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.”
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My Dearest Friends,
I am often asked to share my knowledge gained during my NDE of what I was shown about our world and its current state of civil unrest, natural disasters and other consequences stemming from a falling away from God. I have hesitated to write about the disasters shown me in heaven because I have preferred not to focus on negativity nor have I wanted to create fear—and I know these events never need occur as mankind returns to love and to God. However, I was shown the possibility of these events for a reason, therefore, I wrote about some of them in my book, “The Awakening Heart.”
I was shown that the earth, too, had a spirit life, an energy that God gave it so that it could produce life-giving substances for our benefit. Then, as its inhabitants, we lent our own energy to that energy, changing the earth's to match our own. I saw that the atmosphere surrounding our earth was saturated with combustible components that had threatened our lives for years and were now ready to do further destruction. I knew that this was the effect of our greed and other sins we had committed against the earth, and we would have to suffer the consequences of that.
As I continued to observe, I saw our mountains, the majestic peaks that once stood solid and firm, burst into runny streams of molten rocks that smoothed out like melted chocolate. A shimmer of deep water glistened on land that was once desert, and a dark brown fog covered all else that I could see. People wandered aimlessly. They, too, appeared to be in darkness. Little life was left in them and great sorrow filled their hearts.
"This world belongs to you, Father," my spirit wept. "It was placed in our care. . . . Now we have destroyed it!"
I continued to watch scene after scene in amazement, like an observer at a fatal accident. “So this is our creation,” I thought. I knew that this was never God's will for our lives! He created us like himself and gave us gifts, special talents to develop and to use as we chose. He is the pattern that we are to follow, and his example would be the greatest respect to the earth that so richly gives of all it has. I thought back to the Savior's final words to me: "The days of the earth are short." I wondered if there was anything we could do before we met with this devastation.
I avoid focus on these calamaties because I was told that it does not have to be. We can make a change, a real change! God gave us the power of prayer to change what we do not want in our lives. He gave us the free will to think, to choose, to make a difference—to learn and become co-creators with him. We can make a difference through radiating our faith in God and using our power of prayer to seek his will. God's will, will be done—and his will is for his children to turn to him and to turn to love for one another. We can and will save our world when we choose God and higher standards for our change! The course is up to us and what the Heavenly Father will allow us to experience in order to turn mankind's hearts around and back to their Creator.
We are approaching the time of elections in the United States of America and as this time draws near I want to encourage you to vote, and not just vote, but rather, study, explore and choose prayerfully—seeking God's Spirit in all choices.
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).
It is in the Spirit of God that we can find comfort in troubled times. It is in the Spirit of God that our steps can be guided and we can use the gift of discernment in the choices we make. As we take the time to pray, to quiet ourselves and invite the Spirit of God to be with us, we can feel his presence and connect with our own spirit within our own heart.
We do live in troubled times where much clamors for our attention. Misinformation is rampant and with a dividedness that seems to only increase. Freedoms that we once took for granted only decades ago are quickly being whittled away and it appears we are being prepared to become submissive as we give up our choices to the latest "app" or trend. Capitulation is easily recognized in our airports as we line up and submit ourselves to indignity. Increasingly we are allowing someone or something else to decide on our exposure to what we read and say, how we spend our time, what influences our children, our families and in what ways we connect with others. Political "correctness" has become more important than honesty and our right to publicly acknowledge God and show our devotion to him have become criticized by an outspoken few with their own calculated agenda that does not include the well-being of all. We must search our hearts to connect with our higher values, higher standards, and greater faith—with inner strength that invite's God's Spirit to make our choices, rather than heed to the whim of mankind.
Jesus always spoke the truth which included extreme directness on occasion. In Matthew 23 he uses strong words and phrases such as "hypocrites," "fools and blind," "twofold more the child of hell" and in verse 27: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." Jesus was not only outspoken and direct, but used physical strength and righteous anger when he was angrily provoked by the money changers in his Father's temple:
"And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."
When Christians seeing sinful actions taking place, particularly by those proclaiming to be spiritual and religious, it should cause anger. Why? Because such anger reflects the attitude of Christ in these situations. Our anger should never be to hold a grudge or be wrongfully motivated, but must reflect Christ's anger when it is appropriate to the situation. Jesus was not a pacifist and neither should we be, we must stand firmly for what we believe as Christ stood firmly in his Father's will. Thus righteous indignation and anger are a part of being Christlike.
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. "
With God's Spirit as our foundation for choosing our words and deeds, we are strengthened by God and can lovingly—but directly and firmly—stand up for what we believe! As we do, we will lift up others also, and "tweak" the whole toward the standards and values we hold so dear.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8
We reap the consequences of our choices as well as those which God allows for us to create and learn from, and to grow from. The Heavenly Father does not interfere with our choices when we use our free will even though we might go against common sense or his higher will. Earth is not our true home and before our coming to mortality, our Creator promised us that he would not interfere in our lives unless we invited him to do so.
