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Questions about the afterlife and life after death

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyodndtheVeil.net

Chapter Seven

The Afterlife

…your site certainly came into my view at the exact time period in which I could not have needed it more. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story, and for the manner in which you decided to share it. –Patricia

*Strange things taking place

*Dustin’s Wisdom

He told me that “I am in the kingdom of the glorious state of my evolution.” He is very wise.

*He was fine one minute, dead the next

*Wasn’t sure I believed in an afterlife

I was searching through the internet on after life experiences and found your web site and read about your experience. I can’t tell you how emotional it made me. My father just recently passed away and your experience gives me hope that he really is in a better place.

*Talk to him every day

*Why hasn’t my wife contacted me?

My wife and I often discussed these matters and we agreed that whoever died first would make every effort to contact the other somehow. It has now been a month but there has been nothing.

*Afterlife knowledge

*Who will we be with and what will we do there?

*I believe in life after death

In the last week of my Mothers life she was talking to people up on the ceiling. They must have been in two places as she all of a sudden would move her head quickly as if someone spoke from the other side of the room and she was listening to both or all of them.

*Can deceased pets communicate?

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Questions about reincarnation, karma and past lives

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at

BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter Six

Reincarnation, Karma, Past Lives

I’ve been a confused Christian for 31 years and within a week of reading from your website I feel a newfound joy in wanting to understand the soul’s purpose, journey, etc. in a positive way. –Adam

*Is Karma fair?

*Do I have a lot of karma?

*Karmic debts

*Dreams of past lives

*How can I learn about my past lives?

*Trying to understand reincarnation

*I don’t want to reincarnate, life hurts too much

*Why did these monsters come here?

*Why do we keep coming back?

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Reincarnation, Karma and Past Lives,

read her ebook

Reincarnation

and the Evolution of Consciousness

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Questions about paranormal experiences

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter Five

Paranormal Experiences

*Out of control psychic #1

My first experience was after my father passed away in 1983. I was in my office and just felt him and Jesus (I wasn’t thinking of him at the time) in my office and had an incredible feeling of bliss.

*Out of control psychic #2

*Ripple effect

*I know they are going to die

When I see some person I “know “ that she/or he is going to die. During 17 years it happened 8 times. All the persons die in the car accidents or they made a suicide.

*Two angels were sent to help me out

*A ball of light above my head

*The motion detector comes on

Again I closed my eyes, and once again I felt the same sensation from the top of my head going slowly through my body, but this time the feeling continued past my heart and I felt like the hole in my heart was being healed. Again I heard the motion detector come on…

*Still not sure what is was, what it means

*An incredible force entered my body

*Traveling dreams

*Can we be in two bodies at one time?

Is it possible to be in two bodies at the same time and be aware of same? What transpired here? I know my dad’s parents were there and so was he. Was I in “eternity”?

*She’s not there! She’s here!

*I didn’t know such a thing could happen… to me!

*I met my father on the other side

*What does it mean?

*Psychic dreams

i am 17 years old. I have always had a fear about dying. i believe in god but it just seems so perfect. But a few years ago i lost my grandmother. we really werent close but she was still family. well about a week after she past away i had a dream.

*Visions

*Strange experiences

*Kundalini vs. Psychosis

… i do remember being in a very dark place it felt like a cliff and darkness was all around me and this thing this ugly demon looking thing flies down and tells me that i will live for ever if i mate with it otherwise i will not exist anymore…

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I appreciate your willingness to respond to people about your experience and what you have learned. Your response put into words a gut feeling I have had for a long time. Thank you! –Scott
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Questions about grief

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter Four

Grief

…your site certainly came into my view at the exact time period in which I could not have needed it more. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story, and for the manner in which you decided to share it. –Patricia

*Afraid my father was alone when he crossed over

*Grieving for twin

*Can’t get over mother’s death

*Searching for peace of mind

*I don’t feel my son around me

*How do I cope with the sadness?

*Does my husband forgive me for not telling him he was dying?

*Does he know I’m thinking about him?

*It must have been his spirit

*Do animals go to Heaven?

*Will I see my pet in the afterlife?

