Dealing With Death

Two of my family members from the same extended family unit passed away this year. Both “deaths” left many of my remaining family members feeling sad, confused and angry… Searching for a sense of understanding about these occurrences, I turned to my Spiritual Teacher, Dr. Roger B. Lane, and His Enlightened Talk #A210 “’Death’ And Its Unveiling: A Participatory Satsang”. This Talk clearly and powerfully explains the True meaning of ‘Death’ and helped me to lift above my emotions and stay Focused with Spirit many times during the past few months.

In the Talk, Dr. Lane speaks on two main topics. The first is the True meaning of ‘Death’ and the second is how we as Hu-mans in the physical world can respond to ‘death’ in our life.

The first topic, the True meaning of ‘Death’, is the most important part of the Talk. For in the Talk, Dr. Lane explains that ‘Death’, as we commonly understand it, does not exist. We are Souls and the Soul within us is Immortal. And in fact, we have it backwards on this planet; this life that we lead is Spiritually called Death and it is our Responsibility – our ONLY job – to use this ‘dead’ life to Resurrect to Life Eternal.

In other words, the purpose of Hu-man life is to Know ourSelves as Spirit and the only way to do that is to take Initiation Into The Sound Current and Ride this Current to Eternal Life. This is reflected in a Bible quote Dr. Lane often refers to from Matthew 8:22, in which Jesus the Christ said, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead” as He was referring to those who believe in the illusion of “death”.

Dr. Lane says this again in the Tools For Living Free #36 “Dealing With ‘Death’”,

“…part of our Divine Inheritance is that we ‘defeat death’. How do we ‘defeat death’? By coming to know our Soul directly, know ourSelves as the Eternal One and live in the Teachings of the Path Of Soul Transcendence, Which, basically, teach us to be Present with the Lord, God and surrender everything that isn’t His, that isn’t Eternal.”

The second topic in the Talk deals with how we can deal with and respond to a loved one who has died. Dr. Lane talks about mourning and the importance of honoring being in the physical, but that mourning is best done from a Loving place. This means moving into Appreciation for the time shared together. Dr. Lane says, “…how about a celebration because it was you the agreement was with to be a “sister”, “child”, etc. You were chosen and got to participate in this person’s Love and Light!”

Dr. Lane continues by talking about the purpose of the body, which is to “last only as long as the Soul needs” and that everything is done in perfect timing and is Spiritually correct. This means that when someone dies the Soul within that person has agreed to the time, place, mode of ‘death’ and nothing is being ‘done’ to that person. The Talk reminds us to let go of any judgments we may have about ‘death’ or the person who has ‘died’ and to see every situation in our life, even ‘death’, as an Opportunity to be Present with the Spirit we are.

Finally, for those who struggle with letting go of the loved one who is no longer in the physical, Dr. Lane suggests using the Two-Part Release Technique to be free of attachments like this:

  1. 1. Say within yourSelf, “Lord, God send me Your Light! Please take from me any emotional needs I may have or want the deceased to fulfill.”
  2. 2. Tell yourSelf, “(your name) it’s OK to let it go! ”
  3. 3. Ask Spirit to fulfill that longing for the person or whatever needs you are insisting that person fulfill for you.

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Life Like No One is Watching

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,” Janis Joplin crooned from the dust of my 1970’s record collection. I sang along as raspy as much my childhood voice could accommodate, quickly digesting this advice as the embodiment of the theory that the less you have, the less that can be taken away from you. Freedom through this lens appeared as a badge of honor worn by those who stayed light on their feet, lived on the outskirts of all that life has to offer and carved themSelves into the shadow of what they actually wanted for fear they would be attached to it, leveraged by it or lose it. From what I could see it also looked like heavy smoking, motorcycle riding and un-brushed hair.

Who Is The Lord, God?

