Monday, April 26, 2010

Organ Donations as Gifting


Mike Tymn, of White Crow Books presents an interesting question and topic:

"August & Tim β€” I would appreciate your thoughts as to whether there are any negative effects relative to organ transplants, i.e., either the organs being removed before the soul, whichever body you choose to call it, separates from the physical shell or the donated organs causing the soul of the donor to be held earthbound because of some kind of attachment to the recipient. As you may know, there is an old rule of thumb stating that the body should not be disturbed for three days. Raymond Lodge supposedly told his father that cremation should not take place for five or six days. If you discussed this at all in your book, I don't recall it."
Generally, there should be no problem if the departing spirit has truly left the body and its organs, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Our current overall global society has all but abandoned the practice of ritual in most aspects of human societal development, but not that of continuing to form deeply embedded, emotional beliefs. In cases of formal organ donation, while this is actually in itself a ritualized practice based on giving permission, not everyone involved may necessarily be fully committed to it, consciously or not. If the body and its organs have not been fully released, the departing spirit may still be "hanging on" to them, or thinking about them, causing wisps of energy to still cling to them, the energy of which may affect them in various ways - including imbuing them with memory fragments. If there is one, the belief system may inform how to resolve this, such as how many days to wait, the methods of body disposal, etc. The act of organ donation is that of giving - and gifts must be offered fully and freely with no expectations. So the practice of "sky burial" β€” placing a body on the mountain rocks for the vultures and other animals, is a powerful act of gifting, symbolizing the cultural acknowledgment that the physical body was temporarily given to us, while offering nourishment back as thanks to other living beings, which is a reflection of our connection to Creator Source who gave freely to us that we might have life.

For example, Tibetans believe that he spirit of the deceased is more important than the body. Following death, the body should not be touched for three days, except possibly at the crown of the head, through which the consciousness, or namshe, exits. Lamas guide the spirit in a series of prayers that last for seven weeks, as the person makes their way through the bardoβ€”the intermediate states that precede rebirth. [Interestingly, so many deaths occurred from recent earthquakes in China that there are too many bodies for the vultures at one Tibetan Monastery; alternate arrangements are being made for mass cremation.]

The primary message here is that Mind is very powerful, the most powerful thing a human has, and as a species we have lost the understanding of this. Some are beginning to wake up, which the Risen describe as a return to the conscious awareness of Authentic Self.

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