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They’re Waiting For Us On The Other Side – Doctor Studies 14,000 Dreams Of Dying People

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We tend to look at death as the end of a life, but surely there’s more to the story than that. And while we know that people have very similar stories to tell after a near-death experience, often speaking of a tunnel of light and then being returned to the mortal world, we rarely consider what happens to our dreams as we approach the end.

For years, Dr. Christpher Kerr and his team at Hospice Buffalo in New York State have been documenting and studying the dreams of patients as they approach death. Dr. Kerr’s shows something fascinating and inspiring about the last stage of life: the people we love who’ve already died are there on the other side waiting for us. It’s as if those friends, family members and loved ones who’ve already left this world are just beyond the veil waiting for us, communicating in dreams.

“I was laying in bed and people were walking very slowly by me. The right-hand side I didn’t know, but they were all very friendly and they touched my arm and my hand as they went by. But the other side were people that I knew — my mom and dad were there, my uncle. Everybody I knew that was dead was there. The only thing was, my husband wasn’t there, nor was my dog, and I knew that I would be seeing them. — Jeanne Faber, 75, months before her death from ovarian cancer.” [Source]

In the days and weeks before death, people tend to have more frequent and more vivid visions and dreams involving welcoming encounters with these loved ones. The result is that fear of death begins to shift into a peaceful interest in what is come, and they begin to feel encouraged on their journey.

“The dreams and visions loosely sorted into categories: opportunities to engage with the deceased; loved ones “waiting;” unfinished business. Themes of love, given or withheld, coursed through the dreams, as did the need for resolution and even forgiveness. In their dreams, patients were reassured that they had been good parents, children and workers. They packed boxes, preparing for journeys, and, like Mr. Majors, often travelled with dear companions as guides. Although many patients said they rarely remembered their dreams, these they could not forget.” [Source]

Furthermore, for children who are dying and haven’t lived long enough to lose a friend or relative, the dreams will often feature a deceased pet who appears to encourage them on in their journey toward death. Many people report such positive experiences in these types of dreams that they want to go back and are eager to connect to that other reality again.

Here’s doctor Kerr in a 2015 TED talk, where he shares a great deal of insight about the meaning of death and how we can overcome the fear of dying.

The fear of death is the greatest fear humans have, but if we look closely at what happens when someone dies, death begins to look like a natural transition into a place of great comfort and peace.

About the Author

Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

This article (They’re Waiting For Us On the Other Side – Doctor Studies 14,000 Dreams of Dying People) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Vic Bishop and WakingTimes.com.

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A Sunrise Prayer To Start Your Day

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Nick Polizzi, Guest Writer

I came across this Taoist prayer at just the right time – on a morning that felt particularly challenging.

As a global tribe, many of us struggle to maintain our sense of sanity in the midst of the chaos, suffering and unrest that is unfortunately part of the reality we meet in our news feeds, and in our cities and towns. Yes, it’s important that we acknowledge the truth of what is happening in the world around us, but we also need to give ourselves the space (and permission) to simply be alive and attentive to the cosmic dance that is unfolding around us.

We can turn to the sages and wisdom-keepers of our ancestral past to help jog our individual and collective memory on how to do this.

I printed this out and taped it to our bathroom mirror, so I would see it every morning.

I hope this prayer is helpful for you too!

The Sunrise Prayer

All we need is the morning.
As long as there is sunrise,
then there is the possibility
that we can face all of our misfortunes,
celebrate all our blessings,
and live all our endeavors as human beings. 

Spirituality is something that has become
necessary in these troubled times.
Yet it is inherently superfluous.
We need it to remind ourselves,
to bolster ourselves,
to integrate ourselves,
to fulfill ourselves.

If we could simply acknowledge
the mystery of night
and the glory of morning,
we would need neither civilization nor spirituality.
At its simplest, life begins with dawn.
That is blessing enough.
All else becomes fullness immeasurable.

At dawn, kneel down and give thanks
for this wonderful event.
We may think mornings are so common
they are unworthy of veneration,
but do you realize most places in the cosmos
do not have mornings?

This daily event is our supreme goodness.

