Renewing Your Mind: Giving Thanks No Matter What

November 25th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

We all have something to be thankful for — even just the fact that God let us wake up today. But as Thanksgiving approaches and the holiday season begins, it’s easy to let our minds wander to what we wish our lives were like rather than how they actually are. Our culture is full of idealized images of complete happiness around the holiday season. By comparison, our real lives rarely measure up. So it’s tempting to dwell on the blessings we’d like to have and gloss over the blessings we do have.

In other words, despite our many blessings, sometimes we have to intentionally remind ourselves to give thanks.

It can help to pray for a fresh perspective on gratitude. When we learn to give thanks in all circumstances — no matter what — we start noticing more and more of the blessings that God is constantly pouring into our lives.

A good way to shift your  mind’s focus in that direction is to reflect on something new in your life that has blessed you recently. Dwelling on that one blessing will inspire you to discover others, even when you’re going through difficult circumstances. For me this year, that one recent blessing is the kitten who joined our household last month. Adopting Whiskers brought tremendous joy into my life, and pondering that brings to mind many other blessings I’m celebrating this year. Of course, I still face challenges and sorrow this holiday season, as I’m sure you do, too. My life, and your life, will never fit our idealized plans in this fallen world. But still … we all have reasons to give thanks!



Renewing Your Mind: Unconditional Love After an NDE

November 18th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

The idea of unconditional love appeals to many people, but actually practicing the concept? Not so much.

At first, when researching miracles associated with near-death experiences, I was shocked to discover that being an NDE survivor increased the risk of divorce and other relationship problems. Since people tend to become much more loving after going through NDEs, it makes sense that their relationships with family and friends would improve as a result. But, too often, their relationships broke down after they came back to life. Why? The culprit seems to be the fact that they choose to love unconditionally in a world where love is usually expressed with conditions attached. Quite simply, many people become uncomfortable when they encounter unconditional love, because it challenges them to respond in kind, and loving without limits is challenging for most of us.

This is hitting home for me as the holiday season approaches. My extended family is still struggling with dysfunction that continues to lead to gossip, slander, and exclusion despite the efforts of some of us to work for healing. I’m learning that although unconditional love is a valuable goal, some people are so stuck in unhealthy ways of thinking that they can’t achieve that goal until they’re willing to turn for God to help — and that decision is one that only they can make for themselves.

But the good news is that each of us has the power to make that choice. Even when others don’t respond, it’s always worth choosing to love.




Renewing Your Mind: More Compassion After an NDE

November 11th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Survivors of near-death experiences (NDEs) develop more compassion for others after resuming their earthly lives. It’s an important lesson to learn, because compassion comes from love — and love is the essence of God, so it’s the most powerful force in creation, and the ultimate goal of all spiritual growth.

But what about those of us who haven’t had an NDE? I’ve found myself feeling jealous as I’ve researched these NDE articles that I haven’t experienced a glimpse of the afterlife myself. But I’m not in any hurry to die, and I’m sure you’re not, either. So it’s good news that we all can learn the valuable lessons that NDEs teach simply by reading about them.

I’ve been especially impacted by learning more about the life reviews people go through during NDEs. In those reviews, people not only see how the decisions they made in their lives affected others, but they also feel what other people felt emotionally when they made those choices. Now I often think more carefully about what I say and do in light of how compassionate the choice would be. I sometimes ask myself, “Would I like to see this in my life review?”

NDE survivors who have the courage to share their stories have so much to teach us all about compassion!

If you’ve ever had an NDE and would like to share your story on the Angels and Miracles site I produce to inspire and encourage others, please consider sending it in.

Thanks, and Blessings,


Renewing Your Mind: Psychic Abilities After an NDE

November 4th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Lately I’ve done some fascinating research into ways people’s lives change after they return from near-death experiences (NDEs). Not only are their journeys into the afterlife full of mind-blowing miracles, but the rest of their lives after coming back are significantly changed.

One change people report is developing psychic abilities after an NDE. A friend of mine who had an NDE (after childbirth complications), had this happen to her. After returning to life afterward, she started to be able to sometimes read the thoughts in other people’s minds, and she noticed more messages from God in her dreams.

I’ve never had an NDE myself, but I can’t read enough of NDE stories. There’s so much to ponder and learn from those who have nearly died and come back to tell about it.



Renewing Your Mind: Spiritual Warfare

October 28th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

The battle between good and evil is fought first in our minds.

Consider the last time you’ve had an inspiring idea come to mind without any apparent source. Now think about the last time you’ve had a discouraging thought hit you out of nowhere. Where do such thoughts come from? Sometimes, they come from angels, who often communicate directly to our minds.

Since our choices grow out of our responses to the thoughts in our minds, spiritual warfare begins there. Holy angels inspire us with positive thoughts regularly, but fallen angels tempt us to sin by sending negative thoughts into our minds.

