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Friday, December 23, 2016

Prayers for the Holidays

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light

This season in the USA often finds us exhausted and stressed instead of peace-filled, kind, and compassionate. I give you permission to forget about the shopping and schedules for a few moments to spend some time in prayer, meditation, or contemplation.What are your hopes and prayers for yourself and your family this season? Here are a few of mine.

I pray...


That we learn to respect, celebrate, and cherish the many traditions that hold this season sacred, for all paths are but mirrors of the whole of the Divine.

That humanity lets go of its need for violence, war, oppression, and destruction of all kinds and creates a culture of ongoing peace and compassion. 


That we each determine to take small steps to make our lives better. We know that when we raise ourselves up spiritually, even a little, we also raise the level of peace and love on this planet.

That we let go of the need to be "right" all of the time and celebrate the unique talents, abilities, thoughts, and beliefs of all of those around us.


That we learn to truly cherish our children and treat them with the kindness, love, and care they deserve as embodiments of Spirit. Let us recognize that they are the up-and-coming leaders of our planet and that by loving and caring for them, we give them a solid foundation to lead the world to a better, more peace-filled future.


That we extend love and respect to the elders in our community, knowing their wisdom and experience can inform us and give us the courage to create a better tomorrow.


That we recognize the Divine at the core of each individual (including ourselves), and treat each other as unique children of God/Spirit/Creator.


That we humans learn to embrace the diversity of life on this planet, knowing it's all part of an interrelated web that is weakened with the loss of even one species.


That we each learn to extend kindness and compassion to ourselves knowing that we, too, are a blessed part of the Divine.



Blessed Holidays to all! So many of us are celebrating this time of year and so I honor all traditions with a simple blessing of love, peace, joy, and prosperity.

Nancy


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Upcoming Events

- NEW: January 14, 2017, 1:30 PM - 5 PM. Seattle, WA: Awakenings from the Light and Spiritual Communication Intro. At Seattle IANDS (http://www.seattleiands.org) meeting. Click here for directions to: (http://www.seattleiands.org/meeting-directions.html) UW Medicine, South Lake Union Campus, Brotman Building, Brotman Auditorium (850 Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98109).

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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of "Awakenings from the Light" (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Positive Start to the Day

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light
What one thing can we do to easily start our days off on a positive note?
Begin each day with a short prayer or meditation. Yes, you read that right. Pray, meditate, or engage in some other quiet and mindful activity for a few minutes before starting your day.

I can almost hear the protests: "I don't have time," or "my morning is too hectic." I would gently suggest that those are exactly the reasons why it's important to wake up a few minutes early and pray or meditate.

Why start each day with a prayer? And what kind of prayer or meditation do I mean?


Start each day with a few moments in prayer or meditation because happiness doesn't grow on trees...it grows in your heart. And beginning the day by reconnecting to the Divine is one easy way to begin to create more happiness, peace, and contentment in your life. When I give talks or appear on radio shows, it surprises me how many people think that just because I had an NDE, I also achieved instant enlightenment. I wish that was the case...really I do! What actually happens when someone has an NDE or any other spiritually-transformative experience is that he or she has been given an opportunity and an invitation to spiritually "wake up." That's it. It's not a guarantee that your life will be magical, abundant, spirit-filled, or even happy. It's an invitation for you to reach out and grow deeper in connection with the Divine and with our own spiritual core. It's an invitation for you to take the reins and make your life into one of joy, contentment, or meaning. How have I continued to grow a deeper connection to God after my NDE? I do it by creating a spiritual practice for myself and following it daily. An important part of that practice is taking a few minutes each morning to pray. And when I pray, my prayers also set my intentions for the day. Prayers that multitask...I LOVE it! The prayer doesn't have to be long, involved, profound, or unempowering. The only thing it needs to be is genuine and heartfelt. Here is an example:
“Divine Spirit, today I walk in Your Light and Love. My words and actions come from light and love. My thoughts and feelings come from light and love. Please wrap me in your loving light and allow me to be of service in whatever way is best for me and all concerned.”
[Recite the above while visualizing light bubble around you (or a sound bubble of love, etc.)]. The prayer can be one of gratitude:
“Divine Spirit, I am so grateful for this day. Thank you for a safe place to call home. Thank you for my ability to walk, run, laugh, and hug my kids. Please wrap me in your loving light and allow me to be of service in whatever way is best for me and all concerned.”
Take a few moments to come up with a short morning prayer that has meaning for you. It doesn't have to be perfect, just meaningful in your life. You can tweak it and change it over time -- it doesn't need to remain static.

