|The Therapy of Love
entire life's review would have been emotionally destructive,
and would have left me a psychotic person, if it hadn't
been for the fact that my friend, and my friend's friends,
were loving me during the unfolding of my life. I could
feel that love. Every time I got a little upset they turned
the life's review off for awhile, and they just loved me.
Their love was tangible. You could feel it on your body,
you could feel it inside you; their love went right through
you. I wish I could explain it to you, but I can't.
The therapy was their
love, because my life's review kept tearing me down. It
was pitiful to watch, just pitiful. I couldn't believe it.
And the thing is, it got worse as it went on. My stupidity
and selfishness as a teenager only magnified as I became
an adult all under the veneer of being a good husband,
a good father, and a good citizen. The hypocrisy of it all
was nauseating. But through it all was their love.
When the review was
finished they asked, "Do you want to ask any questions?"
and I had a million questions.
I asked, for example,
"What about the Bible?"
They responded, "What
I asked if it was
true, and they said it was. Asking them why it was that
when I tried to read it, all I saw were contradictions,
they took me back to my life's review again something
that I had overlooked. They showed me, for the few times
I had opened the Bible, that I had read it with the idea
of finding contradictions and problems. I was trying to
prove to myself that it wasn't worth reading.
I observed to them
that the Bible wasn't clear to me. It didn't make sense.
They told me that it contained spiritual truth, and that
I had to read it spiritually in order to understand it.
It should be read prayerfully. My friends informed me that
it was not like other books. They also told me, and I later
found out this was true, that when you read it prayerfully,
it talks to you. It reveals itself to you. And you don't
have to work at it anymore.
My friends answered
lots of questions in funny ways. They really knew the whole
tone of what I asked them, even before I got the questions
out. When I thought of questions in my head, they really
I asked them, for
example, which was the best religion. I was looking for
an answer which was like, "Presbyterians." I figured these
guys were all Christians.
The answer I got
was, "The best religion is the religion that brings
you closest to God."
Asking them if there
was life on other planets, their surprising answer was that
the universe was full of life.
Because of my fear
of a nuclear holocaust I asked if there was going to be
a nuclear war in the world, and they said no. That astonished
me, and I gave them this extensive explanation of how I
had lived under the threat of nuclear war. That was one
of the reasons I was who I was. I figured, when I was in
this life, that it was all sort of hopeless; the world was
going to blow up anyway, and nothing made much sense. In
that context I felt I could do what I wanted, since nothing
They said, "No, there
isn't going to be any nuclear war."
I asked if they were
absolutely sure there wasn't going to be nuclear war. They
reassured me again, and I asked them how they could be so
sure. Their response was: "God loves the world."
They told me that
at the most, one or two nuclear weapons might go off accidentally,
if they weren't destroyed, but there wouldn't be a nuclear
war. I then asked them how come there had been so many wars.
They said that they allowed those few to happen, out of
all the wars that humanity tried to start. Out of all the
wars that humans tried to create, they allowed a few, to
bring people to their senses and to stop them.
and other benefits, they told me, had been gifts bestowed
on humanity by them through inspiration. People had
literally been led to those discoveries, many of which had
later been perverted by humanity to use for its own destruction.
We could do too much damage to the planet. And by the planet,
they meant all of God's creation. Not just the people, but
the animals, the trees, the birds, the insects, everything.
They explained to
me that their concern was for all the people of the world.
They weren't interested in one group getting ahead of other
groups. They want every person to consider every other person
greater than their own flesh. They want everyone to love
everyone else, completely; more, even, than they love themselves.
If someone, someplace else in the world hurts, than we should
hurt we should feel their pain. And we should help them.
Our planet has evolved
to the point, for the first time in our history, that we
have the power to do that. We are globally linked. And we
could become one people.
The people that they
gave the privilege of leading the world into a better age,
blew it. That was us, in the United States.
When I spoke with
them about the future, and this might sound like a cop-out
on my part, they made clear to me that we have free will.
If we change the
way we are, then we can change the future which they showed
me. They showed me a view of the future, at the time of
my experience, based upon how we in the United States were
behaving at that time. It was a future in which a massive
worldwide depression would occur. If we were to change our
behavior, however, then the future would be different.
Asking them how it
would be possible to change the course of many people, I
observed that it was difficult, if not impossible, to change
anything on Earth. I expressed the opinion that it was a
hopeless task to try.
My friends explained,
quite clearly, that all it takes to make a change was one
person. One person, trying, and then because of that, another
person changing for the better. They said that the only
way to change the world was to begin with one person. One
will become two, which will become three, and so on. That's
the only way to affect a major change.
I inquired as to
where the world would be going in an optimistic future one
where some of the changes they desired were to take place.
