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Above all else, Love one another

"Because our spirits remember the plan we chose for this life, we are often drawn to people or situations that impact us in important ways. This is often the force behind 'chance' encounters. I was told there are no coincidences. However, making the most of these opportunities is up to us as we exercise our free will."

The Ripple Effect, p. 20

"Reaching even just one soul with the message of God's love sets into motion a reaction which passes that hopeful message to others and then to more, rippling out to reach countless souls."

The Awakening Heart, p. 4

"Forgiveness of self is where all forgiveness starts. If I am unable to forgive myself, it is impossible for me to truly forgive others. And I must forgive others. What I give out is what I receive. If I want forgiveness, I have to give forgiveness."

Embraced By The Light, p. 116

"God not only prepares us to do his will, he also gives us all that we need to do it. He sends to our path the right people when we need them, whether we realize it or not."

The Awakening Heart, p. 132

"God has a vantage point we can never perceive. He sees into our eternal pasts and futures and knows our eternal needs. In his great love he answers prayers according to this eternal and omniscient perspective. He answers all prayers perfectly."

Embraced By The Light, p. 106

"God knew we would make mistakes. Life is all about mistakes. It is constant change and growth. Our greatest challenges in life will one day be known to us as our greatest teachers."

The Awakening Heart, p. 118

"We are all collectively bonded to each other while on Earth, united in this one supreme purpose: to learn to love one another."

Embraced By The Light, p. 97

"The knowledge of what has always been, remains in us,
. . . When we follow our hearts, when we are in tune and balanced, and when we listen to the still inner voice within
. . . we 'know.'"

The Awakening Heart, p. 53

"We are sent here to live life fully, to live it abundantly, to find joy in our own creations . . . to use our free will to expand and magnify our lives."

Embraced By The Light, p. 59

"When we trust in God, he guides and directs us to further knowledge as we need it. Growth is a process, and when we take time to internalize and understand what we believe, we are more richly blessed; our beliefs radiate in our countenances for all to see."

Embraced By The Light pp. 43-44

"When we leave ourselves open to God to learn more about unconditional love, he readily sends us the people we need to learn to love without judgment. Put to the test, our spirits expand with greater love, God's pure love, and it shines brighter within us."

The Awakening Heart, p. 159

"Life does not end when we die. Death is a rebirth into a spirit world of light and love, a transition from the physical to the spiritual that is no more frightening or painful than passing between rooms through an open doorway. It is a joyful homecoming to our natural home, . . ."

The Awakening Heart, p. xi

"The fact of a pre-earth life crystallized in my mind, and I saw that death was actually a 'rebirth' into a greater life . . . that stretched forward and backward through time."

Embraced By The Light, pp. 31-32

"No music on earth can compare to the vastness and strength of the songs of God's praise that I heard in the spirit world [which] soothed and comforted me....Music can be a source of great healing—as well as the opposite."

The Awakening Heart, p. 70

"As we each find one person with whom to share our light, a wonderful miracle begins to take place: we find the Lord answering our individual prayers and preparing us to become the light, the answer, to yet many others."

The Ripple Effect, p. xvi

"By coming here without our eyes fully open, we are forced to follow the whisperings of our spirits—those quiet truthful impressions that spring from the subconscious. As we follow them, we begin to hear also the whisperings of God."

The Ripple Effect, p. 2-3

"Our Father in Heaven created man in his own image—which is that of a perfect and multifaceted man. Women, too, are in the image of God and are multifaceted. Women's bodies are co-creators of mortal life, and this makes us Godlike in a literal sense. In heaven, women and men are perfectly balanced in their roles and are equal. Standing side by side, they are perfect complements of each other."

The Ripple Effect, p. 6

"A great Awakening has begun. People around the world are opening their eyes to their own spiritual natures. They are beginning to see who they truly are and what they have always been—beings with an eternal past and a glorious future."

The Ripple Effect, p. 14

"As long as we have life here, we are learning, our spirits are growing, and we are coming closer to the divine, even by the things we suffer. We may not always know what to do in our lives, we may be troubled and in pain, but be assured, as long as we are here, we are growing."

The Ripple Effect, p. 16

"In reviewing my life I saw that I often repeated the same mistakes over and over until finally I learned the lesson. But I also saw that the more I learned, the more doors of opportunity were opened to me. And they were literally opened. Many things I thought I had done by myself were shown to have been extended by divine help."

Embraced By The Light, p. 115

"When God compels us and offers opportunities for teaching his love and truth, we must teach as Christ taught: meekly, lovingly, and by laying down our convenience and temporal security. Then, like so many dominoes set up by his hand, we touch our neighbor, we unite as one, and God's love and truth ripple out into all the world."

The Ripple Effect, p. 44

"Jesus's message is that we are all to love one another; we are not to presume to choose which of God's children are unworthy of his love. Only God knows the hearts of man. . . . By judging others, we display the shortcomings in ourselves."

The Awakening Heart, pp. 166 & 169

"We can each experience a taste of His embrace by opening ourselves to His unconditional love and then by giving that love away to everyone we meet. The ripple effect, from its very source, is available to all who are willing to pass it along to others. Heaven can be anywhere."

The Ripple Effect, p. 13

"Those whose hearts have been awakened to God have a responsibility to share his love with others. That is the nature of service and of love; all of our lights shine brighter when we pass them along."

The Awakening Heart, pp. 194-5

"Each one of us came to earth on a personal mission to be loved or to give love. We are to learn the value and price of love. Other parts of our mission include learning patience, humility, self-discipline, and other virtues. These attributes are parts of love."

The Ripple Effect, pp. 16-17

"I had seen in the spirit world that all material things were created first in spirit; then we bring them to physical reality with the tools and the gifts God gave us. God has always used what has always been."

