Vuur, vuur… Vuur kan creëren en tegelijkertijd vernietigen. Vuur kan flink oplaaien en alles op zijn weg verbranden. Zelfs Water kan Vuur doen verdampen. Maar kijk, waar Vuur Aarde heeft geraakt ontstaat nieuw leven. Aarde wordt weer vruchtbaar.
Lucht, lucht…Lucht brengt een fris windje met zich mee. Waar Lucht is, is ook weer nieuw leven. Het is er nooit saai. Lucht brengt nieuw leven met zich mee, zonder dat het opvalt. Lucht doet Vuur oplaaien, maar kan Vuur ook temperen. Wanneer alles in balans is, kan er nieuw leven ontstaan.
Water, water… Water is levenskracht. Krachtig en sierlijk tegelijk, kan ook vernietigen als het uit haar doen is. Ook Water brengt nieuw leven met zich mee. Water kan Vuur doven, Aarde besprenkelen met haar levenskracht en zie… daar ontstaat nieuw leven weer.
Aarde, aarde… Aarde, doof Vuur en maak jezelf weer vruchtbaar. Uit deze vruchtbaarheid ontstaat nieuw leven. Het zaad dat door Lucht is meegevoerd en in vruchtbare Aarde is gelegd, wordt door Water gevoed. Na een tijd ontkiemt dit zaad tot een jonge plant en tot een boom. Er is weer nieuw leven ontstaan. En zo zal de cyclus zich blijven herhalen tot het einde der tijd.
Death and life…. Life and death, those two words are intertwining. Death is part of life and vice versa. That’s why I am not afraid for Death because I know he is part of the life cycle. I always say Death is just a new start of another life. Nature has the same idea about Death and Life. So it accepts Death as it is.
I know that when a body dies, Spirit remains. So it is impossible to experience Death and what happens after this while I am still alive. When it is my time to go and I am in the Other World, it is not possible to return to tell my experience how it is to be dead. However, there are many exceptions (people who experienced a nearly death experience).
I experienced many times the separation of the Spirit from the body. No, I was not dead for a few minutes and still I had that experience. It happened on Kingsday (on this day the Netherlands celebrates the king’s birthday) (I think it was the very first one). I like to sleep late on the weekends and that day was no exception. To be honest I also had a rough night. During my nap I suddenly stood next to the bed at the wall side. In real life it’s impossible to stand there because that space between bed and wall is very small (20cm). Still, I stood there. I wore the same pajamas as the night before and I was watching myself! At that moment I immediately knew I was out of my body. I felt very excited and loved the experience! I was happy and felt a serenity coming over me. I was happy as my little niece always is. Her happiness is pure and she has no worries. The whole time I was smiling and had no worries. I was still watching myself all the time, I was watching my mortal body in that big bed, but I was still alive! At that moment I knew I had the same experience as a person who passed away. One day is my time to go, but I, my soul will remain. I will be still Patricia or whatever my real name may be.
This experience and awareness gave me more peace of mind. I do not have to wonder how it feels when I’m gone and I have the knowlegde that it is not necessary to have fear for Death. The fact our Spirit will remain after we die, is very comforting. There IS life after Death! The only thing we have to do is accept it and be in peace with it. I always feel sorry for people who say they are very afraid to die and have the urgent to fight with Death to stay in this life. It is not necessary and the only thing we have to do is let go.
Even I tried to stop Death twice in the past. As a shaman I make many spiritual journeys, not just for myself but also for animals and other people. Every journey is very special and this one was no exception. During this journey I met Death. I tried very hard to stop him and fought with Death! I made myself clear by telling him he had to leave. Death was in this journey a dark, tall and big figure, twice my size. I had no chance and for me it was very exhausted to fight him. Our first fight I won and he left….for a short time. The second time Death returned, his appearance was different from the last time, he was a tsunami wave. This time I sat in a small boat in the open ocean and tried to reach land as soon as possible. So happy I was to see land! For the second time I succeeded to avoid Death. But at the end Death won and I had to accept it. My lesson out of this experience is that’s impossible to fight Death and try to beat it. When our time is near to leave this world, it is our time. We have to learn to accept Death as Nature does. Accept it, let go and be in peace with it. It is a very simple formula.
Acceptation, how easy is it? Can we accept Death? Nature does. In my personal life I meet many deceased animals. As a shaman and a human being I don’t see these animals as a bad omen. There is a reason I meet these deceased animals. When I meet one of these animals I always check if their soul is still present. Often I see just the bodies, without soul. Often enough I see bodies which the soul is still present. When I see one, I always tell the soul it is free to go into the Light or the Source. The animals react differently. Some animals are angry and annoyed about the human ignorance and arrogance. Others though, are down to earth about their death, shrug their shoulders like “O, did I die? Ok, which way do I have to go to the light?” Happily whistling or singing they follow their path. Other animals knów they died but want to stay near the body because they want to enjoy the last sunbeam or want to analyze the life they had lived. And there are animals that don’t know what happened and still think they are alive. They don’t know what to do or where to go. I always tell these animals they are no longer in their physical body and they can go to the Light. After hearing this information, most animals know what to do and follow the path into the Light, others though, need more guiding.
One day I saw a dead drake (male duck) in the water. He was situated in a bad position and at the time I made contact with him, the young drake did not know what exactly happened. I told him the story what might could have been happen but his confusing became even bigger and he panicked. He just lost the way. I explained everything for the second time and after hearing this story the drake asked me to company him to the Light. I agreed and together we followed the Path. On our way we asked each other some questions about our lives when suddenly we saw an angel surrounded by a bright, beautiful light. She already awaited us. She told Young Drake he was welcome and he could enter. Me, she stopped me. She told it was not my time. I explained it to Drake which he understood. For the entrance with the golden gates, we said goodbye to each other and the angel guided Drake inside. I saw them enter the other World and felt pity for myself I could not enter. There, it is so serene and peaceful. I really wanted to go further. All alone I walked down the path, back to this world.
The Fae have been making their presence known in my life more than ever before, or I have been more open to sensing them. But I never expected to find them frolicking disguised as ducks in the Dutch countryside!
The other day I was having lunch at my favorite outdoors café. It has a lovely natural ambience, no doubt helped by the presence of goats, baby goats, hens, ducks, lambs, and a host of sparrows patiently waiting to feast on the crumbs of my lunch.
My companion had gone to the ladies’ room which gave me time to study the pair of ducks that had been the star of the animal show all afternoon. They were a male and a female, and the pair had been chasing each other by land and air, making the customers duck (ha!) their heads as they swooped, drinking from the doggie bowl, chasing after…
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