I knew upon returning that I was to share the experience at the appropriate time and that the message of God’s unconditional love would reach many people around the world. The message went out in 1992 with the publication of Embraced By The Light, and was increased and amplified by The Awakening Heart, which was published in 1996. The message now ripples out to millions who, in turn, share the power of God’s love with others. This is the ripple effect at its finest, creating waves of positive energy that are full of love, going forward until one day that love will be experienced by all.
Every thing we do ripples out; we affect others, and they in turn affect us. Sometimes the ripples create huge waves that wash over humanity, changing it forever, as Christ’s life did.
Sometimes they are so small that they remain relatively unknown in this lifetime. The ripples from Embraced By The Light and The Awakening Heart continue to go forth, and are now returning to me in the form of letters, e-mail and phone calls. I’m delighted, even overwhelmed, at how many lives have been touched. Each person received an answer to a prayer or question. Each received a response, through the Spirit, to a need in their lives. And as they read and felt encouragement, their spiritual growth and strength increased; as their strength increased, they felt the Lord calling them to a higher level of his work. People wrote to share how they had grown by applying universal principles to their lives. Some shared spiritual experiences, while others simply needed to share their pain. But, for whatever the reason, most people who contacted me did so, they said, because they felt compelled to write. If only a few people had said they were compelled, I might not have thought much about it. But when almost every letter began with the words, “I just had to write,” It became clear that an important connection was being made. A similar reaction came at speaking engagements, when people told me how compelled they had felt to attend. Many said they felt as though they had always known me, and when we parted, genuine feelings of sorrow were expressed by us all. I know that love is contagious, but there seemed to be something else occurring, something borne of knowledge as well as love.
Truth is so powerful that, when we find it, we instantly feel the need to reach out to the person providing it. When that truth is an example of God’s love, our desire to reach out can nearly overwhelm us. Spiritual experiences need to be shared. In my experience, Jesus told me that we are not to hide the truth; we are to share it with one another, to speak of the wonders and mysteries of God as they have been gifted to us.
We are all compelled by the Spirit to reach out, and I understand a little better why I have been given this desire so strongly. On my way to Washington D. C., surrounded by strangers on a jet traveling six miles above the earth, I was reading a letter from somebody I had never met, and the love I felt in the letter overwhelmed me. I sobbed uncontrollably, my heart could not help but give in to the waves of love and gratitude that I was feeling. Perhaps I should have been embarrassed, but the power of the words on the paper left me oblivious to my surroundings. I’m a passionate person and find it difficult to control certain emotions, especially feelings of love. Taking a minute to compose myself, I reread the letter.