The Awakening Heart, p. 90

"There was no questioning who he was. I knew that he was my Savior, and friend, and God. He was Jesus Christ, who had always loved me, even when I thought he hated me. He was life itself, love itself, and his love gave me a fulness of joy, even to overflowing. All my life I had feared him, and now I saw—I knew—that he was my choicest friend."

Embraced By The Light, p. 42

"An important purpose for mortality is to help us learn to recognize and to choose the positive even though the negative more fully surrounds us. We make this choice consciously or unconsciously in every moment of the day, and these millions of tiny choices create the foundation of our identity. We are what we think. We are what we say, what we do, what we fill our lives with. Ultimately, every being creates himself by these countless, crucial choices."

The Ripple Effect, pp. 73-4

"Letting go of loved ones when they pass into the next life is natural and right. In letting go and praying for their continued growth, we share our love for them and open ourselves up to the power we need to move on. We need not insist that they return to comfort or calm us. God is able to do that as his spirit works among us, guiding us to the full and rich lives he intends for each of us."

The Ripple Effect, p. 231

"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, p. 128

"God perfectly understands our lack of knowledge. He knows that most of us do not remember our commitments to him. In his eyes we are like little children: susceptible and even expected to make mistakes."

The Ripple Effect, p. 38

"We live and thrive by doing things, by testing our limits, by opening ourselves up to new experiences and challenges, by seeking joy and even happiness as we step out—not in fear or anxiety, but in faith. Faith opens us to new and sometimes wonderfully crazy ideas. Why? Because in faith, we believe that God—in his strength and good grace—will show us when we go too far, and that if we get hurt, he will help us to learn from the experience."

The Ripple Effect, pp. 78-79

"To become as perfect as a mortal being can become, we need to bring the mind, body, and spirit into total harmony. To become perfect in the spirit, we must add to that harmony Christlike love and righteousness."

Embraced By The Light, p. 57

"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. 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. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts."

Embraced By The Light, p. 58

"Being positive doesn't mean forcing ourselves to overlook negative ordeals. Failing at something "over and over and over" happens even to positive people. It can break our hearts and bring temporary despair, but it can also increase our endurance and strengthen our character. Looking for the positive effects of negative experiences helps us to develop highter wisdom. Being positive means opening ourselves to insights, solutions, and even miracles. A simple way to do this is to ask God to surround us with positive energy and then to consciously absorb it."

The Ripple Effect, p. 76

"Every encounter we have, even if brief and seemingly unimportant, may have more significance than we know. A brief encounter may begin a greater ripple that reaches its intended purpose years later. Everyone who comes into our lives may be part of our mission, and we, a part of theirs. Understanding this can give meaning to the common events of life. By being positive and helpful towards others, even in casual moments, we can make the most of our time on earth."

The Ripple Effect, p. 19

"We will never know all the effects of our prayers in this life. We won't know all the good we do, the hearts we touch, the lives we bless. We will not even know what good we have brought into our own lives through prayer. And we cannot know—until we get there—what joy we give heaven by the power of our prayers."

The Ripple Effect, p. 107

"We may become like the angels themselves, helping others who are in need. In prayer and service our lights will always shine. Service is the oil to our lamps generated by compassion and love."

Embraced By The Light, p. 107

"...this crazy mind-boggling world is ours. We chose to come to it, and we chose this period of time in which to come. Many of us were among the strong ones, ready and determined to come and bless this world in these chaotic times. Now's our chance."

The Ripple Effect, p. 91

"God never uses his love to hurt us. To do so would countermand his own law of judgment. 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...' So he will never let us down, will never forsake us. His love is extended to all, and he knows exactly how to reach each person..."

The Ripple Effect, p. 54

"The spirit speaks a universal language, deeper and more powerful than voice. It communicates accurately and clearly, piercing through mankind's ignorance or false understandings and recognizing each person's true desires."

The Ripple Effect, p. 95

“‘Love one another,’ Jesus had said. ‘If you can do that, all else will be fine.’ Setting an example of love, and knowing that no one has the answer for all, gave me greater focus and vision for his will in my life.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 44-45

“We are to live by faith, not by sight. Sight is involved with the cognitive, the analytical mind. It rationalizes and justifies. Faith is governed by the spirit. The spirit is emotional, accepting, and internalizes. And, as with every other attribute, the way to gain faith is to practice the use of it. If we learn to use what we have, we will receive more. This is a spiritual law.

Embraced By The Light, p. 65

“Life on earth is our opportunity to learn unconditional love as Jesus taught it, to serve and sacrifice personal welfare in behalf of others. Part of Jesus' mission was to die for us…ours is to live as he did.

The Ripple Effect, p. 31

“Once our prayers of desire have been released, we need to let go of them and trust in the power of God to answer them. He knows our needs at all times and is simply waiting for an invitation to help us. He has all power to answer prayers, but he is bound by his own law and by our wills. We must invite his will to become our own. We must trust him. Once we have asked with sincere desire, doubting nothing, we will receive.

Embraced By The Light, pp. 104-05

“One of the grandest mysteries of God is his foreknowledge. Truth is knowledge of things as they were, as they are, and as they are to come. God, possessing all truth, has the ability to know all things in advance. This being the case, we can trust him to give us only that which will be good for us in completing our life's mission successfully.

The Ripple Effect, p. 125

“As mortals we are to share light and love with each other—a spiritual exchange of energy, not the selfish pursuit of physical love.

