Freeing Last Words for a Dying Loved One to Assist in Their Journey

Angel in the Light

What do most people fear at the moment of death? The unknown, that Life ends, that there is no God, and that their regrets or fears or worries can’t be resolved and may stay with them for eternity.

I have had two near-death experiences after surgery (discovering I’m allergic to Dilaudid), and I want to say… it is pure BLISS!

In those moments, time stopped. Joy Itself was radiating from every cell of my body. I was floating on waves of Love, Creativity, Peace (utter Peace), everything dropping away except my awareness that my body was no longer mine—that it NEVER WAS mine—that THIS is Who I Really Am. And yet, I was still very much aware, present, active, thinking and focused—not on the room, which was abuzz with activity, but on the sheer dreaminess of it all. There is Life Hereafter, and it is Divine—ALL DIVINEIn other words, there is nothing else. This body, that beeping, those nurses, this physical condition, are all illusions, temporary experiences in matter—a gift, to be sure, but a temporary gift.

The Truth is we ARE truly spiritual beings having a human experience, and ours is a fluid, co-creative reality that is ever-changing and backed by Infinite Potential, nothing less than Love Itself.

The most giving gesture you can offer someone in their final hours is the Freedom and Comfort of the Truth. Of course, you can’t explain all of this to a dying person, but you can bring them real comfort telling them that they are loved, forgiven, and already accepted by God…

I offer you these words to say to one in their final days or hours, perhaps over and over again. I hope they help bring final Peace for you and your dear friend or family member who is transitioning into this pure Awareness.

Beloved, you are in the midst of Love Itself, already resting in the arms of the Divine. God made you and has never left you. You are already accepted and received. You are wholly safe. You are already Perfect, Whole and Complete, yet nothing is ending. You are Infinite, now being reborn into the full awareness of your Oneness with Source.

You are already forgiven for anything you feel requires forgiveness, for forgiveness was never necessary. Thank you for playing your part so perfectly. Thank you for loving me so well. Thank you for letting yourself be loved by me.

Know that this Life continues. This connection continues. You are never alone. I am never alone. There is no separation. We are truly One, so this is not goodbye. I am fine. You are fine.

Breathe the breath of God, beloved. Be at ease now and know that All Is Well, All is Grace, All is Love. You are already resting in God’s Heart.

This playlist on Spotify from Adam Pacitti is at once soothing and uplifting for this time. 

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A Spiritual Booster Shot

I invite you to read these, take them into your meditation, alone or together, to ponder. May they reveal a Life of Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom, Truth, and greater understanding of Who You Really Are:

  • There is one God, and It is indivisible from Itself. There is no power greater than God, nothing to oppose God, no Satan… Evil is a man-made construct stemming from a sense of separation from God. It is our mistaken use of our abilities and thinking.
  • If God is indivisible, you are inseparable from God. This sense of separation from our Source is the root of all unwanted conditions/suffering. We are all of God, made in the image and likeness of God, and this is true of EVERYONE.
  • God is Love Itself, and It wants you to thrive, to have a creatively lush life of Good, filled with meaning and purpose.
  • God is ever-expanding. Through us, as individualized expressions of God, the Universe expands to accommodate the omni-activity of all Life.
  • There is Free Will in order for us to expand, and so our doubts/fears/self-worth participate in every step of our journey, creating contrast and presenting us with opportunities to heal and evolve, to enjoy pure Faith that we are not separate from God, to awaken  and align to our inherent Nature of Good, which is Love, the heart of God.
  • You are made in the image and likeness of God; therefore, you have all of Its qualities available to you — Love, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Balance, Well-Being, Order, Creativity, Compassion, etc.
  • In every situation, God is present, active, and all-powerful, and as you open to God’s unlimited potential that is operating in, as, and through you, you can shift any experience. The same Power that moves mountains and creates galaxies is ever-available to you, simply by acknowledging It.
  • These qualities are made manifest in your life to the degree that you align with them (if you want Peace, be Peace, if you want a greater sense of self-worth, volunteer, if you want more money, tithe to your church or whatever spiritual sources feed your sense of upliftment, if you want more Freedom, allow others the Freedom to be Who They Really Are, etc.).
  • Your thoughts are creative (God/the Universe responds to them, and always says, “Yes! OK! Here you go!” It responds most to the recurring/focused/charged thoughts. Your word is even more creative, particularly what you say about yourself. Never speak a negative word about anyone, ever. We are all One, so when you speak against someone, you manifest against yourself.
  • Death is an illusion… it is like changing coats. The Soul, as an individualized expression of God, is eternal.
  • You are loved, not matter what.
  • You are essential to the Whole, no matter what.
  • You are working with a Power that is beyond the human mind’s ability to fathom to create a beautiful life… Have faith in that, no matter what.
  • Your purpose is to share your Love, unique gifts, and talents to help others to come to know their preciousness and unlimited potential, and that is where you will find the most happiness.

