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Who Goes to Heaven?

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 02, 2021 • 58 Comments
Afterlife Research, Death, The Teachings of Jesus

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

– David, Third King of Israel and Judah (1035-970 BC), Psalm 23:1-3

Ours is the first generation to know that what we call Heaven is a genuine place. And we even know a great deal now about what Heaven is like, where it is, and how it works. We also at last know the truth about Hell. The human idea that we will face punishment after death for things that we did in life is as old as the notion of religion itself, so it is not surprising that nascent Christianity latched onto the threat of Hell as a way to persuade its faithful to submit to the religion’s strictures. The problem is, of course, that when we imagine a Hell and the concept of eternal punishment, we create an awful version of God.

The most terrible take on God and God’s punishment is the reductio ad absurdum of Calvinism. John Calvin (1509-1564) used bits of the Christian Bible to support the idea that since God knows everything, God must know even prior to each person’s creation who will be saved and who will be damned. So God created some to be saved as “the Elect,” and God deliberately created every other human being to burn in Hell. If God’s power and knowledge are infinite, then clearly the whole game must be rigged.

It is easy for anyone who open-mindedly reads the whole Christian Bible to abandon the notion that it is all “God’s Inspired, Inerrant Word.” The Old Testament is full of barbarisms, and the Bible as a whole is rife with internal contradictions: it cannot possibly all be the Inspired Word of a wise and loving, or even of a consistent and rational God. Much of what Jesus says in the Gospels, on the other hand, does feel like genuine divine messages. It feels as old as truth and as modern as tomorrow’s news! Among other wonderful gifts to us, Jesus short-circuits the idea of eternal punishment by telling us that the only eternal judge we ever will face is ourselves. He has to share this truth carefully, since for Jesus to have come right out and contradicted Jewish teachings would have been a capital crime; but over days and with differing Temple guards, He gave us three parts of one solid message. He said:

“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father” (JN 5:22-23). Okay, so now Jesus is our judge. God is off the hook. But then on another day He said, If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him” (JN 12:47). So neither God nor Jesus judges us? Then who is our judge? He tells us plainly that we judge ourselves. He says, Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (MT 7:1-2).

And the afterlife evidence confirms the Lord’s words! Those that we used to think were dead consistently tell us there is no Hell. All judgment is by ourselves alone. We learn further from the not-really-dead that unless we can forgive ourselves for everything that we did in life, our post-death spiritual vibrations will slow to the point where we can no longer remain at even the lowest Summerland level. If we cannot halt the slide by forgiving ourselves, eventually we will end up in the lowest afterlife level, which is dark, cold, smelly, disgusting, and populated by wailing, demon-like people who all have unfortunately put themselves there. And, what do you know? Jesus warned us about that outer darkness! When a Roman officer trusted in His healing powers even more than did His followers, He said to them, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (MT 8:10-12). Jesus knew two thousand years ago what the actual outer darkness is like!

People who have sat at deathbeds tell us that many of the dying become increasingly peaceful as death approaches. This calm acceptance and actual anticipation of death and what comes after death seems to be a natural part of the process of finally going home. So it is tragic that it often doesn’t happen this way for the most devout Christians! I have spoken with hospice workers who described how they had tried to comfort dying Christian ladies who had never done a bad thing in their lives, but still those poor souls were terrified by the thought that they hadn’t been quite good enough. They feared they were going to spend eternity in Hell. As Jesus says of all religious ideas, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit” (MT 7:15-17). Dear God in Heaven, if terrified old ladies are the fruit of Christianity, then Christianity is the worst tree of all!

Many Christian preachers are sure that those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are condemned to hellfire. They insist that Jesus Himself said so! There is Biblical support for every kind of nonsense if you cite just a sentence or two out of context, and here are what may be the most misunderstood and overused passages in the whole Christian Bible. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (JN 14:6). And He says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (JN 3:16). On these few sentences many Christian pastors have built their entire fear-based careers! But what is Jesus actually saying here? No mention of crucifixion, sacrificial redemption, substitutionary atonement, or saving us from God’s wrath. And Jesus tells us throughout the Gospels that it is His teachings that really matter! He says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (JN 8:31-32). Clearly, those who first transcribed the Lord’s words simply used “I,” “Me,” and “Him” as a shorthand way to refer to His teachings. Doing that would have made sense to people so steeped in the Lord’s words that they equated His words with His mission and His life; but it became a trap for future clergymen, who would use that ancient shorthand to condemn non-believers to a non-existent Christian Hell. And we know that for a fact, because now we know what happens after death! Jesus is right in saying that our following His teachings (or their equivalent in some other tradition) is an essential part of our preparation to live the best eternal life. He is right, too, about the lack of divine judgment. Here is some of what we have learned about the afterlife:

