I was wondering what to write about for this blog post. I haven't been able to write lately for the many blessings in our lives, though I felt a very strong urge from Spirit to write about this, and here I am.
Today, I will write to you about Endings... and Beginnings. As a passionate end of life nurse, I have seen many endings. They have all been sacred to me, just as the process itself. But there are many endings, not just the one we witness at the end of life. There are chapters that close behind us in relationships, loss of a loved one, a change in our careers, and even in our own personal journey. God knows I am not the same person I was 10 years ago, and it is all due to the embracing of new beginnings.
The Beauty of Impermanence
The Buddha taught that seeing beginnings and endings—the arising and passing away of all conditioned forms—is a vital step in developing the understanding that nothing exists apart from interdependent, cause-and-effect relationships. To see the beginnings and endings is also, in my experience, a great support in difficult times. Early on, as I began to trust in the fiber of my being that nothing lasts, I became less afraid of pain, and less afraid of loss. The fact that everything has an end comforted me. “One way or another,” I would say to myself, “this too will pass.” I was glad I saw that. I didn’t think much, in those initial moments of insight, about how the pleasant things change as well as the difficult ones.
During a period of intensive retreat practice, I found myself noticing only the vanishing aspect of all experience. I felt dismayed by a sense of continual loss. I’d see the sunset and weep that the day had disappeared. A faded rose in my garden reminded me of how beautiful the new bloom had been days before. “Everything dies!", and the first thing we have been conditioned to think is..."It is so sad!”, it is then when I realized that "It’s not sad... It’s just true." Sad is the story that we are telling ourselves about it. If we are able to accept this, we are then able to admire and become one with the beautiful process of change, of beginnings and endings.
Time is a Continuum
We all live on a stage where many infinities gather.
Just take a look outside tonight and contemplate the infinity of space. There are stars so distant from you that they’re measured in the distance that light travels in an Earthly year. Beyond those stars that you can see are endless galaxies that stretch out into something we call eternity. Indeed, the space that you occupy is infinite. Its vastness is too huge for us to see. We are in an infinite, never-ending, never-beginning universe... and therefore, We are an infinite, never-ending, never-beginning being.
Grasping life’s true essence could radically change your life for the better. This is an enormous inner shift that eliminates fear of death (how can you fear something that can’t exist?) and connects you permanently to the infinite Source of Creation that intends everything from the world of infinite Spirit, into a finite world.
"Learn to be comfortable with the concept of infinity, and see yourself as an infinite being." Wayne D.
While we’re in this finite world of beginnings and endings, the power of intention maintains its infinite nature because it’s eternal. Anything you experience as other than eternal is simply not life. Beginnings and ends are just this. It’s an illusion created by our ego, which strives to maintain a separate address and identity from its infinite Source.
"This shift toward seeing yourself as an infinite spiritual being having a human experience, rather than the reverse—that is, a human being having an occasional spiritual experience—is loaded with fear for most people." --Wayne Dyer
(Premature fear I should add). It may at first seem somewhat confusing, but the more we read and think about this, we will remember that we were Spirit first, and we are an infinite spiritual being embodied into a temporary physical garment, that will, one point end as physical nature intended.
When we remember that we are always connected to God, Source, we can summon the well-being of God. Each and everyone of us represents God or Spirit revealing itself here on this physical world. We can see that the beginnings and endings are part of this physical world, but not part of what or who we are. Remember that your life is bigger than the uncertainty of beginnings and endings. Dedicate your life to something that reflects an awareness of your own Divinity.
In summary, when we envision beginnings and ends, we tend to visualize the infinity circle. A circle that has no beginning nor end, it just is. If you are going through a difficult time, where you may not identify the beginning nor the end, bring yourself to a stillness and just be.
I leave you with an affirmation for the moments of "beginnings and ends". May you listen with your heart's ears and your mind's heart.
"I am a true and perfect representation of Spirit. I am the infinite power of God that lives in, and around me. I am perfect peace. I accept the impermanence of all things. The beauty in the process. All of my bodies: Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual, work together to help me find my balance. For it is only in quiet and stillness that I am able to perceive and accept what truly is. Always for the best of me, those around me, and all of humanity."
SO IT IS, SO IT IS, SO IT IS
Infinite Blessings my Beautiful Spiritual Beings!