The Awakening Heart, p. 40

“Each person's life is multifaceted, and we should trust the power of God and his angels to give us every opportunity we need to succeed. Our part is to seek to improve ourselves and, above all, to love others more fully. By praying for guidance and letting love rule our hearts and minds each day, we will eventually accomplish our many purposes.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 2

“We were conceived in love spiritually, and love is the center of our beings. It is the energy of our souls, the spark of our divine nature. Being made of love, we cleave to it and seek it in all that we do. When we do not have it, or when we have lost it, we grieve. Its presence or absence colors our every action. It is life. It is happiness. It is salvation itself.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 145

“We are born to this earth with our soul, the pure part of us we bring to earth from the spirit world. As we develop, we lose some contact with that spirtual part—our divine self—in a process of forgetting that is necessary for our development. But we can lose too much, and when we have lost all awareness of our divinity, we become spiritually disconnected and depressed. To feel whole again, each of us can and must reconnect with our spiritual self.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 215

“The road back from darkness is seldom easy or quick. Daily effort is required to stay on course, but a whole new world awaits at the end, if we persist. As we pray for help and stop thinking so much of our own misery, seeking instead to serve others, we will find peace in our souls. This service, combined with self-forgiveness and faith that God has already forgiven us, will renew us in spirit and grant us more energy to pursue the opportunities before us.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 208

“Through my own journeys, I have learned that it often seems easier not to move on; even the muck and mire in which we are stuck often seems less fearful and challenging than the unknown path ahead.... But faith is not complacent: faith is action. You don't have faith and then wait...you act upon it.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 220

“Many faiths on earth do not include Christ but are loved and used by God nevertheless. Our Father never turns away a person who searches for him. He created our mortal conditions and knows perfectly what we face in sometimes godless circumstances. A person born to a home that does not recognize God is not cursed, but rather blessed with the needed opportunities of growth uniquely available in that home. Any person searching for any degree of light, in any religion or system of belief, is graced by God with opportunities for greater light.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 110

“I saw the evil in surrendering to...my personal cycles of guilt and fear. I understood that I had to let go of the past. If I had broken laws or sinned, I needed to change my heart, forgive myself, and then move onward. If I had hurt someone, I needed to start loving them—honestly—and seek their forgiveness. If I had damaged my own spirit, I needed to approach God and feel his love again—his healing love.”

Embraced By The Light, pp. 69-70

“We are all shepherds to some degree. We are all compelled by the spirit to seek his truth and do his will, each in our own way, creating waves that overlap others and resonate within their souls, inviting them to do better, to look to God, to live life to the fullest with joy.”

The Ripple Effect, p. xv

“I knew that as part of his plan—as part of our growth—God may allow us to go through trials in a sorting-out period, a cleansing, a purification time when we are often forced to make new decisions based upon our currrent faith and trust in him.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 25

“How empowering it is to know that we are so blessed, so directed by our Creator, to know that even in our weaknesses he never gives up on us. He encourages us in unending and marvelous ways to find and use our natural strengths for higher purposes, for a higher plan.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 143

“Heaven in all its glory could be summed up in one word: Christ. He is the light of creation, the joy of all life, and above all, the deepest love of our souls. To embrace him is to embrace the meaning of life and the eternal power of God.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 12

“God is love in its purest form. His love seeks nothing from us and demands nothing of us. His love is unconditionally given to all who believe in him. To be in his presence and share his love, we must become as he is and learn to love without judgments or conditions.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 39

“Despair is never justified, because it is never needed. We are here to learn, to experiment, and to make mistakes. We don't need to judge ourselves harshly; we just need to take life one step at a time, not worrying about other people's judgment of us, nor measuring ourselves by their measuring sticks. We need to forgive ourselves and be grateful for the things that help us grow. Our most severe challenges will one day reveal themselves to be our greatest teachers.”

Embraced By The Light, pp. 70-71

“If we live true to the spirit we came to earth with, we can progress more quickly. We do that by expressing the love of God that is within us, and we do that by loving God, ourselves, and each other. It is that simple.”

The Awakening Heart, p. 119

“Prayers take form as an energy that if visible would be seen to add light to our presence or the aura around us. Our souls glow brighter in prayer as our spirits communicate with the Divine, because we are made more divine by the act of honest communication with Deity.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 95

“We are like babies crawling around, trying to learn how to use the forces within us. They are powerful forces and are governed by laws that will protect us from ourselves. But as we grow and seek the positive all around us, even the laws themselves will be revealed. We will be given all that we are prepared to receive.”

Embraced By The Light, p. 71

“If each of us shares our light, soon all dark corners will be reached, and we will begin the healing of the world by chasing out darkness. We, too, will begin the healing of our own souls.”

The Ripple Effect, p. xvi

“It is our desires, not the wording or form we use, that provides the energy that makes our prayers effective. Without a desire to connect with God, our prayers become hollow and meaningless. But with true desire, our prayers not only ascend to heaven, but they nurture us well.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 95

“During my experience, I learned that there are two parts to every person. They can be described in various ways: male and female, intellectual and emotional, protective and nurturing, right brain and left brain. Often we go through life being one way or the other, but we can learn to balance both parts. Being off balance, too far one way or the other, keeps the spirit away from where it needs to be to achieve its greatest growth.”

The Awakening Heart, pp. 129-130

“Our passion is the energy through which we serve our purpose. When we serve our purpose, we feel our passion. By following our passion, we will tap into the energy God gives us to serve our purpose."

The Awakening Heart, p. 223

“God wants us to become as he is, and has invested us with godlike qualities. I understood that he wants us to draw on the powers of heaven, and that by believing we are capable of doing so, we can.

Embraced By The Light, p. 61

“Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to bring to the world your unconditional love. Through your example in him, he has blessed us with love that never waivers or fails."

Prayers and Devotions for Daily Living, 12/14

“What works best for me is simply to allow myself to become very still, something I can do anywhere, at any time. Then I invite God’s presence to enter. As I contemplate that unseen, spiritual part of me, I feel it expand to become the greater part, filled to overflowing with his love. When my ego tries to dominate, I have learned to release myself and allow the spirit to prevail. Then I am calm again. I return to a deep sense of peace and knowing that can be felt only when my spirit is in tune with God and I can sense his presence within me.”

