“It’s amazing Molly, the love inside, you take it with you.”
Those were some of the final heart-rendering words uttered by the lead male character, portrayed by Patrick Swayze, in the movie “Ghost”. Molly is played by Demi Moore. He’s expressing this as he’s saying goodbye, and moving into the eternal world of non-physical. It’s a deeply touching moment, and appropriately at the end of the movie.
Those words came to me as I pondered how I wanted the end of my movie to be. What is it I want to take with me from living this life? What is it that I want to pass on through my ancestral DNA? What deposit do I want to put in my karmic piggy bank? What’s the enduring footprint I want to leave here?
My best friend in nursing school once said to me: “you’re not just hard on yourself, you are brutal with yourself.” There’s been some improvements, yet it has been one of my core challenges. Not much seemed to really stem the tide of self-victimization — not even the realization that this was what I was doing, repeating a pattern over and over again.
I can’t tell you I’m cured and I will never beat up on self again. But I can tell you what’s really weakening the link in that chain is knowing every time I continue to make myself wrong, this is what I put into my non-physical escrow account, or my karmic piggy bank. This is the legacy I leave behind and it is the inheritance I give generations to come. It broke my heart to realize this and then it broke it again – wide open to love, compassion, mercy and kindness.
What is the legacy I want to leave behind, and the inheritance I bequeath to future generations?
I am wise and teachable, open to change and spiritual growth. I seek always to embody kindness and compassion. I am mindful that this is the essence of my spiritual sustenance. I live the motto: make love, not war.
As this movie ends and the curtain begins to close, down the hall another movie begins, “The Gods and Goddesses of Loving Compassion”. It’s the story of how together, we restored the outer world to its natural state of peace and harmony, by first transforming our inner worlds. And, together we changed the landscape of future generations to come forevermore.