A statement from Dr. Wayne Dyer recently spoke to me: “Heaven is a state of mind, not a location since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter.” ~“Natural Awakenings,” ‘Heaven Within,’ September 2015
Personal challenge appeals to me. Actually my husband, Paul, and I both wanted to look for the spiritual energy in our days’ experiences and encounters. I am progressing toward minimizing daily schedules, judging, and drama anyway. New space gives me room to process perspectives. Finding Spirit, God, Buddha (or my preferred name, Source) in the mundane requires me to set an intention, focus my attention on the unfolding of each moment, and honor my discoveries without expectation or judgment. A rather tall order.
I believe in miracles and regard the birth of a baby as a profound example—a gift from Source. I have read about miracle operations in medical journals. The media is also a witness: “One-hundred-pound woman lifts car chassis to save son’s life.” Her adrenaline kicked in, and she became, for a moment, superhuman. That’s the point—I know that Source shows up at superhuman levels. What I want to witness is Source at work at ordinary levels, in life as it unfolds. An opportunity soon presented itself.
Chatting with a friend whom I had known through our spiritual center, I learned the story of his father’s death. The words that stood out for me were He flew away on a gentle breeze. To the casual listener, these words may have seemed like a fantasy, a figment of my friend’s imagination, yet, in hindsight, the words represented much more.
My friend told me that his dad had been a gardener and had loved the outdoors with its changing seasons. However, illness in the later part of his life brought numerous hospital stays, great struggles, and suffering. His condition was better served by a care facility where he experienced some peace.
One particular day, not long after his move to the care facility, my friend and his sister decided to take their dad outside, pushing his wheelchair along a beautiful garden pathway to a grove of trees. Brother and sister talked about memories of their dad’s tree plantings and vegetable gardens. Both remarked about an exquisite breeze just before my friend’s sister left.
As the story unfolded, I felt Source in the thick of things. My friend had asked his dad if he wanted to remain outside. He nodded yes, and the two of them made their way to a nearby bench. My friend said thoughtfully, Sometimes I think God is just like the wind—you can’t see it, yet you know it’s there. Dad, you could just let go and fly away. Within one to two minutes of speaking those words, my friend noticed that his dad had stopped breathing. In the interim, there was no struggle. He peacefully inhaled and exhaled again, followed by another breath and final exhale. My friend’s words may have offered the permission that his dad had been waiting to hear.
A gentle being, my friend’s Dad appreciated nature. Anecdotal research confirms that loved ones do know when they are ready to die. Often character traits that are not prominent during life become strong at the edge of life. His dad had typically struggled with decision making, often with making very simple ones. However, the decision to leave this plane of existence—one of the most important decisions of a lifetime—was made quickly and easily. Source provided the vehicle. Hearing this story was a gift, and I felt the presence of Source.
My friend concluded, for the most part, that he had regarded death as a painful process. Yet witnessing his father’s death drew his attention beyond the physical, to the mystical beauty and inexplicable role of an “exquisite breeze.” He went on to speak at his dad’s funeral, something he had previously determined he would not do. Death had become a time of transformation and growth for both men and, ultimately, for the entire family. My friend has continued to feel strategically occurring “exquisite breezes” that remind him of Source’s presence.
I am grateful for my friend, his story, and the openings to Source that are provided by the moments I’m experiencing. Join me. Set an intention to observe Source at work in daily life. Allow your attention to rest on present moments without expectations. Over time, this small, sacred act will shift your perspective. No judgments, just acceptance. Again, again, and again. You will find openings. You will experience Source.
Taking five or ten minutes to observe current moments without judgment replaces some of the busyness of life. While focusing your attention on what the moment has to offer—a gift from Source—you make space for greater understandings to occur. Through the moments, you get a glimpse of your true self and realize that there is more to you than you thought. Your inner understanding points to a new direction.
In the quiet moments: Remember a superhuman miracle from the past—something you’ve read about or have been told. Now recall a recent experience from everyday circumstances that, because of a change in your perspective, you now view as a miracle. What changed? Was a conscious decision involved?
© 2015 in the thick of things