We Should All Want To Live After Death
The world is saddened by the news of Aretha Franklin’s transition. I don’t like to use the word death or die, but sometimes it’s unavoidable, just to get a point across.
I see ‘death’ as a part of life.
Stated another way, I see death as a stage, or season of life. If you see Life as a spirit or energy, and not the shell that we present on social media, as I do, it’s easy to understand this statement.
I see Aretha Franklin as having ascended, on August 16, 2018. She is still as spirit, as she will always be, but she is no longer a body, a shell, a vessel.
My emotions regarding the loss of Aretha are evolving, just one day after her passing.
My initial reaction was pain, sorrow and tears, with the rest of the world. Now, I see her ascension as an inspiration. I am finding instantaneous moments of happiness and joy, each time that reflect on her contributions to our planet.
Hinduism teaches that any attempt to find permanent happiness in this world is maya (an illusion). Hindus believe that a person’s atman (spirit) is permanent and cannot change while the physical body is not permanent and can change.
This is where I am spiritually, with regard to the ascension of Aretha Franklin, and my dear mother, who ascended over 4 years ago.
Here’s something really amazing upon which I recommend you reflect right now.
Reflect on Aretha, raised in impoverished Detroit, having two babies as a teenager, losing both her mother and father, and deciding to pursue a singing career in response, eventually performing for presidents, dignitaries, the Pope, and most important of all, for God.
Visualize Aretha’s body being separated from her spirit, leaving her essence, and the vapors of her soul floating in the atmosphere, for the entire planet to enjoy, forever.
Visualize Aretha’s body gently falling onto a green pasture, while her spiritual vapors rise from her lifeless shell.
“I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, ‘I love you.’ I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day.” – Lionel Richie
Aretha Franklin has left us with a Legendary Legacy.
My definition of a Legendary Legacy is what I just asked you to visualize. It is shedding the image you gave to the world, and leaving your spirit in the afterlife stronger than it was in the before-life.
Legacy is leaving your soul’s essence behind, in the spirit of love, to be forever enjoyed.
Aretha has grandly made her rite to passage, like, MLK, MJ, JFK, Gandhi, Moses, and Jesus. Each of these spirts, and many others, influences our spiritual existence every day. Aretha’s influence will reign on the throne, just as her queendom did.
Aretha makes me want to leave a Legendary Legacy behind too.
I dream big. I’m a bit too old to ever become legendary, so that’s out. But I can leave a legacy. I’ve been working diligently on it for many years now.
I want to leave my spiritual essence behind, as my ancestors used to. I want to reveal like Aretha my eccentricities, and be okay with that. She loved slinging furs, getting paid in cash, and just being a diva, but always being her.
I want to imprint who I am in my spirit, so that when I ascend, the identity of my soul will be vivid.
I am not talented like Aretha, though. Divinity, joy, and pain vibrated in her voice every time she played her God-given instrument. Africa and American was in her voice. God was in her voice. I could hear him when she sang.
But, I am convinced that God bestows talents, Dharma, in all of us, if only we’d peel away our layers, embody them, and unapologetically say, ‘this is who I am, don’t you just love it’.
Though I may not sing, I do have a voice, I also have divinity, joy, and pain inside. I am releasing vapors of love every day, just to let you know who I am.
I am building my legacy every day, and becoming quite the architect.
Since I see ascension, where most see death, I work every day towards my big finale, when I leave my spirit for those left behind to forever enjoy.
Aretha, OMG, what a royal life journey you had! …against every possible odd!
I recognize that though you were an extraordinary songbird, your Soul runs much deeper than music.
Think about it, poor and without a mother at 6 years old, a teen with children, and still leaving such an indelible mark on an entire planet, forever.
Aretha Franklin: Soul singer who endured a tumultuous childhood to conquer the world and demand Respect. And, she got it, and much love.
‘Ree Ree’ thanks for leaving such an incredible Legendary Legacy, for us to at least try to emulate.
“Everything you write as an artist is about your legacy and your catalog and how you would look in a museum.” – Chance The Rapper
I want to leave a Legendary Legacy behind too. I want to live, after I die. Aretha certainly shows us how to do it.
Now that I’ve broken it down to you, I hope that you begin engraving your soul’s essence in the legacy that you’re building, so that when you ascend, the world will be more influenced by you in your afterlife, than they were in your life itself.
“I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces. Happiness with my music.” – Janet Jackson
Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul, Documentary # 1 – 66,615 views – Silvano Mazzella – Published on Sep 10, 2015
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Selected Aretha Franklin Music
Aretha Franklin – Angel (with Lyrics) – 43,440 views – Marco Tariello – Published on Jun 12, 2016
Album: Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)  Song written by Aretha’s sister, Carolyn, and Sonny Saunders and produced by Quincy Jones.
Aretha Franklin Tribute “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – 878 views – Black Iron Pot Records
Aretha Franklin Tribute – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
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Amazing Grace – Aretha Franklin – 12,247 views – Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music – Published on Oct 7, 2016
Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings [Live] Audio CD Original Release Date: May 4, 1999
Aretha Franklin – A Change Is Gonna Come – 21,807,896 views – jackemlyn062 – Published on Dec 26, 2010
Sublime song from the Queen of Soul. From the Atlantic album “I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You” 1967
Mary Don’t You Weep – Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats 1999 album – 313,127 views – Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music -Published on Nov 4, 2011
Aretha Franklin’s Gospel Greats 1999 album are songs that were originally released as a double LP in 1972, Amazing Grace cracked the Billboard Top Ten upon its release, making it one of the bestselling gospel records of all time. Grace was recorded in a large Baptist church with aultraenthusiastic, loving audience in the pews and a full, funky, band as well as the Southern California Community Choir under the direction of her mentor Rev. James Cleveland.
Legendary Legacy Videos
Want to Leave A LEGENDARY LEGACY? (Video to Make You Reflect) – 143 views – Felix New – Published on Feb 28, 2018
Want to Leave A Legendary Legacy? In this video I talk about some of the core principles that are required to leaving a legendary legacy. To change the world and to be remembered. There is much more to say on this and the details really depends on your individual path.. but remember these two things: 1.) Life is about putting smiles on people’s faces 2.) How can I make this life a better place (with my purpose)?
Leave Your Legacy | MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO – 344,552 views – Basquiat Picasso – Published on Oct 21, 2014
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What Do You Want To Be Remembered For? – Motivation – 7,345,867 views – Basquiat Picasso – Published on Jan 26, 2015
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LEAVE A LEGACY – Motivational Video – 130,676 views – MulliganBrothers – Published on Nov 24, 2016
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