From time to time I feature other authors, researchers, and hypnotherapists on my blog. Today I am very excited to have Dr. Barbara Mango on PLR Institute.
Dr. Barbara Mango received her MA and Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Her Doctoral Dissertation focused on the spiritual and scientific debate concerning near-death experiences. Barbara researches, writes, and speaks on the near-death experience, connectivity between the brain and consciousness, in addition to related anomalous phenomena. Barbara is a Board Member of the PLR Institute (Past Life Regression Institute) serving in the capacity of near-death researcher. She a research committee member of the Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation. In addition, Dr. Mango is an Affiliate and active member of the Positivity Power Movement, which fuels the Love, Care, Share Charitable Foundation. Barbara has written several articles for Dr. Jeffrey Long’s NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) website. She has been published in Vital Signs (Journal of Near-death Studies), blogs, and on various websites. Dr. Mango has been a featured guest on several radio shows. She is a passionate believer in the transformational power of near-death experiences and is thrilled to be part of this timely and significant publication.
Barbara, thank you for joining me today.
Barbara: Thanks so much for having me!
Heather: First, of all, let me say I am amazed by all you’re accomplishing with your work with NDEs (Near Death Experiences). We first met when you were working on your doctoral dissertation in this field and since then I have been fortunate to have you come on board as a PLRI affiliate and a presenter at the PLRI retreat. Even more than that, I am blessed to call you my friend.
What prompted you to study NDEs?
Barbara: I have experienced anomalous phenomena since I was two years old. One occurrence was particularly impactful. When I was six years old, I developed a case of acute pneumonia. My pediatrician had tried every treatment/medication available; however, nothing helped, and I missed fifty-one straight days of school! (The principal advised my mother I would be held back from second grade if I missed 3 more days). On the fifty-second night of my illness, I dreamt of my most recent past life, in which I had died of lung cancer (due to smoking like a chimney!). I awoke the next morning feeling terrific-my lungs were clear, my fever broke, and my cough was gone. My mother immediately scheduled an appointment with my pediatrician, who declared (with a look of utter shock) “This is medically inexplicable-Barbara is completely healed.” However, I understood, from a child’s perspective of course, that my past life memory had spontaneous healed me. After numerous other occurrences, I began to comprehend that somehow, consciousness survives, is non-local (not brain-based), and transcends time and space. Near-death experiences intrigued me, as numerous cases have been third-party verified. This further cemented my conviction that consciousness is not brain-based.
Heather: I understand that you are a contributing author in a new book called “The Transformative Power of Near Death Experiences.” Can you tell us more about it?’
Barbara: “The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences: How the Messages of Near-Death Experiences Positively Impact the World” is a global collaboration of authors, each of whom has had a near-death experience that has dramatically altered the course of his/her lives. The book’s intention is to demonstrate how the powerful love experienced during NDEs has the capacity to heal our minds, bodies, and souls. I lost my father to terminal cancer in September, 2016. My chapter focuses on the last few weeks of his life in hospice. During this time, he underwent an extraordinary series of experiences, known NDA, or Nearing-Death Awareness. Sharing his transitioning/spiritual journey with me was, although heartbreaking, wonderfully healing for us both. All collaborating authors have agreed that 100% of book proceeds will be donated to our charity, Love, Care, Share. Our charity is concerned with educating and providing sanitary conditions for impoverished children globally. http://www.positivitypowermovement.com/donate. “The Transformative Power of Near-death Experiences” is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, and will be officially released mid-November, 2017. It is being published by Watkins, LTD.
Heather: What are you working on now?
Barbara: I am on the research team of The Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research Into Extraordinary and Extra-Terrestrial Encounters (FREE): www.experiencer.org. I am in the process of writing a chapter for our ground-breaking book, based on FREE’s extensive research, entitled “Beyond UFO’s: The Science of Consciousness Contact with Non-Human Intelligence”. My chapter focuses on the interconnectivity of Ufo-related encounters, NDEs and OBEs (out-of-body experiences). The book is available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s release date is scheduled for Spring, 2018.
Heather: If someone was interested in learning more about NDEs where would you suggest they start?
Barbara: The following two websites are excellent resources:
www.nderf.org (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation). NDERF offers the world’s largest collection of NDE stories in over 23 languages!
www.iands.org (International Association for Near-Death Studies). IANDS is an enormous resource for information, research, books, and articles. It also offers international support groups. To find one you near you, click on: http://iands.org/groups/affiliated-groups/find-a-group.html
Heather: Can you share with us a little about your writing process? Are you more of a “Pantser” or a “Plotter”?
Barbara: I would call myself a Panster/Plotter, leaning towards Panster! Before I begin the writing process, I spend a lot of time researching. I then create a working outline, and write a rough draft. New ideas randomly pop into my head, most frequently while I’m driving. (Not a good method, as abstract thinking and focusing on the road are not a good mix)! I jot down these “nuggets” as they come to me, and then rush to my laptop lest I forget them! I usually do additional research at this point. Finally, I “clean-up” (several times), re-writing, cutting/pasting, and re-reading until my eyes glaze over. I tend to be a perfectionist while writing-I’m working on that!
Heather: You must spend a lot of time and energy on your research. What do you do to recharge? Do you have a creative outlet?
Barbara: As you know Heather, us researchers need to quiet our brains and balance intensity with fun, or our brains would fry! I read voraciously (fiction and non-fiction). I love to garden, walk, hike, travel, and spend time with my husband, children, grandchildren, and three adorably neurotic cats.
Heather: Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today. Where can our readers find out more about your work and the upcoming book?
My facebook page: www.facebook.com/Dr.Barbara.Mango
My website: www.drbarbaramango.vpweb.com
www.positivitypowermovement.com (for more information on the Book and the Love, Care, Share Foundation/Charity)
www.experiencer.org (Edgar Mitchell FREE Foundation)