  • There is one universal afterlife. And adorably, the entrance areas to that single afterlife are tailored to each of the earth’s cultures, so if a Westerner dies accidentally in China or in Saudi Arabia he will arrive in a foreign-looking place. If this happens to you, simply call for help. Those who have done this tell us that an elevated Being appeared at once, apologized for his tardiness, and whisked them to their own culture’s afterlife entry point.
  • Everyone is welcome in that universal afterlife. Not only do adherents of every religion all go to the same Heaven, but so do atheists. People who are not nice go there, and criminals, and everyone else who vibrates higher than the very deepest fear and rage.
  • The afterlife is a beautiful version of earth-life perfected. It is gorgeous, colorful, and playful. And solid! We live in a house in endless daytime light, and we spend our eternity traveling, creating, learning, loving, and playing endlessly, until eventually we start to hunger for additional spiritual growth so we begin to plan another earth-lifetime. I have written at length about what the afterlife is like, but there are no words that can convey to you how glorious it is and how much you are loved!
  • It is possible to go off-course for a time. I used to think this was a minor problem, but we are told now that perhaps a quarter of those who die on earth will go off-track and will need to be rescued. Most will be rescued fairly soon, but tragically they miss a lot of the joy that is attendant on going right from here to there! The biggest reason why people go astray in the process of dying seems to be that they simply have no clue about what is going on, so the best thing you can do for yourself is to make a point of learning about death and the afterlife.
  • The afterlife is steeped in God’s divine love. We talked last week about the love that Jesus taught. And what most strikes new afterlife arrivals is the fact that God’s love is the air they breathe! God’s love is the light that illuminates the afterlife; God’s love is the living and nurturing water that sparkles everywhere (see JN 4:10). And being so completely immersed in the love of God produces an overwhelming joy!

There is not, and there never could be any punishment by an infinitely loving God. Every fear is human-made! Jesus came to us two thousand years ago to end false religions, end human fears, and teach us how to relate to the Godhead so we can attain at last the perfect love that is our eternal birthright. Jesus told us His teachings are essential to our beginning to understand the only God. And so they are! He was especially down on religions leaders who put their human-made traditions first, even before the divine will of God. He said, “Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?… You hypocrites! Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men’” (MT 15:3-9). Still, the human-made traditions of Christianity are favored over the Lord’s divine words, to this day! But now we really know the truth. And as Jesus promised, we are being set free from all the untruths of human-made religions. Now a richly better world for humankind can at last begin! Let’s resolve to make 2021 the seminal year when we will follow Jesus in perfect love. Let us join at last in spreading the Lord’s genuine teachings over all the earth!

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

– David, Third King of Israel and Judah (1035-970 BC), Psalm 23:4-6

 

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58 thoughts on “Who Goes to Heaven?

  1. Quote from above: “And what most strikes new afterlife arrivals is the fact that God’s love is the air they breathe! God’s love is the light that illuminates the afterlife; God’s love is the living and nurturing water that sparkles everywhere (see JN 4:10). And being so completely immersed in the love of God produces an overwhelming joy!”

    Hi Roberta, hi, everybody—In previous blog postings it has been discussed that a perhaps better word for God’s living Love is Oneness. To all of us returning from the quotidian acts of this experience we perceive as incarnation, encountering and realizing again that we are this Oneness will indeed be “heaven.”

    1. Dear Mike, you are right! I’ve got to get used to saying “oneness” for God’s love. I know what I mean, but that doesn’t mean that others can read my mind!

      One thing that always has struck me is how universally happy all the people there are who communicate with us. They never seem to miss us, or to communicate any ambivalence at all, even if they died very young. They tell us they can always look in on us here, and time is different there so they know we will be coming along right behind them. Above all, that tell us that where they are now is glorious in every way!

