From the New York Times April 21, 2016: Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band, Multifaceted Pop Star Who Remade Genres and consummate showman, died Thursday at his residence, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn.

Prince & Embraced By The Light

      I am deeply saddened to hear of Prince's passing today. He was a man of amazing musical brilliance and genius, entertainment ability and talent. But what stood out even more so to me, was his gentle, loving demeanor, soft voice and tender heart.

prince      I first met Prince shortly after my book, Embrace By The Light, was published. He told me that he had been profoundly impacted and inspired by its message of hope and unconditional love, and that he wanted to meet me, which he did when I was scheduled for a speaking event in Minnesota. To my surprise, Prince attended my event and afterwards invited me to his studio in Paisley Park. We had a very engaging and heartfelt visit there, one that I will never forget.

      As I entered the building I took in everything—the impressive rooms—his personal rooms on the top floor—the powerful persona of which was Prince; the entertainment Icon. But the title and all that was behind the name Prince, soon disappeared and fell to the wayside as we progressed in our conversation. Sitting next to me on a decorative love-seat, sat a simple young man, humble, yet full of life, love and spirit. He spoke openly to me about his childhood, about his songs, his music, and about his disapointments, hopes and dreams.

      Prince shared with me his torment with his label and contract to the point of having "slave" tattooed across his cheek and having his name changed to a symbol. He sought my advice on how to deal with the trauma which brought him to feel he was a slave to the music industry. I told him that he had a mission to fulfil and I encouraged him to move forward and return, as Prince, to his music and the man everyone loved and admired.

      When our visit came to a close we felt our deep connection and spoke of it. There was a bonding that often occurs between people that is so strong, it exists without need for words. Even So, he did exactly that when he dedicated a song to me on his Album titled: Gold, through the song “Dolphin.” My moments of closeness to him and his gesture of love is close to my heart today . . . and it always will be.

      Our contact with each other continued through the years. Prince wanted to help more with the promotion of “Embraced By The Light” and offered, should I take the book to film, he would love to write the music.

      We have recently been in contact with the possibility of him being a part of our current film project. His abilities to write incredibly beautiful music would have been a perfect fit for what I wanted for the film.

      Yet, now, Prince is on a different journey . . . a journey that is beyond description and imagination. It is filled with eternal hope, peace and unconditional love . . . he is now sharing his beautiful spirit and amazing talents with even greater audiences.

      I am blessed to have shared these moments with him, and I look forward to the day we meet again.

      God bless you, Prince!

      Betty J Eadie

      

For more about how Prince was influenced by Betty's book, you may want to visit the following links:

'He was ours': Mourning the loss of Prince, music genius and eternal seeker - from Minnpost


“...Prince insists I should read...Embraced by the Light” – an interview by David Sinclair, London Times, 1996

Remembering Prince


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Dear Betty and Staff,

I appreciate and value all the newsletters and God-loving sharing which is part of what is offered. I am writing to say thank you for all you each do to contribute. I did not know that Prince was such a spiritual person and am touched to read Betty's letter about her experiences with him. Very pofound.

Thanks!—Ruby

Betty, I had finally started to read Embraced by the Light last year, but put it aside when I got about halfway through it. I loved what I had read but didn't want to finish it yet for some reason. Prince's death is the reason I picked it up again & I just finished it this morning.

Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your love & light with us! And thank you so much for sharing your memories of Prince. I had no idea that you two had met but I had to search for you online, and here I find that you had a special connection with him. What wonderful synchronicities and miracles God brings into our lives! Now I can't wait to devour your other books

XOXO— N.B.

Oh my goodness, hello Betty! I didn't get notification of your message! (Facebook) I found the interview I read in 1996. Dolphin is so beautiful - I didn't know Prince dedicated it you you. I will read ebtl again as it is 20 years since I read it, but it made a lasting impression. These 20 years have been rough for me but I chose to believe that it all happened so I could grow spiritually. And I certainly have.

Dearest Betty,

What a beautiful and wonderful blessing you are to all of us. Thank you so much for sharing your message about Prince with us.

God bless you, our Angel here on earth, you and your family. I know God's huge arms are holding you all in love....along with us. :) I give thanks to our Father in Heaven often that you were willing to come back to us and share your truth with us.

My brother just bought your book, Embraced by the Light, and he is effusive in his praise of how your book has helped him to see more clearly the simplicity of Salvation. He could not stop saying..."She makes everything so simple and so clear."

I love you—Ana

As most of my nearest and dearest here have long known, "Embraced by the Light" is a book that deeply impacted my life when it came out in the early 90's and has continued to be my 'go-to' whenever Life knocks me down or I am feeling lost. So I can't begin to tell you how uplifted I was when my friend, who worked as Prince's publicist during that time, shared with us yesterday, the huge impact this book had on his life as well (thank you J.). So much so that he contacted Betty J. Eadie (the author), became close with her and had promised to write the music for her if ever her book went to film. I'm heartbroken that we'll never hear the musical genius he would have injected into this - most fascinating of all - near death experiences. It's comforting to know, however, that although I'm sure he wasn't expecting to leave this world yesterday, he did know exactly where he was going and that it is a place and space far more glorious than our human minds can ever imagine.… How I would have loved to witness a compilation of their work in this Life. I suppose this world was not ready for such Truth and Magnificence. RIP Prince.

Laura

 

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