My beloved friends, let us not be complacent or pacifists, rather—let us become proactive, passionate and dedicated in our use of our discernment to make right choices while inviting God's Spirit to prompt us toward his loving will in all that we do!
We are men and women of faith, and faith is not complacent! We must take action to save our world and as we exercise our faith by taking action, we are following our Father in Heaven's will. Then, as we do our part by being responsible for what he has given us, we can then have faith that all is in his loving hands.
I pray for healing of our political divisions and for all the leaders in the world. May you heal our economy and help those who are working on solutions to solve our many problems. I pray for families to be strengthened and to feel their eternal bonds that they might be of greater support to one another. I pray for citizens of all nations to let their voices be heard and for their leaders to hear their voices and listen. I pray for the healing of Mother Earth, that her spirit might be calmed by our show of love and appreciation for all that she blesses us with--the oil, the water, the plant and animals life and all materials that provide us with food and shelter. I pray for us all to expand our ability to love and to draw closer to you, and that we might walk in righteousness so that you can bless us with the abundance of your Spirit. These blessings I thank you for and pray for in the name of your precious son Jesus Christ, who walked this earth to show us love, strength, appreciation and acknowledgement of you, amen.
Of the many near-death experiences I have heard, his is among the most miraculous and the most inspiring. He is a walking miracle, and his experience and his dedication to sharing it with as many others as possible touched my heart deeply. He is truly a man of God, and I was grateful to have the chance to learn more from him.
George had lived under the suppressive communist regime of the Soviet Union, from which he was about to escape when he was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Orphaned, adopted, and orphaned again, George had been an exceptionally bright student, he explained, graduating from the University of Moscow with a medical degree at the age of nineteen. But he had also been a dissident since his early teens, so the Soviet government long refused his requests to travel to America. After he started a family, the authorities, apparently convinced he would return, finally granted his request. He was waiting for the cab that would take him to the airport when he saw a car bearing down on him and soon found himself in a "darkness blacker than anything a human eye can imagine."
George's training did not prepare him for what he experienced next, when he realized he was no longer in his body and could find no scientific explanation for this. "I asked myself, 'How can I be when I don't have a body?'" he told me. "How can I see when I don't have eyes, and how can I think when I don't have a brain?"
Soon, he continued, he saw a light, but the fact that it appeared to be "outside of the darkness" confused him. "What was happening to me was impossible." he told me. "My beliefs were based on the laws of physics and concrete, scientific facts, and everything I was experiencing was contrary to everything I knew."
At first, as George kept looking for a rational explanation for what he was seeing and feeling, the light was no more comforting than the darkness had been. Finally, he became part of the light and was filled with wave after wave of "the purest form of love, above what our human minds can comprehend," he explained. "And I began to feel that what was happening to me was right. I belonged here, and my fear was leaving. I felt energized but, at the same time, so peaceful, and satisfied beyond my wildest imagination."
He then understood that the light was knowledge, and sensing that great knowledge was being made available to him, he asked to be shown his body. It was still under the car he had seen coming toward him.
He watched as his body was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where surgeons tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. He watched his wife learn that he had been killed and saw that everything would be all right with his family, that they did not need him to continue their existence. "I did not feel sad anymore not to be in my body," he said. "I even looked at it and wondered how I could have lived there."
George traveled in spirit to visit other loved ones on earth, including his dearest friend, whose wife was giving birth to their first child. It was there that George was able not only to understand someone's thoughts but also to make himself understood. The infant girl was crying uncontrollably, despite the doctor's efforts to comfort her, until George communicated to her to stop crying, and to everyone's surprise, she suddenly did. No one else could see George, nor did they know he was there. "I asked her if she understood me, and she communicated yes," George said. "I told her that they could not understand her, and she let me know her hip had twisted during her birth and was broken. I told her I wished they would understand, but until they did, to cry if it helped."
Much of what George told me that happened next reminded me of my own experience, when God's plan of creation came to me, and I rejoiced with the angels at its perfection. Similar to my own remembering of knowledge that had been hidden at birth by the "veil" of forgetfulness, George was allowed to receive pure knowledge, in which every question within his being was answered not just with words or pictures but with his participation in every event. He experienced a life review, in which he saw his own birth and learned the circumstances of his birth parents' death. He was also shown a detailed history of religion and of creation itself. "If I was part of an event, I was in the event," he told me. "If not, I was there observing with all senses each event. I was able to receive and understand all thoughts involved in everything I was a part of."
