Knowing How To Live, We Know How To Die

Knowing How To Die, We Know How To Live

Life and Death are two sides of one coin.  They appear to be opposites: a beginning and an ending.  But they are actually one and the same.  They are both a beginning and both an ending.  Birth is a temporary ending or limiting of the knowledge of our broader existence as a soul being.  And death is an end to this physical adventure.  But birth is the beginning of the physical adventure and death is the beginning of our journey home to our essential nature; the fullness of our whole being.

Coming face to face with “death” is a great way to wake up to life.  For many, a near death experience is the only experience that can produce just such an awakening.  Most of us are so deep in our trance of living that we cannot see the bigger picture of Life.  But, facing death, our own or that of a loved one, reminds us that we are here experiencing an impermanent existence.  The clock is ticking and that can make us sit up and take notice of the quality of our experience in the here and now.  There’s nothing like facing death to quickly create a spiritual perspective, even in someone who resisted the idea their entire life.

Death and tragedy can motivate us to become introspective and more present to life.  But for that to happen, we must release our resistance to it.  When we constantly run from our fears and overprotect ourselves by hiding from life and refusing to look at death or even talk about it, then fear builds up inside and we clamp down on all of life, not just the scary bits.  Gradually, this clamping down builds and builds until we find ourselves imprisoned in our own protective cell.

Learning how to release those old limiting patterns and behaviors requires us to open our hearts and minds; to look at what scares us and to let it transform us.  Faster EFT is a great way to release those old beliefs.  In the words of Gay Hendricks, “All emotions are gentle and short lived, unless we resist feeling them.”  Milton Ericson said that we have trouble feeling and accepting our emotions because we are “out of rapport with our unconscious mind”.  Much of what Stephen Levine talks about in his book “Who Dies?” is about doing just that… discovering “who” and “what” dies.  He encourages us to investigate: who is that behind and beyond who I think I am?  That journey of discovery is “an investigation of the truth” as we “drop models to discover what lies beneath”.

So often, we are faced with people who are either not willing to speak openly about life and death or we are too afraid to speak openly to them.  If you’re facing this right now, try the simple practice of Speaking from the Heart.  Simply begin by imagining an open, loving conversation in your mind – heart to heart, without words.  This can either be all that’s needed or be the opening through which actual conversation can begin in an environment established in unconditional love and without personal motive.  We do this all the time anyway.  How many conversations (or arguments) have you had with your spouse, or a parent, or a boss, inside your own head?  If we are all One, then of course their soul heard it and felt it on some level.  Stephen Levine says “When you feel separate, you reinforce another’s separateness; you reinforce their suffering.”  So, why not speak love into their heart instead?  We can do this with people whether they are dying or simply stressed out about life and don’t know how to communicate about it.

The whole point is to Be Conscious.  And if we live consciously, we will die consciously.  For those who are forced to abruptly address the idea of dying consciously, it is often an invitation to suddenly begin to spend the rest of their days living consciously.  Why not start now?

Levine says: “There is no other preparation for death except opening to the present.  If you are here now, you will be there then.”  And, “Our work is to be more loving and to live more fully.”  Every day.  I can’t think of anything more true.

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