“The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.” – Eckhart Tolle
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“It is finished.”
Did you ever think about dying?
How’s that for a conversation killer (pardon the pun)!
You know what they say, ‘No one gets out of here alive.’
We are all going to die, and yet, it seems like the culture we live in is in total denial of that fact.
We ignore the obvious and immerse ourselves in distractions.
We do everything to maintain a youthful appearance.
But as each year comes and goes, we are reminded of our mortality through added wrinkles, graying or loss of hair, and the departure of pets, family and friends.
Jesus had no such hang-ups about death.
Death was part of his daily life.
His famous line, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24) says it all.
It was probably one of his main teachings, but I can’t say I ever heard much about it in my youth or since.
Dying is actually the key to life.
You have to let go of your ego’s self-centered schemes which create a largely false self, so that your true self can be unmasked and revealed.
As Jesus went on to say, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (John 12:25).
Jesus walked away from a carpenter’s life.
He was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, going underwater to symbolize his willingness to die to his old life, and then rose from the baptismal waters to a new life.
This is when he heard God’s voice naming him as the “beloved son” (Matthew 3:17).
He continued his “dying to self” by heading off into the desert for 40 days.
It is then that Jesus fully knew who he was and what his mission in life was all about.
We, too, need to die to our ego’s plans so that our true self can rise.
(A meditation practice such as Centering Prayer is very helpful.)
If we made death a part of our daily immersion in life, perhaps we would also be ready to say, “It is finished,” when we draw our final breath.
We would know from much practice that death is always a door to new life.
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