88. THE EXPERIENCES OF LAZARUS IN THE BEYOND
 IN order not to discuss this subject any further, Lazarus began to talk about his previous sickness and how he could still very well remember all the details before his death but knew nothing anymore of what happened with him after that.
 This was the opportunity to talk about life after death and how the soul feels when he arrives in the beyond.
 Lazarus asked Me why he did not remember anything at all about what happened to him at the time when he laid in the grave.
 I explained to him that the reason was that his soul was in a condition of highest bliss, and with that in mind it would be unbearable to him to still dedicate himself with earthly activities. This could be compared to a good and wise king who used to be with exalted people and would suddenly be forced to deal with the worst people and in the most miserable accommodation without being able to improve his condition.
 “But to prove to you that I did not say too much, for a short time I want you to receive that memory back and you can explain to all of us very clearly what has happened to you and what you have experienced. Now speak as it comes back into your memory and say clearly what you feel. But I want that you will not feel the present imprisonment in your body and that you speak as a free spirit.”
 Immediately Lazarus fell into a short trance. Then he woke up and spoke with a dignified, exalted expression the following: ‘O, now I can again see, clearly and distinctly in the spirit what I felt and thought during that hour of death.
 I had an unspeakable fear in the beginning when I noticed that life wanted to extinguish in me. Then there was a calmness and I felt the need to sleep deeply. The crying of my sisters who stood at my bed seemed pointless to me, for I knew that I would awaken again. Then I fell asleep.
 When I woke up I felt light and free of all physical discomforts. I breathed the purest air and I felt delightfully strengthened. I kept my eyes closed because I felt that it was cozy and pleasant to surrender completely to that rest. But then I felt the need to open my eyes, which did however not succeed so well. I felt how a hand touched my eyes, and now I could open them up.
 I looked at the smiling face of my father and was at first very surprised about that because I knew that he died and saw him now standing next to me. He told me that I had died physically and had now entered the free spiritual world and was standing in his house.
 I looked around me and saw a beautiful room, shining in bright, pure colors. The beauty of that room in which clear light was flowing impressed me so much that I was really amazed and
shouted: ‘If I did not want to believe your words, this room shows me that I was taken away from the world, my father. Tell me, is this the place where you are staying?’
 My father answered: ‘This room is so to speak my secret little room in which I am completely alone with My Lord and Creator, and through Him I am also everywhere wherever it is needed. I have taken you up my son in this holy place because you only are a guest of this kingdom and later you will enter your own possession. But it is a great joy for me to receive you, for he who is a friend of the Lord, who is now on the Earth, can also claim the best in us and so also outside of us.
 You do not understand how this is meant? See, this room means the inner little room of the heart of my being and is therefore the center of my sphere from which I can bring you everywhere as far as my spirit reaches. By that you are at the same time with me, surrounded by my love, co-ruler of myself as long as you are here. Every human being has in the beyond such very holy place in which he can withdraw himself in order to be pervaded by the rays of the purest light which penetrates unobstructed through all the walls. You also will experience this when you will be a permanent inhabitant here. But now, as already said, you are not yet, but only a guest because I as your earthly father have the nearest right to protect your soul.’
 Now I stood up from my resting chair on which I came to myself again, and in full love I hugged my father whom I did not leave till You, o Lord, called me back. I also traveled around with him and he showed me all the things that were under his control. His most important task was to gather the souls who arrived from the Earth and lead them to the right spiritual activities.
 I also saw how these souls were often heavily loaded with all kinds of worldly filth from which they had to free themselves, and I saw how everything that is present in the spirit shows itself also on the outside in a corresponding image in an outer appearance. Thus, lasting images exist from the things that the souls want and wish which can only change when the will changes, and in this way they represent the sphere or the visible world of the thoughts of the soul. The bodily masking cover has disappeared and with that also the possibility to hide the will of the thoughts.
 But that world of thoughts is absolutely not something that is not there – meaning a fantasy – but it is for every spirit something that is materially spiritualized, structured, as soon as it is fixed by the will of love, which must be in harmony with the will of God’s love. If the will of the created being is not in harmony with the will of God’s love, the world of thoughts cannot remain in existence but will again have to perish. The earthly material things that are build and the material transmitted thoughts of man are perishable because in the will of God’s love matter does not exist at all, but were only fixed as a changeable form for a certain goal. But the things of the spirit are imperishable because the creation of
the spirit is the end goal of the divine creation itself. This means: God wants to create by His created beings and thus give them happiness, let them enjoy it and He Himself will enjoy it through His created beings.
 So life in the beyond is therefore mainly to be active in the spirit. That means creating imperishable works, but not material works which have to fall apart into debris and dust.
 By looking at the many things that were shown to my spirit I already enjoyed part of the future happiness, and I therefore will always be gladly willing to dispose again of this body when You, o Lord, will command it, just as much as I was disposed to come back again when Your voice sounded in the room and urged me to come back. My father told me already that this would happen and so I was completely prepared for it.
 But I also know now that every human being must, for what his body is concerned, be awakened by You in this manner because after the departure of the soul, many things are still left behind of what the soul needs for his life in the beyond. This is based on the fact that those substances, which form matter in the body, will after their dissolving and ascending from their physical form still keep a kind of relationship with the soul. Something like when a person who lived for a long time in a region will after his departure still be attracted to it, and the things that he experienced there will always still be connected with the environment in the feeling of his
soul so that one thing without the interaction of the other would only give an unclear picture.
 So the soul seeks to attract to himself the soul-element that controls the smallest parts of substance of his body that are left behind and unite them with himself because by that, also a kind of liberation from matter takes place, or better said: what is pure will take up in itself, devour, that which is still impure. Of course this is a process which remains completely incomprehensive for a still earthly human being if he is not far advanced in spiritual things. Anyway, this awakening of the body by the soul, which does not have to happen fast, is as necessary as the awakening of the soul by the spirit which is in turn directly awakened by You, o Lord, this means: be called to life. This progressive order is a
special secret of Your creation which I could only see and experience in the beyond and which every human being will experience in himself.
 Now when Your voice sounded to me, I felt withdrawn and I had the feeling like when the images are changing in a dream and then you soon wake up. However, between the images that we dream we feel a gap which the soul cannot fill up when he is conscious. Thus I thought that I woke up from a long sleep and then I found myself lying in the grave. I knew what had happened
to me but I only had the memory of a dream.
 Now that I feel free from my body at this moment, I also feel very well that the shackles of the body are not capable to restrain the soul who feels free once he has tasted the true freedom of the soul, for which reason You, o Lord, have loosened the bonds of my body so that he would not be destroyed. I also know now that You explained everything to me after my awakening, which however disappeared again from my memory. But now I will no longer forget these events but will certainly keep them in myself as an invaluable possession.”
 Now I said to Lazarus that he should again be the one whom he was before and be the earthly living Lazarus. Then he once more fell into a short trance, and after that he cheerfully woke up in the midst of My followers with the memory of a living dream.
 This event had been a lively, clear image of the process of dying for all those who were present, and later it greatly contributed to remove any remaining fear of the moment of death.
 Now I encouraged My followers to go to rest so that they would feel strengthened tomorrow for a great work, and they soon all followed this advice. (GGJ Book 25, chap. 88)
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