Dedicated to transformation, I am committed to sharing various perspectives that may elicit thought provoking perspectives. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to share as keynote speaker on the following interests.
Death and Dying – A Kalaallit Eskimo Perspective
As our fast paced and chaotic Western world continues to dig its heels into the fear of death and dying, we may be called to open our hearts and minds to ancient indigenous traditions to illuminate a deeper understanding and nature of death. Steeped in experiential wisdom, the teachings of the North offer us a way to demystifying and embrace death through a greater connection and appreciation of the cycles of life. We will turn to the top of the world, Greenland, a land that has never known war, to embrace the Kalaallit Eskimo traditions and perspectives of death and dying. In addition, we will explore the phenomenon of death from an Eskimo perspective and look at how their present moment and embodied lived experiences may be the gateway to peaceful end-of-life transitions. In addition, we will evaluate how indigenous psychologies can help us embracing death in a more compassionate way.
Shared Death Experiences – A Shamanic Approach to End-of-Life Care
Fascination with death and the afterlife has taunted man since the beginning of time. Much of this fascination has been expressed through the exploration of mythology, rituals, and shamanic practices that date back thousands of years. Examples of ancient teachings concerning death have been depicted in the Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Tibetan Book of the Death which explicitly articulate the passage to another world. Recently, in the 20th century, however, Western Science has begun to explore the phenomenological aspects of dying through the examination of near-death experiences (NDE) and empathic or shared death experiences (SDE). We will explore the phenomenon of shared death experiences and consider the striking similarities between such experiences and shamanic death initiation and journeying. In addition, we will evaluate the importance of shared death experience in alleviating grief and explore its relevancy to foster a more embodied and compassionate appreciation of life.