Jun 13
2009
Guest Speaker: Jim Macartney, MA

NDEr from Seattle, Rehab Counselor, Author of new book, "Crisis to Creation"

Why do some of us stay stuck in crisis and others find ways to embrace new opportunities—even entirely new ways of being in the world? What factors work to transform post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) into “post-traumatic growth”?

These are two of the questions that rehabilitation counselor and NDE survivor Jim Macartney has long pondered. From his own personal and professional experience, he observed that the answers have something to do with our consciously, and with full intention, CHOOSING to move past our stuckness, stepping past the edge of the known in order to open to higher levels of life expressions. People growing through crisis exhibit many of the same transformative changes as seen in typical NDE’s.

Although Jim experienced an NDE in 1997 which he calls ”The single most profound event of my life,” he urges his story be used as a parable to symbolize what may lie outside our conditioned capacity to think and believe. Indeed it is within our power, Jim believes, to experience a much deeper level of our Being Human, turning what seems as irresolvable crises into powerful gifts of new creation.

Currently Jim Macartney is synthesizing his research and writing a book which he hopes will help move individuals and our helping institutions from an orientation of fighting disability and limitation to one of fully engaging latent opportunity for growth.

Those who’ve heard him address the NDE community, most recently at the IANDS 2008 conference in Durham, NC, Seattle and Salt Lake City, have reported a profoundly moving experience.