I’ve been asked about Brittany Maynard and what may have been her pre-birth plan for the end of her life. She availed herself of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law, and through physician aid in dying, ended her life in November of last year. On the day of her death, she posted on Facebook, “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me…but would have taken so much more.” Before she died she created the Brittany Maynard Fund, which works to legalize aid in dying in states where it’s now illegal.
Could Brittany’s end-of-life experience have been part of her life plan? And if so, why would a soul plan such an experience?
It’s important to understand that the soul can incarnate in any time period, location, and set of circumstances. So, if Brittany’s soul wanted to have an experience of protracted suffering at the end of a lifetime, her soul could easily have created that experience. For example, her soul could have chosen to incarnate in a time period in which there is no physician aid in dying. Or, if it were important for Brittany to live in our current time period, her soul could have planned circumstances in which she either would never hear of, or never have access to, physician aid in dying. Or, her soul could have planned for her to be someone – perhaps a very religious person – who would never avail herself of physician aid in dying.
I believe that Brittany’s soul knew she would have access to physician aid in dying and wanted her to have that access. Her free will decision as to whether to make use of such aid would be honored and respected by her soul and Spirit regardless of the choice she made. That said, I believe it’s very likely that her soul felt (before she was born) that the choice to avail herself of physician aid would be the highest vibrational choice.
Why would Brittany’s soul feel this way? What could be the deeper spiritual meaning and purpose?
One possibility is that Brittany’s soul sought both to cultivate and to model for others the divine virtue of courage. In this sense Brittany is a way-shower. The courage she showed is now part of her soul for eternity. Another possibility is that Brittany was here to teach that we are all the powerful creators of our experiences. She showed us that she was not a victim, but rather someone with power and choice. A third possibility is that her soul sought to teach that death is not to be feared. Our society views death as tragic, sad, and something to be delayed at all cost. From our human perspective such feelings are natural. From a soul-level perspective, however, death is a transition, a type of graduation – and perhaps even something to be celebrated.
In my view Brittany is a great lightworker.