Season: Winter

Permission to Awaken New Possibilities

By Nancy Lipari

This moment is my moment of choice.

We have forgotten who we truly are beyond the nature of duality. The current reality put forth by consciousness of the populace simply doesn’t accurately portray the whole story. The social norm is to forget that this is a Spiritual Universe. Gradually we awaken to the truth of who we are as it is revealed to us through our insights, meditations, books, elders, church groups, and study of the new discoveries of quantum physics.

Following my Near Death Experience (NDE), which was an indescribable process of unconditional Love, I sought to keep the comfort and fulfillment of that wonderful experience alive. I found one of the easiest ways for me to move into union with the internal, eternal Divine Essence is a very simple process. (The actual NDE experience is available to you through some links below).

I regularly set aside 5 to 15 minutes a day to read a passage I find inspirational. As I read each word, I focus on the meaning behind the words. Or, sometimes, I contemplate the use of the words in my own life, asking myself “What is significant in this passage to me? Do the words inspire an action for me to take? Are the words speaking to my souls purpose? If I decide to take a particular action, how will it serve me? Others?” I ponder choices I have made, look for patterns of behavior and seek to reveal my souls purpose. As I focus on understanding the revelations of the passage I selected to read, my idle mind-chatter fades away. I follow the flow of my breath and quietly listen for any understanding about the passage to reveal itself to me.

Remembering what we focus on expands, it becomes apparent that as we focus on our inner feelings, we drop out of our hypnotic addiction to the material world where we are just continually, endlessly unpacking and repacking the same old habits in the same old suitcase. This prevents us from actually entering into any new behaviors. Consequently, we tend to create the same patterns again and again only with new people and new situations. We have become trapped by the neurological paths in our minds embedded in childhood and endlessly perpetuated by societal standards.

My Near Death Experience showed me we take ourselves with us wherever we go. More specifically we take our consciousness with us wherever we go. Therefore, it is our conscious awareness we need to cultivate.

Focusing on the inspirational message brings feelings of peace. When we feel peaceful, we become more compassionate. Becoming more compassionate, we are able to respond to recent events with a new perspective. We realize it is up to us to awaken to new possibilities. Life is choice. Perhaps from this new understanding we allow ourselves to choose a way to respond to the event with love. Each moment is my moment of choice.

To choose to respond with love, not to simply have a thoughtless knee-jerk reaction, we release our angst and judgements. We pause, take a few deep breaths, open up our hearts as we invite Grace to flow into the situation. As we choose to respond with love, for others and ourselves, we are lifted up by Grace into the ‘Field’ described by quantum physics. The Field contains an infinite potential of outcomes and the outcome we focus on is the one we activate.

When we focus on a loving response, we automatically activate the potential of a new, unexpected, wonderful experience and invite it into our lives. The old pattern can fall away. The space has been made for a new, brighter, more fulfilling future to manifest for ourselves and all others involved. We bridge the gap between the two realities with love. In this way, we bring Heaven to Earth.


I like to prepare my meditation space by placing three candles near where I am going to sit. To begin, I take a deep breath and then purposefully light the candles. I gaze at the candle flames and take some more deep, soothing breaths. I greet the candle flames the same way I greeted the Light Beings in my Near Death Experience, with affection and humor. I breath in for a slow count of six, hold the breath for a slow count of seven, and release the breath to a slow count of eight. With each inhale I visualize the movement of energy from the base chakra up through my heart, throat, and out the top of my head. With each exhale I envision Universal Light coming into the crown of my head and cascading down my back to settle in at the base chakra. With each breath I can feel the tension increasingly leave my body.

When I feel relaxed, centered and balanced, I open my eyes and read the first few sentences of the inspirational passage I have selected for the day. I think of the meaning behind the words. I let the calmness and peace quiet my mind and open my heart. I drift in the peaceful silence of understanding as I let Grace lift me to the place of unconditional love that resides within my soul.

When ready, I simply open my eyes and bathe in the afterglow until I am ready to resume the days activities. Sometimes I jot down the insights I gained during the meditation in my journal. I am refreshed. I rejoice in the very act of being alive to co-create Heaven on Earth.


There is nothing to fix. There is nothing to overcome. I respond to lifes activities with love. I let laughter bubble up from within. This is my moment. I rejoice in my life. I am grateful. I love my life.

Bonus Section:  Artwork & Poetry

Artwork Title: Glimpse of Forever

Artist: Nancy Lipari

Description: Diptych, Acrylic painting on two attached canvas panels. 20” x 20” 

Artist’s Statement: As an artist, I attempt to reveal the love, light and beauty inherent in nature. I simply let love flow through my hand into the artwork. My desire is to bring into expression the harmony that emanates from within as I honor and acknowledge the sacredness residing in all things. 


“Time becomes meaningless in the face of creativity!”
-Source: Anonymous

Artwork Title: Sipapu

Artist: Mark Weber

Description: Mixed media painting on paper. 15″x 11″

Upon hearing Nancy’s NDE, artist friend Mark Weber was moved to create the following painting. She thoughtfully remarks: “He magnificently conveys the feeling and captures the essence of the Light at the end of the tunnel in this painting.”

sipapu (a Hopi word) was a small hole or indentation in the floor of a kiva (pit house). Kivas were used by the Ancestral Puebloans and continue to be used by modern-day Puebloans. The sipapu symbolizes the portal through which their ancient ancestors first emerged to enter the present world.


each have their own diameter

no distinction between inner and outer

room for both is equal

we might call that subjective without proof

branches and snowflakes support the journey

we have been attracted or invited

essentially identical same strength

the decision of white light is ours

Mark Weber explains: “For a few years now I have been writing ‘poetry’ to my paintings. I put ‘poetry’ in quotes because, like the paintings, I have designed my own format, design, and structure for these works.”

For more than 30 years, Mark has helped create an environment at St. Louis Community College that embraces and appreciates the arts. In an effort to honor his legacy and support aspiring artists at the Wildwood campus, the St. Louis Community College Foundation established a Mark Weber Scholarship Fund in 2019.


Video of Nancy Maier Lipari Near Death Experience, filmed 1992.
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