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.”
I understood with pure knowledge that God wants us to become as he is, and that he has invested us with god-like qualities, such as the power of imagination and creation, free will, intelligence, and most of all, the power to love. I understood that he actually wants us to draw on the powers of heaven, and that by believing that we are capable of doing so, we can.—Embraced By The Light, page 61
My Dearest Friends,
While in heaven, I was shown that we are sent to earth to become more like our Creator. God is the Father of our Spirit and in forming us in his likeness, he implanted his qualities within our spirit in embryo. Our mortal lives are the perfect opportunity to develop these traits, particularly our ability to love. Our Heavenly Father designed this world in such a way that it provides the perfect "school room" for us to learn and grow our spirit essence to become more like he is. As we suffer the opposition and its effects in our lives, we learn to discern positive from negative, we are strengthened spiritually and we gain wisdom through added understanding that enables us to make wise choices and learn to love.
Using the analogy of an airplane, it takes 4 forces for a plane to take off from the ground and achieve flight: 1—Weight, caused by Gravity; 2—Drag, caused by the friction of the air being pressed against; 3—Thrust, which is the force of the plane's engine; and 4—Lift, which is caused by the plane's wings. We might compare this to the forces that help our own spirit advance spiritually and learn to fly:
Weight of daily living – The heaviness we feel when something is hard to bear. Our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual burdens.
Opposition – The adversary, negative energy, the winds of negativity we all press against in this world and strive to overcome.
Desire – Our desire fuels us toward our Creator. Seeking God's will in our lives pushes us forward. Using the spiritual gifts he has implanted in each of us move us toward our destination.
Hope – Imagination is the key to reality. We choose our direction through the wings of our faith and understanding of God's blessings and of what awaits us in our heavenly home.
Then, once the plane achieves flight, it does not go directly to its destination. Air currents continually alter the plane's path as changes in air pressure, temperature and humidity cause the plane to deviate from its flight plan. Course corrections are constantly being made to correct these deviations. Computers, expertise and experience help the pilot redirect the plane back on course. On average, a plane will spend 95% of its flight actually off course. We might look at our mistakes the same way. They are constant reminders of the need to correct our course and fine tune our path back to our heavenly home.
Additionally, as the flight attendants always tell us before flying, if there is turbulence causing us to need additional oxygen, we are to secure our own mask first, thus ensuring we have the oxygen we need before helping those around us. This is true spiritually as well because we cannot give to someone else what we do not already have within.
And the times that we live are turbulent! There is much in these trying times that would distract us, frighten us or otherwise push us away from our goal. We need God's continuous help in our lives to navigate through the storms we experience and we need his attributes in dealing with our trials. One might think of drawing from this needed help as putting on the "full armor of God."
The Full Armor of God
If one looks to Ephesians chapter 6, verses 11-16, Paul admonishes us to put on the full armor of God, that we may be able to withstand opposition. He then gives details of what this armor is and tells us to put on truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Spirit while praying always.
Putting on the full armor of God
protects us from our own self!
Today, more than ever, we need God's armor—daily! Rather than putting on his armor for the sake of self-righteousness, we need his armor to protect us from our own weaknesses. We need to put on God's attributes when facing the world. We must develop our personal relationship with him. We must communicate with him. We must align with his Spirit to guide and direct the constant choices we make each day. We have all felt the "speeding up of time" that we experience while living in the "end times" causing our plates to most likely be full at any given moment. It is vital that we be led through every decision we make and be strengthened to accomplish good amidst the turbulence we all feel. Putting on the full armor of God is part of our Preparedness efforts. It is most important that we prepare spiritually—so that we can then be guided toward both our physical and spiritual needs, particularly the needs of our families and loved ones.
Putting on the full armor of God means putting on his attributes which protects us from our own selves. When feeling critical of another, put on the full armor of God. When feeling hateful toward someone, put on the full armor of God. When feeling hard-hearted toward another of God's children in any way, put on the full armor of God!
Though separated from heaven, we share a common Father who created us in his likeness with his own attributes. Jesus is the example we are to follow and as we learn of him and seek his presence in our lives, we will grow our capacity to align with God's divine will. We have the power to live without fear as we exercise our faith in God and his plan for us.
As we learn to use divine attributes in our lives, we will find the confidence to reach for and accomplish our prayerfully set goals. And when struggling, we can remember that nothing passes by the Heavenly Father without his approval. If he allows a problem in our life, we can be sure that we have what is needed to overcome and that it will serve our greater good in some way.
We each are given spiritual attributes tailored specifically for our individual missions here on earth which have been designed for our unique needs. Some we may be already aware of, others we may have yet to discover. As we look within and trust our abilities, we will find the right spiritual tool is always there for us.
Every man hath his proper gift of God,
one after this manner, and another after that. 1 Corinthians 7:7
Our spiritual gifts are best suited to fulfill our individual missions in life. Yet we all share the mission and purpose of learning to love. Our Creator knows that we need his help to do this and God wants us to draw upon the powers of heaven for assistance, and by believing we are capable of doing so—we can!
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.
“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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God’s Creations Are Perfect in Every Detail
My escorts…led me from the garden to a large building. As we entered it, I was impressed with its details and exquisite beauty. Buildings are perfect there…Every structure, every creation there is a work of art. —Embraced By The Light - page 108
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones…And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:18-19, 23
Thank you, Father. All that you are, all that you create, reflects the beauty of your love and your magnificent spirit.
Affirmation: My God is a Master Craftsman. He designed and made me perfect.