What’s It All About, Zach?

The Last Days

Every time I watch this YouTube video of Zach Sobiech, I really start wondering what life is all about? You’re born. You live some years — more years or fewer years than others would live theirs. Then you’re gone.

It seems senseless, pointless, even crazy … until I rethink life: not as my life but as God’s life. Then life begins to look differently — rosier, amazing, beautiful, fascinating!  That is when each individual’s life becomes a truly unique and beautiful telling of one infinite Self expressing itself in a myriad of finite human stories.

When I was younger, I used to think life was like an epic novel with so many more pages and chapters of human drama to unfold, be written, and told. Now, it feels more like a short story. Sometimes I wonder if life will feel like a fairy tale when this lifetime is over. Do you ever think of it?

      Zach Sobiech, at the age of 14, found out he had a rare form of terminal cancer. So he became a rock star, and millions of people got to see his music before he passed away on May 20, 2013.

      When we originally shared his story last year, 17 million of you watched this, and his song “Clouds” became the first independent hit to reach #1 on the iTunes music charts.

      While there is lots of funding for research on the more prevalent cancers of the world, there’s never enough funding to accomplish the research needed to cure rare cancers like the one Zach had. You helped raise over $750,000 for research into a very rare cancer. Which made me very happy.

      This is his beautiful story.
      (From the “Upworthy” blog which features the same video.)

      Zach Sobiech is a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. Zach turned 18 years old today (May 3rd, 2013) and continues his fight against cancer with a smile that can change the world. Happy Birthday Zach! You are in all of our prayers!

      Zach’s song, “Clouds” is available on iTunes and other online music stores and that proceeds benefit the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children’s Cancer Research Fund http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach

      Zach Sobiech passed away May 20, 2013. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends. We are forever touched by his story. Thank you for sharing your life and music with us, Zach. You are dearly missed and loved.
      (From the video description at YouTube posted by SoulPancake.)

A Year Later
One year after Zach’s transition from this plane of existence, his parents, siblings, and close friends share their thoughts and feelings of him.

Zach’s life teaches us that life is not just an unraveling mystery.
Life is also a beautiful story.

And Now It’s… “Up, Up, Up”
Zach’s Recording —

    Well I fell down, down, down
    Into this dark and lonely hole
    There was no one there to care about me anymore
    And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
    You were sitting there holding a rope

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

    When I get back on land
    Well I’ll never get my chance
    Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
    Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
    We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear

    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
    If only I had a little bit more time
    If only I had a little bit more time with you

    We could go up, up, up
    And take that little ride
    And sit there holding hands
    And everything would be just right
    And maybe someday I’ll see you again
    We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

A Community Celebrates Zach —

Gospel “Clouds” —

Thanks to you, Zach. ❤  See ya in the clouds one day.


About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in close to 40 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation.   Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways. He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years in a classroom, lecture, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.  
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