I’m sure my guardian angel has been a creative muse to me many times in my writing career — especially after I’ve prayed for inspiration. But even though I don’t like to give the evil side of the spiritual realm much attention, I am aware that negative thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere may sometimes be coming from fallen angels, so I’m cautious about evaluating my thoughts, asking questions such as whether or not it’s really true or helpful.

As Halloween approaches, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves that fallen angels aren’t just Halloween or horror movie characters — they’re real spiritual beings from whom we need to guard our minds.




Renewing Your Mind: Telepathy Part 2

October 21st, 2015 by whitneyhopler

What if everyone you met could clearly know every thought and emotion that passes through your  mind? That’s how it is in the afterlife — no secrets! In heaven, where people (and angels) use telepathy to communicate, the essences of thoughts and emotions pass freely from one being to another.

As a journalist, I love this idea, because it means that we won’t have to fight to discover the truth about anyone or anything. No pretending, no hidden motives, no miscommunication — it’s all open and free.

We may be able to hide some thoughts and feelings from other people in our earthly lives, but we can never hide anything from God. Reminding myself that God knows what’s on my mind at any moment helps me try to focus on what’s truly worth focusing on: positive thoughts and feelings.

Has God, or one of his angels, ever sent you a message through telepathy? If so, consider sharing your story on my Angels and Miracles site to inspire and encourage others.



Renewing Your Mind: Telepathy Part 1

October 14th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever experienced telepathy — communicating directly between minds — with someone?

I’ve enjoyed learning more about telepathy through my work  on it for articles about extrasensory perception (ESP), telepathy in the afterlife, and telepathy and prayer among angels.

A surprise, for me, was discovering that telepathy doesn’t just involve thoughts; it involves emotions as well. As someone who loves intellectual pursuits, I tend to focus more on thinking than on feeling in my daily life. But after learning how closely connected thoughts and feelings are in telepathy, I’m realizing that every thought I have actually does reflect an emotion of some kind (even when I’m not consciously aware of it).

So when I communicate with others now, I try to think not just about what I’m saying, but how I’m saying it — since thoughts and feelings can’t really be separated, and both are equally important in how people receive messages. In fact, often people won’t even pay attention to what others say if the messages aren’t communicated with positive feelings. What people tend to remember most, as well, are good emotional experiences.

What’s an important message that you hope to give someone in your life soon? How can you communicate it to them in a way that makes them feel loved?

Has God, or one of his angels, ever sent you a message through telepathy? If so, consider sharing your story on my Angels and Miracles site to inspire and encourage others.




Renewing Your Mind: Mansions in Your Mind

October 7th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Every thought you think helps shape your mind, wiring your brain’s neurons into patterns that affect how healthy your mind becomes. I’ve learned through my recent work on articles about near-death experiences (NDEs) that thoughts are profoundly important in the afterlife — so much so, that the way you think actually creates much of what you experience there.

While researching these articles, I was intrigued by the idea of thinking positive thoughts as a way of building a beautiful home for your soul. The more good thoughts you think, the concept goes, the more you can create a good dwelling place for your soul in the afterlife, where reality often reflects pure thought. Maybe this is what Jesus Christ means when he says in John 14:2 of the Bible that “My Father’s house [heaven] has many rooms”. It could be that the rooms we live in once we get to heaven represent the way we’ve thought about God, ourselves, and others. Perhaps it’s true that the more faithful our thoughts, the more beautiful the rooms we can occupy.

The way we think powerfully shapes the quality of our lives right here and now, as well, since our thoughts lead to actions, which move our lives in a certain direction.

What kind of “house” are we building with the way we think today?

Renewing Your Mind: Music a Primal Force

September 30th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Has a song made you laugh or cry lately? Music powerfully affects our emotions — and when we want to express something that we can’t find the words to articulate, music can communicate the essence of what we’re feeling.

While researching an article about music in heaven, I learned a lot about why music is a primal force that affects our minds so powerfully. God has designed the universe to function according to energy vibrations, so sound and light energy both resonate powerfully in our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Music is a powerful tool you can use to renew your mind. I often play instrumental music of different genres in the background while I’m writing to help me concentrate. Some of the most helpful styles, for me, are jazz, classical, epic, and my favorite: electronic trance.

How can you use music this week as a tool for your mind?



Renewing Your Mind: Something to Learn from Everyone

September 23rd, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Everyone we meet can teach us something valuable.

People who have gone through near-death experiences (NDEs) often report meeting many others in the afterlife — such as their guardian angels, as well as  family members and friends — who all have messages for them that help them learn and grow in wisdom.

We don’t have to die, however, to learn valuable lessons from the people (and the angels!) in our lives. All we have to do is remind ourselves during the course of our daily lives that every single person we meet is an eternal soul, made in God’s image, watched over by angels, who is worth knowing. Approaching our conversations with others with this mindset will open many doors for us to learn from others every day!