The Awakening Heart , pp 216-217

“We may see people facing one challenge on top of another and wonder whether they can take one more thing. Their growth is enhanced by their willingness to take what appear to be negative events and turn them into something very positive. These individuals continue to grow and expand at a tremendous rate, unlike others whose lives just drift along."

The Awakening Heart, p. 218

“We were conceived in love spiritually, and love is the center of our beings. It is the energy of our souls, the spark of our divine nature. Being made of love, we cleave to it and seek it in all that we do. When we do not have it, or when we have lost it, we grieve. Its presence or absence colors our every action. It is life. It is happiness. It is salvation itself.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 145

“As I remained in the Savior's glow, in his absolute love, I realized that when I had feared him as a child, I had actually moved myself further from him. When I thought he didn't love me, I was moving my love from him. He never moved. I saw now that he was like a sun in my galaxy. I moved all around him, sometimes nearer and sometimes farther away, but his love never failed.”

Embraced By The Light, p. 60

“There are far fewer accidents here than we imagine, especially in things that affect us eternally. The hand of God and the path we chose before we came here guide many of our decisions and even many of the seemingly random experiences we have.”

Embraced By The Light, p. 68

“There is magic in gratitude. It frees us from worry and competition in life. It opens our hearts and hands to genuine love, ironicaly allowing our hearts and hands to be filled again. . . . Gratitude helps ward off negativity. Being grateful for the good things in life invites their continued influence.”

The Ripple Effect, pp. 30, 76

“Going to a quiet, secluded place can remove us from the cares and pressures of life and open our hearts and minds to divine promptings. A quiet place can be in nature or in an empty room. Jesus told his followers to pray in their closets, meaning that they should pray in private and from the innermost part of their hearts.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 105

“Nothing comes between us and God's love except what we place there. Our self-righteousness and judgmental attitudes often mask the obstacles we've created that block us from God's love”

The Awakening Heart, p. 42

 

“All experience is for our good, and sometimes it takes what we would consider negative experience to help develop our spirits. We were very willing, even anxious, as spirits to accept all of our ailments, illnesses, and accidents here to help better ourselves spiritually. I understood that in the spirit world our earth time is meaningless. The pain we experience on earth is for just a moment, just a split second of consciousness in the spirit world, and we are very willing to endure it.”

Embraced By The Light, p. 67

“[God] remembers, while you cannot, everything the two of you spoke of and planned together for your life. He knows how best to help you along the path of your eternal purpose. Begin noticing his hand in your life behind even the most surprising things that come onto your path. Sometimes these can be part of the original plan. Sometimes they are God's way of bringing you back to the original plan when your own choices lead you elsewhere. Remember that God is perfect, therefore his plan for you and the particular way he chooses to implement that plan are perfect as well. To understand this is to view all the events of your life from a changed perspective.”

Before Earth Began, Study Guide, p. 5

“I could see that God was always moving me in the right direction; whenever I'd step off, he would gently guide me back, always putting me in a postion where my faith would have to be tested. And it is in the testing of our faith that we can experience the greatest growth.”

The Awakening Heart , p. 130

“I once heard that 'you find love when you give it away.' That made sense to me because that was exactly what happened to me in my embrace with the Lord. He gave me love, and I returned it, not knowing that I had love to give.”

The Awakening Heart , p. 40

“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. We may become like the angels themselves, helping others who are in need. In prayer and service our lights will always shine. Service is the oil to our lamps generated by compassion and love.”

Embraced By The Light , p. 107 

“God knows beforehand what we need, but he wants us to grow by exercising our spiritual strength and constantly seeking his help in the face of opposition. The world may tell us to rely on our own egos and talents. Satan may tell us there is no God. Our own consciences weaken us with accusations of unworthiness. If we are going to pray effectively we must exercise faith sufficient to blast through these doubts and speak to our Father who is waiting patiently and lovingly for us to reach out. Sometimes is takes extraordinary circumstances to impel us to call on Father.”

The Ripple Effect, p. 97

As I stood in the presence of Christ he spoke these words: ‘Above all else, love one another.’ He was firm, emphatic. This was the most important truth I would learn in my experience with him, and he wanted me to understand it, to feel its full impact. It is the most important thing we can know. To love is the reason we exist. To learn to love more fully is the reason we have come to earth. Love is the energy which holds the universe in place. It is the gateway through which we return to our Creator. It can conquer any problem, ease any suffering, heal any disease. Love creates and magnifies the joys of life.”
The Ripple Effect, p.144

“God . . . wants us all to know that we are his children and that his love is there for us . . . it is up to us to make the biggest decision to choose for ourselves, each of us, if we want to open our hearts to him and his love. I saw, also, that those of us whose hearts have been awakened to God have a responsibility to share his love with others, as they make their own decisions. That is the nature of service and of love; all of our lights shine brighter when we pass them along.”

The Awakening Heart, pp. .194-195

Finding Our Garden Within . . . the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21) “. . . As I got closer to the water the thought came to me that these could possibly be the “living waters” mentioned in the scriptures, and I wanted to bathe in them. As I approached the water, I noticed a rose near me That seemed to stand out from the other flowers, And I stopped to examine it. Its beauty was breathtaking. Among all the flowers there, none captured me like this one. It was gently swaying to faint music, and singing praises to the Lord with sweet tones of its own. I realized that I could actually see it growing. As it developed before my eyes, my spirit was moved, and I wanted to experience its life, to step into it and feel its spirit. As this thought came to me, I seemed to be able to see down into it. It was as though my vision had become microscopic and allowed me to penetrate the rose's deepest parts. But it was much more than a visual experience. I felt the rose’s presence around me, as if I were actually inside and part of the flower. I experienced it as if I were the flower. I felt the rose swaying to the music of all the other flowers, and I felt it creating its own music, a melody that perfectly harmonized with the thousands of other roses joining it. I understood that the music in my flower came from its individual parts, that its petals produced their own tones, and that each intelligence within that petal was adding to its perfect notes, each working harmoniously for the overall effect—Which was joy. My joy was absolutely full again! I felt God in the plant, in me, His love pouring into us. We were all one!”

