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.
During this time of celebration with family and friends, let's not forget the foundation in God that our nation is built upon, nor the sacrifice of those who have contributed toward the freedom we enjoy in our lives today. Let's not become distracted from our responsibilities to maintain freedom which is a gift to all of us living in this beautiful land. I pray that we place high priority on the value of all rights of choice while remembering our inherent accountability to our children and our families, then extending to our communities, our country and our world—and each other! I pray that we not allow the gifts we enjoy to slowly become eroded and consumed by others who most certainly do not have our best interests at heart. I was shown our day in the spirit realm during my near-death experience—and I was specifically shown the opposition that would afflict families in these trying times, and that would then affect our society as a whole. May we shore up our families by strengthening our eternal bonds of love and hold to our faith in God. May we pass on to our children an understanding of the gifts we enjoy and why we celebrate Independence Day. And may we each take time to unite our hearts in prayers for our Creator's direction and of thankfulness for all our many blessings.
Father in Heaven,
Thank you for this land of abundance and beauty. Thank you for this great nation founded on principles of righteousness. Many have fought and lost their lives that we might enjoy freedom today, their sacrifices and those of their families are not forgotten. Thank you for blessing us with forefathers who were determined and dedicated their lives to what they believed, that future generations might be blessed. Bless the men and women who give service in our armed forces today and their families to do well and thrive.
Father, many have forgotten why America is free and are in a quandary as to the direction of this great nation. Place your Spirit upon our leadership that they might reflect your will and the will of those they serve. Touch their hearts with the solutions that will end all strife and suffering. Hold the world leadership in the palm of your hand and guide them to make right choices—and act upon them in a way that will enable your blessings to be poured upon all your children. Bless the citizens in our great nation and all over the world to be guided to standards, choices and actions that will manifiest your blessings upon our Earth.
Father, bless all of us with greater thankfulness for this blessed land and to do our part in the choices we make. Open our eyes to your hand in our lives that we might live in love and in gratitude for your many blessings. As we celebrate the birth of the United States of America, may we never forget that we are one nation under your divine guidance!
Heavenly Father, may we serve you and your purposes well. I pray in the name of our beloved brother and Lord of this Earth, Jesus Christ, amen.
Brothers and sisters, gather your children close and make sure they know they are loved. Strengthen your families by praying together, learning together, laughing together and growing together spiritually . . . and on this July 4th, celebrate our independence as a Nation, thanking God for our country, our men and women who serve, as well as all the many blessings he gives!
With all my love, Betty
Strengthening Our Eternal Bonds of Love
The Art of Connecting with Others
...from my June e-Newsletter
My Dearest Friend,
Often we feel overwhelmed by the multitude of distractions in this world of technology and find ourselves turning to computers for everything—excluding more and more time with the essence of human touch and authentic communication with our fellow man. We turn to easy access in our communications, texting or leaving a comment on a facebook page and then sometimes get interrupted and forget to answer all together. These new technologies are a blessing that we want to take full advantage of and use to our fullest benefit, however, they are no replacement for the touch of a hand, a soft kiss on a cheek, a loving embrace or even the vibrant connection we often feel at hearing a dear one's voice.
When we make the time to give quality attention to our loved ones, energy penetrates as it flows from one person to another, opening the way for our spirit to expand and become strengthened, not unlike our relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer, which is our personal touch with him. Our personal, physical connection, one-on-one with each other, is invaluable when it comes to our children. As parents, we never know when a child or loved one may need our help, and when that time comes, we want them to know they can come to us and express their heart and thoughts while being able to listen and be receptive too. This takes practice, it takes nurturing a physical and emotional connection. It takes more than a text message or facebook post. As we spend less and less time with our children, computer technology becomes the child's focus, the child's educator, the child's emotional attachment and they become addicted. It takes genuine effort spent on connecting one-on-one and as a family, through quality time spent together and gestures of love.
Our gestures of love are like deeds of faith. The Bible tells us that “Faith without works is dead.” From our thoughts and desires, seeds are planted. We nurture these seeds with our deeds, our loving actions: a kind word, a reassuring smile, giving of ourselves.
While in the spirit world, I saw that God is Love and Love is giving! Our goal should always be “to have the mind of Christ.” And our actions should reflect his loving essence, always! To be Christ like is to set the greatest example of all! We can be confident that as we lend our energy and prayers for others, our growth and direction are connected to a higher plan.
