Mattress Genie Bed Wedge

Last week was the last DIRECT column related to my NDE.  The next two columns, while  related are not directly tied to my NDE.  They are related to my health and staying well after leaving the hospital.

 

A raised mattress may just be the fix one needs for health reasons.
A hospital bed? 
A brand new adjustable bed?

Maybe not.

 

After spending eleven days in the hospital in the month of February in a hospital bed, I realized upon leaving I could no longer sleep lying prone.  The initial thought was a temporary fix of renting a hospital bed. But the challenge with that was where to put it. The next thought became buying an adjustable bed.  Both options would require chunk of change. My sister in law recommended a far less expensive choice:
Mattress Genie Bed Wedge, Queen

 

The blue pillow under my boxspring with the white plug and white cord IS THE Mattress Genie:

 

Mattress Genie has sizes for all beds and since I have a queen size mattress I have that size.  The Genie raises the mattress up high enough, almost to the same degree as a hospital bed. Because my breathing is so challenging with my scoliosis that presses into my chest, having this wedge that raises my head is a Godsend.

 

Sleeping has always been important to me.  I’ve never really been one not to sleep well. Now that I have this bed wedge I have no worry about waking up and not being able to catch my breath.  That last Tuesday in January when I woke up lying prone and losing my oxygen level is the last time I slept lying flat.

 

Having a raised mattress helps with more than just breathing.  It can prevent snoring and help with acid reflux as well. So happy that I have this now and I THINK it has become my permanent fix.  Should anyone have breathing issues or any of the other issues above, having raised mattress is something you should consider.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Prepared For Your Ultimate Journey?

Are you prepared for your ultimate journey?  Having my recent NDE, has put my life in a brand new perspective.  I understand this can be a difficult discussion to have.  However you don’t want to leave your family with the challenges that arise if you do not have all your final preparations completed.  Putting things off because they are uncomfortable will create more uncomfortableness for family. I know people who haven’t prepared and I’ve seen the effects it has.  I waited a little too long myself but two years ago I FINALLY decided to prepare myself. I need to look over my information and MIGHT need to make a change to one particular aspect of my of my own preparations.

 

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This is too important to keep putting off.  If you haven’t begun this process I implore everyone to get started.  Go to your public library and research how to begin. I believe some states don’t require a lawyer.  Regardless, I recommend using a lawyer. That way you will know all your “I’s” are dotted and all your “T’s” are crossed.

 

Do you have a living will?  This is also an important decision to make.  What kind of care would you like to have if you suffer a catastrophe?  A living will will go a long way to helping you and your medical personal decide what kind of care you would like.

 

Getting these things done sooner rather than later will help everyone.  If you haven’t begun this process, start now.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Relationships Are Eternal

Relationships are forever. They are eternal. Not just permanent in this lifetime. Once you establish a relationship, it is an eternal relationship….

 


Abraham-Hicks
March 6, 2019

 

Here’s a caveat to today’s column and EVERY column:
When you see blue underlined text, it is usually referencing back to previous columns at Wisdom and Life.  If you want a refresher, feel free to click on the blue underlined text. It will bring you to the previous columns.  Sometimes, the text/links will bring you outside my blog.

 

My recent NDE re-convinced me of many things.  One, as Carly Simon sings is Life is Eternal, is that nothing ever ends.  That includes relationships we’ve made, friendships that have developed over time, friendships that have altered our lives.  Regardless of whether we are no longer here physically, those relationships still exist. Those souls who have passed onto the ethereal still exist.  We will always be together.

 

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If you haven’t read Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come, I implore to get this book and after you read it, then tell me you don’t see the validity in the fact that relationships don’t end with someone passing into the ethereal.  I understand this book is presented as fiction, however, when you read it, you will clearly see the fact in it. Matheson even included an extensive bibliography to show how much research he put into the manuscript.  This book should be read by ALL humanity. I believe it is that important. It helped change my views on life and it may just do the same for you. Relationships don’t end when one passes.

 

Even though my NDE didn’t show me specifically that relationships, friends, genetic friends or family move beyond the ethereal together, just having the NDE has proven to me that we, as humanity move beyond, that we are simply, (as I’ve said multiple times) shells that our souls, our essence is who we TRULY are.  That our bodies are just a mode of transportation in this physical world.

 

Relationships don’t end with the passing of one.  Physically, yes; it MAY feel like the end. But all your important friendships and familial connections continue in the ethereal world.  Your soul group is who you are.  Why would God put someone in your life who BECAME your life, only to take them away from you?  I don’t believe it. That would be vindictive. And I don’t believe God is vindictive. God is love.  Love is God. They are one in the same.

 

Just as life is eternal, relationships are eternal.  Your best friend, may have been your lover in a past life.  Your lover may have been your brother in a past life. Sex is indeterminate in souls.  A male in a past life may be a female in a current life. It’s the soul that attracts, not the shell, not the body.

