by Richard West
In a universe of
change is the only constant
Things are really beginning to be shaken up in the world, and no
doubt this is being reflected in peoples personal lives.
...to name but a few.
So we can be forgiven for
feeling rather unstable and insecure as the very foundation of our
reality is changing.
So, how might we embrace this change, both in the wider world and in
our personal lives, while maintaining a sense of who we are within
embracing death, in
order to truly live.
Deny Death -
We live in a world that is afraid
The uncertainty of what
lies beyond and the fear of losing ourselves is so strong, and this
manifests itself in our lives every day.
It is not just about
final goodbye to this world,
but in all the little deaths that happen throughout our
We cling to who we
once were, afraid to take the step into the unknown. What does
this do to us? It makes us misers - hoarding possessions,
experiences and identities, never letting go and moving on.
We seek security and
routine because within these we can build up a safe and
consistent picture of who we are. But if we never let anything
go, how can we bring fresh and new experiences into our life?
By denying death in
our lives we never really truly live.
How limiting this
I put to you that we
are not a set of conditioned responses to a set and limited
environment, but infinite beings expressing and creating from
the pure potential of the Source.
Yes, we are all
unique in our own way, but why can't we express that uniqueness
in all circumstances.
Check out Lisa Rankin's
Love letter to humanity for a
lovely take on this perspective.
It's about finding the
essence of who
we truly are (which is
unchanging) and dropping the
limiting identities that we so
desperately cling to.
In doing this
we can embrace life and live it more
fully, however it changes for us.
We know exactly who we are in every
moment - our essence does not
embracing vulnerability, change and
the unknown and finding our true,
unchanging essence within them not
the real meaning of security.
Conscious Dying in Every
How can we apply this philosophy to our everyday lives? It's about
embracing all the little deaths that occur. It also helps to work
with your feelings about the end of your life.
does it mean to you to
let go of your body, your
personality, your experiences and your loved ones?
When we really go
into these feelings it's bound to get a little rocky.
Lots of unconscious
fears will start bubbling up to the surface. It's important to
let any feelings that you might have about the big or little
deaths in your life come forward.
Honor them by
expressing them and then feel who you are through them i.e. the
essence of who you are - the
silent witness beyond the
feelings. Surrender totally and let go.
This will likely
initiate feelings of expansion and peace, and if not then there
may be something deeper to work on. When these feelings arise
then work to express them.
Perhaps you want to
move your body, dance or sing, draw a picture, or maybe you feel
to sit in it for a while. It's essential to focus on how you
feel to be, rather than what
you want to do, and then let right action take place.
exploration on taking the next step into action see
this article by
As you develop this
practice you will likely receive regular intuitions on how to
proceed around change in your life. It will just feel 'right'.
And, your life
will be changing, as
you flow with the constant movement of the universe.
Here's a really
powerful video from
Openhand, which goes into more
detail about breaking through subconscious limitations.