Greet the dawn.
That is your miracle to witness.
That is the ultimate beauty.
That is sacredness.
That is your gift from heaven.
That is your omen of prophesy.
That is knowledge that life is not futile.
That is enlightenment.
That is your meaning in life.
That is your directive.
That is your comfort.
That is the solemnity of duty.
That is inspiration for compassion.
That is the light of the ultimate.”

— Deng Ming-Dao

I was really struck by the line: “We may think mornings are so common they are unworthy of veneration, but do you realize most places in the cosmos do not have mornings?”

When was the last time you rose early to watch the sun come up?

Greeting the day with a quiet mind and clear intention is a powerful way to start your day and receive new perspective on any challenge you face.

Stay curious, Nick Polizzi

Founder, The Sacred Science

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Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and editing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of The Sacred Science documentary and author of “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path For The Modern World” stems from a calling to honour, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

For more, visit www.thesacredscience.com.

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3 African Proverbs To Live By

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Gogo Thule NganeGuest Writer

My culture has nourished me in ways I could have never imagined. The wisdom that my family and ancestors carry has brought me to where I am today. When I look back at my life thus far as an African child growing and living in America, an array of emotions come to me, from laughter to tears. The more I journey into the wisdom that we hold from ancient times to modern day, the more empowered and strong I feel in my walk in this life.

I’d like to share some of the wisdom that continues to nourishes me.

“A Man Is Taller Than Every Mountain He Climbs.”

You are greater than any problem that you will face. You hold the potential to meet all that challenges you. It is a matter of trusting yourself and all that you carry within and with you. You are tall because you are greater than this physical body and this personality you’ve created or known. You are tall because you walk on the shoulders of many who have come before you. As Linda Hogan eloquently put it “you are the result of the love of thousands.” My culture teaches me that my ancestors are still alive and routing for me, guiding me in spirit.

There have been moments when wisdom has flown out from my mouth but seemingly not from me. When light bulbs in my mind bring solutions to the problems I’m faced with. When I acted in courage, standing up for others, instantly without a thought or fear of consequences. Warriors, healers, ancient grandmothers, kings, queens and many others walk with each and every one of us. There is infinite wisdom and strength accessible to us at any time, much greater than any mountain we will climb.

“To Get Lost Is To Learn The Way.”

I have been lost at times in my life and unfortunately I can’t blame the GPS for all of it. I admit that I have felt bad for being lost because modern day life often makes it seem like we should have it all figured out or together. However it is through being very lost that I was open enough to gain and receive purpose, healing, and wisdom. If I had tried to fill the lost moments and wholes with just any ‘ol thing I could find, I would of missed out on many lessons and a whole lot of meaningful experiences that allowed me to walk strong and purposefully today.

Those that have dedicated their lives to following the wisdom within have appeared lost at times. They’re nomads, their non-conformists, at times they are  20-somethings, or Shepard boys enchanted by lost treasures. Being lost allows you to travel the unpaved road, its challenges you, and forces you to face your fears and deeply look at all that you are honestly. It’s okay to be lost, in fact it’s been my way to a meaningful life aligned with my highest self. I live free when I accept where I am now while not having it all figured out.

“I Am Because You Are.”

What would a post about African proverbs be without honouring community! “I am because you are” is my interpretation of  the South African philosophy of ubuntu, which Desmond Tutu explains “Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself.”

It can be very easy for us to disconnect, separate, and dishonour our undeniable connection to one another when we make judgments about each other’s actions and/or choose to not understand one another. We say that we just can’t understand how someone could do whatever it is we’ve deemed bad, we don’t allow ourselves to relate, we deny that parts of ourselves that are fully capable of committing the same or very similar acts, but most importantly we can’t understand where they are and thus can’t see from what place they can heal or are healing.

Ubuntu is humbling. Ubuntu brings us back to earth, back to humanity, and allows us to know and express compassion.

“I am living from a place of gratitude for being able to walk tall, supported, lost and humble as I journey deeper and live my life more authentically and creatively. I am slowly but surely living unafraid to be who I am and welcome all that life has for me as I co-create.”

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About the Author

Gogo Thule Ngane is a Sangoma Traditional Healer, Priestess, and Medicine Woman. She is guided by the Amadlozi, Elevated Ancestors of her lineage. Her work includes divination, traditional healing, and leads workshops, ceremonies, and retreats on ancient African healing and spirituality. She is devoted to awakening ancestral wisdom on the earth.

