Although the book, The Eternal Journey by Lundahl and Widdison, is primarily about NDEs and what the authors feel NDEs imply for all of us, the excerpts of research that they used in the book conveyed much more, at least to me.
Many of the excerpts contained statements that echoed my own basic principles; principles (tenets and beliefs) that I have known internally since I was old enough to put coherent thoughts together.
I have only found one other book (until now) that talked about these ideas and that was the Michael books (Messages From Michael and More Messages From Michael by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro). Yet, the information in The Eternal Journey book is different. It’s the same material, but it’s from real, every day (“normal”) people—not some guru or medium.
The authors of The Eternal Journey book compiled the stories from thousands of people who reported having NDEs and throughout all of these stories were the same core beliefs that I had always “known”:
- Everything is Choice. Before we incarnate in physical form we plan and choose our lives. We select our families, friends, potential mates, experiences and challenges. We also choose where and when we’ll be born (what socio-economic and political climate and circumstances). And after we’re born, we continue to make choices that affect us and those around us.
- Everything is Connected. Everyone incarnate and discarnate is connected. And we’re all connected to every thing—animate and inanimate. We all share the same base structure, the same energy base, therefore anything we do affects everything and everyone else around us.
- Everything Needs Balance. This is sometimes called karma, but it all comes down to learning to find the balance between our needs and our wants (or think we needs), between love and fear. The balance point is acceptance and tolerance, but there’s a whole range of experiences between love and fear or need and want. (And acceptance is not the same as resignation—acceptance is full of love, while resignation is without hope and contains fear.)
- Life is Eternal. Sentience never dies. The body we think of as ourselves will die, but the true being inside of that body does not. The true body, the true us, lives forever.
- Life is Relationships. Life is about the relationships we have with everything—our parents, ourselves, our jobs, our friends, our things, our pets, all of what we call nature, people we barely know (mail carriers, cashiers, neighbors, taxi drivers, etc.), other countries, religions, etc. How we treat ourselves and others is very important, because as stated earlier, we’re all connected.
- Life is About Experience. Knowledge, learning, and experience are important parts to life. Every time you choose a physical life you gain knowledge and experiences, and that contributes to your overall learning. Your overall knowledge contributes to the overall experiences of everyone else because we all learn from each other.
- Unifying Power. There is a unifying power, a super energy, a oneness, a singularity that binds us all together. Some of us call it God, some call it The All, and others call it a Supreme Being. Whatever name we give it, most people, especially those who have had an NDE are certain that it exists, even if they had been atheists prior to their NDE.
These seven principles seem to come through in the messages of loving acceptance that each NDE-er has. And these are the same seven principles that were expressed in the Michael books, and they are the same seven principles that I have felt guiding my life since the first.
I have to admit I find it fascinating, comforting, and a bit satisfying to hear other “normal” people express these same seven principles that I’ve been carrying around all my life. It always makes you feel better when someone else can validate you or your beliefs. So, while I can’t prove (in any scientific way, anyway) that these are the seven driving forces behind the world we live in, they have definitely been the seven driving forces behind my own life.