Marilyn Strong on Toward The Light 14.12!

~ Notes from Nightingale ~

Treasures that Last an Eternity ~ When I think of all of the amazing people who’ve entered my life — just this year, let alone since I’ve started producing the Toward The Light Radio Show — I am so in awe and gratitude with all of these gems.  Who needs a diamond ring when you can have something far more valuable … and wide reaching … as these amazing kindred spirits?

Material objects you cannot take with you to the Other Side, but friends and loved ones, you can!  No, I’m not referring to their physical form, but their essence and soul are very present on several dimensions simultaneously, because we are, indeed, interdimensional beings.

At this very moment, you’ve got a beautiful spirit form — sort of like a luminous bubble or orb — that exists simultaneously on other dimensions, true story!  So even though you’ve got a physical form that you’re using to give expression to your light on this plane, you’re existing and operating in other realms at the same time.  Yes, you’re HUGE and didn’t even realise it, did you? <grin>

In fact – and I know I’ve shared this before — during my big NDE in the mid 1970s, I beheld a beautiful being approaching me right after I was told that I had to return to the earth-plane to do further work.  Of course, I was devastated at the mere thought of having to leave the Other Side and the warmth of that unconditional love surrounding me at all times with no sense of fear or want whatsoever — only to be plunged (yes, PLUNGED) into a dark and dreary realm full of fear, duality, destruction and lies.  The beautiful being stood before me, resembling an intricately detailed tapestry of light that formed an orb, and it was pouring so much love and healing sound into me.  I knew that this was a gift being given me … for my obliging to return to the earth plane.  And I cannot tell you how utterly comforting that was to me!

A few years later, I met that beautiful being on the earth plane in his physical form and we recognised each other instantly.  This is possible because we recognise ones essence — which has got nothing to do with ones appearance … on either plane. Thus he has been a very special part of my life ever since, because he is a member of my soul cluster (or group).  In fact, my daughter has also got a very special bond with him as well — again because we’re part of the same soul cluster.  So it is true that it can happen both ways: we meet someone on this plane and recognise him or her in the Afterlife or we can meet someone in the Afterlife first and then recognise him or her immediately upon encountering that individual on the physical plane.

Let me clarify, however, that one does not have to have an NDE in order to have such experiences of meeting special souls on the Other Side.  No, indeed, as one can meet someone through dreams, and also whilst having an out-of-body experience (OBE) or in a trance state during meditation or as you’re drifting off to sleep.  It can also happen that you just simply feel a strong presence in your space, because, on a soul level, we already know one another and it’s just a matter of when and how we connect on the various planes.  I’ll also state that the soul is neither male nor female; however, its essence can be expressed as predominately male or female.  Michael Newton mentions this in his books, Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls — very interesting.  Also, soul clusters are mentioned by noted authors such as Brian Weiss, MD and James Redfield – just to name a few.

Alas, I don’t want people to be confused by thinking that there’s just one plane of existence on the Other Side or Afterlife; there isn’t!  There are multiple dimensions and souls do traverse to various planes after transitioning — depending on ones level of soul maturity and awareness as well as ones frame of mind at the time of ones transitioning.

In a huge way, it’s no different than moving house and what decisions you make, based on your current frame of mind, needs, desires, goals, aspirations, etc., and what you believe is possible.  It is so much about our consciousness and being centred in love that determines the outcome or destination, as it were.

So when I state that, whilst we cannot take material objects with us to the Other Side — thank goodness! — we can still be connected with those we love at all times.  Alas, it’s easier from the Other Side because our sight and options are not so limited or restricted as they are on the physical plane.  Things become manifest … and happen so much more quickly in the Afterlife than on this dense physical plane, for obvious reasons.

As the Gregorian calendar year draws to a close and people celebrate the holiday centred on the rebirth of the sun and its various expressions, I want to acknowledge all of the precious souls with whom I’ve had the honour of crossing paths and connecting in such a special way.  I may have precious little ‘stuff’ or £$, but that’s just energy that is irrelevant to me anyway — not to mention, temporal.  Whereas, all of you are treasures that will always be with me in one form or another … and I regard myself as supremely wealthy as a result.