      1. Roberta, We need new words all the way around to talk about what is now happening on this planet. “Love” is an OK word because we all feel it as an emotion and we can relate to it as a verb. “Oneness” doesn’t have that facility of language. Father Rohr’s wording for the Kingdom of God on earth as a state of consciousness is nice but, again, not a verb. We will need to work hard to overcome all of the earthly connotations of language — whether it’s English or Dane-Zaa — in order to talk about what Jesus teaches us. But with the help of Spirit and our beloved guides, I think we can do it!

  2. Photos are gorgeous this week. The swan one took my breath for a moment

    Roberta my friend, and I really feel I can say that honestly, I so enjoy your weekly messages. Part of me wishes that you had a big church, and were preaching to lots of people that I know, so as to relieve their fear, their feelings of inadequacy, and their lack of Charity towards one another. I have never, ever, heard such a positive and inspiring response to Christ’s teachings as I hear from you, and I take tremendous strength from it. Thank you so much, and thank you to your guides and Masters for having set this up!

    1. Hello…..my thoughts and feelings exactly. I also take tremendous strength from it…….Thank you so much Roberta for the work you do.

      1. Dear Christine, welcome to our blog family! It makes me very happy indeed that what we do here is working for you. Jesus tells us that knowing the truth will set us free, and oh indeed it does!

    2. Oh my dear Sha-alah, your suggestion that I be a minister has occasioned some hilarity among those who know me personally! Not sure what I should make of that ;-).

      But your saying that I am giving you the most positive and inspiring response to Christ’s teachings that you have ever heard is the most wonderful thing that anyone ever has said to me. I’m not even sure what to do with it. My dear one, I don’t sugar-coat or enhance anything! Everything I say is clearly there in the Lord’s words and in His life. It astonishes me that apparently others don’t merely proclaim what is so completely there! But, thank you on behalf of Thomas and His team. They personally know the Lord. Of course, this all comes from and through them, and I only have the absolute joy of being their mouthpiece!

  3. In the physical world, are we protected from minds that did not follow the light after their physical death and continue to roam around. The other night, one was opening and closing my closet door for a few seconds. I have it recorded on tape.

    Also, what happens to the mentally retarted minds at deaths, they sure don’t understand what’s going on. Many are still roaming around in the empty hallways and roams of an abandoned asylum not far from my parent’s place. Why aren’t they rescued ?

    I thought there’s always someone waiting for us at death to take us along to paradise. My youner sister died at 7, hit by a drunk driver while coming off the schoolbus, for sure she must have been terrified. My mother who picked her up from the ground to take her to the hospital, did tell her to follow the light once she realized she wouldn’t be revived

    1. Dear Francois, these are great questions. To try to answer them:

      1) So long as we keep our consciousness vibration at least somewhat high – more toward love than toward fear – we are entirely protected by our guides, our angels, and our natural defenses (primarily an aura of energy that can sometimes actually be seen around us). Deeply negative thoughts, certain drugs, and heavy drinking can tatter our aura, which then can allow negative earthbounds to latch onto us – possess us – with terrible consequences. So we are indeed protected, but it is up to us to maintain and perfect those defenses.

      2) Any brain-related problem doesn’t affect the mind at all, so as soon as mentally retarded people are free of their earthly bodies they are fine. Yes, old buildings that were once institutions where a lot of people died will generally harbor earthbounds, but this is mainly because a horrifying 25% or so of those who die become earthbound for some period of time, and that would include 25% of the many who have died in those buildings. And since time is not a factor for them anymore, they seem just to go on living in the same place and in the same way; it all still looks the same to them, even a century or more later.

      3) There are indeed loved ones who come for us at every planned death. And nearly all deaths are planned, even if we would call them “accidental.” How horrible that accident must have been for your mother! As a mother myself, I cannot even imagine it. But children, especially, are lovingly watched over and cared for, so for certain that child’s guardian angel took your sister from her mother’s arms and there was never a moment when she didn’t feel safe. Please feel confident about that!

      Dear Francois, the primary reason for every death-related problem is flat ignorance. If ours were a culture where it was widely known that life continues after physical death, and where everyone was taught what happens at and after death, then none of these problems would be much of a problem! Maybe 5% of people might go off-track at death, and not close to 25%. That is why I work so hard at educating people about the truth!

