There is a lot in the news at the moment about illness and people dying, and this is distressing and can bring to the surface our own thoughts of death and also the fear of loss of those we love. Of course, at some time or another the moment of our passing will come, and that of our friends and family too. Indeed, one of the challenges of old age is the reality of death in the not too far distant future.
One of the many blessings of the White Eagle teaching is the knowledge it brings of the reality of the heaven world and the continuation of life after death of the physical body. It also helps us feel the continued presence of those we love, even when they have passed through the transition of so called death. I had the privilege of helping with the compilation of White Eagle's LITTLE BOOK OF COMFORT FOR THE BEREAVED and I have been looking at it again recently - the teaching is so practical and helpful. He says:
'When as it does to everyone in due course, the time comes for you to lay aside your own physical body, or to see a loved one withdraw from theirs, don`t concentrate your thoughts on the physical body. It disintegrates and goes the way ordained for it by Mother Earth, by Mother Nature....Just above the still form of the one who has passed on, you will see the gates opening....you will see the spirit of your loved one freed to a world of heavenly beauty.'
There are places on earth which I think of as 'gateways to heaven'...places where it is particularly easy to feel how thin the veil is between earth and heaven. The place where our physical Temple at New Lands was built is of these, and our new Temple will be on the same spot.
I think also, that many of us discover our own special place, sometimes near where we live, which can become a gateway. I am lucky to live near a beautiful downland walk beside the sea, which leads to a hilltop monument. Here it feels possible to just walk through the gateway into heaven and feel my loved ones all around. It really is true - it is true for all of us - we live on in greater freedom in, as White Eagle says, 'a world of heavenly beauty'.
I do hope these thoughts will bring you personal comfort, and as you read of the suffering of those losing loved ones. Also in the same book White Eagle assures us: 'Remember that there is always someone who loves them waiting in the spirit world for those who pass on. No-one journeys from the earth to the world of spirit without meeting with a loving welcome, because every living soul has some loved one in the world of spirit.'