by Diane Goble
In some cultures, those who reach a certain age quietly walk way from their villages and go off to die so they won’t be a burden to their family. I’d like to think we’ve risen above that in this day and age, but here I find myself approaching that certain age living in Sisters, where it seems, though unspoken, that’s pretty much what’s expected.
We have developers here who only think on the large scale and argue over pittances instead of asking people what they want and making it happen. When I talk to my senior friends and neighbors, they lament over feeling they will be forced to leave family and friends, and regular activities to seek housing elsewhere, alone among strangers.
When we talk about our housing needs, it’s for one-story, smaller units at affordable rents for seniors on fixed incomes. We talk about tiny houses, studio or one-bedroom apartments, not 3-story facilities with amenities for a hundred residents. But that’s not profitable for the developers.
Those of us in our 70s, 80s and 90s do just fine living independently at Tamarack Village but these are two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and they keep raising the rents until they’ve become unaffordable for single seniors, but there is no where else to go in Sisters. These are better suited to growing young families who hope to find jobs and populate our schools and become homeowners. The waiting list is a year long because we have no other housing options.
People are aging better than they did years ago. We eat healthier, we exercise, we’re active, some of us still have jobs, a lot of us do volunteer work. We visit our doctor regularly and catch things early so we’re not sickly. We don’t so much need assisted living as to help each other and if we have elder communities of small units, we’re more likely to carpool, share community meals, share coupons and buy in bulk, spend less time alone, stay involved in the community, mentor young people, be useful.
When I moved into Tamarack Village, I was told they couldn’t raise the rent on my unit… a good thing because my rent was already 50% of my income. I’m one of those “rent-burdened” people you may have read about. It’s my own fault. I choose helping others over accumulating wealth and possessions. Not that I expect a reward, but to become homeless at this point seems cruel and excessive punishment in return for pursuing a spiritual path over material goals.
I told the Affordable Housing people last month that I was 30 days from being homeless if they raised my rent. So guess what? January 1st they raised my rent! It didn’t go up much, but at the same time my auto insurance went up, my health insurance premium went up, my Internet service went up and my Social Security didn’t. If I didn’t work odd jobs to earn extra money, I’d be gone already. I’ll be 75 in a few months, how much longer will I be able to keep that up?
Now, I realize that this is happening all over Oregon between gentrification and the retiring rich folks from the south moving up here to take advantage of the lower cost of living, abundance of water, and wide open spaces, but they seem to have no regard for history or community or the natives. It’s like Columbus discovering a new land to exploit and wiping out the natives and their culture all over again.
It’s really a loss to Sisters that people who have contributed to the town’s vitality and appeal as workers, as volunteers, as mentors, as caregivers, have to move on by a certain age. Have we outlived our usefulness just because we can’t keep up with the cost of living in Sisters?
(This is a monthly column I write for my local newspaper, The Nugget, in Sisters, Oregon, USA)
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Thousands of emails from people all over the world (140 countries)
poured into Diane Goble’s email box starting in 1996 and continued for over a decade in response to the information she posted on her website about her near-death afterlife experience and the messages she was given to bring back to share with others.
She has now sorted those questions into similar subjects, such as
• near-death experiences • fear of death • reincarnation • suicide • the afterlife • paranormal experiences • spirituality
and has made some of them available in this form to encourage more people along their spiritual journeys.
Her mission is
to wake people up… to raise awareness… to accelerate the evolution of consciousness…
by humbly offering the perspective of someone who was given a glimpse beyond the veil into the more subtle dimensions of reality that lie just beyond our physical senses and has done her best to make sense out of her experience to help others realize that…
WE DON’T DIE!
“Yes, our human bodies no longer function at some point, but we simply move on and continue our journey in other forms. We are really loving spiritual beings,” she learned, “enjoying and exploring this planet, this solar system, and All That Is, in this case, through our human form, in a physical dimension.
Once a person realizes that, they suddenly awaken as if they were seeing the world as it really is for the first time– and they begin to change the way they relate to the world, the planet, the oceans, the forests, the other life forms we share this physical world with. They begin to live with a higher consciousness perspective.
Her responses to these seekers are grist for the mill in hopes of encouraging readers to think outside the box of Religion and Science, and Nationalism, and come to a new understanding of the Truth about who we really are and why we are here.
Pass it on! Wake up your friends!
It’s time to have The Conversation
The best gift you can give your family is to have all your paperwork in order so they can carry out your end of life wishes if it becomes necessary. It will save them a lot of worry and grief if they know what you would want them to do under certain circumstances if you are unable to speak for yourself.
How will they know unless YOU tell them?
How will they know where to find important papers if YOU don’t tell them?
This workbook will help you and your loved ones have the conversations needed to make the decisions beforehand that they might be called upon to make for you in an emergency situation. Doing everything is not always the best response… and hope is not a plan.
Nobody wants to talk about death, especially their own… but we are all going to die some day… consider how it would affect your loved ones if you died before your next breath… then don’t put it off out of fear of bringing it on. It doesn’t work that way.
It will give everybody peace of mind and if there is an accident or emergency health crisis, your family will be able to spend time with you instead of rummaging around for paperwork and phone numbers, and all that other stuff we tend to put off.
For those who experience fear of death, this near-death experiencer describes leaving her drowning body behind, in full consciousness, fully alive and aware of everything going on around her then traveling through a void on an amazing journey accompanied by a loving being of light who opened her consciousness to remembering all we forget when we become human beings, including that this is what happens every time the body dies.
We don’t die!
We are not our bodies
Bodies are temporary vehicles that allow us to experience life on this planet
Like astronauts wear space suits, we wear human suits
We are spiritual beings having human experiences as part of our eternal spiritual journey
When our body gives out, we return home
How you want to interpret that, what that means about your religious beliefs or lack of, what that says about God, has nothing to do with this cycle of life. Any of those belief systems can be incorporated into this practice to help you to have a peaceful transition experience with full awareness about what is going on and what comes next.
“Who we really are is all but beyond human understanding,” says author Diane Goble, who has spent the past 44 years since her NDE searching to find the words that describe her experience, “but I’m working on it.”
In Beyond the Veil, which is the 5th generation of her writings, including a training course for caregivers as transition guides, she has integrated the knowledge she absorbed during her NDE with her exploration of ancient mystery schools, world religions, and science, and years of meditation practice and spiritual explorations to convey the meaning of the message she was given to share so it makes sense to most people.
This is your opportunity to raise your consciousness and go beyond what you think you know. Each time you read it, you will experience lightbulb moments as you realize you too know this but had forgotten. As you practice the exercises, you will come to a deeper understanding of who you really are and the meaning of this life to your soul’s journey.
It has been Diane Goble’s life work since her near-death experience in 1971 to share this message and to teach the art of conscious dying, and now she has put her teachings into a workbook to help families talk to each other, their doctors, and their higher consciousness as they prepare to leave this phase of life and transition to the next, fully conscious and engaged in their journey home.
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