How many of you believe in the Afterlife? If so, how do you envision it?
Loved ones have appeared to me after they died. It is always an honor and a privilege to receive a visitation from Spirits. The irony is that if you don't believe in them, the chances are that you won't ever see them. Believing is seeing, it is not the other way around, as some may want us to think. Sometimes these old sayings are not based on fact.
The truth is that we die a little every day. Every time we let go of an old attitude, an attachment to anything - a relationship, a behaviour, a job, old habits, addictions, etc... we die to the old and are born to something new. This may sound cliché and trivial, but if you really pay attention, you see that we need to let go of something to turn our attention to something else.
Our bodies stop growing in our mid-twenties and begin to decline in our 30's. In the past, most of our Ancestors only lived into their 40's. Today we prolong life at all costs, but what about the quality of life? Why are so many so afraid, so resistant to death?
Life is not linear, it is not final. Our Indigenous Ancestors called death "dropping your Robe", meaning they would just drop their bodies... and keep on walking. To them, there was no seperation between life and death. Not if you were in tune with your Soul and the Spirit World.
Science and Religion has make us overly sceptical or indoctrinated us in some way regarding death. Yet science has proven again and again that matter never dies, it is only transformed. Water is transformed into steam, earth is constantly being transformed. Why should humans be any different? Everything has a Spirit.
Even now, as I have stopped doing Medicine Wheel Circles, occasionally I am asked to do one for the community. I am always happy when asked, even if I don't go out of my way to promote them, I will do them upon request. I have entered a new stage of the Life/Death cycle. A huge part of me died when I stopped doing Circles. But another part of me came forth and I continue to walk forward with Spirit guiding me. I follow the Dreaming as much as I am capable. I continue to learn and grow and heal.
I continue to make connections and am working on facilitating a Meetup Group about shared living for women in their Golden Years. Today many women live alone in their Senior years as women tend to live longer than men. Women often live alone in huge houses and are lonely. Not to mention the huge impact we are making on the environment with one person per house and one car per person.
It is time that we returned to community living, to being collective, to circular thinking - if we are to do our part in helping Mother Earth in this difficult time of change. We need to realize that what we do has a ripple effect that impacts everything around us and for generations to come.
All things are born and all things must die. Mother Earth included. She will undergo tremendous transformations as she has done serveral times in the past. Humans did not always exist and we will cease to exist again, at least in the form that we know now. The human brain and body are changing and we don't know into what.
Death is change, change is death. Resistance is futile. The thing is, are we prepared to accept our fate, to face it with courage, to surrender? Or do we fight tooth and nail until the end? Death is the ultimate equalizer.
For me, dying is hard, but death/rebirth has always been a beautiful, magical and miraculous experiece! It has occurred a few times in this life. The after-effect is is the best thing, the Rebirth!
Every night we die, we let go. Every day we are reborn, it's a new life filled with new opportunities and new challenges. When I "died" at age 32, I realized that the body is just a vessel and that we can transcend the physical, we can become pure Spirit.
Death can be scary and difficult, especially if we resist, butt life after death is wonderous. Life goes on!