We KNOW the realities of the afterlife!
You can know them too!


Over the past two centuries, we have learned more about the realm of life we all enter after leaving the earth plane than humans have every known in the history of humankind. We know how people are prepared for their passing, what happens in the period of time after the transition, what the next realm of life is like, the reality of repeated incarnations on other planes and the earth plane, how people plan their lives, how entities and earthbound people affect people still living on the earth plane, what Jesus really taught about the afterlife and reincarnation, and characteristics of all other aspects of the life after this life.


The afterlife IS NOT A MYSTERY.
You don't have to wait until you enter it to know about it!


Most people transitioning from the earth plane are not prepared for what they experience; and most families don't understand where their loved ones are going. The Afterlife Research and Education Section of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness studies is sponsoring this conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 25-27, 2015, to bring together experts in what we KNOW about realities of life in the afterlife.


Who this conference is for


We want all people to understand the truths researchers and scholars know today about the afterlife, but especially

  • People grieving for loved ones who have left the earth plane
  • Hospice workers and counselors
  • Grief psychotherapists
  • Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers who work with dying patients
  • All others who help the dying and those who love the dying person

This conference will tell individuals who care for people preparing to make the transition what they can say about the events prior to and during the transition with confidence in the truth of their statements. We want them to be able to describe the realities of what will happen to the person after the transition. We want loved ones to be able to talk openly, with great hope and reassurance, knowing the truths of the transition their loves ones are about to experience.

In the air-conditioned comfort of the beautiful Scottsdale Embassy Suites hotel



Afterlife Researchers and Scholars Presenting Facts About the Afterlife


Presentations will be by prominent researchers, authors, and scholars describing the most up-to-date knowledge we have today about the realms outside of the earth plane. They will explain what we now know to be true about the following range of afterlife issues:

Preparation for Passing
and the Period After

  • Visions, greetings, and dreams before the passing
  • What happens during the transition off of the earth plane
  • Experiences after the transition
  • Reunions
  • Guides and rescuers
  • Changes in the person after passing
  • The process of moving off of the earth plane to the next level

Influences on People Still
on the Earth Plane

  • How guides, helpers, and loved ones communicate with us
  • Who becomes earthbound and why
  • How earthbounds can be helped to move on
  • Poltergeists
  • The influence earthbounds and other entities have on people
  • Nature and identities of the nonhuman entities
  • Interdimensional beings

Everyday Living on the
Next Plane of Life

  • Similarities to the earth plane
  • Time
  • A world of thought, creating reality, linked minds
  • Animals in the afterlife
  • Unborn children in the afterlife
  • Bodies, clothing, eating, drinking
  • Occupations and preoccupations
  • Levels, planes, and spheres
  • Environments and houses

Life Plans, Reincarnation, and Past Lives

  • The process of planning a person's life
  • Reincarnation
  • Past-lives and past-life regression

Religion, Spirituality, and
the Next Plane of LIfe

  • What Jesus really said about the afterlife and reincarnation
  • Religions, requirements, and religious activity in the afterlife
  • Growing spiritually into higher levels

Judgment, Reward,
and Punishment

  • The hell myth
  • The fate of suicides
  • Judgment and punishment
  • Rewards from a person's nature
  • The life review

Plus Updates on Afterlife Communication Methods Research


The 2014 New Developments in Afterlife Communication conference contained 16 methods of afterlife communication presented by 21 presenters. During the 2015 conference, some of the afterlife communication experts will return to provide updates about the communication methods.


And Pre-conference and Post-conference Workshops


The 2014 pre-conference and post-conference workshops were very successful. We will be having more workshops at the 2015 conference.


Some of the 20 Presenters Who Will Be Speaking

We are adding presenters during this planning period. Check back on this page.

Gary Schwartz, Ph.D.

Gary Schwartz is a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. He is author of several books: The Afterlife Experiments, The G.O.D.Experiments, The Truth about Medium, The Energy Healing Experiments, and the coauthor of The Living Energy Universe.

Gary now is developing an instrument that works like a telegraph through which people in spirit communicate. He calls it the "Soul Phone." Using the soul phone, Gary has successfully communicated with various people, including Harry Houdini.

Giesemann, M.A.

Suzanne Giesemann is the author of 10 books, a teacher of personal transformation, and an evidential medium. She is a former Navy Commander and aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suzanne shares stunning evidence from the afterlife that has been validated using scientific methods. She will reveal the keys to receiving evidential communication with the unseen world.

