Saturday, April 21, 2012

Father-son Dialogue

Posted: 21 April 2012;
Updated: 29 Apr 12

Eugene and Nick circa 2009
On Saturday, 21 April 2012, I took down the three-part dialogue which I initiated several weeks ago with oldest son Nick, because he felt misrepresented. This surprised me, but I accept his judgment. We are continuing private communication to rectify his concern. The subjects we are dealing with are: 1) searching for Mormon NDEs (near death experiences) as they compare to our and others' personal experiences; 2) his response to an early draft of a proposed presentation for the upcoming Sunstone symposium at the University of Utah on the theme: Mormons and Mormonism as a Political Force and 3) his answer to specific questions I have asked regarding his dismissal of the Book of Mormon.






Thursday, April 19, 2012

Luncheon Fellowship at Bethlehem Lutheran

Event: 19 April 2012
Updated:

On April 19, at the request of one of the women leaders of small fellowship groups, I screened the British Spies Beneath Berlin documentary, which the lady in charge had seen earlier at the public library. A lively Q & A session followed.  Fun! I was told that the attendance at this luncheon was the largest yet.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Western Easter 2012


Heimlich Maneuver


It was an extraordinary day, which began at the annual ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. Birgitta and I met a couple of friends who invited us for dinner later that day.

From the sunrise service we met for breakfast at the Los Alamos Christian Church.

After the church breakfast I drove to visit a new friend from San Ildefonso Pueblo who had just been admitted into a substance abuse rehab facility at a more distant pueblo with better facilities. I did not know if I would make it through to see him, since I had been told earlier that he would not be able to have visitors for weeks, if not months. No one would answer the phone that Sunday when I called to get permission, but I went anyway feeling strongly pressed to risk it. To my pleasant surprise all went smoothly as my friend walked out of the door of one of the bungalows in the rehab complex as soon as I had parked. He had had two dreams that he was eager to tell me, the first from the day before (Saturday) and the second that same morning. I asked him to write them down and send them, which he did. I have learned that American Indians (or Indigenous Americans) are much more in touch with their dreams and spiritual experiences than most of us "Gringos". Although this is a tough time for my friend, my sense is that he will not only get his act together and reconcile with wife and family, but that he will regain a strong leadership position at the pueblo as well as in the business community that he once held.

The most extraordinary event took place later at the dinner with our friends to which several other guests were also invited. Not long after the beginning of dinner the hostess began to choke on something lodged in her throat. She lost consciousness as several guests tried and failed with the "Heimlich Maneuver" and 911 was called. Before the paramedics arrived one of the guests who had unsuccessfully applied the Heimlich began praying and then "commanded" the object to "come out" of her. Immediately a large piece of meat obstructing her breathing fell out and she came to. Then she demanded to know who had punched her in the back that had dislodged the obstruction. No one visible had at that moment. It was an NDE (near-death experience) we were to learn later when she shared having left her body and flying about nearby and watching the proceedings.

As all the guests gave thanks at the dinner table at the request of our grateful hostess, we reached a level of honesty and intimacy that rarely happens at such ad hoc occasions.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Birgitta's Angioplasty

Posted: Good Friday, 6 April 2012

On Thursday, April 5, 2012 my wife Birgitta underwent an angioplasty after months of chest pains and a stress test that did not pick up the need for such a procedure. Birgitta had had double bypass open heart surgery in November 2008. Only because of the increasing frequency of chest pains and diminishing strength did her cardiologist in Los Alamos finally arrange for an exploratory procedure at the Presbyterian hospital in Albuquerque by surgeon Kayvan A. Ellini. It then evolved into a corrective procedure, which went smoothly and without complications, although Dr. Ellini was not sure at first that the blocked vessel was large enough to accept a stent. A great relief to us all! We thank God for guiding the surgeon's hands, his good judgment and skill both technically and personally. As soon as he introduced himself to Birgitta, he won her confidence. Thank you Dr. Ellini!

