Atwater, Phyllis M. H. (1937– )
Phyllis M. H. Atwater, a researcher on the near-death experience,
was born on September 19, 1937, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
After high school she went to work as a secretary. In 1956 she
married John Bernard Huffman, with whom she had three children.
During her adult years she became interested in the occult
and in 1966 she became a professional numerologist. Four
years later she founded Inner Forum, Inc., in Boise, through
which she offered her services as a counselor. She soon added
astrology and hypnotism to her skills.
In 1976 she went through a divorce. The following year her
health failed and she died on three occasions, each time undergoing
a near-death experience and returning to life. After she
recovered she began to seek out others who had had similar experiences
to understand what she had gone through. She also
wrote a book about her experiences, I Died Three Times in 1977.
In 1980 she married Tony Young Atwater.
In the early 1980s, she began to systematically interview
people who had had near-death experiences, which became the
basis of a series of articles and then a book, Coming Back to Life
The After Effects of the Near-Death Experience (1988). Her interviews
turned into a new career—exploring, understanding, and
writing about the near-death experience. Her efforts resulted
in a series of near-death books, Beyond the Light What Isn’t Being
Said about the Near-Death Experience (1994), Future Memory
(1996), and the Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Near-Death Experience
(2000). Her own experience guided her research and offered
unique avenues of exploration. She also developed an interest
in children who had had near-death experiences about which
she wrote in Children of the New Millennium (1999). Atwater is an
officer of the International Association for Near-Death
Studies, and helped establish its NDE Research Fund.
Along the way she also wrote The Magical Language of Runes
(1990) and Goddess Runes (1996). Besides offering lectures and
workshops on the near-death experience, she still gives astrological,
numerological, and runes readings. She has a large Internet
site through which she can be contacted at http
www.cinemind.comatwater.
Sources
Atwater, P. M. H. Beyond the Light What Isn’t Being Said about
the Near-Death Experience. New York Birch Lane Press, 1994.
———. Children of the New Millennium. New York Three Rivers
Press, 1999.
———. Coming Back to Life The After Effects of the Near-Death
Experience. New York Dodd, Mead & Co., 1988.
———. Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Near-Death Experience.
New York Macmillan Co., 2000
———. Future Memory. New York Birch Lane Press, 1996.
———. The Magical Language of Runes. Santa Fe, N.Mex.
Bear & Co., 1990.

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