The other day I was browsing motivational videos on Youtube and I was struck by how many of the speakers base their life changing insights on near death experiences or dreadful illness that brought them to the brink of death. I have always found it fascinating that people literally have to die before they make the changes they need to live a fulfilling life.
What is it about the near death experience that allows us to embrace a new way of life? My observation is that once you have faced death nothing more can scare you. All the little fears that your ego dreamt up for you is erased once you have had to face a real fear. Illness strengthens your courage and your will.
Here is the thing that really boggles the mind… that near death experience or life alerting illness… you attracted it. Right about now I can hear the choruses of; “No I didn’t!” but you know in your heart of heart that in some conscious or unconscious way you did. Illness is the body’s way of making us pay attention! Just like the sudden accident it forces you to pay attention to your path and what you are here to do.
But there are more subtle signs. Perhaps you recognize some of them:
An abusive relationship that spirals out of control
Death of a loved one
Losing a job
How many of us have made life altering changes after one of these occurrences in our lives? When we are able to make the necessary shift with grace and acceptance we often find that the impacts of these trails are far less than we ever imagined. It is when we stay stuck in fear, grief and anger that life becomes unbearable. If we feed the unbearable we attract more of the same. If we let go and do what we need to do to heal, well then we attract more healing and growth. If we ignore it all together… well then life throws a brick at us!
What are you prepared to do to make your life altering changes?
Love & Light