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.”
“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, page 116
My Dearest Friends,
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)
When in his presence, his endless love surrounding me and permeating me, I experienced his enormous spirit and will never forget the sweetness of his voice: “Above all else, love one another...” Heaven holds nothing but love and loving was easy in the Savior's presence. Jesus is love, heaven is love and God is love. While in my spirit form, love was familiar, natural even, and no challenge at all.
Yet even with this knowledge and experience, I found loving everyone back on earth not so easy or simple. Our love on earth is mortal, conditional, and based on expectations and judgments learned throughout our lives. Loving with all your heart can hurt and hurt deeply! During a lifetime, loved ones are lost to various transitions such as illness or death. And in our mortal form, love can seem a risky choice when it is not returned by those our heart chooses to love.
“Love one another...” Jesus said. We feel his words in our heart and Valentine's Day is filled with hearts reminding us of our desire to love and be loved. Empathy is a part of love and in choosing to love, we cannot help but feel the pain of so many around us both far and near. We may have our own need for healing that inhibits our courage to love. Expectations are often connected to Valentine's Day that can set us up to be disappointed. For some, it is a day of loss and heartache for a partner who has moved on to the afterlife. For others it is a reminder of broken and failed relationships as painful issues surface pointing to healing left undone. Whether from our own self-centeredness or the harmful actions of others, suffering has become prevalent and we see it in some form every day. When one chooses to love, the pain of the world can quickly overwhelm...which makes it all the more important that we keep our own house in order by aligning ourselves with Christ's teachings and choosing to love anyway, by holding to our faith and keeping close to our Heavenly Father—and by opening our hearts to greater ability to love.
Part of love is forgiving. Jesus gave us our greatest example when he said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” There is no shortage of those living in ignorance today that we, too, might say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The world needs love and forgiveness, the world needs healing. Why do we forgive? Because it blesses us to do so, it brings peace and healing into our own heart. Forgiveness is for us! The person we are forgiving may not even think they have done anything wrong or see the need to seek forgiveness. Yet we don't forgive for their sake, we forgive for our own sake as we follow the Savior's example and teachings. We forgive to bring peace to our own soul. Forgiving expands our own heart to greater love and we are strengthened spiritually. Our ripples then go out to bless those around us which then join others who likewise choose to do good. As we collectively tap into God's love and power, we become co-creators with him of a force for good in our world, replacing negativity with love. “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me!” is a favorite song of mine.
“The challenges are high for this life. They are nothing less than completing our journeys on earth and learning to love as God loves in eternity. Forgiveness is understanding, and to understand is to grow. Each soul is ultimately responsible for his or her own happiness and for the success or failure of his or her earthly mission. All have trials and tribulations to overcome.”—The Ripple Effect - page 59
Forgiveness is understanding. If we can reach understanding toward someone or something, then we can forgive and we must forgive to truly be able to love as Jesus does and be able to accept his forgiveness for our own shortcomings. Forgiveness of self is where all forgiveness starts. We must learn to forgive ourselves to be able to love our self and see Christ's light within, accept his love and receive God's forgiveness. Just as loving our self gives us the ability to love others, so does forgiving our own self give us the ability to then be forgiving toward others.
Without forgiveness, we pay a price over and over again. We bring that anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience. Often we replay events or hurts from the past dwelling on every conceivable aspect surrounding the unforgivable offense or offender. We fill with self-pity which encourages self defense. Over time the events may lose their clarity, yet because we have fallen into a wallowing of self-agony—whether remorseful self-recrimination or vengeful lack of goodwill—continuing to hold on to the pain becomes familiar and acceptable, habitual even, entrenching us with negative ruminations that push away any positive. One's perception can then mutate to see and create the worst about people and their every motive. Becoming hooked on self indulgence and selfishness, the wounded soul sinks deeper into despair and disease. This negative cycle then fosters ill health through anxiety and depression, filling one with fear, which is the opposite of love because it blocks our channel to the divine and God is love.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Identifying the hurt or need taps into a universal law of Acknowledgment that precedes the solution or cure and is a step towards healing any mutation of soul. When the need is identified and acknowledged, acceptance of that need opens our ability to begin healing as we then ask for God's help and seek out healing opportunities, which always include forgiveness in some way. In our pursuit of positive energy, we want to rid ourselves of resentment and let go of any perceived wrong-doing, yet feelings buried alive never die! Before we can rid ourselves of such blockages, we must first acknowledge the issue in order to be able to let go and move on toward understanding, forgiveness and peace within the soul—always adding forgiveness of self for falling into the undesirable situation in the first place.
