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Monday, October 25, 2010

Death and Dying

Do you ever stop and realize that so many people are attached to the idea of living to be 100 years old? It is kind of interesting to me as some of these people seem to not truly be happy where they are now, however it is really not my place to judge that. I began thinking about this notion of living to be 100 yrs old...why do we want to prolong the lifetime past when nature wants to pull the plug? Would we rather be connected to a feeding tube in a hospital or nursing home rather than just pass along when it is time? It seems as though we are in a time where reversing the clock and aging process is the ultimate goal, so much that we are not enjoying where we are in this moment. I am a firm believer that we can indeed age gracefully and beautifully and savor every moment of it! Do we want to prolong this lifetime out of fear? Fear of the unknown? And in the unknown we have no control over what happens next? Is it more comforting to reside in a lifeless existence where at least we know what lies before us, even if it is just in a vegetable state?

A book I have been reading lately, WALKING THROUGH ILLUSION by BETSY THOMPSON really captivates an alluring and fascinating concept of the dying process. One idea that is mentioned that I really resonate with is that death really should not be feared for it's not an ending of anything but rather a new journey of the soul. "Death had to be real to be feared. When I knew death was impossible, I couldn't fear something I knew did not exist."
The idea of time is discussed but not the way we think of time...according to Thompson the soul lives in emotion rather than time. To the soul, one moment is more meaningful than eons if something wonderful is happening in it. To me this sums up so much of how I try to live my life. You hear the saying, "Quality over Quantity" beautiful and genuine moment is so much more satisfying and rewarding than years of torment.
What do we give in our lifetime and what do we receive? Do we have any control or power or choice in this? Yes! Absolutely we do! "Fear came from giving fear, stress came from giving stress, judgment came from giving judgment." What we put out we in turn receive, simple! You can tell what you are transmitting by what you are order to get different "packages" from the universe simply change what you are sending out.
Reincarnation- do you believe you have lived many lives, been here before, are an old soul, known someone in a past life? The author eludes to the notion that our soul plans journeys following the succession of this one, and in all of these journeys or incarnations we live what we have previously judged. SO when we think about these ideas of growth and reincarnation of the soul,we can start to live more loving and compassionate in this lifetime. How am I perceiving the world around me and how am I perceiving myself? Are these two perceptions related? If I begin to express more love and less judgment toward others how will I begin to start seeing myself?

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