*Agonizing over daughter’s death

*I’m unable to let go of my spouse

*Loss of a sibling and the mother’s grief

*Your story helped me

*I have this need to know

*Devastated by the loss of my mother

*Is my brother at peace?

*Will my son be there when I get there?

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Questions about death and dying

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter Three

Death and Dying

*Life has no meaning

*Is there a way to communicate with loved ones?

*Presence at the cemetery

*Worried about my dad making it to Heaven

I came across your NDE story. I am searching for answers. I lost my dad and have great difficulty. I worry that my dad might not have made it to heaven. He was a church going man, but as far as learning about salvation, I am not sure whether he learned what he needed to.

*Part of me now believes death is the end

*What was Dad seeing?

*Is it possible to know when we’re going to die?

*My step-son died in Iraq, now my son is going there

*Family Bonds

*Don’t rock the boat

I’m a hospice volunteer. At one of our training sessions on end-of-life issues, we were told by one of the hospice nurses that we should never tell a patient or the family that it’s all right to let go. I was surprised by this advice and can’t say I agree with it. Please let me know your viewpoint.

*Is a visitor watching over my daughter?

*How to approach the dying

*I am struggling to even accept I am dying

*He dreamt that he would die in a car crash

My son told me a few months before his passing that he dreamt that he would die in a car crash but I tried to convince him that he was wrong, but he told me that he seen other things that had come true and even said that I wouldn’t believe some of the things he had seen, he wouldn’t describe them to me.

*Angelic choir

*Grandma was telling me no from the other side

*Transition Guide training

*I am not much use

*My dog is dying

My only companion and friend is dying, my dog Betsy. I have made several promises to her, and I think we understand each other. I promised no drugs and euthanasia, unless she were suffering, which she does not seem to be. I promised I would be with her throughout it all–I am with her. Should it really be her time, do you have any suggestions for me to assist her further? 

*How do I approach hospice to offer my services?

*Interested in helping myself and others make a graceful transition

*What was my Gram aware of in her final moments?

*Speechless

I just visited your site. And I am speechless. I have been reading through your articles beginning with the right to die. I am caring for an elderly grandmother who I refused to let stay in a nursing home. Just recently we started a journal of sorts to organize her memories and life. I continued reading on through meaning of life etc and the hair on my arms and the crown of my head stood up. I was moved to tears. Some how I wanted to cry with joy for what I was reading. I was so deeply touched by your insights some how you’ve articulated so many things I’ve felt, thought and sensed.

*Concerned about final decisions

*Letting go to the Light #1

*Letting go to the Light #2

*My father is dying

*Conversations about end of life issues

*Should your doctor help you die?

Survey of Parade Magazine readers, September 1997– “As we increasingly recognize the limitations of medicine, most of us believe we should be allowed to take things into our own hands, our survey indicates. Two-thirds of the respondents (66%) feel doctors should be allowed to help terminally ill patients die with dignity.”

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Questions about fear of death

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter Two

Fear of Death 

*Afraid I will never see him again

*What’s wrong with me?

I have feared death since I was 10 unlike other stories I hear about how people go through a traumatic situation and they come out scarred it just happened to me one night while my grandparents were babysitting. Maybe I remember the specific time because I’m still younger I don’t know but that night still burns in the back of my mind I wish it never happened. Ever since that day especially in spring (no clue there either) I am haunted with the idea that someday I am not here.

*There must be a bigger picture

*I try to scream away the fear

*Constant petrifying, paralyzing fear

Over the last six months I have been feeling increasingly panicky and have had several severe attacks that have been utterly petrifying but more disturbingly to me for the first time I have been consciously panicking about the fact that ONE DAY I AM GOING TO DIE AND THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT…..

*I dwell on the fear of dying

*This scares the hell out of me

*I don’t want to live with this fear

*Obsessed with the impermanence of life

*Overwhelmed with thoughts of dying

*Fear of death overwhelms me

*I’m tormented by fear of death

I just read about your NDE experience, I have read many cases on the subject and many books. The whole subject gives me great hope as I have been tormented by the fear of death for nearly all my life.

*Fear of death holds me back

*Why am I scared of dying?