Take the time to build and nurture your bonds with family and loved ones. Put your best foot forward for the strangers that come in and out of your life. Be that example of compassion and kindness for others that will teach your children well. Truly communicate with your loved ones and especially connect with God. Sometimes the most effective lesson for our children is when they listen to us earnestly and lovingly talk to our Heavenly Father.
In summary, fill your life with uplifting words in your physical communication with your children. Do not allow their influence to be left up to the world and its devices. God is well pleased with our commitment to raising our children under his guidance within our individual families. And when our children are grown, we will feel the reward of our efforts many times increased as those loving ripples from our children come back to bless us many fold!
All my love,
Near Death Experiences
One Man's Visit to the Afterlife & Return
From the chapter “Near Death Experiences” of The Ripple Effect
Reports of NDEs have captured our interest and imagination because they help us to understand two things that concern us most—life and death. Many people fear death and are looking for something to ease their minds about their own inevitable passing or that of a loved one. They are searching for something to remove the uncertainty and fear of the unknown.
The following provides some details about death. The man involved experienced his death almost as an observer at first. Then he was taken from his body before feeling the pain of death. Brought into a heavenly place, he was given information necessary for the healing of his physical body, then was sent back to mortality. God gave this man a precious gift. Although we may not know why he received it, we can be sure that there are reasons for all things. God’s purposes may be mysterious to us, but they are simple and clear to him.
I was looking forward to going hunting on the 98-acre farm that my family and I lived on. My wife had already left for work. I usually called her before going, but being in a hurry on this particular morning I didn’t.
I had about a two mile hike to my tree stand and arrived there around 10:15 am. My stand was about 20 feet high on the front side facing a thick patch of pines. The back side faced the river below and dropped off to huge boulders in the river below. I tied off my rifle to be pulled up after my climb to the top and began my upward ascent. I reached the top and positioned myself to pull my rifle up. Then without warning I heard a snap! I fell 80 feet into the river below.
I knew this was the end for me and though it was just seconds before impact, I felt as though the fall was in slow motion. Many thoughts raced through my mind. My wife, my daughter, my family, and no one knows where I am! Would I ever be found? Then, came total darkness. How long this darkness lasted I don’t know.
Then something wonderful happened! I felt myself leaving my body. I was floating a few feet in the air above the river. I looked at my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding from my mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle of blood underneath me on the boulder. As I reflected on the state of my body I felt a pulling and began to rise very fast! I began traveling at a high rate of speed upwards through the atmosphere.
I looked back and could see the earth. Such a beautiful site. It was so brilliantly lit. As I looked ahead I could see the planets. I thought to myself this cannot be. Where is Jesus? I was never told anything like this could or would happen when I died.
Faster and faster the speed was increasing! I saw other star systems and galaxies as I raced onward! I entered what seemed to be a hole of some sort. It was long and dark. However around me I saw streaks of light made up of every color in the spectrum. I saw a faint light growing brighter and brighter in the distance up ahead. As I entered the light I felt it all through my being. I was not afraid anymore.
Then suddenly I was standing before a massive set of steps. They led up to what seemed to be a bridge or walk of some kind. In the distance I saw a sight so magnificent and astounding! A city made up of what seemed to be glass or crystal. The lights were of many colors that radiated from it. Never have I ever seen such a sight. I began walking toward the city in a daze of unbelief. So many questions raced through my mind. I had to know where I was. What was happening to me?
I reached the front of the city and saw a double door that looked to be about thirty feet or so in height and width. It shined as if it was polished. As I stood there wondering, the doors began to open. I took a step back and looked inside. I could see what appeared to be people walking about on the inside, much like they do in a mall here on earth. These people though were dressed very different. For one thing they all seemed to be dressed in some sort of robes with hoods.
I entered through the doors in amazement at what I was seeing! The inside was massive. It seemed to be square in shape, with a balcony all around that led down to different levels. I walked up and looked downward over the balcony. It seemed to go on forever. When I looked up, I saw many people passing by me, yet no one seemed to notice me. Then one approached me and suddenly stopped. He slowly raised his head and I could see his face.