  4. I remember being intimidated by man made religion most of my life. I was raised Lutheran and converted to Catholicism in my 50’s. I was always looking for a religion that “felt right.” I never found it. Instead, I found you Roberta! I am 70 now and for the first time in my life I am not afraid to die, because now I know there is no death! I know I have made many mistakes in my life, but I am a good person with goodness and love in my heart. I have always believed in God and Jesus. But I could never figure out how to use religion…I was always afraid I had done too many bad things in my life and would be judged harshly by God after death. That fear is gone now thanks to you! I am now concentrating on living the best life possible, following what Jesus taught us! I now know I won’t be condemned by God for not following what religion taught me I MUST follow: going to church, taking communion, going to confession, etc. It never felt right or comfortable. Thank you, Roberta, for showing me the light! Never stop spreading your truth!!!

    1. Brenda: I felt the same way you did. I never could make sense of religion and God going hand in hand. However, I bought into it since I was only a kid – that is, until a classmate and friend of mine went to confession and when it was her turn, she came out trying to suppress laughter because the priest actually nodded off for a minute. As I got older, I realized that the priest himself probably didn’t even believe in the “holiness” of confession. plus hearing the “sins” of children under the age of 9 had to be boring.

    2. Oh my dear Brenda, I am more thrilled than you can possibly know to read your testimony and know that you have achieved so much! Thank you for sharing your story here. And you will find that as you continue to learn and grow, all of reality will make more and more sense to you. When Jesus is with us, fast in our hearts, really soon nothing else matters at all beyond His extraordinary love that passes all understanding!

    1. Dear Marcia, I think you are probably right. I took my citation from the source where I got the Psalm translation, and never thought about it. I’ll check, and fix it. Thank you!

    2. Hello again, Marcia! Here is what Mr. Google has to say about the kings of Israel:

      First: Saul: King of Israel

      Second: Ish-Bosheth (or Eshbaal): King of Israel; son of Saul.

      Third: David: King of Judah; later of Israel.

      So it seems to be debatable! I haven’t studied ancient Jewish history for fifty years, but I do recall that it was a tad messy.

  5. A beautiful verse, the great commission to His disciples. “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel, baptizing in the name of the Father, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you….” I repeat.. ‘teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”. When I read the book of Acts, I could not see one instance of these teachings, but all the disciples’ teachings were of the death and resurrection of Jesus. As far as I can see, they immediately changed ‘his gospel’. Then Paul changed it further by making up the doctrine of salvation from Jesus’ death. Of course the church has added to all this.

    1. Yes, my dear Marcia. Wonderful point! And the Council of Nicaea in 325 even went in and added a requirement of baptism to the Great Commission you have quoted here, although that was another reinterpretation of the Lord’s work that was thought up long after His death. Jesus told His disciples to spread His precious teachings. Period! And for 200 years, that is exactly what they did. But Constantine, a Roman Emperor, then decided that one of the many schools of thought regarding Jesus’s life was something he could use, and so the notion that Jesus had died for our sins became the one acceptable interpretation of His life and work. And fear became the basis of Christianity for the next 1800 years. And counting….

    1. Yes, my dear, the history of Christianity’s later corruption under Roman rule is very clear to read, if we keep an open mind!

  6. Francois: This has been a concern and worry of mine for many years. A number of respected authors and mediums have maintained that we aren’t alone when we die, but I was shocked (and admittedly scared) when I went several times with a ghost research group and found that there was tons of evidence that some people “died” and didn’t move on. Only a tiny portion were mentally challenged,, so that wasn’t the answer. Many were “throwaways” and abandoned by their families. Therefore they formed a bond with one another,, and it was the only comfort they ever knew in life, so they “stuck around” together after they passed on. This is why asylums, old TB hospitals and prisons are known to be “haunted.” Therefore, it could be that they may have been offered help, but since we have free will and they had learned not to trust anyone, they may have rejected these offers and felt safer by staying together. in the same place (comfort zone) they occupied in life.

    As far as hell is concerned, this was discussed here some months ago, and Roberta had done research into this and found that the concept of hell was introduced many years after Jesus was crucified. If I’m remembering this correctly, that alone points to the likelihood that it was an idea generated by the fear based church builders who were in power at that time

    1. Dear Lola, the fact that so many remain earthbound even long after their deaths horrifies me as well! I didn’t realize the extent of the problem until Mikey Morgan told us that close to 25% don’t transition right away. He says that most are rescued fairly soon, but even if it’s 5% who remain stuck then that is a great many people indeed!

