Some people have distressing encounters with other people in their life, that are soon forgotten, but Yvonne had several piled up one after another. She was devastated and exhausted. She called her sister and told her that she was going die; to just expire, fade away and allow her soul to leave her body. She had given up hope … she laid down, felt her body shutting off and landed immediately in heaven.
I first met Yvonne when she contacted me and asked what would be the preferred order to read the series of books by the spirit author Andre Luiz, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier. After she had experienced two near death experiences she was looking for answers and confirmation of what she felt, heard and saw.
She told me that at her second NDE she had met Christ. It motivated her to explore more about heaven and the spiritual world. She knew there were many levels of heaven and wished to learn more.
I inquired about her NDE and she pointed me to an interview she did with Lee Witting of IANDS (International Organization for Near Death Studies) NDE Radio. The interview is posted on YouTube here. I was curious as to why she was inquisitive and decided to listen to her interview.
Yvonne had a very rich NDE experience, she returned with a complete understanding of the basis for everything in the spirit world – Love. Not the first impression hormonal excitement or the onset of sexual relations type of love, that ripples through your body and makes you anxious; no, the type of love that enters every cell and washes you in a warm glow. The type that would make you think you could meditate for hours, even though your record is four minutes of not letting your mind wander or fall asleep.
Yvonne is French, she has worked in a Consulate in Belgium. She was raised Christian and attends a non-denominational Christian Church. Yvonne came to the United States eleven years ago.
Her life was shattered after she experienced traumatic events with four or five people. She wasn’t suicidal – she was worn out and empty. Yvonne told the interviewer that, “I felt I was reaching the end of my life.”[i]
She told us that, “I called my sister and I said I think I am dying.”[ii] Next she reported, “I laid on the couch and felt my body shutting down.”[iii] Then, seemingly without hesitation she appeared in heaven, there was no tunnel experience; it was as if she teleported to another world.
Yvonne in Heaven
Yvonne suddenly popped into existence in a different world. She was alone. The light was dispersed, as if filtered by a misty fog. What was most strange was her feeling – she felt blissful, full of peace and joy.
We are ingrained with images from movies and television series that when we first encounter a new world we feel threatened; our senses are on high alert. As if we need to be ready for any alien danger which may swoop down on us. For Yvonne, it was just the opposite. Instead of a wave of fright and goosebumps, she relaxed. For the first time in a long duration, her entire body was at ease. Not a single cell was on guard. She was open.
Yvonne, in the middle of a luminous fog, looked around. “Suddenly from a distance I saw something.”[iv] Yvonne reported in her YouTube interview. She described what she saw; “Imagine a flame of fire, instead of fire it was energy. Imagine a face”.[v]
She knew it was Jesus, she said, “He engulfed me with his body that was made of energy”.[vi] Yvonne felt what she had never felt before – pure love. She tells us what she thought as she first embraced the high spirit she recognized as Jesus:
“I knew it was Jesus”
“He engulfed me with his body that was made of energy”
“At that moment I felt the love of a father and a mother blend in one”
“It was not a he and not a she”
“It was one”
“I think on earth love has been divided into a male type of love and a female type of love”
“Jesus has blended in both”[vii]
What Yvonne identified in Jesus is what is in store for us. As we ascend in the hierarchy of spirits, becoming more loving, caring, fraternal, and wise, we begin to combine the masculine and feminine sides more completely. This is part of our reason for incarnating on earth. We must be trained in active and passive behavior, in bold action and in quiet sympathy.
The spirit realm, under the direction of Jesus, has fashioned our planet to train us in both aspects of male and female behavior and characteristics. And they used the differentiation of the sexes to not only serve as training for us in countless lives, but also to push civilization to a higher plane.
The Reason for Sex
“The control center of sex is not located in the dense body, but in the sublime organization of the soul”[viii]
I read this in the book In the Greater World. It is a book written by the spirit Andre Luiz, who died and found himself in the Lower Zone. Eventually he was rescued by spirit workers in the celestial city of Nosso Lar. He became a member of various groups to assist humans and spirits still tied to earth. He wrote a series of books about his life in the spirit world through the great medium Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier.
