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When my heart is open
The tears roll out like a flood, wiping away all remnants of form, Leveling illusions:
Hope is gone
Pretense is gone
Dreams are gone
Fantasy is gone
Belief is gone

Wave after wave rushes past the broken dam.
Inside and outside are One; the distinction destroys the distinction.
I look forward and back; it is all the same devastation.
I look down at my feet rooted in the muddy aftermath.
I am all that is left, shaking in my truth,
The only thing left standing in this empty life.

This is the Beginning.

Such potential in this empty life!
Knee-deep in my integrity, shaking in the power of intention,
I am all that is left to act on my behalf.
Out of the muddy aftermath, the devastation called forth by truth,
My feet pull me into action.
I acknowledge the awesome strength of holding back so much life.

I am grateful for the distinction: The past is the past.
Here and now: This is it!

I remember infinite new ways of being:
Considering
Choosing
Creating
Inventing
Declaring
Loving
Loving… me
Standing in truth, I take a new form
And the tears and the joy flow freely
When my heart is open.

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Julie Nierenberg
Julie Nierenberghttps://juliesaegernierenberg.com/
Julie Saeger Nierenberg is a freelance writer and editor, lifelong educator, and artist. A proud parent and "grand-partner," Julie grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma and now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she has worked as a freelancer since 2006. Inspired by the experience of her father’s dying and death, Julie published a short memoir about her family’s grief and loss. Daddy, this is it. Being-with My Dying Dad (2013) launched a true journey of connection and transformation, as Julie reached out to share it with those who assist the dying and bereaved. It has been called a “how-to book for conscious dying” by several reviewers who work in dying and bereavement support roles. Following its publication, Julie received numerous end-of-life perspectives from others, many of which are available in Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life (published in 2017) and soon to be republished by Stratton Press). Writing and publishing in this heart-led direction, Julie hopes to contribute to a cultural shift in how we prepare and support others in the final chapter of life. In recent months, she completed her training and certification in end-of-life planning using the Before I Go Solutions method. She is in the process of launching her education and pre-planning business, End-of-Life Matters, to provide online coaching for individuals, couples, and small groups. In 2018, Julie published a journal memoir about her experience discovering that she has a benign but seriously located brain tumor. It Is What It Is: Learning to Live with My Brain Tumor chronicles her journey through finding out all she could about treatment options, discerning which would be best, and then finally choosing and receiving treatment. The book has some light and funny parts despite the serious nature of the topic. Julie also enjoys editing legacy writing, fiction, and nonfiction works; she feels privileged to help other writers succeed. Her other creative pursuit is making watercolor and acrylic paintings, primarily of landscapes. She does commissioned work, such as custom portraits and favorite landscape scenes, when requested. Julie is never at a loss for something to do next.

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