1. You're not afraid of physical death.
Death is all around us - on the news, on social media, and in our daily lives.
But the thought of our own inevitable end is frightening.
The "me" ending is terrifying.
The physiological aspect of death doesn't fill you with fear.
However, the final chapter of your personal narrative is horrifying.
2. To whom does the term "me" refer?
The collection of thoughts, ideologies, beliefs, doubts, fears, judgments, guilt, pain, hurt, sorrow, envy, attack, hate, and separation, are what form the concept of "me."
It's the "me" who claims ownership of personal belongings such as homes, properties, vehicles, collectibles, pets, spouses, children, finances, knowledge, and above all, experiences?
With death, you're going to lose all that you've accumulated and you don't want to lose it.
This is a thought that many people find unsettling, I'm sure you'd agree.
3. We're more drawn to familiarity than novelty.
The known is more attractive than the unknown.
We love familiarity and predictability.
The known makes us feel more comfortable and secure.
It feels more comforting to us when we know what to expect.
We're afraid of the unknown and the unfamiliar.
We have, in some way, attempted to persuade ourselves that permanence exists in this world.
4. What is death?
Death is a physical and biological process.
One day our bodies will no longer be able to sustain the essential biological processes necessary to maintain life, such as breathing, circulation, and brain function.
Death is philosophical and spiritual because it's the "me" ending.
It's the death of all things mentioned in #2 above.
It's a fire sale! Everything must go.
5. We can learn to die while we're alive.
Discovering the meaning of "to live and to be alive" is best understood by discovering what it means "to be dead".
To comprehend "to live", we must explore the significance of "to die".
Although many do not realize the connection, they are two sides of the same coin.
In a world of duality, one cannot exist without its opposite.
God and Love have no opposites.
No one would dispute that playing the lottery is necessary to win.
Similarly, to die, we must first live.
In other words, to live, we must die, which means relinquishing all the emotional, physical, and psychological baggage accumulated during the day.
Every day, let go of your accumulated baggage by dying to the stress, anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, fear, guilt, pain, attack, and hate.
This includes your emotional baggage from past traumas or unresolved conflicts, physical baggage from carrying heavy loads in your mind, or psychological baggage from societal pressures or personal expectations.
Also, die to the tension, fatigue, hunger, thirst, and all sensory experiences.
Moreover, die to all the knowledge, information, memories, beliefs, values, perspectives, attitudes, cognitive bias, habits, and routines that you hold onto.
This way the mind is fresh every day.
A band of fresh snow, smooth and unbroken.
Providing a stark contrast to the yesterday you once knew.
The clean, unspoiled appearance of a fresh day will evoke feelings of tranquility, purity, and new beginnings.
It's the ideal environment to begin anew.
6. What does it mean "to live?"
To live is live without conflict.
To live is live without holding any grievances.
To live is to see everyone, without exception, as being innocent.
To live is to live without turmoil and chaos.
To live is to live without attack and defense.
To live is to live without judgment.
To live is to live without the need to be right.
To live is to admit you don't know what anything is for.
Right now, it's a mess.
The way we treat ourselves and each other is appalling and pathetic.
If there is no calm in the chaos we'll never be able to understand what death is because....
Death is Perfect Order because it's the ending of Disorder.
There must be an ending of disorder in my living: political, economic, environmental, social, cultural, moral, religious, and global disorders to name a few.
And the very nature of ridding oneself of grievances is to become aware of what a grievance actually is.
In perceiving disorder there is order.
In perceiving what death is there is life.
Life is harmony, love, and happiness.
In perceiving what life is there is no death.
Death is not separate from order. They're like two peas in a pod.
They go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Order is the ending of all disorder
Light is the ending of all darkness
The "me" and the "you" cease to be.
This is what it means to live, to love, and to die.
The ending of disorder is the ending of death.
There's great beauty in this don't you see?
God's plan for your salvation cannot fail.
Love must win or we're doomed. Don't you see this?
One must have complete order in the mind, born out of disorder, which is the only path to discovering the ineffable and immeasurable.
This state of order eliminates any speculation or debate on the existence of God.
The mind will only spontaneously experience the ineffable once it achieves a state of complete order.
The Holy Spirit will meet you where you are on this journey.