—Embraced By The Light, pages 80-81

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“. . . During my experience, I had learned that our thoughts create our lives. Knowing this, I had tried to change my thoughts, but that had not worked. I could not concentrate long enough to do it.
. . .” But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) “. . . I had also been shown that the kingdom of God was within us, that we are the temple of God and he dwells there when we let him. I had also witnessed that God is love, and I knew that without love in my heart—not just for others, but for myself—I was lost. I no longer loved my mortal self; I had seen my spiritual being. This body was like clay, heavy, cumbersome, and abhorrent to me.
. . .” Ask, and it shall be given you: seek and ye shall find: knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) “
      These verses confirmed what I already knew, what I had seen, but now I understood that in my misery I had lost my faith in God. I remembered I had been told knowledge comes before faith, and while it was clear that I had knowledge of his existence, had even experienced his presence, I realized now that I had not internalized it, made it a part of me.
      Ask? I had done that, but I hadn't been focused enough to know what to ask for. And though I had asked for help, I had not been open to receive it until I let go of my ego and allowed God to guide me to the answers, as he did now. I had been blind before, shielding my eyes from everything except me and my self-pity.       Ask. Seek. Knock. These are action words of faith. But before any of these could be applied, I had to have desire as my driving force. I had that now, and I knew that my continued journey would require a powerful faith, in God, in me, and in the world that surrounds me.”

—The Awakening Heart, pages 30-31

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I did not know how to express such love after my return, but I knew that I had the desire to learn. Love would come to me because I was receptive, open, and tender, and that was all that was necessary. God “knew” my heart. His love for me found no barrier, and my love for him would never end. I once heard that “you find love when you give it away.” That made sense to me because that was exactly what happened to me in my embrace with the Lord. He gave me love, and I returned it, not knowing that I had love to give. So I began to practice giving love, at first sending it out by thought to people whom I wanted to love, then actually expressing it to them. Soon the art of loving became one of my greatest strengths since my return. I didn’t acquire the ability to love from just my own efforts; rather, I opened myself up to its possibility and it began to come to me from others.

—The Awakening Heart, page 40-41

…it is our desires, not the wording or form we use, that provides the energy that makes our prayers effective. Without a desire to connect with God, our prayers become hollow and meaningless. But with true desire, our prayers not only ascend to heaven, but they nurture us as well. They take form as an energy that if visible would be seen to add light to our presence or the aura around us. Our souls glow brighter in prayer as our spirits communicate with the Divine, because we are made more divine by the act of honest communication with Deity. Through prayer we bring life to our souls. Not only do we open ourselves to an increased endowment of God’s love and light, but we also call down the powers of heaven to overcome trials. In sending up a desperate cry for help, we call angels down to our sides to fight for our cause by adding their energy to ours. By sincerely seeking wisdom, we open ourselves to impressions which can come immediately or at odd moments and provide keys of knowledge which unlock doors of opportunity. By offering heartfelt gratitude and praise to God for his many mercies, we bring down blessings without number because of the ripple effect. As we pour our appreciation to God, we open up space in our lives for new blessings. Any form of prayer is a personal moment in the presence of God. Verbal prayer is often the most powerful, but prayer can be silent, too. It can be a formal offering at preset times, or it can evolve into a constant state of being, continual meditation that communicates with God at all hours. Christ encouraged his followers to pray without ceasing, meaning our hearts should always be in communication with God. Our thoughts can be prayers, too. There are times when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul can be on its knees.
—The Ripple Effect, pages 94-95
Slowly and deliberately she spoke between sobs. “You see, Betty,” she said, “I saw Jesus, too, like you said you did in your book. When I had my last surgery, I died like you did. Jesus came and met me. He hugged me, too.”

Her body began to tremble as she cried, and I wanted so badly to pull her into my arms. Her mother was racked in grief from listening to her brave little girl, but we both knew Holly wasn’t finished with what she had come to tell me, so we didn’t move or interrupt her.

“He . . .” she began again, stuttering ever so slightly, “he, well, he told me that it was time for me to come home now.” Her throat tightened and a high-pitched sound came from her voice as she continued speaking. “I want to go home where he is, but it makes my mommy and daddy sad. You see, I’m the only girl, but I have two brothers. When I’m gone, my mommy and daddy will have no daughter at home.”

. . . I thought of the spirits I had seen preparing to come to earth and was reminded that all of their deaths were planned . . . as are all of ours . . . before we came. I knew some came knowing that they would be here for a short time. They were spirits who did not need long mortal lives to develop further spiritually but who chose to help the growth of the spirits of those they touched during their brief time on earth. I knew that the pain that their deaths left behind would be washed away when we are all reunited as spirits and that the suffering of those who remained longer was all part of the spiritual development that brings all of us here. We are here for the growth of the spirit, and as I looked into Holly’s eyes, I felt both her family’s pain and the power of her love, of the loving sacrifice of her purpose here on earth. Seeing the pure beauty of this child’s soul touched my heart and filled me with love.

… Holly’s lips began to quiver again, and her eyes filled with tears as she stepped to my side to whisper in my left ear. “I talked to Jesus, Betty. He told me to tell you not to quit what you are doing!” Again her voice tightened to a squeak, and she repeated herself. “Don’t ever quit, Betty!”

I couldn’t restrain myself any longer. I reached and drew Holly into my arms and held her there. Tears and sobs could be heard from the three of us, but we were in our own world for now and felt unashamed.

“Holly, when you go back home to Jesus, will you give him a message for me,” I asked. I could hardly speak, my voice was so filled with emotion. “Tell him that I love him and I won’t quit, but I miss him so much!”

