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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
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 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

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