In her book and video presentation, Heart Gifts, Suzanne provides eye-opening evidence of our interconnectedness with each other and with all that is. Using lessons from a very special soul whom you will never forget, she shares the keys to achieving freedom from the ego, resulting in alignment with your true self.

Victor Zammit, Ph.D.

Victor James Zammit, B.A. Dip.Ed. M.A. LL.B. Ph.D, worked as an attorney in the Local Courts, District, and Supreme Courts in Sydney Australia. Through his investigations he was astonished to discover a hidden world of research that he felt provided overwhelming evidence for life after death. He has been sharing this globally in weekly Afterlife Reports for the last 14 years. Victor describes his experiences with mediums who aid people living in spirit to come back to earth with tangible bodies and clear, audible voices. The spirits speak, touch, and amaze the people present by demonstrating their physical presence in the room. Victor shares his experiences of sitting many more than 200 times with David Thompson, a physical medium from Australia. He also talks about ways to handle attacks by skeptics.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley has written more than 50 books published by major houses on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual, and mystical topics, including nine single-volume encyclopedias. Her work is translated into 15 languages.

Rosemary has written eight books on dreams, interpretation of dreams, and how to have connections with loved ones who have passed away in dreams. She is co-author, with George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, of the ground-breaking book Talking to the Dead.

Roberta Grimes, Esq.

Roberta Grimes, Esq., an attorney with small-business law practices in Texas and Massachusetts, graduated from Smith College as a religion major and then from Boston University School of Law. Happily married for 41 years, Roberta and her husband, Edward, have three grown children and four young grandchildren.

After decades of afterlife research, Roberta eventually published The Fun of Dying - Find Out What Really Happens Next! (Greater Reality Publications, 2010), and is just releasing her new book, The Fun of Staying in Touch: How Our Loved Ones Contact Us and How We Can Contact Them. She has traveled extensively to help people better understand that we are in fact eternal beings and we are infinitely loved.

She has been writing fiction since the mid-seventies. She has four published novels: Letter from Freedom (Wheatmark, 2014), Letter from Money (Wheatmark, 2014), Almost Perfect (Berkeley 1992) and My Thomas (Doubleday 1993, BOMC Alternate).

R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D.

R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Spiritual Understanding, dedicated to research and practice in afterlife communications. He co-authored Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma with Allan Botkin, Psy.D. and Guided Afterlife Connections: They Come to Change Lives with Rochelle Wright. He is the author of the book, Your Eternal Self, and of articles titled “Applying the Science of the Afterlife,” “A Study of the Resolution of Grief by Guided Afterlife Connections,” “Afterlife Connections Psychotherapy,” and “Bilateral Stimulation and Afterlife Connections.” Craig is editor of Afterlife Communication and New Developments in Afterlife Communication. He is on the boards of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies and the American Society for Standards in Mediumship and Psychical Investigation.

Carla Wills-Brandon, M.A.

Carla Wills-Brandon, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of twelve published books discussing topics ranging from relationships, healthy intimacy, sexual healing, self esteem, sexual trauma, addiction and recovery to grief, death, afterlife research and spirituality. She has appeared on numerous television programs and has lectured across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Carla has researched, in depth, the universal phenomenon of the deathbed visions and has included her findings in her book, One Last Hug Before I Go and Heavenly Hugs: Comfort, Support, and Hope From the Afterlife. Deathbed visions usually happen when someone very close to death sees deceased loved ones in the room with them or in dreams. They are greeting them to help the dying person make the transition off of the earth plane. The experiences also happen to family members in the vicinity of a dying loved one to reassure them that their dying loved one will be safe and will live on.

Stafford Betty, Ph.D.

Stafford Betty has a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University, teaches religious studies at California State University in Bakersfield, and is an acknowledged expert in the afterlife. Stafford began his professional career as a specialist in Asian religious thought and the philosophy of religion, publishing in the leading journals in the field. He then began to study the paranormal. "Paranormal studies is the next frontier for philosophers and scientists to venture into," Stafford wrote. "It is a tragedy that an area of studies so filled with hope for all of us is commonly snubbed by leading intellectuals and trend setters, who refuse to even look at the evidence."

Stafford's book, The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World, is based on his thorough study of mediumistic sources that have described what their sources living on the next plane of life say about their environment and existence.