As caught up in his story as I was, my heart fills with joy when others tell me of their encounters with the love and light that I so vividly remember. By now some of what George had said caused me to wonder just how much time had passed during his experience. His answer was astonishing, even to me.
"When I was out of body, I realized that time is not real, and I could not understand the reason for measuring it," he said. "I understood that it was Friday when I was hit by the car and taken to the morgue and an autopsy was scheduled for Monday, to comply with Soviet policies regarding unnatural death. It did not look good that a bright young scientist with an American visa in his pocket was killed by a hit-and-run driver."
It was during the very first stages of the autopsy that George suddenly returned to his body. "I felt a force grab the back of my neck and push me instantly down," he said. "I was just hurled down instantaneously."
George is certainly not the first person I've met who returned to his body after entering the morgue, although a four-day experience ending on the autopsy table is unusual. But it's not as scary as it might sound. I have heard from enough near-death experiencers to know that it is not important to the person who comes back how they come back to the body. It's not frightening to them. Like a person who goes into shock and doesn't feel certain things that they otherwise would feel, we are sweetly anesthetized by God's love, so that we don't experience the trauma.
Such was the case with George, who felt no fear as he realized what was happening, just a fierce determination to let them know he wasn't dead. When he succeeded, the autopsy room erupted in chaos. The procedure was halted, George's heart was started, and he was rushed to the hospital, where his recovery kept him for nine months. He was able to speak again within three days of his return, however, and what he said was almost as shocking to his friends and family as the fact that he was there to say it.
"The first thing I did was ask my wife to bring my friend whose child I had communicated with when I was out of body." he said. "I told them why the child was crying and asked them to have her X-rayed. They said it was impossible that I should even know about the child, much less that something was wrong." Of course, the X-rays proved him correct.
Even more unsettling to his wife was his ability to relate to her some of the thoughts she had while he was dead. "She watched me from a distance for a year before she could really accept all that had happened."
As remarkable, even miraculous, as George's near-death experience is, and it attracted a lot of local attention, much to the displeasure of the Soviet authorities, what's most inspiring is what George has done with his life ever since. The life that he was given back that day on the autopsy table, George has given to God.
"I wanted to be affiliated with the spiritual world or the church in any way possible." he told me, his eyes bright with the memory of the light and knowledge he had witnessed. "Prior to my near-death experience, I was a skeptical scientist. With the knowledge I touched in my experience, I understood there is a power greater than the human mind can comprehend."
How Can We Improve Our Ability to Connect with Family and Friends?
Dearest Betty, Thank you for coming back to earth and for sharing what you were taught in heaven and about the importance of our relationships with family and loved ones. Yet technology seems to be taking over and often gets in the way. Do you have any insight on how to deal with this?
“God began to place in my life people who carried spiritual energy that could sustain me along the way. I had been shown during my experience that we draw energy from each other—some people we receive energy from and some draw energy from us—in a constant exchange.”—The Awakening Heart, page 102
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, mobile devices and other computerized technology, become 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!
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America Our Foundation in God
The current state of our world is cause for great concern, however, this has been ongoing for many years now. Rather than becoming numb to the violence we see or giving in to fear, we can exercise our faith in God; hold to our alignment with his Spirit that we feel in our hearts; and remember that he is in control of all things. He is our ultimate source! We are in his care and he wants us to freely turn to him for our strength, hope and love. As we "stay the course," by placing our trust in our Father in Heaven—we will walk with a firm step through every storm of our lives!
In the spirit world, I was told Satan's strongest desire to control and destroy the world would be through our families. It is his hope to destroy mankind by breaking up the family unit and by separating them from God. Satan attempts to access each generation by removing both spirituality and the mother from the home. By destroying families, he can be confident that the breakdown of society will soon follow . . . which we are witnessing happen today as violence, destruction and calamity increase.
I was told that denying our Creator, who is God himself, would be the foremost cause of these consequences. So I was given to know that calamities need never occur if we will bring ourselves into harmony with God and the universe. We can, by choice, return to higher standards of living—and draw our children with us through our loving example and parenting. As role models, we prepare them for society and the world. With our wisdom and trust in God, a foundation of loving confidence is imprinted on them, and thus their ability to meet any challenge is made steadfast. We can restore the spiritual balance of our creation if we choose to!
As we meet the holiday week ahead in celebrating the birth of the United States of America, let us first count our blessings and begin it by renewing our divine connection to God. Then, let us educate ourselves, to not only current events, but to our foundation, our history of what our Founding Fathers created and why—and then pass that information on to our children, who are the root of our future society. Many children today do not even know why we celebrate July 4th or understand the meaning of patriotism or begin to grasp the high standards and eternal principles that our country is founded upon and that separate us from others—a nation founded under God.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
I am an American! I love to celebrate America's birth! And I am a Patriot who is a person who loves her country and defends it vigorously when necessary, for I have seen its worth in the eyes of God. For me this means holding true to the constitution and to the principles our Founding Fathers used to unite and agree to its wording. It also has deep meaning in my heart when I think of my gratitude for this beautiful country and my love for her dreams and aspirations.
