I have often said that death is the great leveler; the great bullshit broom; the great teacher; and the great inspirer. As I continue to serve people dealing with death and dying I have come to know the power of possible awakening death also brings with it.
Yes I said it; “The power of awakening death brings with it.”
I was very actively involved in the awakening movement for decades and taught a process called the enlightenment intensive created by the late Charles Berner. It was a process developed to help people de-identify from those ‘things’ they believe they are that they really are not. The process strips away all the mistaken identities that most of us carry around with us as we navigate our way through life – identities that cause all manner of difficulties and challenges much like a spoilt brat does.
I have often thought that the enlightenment intensive process was actually a ‘disguised’ process for living life and the more I compare the enlightenment intensive to life, the more I can see it.
The processed is designed to help individuals experience who they really are by first exposing to the light of day what they are not – a process of de-identification. Take away all that you are not and you will be left with?… who you truly are. The inseparable twins Life and Death could be much the same as the enlightenment intensive process helping us let go of all that we are not so we can die knowing who we truly are.
If we adopted an attitude that life and death are a hammer and chisel that will support our evolution by chipping away all that we are not we could be very well served indeed. Instead of being victim to life and powerless over death couldn’t we choose to take our power back and learn to be informed by both life and death? Could we not learn to allow life to be the very sandpaper that smoothes our ruff edges in preparation for us to walk through the doorway called death?
Am I really my feelings or do I simply feel?
Am I really my thoughts or do I just think?
Am I the pain or is my body in pain?
Life and Death will help us answer these tried and true questions. Conscious or asleep the answers will come – rather be present and awake if we are to discover the answers and evolve, which by the way is what JJ Krishnamurti says is the only purpose of life.
Either way when Death comes we WILL discover with certainty the answer to the age old question – tell me who you are.