My Mission & Purpose: Though Embraced By The Light chronicles my near-death experience and amazing journey into the spirit world, its main purpose is to reach hurting souls and bring greater hope & quality to life, give comfort through hardship & loss of loved ones—and to help establish direction through daily living. However, perhaps more important than anything else—its purpose is to bring to its reader the powerful message of God's unconditional and eternal love for them and the message “Above all else, love one another.”
“Compelling and infinitely reassuring, Betty's vivid account of the afterlife will give you
a glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.”
“…all of a sudden I was not driving. I was not in my car anymore.”
Heather shares how a prayer to feel God's love is answered in a heavenly way.
“Flatlining - Over and Over”
“When on the other side of life I saw a beautiful pulsating orb of golden light that I took for the essence of all that is good and pure because it emanated perfect peace and love.”
Read Alan's dramatic experience of moving between his physical body and the afterlife while being resuscitated for three hours.
These are not easy times to be a parent, grandparent or caregiver of children. Each new generation brings with it new challenges, we understand this and even expect this. Yet our world bursts with change and we live in a new world very different from the past. When these changes are added to what has been handed down from previous generations, this particularly makes now a difficult time to be a parent—especially for mothers. There is so much more to deal with in our every-day lives, like monitoring our children's TV & entertainment, keeping up with the technology and new ways we use to interact with our world and each other and much more. Between social media and advertising innovations, mothers endure a constant pressure to be fashion conscious, style conscious, mindful of every trend that leaves little time to be a homemaker. Mothers are pressured to give in to demands that are not necessarily aligned with their intuition or better judgment of what will keep their children close, let alone what is in the best interests of their son or daughter.
...I understood that the role of women would always be unique in the world. I saw that the emotional structure of women allowed them to be more responsive to love and to allow the Spirit of God to rest upon them more fully. I understood that their roles as mothers literally gave them a special relationship to God as creators.—Embraced By The Light, page 110
God bless mothers! Let's praise them on their special day! Let them know they are appreciated for all that they give and do—and endure—and that they are loved beyond measure. I know of many mothers who struggle to meet the needs of their families, often to the point of neglecting themselves. Mothers, take time to savor your value and enjoy your special day! And continue to reflect upon your sacred role of being a co-creator with God.
In a mother's quest to raise loving and happy children, who have the strength and ability to meet the challenges of our world—a mother carries an extreme responsibility that weighs heavily on her heart, mind and soul.
I was also told that there is no greater prayer than that of a mother for her children. These are the purest prayers because of their intense desire and, at times, sense of desperation. A mother has the ability to give her heart to her children and to implore mightily before God for them.—Embraced By The Light, page 103
Heavenly Father, bless every mother in our world, wherever they are and whatever their status, all over our precious Mother Earth. Pour your blessings upon them to be strengthened, guided and given the wisdom they need to teach your children well. Bless their intuition to be strong through those trying moments that come to every family. Keep them close to you, that they might teach their little ones how to be close to you as well, and that they might be a channel of your love and heavenly confidence to their families. Father, bless mothers in everyway that will enable them to fill their sacred role of being the heart of their home and teaching their children how to love as you would have them love, I pray in Christ's beloved name. Amen.
All my love,
We Serve a Living God!
My Beloved Friends,
Jesus is a living God! There are many who do not believe in him or who believe he was a great man but died long ago. Yet Jesus lives! We know he lives when he lives within our heart—we can feel it! And when we allow his love and accept the knowledge of an after-life with him to flow through us, we make him alive in our world, because who he is can then emanate from us in our actions and deeds. How can we help, then, but share his love? Why miss any opportunity to awaken others to the Lord that he might live within them as well?
Now, more than anytime before, we live in greater awareness of our need for Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of our world. God loves us unconditionally and his love is greater than anything we can even begin to imagine. He sent his only begotten son to show us the way of love. Jesus willingly suffered mortality and sacrificed his life that we might receive the gift of forgiveness and learn to love unconditionally as our Heavenly Father does. Some of my favorite words are “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son...” (John 3:16) which lift my spirit and remind me that God loves our world! He loves us so much that he sent his beloved son, Jesus, to remind us that we belong to him.
Christ rose from the grave. Death could not bind him, nor could the sealed tomb prevent his triumphant spirit from ascending to his Heavenly Father having completed his mission of love here on earth perfectly. Praise God! He suffered the pain of our sins for us. He allowed himself to be bruised for us. He suffered the pain of mortality for us—and he died for us—let us live for him!
