Summer 2012 – Heavenly Creatures (Part II)

(Continued from Summer 2012 – Heavenly Creatures)

The butterfly visits were how our summer began but that wasn’t how it ended. We had many visitors over the summer—butterflies, hummingbirds, rabbits and dragonflies. The more we believed in what we were witnessing, the more nature seemed to open up the heavenly gates to a silent conversation between us.

The summer of 2012 was also a summer that I vowed to become more active. Our winters in Canada are very long and chilly, so I needed to make the most out of the short summer season (July & August) that we have. I promised myself that I was going to go for a run through the cabins three to five days a week. Little did my husband Trent realize that I had also signed him up for the same activity; I will say, though, he was a good sport about it! I find it much easier to exercise when there’s a buddy alongside me. So, Trent and I would usually head out for our 30-minute run at about 9:00 a.m. every other morning.

The month of August was upon us and summer was quickly slipping by. Our final run was one we will both remember fondly. It was a sunny day and the temperature hadn’t broken 20 degrees Celsius yet. We headed north down the road in front of our cabin and then decided to take the quieter road behind the cabins that is usually less travelled but this morning was the exception.   As we left the view of the cabins behind there was an encounter over which I’m still in awe.

Dragonfly LandscapeNature has a way of showing us that heaven does sometimes come down to earth. As we ran down the back road we noticed the sun’s rays hitting the dewy leaves on the trees and adding a shimmer to the wet grass in the ditch. With every step Trent and I took, a host of dragonflies would lift up out of the wet grass. There were hundreds if not thousands of them. We kept running and they kept billowing up out of the lush vegetation. As I looked up ahead of us, I noticed the sunlight was also dancing off of their wings with an almost angelic aura. After about 30 seconds into this scene I glanced over at Trent and said, I’m pretty sure this is what heaven looks like. They kept rising from the grass and we kept running. It was breathtaking and oh, so holy.

This spiritual experience lasted a good 10 minutes on that quiet back road. If we would’ve remained on the path in front of the cabins that we normally took, we would have missed the whole heavenly show. God has a way of getting our attention, and the use of nature is definitely in the Creators goody bag. Taking the time to slow down and quiet our minds helps us incredibly when it comes to connecting with God and the spiritual world. There are all kinds of signs on our path, and when we quiet ourselves a new appreciation and awareness will be revealed.

I had shared the story about the dragonfly run with a couple of women from my hometown a while back. It’s through story sharing that we can connect spiritually with each other. When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable and we take risks, we move forward with spiritual growth. The sharing of an intimate experience with people you don’t know really well is sometimes dicey. Since my NDE, however, I’ve learned to take more chances with whom I share these divine encounters with; nothing ventured, nothing gained. When I take a look back to the day I shared the story with them none of us would have realized how impactful this story would become.

A couple months later, just shortly after my father passed away, I received a small package in the mail. Along with the sympathy card, the one woman sent me a beautiful dragonfly necklace. This loving gesture shows how the spirit within us is pure and unconditional; taking the time to connect with someone who mourns is worth more than we can imagine. This woman is not a close friend but an acquaintance, which still didn’t stop her from helping me in my time of sorrow.

My challenge to you is to reach out to people in need. Don’t just stay on the path that’s straight and easy; take a chance and head down that road less travelled and challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone. By stepping off the beaten path, we are giving our soul a chance to grow and flourish. We are on earth to grow spiritually and to help each other out. One of the ways we can grow and complete part of our life’s directive is to reach out to others in need.  Random acts of kindness can only have a positive effect on the world. We may not change the world by one act of kindness but by changing ourselves in a positive manner and reaching out to those in need we will be planting the same seed within them and in turn those loving gestures will multiply.

I know that heaven joined Trent and I on our run that morning; there is no way to deny it. It was a taste of the world to come. There is an awe-inspiring beauty that awaits our souls return, and we all have the option while we’re here to embrace it and share our love, unconditionally.

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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