The Authentic Life

What does it mean to live authentically?

My mother would say it means to say what you mean and mean what you say, but if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

She had it right.

But, living an authentic life is also about being true to ourselves in how we share ourselves in the world. And, I’m not just talking about sharing our opinions. If we never share our talents, reveal our creations—that painting, that poem, that song, that idea for a new business—are we being authentic? When we hide behind the paycheck of an unfulfilling job rather than start that business we’ve been planning and concocting for years, are we living an authentic life? When we dream of giving, of helping, of donating, of praising, of serving, and we withhold, are we being authentic?

Whatever your reasons have been, I invite you to stop believing them.

Living an authentic life requires vulnerability, to admit that wrong, to ask for what we need, to be the first to say, “I’m sorry,” to be the first to say, “I love you.”

Paul Coehlo says, “The magic moment is that in which a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ may change the all of your existence.”

When we live an authentic life, we appreciate those magic moments more… because we’re consciously creating them. We understand when we’re standing on the precipice because we chose to climb up here. Indeed, we created the precipice.

Of course, living an authentic life requires courage… a great deal of courage. After all, sometimes the scariest thing in the world is to stand up for what we believe in when everyone else is sitting down. Imagine yourself for a minute standing up there… alone.

What had you stand up? What causes you to remain standing? Is it the ego’s need to be right?  Or something more? Something greater?  Think about it… what has you stay standing has far more stamina than the ego. The ego would have sat down long ago.

At some point, we come to realize that living an authentic life is nothing less than an act of Love… perhaps the greatest act of Love there is.

Love, and Love alone, can stand up there forever. Love knows that authenticity brings greater intimacy, greater meaning, and greater rewards, even if no one else gets up there with you.

What does it mean to live authentically?

To live an authentic life means to be Love in every moment because there is no acceptable alternative.

After all, if we’re not authentic, what are we?

© 2012, Gretchen DeWees Kennedy

See Yourself as You Want to Be

A vision board will help you feel the desired states of being and emotion on an ongoing basis
By Ernest Holmes

We are—and can only be—the sum total of all our thoughts and actions. Our subjective state of thought is constantly radiating into Universal Law the images of our entire library of beliefs… our beliefs around love, around life, around the world and our purpose in it. From these images of unconscious thought spring all of our outward conditions, the circumstances that make up this human experience. Deep within our subconscious mind are imprinted the memories of previous experiences… and therein lie the silent causes of our outward conditions.

Since the Universal Law which automatically receives our thoughts is always acting and never at rest, when we have chronic, habitual negative thoughts, we perpetuate experiences that we no longer want to have. What is needed, then, is a new outlook on the situation, a broader vision, a deeper realization. We need not be able to create this new perspective on the spot… we need only beopen to the possibility that one exists.  And of course one does.  In fact, the Spirit that Knows All Things has unlimited outcomes, all of which have already outwitted your greatest conundrum a thousand-fold.

The key, then, to success and happiness, is the conscious control of ongoing thought patterns and a continuous emission of constructive thinking and acting. This key will unlock the treasure house of the Infinite and reveal to us undreamed-of opportunities and experiences.

Because we are of the One Mind, any vision you can conjure of an outcome which is based in harmony and unity is already complete in the mind of Spirit.  It is Divinely ordained.

Visualization from this standpoint is a creative act that is never bothered by any existing condition or conditions. Once we are certain that our whole thought is harmonious and unified with Good, we may ask for what we want, and it shall be done unto us by the Law.

In visualizing, put the past entirely behind, where it belongs; nor think of the future, where it also belongs, but make your thoughts perceive the ever-present reality, which is only the NOW.  Do not worry about the “how’s.” God knows how!

Think of yourself as you would like to be, and calmly state that you are now in the position that you care to be in; that you are now doing the things you would like to be doing; that you now possess the things you want to possess; that your state of being is the ultimate state of being you can possibly imagine. Look at your picture as you would view a landscape, mentally dwelling on this picture, feeling the reality of it—the Joy of it, the Peace of it, the Love of it, the Prosperity of it, the Vitality of it—until you can sense that it is a reality.  Then leave the entire picture for the Law to work out for you, returning to your everyday affairs with perfect confidence that something is really taking place on the invisible side of your life, and that you will experience in outward form all of your inner aspirations.

