Life Isn’t Short

If we want to live a long, healthy life, and if we believe our thoughts and words have power and agency in that regard, it follows that we’d think thoughts and speak words that foster and support our vision.

I greatly enjoy hearing New Age thought leaders talk about what makes for a rich, rewarding, and enjoyable life. Many of these teachers proclaim that “we create our own reality.” And in the way in which they mean it, I’m in full agreement. They also tell us that it’s within our ability―some say it is our divine birthright―to live a life free of limitations, beyond perceived boundaries, and in alignment with our highest good. Yet a surprising number of these same teachers routinely use the phrase, “Life is short.” That happens to be my least favorite colloquialism. It has all the characteristics of a great affirmation―clear, succinct, and to the point; except it affirms something that, for most of us, is far from what we’d like to manifest.

Recently, I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discourse among several of these speakers. They believe life on this planet is ephemeral, transient and fleeting. I recently heard a respected speaker (admittedly, not a personal favorite) go so far as to say, “Let’s face it, the body was designed to die.” If you’re familiar with my book, you know that I believe otherwise. As I like to say, “It was never God’s intention that we age, get sick and die. Rather, we believe we must, and therefore we do.”

It seems that the last holdout to be dismantled in the arena of constricted, limited thinking is this idea that we are predestined for physical death. In the minds of these teachers, whom I’d otherwise consider wonderfully enlightened souls, the belief that we could one day achieve physical immortality is indisputable folly. Sure, there are a growing number of groups that support the idea of radically extending human lifespan. But the great majority of these groups seek to do it solely through advances in medicine, science and technology.

I’ve long believed that “form follows thought.” If we are to manifest dramatic longevity as a living reality in this world, we must first hold that idea in consciousness. That’s where my gripe with some New Age thought leaders comes in. As much as anyone walking the earth today, I’d think they’d know this. They say they love life; they say they believe in limitless possibilities. Yet they continue to proclaim, with unwavering certainty, that death is imminent―i.e., “Life is short.” I just don’t get it.

Ed Franco

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