Excerpt #12 – Volcanoes, Butterflies & Jesus – Shelley Zwingli

(Continued from Excerpt #11)

Who can I turn to?

The visions are not something that can be proven by science and that reality has me very nervous. Throughout my life I have learned if science can’t explain an occurrence then it must not be reality.  This thought has me very sad and uncertain about who I can turn to for help. I am also aware of the fact that if mankind can’t put his scientific reasoning and ego aside while dealing with the spirit world I don’t have chance at getting the assistance needed to pull me through this strange yet beautiful state.

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Messages from Beyond – A Beautiful Confirmation – Part II

(Part II)

(Continued from Part I)

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Tracy & Lori

During Lori’s battle the family took turns taking care of her in Penticton. In no time at all the family had realized that this was going to be Lori’s final battle. There was no escaping death. Tracy and Heather spent many hours searching for guidance to help Lori die with dignity.  It was during this painful time that Tracy became intrigued with questions about the afterlife.  She had always believed that there’s more than just our physical body, but she was looking for proof.

Lori’s final days provided the family with some very interesting insights. Lori often had one foot in the physical realm and one foot in the spiritual dimension.  At one point Lori shared the fact that there was curling and golfing in the afterlife, she has witnessed it. This knowledge elated Lori!  These were two sports that Lori loved. She had given them up due to her sickness. She was happy to realize that the spiritual world would be giving them back to her.

Nearing the end of Lori’s life the sisters spent time helping her plan the final days. They wanted Lori to have all of her earthly wishes heard and respected. Through Lori’s life she had grown to love purple pansies almost as much as her Grandma Moen did. The family would make sure that this request was honored. They would see to it that these delicate flowers would be in attendance at her funeral.

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The Three Sisters – Pansy Garden – 1974

On April 28th, 2009 Lori passed away peacefully with her two sisters at her side. Shortly after she passed Tracy and her younger sister Heather went shopping to fulfill her purple pansy request. It was late April and there was a shortage of pansies.  They ended up finding six quite pathetic looking pansy plants. They knew Lori’s spirit wouldn’t mind.  Pathetic or not, they needed them for her service.

The following spring Tracy was blessed with a pansy connection. Tracy had discovered purple pansies growing in a bed of gravel beside her home. This spot was designed to inhibit any plant growth.  But that wouldn’t stop these pansies from coming back year after year.  Tracy knew that it was her dear sister Lori making the connection.

After finding the pansies on the side of her home Tracy’s curiosity peeked to a new level in regards to the afterlife and spirit world. She went through many stages of grieving the loss of Lori. She wanted to know if her sister was okay. She wanted to connect with Lori’s spirit in a more intimate way. She was looking for answers to what really happens when we crossover. Tracy began watching episode after episode of Long Island Medium with Theresa Caputo. She felt that Theresa had such an amazing gift. The connections this psychic has with the spirit world is so uplifting and reassuring.

Christmas December 2014, Tracy’s daughters gave her a very special Christmas gift, a private reading with a psychic medium by the name of Leoralea. They couldn’t have picked a better gift for their mother. Tracy was hoping to get some answers to our human mystery:  Is there life after death? And would her sister Lori connect with her?

Tracy booked the appointment on Lori’s birthday, January 13, 2015. She wanted to make the most of this experience and there wouldn’t be a better date.  She spent hour researching ways to make the much needed connection. Tracy meditated daily and invited Lori to join her during the psychic reading. Tracy repeated questions daily to Lori in hopes of getting the answers she needed. Tracy did this faithfully for the weeks leading up to the reading. This exercise would help the medium connect to Lori’s soul and in turn help answer any questions Tracy had for Lori. The medium would not know the questions on which Tracy meditated. Only Tracy would know what she had asked Lori; she wouldn’t reveal any information to the medium or to anyone else in her life.

In Part III next week, read about Lori’s surprising answers to her sister Tracy’s questions.

 

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Messages from Beyond – A Beautiful Confirmation – Part I

(Part I)

January 13, 2016

Today we send our love and birthday wishes to you Lori.

Thank-you for this spiritual connection.

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Lori Jean McArthur January 13, 1963 – April 28, 2009

There are certain people that come and go from our lives. With these connections we evolve as humans and spiritual beings.  Some people enter our lives for a short period and others stay a while longer. Every connection we make is needed to help teach and complete a lesson we need to learn. Our soul is always in the classroom of life. Some of the lessons we learn from the people we encounter are taught while they’re alive and other lessons are taught after they have passed into the spirit world.

This blog post is of the latter. The experience I will share with you today has surpassed anything I could have ever hoped for or imagined. My human nature still struggles with the closeness of the spirit world and how willing they are to confirm that their existence is within our grasp. While my human nature questions, my soul knows better. It embraces and trusts the loving power that makes this connection divine.

I asked for, and received, the permission and collaboration of my friend Tracy (Nuttall) Towers to present this remarkable story to you.

