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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Erika Harris Erika Harris akashic reader. empathic writer. soul nurturer.

Erika Harris has sacred one-on-one conversations that illuminate the wisdom, patterns, lessons, gifts, and resources of one's own soul. She also writes on behalf of sanity on her website, Empathic Writer. [www.empathicwriter.com]

“Don’t cry for me. There are things worse than dying, like living half-way.”

Dying people, like the man who said those words to his family, have so much to teach the living. The extraordinary thing they’ve taught me is to live all the way, without reserve or hesitation. The terminal patients I’ve worked with showed me that fear snatches more life than any disease or traumatic accident.

One bedside conversation at a time, I was entrusted with end-of-life secrets, longings, regrets, and celebrations. Those soulful dialogues implanted in me a deep disenchantment with small talk, shallow connection, and meaninglessness – the flimsy stuff of which our dominant culture is made.

Which is why it’s so vital that those of us who perceive more insist on more. In all our spheres of influence, it is wholly up to us to host the depth and the texture we crave.

When I connect with people, I see the sapphires behind their stories, the pearl behind their pain, the lapis lazuli behind their loss. This grants me the assurance that nothing is wasted in the soul’s economy. Seeing myself and others without distortion or decay is breathtaking. And breathgiving.

We are all terminal. Perhaps we could develop a healthy sense of urgency around this fact. Time and breath are angels’ envy. Why? Because it’s an exquisite privilege to be encased in flesh, with neural activity that permits the taste of melon, the pleasure of moist kisses, the sound of thunder and giggles, the sight of nature’s art, the scent of the beloved, and, perhaps most of all, the chance to risk our hearts on someone or something we adore.

Eternity, housed in physicality, is the most highly prized gift in all the ages. We are the two-legged intersection between heaven and earth and we get to savor, bless, and beautify both realms. The great quickening – also called the shift – is an invitation to allow our souls to expand and express in our human life. Our souls are intended for visibility and action, not docile containment. Be aroused. Be awake. Be alive.

– Erika Harris

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