Understanding why someone would hurt you, or why you made a wrong choice, can create the desire and the spirit to forgive. You can draw strength from knowing that God loves all his children. He understands each of us perfectly. He knows our strengths that lead to right choices and he understands our weaknesses that cause learning experiences when we make mistakes—yet he loves us unconditionally and forgives, his mercy is unending! Some situations we will not gain a perfect understanding of in this life, however, we don't have to because we know God understands, loves and forgives so that we can sincerely let go and place the situation in his hands. He understands perfectly every situation and can thus help us find the necessary understanding and relief to be able to forgive. It is always our choice to hold on to anger and thoughts of revenge or ill-will, thus drawing more negative energy—or to find understanding and to give forgiveness, which means letting go of any ill-will and replacing it with intent to love all God's children—thus expanding our hearts to greater love and lending peace to our soul.
A Prayer For Each & All
Father in Heaven,
Many find their lives in greater stress due to the speeding up of time,
opposition and the hardships around us and we find it difficult to not get
frustrated, angry, fearful or depressed. Yet we know this is not your way of
love. Open our minds to the ways we can replace negativity with hope and
love. Strengthen our faith and help us put it into action. Open our hearts to see
your hand in our lives, that we can lean on gratitude and live thankfully,
trusting in your will. Help us remember to always turn to you in prayer and
that you have already surrounded us with more help than we know. Help us
awaken to who we really are, your divine son or daughter with the seed of your
purest love within.
Bless us to learn how to work through our reactions when they are unloving. Help us find patience for ourselves & others. Help us be forgiving and
prayerfully seek your guidance and will—that we might make loving decisions
and choices from our higher-self, our spirit self, that can take on your attributes using heavenly wisdom.
Bless us in all ways as we seek to love everyone as Jesus asked us to do.
Thank you for all that you give which helps us to love one another without
judgment and that teaches us about Jesus and his unending love. Thank you for
hearing and answering our prayers. These blessings we thank you for and humbly pray for in
the beloved name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
There is always hope when there is truth and love, because truth and love lift the spirit to rejoicing and rebounding in its freshness. And there is freshness in forgiveness—a letting go of things you cannot change but can now take charge of through your enlightenment. And when this happens, the physical mind and body can heal!
A state of forgiveness can be reached when there is a desire and a commitment to change. One step at a time and you can begin at any time! As forgiveness is accepted by your spirit and silently offered to others, effective change begins immediately. Learning to deflect reactions to hurtful stimulus and replace it with love and a forgiving heart––is Christ-like––and the example he humbly set for us to follow. Thus, the scripture: “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.”
When we choose to forgive any offense or offender, we remove our role as a victim and deny any control over our lives. Forgiveness does not mean becoming a doormat to another and does not mean we forget the offense or turn a blind eye to an intolerable situation. We are to learn from our experiences and choosing to love can be done from a distance when necessary in caring for our own needs. We never judge the "do-er," only the "deed" so that we can discern our own course of action that is best for our eternal well-being. And if we seek understanding of another, compassion can be found in every case of wrong doing because behind every abuse, there is another victim struggling. There is a reward in embracing forgiveness. We can learn to empathize, sympathize and embrace peace––peace within you and peace you pass along—all will lead to physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
“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 - page 119
My beloved friends, let us make today a new day by accepting Christ's love and forgiveness––by forgiving ourselves and others! Forgiveness is not a weakness; it is a strength! We can take charge of our own lives while allowing the same to others...as we do, we will more vibrantly see Christ's light within and recognize his light in those we encounter.
Valentine's Day can be a bright day during a month that otherwise might seem bleak and cold. How fortunate we are to have a holiday that reminds us to focus on love! Rather than focus on what we might receive on Valentine's Day, perhaps we might ponder what we can give of our own heart to brighten another's day who may be struggling. We each are loved more than we know. If you are feeling in need of a Valentine this February 14th, I hope you will accept mine at the top of this page. My heart goes out to those who feel a lack of love in their lives and I would embrace each if I could! Yet I am a mere mortal and having experienced the Savior's love...his infinite and eternal love...his purest and unconditional love is what I truly want you to feel enfold you! So I've added a Love Letter from Jesus that I hope you will take the time to pause and read earnestly his words to all his sheep! And may God bless, lift and guide you in your journey to love!