I was intrigued by the passage about sex. If there was anything about us that seemed to be rooted in our dense primitive and often brutish bodies it is sex!
But Andre Luiz’s mentor tell us what sex means in the higher spiritual regions and how it molds us here on earth.
“Down on earth, men and women are distinguished according to specific organic features. As for us, in transit to higher spiritual regions, the remembrance of our earthly existence is still preponderant. We know, however, that in such higher regions femininity and masculinity are characteristics of souls that are highly passive or openly active.”[ix]
“Consequently, we know that, in the variations of our experiences, we gradually acquire divine qualities such as determination and tenderness, strength and humility, power and gentleness, intelligence and sentiment, initiative and intuition, wisdom and love, until we attain our supreme balance in God.”[x]
As we progress we learn to balance the active and passive sides of our nature. Every spirit is unique and all will have different degrees, but all who ascend into purity will achieve a balance.
The mentor tells us that the human race started out like animals, where the male possessed the female, but given millennia of slow evolution the combinations of woman-mother and man-father migrated to the concept of the tribe, the primitive shelter changed into the home and the quest for wild game transformed into the farm. From this, the spark of sex, civilization arose, the wooden club of the caveman became the gift of flowers to his love.
We all must travel this road to prefect balance. The mentor describes our journey:
“Sometimes, humans take years, centuries and many lifetimes to go from one level to the next. Few individuals are able to keep themselves above the fray with the equilibrium that is required. Very few have crossed the territory of ownership without battling cruelly with the monsters of selfishness and jealousy, to which they have completely surrendered. A small number travel the road of tenderness without shackling themselves for a long stretch to the many chains of exclusiveness. And sometimes, only after millennia of excruciating, purifying trials, can the soul reach the luminous zenith of sacrifice for its final deliverance in route to new cycles of unification with the Divinity.”[xi]
Therefore, we own no one, we direct no one, we merely love, cherish and help one another. Always providing feedback for the spiritual benefit of our partner. Each one of us learning to weigh our active and passive sides. Learning to know when one is better than the other in different circumstances.
Find out more about Spiritism and what has been revealed to the world by reading my book, 51 Disclosures From Spiritism – The 3rd Revelation.
Yvonne’s Further Revelations
Yvonne came to the correct conclusion about Jesus. For not only Jesus, but we too shall at some future time, combine the best of both attributes. For Yvonne, the love emanating from Jesus was special beyond belief. She tells us, “He kissed my face, like a mother would kiss a newborn baby. He kissed my face, he even kissed my lips in very a pure way, like a mother would kiss her baby.”[xii]
Yvonne felt that Jesus combined the attributes of an ideal set of parents. Parents that Yvonne never had. Yvonne reveals an important aspect of her childhood:
“I think I experienced that because I didn’t grow up with my parents. So maybe he wanted to make sure I got the love of the ideal parents. And that was beautiful. I felt loved.
I felt for the first time in my life, I felt I was with my parents. They were loving me. I felt I was four-years old and I was on my parents lap. And you feel like nothing can happen to you because they are holding you. Nothing can harm you, because you are theirs. That is what I felt with Jesus because I was his. Not in a possessive way. A loving protective way.”[xiii]
The high spirit who Yvonne identified as Jesus knew her history and realized what she desired after her troubling episodes. She needed pure love, parental love, love that doesn’t ask anything – and that is what she received.
Our path on earth is programmed so that we too, one day, can provide the depth of feeling that Yvonne felt to others. People who are not our children or immediate or extended family, but to the entire world.
The path is difficult and entails trials in lives that are fraught with discrimination and danger. It involves incarnating as a gender one isn’t used to. The reason is to fully experience humanity in all of its variations.
In The Spirits Book, we are told that spirit can be reincarnated as either sex. But we aren’t told if spirits alternate or stay the same sex in life after life. In the books by Francisco C. Xavier, we learned that families tend to reincarnate and spirits of one sex tend to remain in that gender.
