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
of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.”
During a time of despair while suffering from anorexia, Lara has an NDE and writes, "What I do know is that we should love each other and everyone's flaws, we are all here to learn, to make mistakes, to grow."
“Mum's Death Gave Me Life”
I heard someone saying, "You can't get to her that way. Come I will show you another way," writes Priti and more about her experience of how she received heavenly comfort after the death of her mother.
"I love God and Christ and deeply value your relationship with them..." Ruby shares her thankfulness for Betty's added "Preparedness" section of her website.
"He, too, had a "Life-After-Life" experience." Iva shares a letter from her friend who is an inmate and wanted to write to Betty because he had an NDE also.
During the birth of her son, Janie dies and then is returned to her body. "I wondered why The Lord allowed me to return only to see him suffer and die of cancer but I know now he was a blessing to me even for only his 36 years."
As we near the close of another year I am grateful to our Heavenly Father for blessing us to join again in Celebration of our Savior's birth. What a gift of truth he brought of our Father's unconditional love for us all; a message delivered so long ago and yet is everlasting! Life is not easy, nor was it meant to be. We each face challenges in one way or another. However, to have faith and hope that our Creator is ever present—ever anxious to see us through—strengthens and blesses us when nothing else can.
Every year I find new meaning to Christmas and its expression of beauty. The lights of many colors add joy to my heart and bring remembrance of the beauty I saw in heaven. One need only watch snow fall over barren trees and watch the transformation that takes place. I have and it was a delight to my soul. The white snow in just minutes created a very different scene. The once brown and straggly dead branches and bushes now were gleaming white and mystical in appearance, truly a winter wonderland!
I thought of my mortal life and how, when it is complete, I too, will take on a new appearance, one of greater beauty, purity and love. The promise of Christ to make me whiter than snow is just that: a promise that he will keep!
Last night, I gazed through my window at the twinkling lights of my newly decorated tree, I could not help but notice the weloming warmth that drew me back inside to be with family that came to help. This is what Christmas means to me: it symbolically represents our transformation through Jesus Christ, just like the snow that covers weathered branches and muddy paths. It is about the renewal of life through the teaching of Jesus that brings eternal life with God. It means the love of family and friends and offers us opportunity to do the tiniest act of good for another that will ripple out and make a difference in yet many more lives. Christmas can be magical if we bring God's gift of Christ back into it. Let's never let go of our hope and faith. Let's always celebrate Christmas!
May God continue to bless your every need and surround you with his eternal love. He blesses all. He is in control of all. And all we need to do is let him in our lives and seek the guidance of his will. Like any good parent, he gives us our space to grow, but when we are down and out, his loving arms wait open to hold us.
Let us bask in his eternal love always.
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."
I've been dealing with some negative energy recently that seems harmful and wakes me up in the middle of the night. Betty, what can I do? From your experience, were you told how to get rid of these things?
Though changing bad habits of negative thinking can be extremely difficult, there are actually many ways to work on this and improve one's ability to enjoy positive energy. I would recommend choosing one or two methods that seem to resonate at first. Then if something doesn't seem to be working, don't quit! Rather, keep working on it and try something new. Often, I've found, if we back our perspective away from the problem a bit and prayerfully look at it from higher ground, we are then able to see a fuller picture while discovering new ideas and inner promptings for dealing with a particular situation. Here are a few ideas to consider in attempting to become a greater vessel of positive thoughts and energy:
Invite positive forces. This is best done through prayer. Ask God to help you draw and use positive energy. Invite his guidance and direction in learning how to overcome negative and then affirm your prayer with your own heart, “I invite positive energy into my life, and my physical and emotional health are increasing in response.”
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
Speak positive words. Spoken words create lasting vibrations. Take some time to pick out some positive phrases to use out loud in place of the negative ones that you are in the habit of saying. Jesus taught the importance of our spoken words when he said, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)
I was shown the power of our spoken words and how they affect our energy within and around us and wrote about in Embraced By The Light:
"I saw different energies surround different people. I saw how a person's words actually affect the energy field around him. The very words themselves—the vibrations in the air—attract one type of energy or another…If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths." —Embraced By The Light - page 58
The following is a simple affirmation, yet powerful tool, to help one redirect their words toward being more positive: “I speak positive words which attract positive energies and create inner strengths.” Saying this out loud will have the added benefit of helping to enroll our subconscious to aid us toward replacing negative habits with positive ones.
Think positive thoughts - use affirmations. Our words begin as thoughts and our thoughts begin as feelings within our heart. Jesus taught, “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man… For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…” (Mark 7:15, 21)
"There is power in our thoughts. We create our own surroundings by the thoughts we think. Physically, this may take a period of time, but spiritually it is instantaneous. If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely…All creation begins in the mind... Thoughts are deeds..."
