Shining Moments

Throughout the narrative I have woven in bursts of inspiration, or “shining moments,” which guided me through the transforming experience of losing my dad.  Following are some of the helpful words of wisdom. 

Be prepared to meet death …
Be prepared to meet death at all times. It is always nearby and its presence illuminates your life experiences. It is a teacher and a friend. Refrain from fear; if you reach for it, you will make contact. There is no need to introduce negativity into your thoughts regarding death. Do not ground yourself in earthly cares or concern yourself with what you cannot change. This is the larger plan for all human life—to descend to the earth plane for a period of existence and return to the Source.

On sitting vigil...
Your lack of fear in this situation is what he needs. You can find relief from fear by taking refuge in the peace that comes with death, rather than fearing it. Fill your body with love—draw it down and dwell in your spirit at those times when fear would overtake you. In this way you can change your own vibration and feel the power of prayer.  You can help your father by maintaining your spiritual connection to him throughout your visit. Do not become overly emotional and subject him to more than he can handle. Peace will reign over him as he passes through his transition, and your gentle, reassuring presence will communicate what he needs to know.

On facing death…
This is the end of life, which you must contemplate.  Do not turn away.  See its miraculous powers and charms.  It is a deeply moving experience.  Ride with it and allow yourself to be carried along by every emotion.  Wait patiently as the changes take place, and give him strength with your loving presence.

Death is a teacher…
You are blessed by the presence of the great teacher—death. It transforms the lives and the soul power of the individuals who are facing it if they are willing to look it squarely in the eye. Do not pretend that you cannot see its presence as a force in your own life, or the integrity of your existence will be compromised. This is a core issue: the real understanding that death will come to you, too. You need not be frozen by the prospect, but can allow yourself to expand into the awareness of the next phase of life. Rejoice, for you have found the key to living with the knowledge of your own death.

Dying well…
You are always bridging the known and the unknown and must release control in order to find freedom. The lessons on how to die well abound in every phase of life. Stay grounded in the present but surrender to the pull of where you are being taken by the call of your inner voice. Find within you the still place where that call resides, and move forward in its direction with intention.

When death comes…
The experience of death makes itself known. It has transformative powers like no other experience in human life. It creates a shift in awareness that causes those who are left behind, to die to their previous understanding. Any discomfort felt is due to resistance and fear. Stand in awe. Allow it to change you. Deeply respect its powers and give thanks for the healing that occurs.