If you prefer something other than prayer, simply spend a few minutes in a meditative practice, going on a quiet/mindful walk, or even just sitting in your favorite chair and taking a half dozen deep, relaxing breaths.

What are the benefits? Starting off the day by intentionally being spiritual and mindful sets the tone for the hours to come. Over time, you may want to expand your practice too but for now, it's perfectly fine to focus on morning prayer. For me, my prayer time is a reminder of why I'm here, to be more loving and peace-filled, and that reminder usually carries through the rest of the day.


Blessings everyone!

Nancy


Upcoming Events

January 14, 2017, 1:30 PM - 5 PM. Seattle, WA: Awakenings from the Light and Spiritual Communication Intro. At Seattle IANDS (http://www.seattleiands.org)  meeting. Click here for directions to: (http://www.seattleiands.org/meeting-directions.html)  UW Medicine, South Lake Union Campus, Brotman Building, Brotman Auditorium (850 Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98109).
Recent Radio Interviews:


"Sounds of the Heart Radio"

What a beautiful conversation with Sandy Goldstone on "Sounds of the Heart" radio (Oct 2016). Not your usual NDE talk...Sandy is also an experiencer and we delved into some very deep, spiritual topics. Listen here. (https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/95310/the-atheist-who-died-and-returned-awakened)


"We Don't Die Radio

Nancy was a guest on "We Don't Die Radio." Two former atheists got together to talk about the afterlife...join us for a fun and insightful discussion! Check out Episode 121: Listen in... (http://www.wedontdieradio.com)


AngelHeart Radio
Anayah Joi Holilly  and I chatted about my NDE and how my life felt before being taken to heaven. We had such a super time we decided to take a deep dive into near-death experiences, the afterlife, and the importance of a spiritual practice over 3 episodes:
* Listen to Part 1 (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angelheartradio/2016/10/14/the-athiest-who-went-to-heaven--and-came-back-anayah-shares-nancy-rynes)
* Listen to Part 2 (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angelheartradio/2016/10/21/nde-heaven-transformed-nancy-rynes-from-an-athiest-into-a-spiritual-teacher)
* Listen to Part 3 (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angelheartradio/2016/10/28/spiritual-lessons-from-the-sacred-pond-heaven-beyond-anayah-nancy-rynes)

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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of "Awakenings from the Light" (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Life in Review, Part 2

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light

This is the continuation of my article about life reviews. Haven't seen the Part One? Click here to read an archived copy. 

As was said before, your life review will be designed to help you learn and grow from the experience of your human body on earth. It is a debriefing session in a way, similar to what soldiers might do at the end of a mission. Except we are not soldiers of war...we are soldiers of Divine love :-)



As your life review progresses, you will gradually begin to see and experience the larger view of reality. You will be shown quite clearly how your human life fit into the larger scope of existence, into the fabric of the universe, and to Divine love. And you will learn as well if there are amends to make for acts that cause harm. But that is a conversation you will have with the Divine and with your guides.

You will progressively lose your attachment to your human form as you journey your way back to a being of Spirit and Light, consciousness and Divine energy.

As through this process you have choices, you can at this time choose not to go on to the brighter realm of Heaven. It is a choice you make in your heart, and the majority of souls choose to continue on to the realm of Spirit, Love, and Divine Presence. Once you again choose Spirit, after your review you move on to the true vaults of the realm you call Heaven. It is a realm of pure love, connectedness, intelligence, and consciousness. It is here you will work with your guides and the angelic beings to more fully reintegrate with what is.

And it is here that you will finally remember it all. By this time you will have full memory of every life you have ever lived or will live, and how they relate to each other and to the greater entirety of the universe. Your guides will help you as you need it—sometimes this process can overwhelm the newly-returned. But in time, you remember all in return to your true self—that self that is connected to the All, to She who Gifts life, to Wisdom, and to He who is the Divine Center/Spirit/God.

At any time along your re-entry to Spirit, family and friends may show up to help you along. Your guides only allow them to come to you if they have first processed their own lives. They must go through the full life review and re-entry process themselves before they are allowed to assist.

The vaults of Heaven, indeed the entire universe, now stand before you. You may learn, serve, or go back to a different life. You may choose to journey the cosmos as well. Or you may make your amends in whatever way was agreed on.

