If you’ve had a quick peek at the next dimension or been visited by your deceased loved ones you might be asking, “How do I integrate these afterlife encounters into my daily living?”
Such experiences can rock us to our core, challenging everything we once believed. They can also pull painful issues we have avoided for years out of the darkest recesses of our mind. For example, after a series of afterlife communications, I was suddenly hit with strong feelings about a loss I had avoided addressing for a decade. Spiritual contact with a deceased loved one forced me to finally do the work to heal from this old wound.
Shortly after a departing vision, near-death experience, or afterlife communication, unresolved past traumas and losses can suddenly ambush the mind. The unfinished must be finished in order to continue exploring a spiritual path.
Along with this, after making afterlife contact we can feel alienated from our religion, friends, and even family. If people don’t believe us or our experiences become the butt of bad jokes and ridicule, many of us will be at risk for isolating ourselves.
Traveling the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment Can Be Bumpy
When traveling a path of spiritual enlightenment, the ride can be bumpy. On such a road we will most likely be confronted with more than one difficult spiritual lesson. Instead of sweeping these opportunities for growth under the rug, we must roll up our shirtsleeves and start beating the bushes in search of like-minded people.
The Internet is a good place to start. By searching for terms like deathbed vision, after-death communication, and near-death experiences, not only will we find literature, but we will also find groups of people in chat rooms and on message boards eager to share what they have experienced. Once we have this support we will have more confidence in sharing openly with family, friends, and even naysayers!
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Today, I have no problem letting those around me know where I stand. I don’t need to sit and feel misunderstood because I’ve kept silent about spirituality and life after physical death experiences. If I allow this to happen, my soul feels distressed. That said, I do have boundaries of caution when there is a possible risk for experiencing unkind responses from others.
Having Boundaries and No Expectations
Having boundaries also means we discuss our afterlife encounters with our spouses, family, and friends without having expectations about how they will respond. They don’t have to believe us or agree with us. We must also look at how we share our encounters and beliefs. Instead of trying to force our friends to accept our experiences, we will do well to just model healthy spirituality. Along with this we might want to remember how we once were before beginning our own spiritual trek.
I believe we all have an individual path to follow and specific journey in this life to complete. After experiencing a departing vision we may have a hard time recognizing where we are going. The post signs of our journey can become blurred. It’s also not unusual to feel confused about the true purpose of life. What used to make sense and work for us no longer meets our needs. This can be a hard place to be in.
Afterlife Experiences Can Force Us To Reevaluate Our Course In Life
Afterlife experiences will force us to reevaluate our course in life. After my first series of encounters I realized I was not happy with where I was living, so I moved closer to the sea. My work hours were too long and I was missing out on family time. Even my religion felt shallow. My priorities were no longer the same, so my lifestyle needed to change.
With spiritual growth I realized I was responsible for every aspect of my life. I had to learn how to take care of myself physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It was also important to respect where my family and friends were spiritually. I needed to work on tolerance and patience while watching out for self-righteousness. Finally, I understood my life had new purpose and meaning. Because of this, I couldn’t let concerns about what other people thought sway me from my path.
Other Dimensions of Existence Are Real
For thousands of years there have been tales about the departing vision. History has taught us that life continues. Our inner light can never be destroyed.
I had my first departing vision 40 years ago. Since then I’ve been blessed with more afterlife encounters than I can count. These blessed events have assured me that other dimensions of existence are real. When it’s time for me to shed my “earthly attire” I’ll be guided to the next adventure by those who have gone before me. Then together we will travel to the other side.
Though time separates one departing vision from another, the experience is the same and the message rings loud and clear: Physical death is not the end.
©2013 by Carla Wills-Brandon, PhD. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.
This article was adapted with permission from the book:
Heavenly Hugs: Comfort, Support, and Hope From the Afterlife
by Carla Wills-Brandon, Ph.D.
To live our lives to the fullest, we must relieve ourselves of the false notion that death is the end. Departing visions help us do this. Heavenly Hugs will introduce you to both historical and modern-day departing visions, proving: * The dying have been reuniting with the departed -- for centuries; * Departed loved ones escort the dying to the other side or next dimension; * Something has often been seen leaving the physical body at the moment of death...
About the Author
Carla Wills-Brandon has published 13 books, one of which was a Publishers Weekly best-seller. A licensed marriage and family therapist and grief expert, she has worked with individuals impacted by the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, the bombing of the World Trade Center, Holocaust survivors, and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, among many others. Carla is one of the few researchers focused on the departing vision as proof of life after death. Having researched nearly 2,000 such encounters for more than 30 years, she is a sought-after lecturer and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs.