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Signs of Spirit
Signs of Spirit
In 2005, we became aware that even though spirit is invisible to the eye, it’s characteristics can be observed in ourselves and others.
Signs of Spirit are evidence of the existence of the unseen spirit. They are characteristics that can be observed in ourselves and others. Once known and recognized as coming from spirit, we can choose to activate and cultivate them in ourselves, thus living as spirits in daily life.
We call these characteristics “signs of spirit” because they demonstrate the presence of spirit, just as a heartbeat and breathing our “signs of life” for the body.
We have been writing first-person short stories about our experiences observiing signs of spirit in ourselves and others and also about how we intentionally use these spirit abiities in our daily lives.
Our intent in sharing these stories is to make it more kown in the world that spirit exists and exists in each and every human being in addition to all of Life. Perhaps our stories will inspire you to find these signs of spirit in yourself and others.
After my surgery four weeks ago, I began to wonder what exactly happened when they gave my body anesthetic.
What I remember was they put an IV and then I was waiting for them to put a mask over my body’s nose and mouth to start the anesthetic. But they began the anesthetic through the IV and then next thing I knew I was in a different room.
“Is it over? Did they do the surgery?” I asked. It seemed to me like no time had passed at all. Zero.
I was later told that it took a very long time for me to wake up.
A few days later I started wondering what happened during the time when I was not aware of what was happening to my body.
When I had my laparoscopic surgery, five small incisions were made across the abdomen of my body. Each was covered with a soft “surgery strip” with another strip of tape that looked like clear packing tape, but I’m sure was a medical version.
I was told I could remove the outer tape after a few days, which I did, but I was instructed to leave the smaller surgery strips on for about 10 days. I was told they would fall off on their own, or I could remove them after the 10 days.
Right away one fell off. Then Larry wanted to remove them and tugged on the corner of one, but I said, “Stop! Stop!” It felt like it was sticking, like when you cook a steak it sticks to the pan until it is done cooking and then it releases itself. I wanted allow each bandage to unstick in it’s own time, allowing each of the five incisions to have the optimum amount of protection it needed and also allow it to open to the air when the time was right.
Just had to take photos of these hand-painted signs posted on a fence on the busiest street in our downtown and share them with you.
As I write this, it’s been only 12 days since shelter-in-place started here in the San Francisco Bay Area. And yet so much has happened since. Our entire world has turned upside down due to the covid-19 virus. Physical structures that we had relied on to be there every day are suddenly not available, and that which is available requires a whole different way of interacting, with distance, lines, gloves, and masks.
Yet in the midst of all this turmoil what I see is spirit bursting forth. Though we may not have all the products and services available that we are accustomed to having, we still have our will-to-live and our creativity and unlimited love to draw upon.
As a society, we are experiencing an interesting phenomenon right now. To save our physical bodies, we need to keep our distance from other physical bodies. And at the same time, we want spiritual connection with those we love and simply with other human beings around us.
About ten years ago I met a man who obviously wanted to be spiritually close to me, but when we met he was kept his body unusually distant from mine. You know there is that comfortable social distance of a foot or two that we maintain with people we don’t know…his distance was about five feet and he would often put further barriers between our bodies by standing on the other side of a piece of furniture, like a table or a chair. This body distance was so noticeable, I commented to Larry at the time that this man seemed to want “closeness with distance” with me.
And now here this is again. With “social distancing” now being required of us to keep the covid-19 virus from moving from body-to-body, how do we maintain spiritual connection while our bodies are distant?
One of the major things I have been noticing in the past week, particularly, is a widespread determination to “find a way,” not just to reduce the number of people being infected with covid-19, but to do everything else that needs to be done. Everywhere, people are learning to keep their social distance for their own protection and the protection of others, businesses are retooling and restructuring to provide what’s needed NOW during the crisis, and most people are watching out for each other to make sure everyone gets what they need.
Determination is defined by the dictionary as “firmness of purpose” and “a fixed intention.” It’s not just an intent to do something that may or may not be achieved. No, it is a pointing in an intended direction, with a further intention that the chosen intent WILL happen, no matter what. And it’s spirit that accomplishes this, not our minds, not our bodies. Spirit.
We’re experiencing a widespread opportunity now to survive covid-19, not only to have our bodies survive, but also our families, our friendships, our businesses, our communities, our organizations, our sports games and concerts and movies, and every other part of life.
It has often been said in spiritual texts that we create our own reality. This is something I’ve observed for myself and know to be true. If we didn’t have the ability to create our own reality, we would never grow as human beings, we wouldn’t be able to improve our lives, and our society wouldn’t evolve. I have many times decided to create things in my life and have been able to do that. So it’s real to me that each and every one of us has the ability to do this.
The opposite of creating our own lives is to be the effect of someone else’s creation. An example of this is being a consumer who is limited to what is being provided to them by industrial manufacturing and advertising. The company makes cereal in a box, advertises it on television, and the consumer buys it and eats it. In this way and others, someone else is creating our reality for us. And we accept that.
I know that I will never get the covid-19 virus.
On the face of it this may seem to be an absurd and impractical statement, yet I know it is true.
Allow me to explain.
About 50 years ago I discovered I was not my body. And that I was a spirit being who could at times leave my body and I could even recall having lived before in different bodies. In short, I was a spirit. I was not a body.
This idea was not a belief, or a theory or even a teaching. It was my experience.
At the end of September 2017, I moved back to California after living in Florida for fifteen years. Larry had already been living here with his family while recovering from an accident, and now it was time for us to continue living together.
At first, my stay here was intended to be temporary and we didn’t know where our next home would be or when we would leave, so I didn’t get a new driver’s license. As we continued to live with Larry’s mom and family, I just forgot about it until about a year ago, when we decided I should get a California driver’s license and the new RealD which will be required in October 2020 to fly domestically in the United States.
This was quite a process because had to first get a signed certificate from an eye doctor, then spend most of a day at the DMV waiting in multiple lines to get through each step of the process. After all that, I finally took the written driver’s test and failed! And then life intervened and I didn’t go back. I still had until October 2020 to get the RealID and Larry always drives, so my Florida license was sufficient and other things were more pressing.
But now almost a year had passed. A few weeks ago we found out that my doctor’s certificate was good only for a year, so if I didn’t get my driver’s license by the end of March, I would have to do the entire process again, get a new doctor’s certificate, wait in line, and pay again. So it just made sense that we should get this done now.
At the beginning of December 2019, my body had some alarming symptoms that caused me to rush my body to the Emergency Room. After giving my body some tests, the emergency room doctor said, “You need to see your doctor right away about a possible malignancy.”
I was out of town at the time and my symptoms began to subside, so I waited until I got home, and saw my doctor. She sent me to a specialist, who took a biopsy sample from my body.
“It’s cancer,” she said. “But your prognosis is favorable. It looks like stage 1, so we can just do a surgery and remove it and you’ll be done with it.”
But it wasn’t so easy for me to accept having cancer or having surgery.
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