Transitioning to Spirit; Celebrating a Life
By Judi Lynch
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Our human life on Earth is very short compared to the life of our souls. Through countless lifetimes and lessons our spirits evolve in our terra missions in every conceivable way. We honor and celebrate the lives of those who have transitioned with rituals, memorials and gatherings. Our religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs help us to process the crossover with grace and dignity.
Some may think a life well lived means financial success and the collection of material things while others view a life of service to others as the ultimate accomplishment. There are people who wish to have no fanfare at all when they leave this earthly plane and others who want a marching band with a bartender serving margaritas. This world has many unique ways of helping the soul to cross over into another existence.
In India, according to Holy Scripture like the Bhagwat Gita, it is acknowledged that the departed is on its way to the next level of existence. The rituals help the conscious soul to manifest a peaceful crossover to that next level. A Hindu death ceremony called the Teravih is a period of mourning starting from the day of the death of a person to the 13th day after the funeral services. There are many rules that the family members must observe. They are to refrain from attending religious functions, eating certain foods, wearing new clothes or participating in any cultural activity or festivity. Reverence for the deceased is not just ceremony, it is culture.
New Zealand and Australia share customs with the Irish in that drinks and food are served at a wake. Celebrations with happy memories and loving comfort for family and friends. Some funerals in Ghana include putting the deceased in brightly colored coffins which look like boats, airplanes or fish. They are called "fantasy coffins." In many Asian countries it is customary to wear white as a symbol of death while those in the West traditionally wear black.
In the United States a unique funeral tradition occurs in New Orleans, formed from French and African influences. A funeral begins with a march that includes friends, family and a jazz band from the funeral home to the graveyard. During the march the band plays somber music but after a graveyard service, the music changes to celebratory on the way back to a common gathering place.
We can view life transitions as a time of reflection for our own lives and what we would still like to manifest and experience. We send our love and support for each other through memorials and condolence messages which help us cope with loss. We can view the process as a fantastic voyage back to the consciousness from which we came where we reunite with loved ones who made the trip before us. Many believe there is a great party in Heaven to welcome us, helping us process our life review and decide if we want to incarnate again.
Celebrating a life means that we acknowledge the beauty, fragility and meaning of living. No matter how long or short, every life born here incarnated for a purpose. The uniqueness of a soul is a miraculous thing. We can celebrate our loved ones time here with music, photography, videos and stories about their adventures and accomplishments. We can choose to remember the good times and appreciate that another soul touched our lives. Made us better, stronger and more loving. Their energies are a part of us for the rest of our time here. We can share that our hearts, minds and spirits were made better by their being. We can be grateful for the good times and the challenging times that changed us. Made us think, feel and strive to manifest the best life we can with our time here. When we send a smile up to Heaven, we create a beautiful energy that will never be silent.
About the Author:
Judi Lynch is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, healing channel and author. She is president of the Crystal Healing Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) spiritual charity and writer for OM Times Magazine. She has authored two books, Friends with Lights and Conscious Ascension and has read for clients all over the world. To learn more or contact for a session see judilynch.com
Article description: Celebrating a life means that we acknowledge the beauty, fragility and meaning of living. No matter how long or short, every life born here incarnated for a purpose.