As you speak as if the good outcome is already done, it is in the mind of God!

Edited by Gretchen DeWees Kennedy

Positive Poems, Thoughts, and Quotes on Death, Dying, Immortality, Heroes, and Eternity

Everyone on this earth has lost loved ones. This is a natural and universal aspect of material existence. There is one universal Life Force, expressing Itself through all beings. The same Consciousness that expressed Itself through my loved ones who have moved on is now expressing Itself through every being around me. When loving others and offering my gifts, I love and honor myself and all of Life.

In that spirit, I offer this collection to you which I gathered for a service I designed that was held today at Awakened Heart called “9/11, In Memorium”:

When The Day came —
The Day I had lived and died for —
The Day that is not in any calendar —
Clouds heavy with love
Showered me with wild abundance.
Inside me, my soul was drenched with joy.
Around me, even the desert grew green.
–Kabir

No one can be responsible for someone else’s death. Each soul has selected the hour and the place when he or she will transition from this plane. Others are simply the instruments we use for our departure.
— Ernest Holmes

The bitterest tears shed over graves
are for words left unsaid
and deeds left undone.
–Harriet Beecher Stowe

For death really begins with life’s first breath,
And real life begins at the touch of death.
–John Oxenham

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
–Arthur Ashe

Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.
– Emily Dickinson

There is but one freedom:
To put oneself right with death.
After that everything is possible.
I cannot force you to believe in God.
Believing in God amounts to coming
to terms with death. When you have
accepted death, the riddle of God
will be solved–and not the reverse.
— Camus, Albert

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
-David Searls

There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.
-Henry W. Longfellow

Heroes are great precisely because they do not allow fear and other human weaknesses to deter them from doing great works.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all.
-Emily Dickenson

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
—Helen Keller

There is nothing the body suffers which the soul may not profit by.
— George Meredith

God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
-Revelation 21:4

I think only through suffering all our wonderful human qualities come out in us. Unless and until you suffer, how will you understand other’s suffering?”
-Sree Chakravarti

We need to ask, “What is death? What is the nature of that energy, that power, that consciousness which, when it was in the body, caused it to think, speak, move, love, feel and create?” When that energy leaves the body, that energy is still living, breathing, thinking, moving, loving, feeling, and creating. It is simply happening in another form that most of us cannot directly appreciate until we, ourselves, die.

Loss is a basic part of our life cycle. Whatever is born must die. Whatever grows must decay. These are universal laws. We tend to forget that these physical bodies are mortal. Everything we see around us will—one day—decay and cease to be. That includes all plants, animals, people, buildings, cities, the planet earth, the sun and even the galaxies. Everything in the physical universe is temporary. When this fact is understood and accepted, we are free to discover inner and everlasting sources of security and happiness.

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
—Carol Pearson

I believe it is the nature of all people to be heroes, given the chance.
—James A. Autry

Contact with death awakens us to the fact that someday we too will die. This generates a number of questions. Why have we taken our own physical body? Is our life part of some greater process? If so, what does it require of us? Will we have fulfilled our life purpose? How can we live our lives more in harmony with that purpose? Answering these questions might motivate us to change our life style, live a more meaningful existence, improve our character, purify our love, or investigate the deeper truths of life. We may also discover that life is more meaningful when we value others and their needs.

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.
—Kevin Costner

This, to me, is the ultimate heroic trait of ordinary people: they say no to the tyrant, and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
–Philip K. Dick

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. And upon the death of one, still so they remain.

When The Day came —
The Day I had lived and died for —
The Day that is not in any calendar —
Clouds heavy with love
Showered me with wild abundance.
Inside me, my soul was drenched with joy.
Around me, even the desert grew green.
–Kabir

My place is the placeless,
the trace of the traceless
neither body
or soul

I belong to the Beloved,
have seen the two worlds as One
and that One is
First,
Last,
Outer,
Inner.

