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Did Faith Help You? September 12, 2005 9:33 AM

Faith can be a very powerful help, particularly in some difficult circumstances...  Was it comforting when your special loved one died?  Please, let's share.

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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No not really Giuliana... September 12, 2005 9:44 AM

No, not really Giuliana. Only towards the end of my real recovery(not that you ever really do recover completely, there are always relapses) did that take any real precedence. I believe how I believe but I took a little from different faiths and spiritual practices. It helps me now more then it did back then. I had been originally struggling with my faith system when my niece passed. So I guess yes moreso towards the point where I am at now in my journey it helps me. ---ginger

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 September 20, 2005 11:26 PM

My cousin Paula passed away recently - quite a shock as it was totally unexpected.  I found faith to be of help, yes - absolutely - for Paula did not have an easy life during her tumultuous passage on this Earth... so, as her own sister concurred, she is better off now - she suffers no more.  She has moved on to a higher level of consciousness - she is closer to God - closer to the Truth.  I believe that completely - thus, faith has helped immensely in my mourning of her untimely demise.

   

I hope you ladies do not see "Lux Aeterna" as a rival group, by the way - and I hope to see you both there!  Your wisdom is sorely needed sometimes!  Quantity is quality - we may have, officously, a few more members - but you two, Giuliana and Ginger (dare I call you by your first names, great ones?) alone would teach a lot to 20 members of my group...!!! 

The G & G connection, hence, is quite formidable! 

   I came to pay my respects!

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 September 20, 2005 11:27 PM

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 September 20, 2005 11:29 PM

My cousin Paula passed away recently - quite a shock as it was totally unexpected.  I found faith to be of help, yes - absolutely - for Paula did not have an easy life during her tumultuous passage on this Earth... so, as her own sister concurred, she is better off now - she suffers no more.  She has moved on to a higher level of consciousness - she is closer to God - closer to the Truth.  I believe that completely - thus, faith has helped immensely in my mourning of her untimely demise.

   

I hope you ladies do not see "Lux Aeterna" as a rival group, by the way - and I hope to see you both there!  Your wisdom is sorely needed sometimes!  Quantity is NOT quality - we may have, officiously, a few more members - but you two, Giuliana and Ginger (dare I call you by your first names, great ones?) alone would teach a lot to 20 members of my group...!!! 

The G & G connection, hence, is quite formidable! 

   I came to pay my respects!  Blessed Be!

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Absolutely September 27, 2005 6:26 AM

I can't imagine going through the death of a loved one without faith at various levels.  After Laurel was killed, the love and support of the church we were in was invaluable.  But, more than that, my faith in a higher being and that there must be some greater purpose helped me get through each day.  (Otherwise, why bother?)  Laurel's death threw me into a reading frenzy, with all sorts of philosophy - Scott Peck, Juan Carlos Castaneda, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Tao, Christian writers, and others such as those who claim to communicate with those who have passed.  I read not for comfort or to reinforce my pre-existing beliefs, but to explore areas I hadn't gone to before and challenge what I had always accepted.  That helped me to further refine my personal faith and beliefs, which helped me to work through Laurel's death and the death of others before and since.  [ send green star]
 
Luciano, Tim, and Ginger September 27, 2005 11:31 AM

Thanks for your compliments and comments, Luciano.  It's always good hearing from you.  I am glad you found peace in faith...

Tim, your testimony was heartwarming.  Thanks for sharing it with us...

Unfortunately, like Ginger, I didn't find healing through faith...  The way I lost Tony caused me PTSD, financial hardship, and other problems...  I did a lot of reading like you did, Tim...  It was interesting to learn different viewpoints, religions and cultures, New Age interpretations, psychic readings, etc.  Helpful in the beginning but no clearcut answer from anybody/anything... and this is when faith comes into play.  I'm still working on convincing myself that there is a "big plan" for all this to happen and that it will be for my own good...  Perhaps, one day, I'll see the "picture", but there's only grief right now...

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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 September 28, 2005 12:16 PM

For some reason we were not really raised with any religious beliefs.  Every once in awhile there would be a brief attempt to put some religion into our lives but it was never very sucessful nor did it last long.  So, when Rudy died I really really felt, I don't know quite how to explain it, but lost, totally lost, not knowing where he was or anything.  Sometimes the urge to go and make sure that he was ok where ever he was was an overwhelming urge.  So I can honestly say that my lack of "faith" was almost my undoing.  Like you guys, I read everything, frantically read everything, and I actually went to a woman who claimed to "speak" with people who had died.  And this woman I do credit with saving my sanity if not my life.  She was an absolute godsend.  But that is another story altogether.  [ send green star]
 
 September 28, 2005 7:44 PM

Faith play a big role in all kinds of trouble but is really tested when is concerning the loss of a loved one.

no matter How religious or not religious you are the pain is unbearable and make us foggy and confused.

I have talked to so many people trought the years who have lost loved ones and the truth is easier to help overcome the grief to someone who has some Spiritual understanding specially about reincarnation or even of a heavenly life in the future is more comforting that thinking that person is gone forever and will never have anything to do with them.

I have lost many in my life,Father,dear close friends and my Guru/teacher but I have found so much consolation knowing some day will be reunited again and that like everything in the universe we are transformed but never gone totally.

Love to all

tulsi

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 September 30, 2005 4:03 PM

Dear Tulsi,

You're speaking words of wisdom I agree with.  I can't actually say that I believe in reincarnation 100%, but the thought of it is very comforting...  I feel Tony was an old, advanced soul who came to the Earth to help me, but I also feel we must have known each other in the past because it was as if we "recognized each other" and continued to walk on the same path we were before...  We were very much alike and there was complete harmony betwen each other...  I'm looking forward to the day we'll be reunited.

Blessings,

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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