—The Awakening Heart, pages 135-139
As long as there is life, God wants us to do more.

Our individual missions are important, whether we are to reach out to millions or, like the drunken man I saw in my experience, to reach only one. God may make our missions known to us, or he may not. Regardless, they are still our works to be done—works we helped plan and agreed to perform before we came here…

Leaving the peace and security of heaven to come to the earth was a willing sacrifice on our part. We agreed to the sacrifice for the same reasons we spend thousands of dollars and years of effort to graduate from college. And as long as we have life here, we are learning, our spirits are growing, and we are coming closer to the divine, even by the things we suffer. We may not always know what to do in our lives, we may be troubled and in pain, but be assured, as long as we are here, we are growing. We are only here for divine purposes, and the greatest divine purpose of all is to love. Even when we are confused or imprisoned by choices we have made, we can always learn to love…each one of us came to earth on a personal mission to be loved or to give love. We are to learn the value and price of love. Other parts of our mission include learning patience, humility, self-discipline, and other virtues. These attributes are parts of love…

Because our spirits remember the plan we chose for this life, we are often drawn to people or situations that impact us in important ways. This is often the force behind “chance” encounters. I was told there are no coincidences. However, making the most of these opportunities is up to us as we exercise our free will.

There is nothing wrong with not knowing our missions. We are not always meant to know. Some people seem preoccupied with trying to figure out their mission and they waste valuable time. Instead, they should live into their purpose by following their hearts. I was told it is best to follow God’s promptings, to be flexible and moldable. He can make better use of our lives that way. Each person’s life is multifaceted, and we should trust the power of God and his angels to give us every opportunity we need to succeed. Our part is to seek to improve ourselves and, above all, to love others more fully. By praying for guidance and letting love rule our hearts and minds each day, we will eventually accomplish our many purposes.


—The Ripple Effect, pages 14-21

Heaven in all its glory could be summed up in one word: Christ. He is the light of creation, the joy of all life, and above all, the deepest love of our souls. To embrace him is to embrace the meaning of life and the eternal power of God. As long as I live I will never forget his embrace, and I will never cease sharing the wonder and magnificence of it with others. But here is the great secret, the great truth: we will all know him and feel his miraculous and healing love. Whatever our glory or mansion or mission, we will all embrace him and love him again.

And another secret: we can each experience a taste of his embrace by opening ourselves to his unconditional love and then by giving that love away to everyone we meet. The ripple effect, from its very source, is available to all who are willing to pass it along to others. Heaven can be anywhere.

I do not have words to describe the perfection of our heavenly home. No mortal language can convey the smells, sounds, colors, and emotions, nor transmit the love and joy pervading every heavenly creation. But a portion of heaven’s experience is available to each of us. As we allow ourselves to believe in God and to accept his love, a quiet joy will rekindle our souls, a joy we will instantly want to share with others. And as we share it lovingly, that spark of joyful heaven will begin to swell within us, filling our entire souls. Then we will begin to discover the truth that heaven is everywhere we allow it to be, and it resides in us just as we once resided in it. Then, each of us will be blessed to know for ourselves, what words can never convey.

—The Ripple Effect, pages 12-13

As I stood in the presence of Christ he spoke these words: “Above all else, love one another.” He was firm, emphatic. This was the most important truth I would learn in my experience with him, and he wanted me to understand it, to feel its full impact. It is the most important thing we can know. To love is the reason we exist. To learn to love more fully is the reason we have come to earth. Love is the energy which holds the universe in place. It is the gateway through which we return to our Creator. It can conquer any problem, ease any suffering, heal any disease. Love creates and magnifies the joys of life. And, at the moment of death, love turns all earthly pain into indescribable bliss.

We were conceived in love spiritually, and love is the center of our beings. It is the energy of our souls, the spark of our divine nature. Being made of love, we cleave to it and seek it in all that we do. When we do not have it, or when we have lost it, we grieve. Its presence or absence colors our every action. It is life. It is happiness. It is salvation itself. “God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

On earth our spirits miss the electrifying power of God’s love. Our minds are veiled, but our spirits remember his love, and silently we cry for its comfort and soothing warmth. Some of us spend our lives weaving in and out of relationships, searching for the essence of this divine emotion, hunting it, craving it, but never finding it in this world. Some of us cry to God for this love, expecting him to send it to us through another person. but it first must come from ourselves.

…God knows how desperately lonely we are. He knows how difficult it is to develop true love in a world of heartache and mistrust. To help us he has given sources and examples of love. Many of us have been nurtured by loving parents. Some have loving brothers and sisters. Some receive joyful self-sufficient love from friends or religious leaders—love which demands nothing but gives freely. Some find it in a baby’s face. Some in the arms of a spouse. Some even in the eyes of a stranger. And many of us find love in the words and spirit of our Lord. When we are ready to start emulating this kind of love in our own beings, we will find sources of it in others.

—The Ripple Effect, pages 144-148

God so loves his children that he bound this new world of ours to our heavenly home in an unbreakable covenant. Contained in his covenant is the promise to watch over us and to hear and answer our prayers. He promises not to intervene in our lives every time we get into trouble, but to let us work through our problems and stretch our spiritual muscles. And while he lets us act freely, he also prepares the way with experiences perfectly suited for each person’s mission and growth. He is constantly involved with us, yearning for us to make the right choices and waiting for us to communicate with him through prayer.

While in the spirit world, I could look in on the earth, just as I might look into another room. Conversations on earth are heard in heaven and understood regardless of language. The Spirit speaks a universal language, deeper and more powerful than voice. It communicates accurately and clearly, piercing through mankind’s ignorance or false understandings and recognizing each person’s true desires. And I discovered that it is our desires, not the wording or form we use, that provides the energy that makes our prayers effective. Without a desire to connect with God, our prayers become hollow and meaningless. But with true desire, our prayers not only ascend to heaven, but they nurture us as well. They take form as an energy that if visible would be seen to add light to our presence or the aura around us. Our souls glow brighter in prayer as our spirits communicate with the Divine, because we are made more divine by the act of honest communication with Deity.

