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Life, death, and the hero within us all

I came into this world -- like you – a pure, unblemished being. And when I come to the conclusion of this earthly life, I will remain -- like you -- pure, unblemished spiritual being.

What a paradox. The body that makes possible my presence in the earth has experienced many traumas and tragedies -- like you -- and many fulfillments and delights. And yet the hero within us all is untouched and unchanged by any of these external events.

Some say we are here to grow, and learn, so that at some later time we can return a wiser and more enlightened soul. But I experience that the hero -- the truth at the core of my existence -- is already wise, and enlightened.

Yes, I am here to grow. But it is so that I may love the hero more and express the hero more -- and know more deeply with each passing moment that this is who I truly am.

A long time ago, when I was a young fellow, I was told that if I do this, or don’t do that, I will go to heaven when I die. But life has taught me that the hero is already in heaven. Others insist I am nothing but dust of the ground. From dust I came and to dust I will return.

But I prefer to listen to the hero. And what I hear the hero say – in a moment when I am still, and quiet within – is this: “You are a spiritual being and you are alive forever more."

As always, would love your input. I respect everyone's views on such things and just wanted to share my own. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with others via one of the options below.

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Joy October 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thank you for a beautiful reflection!
I was just sitting outside in the sunshine, eating an orange thinking how perfect this moment is..that I truly believe life is not meant to be struggle, but a series of simple joy filled experiences such as this one..How I sometimes allow the details of “life” to restrict my choice to *live* fully…
I am here to be love..to allow that love to nourish my self..and to share from the abundance of love and gratitude within..quite simply as you say: “so that I may love the hero more and express the hero more..”
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Christopher Foster October 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

Lovely to hear from you Joy. Thank you for these beautiful comments. I’m with you 100 percent, life is NOT meant to be a struggle, I think that’s something we have brought on ourselves. Good news is that we can let go the burden and choose to be love, just as you say. I love he title of your recent post, ‘Surrender to gratitude.’ Sums it up, doesn’t it?


Marty October 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

Uplifting and unburdening is how I’d describe what you have written here Christopher. As you have stated, we are told to “do this” or “do that”. If we operate from our integrity…. the life long journey of discovering our integrity within that is ever unchanging then we do indeed have confidence with enlightenment.
Thank you Christopher. May you day be blessed.
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Christopher Foster October 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

Your words mean a lot to me Marty. Thank you. Just the word “integrity” is beautiful, isn’t it? But I love these other words you use too, “confidence with enlightenment.” Times of discouragement come in all our lives, but the necessary wisdom and courage is always with us. So happy to share the journey with you.May your day be blessed too.


Evan Griffith October 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Christopher —

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon your site months ago — now I feel I was pulled here. This exquisitely beautiful post of yours — steeped in profundity — just washed through me. Coming back from a frenetic trip today, I hadn’t quite realized I needed a soul washing . . . . thanks for providing it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you —


Christopher Foster October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hi Evan,

Yesterday was a special day in a lot of ways, but nothing was more special than taking a last look at the computer last evening and seeing your comment. Of course I just had to call JoAnn in to take a look. Something so magical about the power of agreement. Thank YOU for taking the time and trouble to write and and share what you did. As Clint Eastwood put it, you made my day.


Joe Wilner October 12, 2011 at 7:32 am


It can be difficult to separate our spiritual nature from the body or vessel that carries us through the world. I try to remember this in times of fear, uncertainty, and physical pain.

There really is freedom and power that comes when we recognize the spiritual nature within us. It offers us a wisdom and knowledge that we are not limited and subject to what society projects to us.
Joe Wilner recently posted..Increase Joy, Compassion, and Happiness through Loving-Kindness Meditation


Christopher Foster October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am


Thank you for your words, they’re beautiful. You’re talking about freedom. But true freedom, which does indeed relate more to our internal experience than to the outer factors of the environment. As an old time figure in British history, Sir Richard Lovelace said long ago, “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.”

I love the theme of your new post by the way, and will be showing up at your site. But right now a rather hectic environment here for me and JoAnn coz we’re getting a new roof put on. Your friend, Chris


Galen Pearl October 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

I just spent a few minutes catching up on your blog. This post is lovely. What a gentle, loving message. I second other’s comments about the deep richness of your writing. Thank you.
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Christopher Foster October 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thank you for your kind words Galen. I went to your blog and followed the link to the video on gratitude. Exquisite and very inspiring. Take care.


The Vizier October 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Hi Christopher,

Indeed it is a true paradox that we are all a pure, unblemished being before and after our time here on this Earth despite all the trials and hardships we experience. In fact some of the tragedies we experience are so great it seems as if this world is all we ever knew and time stands still. But in the larger scheme of things, this is not true. Nothing lasts forever, but if we are aware of that pure, unblemished hero within, we are forever.

Thank you for sharing this lovely article! 🙂

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster October 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi Irving,

Such a great pleasure to get your comment. At the same time, I am sensitive to the sober realities you mention. Indeed, sometimes the tragedies that come to us are great, even apparently insurmountable: yet I know from my own experience that even the most painful trauma does pass.

And when it passes, there we are, renewed. Our eternal truth shining brightly as if nothing had happened. So happy to share this extraordinary journey with you.


Justin | Mazzastick October 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi Christopher,
I believe that experience and an expression of my soul is why I came here. We are all unique expressions in our own way and that is what the world is waiting for us to show to it.
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Christopher Foster October 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Good to hear from you Justin. Absolutely. We have a gift to give that only we can give — and the world is waiting for us to give it. With you brother.


Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being October 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Hear, hear! 🙂
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Christopher Foster October 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Patti, many thanks for alighting here and leaving a little bit of your light spirit behind. Blessings.


KenWert@MeanttobeHappy October 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Wonderful post, Christopher!

We are infinite spiritual beings who have an opportunity to live a mortal life as we learn and grow: as we learn to express love to those who make it difficult to love.

We are here to learn patience from those who try ours. We are here to learn courage in the face of the human tendency to fit in and be like everyone else. We are here to learn truth when it is most difficult to tell it. We are here to learn compassion and decency and kindness even when we are quite sure some don’t deserve very much of it.

And we are here to learn to walk by faith when we are so used to everything being put in a test tube, studied, analyzed, pinched, poked and verified.

Ultimately, we are here to learn to bend the mortal human will to the spiritual and infinite and thereby uncover the potential within us that is as limitless as is the spiritual being we are.

That’s how I see it, anyway. Thanks again for this wonderful glimpse into your beliefs, Christopher. They are beautiful.
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Christopher Foster October 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Absolutely beautiful Ken. Your words shine not only with truth but with poetry too. You’ve surely expressed from your heart here, and I’m so thankful to you.

We are limitless, just as you say. I wonder if one of the underlying reasons for the seeming chaos we see around us is the simple reality that the truth and limitlessness within us all cannot be contained any longer. One way or another, it is coming forth. And what is going to stop it?


Narayan February 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

A superb article, thank you. This is a feast for thought for anyone facing an off-site or team-building workshop. Importantly, you draw attention to just how much choice people have in shaping their experience of such an event; a key point to take to heart. I look forward to your next piece!

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