Tuesday 12 August 2014

Why We Should Not Fear Death



Why We Should Not Fear Death by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
“A Short Tour and Farewell” by Raymond Douillet


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

For many of us the concept of death remains 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 into the unknown. For where we are now is just a ride ― as Ram Dass among others reminds us with the above words.


Essentially, there is to be no separation between life and death. They do not oppose each other as commonly perceived; both, in fact, are complementary. And that is one of the few seeming paradoxes of our mighty Universe. Unfortunately, it is not we are taught as children. Through the established institutions ― religions and governments ― we are made to believe that death is a dreaded enemy, a sort of wicked end punishment to be afraid of. If you do not agree with the stories and opinions we believe in, then you will die and go to hell to eternally suffer on the hands of burning ghouls, from one side; and if you don’t submit to our powers, we’ll imprison or kill you with our guns, from the other. To avoid such horrible fate, one is required to conform to the stats quo by becoming obedient, submissive, and oftentimes unquestioning.

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


Now since the 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 is one of the oldest and most neurotic and persisting kinds of fear; fear of different people, situations, phenomena, life, death, and so on. This “end of the known” fear happens to be hardwired into our brains through conditioning over thousands of years. When on the other hand it is exchanged it with curiosity entire lives can be changed. 
 
Scientifically speaking, you see, 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; some 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. It may live on through the art, ideas, and creations we leave behind, rendering us somewhat timeless and immortal.     
 

For the curious ones, research the bizarre phenomenon of Children With Past Life Memories as it may shed some light on how consciousness may 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 a sort of an induction and introduction to our actual physical departure whenever it shall take place.  


Socrates on Death - Why We Should Not Fear Death by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul

Metaphysically speaking, through the 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 even reincarnating in earthly bodies in some way, shape, or form..

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

As such, beware of those who dogmatically claim to know that which happens following death. Whether good or bad, heaven or hell, blinding belief systems are more often than not nothing but B.S. ― as Robert Anton Wilson would put it. 

Another illuminated spirit that is Mark Twain 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? As we have established, the unknown will always exist. Thus fearing it remains a futile, perfectly useless waste of time, energy, and life. We cannot truly savour the beauty of life or love when fear is our dominant vibrational energy. Never, my friend, can we live a full eventful life while fearing its end.

That said, in case there are intended lessons, not fearing death seems to be one of the most fundamental ones. This act of overcoming our own fears is through which we get to know what our inner core is made of. We get to know that we are not just a body, but rather, we are part of a certain infinite and immortal consciousness that had survived for millennia and will likely keep surviving for aeons ahead. We are IT.


At the very end, beyond all pretty-sounding words, magical beliefs, poetic assumptions, conceptual fantasies, outdated superstitions, and psychophilosophical spirituality, the possibility that we may go to bed one night to never, ever, wake up ought to entice us to enjoy life to the fullest. As simple and as real as that. For our departure from this physical existence is one of the rare certainties which we essentially know for sure. Change is truly the sole persistent constant. It is what there is and all there is. The past is gone, the future is unknown, and in-between, life and death are intertwined.

The one thing we can therefore do is enjoy the present moment
Here and Now. Live it to the fullest, make it count. A way to help us do so is to connect with Mother Nature, to build a lasting relationship with it. Because we ARE Nature. It is where we come from and where we shall return to. We only seem to temporarily forget it due to the distractions of life. To know nature is to know thyself as to know thyself is to know nature. The more understanding, the less fear.

The sobering realisation of the inevitability of our own mortality is the catalyst for spiritual awakening.
Love Life and embrace it. Fear not death but anticipate it. For Change Is The Only Constant.


When your day comes and the Angel 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 terrestrial breath, what do you reckon would be your answer?







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 comments:

  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.

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

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