While you do have many choices, once you choose again to serve the Divine, you will want to be on a specific path or program. The path is there for your own learning, development, and experience. The learning process is so that you can expand your own presence, your own love, and your own link to Divinity. Remember, you are a part of the Divine Presence but you are also an individual. One of many. Part of the Many who are One. And your soul's purpose is ultimately to contribute to the Divine, to God, and to love.

Blessings,

Nancy

A couple of notes here: remember that "time" is truly relative. We in the physical experience the passage of time as linear. The true realm of "Heaven" does not...at least not from our perspective. As we move up through higher and higher energy levels after death, gradually returning to the full experience of Heaven, time loses its grip on us. Another thing to note is that throughout the process after transitioning, we can continuously choose whether or not to continue on to Spirit, to the Divine, to God. We always have the choice available to us at the time of transitioning, before our life review, and after it. Most of us embrace Divine Light continuously and so the transition is seamless and uninterrupted. And you can probably tell, this series wasn't solely written "by" me. I had a lot of teachings from my Guide before I was able to put pen to paper, so to speak. 

Featured Events 

IANDS San Francisco CA 
November 04, 2016, 7PM 
 $20.00
 Nancy will be presenting her story at the IANDS in San Francisco, held at the Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr. #A, Corte Madera, CA. ( http://iands-sf.org ). Book sales and signing to follow. 

IANDS Santa Barbara , CA
 November 09, 2016, 7-9PM 
 Unity of Santa Barbara 
Free, donations accepted
 Come out and listen to Nancy present her story and insights at this International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and Shared Crossings Project combined event In this presentation, Nancy talks about the the teachings she learned in heaven while her body lay dying on the operating table with special emphasis on love, gratitude, the effects of our words and actions, and much more.

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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Life in Review

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light
One of the most amazing gifts from having an NDE, or any other spiritually-transformative experience, is coming away with the realization that we are more than just this one little person living a relatively humble life right here and now. We are much more than our fears and insecurities, our struggles, our successes, our anxieties, and our losses. We are more than someone's parent, child, friend, or employee. And we are much more than just our human selves.

We learn that our true selves are essentially infinite consciousness and energy; that we are expansive, powerful, creative, and connected to everyone and everything. We learn that we are more than this life we are living, and that our capacity to love is beyond our ability to comprehend it with the human mind. And we also learn that we can bring that spiritual capacity to love into our lives here on Earth. We come away with the understanding that we are intimately connected with the Divine in each and every moment, and that the universe of which we are a part is, quite simply, extraordinary. It's more extraordinary than even our most brilliant scientists can fathom. More importantly, we come away from a spiritual experience with the knowledge that we, too, are extraordinary. We don't have to live lives of lack, limitation, and fear, not with this marvelous and expansive soul at our cores, and not when we are supported in every moment by Divine love and presence.
That moment when your soul finally leaves your body and you look back on it with love and compassion is the most freeing moment you can ever imagine! In that moment, you will realize that your physical life is just a very small yet important part of your existence, and in this realization you will know that it's time to finally move on to the realm of Spirit. A calmness will settle over you, a knowing that this is right, that you are now going home. Remembering that you have loved, experienced, and learned much during your time on Earth, you understand that it's good and right to go back home. Your heart fills with joy as the journey starts. When you arrive at your life review, know that it isn't a time to feel fear or shame. It's a time to reflect, learn, and to understand so that you can make changes as your proceed back into your more expansive, spiritual existence. You can have whoever you need with you at this time, because ultimately, the life review is for you and your soul's preparation for the remainder of the journey. It's similar to what you do in your human life after you wake up from a dream and try to recall and make sense of it. But in this case, the dream was your life and reality is the realm of Spirit. To be continued... Blessings and joy,

Nancy
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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Allowing Grief

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 
I know grief might be a strange thing to write about, especially coming from someone who has died and come back to tell the tale. But having an NDE doesn't mean that I don't feel loss, sadness, or grief when faced with significant life changes. I wasn't magically transformed into some ultra-spiritual guru who no longer has the need for human emotions. On the contrary, I feel and experience more deeply than I ever have in my life. The difference is that now I feel the feeling, allowing myself to experience it deeply, then I let it go.

Grief and loss are things that most of us will experience at least once in life, probably more. Losses don't just come from the death of someone we care about. We might grieve the ending of a relationship, selling a home that carries many lovely memories, losing a job, or giving up on a dream. Being spiritual or religious, or even having an NDE, doesn't change the fact that at times, we have to let go of what was and live with the way things are now.

