In some Native American tribes, it was believed that when a person died, they would go on a journey to rejoin the souls of their ancestors.
This is similar to the Christian view of heaven, however, different in that many of these tribes also believed in reincarnation.
To be united with our creator is one of a human’s long standing pursuit in time.
The desire is so powerful, that religion becomes a badge for the many in their spiritual quest.
For instance, today in the United States, there will most likely be 131 million Christians who attend a Sunday mass at their local church.
That is quite compelling…
So compelling that over 100 million Bibles are printed every year, with 80,000 different versions in circulation.
Most of us on Medium have heard of J. D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Though we may not have read it from cover to cover, SparkNotes could have provided us with enough of a glimpse to achieve that C+ in our high school english class… just me? :/
A character, Nicholson, goes on to ask him about reincarnation, which he replies “It isn’t a theory, it’s as much a part — “ before he is cut off.
So what was J. D. Salinger aware of at the time when he wrote this short story?
Or a better question to ask is, what did he discover?
I wrote a guest-post on the Project Happiness blog a few months back about my journey through the death of my father.
What I discovered during the few weeks following that life event, was that stillness and silence are both luxuries.
There was a peace in the air as I walked the 2pm, cold winter streets of Brooklyn, NY.
It all came back to me - my youth, my struggles, my emotions.
I had been living in this constant state of suppression up until then, not deciding who I wanted to be, only to discover moments had already passed once I decided.
His death liberated me.
And today, on his birthday as Stephen John Wawryk aka Papa Steve, I would like to thank him for all that he’s done for me and those I love.
Death is simply a souls way of moving from this body onto something next…