Through prayer we bring life to our souls. Not only do we open ourselves to an increased endowment of God’s love and light, but we also call down the powers of heaven to overcome trials. In sending up a desperate cry for help, we call angels down to our sides to fight for our cause by adding their energy to ours. By sincerely seeking wisdom, we open ourselves to impressions which can come immediately or at odd moments and provide keys of knowledge which unlock doors of opportunity. By offering heartfelt gratitude and praise to God for his many mercies, we bring down blessings without number because of the ripple effect. As we pour out appreciation to God, we open up space in our lives for new blessings.

Any form of prayer is a personal moment in the presence of God. Verbal prayer is often the most powerful, but prayer can be silent, too. It can be a formal offering at preset times, or it can evolve into a constant state of being, continual meditation that communicates with God at all hours. Christ encouraged his followers to pray without ceasing, meaning our hearts should always be in communication with God. Our thoughts can be prayers, too. There are times when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul can be on its knees. As prayer warriors, those times would be continuous.

Through prayer we are reminded of who we are, where we are going, and what God would have us do. By listening to God’s answers to our prayers, we learn the language of the Spirit, which is so important for us to learn. But before we can listen, we must invite.

—The Ripple Effect, pages 94-96

As I stood in the presence of Christ he spoke these words: “Above all else, love one another.” He was firm, emphatic. This was the most important truth I would learn in my experience with him, and he wanted me to understand it, to feel its full impact. It is the most important thing we can know. To love is the reason we exist. To learn to love more fully is the reason we have come to earth. Love is the energy which holds the universe in place. It is the gateway through which we return to our Creator. It can conquer any problem, ease any suffering, heal any disease. Love creates and magnifies the joys of life. And, at the moment of death, love turns all earthly pain into indescribable bliss.

We were conceived in love spiritually, and love is the center of our beings. It is the energy of our souls, the spark of our divine nature. Being made of love, we cleave to it and seek it in all that we do. When we do not have it, or when we have lost it, we grieve. Its presence or absence colors our every action. It is life. It is happiness. It is salvation itself. “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)

On earth our spirits miss the electrifying power of God’s love. Our minds are veiled, but our spirits remember his love, and silently we cry for its comfort and soothing warmth. Some of us spend our lives weaving in and out of relationships, searching for the essence of this divine emotion, hunting it, craving it, but never finding it in this world. Some of us cry to God for this love, expecting him to send it to us through another person. But it first must come from ourselves. . .

God knows how desperately lonely we are. He knows how difficult it is to develop true love in a world of heartache and mistrust. To help us he has given sources and examples of love. Many of us have been nurtured by loving parents. Some have loving brothers and sisters. Some receive joyful self-sufficient love from friends or religious leaders—love which demands nothing but gives freely. Some find it in a baby’s face. Some in the arms of a spouse. Some even in the eyes of a stranger. And many of us find love in the words and spirit of our Lord. When we are ready to start emulating this kind of love in our own beings, we will find sources of it in others.

...Love is an emotion of energy that unless expressed, remains unseen. It has power to change the universe. It is endless, it never dies. It cannot hurt, it cannot possess, it cannot withhold. God is Love. He created us in his image. And we have the power in the flesh to express love for God, love for self and love for all humankind. The Apostle John, so loved of Christ, tried to lead us to this understanding. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (1 John 4:7)”

—The Ripple Effect, pages 144-148, 159

I would vividly recall each moment spent with Jesus in detail...thrilling each time to my newfound love for God and the freedom I received from it. I remembered his incredible countenance, and how powerfully it reminded me that, other than God, my eternal Father, none other was greater than he. He was Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and yet I knew that what we named him was unimportant to him. I knew that he had the ability to appear to me or others in more than one way . . . however it was necessary for us to experience him and accept him. As I had looked at Jesus in all his glory, somehow I knew that not only was I accepting of his presence, but I was worthy of him. Jesus, I "knew," need never show me the nail prints in his hands nor the gash in his side as proof of who he was. I belonged to him just as I was, and the fact that he had suffered pain was not the issue now. His divine expression of love was, and I never questioned that.

The aura surrounding his body was brilliant white and full of energy. Although this light shone brightly around him, I saw that he was the light and it came from within him. Light reflected off what appeared to me to be his flesh. His crystalline body resembled what could be spun light, though it was solid and firm, having the three dimensions of length, breadth, and thickness. Prisms of intense light spiraled, pulsated, and moved with each minuscule change in his thoughts or desires. His eyes, though liquid with his love, somehow danced like fire, flickering with energy and life when he needed to express, to me his most sincere and earnest wishes for me...

Our communication was nonverbal, all thoughts and feelings that we chose to express were expressed directly, straight from his heart to mine and vice versa. Still, our communication could be felt and understood by others when it was meant to be. Our nonverbal exchange was translated to our language here and impressed firmly into me as I would understand it as a mortal being...Sometimes I would actually feel and experience his voice. When this happened, it was meant to be more personal, in that his voice resonated within me, the rich vibrant tones actually penetrating my spiritual being. It came as a melody that I could feel as if I were an instrument he was playing. His voice gave me life, and I became healed by it. No greater joy have I experienced since his unconditional love for me!

The rays of light surrounding Jesus were filled with knowledge and love. Just standing in his presence and absorbing it gave me the ability to expand the love and knowledge within. My spiritual body filled to almost bursting with his divine love and understanding. I became a part of all there ever was, living it, experiencing it, then somehow nurtured by it. The spirit, not unlike the human mind, must be receptive and flexible in order to expand and develop as I did. I never thought that I had either of these qualities, but I could accept the fact that all things are possible through God.

