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Excerpted from Reaching to Heaven by James Van Praagh. Copyright 1999 by James Van Praagh. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"As we reconnect to our souls, our priorities about life may change."

James Van PraaghReaching to Heaven, Part 2

When we pass over, we are greeted by loved ones and spiritual guides who have been with us on many journeys. In the spirit world each soul chooses what it wants to experience. When we have achieved the fullness of our dreams and desires, and are motivated with joy and inspiration from the higher realms, we will make the decision to return to earth to live life once again. At birth we do not enter the physical world empty-handed; we bring along the wisdom of eternity contained within our soul's memory. Nor do we return alone; heavenly spirits are always nearby.

The messages from spirit in the second section of the book are designed to encourage you to examine the parts of yourself that keep you stuck in earthly illusions and unaware of your connection to the divinity within. As you will see, emotional blocks stunt spiritual growth and make our journey through life difficult. By reading about the trials and tribulations of others, you may discover the internal conflicts that hold you back from fully embracing life. Perhaps, the advice from those on the other side will help to alleviate your fears and urge you to heal your emotional scars.

In the last part of the book, I propose ways to help you take charge of your journey through life. There are meditations to achieve clarity of mind, and recommendations for fostering spiritual values in children so that they are well equipped to handle life's ups and downs. Finally, I offer the keys to unlocking the door to your spiritual self in order for you to remember who you are.

As we reconnect to our souls, our priorities about life may change. We will learn, as I have, that all the answers are within us just waiting to be revealed. As we open the door to the infinite, we will discover that we are all inter-connected in this tapestry called life. Through the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, we learn who we are and why we are here.

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