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3 Morning Rituals To Empower And Enrich The Soul

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Gogo Thule Ngane, Guest Writer

I have to admit that I have mastered the art of staying in bed as long as humanly possible before suddenly jumping up, and rushing through the day to make it to my job or appointments. At least half of the time this appears to work. I get up, I go, and I get it done. However, by the end of the day I feel depleted, soul-less, purposeless, and completely tapped out. I know I am doing myself a great disservice.

Aside from the normal routines of bathing, eating well, and remembering your keys before you leave home, I invite you to join me in committing to at least one soulful ritual in the morning.

A lot of times we tend to try to make a lot of changes and implement all of our goals all at once. We put too much pressure on ourselves to change. Real lasting change is gradual, integrated consciously, and repeated often. You have to give yourself room to see what is no longer working, find ways to let those things go, and then make room for new and empowering practices — all the while being gentle and compassionate towards yourself.

Below you will find three rituals you can do every morning that will help you feel more centered and full of purpose in the midst of your hectic life.

Ritual #1: Practicing Stillness

I know that everywhere you turn, the wellness community is encouraging you to meditate. Well, that’s because it’s important. Yes, meditate, be still, and get quiet. Just 10 minutes a day will transform your life. (Don’t believe me? Learn more about the benefits of meditation here. The studies on this are piling up.)

At the end of the day, when we feel tired or drained, the sting really kicks in and we question what all this work and running around is for. We come home accomplishing what seems like a lot, putting all this energy into other people’s goals and wellbeing, but feel unappreciated. I have come home from work many times, looked around, and wondered, “Well, who is going to put the same level of energy into me?!

The truth is that you can’t control anybody else, and you certainly can’t expect more from others than you are willing to give of yourself. If you can’t give yourself 10 minutes in the morning, why should anybody else?

So take that time. Pour into you. Meditate. Take deep breaths in through your nose and exhale out through your mouth. Deep, cleansing breaths connect you with your innermost yourself, nourish your spirit, and fill you up with energy before you begin giving to others for the day.

Ritual #2: Purposeful Journaling

I have just recently come to love the ritual or practice of journaling. I know that many of us feel more and more called to search for purpose and meaning in our lives as we get older. At times “purpose” feels like a huge idea, a concept too big and abstract to grasp onto in our day to day lives.

A powerful way to bring more purpose and clarity into your life is to write out your reflections with the following prompt inspired from the text A Course in Miracles. Ask your source the following questions (whether that be God, the Universe, or the angels and ancestors): Who would you have me be? What would you have me do? How would you have me serve?

Prompting yourself in this way daily will begin to open you up to the little pathways where you can have a positive impact in your own life, as well as the lives of others. This will challenge you to find and weave purpose, meaning, and value into your life—all of which nourishes the soul by encouraging you to become more of who you truly are every day.

Ritual #3: Moving Mindfully

Before you get out of bed, take a minute to feel into your body. Pay attention to the areas that are sore or uncomfortable due to possibly sleeping in the wrong position or even areas you just haven’t been honouring. Consciously stretch and move your body in the areas that want or need attention. This is important because as we breeze through our day and focus deeply on tasks and work, we impose large blocks of time where the sensations and signals in our body are being ignored.

The body is one of the greatest sources of information for our well-being. We can feel imbalances in our bodies long before announcements from our doctors and healthcare practitioners. A lot of us have lost this sense of being in touch and in tune with our bodies, because the signals and inner wisdom are drowned out by work, responsibilities, TV, social media, and the many other things that distract us.

Take a few minutes to see what part needs a stretch, gentle massage, and/or affirmations of self-love and appreciation. After all, your body is the temple that houses your beautiful soul.

Hopefully, these small rituals will help you feel more connected to yourself.

“You deserve you, just as much as the rest of the world does.”

A little soulful change in the mornings can empower you for the whole day. Commit often and journey soulfully.

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About the Author

Gogo Thule Ngane is a Sangoma Traditional Healer, Priestess, and Medicine Woman. She is guided by the Amadlozi, Elevated Ancestors of her lineage. Her work includes divination, traditional healing, and leads workshops, ceremonies, and retreats on ancient African healing and spirituality. She is devoted to awakening ancestral wisdom on the earth.

