Afraid of dying? Don’t be. It’s never going to happen to you.
– Bard Canning
If you are afraid to die, your anxiety is probably hidden; you may deny it or refuse to feel that this is an important issue. The vulnerability that we all face as human beings is there because we feel that at the time of death, all this will come to an end. The most pervasive influence on your whole life begins with how you feel about life and death. Being afraid of death has consequences, such as feeling unsafe in the world, constantly being vigilant about threats, and holding death to be more powerful than life. Only by reversing these consequences can a deep, abiding sense of well-being exist.
By the power of focused intention towards God, we gain an assurance in our own immortality. We begin to understand that there is no way we can ever be outside of this state, even in our physical, emotional, and spiritual pains. Most importantly, we come to know that this experience never ends.
Through meditation, contemplation, and self-reflection, you can expand your awareness to reach an experience of pure awareness. When you are established there, fear of death is replaced by knowing the state of immortality.
I believe that death itself is an illusion. Your own consciousness is not as finite in scope and lifespan as you may think. I do not believe in death.
When your physical body dies your consciousness does not disappear, it merely becomes disorganized and less constrained by the linear concepts of time and space. Some people consider this to be rejoining the “God Consciousness”.
A life can only be said to have ended when there is no chance of it continuing again. In regards to our consciousness, death is more like a pause than an end. In an infinite universe anything is possible and everything is inevitable. There is every chance that your chain of thought may be continued again somewhere, sometime, in the infinite possibilities of time and space—this is the idea of reincarnation.
When I become heartbroken from a loved one’s demise, I try to remember that life is fleeting for all and to love in the time allotted. This, too, is small comfort but one nevertheless. Because I know stars die all the time, and for each one that dies one is born. Life continues so love may endure.
– Susan Frybort
Thank you mother, now I understand.
Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.
May you continue to inspire us.
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.
– John O’Donohue