A NHNE Special Article:
Centers for Transformation
Friday, January 17, 1997
(From Wind & Wings 5)
By David Sunfellow
© Copyright 1997 By David Sunfellow
Published By NewHeavenNewEarth / email@example.com
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Centers for TransformationDannion Brinkley is one of the most remarkable people on the planet today. Not only is his story unusually inspiring, but the man himself is something of a legend. James Redfield, the author of THE CELESTINE PROPHECY and a close friend of Brinkley's, describes him this way:
By David Sunfellow
"Dannion's main theme is this: If we can dispel our fear of death, we can dispel our fear of life, our fear of living up to our fullest, most spiritual potential. Key to ending fear, he believes, is training people to help make the transition to death a loving, gentle, and normal experience. The people at several hospice associations tell me that he has already recruited more hospice volunteers than anyone in their histories.
"My own opinion, however, is that Dannion's contribution is even wider than that, for in spite of the fact that he is often loud and boisterous and casts into trees too much when fishing, the man is a model. Here in the 1990s, we are moving from a theoretical understanding of spirituality to actually living what we know, which can be very difficult. Somehow we have to understand and follow our intuitions, stay connected with our sense of mission, discern how and when to intervene in people's lives, and, above all, portray ourselves honestly to others whether they are skeptical or not. In this, Dannion has no equal. He spends much of his time on a variety of talk shows, bantering with professional debunkers, and he never retreats for a moment. 'You only have to kill me a couple times and I get the message,' he is fond of saying. 'We are great and powerful spiritual beings. And we are all beginning to realize it."
Who is Dannion Brinkley? And what makes him so special?
In 1994 Dannion Brinkley published a book detailing two remarkable near-death experiences. Called, "Saved by the Light," Brinkley's first book became a national best-seller and established him as one of the most original, enigmatic and thought-provoking people ever to appear in the human potential movement.
While a growing number of people are reporting near-death experiences, Brinkley's story contained several aspects that placed him in a category all by himself. In addition to passing through the classic phases associated with near-death experiences (see NHNE NEWS BRIEF 2), Brinkley also received a series of 117 dramatic predictions (see NHNE NEWS BRIEFS 1,2,7,8,9) -- and an unusual mission:
"The Being let me know what I was supposed to do back on Earth. I was to build centers where people could come to reduce stress in their lives. Through this reduction of stress, said the Being, humans would come to realize, 'as we do,' that they are higher spiritual beings. They would become less fearful and more loving of their fellow man." Brinkley felt that these centers could potentially change some of the dire predictions he received -- or, if not change them, at least help people gracefully pass through them.
In "Saved by the Light" Brinkley described the center he was being called to build. It consisted of seven rooms, and eight steps. The seven rooms were:
1. A therapy room in which people come together and talk to each other;
2. A massage room where people are massaged, and also massage others;
3. A sensory-deprivation chamber, which allowed people to relax and go deep within themselves;
4. A biofeedback room, where biofeedback machines let people see the extent to which they can control their emotions;
5. A room where psychic readings are done to provide people with personal insights;
6. A room with a "Klini" bed whose musical components relax a person so deeply that they can actually leave their body;
7. A reflection chamber made of polished steel or copper on the inside and shaped in such a way that the person inside can't see his own reflection.
After experiencing all seven rooms, the eighth and final step in Brinkley's process involved sending the person back to the Klini bed and reconnecting them to biofeedback instruments. Once a deep stage of relaxation had been reached, the person is then guided to a spiritual realm, while the biofeedback instruments help them realize the feelings required to reach the spiritual realm on their own.
Brinkley spent years recovering from his first near-death experience, which was precipitated by being struck by lightning. While slowly regaining his strength and mobility, Brinkley was regularly visited in his dreams by Beings that taught him how to build the center described above. The Klini bed, which Brinkley said was especially difficult to build, was the most important component of his stress-reduction centers. In "Saved by the Light" Brinkley said he eventually created a working model of the Klini bed. He also outlined plans to establish his first fully functional center in South Carolina.
In 1995 Brinkley published his second book, "At Peace in the Light." That book described how Brinkley spent two years living with Dr. Raymond Moody helping Moody with his "Theater of the Mind" project, which has many similarities to Brinkley's Center. Moody, author of "Life After Life" and "Reunions," is regarded as the world's foremost authority on near-death experiences. He became close friends with Brinkley in 1976 shortly after Brinkley's first near-death experience. Among other things, Moody claims to have heard Brinkley's predictions before any of them came true and witnessed, first hand, Brinkley's unnerving ability to read minds and accurately predict the future (gifts his near-death experience left him with). Brinkley, meanwhile, not only credits Moody with helping him salvage his life after his first near-death experience, but also with convincing him to undergo an operation that saved his life just prior to his second near-death experience.
Moody's Theater of the Mind arose out of an attempt to understand how a person can reach the spirit world without having to be dead or near dead. The most publicized aspect of Moody's Theater of the Mind is a special room called a "Psychomanteum." Moody's Psychomanteum is a room that is designed to help people contact spiritual forces, especially the spirits of those who have died. Similar to the reflection chamber that Brinkley described, the centerpiece of Moody's Psychomanteum is a mirror that has been carefully placed in a dark room. The mirror has been subtly lighted in a way that tends to alter normal perception. Similar techniques, involving pools of water, crystal balls and other reflective surfaces were used in ancient times.