*Dreams of death

*Panic attacks over fear of dying

*I have an extreme fear of death

Please help me learn how to overcome fear of death. I’m afraid to go anywhere or do anything. I’m a prisoner in my own house. I can’t go on this way. I’m 32 years old.

*How can I overcome my fear of death?

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Questions about near-death experiences & near-death experiencers

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Readers’ questions to a near-death experiencer at BeyondtheVeil.net

Chapter One

Near-Death Experiences

*Nothing on earth had prepared me for the reality of life after death

Your Q&A approach covers every question that I had before I had thought of them yet. “Nothing on Earth Had Prepared Me For the Reality of Life After Death” was the most profound, insightful piece of writing I have yet found in all of the NDE books I have read. I know how impossible it is to put NDE subjects in relatable or fresh terms, but I think you succeeded. –RJ

*I wish I could have a near death experience

*What accounts for the differences in NDE stories?

*Difference between afterlife and near death experiences?

*PTSD from NDE’s

*Struggles after a NDE

*Difficult time getting over NDE

*Confused about NDE

*Difficult to embrace who I’ve become

*NDEr has revelation

*There are others out there

*NDE changed my life

*Reaction to anesthesia?

*NDE by drug overdose

*Childhood NDE

*I remember it like it was yesterday

*Why do some people not remember their NDE?

*What makes you decide to stay or come back?

*Has anyone ever experienced hell and came back?

*Did you come back from your NDE with a vision of the future?

*Medical professional skeptical but curious

*Organ recipient has NDE-like aftereffects

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It is time… WAKE UP! new ebook by near-death afterlife experiencer

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

by Diane Goble

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Available March 1st on Kindle exclusively at Amazon.com

When Diane Goble began developing her first website in 1996 to talk about her near-death experience by drowning during a white water rafting accident in 1971, she had no idea she would eventually connect with millions of people all over the world with her message from the other side that

“WE DON’T DIE!”

She received emails from thousands of people from 140 different countries, from ages 16 to 94, from all religions, as well as skeptics, all wanting to ask her about her experience, what she learned, her perspective on the meaning of life and God– spiritual seekers hoping for answers to questions they’ve never dared ask before, wanting confirmation that there is more to life beyond this life, and that we get to see our loved ones again.

But even more, these people wanted to share their pain and spiritual angst with someone who understood and wouldn’t judge them. They poured out their hearts and many found their souls.

For the next 10 years, Diane’s spiritual path became responding to all those emails and allowing the message to come through her to her keyboard. She expanded her website to include lessons and resources for spiritual seekers, as well as for healers and caregivers. On her online Seekers Open Forum page, she posted many of the emails she received and her responses, and invited others to share in the discussions. There weren’t as many trolls back then but she wasn’t afraid to take them on and had quite a few provocative exchanges.

As it turned out, a lot of people asked similar questions about the same subjects so rather than continue to personally respond to everyone and repeat her answers, she grouped similar questions and put a sampling from various subjects into this book to provide a variety of perspectives about similar topics, such as

Near-Death Experiences, Fear of Death, Grief, The Afterlife, Paranormal Experiences, Reincarnation, Suicide, and Spiritual but not Religious.

It is her hope that making this information more available at this time will encourage further conversations that will lead to more people on the planet waking up… becoming aware that there is more to “life” than we’ve been led to believe… that we have become mental prisoners of lies forced upon us by those who need to keep us dumb slaves so they can become more wealthy and powerful… that we are brainwashed into becoming warriors willing to die for the military industrial complex as if it were an honorable thing to do… that we are lolled into complacency by the media so we won’t notice what’s really going on right in front of our eyes. If we realized who we really are, they couldn’t control us.

“If we’re going to save the planet and Humanity,” she says, “now is as good a time as any before. Just as things couldn’t get any worse, the wave is cresting. The turmoil is at it’s height. The Shift is happening. Those who are already awake, need to awaken others to Cosmic Consciousness— the Realization that We Are One… that we are all in this together.”