—Embraced By The Light - pages 58-59
We all experience adversity and opposition, it is how we learn and grow spiritually. The use of affirmations are a vital tool for replacing negative with positive. Just trying to "stop" a negative thought leaves a void, a vacuum that will quickly fill back in with more negative if you don't have something positive ready to fill that void. Take the time to write out and put together your own "arsenal" of affirmations to draw from when negativity begins to overwhelm and then practice them at other times too, so that they begin to internalize within your heart and being, and will begin to come to you naturally.
Choose our reactions – learn to pause. This takes practice! Practice noticing your reaction but not acting on it, then let it go and a new one will take it's place, perhaps one that will be more Christ-like than the first. It is not a particular circumstance that is important, it is our reaction to that circumstance that is important. I remember when I first started practicing this after I returned to my mortal self here on earth. Often I would have several reactions go by that I had to first acknowledge, then let go of—while pausing prayerfully and waiting for something higher to occur to me to do or say. Remember, I wrote in my books that I was born with a temper and grew up in boarding schools where I had to learn to defend my self to survive. This made for quite a challenge in learning to overcome my instincts that were not always the loving self I wanted to be.
Over the years this has become much easier so that often my first reaction is the Christlike one. That is my goal, to "have the mind of Christ" which we can't fully do while here on earth, but we can learn, practice and grow closer and closer to our goal to follow him and do as he would have us do. Here is a prayer from my Devotional that can help you create your own:
"Father, when negative thoughts seem to come from 'nowhere,' I will pay closer attention and search my own heart for their source. Thank you for so powerfully blessing me to have control over my life. Help me to progress beyond letting my imperfect thoughts rule my life. And bless me to lean upon your wisdom, understanding and guidance, instead." —Embraced By The Light Prayers & Devotions for Daily Living, September 29
Connect with our own spirit. Our own spirit is connected to God and has power over the flesh, but we need to pause, get quiet and search our hearts for wisdom, understanding and strength to overcome our weaknesses. The strength of our own spirit can empower our thoughts when we search our heart for the divinity that God implanted within each of us when he created our spirit:
"Because I knew that all creation begins with thoughts, I also knew that the creation of sin, and of guilt, and of despair, and of hope, and of love all start within us. All healing comes from within. All misery comes from within."
—Embraced By The Light – page 71
Create positive ripples by doing acts of kindness. Never underestimate the power of lifting another and doing good for others. When we do something for someone else, expecting nothing in return, we open our heart, our spirit energy to flow outward and receive goodness inward, we become a part of that heavenly flow of God's love.
"I saw myself perform an act of kindness, just a simple act of unselfishness, and I saw the ripples go out again. The friend I had been kind to was kind in turn to one of her friends, and the chain repeated itself. I saw love and happiness increase in others' lives because of that one simple act on my part." —Embraced By The Light - pages 113-114
Prayer can be a wonderful beginning toward doing good for others, the effort of which brings healing to ourselves as well. “Pray for one another that you may be healed...” (James 5:16)
Learn to have a grateful heart. Even when things seem to go wrong, we can learn to have a grateful heart. I give details about practicing and learning to do this in my current message for November at the top of this page.
Forgive our selves when we fall short. Know that you will have successes and failures, progress and setbacks. Don't quit! What is important is that we learn from our experience and never give up!
"When we fall down, we need to get up, dust ourselves off, and get moving again. If we fall down again, even a million times, we still need to keep going; we're growing more than we think. In the spirit world they don't see sin as we do here. All experiences can be positive. All are learning experiences."
—Embraced By The Light – page 70
Always remember our Source who is our Creator. There is no substitute for a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is key. As we invite his help in our lives—while turning to him for direction, seeking his guidance and will—we will grow our alignment with his ways becoming a channel of his love to others.
"We can recharge our own spirits through serving others, having faith in God, and simply opening ourselves to positive energy through positive thoughts. We control it. The source of energy is God and is always there, but we must tune him in. We must accept the power of God if we want to enjoy the effects of it in our lives." —Embraced By The Light – page 67
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The Gift of a Grateful Heart ...finding gratitude even when it seems far away
My Dearest Friends,
I'm extremely thankful to have a close and trusting relationship with my Heavenly Father; it comforts me when everything looks bleak. Even when struggling, I know he is still there though I may feel far away from him at the time. One of the ways I ensure this is to choose a grateful heart no matter what, just like I always choose to love—no matter what the day brings, love and gratitude are always what I choose and attempt to live up to. No matter how our human frailties or weaknesses may loom at the time, we can always choose to be grateful and we can always choose to love!
It may sound redundant and we all remember as children being told, "When you grow up, you'll understand…" Even so, the truth is this: When we leave this earth—we will have grown our own spirit; and we will understand the eternal value of our mortal struggles—all of them! And this is what I think about while I "grit my teeth" and go through whatever is troubling me. Hold on to your faith—especially when struggling!