Higher spirits, lose their gender, for after countless years of lives and experiences they have balanced the characteristics of both sexes.
Hence, it appears that changing gender is a slow evolving process for many spirits. But, in the book Action and Reaction, one of the Andre Luiz series of books, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, we learn of other reasons why spirits are sent back to earth in a different gender than the one they had last time.
Silas, who is Andre’s mentor talks about the alteration of gender for a spirit from one life to another:
“Considering that, in essence, sex is the sum of the passive and positive qualities of the person’s mental field, it is natural for the predominantly female spirit to linger for centuries on the evolutionary pathway as woman; likewise, the predominately male spirit will tarry for a long time in the experiences of man. However, on many occasions, when the man tyrannizes the woman, denying her rights and committing abuses in the name of his supposed superiority, he distorts himself to the point that, unconscious and imbalanced, he is led by the agents of the Divine Law to a pain-filled reincarnation in a woman’s body so that, in extreme inner discomfort, he may learn to venerate woman as his sister and companion, daughter and mother before God. The same applies to the offensive woman, who, after dragging the man into lust and criminality, creates for herself a terrible mental alienation that she takes with her after the grave, thereby requiring internment in man’s body so that, in the webs of her unhappy emotions, she may construct within her the respect she owes to man before the Lord.”[xiv]
Therefore, for those who take advantage of their sex to harm the other will spend time in the same type of body as their previous victims. It is the corollary of the Golden Rule that is used to teach us our wrongs, “Others will do unto you, as you have done unto them”.
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Learning About Love
From her time in the spirit realm Yvonne, washed in love, realized that Heaven is filled with love. She said in the interview:
“Life permutated love”
“Every single thing is love”
“Love emanated from the Creator of all”[xv]
Not only Yvonne has told us this, other people who have experienced near death experiences and other spirits who have communicated with mediums on earth have stated the same principle. In January, 1914, Zabdiel spoke to the Rev G. Vale Owen, who compiled the messages he received from a series of spirits in the book, Life Beyond the Veil, spanning many years. The series of conversations from Zabdiel from November 1913 to January 1914 are documented in The Highlands of Heaven section.
Zabdiel commenced this particular communication expounding on love. In fact, Zabdiel notifies us that the universe is founded on the unity of forces under the command of Love. A simple process but complex in the adaptation of this force. He tells us, “When these vibrations of spiritual activity, reach the cosmos of matter, the perplexity of adaptation and coordination is very much increased.”[xvi]
All spiritual power is based on love. Zabdiel describes the power of love as being the root of everything. Zabdiel introduces us to what love means in the tenth sphere of heaven:
“Love strengthens, and less love weakens, in ration to its lack, every stream of power which comes from the Supreme Father for our use in His service. They who have come so far as to this sphere are able, by what wisdom they have come at, to absorb into their personalities, to see the trend of things. We see, as we get towards the Unapproachable Light, that all things are trending towards one central principle, and that is Love. We see Love at the Source of all things.”[xvii]
The Children and Teachers
As if on cue, Yvonne witnessed a demonstration of love in the spirit world. The sky was blue and there was light, so she could see all around her. The curious fact was that she could detect no sun in the sky, it was merely bright. This condition is similar to other reports from near death experiencers and from spirits. The more love the higher the luminosity. As a spirit ascends from one level of heaven to the next, the light becomes brighter, because the love becomes more intense.
As she was walking with Jesus, who had filled her with renewed energy, she noticed a person beside her. She turned and saw a dozen child angels, a mix of colors of all the races. One of them looked at her. Then she pivoted and looked at Jesus, all of the children ran to Jesus. Jesus told the children that is it Yvonne’s time, so go back to your teachers. Yvonne reported that Jesus said that with the utmost love.
She saw the teachers and they were beautiful. They were magnificent, they were glowing and looking at her with compassion, respect, and veneration. She felt that nothing and no one could ever harm her in this magnificent kingdom.
