By Dr. Mark Pitstick
While sitting at the beach recently, I saw an elderly man walking alone. Moving slowly, he periodically gazed out at the water and sky, and looked very sad. I felt moved to talk with him and, after a few minutes of small talk, discovered why.
As his eyes swelled with tears, Dan told me that his wife of 42 years had recently died.
He was especially struggling with her death because they both had lost faith in their religion many years ago. It began when they asked their minister important questions like: “Why does our church teach that an unbaptized baby might not go to heaven?” and “Why does our church teach that people who get divorced for very good reasons may not go to heaven?”
In each case, the answer was, “That’s just what our church believes and you have to accept it on faith.” These answers drove them away from the church and their faith. Over the years, he said, they both had come to believe that when you die, you die, and that’s it.
Dan wasn’t feeling very inspired. The root meaning of the word “inspiration” is “in spirit.” In his uninspired state, he suffered spiritual amnesia and forgot that he, his wife, and everyone else are infinite beings of spirit/consciousness/energy. What’s more, we each are one with the One and part of Source Energy right now—not maybe, someday if we believe or do certain things.
Fully 99.999 percent of who we are is light and energy; the physical body is a mere fraction of our entire being. In fact, it’s an optical illusion that we are just solid physical beings. Any good chemist or physicist will tell you that.
I told Dan about my book, Soul Proof, and the nine categories of evidence that all people are timeless spiritual/energetic beings. I explained that a vast amount of evidence, some of it objective and documented, strongly shows that death is not a “goodbye,” just a “see you later.”
Upon hearing this information, Dan smiled slightly and his face lightened a bit. “I would love to believe that what you say is true,” he said, “if only I had the proof. I would love to think that I will see her again, that there really is life after death.”
Suddenly his eyes widened and his voice grew stronger. “There was one thing that happened that makes me think maybe I will see her again,” he shared. He explained that his 76-year-old wife had withered away to only 90 pounds after a long battle with cancer. She had lingered in a coma, curled up in the fetal position for weeks, long after doctors expected her to pass.
“Then, just 24 hours before she died,” he said, “it happened. Her face became beautiful and radiant like a young woman’s. She looked like she was 30 years old again and so very peaceful. Doctors and nurses came to visit from all over the hospital. Everyone who saw her said she looked like an angel. Maybe that was God’s way of letting me know that death is not the final end we thought it was.”
Years ago, the O’Jays had a great song with the lyrics “Get on the love train, join in.” During that same era was a great dance show called Soul Train. Well, my newfound friend had just climbed aboard the “In Spirit” train and was picking up steam.
As we said goodbye, he thanked me over and over again for telling him about all the evidence and giving him hope. I walked away with tears in my eyes, thankful for hearing another miracle and lighting another candle amidst the darkness. Yes, my friend, death is only a “see you later”—and that makes all the difference.
Here are 5 keys to being a more inspired and passionate person:
1. Learn the evidence—clinical, scientific, religious/spiritual, and empirical in nature—that proves no one really dies. That removes fear from the equation since your real self cannot be destroyed and cannot ultimately fail.
2. Use centering practices regularly to quiet your brain and access your inner wisdom. Try meditation, prayer, walking in nature, chanting, spiritual study, dancing, drumming, tantric sex, gardening, etc. Basically, anything that turns down the incessant chatter of your cerebral cortex works. Then it’s crystal clear that you are an integral part of All That Is. How inspiring is that?
3. Get in touch with your purposes for being on this planet at this time. My Soul Proof book and workshops teach how to do this or you can learn from other teachers. Fulfilling your soul’s missions fills you with energy and enthusiasm. Conversely, a life devoid of purpose leads to feelings of malaise and discontent.
4. Serve others in ways you feel called. Mother Theresa saw God in distressing disguises each time she served someone. Helping others helps you remember that your contributions are vital for solving life’s challenges. The more you give, the more you get back so serve others to increasingly lead an inspired life.
5. Enjoy the journey! Work hard, but don’t forget to play too. This earth-experience offers so many physical pleasures and you deserve to enjoy them. Also, take time to fine-tune your body and mind so you feel vibrantly alive and able to face all of life’s challenges (that are really growth and service opportunities you chose)
Although life is never-ending, it is ever-changing.
So take full advantage of this exquisite incarnation and make your life a work of art that inspires others. Use these five time-tested ways to increase your energy, peace, and clarity. As always, let me know if I can assist your earth-journey in any way.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC—author, radio show host, chiropractic physician, and workshop leader —helps others know and show their magnificence in body, mind, and spirit. In January to March, 2015, he will give classes and workshops at churches and holistically/spiritually-oriented stores. Contact Mark at 740-775-2189, email@example.com, www.soulproof.com, or www.radiant101.com.