|About the Book|
This book helped my family and me even before it was published. As I began the final edit, my wifes mother died suddenly of a heart attack. I read parts of the final draft to my wife and daughters, in which Tonya describes what happens after deathMoreThis book helped my family and me even before it was published. As I began the final edit, my wifes mother died suddenly of a heart attack. I read parts of the final draft to my wife and daughters, in which Tonya describes what happens after death and what heaven is like. It comforted us and gave us a broader perspective on our loss.Heaven and Earth: How it all Works is not just some-ones recollection of heaven in a near-death experience (NDE) or out-of-body (OOB) trip. Its a past-life, death, between-life, life, and OOB account that weaves profound teachings about heaven and Earth into a personal story of two lifetimes that goes far beyond the brief glimpses and teachings gained in NDEs.The story begins with a detailed account of the tragic last days of Tonyas previous life in 19th-century Ireland. Tonya traveled to Ireland to visit the very castle she lived in during that short life. Thus this chapter is rich in details that are usually not found in a past life memory. She then condenses 141 years in heaven into one chapter that describes heaven in exquisite detail and explains the major activities that souls engage in: healing, resting and reflecting, reviewing their last life, planning their next life, and preparing for reembodiment. One revelation that shatters the caricature of heaven is that there are no angels with wings sitting around strumming harps. What some people feel or see as angels are usually the souls of friends and relatives who come down occasionally to help. Tonya herself was mistaken for an angel when she came down to heal someone. Another misconception about heaven that Tonya clears up is that no one is judged for his or her wrong words, thoughts, and deeds, but everyone is given a life review in which they experience the pain they may have caused others. As Tonya writes in the Introduction, In truth, we are the ones who do the judging. We decide what we want to continue and what we want to change, based on love for ourselves, the true souls that we really are, and those we hold dear.Tonya describes how a returning soul visits old haunts on Earth before entering a babys body. When she enters her body, she says, Im like a pilot checking out my plane before takeoff, I activate systems and organs that are not working at full capacity. I am at the control center where I review all sys-tems, body development, and functions. Soon after being born, Tonya forgets about heaven and the plans she has for this life. But when she is baptized at 11, she reconnects to the feel-ing of unconditional love, peace, and freedom that is heaven and to a presence who she calls God.Six months later, after practicing a meditation involving focusing on the point between waking and sleeping, she enters a state of heightened awareness and sees the presence as a be-ing of light with brown eyes that are soft, deep and full of compassion. She writes, His presence seems to pierce through to my soul, causing me to feel deeply loved and honored... He is emanating love, kindness, and an energy that is so strong, I feel as if I were being electrified with love, a love that pene-trates every cell of my being... I somehow know that I have found my spiritual teacher- he is the presence that has been with me since the baptism. I feel we have been together forever and ever for an eternity of lifetimes. I am excited to meet him at last. His name is Kuthumi or the master K.H.