Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 by John Cali and Spirit

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana

Malaysia_Airlines_777_(5620820339)Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 at Kuala Lumpur Airport
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Today’s and our next few posts will be necessarily short, as I’ll be traveling this week and next.

By now we’ve all heard about the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine last week. The Boeing 777 aircraft, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur, carried 298 people. All died.

One bright spot in this human tragedy concerns a British family who said someone was “watching over them.”

Husband and wife Barry and Izzy Sim wanted to board Flight MH17 with their baby. Reportedly, they were refused boarding because there were not enough seats. Instead they took a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight to Kuala Lampur.

We do not know with human certainty when we will die. But I believe, at some level of our consciousness, we all choose the timing and manner of our deaths. That makes perfect sense if we believe we create our own realities.

As my spirit guides reminded us in the Tuning In film, death is the easiest thing we will ever do. But, in the meantime, let’s all just “enjoy the interval,” as George Santayana says above.


For those with a fear of flying, here’s the legendary Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger putting things into perspective. Sully, along with his crew, landed their airliner in the Hudson River in 2009, after losing both engines. There were no deaths or injuries.

As he explains in this video, your chances of dying in a hospital are far greater than dying in a plane crash—even if you fly often. His words are a powerful tribute to the airline industry, and a blistering indictment of the USA’s health care system.

Related links:
When Bad Things Happen To Good People
Why Do Disasters Like Hurricane Sandy Happen?
All Is As It Should Be


What do you think kept the Sim family off Flight MH17? Are you afraid of flying—or of dying? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.


What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.

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10 Responses


    Thanks John for answer. He read the book “Tuning in” and it’s wonderful. Chief Joseph is gentle and patient. Bless you for your work.


    I understand that we chose our starting point, but I am somewhat confused by the suffering that leads to veces.Mi mother died after 4 years of fighting with cancer.Tanto suffering and yet not want morirse.Tanto fear, so much anguish when the other side is so wonderful todo.Why this much resistance? is something biological? survival instinct? even animals (which are much more connected to Source), have this fear …. Best regards and thanks!

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Dorina-Mihaela.

      My personal opinion is the resistance to death is based on fear, pure and simple. If we really understood what death was all about, there would be no fear. The fear would vanish if we did not consider death as a failure, but only the natural progression of life from one form (physical) to another (spiritual). Our bodies are not immortal, but we are.

  3. Barbara

    Great video, John. I really like, respect and admire Captain Sullenberger.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Barbara. Sully certainly is a treasure. His words ought to be reassuring for those afraid of flying.

  4. Gail

    I have read that we choose our time to “exit”… We choose the time and the way in which we cross over. So, to me, that just means it wasn’t the time for these three people to leave. This seems to happen all the time in this kind of thing where there is a disaster. There are stories of people who had planned to be at the scene, but for some reason were not. Not their time to leave…

  5. Martha

    Hi John,

    These things can really only be understood from a Heavenly perspective:

    WOW! ..look how many beautiful souls came home today!

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Martha. I agree — we need to understand this from a higher perspective. As Abraham (Esther Hicks) puts it, if we look at life (and death) the way Source does, it will begin to make sense.

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