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!



Renewing Your Mind: Portals

September 16th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Where do our inspired thoughts come from? How do our prayer messages get delivered to God, and how does God send us the answers to those prayers? Where does our consciousness go when we die? I think it all has to do with portals of energy that God has built into the universe he created.

People who have gone through near-death experiences (NDEs) often describe how their souls traveled from one dimension to another through a tunnel. Whenever I hear or read about such stories, I confess, I feel jealous. I would love to experience such an incredible ride myself! But, since I’m certainly not eager to die, I’m at peace with waiting for whenever my turn comes.

Reflecting on portals between dimensions always brings to mind one fascinating detail from my late mother’s encounter with an angel she met one night while she was hospitalized. When the angel departed, she did so by simply moving backward into the air until she gradually disappeared from view — just as if she was entering an invisible tunnel to travel from Earth back to heaven!


Renewing Your Mind: An Enlightened Mind

September 9th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Often, when we talk about mindfulness, we consider what it means to have an enlightened mind. That can encompass a variety of ways of discovering inspiration and wisdom. Lately I’ve been wondering about a famous light that may enlighten people’s minds in every way possible: the light at the end of the tunnel that people who have near-death experiences (NDEs) report encountering.

Light shows up often in stories about consciousness, the life of the mind, angels, and miracles (all topics about which I love to learn more and write more). As a spiritual symbol, light represents life, love, wisdom, and hope.

There’s controversy and debate over who, or what, that brilliant light actually is — and whether or not people should trust it. The light seems to know everything about each person who meets it during an NDE, and infuses people’s souls with love, so many people think it’s God. Is it? I’m not sure. What do you think?



Renewing Your Mind: An Eternal Perspective

September 2nd, 2015 by whitneyhopler

So much information goes through our minds every day that we can easily waste valuable time and energy chasing distractions — if we’re not intentionally sifting through the barrage of information to focus on what really matters most.

Lately I’ve been working on articles about near-death experiences (NDEs), which feature life reviews where dying people are able to relive scenes from their lives and understand the full impact that their choices had on themselves and on every other person affected by their choices.  What matters most from an eternal perspective, they learn, is how well they choose to express love.

We don’t need to go through an NDE to remind ourselves to think from an eternal perspective each day. Simply developing the daily habit of focusing our minds afresh on what has eternal value will go a long way to helping us discipline our minds to use the time and mental energy we have well. If a thought isn’t really worth thinking, replace it with something that is! As the Bible says in Philippians 4:8:  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.



Renewing Your Mind: Saying Thoughts You Can’t Say

August 26th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

What can you do when you  need to say something, but feel like you can’t say it because other people will misunderstand and judge you for doing so?

Lately, my mind has been full of troubling thoughts about a family situation I’m going through in which I feel like I can’t say anything right, because several times when I’ve tried to communicate about it, some people have swooped down over my words and made all sorts of wrong assumptions, making the situation even more stressful with untrue allegations and unfair criticism.

At the same time as I’ve been going through this family struggle and trying to learn from it, I’ve been working on more articles about guardian angels for my Angels and Miracles site. Now I know why people who have developed friendships with their guardian angels treasure the fact that they can communicate purely with those angels about any topic, without misunderstandings and criticism. Unlike fallible human beings, angels can fully understand our thoughts, words, and actions since they can see the true state of our souls — and they are able to truly love us, in any situation.

I’m hoping to get to know my guardian angel better. How about you?



Renewing Your Mind: Does Emotional Energy Attach to Places?

August 19th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Can the energy from people’s emotions expressed in specific places remain attached to those locations long afterward? That’s something I don’t claim to understand — but I certainly wonder about that, especially after an intriguing experience I had recently in Seattle, Washington.

While touring the city’s underground places in Pioneer Square, my tour guide told heartbreaking stories of suffering that had happened in the places through which we were walking. Then she challenged us to try taking digital photos of the area, saying that many previous visitors had noticed spirit orbs showing up in their photos there. I took her challenge, and was amazed to see that a clearly defined orb appeared in my photo.

What was it, really? I knew from my research and writing about angels that angels often appear in the form of orbs. The tour guide suggested, however, that the orbs showing up in visitors’ photos could be the ghosts of the people who suffered there — whose minds were troubled by emotional anguish before they died. But I don’t believe that myself, since I think ghosts are actually demons (fallen angels) rather than the spirits of people who have passed away. People don’t remain on Earth to haunt it; they go into the afterlife (either heaven or hell) right away, and any ghostly spirits who cause living people to be afraid are demonic in nature.

My hope is that the orb I captured in my photo was a holy angel who was drawn to the spiritual energy of all of the curious visitors opening their minds to consider the suffering that had taken place there and learn from it. But it could have been a fallen angel from the evil side of the spiritual realm who was attracted by the sensationalism of evil in that place.

Could the emotional energy of the pioneers themselves who had suffered there long ago still be hanging around the places where they had lived and died — even when their souls are in the afterlife? I don’t know; that’s an intriguing mystery.



Renewing Your Mind: Changing Your Mind

August 12th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

I believe in lifelong learning and am grateful that there’s always something new interesting and valuable to learn each day we’re alive. We get to change our minds about what we think about anything up until our lifetimes run out. But when the end comes, what we think about what matters most — faith — will have eternal consequences.

The article I wrote recently on Archangel Michael and guardian angels visiting dying people really impressed that reality on me. One of the authors I quoted in the piece, Anthony Destafano, has written: “At the moment of death, when our souls leave our bodies, all that will be left is the choice we’ve made. And that choice will be either for God, or against him. And it will be fixed — forever.”

I try to live with an open mind, but an open mind rests on the foundation of core beliefs that are thought through well. And the more I learn about God, the stronger that foundation of belief becomes for me. How about you?



Renewing Your Mind: Keeping Your Legacy in Mind

August 5th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Whenever I’m making significant decisions, I remind myself to consider each choice in light of how it will affect the legacy of my life overall. One day my life on Earth will be over — just as yours will, and the lives of everyone we know. It’s not fun to think about the end of our lives, but it’s important to do so, because every decision we make does have eternal consequences. The decisions we make now lead to attitudes and actions that move our lives in a certain direction and shape a distinct legacy for each of us.

I’ve been thinking about that lately as I’ve been working on articles about angels and dying, including the popular portrayal of Archangel Michael in art weighing people’s souls on Judgment Day. The emphasis with that is how their good and bad choices measure the legacy of their lives.

May we focus on what has eternal value as we make decisions today!