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Discovering Your Sacred Gifts – Even If You Don’t Think You Have Any

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Catherine CatesGuest Writer

What are your unique talents? What are your sacred gifts? If you’re like many people, you’re now looking at me blankly. “I don’t have any,” is your most likely answer – but that’s simply not true.

Each of us have a set of innate gifts, through which we can connect to the Divine. One gift we pretty much all have in common is the gift of intuition. You may think your intuition is lacking, or perhaps you simply don’t trust it very much, but it’s there, ready and waiting to be recognized, trusted, developed and used for the good of us all.

If you were born in the 80s or later, you may have less of a problem acknowledging your intuitive gifts – many of those born at this time and later are higher vibrational souls, here to help guide the planet through ascension. What if you were born earlier than that – does that mean that your intuition is lacking? No, not at all! Your job – and mine – has been to hold and build the energy needed by the current generation. We’ve laid the path and played our part in the awakening of humanity.

What Form Might Your Divine Gifts Take?

Intuition is not the only gift you can choose to develop. We are all born with other abilities – some can sense or feel energy, some can see angels, some have mediumship abilities and can communicate with the spirit world. Perhaps you can see auras or channel higher beings. These abilities are much more common than you might think, but each medium or channeler is unique in the way in which they work with the divine energy.

To discover your own unique gifts, start being aware. Start noticing what you think you may be able to do. Take classes which interest you, watch youtube videos, read some good books. There are no coincidences in life – instead, synchronicity should ensure that what you are interested in is indicative of a gift you may have. So, follow your interests and inclinations.

The Thoughts-Manifestation-Reality Connection

If you’re hoping to develop your divine gifts, one thing is crucial: please refrain from saying you don’t have any gifts, you want more gifts, you want different gifts, you can’t do what someone else does, or any variation of this. The reason I implore you to stop saying these things goes back to law of attraction. Our thoughts become our reality. Thought directs energy and energy follows though, so your thoughts are how you manifest. For this reason, you must be very careful with what you think and what you say.

The more you say you don’t have gifts, guess what’s going to happen? The longer it will take for them to come in. The more you notice what you don’t have, the longer it will take for you to discover what gifts you have been blessed with.

When Is the Right Time for My Gifts to Unfold?

Remember my story on willingness? I was willing to be open to receive my gifts, but I was noticing I didn’t have any (rather, I thought I didn’t have any, we all have them) and I was comparing myself to others whose gifts were apparent. By doing this, I blocked the unfolding of my gifts. In that blog post I said it wasn’t my time. That’s true. It wasn’t my time to receive them because I was blocking them. And because I was blocking them, it wasn’t my time to receive them. Was it part of my bigger plan, written in my records, that my gifts wouldn’t be noticeable to me until whatever year it was vs 1990-something when I was blocking them?  Probably, just so I could learn that lesson and one day figure it out and share it with you.

In other words, even if you are blocking your gifts right now, perhaps by complaining about the fact that you haven’t got any, this in itself could be an important part of your journey. That’s probably not the answer you want to hear, just like I didn’t want to hear it all those years ago. Like one of my favourite sayings, “It is what it is.” It will happen when it’s time. You control the timingWhen is the right time? When you stop noticing that your gifts aren’t there – when you stop thinking you don’t have any, or telling people you don’t have any. That’s the right time. That’s when your gifts will show themselves. And then it IS time.

Trust that your time is coming. You were born with your gifts, they just aren’t noticeable to you – yet.

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Catherine Cates has helped thousands go from doubt to making their dreams come true. With her unique blend of intuition and twenty-five+ years in the business world she helps people find direction, focus and, success.

Do you want to know what your life purpose is? Catherine’s unique style as an Intuitive Visionary and Life Coach will help you find out by raising your awareness, highlighting possibilities and identifying the best choices for your success.

If you’re ready to level-up and transform your mindset for success, it’s time to contact Catherine. Turn your life or business from ordinary to extraordinary! Reach Catherine at www.catherinecates.com, me@catherinecates.com for a free coaching session.

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