 

Remember!  NOTHING is lost.  Relationships once forged will be with us ALWAYS.  Love will be with us ALWAYS. Nothing ends. It’s a continuing cycle of renewal.  God is ALWAYS green

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

What I Learned

Bear with me while I continue exploring my recent Near Death Experience. (NDE) This was a life changing event and something I will carry with me for the duration of this my latest incarnation.  Today, I want to discuss what I learned from my NDE. This column arises the same way last week’s did:
From a question someone asked me:
Did you get any insights into the purpose of humanity during your episode?

 

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I’m going to move around the periphery of that question and hopefully be able to satisfy the person who asked.

 

 

 

 

I wasn’t in the waiting room long enough to gain any insight into the  purpose for ALL humanity. I can only discuss my own personal experience:

Nothing other than when we pass, we don’t disappear into a permanent void.

Our consciousness remains. Our bodies may deteriorate but our “essence” lives on, just like when a hermit crab moves from one shell to another, our souls move from one “shell” to another when our bodies can no longer sustain us.

Love and positive energy is everywhere in that other place.

 

As a way of TRYING to tie this into the initial question about the purpose of humanity in general, l can only say that no one should fear being dead. Because death doesn’t exist. My own NDE has proven that to me.

 

Actually experiencing an NDE myself has given me more peace. I’ve ALWAYS had faith that there was something beyond, but being in that place, feeling it with every fiber of my being is completely different.  Being there and returning proved to me beyond doubt that we do survive our mortal shells. So that’s what I would say is the BROAD insight I took away from my NDE; that we shouldn’t fear we go once we shed our shells. For as I’m so fond of saying:

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

 

Kind of ironic that I went through this myself after having Taking Off A Coat, a book published in November on this very topic.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

The Difference Between an NDE and Reincarnation

Continuing my columns on my recent Near Death Experience while at Saint Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut today, I’ll answer a question several people have asked me since I posted the original column linked above.

If you died when you were in St. Raphael’s Hospital on or about January 27, 2019 as you told us; and came back to life and were reincarnated in accordance with your belief, why didn’t you return in a different state of existence ( a different life, person etc)?

 

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The above question was posed and asked in the specific manner it was written.  A few other people have asked this question in similar ways.

 

Here’s how I attempt to answer:
I didn’t actually stay on the other side. I believe I was sent back because it wasn’t yet my time. So my soul, my essence was put back into the body I currently am residing in.

 

From what I understand and believe, reincarnation happens only after you have crossed over and are not sent back (as in an NDE.)  And you are only able to return after a significant amount of time reflecting on the life you just left. When you cross the threshold of an NDE into the COMPLETE transitional period, you WILL pass through that tunnel.  I did NOT get that far. Being sent back BEFORE entering the tunnel convinces me I didn’t reach the next level.

 

After passing through that said tunnel you will eventually meet up with those in your soul group who have already passed on.  Your soul group is who you will reflect with about how you lived your most recent incarnation.  It isn’t until after you’ve spent time in this place that it will be decided whether or not you return or stay in the ethereal world.  The ultimate goal for a soul is to stop returning, to reach for perfection enough that you’ve done enough to achieve it.

 

Only God is perfect.  God doesn’t expect perfection from his children, the souls of those he has created, only that we live the best life we can and to learn from previous lives, previous incarnations.  Once we have reached what God thinks is our best last life, we can then make the decision on our own, whether to reincarnate or not. I believe the choice is left to us once we reach that place.  Until we get to our last best life, we must continue returning.

 

We return over and over so that we can learn from our previous lives to reach Godlike perfection.  As I said earlier, however God doesn’t expect perfection, only that we attempt to get there.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

The Support I Didn’t Know I Had

In last week’s episode of Wisdom and Life, I wrote about Flatlining to a Waiting Room.  I  probably shouldn’t have been, but I felt overwhelmed by the number of people who reached out to me while in the hospital.  As each day passed and I stayed in the hospital, I became concerned, wondering when I’d be discharged. Hearing from friends and having so many visitors brought me comfort.  Friends I hadn’t seen in almost fifteen years stopped by to visit.

 

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Phone calls, texts, emails, messages on Facebook.
WOW!

 

Just an amazing experience to know how much support I REALLY have.  Almost felt like my own life celebration and I’m immensely thankful.  

 

While I went through that traumatic experience, I DEFINITELY see the blessing.  It’s one thing I’ve learned during this, my latest incarnation:
That there is ALWAYS a blessing inside EVERY challenge.

 

I found two blessings:
1.  All the love and support helped me through.
2.  Having faith that something exists and ACTUALLY feeling it with EVERY sense gives me peace.  ACTUALLY experiencing an NDE, now shows me that my faith has been proven.

 

We are simply shells that encompass our essence.  Nothing ever dies. Our shells simply deteriorate.  Then we must find a new home for our essence.

 

I’m just so grateful for EVERYTHING!
I’m grateful for the love and support shown to me
I’m grateful to have been shown what happens when our bodies can no longer operate.
I’m grateful to have been shown we do INDEED survive our bodies.

And I’m grateful for the second chance, to have been sent back.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Flatlined to a Waiting Room

So.  I’m a week late with returning from my holiday hiatus.
As you read today’s column, it will become clear why I missed last Monday.

