August 2002

I couldn�t imagine living my life and not believing that this was not the end.  I couldn�t imagine the despair, hopelessness, apathy, and even fear that must constantly reside in the minds of those who think that this is all there is.  What a sad and unfortunate cynicism there must be inside of those who subscribe to the belief that life spontaneously arose and evolved from some cosmic cataclysm and will just as spontaneously regress into the dark abyss from which it began.  Living a life without hope for spiritual continuity which surpasses the temporal physical dimension must surely be a life of darkness and desolation. To attain this level of doubt and denial, a person has used their God-given free will to keep the doors which open toward their spiritual quest tightly closed.  Not only are the doors closed and locked, but a wall is built which conceals the presence of the doors completely.  It is almost more difficult to maintain this sense of complete isolation from the Divine than to acknowledge, accept, and pursue it. 



I, personally, believe that life is an unending cycle, ebbing and flowing from the Divine Source.  We have come from the Creator and with the breath of God, have been given this gift of life.  Our experience here increases the experiential mind of God.  Each new experience becomes part of the collective consciousness of creation.  Our all-knowing, all-living, all-experiencing God walks each step with us, takes each breath we take and feels each moment of elation as well as each moment of sorrow.  We each are an individual being who was purposefully disembodied from our Source, given no memory of our Origin, and placed here to exercise our free will in an effort to gain varied and significant experiences to feed our soul as we search for the meaning of it all.



Our sheltered, amnesiac existence provides us with our frame of reference for how we view death.  We wake here on this planet as a baby, a young and pristine creation, small and full of the potential to grow and become.  Youth provides us with seemingly unlimited energy and vitality.  We bear fruit into our adulthood, continuing to grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.  As we enter the winter of our life, the gifts we have cultivated now fade as they are taken away.  The vivacity and glow diminishes.  Our supple exterior is replaced with wrinkles.  The colors turn to gray.  Our strength withers until at last we fall fast asleep.  This is the natural flow of the seasons within us.  Of course, death can come at any season of our lives, which often makes it much more difficult to understand and accept.



When we see our loved ones �taken away� from us, we experience feelings of intense anger, frustration, and injustice.  It seems so permanent, so unfair.  Why was this life cut short?  Why did it have to end?  Our short-sightedness causes great emotions of grief to rise within us.  Yet, we are all aware that life here on earth is only temporary and that it ALWAYS ends.  At the same time, we pretend like it is supposed to go on indefinitely and act rather shocked when it is �cut short.�  We don�t like to talk about dying, as if somehow by not mentioning it, we can prolong our time here.  If only we had the foresight to embrace the fact that our earthly existence is a time of hardship and struggles, teaching us important soul lessons that will eventually further us along our spiritual path; that during our time here, we are awkward, limited, and rudimentary in our living.  This is a time of expanding our knowledge as we navigate through a sea of difficult experiences.  If only we could clearly see with the eyes of faith into that life that NEVER ends!  If only we could believe that what we do not see with earthly vision is more real than anything we will ever experience in this incarnation.  We must break the materialistic habits we possess in order to totally immerse ourselves into the absolute reality of our eternal lives in heaven. 


Once we establish a clear vision of our immortal reality, it will become obvious to us that death is a birth into a purely spiritual reality, free of burdens, limits, and fears.  On the other side, there is no fear, no pain, no guilt, no hatred.  What a joy it will be to be wrapped in the warm energy of pure love!  The death we experience in this physical realm is one of the greatest transitions one could aspire to achieve.  It is perhaps more of a sad event�a death you might say�when we choose to leave our heavenly home and return to earth to continue our soul lessons.  How ironic that during the time we are immersed in this �reality� that we see birth and death as being quite opposite from what they really are.  Maybe that is God�s way of balancing things out.


I challenge everyone to re-evaluate your perception of birth and death.  Apply your knowledge not only to yourself, but to those whom you love.  Know that we will all be together again in a more real and permanent way.  Believe that every experience that we have has been predestined by ourselves in order to achieve a specific goal.  Allow your faith to take anything that comes your way and view it as fleeting and necessary.  It�s not easy, but then again, nothing in this life is.  The easiest and best part of our being occurs when life TRULY begins and extends into its ultimate fullness, enmeshed with boundless joy, harmony, peace, and love.  Life does not really begin until we die.

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