Sometime during the recent Reality Creation workshop I attended that was facilitated by Frederick Dodson, the subject of near-death experiences came up.
Dodson said that he’d experienced several.
“So why did you come back?” someone wanted to know.
Dodson kind of smirked.
“To deal with all of you,” he said.
Although he said this as a kind of joke, a week or so after the workshop I began to think that maybe he was serious.
Or, in other words, that Dodson was a kind of Bodhisattva, or someone who had attained a kind of enlightenment but vowed to keep reincarnating until all sentient beings were free.
Now, Boddhisattva is a Buddhist term, one that has a range of fancy definitions on Wikipedia.
But if we remove the term from its Buddhist origins, we might recast it as meaning a being that had experienced some sort of awakening, yet for whatever reason chooses to keep mingling with and teaching us.
To even entertain the possibility that Dodson or anyone else might be in this state is a kind of departure for me.
I’m one who doesn’t believe in such things as “perfect masters” or “fully realized beings.”
To be here is to be human, I think, which means to be tainted by the negative pull of the earth.
I still think that way but now believe that there’s a kind of middle ground.
And that it’s possible to achieve a kind of awakening that it is “woke” but less than perfect.
Now, I have no idea what Dodson thinks of all of this.
I’m just happy to have learned a thing or two from him.