I stayed with Birgitta overnight at the hospital and brought her home later today. She is feeling great. No more chest pains. What amazing technology!
Before stent, showing 95% blockage of small coronary artery


After insertion of 23 mm long x 2.5 mm dia. chromium-cobalt stent

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Father-son Dialogue, Part 3: 2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012.
Updated: Apr 21, 2012

Nick responds to my early draft proposal for the upcoming Sunstone Symposium on the theme: Mormons and Mormonism as a Political Force
NEK: 
OK, brace yourself, Dad. 
1. I am referring to the entire self-exalting Mormon culture, which is a religious subculture that has attempted to evolve itself to blend in, infiltrate and overtake the mainstream political, business, law enforcement, military and intelligence infrastructure behind the scenes. Scientologists are attempting to use the same playbook. 
ENK (4/20/12): this is true from my own experience, son, since I once was--as were you-- part of this grand leadership strategy for young Mormon men programmed from childhood. The issue here is intent. If the real intent of the institution is to gain power (which I agree with you it is) then the forecast is truly grim, as you have observed. However, I am more optimistic in that if the powers that be can be awakened  to being in the grip of prelest (which belief may indeed qualify my lack of sanity!), then the LDS institution has the potential of blessing our country rather than controlling it. This is my personal intent in posting this dialogue with you, my dear son. We have herein an opportunity to set a small example.
NEK:2. Dad, according to Mom and what I can recall as a child, I started out with an impatient and emotional personality. On top of that i have cumulative head trauma which has been proven to affect ones ability to control anger and/or frustration. On top of that I have actually made the trip to the "throne of God" and experienced things above and beyond what have been described in these books. May I remind you that the DCOE was so extraordinary and intense it made shocks of white hair grow in my beard and scalp? 
ENK (4/20/12): Yes! I remember some of the head trauma stuff when you were small and we lived in UC Berkeley married student housing. You were vulnerable to bullying and I am remorseful that I was not conscious enough back then to understand how better to protect you and your siblings. We got you a football helmet to wear when out of the house, which was hardly sufficient. 

Decades later, when you and I lived together temporarily on "Eagles Peak" in Los Angeles, you would suddenly be thrown out of bed as if electrified. That was puzzling and frightening to both of us. I didn't know what to do about it and you may still harbor anger at your dad for not being wiser and not protecting you better. I need your forgiveness for my ignorance.

But the sudden appearance in these later years of white hair on your head and in your beard clearly attests to the profoundest of experiences, which you are obviously still trying to integrate and understand. We both have had profound experiences, which we are still trying to integrate and transcend in order to be more useful to each other, our family and to society. At least that is my purpose in posting this dialogue.
NEK:3. If you are referring to me about prelest, I admit to being arrogant with certain people about certain things that I have studied and/or experienced and therefore know something about - an admittedly misplaced mindset that I believe was reinforced with my Mormon upbringing. I'm not trying to make excuses or blame the hubris-enabling Moron culture, but in attempting to understand myself I speculate that this, combined with the cumulative head trauma, combined with perhaps the most traumatic existential experience a human can survive - a DCOE - which, I wish you could appreciate, entails far more than has been described by any of these NDEs or BTLs, makes it more than a challenge to deal with what from my perspective are unacceptable conditions, behaviors and inappropriate beliefs and attitudes. This is also not to mention whatever I seem to have picked up when I offered to carry the "karma" of Ivan and anyone else that was out there with him when I experienced the TOH (thundering opening heart) phenomenon. I'm pretty sure some part of me got "infected," and even though in the DCOE my egoic entity was literally vaporized and reborn afresh, the residue of my personal corruption, and perhaps others, somehow seems to have re-manifest itself worse than it ever was to begin with. 
ENK (4/21/12): There is no doubt in my mind that you were profoundly affected and changed when you learned about your brother's suicide. You reacted in the only way you could imagine at the time to deal with it. Despite the enormous shock to all of us in the family, Ivan's death brought us together from all parts of the country for a marvelous week of confession, pain, sorrow, truth-telling, forgiveness and joy in a way none of us could have anticipated. I'll never forget your wonderful declaration at the end of that week: "Ivan's sacrifice has brought our family together!"

But, sadly, that wonderful experience has not lasted long. Several of our family members are again not talking to each other--certainly not to me. This is perplexing and I can't help thinking that I am much at fault. Remedying this situation is part of my purpose for this dialogue.

Furthermore, you have a deeper story that still needs to be told, which is another reason for this dialogue.
NEK:4. I may misunderstand the word, but I don't think prelest applies to me, especially because that which is my knowledge - not superstitious, deluded or deduced beliefs - is legitimate and, like I said many times before, I have proof and can prove it. And, I don't feel superior to anyone else. I just happen to know what I'm talking about in this one area, and a little bit with regard to societal dynamics, politics and earthworms. This offends some (most) people who all seem to have some kind of egocentric defensive mechanism that reacts to my energy. It doesn't seem to bother those few who don't. So what does that mean? 
 ENK (4/20/12): There is a mystery here! Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has much to say about prelest  (Golum's "precioussss") I believe, which may be the only way to present such experiences so that others can ever come close to comprehending them. The recent and increasing publication of NDE accounts is obviously another, powerful way.

