Book Review, Spirituality, Understanding

“Embraced by the Light”: A Timeless Spiritual and NDE Book (Review) 📘

"Embraced by the Light" by Betty J. Eadie Book ReviewIt has been almost three decades since Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie was first published (in 1992). But for anyone interested in spiritual development or near-death experiences, some books are timeless — this is one of those books.

It has the subheading on the front (at least the edition I have, pictured) of “The Most Profound and Complete Near-Death Experience Ever.” And it lives up to those expectations.

The beginning, of course, talks about the circumstances of Eadie’s death and how the near-death experience started.

Reading the book is an experience in itself. So instead of giving away a bunch of spoilers, here are a few ideas from the book that show it’s worth your while.

There’s No Need to Judge Other Beliefs

At one point Eadie says, “Each of us, I was told, is at a different levels of spiritual development and understanding….All religions upon the earth are necessary because there are people who need what they teach.”

Obviously, people can twist religious ideals for their own reasons. But remember that people can twist anything, whether it’s religion, politics, global warming issues…anything. So this bit of religious understanding is priceless.

The Power of Imagination

Embraced talks about how important imagination is, in that:

Gifted people are able to use their imaginations to create new things….Some people use negative energy to create harmful things — items or words that destroy.

And of course, she talks about people using their imagination in positive ways, as well.

Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” And though that’s not exactly what the book was referring to, you can still see why the power of imagination is so important. People can have all the knowledge they want — envisioning how to use your knowledge is what starts to make a difference.

The Importance of the Life Review

The author talks about her life review and mentions something really important: that she was not being judged. She says, “Their respect for me could never be lessened.”

This is obviously not an earth thing, to say the least.

Book Wrap-Up

These are just a few nuggets from Embraced by the Light. If you have never read it and the above resonates with you, be sure to check it out.





Lifestyle, Living in the Present

If You Could Post Your Ideal Summer on Social Media….

If you could post your ideal summer on social media, what would it look like? There are a ton of things to feature: watermelon, the ocean, fishing, mountains, the night sky, ice cream, volleyball….The list is endless.

And wouldn’t it be cool to post all that on, say, your Instagram account? What would that look like? Wouldn’t it look fun? Maybe something like this?

Picture of Ideal Summer Instagram Posts

Imagine what your version would look like. Okay, now that you have the wishlist, go make these things happen.

But only post about one or two.

Your ice cream isn’t there to be photographed and teaches us something important: At some point, it’s going to melt. It’s possible to enjoy the moment if you’re living in “posting mode.”

So choose only the best to post about, even that means only one thing. Otherwise, just enjoy your ice cream — that’s what it’s for.

*Social media collage photo credits: From Feet/water by Larissa Degen, ice cream by Patrick Nijhuis, fair by Dlritter, camp by Christian Nielsen, Sinai huts by Henrik Bernhard, s’mores by James Rubio, popsicle by Gyom Seguin, flowers by Joanne Lam. From Dress/sandals by Jessica Gale.




Why We Love Sunsets: from Art to Bucket Lists

“More sunsets.” That was one of the to-do’s on a bucket list published online.

There’s just something about sunsets. Sure, they’re beautiful, but there are a lot of things that can carry that label.

Yet not many are quite as inspiring as a perfect sunset. We’re drawn to them; we capture them in art and photography.

In part, if beauty really is within, there’s a lot within a sunset.

For one thing, there’s a certain amount of luck in seeing a lovely sunset. When you see the ones with every color imaginable in the sky all together — lavender, orange, pink, yellow — that’s truly a lucky moment.

sunset quote

The Best Thing About Sunsets

The amazing thing is sunsets are just there: You don’t have to go to great pains to make a sunset happen. You couldn’t force a sunset if you wanted to.

You don’t have any control over them, and yet they’re among the most beautiful things in the world. And we can see a stunning sunset from a lot of places — even in the city, if we’re fortunate. And for some, those might be some of the greatest sunsets in the world: those against a building-laden skyline, suddenly donning nature onto the scene.

An art teacher once told a story about her student days. She was taking a class in abstract expressionism, and during the first painting critique, the professor chastised a student for painting a sunset because they are so common in art.

But that student saw something in sunsets that the teacher had lost: She could appreciate them.

A beautiful sunset is something you never forget. So let’s all be that art student rather than the teacher — in fact, let’s add “more sunsets” to our bucket lists today.




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