If Love Is All That Matters….

 

 

If love is all that matters, then some lives need to be re-tuned and readjusted in heaven. I’m not saying that as a judgment, more a commentary on modern life and relationships.

Truths are often simple.  Love is of God.  All of our actions that flow from a place of love, flow from God.

Imagine heaven as a reprocessing center.  The life review is a way for each soul to clearly see what was of God and what was not of God. In heaven, a particular relationship might be sent through the reprocessing center and only a few moments might remain—a conversation about God, a moment in church, and holding hands while walking through a beautiful open field.

All the awful screaming of obscenities gets reprocessed into a calm conversation about life, details, and compromises in the physical realm, as if those moments never existed. Those moments disappear into the darkness. Abusive moments are not of God.  Abuse (psychological, spiritual, and physical torture) could never be of the light.

Maybe anyone who has suffered abuse would prefer to see karmic retribution—one’s guardian angels holding the abuser’s head under water until the ego of that person relents and knows God. But, God does not work that way. God heals through unconditional love, of course, even in the most extreme cases of cruelty.

What if you could turn your eyes to God, and simply shut the door to all negative energy that isn’t of God.  Leave it behind.  Banish it in another realm. Imagine a huge door made of iron and shove all the negativity far away behind that door.

Human beings can often create a hell of heaven, and if that is the realm that some people want to play in—leave them to it (behind an iron door).  Keep that door shut, and live in a realm of lighter things—butterflies, green grass, and happy thoughts.  What if you could love yourself the way you wished you had been loved as a child, the way you wished others had loved you?  What if you and God could do that together?

Abraham Hicks says that there is no happy ending to an unhappy journey which means you must find a way to focus on happiness and satisfaction, not on what you are missing in your life.  Additionally, it might mean that you can’t force others to change.  However, you can change your outlook and choices.  You can change your story completely.  You can turn away from all that harms you and walk into the light of God.  You can create a new story in the light. At first this might only start as a meditation, but the light will filter into the reality of your life.

Angels in the OR is as much about transforming the suffering of this planet as it is about a near-death experience. My near-death experience was a profoundly beautiful moment, but so much of what I have survived and witnessed in my physical world is in need of transformation by that light of God.  One of the main questions I receive from readers is how to transform this world with the knowledge of heaven. I think change begins with letting God’s love heal all the painful memories we hold inside of ourselves and shift these thoughts to thoughts of truth, beauty and goodness.

 

 

Conferences, Podcasts, and Poetry

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at the National IANDS conference where I will be leading a workshop on writing about spiritual experiences and speaking on Saturday.  There will be plenty of time to talk with people in the IANDS bookstore. The bookstore will be giving away a couple of free copies of Angels in the OR and many other books by experiencers. I’m grateful to readers of Angels in the OR in my area and readers as far away as Australia.

This summer a few more podcasts on my new podcasting channel have been uploaded, as well as several new podcasts interviews from other podcasters.  You can check out my interviews on Healing Powers with Laura Power and Path 11 Productions.

I’m also pleased to share a book trailer that a former student helped produce for my book.  I love supporting their creativity!

It is strange to not be back at the campus teaching this fall, but I am on faculty leave to write a book to help college students find more success and healing while at college. The research is proving interesting. I will share more later!

For now, here is a short poem inspired by living with the knowledge of a near-death experience for 25 years.

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All This Talk About Death

We go on folks….we go on.

The credits are rolling,

surgeons are packing up their tools,

loved ones are falling to their knees,

and there you are in spirit going on,

finally, aware of how your worries

shouldn’t have been worries.

 

You should have loved them more,

hugged them more frequently,

reminded them to be happier,

taken them out to enjoy the sunlight and moonlight.

 

You should have danced more,

laughed more, praised more,

and joked around a bit more.

 

You are excited though,

hovering there above your discarded body

because it makes more sense to continue

than to become nothing when you are something—

a spark of God that you dimmed

and brightened depending on your circumstances and mood.

 

And, now, you can be fully who you were meant to be,

who you too often limited in the realm of fear and time.