With all my love, Betty
A Love Letter From Jesus
My little child, I love you. (John 15:9)
I have called you by your name,
you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
Before I formed you, I knew you.
And before you were born, I consecrated you. (Jeremiah 1:5)
You did not choose me, I chose you. (John15:16)
I wish above all things that you prosper
and be in good health,
even as your soul prospers. (3rd John 2)
Because you are precious to me,
I love you. (Isaiah 43:4)
I have loved you with an everlasting love
and I will continue my Constant love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
How can I abandon you?
My love for you is too strong. (Hosea 11:8)
I love you so much
that I hung on the cross at Calvary.
I died for you,
and if you believe in Me
you will have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Can a woman forget her own baby
and not love the child she bore?
Yet, even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
I cannot forget you.
See, I have graven you in the palm of my hands (Isaiah 49:15-16
the Lord your God,
am holding you by the right hand. (Isaiah 41:13)
I am with you always until the end of the world. (Matthew 28: 20)
Do not let your heart be troubled,
trust in me. (John 14:1)
I will help you. (Isaiah 41: 14)
When you pass through the deep waters,
I will be with you.
Your troubles will not overwhelm you.
The hard trials that will come will not hurt you. (Isaiah 43:2)
When you walk through the valley
of the shadows of death,
do not be afraid
because I am with you.
My rod and my staff will comfort you.
I will lead you in the path of righteousness. (Psalms 23)
I will give you peace in the midst of a storm,
not as the world giveth.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
Peace I give
which will pass all understanding
and shall keep your heart and mind. (Philippians 4:7)
When you lie down do not be afraid,
your sleep shall be sweet. (Proverbs 3: 24)
My love for you will keep your dwelling safe. (Psalm 4:8)
my eyes are upon you
and I will give you hope,
for I am merciful. (Psalm 33:18)
You will have access to my grace
and rejoice in hope while sharing
in the glory of my Father. (Romans 5:2)
I will give you joy and peace.
The mountains and hills will sing,
and the trees will clap their hands before you. (Isaiah 55:12)
You may have sorrow now,
but I will see you again,
and your heart will rejoice
and no one will take your joy from you. (John 16:22)
Do not worry. (Luke 12:9)
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted,
so there is no need to be afraid of anything. (Matthew 10:30)
The mountains may depart and the hills will be shaken
but my steadfast love for you will never end (John 54:10)
Come unto me,
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
I will lead you into solitude
and there I will speak tenderly to your heart.
I will be true and faithful.
I will show you constant love and make you mine forever.
I will keep my promise,
and you will really know me then as never before. (Hosea 1:14, 19-20)
I am who I am. (Exodus 3:14)
I am the Lord your God. (Hosea 13:4)
Your Faithful Friend,
Near Death Experiences
Our Missions Serve God's Loving Purposes
From the chapter “Searching for Meaning” of The Ripple Effect
If we could glimpse the mind of God, the truth about some people's missions would absolutely amaze us. For years the renowned professor and scientist, Charles Camp, debated religious leaders on the radio. He also traveled nationwide advocating the facts of science as opposed to the concepts of Creationism. Over the years he lost faith in God and became known as an outspoken and articulate atheist. Then, as he lay dying in a hospital, all that changed. He discovered the beauty and intricacy of God's plan for him. He was astounded that—despite his atheism—God had been using him all along for His loving purposes. Here, Charles Camp's widow, Joanna Camp, shares the story:
Dear Mrs. Eadie:
My husband died in 1975. Before his actual death, his doctors pronounced him dead three times. They were astonished to witness his return to life each time with a clear mind and filled with energy, even though he was dying of terminal cancer and old age. At the hospital, the nurses began to call him among themselves "the man who wouldn't die." All this is recorded in the hospital records.
During the times he was dead, my husband experienced things, some of which were exactly as you wrote about in your book.