      As I said above to Francois, ignorance seems to be the primary reason why not everyone follows their deathbed visitors. A secondary problem is fear, since religious teachings make some people terrified to leave the relative safety of the earth plane and trust that they can escape hell. It’s terrible, but we have the power to help to alleviate a lot of this pain simply by much better sharing the truth!

      And where hell is concerned, Jesus seems to mention hell a few times, but we now know those mentions have to have been added by the later councils. Hell is inconsistent with His teachings, especially including His saying that neither He nor God judges us, but still we can’t simply chuck hell out; we need the additional confirmation that the dead now universally give us that there is indeed no hell at all. The fact that we now have the afterlife evidence and the words of Jesus, and each readily confirms and corrects the other, seems to me more and more to be the most important advance in human learning in the past two thousand years!

      1. So true, Roberta. Ignorance and false religious teachings are responsible for most of the 25% (I remember when Mikey Morgan said this). The worst thing we can do is to ignore studying the afterlife from a non religious perspective, yet only a small percentage of people do this

  7. Dear Roberta. Hi everyone. My favorite examples of the Bible not being the “inerrant word” are Lev 12:18, Lev 15:29 and Num 6:10. The Hebrew children are instructed to sacrifice turtles !

    1. Dear Ray, I can’t find Lev 12:18, but the other two references are to turtledoves. Birds, in other words. I thought I hadn’t seen a reference in the OT to sacrificing turtles, which likely were rare in the desert. But I don’t think it really makes a difference, do you? Throughout the Old Testament, “God” is requiring animal sacrifices of various descriptions, and why on earth an infinitely loving God would want people to kill any creature as a sacrifice to Him is absolutely beyond all human comprehension.

      1. Dear Roberta. Oops, it’s Lev 12:8. In the King James it reads turtles. My idea is that all of these references are mistakes. It was an attempt to be funny regarding your quote about abandoning the idea of the Bible being inerrant.

        1. Thank you for this clarification, my dear Ray! Here is how that passage reads in a modern translation:
          “But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young doves, the one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.”

          The King James Bible is an ancient translation, and full of what modern translators see as errors, but I think the problem is not so much what she offers, but the fact that she is being told by God to sacrifice animals to Him! If this is all the Inspired Word of the genuine God, then how come the genuine God has changed so much in such a brief span of time? God needed animal sacrifices back then, but not now?

          Why is this dramatic change in what God wants not seen as a major indication that what the religion is all about is not what God wants at all, but instead it is about the shifting whims of what human beings want their human-made God to be?

          1. Dear Roberta, the same human made teachings tell us God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.

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            Dear Ray, Roberta here. Since the software won’t let me respond but instead ends the chain here, I am cheating a bit in order to respond. Your point is excellent! Why should we believe some man-made teachings, but not others? Those who insist that the entire modern Bible must be the Inspired Word of God make the same point: they say that either the Bible is all God’s word, or none of it is. But the plain fact is just what we might imagine it to be: a lot of the Bible is hangover human-made religious ideas, but from the coming of Jesus until today we know that the Godhead has indeed spoken on some occasions. So we have got to separate the wheat from the chaff! But how can we possibly do that?

            Here is what I do:

            1) Study the religious history. When we can see how beliefs began, and what their source was or seems to have been, then we have a grounding.

            2) Study the Gospels. There is enough textual and historical evidence that Jesus is divine, that He actually came to us as God on earth, to feel confident that what He actually said was reported with reasonable accuracy. Even despite the Council of Nicaea’s edits, this is huge!

            3) Study the afterlife evidence. Especially the pre-1940 communications through deep-trance and other physical mediums. It is the dead of that period of excellent reported communications who give us the best and purest reporting of what is actually true.

            4) Study the teachings of some few modern upper-level beings. Most modern reports frankly can’t be trusted. They come from less-developed dead folks, or from astral travelers and NDE-ers. I listen to my own guide, Thomas, who is upper-fifth-level, and to Mikey Morgan, who is at the sixth level. But that’s it!

            As the veil thins further, we are likely to get some even more accurate and trustworthy reports, but what we have from these sources works pretty well, provided that we take all four together. Each of them helps to amplify the truths in all the other sources, and what little isn’t supported by other sources can pretty quickly be seen as human additions – bits of coal among the diamonds, as Thomas Jefferson would have put it – and can be plucked out. I hope this helps!

