One of the biggest fears for most people is death. Imagine death wasn’t at all what you may have thought or imagined, how would or could that change of perspective affect your daily life? I’m sharing a very personal experience here with you, trusting that it will benefit some, if not many…
How an Encounter with John Edward Changed My Life
I’ve always believed in life after death. Before my father passed away in 2005, we made a pact that he would make himself known from beyond if he could. Several years passed, without any obvious signs or messages and I’d pretty much forgotten about our pact when my father eventually delivered on his promise five years later.
John Edward is one of the world’s most renown mediums and I’d attended a couple of John’s Australian shows before 2010. I was moved by what I’d witnessed during those events and, even though I didn’t get a reading then, it left me with no doubt that he was 100% genuine and profoundly connected to the spiritual realm. I had a friend who was very sceptical and I felt a strong urge to give him reason to re-evaluate his views. All the bigger shows were sold out but somehow I managed to get tickets for a smaller group session that was announced only a few of days before the event.
About half an hour into the reading I suddenly felt an extraordinarily strong sensation through my body. My whole body was covered in goosebumps like never before, and they were clearly visible on my skin. Just as I was pointing this strange and unexpected occurrence out to my friend, John Edward started describing details that matched my Dad’s perfectly. When I realised that John had connected with my father, it came as a complete shock as, up until this moment, I was so focused on my friend’s experience that it didn’t even occur to me that I could get a reading! What followed was simply mind-blowing. John described events and circumstances he couldn’t have possibly known about and he couldn’t have found out about even if he’d spent weeks researching my life. He came up with most obscure facts, such as extremely unusual and rare things my Dad had collected in his lifetime. For privacy reasons, I won’t go into much detail but I must say John was 100% correct with absolutely everything. The reading finished with John pronouncing my mother’s name – Helga! The whole experience was very overwhelming – not only because of all the details John shared but also because I’d felt my father’s presence so very strongly immediately before the reading started!
I’d felt those kind of goosebumps to a lesser degree before and I remember wondering at the time if it was a sign of spiritual presence, but I never knew for sure. I remember thinking maybe I was just feeling it because I’d felt emotional to some degree at the time. It was so nice to see my instinctive interpretation confirmed with such certainty!
Slowly but surely I came to realise the enormity of what happened on this very special day. Seeing life on this Earth as just a snippet of my overall experience and my body as just a temporary shell to house my soul, without the slightest hint of a doubt, everything took on a new meaning. I realised that ultimately there’s no point to be afraid of anything – what’s the worst thing that can happen? Yet at the same time I also became aware of the importance of every little thing we do in our lives. If spirits are present at all times, everything I do is seen, no matter if there’s anyone physically present or not. Everything I’ve ever done to anyone will be remembered. I believe that at some stage we will be confronted with all of our actions – good or bad. But not to be judged and punished. It’s just lessons everyone’s here to learn. What meaning would life have if everything was only ever good? Without opposites, nothing would have any meaning at all! Maybe the whole point of physical life is to experience contrasts in order to evolve. We need to get lost to experience the joy of finding ourselves. We need to experience illness to value good health. We need to experience heartbreak to know the meaning of love. We’re limited by five senses, space, time and gravity – without these limitations we would not be able to become lost and unaware enough to enable us to fully experience these contrasts.
It’s a bit like standing in front of a mosaic. If all the tiles were white, the picture would be very boring, wouldn’t it? And I’d equate a physical lifetime to standing in the dark, with our life representing holding a torch that highlights a small section of the picture. As our experiences increase, we step back further and we see more and more of the picture reveal itself as the radius of the torch light widens. The more we see, the more interesting the picture becomes. I view death as the light being switched on completely and the whole mosaic becoming visible. Seeing it all, we realise that all loss was an illusion so we could experience the blissful joy of reality. We can increase the size of the mosaic by adding tiles and then ‘going back to the dark’ to experience the section we added or we can be so pleased with the mosaic we’ve created that we don’t feel any further need to add tiles (ie. not reincarnate / manifest back into a physical state).
The choice is up to us and we choose the colours of he mosaic, based on how intense we want our experience to be. If we willingly made choices for ourselves in another realm, we’d understand we’re not victims at the mercy of random events but it’s all divinity playing itself out. This is just an analogy of the understanding I’ve come to since my reading and I’m hoping that considering my views may trigger you to see life with different eyes. I’m hoping it will encourage you to enjoy life more and worry less… 🙂[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]
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Nurse Reveals The Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbed
A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called ‘The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.’ It’s not surprising to see what made the list as they are all things that touch each of our lives as we struggle to pay attention to and make time for things that we truly love.
