When death stops being an anonymous character in this precious thing we call life, the possibility for personal joy and social impact will undoubtedly burst wide open.
:: Death Is ::
letting go. transformative. sacred. powerful. wildly known & unknown.
The Return of Death as Wise Healer & Shifter
Death is a golden thread weaving together the stories, trauma, and joys of generations upon generations of people. In modern society we are profoundly skilled at death-avoidance, carrying in our bodies and minds visible and invisible scars of trauma and neglect. In doing so we miss important opportunities to leverage the gravity of what death has to offer us individually as well as collectively. By summoning the greater power of death as teacher, we open possibility for tremendously impactful shifts before we cross the threshold. Concurrently, this summoning infuses a steadfast authenticity between ourselves and those we are intimately interconnected, as well as those whom we are connected by way of social interdependence.
Human longing for meaning is so great you do not have to look much further than the wealth of scientific research being done today to connect the mind-body-spirit dance. Somehow amidst all the observation & testing, we've forgotten how to be authentically present among the great graces of the most sacred threshold: death.
There is no mistaking the visceral feeling of complete interconnectness in the presence of death. The air fills with a thickness that time evaporates into; the heart grows soft and vulnerable. The delicate dance between grief and praise stream down your cheek. "Goodbye" and "See you in the stars" could never have been harder to utter. But in our cultural and collective casting aside of deaths , you standing in the river of longing and connection, water rushing so rapidly inside our collective knowing we only have cast it aside for mere observation. from the banks--watching, testing, sampling, studying--we miss knowing and being taught by the immensity of its true power. But! what we deeply yearn for is to get in, let go, and let the flow take us where it goes. Letting go is medicine that heals the heart.
Together we will peel back the layers of what society expects from us and lean-in to what your sacred heart is telling you about your own death and the story you are leaving behind with those you love. What stories do you want left in your honor? What hurts are stuck that need to be moved through? What gems and insight do you want to share with your loved ones? What do they want to share with you? How can that be done in a meaningful way?
Go back to the joy of your dwellings and you will find there // That which Death cannot remove from you and me. // Leave this place, for what you see here is far away in meaning // From the earthly world. Leave me.
-Kahlil Gibran in The Treasury of Kahlil Gibran