One of the curious things about some spiritual communities is that while they speak in great detail about higher states of consciousness, they barely touch on death. While they consider exalted states of being highly knowable, they may argue that death is unknowable.
Now this is to some extent understandable. Death is after all one of our deepest fears, perhaps second only to our fear arising from being separated from source.
But if you consider that we’ve all been through a number of incarnations before, we’ve obviously experienced death quite a few times. While we may not remember, that’s not the same thing as being unknowable. Just forgotten.
In fact it’s easier to remember our deep past than it is to awaken. But some people may not want to. Going into your past is often not an easy journey. But the road is still there. It can bring a great deal of clarity to the curious nature of our present life. But it can also be a waste of time and undue focus on the past.
Now of course, our future death is not entirely knowable. Even if we’re able to experience the future, we’re experiencing the future from where we are now, not how we’ll be then. This is much like the past only more so because our consciousness will have changed. We’ll never be 8 years old the same way again. So we could say our coming death is not fully knowable but that does not mean death itself is an unknown. Remember it enough and it’s really no big deal. A turn of the page of life. Another chapter in a good yarn.
As I’ve observed before, death is like awakening in some ways. Crossing the veil and surrendering the me, for example. But death is temporary. A transition point. A train station.
Another odd comment I ran into was that the idea of an afterlife and the idea of reincarnation are mutually exclusive. Not at all. We all step into an afterlife when we die. Incarnation doesn’t happen until later. Sometimes quickly, but often awhile later. Some of us need a break! (laughs)
I’ll further remark on the idea that if you don’t believe in something when you die that you’re in trouble. Adyashanti comments on the reverse saying Somebody that has a belief, (in heaven, etc.) at the end of their life, they’re going to be very afraid. This is because it’s not going to be what they expect. This can cause someone some major discomfort until they see what fun it can be. Even if we’ve read lots of near death experiences. Even if someone’s told you your future. The experience is never the same as a concept of it.
Adyashanti also said Where am I going to go? Exactly where you think yourself. …until you think a different one. In other words, after death is a kind of dream state where we can create whatever we choose. The film What Dreams May Come exemplified this idea.
OK. I’ll get off this subject now. Won a ticket and saw Deepak Chopra this evening. That’s started a few articles…