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Last post I shared some quotes from “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers”.  This is a sister’s account of her dead brother’s communication to her from the other side. Billy Fingers led a colorful life, and in the last part of his life he was homeless and a recovering heroin addict.

I have dog-eared several pages, so I may be quoting from it through out the new year.

“Remember this … remember this.  What you achieve on earth is only a small part of the deal.  If there’s a secret I could whisper, and that you could keep, it would be that it’s all inside you already.  Every single thing you need.  Earth is just a stopover.  A kind of game. …If I could give you a gift, it would be to teach you how to stay free inside that game, to find the glory inside yourself, beyond the roles and the drama, so you can dance the dance of the game of life with a little more rhythm, a little more abandon, a little more shaking-those-hips.”  ~The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Now, who wants to join me on the wild side?  Wild for it’s freedom and abandon, not because it hasn’t been tamed, but perhaps precisely because it has been.  I postulate that the latter half of life is unlearning every way of being that was designed to please others.  All of us were told at some point, you will be accepted and loved if you act more like this, and less like your true inner nature.   Billy Fingers suggests that it’s all a game, why not have some fun while we play the game?

Therefore, with the power vested in me (I have none) I now bestow a crown upon all of your heads, and dub thee the kings and queens of Shaking-Those-Hips … go forth have fun, make light of the serious things, and don’t let anyone convince you of what you should be doing.  Tell the shoulds – gimme 10 – but not 10 pushups – 10 shaking-those-hips.  I’ll bet that will loosen those shoulds up a bit!

Have fun with it all, and where you’re not — when the seriousness has your full and undivided attention, engage with it, take a seat and grab the popcorn.  This is your precious life!

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I’m reading “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers”.  The story of a former heroin addict who dies, and comes back many times to give his sister messages from that other realm.  I approach these things with a skeptical eye.  I don’t know for sure if Billy really did transition and come back to write this book with his sister.  What I do know is truth in wisdom when I come across it, and that’s what I share with you all today …

“There is no right way for things to turn out.  Some endings are happier, some not so happy, but it’s not just the happiness percentage that matters.  It’s the music of it.  Most people’s lives don’t have enough music.  I was lucky; my life was a rock opera.” ~The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Ah, “it’s the music of it”.  So then the main event isn’t about measuring how much joy we experienced, is it?   How then do you measure a life?  I don’t have that answer, but, hey, let’s go make some music!!

“Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you’ll live as you’ve never lived before

Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
hear it, feel it, secretly possess you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night.”
~excerpts from The Music of the Night/Phantom of the Opera

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