My main concern about how you have expressed your experience is that your expression does not seem filled with a loving--better, beloving--attitude, but a demanding-to-be-understood one. That is a put-off, which I know from my own experience of putting off others AND being put off by others (including you). I believe that is our greatest collective obstacle to being understood and accepted by others. We need to learn more about love and beloving others.
NEK:5. So please continue to endeavor to forgive me for being an asshole. I've come to terms with the fact that I don't seem to be able to do much about it.  This reminds me of the Mormon myth of Alma or whoever it was who couldn't speak well to the public so he had his son speak for him. We may be able to speak a significant truth about something, but that doesn't mean we're any good at it or that anybody wants to listen. That's what I find most frustrating. 
ENK (4/19/12): This comment gives me great hope! It may also be why Moses needed his brother Aaron.
6. About the "Higher Power" and ultimate control, of course there is a higher power from whence we came and everything that happens has a purpose and is engineered before it manifests here, but that doesn't mean it's all going to turn out hunky dory. Unfortunately the only way our primitive species seems to learn, and we don't really learn because we repeat our tragic history, is through tragedy. We will only learn a (temporary) lesson by blowing it and suffering enough ubiquitous pain to wise up, if only for awhile, until subsequent generations need to learn again.  As long as there are the imbalances on the planet where mankind takes advantage of mankind and our host planet, we will suffer as we make them and it suffer until such time as we destroy ourselves or enough of us reach an evolutionary critical mass. (With our current media, educational system and religious institutions, I don't see how this is possible.) 
ENK (4/20/12): Well, yours is an obviously pessimistic outlook. Mine is more optimistic despite what you present here. I suppose you can dismiss this as due to your father's insanely trusting the benevolence of his own beliefs and experiences. 

It occurs just now (4/19) to refer to a quote from my Patriarchal Blessing, which I received at age 10 (which I can't find just now), but which is alluded to in my poem Letter to Eugene England written in early 1966 and a couple of months before the first issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought was published.  Amazingly, I wrote Letter to EE after I "just happened" to meet stake Patriarch Orlando C. Williams on the sidewalk one day in Westwood (near UCLA) during the early stage of my 7-year "wilderness" period. This was more than 20 years after the blessing and I was surprised to recognize Williams, of all people, at such a time and place, even though he obviously didn't recognize me. He hadn't seen me since pronouncing that blessing when I was 10. When I stopped him on the sidewalk to introduce myself, I reminded him that my mother had once been his recording secretary in Phoenix. Only then did he recall her and me as a boy. Then I said to him something like, "What you said in that blessing is coming to pass, but no one believes me." Indignant, he asked who these [non-believers] were so he could set them straight! I don't remember taking it further than that.

I met your half-brother Michael's mother a few days later and entered an all new world.
NEK: 
7. The brothers? LMAO! Outside of BroJames and perhaps BroJohnny to a certain extent, at this point they can't seem to handle and aren't interested in anything outside of their relatively narrow and shallow comfort zones! But to their credit I guess that makes it easier to function in this game of life... 
ENK (4/19/12):  It remains to be seen which other family members will join or comment on our dialogue. 
NEK: 
8. To be honest, my dear ol' dad, I'm utterly disgusted and absolutely ashamed to be a human being. Hmmm, I guess that makes me Mr. Prelest after all.
ENK (4/3/12): Nick, my dear son, whom I love and admire so very much, I'm grateful you are so candid and thorough! But there is so much to deal with in your response, that I need time to read, reflect and post so others can handle it. That is a skill we both need to develop! :) Wouldn't you agree?

