One of the most violently destructive cosmic events is the death of a star. When a star goes supernova it first collapses in on itself and then explodes, casting its torn body into the void of space. I'm sure that most of us can identify with life experiences that feel like supernovas - spectacular in their destructive impact. When an aspect of your life goes supernova it is a dying experience, but there is nothing graceful about the death. We feel as if we have been scattered to the void, lost entirely to a moment of destruction and pain.
The stars have guided ancient mariners, inspired great poets, dazzled lovers and comforted lonely hearts. But it is the supernova, the death of a star, which carries a very special insight for us. At first we may consider the death of a star to be a tragic event, but when we look deeper, we see that within every supernova is an opportunity.
Every cell in your body, every known planet and galaxy, your entire physical existence is there because of stars that have given their lives to the universe. What looks at first to be one of the universe's most violent and tragic events - the death of a star - is in fact the most creative act imaginable. Through dying, stars seed life. Death is the creative force behind the existence of the entire universe.
Stars create the elements for life - they are creation factories. It is through their violent deaths that they literally seed creation. With their last breath, they give their blood to the universe and the shattered stars offer the elements needed to build planets, galaxies and universes. What can your life's supernovas seed? What creative acts can the pain and destruction in your life begin? What is being born in the heart of that which has died in your life?
The Cosmos can be studied as pure empty theory, or it can be used to inspire and expand our sense of who we are in the greater scheme of things. Allow yourself to be inspired and to experience the grandeur of the universe around and within you.
It seems as if creation and destruction are truly sides to the same coin, a polarity that is inescapable in the physical universe. And even as too much yin becomes yang, destruction life experiences can provide the fuel to begin the creation of great things - not the least of which is a greater version of who you are.
Who hasn't been touched by pain and tragedy? Thinking that pain only comes to a few people is na ve. Thinking that pain only comes to people who have something to learn or who have done something wrong is misguided. Pain and destruction are as much a part of life as birth and beauty are. Even our entry into this world is a painful one - there is nothing pretty or pleasurable about being born. Our first initiation into this world is an initiation of blood, shock and pain. Many deaths are less traumatic to the human body than a natural birth.
Those who deny their mortality and pretend that life goes on forever never really take life with both hands to truly live. And those that face death and equal themselves to it really engage in the experience of life, living it consciously and to the full. Imagining that pain is a universal punishment and pleasure a reward is a conditioned idea that leads to judgment and a life of fear. Souls know the risks when they incarnate, they understand how hard it is to be on earth. Souls know that pain and death are not punishments just as pleasure is not an earthly reward. Souls know that pain is a part of the earth experience. Yes we do learn while here - but not because we have to pass some kind of spiritual graduation. We learn because we are creatures of learning, we absorb, gather wisdom and empathy wherever we go and through every experience.
After surviving an armed robbery and only months later having the same friend who stood by my side during that robbery be shot and nearly killed in a 2nd robbery - eventually losing his leg to the experience, I was asked by many what the significance of the events were. "What were we supposed to learn?" I was asked. Along with, "How could such awful things happen to such kind and spiritual people?"
A part of my healing involved going to my higher wisdom for understanding. The simple concepts that I unearthed became anchors in the storm. Firstly I understood that I had lived through another life supernova - the supernova did not come to teach me, but if I wanted to take learning from the experience I could. Secondly and most importantly was a simple series of questions that deepened my understanding of the courage and honor of souls. The questions were:
"Do you have any idea how much courage it takes to be physical? Do you have any idea who you must be as a soul, how incredible you and all souls are that you know that you had what it took to survive the inevitable supernovas of life on earth? Who must you be as a being that you knew before incarnating that you were EQUAL to these experiences?"
Who are you as a soul that you knew you could stand as an equal to the magnitude of life's pain? Cry, grieve and let yourself honour your pain and suffering, but when you are ready - look deeper into the essence of who you are. You are a being of great honor and dignity. Wear your earth scars proudly - be they emotional or physical - for they are the result of walking the earth as a warrior spirit. They are marks of your life's supernovas.
When you witness your own or another's supernova, give great respect and homage to the souls who have the courage to bring such precious gifts of creative potential to the earth. How many incredible acts of creative power, the kind of power that changes entire collective mindsets - have occurred through destructive and traumatic experiences, through the supernovas of incarnated souls.
Instead of seeing pure pain and destruction look for the seeds of life, the seeds that can birth new. Love your body in its service to your soul - be tender with yourself and others. Let yourself grieve and feel - but know yourself as a dignified soul. Reach deeply into your heart to find the warrior spirit that you are - the soul that is equal to anything earth has to offer the human experience.
When destruction, pain or death (literal or symbolic) enters your life, say "My life has gone supernova!" and look for the potential to create anew.