Leslie Lott, my dear friend and the author of “Heaven’s Perspective,” wrote:
“When we are in a body, we often feel separate from the others in the universe. We are not, of course. All things are part of the larger ONE. Still, when in a body, our skin is a physical barrier that separates us from others. But when our bodies die, the barrier of separation is gone! When we transition back to non-physical, there is a joyful and conscious reintegration with the whole.
To understand this more clearly, imagine a beautiful soap bubble floating outdoors in the sunlight. The light hits it and it shines with different colors as it moves. Then, suddenly it pops. That which was within the bubble does not suddenly disappear, does it? Certainly the outer barrier of the bubble is gone, but what about what was inside that beautiful bubble? It merely merges back with the rest of the air.
In a similar way, when our physical bodies die, when our body bubbles burst, that which is within us– our divinity, our essence, the soul– reintegrates with the larger ONE from whence it came. We maintain our awareness of self as an individual while merging back into the oneness of that which is called heaven, our true home.
This realization came to me as Jack Bloomfield, Piero Falci and I sat at the beach this morning gently releasing One Planet United. It occurred to me that this is not an ending for One Planet United, but rather a merging of the ideas from OPU back into the larger universe. The paradigm shift from seeing it as an ending to seeing it as a merging into, a reintegration into the larger whole felt so incredibly good that I’ve decided to ask my loved ones to have a joyful Reintegration Celebration when my own bubble bursts and I return to true home.
So be it, and so it is.”
For many years, with great passion and dedication, we operated a nonprofit organization, but the the time came when we had to let it go. All of us who were originally involved with One Planet United were now contributing to the betterment of the world in other ways, and we didn’t have the time to attend to the demands of keeping the organization operating as it should. We tried to find new leadership, we tried to pass the baton on, but we were not successful. After many attempts to keep it afloat, we decided that it was time to close and gently release it into the Universe. So we decided to do a little ceremony at the beach during sunrise, when we would reminisce about the organization, and say ‘Goodbye.’
There was a little sadness, but also a calm agreement that it was the right thing to do. We understood the changing nature of everything, and were ready to let it go. OPU had served its purpose and played itself out.
But something unexpected happened that morning: a calm, delicious, and nourishing experience. As we were talking about One Planet United we had this sudden realization that OPU didn’t die. It became evident to us that it’s mission and vision remained alive and strong within us. It had always existed and always will. “Embrace diversity, promote unity, and create community,” the phrase that summarizes OPU’s mission, is what we and many others around the globe do, day in and day out. This realization was a great life and death insight for us. In that moment, everything became clear and made sense. As we gently released it, we felt OPU lovingly reintegrating with the whole. The nonprofit organization was no more, but what OPU stood for was, is, and will always be.
“There is a Light that lights every man that comes into the world. That Light is Eternal, All-Powerful and Imperishable. Only that which is subject to birth is subject to death. The Light is the extension of God into man. It is not born nor can it die.” ~ Douglas K. DeVorss , in Eulogy for Baird T. Spalding, in The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, Volume 6.
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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