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What to Do When You’re Dead is a fascinating dialogue between the creator of the universe and a 46-year-old woman who, in her life, has been to hell and back. Imagine finding out that you may hold the secret to man’s survival. Imagine also learning for the first time why you were born and that your work on earth is already recorded in the book of life. It happened to Sondra Sneed, and you get a front row seat to the life of a reluctant messenger bringing forth a message that could save humankind . . . if humans are willing to listen. What you are about to read will change the way you think about your life. You will remember that you are a process of God. And when you discover what you are, God discovers you. You will find in this book the very reason you were born, and why it is so important to find your place on that path. This is not a touchy-feel-good spiritual guide as much as it is an awakening with a warning about man’s self destruction. The warning comes with a unique responsibility however, and that is to learn why death is not real, and that our experience of crossing over to the other side is directly linked to our state of mind while on earth before passing. Darkness must be overcome, or the soul will remain trapped in the past and attached to things of the world, rather than following spirit to the light of God.
SONDRA SNEED is a science and technology writer for
industry, and a former atheist with a secret. All the years she
spent interviewing scientists and engineers, translating their
high-minded knowledge for lay persons, she has also been
interviewing the highest mind, the Creator of the Universe.
She is also the author of two as yet unpublished books,
Real Story of the Garden of Eden
The Meaning of Life’s
Table of contents
Definitions of Terms
The Way of Most for Many, and the Way of Many for Few
Consumed by What the World Feeds
Dividing Night from Day
The World Inside
The World According to God
The Soul Emerges When the Mind of God Is Not Forgiven
When the Universe Was Made, the World of Man Was Designed
The Fulfillment of the Soul and the Kindness of Being
The Grim Reaper
The Time Before Mortal Man
The Effects of Goodwill on the Souls of Mankind
Introduction or preface
What you are looking for is what is looking.
-- St. Francis of Assisi
How do you introduce God? There are moments I feel completely unprepared to represent a book that has taken me seven years to summon the courage to write. The only reason I write it now because I have found that if one hides from purpose long enough, one's work in the world has no meaning whatsoever. The need to make a buck loses its luster and if you don't get on with it, that is get on with the reason you were born, you might as well end your existnce, because you're just taking up precious space on an over-populated planet. To introduce this book, a book written as a message from God to the world of mankind, I first have to address the obvious question: How do I know I am talking to God?
As a former atheist I don't have a simple response. The question implies I should know what God is, and I can compare that knowledge with the dialogue I am having in this book. The Being with which this book converses says, "God is what God makes as God becomes." I find this consistent with the Hebrew narrative, when Moses asked God's name. God replied, "Ehyeh asher ehyeh," which is "I am that I am," but it has also been translated as, "I shall be that I shall be."
I don't refer to God in pronoun--He nor She--because God insists gender is a false way of describing God's nature and being. The he/she distraction we place on men and women is also false, because we are a generic gender in soul/spirit form, which will be discussed further in the book.
Seth, a spirit guide who psychically transmitted spiritual teachings to Jane Roberts in the sixties, is credited for launching the New Age movement. Seth taught, "This absolute, ever-expanding, instantaneous psychic gestalt, which you call God if you prefer, is so secure in its existence that it can constantly break itself down and rebuild itself. Its energy is so unbelievable that it does indeed form all universes; and because its energy is within and behind all universes, systems and fields, it is indeed aware of each sparrow that falls, for it is each sparrow that falls." This pretty much sums up everything I've learned so far about the nature of being, the wave of being, and the spiritual nature of God. But it can't express what God is in man, which this book also attempts to do.
As for the skeptic or fundamentalist, I have no interest in the exhaustive attempt to prove that I talk to the creator of the universe, or even that this great being talks to me. I leave that up to my reader to decide. To believe or not believe that I have a discussion with the supreme nature we call God does not affect the content of this book. And yet even if, dear reader, you are an atheist as I once was, this book will still delight in its questions about the mechanisms of being; although you will undoubtedly assume the answers come from some unconscious aspect of me.
My own healthy skepticism is often relieved by the parts of the book consistent with what we have so far been able to measure through science. However, these pages speak more of mysteries that I find otherwise unfathomable, things that shatter the world we all believe we know so well, unless there was some immense, unseen presence peeling back the thin film of human rationality.
God first appeared in my journal in 2004, without warning. I became infused with ideas about the many births of religion--all religion. If such a connection to God could materialize in me, then it has happened to others throughout ancient and modern history, and among my contemporaries.
Months later in the same year, a book caught my attention in the aisle of a Barnes & Noble. On a low shelf, faced forward, a curious title, Conversations with God, took me aback. The reason I took it home was that I recognized the speaker's voice on its back cover. It was the same being that spoke in my own spiral notebooks. I was fascinated to find that what was happening to me in 2004, had happened to Neale Donald Walsch in 1995.
I have found many others to whom such a divine voice has spoken; their stories and the words brought forth indicate a real of spirit that lies beyond our three-dimensional experience.
In 1965, Helen Schucman awoke to a voice in her head that said, "This is a course in miracles, please take notes." She wrote what the voice told her in shorthand on memo pads, over a seven-year period. The subsequent book, A Course in Miracles, was published in 1975, but she did not want it known that she was its scribe until after her death in 1981. It is said that she was an atheist before taking inner dictation to write the book. I can only speculate as to why she kept her identity a secret, for some of the same reasons it has taken seven years for me to go public with my experience. I suspect she feared for her professional reputation, and personal safety as the voice, she said, was none other than Jesus himself.
