We are made of light both luminous and radiant. In both living and dying there is a cellular bio-luminescence in all sentient life. Our bioluminescence is 1000 times more faint than our eyes can see. Yet, through a recent breakthrough with a state-of-the-art camera, our "Life Shine" is visible. Death occurs medically when this embodied bio-luminescence fully ceases to be.
Because we die at all ages, and the time of the actual moment of death is a mystery, we can rely on our daily ‘deaths,’ those that are not fatal, as a way of practicing the art of completion.
“Small deaths” arise in many ways, the end of one breath before another, an end of a thought or feeling, as well as in a moment of orgasm. Completing a project, feeling the loss of a marriage, a friendship, a job, a home, or the impermanence of peace, prosperity or other values we share. All these provide us with experience for our last breath and release, as in the natural pulse of life, we notice a gap, a space, an opening into a new moment.
There is a lightness of Being when we know we have made efforts to leave this earth with positive traces of helping others and engaging in good deeds.
Gravitating toward practices that remind you of your connection with the luminous light source help stabilize your conscious connection. These are useful as a way to relax and not try so hard to shine light.
As we practice in a guided way, we grow more familiar with the process and can, knowing the map, feel fearlessness in the journey. Let’s explore together ways of practice in therapy, mentoring and wisdom teachings such as in Befriending Small Deaths~ Big Deaths® and One Year to Live.
“Sunset in the ethereal waves:
I cannot tell if the day is ending, or the world,
or if the secrets of secrets is inside me again...”
– Anna Akhmatova