One response re the word prelest before signing off [tonight (April 3)].  Actually, I asked if you knew that word not because I thought it applied to you personally, but [because] I wanted you to know that comprehending the word suddenly enabled me to understand my frustration and pain regarding my decades-long conflict with the Mormon [Church] hierarchy. I guess I didn't spell that out clearly enough in my blog article on prelest. I hoped you would also notice Mark Hooker's take on [that] word in his comments to the posting, where he reveals that prelest is the Russian translation of Gollum's "precious" in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings! This "precious" ring represents the corruption of seeking power as the ultimate purpose versus seeking love and compassion. But you arrived to a personal assessment on how that word might apply to you all by yourself! [Blessed be you!] When I first learned that word and comprehended it, thanks to Russian Orthodox priest Pavel Florensky's explanation [see his magnum opus Iconostasis, 1922], I, too, felt convicted and it was really painful! But it was also liberating, which I hope will also be your experience. As you know, I rely on my dreams to give inner feedback on where I am on the path of learning the lessons of love and compassion, rather than power and control. And I hope this issue can become a major part of our dialogue.

Re my Sunstone draft, did you click on the embedded hyperlink where I do an IDL interveiw with the Hippie WomanIf not, please do, because I believe that interview addresses many of the issues you bring up regarding the Mormon establishment and why I still attempt to interact with it in one way or another.



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Deep Democracy in Los Alamos?

Posted: 4 Apr 12;  Updated: 15 Apr 12

Below is the abstract for a proposal for the 2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium, scheduled for July 25-28 at the University of Utah. The theme is: "Mormons and Mormonism as a Political Force."


 It has not yet been accepted.


Deep Democracy in Los Alamos?

Indigenous American and Mormon-Church Factors

or
How the Bomb corrupted the world and Mormons and American Indians can help save it



Abstract

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), created by the Manhattan Project during WWII, is famously and infamously known as the birthplace of the Atomic Bomb. It is considered by many as the original source of the corruption of science and many world governments.

It is also notably Mormon friendly.

Many laboratory and community leaders of good intent in Los Alamos are unaware or in denial of this corruption.

This paper describes this corruption, Mormon and American Indian influences at the Laboratory, and suggests an effective way that Mormons can set an example of awareness and transformation. 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Father-son Dialogue, Part 2: Mormon NDEs


Posted: April 2, 2012;
Updated: Apr 19, 2012  (See comments)

Below are Nick's excerpts from Kenneth Ring's Lessons from the Light: what we can learn from the near-death experience.