He appeared to be human in every respect but one. His eyes. He had no pupils. Yet they seemed to change colors in shades of blue. His hair was snow white. I wanted to speak but before I could he turned and pointed to a long hallway. Though we never spoke I knew I was to go down this hallway. Then as if nothing had ever happened, he continued on. Something beckoned me forward. I walked a long way down to the end of this hallway. I did not turn to the right or the left; I only went straight ahead. I knew somehow that my questions were about to be answered.
Again I saw before me a massive double door. It seemed to be of some type of metal—whether gold or not I could not tell. Suddenly the doors opened. I heard a voice, though not as we speak, but from inside of me; it seemed to say, “enter.” I did as I was told and the doors shut suddenly behind me! I was afraid for the first time. Total darkness. Total silence.
Then after a space of time the length of which I could not determine, a bright light began to glow in the room. Brighter and brighter it became. It was somewhat above me and in front of me. I tried to look but was almost blinded from it. I held my hands up in front of me and could make out the appearance of a figure sitting on some type of seat.
Then without warning it happened!
“What have you done with your life?” The voice penetrated my very being. I had no answer.
To my right I saw what seemed like a movie, and I was in it. I saw my mother giving me birth, my childhood and friends. I saw everything from my youth up. I saw everything I had ever done pass before my eyes! As my life played out before me I tried to think of good things I had done. I was raised in church and had been very active in church functions, yet as I pondered on this I saw a man in his car that had run out of gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a local store, and bought him some gas because he had no money. I thought to myself, why am I seeing this?
The voice was loud and clear. “You took no thought in helping this soul and asked nothing in return. These actions are the essence of good!”
I saw all the people I had hurt as well and was shown how my actions had set in motion the actions of others. I was stunned! I had never thought of my life having an effect on the actions that friends, family, and others I had met would take. I saw the results of all I had done. I was not pleased at all.
I looked on until the events came to an end. Indeed I had done so little with my life! I had been selfish and cruel in so many ways. I was truly sorry that I had done so little.
Then again loud and clear I heard the voice speak again. “You must return!”
I did not want to return though. I was content to stay and longed to stay even after the things I had seen and heard. “I have so many questions,” I replied, “things I need to know but don’t understand.”
“You must return and help others to change by changing your life. Physicians will want to perform surgery on you. Do not let this happen! If you do, you will never walk again. You will be visited by one who will bring you answers to the questions you have. When I call, you will come again. You will recover from all that has happened if you do these things. Look and see what lies ahead!”
I turned and saw the earth in a turmoil! Wars and death, terrible sights! Cities fell and new ones were built! I saw the United States and a volcano exploding covering many cities in darkness! I looked on and saw the collapse of our government as we know it. People killing for food and water, horrible sights! I saw what seemed to be a giant explosion in the earth’s atmosphere and much land was destroyed! I looked on and saw a new type of people, younger and of a peaceful nature. The cities were few that were left, but these people seemed to be content.
“It is time for you to go,” I heard again! I wanted to see more but the doors opened and I felt myself almost being carried down the hallway. I passed through the doors of the city and felt myself shooting through this hole I had come through. Faster I went, unable to stop! I entered the atmosphere of earth and saw the river below. I saw my body still lying there motionless!
Then it was like an electric shock so tremendous I felt my body jump! I opened my eyes and saw the trees above and the skyline. Then, Oh God, the pain! I was struggling for every breath, choking on my own blood.
I managed to roll onto my stomach. This pain was all I could bear. I looked at the sky and saw that the sun was lower than I remembered. I looked at my watch. It was 5:30! My only thoughts were how could I get help. I noticed my rifle was not far from me, still attached to the rope I had tied around my waist. I began pulling it toward me. I managed to grab hold of the barrel and pulled it up to me. I fired a shot about every ten minutes hoping someone would come.
It was getting late and I knew I would not make it much longer, so I began crawling on my stomach, pulling myself with the stock of my rifle. I managed to crawl up a trail that ran down to the river. It was thick with brush and briar patches. As I crawled I became tired and wanted to give up, the pain was so great I passed out many times. I knew though I had to make it, at least to where I could be found—I hoped! Finally, I saw the road that I lived on, and I could hear sounds in the distance.
“Yes, thank you, God,” I thought to myself. I began a feeble cry for help, but being too exhausted I just lay there in the road.
My father-in-law was returning from work and found me lying there. “It’s all right,” I heard him say, “help is on the way.”
That was the last I remembered until I saw the lights inside the ER. A doctor stood at my feet.
“Can you feel this?” he said.
