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From Soul to Soulmate: Bridges from Near-Death Experience Wisdom Paperback – January 11, 2010
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About the Author
I was a family law lawyer for 10 years. Then I worked for a year in New Mexico on a pilot project as a prosecutor for the state, county, city, and the Navajo nation. DUIs are a priority and large problem there. This position was challenging because many people don't like change. The Navajo are a sovereign nation with different laws and customs than the state. My other full-time job for the past 10 years has been maintaining 3 of the top websites on different aspects of consciousness. Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) studies the near death experience. www.nderf.org . We have thousands of people who have submitted their experiences from all over the world. We also have over 250 translators who have translated major portions of the website into over 20 different languages in an ongoing effort to share the message of love, peace and unity with the world. The other two websites are After Death Communication Research Foundation (ADCRF) where people submit their after death communication experiences for study. www.adcrf.org The Out of Body Research Foundation (OBERF) studies everything else that is not a NDE or an ADC, such as out of body experiences, power of prayer, spiritually transformative events and much more. www.oberf.org Between all the websites it is fascinating to discover the vast expanse of the human psyche! In my spare time, one of my hobbies is jewelry making. www.jewelrybyjody.com. This is my place of "flow" where creativity meets spirit. I found that I had so many necklaces, that I needed to put them on a website for sale. That way the hobby can continue to fund more of the hobby :) I also enjoy working with my dog - Zara. She's a 2 year old Neapolitan mastiff trained for search and rescue.
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A few points I disagree with and why:
The author does take the reader to a better understanding of our souls and love through samples of NDE's. She discusses soulmate relationships, although her examples make it confusing if she's talking about soulmates or twin-flames - nor could I tell the difference from the examples.This idea of "twin-flames" has been a convoluted new age term, passed around like a bad rumor. I'm aware that Plato started this concept, and it makes me wonder how come no one has expounded upon it by use of intelligent, logical, knowledge to make more sense of it? How is it that we think that souls divide like babies in a womb? Why does it happen? Or are we misunderstanding the concept completely? Unless there is conceptual meaningful understanding, we can't evolve to know more regarding twin flames, no matter how many people spout off the term. Until then, I am reticent to speak of it or accept it fully due to the current misleading definitions. There is no good evidence or conclusions or NDE's that souls divide (then come back together). There are special, close, God-blessed unions, but can you call them "twin-flames" and know that for sure?
The author also mentions reincarnation, but wisely doesn't expand upon it. She merely reports. I'm glad because I have personally found other valid possibilities for the phenomena of what we think is reincarnation, making it unprovable either way: 1) We intimately, subconsciously pick up experiences of other souls in and around us and think it's our own "reincarnation" 2) We reincarnate for the simple reason that we are attached to form (thoughts, physical, material, etc.), not because we have to reincarnate 3) NDE's that say they saw souls lined up to "reincarnate" may have been in a form of heaven where people believe this, not KNOW this. Did the NDEr stay long enough to observe this happening to know either way? 4) Souls that talk to us on the other side, explaining reincarnation, may have had the understanding lost in translation.
She then talks about categorically identifying unhealthy personality disorders. I find her use of clinical psychological disorders ok to a point, but the author doesn't mention that sometimes we can place people we know into 2 or 3 of these categories and at different times, making these categories a bit misleading when faced with individuals and interactions with them. Furthermore, modern psychology refuses to acknowledge Passive-Aggressive, which happens to be a huge crazy-making problem if you're on the other end of it. She doesn't mention PA personalities.
She briefly explains how to prepare yourself to find your soulmate through self actualization. She does ok with it, but doesn't expand upon it enough.
I also think if she expanded upon love and actions that contradict love, the ripple of cause and effect, this would help people see how they affect others. She has the perfect opportunity to expand more on the NDE's to show how love is important since we are either healed by it or ruined by the lack of it as a species. I have observed so many people refusing ignorantly to recognize how they are hurting others with their selfish thinking, and their poop rolls downhill.
Being a party who received domestic violence from my ex, I happen to disagree with her experience that it takes two to tango, regardless of how many people she's experienced. I have seen many women, myself included, who DO NOT antagonize their abusers. They either refused to submit to the will of the abuser or they were the object of this type of predator, where nothing you say or do is right to them, and they are lying manipulators making what they do look innocent to outsiders, or denying it wholesale. That's not to say some people don't antagonize and engage in abuse in both directions - because I've seen that too - but they are probably immature to start with. A wise thing to live by: don't fuel the flames. Her position is that one-sided abuse is the exception and not the majority. I disagree. Too many cases she hasn't seen to profess to know this, misleading the reader that she is a credible authority on the subject by default of her legal profession.
The author could take the idea of soulmates further while expanding upon the other subjects in her book. The book subject is a good primer and should be taken more seriously for investigation. Love is severely lacking and misunderstood between man/woman. As I know it, that is the birthplace of love in our world.
The NDE portion of the book is fascinating and incredibly inspiring. Ms. Long shares numerous personal NDE stories she's gathered in her research. The similarities of all these accounts is astounding. The beauty of these stories brought tears to my eyes and comfort to my heart. The experience of an afterlife, characterized by overwhelming, all encompassing Love, seems to be the main thread that runs common through them all.
The author does an amazing job of taking the information gleaned from these NDE's and merging this wisdom with the ideal of creating loving relationships with our soul mates here on earth. This book contains some really unique insights into the roots of relationships. Ms. Long generously shares `inside' information regarding relationships and human behavior......profound wisdom she has gleaned from the work she's done as a family law attorney. Ms. Long's varied experiences have no doubt provided a very unique perspective on matters of the heart.
The descriptions of what it feels like to connect with a soul-mate will uplift and in some cases resonate strongly. The author compares the profound, all encompassing, unconditional love NDErs describe with the feeling of love that those engaged in soulmate relationships describe.
This is a must-read book for anyone currently seeking to find their soul mate, but it's also an important and extremely valuable book for anyone who has ever asked the question, "Why are we here?" In brief summation, this book would answer back with the resounding answer: "We are here to learn how to LOVE!"