The course of my life and how I look at things, people, possessions, and events has definitely changed since my Taste of Eternity. I never really held much importance to things, but I certainly have enough of them. My life has provided many opportunities to deal with people of all levels in life, as well as social, spiritual, economic, or academic standing.
I have always felt that what’s truly important in life is to treat other people the way you would want to be treated yourself, to be aware of what others may be feeling and undertaking in their life, and treat or react to them accordingly. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you” is my life’s motto.
As simple as this cliché may sound, I started looking at my reactions and treatment of others differently after my Taste of Eternity on Oct. 8, 1999. I know… I may eventually have to physically feel their emotions or experience to my treatment of them. I don’t want to have any negative events as part of my next life review. Once is certainly enough. While having my life review and visit with God in Heaven, I saw that everything in life is connected and all things have a full life inside them – a full kaleidoscope of color, light, love and praise.
Currently, my life is entering a new phase, to which I’m trying to give a name, understanding, and purpose. I realized that, like they say, life comes in phases (say the seven-year phase). I’m now saying goodbye to the old phase of life and I’m about to enter my next one. I’d like to live every moment to the fullest. I have no fear of death, and want to experience every inch of life while I’m here on earth. I do believe that all things happen in life for us to learn from. I feel this is the purpose for which we are here, to try and get it all together, before we have the opportunity to be in the beauty of the loving God. No matter how differently we each may view him.
I continue to be excited and motivated by the visions I received during my near death experience. I will also continue my search and understanding about religions, and how man changes them, from the ways they were originally practiced. As I state in the final chapter of my book, A Taste of Eternity, I accept that I am a Christian, meaning that Jesus Christ is my divine teacher (my guru) I choose to follow in this life. I completely honor other religions. I believe that the God in Heaven I embraced would not condemn others for following their religion. As long as they do so with the depth of their heart and the examples of their life’s actions, as long as they are trying to do and be good.
I wish I knew my life’s purpose. At this point, I’m a bit lost on that. A few years ago, I could have easily answered that my purpose was to raise smart, loving, and healthy boys that offered something to the people around them. But today is different. I want to share what I promised God I would, and that is that The Most Important Thing We Can Do On Earth Is To Give, Show, and Express Love. There is no greater accomplishment.
Love heals. If you doubt it, you need more of it.
How do you receive more love? By giving more.
Love is not just for people. Every body and living thing on earth is made up of essentially the same energy, particles, and spirit matter. Look into the eyes of every creature, your pet cat or a wild tiger. Take a detailed account of every mother-infant relationship, every friendship, every co-existence, every spirit, and you will see the need and desire for love. Love knows no boundaries!