Open your heart… Expand your Awareness… Imagine Peace…

Whatever else you believe, do everything with Love, Forgiveness, Gratitude

Comments from emailers–

Thank you SO much for your kind and thoughtful response. You are a nurturing soul… I am very eager to get a handle on this… I often feel that I am not from around here … or don’t want to be here … not like wanting to be dead, just not wanting to be on earth.        –Molly

What a relief to communicate with someone who understands how I feel. I have just been in the garden contemplating things. You have hit the nail on the head in so many ways.   –Lenny

Thank you Diane for your courage to speak out. I never wanted to say much about it [childhood NDE] because I felt people would think I was crazy. Now I’m grown and live a good life and I treat people like I want to be treated. — Bobbie

I very much enjoy your words and outlook, I think you really are here to calm humanities fear of death. What an awesome life mission to have. –Pete

You have no idea how glad I was receiving your email! Just the thought that you actually took the time to answer me shows what a caring and lovely person you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I continue reading your site and I printed all its contents, which filled a thick binder. It is for me like a Bible and whenever I feel down or scared I consult it giving me comfort. –Maria

I was moved to tears. Some how I wanted to cry with joy for what I was reading. I was so deeply touched by your insights some how you’ve articulated so many things I’ve felt.     –Sonny

I needed focusing into what I was already aware of and you helped. Thank you soooo much!! –Carly

…your site certainly came into my view at the exact time period in which I could not have needed it more. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story, and for the manner in which you decided to share it. –Patricia

Your Q&A approach covers every question that I had before I had thought of them yet. “Nothing on Earth Had Prepared Me For the Reality of Life After Death” (Chapter One) was the most profound, insightful piece of writing I have yet found in all of the NDE books I have read. I know how impossible it is to put NDE subjects in relatable or fresh terms, but I think you succeeded. –RJ

Thank you so much for your reply. It is the BEST explanation I have had. — Laurie

… thank you for responding to my message and, of course, for telling me, a complete stranger, about the life-altering experience you had. –Paul

… please accept A Heartfelt Thank you for your inspirational site! It is encouraging to connect with one who is walking their talk as a living example of truth/god in action! expressing it-self in physical form! –Donna

… you have a wonderful website and your words are most comforting for those of us that fear disease and death. —Bob

Thank you for this site. This site will always benefit people. —Dave

I will also remain very thankful that our paths crossed. You were right when you wrote on your website about the fact that there are no accidents. I was led to the site for a reason, and thanks to your kindness and patience I understand that reason much better today that I thought possible. Thank you again… you are a very kind soul indeed… —Kaleb

I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing all your experiences and knowledge with the world. You see, you were partly responsible for saving my life. — Shawn

You have articulated my own thoughts much better than I have been able to myself… –Greta

I just found your web site since I just woke up this morning and am gratified to find it. I have been crying a cry of recognition reading the feelings and experiences of your other Emailers. –Mike

I’ve been a confused Christian for 31 years and within a week of reading from your website I feel a newfound joy in wanting to understand the soul’s purpose, journey, etc. in a positive way. –Adam

I appreciate your willingness to respond to people about your experience and what you have learned. Your response put into words a gut feeling I have had for a long time. Thank you! –Scott

When I read your email, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. It’s like I always knew that but was afraid to think it because it’s not what I was brought up to believe. I’m so grateful to you for opening my eyes. –Marianne

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Of a certain age… (originally published 2/17/16)

by Diane Goble

In some cultures, those who reach a certain age quietly walk way from their villages and go off to die so they won’t be a burden to their family. I’d like to think we’ve risen above that in this day and age, but here I find myself approaching that certain age living in Sisters, where it seems, though unspoken, that’s pretty much what’s expected.

We have developers here who only think on the large scale and argue over pittances instead of asking people what they want and making it happen. When I talk to my senior friends and neighbors, they lament over feeling they will be forced to leave family and friends, and regular activities to seek housing elsewhere, alone among strangers.

When we talk about our housing needs, it’s for one-story, smaller units at affordable rents for seniors on fixed incomes. We talk about tiny houses, studio or one-bedroom apartments, not 3-story facilities with amenities for a hundred residents. But that’s not profitable for the developers.

