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Week#17HJ The Art of Dying

The Art of Dying…

…dedicated to my Dad Milton David Dann 26.10.1932 – 04.12.2008

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OUR Vices

Our Old Habits and Beliefs…

We are built to cling to life, unless that instinct is withered in us through long suffering, extreme altruism or despair, and so when we read about the deaths of other people, we are moved partly because we start imagining our own: the pain of leaving the people we love, and their confusion at our departure. Or we think of the helplessness of watching someone we love slipping beyond our reach. The notion of death is so mysterious and enormous that, in many cases, it seems easier just to lock it away, although it has a way of escaping and sneaking up on our peripheral vision. By Jenny McCartney

The Mythical Phoenix

My Image of Death is liken to the Phoenix…A story my Dad used to read to me as a child about a glorious bird who had wings of vibrant colour that could fly higher than any other bird who when died would burst into flames and be re-born out of its ashes..How magical is that?

As I grew up from a child into a kidult, I then likened the phoenix to a way of ridding oneself of anything I did not want in my life anymore, I would preform Phoenix Fire Rituals I would do this in different ways…by writing all I wanted gone on the sides of a candle then lighting the candle and burning it till it was all melted, by writing on pieces of paper all my fears, worries anything I wanted to transmute into the positive and throw them into a fire…I would then see them in my mind reforming into the positive I wanted to manifest. Then now as an adult I am able to visualize myself bursting into flames and being re-born, re-invented ready to begin a new day…I am grateful to my Dad for introducing this Wonder-filled bird into my live so young R.I.P Daddy xxx

The Death Ritual…

…how it is performed in so many different ways in different countries, below in this picture is the celebration of the ‘Day of the Dead’ in Spanish…”Día de Muertos”  It is a time when families get together at the burial sites of ancestors passed to pray, remember and celebrate their lives and to support their spiritual journey…

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One of my favorite authors Paulo Coelho writes a whole chapter on the Death Ritual in the Pilgrimage This is one book I make sure I re-read every year

“Still, being fragile creatures, humans always try to hide from themselves the certainty that they will die. They do not see that it is death itself that motivates them to do the best things in their lives. They are afraid to step into the dark, afraid of the unknown, and their only way of conquering that fear is to ignore the fact that their days are numbered. They do not see that with an awareness of death, they would be able to be even more daring, to go much further in their daily conquests, because then they would have nothing to lose- for death itself is inevitable.”
― Paulo Coelho The Pilgrimage

“Death is our constant companion, and it is death that gives each person’s life its true meaning.”

OUR Virtues

We are our own Hero’s and we will overcome any obstacles (dragons) that get in our way to achieve what ever we want in our lives…

and then there is Og Mandino…Scroll V

“I live this day as if it is my last. And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping? First I will seal up the container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterdays misfortunes, yesterdays defeats, yesterdays aches of the heart, for why should I through good after bad?….”

To finish with a song…Die trying

YES we will Die Trying because we want to ‘Live Our Dream’ and Death is just another step into that journey…