My health continues to deteriorate and it’s appearing as it I may not recover, so I need to find a place as soon as possible where I can go where I can have help and no longer be alone.  I need to be able to rest and not push myself so hard to work, work, work, as I seem to be relentless in my drive to serve others and always ‘be there’ for everyone, despite how I feel.  I need to allow myself to rest … and just Be now … and to listen…

Whatever happens to me … and wherever I go, I’ll know full well that I can take my precious treasures with me, because we’re all in one another’s heart, and for this I am eternally grateful!

I don’t want to appear trite here, but I quite mean it when I say ‘I love you’ and all that has been shared together.  When people can start cherishing one another, rather than a heap o’ stuff or £$, then we’ll see this world turn around in a huge way.

From the vantage point of the northern hemisphere, we can welcome the New Light, which gives rise to the opportunity for all of us to share our sacred light.

Light On The Water (LOTW) Meetings ~ This is a reminder that our LOTW meetings are coming up on Saturday, 20 December from 1-3P US ET locally and our ‘virtual’ meeting via teleconference on Saturday, 27 December from 9-11P US ET (see right side panel). Also, feel free to join the LOTW on-line Community where you’ll find a wealth of resources and amity with kindred spirits.

This Week On
~ Sunday, 14 December 2008 ~
Marilyn Strong

Marilyn Strong

Marilyn C. Strong has a B.A. in Religion and Adult Education through Antioch University West and an M.A. in Spirituality and Culture from Matthew Fox’s Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality.

Marilyn has worked in the areas of educational design and development and in the areas of group facilitation, ritual, music, and celebration. She was on staff at the Chinook Learning Center on Whidbey Island as Director of Education for seven years, facilitating their non-residential, nine-month Core Studies Program and their residential program, Spirit and Culture. Scholars in residence included Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Brother David Steindl-Rast, David Spangler, ritualist Elizabeth Cogburn and singer Susan Osborn.

Marilyn then went on to co-create and co-facilitate with Renie Hope, the Gaia Spirit Rising Program, a nine-month long women’s spiritual growth program that ran for eight years. Guest presenters in the program over the years included China Galland, Merlin Stone, Christine Downing, Demetra George, Luisah Teish, Dorothy Fadiman, and Denise Lynn.

She also created and co-facilitated with Jerry Wennstrom the six-month program, Thresholds: Exploring Passageways to the Soul through Dreamwork, Ritual and the Creative Process. Guest presenters in this program included Marion Woodman, Christina Baldwin, David Whyte and John O’Donohue.

Recently, Marilyn toured the country with Jerry, working more in-depth with the material of Jerry’s book and video and co-leading workshops together. She also facilitates group and private ritual, is a Jungian-oriented spiritual counsellor, an ordained minister, and a ceremonialist with a keen interest in depth psychology, dream analysis, Alchemy, and the healing process that comes through making ritual art. Marilyn facilitates weddings and memorial ceremonies, and her work has also taken her into the area of death and dying, supporting friends in the dying process with both voice and ritual. For many years she was an annual guest presenter at the Women of Wisdom Conferences in Seattle.

Marilyn has also released a CD of her chants, songs, and drumming, Songs for Sophia, which is available upon request. Her singing can be heard in the sound track of the film, In the Hands of Alchemy. She brings depth of understanding, chanting and excellent ritual creation to any event.


~ by ttlnews on 10 December, 2008.

2 Responses to “Marilyn Strong on Toward The Light 14.12!”

  1. Dear Juliet,
    Thank you for this beautiful sharing and your beautiful spirit. I consider you one of my treasures. Prayers and Love and Light to you always,

  2. Dear Juliet:

    Thank you for this sharing from the heart. Please be gentle with yourself and allow your body to do what it needs to do. I am in awe of your many gifts, including this website, but your work will continue in the noosphere, if this should be your opening

    Having been there twice I am very excited for you. My sincerest prayers are that you find the right people, doing the right thing, in a way you can accept and afford. Hospice is a beautiful thing, because you’re still living there, but without the pain and tribulation life otherwise throws at you. I’m proud of you for seeking help.

    Many blessings, prayers, and much light to you,


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