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Saturday, July 11

Kathleen Damiani

The International Association for Near-Death Studies welcomes Kathleen Damiani to its next meeting.

During her thirteen-year sojourn in two worlds, Kathleen Damiani researched and wrote about Sophia, personified wisdom, who seemed to be the tour guide into the underworld.

She earned an M.A. in Humanities, a Certificate in Jung Studies, and her Ph.D. in Humanities specializing in Philosophy. Kathleen also taught Philosophy, Critical Thinking, and Moral Issues. She continues to give talks about Sophia and the western wisdom traditions in the Northeast.

Morning Presentation:
Is it possible to follow a beloved partner into the underworld?

The moment Kathleen's husband Paul died, she was plunged into the underworld of hidden forces. Paul had been terrified over the previous year since the death of his father, Anthony Damiani, whom The Dalai Lama called "my closest spiritual brother." What was Paul seeing that Kathleen could not? At once, Kathleen was guided on a thirteen-year journey through the underworld of lucid dreams, messages, and paranormal and synchronistic events searching for clues about Paul's death, descending into an ever-deepening mystery.

Join us as we pull away the curtain of daily life that veils the unseen raging forces that destroy or create. The morning talk will include the never-before publicly revealed story about the "sages' plan"—a dozen years in the making—to build an international "spiritual grid" to connect spiritual leaders in India and Tibet with Anthony's Center to preserve and honor the diversity of wisdom traditions around the world.

Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 10:00 to Noon at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. (the Association for Research and Enlightenment), 67th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach.

Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door. No one turned away, capacity permitting.

After the meeting, all are invited to a local restaurant to continue the conversation.

Afternoon Workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
"The Rest of the Story"
While Kathleen's first fictionalized book about Sophia was going to print in 2011, she encountered "the malevolence" while working on Volume 2. Now she became the target, and survived to tell about it! Encounters can have a happy ending... and beginning. We will examine the phenomenon of "the malevolence" from a philosophical perspective to recognize it, and understand it.

A donation of $15 is requested for the workshop.

On Sunday, July 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Kathleen Damiani will give a Presentation / Workshop similar to his Saturday program described above; so tell your friends and family about it! Because of the smaller, cozier setting, she can delve more deeply into this material. The workshop is located at the One-Eleven Art Gallery, 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Norfolk, off upper Granby Street, across from the Riverview Theater. Space is limited. Reservations suggested, but not required. Contact Suzanne Watson at 620-4766. Admission $15.

All presentation sessions will be videotaped. Copies on DVD will be available for a $10 donation to VBIANDS plus $2 shipping and handling if needed.

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On Sunday, July 19, Kathleen Damiani will be the featured speaker at the Joy in Worship Service. The Joy in Worship Service begins at 10:45 a.m., with a meditation beginning at 10:30.

Note that this is the following weekend

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