—The Awakening Heart, pages 13-16

...I entered and saw a group of men seated around the long side of a kidney-shaped table....One thing struck me almost immediately; there were twelve men there—men—no women.

As a rather independent thinker on earth, I was sensitive to the roles of women in the world...I might have reacted unfavorably to this council of men and no women, but I was learning to have a new perspective about the differing roles of men and women....

With this new perspective I had no reaction to the council being comprised solely of men. I accepted the fact that they had their roles and I had mine. The men radiated love for me, and I felt instantly at peace with them. They leaned together to consult with each other. Then one of them spoke to me. He said that I had died prematurely and must return to earth. I felt them saying it was important that I return to earth, that I had a mission to fulfill, but I resisted it in my heart. This was my home, and I felt that nothing they could say would ever convince me to leave it. The men conferred again and asked me if I wanted to review my life. The request felt almost like a command. I hesitated; no one wants their mortal past to be reviewed in this place of purity and love. They told me that it was important for me to see it, so I agreed....

My life appeared before me in the form of what we might consider extremely well defined holograms, but at tremendous speed. I was astonished that I could understand so much information at such a speed. My comprehension included much more than what I remember happening during each event of my life. I not only re-experienced my own emotions at each moment, but also what others around me had felt. I experienced their thoughts and feelings about me....I understood all the suffering I had caused, and I felt it. I began to tremble. I saw how much grief my bad temper had caused, and I suffered this grief. I saw my selfishness, and my heart cried for relief. How had I been so uncaring?

Then in the midst of my pain, I felt the love of the council come over me. They watched my life with understanding and mercy. Everything about me was taken into consideration...And I realized that the council was not judging me. I was judging myself. Their love and mercy were absolute. Their respect for me could never be lessened....

The Savior stepped toward me, full of concern and love. His spirit gave me strength, and he said that I was judging myself too critically. "You're being too harsh on yourself," he said. Then he showed me the reverse side of the ripple effect. I saw myself perform an act of kindness, just a simple act of unselfishness, and I saw the ripples go out again...My pain was replaced with joy. I felt the love they felt, and I felt their joy. And this from one simple act of kindness. A powerful thought hit me, and I repeated it over and over in my mind: "Love is really the only thing that matters. Love is really the only thing that matters, and love is joy!"

It all seemed so simple. If we're kind, we'll have joy. And the question suddenly came out of me: "Why didn't I know this before?"...the answer was ingrained in me. It sank into the deepest part of my soul, changing my outlook on trials and opposition forever: "You needed the negative as well as the positive experiences on earth. Before you can feel joy, you must know sorrow."

All of my experiences now took on new meaning. I realized that no real mistakes had been made in my life. Each experience was a tool for me to grow by....

My review was over, and the men sat in stillness, radiating their absolute love for me. The Savior was there in his light, smiling, pleased with my progress. The men then conferred again and turned back to me. "You have not completed your mission on earth," they said. "You must go back. But, we will not compel you; the choice is yours."

Embraced By The Light, pages 108-117

Upon receiving the plan of creation, we sang in rejoicing and were filled with God's love. We were filled with joy as we saw the growth we would have here on earth and the joyous bonds we would create with each other.

       Then we watched as the earth was created. We watched as our spirit brothers and sisters entered physical bodies for their turns upon the earth, each experiencing the pains and joys that would help them progress. I distinctly remember watching the American pioneers crossing the continent and rejoicing as they endured their difficult tasks and completed their missions. I knew that only those who needed that experience were placed there. I saw the angels rejoicing for those who endured their trials and succeeded and grieving for those who failed. I saw that some failed because of their own weaknesses, and some failed because of the weaknesses of others. I sensed that many of us who were not there would not have been up to the tasks, that we would have made lousy pioneers, and we would have been the cause of more suffering for others. Likewise, some of the pioneers and people from other eras could not have endured the trials of today. We are where we need to be.

       As all of these things came to me, I understood the perfection of the plan. I saw that we all volunteered for our positions and stations in the world, and that each of us is receiving more help than we know. I saw the unconditional love of God, beyond any earthly love, radiating from him to all his children. I saw the angels standing near us, waiting to assist us, rejoicing in our accomplishments and joys. But above all, I saw Christ, the Creator and Savior of the earth, my friend, and the closest friend any of us can have. I seemed to melt with joy as I was held in his arms and comforted—home at last. I would give all in my power, all that I ever was, to be filled with that love again—to be embraced in the arms of his eternal light.

Embraced By The Light, pages 52-53

"What did I promise to do, God, what is my mission, and why me?..."

I knew that my whole life had brought me to this point, as I had known for years that I would do whatever it took to do the will of my Heavenly Father, so that I could return to him and to my natural home. Completing my mission was what God had wanted me to do . . . he had prepared me to do it. After my experience, he stripped me of my old perceptions, so that I could use all of my talents to share the message he had given me. It had not been easy. My life since my return from the spirit world had been a difficult journey of awakening, a journey that I knew would continue to unfold in years ahead. I had not brought myself here: I had only followed. And though at times I feel profoundly alone on my journey, I know that he is leading others, too, and that our sharing of his message of love is part of his plan . . .

My heart opened to the full mystery and wonder of the journey that had brought me here, and to the journey that still lay ahead. I thought of the visions I had been given as I returned to my body, and I knew that I had much further to go before I would return to my spiritual home. I saw that my service was only beginning and that there would be many more nights like this one . . . countless more chances to share the hope, joy, and comfort that can only be found in the love of God.

My mission was not over. My journey, I saw now, was my life. I could not know of the joys that it would bring me, but I knew that I was on the path God wanted, and that was all I needed to know. For all of us who listen, in the stillness of our hearts, God enlightens us and offers to lead the way.

—The Awakening Heart, pages 10-12

 

 
 

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