The Crystal City
The children departed and Yvonne and Jesus continued walking toward a crystal city. Yvonne felt she went into the city, but she was not allowed to retain any memories of her time inside. But we do have reports from other spirits about heavenly cities. A high spirit has told us about a crystal city in heaven:
“The Great Gate of this Palace is of liquid stone. That is quite literally to be read. The stone was not solid, but in flux; and the colors of the gate changed from moment to moment, affected both by what went forward within the House, and also by what was agait upon the Plain before it. It also was affected from the Watchtowers on the Plain; but only by those on this side, not by others on the other side of the City, which were in touch with stations on the other sides of the Palace. It was very beautiful to look at, that gateway, massive on either side and blending into the wall of the main structure, solid above the square arch, and changing in beauty as the colors changed. One part only was constant, and that was the great keystone, in the middle above, which always and ever shone red for love.”[xviii]
So reports the spirit Zabdiel in the book Life Beyond the Veil, in The Highlands of Heaven section. It was a communication to the Rev G. Vale Owen describing the capital city on the fifth sphere of heaven above the earth. Zabdiel, who resides on the tenth level, was sent on a mission to a sphere he knew well; having lived there during his time after rising from the fourth and before he was promoted to the sixth sphere.
Edifices created beyond our capabilities, and superior to our imagination … all made possible by higher spirits who possess the skill to create with thought. Groups of skilled spirits cooperate in planning and building towers, palaces, lakes, and parks; everything that is desired and needed for life in the spirit realm. Hence, the architecture is only limited by the creative powers of the artists who were given the task to conjure the requested object.
Zabdiel describes his entry into the city:
“We passed within and found many roomy chambers about the gateway, in which were recorders who read the messages and influences coming at the Gate, divided them into their own proper groups, and sent them whither they should go. They had expected our coming, and two youths were waiting in the roadway beyond the Gate to lead us to the Angel Lord.
We passed down the broad street, whereon went people happy of face, as ever people are hereabout. I simply write it down for you who sometimes and often do not smile for contentment within. For us it is as we should tell you the sky today is blue in Egypt in the summertime.”[xix]
Imagine living contentedly day after day; the stress of coping with normal life, negative thoughts from others, danger lurking in whatever decision you make is all erased. Imagine being surrounded by positive feelings, by beauty, by animals who are well treated and love their job. No sickness, no aging, no death. Where your day is full of work for the benefit of others, educational pursuits, and community. This is the scene being described by Zabdiel. This is life in the capital city in the fifth sphere of heaven. People are smiling.
Zabdiel had business to perform in the Palace of the Chief Lord of the city. He described the palace:
“We ascended the steps before it and passed beneath a porch which ran along its front, and through a door into the central hall. It was also square, built with high pillars of liquid stone, like the Gate: and these were also changing continuously in hue, but did not all wear the tint of color at any one moment as the Gate did. They were diverse. There were twenty and two of them, and each was different. Seldom were two of them of the same color at one time; and this gave a very pleasant aspect to that hall. They were also made to blend together their beauties in the large dome of crystal above, and that was a sight even more lovely, and you must try to imagine, for it is beyond my power to describe.”[xx]
Three Chief Cities
Next Zabdiel tells the Rev. G. Vale Owen, that there is usually one “City in Chief”; one major metropolis that is responsible for governing all other cities and villages in their sphere. But in sphere five there are three Chief Lords, all who rule over separate areas of the fifth sphere. He tells us why:
“The reason of this threefold domination is found in that this Sphere stands at that altitude, which having attained, a choice has to be made as to the particular way to be followed thereafter. It is a kind of sorting-room, as one would say, wherein are the inhabitants, in the course of their sojourn there, classified into their proper groups, and proceed onward in that special branch of service for which they most properly are fitted.”[xxi]
I have not found any more information on what the three choices entail. I surmise there must be some fit into a combination of what a spirit wishes and the talent and capabilities of a spirit which would point them in a certain direction. An analogy would be a technical organization, where there is a career path for those who desire to stay technical and a parallel path for those who desire to rise in management.
