Face it. We all die! One thing that all humans have in common is that each one of us will leave our physical form, which will return to the earth from which it came. We share the birth and death sequence on this planet with our animal brethren. Although, as human beings we are imbued with an awareness or consciousness that can distinguish an essence or soul. We can believe that our core or intrinsic nature transcends the physical body and lives on. Fear of death is said to be the greatest fear a human can have. And, going beyond this fear will allow one to curtail all other fears. The result: a powerful sense of courage, valor, and dauntless spirit.
“For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man.” Plato (c 429-c 347 BC) Greek Philosopher
I’ve been reflecting on the death of a young friend who was found dead at home. Her boyfriend, who was out of town at the time had not heard from her for two days. Concerned, he called the county Sheriff’s office. A deputy found her lifeless body on the floor next to her bed. She had no medical issues, diseases or recent physical trauma that might explain the untimely death.
What is the fundamental truth of our Spiritual nature? Where does our consciousness reside, are we evolving to recognize our collective oneness, and are we awakening to the personal Truth of our being?
As I ponder my feelings about death and dying, including taking a bold look at the shadow of my fear of death I notice that an illusion surfaces. The self deception that I AM my physical body, which includes my brain is a false consciousness. I know and firmly believe that this illusory concept creates a lack of unity within myself and a separation with my fellow beings. It seems to me that the result of this deluded distraction is anger, contempt and judgment both personally and collectively.
I set out on a mindful review of my authenticity. If I can recognize this debilitating barrier to enhancing my own consciousness, I might offer this capability to all of us. Accordingly, I undertook this review by applying the 7 Laws of Inner Peace.
The 7 Laws of Inner Peace are: The Laws of Unity, Perception, Cause and Effect, Alignment, Mental Attention, Giving and Freedom.
Through my mindful examination and evaluation of my own consciousness of death and dying, which was a profound experience I’ve devised a program. Each of us can use this program to determine one’s personal approach to death and the dying process. Generally, this is how it works:
- Identify the key points of your belief system;
- Evaluate whether you choose to continue to live out your viewpoint; and if you so desire,
- Shift your conviction through a change in thinking.
We will focus on three of the 7 laws: The Laws of Perception, Alignment and Freedom. The attributes can assist in fine-tuning your consciousness with respect to death and the dying process.
The Law of Perception
- Your perception of the world creates your reality.
- Your perceptions are not facts, but your interpretation of the facts.
- By the age of six (6) years you developed your view of the world.
- Your view of the world becomes your unconscious belief system, unless you bring it into your conscious mind with awareness.
- You can tap into the all-knowing genius within…a different mind not hampered by unconscious beliefs.
- What is my understanding of death as established through my past connection with family, religion, culture and other external force in my life?
- What is my viewpoint of the dying process as set forth through my past connection with family, religion, culture and any other force in my life?
- Do I agree, concur and subscribe to the theories established in my upbringing and/or early life? Think About It!
- I am a conscious being.
- I am in charge of my world.
- I am aware of any fear of death noted from others including religious, familial or cultural tenets.
- I can identify my unconscious perception of death.
- I can identify my unconscious perception of the dying process.
The Law of Alignment
- You have within you an inner, divinely spiritual knowledge.
- Your consciousness makes you aware of your inner knowledge.
- Your inner knowledge is aligned with the Truth of your being.
- Unconscious motives can be brought to the surface and agreed to or dispelled through consciousness.
- When I tap into my divine knowledge what is my awareness of death?
- When I tap into my Truth, how do I feel about the dying process?
- How would I like to die…How do I want to experience the process of dying?
- I am aligned with the Truth of my being.
- I am a conscious being in charge of my world.
- I consciously dispel any conflict between my unconscious perceptions and my divine awareness regarding death and dying.
The Law of Freedom
- You are free.
- It is your birthright to be liberated from all unconscious perceptions.
- You are a conscious being and in charge of your world.
- You are free to select your conscious death and dying process.
- Am I free to choose my conscious death?
- Am I thinking clearly, open-minded and free of past perceptions about death and the dying process?
- Do I know how I want to experience my death and the dying process?
- If I am not clear is there more scrutiny or fact-finding within which I could engage to assist in my clarity?
- I am free, open-minded and liberated from unconscious ideas or restrictions.
- I am transcendent of judgment and my awareness of conscious death and dying adds to my experience of freedom.
- I am a conscious being in charge of my world.
- I am free to choose conscious death and dying.
The exercise in this article is not all encompassing. It is a beginning!
Could now be the time to begin your journey and consciously embrace the inevitable?