Charles was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and was written up as the "father of paleontology." For years he taught medical students. When the subject of near-death experiences would come up in class, Charles would explain that there is no life beyond the grave, that everything ends there, that the body gradually changes to become nourishment for other forms of life. The experience of going through a dark tunnel to see "God" at the end as a bright light was just an illusion. For when the body is undergoing the hard stress of dying, he said, certain chemical reactions are triggered in the brain, and this is nature's way of providing ease from the stress, nothing more. So imagine his great surprise when he found himself separated from his physical body at the hospital. He told me that he began to analyze everything carefully, taking nothing for granted. But soon he had to admit to himself, that this was certainly not an illusion. He'd never felt more alive! All of his many senses seemed to surface, to come alive in him, he said.
Next he found himself in the dark tunnel, before the bright light and God! God received him with the same unconditional love that you experienced, Mrs. Eadie. He said his entire body vibrated with God's wonderful love. From head to toe, God's love flooded him, and once you have experienced God's love, he said, you'll want to remain forever by his side, never to be far from his love ever again. He learned that though he had not believed in God on earth, God believed in him! God had loved him tremendously, since the very beginning.
Charles had been an atheist on earth, but he was not a person who fought good, nor was he against humanity. He was known for his genuine humility, gentleness of spirit and his great love for people. His goal in life had been to aid humanity in any way possible, to help mankind evolve and get on the right path mentally. He dedicated his life to help remove some of the ugly racial and religious prejudices. For seventeen years Charles was a spokesman for the university and a radio debater. His job was to deal with the radical preachers who were constantly challenging the science departments of the nations' universities, demanding that they shut down or teach science only according to the Bible—or according to their own interpretations of it.
Charles was well prepared for this. He had studied the Bible for many years in the original languages. He said his aim was to make the church leaders realize how far they had strayed from the true master that they claimed to follow: Jesus Christ. Charles soon gained great fame for this, but because of the dark works found in the Christian churches then, he turned further and further away from the Bible—and he eventually wanted no part of the God that these churches followed.
Then, when he died and stood before God's bright light in heaven, he learned this had been his major mission on earth—to debate with religious leaders who were taking the world into a dark path. He learned that the only way he could do this was as a scientist! He was reminded that Jesus Christ came to earth to chastise the religious leaders of his time, who were also leading their people in the wrong path.
Who would ever have believed that Berkeley's famous atheist would be the person to teach me about God! And who would have believed I would look deeply into the eyes of an atheist to see the spirit of Christ in those eyes! Life has never ceased to amaze me.
It may take a lifetime of following our hearts before learning that we've been doing what God sent us to do in the first place. Charles Camp reminds me of Saul in the Bible. What passionate men! They knew what they believed, and they taught it with all their hearts. In The Awakening Heart I told the story of my brother-in-law Tom, who had been an atheist most of his life. I told him of my experience in heaven with God, and he dismissed it outright. Then God redirected his life by giving Tom his own near-death experience. What a gift and a blessing! Tom was instructed to tell everyone he met that God lives both in heaven and in the hearts of all mankind. Today, as he speaks of his knowledge of God, he shares his precious message with passion and love.…
Following one's heart with passion, direction, and determination is giving life to life. Could any father ask for more?
On the other side I was told that each person's life is like a river. The destination is set, but the method of our journeying is up to us. We can cruise down the middle of the river at top speed, or we can hug the shore and spin around in eddies. We can crash over rapids or chart a safer path between obstacles. We can slum along the bottom in the mire and slime of sediment, or we can glide along the sparkling surface where the air is clean. The river is ours from birth to death. How we navigate it is determined by the hundreds of small choices we make each day.
God can especially use people who will throw themselves passionately into what they love, who walk forward confidently committed to a cause.
To discover our mission in life we must see challenges as opportunities for growth and then face them head on. Each challenge measures our strengths and progress. Even when trials cause pain or sorrow, we must look for new lessons in the pain and ask God for the power to learn and to grow from it. Suffering focuses our attention on what matters most, and with God's help, we can strengthen our spirits by learning patience, tolerance and love.
Readers Ask Betty
How Can One Overcome Anger?
Hi precious Betty. I've read your first two books and am now beginning The Ripple Effect. Your story has deeply touched me. I resonate with your message whole heartedly. Do you have any insights or truth that might help someone dealing with anger?