NEK: Based on my "DCOE" of August 2001 I have lots of things to say, clarify and extend on about the following and more:
1.0 p.287-8 (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
"...it was a telepathic understanding... I could feel it... the message was 'Yes, for most people, depending on where you are coming from, it could be Jesus, it could be Buddha, it could be Krishna, whatever... what it is (is it?) really?... it turned into a matrix, a mandala of human souls, and what I saw was that what we call our higher self in each of us is a matrix. It's also a conduit to the source; each one of us comes directly, as a direct experience [from] the source. And it became very clear to me that all the higher selves are connected as one being, all humans are connected as one being, we are actually the same being, different aspects of the same being." 
2.0 p.288: "And I was taken into the Light and, to my surprise, through it, poom! Like some kind of sound barrier, so that I went through it. And if you can imagine the higher self being - it looks more like a conduit than a being, a navel cord, or something like that. At the time, it seemed like I was being propelled somewhere. I don't know if I was moving anywhere in space, but suddenly I could see the world fly away. I could see the solar system fly away. I could then see galaxies and - it went on." 
2.1. Eventually I got the feeling that I was going through everything that had ever been. I was seeing it all - galaxies became little stars, and superclusters of galaxies, and worlds upon worlds, and energy realms - it was just an amazing sight to behold. And it felt like I was zooming somewhere but I really think it was my consciousness just expanding at such a rapid rate. And it happened so quickly but it was in such detail that there came another light right at me and when I hit this light, it was like I dissolved or something. And I understood at that moment that I passed the big bang. That was the first light ever and I went through the big bang. That's what happened. I went through that membrane into this - what I guess the ancients have called the Void. Suddenly I was in this void and I was aware of everything that had ever been created. It was like I was looking out of God's eyes. I had become God." 
2.3. "...And suddenly I knew why every atom was, and I could see everything... And I know something very deep happened there." 
2.4. "And then the experience reversed. I went back through the big bang and I understood at that point that everything since the big bang, since what they call the first word, is actually the first vibration. There was a place before any vibration at all." 
3.0 p.289 "...this time I could see everything in its energy form, its pure essence, as if I could see you as an atomic form. And it was quite a sight to see the entire universe as we know it as an energy form, and all of it interacting, and all of it having its place and reactions and resonances. It was just an unbelievable dance that was going on."
"...(the matrix of human souls was) more than human souls. Human souls were a part of it. What I saw as I came back through was that whole Gaia thing, and this is before I even knew what Gaia was. I saw that the solar system we live in is our larger, local body. This is our local body and we are much bigger than we imagine. I saw that the solar system is our body. I am a part of this, and the earth is this great created being that we are, and we are the part of it that knows that it is. But we are only that part of it. We are not everything, but we are that part of it that knows that it is. 
4.0 p.290 (Ring:) "...(Mellon's) vision is one of absolute wholeness in which all things are connected in a living cosmic web of organic unity."
"Because all things are truly one within this vision of life, we human beings - indeed, all living creatures - are one body indivisible and, as such, not separate from God either, but His every manifestation. 
5.0 p.291 (Ring:) "...these voyages to the primordial Light, though taken by only a relative handful of individuals, seem to constitute a shared vision of the ultimate nature of reality. But everyone tells the story somewhat differently, though with similar metaphors."  
6.0 p.292 (Howard Storm)
"People who have had near-death experiences...have described encounters with the light as being exposed to complete knowledge. Yet when they are asked what they remember, they recall few if any specifics. That's the way it was for me. At the time, I felt that I was in touch with everything, but subsequently, I couldn't recall the knowledge. And there was a period of time, during my presence in the great light, when I was beyond any thoughts. It is not possible to articulate the exchange that occurred. Simply stated, I knew God loved me." 
7.0 p.293 (Norman Paulsen "Christ Consciousness")
"I am expanding as a sphere, moving outward in all directions at an incredible rate... Now there are all around me, creation's light abounding. Yes, your images are floating right through me - star systems, galaxies, universes. I exist in them and they in me... Ecstasy, I feel beyond the limits of all that I have ever conceived. (p. 198)" 
7.1. "Now there within me, the image of the great Sphere of Creation appears, floating like an iridescent bubble in the infinite sea of life and consciousness of which I am a part. (p. 199)" 
8.0 p.293-4 (Ring:) "Paulsen eventually returns to his body... but comments that as does so, he is aware of universes, galaxies, familiar star systems..." 
9.0 p.294 "Here, we have an experience that has some obvious points of commonality with the NDEs I cited earlier in this section, and particularly with that of Mellen-Thomas, who also felt as if he was not so much making a journey through physical space as that his consciousness was expanding so as to encompass everything in the manifested universe until he reached its all-luminous source and, finally, the Void itself. ...it is worth pointing out that it appears to have been triggered by Paulsen's inner assent that he was willing to die, so in a sense it, too, might actually be regarded as a type of NDE in its own right.
Virginia Rivers (it sounds like this account is worth reading): "...the Ultimate Place of Total Realization." 
9.1 "...In Ginny's description of her journey, we can see...that the full experience into the very heart of the Light confers every answer to life to the individual and leaves him or her with unshakable knowledge concerning the ultimate lessons we are to learn and practice while living here in a physical body. ..it is time to be entirely candid about the nature of this encounter: It is, in my view simply, undeniably, and incredibly one with God himself.  
9.2 "The persons whose stories we are telling in this section have had a direct experience of and a personal revelation from God..." 