Recently, my children have begun to wonder and ask questions about Spiritual Realities like “Who is God?”; “Who is Jesus?”; “What is Grace?”; etc. Despite the fact that I am a devout Initiate On The Path Of Soul Transcendence who spends much of her time Focused on the Spirit within and in Love and in Devotion to the Lord, God, I initially felt afraid I would not be able to answer these questions. How do I explain something in words that I know directly through experience so that it can be understood by children?

Knowing: How To Listen To Your True Self!

What do I do when I don’t know what to do about a situation? I turn inside mySelf to the greatest resource and comfort that there is, the Soul within. Maybe there is a relationship in my life that I have chosen to be troubled over. I might be worried about money or a health condition of a loved one. Up until recent years, my instinct and immediate response has been to follow the concern down the rabbit hole and chew on all the negative scenarios that could possibly unfold until I am sufficiently tied up in knots. At times I’ve had restless nights of sleep, obsessively returning thoughts paired with ravenous emotions that eat at me. Through my choices into this negativity I thwart my ability to see solutions, observe things objectively and have a Spiritual Perspective on life.

Participation Check

Participation Check is a concise and powerful Tool that involves registering within myself if I am positive, Present and engaged or simply puttering by in life, am into my repetitive inner story line of hurt, worry, fear and simultaneously contracting my energy. Similar to an interested scientist, when I do a Participation Check, I simply look within and take tally of what I find. Am I harboring anger? Am I considering life to be the boring doldrums and just scrapping by the day with an inner grumble? Do I notice the world around me and am I Present with the gifts and Blessings that each moment offers – whether is it a flower blooming beside the bus stop or a child laughing or a co-worker bringing me a tea? Essentially, the question is, am I awake in this moment to the flow of Love around me?

Are You Busy Making ‘Nice, Nice’? Learn What ‘Nice’ Really Is.

Many, if not most of us, are unconscious when we speak to others. One of these “unconscious” forms of communication is making “nice, nice”. For example, a friend of mine recently asked me to do her a favor and instead of simply asking me directly, she chose to flatter me over and over again before finally, finally asking for the favor. I knew it was a manipulation. It’s a lot like the example of a husband who tells his wife how much he loves her cooking, which can be a Loving and Clear communication, but it can also be a manipulation so that his wife continues to cook for him and to cook for him and to cook for him some more.

How To Live A Vibrant Life!

Can’t get over the hump, cross that first bridge you are staring down, let go of the end of the rope you’ve tethered yourself to for staying in the shallows? Many of us wonder when our dull lives become the lives we envisioned ourselves leading. We make resolutions – empty promises – gripe about the blockades in our way and feel somehow disempowered and disenfranchised from the life, the excitement, the fulfillment and the peace that we really want. How do we move from stuck to living a vibrant life that beats true to the drum of our innermost heart?

The Resurrection of a Happy Parent

Recently I decided to play a little trick on my four-year-old girl. We were in my bedroom and I suddenly decided to turn off the light and run out of the room as fast as I could. I knew she would love this. I knew she would immediately understand that she needed to chase me and catch me. When she caught up to me she said, with surprise, “Mama, why are you happy?!”

Does Your Child Look Like You?: Appearance and True Identity

The question I most often get as a parent, from friends, family members and strangers alike, is, “whom do you think your child looks like?” By that I think they mean, “Is your child a physical copy of you or your husband?”

Visually speaking, I don’t think my children look like copies of anyone; they just look like themselves. More importantly, I know through The Teachings brought forth by Dr. Roger B. Lane that the True Focus on this Earth is not an outer one, but is an Inner One.

My Best Friend

From a very young age, I was blessed with tender and hilarious friendships that have enriched my world to such a large degree that life changed course with my gravitational pull shifting to curve itself around these dynamic babes. We shared tandem experiences; shot through our learning curve with a matched ferocity and joie de vivre; embraced exotic lands; enjoyed love’s sweet blossom in our hearts; expanded and expressed our talents in careers that featured our strengths and tested us; entered into motherhood with wide-eyed amazement and love-defining moments that ripened us to our core and celebrated each other along the way with laughing hearts.