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A few weeks ago, I told a struggling patient, “Be brave inside.” They are such powerful words. I need to hear those words right now, especially during these uncertain times. I feel anxiety when I am on the Internet. I don’t know what information is true and what is not. I have to limit my time on the Internet. Right now, I can’t let the outside world in – it’s too stressful. I need to protect myself and cultivate love, wisdom, and bravery.
I decided not to take the experimental Covid-19 vaccines. I have allergies and I do not trust the vaccines. I stand firm in my decision – but I feel pressure from society to take the vaccinations. There’s a lot of fear about what will happen to people who do not take the vaccines (like being restricted from travel, shopping, etc.). I decided to face anything that comes my way. I need to be brave inside and out.
I feel alone in my decision not to take the Covid-19 vaccines, but I’m not alone. Many, many people are deciding to wait or refuse the vaccines altogether (about 40-50% of the US population). Each person needs to decide what is right for them.
We need to respect everyone’s decision regarding the vaccine. There are a lot of strong opinions out there! Let’s not let the vaccine divide us. Also, this country is built on freedom of speech. We need to hold onto our freedoms – for our country and the world.
Be brave like our national bird, the Bald Eagle. May you find the courage to live with integrity, limitless perspective, and keen strength.
The Hippocratic Oath says, “Either help or do not harm the patient.” The Covid-19 vaccines harm people.
The Coronavirus allows us to look at death. Why do we fear death so much? I find it interesting that many of my hospice patients received the Covid-19 vaccine this week. Most hospice patients have six months or less to live. What is going on? Do the family members want them to have the vaccine?
It is not my place to judge anyone or anything. I can have a curiosity – but no judgment. Each person needs to decide what is right for them. However, I find it fascinating how fear can change our behavior.
BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative medicine physician, says, ” We really have only two choices: to share life with death or to be robbed by death.” Death is part of life. Miller continues to say, “Cells are dying and growing all day, every day.” Death and birth are natural cycles of life. Fear can hold us back from living.
In one of my blog posts, I wrote about fear and how it surrounds you with walls. Fear can limit your understanding and awareness. So, you need to break down those walls!
I’ve worked with hundreds of hospice patients and wrote several articles on death and dying. So, what do I think is death? Death is an illusion. Why do I think so? Because “life is but a dream.”
No one and nothing can hurt me because I’m already dead. Life and death are woven together like the strands of human DNA. Quantum physics can explain a lot about death.
Let me try to give an example. Almost three weeks ago, I was visiting my best friend in Florida. When I was there, everything seemed so real – but now that I’m home, my time in Florida feels more like a dream. I am there, I am here – which one is it? Everything is an illusion. Even the “death event” is an illusion.
Diarmuid O’Murchu says in his book, Quantum Theology, “With the growing realization that our world is one in all its dimensions, the notion of a next world fell into disfavor. We have come to understand heaven, hell, and purgatory as states of being (not places) within the one world.” He continues to say, “According to the old theology, in death, we humans became a-cosmic (cut off from the cosmos). In our new understanding, we become pan-cosmic; we enter into a new relationship with the whole cosmos.”
I would like to take it one step further and say that we are pan-cosmic right now. So, in a nutshell, do not fear death – you are part of it eternally. Live life fully and love with your whole heart.
Here are the links to my articles on death and dying:
Here is an article about fear:
Yesterday, I saw a new hospice patient. I’ve been a hospice massage therapist for almost five years, and I have a master’s degree in Holistic Health Studies. My new patient, whom I will call April, is an 82 years old woman who lives in a nursing home. She is wheelchair-bound and has severe dementia. When I asked her how she was feeling, she said that she’s confused. Her eyes teared up a little as she briefly looked at me. I held her hand and said, “Better days are ahead.”
I hold true to my words – better days are ahead. Everything in life is impermanent. My patient’s condition is a temporary experience as a human being. And you have a choice – you can see bright days or gloomy days. The hope in your heart needs to be nourished – like planting seeds for the future.
The Coronavirus is also a temporary experience. Bring your weary soul to the sun. See that the sun has a promise – to rise every morning. You, too, must get up every morning with hope and love in your heart. Never give up – like the sun.
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. ~ Theodore Roosevelt