          2. Yes, the “shifting whims of what human beings want” at any given time are clearly the key here and we have been projecting our own fears and prejudices onto God for centuries. In reality, God may not “want” anything at all. . Back in history, no one even dreamed that we were not alone in the universe. We now know that the universe is teeming with life, and we can no longer feel that we are the highest of all creations. It changes the whole paradigm.

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            Dear Lola, Roberta here. I would refer you to my answer given to Ray, just above. Yes, finding the truth about the Godhead requires more effort, now that we know that religions cannot be trusted. But it can be done. And it is so much worth doing! Finding and beginning to really know the genuine Godhead is the greatest joy there is.

            I would just say, too, that indeed the universe teems with life. But what we are coming to understand is that all intelligent life in the universe is of our same consciousness, which is one with the consciousness of the Godhead. The more we learn about life in the universe, the more we are coming to realize that indeed we are the highest of all creations! We are, as Paul tells us, a little lower than the angels, and crowned with glory and honor (See Heb 2:7).

  8. Ray: Can you imagine a creator who supposedly created the universe asking for turtles to be sacrificed in his name? This is just one example of the Old Testament sounding ludicrous.

    1. Oh my dear Lola, there is so much in the OT that is ludicrous! But that doesn’t matter, since Jesus replaced the entire Old Testament with God’s Law of Love… the only problem is that even today, Christians don’t read their Bibles closely enough to notice that fact.

  9. Hi Roberta,
    I have a good friend who doesn’t believe in the Christian afterlife of heaven and hell and doesn’t believe there is anything but death. He said his friends who have passed made a pact that if there is an afterlife, they would give each other a sign. I often argue that they weren’t specific enough about what the sign should be. However, expecting and then not receiving a specific sign could be equally convincing that nothing exists beyond this life.
    The past year has caused me to lower my expectations in life experiences, so I am not continuously disappointed. It’s not that I don’t find joy in life as before, but I know that there is so much wonder ahead for me in the afterlife, that my life here does not have to be filled with momentary satisfaction or thrills at every turn. Your weekly blog has been instrumental in getting me through so many doubts about the afterlife and how Jesus fits into it. It confirms my family’s love of Jesus (in spite of their commitment to Christian teachings) and it has helped acknowledged what I have always felt about Jesus, that he wasn’t just an ordinary man, but came directly from the godhead. Thank you, thank you. Wishing you New Years Blessings.

  10. Dear Timothy, your friend should know that in order to communicate with those on earth, people in spirit must lower their consciousness vibrations to the point where they give up access to their greater minds. This is apparently why everyone who works out a secret word or sign to prove that he or she has survived can’t remember that secret word or sign when the time comes to deliver it! This frustrates them, of course, but it really means nothing.

    And I’m so glad that what we are doing here is helpful to you! You have really made me smile! I’m sending you a great big New Year’s hug!!

  11. Dearest Roberta,

    What a wonderful message about the Teachings of Jesus you have written. It’s way too important (I was going to write “keep to ourselves”), but we aren’t keeping anything. Anyone is free to read it. My first thought was to edit it so it would be suitable for nailing to church doors, a la Martin Luther. But who even gets near a church door these days of COVID?

    f you could trim your blog down you could use the Wireless Emergency Alert system to broadcast over a wide area. There are four legitimate uses, of the WEA, one is “Alerts conveying recommendations for saving lives and property”. Could we say your message is about saving lives?

    One last hurdle to overcome; Roberta, you would have to become an Alert Originator. Being a government-run system (by FEMA), naturally, there are a lot of steps starting with acquiring a FEMA SID (Student ID number). You wouldn’t be surprised, perhaps even a little dismayed at the rest of the steps.

    My point is that the WEA is a real system, it has the capability to reach large numbers of people, and you don’t have to be the secretary of Homeland Security to use it.

    At this point, it is food for thought.

    Yours,
    Cookie

    1. Oh dear Cookie, your image of our going around nailing God’s truth to church doors, pace Martin Luther, makes me smile. And, my goodness, even using the Emergency Alert System?

      What is wonderful is that we aren’t in charge here, but rather we are merely servants and avatars. The real work and strategizing is being done far above our pay grade! The veil is thinning, humankind is being enlightened, and a very great deal is going on behind the scenes that will make the success of this effort certain; but neither the effort nor its timing belongs to us, I am greatly relieved to say!!