Next, Zabdiel describes the locations of the three cities:
“These three Cities stand each near the borderland of a very large flat continent, and a line drawn through them would form an equilateral triangle. For this reason the broad roads of each City spread out from the largest square, where stands the House, fan like through the City and onward in right lines across the open country. These communicate with the other two Chief Cities and the settlements of the plain. But in the middle of the triangle there is a Temple of Worship and Offering, which stands within a large circular glade in the midst of a forest. With this Temple all the roads are linked up by other crossroads, and hither, at certain times and seasons, come deputies from the Three Cities and settlement under their charge, to combine their worship of God.
Thousands, and tens of thousands, come at one time from all quarters of that sphere, and it is a very wonderful sight to see. They come in parties, and meet together in the glade, which is a large plain of grassland. There they mingle together, and all the different colors of that sphere, mingling also, make a pretty show to behold.”[xxii]
One can detect the spirit world works to promote solidarity and cooperation amongst all of its inhabitants. The structure of the heavens circling earth is ring after ring of ever-increasing support of the levels below it and the regions around and under the earth.
There is an army of helpers watching us and waiting to assist. We only have to meditate and pray for guidance and it will be provided. The same care for the populace of the fifth sphere of heaven is also afforded us; even more, for we are in the middle of great and arduous tests.
Zabdiel reminds us of the tight bonds between spirits and foreshadows what life will be like in the spirit world when we arrive there:
“But more lovely than these is the sense of unity in diversity. Some are beginning to progress onward in one direction, and some in another; but over, in and throughout that vast assembly the one vibrant note of deep love pulsates; and all know that this is enduring, and, whatever be their future destination, can enable them to come at one another in whatever part of God’s large domain they be forever. So there is no foreboding of coming separation. We know not any such here. For where love is what you know as separation, and its sorrow, cannot come. Even on the earth this would be so now had not man sinned, and so gone away from the right path of development. It will be hard for them to regain this now; but it is possible, for the faculty remains, it is sleep unawakened, except in very few.”[xxiii]
As Yvonne found out, love is the overriding constant in the spirit realm, it infuses everything. With love comes understanding, calmness and an absence of fear; since there is no anxiety no stress when one is surrounded by love.
Back to the Physical World
After her lost memory of entering the celestial city, Yvonne said that she was shown episodes of her life on earth. She described them as 3D holograms. Again, this corresponds with other reports.
I wrote about a woman named Amy in my first book about near death experiences, the name of the book is What Really Happens During Near Death Experiences – According to Spiritism. She had a wonderful experience, full of visiting many aspects of the spirit world. One of her recollections was the opportunity to review her life. A practice so few of us perform with complete honestly and self-awareness. Amy reported her recollections of her life review:
“My Guide stood by at a certain time (It is very difficult for me to place any of this in chronological order, as time felt so different there. It was almost as if many things happened at once, and yet separately. So there are parts of this experience, I can’t honestly place in any order) and he lovingly stayed as my support while I had a kind of life review. I never felt chastised at all, even though I know I’ve been very cruel at times and have hurt many people. I’ve lost my temper in horrible ways and I have had great trouble with forgiveness, and yet, I felt only Love and understanding through the entire life review. What it felt like to me was that I was being given the opportunity and Gift of being able to stand back and more fully understand and love myself. I was able to feel exactly what others around me had felt during my life. I understood how everything I did and said and even thought had touched others around me in one way or another. I was able to even enter the minds and emotional centers of many who had been around me, and understand where they were coming from in their own thinking, how their own personal views and lives’ experiences had brought them to the places each stood. I felt their own struggling and their own fears… their own desperate need for love and approval, and more than anything, I could feel how child-like everyone was. With every person I viewed, including myself, I was able to See and Feel with a Higher Mind and Eye. And the feeling I had toward everyone was nothing less than what a loving mother would feel for her own children at toddler age.
