The Journey From Head to Heart
by John Dorsey Wolf
What is written below is a summary of some “homework” over the last couple of weeks: me being asked to think about how to apply to myself the material received via guidance. The emphasis was on the difference between intellectual understanding and wholehearted acceptance, and the work involved in between.
From my joint mind came two questions: “What is the value (to you) of having this connection and the knowledge that comes from it? And what value is the knowledge if it is not believed and taken to heart?” (Admittedly, the second question was more of a statement than a question.)
My answer: The Seth, TGU, Rita/Frank material, along with that which I am able to get directly has the capacity to a) significantly reduce my fear of death, b) reduce my fears of living (this may take some elaboration), c) change my perspective, d) advance my understanding of ancient truths, e) provide trusted guidance, and prepare me for my post-death life.
But none of those happen automatically; hence, the instigation to face up to the second part about the importance of being believed and taken to heart. To ferret out the issues, I decided to to work further on “reducing our fear of death”.
“You’ve been thinking about the factors involved in why many people have a great fear of death. As noted, it’s not just the lack of knowledge, because there has been knowledge available for centuries, from multiple sources.”
For example, the resurrection story has both positive and negative motivations as far as encouraging one to face death. On one hand it brings hope and promise of survival of death, but on the other hand is a reminder that death can be the result of violence and brutality.
Death as an end to pain and suffering, or injustice, and a better life thereafter is a common religious theme. Yet it is often is delivered with an intolerance that one’s beliefs must be consistent with specific dogma.
Removing all dogma, the story (or myth if you prefer) of death and resurrection is our own story if we view the cycle differently: loss and restriction as we enter physical life, followed by challenge after challenge, followed by death of the body and acceptance of self as a newly reborn being. Physical birth as a form of death, physical death as rebirth.
Understanding modern metaphysics of consciousness, and acceptance of all aspects of ourselves as responsible for life and death is perhaps too big of a leap for many. Nevertheless why, after thousands of years of teachings, and more recently the direct near-death experience of millions of people is the fear as high as it is?
We prepare and manage many personal transitions, but do we prepare ourselves for the one absolute sure transition in life: death? Why not do the same level of preparation as we do for a new home or a new job? (Of course I am not talking about taking care of the business of wills and trusts, and directives for handling the body, and conducting remembrances and services.)
The fear of the unknown remains, as does the fear of potential pain and trauma that potentially proceeds death. Beliefs can get in the way, such as:
1. There is no on-going life after death.
2. We cannot know what comes after our body dies.
3. Death brings pain and trauma, best not to face it until it can’t be avoided any longer.
4. What others have learned through their near death experience is a figment of their imagination.
5. The only way to experience life after death is to die.
6. Death is bad, the worst of the worst, and (physical) living is what matters. (Another way of saying we are here to live, not to die.)
7. Death brings judgement and I may not measure up.
8. (Please add your favorite.)
My interpretation of Seth, TGU and Rita tells me that every one of the above beliefs are either off base, or at best only partially true.
Admittedly, the intellectual understanding in my head didn’t move to knowings in my heart until I had the opportunity to experience it for myself. And that is the way with many major changes in thinking.
Beyond these belief issues, there are even more hurdles as we face our guilt, our regrets, and our concerns that our life has had meaning. These are “internal” issues that cannot be avoided and we will face them, if not before transition then after.
Is there anyone who doesn’t have some guilt over what they have done or not done in their life? Is there anyone who feels they have no regrets whatsoever for what they didn’t do or didn’t “accomplish”? At what point do we understand that our life has had meaning?
Bucket lists are “in” for working off potential regrets. Asking for forgiveness is a well known prescription for reducing guilt.
There is nothing wrong with either of these, but at some point we will have to accept ourselves and our life as lived. In the process of acceptance we may find how tiny we are as a human, how significant we are as greater beings; how little what we think matters actually does; how far our energy ripples out; how insignificant our perceived individuality is, yet how magnificent we are as a mind community.
As the writer, producer, star, and audience of the play were are in there is no better place to look for meaning and acceptance of our life than inside ourselves. We give ourselves physical life, we give ourselves a reshaping, we give ourselves a rebirth into an eternal life, and we create the billions upon billions of sustaining perspectives, each a unique contribution to the one mind.
From the perspective of a one-off life lived and judged accordingly, every human life will have it’s imperfections. From the perspective of greater consciousness, we are both part and whole, and it is all us.
If we are going to take this material to heart, one thing we can work on immediately is acceptance of ourselves and our lives, and that in itself can bring a significant reduction in our fear of death. It is a step toward taking to heart what is in the head.
That’s one look at it. What do you think?