Sometimes a Soul Needs a Little Help…

Janine G Smith - For Blog - 1

Janine has long followed a spiritual path called ECKANKAR, which teaches the eternal nature of Soul, and the study of dreams to connect with this higher part of ourselves. So, she was not particularly surprised when the recently-deceased mother of a friend from her junior high school days visited in a dream with an important message. What did surprise her was the immediate acceptance of that message by the woman’s family.

Here’s how Janine tells the story:

“Sandra was my best friend in Junior High. We had important things in common: We both loved theatre, acting, music, clothes and—of course—boys. Also, our fathers were business partners, and that meant that outside of school, our families moved in some of the same social circles. I knew Sandra’s parents, Ellen and Stan, and often encountered her shy younger sister Mariah when I visited their home.

“When we reached high school, however, Sandra and I grew apart as our fathers’ partnership dissolved and we made other school friends. Even though we did see each other now and then as the years passed, it was not until a wedding of a mutual childhood friend that I realized Sandra’s mother, Ellen, was suffering the final stages of cancer. It was a shock to see her so emaciated, depending on a cane to walk and wearing a patch over one eye.”

Janine writes that Ellen passed away soon after their meeting—but, that wasn’t the last they would see of each other.

“Some time after that, I had a vivid dream,” continues Janine. “Ellen appeared and said she needed help, and that she was coming to me as I was the only one she could reach. She asked me to go with her to her family home, because she was concerned about her youngest daughter, Mariah. In this dream, Ellen was quite restored. I can still recall her appearance in detail: She was robust and hale, in possession of both eyes and walking without a cane. Ellen wore a full-length robe that appeared tie-dyed with luminescence as it flowed with many shades of blue, from the palest hint of turquoise to a deep azure.

“Ellen explained that her passing had not been well-handled by Mariah, at all. She said Mariah was lost, withdrawn and almost inconsolable in her grief. In life, Ellen had been her youngest daughter’s rock and lighthouse. Without her, Mariah was floundering. Ellen asked me to look in on Mariah, to help where I could. I agreed, and the dream ended.”

Ellen was able to make contact from beyond the veil because Janine had a special appreciation of dreams, and for the idea that neither Soul nor love ever dies. But would Ellen’s family would share that view?

“The next morning, with some trepidation, I called Ellen’s husband, Stan. After the usual pleasantries, I got to the point: I told him he would probably think I was crazy, but that his deceased wife had come to visit me in a dream and that she had asked me to offer assistance to Mariah.

“Instead of the incredulity I expected, Stan responded with deep relief. ‘Oh, thank God!’ he said. ‘We have been so concerned about Mariah and I’ve been helpless to know what to do.’

“So, we arranged for me to speak to Mariah and pass on her mother’s message. She accepted it readily, greatly reassured that her mother continued to exist, had not abandoned her, watched over her still, and loved her, always. Mariah returned to herself for the first time in ages, brightening as if someone had turned on a light in the girl’s dark room of despair.

“As it turned out, Mariah was very interested in acting as a career. Since I was a professional performer, I took her under my wing, introduced her to people in the industry, helped her find classes and counselled her on the potential pitfalls. We became confidantes and friends.

“Through the years, I kept a watchful eye over Mariah until she eventually enrolled in university, found a life partner and began to move forward with her life.”

Janine is grateful for the part she played in helping Mariah recover from her grief.

“I was able to receive Ellen’s call for help and act upon it,” says Janine. “In so doing, I helped demonstrate the eternal bond that exists between all Souls who love. The experience with Ellen and Mariah was a privilege and a blessing that confirmed death is an illusion, a mere doorway we pass through to a greater expression of ourselves, and of Divine Love.”

The Meaning of Forever Project continues to accept stories of comforting experiences with loved ones who have passed on, and of near-death experiences that have helped to show the continuation of life beyond the physical body. You can email your story to us at and you can find more about our project on our Facebook page, and our Meaning of Forever Website.



What Happens to Love When We Die?

David Minton - For Blog.

In his story below,  David provides another perspective on what is left of us when we leave this earthly life, and what remains–both here and in the worlds beyond.

The Passing Of A Loved One

I had been studying an issue of when Soul passes from this Earth world into the higher Spiritual heavens of God; of what is left behind and also what is “kept as part” of Soul. Those of us still on this Earthly world, have the memories of even the littlest things of what that Soul did, of how they brought to us a subtle awareness of their Love and how that Love touched those around them.

In a recent instance, a lady I shall call Rose, passed from this Earthly world. I didn’t know Rose very well as I had only worked with her about a handful of times, but it was still a sadness to hear of her passing. It is my memory of her openness, her smile and twinkling in her eyes as she spoke of Divine Spirit and the Love that uniquely flowed from her, that stuck with me. To “lose” her from this physical world, well, lets just say I cried a little. As usual, it is the thought of the physical separation that troubles one’s heart.

Soul does not die, only the coverings that protect It from Its environment in the lower worlds are left behind and there is an understanding that the Soul we knew as Rose had not really left us. It was my memory of her that I carried into contemplation one night, that led me to ask my Spiritual Guide how she was doing in the higher worlds.

As I closed my eyes and asked my Spiritual Guide of her passing, a calming peacefulness settled over me. As if in a very real dream, I found myself in a high Spiritual heaven, looking out over a parapet of a Spiritual Temple at a sparkling Golden Ocean, with a white mist rising from It. Another Soul came along the parapet and through Its shining Light Of Love, I recognized Its Golden Flow of Love as that which came from Rose.

How does one describe, that joyous recognition of a friend and the beauty of their unique Golden Light of Love flowing from their being?

As we stood “there”, I became aware of another presence, that of my Spiritual Guide, in which his own blue-white Golden Light Of Love appeared from within the mists above the Golden Ocean. Looking to my Spiritual Guide, I sent forth a wave of Love, as an expression of my own gratitude of being shown in that moment, we never “lose” anyone, Soul lives on in eternity. I perceived a smile and watched both my Spiritual Guide and the Soul I knew as Rose, rise and slowly fade into the mists of Divine Spirit.

As I became aware of myself sitting on my couch, the tears streaming down my face were not of sadness, but of joy. I realized that the memories I had of Rose will live within my heart, her helping me in some small way on my own Journey to God. I also realized it is her own unique way that she brought Love into this world; and, that it was her uniqueness of giving Love which will be recognized by all Souls who meet in the higher Spiritual heavens.

It is Love and only Love, that we bring with us into this Earth world but it also Love and the greater capacity to give Love, that we take with us as a “part” of Soul when we depart the lower worlds.

The Meaning of Forever Project continues to accept stories of comforting experiences with loved ones who have passed on, and of near-death experiences that have helped to show the continuation of life beyond the physical body. You can email your story to us at and you can find more about our project on our Facebook page, and our Meaning of Forever Website.