I have read Betty's books, Embraced by the Light,
The Awakening Heart, and also The Ripple Effect. I found them
to be accurate and very enlightening in the sense that I too have learned
the same kinds of things Betty did. I agree with everything she says in
these books, and I don't have any trouble believing in any of the things
she has written.
A LIFE REVIEW
I had a very spiritual experience in which I was shown the Creation
of the Earth just like Betty was. I saw that we were all spirits
in heaven with the Creator before we came to earth. Like Betty,
I realized that nothing is by accident, we all chose our parents
and what we would do in this life. Nevertheless we have free
will. But at the same time, we are here to learn, and to develop
spiritually. We affect others by our behavior so strongly that
we need to be aware of how we are helping or hurting others.
We will relive that when we have our life review.
I had a "life review"
when I was 26 in which I saw and felt everything that I had ever done.
You may find it amazing that someone can have a life review without being
dead, but it happened to me. I was going through a very serious clinical
depression, in which it was a chore just to get through the day. I was
seriously contemplating suicide. I fought off those impulses, and with
the help of a friend, and of a prayer group, I was able to gain faith and
turn to God for help.
In my life review
God showed me the reasons for my depression, and at last I understood.
Not only did I see my whole life up to that point, but I saw
how others had affected me, and how I had affected them. It's
a very profound learning experience. It helped me change in so
many ways. I began believing in Jesus more strongly than ever.
I started reading the Bible nightly and praying more intensely
than I had ever done before. My faith increased so much that
I was constantly talking to God and asking him for everything
that I needed. In turn, He answered my prayers and fulfilled
my needs, so that I had a "contract" with
Him. I knew that He would always answer my prayers, and I would be able
to believe in Him. It was a real turning point in my life, because here
was Someone I could believe in unconditionally, Someone that would never
let me down.
A VISION OF JESUS
On Easter Sunday, 1974, I had a vision of Jesus. I had been hungering
to get closer to God, and I told the Lord I wanted to be closer
to Him. I went to Church, played the organ for the Mass, had
Communion, and then went home. That night I went into my regular
prayer time like I usually did in the evenings, and as I started
to pray, all of a sudden, there was Jesus. He was with me in
my room, a living breathing person.
He wore a white robe,
and while I could see the outline of his hair, though I couldn't
see the details of his face because of the beautiful white light
emanating from it. Bright light came from his chest also, radiating
through his robe. He held his hands folded together in front
of him, fingers clasped together. His hands looked strong and
muscled like a carpenter's hands.
I recognized his
countenance instantly and knew this was Jesus. He radiated not
only light but unconditional love and mercy. His love was so
extraordinary and tendernot just
for me, but for all mankind. There is nothing that can match it or replace
it. Jesus IS complete and Unconditional Love, and there is no other way
to describe it.
I was in ecstasy.
I just praised Him and basked in His love as He communicated
it to me. He had answered my prayers of becoming closer to Him.
I was humbled and overwhelmed and so filled with His comfort.
This lasted for 45 minutes, and then He was gone.
From then on, I had
no doubts at all about the reality of God or Jesus. When you
experience something like this, you realize the great amount
of love that Jesus has for all mankindnot
just for youand you start treating people differently. You look at
them through the eyes of God, through His love for them. In that way, my
life changed greatly. I had the knowledge that Jesus loved everyone the
same as He did me, and that we are all put here for a purpose. That we
all have chosen to come here and have individual plans for our lives.
It's so liberating
to know that we are spiritual beings that have existed from all
eternity, that we existed with God in heaven before we were born.
It is so liberating, to know that this earthly plane is not our
FRED PASSES OVER
My father-in-law, Fred, had Multiple Scleroses for many years.
He was an athlete in college, a star runner that won many races
and was asked to be on the U.S. Olympics team. However, since
this was during the Depression, he chose instead to finish school
and get his teaching degree. Eventually, because of his illness,
he lost one eye and also unsteady on his feet. He walked with
a cane but was a teacher for 25 years. Later, he retired and
moved to Texas with his wife, Lucy, who also was a teacher for
Lucy took care of
Fred for many years. In his late seventies he was very ill, going
in and out of nursing homes and hospitals. By 1991, we all knew
that his time on earth was running short. Fred asked to see all
his children, and they each one in turn visited him. He was in
a lot of pain constantly.
In September, Fred
had just got out of the hospital again, and Lucy was caring for
him at home. One Saturday she called us to say he was not eating.
Sunday, I said to my husband, "We
should call Fred." We lived in Illinois and had 5 children by then, and
I wanted them to talk to their grandpa, but my husband felt this would
disturb Fred too much.
About 4 the next
morning, one of our kids woke up with a bad cold, and I got up
with him and then went back to bed about 4:30. I know it was
4:30 because I looked at the clock. I immediately started thinking
about Fred, and I realized deep within my mind and my heart that
he was starting to pass away! I had asked God a long time ago
to let me know when Fred was passing so that we wouldn't have
to find out by phone call after the fact. Now I knew it was happening.
Right in these very moments. Fred was starting the process of
Instantly I went
into prayer and suddenly I felt myself going "up" with Fred! It was a very strong feeling,
physically and emotionally. And with my eye's closed, I could see what
Fred was seeing, as if I were right there with him. It was dark, like a
tunnel leading upwards, and I was going up with Fred through this dark
space. At the top of it was a light. I could see people and angels in this
light, singing and praising God. And they were calling Fred's name, welcoming
him, and rejoicing that he was coming.
I continued going
upwards with Fred, and I felt complete peace as though a huge
burden were being lifted from my chest. At the same time, I had
to hold on to the bedcovers or else I felt I might go with him
all the way into Heaven, and I knew I shouldn't. I heard beautiful
chimes, Heavenly Chimes. Sweet and healing and wonderful.
Finally I arrived
at the top with Fred where so many were singing and praising
God and calling Fred's name, welcoming him. Now I knew what it
means when God says there is great rejoicing in heaven over each
lost soul. Even though Fred wasn't lost, he was coming home,
and there was great rejoicing in Heaven.
This was far as I
at the edge of the light. Only Fred could continue beyond and pass over
into it. When I finally opened my eyes, I was crying and filled with so
many emotions. The clock said 5:00, so my journey in the spirit at Fred's
side had taken 1/2 hour.
Twenty minutes later,
Lucy called to say she had gone into Fred's room at 5:00 to find
him dead, but still warm. This confirmed to me what I already
knew and had experienced myselfthat
Fred had died.
I was truly with
him when he passed. I had seen the great rejoicing in heaven,
and the people and angels there to welcome him. Although I didn't
recognize them, I'm know Fred did and that he was now with them
and at peace. It was just so amazing!
I want you to know
that there is great rejoicing in heaven over each soul that returns
home. Fred had
"won the race." He had done what he had set out to do in his life on earth.
He was a good man with the highest ideals and love for people. I hope this
story helps you in your faith, and has encouraged you to always do your
best as Fred did. God knows you and loves you. He is merciful and kind.
Our true home is with Him, but we can know of His love here and now. If
we open our hearts and ask Him to be near us, He will be. This, I know!