Spiritual Awakenings International

Conference 2024

“Spiritual Awakening: The Dawn of Expanded Consciousness”

Purifying the Heart: 5 Key Stages on the Spiritual Path

Saturday, June 8, 2024 – 3:30 PM EDT

Photo of Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, President of Spiritual Awakenings International, SAI

Yvonne Kason, MD


Dr. Kason will share a beautiful model for the 5 universal spiritual life-stages, “Purifying the Heart,” based on the stages first described by Swami Sri Yukteswar, Guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, in his book, The Holy Science. Dr. Kason has found this model to be extremely helpful in understanding the changes in spiritual and psychological focus that she and the STE Experiencer patients she counseled went through over the course of their lives, often propelled forward by Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and other peak Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs.) Using her own life as a case example, she will describe how her 3 adult NDEs and a “calling” mystical experience propelled her to the next life-stage. Dr. Kason concludes that the long-term goal of every spiritual seeker, no matter what spiritual path they follow, is to purify the heart and reach the final “clean-heart” stage, experiencing ongoing communion, and exuding spiritual wisdom.

Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, is the President and Co-Founder of Spiritual Awakenings International and the Past-President of IANDS. Dr. Kason is the person who in 1994 first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences” or “STEs”. She is also the Group-Leader and Co-Founder of Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group. Dr. Kason has had 5 Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), 2 in her childhood and 3 in her adult life, as well as multiple Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) of many kinds. Dr. Kason is a retired family physician and transpersonal MD-psychotherapist, previously on faculty at the University of Toronto, and an internationally renowned medical expert on NDEs, Kundalini Awakening, and other STEs.

In 1990, Dr. Kason was the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counseling of patients with diverse types of STEs. She has over 40 years’ experience counseling STE Experiencers. Dr. Kason has six published books, her most recent, Soul Lessons from the Light: How Spiritually Transformative Experiences Changed My Life (December 2022), and Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences (2019).



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