Recently a dear friend and patient of mine, Michelle Mitchell, died of cancer. I was honored and privileged to be asked to sit in the sweet presence of her soul. Words could no longer be spoken as she had just fallen into a coma when I arrived at her bedside.
In the tender silence of the room where close friends came to honor Michelle, I prayed, grounded my heart and body in the energy of the divine Mother. There I held Michelle in the light of her being until she departed.
In the deepest part of me I know that the body holds the secrets of the universe, and her passage gifted me a deeper felt knowledge and understanding, a perfect mirror for all of us in trying to make sense of who we are as mind and soul in the body.
So it is in the light of this mystical passage that I feel compelled to dedicate this article to you Michelle, and to share my experience of the inner reality that was reveled in both our souls.
Our body lives a gigantic truth that is difficult to put into words. In ancient times the body was considered the holiest temple, and no search for the grail of any kind could have been more sacred than searching for the revelation of the body, the most intimate expression of God, Goddess, all there is. Our bodies are the signature of who we are. It is the receptacle of our stories, our fears, and our experiences. It is also the guardian of our hopes, our longing to love and to be loved.
Our cells are in the living body of the Earth and the Universe.
Our body is the sacred marriage of matter and soul, and so we are the sacred union of spirit and earth.
Our human body, 125 billion miles of DNA, 5o trillion cells cooperating and communicating with each other with extraordinary speed, carries the memory of the whole story of creation from the origin of the universe to us – to this moment.
When we perceive our dense, fragile, physical structure called the body, subject to disease, old
age, decay, and death, we usually see the impermanence, the attachment and the limitation of the body and life itself. This misperception created by our mind conceals the splendor of our essential and immortal reality which is the soul. The life of the soul is beyond death, and beyond biological life: it is a conscious living, immortal presence.
Our soul is the brilliant limitless essence that lives in our body, our cells. It is our true original identity.
The soul is not an organ, but it animates all living organisms. It is not a function, nor a faculty, but an active agent of consciousness. It is not the intellect but it expresses the divine qualities of intelligence and love. The sovereignty of the nature of the soul is a light that shines through us, animates us and makes us aware that we are nothing and everything.
There is no separation. We are all children of the life force and the love that indwells every atoms of the universe.
Death may be an offering by our spirit to meet a challenge of purification and regeneration of Our being. The passage of the soul is an alone process in which consciousness unravels the entanglements of the Ego within the self. During this process as pain and suffering are faced and embraced, the duality perpetrated by the ego is dissolved and disintegrated. Eventually the heartbeat of love is freed to express divine consciousness, and deep from within begins to flow the wisdom of pure illumination.
When we look beyond the “I” personality, and open the door to the root of ourselves, we let the soul, the seed of eternity, the higher self flow through us, as us, and the boundaries dissolve. We can then enter a greater wholeness, merging into the divine Being that we are.
I realize that the more I understand the bigger picture of our hidden sacred heritage, the more I can heal and release the limitations of my past and set myself free to step into an exciting future. The relationship I have with my Soul can be with every breath I take, every step I walk, every word I speak, and everything I see.
Michelle, as you are dancing in the great beyond your whole self is experienced as an eloquent, graceful, singular limitless presence. Your legacy is not just your two beautiful young children but the realization that the body is the most sacred place of pilgrimage. It is the temple of the Goddess within, and when we love and care for the body, we know we are not the body but the eternal Soul.
Rest in peace sweet Michelle. You are loved and you are love.