  12. MIKE J-DEAR ROBERTA IREAD AND ENJOY YOUR COMMENTS EVERY WEEK BUT I MUST GIVE CREDIT TO MIKE JR HE PICKS ME UP WHEN IM DOWN ACREDIT TO TOUR TEAM

    1. Dear Terence, thank you for the shout-out to Mike, who is indeed a blessing to us here! There are many others, too, whose contributions greatly enrich these conversations. It amazes me sometimes to see how much I am learning from the work of our whole family together!

  13. So in the Afterlife: God’s love is the very air that we breathe. It is the light that illuminates all things. It is the water that nourishes and sparkles everywhere. As you said dearest Roberta, (and as Mike J-R highlighted at the outset of the replies) everywhere in that beautiful World-To-Come we are one with God’s love.

    Once we really get it, we can radiate this knowing throughout life here on earth, can we not? When someone has said something rough, or has abruptly cut us out of their lives, can we remember this love and trust to it and feel it? If we see something awful in life or even in the media, can we return our attention to the all encompassing love of God? Should a setback happen in life, maybe we can find rest in that love, instead of dwelling on, and fretting about, the tough thing that has occurred.

    One can attempt to meditate and hold in contemplation All-encompassing Love. I know it can help angst melt away and assist in feeling oneness with Love. It can soothe away some stress….It is a start.

    Qu: If Love is the underlying reality, can we dwell COMPLETELY within it while we walk the jagged paths of this world?

    I’d very much like to see how far I can go with this in my own life from now on. 😉
    ❣️🙏🏼🌹

    1. Oh my dear Efrem, this is precisely the question that all of us now face! In a world so full of negativity, where there are very great wrongs to be righted and so much suffering to be assuaged, how does one actually live The Way? What would Jesus have us do? We’ll begin to tackle that question next week….

  14. Dear Efrem. I love that question: “If love is the underlying reality, can we dwell COMPLETELY within it while we walk the jagged paths of this world?” Is our task partly to bring more of “Heaven” here to earth? Here’s another little poem from my unseen friends (I had to interpolate the last three words of line one, since I didn’t quite catch them in meditation, but I think it expresses what they were trying to convey. 1❤)

    If the lights will learn their sum,
    the change will come.

    1. Dear Scott, this really is the hardest question of all! And it is the most essential question. Each of us is only one of those lights, and we are impatient for the changes in the world that can only come when we are truly living the Lord’s Way and in harmony with God and with one another. The theory is easy. It’s the application that is so very hard to even imagine!

    2. Dear Scott, I do take to your poem, that comes of course from friends unseen. 👍 That is the whole point of these endeavors in which we are now engaged, isn’t it?
      When you put it this way it sounds so simple. It always strikes me how great truths are basically simple things, with so much effort and time behind the scenes.
      But we can only see our piece of the puzzle, as Roberta has put it on occasion. Even then maybe, we can only see it clearly when we go Home.

      Love your inspired poetry; truth so concisely arranged. 🙏🏼🌅

        1. My dear Scott and Efrem, I had wondered why we were talking about this topic now, and then following it up next week. Why now? But seeing that this year is turning out to be perhaps even more chaotic than last year was, I now realize that all of this is timely!

  15. Today in the U.S. at least is the Feast of Epiphany (some cultures I know call it Three Kings Day and others “little Christmas”). It commemorates reportedly the arrival of the Magi to the house of Jesus. Lots of lore around this feast day, but I think the most significant—the “epiphany” —for all is the realization of how close to us God really is. Have yourselves a merry “Little Christmas”!

    1. Dear Mike, this is wonderfully said! At last, we really are beginning to understand what God actually wants us to. And that might be called the ultimate epiphany!

  16. Dearest Roberta,

    In thinking about your reply to my post about the possibility of using the WEA to broadcast your blog, what I was really thinking about was the intended audience. Are old ladies dying in bed supposed to receive this but aren’t? If that is true, do I have a part in this? Or, if I am a regular reader of your blog, should I intuit that Thomas and others are hoping that I would do some evangelism to those old ladies and others who might be interested. Perhaps the evangelism should be restricted to those who have incorporated this as a goal in the Life Plan.

