“The way we regard death is critical to the way we experience life. When your fear of death changes, the way you live your life changes.”—Ram Dass
By Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
I awakened early one morning, but let myself doze for a while. During that time of hypnogogic consciousness, I dreamt I was an actor in a play. There were a few other cast members and a larger number of crew members. We anticipated that the play would be enthusiastically received and planned to perform nightly.
The first evening arrived and 50 people attended. That was OK, but we had hoped for more. For the next presentation, no one arrived. We decided to go ahead and do a run-through performance. I don’t recall any details of the play except the following: At a crucial point, I was hugged by another cast member who was dressed as an angel. She put her hands over my tail bone to impart a blessing.
However, when she did that, we both were hugged by a very large real angel. The angel also touched both of our tailbone areas. Instantly, we both were filled with a brilliant white light that emanated upward and outward. As often is described, the beauty, power, and radiance of the light were ineffable. Afterwards, the other cast and crew members relayed how they too felt energized and healed by the light.
Then I fully awakened into the earth experience.
I took a few moments to consider what the dream might have meant. I knew that the brain may create a dream in an attempt to make sense of an actual “spiritual” event. I felt that a true energetic healing from an angelic being had occurred. I felt very peaceful, clear and semi-ecstatic. I seriously entertained the possibility that I had indeed just received a celestial healing and energy infusion.
Then the words “pause and remember” popped up. When I pondered what it meant, I felt I was being reminded to take just a moment and remember all I know before reacting. I couldn’t recall ever hearing that phrase before. A search revealed that it’s a term that others, especially those in the Buddhist tradition, have used.
The placement of the angel’s hand over the tailbone was interesting. The anatomical term for tailbone is sacrum, a word with the root word meaning “holy bone.” I was motivated, in part, to become a chiropractic physician after learning the yogic model that energy is stored in the region of the sacrum. Ideally, it flows in an uninterrupted and optimal way along the spinal cord to the brain and in reverse. Indeed, a sacral-occipital pump-like action assists optimal flow of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes and nourishes the spine and brain.
I also thought about the relevance of “a play” being involved in my dream. An earthly experience is so much like that. It seems so real that we are separate physical people who age and die. But that is just one limiting perception of what is really going on.
In addition, looking at life as a series of plays, movies, or books also helps explain why people may choose adversity. Heroes are born when they are tested in challenging conditions. Having an earthly experience helps us remember who and how very powerful we each are.
I work very closely with Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, on The SoulPhone Project (SoulPhone.org) which has:
- scientifically demonstrated life after bodily death
- created technology allowing rudimentary communication between material persons– those living on Earth – and postmaterial persons, whose earthly forms have died.
We sometimes are “on the same wavelength” and have synchronistic experiences that encourage us to continue the work. The day after my dream, I relayed it to Gary during a Zoom meeting. Interestingly, that same morning, he had an evidential medium assisted meeting with an angel. In addition, on the day before, the song “Try to Remember”—which he hadn’t thought of for many years—was going through his head repetitively for an unknown reason.
Finally, I want to mention the wise words of my beloved teach Ram Dass. His first book, Be Here Now, prominently features this phrase: Love, Serve, Remember. That’s one of the most concise and wise pieces of advice for those visiting planet Earth. It means:
- Love yourself, Source, and other people, animals and all of life.
- Serve others, including yourself, as you feel called to do.
- Remember the big picture of life and that you:
- are still alive after your human form dies.
- do not really “lose” loved ones after their earthly bodies perish since you reunite with them when you change worlds.
- can enjoy a continued, but different, relationship with “departed” loved ones now.
- are integral, infinite and beloved parts of Source Energy/Creator/One Mind.
- receive assistance and guidance from sources variously described as angels, guides, master teachers and higher energies.
- can have different and, perhaps, simultaneous life experiences. That means you may be with “deceased” loved ones right now in a parallel reality/different slice of life.
- create how heavenly or hellish your life feels by your predominant thoughts, words and deeds.
- are interconnected in sacred ways with all people, animals, and nature.
- have special purposes for experiencing being on this planet at this time. It’s an optical delusion that this time on earth is all there is.
The more you develop a “big picture of life” perspective, the more you realize this earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful and magnificent adventure amidst eternity.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and webinar/workshop facilitator. He directs The SoulPhone Foundation and founded Greater Reality Living Groups. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show—no matter what is happening to or around you— that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit
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