Our associative mind works in wondrous ways! This morning the Paul McCarney song “Live and Let Die” came in to my consciousness as I was considering Good Friday and the amazing Easter Mystery that Jesus walked through. The encouragement to “kindly let be what is” that is a dynamic part of our LightHearted Living actually allows this very profound paradox to take place: live and let die. LightHearted Living is very much about becoming increasingly alive, of being attuned to the Dynamic Aliveness of our Holy Being and letting it infuse our systems.
A large part of our Liberation Work is to take what is externalized in our experience, bring it in to our consciousness and examine it to see what we are calling real. Our dream life can be interpreted like a dream and can be just as elucidating to us as “the royal road to the unconscious” a sleeping dream is. When we consciously find our way into our unconscious we are no longer unconsciously driven to behave in ways that perpetuate our suffering. Our perspective is that self knowledge leads to the Self Knowing of Being, and to make conscious brings the light of Awareness to the shadowy underworld of our unconsciousness and with the light we wake up to our inner darkness born of our conditioning. As we do this we die to our unconscious small self and begin to live closer to, in connection and communion with, and ultimately as our great Self of Uncontainable Love, Great Spirit, Great Mystery.
Today is Good Friday. Last week during our meeting a companion innocently asked, “What is good about Good Friday?” The nature of Self-inquiry is to dive into such questions and find out — what could possibly be good about the torturous death of a beloved master given to minister to people with such love and compassion as the world has rarely seen? What is good about such a sovereign powerful being that overcame the illusions and delusions of separation consciousness to heal and provide for everyone including raising the dead? What is good about suffering crazy humanity that put him to death and let him die? How can this good be applied to our daily lives?
This Easter Sunday I am given to offer a special podcast audaciously entitled “A Death Defying Divine Fool for Love!” To really get within ourselves what makes Good Friday good is to face death. Most wisdom traditions on the planet have initiations that involve dying, facing death. It’s definitely part of Shamanic pathways, and was the opening of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Self-realization at age 16.
Change, the life of impermanence as Buddha so exactingly revealed, involves dying. Creation, preservation and destruction are all part of the One Life we live, and are represented by three gods/goddesses in the Hindu religious lexicon. On our spiritual journey we die to our small selves over and over and over again until it no longer gets up, until we “stop playing with bones in the graveyard” as Papaji put it. As one who has walked this pathway, I can assure you that letting be leads to letting die, allowing leads to the most profound surrender of our own lives to the One Life of our True Nature. As we consciously open in This we discover Eternal Life.
This is what we celebrate on Good Friday. That one man united in Consciousness and mastery lived and let himself die so that he could demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that death is an illusion of the conditioned mind; of our trance state of separation. Death is given us as a reality so that we can release ourselves from the attachment to form and be given additional opportunity to realize Truth with a fresh start in a new incarnation. We can do this while we live! Those who have known me over the decades know that I am on my third ‘official’ incarnation within this lifetime. I have died to my entire life many times. So Good Friday provides us the opportunity to walk through the Easter Mystery of death and resurrection leading to ascension right as we are now. We can live in such a manner as to let die so that Truth can be born and live within us more clearly, truthfully, genuinely. We can live and let die the old ways of being that create so much suffering for ourselves, our fellow beings–all our relations and the world. Resolve to Be a death defying divine fool for Love, not by fighting death, but by defying the condemnation of mortal separation consciousness that binds our lives to the graveyard unconsciously resisting death at all costs. It’s costing us too much!
If we take the metaphor of the Garden of Eden, after having eaten the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of duality consciousness (i.e., Good & Evil), we were given birth and death. This may seem like condemnation (and has been taken as such by the Judeo-Christian religions primarily) — but what if it is an opportunity to get free of the knowledge of duality and the suffering it brings? To get back to the Garden and eat again of the fruits of the Tree of Life? Have you ever considered that Eternal Life, Holy Being that is All that Is lovingly and compassionately gives Itself the means of recovery and return? What is it that Jesus as Christ Consciousness — as Unity Consciousness fully embodied demonstrates by letting himself die that could be demonstrated in no other, no better way? That Life Is what Is, and it is Good! We are This Life. We are Good, originally blessed, not irredeemable “original sinners” of shame and blame.
Friday is a day named for the Goddess, depending on which language derivations you use: from Frigg of the Norse to Venus of the Romans. Interesting that we commemorate Jesus’s ultimate surrender on a day of the divine Feminine Principle. The arising of the masculine naturally interplays with the allowing vulnerable receptive openness of the feminine. So perhaps we should say, “Let die and Live!” As we go through these next three dynamic days we can spend some time in the depths of human consciousness as Jesus did while in the tomb. We can engage with Unity/Christ Consciousness that is transforming the death hall into a birth hall, the tomb into a womb, the Womb of All Creation. We can all emerge triumphant over mortal consciousness having rolled away the stone of materiality and demonstrating that Life includes but supersedes death, as does Love, love unconditioned and eternal that is our togetherness that lasts beyond the grave and lives in our hearts no matter the conditions and circumstances of appearance!
We don’t fight what comes. We live and love beyond all thought and consideration of our selves for One Life, One Being, One Love thereby making the transcendent Immanent demonstrating with our daily living that Only This Life and Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Joy actually Is. We stop eating of duality oppositional self/other fruits as our daily servings of thought and attention operating in fear, judgement, resistance and unconsciousness. In letting Be we let die. In letting pass away the old we let the new be born out of the limitless Womb of All Creation for the Good of All! We fulfill our purpose in being human Being!
When we are conscious we can choose. When we choose again and again and again day after day we can arrive at the choiceness flow of Divine Life and Love in Action we are. Then the foreseen New Earth is given birth in, through and as US, the Unity Self we are in Truth. Only This Is, I This Am, This we are united as One, as No-One, as This that Only Is. Live fully and let die realizing for ourself our Self abiding within awaiting our return, the knock upon the door which opens unto to US all we are. Any small step in this direction changes everything for the better. Let us begin right now, let die the self who says, “I can’t. I don’t know how.” Let’s not replace it with another “I” who can or thinks it understands, but let be, let Being Be, just for a moment, and see.