Beyond the Veil: our journey home (2015)
A workbook for caregivers and patients who are involved in end of life situations, as well as anyone who wants to be prepared when their time comes. Written by someone who died and came back to share what she learned during her near-death experience in1971 to help others realize that we don’t die and our soul journey is continuous. Diane writes about having the important conversations among family members, including all the paperwork that needs to filled out, signed and notarized ahead of time, and offers a simple method, adaptable to any religion or none, to achieve a peacefully aware transition experience.
This is the print version of the eBook How to Die Consciously: Secrets from Beyond the Veil, which is available at most download services.
These books came from a training course Diane developed in 2007 to train and certify Transition Guides to teach the dying how to prepare themselves and their loved ones for a peaceful and meaningful transition experience. She trained a number of people around the world before the economy collapsed and unfortunately it was not a paid occupation. In 2015 she rearranged the course into book form for the general reader and self-published it to make the information accessible to everyone, by putting the emphasis on family communication. Today there are a number of professional certification programs popping up around the world preparing end of life caregivers as “death doulas”.
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A Book Review: How to Die Consciously: Secrets from Beyond the Veil
How to Die Consciously by Diane Goble isn’t like other books about dying. It’s the personal, right-here-and-now exercises, ideas, rituals, that set it apart. This wealth of “what really works” comes from her own experiences when she died and returned a near-death survivor, and from her years since of serving at the deathbed in a ministry of love and forgiveness. There are so many books out now about how to help the dying, but nothing like this. Her “Personal Transition Guide” that she helps the dying to create becomes a precious gift – a way for individuals to consciously prepare for what’s to come, and to better understand the life in their death, and what happens next. The success of what she has helped the dying to do for themselves has laid the groundwork for Transition Guides trained in her system to aid in a conscious and spiritually supportive transition. Anyone can benefit from this book, so, keep it handy. You may use it more often than you think. –P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., researcher and author, among her books – Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story, The Big Book of NearDeath Experiences, and We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death.
A Book Review: Beyond the Veil: our journey home
By: Josie Varga, author of Visits from Heaven & Visits to Heaven
Yes, the loss of a loved one is a devastating experience for those of us left behind. It is difficult even for those of us who have had a Near-Death Experience (NDE) or have experienced a Visit from Heaven and afterlife communication. Our soul knows without a doubt that life goes on yet our heart still grieves. The dying person hurts because he does not want to leave his loved ones. His loved ones hurt because they will miss his physical presence. But what if we could die consciously? What if we could prepare ourselves before it happens?
Diane Goble’s book, “Beyond the Veil: our journey home”, shows us how learning to die consciously not only soothes the transition for the dying but also makes for a better grieving experience for those left behind. “Our soul knows those loved ones left behind in the physical world will be with us again in the blink of an eye on the other side of the veil where there is no time or separation,” she writes. “We are all on this miraculous journey together, though we are not always physically together.”
“With the death of our human body, our soul graduates from the ‘University of Life on Earth’ with a greater awareness about existence as a conscious-biological being in a physical environment. When our human body dies, we shift or transform our energy or vibration to a higher frequency of light and continue along our eternal journey. The caterpillar becoming a butterfly,” she explains, “pales in comparison to the magnificence of a human being transforming into a spiritual being.“
There is no easy way to bring up the conversation of death but Goble’s book shows us why this conversation is one of the most important discussions that we can have. Goble explains documents such as an Advance Healthcare Directive, health care power of attorney, organ donation, funeral arrangements, treatment of the body and celebrations of life, and how a transition guide may be helpful in leading these discussions to help us let go of our earthly attachments and move into the Light when our time comes by writing our own “Personal Transition Guidebook.”
Unfortunately, when we arrive at the end of our time in this lifespan, our physician is likely to write us a prescription for hospice and abandon us. The physician will generally see our death as a failure instead of realizing that death is a necessary part of an ongoing cycle of life. It is a process that still needs their full attention.
We can help both doctors and our family and friends by making sure they know what our wishes are. In fact, studies have shown that during the last week of life, the cost of care can be over 50 percent higher for those who did not have such discussions and end up in an ICU hooked up to machines that keep our body alive. Having family discussions ahead of time and writing one’s Personal Transition Guidebook about the journey one hopes to take to the other side, which Goble describes in detail, will eliminate hasty decisions during a health crisis, family arguments about treatment at the bedside, and anguish later about whether we did what the person would have wanted.
Transition guides, she explains, are like personal assistants for people who desire to prepare themselves ahead of time for a better dying experience. They are teachers, problem solvers, witnesses, companions, coaches, etc. They are people that we trust to carry out our last wishes. Those who have worked with a transition guide will be prepared whether they die unexpectedly or not.
“Accordingly, we can prepare ourselves ahead of time to get the most benefit for our soul’s growth and development during our transition,” she writes. “By practicing to die before we die, when we do leave our body, it will be a completely natural, peaceful experience. Dying consciously, with full awareness of what is going on and what to do next and moving directly into the Light of Unconditional Love, allows us to accelerate our spiritual growth and the evolution of our consciousness. It is the secret to dying well.”
“We have the sleep of forgetfulness when we transition into the physical world and the clarity of awakened consciousness when we transition back home.”
Goble shows us how the goal of practicing conscious dying prepares us to awaken to full consciousness when we transition no matter what the condition of our body or brain may be at the time. We need to become fully aware of ourselves as spiritual beings while we still exist in human form. Knowing beforehand that death is just a doorway to a state of higher consciousness will allow us to now live in peace now with total love and compassion.