    Yours,

    Cookie

    1. That question is what’s been on my mind a lot lately as well Roberta. As Efrem was getting at, understanding these principles at an intellectual level is one thing. Taking them emotionally to heart is another stage, but truly and fearlessly, or “COMPLETELY,” embodying our underlying oneness with God and each other with every fiber of our being even momentarily, if not consistently, is the hardest task of all, and we need patience with ourselves and each other, but on the other hand time may be short for humanity. The Way of Jesus is a great way to smooth the “jagged paths of this world” as Efrem beautifully put it. The change comes one heart at a time, but once enough embody that oneness, lights coming together like a beacon on a hill, the change will start to occur at a collective level as well. What would Jesus have us do? What is the Way for the world of today? I look forward to your thoughts next week.

      1. Oh my dear Scott, you won’t be getting my thoughts! I am as clueless as everyone else. The task of reaching everyone on earth with the truth – the task of even living our own lives each day in a culture that is ignorant of the truth! – is hard to get our minds around. And personally, I feel that the Lord is trusting the weakest and most inept possible vessel. But we were given the truth two thousand years ago. Now at last perhaps we are ready to listen…

    2. Oh yes, my dear Cookie, of course the old need to know the truth most urgently, since they are very soon to go home. And your question is an apt one, given where we are now. It will be our topic for the next few weeks….

  17. Hi Roberta and everyone. I thought I was done here at this point in the week, but I came across something so apropos to our discussion that I felt I should share it. The medium Suzanne Gieseman has a daily blog from her guides called The Daily Way on her website that I usually read and would recommend to everyone here. The one from yesterday was so perfect it sent chills up my spine – even the date, 1-7-21, going to the highest level, the Kingdom, is about going from duality consciousness back to unity consciousness. This is what she wrote:

    “Millennia have passed since the passing of the Nazarene. He stood as a model to all of peace and loving kindness, and yet we still have wars. Mankind still fails to understand their oneness with each other and with all living things. Do not be discouraged, for focusing on that which disturbs you does perpetuate it. Focus instead your thoughts on that which you wish to see and have in your world. You live in an age of accelerated understanding. Understand that you are part of this change. Be the change that you wish to see in the world and add to this acceleration. Whether or not you call yourself a Christian, all can be as the Christ and be the light of the world. You all have it within you – this light – the love that heals all ills and brings others out of darkness. Be that which you are and bring healing to the world. Focus on the good and worry not that you make no difference. You make far more difference than you can possibly imagine. So imagine a world of peace where all men live as one. It begins with you. You are so very loved.”

    I think this gets at something my guides recently referred to as, “The philosophy behind the thinking.” When I asked what that was, I saw what looked like Christ in the tomb. His teachings were about getting as close as our limited minds can get to the “Peace that passeth all understanding.” His demonstration on the cross put a huge exclamation point on his teachings about the Oneness, the Kingdom. As if to put an exclamation point on this all for me, I woke up today with a heart full of joy, visions of flowers and bunnies, and the voices of children singing, “Happy Easter!” I wish every morning would be like that, but then again, that is probably the goal, isn’t it, to embody every day the teachings of the Way? So I guess I’ll close by wishing you all happy Easter. 😄 1❤, Peace out.

    1. Yes, Scott, happy Easter! Every day is, indeed, a new resurrection! To Roberta and everyone: don’t give up on 2021 yet. We are only at Day 8.♐️🌏🌈🕊

    2. Oy, Happy Easter?? We still haven’t taken down all our Christmas decorations!!

      It is certainly true that the spirit of Easter is in some sense the central point of the Lord’s teachings, and of the perfect love of God. Jesus went to the cross not to save us from a divine judgment that we now know never happens, but rather He went to the cross and then rose from the dead to demonstrate the central truth of all human existence, as hard as that truth is to believe: we are in fact eternal beings. Bodily death is not death! It is only freedom to return to a much greater life.

      1. Hi Roberta, we still have our decorations up too. They will probably get put away this weekend. Easter is on the early side this year. Ash Wednesday is just a little over a month away!😀

      2. Hi Roberta. Our Christmas stuff is still up too, and there are still even still a few unopened presents. We stretch it out big time. 😄 Some people say they wish everyday was Christmas, but maybe the idea was that the spirit of Easter, I guess you could call it being born again or resurrected as a spiritually aware and focused person, following the Way consistently every day should also be emphasized.

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