Jesus is a living God, he is mindful of us today. He knows our suffering, he knows our struggles, he suffered, too, while here, and he opened the way for us to overcome and return to our Heavenly Father. He is the Light of the World (John 8:12), the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), the Word of God (Revelation 19:12-13), Lord of All (Acts 10:36), Bread of Life (John 6:35), the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14), our Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4), our Deliverer (Romans 11:26), our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and the Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2)—to name only a few of his titles—and whosever drinketh from him shall never thirst again. (John 4:13)
Our world has begun a challenging time of change and we need Jesus more than ever! He is our Redeemer, our greatest example of love, and the Light we must hold to as we face the times ahead. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
And as we draw from the peace and confidence that is not of this world, that can only come from God—we must then share our light with others so that God lives! Here in this world! Through us!
God reveals his truth to his children. He did so to the prophets of old and he does so through prophets today. God is no respecter of persons and he will reveal his truths to us as we seek him with all our heart and place our trust in him. “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.” (Psalms 119:27) As we learn to prayerfully tune in to his gentle whisperings that can be felt in our heart, we will be given greater spiritual understanding—and then we can live gratefully by sharing the gifts we are given with others.
I wrote about the Universal Law of giving and receiving in The Awakening Heart on pages 206-207:
I was shown the universal law of giving and receiving: When you receive love or knowledge, you pass it on, and thereby leave yourself to receive again. If you hold on to it, you don't leave room to receive; you don't need it, because you don't use it. Use what you have, and you'll receive more. This is true for all of us. Knowledge without revelation is dead; knowledge held on to goes nowhere and helps no one. But the knowledge that we reveal to others takes on a life of its own, and allows us to receive more knowledge to share.
This is one reason why I give so freely of the knowledge I have received. I know I am meant to do so. And as a result, I have the opportunity to receive more, to be the student as well as the teacher.
The darkness of the world would destroy Jesus, we see it in the news, how forces of hate persecute those who have found Christ's love. We see the signs of the times and feel the weight of hatred by those bound by darkness. Yet God has absolute power over all things and will not allow darkness to ultimately rule. Christ sealed the power of good over evil in this world when he completed his mission. Love will triumph over darkness and our world will be filled with knowledge of God and bathed in his love once more. We can help God dispel this darkness as we share the love we have for him with others—because our light then joins the light of others becoming a force of illumination—which is God, which is love. God can then use what is in this world to bring about his purposes.
Just as we see forces of darkness gather to destroy the love and faith in our world, our Heavenly Father is gathering forces of goodness and love as well. “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will…” (Hebrews 2:4) God will reveal his wonders to us and if we watch for his hand in our lives, if we hold to the Light and Love of Christ, we have nothing to fear!
Our world is dividing into a spiritual battle, I was shown this would happen during my NDE. We are finding ourselves amidst a war between good and evil where faith is pitted against faith. The division occurring is not necessarily just one of religion against religion, but certainly is one of belief in God against those with hardened hearts spiritually; against those who choose spiritual darkness instead of the light and who attempt to destroy the faith of others. We will see powers that are not following God's laws rise and have success for a little while, but in the end they will fail. Jesus made this a certainty when he completed his mission faithfully and triumphantly here on earth. He conquered evil and saved each of us through his gift of love if we will but accept his love and forgiveness. Our world will be cleansed from all that is not of God.
I am stunned by how quickly this has all happened since my return and it can be quite ominous to consider the battle going on, however—I am actually excited because in our daily walk with Jesus in our heart, each morning and night, professing our love for him and our thankfulness for his love, we grow into greater appreciation of all that he taught and gave. We begin to develop a personal relationship with our Savior that will lead to our discovery that he is our best of friends. Our eyes will open to his hand in our lives as we begin to notice and recognize the miracles he sends. Gratitude is the key to recognizing God's miracles in our lives today. And God will increasingly reveal his wonders to us in greater ways.
We have the ability to discern truth from lies, light from darkness, love from hate. Anything that helps us draw closer to God and expands our hearts to greater love is from God. Anything that causes us to fill with fear is not. What helps strengthen our faith in Christ is from our Creator, while anything that draws hearts away from Jesus is not sent by our Father in Heaven.