Since my return from my NDE, I miss the wonders of heaven and the incomparable joy of being in the Savior's presence. I have seen great struggles and have spent many days literally walking through my house, usually while cleaning in an attempt to be useful, yet with all my heart seeking comfort and strength by thinking of things to be grateful for and whispering, "Thank you Lord for my health, for my physical strength and ability, thank you Lord for my family, I'm so grateful for all you give." Darkness is kept at bay while I think of things to be thankful for and soon my heart begins to swell with the magnificence of God's hand in my life.
“I also understood the importance of thanking God for the things we receive. Gratitude is an eternal virtue. In humility we must ask, and in gratitude we should receive. The more we thank God for the blessings we receive, the more we open the way for further blessings. His desire to bless us is full to overflowing. If we will open our hearts and minds to receive his blessings, we too will be filled to overflowing. We will know that he lives.” —Embraced By The Light - page 107
We must develop, nurture and expand our personal relationship with God. Leaning on the arm of flesh, whether it be a trusted friend, teacher or organized religion, if done without seeking a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, is setting one's self up to fall because no matter the spiritual level of others, they are mortal and subject to human frailties and misinformation. We can use others temporarily to shore up our faith or lean on to help us through a difficult time, God wants us to help each other! However, in the end, it is God in whom we must rely on, lean on and trust as our ultimate source. Some of the difficult times we experience may be specifically designed to teach us and help us learn to hang on to our Father!
God has my personal blueprint for my life here on earth, he has yours too, and you can be sure his design is flawless, it is perfect! And just like you, I don't have a perfect knowledge of his plan for me and must go forward in faith from day to day. But that's okay, God knows my purpose so I don't have to, I just have to desire his will and hope to fulfill his purposes and hope to experience the joy that comes from serving him well. Hope floats! From one desire to another. To hope is to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen—which brings in our imagination and imagination is the key to reality. Hope can float us through the darkness in our lives till we perceive and experience the warmth of God's light and love in our life once again...which we always will when we hold on to him! Hope and imagination help us create our reality.
Hang on to your connection with God. Strengthen it through study and prayer, nurture it through pondering his blessings and thanking him for his gifts frequently. Gratitude is part of the Universal Law of giving and receiving. Part of growing in our spiritual understanding and ability to love is by sharing what we have been given with others. This can be done by example as we gather our loved ones and talk about God's hand in our lives as well as express our thankfulness for his gifts. As we do, we invite further blessings and create ripples of love that will bless us, our families and all around us.
This election time has been a particularly difficult one and many have asked me for guidance. And perhaps this is a time for us to practice making difficult decisions. Weigh and measure everything—then follow your heart! Of course one cannot truly follow their heart without making God a part of their decision making process since he created our spirit and resides deep within each of our hearts. As a society, we are suffering the consequences of choices made over decades of focus on the world rather than on the things of God. Even so, it is never too late to turn to God! We, as a society, can and must turn to God to receive help from above . . . and each of us can do our part by following our heart, expressing our faith and trust in God and helping our loved ones do the same, creating loving ripples that will go out to all. It's never too late to turn to love and our Heavenly Father is always waiting to pour his blessings upon us as we turn to him and seek his guidance and will.
Bless each of us to feel your guidance and your Spirit in our hearts that we might strengthen our lives. We know that you lovingly watch over us always. Help us lean on you and trust your omniscient perspective and know that your will is always for our greatest good. Guide us in your everlasting, unconditional and purest love! During this time of the elections here in America, Father, bless us as citizens to understand our choices and have the ability to accept the consequences that our choices bring. Guide us through our awakening to your ways and to be able to help others do the same, that we might walk through this difficult time while leaning on you. Bless us to overcome our transgressions and replace self-centeredness with righteousness and bless our leadership, Heavenly Father, to exercise their influence in a way that will lift and foster your blessings and your will. I pray for each of us to recognize your hand in our lives, and remember to thank you for your gifts and blessings that lead us back home to you.
I pray these things in the precious name of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.
All my love,
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.
Our sufferings come not only with a price, but with a reward. How far will we grow in God’s love through the benefit of our trials? Some may be here to break a family’s cycle of addiction. Others, to support a family member or friend in their difficult mission. Some come to earth only briefly, but in their few minutes or hours may touch a life for eternity. —The Ripple Effect - page 17
But the God of all grace…after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10
Father, as I grow in spirit, I see your wisdom in allowing suffering to come into lives. Experiencing life’s hardships opens the door to greater blessings in our eternal lives. I am learning that all things of greatness come with a price and a reward. Believing this, I am thankful for the loving support of my family and friends as I pass through growing times; for their gifts of love and encouragement, and for the sacrifices they have made for me.
Affirmation: I give of myself and value the sacrifices made by others.
“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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