Only that breath
breathing,
human
being.
— Rumi

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
–Dalai Lama

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, nation to nation, human to human, and human to other forms of life.
–Dalai Lama

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
— Rabindranath Tagore

God, the universal life-force and energy running through everything, is an intelligent presence pervading all space; a self-existent cause; a perfect unit, a complete wholeness, and it is always Good.
–Ernest Holmes

No one can rob us of our own soul, and our spirit is already one with the eternal goodness.
–Ernest Holmes

You and I are born out of God, and just as we are born out of a divine urge that creates, so do we die. It is all creation. It is all evolution.
–Ernest Holmes

Wake up! Your word is all powerful. Your consciousness is one with Omnipotence. Your thought is infinite. Your destiny is eternal and your home is everlasting heaven.
–Ernest Holmes

We have within us a power that is greater than anything that we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life. Mind, all mind, is right here. It is God’s Mind, God’s creative Power, God’s creative Life. We have as much of this Power to use in our daily life as we can believe in and embody.
–Ernest Holmes

Perfect peace to the soul rests in the realization of our unity with all there is, was, or ever will be. We are one with Infinite Mind. All the power of Spirit is working through our thought as we believe and receive.
–Ernest Holmes

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
–Albert Einstein

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
–Blackfoot Proverb

When I was hungry
I have killed the deer
and the plants he feeds upon.
I have taken fish from the water
And birds from the sky.
In my life I have needed death
So that my life can be.
As I live and when I die
I must also give life
To what has nourished me.
The earth receives my body
And gives it to the plants
And to the caterpillars
To the birds
And to the coyotes
Each in its own turn so that
The circle of life is never broken.
–Native American Prayer

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
–Mary Frye

Affirmative Prayer for Surgery

If you know someone having surgery, you can say this prayer for them to bring about the best outcome:

As there is only One Presence, and it is Life Itself, and it is always conspiring for ever-expanding Good, I know I am also of that One Presence, as I know (insert name) is, for we are indivisible from One. And so I know that right here and now the same forces that created the Universe and its unlimited potential are at work right now, revealing the absolute Perfection of Life Itself that is exquisitely being expressed as (insert name). I know the surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and everyone involved today are the perfect agents of the Universe to reveal this perfection, calmly rushing in to expand (insert name)’s Good, for the Highest Good of All. I am so grateful, and as I release my all-powerful word into the Universal Law of Mind, I know it is already done. And so it is!

© Gretchen Kennedy

Spiritual Mind Treatment (Affirmative Prayer) Worksheet

Spiritual Mind Treatment (Affirmative Prayer) Worksheet

Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ~ Tut.com.

Your word kicks off the active creative process. Truth, particularly when spoken aloud and with passion, not only imprints onto your own consciousness, it is an energy so powerful that it becomes a thing itself.

PURPOSE STATEMENT:

What is the end result you desire? (a rewarding job, a romantic relationship, perfect health, renewed passion for life, a new baby, etc.):

QUALITIES OF GOD: Choose 1 – 5 Qualities of God to reveal in order to manifest your end result:
Unity
Omniscience
Omnipotence
Omnipresence
Omni-activeness
Wholeness
Love
Perfection
Peace
Joy
Abundance
Freedom
Truth
Divine Right Order
Wisdom
Creativity
Balance
Harmony
Passion
Beauty
Clarity
Divine Right Action

The 5 Steps of the Spiritual Mind Treatment:

RECOGNITION

Here we recognize that if God exists, then God is All There Is:

God is, and God is indivisible from Itself; therefore, there is only One Presence. It is infinite, absolute, all-providing, ever-expanding, life-giving Good, and it is All There Is. And so I know that God is (insert a statement affirming the undeniable reality of each quality of God chosen):

UNIFICATION

Here we acknowledge our own individualized & perfect expression of the Infinite:

If God is All There Is, then I, too, must be of God. The Divine, in all Its infinite power and glory, is individually expressed in, as, and through me; therefore, I know that I am also (insert statements affirming your own inherent Nature to be each quality of God that you chose above):

REALIZATION

Here we outline, claim, and accept the specific desired result, knowing that we are worthy of such Good and are receptive to it forming now. It is important to be specific and speak with conviction. See it unfolding fully; right now; totally; completely; viscerally; utterly; deeply; entirely; clearly; profoundly; strongly; right here, etc.:

And, so I now speak my word that…

I claim and accept…

I choose…

I release (fear, doubt, negativity, etc./ anything that does not look like a Quality of God)…

I AM…

I know…

I receive…

THANKSGIVING

Here we express our gratitude for the shift in consciousness that is creating this perfect manifestation now:

RELEASE

We let go of the “how” and align with the perfect and wondrous ways and means for our good to come to us:

I release my word into the Universal Law of Mind, knowing that as I speak it, the Universe says, “Yes!” And, it is already done in absolute perfection, right here and right now! And so it is!

© Gretchen Kennedy, RScP