Those of us in our 70s, 80s and 90s do just fine living independently at Tamarack Village but these are two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and they keep raising the rents until they’ve become unaffordable for single seniors, but there is no where else to go in Sisters. These are better suited to growing young families who hope to find jobs and populate our schools and become homeowners. The waiting list is a year long because we have no other housing options.

People are aging better than they did years ago. We eat healthier, we exercise, we’re active, some of us still have jobs, a lot of us do volunteer work. We visit our doctor regularly and catch things early so we’re not sickly. We don’t so much need assisted living as to help each other and if we have elder communities of small units, we’re more likely to carpool, share community meals, share coupons and buy in bulk, spend less time alone, stay involved in the community, mentor young people, be useful.

When I moved into Tamarack Village, I was told they couldn’t raise the rent on my unit… a good thing because my rent was already 50% of my income. I’m one of those “rent-burdened” people you may have read about. It’s my own fault. I choose helping others over accumulating wealth and possessions. Not that I expect a reward, but to become homeless at this point seems cruel and excessive punishment in return for pursuing a spiritual path over material goals.

I told the Affordable Housing people last month that I was 30 days from being homeless if they raised my rent. So guess what? January 1st they raised my rent! It didn’t go up much, but at the same time my auto insurance went up, my health insurance premium went up, my Internet service went up and my Social Security didn’t. If I didn’t work odd jobs to earn extra money, I’d be gone already. I’ll be 75 in a few months, how much longer will I be able to keep that up?

Now, I realize that this is happening all over Oregon between gentrification and the retiring rich folks from the south moving up here to take advantage of the lower cost of living, abundance of water, and wide open spaces, but they seem to have no regard for history or community or the natives. It’s like Columbus discovering a new land to exploit and wiping out the natives and their culture all over again.

It’s really a loss to Sisters that people who have contributed to the town’s vitality and appeal as workers, as volunteers, as mentors, as caregivers, have to move on by a certain age. Have we outlived our usefulness just because we can’t keep up with the cost of living in Sisters?

(This is a monthly column I write for my local newspaper, The Nugget, in Sisters, Oregon, USA)

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Thousands of emails from people all over the world (140 countries)

poured into Diane Goble’s email box starting in 1996  and continued for over a decade in response to the information she posted on her website about her near-death afterlife experience and the messages she was given to bring back to share with others.

She has now sorted those questions into similar subjects, such as

• near-death experiences • fear of death • reincarnation • suicide • the afterlife • paranormal experiences • spirituality

and has made some of them available in this form to encourage more people along their spiritual journeys.

Her mission is

to wake people up… to raise awareness… to accelerate the evolution of consciousness…

by humbly offering the perspective of someone who was given a glimpse beyond the veil into the more subtle dimensions of reality that lie just beyond our physical senses and has done her best to make sense out of her experience to help others realize that…

WE DON’T DIE!

“Yes, our human bodies no longer function at some point, but we simply move on and continue our journey in other forms. We are really loving spiritual beings,” she learned, “enjoying and exploring this planet, this solar system, and All That Is, in this case, through our human form, in a physical dimension.

Once a person realizes that, they suddenly awaken as if they were seeing the world as it really is for the first time– and they begin to change the way they relate to the world, the planet, the oceans, the forests, the other life forms we share this physical world with. They begin to live with a higher consciousness perspective.

Imagine!”

Her responses to these seekers are grist for the mill in hopes of encouraging readers to think outside the box of Religion and Science, and Nationalism, and come to a new understanding of the Truth about who we really are and why we are here.

Pass it on! Wake up your friends!


It’s time to have The Conversation

The best gift you can give your family is to have all your paperwork in order so they can carry out your end of life wishes if it becomes necessary. It will save them a lot of worry and grief if they know what you would want them to do under certain circumstances if you are unable to speak for yourself.

How will they know unless YOU tell them?

How will they know where to find important papers if YOU don’t tell them?

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This workbook will help you and your loved ones have the conversations needed to make the decisions beforehand that they might be called upon to make for you in an emergency situation. Doing everything is not always the best response… and hope is not a plan.

Nobody wants to talk about death, especially their own… but we are all going to die some day… consider how it would affect your loved ones if you died before your next breath… then don’t put it off out of fear of bringing it on. It doesn’t work that way.

