These occurrences are so common, and yet we often keep them secret, fearing the ridicule of even our closest friends. Our materialistic culture confidently dismisses the as yet unproven phenomenon of "life after life" -- and who of us wants to be scorned for our most cherished memories?
This silence doesn't serve us, because we are withholding a truth the world is longing to hear. Driven by our fear of death, we anxiously cling to unnecessary possessions and work ourselves into stress and exhaustion to accomplish or collect enough to convince ourselves that we are safe from loss. But these collections, like all impermanent things, will inevitably be lost. That is the only guarantee in this material world.
What will not be lost is our imperishable treasure: Eternal life. In my view this priceless gift is not reserved for special chosen groups, but is our very nature. The spark of true life in us is not confined to our body's time on this planet. And what peace and joy this knowledge brings! What wonders it freely offers us.
I find great joy in communicating the remembrance of the greatest news of all: We are not alone. There is unseen help in crisis and in passing from this body's life. We do not truly die.
(Pass it on. …)
Jane Smith Bernhardt is an artist, performer and writer. She is a graduate of the interfaith Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Her book, "WE ARE HERE: Love Never Dies," chronicles an extraordinary period of three family deaths and many miracles of joy and forgiveness.