#4 I learned that we are Eternal Beings. We existed long before we took our first mortal breath. We had experiences and were amazing beings in that realm we call Heaven. I also saw our efforts to prepare for mortality. Yet, though mortality would be vitally important, it would be just a piece of our existence. Just as we had existed prior to mortality – we would continue to exist when we took our last mortal breath. In heaven, we saw birth as the event which would begin our sojourn into mortality and death as the event which would enable our return to our beloved Father. Neither event was viewed as difficult – the important thing was to make wise use of our time on earth and to live our lives in love and service.
The very most important thing I learned from my near death experience is that God is real. That may seem trite but I know that not everyone knows that fact let alone believes that fact. I saw Him. I conversed with Him. He held my hands as He sat with me and He taught me. He knew knew my weaknesses and He knew my strengths and despite it all, He had confidence in me. His love was perfect and He was perfect. As I gazed into His face – I knew it so well that I wondered how I could have ever forgotten that face that I loved and knew so well. God is real and His love for us is real as well!
My Near Death experience sometimes feels like a life within a life. Which is hard to explain but I’m going to attempt it anyway. I don’t know how long I was in heaven – probably 3 or 4 hours but every time I reflect on my experience, it is like getting personalized instruction on the importance of life. If someone were to ask me about my life, I would have to answer as though I have had two of them: my life before death and my life after death. My time in heaven was so glorious and so profound that today, some 12 years later, I am still processing and learning from my experience. A residual effect of all that processing is an overwhelming desire, at times, to want to pick the world up, shake it a little and say with the most loving, urgent, intense voice I can muster, “Don’t you know what we have here? We are not here by accident. God is real and He is perfect and if you would just listen you would know how much He is trying to help you! Quit fooling around and taking your life for granted! Pick yourself up (With God’s help of course), figure out your personal mission and get busy with living the life that was personally designed for you before you even took your very first mortal breath!” Now, for very obvious reasons, I am finding it difficult to lift more than about 80 lbs. let alone the entire world but the desire remains. So, I have had an idea that just might suffice for now. I am going to share over the next ummm 1000 posts the lessons I learned in heaven about life. I hope you will think about them and share them and let me know what you think.