In 1875 a 700-page book by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, was published. It is the foundation of the Christian Science Church (not to be confused with Scientology), and its contents are to this day read aloud, alongside parallel biblical passages to the church congregation. Ms. Eddy's work is rooted in the Science of Mind as its fundamental principle, and she also claimed the words in her book did not come from her, that she was transcribing from the mind of God.
There are countless examples of various messengers ever-coming through time, and God did not stop talking to us 2,000 years ago, as I was led to believe in my evangelical Christian upbringing. And yet, religion is not the only place of God-inspired works that I have found is not the only place of God-inspired works that I have found in my private study.
I will break the skeptics' rule by mentioning Albert Einstein and say that although there is a false assumption he did not believe in a personal God, his references to the "mind of God" indicate a reverence I recognize. It is my personal opinion the same God I talk to also spoke to Einstein, using physics as the language for understanding. The only reason I can say that with any certainty is because I once glimped Relativity while in private communion, but I had no way to articulate what God showed me in the vision.
Communication with God works through the imagination. Imagination is an aspect of the divine mind, within which a question travels. The question journeys its intellectual path until the "calling-back" occurs. The question is a call to God, and the answer or "calling-back," is a recall. This call/recall response is how the source speaks to the creative resource. The creative resource is nature's way of being God, as God's creative resource. There is no separation from our mind to God mind. As the human mind ascends with deeper questions (of the quest), our mind evolves to become more God mind. This commingling is the nature of co-creating. The deeper the question, the higher the mind to which we can travel. This mind is achievable for nonbelievers as much as believers, because God-source-mind is so vast it is impossiblr to find God as a singular state of being.
Ayn Rand was also an atheist, but I can't help but believe she tapped into the mind of God in her work, Atlas Shrugged. The famous John Galt speech, 33,000 words, is similar in voice and teaching to the being I have been in dialogue with for seven years. Rand was a proponent of writing from the unconscious; I believe she rooted into the Great Mind without naming it.
I have met many people who say they hear God talk to them and also many who say they have a personal relationship with God or Jesus. They are easy to spot. Looking deep into their smiling eyes, I see souls bright and kind, true and warm. I saw this even when I didn't know what I was looking at. Kindness seemed to be in every Mormon I met. Later I learned Mormons do not use the cross as a symbol of Jesus; they are taught to make themselves his symbol, so Christ can be seen within each of them.
The teachings of Jesus are dearly important to me, and my heart. I was baptized at the age of nine. But Christianity insists I must renounce all other ways to God, which is counter to my experience and I know that ifGod will talk to an atheist, then there is no doubt in my mind that God speaks to anyone willing to listen.
The most fundamental message that has occured to me, which transformed me from a non-believer into a woman who can now recognize God in others, is concerned with two under-valued expressions, which are kindness and joy. This book explains why kindness and joy are important from God's perspective, but I feel a need to tell you in this introduction why they are important to me.
Seven years ago, in my year of solitude, I learned how to be kind to myself and treat myself gently. I learned how to soothe and calm my heart. On a particular day of my soul's reckoning, head down on my desk, tears streaming, sinuses swollen from uncontrollable sobbing, a picture came to my mind. In this vision, puppies nosed beneath my hand and climbed up my chest to nuzzle under my chin. I felt their soft fur on my neck, and I felt their need for my affection. The feel of an innocent creature being comforted as I cradled it, meant God was showing me that it is okay to have needs, and that those needs are being cared for by a Great Being. The tenderness I would show to a playful, nipping pup is the same tenderness I must show myself. As I slowly learned to nuture my own gentle nature, I learned to express kindness outwardly, as an offering given back to my heart.
It is exactly this kindness of heart that is God in the world, and it is why believers are so afraid of atheists. There is nothing in the moral code of a godless world that can fully embrace this notion, and without it we are impotent earth dwellers. The void that we may fall into, without the notion of kindness, is the void that swallows the whole of the human race when the world forgets its purpose for being.
This brings me to the important of the dialogue in this book and why now, after seven years of silence, I bring a message written about the world to the world.
I will tell you only once why my message is important, but you will forget halfway through the book. You will forget that the very reason you are reading it is because you were called to become part of a great change in the whole of society. You are going to read things that will confuse and scare you, and maybe even make you put the book down, until you are ready to continue learning about something you've already been sensing.
Great change is taking place on the earth, and whether you believe in God or not, there is going to be a change in how you see the world. The world is not an easy place within which to become your greatest nature, because you and the rest of the world have forgotten why you exist at all. There is a problem with that forgetfulness. The problem is that you cannot find happiness in your life unless you remember the reason you came to earth. You came here for one reason- you are designed to find the mind of God and to give that mind to every activity you perform.
When you laearn to open your human mind and capture the great creative force that dwells somewhere above your thinking brain, then you will uncover the riches you seek and the abundant life withheld from you. Please understand that the only one holding you back from the very thing you wish for is your understanding about the nature of being.
Take a moment to build your strength, and then turn the page to find where you left off when you left the realm of God to visit the sphere we call Earth, which inhabits your soul.