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 —

    CLOUDS LYRICS
    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" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of the mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of individual work (study and practice) and personal unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission.   Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s.   Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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