I’m grateful to the reporter Paige McCoy Smith for covering my near-death experience story and my book on Good Morning Texas. We filmed at the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, and this setting helped convey the message from my near-death experience to remind people to go to nature to relieve stress and reconnect with inner peace.
Online Workshop–October 25, 2020 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Register here through Raja Yoga.
Which intuitive messages are most helpful on your path?
During my near-death experience, I experienced much healing and compassion. Intuitive messages that come from a place of love and open you to greater awareness are important messages.
In the afterlife, I understood that we are not alone on this journey. Spirit continues to show me that we are each supported deeply and profoundly by intelligence, energy, and love.
Some people fear that they cannot connect, but communication with divinity, ancestors, guides, and the angelic realm can be strengthened simply by shifting your focus from the physical to the Spirit world.
We all have an innate ability to connect to our inner knowing. Often, a discussion about what this connection feels like to various people can help you trust your own knowing a bit more. Additionally, meditation, trauma release, and chakra balancing can enhance the flow of your intuition.
I enjoy creating safe communities where others can support one another. We can learn to trust our intuition more by connecting with others in authentic ways.
All ability levels are welcome to this workshop. Sign up, and I’ll give you free access to my online spiritual community through the end of 2020!
Part of the focus of this year’s Third Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit is energetic transformations. The live portion of the discussion is free, so join us on Aug. 1-2 for these conversations about how to transform suffering into release and light.
“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ― Adyashanti
Are you beginning to lose patience with manipulation, neediness, false pretenses, false hope, illusion, fantasy, fear, complaining, and a focus on the negative or what is lacking? If so, you might be on the right track!
Let your eyes experience the joy of looking toward the light.
The spirits from the beyond keep reminding me that so much more is possible. Even those who dive deep into spiritual studies only know a sliver of what is possible, and the focus on limitation is indeed limiting.
So, if all is made new in the afterlife, all is healed, can this healing can happen here? Heaven is a template of purity to overlay on our lives. Our higher self is always present as a possibility. Our higher self holds the keys to truth. Alignment is a breath away if the belief is strong enough.
“The only way to know that we’ve seen into the true nature of something is that the story we’re telling ourselves releases. It is not only seen to be illusion; it is felt to be illusion. That’s the choice you have—to be a victim in your own ideas and beliefs or to feel into them until they drop away.” Adyashanti
We often want to hide and buffer ourselves from the light of the truth. Have you ever loved a person or illusion more than you loved God? More than you loved yourself? If you have, then you have known suffering. You have known devastation.
What is the answer to this devastation? The light of creation! The answer is in our own soul and connection to God.
People around you will rewrite history to escape accountability, but they can’t burn you if you burn with the fire of truth. Remember that…if you burn with the light and burn brightly, all that is will continue to be. What seems like loss is only the smoke of illusion disappearing. Love is all that we take with us into the afterlife and all that is real. And, that love is yours.
“When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. When you get out of the driver’s seat, it can drive itself so much easier—it can flow in ways you never imagined. Life becomes almost magical. The illusion of the “me” is no longer in the way. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you.”― Adyashanti,
Remember the joy of a child? The child does not care if his or her ideas areacceptable. Choose freedom over anyone’s approval. Choose joy over social norms.
“We end up putting so much attention onto our image that we remain in a continuous state of protecting or improving our image in order to control how others see us.”― Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace
In an age of selfies and presenting a partial version of yourself, dare to be your true self. People will label you, put you on a cross, but take yourself off the cross and jaunt away. They haven’t walked on the ground of your existence or seen the light from your eyes.
Accept the parts of you that still require growth…the parts of you that cry out in pain. Parent yourself. Accept the parts of you that have failed according to societies standards, and give yourself the medal of survival and the ticket of eternal freedom.
One of the things, I am thinking in these times is how those of us like me with Complex PTSD can continue to care for ourselves when enduring and witnessing additional trauma.
“Your body will begin to free itself from the collective trauma when you allow yourself to be vulnerable in front of the world. To express your pain, hurts and emotional turmoil without worrying about looking good, being the perfect leader or saying the right thing.
It is a powerful way to learn your true alchemical power and ability to withstand the storms of life. The reason people do not heal is because they are busy covering up their deepest grief and distracting themselves from their biggest fear—the fear of death.
Instead of facing it head on, we share false truths, create fantasies around wealth, power and beauty, gas light and romanticize our relationship with cognitive dissonance in the name of love and light.
You can not heal what you are unwilling to see. If you turn a blind eye to what is happening in the outer world, what is it you are unwilling to see in your inner world?
When you find the courage to continually face the darkest aspects of life, you can begin the process of reintegrating your soul back into wholeness. It is a process that requires an extreme level of bravery that you were never taught.
