Butterflies Are Free To Fly
of death, but more from instinct than anything else. In fact, while I’m making my way up
and thinking I would like to be able to breathe again, I’ll be appreciating the beautiful
opportunity of dying in a place I love more than anywhere else on Earth – in the ocean
with the fish and whales and dolphins.
I had such an experience. When I first lost control of my car, doing 75 mph down the
Interstate on cruise control, and it swerved and started to roll over, my first thought was,
“Is this how I’m going to die?” I remember asking the question with no emotion and no
resistance and no panic; and the answer came back immediately, “No.” So I continued to
completely relax, not resisting, not trying to stop the rolling, not trying to brace myself
against anything, just totally going with the flow and the motion, letting my body move
freely wherever the car wanted to take it. In fact, my non-resistance to what was
happening is without question the physical reason I was not killed as the roof caved in
during the first roll.
Would I have reacted any differently if the answer had come back, “Yes, this is the
way you’re going to die.” I doubt it. In that case, what’s the point of resisting?
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Judgments, beliefs, opinions, and the fear of death. I stumbled on a great example I
think ties all this together in a nice neat package….
We begin with the fear of death, and therefore fear of anything that can cause that
death. Skin cancer can cause death, so we fear skin cancer. We’re told, and buy into the
judgment that exposure to the sun is “bad,” because it causes skin cancer. We believe we
have to protect ourselves from the sun and its harmful rays, and we form the opinion that
we should never go out into the sun without sunscreen or we’ll get skin cancer and die.
Now let’s look at the truth. Skin cancer was fairly rare until the 1950’s, the same
time that Coppertone began marketing its patented sunscreen and created the now-famous
Coppertone Girl. Let me say that again… the incidence of skin cancer began rising
there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the
Don’t we have to ask, “Does sunscreen actually prevent skin cancer, or cause it?”
Isn’t it strange that the more people use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, the more skin
cancer we get?
We resisted death, we resisted the sun, and we resisted the skin cancer; and we did
all this on a massive scale. As a result of this resistance, we took measures to try to
prevent what we feared. The result, of course, was more skin cancer and more death; and
we’re back to “What you resist persists.”
That’s how it works inside the movie theater, and it’s a good example of what you
need to do in your cocoon – work this equation backwards, starting with your opinions
and the actions you take based on them, digging deeper to find the beliefs that are under
the opinions, finding the judgments and resistance that led to those beliefs, and not