My heart is heavy with sadness, while at the same time, I feel the open fullness of love pervading me – all around me, as the Spirit of two Dharma Sisters dance in my periphery reminding me of the wonders of life/death.
One sister passed away last Wednesday – a very powerful healer. She is dancing with the Kachina’s, scattering her wisdom in the desert dust to be seeded into the Earth, while chanting the songs of the Ancient Ones into the soils of her luscious gardens at her Toronto home.
A second sister passed this morning – a powerful tantric teacher. She is dancing her wild seductive dance with the Dakinis and communing with the fires of Kali as the forest fires rage on near her New Zealand home.
Both of these Dharma Sisters, Marie and Shakti, were powerful reflections in my life. They embodied the wildly divine feminine with fierce love and devotion to the stream of life moving through them in service to world soul, even at the moment of their death.
When our Beloveds die, it’s an invitation to meet the fear of our own death… to meet the fear of dying into the Void of Emptiness.
Come with me now, as I take you on a Death Spiral…
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be present at many life transitions. It’s been a threshold in time worth celebrating. I’ve witnessed the blossoming of hearts and the readiness to really be imbued with their own Light – something people struggle with all their life. And, at this magical moment, the Light is dancing on their skin and illuminating their energy field like one thousand light bulbs.
The witnessing of death is intertwined with cultural/religious beliefs. I saw the mother of a friend being washed in the holy fires of death (just as the Catholic Church speaks of it) right before her passing. I’ve seen smiles come over the face of someone as they take their last breath and meeting Jesus Christ on the inner – receiving into their heart their only true desire.
As my mother and father were making their transition, I had the joyous blessing of feeling their spirit move on into another realm. My mother was talking to relatives who had since been deceased, until suddenly she spoke no more. For the both of them, their transition was filled with such great Presence. The peace was palpable in the room. What a gift to witness!
And Bobby! When Bobby our resident (magical unicorn in disguise) Palomino horse passed some three months ago, he simply created a cloud image of a horse in full gallop in the sky to tell us he was truly free… running wild with the Equine Ancestors.
Many people who are consciously dying are designing their memorial before their passing. Loved ones gather round to share their words and blessings of love before their last breath. After death, the body is held safe and witnessed in a garden for three days before moving on to the crematorium. How sacred is that!
When I was on pilgrimage in Thailand, I remember visiting a beautiful temple where the Holy Master was still honoured. When entering the tempo, I could feel a palpable energy that felt thick but inviting. Some might think that this was heavy dark energy. But it wasn’t. My teacher called it ‘grounded compassion.’ Over int he corner of the main worship floor of the temple was a glassed in body of the Holy Priest. He had passed away having embodied so much Light, that his physical form had yet to decompose some ten years later!!! His spirit was palpable and permeated the environment. This temple had been constructed to house his body for all to breathe in His Presence and so he could be the bridge to carry the blessings as we offered Puja to the planet. Ah – the beauty of death!
How seductive death is! Its magic is unfathomable.
With the passing of a loved one, we’re called to meet or revisit our own feelings around mortality and the impermanence of life… our fear of death. Perhaps even to take up the sorrow for someone we didn’t fully grieve earlier. We’re faced with the opportunity to be more present to life in the fullness of the moment when life as we know it is passing away.
When we’re meeting death consciously, no matter how long the transition into another form on our return to Source, the beauty on the other side is breathtaking – literally!!! Some three years ago I had a near death experience. To this day, I remember the grace-filled atmosphere and the pull of the Light and the undeniable embrace of the Divine Love calling me to listen more deeply as I drifted away from the tethers of my body.
Surrender! Surrender more! It’s a choice point!
Death’s spiral into surrender taught me deep devotion to life… YES and demonstrating just how much the ego was still strategizing in my life! I love the beauty of Earth and the opportunity to bring something so radical to this life – I chose YES to the seduction of Life. Here I am! In the dance of Life and Death – have your way with me as I’m seduced by Spirit.
Here are words from ‘Osho’ to contemplate-
“What is the secret of Life?
The secret of life is Death.
When you love, what is the secret of love?
When you meditate, what is the secret of meditation?
Whatever happens that is beautiful and intense, happens through death.
Whenever you move deep into anything, life will be at the periphery,
And death will be at the center.” OSHO
Holy Undeniable Death… There’s a Rite for that!
With endless love, your Dharma Sister…
Marie & Shakti, I am missing your Presence already!
I bow to you in honouring the wisdom you’ve seeded into the Earth for the blessing of future generations.