Defining My Boundaries
Some time ago, I went to the funeral service of a person from whom I had grown apart during the last several years of my life. I made the conscious decision to distance myself from this individual because I did not agree with the way that he chose to relate to me and other people in his world. Our relationship was interfering with my serenity; I did what I needed to do for myself. I have no regrets; it is a choice that I would make again given the same circumstances.
“When there is no where else to turn, turn inward. Enter into the sacred silence of your soul and ask for healing, guidance and personal peace.”
During the service, many great and positive memories of his life and times were shared, memories of his positive qualities, and his impact on his friends and family. I didn't give any thought to the conflict that contributed to my original decision to distance myself from him. I found myself focusing on his soul qualities, because after his physical death, that is what remained. Sometimes it is in death, that we understand the true soul of a person. There is no doubt in my mind that his soul and its unique characteristics will live on in eternity. Perhaps someday his soul will decide to inhabit another physical body to continue to learn and evolve. Maybe it already has happened.
Honoring The Right to Be Human
I believe that we are capable of seeing the true soul of a person while he/she is alive, particularly if there is an instantaneous connection, shared values and acceptance. There will be many instances, when this will not occur. After all we are human and there is an inherent imperfection in that. I still have very strong reactions to individuals whose qualities strike a nerve. In those situations, I can be quick to judge their actions. When this occurs, I strive to step back and examine what may be triggering those feelings. If we can honor our right to be human, we will continue to learn from our experiences without self-deprecation and continue to evolve spiritually. Adopting this perspective allows us not only to share what we have learned about ourselves with others, but enables us to view being human as part of our continued spiritual experience.
Recently, I expressed my thanks, in prayer, to this person for the lessons that his death taught me. There was a time where I would not have acknowledged the contributions of an individual with whom I had been at odds. However, since my 18-year –old daughter Jeannine’s death in 2003, I have learned that everything isn’t always as it appears to be and that, to quote a line from a Wallflowers song: “Behind every mask lies the face of another.” If we have the courage to look beyond the surface, we may discover that the face of pure beauty lies within.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given- Albert Einstein