We do need to prepare ourselves for difficult times by having a personal connection to God—it is the only way—by choosing this day whom we will serve . . . and “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
May God bless you as we commemorate the resurrection of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. May he fill you with the sweet comfort that he brings and may the power of his love carry you through any storm in life. My prayers are also for each of us to deepen our personal relationship with the Creator, to increase our understanding of his will for us and expand our hearts to Christ's wondrous and infinite love. And then may we share our knowledge of him with others, that they may also be blessed. This I pray in the beloved name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I was more interested in reliving the experience in my mind than discussing it. I would vividly recall each moment spent with Jesus in detail—not trying to hold on to the memory for fear of losing it, but rather thrilling each time to my newfound love for God and the freedom I received from it. I remembered his incredible countenance, and how powerfully it reminded me that, other than God, my eternal Father, none other was greater than he. He was Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and yet I knew that what we named him was unimportant to him. I knew that he had the ability to appear to me or others in more than one way . . . however it was necessary for us to experience him and accept him. As I had looked at Jesus in all his glory, somehow I knew that not only was I accepting of his presence, but I was worthy of him. Jesus, I "knew," need never show me the nail prints in his hands nor the gash in his side as proof of who he was. I belonged to him just as I was, and the fact that he had suffered pain was not the issue now. His divine expression of love was, and I never questioned that.
The aura surrounding his body was brilliant white and full of energy. Although this light shone brightly around him, I saw that he was the light and it came from within him. Light reflected off what appeared to me to be his flesh. His crystalline body resembled what could be spun light, though it was solid and firm, having the three dimensions of length, breadth, and thickness. Prisms of intense light spiraled, pulsated, and moved with each minuscule change in his thoughts or desires. His eyes, though liquid with his love, somehow danced like fire, flickering with energy and life when he needed to express, to me his most sincere and earnest wishes for me. I have sought out many pictures of Jesus since my return, and some capture an emotion that I saw him express, but an exact portrait of him in all his glory would be impossible to paint with the materials and colors we have here on earth.
Our communication was nonverbal, all thoughts and feelings that we chose to express were expressed directly, straight from his heart to mine and vice versa. Still, our communication could be felt and understood by others when it was meant to be. Our nonverbal exchange was translated to our language here and impressed firmly into me as I would understand it as a mortal being. The language expressed there could certainly be described as universal in nature. I understood perfectly every word that Jesus "spoke" to me, to the council of men, and to my spiritual guides. Sometimes I would actually feel and experience his voice. When this happened, it was meant to be more personal, in that his voice resonated within me, the rich vibrant tones actually penetrating my spiritual being. It came as a melody that I could feel as if I were an instrument he was playing. His voice gave me life, and I became healed by it. No greater joy have I experienced since his unconditional love for me!
The rays of light surrounding Jesus were filled with knowledge and love. Just standing in his presence and absorbing it gave me the ability to expand the love and knowledge within. My spiritual body filled to almost bursting with his divine love and understanding. I became a part of all there ever was, living it, experiencing it, then somehow nurtured by it. The spirit, not unlike the human mind, must be receptive and flexible in order to expand and develop as I did. I never thought that I had either of these qualities, but I could accept the fact that all things are possible through God.
Finding Comfort Through Loss
Some of the greatest grief, pain and heartache we feel in our mortal lives is the loss of a loved one or family member. Even when we know they are in a better place, we miss them so very much and sometimes wonder how we can go on.
Even in our grief, we can express our gratitude to God for his gift to know that our bonds of love are eternal. There is comfort in knowing that when we love someone—death does not part our love! Our loved ones have returned to their heavenly home and are now surrounded with God's love. They can hear us, see us, are mindful of us, and they see and feel our love for them. We must remind ourselves that our love exists into the eternities—it never ends, it never dies.
It was almost as if I felt a pop or release inside me, and my spirit was suddenly drawn out through my chest and pulled upward, as if by a giant magnet. My first impression was that I was free. There was nothing unnatural about the experience. I was above the bed, hovering near the ceiling. My sense of freedom was limitless and it seemed as if I had done this forever.
My new body was weightless and extremely mobile, and I was fascinated by my new state of being. Although I had felt pain from the surgery only moments before, I now felt no discomfort at all. I was whole in every way—perfect. And I thought, This is who I really am . . . The fact of a pre-earth life crystallized in my mind, and I saw that death was actually a 'rebirth' into a greater life of understanding and knowledge that stretched forward and backwards through time.
“The Awakening Heart,” from pages 85-86, 182
My Dad's death was a great loss to all of us, but especially to me. I felt the absence of his daily presence. I was aware of how much time I had spent with him, during which he was the focus of my attention; even in those hours when he wasn't, I realized, his comfort had always been on my mind. That time was suddenly open now, and I missed him terribly. But I did not grieve.
The events of his death removed any doubts I had had about the divine plan that our leaving this world for the spirit world fulfills. I had seen it firsthand. I knew Dad was in a place of love and light, relieved of his physical pain and weaknesses. There was no reason to grieve for that.
