, and by encouraging others to subscribe!

Thank you. On behalf of the SAI Board of Directors and Advisory Board, I thank each and every one of you for making Spiritual Awakenings International a successful worldwide emerging organization, raising awareness globally about STEs and our true spiritual nature.

With gratitude to you all,

Yvonne Kason MD

Spiritual Awakenings International
“Bringing us Together”