Wednesday, December 31, 2014
“It’s a fact: We need a body to continue experiencing life on Earth.” ~Fern Stewart Welch
Two years ago, after 78 years of mostly radiant health, my body began sending me messages in the form of various maladies, a not so subtle reminder that while our souls are immortal our bodies are finite. This falling-apart time that I felt I had reached meant that a major life choice loomed before me: Did I give up and give in, thinking that I had no alternative – or did I decide to trust my own inner knowing that tells me there is another option? Since I wrote my epitaph when I was a freshman in college – I Lived, I Loved, I Learned – it didn’t surprise me that I had already selected my motto for this stage of life – I refuse to die until I’m dead.
In other words, I would not focus on dying, which would send my body the wrong message, which was that I was ready to go home. At that point, my body would start to fulfill my “order” by sending me more maladies. Instead I changed my negative thoughts about my ailments to positive ones. I knew at the core of my being that I wasn’t “falling apart,” and that I was being guided to awaken to a more expanded view of living and – ultimately – dying. So with a strong sense that every cell of my body agreed, I affirmed: I am not falling apart; I am finally coming together.
My rationale for that strong outlook was two-fold, the maladies that were popping up got my attention and after some deliberation, I realized our bodies are sacred vehicles that allow us to
experience life on Earth. Obviously it was also time to step up as a partner and help my body do its only job … to constantly heal itself. Unfortunately, for most of my life I hadn’t been a good partner. I took my good health for granted and never once thought of my body as the incredible work of genius it is. At this point, I was able to look at this experience of things going wrong physically as another life lesson – opportunity – the kind that allows us to gain insight into how life is really meant to work.
Of course, I was aware that many sick people around the globe already lived this choice – they never thought of giving up or giving in just because of what a caregiver or space-age machine declared was their fate. We’ve all watched them share their extraordinary stories online, on television and hungrily read their books. Here’s one of my favorite examples:
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., is a brain scientist who experienced a massive, debilitating stroke, and chronicled her challenge to regain her life in the book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.” After years of strong resolve and faith, and partnering with her body in selecting the medical care and therapies necessary for recovery … she discovered her body’s incredible capacity to heal. She’s now sharing her inspirational experience with people around the world to help others, especially stroke victims.
No matter how serious their prognosis, many courageous people like Dr. Taylor accepted their own inner knowing that our bodies are equipped to reenergize, regenerate and renew every cell, organ and function—depending on our desire and conscious direction. I humbly realize that while I don’t share the life skills and knowledge of Dr. Taylor, I am a fellow soul and therefore am heir to the same healing power that is within each of us. Plus, I am totally committed to fulfilling my life purpose by sharing the insights I learn with others as I grow through life instead of just going through it.
The fact is that for the past three decades each member of my team of caregivers has embraced the field of integrative medicine that combines the best of modern-day medicine, as well as holistic modalities and philosophy. This means I’ve been learning to take responsibility for my health decisions concerning drugs, surgery and so on. The result is that despite a few aches and pains and some inconveniences, I am still here – and prescription free.
I also believe that each human being is a unique and precious individualized expression of the Universal Life Force-Energy-Spirit-God. We’re on a unique journey that is tailored just for us, and the one-size-fits-all diagnoses and required drugs and treatments – along with a belief that the Earth is flat – belong together in the dustbin of history. We are being called to a conscious awakening within ourselves that is a necessary step for us to keep pace with the planetary transformation that is ongoing and the incredible high-tech scientific world we now inhabit.
Being born on Earth is such a Gift. No matter what chapter of life we’re in, it’s an opportunity to grow into a higher level of consciousness, which is why we’re here. I believe in following that truth and by doing so, that I will be able to live life the way in which it’s really meant to unfold. I may have come to this awareness late in life, but obviously it’s the right timing for me. I am being led and supported in loving myself, taking charge of my life and owning my power. Baby steps perhaps, but the feeling deep within me is the only encouragement I need to know I am on the right path.
For more than a decade, I have been focusing on fulfilling my life purposes, my potential and true heart and soul desires. Recently I began receiving the following message from my Higher Wisdom Self: “Take Heart, Fern, these are The First Days of the Best Years of Your Life.” That has always lifted my heart and spurred me on to trust and have faith in what is to come. I recognize the truth in it for now no matter what life presents, I face it, do what I can to cope with it – and continue on my journey with a reassuring feeling of contentment, joy and peace.
During the ensuing years I have experienced several brief episodes of a level of bliss that felt like heaven-on-Earth. The first time, I hugged it to my heart and as I focused on staying in that energy, I realized it was achievable for longer periods of time right here on Earth. In other similar instances the all-encompassing bliss was accompanied by an inner knowing that if I died right then, it would be okay for I was God-smacked with a joy that permeated my being and caused me to know that at some level, I was already perfect, whole and complete. There was also a palpable energy that I recognized as an anticipation of Good.
The more I focus on expanding my conscious awareness of how life on Earth is really meant to be lived, the stronger the inner soul urging is to be free to live a longer life and to continue discovering the Real Me I was born to be.
We don’t have to gaze at the stars or ponder the endless number of galaxies to bring up the awe, love, mystery and potential that is inherent in the gift our bodies present to us. All we have to do is turn within and become acquainted with our sacred life vehicles to discover the power within each of us.
When I think about it now it’s like being given a magical, mystical toy and I’m just now opening it and seeing what we can accomplish by partnering together. This opens us to consciously realizing the incredible intelligence, love and perfection that we are. As if that wasn’t enough, each of us shares in the Universal plan. Our role is to take every challenge as an opportunity to help us learn how life on Earth is meant to work – and to realize that our magnificent body is capable of keeping us around until we have fully expressed our unique energy, light into the world. Thank you, Life. I’m Happy. More Please.
“There is a power and presence within you that is greater than you are and you can use it."
~Irene Amanda Hunter, author of “The Miracle of Being The Real You.”
______________________________________ Copyright © 2015 by Fern Stewart Welch
The author’s books: “Becoming a Spiritual Warrior of the Heart”, (April 2013); “Tea with Elisabeth,” recipient of the 2010 Silver Award for Non-fiction; “You Can Live A Balanced Life In An Unbalanced World,” (Nov. 2008); and “The Heart Knows the Way – How to Follow Your Heart to a Conscious Connection with the Divine Spirit Within,” (Feb. 2009) are available at Amazon.com, other online booksellers, as well as bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble.