Lately we’ve had a diverse playing field of ideas coming up and through the Breaking Free videocast. We’ve had a lot of discussion about different worlds and different realities. So I thought it was probably time for a blog. I thought about this title and figured it’d be easy to write some deep thoughts, but then I stumbled. With a mysterious blog title like this, I had a tough time coming up with anything concrete to say! Me!? I mean, seriously, we’re talking about out-of-body experiences this week? Marilyn, really??
I started and stopped, had a piece or two of pie while I thought it out and then came back to try again. But honestly, I was as empty as an emptied trashcan on trash day. And that’s when my little one invited me to a tea party. As it goes around our house, I warmly accepted the invitation which I do on most days. Can’t pass that up, now can I?
That’s when the idea came to me. Any experience that enables us to shift up and away from our physical human bodies is a shift to a different way of being. Our children have a funny way of reminding us what’s important about life: there’s more to this journey than our egos, our adult status and the power that goes with it. Young ones virtually live in their pretend worlds. They have pretend friends. They have extravagant, joyful fantasies. Bananas become telephones. Rubber chickens can become toothbrushes. They talk to animals. They see God and angels. It’s a glorious time of trying on ideas, stories and roles. When we’re blessed, they invite us into their worlds and we stay awhile.
Over time, however, adults send the repeated message – subtle or at times downright boldly – that it’s time to stop playing. It’s time to stop pretending. It’s time to stop imagining. What a sad day it is when little ones put their imaginations on hold for longer and longer periods of time. Gradually, it becomes easier to live in the physical, scientific, fact-based sides of our world. The consequences of that make it harder to live with mystery. Maybe it feels safer thinking about what we know because as we grow up, we learn that monsters are real…Enron, oil spills, global warming…
And the next thing you know, the child you once were is all grown up. Maybe you’ve forgotten how to play well, intensely and deeply. Maybe not. Maybe you can still remember and ease your expectations of being a grown up for a bit. You want to try it, don’t you? It’s okay. I said so. No one’s looking on except the child who’s waiting for you, inviting you into a new world just for the two of you where you can laugh, test your abilities, explore and dream.
Have you ever relaxed and played together with another person so deeply that you lost track of time and maybe even your own self? Have you ever had a chance to become a fire breathing dragon? A pirate?
Paul Rademacher, former Executive Director of the Monroe Institute, joins us this week on the Breaking Free videocast show. For those of you unfamiliar with him, Mr. Rademacher is a former Presbyterian minister and author of the book, A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe: Travel tips for the Spiritually Perplexed. We’ll talk about out-of-body experiences and our physical lives in a way that you may have never even considered before. There are many ways that people can explore life past their own physical bodies. What that looks like is different for each of us whether it’s play, meditation or deeply focusing on working on a model airplane.
For me I’m happy to stay in my role as a dragon for just a little while longer while the magic and mystery still glows with a bold light in my little one’s heart and imagination.
Which do you prefer? Mystery or the things that you can measure?
See you tonight!