I threw myself into my life, filling the time that was suddenly there to be filled. My family needed me more than ever; a son and a daughter were going through a divorce, and little Betty was of course still the light of my life. I strengthened my commitment to my clinic, taking on help in hopes of expanding its capacity, doing service by helping more and more patients find the healing power within themselves. And I continued to share my near-death experience, both in presentations and in my hospital volunteer work. The loss of my father was always present, but my life was full. And I thought I was living true to God's will for me.
...I know the pain of loss; I have buried an infant daughter and lost other family members, including my mother. I was present at the death of my father. I still miss them all. They are all on a long journey without me now, and knowing that they are all together, I wish at times that I were with them. But I do not grieve for them. Life on this earth as mortal beings was never meant to continue forever. We are here for a season, and then we go home. . . .
When I can, I try to help by sharing that message with people who come to me tormented by grief. The loss of someone you love can be painful, and recovering from it is a difficult challenge. The most intense pain that I have seen comes from people who have lost loved ones to long, debilitating illnesses.
“The Ripple Effect” from pages 190, 198-199
"Our bonds with loved ones continue after death as they began long before birth. The love between us is eternal and does not cease simply because we cannot see the departed. Those who have passed to the other side are very much alive—more so than ever—and they are able to comfort us and send us their love. But they are also bound by laws which govern our lives and which limit their free contact with us. Yes, they care about us, about our lives and our welfare, but they must not interfere with our progression in life. Fulfilling our life's mission requires exercising our free will. Those who have returned to heaven cannot meddle with that. Only when deemed necessary through Godly wisdom can they come to comfort us or to prepare us for events in our lives. For our part, we can pray for them, just as they might pray for us. We can speak to them too—either verbally or in thought—and our words will be heard by them or be relayed to them. They have their own work of progression and are just as occupied with it as we are with ours. They do not remain continually in our presence; rather, they busy themselves with important and engaging activities which are known only to those on the other side.
My father passed away one year before I wrote Embraced By The Light. In a vision of him afterwards I saw him scoot across the floor with his walker, much as he had done before dying. He glanced at me, smiled, then set the walker aside and began walking. I was filled with joy as he communicated to me that he was doing well. In a later vision I saw him running, and again my soul leapt as I saw him laughing, carefree and joyous. In reflecting back on my life with him, I could not recall seeing him run before. A third vision came during the time I was writing Embraced. I was cooking dinner one afternoon when I turned and saw Dad standing in the hallway. He motioned for me to follow him, so I did. He led me down the hall into my bedroom. He looked young and handsome, about forty. He was no longer bent with age but stood erect at his full height of six-foot-three. His face beamed with excitement as he pointed at the computer I used for my writing. Cheerfully he said, "Betty, I love what you are doing here!" Then he was gone as quickly as he had arrived. His appearance gave me all the strength and encouragement I needed to complete my book.
I think back on that vision from time to time, just to feel close to him. The feeling he gave me remains to this day—a feeling of hope and anticipation, of missions being performed and completed. I treasure the knowledge that he was still with me, and that others I have loved are mindful of me and are available—at our Heavenly Father's bidding—to help me when the need arises. I know with perfect clarity that they are back home, helping me, praying for me, anxious for me to finish my mission and to complete my promise to God.
You too can take comfort in knowing that your family members—perhaps from many generations back—are aware of you and are guiding you at times with unseen hands. God shares out the work of raising and watching over his children. His work occurs at many levels to ensure we are never alone. Knowledge of his plan tells us that our deceased loved ones are indeed our loved ones still. Though our mother, father, child, sister or brother may die, our love for them does not. By this we know that the bonds of love do extend between earth and heaven. By this we have hope and even assurance that family connections are enduring, even eternal.
Yes, families are forever.
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“The miracle of Lazarus became a reminder of eternal life, which God promised all who live in him. In speaking with Martha, Lazarus' sister, Christ hinted at this greater miracle: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (John 11:25-6)
This is the great secret, the great miracle, the great truth. Real life does not exist in the body, but in the Spirit…”
One night God made it clear to me that our relationship was a two-way street. I was sleeping soundly when I heard a loud voice … “Get up and pray.”…I hurried out of bed and knelt beside it…I asked Heavenly Father to reveal to me who I should pray for…The answer came back that he just wanted to hear from me and that the prayer was more for my own benefit than anyone else’s… —The Awakening Heart - pages 46
They should seek the Lord…and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being…For we are also his offspring. Acts 17:27-28
Father, forgive me when I am tired and my mind is too dim to stay awake during my prayers. Sometimes I am weary and worn out from my same old problems, and I hesitate to keep bringing them to you. Help me to keep in mind that you already know my heart and what I will pray for, but still are wanting to listen to me.
Affirmation: God is anxious to converse with me, and answers back in a sweet and clear voice.