An unexpected call

My cell phone rings and I glance down at the number. Oh for flip sake, I think, another telemarketer. I answer my phone with a somewhat rough, gruff Hello. On the other end is a soft-spoken voice. I’m pretty sure I recognize this person. Hey Shell, is that you?  It’s my friend Tracy that I had hung out with in high school. I apologize for answering so abruptly.  She is calling from an unlisted number that I hadn’t recognized. Tracy (Nuttall) Towers had just received my email in regards to the start up of my blog site and she sounded very excited for me. We chatted for a bit about my book project and the blog and then she asked me if I had a few extra minutes to talk. She had something serious to share with me. Tracy had regretted not calling me sooner. I told her I had all the time in the world to listen.

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Tracy and I have a connection that is so beautifully simple. We can pick up exactly where we left off. Whether it is three months or four years down the road. Our friendship has no expectations. We both know that time will not change our connection with each other. It’s a relationship based on love alone…no strings attached.

The last time I had spoken with Tracy was the previous summer. She had been in Melfort visiting family. I’m so thankful she had taken the time to visit me. We had talked about her older sister Lori and Lori’s battle with cancer. Ever since Lori passed their family has been heartbroken. We cried a lot that day but we both knew that the visit was also healing. We talked about my NDE and how it has changed my life and the life of my family. I also shared with her the miracle that just keeps on happening; since my father’s passing he’s lightened our heavy hearts by leaving us a trail of dimes. Sharing the dime connection with Tracy helped to lighten the mood and we did have a few good laughs that day too.  I really wanted to give her hope in an afterworld.  I know Tracy is a believer, but I also know there are times in our lives when everything seems to be falling apart and we question the existence of a loving Maker.

Tracy’s Story

Tracy lost her dear sister Lori to cancer in 2009. Lori was the eldest of three beautifulLori Nuttall School Pic daughters that Rod and Carol Nuttall raised. The Nuttall family had lived in Melfort, Saskatchewan for three years from 1977-1980. While living in Melfort, I had the privilege of calling the two older sisters (Lori and Tracy) my friends. The third daughter was Heather; she was a few years younger than us. Lori was full of life and always a pleasure to be around. She was stunningly beautiful to look at but that’s not where the beauty stopped; she truly had a heart of gold. She would do anything to help family or a friend in a time of need. Her smile and carefree giggle could light up any room. Back in my teenage years I truly wanted to be more like Lori.

After high school Lori married Greg McArthur. Through this union the couple had two sons, John and Todd. They had also moved out to British Columbia to be closer to family members.  Lori was a Certified General Accountant in Penticton, BC up until she took ill.   Sad news was given to Lori on her 45th birthday. She was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer.

In Part II next week, read about Lori’s final battle, and her sister Tracy’s search.

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Om – I Will Hold You

May 2013 – The Zwingli Farm

Proof Of HeavenI placed the book down on the counter in front of me and I let the tears fall. Brennon, our son, has been  home visiting for a couple days. He walks over, gives me a kiss on the cheek and gently rubs my back. My emotions have been like a roller coaster for the past month. I’m still struggling with what I’ve been shown and I’m so glad my family is supporting me through this life-altering experience. I’m feeling absolutely overwhelmed and I’m searching for the answers to where I was, what it all means and what I should be doing with what I’ve learned.

I have just had an aha moment linked to a book I started reading a couple days ago. The book is called Proof of Heaven written by Eben Alexander, M.D. The near death experience (NDE) I had has me reaching for all kinds of resources to read about the afterlife as I try to figure out what exactly happened to me.  In Proof of Heaven, the author mentions the term “Om” in place of the name God or Creator. This word alone has hit me like a ton of bricks.

Ever since I’ve crossed over I’ve been experiencing a strange but beautiful sensation while falling asleep at night. Just before my body becomes totally relaxed, and even before I’m sound asleep, I feel myself gently lift off the bed and a soft rocking motion begins. It’s at this stage of relaxation/sleep that I speak out loud the word “Om.” I don’t remember anything that happens after I have said this. I wake the next morning after having an amazing sleep and I’m somewhat puzzled as to why I keep saying “Om.”  Why am I saying this word on the cusp of sleep?

I have heard the word referred to during yoga sessions. I do realize that it’s a mantra that helps people connect to their inner loving source during meditation. I’m just not sure why it’s coming out of my mouth just as I fall into the unconscious state of sleep. This has been happening every night for the past month. I asked my husband, Trent, if he hears me say something just before I fall asleep. He says he does, but he’s just not sure of the word that I’m saying. He says that I’m saying it very quietly and he can’t make it out. I, however, do know the word I’m speaking and before reading Eben Alexander’s explanation I was unsure of what it could mean to me.

I glance down at the book and realize that Eben has just explained another meaning of this word to me, and I’m blown away. Tears continue to run down my cheek because the explanation is almost more than I can grasp. I now realize that I’m softly calling our Creator’s name as I’m falling asleep. I realize how beautiful it is that my soul, just at the onset of sleep, is acknowledging its maker. My soul is very much aware of what I’m doing but my physical body doesn’t have a clue why this is occurring.