It will give everybody peace of mind and if there is an accident or emergency health crisis, your family will be able to spend time with you instead of rummaging around for paperwork and phone numbers, and all that other stuff we tend to put off.

For those who experience fear of death, this near-death experiencer describes leaving her drowning body behind, in full consciousness, fully alive and aware of everything going on around her then traveling through a void on an amazing journey accompanied by a loving being of light who opened her consciousness to remembering all we forget when we become human beings, including that this is what happens every time the body dies.

We don’t die!

We are not our bodies

Bodies are temporary vehicles that allow us to experience life on this planet

Like astronauts wear space suits, we wear human suits

We are spiritual beings having human experiences as part of our eternal spiritual journey

When our body gives out, we return home

How you want to interpret that, what that means about your religious beliefs or lack of, what that says about God, has nothing to do with this cycle of life. Any of those belief systems can be incorporated into this practice to help you to have a peaceful transition experience with full awareness about what is going on and what comes next.

“Who we really are is all but beyond human understanding,” says author Diane Goble, who has spent the past 44 years since her NDE searching to find the words that describe her experience, “but I’m working on it.”

In Beyond the Veil, which is the 5th generation of her writings, including a training course for caregivers as transition guides, she has integrated the knowledge she absorbed during her NDE with her exploration of ancient mystery schools, world religions, and science, and years of meditation practice and spiritual explorations to convey the meaning of the message she was given to share so it makes sense to most people.

This is your opportunity to raise your consciousness and go beyond what you think you know. Each time you read it, you will experience lightbulb moments as you realize you too know this but had forgotten. As you practice the exercises, you will come to a deeper understanding of who you really are and the meaning of this life to your soul’s journey.

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It has been Diane Goble’s life work since her near-death experience in 1971 to share this message and to teach the art of conscious dying, and now she has put her teachings into a workbook to help families talk to each other, their doctors, and their higher consciousness as they prepare to leave this phase of life and transition to the next, fully conscious and engaged in their journey home.

Available everywhere – ISBN 9780963860651

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Of a certain age… (originally published 1/13/16)

by Diane Goble

What does “retirement” mean? It suggests calling it quits, packing it in, withdrawing, falling back. Nothing in there about a new beginning, the realization that there’s more to life than working, that’s there’s a whole world of unexplored territory out there to investigate. Hopefully retirement is the time to do all the things you couldn’t do before because life got in the way.

Social scientists have determined that the most damaging threat to well being later in life is boredom and a loss of life purpose; only rarely is it fear of absolute destitution or poor health. Here’s what a search of the web shows about what retirees are doing to maintain their physical health and mental well-being, and that there are some differences among younger retirees (ages 65 to 74) and senior retirees (ages 75+). It’s certainly true for me as I approach that 75 mark that I’ve slowed down significantly.

Apparently the younger group spends a lot of time in front of the TV for their first ten years, probably just trying to recover from working their butts off for the previous 40 years. They average 4 hours a day watching TV compared to 2.6 for the overall population.

All seniors spend a lot more time reading books than they did before retiring, averaging an hour a day, which is three times as much as younger ages. They go to the library more often, listen to more books on tape, and have adapted quickly to electronic media and reading ebooks.

Senior retirees spend 42 minutes a day thinking and relaxing; younger retirees, a mere 20 minutes. It seems we become more contemplative and reflective as we let go of the little details of life and finally dare to explore higher consciousness. They also tend to consider their life review more conscientiously as they are faced with their own mortality.

Most people over 65 tend to spend more time eating and preparing meals; over an hour and twenty minutes a day. They eat out more often. Many learn to cook new dishes; some learn to cook for the first time. Their health concerns lead them to learn more about their bodies and how to take better care of them so they are healthier and can continue to be active.

Most retirees of all ages send more time shopping than younger folks. They now have the time for comparison shopping, searching for the best deal. They enjoy lingering in stores, chatting with salespeople and people-watching. They are in no hurry; they have no pressing meetings to get to. They may not need anything in particular, but they may come across that thing they can’t live without and are content with browsing.