“In this world of billions of people, many lead lives of loneliness and desperation. Because of pain produced by others, some protect themselves behind walls of anger or fear, lashing out at or retreating from others. God has shown me that the precious cure for their pain lies within each soul. The cure…is honest and pure love. God's love. Unconditional love. It resides within each of us naturally at our beginning.” —The Ripple Effect, page xvi
Anger is just an emotion and is a natural and instinctive state of mind derived from circumstances or relationships with others. It is distinguished from reasoning and knowledge because it is intuitive, in that, it is sent up from the subconscious mind. Our reaction to anger is based upon a whole array of factors—that are rooted in our past. Until the root of the anger is discovered, recognized and acknowledged, healing will not begin and anger will continue to surface when similar circumstances are triggered. One might look for the root of their anger by asking themselves: "When did this start?" "Why did this make me angry?" "How is this similar to something in my past?" "Were there environmental factors?" "Was I harmed or did I perceive misdeeds done toward me in some way?" "Was something left 'undone' leaving a lack of closure at an early age?"
Usually when one is challenged by anger the root is in their early childhood. Sometimes it can begin even in the womb where the fetus is aware of outside conflict and negative emotions. And as a child, we feel frustrated that we cannot stop the situation causing the fear and harm. We are angry at those causing us to fear and angry at ourselves for not being able to stop the harm we perceive—both must be forgiven. We must forgive those who we felt harmed us and forgive ourselves for not being able to change the situation in order to be able to move forward from the past and heal.
Fear is always a part of the root of anger. Fear leads to guilt and guilt leads to shame. All lead to frustration and frustration leads to anger. Frustration is the inability to handle a particular situation and can produce intense emotion buried for years but will eventually surface since feelings buried alive never die. Thus a cycle is started of intense emotion that builds until someone explodes, releasing the pent-up energy of frustration that has accumulated. We often attribute anger to having a "temper," when in reality, anger is pent-up emotions that build until they release, a pattern that often starts in early childhood.
Our reaction is what matters! We cannot help the feelings and thoughts that "pop" into our being when something "bad" happens to us—but we can help our reaction. We can be responsible for the choices we make and choose to come from a higher place of calm that is peaceful and loving. We do this by not responding to the negative things that occur to us at first, rather, we let them come and go, pausing until calm starts to replace negativity and we are able to choose our actions rather than be driven by pent-up energy that wants to clobber instead of be loving. I remember times when I went through many reactions in my mind before I felt that calm begin to come. Thankfully I did not respond to those negative thoughts but waited until I had the ability to respond in a way that I could choose from a higher place of being, as opposed to coming from the negative thoughts generated at first.
And when anger does surface? The energy must be released in some way. What I like to do is give that negative energy a job, a useful thing to do, like house cleaning or work in the yard, which are physical ways to release pent-up energy while accomplishing something I can feel good about. And while working at whatever chore I have chosen, I start a mental gratitude list that helps what is in my head connect with my heart and spirit and with God. Gratitude is a powerful godly energy that can counteract many forms of negativity. There is magic in gratitude and as we seek our Heavenly Father's guidance, he will guide us to his will for us which is always to bless us in some way. As always, prayer is key and the following is a prayer from my Daily Devotional that can help one who is dealing with anger:
“Father, when the difficulties of life make me afraid or angry, remind me that the sure and divine remedy to pain is love. Help me to find love when I need it and to magnify love by sharing it freely with others. For I know that within all your children is the healing balm of love in pure expression for one another.”—Embraced By The Light Prayers & Devotions for Daily Living, September 14
“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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Heartfelt Prayers Reach Heaven
I saw the sphere of earth rotating in space. I saw many lights shooting up from the earth like beacons. Some were very broad and charged into heaven like broad laser beams. Others resembled the illumination of small pen lights, and some were mere sparks…I was told that these beams of power were the prayers of people on earth…When we have great need, or when we are praying for other people, the beams project straight from us and are immediately visible. —Embraced By The Light - pages 103-04
Their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven. 2 Chronicles 30:27
Father, thank you for listening as I pray for myself and for others. Bless me to convey my desires more clearly to you in prayer, to make my requests simple and focused and full of loving energy. May I always remember to say, "thank you," because showing my appreciation is a part of showing my love for you.
Affirmation: I pray simple, heartfelt prayers that project powerfully into heaven.