Being a Superhero
Somehow the day after the Free Comic Book Giveaway seemed like a good time to talk about indestructibility. We often think of superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in those terms. They’ve been through all sorts of dangerous plots and still come out the other side whole.
You just know, however, that this plot–ah, I mean post–will have a twist. So let’s start with Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, and I will endeavor to apply his guidance to our journeys through life AND indestructibility.
Dying Into Life
The Wisdom traditions look at dying and resurrection differently than we’ve been taught–at least in main stream Christianity. And, just in case you’re about to tune out because I’ve said something that typically bores or offends you, please read on. Several of you are dealing with “destructibility” issues right now, and all of us will deal with them at some point in time during our lives. Rohr says:
Death is not just the death of the physical body, but all the times we hit bottom and must let go of how we thought life should be…
Now, I’ve got your attention. I’ve experienced “hitting bottom,” and I’ve lived beside people who have lost children unexpectedly, who have lost spouses unexpectedly, who have lost parents unexpectedly, who have experienced debilitating health issues, who have lost jobs unexpectedly, who have lost life savings unexpectedly, who have lost siblings at a young age, who have experienced divorce unexpectedly, who have watched their companies experience rapid decline, and really, the examples could go on. The examples of how “we hit bottom” are countless and usually don’t happen just once in our lives.
Here is where the plot gets interesting. Let me continue to explain by returning to the quote from Rohr:
…must let go of how we thought life should be and surrender to a Larger Power. And in that sense, we all probably go through many deaths in our lifetime. These deaths to the small self (ego) are tipping points, opportunities to choose transformation early. Unfortunately, most people turn bitter and look for someone to blame. So their death is indeed death for them, because they close down to growth and new life.
But if you do choose to walk through the depths–even the depths of your own sin and mistakes–you will come out the other side, knowing you’ve been taken there by a Source larger than yourself. Surely this is what it means to be saved. Being saved doesn’t mean that you are any better than anyone else or will be whisked off into heaven. It means you’ve allowed and accepted the mystery of transformation here and now.
If we are to speak of miracles, the most miraculous thing of all is that God uses the very thing that would normally destroy you–the tragic, sorrowful, painful, or unjust–to transform and enlighten you. Now you are indestructible; there are no dead ends….This is not a one-time cosmic transaction, but the constant pattern of all growth and change.
What Does This Mean To Me?
I watch all of us hang on to ways of life, ways of thinking, ways of doing that no longer serve us. I hear people say things like, “I just want to get through this so I can get back to my normal life.”
What if you’re not supposed to get back to your normal life. What if you’re supposed to allow the “death” you are experiencing to transform your way of being, your way of thinking, your way of behaving? What if there’s a deeper message and you’re being “pursued” to open yourself to the learning it can teach. What if your greatest living is yet to come when you listen and allow the lessons to soak in, changing your thinking, your beliefs and, therefore, your outcomes? What if you are indestructible because you are reborn to a new way of approaching your changed life?
What if…? Maybe you really are a superhero?!?!