—-Tricia Barker, 2019

Many Thanks and Future Plans

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Many thanks to the Tattered Cover Book Store in LoDo and For Heaven’s Sake Book Store in Lakewood.  I had a fabulous week in Colorado connecting with readers of Angels in the OR

I wish I had more time with each group to walk in the mountains, meditate, and have long conversations about spirituality.  If one of the messages from the afterlife is to “remind them to go to nature,” then I long to have some events in nature in the future.  The events were blessed, and it was wonderful to meet people I know from social media who are working to bring more light to this world.  Frequency Riser is a great website and blog which reviews many spiritually themed books, so you might want to check out the link.

I am also grateful to those of you who attended The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  I loved those three hours with your questions and the answers from the researchers and near-death experiencers.  You can still purchase the 13 hours of interviews, and the replay link of the live stream (which was three hours).

This week I have been resting and contemplating my next project which is a book to help college students succeed and heal from issues that holding them back from being all that they want to be in life.  My next book will be more research based and focused on a generation which is completely immersed in social media.  If you want to check out an hour long podcast by Richard Grannon on the dangers of social media for this generation, you can click here.

In late August, I will be facilitating a writing workshop at IANDS  and partnering with a publisher who will be at the conference to bring you the most up-to-date information about writing and publishing your future books. I’ll also be leading a panel presentation and giving a speech. I look forward to seeing you in Valley Forge.

As an English professor, I know that reading teaches others greater empathy. I read voraciously as a child and teenager and this helped me see from the perspectives of people around the world and those living in different time periods.  As George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies….The man who never reads lives only one.”

Or, as said another way, “When we pray we speak to God.  When we read God speaks to us.” —St. Jerome.

I enjoyed talking on podcasts recently about grief and dying.  Part of the beauty of having a near-death experience is being able to support others who have lost someone or are facing death themselves.  The Death Dialogues Project is a great podcast.  You can check out my interview or one of the other powerful interviews on this podcast.  I also enjoyed talking with Nina Impala about grief on her supportive podcast titled Tutoring for the Spirit.

I look forward to seeing you in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Georgia. I’ll announce more dates soon!  Much love and many blessings, everyone!

 

Coast to Coast Interview, Midnight in the Desert, and Sunny in Seattle

I’ve had a fun week of interviews with three amazing radio show hosts. I am grateful for the interview with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM earlier this week, and I wanted to say a few things to the callers who had questions for me.

First of all, thank you for sharing your experiences.  I was moved by your stories. I would love to answer more of your questions and connect you with other experiencers and researchers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  Please check out this online event if you are interested in near-death experiences and near-death experience research.

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To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here. https://www.theuniversityofheaven.com/NDE-Summit2019

Secondly, there was a woman who called in who was searching for her purpose and had been through many hardships.  I didn’t have much time to meditate on her situation, but I saw that on an energetic level that she is giving away too much of her personal energy. Matt Kahn’s latest video titled “You Are The Way” might help her and other empaths find a better balance between taking care of their own needs and caring for this world.

Also, a man called in who recently lost his brother.  I didn’t have time for a full reading, but I hope he might consider reading Annie Kagan’s book The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. From what I hear from my father and others in the afterlife, there is much learning that can still be done after death. There is much light, love and understanding that can occur in the afterlife. Healing between family members can occur even after a death, so do not give up on the light of understanding, forgiveness, and release.

If you aren’t familiar with Sunny in Seattle, you can listen to my episode with her and some of her other interviews.  She asked great questions about my book that I haven’t been asked before, and she asked me about my work with Lisa Smartt and Raymond Moody on The Second Annual Online Near-death Experience Summit.  Here are two video clips from Lisa Smartt and Raymond Moody’s talks.

I also really enjoyed my interview with Dave Schrader on Midnight in the Desert

Thanks for the calls from across the country.  I especially loved hearing about your own out-of-body experiences and spiritually transformative moments.  Many blessings to you all!

 

Reflections about Angels in the OR

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I am a fan of Audible books, especially on long road trips, and I’m happy to hear that people are enjoying Angels in the OR as an Audible. Years ago as an English major in college, I dreamed of writing a book. I didn’t imagine that a car wreck at the end of my senior year in college would be the starting point of my future book.  As an agnostic, I never imagined angels would feature in my story either, but I am grateful that they showed up in that operating room and changed everything about my life.

