Personal Development

We’re learning we’re immortal

by Maggie La Tourelle

“We’re learning we’re immortal. You must tell others.” This was my mother Pat’s message to me and, as instructed, I am passing it on to you. She wasn’t a preacher, she actually said this when she had late-stage Alzheimer’s and had few functioning brain cells left. Following on from this declaration she told me, with a voice of absolute authority, “Death is nothing to be afraid of”.

What a wonderful message! If we all knew this, and I mean really knew this, our lives would be so different. We would be free from the ultimate fear, the fear of death, and would able to live our lives more fully right now. So what stops us? I imagine many of you will, like me, have believed in life after death but had moments of doubt. What do we need to know in order to not just believe, but to know that we are immortal?

Let’s start with my mother. How did she come to know she was immortal? She hadn’t been particularly religious and had had her fair share of troubles in life. What did she do? Well her realization came to her not through anything she did but rather through what she didn’t do. As past and future rolled into the present, the Now, and her sense of self, her ego, diminished, as happens in late-stage Alzheimer’s, it became easier for her just to ‘be’. ‘Being’ is a transcendental state and in this state amazing things can happen.

But these things didn’t happen to my mother in isolation. She needed a witness and trusted companion and I was privileged to fulfill this role. She led the way and I tried to ‘be’ like her: parking my ego to one side while being totally present. In this ‘being’ state we experienced feelings of deep, unconditional love for each other. My mother said simply, “Love is what it is.”
Taking a more rational view you wouldn’t be blamed for asking, “Was this merely the delusion of a woman with Alzheimer’s?” After all, most people assume that the wanderings of the Alzheimer’s mind are delusional. And did I become deluded too? Did we both want to believe in immortality and as a consequence, create it?

Something remarkable happened that convinced me that what I was hearing was the truth. My mother became very psychic, something she had not been before. Over a period of three and a half years on at least eight occasions she read my mind and told me things about myself that I hadn’t told her and of which she had no obvious way of knowing. The information that she gave me, to my amazement, was one hundred per cent correct. That convinced me that she had developed the ability to tap into some other level of consciousness, possibly the Universal Information Field, and access information from there.

I knew the personal information she was giving me was accurate so how could I be selective and not accept the other information. After all, what she was saying about immortality is what mystics and religious teachers have been saying throughout the ages. Further more, my mother had Alzheimer’s and couldn’t remember much, so it seemed to me that this information was coming to her directly from a source of wisdom on a non-physical level.

Moving from believing to knowing has had a profound effect on me and changed how I experience life. Knowing could change your life too. Don’t think about it, ‘be’ it, know it, Now!

About the Author: Maggie La Tourelle is a writer, holistic therapist and teacher, based in London, UK. She has worked in the field of holistic Untitled-3healthcare for thirty years as a practitioner, teacher and writer integrating psychotherapy, NLP, kinesiology, and healing. She also has ten years hands-on experience helping to care for both her parents at the end of their lives. She has written and contributed to a number of books and articles and has lectured at some of the UK’s leading universities. Her book Principles of Kinesiology continues to be a worldwide classic. Although living in London, Maggie remains close to her Scottish roots and, having originally trained as an art teacher, enjoys designing and making things in her spare time.


Maggie La Tourelle
The Gift of Alzheimer’s
Available from Watkins Publishing