Blog - Heavenly HandI think back to the previous night when I whispered Om ; at the time I was hardly conscience enough to realize it. I also understand now that the rocking motion that I’m feeling as I drift off to sleep is Om holding me. I think back to a spiritual picture my parents had hanging in their home. The following verse was inscribed over Gods hands in this picture: “I will hold you in the palm of my hands.” I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt – this is what I’ve been experiencing. An absolute peace comes over me and I wipe my tears away.

This is the first time Brennon has seen me since my surgery. He’s home for a weeklong visit. Trent and I love the time he spends with us. Over the course of a week he has listened to the entire NDE, and I have explained to him everything that has happened to me. It’s been a real eye opener for all of us.

I know over the course of the next few weeks, months and years Om will continue to share the secrets of the universe with me. I have been crying tears of joy for the past few weeks; I’ve been given the chance to learn more about this life we’re living. I’m more than grateful for this favourable outcome.

I still have the opportunity to hold my babies and sleep beside my husband. I do also realize that when their time comes and they are called home, they will be held in the palm of Om’s hands, and the spirits on the other side will welcome their arrival with unconditional love. We need to find solace in knowing that as we mourn the loss of a loved one on earth, heaven and all the angels will be cheering on their arrival.

Ask, listen and be watchful,

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Summer of 2012 – Heavenly Creatures

A few months prior to the summer of 2012, I started reading a series of books. Over the course of a few years this series literally changed how I view love, faith and the possibilities of real miracles. The series that I’m referring to is The Angelic Letters by Henry K. Ripplinger of Regina, Saskatchewan.

These books are written directly from the writer’s soul. Henry’s gift of writing has helped me come to realize that the power of God’s love has no limits, that a love that is meant to be between two people will always find a way—man cannot stop God’s plan. If we try to interfere with the Divine’s plan for pure love to grow and flourish, we will not win the battle. God’s plan is full of good intention. Good will always conquer evil if purity of love is the intent. This series is a must-read for all adults. It taught me many life lessons. Most of all it taught me just how deeply we are loved and guided by our Creator.

Blog 7aThis type of reading also helped guide me to better understand the spirit world. The more you trust and believe in its existence the more it’s willing to share with you the secrets it holds. The connection that I’ve made with our Creator is alive and well today. I’m also very aware of how nature and the spirit world work hand in hand to keep our connection real and physical.

Because we are still in physical form we need to see the connection; that’s how we humans justify reality. By seeing signs we are able to agree on the possibility of another life. Paying attention to nature is a sure way to connect to the Creator and the spiritual realm. If we take the time to slow down and focus on nature, it will show us many beautiful sights. Stop and watch a rabbit nibble on a blade of grass, or listen to a song bird chirp, or feed a squirrel some nuts. These beautiful little creatures are definitely the Divine’s messengers. Through Henry’s books we are shown how the power of human love has no limits, and through believing in our guardian angel(s) and butterflies as messengers from heaven we can remain on the path that God has placed before us. After reading the first couple of books in Henry’s series I started to pay close attention to these heavenly messengers.

I’m sure you will agree with me that there isn’t a better place to connect with nature than surrounding yourself in it. My husband and I spend a good part of our summers up at the lake and that’s where the fun begins. After I finished reading the first book in Henry’s series I was more aware of the very special purpose these creatures have on this planet.

Our first encounter was with a tiny little monarch butterfly. My daughter Branelle and I had just nicely settled into our lounge chairs down on our dock one sunny hot July day when we had an unexpected visitor. A butterfly had joined us and it was somewhat unsettled. It flitted here, there and everywhere, never landing for any length of time on either of us. It would first land on our toes and after it felt safe there it moved up to our fingers. This monarch had Branelle and I thoroughly enjoying its playful nature. It would fly back and forth taking turns visiting each of us, and it appeared to have no intention of leaving anytime soon.

Blog 7bbA few weeks earlier I had explained to Branelle what I had learned in regards to Henry Ripplinger’s Angelic Series and how butterflies are spirits trying to connect with us. That being said, we both knew who this heavenly visit was from. Branelle had lost a friend earlier that year to a sudden death and she knew that it was him visiting. He loved the lake and hanging out with friends. He would generally show up unannounced and leave the same way: One minute he was here visiting and then the next he was gone. He was a free spirit and this butterfly definitely had his personality. The fluttery creature spent the entire afternoon with us down by the water, and then, when we least expected it, it was suddenly gone.

The one understanding that I’ve gained since my NDE is that spirits will seek out a person who believes their existence is real. They won’t necessarily search for a person they were close to here in the physical world, especially if that person is a non believer. Spirits look for humans that have an understanding of the spirit world. If you want a spirit to connect with you, you must have total trust and faith in an afterlife. If you have an encounter with nature and you think it’s a spirit trying to connect with you, STOP and LISTEN to your thoughts. Spirits will deposit thoughts in our heads. If you think, Oh, that’s probably Grandpa, or, That reminds me of my cat, it’s likely that spirit put the thought there for you to receive. Whoever or whatever pops into your head first is usually the spirit that wants to make itself known.

I’m so thankful that my soul has been opened up to this awareness and I have Henry Ripplinger to thank for it.

(To be continued)

Ask, listen and be watchful

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