Walking in Wonder


"If you could interview a baby in the womb, a baby that was about to be born, and the baby asked you what is going to happen to it and you said, 'You are going to go through a dark channel. You are going to be pushed out. You are going to arrive into a vacant world of open air and light. The cord that connects you to your mother is going to be cut. You are going to be on your own forevermore, and regardless of how close you come to another, you will never belong in the way you have been able to belong here.' The baby would have no choice but to conclude that it was going to die! Maybe death is that way too. As it seems that we die from inside the womb of the world, we are born into a new world where space and time and all the separation and all the difficulties no longer assail us. We are coming home! ... If we can learn not to fear death, we have literally nothing to fear" (pp 169-170) John O'Donohue