I have died. Countless times.
As macabre as it feels, death is a part of nature, and it is part of us. We know physical or outer death. But as with everything in our world, the outer reflects the inner. Our inner selves also go through cycles of death and rebirth.
And this inner death is necessary. Without it, we remain stagnant. In old ways. In outdated mindsets. In relationships or situations that cap our growth.
Like a natural forest fire that clears out old, dead or decaying vegetation, allowing the new to grow. Like a snake that grows after shedding it old skin. Like the flowers that bloom after the storm.
To move forward, to expand, you’re going to have to kill old parts of yourself. Constantly. You have to have the courage to burn the old down, allowing the fires to purify you.
You’ll know it’s time because your gut will scream at you to make a change, to break away, to kill the old. But death is not painless. Remember, you’re killing a part of yourself. These are habits, mindsets or relationships that may have been with you for a long time.
So often times, the Universe intervenes on our behalf. A big/sudden change. The loss of a job. The loss of a relationship. The loss of a way of life. A health scare. Heart break. Some break in a (likely) weak foundation that we were deeply attached to.
Death visits us to break these attachments. Unhealthy attachments that no longer serve us. It’s difficult to see this while going through it.
Whether voluntary, or forced upon us, one needs to grieve the dying process. To grieve the loss of the old, even if it’s just a mindset. This means having the courage to face every painful emotion that surfaces, giving it space to just be. It’ll be uncomfortable. But that’s also how you’ll know you’re going through meaningful change.
Grieving is needed to heal. Healing is needed to understand the lessons death came to impart on us, and to eventually help us get up and move on.
If you honor death this way, if you dare to die this way, each death will be succeeded by a beautiful rebirth. New perspectives. New relationships. New adventures.
For the new to blossom in our life, the old must die. Stop clinging to the old.
This is growth. This is nature. This is life.
“Reincarnation is not something that occurs at death; it is something that takes place at every moment. Death and rebirth are occurring every second.”
― Frederick Lenz
“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
— Janet Fitch
Have a wonderful weekend,