The image of the future that they gave me then, and it was
their image, not one that I created, surprised me.
My image had previously
been sort of like Star Wars, where everything was space
age, plastics, and technology. The future that they showed
me was almost no technology at all.
What everybody, absolutely
everybody, in this euphoric future spent most of their time
doing was raising children. The chief concern of people
was children, and everybody considered children to be the
most precious commodity in the world. And when a person
became an adult, there was no sense of anxiety, nor hatred,
nor competition. There was this enormous sense of trust
and mutual respect.
If a person, in this
view of the future, became disturbed, then the community
of people all cared about the disturbed person falling away
from the harmony of the group. Spiritually, through prayer
and love, the others would elevate the afflicted person.
What people did with
the rest of their time was that they gardened, with almost
no physical effort. They showed me that plants, with prayer,
would produce huge fruits and vegetables. People, in unison,
could control the climate of the planet through prayer.
Everybody would work with mutual trust and the people would
call the rain, when needed, and the sun to shine. Animals
lived with people, in harmony.
People, in this best
of all worlds, weren't interested in knowledge; they were
interested in wisdom. This was because they were in a position
where anything they needed to know, in the knowledge category,
they could receive simply through prayer. Everything, to
them, was solvable. They could do anything they wanted to
In this future, people
had no wanderlust, because they could, spiritually, communicate
with everyone else in the world. There was no need to go
elsewhere. They were so engrossed with where they were and
the people around them that they didn't have to go on vacation.
Vacation from what? They were completely fulfilled and happy.
Death, in this world,
was a time when the individual had experienced everything
that he or she needed to experience. To die meant to lie
down and let go; then the spirit would rise up, and the
community would gather around. There would be a great rejoicing,
because they all had insight into the heavenly realm, and
the spirit would join with the angels that came down to
meet it. They could see the spirit leave and knew that it
was time for the spirit to move on; it had outgrown the
need for growth in this world. Individuals who died had
achieved all they were capable of in this world in terms
of love, appreciation, understanding, and working in harmony
The sense I got of
this beautiful view of the world's future was as a garden,
God's garden. And in this garden of the world, full of all
beauty, were people. The people were born into this world
to grow in their understanding of the Creator. Then to shed
this skin, this shell, in the physical world, and to graduate
and move up into heaven there, to have a more intimate and
growing relationship with God.
Note: In Howard
Storm's book, "My Descent into Death" (2000), Storm describes
the future of mankind as given to him by light beings he
encountered during his NDE in 1985. Storm tells how they
told him, in 1985, that the Cold War would soon end, because
"God is changing the hearts of people to love around the
world." Storm states, "Since the time in 1985 when I was
told these things about the future the Cold War ended with
little bloodshed due to the hearts of people being unwilling
to tolerate oppressive regimes."
described what the light beings told him concerning the
way things will be on Earth in about 2185. He asked the
light beings the question: "Will the United States be the
leader of the world in this change?"
light beings replied, "The United States has been given
the opportunity to be the teacher for the world, but much
is expected of those to whom much has been given. The United
States has been given more of everything than any country
in the history of the world and it has failed to be generous
with the gifts. If the United States continues to exploit
the rest of the world by greedily consuming the world's
resources, the United States will have God's blessing withdrawn.
Your country will collapse economically which will result
in civil chaos. Because of the greedy nature of the people,
you will have people killing people for a cup of gasoline.
The world will watch in horror as your country is obliterated
by strife. The rest of the world will not intervene because
they have been victims of your exploitation. They will welcome
the annihilation of such selfish people. The United States
must change immediately and become the teachers of goodness
and generosity to the rest of the world. Today the United
States is the primary merchant of war and the culture of
violence that you export to the world. This will come to
an end because you have the seeds of your own destruction
within you. Either you will destroy yourselves or God will
bring it to an end if there isn't a change."
states, ".... I don't know if the richest country in the
history of the world is doomed to lose God's blessing or
if the people of the United States will become the moral
light of the world. How long will God allow the injustice
to continue? The future lies in the choices we make right
now. God is intervening in direct ways in human events.
May God's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!"
Howard's light being
friends told him more about the new world to come. According
to them, God wished to usher in the kingdom within the next
two hundred years. In order to do so, God had rescinded
some of the free will given to creatures, in favor of more
divine control over human events. This new world order,
according to Howard, will resemble some near-death descriptions
of heaven. People will live in such peace and harmony and
love that communication will be telepathic, travel instantaneous
and the need for clothing and shelter eliminated. The lion
will indeed lie down with the lamb.]
way to change the world is to be of service
to others. Show that your love can make
a difference in the lives of people and
thereby someone else's love can make a difference
in your life. By each of us doing that and
working together we change the world one
inner person at a time."
- Dannion Brinkley, a near-death experiencer
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