Letting go of physical attachments and understanding that we may be in this world but not of it allows us to live in the moment. Goble tells us that we don’t have to be dying to experience inner peace, but by practicing conscious dying we can make sure that this inner peace and understanding is there when we do finally make our own transition
Part of conscious dying and letting go is taking care of unfinished business while you still can. It means having one’s life review before we make our transition– telling our loved ones exactly how we feel about them, asking forgiveness from those we have hurt in some way, and granting forgiveness to those who have hurt us. It can also mean taking the opportunity to thank those who have helped us and supported us in this lifetime.
She goes on to explain why it is important to let go and practice conscious dying long before we reach the active dying stage. If we do not practice these techniques beforehand, we may be overcome with anxiety, fear and stress as we are dying. We can avoid this by practicing breathing exercises and learning to relax our body. Doing so will keep our chest muscles flexible and allow us to breathe with less effort, especially during our last hours.
Goble also explains how to relax both the mind and body through meditation and focusing techniques. “We have the ability to awaken our connection to our soul and allow it to guide our lives,” she states. “We can deepen our meditation by using rhythmic breathing and opening our heart center to our inner guidance or wisdom, our Higher Self, to enhance our practice of conscious dying. It is in the space between thoughts that we find God.” As the Bible states, she reminds us, the Kingdom of God is Within.
Having had a very profound NDE in July 1971, Goble certainly knows all about finding God. After drowning while white water rafting, she came face to face with a loving Being of Light and experienced intense waves of unconditional love, peace and joy. In an instant everything made perfect sense to her and she remembers thinking how different her life would have been if she could have remembered that death is just a doorway to another reality.
“We are not insignificant human beings living purposeless lives,” she notes, “we are Beings of Light who come and go from the spiritual world to the physical world. After each lifetime, we return to Source to integrate new learning and knowledge into the collective consciousness, which contributes to the evolution of human consciousness and raises individual vi brations.”
During her NDE, she was told that her mission in this lifetime is to assist in the transformation of humanity to a higher consciousness by including love and compassion in our daily lives. As part of her mission she has developed a web site, BeyondtheVeil.net, and written several books about the dying process including “Beyond the Veil: our journey home”. Her hope is to help others overcome their fear of death by realizing that there is no death and life truly does go on.
Although thousands of such NDEs have been reported over the years, more have been reported in recent years than ever before. Goble believes this is no accident and due to the need to help raise the level of consciousness here on earth. The majority of these NDErs report seeing their lives flash before their eyes or experiencing a life review. Goble, however, did not experience a life review and believes it is because the purpose of her NDE was to be shown her mission.
Death may still be a taboo word but it doesn’t have to be this way. No one wants to lose a loved one and many don’t even want to think or talk about their own death. Death, she admits, is still a loss but she goes on to question:
What if dying is actually a wonderful, exciting experience as NDErs have described?
What if dying is an opportunity to celebrate the end of a wonderful human experience and a joyous return to our spiritual home and family?
What if death is our graduation from the University of Life on Earth and we go on to have other amazing experiences exploring consciousness at higher levels, being co-creators with God? Etc.
We already know all about the points mentioned above and more, notes Goble, we have simply forgotten them. Being born into this physical world does that to us. But it is important for us to remember as much as possible and practice the art of conscious dying because the love and compassion we show others now will later determine the frequency by which we vibrate on the other side.
Conscious dying is nothing new. The ancient Egyptians wrote funerary texts in hieroglyphics on papyrus scrolls and then painted in their Book of the Dead on the walls of the pyramids as a guide to the afterlife. The Tibetans developed The Bardo Thodol which was read to the dying or the dead to guide the soul through the 49 Days of the Bardo. Shamans and medicine men have also used plants to transport their consciousness to other realms and bring back information to help their people understand life and death.
In more modern times, however, fear has kept many from accepting death and preparing for their transition. This is part of the reason why books such as Goble’s are so important. The more we talk about death and understand what may really happen when we die, the more we will realize that we have nothing to fear. Hence, we will understand that consciousness is primary and does in fact survive death.
“The laws of thermodynamics and quantum physics have been applied to describe the possibility that consciousness survives death as NDErs proclaim. The conundrum of scientific thinking has been—how does consciousness arise from matter? The answer is, it doesn’t—consciousness creates matter. There is nothing but consciousness.”
The purpose of a Personal Transition Guidebook and a transition guide is to remind us of what we’ve learned and what we have always known on a soul level. The sample provided is nondenominational and allows for information according to one’s own personal belief system to be included, such as scripture, prayers, poems, etc. A sample of what one’s guidebook may contain is provided:
Focus your attention on the sound of my voice.
These are your words and they are reassuring you that you know where you are and where you are going.
You are aware that your physical life is nearly over and you are in the process of letting go of your attachments to your body and the material world.
There is nothing to fear. Etc.
After reading this book, it all comes down to one truth. Love is all there is. Learning to live in love and not fear hence teaches us to die consciously; prepared mentally, emotionally and spiritually whenever our time comes. As Goble writes in conclusion, “knowing how to die consciously will awaken a new level of awareness as we realize who we truly are and remember the true meaning of life here on earth. It will allow us to experience Oneness with the Light and God-Consciousness before we even leave this body and go back home. “
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Diane’s NDE is shared in the following books:
(get amazon links)
Visits to Heaven (2010) by Josie Varga (p.12-17)
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences (2010) by Jeffrey Long, MD (bottom of p. 76-78)
The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences (2017) by Dr. Penny Satori with Kelly Walsh (p.114-127)