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Yvonne Kason

Kundalini Awakening and Near-Death Experiences: Are they Related?

Many researchers have speculated about the possible relationship between Near-Death Experiences and Kundalini Awakenings as described in the yogic tradition. Dr. Yvonne Kason will briefly share the story of her own 1976 Kundalini Awakening and her powerful 1979 Near-Death Experience in a medevac plane crash, which propelled her to research if they might be related.

Dr. Kason will describe the classic features of a kundalini/spiritual energy awakening. She will compare the progressive features of a Near-Death Experience with the progressive symptoms/experiences of a soul/consciousness rising up the chakras of the astral spine, as it withdraws from the body at the time of death or near-death. She will show the marked similarity in after-effects of a kundalini awakening and a white-light type of Near-Death Experience, which led her to conclude that Near-Death Experiences may indeed sometimes awaken the kundalini/spiritual energy.


Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, is the President and Co-Founder of Spiritual Awakenings International and the Past-President of IANDS (2019-2020). Dr. Kason is a retired family physician and transpersonal MD-psychotherapist, previously on faculty at the University of Toronto, and an internationally renowned medical expert on NDEs, Kundalini Awakening, and other STEs. In 1990, Dr. Kason was the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counseling of patients with diverse types of STEs. She has over 40 years’ experience counseling STE Experiencers. She co-founded the Kundalini Research Network in 1990, was the Chair of the Kundalini Research Network’s Questionnaire research project, results published in Explore, July 2020. She co-founded the Spirituality in Health-Care Network in 2000. Dr. Kason has six published books, her most recent, Soul Lessons from the Light: How Spiritually Transformative Experiences Changed My Life (December 2022), and Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences (2019).