My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen was published around 20 years ago and it is an extraordinary read, as is the author herself. i am nearly at the end of 350+ pages and i believe this will be a book i revisit time and again. i read a chapter or 2 every night before bed and always i find a nugget of gold in there. last night this is the nugget of a paragraph i read and then re~read several times more ...
"In my experience, the ego that has covered over our deepest wisdom does not suddenly release us at the moment when the breath stops. Rather, our habitual ways of being become more and more fragile and begin to crumble around us over weeks or even days; and the buddha seed that they have covered over becomes clearer, stronger, more available. Dying may be a time of intense learning, as painful and as transforming as labor, and in the end we may give birth to ourselves"
this book is very much filled with stories about people dying and this excerpt is written with that subject matter in mind BUT i really truly believe these words are equally fitting for living right now. old systems are dying, ones that should never have been able to exist in the first place and it is going to be painful and messy but by the grace of God, we just may give birth to something so beautiful and so KIND and so JUST, if we just have the courage to start releasing what no longer serves us and blinds us from our true wisdom within.
interested to know more about Rachel Naomi Remen? this fabulous podcast interview discussing the difference between curing and healing is the perfect place to start.