Ralph wrote an awesome book called: “WHAT’S NEXT…” in which he said:
“All my experiences of a profound nature are not unique. I’ve read many books and talked to many people who have had wonderful, eye-opening, life-changing experiences. My experiences are not something special. Meeting John de Ruiter is.”
I met Ralph about 13 years ago while doing some volunteer work at the Oasis Centre. I always enjoyed chatting with him and was honoured to have known him. (He left this reality in September, 2018.) I think of him often – the gentle man with a sparkle in his eyes, a warm smile and a great sense of humour.
It’s evident how much Ralph loved John de Ruiter, and it showed up in many ways such as the time Ralph went to Tel Aviv, Israel at the age of 80, because John was offering his first seminar there. After he returned, I chatted with him in the café about his time in Israel. I was a bit surprised to hear that he hadn’t combined the trip with sight-seeing or any side trips, as the others had done. He said with a happy grin: “I only went for John.” That conversation touched my heart and I could see how sincere he was…that he had recognized a golden opportunity to be with John at a time when new pathways were being opened, and he was honoured to be part of it.
When I heard that Ralph was working on a book at age 82, I thought it was very sweet and didn’t give it much more thought. When it was announced that he’d completed the book 6 years later, I couldn’t wait to read it; I had the opportunity to purchase it…a signed copy, at the “Magical Manifest” event (Oasis Center) that very night.
What a gift! As well as getting to know more about Ralph, I felt like I was reconnecting with a kindred spirit that I’ve known forever. I enjoyed reading about his journey ‘home’…and how he eventually met John…and I liked the ease and flow in his writing style. He seems to offer the reader a comfy chair to nestle into…and to listen to the wisdom of “an old guy”…and then you’re suddenly pulled into the depths of what he’s saying.
Ralph discovered his true nature while he lived…and he states over and over in this book: “We’re afraid to believe, to REALLY believe; afraid it would all be too wonderful”
Another quote from the book: “I remember John once asked me, “Do you know who you are?” I responded, “I know who you are and that’s enough.” He said, “that’s not enough. You have to know who you are.”
If you never met Ralph, you might be interested in reading about his life…how he found the way to John…and about what happened after he met John. I always saw him as quiet, unassuming…and sweet. I never realized he was actually a bonafide Rocket Scientist…acclaimed for some of his engineering projects and creations related to NASA’s Apollo space program. He spent his life studying, researching, engineering, designing…and getting re-educated as often as needed in order to keep working. All that, and spending an equal amount of time digging deeper into the truth about life every step of the way.
This book is a gem, as was the author himself. I know it will touch the hearts of many. I’m glad that he wrote a book before he left…for John…for all of us…for everyone. Thank you Ralph.
The book is currently available at Amazon.com