Many years ago one of my favorite songs was The Rose by American singer, Bette Midler. One line of the song has stuck with me down through the years: “It’s the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.”

A young member of our family died two Saturdays ago, on August 6. His aircraft was shot down over Afghanistan. Alex was loved by many. Here are some of the comments folks made about him:

“I never met somebody who loved to do something as much as he did….He was so selfless. He would give you the shirt off his back, he was a really great guy….He died doing exactly what he loved.”

Another friend said “He was fun, goofy guy” who loved playing practical jokes.

Alex’s mother said “He was a fantastic young man and he was doing exactly what he loved.”

The picture emerging from the many comments folks made about Alex is that of a joyful young man, doing what he loved, loving life without being scared of dying. He had no fear of life and no fear of death.

Here are a few words from Spirit on the occasion of another death in our family some years ago:

“…if you simply get out of your own way, all good things will flow to you easily and effortlessly. Living (and dying) would be a true joy to you. But most of you have forgotten all that. You have, instead, bought into the mass consciousness, the consciousness of fear.

“You know what we’re talking about — life is dangerous, dying is disaster. And nowhere between life and death do you find any joy. That was never the way your higher selves or God intended you to live.

“You came to this lifetime to experience the vast diversity of life on Planet Earth….the intent was to be a joyful creator, picking and choosing among all the glorious choices and opportunities available to you.

“Life is supposed to be good. It’s supposed to be fun. Fear — either of living or dying — is not supposed to be part of this.

“Yet fear is a part of your lives….that’s because you’ve surrendered to the mass consciousness. And you’ve abandoned the wisdom you carried with you when you incarnated.

“You don’t have to run scared. Instead, choose to run joyfully.”

Do you ever find yourself afraid of living, scared of dying? Please comment below.

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