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Death Fear Becomes Fear of Life

“Our greatest fear is that when we die, we will become nothing. Many of us believe our entire existence is limited to a particular period, our “lifespan.” We believe it begins when we are born—when, out of being nothing, we become something—and it ends when we die and become nothing again. So we are filled with a fear of annihilation. But if we look deeply, we can have a very different understanding of our existence. We can see that birth and death are just notions; they’re not real. The Buddha taught that there is no birth and no death. Our belief that these ideas about birth and death are real creates a powerful illusion that causes us a great deal of suffering. When we understand that we can’t be destroyed, we’re liberated from fear. It’s a huge relief. We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.
“When you lose a loved one, you suffer. But if you know how to look deeply, you have a chance to realize that his or her nature is truly the nature of no-birth, no-death. There is manifestation, and there is the cessation of manifestation in order to have another manifestation. You have to be alert to recognize the new manifestations of one person. But with practice and effort, you can do it. Pay attention to the world around you, to the leaves and the flowers, to the birds and the rain. If you can stop and look deeply, you will recognize your beloved manifesting again and again in many forms.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Death Fear

Fear of death is indeed one of the greatest fears for most of us. More accurately, we fear that there is no afterlife and we will just cease to exist. Or perhaps worse, that there is an after life and we will end up in hell. All of those fears can be overcome in one way or another.

As for the fear that there is no afterlife and we simply end when the body dies, what is there to fear in that? Not that it is true, but if it was, so what? You end, it’s over, no more pains, no more worries. It is not something we have any control over so fearing it and worrying about it is useless.

We have people who spend a great deal of money searching for ways to extend their physical life by a few years. Why? If you believe that physical life is the only life, you except that you life will end. Spending much of the limited time you have searching for ways to extend your time here is just wasting what time you do have.

Fear of Hell

If we fear death because we fear going to hell, that is actually a reasonable fear. But it is a fear that can be overcome by doing what is necessary to prevent that from happening. Knowing what that is can be confusing.
There are many churches and religions teaching many different things about hell and how to avoid it. Our own soul knows the truth. We need to trust our intuition. We also need to awaken our souls. Only a fully awakened conscious soul can alleviate our fear of going to hell. The awakened soul knows exactly what must be done to avoid that fate. The awakened soul doesn’t fear hell and it doesn’t have death fear.

Birth and Death

I don’t think we can say that birth and death are not real. They are unreal for the spirit and soul, but very real for the physical body. Of course, if you think of the body as pure illusion that doesn’t matter, then we can say that birth and death don’t exist. But matter is not imaginary. It is real, but not what it appears to be. While it can be argued that matter doesn’t cease to exist, it simply changes form, that is death as far as that form is concerned. Unless that form is human and has gone to the trouble of uniting with its permanent spiritual self thereby becoming immortal. Such a united being has no death fear.

Conclusion

In short, fear of death really becomes fear of life. By operating from a level of fear, and avoiding things that might result in death, you never really live. Even if life is temporary, and the afterlife is a fantasy, that is even more reason to live life while we can. In reality, life is permanent and the physical stage of it is just the beginning. The spirit and soul are immortal. The catch is, you experience that immortality only if you unite your physical, mental and spiritual self while still alive on the physical plane.

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Fear of Death and the Afterlife

“The first part of looking at our fear is just inviting it into our awareness without judgment. We just acknowledge gently that it is there. This brings a lot of relief already. Then, once our fear has calmed down, we can embrace it tenderly and look deeply into its roots, its sources. Understanding the origins of our anxieties and fears will help us let go of them. Is our fear coming from something that is happening right now, or is it an old fear, a fear from when we were small, that we’ve kept inside? When we practice inviting all our fears up, we become aware that we are still alive, that we still have many things to treasure and enjoy. If we are not busy pushing down and managing our fear, we can enjoy the sunshine, the fog, the air, and the water. If you can look deeply into your fear and have a clear vision of it, then you really can live a life that is worthwhile.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Acknowledge Fear

Thich Nhat Hanh says we must acknowledge our fears if we are to control them or get rid of them. This makes sense. In psychiatry they say that recognizing that you have a problem is the first step in curing it. Trying to pretend we don have fears only allows the fear to stay with us and control us in many ways we are not even aware of.

Source of Fear

Hanh, as well as many psychiatrists, say we must root out the cause of our fear if we are to get rid of it. While that may be the ideal solution, it isn’t always possible. It can also be very time consuming. Sometimes, things may have happened to your mother while you were still in the womb, and her fears came through to you where they became yours. Other things may have happened when you were a baby that caused you to develop certain fears. The chance of digging through you memories and finding that cause is slim. But there is an alternative.

I worked for many years as a professional computer programmer. I know that sometime the solution to fixing a program that doesn’t do what you want it to is to simply replace it with a new program. You don’t have to find the faulty code, just replace the entire program. The same can be done with fears. Continue reading “Fear of Death and the Afterlife”

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The Afterlife of Billy-Bob Materialist

X: But the scientific materialists assert that after the death of man nothing remains; that the human body simply disintegrates into its component elements, and that what we call soul is merely a temporary self-consciousness produced as a byproduct of organic action, which will evaporate like steam. Is not theirs a strange state of mind?

M: Not strange at all, that I see, If they say that self-consciousness ceases with the body, then in their case they simply utter an unconscious prophecy. For once that they are firmly convinced of what they assert, no conscious afterlife is possible for them.

X: But if human self-consciousness survives death as a rule, why should there be exceptions?

M: In the fundamental laws of the spiritual world which are immutable, no exception is possible. But there are rules for those who see, and rules for those who prefer to remain blind. … Having persistently denied an afterlife during this life he will be unable to sense it.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Afterlife and the Soul

There are people who say that they don’t believe in an afterlife, but if there is one, they will be happy to enjoy it when it happens. As Blavatsky says, that is simply not going to happen. There are others who insist there absolutely is not an afterlife (how they know this, they never explain) and they are correct: for them, it doe’s not exist. Continue reading “The Afterlife of Billy-Bob Materialist”

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Afterlife

“No longer can the man who was speak with men on Earth, for he now lives in splendor among the Eternal Ones. … He has become a shining one and journeys on into the spaces of Heavenland, accompanied only by his compatible companions. He has ascended into the Place of Glory, the Place of Fulfilment. The years have fallen off his shoulders, like a cast off cloak, and he is young again. … Time cannot touch him with change. … He is beyond harm; he sees the sublime visions which fulfil his yearnings. … As he has sown and husbanded, so now he reaps.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SCL:4:1-3)

Stairway to heavenWhile it doesn’t specifically say so, it is obvious to anyone who knows some truth that the person who has died and is being described in this section is not just an average guy, but one who has taken the time to develop himself spiritually before he died. The first sentence of this quote seems to be telling us that the dead do not speak to those remaining behind on the material plane, so if you expect a medium or psychic to communicate with your dead relatives, it won’t happen. At best, the psychic may tape into recorded information about the dead person as found in the Akashic Records. Even if you could talk to one who has recently died, he is not going to know any more than he did before he died, not yet anyway. Continue reading “Afterlife”

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