Sentinels of the Sky
Conversations with Chief Joseph by John Cali
Beyond the Veil: Life's Other Side
One cold winter's night ten years ago, I was working late in my office in
the foothills of California's Los Padres National Forest. The phone startled
me out of my soft, quiet mood. An ominous sign, a phone call this late, I
I barely recognized my brother's strained voice on the other end.
"Johnny," he said, "Phil's dead." I couldn't believe his
words. So I asked, "Paul, what did you say?"; He repeated, "Phil's
My mind and emotions whirled in a dizzy, crazy fog. How could this be? I'd
just talked to Phil a couple nights earlier. He'd sounded really good that
night, happy and healthy. Although, I must admit, that was not typical for him.
Phil, a childhood friend of Paul's and mine, had apparently been murdered
on Paul's ranch in northwestern Wyoming. I said to my brother, "I'll be
there tomorrow." In the dark early hours of the next morning, I was on my
way to Wyoming.
After the funeral, Paul and I went out to the ranch. Just the two of us. I
don't know why. I guess we just wanted to be alone together out there. It was
an icy, grey February day, and a cold, lonely wind was blowing over the hard
landscape. As we approached the ranch far up in the high country, a mystical,
misty shroud of clouds hung darkly over the mountains.
Paul had some business to take care of with one of the "neighbors."
Neighbors out here in this wide, wild country are often miles apart. He'd be
gone a while. So I told him I'd go over to the place where Phil had died, and
start straightening up the mess left behind.
It was about a mile from the ranch headquarters, but I was grateful for some
time to just walk and gather my thoughts.
As I walked, my thoughts wandered back to our younger days and the little
farm town in Western New York State where Phil, Paul, and I had grown up.
Paul and I grew up in a warm, happy, loving family. Phil did not. He carried
the heavy sadness of his childhood into adulthood. I'd known him most of his
life. And most of his life had been a bitter, hard struggle. Not much joy there.
He was a wise and powerful man. But he didn't know how to find joy in life.
And so he died as he had lived - hard and sad.
All these thoughts were twisting and turning in my mind as I approached the
place where Paul had found Phil's body. I stood there for a few moments taking
in this familiar place I'd seen many times over the years. But now it seemed
strange and unfamiliar.
And then something shifted. The energy of the whole place changed; it
suddenly felt bright and happy.
Then there was Phil in front of me, laughing and obviously having one hell of
a good time. We talked for a few minutes. He assured me he was in a good place,
and feeling more joy and peace in "death" than he'd ever felt in
I walked about two feet off the ground, I suspect...back to ranch
headquarters. I knew Phil was okay. More than okay. He was safe and he was
Death, dear ones, does not exist. Death, as you perceive it, simply does not
exist. It is a veil you cast over your lives, a veil of illusion. Beyond the
veil is life's other side.
There is no death. There is only life, eternal life. You, your souls, know
this. You, the human beings, do not.
We realize you often face challenges and traumas in your physical
incarnations. But it's important for you to know this: Whatever your physical
life circumstances were at the beginning of your current incarnation (that is,
at your physical birth), those circumstances were chosen by your soul.
Your soul chose those circumstances because it saw value in the experiences
those circumstances would make available to you. Your soul felt no fear, no
trepidation, no doubt that you could extract, if you will, from those
circumstances experiences of deep joy and tremendous growth.
As often happens with humans, you forget your mission. Once you've been on
the planet for a while, you lose sight of why you came here. And, more
critically, you lose sight of who you are.
So often you blunder through your lives as if you were victims of
circumstances, having no control over what happens to you. Phil had often told
John his life consisted of "reeling from one crisis to another."
And so it was for Phil. And so it is for many. Not all, but many.
But it does not have to be so. It is neither preordained nor predestined.
You, dear ones, get to decide, either by deliberate choice or by default, what
your life's experiences will be. That includes your relationships, your level
of financial abundance, your work, your health. Everything in this lifetime you've
created either deliberately by conscious choice or by default, if you do not
acknowledge and own your power.
And so, having said all that, are we saying if you've screwed up your life
this time around, you're doomed forever? Not at all, not at all!
You see, dear ones, you cannot fail. You cannot get your life wrong. You
cannot ever go astray.
Oh yes, we realize you can make what your human minds may consider one huge
mess of any particular lifetime. But your soul can find and extract value even
You exist eternally, forever, and one lifetime does not define you. It does
not define your destiny. It is merely one tiny and rather interesting point on
the endless, eternal spectrum of your life.
Your souls, dear ones, exist in a state of perpetual bliss, they live in a
place of ecstasy and joy your human minds cannot even begin to imagine.
And when you leave your bodies behind, as you've done countless times over
the eons, you instantly return to your natural state of being. That state in
which your soul lives for all eternity.
And that is a state of joy, of perfect bliss, of delight in knowing you have
no end and no beginning. You are forever.
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