It's A-OK to mourn these passages for in the mourning we allow the painful thoughts and feelings to flow through us and out. Trouble comes when we hold on to them. Not allowing grief to flow creates a spiritual and emotional bottleneck of energy. Being stoic or strong doesn't do us any good in the long run. When we cannot or will not feel through and release the pain, it grows inside of us like an ever-widening black hole. Unreleased grief can consume us to the point where it is difficult to function from a healthy mindset.

I only speak about this topic from my own experience. These past few months have come with many changes to my life. Some of those changes are good and some are not-so-great, but with all of them I remind myself that I am human and that it's OK to cry when I feel the loss of the way things were. Letting go of the "old" opens up my heart and soul for new people and events to come into my life. I might still miss what is gone but I'm no longer holding on to it when I allow the grief to wash through me.

Reaching out to friends can help. Hugs are a good thing. They may  not completely erase the pain but they can let you know that you are not alone and that someone else cares. Sometimes a good hug cures more thoroughly than the most expensive medical treatment. If someone you know is having a rough time of things, take the initiative and give him or her a big, friendly bear hug.

Remember, if things become too difficult or severely impact your daily life, seek help from a psychotherapist, counselor, or spiritual leader. Blessings and joy to all of you. Nancy

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Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Life and Truth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 
I've been writing a bit about knowing your truth, but how does that manifest itself in our everyday lives?
While hearing and heeding the voice of your inner truth can bring you much-needed sparkle and creativity, you still have to live within the physical, mundane world. So how does knowing and living our truth play a part in our daily lives? When we bring the truth to most (or all) of our interactions, it can mean clearer communication and less drama. There's a bit of a catch, though, when we share our truth with others. Not everyone will like what we have to say! Your mother might not enjoy hearing that you don't want to come to the annual family reunion this year. Your father might take it the wrong way when you explain that you are dropping out of law school to pursue a career as an interior designer. It takes practice, tact, and a bit of courage to speak your truth to someone you care about. Choose kindness and compassion, but be careful too! It might not be the best career move to tell your boss exactly what we think about his or her management style. Some truths are best kept to yourself. If you do need to be honest with someone, I've found it's a bit easier on both me and the recipient to make it all about me. "I'm sorry Mom, I've had a rough week at work and it would be best if I just skipped the reunion this year to stay home and rest." But maybe a compromise option is what would work best. Acknowledge your own truth, but also honor the fact that your family would like you to participate in the event. "I'm sorry Mom, I've had a rough week at work and I'm exhausted. I can only stay at the family reunion for a couple of hours this year." Can you tell I'm a middle child? I'm always looking for a good compromise position :-) Living our truth doesn't mean we do only those things we like. Life isn't all about "me me me." There are over 7 billion other humans on this planet and some of them, such as our children, may depend on us for their survival. We all have responsibilities to ourselves and others but the result of knowing your truth is leaning how to make informed, appropriate decisions while still honoring who we are at heart. As adults, we do have to live in this world and do things we don't exactly enjoy such as:
* pay taxes
* go to the doctor
* go to school to earn a degree
* find and acquire food
* earn an income

It's a matter of priorities. I actually detest going shopping for groceries. Hate it. But I need to eat and I enjoy eating good, healthy food because it keeps me healthy. So I suck it up a couple of times a week to visit the farmers' market, local farm stand, or the local chain grocery store. When I visit the farmer's market or farm stand, I make it into an opportunity to have fun and socialize with the local farmers.

We can do things we don't enjoy while still living in harmony with the incredible soul-map inside each one of us. Here's another example. Let's assume that in your heart, you truly love being a musician but you have a child and want her to live in a safe part of the city. And a safe part of the city means higher housing costs. Even though you're gifted and belong to a band that shows a lot of promise, right now the money from the music gigs isn't enough to pay the bills. You do have a lot of options available to you in this situation but given that you value your child's safety first and your musical dreams second, you decide that it's OK to take a part-time job working in a medical office. Doing this allows you keep your child safe and let go of some financial stress, while you and your band work on expanding your audience.
Our children are particularly vulnerable to having their inner truths overrun by peers, bullies, gangs, school teachers, the media, the culture, and overbearing but well-meaning family members. It's up to us as parents to nurture our kids through this time as much as possible. Honor your child's individuality while keeping him or her safe. Teach your kids that it's OK to be different. Love and support them as they mature, even if you don't agree with their choice of career partner. And above all, when it's time, learn to step back and enjoy the  independent, confident young adult in front of you.

Once we are more easily able to access that inner truth, the gates of creativity, peace, and joy can more fully open.
Blessings and joy to all of you.