It was actually comical at moments. I could feel how the “Elders” as I will call them (these are those who are Helpers on the Other Side, who have Mastered themselves in many or all ways, and help work with us.) see us and find so much humor in the way we do things. It might seem brutally annoying to consider when we are in the midst of a great argument or drama that is playing out in our lives, that the Elders view these things very much like when a mother sees her two-year old scream and cry and bop another child on the head with a stuffed animal. The mother doesn’t want her child to “fall apart” and become hysterical and cry. She feels for her child, but at the same time, she sees a little bit of comedy in how seriously the child takes what is usually a trivial drama. She continues to love her child and thinks the world of it, hoping it will go on enjoying the day, living and learning.”[xxiv]
Amy presents us with two vital facts about ourselves and the spirit world. First, she illustrates how we should love and look at ourselves from the point of view of the other person. Love entails forgiveness and understanding.
Like any of us, at times we feel wronged and we blame the transgressor. We attribute a litany of ill will against the person who is the target of our scorn. We fail to sit back and place ourselves in the shoes of others. Yes, sometimes, there may be a true desire to inflict harm and even for this we must forgive. Since that desire usually comes from some tragedy in the person’s past. We should understand the difficult trial they are in and pray for their eventual success.
But for most of the time, the transgression is an innocent oversight. We should realize how all of us are constantly distracted by the vicissitudes of life and often lack the resolve to fully examine our actions upon others.
Secondly, Amy echoes the sentiments of the spirit world that I have read in other Spiritist books. We are looked upon as children. Barely able to decipher between right and wrong. When we reincarnate the hopes are high, but the expectations are low.
Yvonne seconds what Amy also saw, that our spiritual guides love us. Yvonne told us that, “Jesus said to me, ‘I love my babies, I love humanity’”[xxv]
Then something occurred that I had not read or heard from any other account; Jesus told Yvonne he will show her how to love. He took her heart and put it in his heart. It was complete love, she could feel each emotion that Jesus has for humanity. Yvonne described the moment as, “Imagine billions and billions of emotions of love”[xxvi] It was difficult for Yvonne to adequately put into words the myriad of emotions she felt at that intense coupling of hearts.
After the demonstration of love for an entire planet, Yvonne knew it was time to return to earth – to continue her journey through life. But this time she would be armed with the certainty that she was loved. She was constantly loved, even though others may not see it, she felt it and it gave her strength.
The spirit world doesn’t only help those who have near death experiences, they help all of us. Our guardian angels are constantly at our side. We need only to learn how to read the signs and to follow our conscience to fully utilize the help being offered. I write about my experiences and how the spirit world has guided my life in my book 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.
Read Yvonne’s story and more in my newest book revealing the spirit world behind the curtain, in my book The Spirit World Talks to Us.
Explore the spirit realm in depth, read the first book of a series of three about the numerous revelations spirits told the Rev. G. Vale Owen in England in the early 1900’s. What you will discover will change your outlook on life – Heaven and Below – Book 1 of Spiritism – The Spirit World Revealed to an Anglican Vicar.
INADS NDE Radio. (2016, July 30). Meeting With Jesus – Near Death Experience – Christian NDE. Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jA2Tl2NkU
NDERF.org. (2015, Jan. 3). Amy C Near Death Experience 4720. Retrieved from nderf.org: http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/amy_c_nde_4720.htm
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
Xavier, F. C. (2009). In the Greater World. Brasilia (DF), Brazil: International Spiritist Council.
Xavier, F. C. (2010). Action and Reaction. Brasilia (DF), Brazil: International Spiritist Council.
[viii] Xavier, Francisco C., In the Greater World, EDICEI, p. 158
[ix] Xavier, Francisco C., In the Greater World, EDICEI, p. 158
[x] Xavier, Francisco C., In the Greater World, EDICEI, p. 158
[xi] Xavier, Francisco C., In the Greater World, EDICEI, p. 159
[xiv] Xavier, Francisco C., Action and Reaction, EDICEI, p. 205
[xvi] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 293
[xvii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 293
[xviii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 281
[xix] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 282
[xx] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 282
[xxi] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 289
[xxii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 289
[xxiii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, pp. 289-290