People often ask me if I am still in touch with the angels. I didn’t talk frequently about this connection until many years after my near-death experience, but they are in my life and the energy they send is healing, encouraging, and loving.  Picking up on their energy is often the link to knowing their presence. I notice, sometimes after the fact, how they connect me to certain people who help me accomplish a particular goal, usually one that focuses on education, healing, and unconditional love.

Since I started blogging and making YouTube videos in 2016, I have talked with many people who have been inspired to ask the angels to help them during surgeries. At book signings, I am meeting medical professionals who are open to assistance from the other side and this is encouraging too. There are many amazing people walking this earth doing wonderful work in a variety of situations. One of the messages from the other side is that we need to make a conscious choice to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds us.  Too much of a focus on tragedy and negativity weighs down our spirits.

I hoped to spread healing and strengthen other’s faith with Angels in the OR.  While writing, I imagined that a soul who was deeply hurting might open up to a light from the heavens that would change his or her life. I understand deep grief.  Before and after my near-death experience, I have experienced situations that challenged me deeply; however, difficult situations can teach us how to use our compasses differently.  When you point your compass in the direction of God, challenges become much easier. And, when your focus is on adding God’s love to the world, your own healing deepens and expands.

This week, I have begun to change some of my YouTube interviews into podcasts. I hope you might check out some of these interviews. I have been blessed to connect with many amazing light-filled souls who shared their stories with me.

In fact, these interviews prompted me to create The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit last year. This year, I have partnered with The University of Heaven in the creation of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  We have a great line-up of speakers who will certainly inspire and encourage you.

 

The Healing Power of Art and Sound–Speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit–Jose Hernandez, Karen Newell, and Dr. Eben Alexander

 

 

Jose Hernandez is a speaker at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Jose Hernandez has spent close to two decades integrating his near-death experience and sharing his experience and gifts with others.  An electrical engineer and self-confessed atheist, Jose died twice in one night following a mundane accident at work and a simple mistake by hospital staff in the ER department. Jose had a profoundly life changing experience during the more than five minutes that he was clinically dead.

Years after his NDE, Jose and his wife Anastasia  formed Immersive Arts, LLP, an organization dedicated to the installation and promotion of healing art and mindfulness spaces in institutions, healthcare and addiction facilities, and educating the public and healthcare workers on the value of art in the healing environment and bridging the divide between health, emotion, and spirit.  Jose has a deep compassion for the condition of humanity and speaks credibly to the skeptic and scientifically minded.

To learn more about his work sign up to hear him speak at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit 

Here is my YouTube interview with Jose Hernadez.

 

Here is a sample of the artwork of Jose Hernandez.

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Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell are two of the speakers at The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Eben Alexander, MD, was a neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of HeavenThe Map of Heaven, and co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe with Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of Living in a Mindful Universe.

Here is a video that details a bit more of Karen and Eben’s healing work with Sacred Acoustics.

Thank you everyone for your interest in near-death experiences.  The purpose of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit is to bring you the gifts and wisdom of these many speakers in an online format.  Last year people who attended the summit commented that all doubt was erased and their creativity was enhanced listening to near-death experiencers talk about heaven.

We hope you will join us this year.  Other speakers include Dr. Raymond Moody, Lisa Smartt, Paul Perry, Dr. Jeffrey Long, John Burke, Nancy Rynes, Dr. Tony Cicoria, Lesley Lupo, David Ditchfield, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Howard Storm, and your host, Tricia Barker.

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To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here. https://www.theuniversityofheaven.com/NDE-Summit2019

Sound Cloud, Podcasts, 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit and More!

 

Here is a quick preview of the Audible version of Angels in the ORLeslie Howard did a great job narrating my memoir.  If you would like to purchase to Angels in the OR through Audible, here is the link. 

In the past few months, I’ve talked with a lot of different podcasters and YouTubers.  If you would like to check out some of their wonderful podcasts, here are a few different ones.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, has a great podcast called Life, Death and the Space Between.   It was a pleasure to speak with her about my near-death experience and The Second Annual Near-Death Experience Summit.

