A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
DREAMS OF BEYOND - Near Death Experiences and the Afterlife
A talk in Brompton Cemetery Chapel with Sarah Janes and Pascal Emmanuel
Sunday the 31st October 2021 at 3:30 pm

The concept of an afterlife and an immortal human soul are culturally universal tropes. Such ideas may have arisen from non-ordinary states of consciousness and exceptional human experiences like NDEs, lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, deep states of meditation, sensory deprivation and the use of psychedelics. NDEs have been shown to make an especially deep impact on the psyche and are known often to bring about long-lasting and positive changes to the personality.

Consistent features of the NDE that appear for many around the world include travelling through a tunnel towards the light, time dilation or distortion, extreme euphoria and bliss, contact with the dead, audiences with divine light-emanating entities and detailed ‘life-reviews’. Over the years many theories have been posited as to what is responsible for near death experiences - is it a recreation of birth trauma, hallucinations caused by cerebral hypoxia (oxygen deprivation in the brain), the side effects of drugs used during resuscitation or a genuine glimpse into the afterlife ? In their talk Sarah Janes and Pascal Immanuel Michael will shed light on this mystery.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Sarah Janes
Sarah Janes is a writer and researcher with a particular interest in the sleep and dream traditions of antiquity, the evolution of imaginal and oracular culture and the potential of lucid dreaming as a modern healing device. Her first book Pool of Mnemosyne: An Initiation in Dreams is published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Co. Available 2022.

Pascal Immanuel Michael
Pascal Immanuel Michael has a background in neuroscience, psychology and clinical mental health. He is currently a Psychedelic-Parapsychology PhD student at the University of Greenwich. His work explores the nexus of brain, mind and spirit and the ways in which non-ordinary states of consciousness can be usefully integrated by individuals for the best personal development, psychological and spiritual growth.

Image Credit - The dance of death: death by drowning. Coloured aquatint by T. Rowlandson, 1816. Public Domain, courtesy of the Wellcome Collection
Kensal Green Cemetery