Awareness of the Great Mortality Reality is a Classic Wisdom Practice
Contemplating death is not morbid. Reminding ourselves that there is "no day but today" is one of the best ways to maximize how we live right here, right now. It is Strategy of the Spirit #11. I once had a powerful dream that illustrates this truth. (Dream Work is Strategy of the Spirit #3)Here it is:
I dreamt that at birth everyone is given the gift of a bag of diamonds. Since everyone had them, it was routine, normal and not seen as “special”. Like anything that we always have available to us with no effort, the diamonds were often overlooked, devalued and not recognized or honored as precious. The diamonds are there, and it is assumed they always will be. No big deal.
I then become aware that it is possible to “super-charge” your diamonds. You can do this by recognizing their immense value, honoring them and exposing them to the light. By remembering each day to consciously handle them and treat them with the attention and respect they deserve, the diamonds become “super-charged” with palpable energy and light. The diamonds then have the ability to cast more light into the environment and to add positive energy everywhere. The choices I make each day add more or less energy to the diamonds. It is not so much a matter of "doing", but the quality of my presence that increases the charge in the diamonds. How centered, calm, grateful, joyful, present am I in my day? As the diamonds gather this energy, it then has an uplifting, healing effect on me.
I am aware in the dream that many people are unaware of this possibility. They ignore their diamonds, take them for granted and overlook their value. They assume the diamonds will always be there. They go about their lives constantly feeling they lack something when in fact, they have a bag of diamonds they ignore.
Then I am aware that at the end of our lives the diamonds we have been given at birth will be returned to their Creator by being placed in the casket with us. How charged our diamonds have become is our "return gift" to the Source of the diamonds. I am aware that I want to return my diamonds as “super-charged” as possible.
Here and Now is the Only Moment We Have to Experience Our Lives.
I awoke to become aware that the diamonds represent the gift of life…the days, hours and moments we are each given to live. We forget how precious they are. We assume they will always be there. How are we choosing to live it? How luminous our lives feel depends on the choices we make in each present moment.
What we choose to say and do today, and what we choose to refrain from doing, defines the quality of our lives. It also determines the amount of light and energy we have to share with others.
Yet we have minds that distract us from the present moment and interfere with the “one day at a time” focus. That is why ancient wisdom practices and modern day motivational teachers say that highly effective (and happy) people “live with the end in mind”. That is also why some form of mind-training or meditation practice is essential for psycho-spiritual transformation.
For the last few years of his life my father was paraplegic and in great pain.
He was paralyzed from the waist down. Each morning he would call loudly and lightheartedly from his bed “This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” That was his signal that he was awake and wanted coffee. He super-charged his diamonds with grace and humor.