“Every tree knows its season and when its time they gracefully surrender their leaves to the wind.”
Death, as we know, is a part of life that is inescapable. Every living thing dies. you may or may not agree, depending on your beliefs and traditions. I believe that the spiritual is wrapped in many perspectives, the physical and emotional, but what about our etheric body – the human energy field? Hardly anyone mentions this level, but it is interconnected and essential. Wouldn’t you agree?
When I talk about healing yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, the struggle many of us have with accepting death speaks to the spiritual healing we need. Death is indiscriminate and all life journeys come to a natural end. So, in terms of emotional healing, what is there to ease the fear and angst of death? In the modern Western world, death is a mystifying, taboo topic not generally discussed in realistic terms. We understand grief, and depending on our spiritual beliefs or traditions, there are certain rituals we carry out to help us tolerate the experience. But the actual details of what happens to us during death is a
conversation not tenable for many. But, what of the profundity of death? We tend to shroud the idea of death in familiar tropes – pain, suffering, mourning. We try to extend our lives to the maximum, not admitting that our exit from this life is inevitable. If we can nurture emotional and spiritual strength, we can help switch our perspective on death to accept that it is a part of living. We can align our spiritual, intuitive, and creative gifts, stay positive, and look around for streaming lights of gratitude for comfort and inspiration. Recognize and honor that higher power that maintains our rhythms and atmospheric balance; then, the process of accepting and letting go will be somewhat more manageable emotionally and spiritually.
Here we all are, each taking a journey through a life that holds so many promises, adventures, dreams, possibilities, hopes and fears and I can see why letting go can be difficult. Within this vast sphere that we occupy together, we are vulnerable and fragile, but also strong. Let us help each other to rise. I am sure you’ve heard the adage that when life closes a door, it opens a window? Well, I believe that every life experience is an opportunity, an open door, to gain knowledge, forgive, bless, and be blessed. While it may feel counter-intuitive to think of death in these terms – as an opportunity – that is precisely what it is. In facing death or coping with someone else’s death, we have the chance to understand that we are energy beings in physical bodies and only here for a time – this realization, when fully absorbed, should change the way we view life and help us to accept death and let go.
If the state you are in is not offering the blessing that you were born into this life to embrace or that you believe you deserve, then clearly, you must let go of those hindrances. Let them go. Trust me on this; I know it may not be easy, but you must release, release, release the fears and the pains associated with anxiety and death! And when coping with death and its place in our lives, crying is deemed essential, I understand. If you find yourself tearing up, don’t be ashamed nor hold back the tears. Like the motion and freeness of the river, tears are meant to flow. My friends, this is an essential aspect of letting go. And letting go, we must.
We can turn down the job offer, refuse or accept the engagement ring, change our minds about purchasing a house, or negotiate anything that makes our lives comfortable. The one thing that we have no choice or negotiating powers over is death.
About the author - Maxine Mclean Ph.D., Doctor of Integrative Medicine, A Homeopath, Author, Metaphysical Healer, Humanitarian, the founder of Gratitude Keeper®. Health-Coach-Speaker, Meditation Healing Facilitator-Educator, and Creative Entrepreneur.
Blue seal Award – Writing, Canada's 100 Black women to honor. Eminence Award.
I'm encouraged to connect, inspire and positively impact other people's lives to help them rise. – Maxine McLean, Ph.D.