“In the death zone, I come alive” – Nirmal Purja, Mountaineer
We don’t live in the face of death everyday, maybe we live a safe life, never looking death in the eye. A tame life like that may feel unrewarding, as though we never really grab life by the balls.
Ordinarily, I’m not a thrill seeker or a risk taker, but I do step outside my comfort zone in numerous ways and this is inevitable as a shamanic practitioner.
To be a shamanic practitioner, especially one who supports the death process, it means making death one’s friend. It’s not the same as making fear one’s friend because fear isn’t trying to be our friend whilst death never wanted to be anything but a friend, it’s us who fight against that friendship.
Death is telling us we’re alive. Death asks, “Who are you, really? What do you want out of life? Where do your passions lie? What do you truly believe in?”
Death isn’t an ending, it’s a doorway. It’s in our lives every day in so many little ways. Every ending, transition, transformation, death is there. Without it, we don’t keep moving on the path of our fulfilment. Death is a transition from one state to another that we would not grow without.
How do you feel about endings? Do you embrace them?
Are you prepared to close doors and walk away from what no longer serves you?
Are you ready to risk losing it all?
[Image: ‘Plaque at St Anthony’s Well, Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire’ photograph by Amenet Drago]