Hamza David talked with me about my NDE and spirituality on his wonderful podcast Intrinsic Motivation: A Homies Perspective

Jeanie Brosius King interviewed me on her amazing podcast B-Now which stands for  The Beautiful Network of Women. 

Tony Epstein interviewed me on The Magical Mystery Tour, a radio station broadcasting from Goddard College in Vermont.  I went to graduate school at Goddard, so this was a special interview for me.

My story was recently featured on the podcast Undiscovered Beasts and Strange Phenomenon 

Fort Worth Today featured me on their show, and here is a replay link.

Daniel Lovett recently asked me some great questions on Sozo Talk Radio EP0028

Simon Brown interviewed me on his great show Past Lives Podcast. Here is a link.

Dr. Al’s Rise Up Radio chat with me can be found at this link.  His inspiring, popular podcast is moving to YouTube as well.

Be sure to also check out a beautiful podcast called Path of  Lightworker.

In this interview, Heather Eland explains how my near-death experience crosses my astrological chart.  You can view this fascinating interview on Beyond Astrology With Heather.

I hope you will also check out The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  This is a fantastic way to interact online with the many speakers including Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry, Lisa Smartt, Dr. Eben Alexander, Karen Newell, Nancy Rynes, John Burke, David Ditchfield, Howard Storm, Lesley Lupo, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Jose Hernandez, Tony Cicoria, and your host Tricia Barker.  We look forward to seeing you at the live online summit on June 23rd.  There are many videos to check out ahead of time.

If you haven’t seen my latest YouTube interview with Jose Hernandez, please do check it out. His story is beautiful and moving.

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To learn more about The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit, please click here. https://www.theuniversityofheaven.com/NDE-Summit2019

Audible Version of Angels in the OR

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I am pleased to let you know that the Audible version of my book Angels in the OR is available.  I know many of my college students prefer Audible and listen to books while they work out.  My narrator, Leslie Howard, did a fantastic job narrating the book, and I look forward to hearing your responses to this version of my memoir.

I feel blessed to have connected with so many kind, empathetic souls who have read Angels in the OR these first few weeks since its release.  I’m also grateful for Sharon Rawlette’s book review of Angels in the OR.  She has a wonderful blog and a book coming out soon called The Source and Significance of Coincidences.

If you enjoy listening to podcasts, I was recently interviewed on B-Now Radio with Jeanie Brosius King.  B-Now stands for The Beautiful Network of Women. Jeanie asked great questions about angels and their lasting influence in my life.

Dr. Amy Robbins, a clinical psychologist, also interviewed me on her podcast called Life, Death, and The Space Between.   We talked about a lot of topics, including my impetus for starting The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.

This year, I’m happy to partner with The University of Heaven to bring you The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  I am looking forward to this event and hope you will join us.

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit

Click here to find out more about The 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.

When you join this online summit, you can get access to over 11 hours of video interviews with world renowned researchers Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry, Lisa Smartt, Karen Newell, and John Burke.  You will also have access to interviews with near-death experiencers Dr. Eben Alexander, Nancy Rynes, David Ditchfield, Howard Storm, Lesley Lupo, Kimberly Clark Sharp, Tony Cicoria, and your host Tricia Barker. A week before the summit launches, a special guest video will be added to the list, and you will also receive a free MP3 guided mediation.

You have time to binge watch and otherwise enjoy the videos with the speakers before the live summit on June 23, 2019 from noon to 3 p.m. Central Time.  On this day, you can get your personal questions answered from the many researchers and experiencers.

Click here to find out more!  I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Angels in the OR Launched Yesterday!

 

Hey Everyone!

Thanks so much for making my launch day fun by letting me know that you stayed up late reading  Angels in the OR or listening to the book on Audible.

I mean it when I say that my favorite part of this journey is connecting with you and hearing about your lives, your spiritual experiences, and your hopes for a more loving world.  I’ve interviewed many near-death experiencers the past couple of years, and I keep thinking about how Howard Storm was told by Jesus that love could spread across this planet in small moments with each other.  You simply love the person you are interacting with at any given moment. Love is the force that changes this world for the better.

I can’t wait to hear from more of you! Have a beautiful week, and if you happen to live in Sedona or near Sedona I would love to see you at my event on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. the Unity of Sedona.

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