In the late 1990s, Elaine commenced informal research into exceptional human experiences. Over time this became focused on the transformative experiences of those nearing the end-of-life; on near-death and transient-death experiences; on communications, signs and messages received by the living from deceased loved ones; and on the apparent memories of past lives.

This research resulted in an exploration of the greatest, and most elusive, mystery of humankind, namely consciousness.

Elaine embarked on a PhD programme to take this research further, the result of which was the submission of many papers as well as the writing of her dissertation entitled, The Continuity of Consciousness beyond Clinical Death.

This work encompasses 450 pages of exploration into why the current paradigm that assumes that the brain creates consciousness is inadequate; the impact of quantum physics as a catalyst towards a new view of consciousness; and how exceptional human experiences teach us that we are all so much more than we may allow ourselves to believe. Essentially, Elaine’s dissertation supports the hypothesis that consciousness survives physical death, and offers a new way of looking at consciousness as a whole.

During this time TELERF was born, and Elaine continues to take the research of her Foundation from strength to strength.

   Below is the Abstract of Elaine’s PhD dissertation,

   as well as information on the papers Elaine submitted

   during her studies, should this be of interest to you.


There is increasing evidence to suggest that consciousness is far more than an emergent neurological phenomenon, and that consciousness continues during times of severe brain impairment and beyond clinical death.

A significant body of research strongly indicates that the current materialistic paradigm is inadequate in many respects, not least of which is the inability of this model to satisfactorily explain so-called paranormal anomalies. Such paranormal anomalies include the near-death experience and the associated out-of-body experience, spontaneous past-life recall in young children, and communication with the deceased.

This research critically examines the predominant reductionist approach to consciousness and highlights these inadequacies. The contribution of quantum mechanics to furthering the understanding of consciousness and the brain is explored, as is the premise that quantum physics allows for the continuity of consciousness, in some form, beyond physical death. A new framework for consciousness is proposed in which the role of the brain is illustrated as one of transmission, or the filtering of non-local consciousness. This top-down approach accommodates the anomalies that current neuroscientific models do not, and strongly suggests the primacy of consciousness. An exploration of these anomalies forms a major focus of this work, as they provide qualitative evidence for the eternal and non-brain-dependent nature of consciousness.

This research draws on the vast body of evidence provided by near-death experiences, past-life recall, and research into the functioning of consciousness within an invisible realm or different dimension. The evidence presented in this work strongly suggests the continuity of consciousness beyond clinical death.


A total of 21 papers were submitted. The primary foci of these papers were:

The power of human consciousness

Conscious living and conscious dying

Transformation of the inner self and spirit

Past-life regression and regression therapy

Techniques for mind-body health and healing

Stress management

Clinical hypnosis and therapeutic trances