Nancy

PS: As you can tell, truth is a very complicated topic and can be difficult to pull apart. If you are having trouble with recognizing and living your inner truth, or sharing it with others in a constructive way, seek a life coach, counselor, or psychotherapist for help.

Awakening to Life

July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).
For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org
My talk at IANDS, and many others, will also be live-streamed and available via video. This is a super option if you cannot attend in person but still want to learn from the wisdom and near-death experiences. For more information, visit:
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All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hearing Your Inner Truth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 
How is your life going these days? Are you excited to get the day started each morning, curious as to the wonders that await? Or has life lost its sparkle, leaving you bored, detached, or even indifferent?


Hearing and heeding the voice of your inner truth can bring much-needed sparkle and creativity into your life. Listening to that guiding wisdom puts you in touch with the Divine. As I explain in "Awakenings from the Light," that inner voice of truth is kind of like a "Good-Life GPS" that Spirit gives us. Living in alignment with our inner truth is how we begin to live at one with Divinity while we are here on Earth.

We each have access to inner truth but we may be out of practice accessing it. The voice of our truth can be quiet, so quiet that it can be easily overwhelmed by the noise of TV, the internet, the news, others' opinions, and society's ideas about who we should be. Others may mean well when they try to tell us how we live our lives, but they see the world through their own filters, stories, and experiences, not ours. They can't see what truth we hold for ourselves. So it's up to you to access your inner knowing and then honor it.

Fears often keep us from acknowledging what we really want and who we really are. Our human ego has a deep need to fit in to society out of a sense of self preservation, and some of us will do almost anything to be like everyone else. Remember grade school where so many of us wanted desperately to fit in with the cool kids, and might do almost anything to be accepted?

That's one example of living from a fearful ego, and it prevents us from becoming the glorious, love-filled, creative, and powerful people we were meant to be.

The more we disregard our inner truth and live only for the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of others, the harder it becomes to hear that inner voice. It's one big catch-22.

Our goal then is to be in a state of clear communication with ourselves and Spirit. How can we more easily hear and act on that inner voice of truth?
PS: you don't have to share your truths with others. Keep them private for now.
  • Pose the question to yourself: How do I really feel about ___________________ situation? I might suggest journaling about the answer, or having a conversation with yourself in the car.
  • Ask yourself: What are my gut/heart/mind telling me?
  • Get quiet with it. Contemplate. Daydream.
  • What does my ego want me to think about this situation? These are the old patterns, stories, ideas that don't feel right.
  • What do/don't I want to admit when no one else is watching? In other words, if it weren't for others' thoughts or opinions, what would I really want in this situation?
  • For some of us, more quiet time is in order. The voice of inner truth may speak to us like a whisper at first. Take a walk without your phone or MP3 player and lets your thoughts and feelings meander.
  • Ask yourself: Am I anxious, not sleeping, agitated, not myself, or exhibiting traits that are not "me?" Take this as a clue that in some part of your life, you may be disregarding the voice of your heart.
  • Try the "What I Really Want..." exercise. Get a pad of paper and at least 15 minutes of quiet, alone-time. Ask yourself, "What Do I Really Want?" Jot down the answer. Repeat that cycle at least 50 times and see what surfaces.
  • In a similar vein, ask yourself, "Who Am I?" Jot down the answers. Again, repeat this at least 50 times and prepare for some surprises :-)
What does it feel like when we follow inner truth? This is different from person to person, but for me:
  • I get a sense of "wow, this just feels right" like something clicking into place
  • I'm calm
  • I feel centered
  • My creativity soars
  • I don't make my decisions simply to please others
  • Things fall into place with few obstacles and no drama
Pay attention to the messages you hear from your inner truth and from Spirit. They should be positive, life-affirming, supportive, loving, kind, compassionate, and caring, even if they challenge you to stretch a bit. If you get negative or disparaging comments, they aren't coming from Spirit or your own soul. They are most likely coming from your fear-filled ego, the voice that wants you to play it safe. Remember, Spirit and our souls care about love, connection, altruism, compassion, helping others, enjoying life, laughing, joy, peace, one-ness, living our uniqueness, being creative, and creating heaven on earth. Those are the voices of the Divine as relayed through your heart or inner truth, and it is those voices to which we should heed more in our daily lives. Next time we'll explore what this means for us in real life, when we have bills to pay and kids to raise. Until then, blessings and joy to all of you. Nancy

Featured Events


Shifting Your Reality Conference


July 15-17, Copper Mountain, Colorado: With spiritual medium Lynn Van Pragh-Gratton, manifesting expert Ken Elliott, and me, Nancy Rynes, NDEr and author of Awakenings from the Light. Please visit this page for more information and to sign up:  Shifting Your Reality Conference.