After his two-year stay with Moody, Brinkley returned home to South Carolina and created his first fully functioning center. According to "At Peace in the Light," Brinkley's second center, a public one, is supposed to be completed in 1997.
While Brinkley and Moody have been busy creating sacred places that will allow people to get in touch with the more spiritual aspects of themselves, and life in general, others have also been busy. Started by Tom Dodd, THE SYNERGY CENTER has incorporated many of the components that Brinkley envisioned in his healing center. Originally a small, one-story hospital, Dodd transformed the old hospital building into a cutting-edge center for personal transformation. Along with massage therapy, Reiki healing, cranial-sacral alignment, chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, steam and dry-heat saunas, vegetarian meals, 45 acres of walking trails, wildlife, and a natural lake, and a bookstore that carries everything from books and tapes to Edgar Cayce remedies, THE SYNERGY CENTER also offers Brinkley's Klini bed, Moody's Psychomanteum, a floatation tank and a special mandala room.
Joby Brown, a woman who describes herself as "an ordinary grandmother," recently visited THE SYNERGY CENTER and shared her experience on Brinkley's Klini bed:
"For a few minutes I just seemed to enjoy the music, ordinary thoughts came and went. Then gradually I seemed to be getting glimpses of other times, other places. I had the feeling these were 'clips' of my former incarnations. Part of my mind focused on trying to remember everything I was 'seeing.' There were scenes from every part of the world except Japan/China. I guess I never lived there. There were scenes where I was male, female, young, old, every kind of possibility. There must have 25 or 30 fleeting glimpses. I was an Eskimo, a camel driver, an African princess. At one point I was an enormous blue whale.
"At no time did I lose awareness of my body. It was like I was seeing myself in these pictures rather than actually being there. Then I became a colossal rainbow, shimmering and glowing. I was a cosmic goddess, strewing stars about the universe like rose petals. I was the ocean. I was swirls of energy making colored patterns throughout all creation. I was a creator, shaping a planet out of a ball of luminous clay. Then I became a brilliant point of light, floating around like a butterfly from star to star; whirling, dancing in eternity. I could feel the music in every cell. The part of me that was trying to 'record' everything was on overload. It was wonderful.
"The music changed then to piano and/or harp. I saw myself as a young girl, dancing in the moonlight. I was wearing a simple tunic of white, or maybe silver. I moved slowly from flower to tree, in love with everything around me. As I danced, I began to float up into the clouds. I was filled such joy, my heart light as a feather.
"Gradually I began to realize that angels were gathering all around me. Soon there were dozens of them, all looking at me with total love. I was surrounded and enfolded with absolute acceptance, I felt their true joy to be with me, to see me, to be able to share unconditional absolute 'belongingness.'
"I was still aware of my physical body on the bed, but I was also immersed in the glory that was happening around me. My physical body sobbed and shook and tears ran down into my ears and soaked my foam ear plugs. The sweetness and beauty were indescribable, and the emotion just kept getting more and more intense, and I knew that this was called spiritual ecstasy, and it was the most glorious feeling I have ever experienced. The music started to change a little, and the angels began fading away. The last thing I heard was a soft voice saying 'This is what life is supposed to feel like. This is LOVE.'" [For a complete description of Brown's THE SYNERGY CENTER experiences, you can visit <http://www.synergycenter.com/syn.html>, or email her at: "firstname.lastname@example.org"]
While not everyone has experiences like the one described by Brown, extraordinary experiences do seem to be the order of the day. Believers and sceptics alike have reported profound experiences using Brinkley's Klini bed, Moody's Psychomanteum and many of the other innovative personal growth systems mentioned in this article. More profound, however, may be the fact that these new personal growth systems are rapidly spreading, helping spawn a growing number of holistic healing centers like those envisioned by Brinkley. Where will it all end? Will the remaining global upheavals predicted by Brinkley be eased or averted by the new breed of stress-reduction centers? Will the breakthroughs in consciousness being reported by people using these new medias have any kind of long-term affect on their personal lives and, by extension, the planet as a whole?
The only thing that is certain at this point is that another major force for spiritual awakening is quickly gaining ground. What began a few years ago with a bolt of lightning (in Brinkley's case), and decades before with dreams, visions and psychic readings (in the case of other visionaries like Edgar Cayce), is now a reality that is rapidly catching fire and spreading. As Brinkley points out in "At Peace in the Light":
"I have come to realize that I am not the only one who has received information about The Centers. During the course of the last twenty years, my path has crossed with many people who have had inspirations that relate to the centers. I have talked to people who have had spiritual experiences in which they were instructed to build centers similar to the one I was instructed to build. I have even talked to people who have developed beds for the same purpose as the one the Spirit Beings indicated to me. It was almost as though the Spirit Beings shot-gunned the information to people all around the world and then left us to find each other."
In future issues of WIND & WINGS, Mary Dodd, co-founder of THE SYNERGY CENTER, will be discussing various aspects of this remarkably important work.
Saved by the Light
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THE SYNERGY CENTER
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