And because we are all brothers and sisters around the world, we are spirit family who share this Earth together. As we awaken to who we really are, children of God within an eternal family of one, we feel greater concern for each other and are better able to seek the well-being of all—for the spiritual well-being and blessings of everyone. May America rise up to continue to be a shining example unto the world.
During this time of celebration, regardless of what country we call home, we can draw our families close and strengthen our eternal bonds of love within our homeland. Our foundations must be firm in God's ways and our connection to him be felt, that we might be loving support to those nations closest to us as they experience our loving example . . . creating loving ripples that will go out from our families to those around us and join others to bathe our world in God's healing love!
One of Christ's promises is that nothing from outside us can defile us, only that which comes from within our own heart. (See Mark 7:15 – 23)
Let us be mindful of our words and deeds that go out from us and especially consider our little ones who are always learning from what we say and do. They look to us to form and internalize their own values and ideals and often are paying closer attention than we may realize. Where do we place our focus? Where do our interests lie? To what do we give our energy? What do our children see come out from our own heart? When it comes to our children, we are always teaching in some way. And may one of the greatest lessons we teach our children be our trust in, dependence on and love for God, family and country. May our faith, hope and love for God be passed on to our little ones as they feel our hearts when they listen to us pray!
My prayers are for each of us to be guided to a firm foundation in God that will direct our way as we shore up our families and discover new ways to give that quality time and unconditional love to our children that they are so in need of. As parents, our voices are heard by our Heavenly Father. As mothers, we have the ability to implore him mightily for our children! As families, the angels await our prayers so they can administer blessings already prepared by the loving Heavenly Father.
During this July 4th time of celebration, lets gather our families in thankfulness for our country, the sacrifices made since her birth, for the blessings we enjoy today as a result and for our families, our loved ones and for each other!
With all my love, Betty
Please join me in prayer for our country...
Father in Heaven,
Thank you for your blessings of beauty and love. Thank you for this great nation founded on your blessings of abundance and 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 turned to you and were courageous and determined, dedicating their lives to what they believed, that future generations might be blessed. Bless those men and women who give service in our armed forces today and their families to do well and thrive.
Place your Spirit upon our leadership and touch their hearts with the solutions that will end all strife and suffering. Bless the world leaders to be guided by your hand to make higher choices that will enable your blessings to be poured upon all your children. Pour your blessings upon all those who give their lives in service to raise the vibration of mankind, those who give themselves to end suffering, to heal divisions and conflict, to solve our world's problems for the good of all, as well as those who simply give themselves to teach your truths to their fellow man—strengthen them, Father, give them courage and guide them from above, that what has been created spiritually in heaven might manifest here upon our precious Earth.
Heavenly Father, bless all of us with greater thankfulness for this blessed land and to do our part in the choices we make. Lift us, guide us and walk beside us as we make our way through the difficult times ahead. And may all other countries also see and feel your hand in their lives, that they might make higher choices as well, that all your children might live in love and gratitude for your many blessings, that you might be glorified as your kingdom of love spreads to all the far corners of our world.
As we celebrate the birth of the United States of America, may we never forget that we are under your divine guidance!
Oh Heavenly Father, may each of us and our families serve you and your purposes well! We thank you for and pray for these blessings in the name of the Savior of our world, even our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
God bless you and thank you for coming here.
May you feel the Spirit of God within every page
And know that he loves you unconditionally
He will never forsake you.
As one prays and listens, the life-giving words of the Creator enter the soul. It is one thing to pray, it is another to listen to the answer. —The Ripple Effect - page 104
Hear instructions, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Proverbs 8:33-34
Father, bless me to be still and quiet in moments of prayer, to wait upon the calming direction of your spirit in answer to my requests. Bless me with patience to give time, energy and reverence to listening for your voice. And give me courage to act upon what you show me without doubt or reluctance.
Affirmation: In reverence and humility I listen for God’s voice, which quickens my spirit.
“Today is the day the Lord hath created, I will rejoice and be glad in it”
As we learn to Praise God in all things, even through our trials, even through our struggles—we will find our trust in God grow stronger. We will begin to feel a peace that passes understanding and is not of this world. And we will find a greater alignment with God that grows our confidence in our ability to follow his direction in our daily lives. "Be in the world but not of it" is a challenge common to all of us and learning to Praise God in all things can help us meet this goal.
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