Optical Delusion

Shiva Rose, Iran

Actress, writer & activist who curates the eco-holistic site,The Local Rose. She lives with her two daughters in the Santa Monica Mountains in the USA, where she grows most of her own food.

(Submitted by the author)

We know everything. In our guts, if we really pay attention and listen, we know all. In May, I had an urge to visit my Grandmother Rosemarie up north. Something was beckoning. It was a short visit, but we were able to talk and connect. She became very ill after that visit, and she just passed on to the other realm this last weekend.

I was able to go up and see her one more time and the experience in the hospital was both profound and frustrating. Profound, because we could see she was getting closer to the other side, and with that comes moments of walking in and out of other-worldliness. Frustration, because hospitals today seem like cold assembly lines where the Elders are kept reluctantly, until the bed is needed and then they are asked to "hurry up" the process.

This has been a month of letting go. Many endings and deaths, but with that of course, comes renewal and rebirth. Watching death close-up makes you want to do one thing and one thing only ... live. To live, fully and passionately. What are we waiting for? The mate, the job, the house, the outfit? Forget all that and start to eat, drink, walk, work, create, ride horses, ride waves, play an instrument, start a garden, become a pilot, travel, get a dog, climb trees, paint, tell a story, wear a hat, and most importantly, love those around you, even those you don't know all that well.

Albert Einstein said it best: "A human being is a part of the whole ... he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion
of ... consciousness. This kind of delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us."

Image credit: The Meditative Rose, by Salvador Dalí, 1958.

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