Once you learn to continuously allow grief to move through your body and express itself, you will uncover that the process of healing only ever required your body’s understanding of the natural dance between death and rebirth.
You must learn this dance in order to create your true desires for yourself and humanity.” —Cherie Aimee
The LIVE portion of this year’s summit is FREE! Click here to reserve your spot and connect with some of the inspirational speaker’s at this online event occurring on August 1-2, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. CDT.
(If you heard my talk on Unity Online Radio with Suzanne Giesemann, please use the coupon code UNITY for 40% off the paid version which gives you access to the videos which you can download, an all-access portal to the speakers, free books, and a free year of my membership. I can’t wait to have community with you.)
The 3rd Annual Online Near-Death Death Summit will be a weekend focused on energetic transformations, angel communication, and unconditional love. We all know that this year has been challenging in many ways; however, nature continues to offer us healing and our understanding and participation with energy can amplify at this time. Many beautiful shifts are happening in our world, and we want to bring more healing, peace, and unconditional love to your experiences.
Join us to find out more about how you can deepen your own knowing and feel more confident about being true to your soul’s mission.
To find out more about the speakers and reserve your free ticket, click here.
Coronavirus has changed the way many of us live our lives. In quarantine time, many people may be spending more time confronting their thinking. This is a GREAT time to think happier thoughts for yourself, to connect to the timelessness inside of you, and to grant yourself greater love and more peace. Much inner work and healing can be done now.
There is plenty of time for reading, meditation, and prayer. There are no more excuses (unless perhaps you work for an essential business).
Try not to overthink or worry about worst case scenarios. But, if you do take this time to confront your mortality, know that the the process of dying is sacred. While you live, remember to live with love and kindness.
These are the Truths I Learned from Dying
1. Love is all that matters and all that we take with us.
2. Nature can heal us.
3. We are all connected energetically.
4. Joy brings us back to our true self.
5. At the soul level, we care about goodness, honor, nobility, love, and altruistic acts of kindness.
6. At the soul level, we are more godlike than we care to acknowledge. Our light is eternal.
7. Our ancestors, guides, and angels are there for us whether we feel their presence or not.
8. What makes sense in heaven isn’t always translatable on earth, but know that beauty, love, truth, and goodness last forever in heaven.
9. God/Universal Consciousness loves us all deeply.
10. You are personally loved more deeply than you can fathom.
May you be blessed! The audio book of Angels in the ORis on sale right now if you are interested. Pretty good price!
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.
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.
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 ORas 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.
Thank you everyone for your support on my journey. I have several more interviews with near-death experiencers available on my YouTube Channel.
Also, Angels in the OR, which covers the story of my near-death experience and life after that moment, will launch on April 16, 2019— 25 years after that massive car accident I experienced in Austin, Texas during my senior year of college. The near-death experience during spinal surgery at Brackenridge Hospital altered my life forever, and I have never lost the memory of the light or the vast, unconditional love from the other side. I have never forgotten the insights communicated to me.
The river that I saw during my near-death experience was strikingly similar to the river that flows outside of TCC’s beautiful Trinity River Campus, and I have spent the last ten years teaching English and Creative Writing here. I’ve loved this job and all the wonderful students, staff, and faculty members that I have met over the years. Many of our building’s beautiful classrooms and balconies overlook the Trinity River.
Last week, I shared some advance copies with people on our campus, and I can’t wait to hear your feedback on the book. It is almost every English major’s dream to have a published book in print. I have loved books since I learned to read the year before Kindergarten, and part of the reason I worked to accomplish this goal was to inspire my students to believe that they can achieve their dreams.
I hope you will pre-order Angels in the OR or purchase it on April 16th when it launches. I am enjoying the feedback I’ve already received and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
I’m so excited to let you know that my publisher has the pre-order link available for my memoir. I greatly appreciate your support on this journey, and I am so grateful for all the connections that I have made these past couple of years. The journey is always more important than the destination, and you are a big part of my journey. Without you, I would not have had the energy to do this work and complete this book. Thank you for all your comments, questions, emails, and advice.
If you pre-order the book, please save a screenshot. I will be offering discounts on readings, and many promotional opportunities for anyone who pre-orders Angels in the OR.
I have many goals with this book. I want to make near-death experiences more mainstream. Also, I want to honor other public school teachers and professors through this book. I also hope to bring healing to those who have experienced any type of trauma. It is my belief that healing is always possible, and the intelligence and love from the other side makes this healing all the more probable. Many blessings to each of you!
If you prefer to order through Barnes & Noble, here is that link. If you would like to order through Amazon, here is the link. The Kindle and Nook versions are also available for pre-order. Audible has also provided a link.
This summer, I am going to visit to as many cities as possible, so I might see you on my book tour. I will list those cities and dates soon! I can’t wait to meet you!