February 1: Dr. Yvonne Kason, IANDS President and Author of Touched by the Light
Dr. Kason has five published books, her most recent, Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences, (2019), in which she shares the conclusions from her 40 years of STE research with about 100 case stories, including the stories of her own 5 NDEs. It is a guide to help NDE and STE Experiencers, as well as their family, friends, and counselors.
Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, is the current President of IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and an author, public speaker, and media resource. A pioneer in the field of spirituality in health-care, she is a retired family physician and transpersonal psychotherapist who previously taught at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kason is an internationally renowned medical expert on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs), who has had five Near-Death Experiences and multiple STEs herself. Propelled by a powerful kundalini awakening in 1976 and an NDE in a 1979 airplane crash, she began to research NDEs and other spiritual experiences. In 1990 she became the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counseling of patients with NDEs and other STEs. Dr., Kason first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences” in 1994, a term which is now the industry standard. Spiritually Transformative Experiences include Near-Death Experiences, Mystical Experiences, Kundalini Awakening, Psychic Experiences, and Inspired Creativity.