We’re ALL Here
A True Story That Defies ALL Notions of Reality
By KA Chinery
How do we navigate through the monumental loss of a loved one?
Where do our souls go when we die?
On March 22, 2020, my precious mother took her final breath. A phenomenal woman who devoted her whole life to her family, my mother was a guiding star, her legacy of unconditional love woven into the fabric of our lives.
At 84 and suffering with cancer for the past three years, she told me she was ready to go, the words that I had been expecting with dread and sorrow. And so I tried to prepare myself for the unchartered territory of a life without her.
But when that day came, the reality of living without her hit me like a tidal wave, carrying me into the undertow of grief.
The days that followed my mother’s departure were a blur of numbness and devastation, as I desperately searched to understand where she had gone.
The magnitude of my grief was such a crushing force I could only surrender to it.
But within this surrender, the quest was set into motion, as I set sail on a journey to find my mother, her spirit, her soul…whatever form she was now in. And what I learned from this monumental event cracked open my perception, unleashing a flood of truth that transcended the limits of reality.
Grief has a peculiar was of cracking us open. And so now with my mind and heart wide-open I began my search, knowing that I had to go far out of the confines of this three dimensional reality, where the true essence of love transcends all form.
I had no expectations of what I would find, only trust in something far beyond knowledge and conditioned perceptions.
And so with this trust, I leapt into the unknown.
Torn between with logic and the infinite I asked myself,
"Can we only understand through the conditioning of our minds?
Are we truly confined by logic, or are we capable of more? "
Through my grief I found the answers to these questions.
About a week after my mother’s passing I received a phone call in the middle of the night. Jarred out of a deep sleep, I quickly answered the phone. What I heard on the other end shredded the fabric of reality, cracking me open to the limitlessness of what lies beyond human comprehension.
“Hi hon!” It was my mother! Hearing her voice was a comfort that surpassed all logic and reason releasing me from the shackles of a conditioned mind.
“Hi Ma!” I said with sheer joy and excitement. The first thing I thought to say was, “How is it there?”
There was a pause, alerting me to pay close attention to everything I was feeling, a directive that was beyond language. “It’s wonderful!” She said. And I knew instantly that the word “wonderful” meant something far more profound than the word as I knew it…it conveyed a “knowing” that could only be felt to grasp its profundity. The only other time I experienced this strange phenomenon was when I gave birth to my daughter. As soon as or eyes connected there was a flood of telepathic "knowing" that came through her brand new eyes. And although I had never experienced this before it felt completely natural and from it I knew who she was.
With the phone tightly against my ear, I heard many voices in the background as if there was a lot of “business” going on there. Hearing the other voices, I instantly thought of my brother who died 23 years ago. Somehow, already knowing the answer, I still asked, “Is Scott there?”
Again, there was a pause, alerting me to fully embrace what would come next. And then, with a divinity that transcended all mortal comprehension, my mother said, “Karen, we’re ALL here!”
How does one describe something that is so far beyond words, yet so profoundly magnificent?
These words opened a portal in my consciousness that expanded my perception of God into a truth that was far beyond anything I had ever learned.
Hearing my mother’s words, “We’re ALL here,” filled my mind, body and soul with the wisdom that we truly are ALL One.
Instantly I embraced the divine essence of this profound moment: I realized that EVERYTHING is God showing itself through infinite growth, infinite potential, far beyond the confines of labels and judgments, far beyond my conditioned perceptions of right and wrong.
I knew without doubt when I heard these words that this was not only my mother speaking to me, this was EVERYONE…you, me, my brothers, my sisters, people that have past, people that are here and people that are yet to be born.
This experience opened my mind to the realization that true wisdom is far beyond emotion, far beyond definition…it is a power so great and so complex that it can only be understood through the complete spectrum of the human experience.
Some say that this experience was just a dream, but I know it wasn’t because I never woke up from it, I was awake the whole time.
I checked the call log on my phone, but of course there was no record of it. This was something so far beyond the illusion of reality.
Did I speak to my mother that night? Yes I did, but it wasn’t just my mother, it was everyone, past present and future…it was God.
This revelation had to come to me with human recognition in the form of my mother to help me grasp the profound message that, beyond faces, beyond judgement, everyone and everything we know and encounter…is God.
I share this with anyone who is questioning why they are here...who is God and how do we navigate through the inevitable losses and sadness throughout our lives.
How does one describe something that is so far beyond words, yet so profoundly magnificent? ...Like our search for God itself, we just keep trying.
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