This is the title to a song I wrote many years ago. It's sort of like a pirate's ballad, if pirates had ballads. I always liked playing it to an audience of one...me.
Today, as I was reading Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr, I settled in on the chapter entitled Enlightenment by Gunpoint that speaks to the idea of a path we all must trod: the path of dying and rising. Rohr says "It alone allows us to say afterward, 'What did I ever lose by dying.' It's the letting go of all you think you are, movinginto a world without experienced context, and becoming the person you always were anyway."
"We all have to walk the human journey, someway, someday - from the Neanderthals to those walking down Madison Avenue today"
And this got me thinking. Why do we fight death? Or to put it another way, why do we fight life? Living should be the goal, right? We are here for one purpose, to live. Not survive. Not struggle. But to live.
Rohr continues by stating, "When 'this (human) body' is all you think you are, no wonder you are afraid of dying. It's all you know and have - if you have not discovered your soul, that is."
Accepting that you are going to die at some point, coming to that peace inside you (in the core of who you are and have always been), you can truly begin to love more freely, forgive more easily, and become one with one another and the One creator.
In this acceptance of death as a part of life, you begin to understand better that "you never lose anything real by dying." We begin to live a 'resurrected life' instead of fearing a lasting death.
"Once you know you are sharing in the force field of resurrection, you can always draw on it. The pressed clay or 'dust' of Adam (humanity) had then become the immortal diamond that is Christ. The breathing into Adam (Gen. 2:7) has become the breathing out of Jesus (John 20:22) and you are now sharing the breath of One Spirit. The incarnation becomes the resurrection in you."
So may death be the life of you.
Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The Search For Our True Self. (Jossy-Bass: 2013) pp 139-145.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”