My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven - by Erik Medhus

my notes: 

Maybe that’s what traumatic experiences turn into. They feel like a dream, no matter if you’re a person or a spirit.

You have to get big when you’re angry. Anger is actually a really vulnerable emotion that opens you up a little bit.

How you get into Heaven will be based on the belief system you maintain while you’re alive. For example, if you think you’re going to go through some big-ass tunnel and be absorbed by a great white light, that’s what’ll happen. That’s what you’ll create for yourself. 

Every single moment is affected by every other moment. Life is like a long, twisting line of dominos, and our choices dictate which ones fall where.

Right and wrong are human constructs, and what really matters is forgiving yourself and others. It boils down to compassion and love.

Can I give you a piece of advice real quick? Hold hands, man. Hug everybody. Have a hugfest.

Heaven is like a naked beach, no bathing suits necessary—no covering up emotions, no lying about how you feel. You’re naked, and you love it.

Learning what a relationship shouldn’t be helps you learn what it should be, as each is a mirror of the one you have with yourself. 

Focus on your heart. Look at what you’re trying to process as emotions, not thoughts. Every experience comes from an emotional place. Emotions create the thoughts, and thoughts create experiences.

The cup that holds knowledge is the heart, and the mind is supposed to take sips from it. Everything starts from the heart. Everything starts with a feeling.

Being geocentric instead of egocentric doesn’t mean you surrender your identity completely just because you feel like you’re connected to everything. You can acknowledge your identity, but you can also acknowledge that the space around you has equal value to you.

Let’s say, as a human, you’re happy and you don’t even know why. It’s not like you were thinking about something nice; you just suddenly get struck by a wave of joy. If you find yourself thinking, “Hmmm, where did that come from?” wonder no more: that’s your spirit guide sending you love and support, and you’re slowing down enough to feel it in that moment.

If spirits were all up in humans’ faces all the time, their current incarnation would have no meaning. They’d feel like they’re still connected to the spiritual realm, and that makes it hard for them to go about the business of life on Earth. It interrupts the lessons they’re there to learn.

Love and connection and friendship don’t just end when you die. It continues on like everything else.

Sometimes what we consider to be devastating and wrong might actually be right for the world to experience, so archangels will intervene and create that. Yes, there are atrocities in the world. Yes, there’s cruelty. Yes, there’s a lot of pain, but archangels use that to help humanity see the contrast and use it to make the world a better place. In other words, they bring in harmony and chaos, depending on what will create the best balance for humanity.

God appears to us in the form we can connect to the most.

Humans are meant to make connections, and connections are what make them move forward.

Everyone’s entitled to their own thoughts and opinions. Don’t spend your energy on judgment! It’s never worth it.

If people just had a little more patience with themselves and the world, then they’d be able to see that they create a lot of their own struggles.

Suffering and conflict make people aware of what they want and don’t want. It helps them choose what creates suffering and what alleviates it, what serves them and what doesn’t.

Will there still be war, pain, suffering, and things like that as humanity continues to evolve? Yeah. It won’t ever be wiped off the face of the Earth. It’ll get better as long as people keep learning from their mistakes and keep trying to love each other before hating each other, but it won’t go away completely because pain can teach us just as much as happiness.

Be grateful for everything in your life that’s valuable—and everything is.