Awakening to Life

July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).
For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org
My talk at IANDS, and many others, will also be live-streamed and available via video. This is a super option if you cannot attend in person but still want to learn from the wisdom and near-death experiences. For more information, visit:






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All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Living In Truth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 



It's sometime during the summer of 2005. I'm clinging to a granite cliff face in the Colorado mountains, balancing on slivers of rock seventy feet above the ground. The top rope holding me is safe and secure and I trust my belay partner to stop me should I slip and start to fall. But I find myself frozen in place. My mind cannot figure out the next move.This isn't the first time I've climbed but then and there I decide that it is the last.

My knees begin to shake, and I mean an uncontrollable shake to the point where I feel my toes start to lose their grips on the wall. I call out to my belay partner and he tells me just to let go and fall - he will catch me and lower me to the ground. Letting go of that rock face challenges my trust for just a second, but realizing there is no other way out for me at this point, I force my fingers to open and my feet to push off the rock. He catches me with the top rope and lowers me safely to the ground. In that moment with just myself, the rock, and the rope, clarity struck me: I don't actually like rock climbing and never have!


By the time that summer day in 2005 rolled around, I had over 10 years of outdoor rock climbing under my belt. Climbing was not a gift or particular talent of mine. It was more of a habit and a way to spend time with friends. I hit the rock when I could, took classes, and tried to improve, but I had been lying to myself most of that decade. I didn't really enjoy it.

My ego wanted to enjoy it, though. I admired the skill and grace of elite athletes I saw around my home in Colorado and wanted to be like them. They climbed the cliffs like Spiderman scrambled up skyscrapers in the big city. And yes, I also wanted an excuse to hang out with my friends, and later, my boyfriend (a naturally gifted athlete). But climbing wasn't me. I had spent the last ten years lying to myself. 

We are probably all guilty of hiding the truth from ourselves at some time in our lives: 
  • One more doughnut won't hurt me (truth: I need to lose 30 pounds).
  • I deserve my spouse's violent outbursts (truth: No, I don't, and it's time for a big change).
  • I'm not smart/funny/creative (truth: Yes I am, but I am afraid to show my gifts to others). 
  • There is nothing better for me than this dead-end, minimum wage job (truth: I really want to go back to school to study nursing).
I think you get the picture.

Being honest with ourselves, or as I like to say it, "living our truth," is an important step in achieving a life of happiness, joy, creativity, and abundance. We cannot fully live in-Spirit if we constantly lie to ourselves about who we are and what we want. In Awakenings from the Light, I described how the Divine infused each of us with unique talents, abilities, and viewpoints. Honoring our unique light and allowing our talents to shine feels good, and it is a way to say "thank you" for those gifts. But our unique inner lights cannot shine if we blanket them in layers of lies, or stories that other people want us to believe about ourselves. In order to let those inner lights shine, we need to pull back the lies to see who we truly are, know when our inner lights sparkle, when they grow dim, and what feeds them.

Being truthful with yourself is one of the most difficult spiritual paths you can walk. If you choose it, the journey of living from the grace of truth is one that can easily last the rest of your life since there isn't a destination per se. Living in truth is a practice, but in my opinion this practice is the most valuable gift you can give to yourself.


Inner truth calls on us to be open and vulnerable with ourselves and God, and goodness knows our human ego hates to be either open or vulnerable. The ego is afraid of admitting mistakes, making a poor decision, or failing because it doesn't want to look "bad" or "less than." Telling ourselves the truth, though, requires us to admit to everything. God already knows you better than your know yourself so don't think you're hiding anything under your blanket of lies, anyway. Might as well face what is real.

Fears may crop up as you walk this path but know that you can put the fears to rest. Honor and acknowledge them, but don't believe in them.

I'm not sure why on that particular day in 2005, I was able to see my inner truth. Perhaps my soul-self finally had enough of living under a blanket of lies and forced my ego to recognize that it was time to put away the charade. I still enjoy watching rock climbers but am happy to say my feet are still firmly planted on Mother Earth.

Are you ready to walk the path toward inner truth? Next time we'll look at some ways to be more truthful with ourselves.


Love and Blessings to all of you...

Nancy





Posted by Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light ( http://NancyRynes.com )
All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com