 

Kind of a long column today.  As I wrote this over the past four or five days, I realized how important it was to get everything down and the more I wrote, the more I had to say.  You will NOT be disappointed.

 

I’ve been in the hospital for over a week now having been brought by ambulance on Tuesday, January 29 in severe respiratory distress. (Finally discharged on Friday, February 8 after eleven days.  The longest I’d been in the hospital since childhood.)  My oxygen was down to 60. I recovered on the way to Yale enough that I could breathe easier.  When emergency personal arrived, they said I was grey from lack of oxygen.  I was suffocating.

 

 

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I started to get sick two days prior to Tuesday and went to my doctor on Monday to get some medicine. I decided not to go home by myself and stayed with my family. It’s a good thing I did that because I was able to get help immediately Tuesday morning.

 

I felt better every day and even thought I’d be headed home by Friday. Friday night took a HUGE turn for the worse. Around 1030 as I got ready for bed I began having a coughing fit which lead to breathing issues again. I paged the nurse station and they came into check my oxygen. Next thing I remember is having a huge number of people in my room shouting:
Stay with us Chris!
Stay with us.

 

 

I only felt distress briefly while I couldn’t breathe in the first fifteen minutes after I paged the nurses.   I realized that by struggling I made matters worse.  Once I stopped struggling and gave myself over to whatever happened, everything became easier.  I no longer felt distress.

 

Then the room started to spin like an out of control merry go round, faster and faster. Doctor’s voices were fading away.

 

I was gone.  Flatlined.  Once more I heard someone in the room shout:
Come back!

 

I found myself in a big black empty field.  According to the preceding link, some souls stay in the void for longer periods of time.  Some see lights opening. That’s what I noticed:
Tiny pin pricks of light opened up to the far left, almost like a door opening out of the void.  Then the light moved all round me and enveloped me.

 

Perhaps these lights were souls of past people close to me, because when they appeared out of the darkness, blinking on, I never felt so much love and peace. I didn’t want to come back. It was absolutely amazing.

 

Don’t know how long I stayed there, but it felt like home.  It felt like that’s where I belonged. I didn’t feel anything but peace and all encompassing love.  I did not go through the typical tunnel one experiences. Again, according to the article, everyone enters the void first, THEN are guided through the tunnel.  I didn’t see the tunnel, which leads me to believe it wasn’t my time.

 

The next thing I vaguely recall is waking up sometime Saturday afternoon while in the ICU on a ventilator. Nurses tried to take me off but I still couldn’t breathe on my own.  Finally, Sunday morning around 1030 they were able to remove the ventilator and sent me out of the ICU in the early evening.

 

As I think back on my near death experience, because that’s what it was, I believe that image of a door opening through those pin pricks of light was significant because I THINK I was in a waiting room and someone peeked through and decided it wasn’t my time to be there yet so I was sent back. If the article I linked to above is correct, it seems that the void is definitely a waiting area before you are allowed to move on or return.

 

I recall nothing about returning and waking up briefly on Saturday when nurses in ICU attempted to take me off the ventilator.  But I do vividly remember the spinning room, the doctors saying stay with us and winding up in the void. All this happened. I find it fascinating that I don’t remember returning.  The only thing I can think of is that It would have been a painful trip back and perhaps those in the higher plane, in the void masked my pain.

 

This is an experience I will never forget and it proves to me once more that my worldview about death and dying is my truth. I found another article that deeply resonated with me:
Three Fundamental Realizations You Have after an NDE  
Everything in the precedingly linked article is so close to how I feel.  Fascinating truths there.


Should you want to know more about my thoughts on this subject, my book:
Taking Off A Coat: Ruminations on the Infinite Soul will give more opinion and thoughts.

 

Always having a strong faith in something and actually experiencing that faith with every sense, puts your life in a different perspective.  I’ve always believed we are souls having a human experience, that we are merely vessels, shells that carry our essence, our souls.  After going where I went when I flatlined, gives me even more peace.  I didn’t enjoy the initial trip getting there, but once I realized struggling made it worse, I let go and all that distress went away.  Maybe going through what I did, having had an NDE transpired to show me that struggle and pain are part of the human experience and when we discover this upon traveling home, to God, if we simply let go and let God, all that struggle will slip away as our mortal shell slips away.

 

I’ve never really been afraid to die because my faith is so strong.  I just don’t want to struggle.  Maybe as I said above, I had this NDE to show me NOT to struggle, to simply let go and whatever happens is supposed to happen.  I’ve always known this too but again having actually experienced something like this puts everything in a different perspective.  I will carry this with me for the rest of this latest incarnation I’m allowed to be in.  I’m grateful to my God for ACTUALLY giving me my own proof that we do indeed exist after these shells we inhabit deteriorate, that we don’t simply go into oblivion, that our essence, our souls do indeed survive and move beyond this earthly realm.

 

Obviously, I’m not done with my service here yet.  There is more for me to do and I look forward to however much time I have left.  I’m happy to have been sent back.  I would have been just as happy to stay where I went.  I felt so much peace and love there.  An amazing trip, and one I will never forget!

 

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.