Stafford's second book is Heaven and Hell Unveiled: Updates from the World of Spirit. In it, he explains the mythologies that have developed around the ideas of heaven and hell. He explains what life is really like on the next plane of life.

Richard Sutphen, CCHT

Richard Sutphen, CCHT, is the author of the million-copy bestseller, You Were Born Again to Be Together (Simon & Schuster). Simon & Schuster who calls him “America’s Foremost Psychic Researcher.” As a specialist in Past-Life Regression and Spirit-Contact Therapy®, Richard has a private hypnotherapy practice, and he has trained thousands of people to be professional hypnotists. His radio show on BlogTalkRadio is heard by nearly half a million people a week.

He has authored 21 New Age books, including You Were Born Again to Be Together Again, Soul Agreements, Master of Life Manual, Anything Is Possible Sleep Programming, Reinventing Yourself: A Metaphysical Self-Renewal System, Dick Sutphen Presents SEDONA: Psychic Energy Vortexes, With Your Spirit Guide's Help, Predestined Love: Soulmates, Reunited Across the Centuries, Bushido Sutphen Seminar Training Graduate Manual, Open Hand Love, and others.

Karen Herrick, Ph.D.

Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD, LCSW, LMSW, CADC, ACMHP has shared her clinical expertise for 27 years in her private practice by lecturing throughout the United States on dysfunctional and addictive homes, dissociation, grief, and loss from a Jungian perspective. Karen is the first female president of the ASCS in 37 years. Karen was ordained in 1995. Her ministry is to be actively involved in Spiritual Psychology, specifically in naming spiritual experiences. She uses Jungian psychology to teach the differences between mental illness and having spiritual and paranormal experiences. Her book, You're Not Finished Yet, is available through Amazon.com, Authorhouse.com, and on Kindle. She is available for private therapy in her office, on Skype, and Face Time. Karen can be reached at karen@karenherrick.com and at (732) 530-8513.

Herb Puryear, Ph.D.

Herb Puryear, Ph.D., president and co-founder of the Logos Center, was on the psychology faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio. He spent two years in laboratory research on the psychophysiology of sleep and dreaming, was in private practice in psychotherapy featuring dream interpretation, and was a clinical consultant to the psychology department at the San Antonio State Hospital. In 1969, he joined the Edgar Cayce organization, A.R.E., in Virginia Beach as Director of Education and Research and president of Atlantic University. Herb has authored eight books, including the Bantam international best seller, The Edgar Cayce Primer, and has been published in numerous scientific publications.

Carol Morgan

By popular request, Carol Morgan will return to teach attendees how to use the pendulum for afterlife communication. After her son, Mikey, passed away, Carol Morgan learned how to use a pendulum to communicate with him in the afterlife. Without mediumistic abilities or any prior knowledge or skill, Carol has practiced her pendulum communication techniques with Mikey so rigorously over the past four years that they are now in regular contact. In this presentation, she explains what she learned about communicating with a pendulum and describes the procedure she uses.

Savarna Wiley, M.A.

Savarna has a bachelor's degree in art therapy and master's degree in transpersonal psychology. She was one of the first to do graduate work in psychology on the subject of prayer and won honors in this study in 1988. She had 15 years' experience working as a hospice chaplain, is a member of an ethics board for end-of-life issues, and continues study in inter-religious perspectives on what is universal in the human experience. She engages in in-depth study and experience in hospice care, end of life issues, and providing spiritual care for diverse populations.

Savarna is certified as a clinical hypnotherapist, master hypnotist, medical hypnosis practitioner, spiritual regression/life between lives therapist by The Michael Newton Institute, master practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programing, holistic health educator, and practitioner of CMT massage/Reiki/polarity/Bach Flower remedies. She has been a case reviewer and research coordinator for The Michael Newton Institute, member of the Board of Directors for The Michael Newton Institute, and past life regression practitioner with Brian Weiss and The Institute for Transpersonal Studies.


Bruce Moen

Bruce Moen is a mechanical engineer who learned how to go to the afterlife to aid lost souls using the Monroe Institute's Lifeline procedure. "The most important thing I discovered," Bruce says, "is that human beings with curiosity can learn to explore the Afterlife and find the truth for themselves."

