Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Why We Should Not Fear Death

“A Short Tour and Farewell” by Raymond Douillet

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

The concept of death as we know it is an illusion. Yet fearing death can control people’s lives and renders them barely alive. The truth is, we’ve been dying since the day we were born. We’ve actually been ‘dead’ for millions of years and never minded it, and most of us don’t even remember; and we’ll be ‘dead’ for some other millions and we still won’t mind it. There is absolutely no convincing reason to fear that next adventure. For where we are now is just a ride ― as Ram Dass, among others, reminds u with the above words.

Essentially, there is no separation between life and death. They are both, in fact, complementary. And that is one of the many paradoxes of our mighty Universe. Unfortunately, that’s not we are taught as children. Through the established institutions ― religions and governments ― we are made to believe that death is sort of a punishment to be afraid of. If you don’t agree with what we believe in then you will die and go to hell and suffer on the hands of burning ghouls, from one side; and if you don’t submit to our powers we’ll kill you with our guns, from the other.

It is all a control game. When irrational fear is induced people become controllable. That’s how fearing death came to being.

Now, since this topic is part of my upcoming book and I have some things to share, let me briefly propose why death may not be as terminal as we were made to believe.

Fear of the unknown — change, others, life, death — is one of the oldest and most destructive kinds of fear. Exchanging it with curiosity can, on the other hand, take us quite far. Then what is left from your life will actually transform before your eyes. 

Scientifically speaking, you see, our consciousness is derived from microtubules within brain cells, the neurons. When we we pronounced ‘dead’, the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing and the atoms come undone. However, the energy, or the consciousness within our neurons, isn’t dead with us, but it stays ‘alive’.

Consciousness does not vanish ― only transmuted beyond time and space. Simply because when energy leaves something it does not cease to exist. In our case, it just goes to a spot that usually us humans cannot reach ― we may call it the spirit realm. So even though it will be our physical time to depart this fleeting earthly life, our consciousness seems to live on.

In the short video added below, Acceptance of Death, Zen Head Alan Watts explains it beautifully. 

For the curious ones, check out Children With Past Life Memories as it may shed some light on how consciousness does not die, as disappear.

On a parallel note, and since we are herein delving into the topic of death, Out-of-Body Experience and Ego Death on a “Heroic Dose” of Mushrooms is another piece about a different kind of death. One which can be considered as a sort of induction and introduction to our actual physical departure whenever it will take place.  

Metaphysically speaking, through our soul’s transition from what we call life to what we call death, we shall be scattered back into the cosmos as stardust we once were. Possibly visiting far away planets, or inhabiting different entities, or reincarnating in earthly bodies again.

Or, perhaps if we have completed our mission through our last life on Earth, by learning the intended lessons and/or by working out our karma, we may ascend to other realms and become masters or guides, or even avatars and demigods. The end is thereby transformed into a beginning... of a new unknown mode of existence ― or nonexistence. Again, and again, and again. How poetic is that. But really, who knows. And not knowing is perfectly fine. Simply because uncertainty is indeed part of life. For the unknown shall always, always exist. This makes certainty yet another illusion.

As such, beware of those who claim to know about death; for their blinding belief system is, more often than not, nothing but B.S. ― as Robert Anton Wilson would put it. 

Another illuminated spirit that is Mark Twain has once said: “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” How true that is.

In actuality, we are literally surrounded by an infinite number of possibilities and probabilities. And the thing is, again, we will not mind the act of being ‘dead’, the possible nothingness ― which in a way is also everything. So why worry about it now and live a limited life as we waste it away like that? Truth is, the unknown will always exist. Therefore fearing it remains a perfectly useless waste of time, energy, and life. Simply because we can’t actually live in fear, at least not a healthy or productive life. Never, my friend, can we live a full life while fearing its end.

All that said, detaching and not fearing death seems to be one of the intended lessons. This act of overcoming our fears is through which we get to know our true core. We get to know that we are infinite and immortal and hence get a chance to act accordingly.

Love Life and embrace it; do not fear death but anticipate it. For Change Is The Only Constant.

When your day comes and the Angle of Death descends upon you, He may stare at your soul and ask you a single question: Have you truly, fully, unapologetically lived or have you been dead for moons like so many before and after you? As you take your last earthly breath, what do you reckon would be your answer?

“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”
― Socrates


Who Are We?

Unfollow the Crowd

My Journey Towards Self-Transcendence

Things I Got Rid Of To Become Happier 

Out-of-Body Experience and Ego Death on a “Heroic Dose” of Mushrooms

The Ashram Sweeper Who Blocked Me on Facebook

The Millenium Eve I Spent Alone at the Mosque

Change Is The Only Constant

What Is Fear of Abandonment and How to Overcome It

The Archaic Origin of the Swastika Symbol [with Photos]

OLS Reflections — The Spiritual Edition

Dreaming That The Buddha Was Not Fat

The Archaic Origin of the Swastika Symbol [with Photos]

The Significance of Letting Go

To Forgive Is Not To Reconcile
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  1. We are vessels filled with energy. If the vessel breaks, the energy transmutes. And let's file heaven and hell with Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny.

    1. We are indeed energetic beings. Well said, Hoda.