Below is the list of each regret along with an excerpt from the book. At the bottom is also a link to the book for anyone interested in checking it out. One thing on regret before we get to the list. It’s important to remember that whatever stage we are at in life, there is no need for regret. The process of regret is one that provides nothing but suffering for ourselves as we begin to allow the past to dictate how we should feel now. Instead, we can use the past as a reference point to understand what adjustments we would like to make moving forward. The adjustments do not have to come out of pain, sorrow, regret or judgment, but simply a choice to do things in a different way. We are learning all the time, we can very quickly slow that learning process down by getting stuck in the idea of regret. When it comes to making changes, be at peace with the past and remember that each moment is a new choice.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
”This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
Source: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/07/the-top-5-regrets-of-the-dying.html[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”5 Things That Happen When You Die (by James van Praagh)” open=”false”]
5 Things That Happen When You Die
Putting Life And Death In Perspective
James van Praagh
As an evidential medium, I bridge the gap between the physical and the Spirit world, bringing through detailed messages that prove that life goes on – even after death. A wonderful by-product of my work is the way it puts life and death in perspective, erasing the fear of “what comes next” and illuminating our true path.
What happens when you die?
When the Spirit is released from the heaviness of the physical shell we call the body, it’s similar to a driver getting out of a broken down car, or even taking off a heavy overcoat and letting it fall to the ground. There is no pain at all associated with exiting the shell. So what DOES death feel like?
Hundreds of thousands of spirits have come back to say they UNIVERSALLY go through the following steps:
1. AWAKENING – The person suddenly experiences an overwhelming sense of PEACE, HAPPINESS and LOVE.
2. REUNION – No one ever dies alone. Your relatives and loved ones who you have created bonds of love with over your lifetimes will come and greet you. They have prepared for your homecoming – so you can just imagine the incredible sense of joy when you return home.
3. VISITING YOUR MEMORIAL SERVICE, OR FUNERAL – Every soul will be present for their service or funeral. Even if there is no formal ceremony, they will be there – surrounding their family for at least several days after the transition and trying to impress on them that they are ALIVE and feeling healthy and whole.
4. LIFE REVIEW – Upon returning to the spiritual home, each one of us will go through a review – seeing, feeling and living every single experience we lived out on the earth school. We will “relive” every thought, action and word we created about one another and ourselves. If we treated someone unkindly, we will experience it from their point of view.
5. LIVING THEIR JOY – Each soul will get to access what they desire to experience creatively. If they had always wanted to play the piano but were not able to on earth, they will be able to learn and live this expression in heaven. They will be able to have whatever their hearts desire….if someone wanted to have children on earth but were unable to, in the Spirit realms they may find that they are surrogate parents to children in the spirit world who need guidance and wisdom from certain souls.
It’s not surprising that after over 30 years spent talking to dead people, I have become quite an expert on the subject! The more I learn about death, the more I understand that the end of life is an illusion, a transition where the soul – which never dies – leaves its earthly body for its next “assignment.”
Source: http://www.healyourlife.com/5-things-that-happen-when-you-die[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Everybody Dies, Bot Not Everybody Lives” open=”false”][/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”BJ Miller – What Really Matters At The End Of Life (Ted Talk)” open=”false”]At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.
[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Excerpt from 'Cloud-Hidden Whereabouts Unknown – A Mountain Journal', by Alan Watts” open=”false”]”On the one hand, you do not and actually cannot do anything: it is all happening, as a stream flows of itself. On the other hand, you yourself are no other than this stream—however much you may feel yourself to be some distinct entity in the stream, occasionally controlling it, though mostly driven helplessly along. But the paradox is resolved when you realize that it would be impossible to experience the subjective and voluntary aspect of experience without the contrast of the objective and involuntary. Like all ‘pairs of opposites’ these are two poles of a single process, and our mistake is to identify the reality of self with one only—with the voluntary. Surely it is easy to see that all voluntary action is based on processes that are not voluntary at all, on the circulation of blood and the operation of neural circuits. Nevertheless, if ‘self’ actually comprises both poles, the voluntary and the involuntary are equally your karma, or ‘action.'” ~Alan Watts[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Death Is Nothing At All (by Henry Scott Holland)” open=”true”]Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I’m out of site?
I am but waiting for you, for the interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.
All is well.
Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]