Time spent volunteering nearly doubles when people reach age 65. Sometimes when we retire we find our true purpose in life because it isn’t about earning a living or saving for retirement any more. All that is in the past and we get to follow our heart or our intuition, express our creativity, pay it forward or give back if we’ve been given a lot— be the change we want to see in the world.

Retirees spend twice as much time as younger people returning phone calls, emails or writing letters that aren’t work related, and more time at social activities. Their calendars are full of birthdays and book clubs and quilting bees or chewing the fat with the boys at Sisters Coffee.

Some younger seniors still tend to spend an hour or two a day “working” but most stop before 75. Those unable to stop often become consultants or chairman of some board or motivational speakers. There are a few diehards who will never give it up preferring to die with their boots on.

Retirees 75+ spend 10 hours per day sleeping or engaged in other personal care activities such as bathing or dressing, which is actually not as much as teens and early 20-somethings who spend less of that same time sleeping and more time primping and changing their minds.

And finally, all seniors spend more time doing exercises for health reasons. Walking is the most common activity but many take up hiking or bicycling or skydiving, join health clubs, fitness centers and do yoga. Meditation is also becoming more popular as we finally begin to realize the stress we’ve been under for decades has taken its toll and we really need to learn to relax, let go of the tension, and just be.

(This is a monthly column I write for my local newspaper, The Nugget, in Sisters, Oregon, USA)

Look for New Release from Diane Goble in January 2016

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cosmic Consciousness


It’s time to have The Conversation

The best gift you can give your family is to have all your paperwork in order so they can carry out your end of life wishes if it becomes necessary. It will save them a lot of worry and grief if they know what you would want them to do under certain circumstances if you are unable to speak for yourself.

How will they know unless YOU tell them?

How will they know where to find important papers if YOU don’t tell them?

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This workbook will help you and your loved ones have the conversations needed to make the decisions beforehand that they might be called upon to make for you in an emergency situation. Doing everything is not always the best response… and hope is not a plan.

Nobody wants to talk about death, especially their own… but we are all going to die some day… consider how it would affect your loved ones if you died before your next breath… then don’t put it off out of fear of bringing it on. It doesn’t work that way.

It will give everybody peace of mind and if there is an accident or emergency health crisis, your family will be able to spend time with you instead of rummaging around for paperwork and phone numbers, and all that other stuff we tend to put off.

For those who experience fear of death, this near-death experiencer describes leaving her drowning body behind, in full consciousness, fully alive and aware of everything going on around her then traveling through a void on an amazing journey accompanied by a loving being of light who opened her consciousness to remembering all we forget when we become human beings, including that this is what happens every time the body dies.

We don’t die!

We are not our bodies

Bodies are temporary vehicles that allow us to experience life on this planet

Like astronauts wear space suits, we wear human suits

We are spiritual beings having human experiences as part of our eternal spiritual journey

When our body gives out, we return home

How you want to interpret that, what that means about your religious beliefs or lack of, what that says about God, has nothing to do with this cycle of life. Any of those belief systems can be incorporated into this practice to help you to have a peaceful transition experience with full awareness about what is going on and what comes next.

“Who we really are is all but beyond human understanding,” says author Diane Goble, who has spent the past 44 years since her NDE searching to find the words that describe her experience, “but I’m working on it.”

In Beyond the Veil, which is the 5th generation of her writings, including a training course for caregivers as transition guides, she has integrated the knowledge she absorbed during her NDE with her exploration of ancient mystery schools, world religions, and science, and years of meditation practice and spiritual explorations to convey the meaning of the message she was given to share so it makes sense to most people.

This is your opportunity to raise your consciousness and go beyond what you think you know. Each time you read it, you will experience lightbulb moments as you realize you too know this but had forgotten. As you practice the exercises, you will come to a deeper understanding of who you really are and the meaning of this life to your soul’s journey.

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It has been Diane Goble’s life work since her near-death experience in 1971 to share this message and to teach the art of conscious dying, and now she has put her teachings into a workbook to help families talk to each other, their doctors, and their higher consciousness as they prepare to leave this phase of life and transition to the next, fully conscious and engaged in their journey home.

Available everywhere – ISBN 9780963860651