Bruce's workshop teaches the art of retrieval as a means of learning to make contact and communicate with those living in the afterlife. Participants learn to make contact with nonphysical Helpers, people might call guides, angels, or some other name. They learn how to work with helpers to perform retrieval of those who get stuck after death. Just in their interactions with Helpers and those who are stuck participants begin to learn firsthand more about the structure and inner workings of human afterlife existence. Continuing to work with helpers, participatns learn how to explore the areas of our afterlife Bruce has written about in his books. And, participants can use what they learn to explore any reality or dimension that exists beyond the physical world. That might sound like an outlandish statement, but the experiences of previous workshop participants demonstrates its reality.

Kim Sheridan

After a beloved pet and a close friend passed away, Kim Sheridan began her journey to uncover the truth about the afterlife. The result was the award-winning book, Animals and the Afterlife: True Stories of Our Best Friends' Journey Beyond Death. Her side-by-side comparisons of after-death phenomena of humans and animals demonstrated to her that the evidence is the same. In Kim's words: "If there's an afterlife for humans, there's an afterlife for animals, because the evidence is identical. And based on the evidence, I can say with conviction that there's most definitely an afterlife."

Today Kim Sheridan is a highly respected and sought after expert on life after death for humans and animals alike, and much of her time is devoted to the care of elderly animals making their transition to spirit. In addition to being an award-winning author, Kim is a filmmaker, lecturer, and workshop leader. She is a popular guest on radio and television, and her expertise includes animals, health, and the environment. She has been listed in Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2,000 Notable American Women, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.


Anne Puryear, D.D.

Anne Puryear, D.D., is an author, minister, therapist, and vice-president and co-founder of The Logos Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anne's psychic work has earned her international recognition as one of the most helpful, hopeful, motivating, and life-changing spiritual counselors in the country. Anne was Co-founder of the Spiritual Science Research Center in Washington, D.C., and after moving to Phoenix in 1977, spent four years as Director of the Department of Spiritual Healing at the A.R.E. Medical Clinic, the Medical Research Division of the Edgar Cayce Foundation. She was the co-founder of the Center for Life Guidance in Phoenix.

Anne's son, Stephen, took his own life when he was 15 years, 3 months, and 15 days old, because he felt it hurt more to live than to die. In her book, Stephen Lives, Anne tells about her own search to understand her cherished teenage son's suicide. As Anne searched to understand Stephen's suicide, something remarkable happened: she found a way to connect with Stephen in the spirit realm, beginning a series of astonishing conversations in which Stephen answered her many questions while reaching out through her to help others in crisis.


Special Presenter: David Thompson -- Materialization Medium

We are very happy to announce that David Thompson, one of the foremost materialization mediums in the world, will be demonstrating his mediumship at the conference. This is a unique opportunity to see one of the handful of materialization mediums alive today.

David Thompson
Materialization Medium

David is one of the world's foremost physical (materialization) mediums who publicly demonstrate this very rare ability. David's ability extends from the rare materialization mediumship to mental mediumship (clairvoyance), deep trance and trance healing. David has touched people from every walk of life--young, old, famous and royalty--giving proof of the continuity of life after physical death.

David's gift has been independently tested over the years in controlled environments providing little room for doubt. Individuals such as Ronald Pearson (author and engineer) Dr. Victor Zammit (retired Lawyer and afterlife investigator), Montague Keen, who was a member of the Council of the Society of Physical Research for 55 years, and Secretary of its Survival Research Committee, and Dr. Craig Hogan, board member of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies.



Mediums Available for Individual Readings During the Conference

We are fortunate to have two very talented mediums who arrange individual readings with conference attendees and open the conference on Thursday evening with a group meeting in which they talk about mediumship and offer messages from spirit as they are given them.

Susanne Wilson, M.A.

Susanne Wilson's abilities have been affirmed by reviewers posting testimonials on Bob Olson's Best Psychic Directory web page. Susanne Wilson is called the Carefree Medium. She is known for accurate, compassionate readings. "My specialty is bringing through personalities of the deceased with details so you know it's really them." Susanne offers individual readings and intuition development lessons. She assists a global clientele by phone and at her private office in Carefree near Phoenix, Arizona. Born a psychic medium, it was Susanne's near death experience that inspired her to devote her life to the beautiful gift of mediumship.


Jaime Clark

Jamie is a well-known, reliable psychic medium who gives individual readings and teaches people how to enhance their own intuitive and psychic abilities. The Arizona Psychics website writes, "Jamie can communicate the information and messages they want you to know, with remarkably detailed accuracy."


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