Archive for September, 2015

Renewing Your Mind: Music a Primal Force

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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.