Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I am so thrilled by the privilege of life, and yet
at the same time I know that I have to let it go.
William Hurt, actor; he was born on this
date, 1950, at Washington DC
I am too! … thrilled, that is, “by the privilege of life”. I can testify to the deep truth of Hurt’s wisdom /experience. Do you remember that wonderful moment in 'Shogun'? A woman feels she must commit “seppuku” – ritual suicide. She prepares … and gets to the last second before killing herself. At the last instant, she draws back. BUT. She had gotten to the point where she had freed herself from the fear of Death … and she was then free forever. The freedom came from anchoring Death and Life, skirting close to the Unity of the Two. Life, the Bible says, is “stronger than Death”.
“Letting it go” is the “secret moment”. Once we can embrace Death, It no longer has any power over us. We are then free to Live. Past and Future fall away. Only the Present exists. Living in the Present is to have found Eternity … to have collapsed Time.
Let It go. Then we experience what Jesus expressed. We experience Life as baskets filled with grain and “running over”. Once we tame Death, all boundaries fall away. Life takes us by the throat and demands that we Live. Not to do so becomes unthinkable.
The life of Jesus teaches us this path to Freedom. Somewhere on His Journey, He let go. I do not think He knew where the path of Love He chose would lead in exact detail … but He was not afraid - and He taught us all not to be afraid. His rising from the dead affirms that He chose rightly. He calls us to join Him on that Path of Abandonment to Love.
Life is indeed a privilege. A wildness of ecstasy.
Do not let it go.