10.0 p.295 "At that point, she lost consciousness, and her journey to the center of the universe and to the Source of All began." 
10.1 "There was total peace; I was surrounded on all sides by a black void... No fear... no pain... just peace and comfort... complete panoramic view in all directions... surge of movement... I began to sense awareness, knowledge... My mind felt like a sponge, growing and expanding in size with each addition... I just seemed to be able to understand everything as it was being soaked up or absorbed. I could feel my mind expanding and absorbing and each new piece of information somehow deemed to belong. It was as if I had known already but forgotten or mislaid it... As each second passed, there was more to learn, answers to questions, meanings and definitions, philosophies, and reasons, histories, mysteries, and so much more, all pouring into my mind." 
11.0 p.295-6 "...The love poured into me from all corners of the universe.  ...No one spoke to me, nor did I hear voices in my head. The knowledge just seemed to 'BE'... until finally I had arrived at my destination." 
12.0 p.296  "At once there was total and absolute awareness. There was not a question I could ask for which I did not already have the answer. ...I could not see God as I can see you. Yet I knew it was Him. A Light, a beauty emitting from within, infinitely in all directions to touch every atom of being. ...It was God, his love, his light, his very essence, the force of creation emanating to the ends of all eternity ...reaching out as a pulsing beacon of love to bring me "Home." 
12.1 "Pure unadulterated, unselfish, ever-flowing, unconditional Love. ...(God) never spoke to me in words that I could hear with my ears, yet I heard his thoughts as clearly as words. ...compelling without demand...filled with more love than is possible to describe. ...No experience, no closeness has ever been so complete." 
13.0 p.297 (Ring:) "Since she returned to physical life, which has been full of difficulties and challenges for her, Ginny has often expressed puzzlement to me and even deep frustration about what her task in life is."
Beverly Brodsky 
13.1 (Ring:) "...She was, however, in such a state of despair that she wished only to die, and in a sense, she got her wish - and much more. You will also remember that  Beverly is Jewish and that as a child, she had become an atheist... 
14.0 p.298 "...There, before me, was the living presence of the Light. Within it I sensed an all-pervading intelligence, wisdom, compassion, love, and truth. There was neither form nor sex to this perfect Being. It... contained everything, as white light contains all the colors of a rainbow when penetrating a prism. And deep within me came an instant and wondrous recognition. I, even I, was facing God." 
14.1 "I immediately lashed out at (God) with all the questions I had ever wondered about; all the injustices I had seen in the physical world. ...I discovered that God knows all your thoughts immediately and responds telepathically. My mind was naked; in fact, I became pure mind. The ethereal body which I had traveled in through the tunnel seemed to be no more; it was just my personal intelligence confronting that Universal Mind, which clothed itself in a glorious, living light that was more felt than seen, since no eye could absorb its splendor." 
14.2 "...in the process of return, the insights that came so clearly and fully in Heaven were not brought back with me to Earth. ...I do remember this: There was a reason for everything that happened, no matter how awful it appeared in the physical realm. ...Indeed, it appears that all that happens is for a purpose, and that purpose is already known to our eternal self."
"In time the questions ceased, because I suddenly was filled with all the Being's wisdom. I was given more than just the answers to my questions; all knowledge unfolded to me, like the instant blossoming of an infinite number of flowers all at once. I was filled with God's knowledge, and in that precious aspect of (God's) Beingness, I was one with (God). But my journey of discovery was just beginning."  
14.3 "Now I was treated to an extraordinary voyage through the universe. ...The impression I have now of this trip is that if felt like the universe is all one grand object woven from the same fabric. Space and time are illusions that hold us to our plane; out there all is present simultaneously. I was a passenger on a Divine spaceship in which the Creator showed me the fullness and beauty of all of (God's) Creation." 
15.0 p.298-9 "...Everything faded except for a richly full void in which That and I encompassed All that is. Here, I experienced, in ineffable magnificence, communion with the Light Being. Now I was filled with not just all knowledge, but also with all love. It was as if the Light were poured in and through me. I was God's object of adoration; and from (God's)/our love I drew life and joy beyond imagining. My being was transformed; my delusions, sins, and guilt were forgiven and purged without asking; and now i was Love, primal Being, and bliss. ...It always was, is and shall be." 
16.0 p.299 "...I was filled with an ecstasy beyond my wildest dreams. Here, in my body, the pain had all been removed." 
16.1 "I felt now as if I had been made anew. I saw wondrous meanings everywhere; everything was alive and full of energy and intelligence." 
16.2 "Although it's been twenty years since my heavenly voyage, I have never forgotten it. Nor have I, in the face of ridicule and disbelief, ever doubted its reality. Nothing that intense and life-changing could possibly have been a dream or hallucination. To the contrary, I consider the rest of my life to be a passing fantasy, a brief dream, that will end when I again awaken in the permanent presence of that giver of life and bliss." 
16.3 "...And remember also that we are aspects of the one perfect whole, and as such are part of God, and of each other." 
16.4 (Ring:) Can there be any doubt that Ginny Rivers and Beverly Brodsky both went to the same place - the Ultimate Source...?" 
17.0 p.303 "...Please remember something that should be obvious: NDErs, though they may have seen the Light, are still human and have human failings. Not they, but only the Light should be exalted."
Late evening, April 2, 2012:
ENK: Wow! Nick, this is huge! I need time to let it simmer before continuing. And to keep watch on our respective dreams for inner feedback on "intra-personal balance".

Note: Our email messages must have crossed, because Nick responded to my draft proposal for the upcoming Sunstone Symposium on the theme: Mormons and Mormonism as a Political Force, before getting my response to his excerpts from Lessons from the Light, asking for some time to reflect.

See: Father-son Dialogue, Part 3, 2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium..