Alma Blazquez, a native Chicagoan,received her BA in early childhood education, MA in specialized education, and Ed.d in educational leadership from DePaul University.
She sustained severe injuries which became life threatening after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while riding her bicycle in September, 2003. Previous to her accident, Alma worked as a special ed teacher with inner-city teens and as a social advocate for students with various disabilities. She was also a mother who was interested in long distance running and body-building.
Following her accident, she endured nine years of surgeries and physical therapies. She studied physical and spiritual healing arts in Hawaii and took too many medicines. In March 2012, Alma had her Near-Death Experience after experiencing seizures in the hospital.
During her Near-Death Experience, she had an intense life-changing experience and is currently working on grounding and integrating that experience into her life. On average, it takes at least seven years to integrate an experience. Alma is representative of what that process can be like, and will share that with us.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES (Chicago IANDS) support and study group…..Near-Death Experiences, Out-of-Body Experiences, After-Death Communication, Losses, Research. All are welcome.
TIME: 2-5 p.m. on the Second Saturday of each month
COST: Suggested Donation - $20. No one is turned away.
PHONE: For more info, call (847)251-5758
LOCATION: Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave. (& Central), Evanston.
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From the Kennedy Exprswy: Take Eden’s Expressway to Old Orchard Rd. Go east to Gross Point Rd. Turn Left. Go one block to Central Street. Turn right and stay on Central about a mile, crossing over Green Bay Rd, until you get to Evanston Hospital, which will be on your left. Turn left immediately after you go under the “L” overpass (on Girard). Then turn right into the parking garage (free).
From Sheridan Rd.: Follow Sheridan north along the Lake until you reach Central St. Turn left (W). Ridge Ave will be the first stoplight. Continue one block further to the “L” overpass. Turn right on Girard, immediately before going under the overpass, then turn right into the parking garage (free).
On the “L”: Take the purple line into Evanston. Get off at Central St. (Metra is less than a mile away.)
In May, 2008, on our 10th Anniversary, Chicago IANDS announced the formation of a new not-for-profit organization, iSee (International Society for Extraordinary Experiences). This new organization will formally honor ALL spiritual and mystical experiences, creating a place where people can come together to discuss and learn about such experiences. More information will be forthcoming about this organization in the future. For the present time, both Chicago IANDS and iSee will be co-presenting our monthly meetings.
Visit Diane Willis' YouTube Channel to watch Diane interview Eric Pearl, NDEr, and author of The Reconnection.
Click here for info about IANDS Conferences.
For a description of a Chicago IANDS meeting see Jon Anderson's book, City Watch: Discovering the Uncommon Chicago, University of Iowa Press, 2001, p. 248.
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Cutting edge article by Dr. Allan Botkin from the Journal of Near-Death Studies! Dr. Botkin was our guest speaker in December, 2002 and November, 2005.