“Feel what?” I asked. He had been sticking my feet and legs. I was paralyzed.
“We cannot help you here son,” he said. “We are sending you by ambulance to a hospital that will be able to handle your injuries.”
Whether from the pain or medication I went out like a light, until the next afternoon I awoke to find two doctors standing at the foot of my hospital bed. They introduced themselves as my attending physicians and proceeded to explain to me I must undergo surgery at once. The broken bones in my back were putting pressure on my spinal nerve causing paralysis.
Then I heard the warning I had heard before: “Do not let them perform surgery, or you will never walk again!”
I understood completely, but knew they would not. I told them I must see my wife and daughter first.
My wife arrived with my daughter shortly after the doctor’s visit. I told her what they had said. She advised me I must realize they were doing what was necessary to help me. I did not know how to tell her what I had experienced. I told her it was my “belief” that I should not be operated on. Although she disagreed, she honored my wishes.
When the doctors returned and I told them of my decision, they were very upset. I listened to lecture after lecture.
“OK,” one of them said, “if you never want to walk again that’s up to you!” Then they left.
That night I lay upon my bed and wept sorely. Was I insane? What was I doing?
A light began to fill my room. “You will be well,” I heard a voice say. Then it was gone. I composed myself and dosed off to sleep.
Months passed, then one morning I felt a tingling in my feet. I was overcome with joy! I told the nurse I wanted to get up and walk. She stared at me and said, “We’ll see, we’ll see.” I knew I was healed without a doubt.
The nurse put a call into my doctor and the next morning he stopped by. “So you think you can walk?” he said.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Well, we will see.”
A few hours later I was taken down to the physical therapy room. They carried me down and raised me up to a vertical position. The nurse helped me in front of a set of parallel bars. I gripped the bars and placed my feet firmly on the floor. One step. Two steps.
“My God, he’s walking!” the nurse said to the other nurse who had brought me down.
The next few days were hard. I took many trips to physical therapy and had numerous X-rays done per my doctor’s orders. My wife and family were all amazed, yet, I knew! I had been told! The rest had to be true as well.
My doctor was more amazed when he found no bones pressing on my spinal nerve. I quote him: “This is not normal. It seems a higher power has done for you what we were going to try and correct with surgery. I have never seen anything like this before.”
Since that day my life has changed and I have been able to help others in ways I never dreamed. I wanted to share this, as it is what has led me onward in My Quest for Truth!
The power of our Creator confounds the wise and opens the hearts and minds of those willing to receive his truth. He comforts us with the knowledge that he is in direct contact with us, even when things appear bleak. He prepares us for our future, and he loves us so much that he will not allow us to experience more than we can bear. “O death, where is thy sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
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Betty's first taped interview of her experience with her Publishers before the publication and release of her book Embraced By The Light. Some of what she shared was met with both warmth and skepticism, neither of which bothered Betty. She gave in simple language greater detail of that which came straight from her heart then she shared in her book. Her intensity and passion for her mission are felt as well as the comforting warmth of her laughter and joy.
Betty describes what it is like to see oneself three-dimensionally, being in the black mass, the beautiful sounds that cannot be duplicated on earth and how the pinpoint of light burst forth into a magnificent, brilliant light. She attempts to clarify some of what she experienced that is difficult to express in the language we have as mortals.
Betty also goes into deeper explanation of many topics, such as our auras, the use of prayer, the life-review, the law of expansion, how everything responds to love, how our loved ones on the other-side attempt to influence us for our good and much more.
What was originally a two-hour interview in 1992 has been condensed to approximately 59 minutes.
Betty's Podcasts are also available through iTunes and Stitcher Radio Shows & Podcasts
Friday, July 3rd
My Imperfect Love Has Strength Enough to Heal
The angels may have departed, but Joe was now there, comforting and protecting me. The love I felt from him may not have been as powerful as that from the angels or from Christ, but it was marvelous and very comforting nonetheless. The love we share as mortals may be imperfect, but it still has great power to heal and sustain. —Embraced By The Light - page 128
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love… Colossians 2:2
Father, the power of love that is in me as a mortal being is a great blessing and responsibility. Teach me to use tenderness and patience as I nurture and develop it within me. Bless me to use love in creating a better home and in strengthening family and all my relationships. May I be a comfort and strength to all.
Affirmation: The love I share grows and deepens because it is honest and comes from my heart.
“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…”