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Requiem for the Separate Self
During the time a being passes from this world, those observing the process closely can be transformed. Witnessing a soul drop all the trappings on their way to Infinity can give an embodied consciousness a really good idea of just exactly how much is released. Until that moment, the understanding about the need to let go can be purely thoughts in a mindstream of thoughts. Witnessing death though, can breathe life into the knowing, can make all the verses and all the sutras of the greatest promises of all the scriptures of all the traditions come alive in the body, in the life.
"The death of an old dream is an essential aspect of the death-rebirth journey, the dream of me and my life and the way it was all supposed to turn out. The invitation is to hold the shattered soul-pieces near and grieve all that we will inevitably lose on the path of awakening and healing."
What dies along the Self Realization journey, or the awakening journey, or along the path to Nirvana, or whatever else it might be called, is a sense of separate self. This does not magically solve all our problems, have us walk around in only bliss, or give us special status among other human beings. It simply allows us to enter the stream of Life, unimpeded.
What would life look like if I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the me I’ve taken myself to be, with all its dreams, identities, stories, fears, desires, etc., is only a miniscule sliver of Who I really Am? What might change about the way I live? Assuming I can rely on myself to take care of the body even in this knowing, (because Nature knows how to take care of Herself,) how might this that I Am, show up in the world?
The evolution of life on planet Earth right now, depends on our really getting this. I can think of no better way for human nodes of Consciousness to get this – to really get this, beyond the cognitive – than to sit bedside with their loved ones dying.
I welcome your responses.