At some point in our lives we have to ask the question, and many have asked: “Is there more to us than we choose to know?”
Does the reality of just one life starting at birth and ending at death make any sense? Or, is it possible that life is a cycle and we return many, many times over in order to become aware of who we are and where we come from?
There is a rhythm in life in that we can often be quite unaware of – as we breathe in, so we breathe out. It happens without thought, word or deed. There are many rhythms that happen around us throughout our lives, from sunrise to sunset every day, light to darkness to light again, weekly, monthly and annual cycles that go around and around every year. Within these cycles, we only have to look at nature and can see the change of seasons, temperature and the sky that all return again as we go around the Sun.
The cycles are moving all the time. Each day is a new beginning; every moment is a new opportunity. Our lives are lived on a daily basis by living in cycles, and we have our personal cycles within the cycles.
There is a beauty and support with this way of life that give us opportunities to learn as we repeat another cycle where we are offered choices in how we are living with ourselves and with others.
We cannot escape cycles– our own bodies are governed by them, as seen in a woman’s body with menstruation, ovulation and the gestation period. The stages in our life, from toddler, to childhood, puberty, adulthood and old-age, from fertility and, for a woman, to the grace and wisdom of menopause and then to the elder years, are also all part of a grand cycle we are in. Life is not lineal, it is cyclical – everything within nature and in our own bodies is reminding us of this immutable fact.
From birth to death is a cycle and from death to birth is a cycle, both of which we repeat many times. Both cycles belong to a grander cycle whose purpose is for us to return to the knowing of who we truly are.
Each and every moment of life means something and is offered for us to learn. We may repeat patterns and behaviours in our lives that we think are us but they are simply that we have learned to behave in a certain way.
As children we are very sensitive to how people respond and or react to us. For example, a child may be feeling very connected and at one with everything around them, but then they see adults being miserable and the child adjusts their behaviour to fit in. This can curtail children from expressing the love that they naturally are and over time this knowing of our innate loving nature is suppressed until we forget that in truth we are from love and we are love. When we re-connect to our essence, the truth of who we are is felt.
Life is not intended to be a competition for survival of the fittest. With every incarnation we are offered the opportunity to live the divinity we are and come from. This is a truth we tend to forget once we are here. There is a process of awareness for each of us to learn and grow within life as we seek to understand that our purpose here is to live the divinity we are. As long as our purpose in life remains elusive, the purpose of death itself also remains in the shadows of fear and avoidance.
To understand death as part of a process of awareness and discarding on a path of return to the divinity we all come from, is to know death and dying in a whole new light.
Honouring and living with cycles supports us to understand death as another stage of the cycle of life – the process of death releases the physical body and allows us to return again to live our next life more of who we truly are. If we allow ourselves to surrender to the dying process we become much more aware and in this awareness we can let go of ill patterns and behaviours and connect more deeply to our essence and start to live with it on this plane of life.
D&D Writing Team, Australia & UK
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