How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying): Wisdom from a Near Death Survivor

How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying): Wisdom from a Near Death Survivor

by Robert Kopecky


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A Near-Death Survivor's Guide to Living a Joyful Reality in the Here and Now

After living through three very different near-death experiences, Robert Kopecky discovered a remarkable fact about life and death: You don't have to die to go to Heaven.

This book shows how to engage with a paradise that is always present in your life. It's about learning how to make choices that lead you to a place of happiness and fulfillment—finding the pathways (and a few shortcuts) that will bring you the spiritual awareness and joy that is your birthright. By cultivating perspective, presence, and purpose, you'll discover that going to Heaven is not about moving into a realm of eternal sleep, but about being right where you are—wherever that may be—and waking up.


"Many people have had near-death experiences and have returned with strong messages for the rest of us. Robert Kopecky's reflections are unusually intelligent and presented in a lively mix of humor and seriousness. I had fun reading this book and appreciated Robert's fresh way of offering traditional wisdom."—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Ageless Soul

"Helping us to engage with life, these truths will lead us on a transformational journey in finding a life filled with joy while creating Heaven on Earth."—Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of What If This Is Heaven

"Possibly the most insightful book on how to obtain the enlightenment experienced by those who have gone through a NDE, How to Get to Heaven (Without Really Dying) offers hope and encouragement to experience lasting change."—Marianne Pestana, host of Moments with Marianne

"Robert's compassion and selfless service of insight and reflections are a true gift to every reader of this guide to higher consciousness."—Brother Edward Salisbury, DDiv, FD, hospice minister and multiple NDE survivor

"Robert Kopecky clearly identifies techniques to help stop our de-evolution of society by remembering our true purpose—to be of service to others."—Linda P. Truax, Board Secretary of the International Association for Near-Death Studies

"I appreciate and endorse Robert's key themes, which are presented with engaging and heartfelt first person examples: we if seek peace of mind in this life, we'll find it through acts of kindness, humility, honesty, forgiveness, compassion, and service. These practices are universal, but often expressed in a dogmatic fashion, rather than in the friendly manner found in this book. Perhaps his clarity boils down to the adage, 'Religion is for people who're afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who've already been there.'"—Josh Korda, author and guiding teacher of DharmaPunx NYC

"A landscape of love is all around us, and yet mysteriously hidden. Based on his own near-death experiences, Robert Kopecky gives us keys to this landscape. Practicing the simple qualities of kindness, compassion, humility, and service open us to the love, light, and magic of life. Heaven is not 'somewhere else' but a state in which we are reconnected to the Divine Consciousness that is within and all around us. This beautiful book helps us to live in this miraculous realm, awake in its wonder."—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, author of Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738753218
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 591,649
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert Kopecky (Brooklyn, NY) explores and teaches about the lessons he learned from surviving three near-death experiences. He's the author of How to Survive Life (and Death) , and he blogs at BeliefNet , The Mindful Word , Soul Life Times , and other places around the web. Visit him online at

Table of Contents


Exercises … xi

Introduction: Finding Heaven (the Easier Way) … 1

Part I: Perspective
Chapter 1: Gaining Perspective Through Simple Principles: Cultivating a View from on High … 15
Chapter 2: Kindness: It's Very Nice to Be Very Kind … 25
Chapter 3: Humility: How a Humble Life Is So Totally Fabulous … 35
Chapter 4: Honesty: The Gift of Honesty Is Really No Lie … 47
Chapter 5: Forgiveness: It's For Giving … and For Getting … 55
Chapter 6: Compassion: Becoming a Passionate Compassionate … 63
Chapter 7: Service: How You Really Can Meet the Nicest People … 75

Part II: Presence
Chapter 8: Finding Presence Now: It's Always Been Now, and Always Will Be … 87
Chapter 9: The Presence That Lasts: Uncovering Ancient Paths to Heaven … 103

Part III: Purpose
Chapter 10: Discovering Divine Purpose Through Personal Actions: Becoming a Heavenly Human Being … 129
Chapter 11: Looking into the Truth: Turning from Our Dark Corners to Face the Light … 139
Chapter 12: Meditation Works When Your Mind Doesn't: Don't Just Do Something—Sit There! … 151
Chapter 13: Recognize the Sacred in Everything:… and (Surprise!) Become a Whole Lot Happier … 171
Chapter 14: Look for the Divine in Others: Realizing Heavenly Relationships … 181
Chapter 15: Create a Divine World: Making This Place Look More Like Paradise … 195
Conclusion: The Everyday Realization of Heaven … 209
Appendix: Many Heavens to Live, Many Ways to Die: Why We Really (Don't) Die … 213

Bibliography and Interdimensional Reading List … 217

Acknowledgments … 223

Index … 225

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