* That's the title of the book by Mary C. Neal M.D.
I like to read Near Death Experience books and stories. No, I don't buy into them all. In fact, some of the more popular ones I tend to
disregard**. However, I found this one to be credible. (at least to me). This lady doctor with four children goes kayaking and drowns. She has a
near death experience and then is sent back to earth. She didnt' want to come back. But she had to.
While she was drowning she said she 'got bored' .. because she knew she was about to die but wanted it to hurry up. (I can relate .. I'm not
patient either). When she popped out of her body she rose up through the water and was greeted by a group of souls. She says she knew them .. even
though she didn't 'know' them on earth. She felt she knew them. Everyone was VERY HAPPY to be reunited. She felt like she was going home. She
arrived at a long well lit hall and there were other souls there happy to see her. But then everyone suddenly knew it wasn't her time and that she
had to go back so the mood switched to one of having to let her go back. So she went back to her body.
She was pretty banged up from her near drowning. Broken bones and tissue damage as well as lung damage. She got through it all but for the first
year afterwards she was angry and sad. (normal response to a major illness) She also found herself missing heaven even though she had a good family
situation here on earth. Eventually, after a year or so, she stopped feeling angry and sad (worked through her five stages of grief ... IMHO) and was
able to get on with her life.
WHAT I GOT FROM IT - About suffering - We are here to learn. Sometimes we are the ones that the suffering is teaching something to. Sometimes
others are the ones that our suffering is teaching something to. (sometimes you are the windshield, sometimes you are the bug
) Earth isn't
heaven. Suffering isn't wasted.
I've been told that before .. suffering isn't wasted ... but I only sometimes believe it. When I'm having a more difficult day than others I
wonder why. I still wonder why ...even after hearing what the Buddhists and Catholics and New Agers and everyone else have to say about it.
But anyways ... we are here to learn and grow and many times suffering helps us or helps other to do so. Also that the afterlife seems to be rather
... um .... socialist
for a lack of a better term. Everyone all together and kind of Kumbaya and working together. That's what I got from
reading the book.
** the book supposedly by the kid called 'heaven is for real', I don't buy it at all. The father is a minister and I have no doubt that the child
is saying what he thinks that the father wants to hear. And the parents wrote their own book on the subject as well. These, and other reasons, make
the cynical me not believe it.
** And other NDE books I've read tell of people going to each others houses and going to 'sermons' given by Martin Luther and that Jesus comes
knocking on their door and goes with them ... etc etc.
I'm not believing those either.
I've read some stories/books on NDEs that have people who have seen or gone to hell. I don't doubt those. No one would want to come back and
admit that they were soooooo bad that they were going to hell. So when people come up with those for themselves, I tend to believe it.
For those interested .... A site I found that has peoples NDE's that they can add ..