What Happened When I Returned To The Spirit World

  • By Karen Nowak
  • 19 Aug, 2015

A first hand account from a cat named Satchmo.

What Happened When I Returned To The Spirit World
This blog was written with the help of Satchmo and her human Karen Noel. For background history on their amazing journey click here.
Satchmo: “I was greeted by many spiritual beings.

The only way I can describe it was that it sounded like they were clapping to honor the life I had just left and to greet me on my return.

I felt the purity of the love they were expressing.

One particular spirit helped me with my transition to a higher resonance. It was the soul of a woman I had been particularly close too.

She wanted to thank me for being of service to her and others.

I was a bit perplexed at first hearing her gratitude. She went on to remind me of the truth of my growing spiritually is a gift to others.

Yes, I did see souls from my other lifetimes in the group. Souls I was on earth with in more than one life time that I am particularly close too. Also there were other acquaintances I have had the pleasure to meet.

The entire transitional experience was very exhilarating. I was ready to let go of my physical body. Karen Noel helped me do that with ease.

The ceremonies she and her friend performed, after my death, assisted me in releasing my association with my physical body once my soul had left it. After all, I had grown quite fond of it.

Many souls helped me to remember experiences I had had in body. It helped me to continue to grow in the spirit realm.
Nothing was judged, merely remembered giving me the opportunity to embrace the gifts inherent in the experience I might have missed while in body.”

Karen Nowak : Satchmo what advice could you give anyone reading your experience that would assist them in attaining higher levels of understanding in their own or another’s dying process.

Satchmo: Embrace it all. Even fear and uncertainty. You will soon smile with the knowing of a more expansive existence.

Don’t be hard on yourself. It isn’t a contest to see who can ascend with more spirituality in tack.

It is about loving who you are, exactly as you are, in every moment of your life right up until your last breath leaves your physical body.

Each crossing experience holds gifts you will only become aware of when you are fully in spirit. Even the not so easy moments.

This was my personal experience. You will have your own unique experience. There is no one size fits all.

What I can tell you is that you are never alone. Not then, not now. There is a great deal of love supporting no matter where, no matter when.

It also exists for you while in body. Individual experiences may challenge what I am saying. I don’t know why some of us forget this while alive. I know I had times I questioned it too.

Karen Noel: I have believed in the afterlife since being questioned about where I thought my life force went when I died. It made me realize that nothing created just ceases to exist, it all recycles.

Satchmo’s experience has reinforced this as well as helping me understand that everything we do is okay.

Like Satchmo said, “Why would the Universe have a rating system?” It’s all perfect, we need to stop judging ourselves and others and be grateful and accept!

Thank you once again Satchmo.

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Only then could I understand it was judgments I made, and the perspective I took that kept me in emotional pain about the difference.

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If the animal has escaped to go out on a jaunt it could include joy on their side not on yours. There are as many variables, emotions, and situations as there are animals.

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When I was asked that question I thought back to the death my horse, Chris, to find the answer.

Her death had left me emotionally devastated. I wasn’t aware of all she had been in my life. Without conditions. The hurt seemed stronger than losing humans I had been close to. It wasn’t until the loss of my parents, that I was able to experience the difference.

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I matured in many ways on her back. She had my heart and supported me, as I matured into an adult with a federal job and a mortgage.

I became more confident in many areas of my life, from riding her. I trusted her with my heart and life. She knew me in ways no human could. When on her back our energy fields become one. I could never hide my feelings from her, she always knew what my heart didn’t always want my head to know. Chris knew things about me no human could see. She judged none of it.
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Finding lost animals is wrought with fear, anxiety, panic and lack of control.

If the animal has escaped to go out on a jaunt it could include joy on their side not on yours. There are as many variables, emotions, and situations as there are animals.

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