The subject of death is one that many people want to avoid at all cost. The idea of death frightens the crap out of most people. Why is that? There are many cultures that are much more connected with the natural sacredness of death that is not separate from the preciousness of life. And, life is precious. All life is valuable, even when so many have no real consciousness in regard to that value. Perhaps the Western Civilization has generally accepted concepts of being ruled by rigid physicality and materialism in a soulless, finite, spiritless existence because it seems “safe” and “sterile.” On the other hand, it could be that most of us cling to religious ideas of punishment and torture in the afterlife that terrify us so much we refuse to consider important matters like how to live and die compassionately, fearlessly and well. Death is an important part of life. It is in evaluating the inevitable prospect of death that we might reconsider what we do in life. In having a healthy well-balanced view on death, we might also find we have a healthy well-balanced view on how to live. And somewhere in the midst of living and dying we learn how to heal ourselves—how to heal each other—how to live fully—how to become whole.
This existence we call life is rather mysteriously amazing. Time and time again we have had prophets, healers, sages and spiritual masters who have pointed the way. The information is available. All you have to do is seek truth. It’s quite simple. So why is it that very few seem to be “seeking truth?” I’m certainly not here to judge, nor do I have that right without condemning myself in all my own imperfections and faults. All I know is what I have experienced for myself. I have lived as a radically dysfunctional person for large part of my life. I have known extreme physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pain. Yet because of my pain and suffering I chose to seek a better way of doing things. I chose to seek truth. I chose to find my own sacredness. And I won’t glorify myself in saying I sought a better way for the sake of anyone other than myself, because that would be a lie. I chose to live better because I couldn’t stand living in hell. Apparently, we do have to choose to be a better person for our own sake because no one is going to do it for us. Although serving others in a life of altruism is wonderful in itself, if we never address our own core issues we will never fully be effective in our goal. But yet, we all have a unique path. Helping others will help us help ourselves. If we seek to heal for our own sake, we cannot help but build a foundation that makes it natural and joyful to also live altruistically. If we seek to help others, those intentions will help us move forward to find our innate value and worth. It is part and parcel of the same thing. If we seek the greatest truth, we will find love.
Considering that I have dedicated my life to finding ways to heal myself and to heal others—to continuously seek and find truth—I have seen how great the possibilities are. I’ve seen it in myself. I’m not saying anything here that I haven’t experienced for myself—in my own healing process—in my own transformation. I’m not here to convince anyone of anything. However, I will not waste my valuable life experiences, which have often been arduously difficult and downright unpleasant, by not sharing what I know with others who might choose a better way of living as I have. The true spiritual path is a practical path. Life is hard, one way or another. So we might as well make something of it.
I have been in the hell of my own mind and I know why I have experienced what I have experienced. I have seen how one thing—one thought, one word, one action—causes another. It is the law of cause and effect. Ignorance causes more ignorance. Fear causes more fear. Hatred fuels more hatred. Love and compassion beget love and compassion. Wholeness is merely finally reclaiming the truth of what and who we are as a human being. I am just one person in the sea of humanity. And yet we are all “of the same source.” If one of us makes an effort and breaks out of the delusion of being a caged rat running around on a great wheel of repetitive suffering, then in some way we all break free with them. That is what the great Masters do for us. They guide us. They give us profound teachings. But most of all they take hold of the substance of our infinite spirit being and rise up through the mire of confusion in this worldly realm and bring us into the pure essence of blissful illumination because we are a part of them.
So in regard to the possibilities of healing, it is there. Healing is always a possibility. But healing is part of the choice to seek truth and to live fully. We have an opportunity to explore what it really means to be a human being while living on this planet. That opportunity requires some fortitude. If we want life to change for the better, we have to make an effort to go deeper into why things are the way they are in our own reality. I will say that I know that a person can heal physically from most illnesses. But that healing requires mental, emotional and spiritual participation and willingness. Even science has made it plain that we are not nearly as physical as we think we are. Science backs up religion on that point.
In the world of quantum fields, quarks, string theories and the like, a person can expand her mind in witnessing just how little there is of the physical properties we previously thought of as being so solid and immovable. I recommend investigating these facts and theories, if not only to open the mind to the intangible aspects of “what we think of as the material world.” And just to say it in simple terms a scientific theory is not a proven fact, but rather is an educated, researched speculation of sorts. Some theories will one day be proven as “fact,” and some will be proven erroneous. Fact is something that has been established as a relative truth. Faith and science need not be at odds.
“Seeking truth” doesn’t stop at the door of exploring any scientific theory, philosophy, dogma or religious doctrine. Our faith should be stronger than any mere “idea” of religion. And if we are not religious, our point of view should be expansive enough to explore all possibilities, even if it leads to religious concepts of infinite life and pure consciousness. The great religions will stand up to scrutiny in their core teachings, because the core teachings are based in love, wisdom and compassion. As far as I understand, all the great religions encourage the exploration of faith. It is only in the endeavor to understand what we consider most dear to us that we can find our true strength. There is practicality in faith if one understands what faith really is.
In examining scientific concepts, we are given a non-biased, non-religious glimpse of how intangible and mysterious the substance of our physical form is in relation to how solid we perceive our physical experience as being. And as a fact of science, energy cannot be destroyed. When we “destroy” any matter, any material thing, the energy of that matter will continue in the same quantity. There is a continuum that occurs in all that we know of as physical. If you burn a piece of wood into nothing but ashes, it still exists in same proportions or mass, even if what is left is invisible energy. So with this said, why would it be anything other than true to speculate that when a human being dies, there is energy in the same proportion that continues to exist? That’s science. That’s a fact. Why does the idea that there is more to the physical person than can be seen scare us so much? Science seems to support the concept of infinite being, rather than otherwise. At the very least, science does not disprove the limitlessness of what it means to be human.
Noetic sciences study the electromagnetic fields that emanate from the mind and heart of humans and how those fields can affect life within that field. The electromagnetic fields can be measured, even though they cannot be seen.
Death is a sacred part of life. Energy continues. It may be frightening to think about the great unknown, but we must.
“But that the dread of something after death, the undiscover’d country from whose bourne no traveler returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others we know not of? Thus conscious does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprises of great pitch and moment with this regard, their currents turn awry and lose the name of action!” Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
Do we live in denial of death? Do we let fear of death limit our quality of life and keep us in small dark spaces? Or, do we seek truth and live fearlessly? Healing is a way of restoring our truth, finding our wholeness. All it takes is courage, effort and determination. Throw off the shackles of a limited view and embrace the possibilities of infinite love and compassion. What if we are something far greater, more beautiful, eternal and benevolent than anyone could ever imagine?
I’ll just leave the door open and the light on.