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Lights Along the Runway * Imagining Your Flight Into Death

Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, suggests that we think about death often, that we include it consciously within the daily living of our life. Indeed, in the Buddhist Path, blessings and rituals of preparation for death precede as well as accompany the event of death.  I have come to realize that this exercise can also be applied to our deaths in other lifetimes, other places.

When death comes, let it be no stranger to be feared, but an old friend to take us home. In shamanic, transformative meditation we may spontaneously find ourselves journeying to the  moment in time when we will leave, once again, this very familiar world…

One of the most important journeys a shaman takes is the one to assist a soul who is leaving the body in death… I made this journey with my father at his hour of death – a surprising, unexpected enlightment in my training as a solitary shaman.

In the healing of others, the “made” – or trained – shaman takes Flight whenever he or she receives the call.  But each of us has Wings, though we so seldom use them, for shamanism is a natural gift of the Soul. Who knows? Your first practice taxis down the runway of Death may be the initiation you have been waiting for, without knowing it…

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