Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Like my heart and my breathing, my mind is recirculating
images and feelings that are shared with millions of
other people. Without death, this renewal would not
be possible.

In the East it is believed that our bodies store memories
of many deaths as we move from on reincarnation to the next.
Thus our terror at the prospect of dying is really a memory.
Likewise, the peace that can be felt in the face of death
is also a memory. Each of us is susceptible to both
recollections, the pain of dying and the joy of being reborn.

Without having to endorse any belief in reincarnation,
I have found that people do locate the memory of peace
inside. Since the fear of death exists on many levels,
so does its healing.

On the emotional level you need to begin ridding yourself
of the energy of fear. On the mental level you can read
philosophy or scriptures, or if you are a nonbeliever,
delve into the many scientific studies of near-death
experiences, which have now been documented by 

the thousands. Faith can come in through the mind.

Yet wherever you place your faith, death remains mysterious.
No one fully accepts the reassurances being offered by reason
or religion. Dying is a natural process, but our attitudes
toward it can be very unnatural. Of course you can be just
as afraid of dying before it happens – the fear itself is
what needs to be healed.

In every wisdom tradition there is a teaching called “dying
unto death,” as the New Testament calls it. This means
experiencing the truth about dying while you are still alive.
At this moment your body could not be alive without death.
Billions of cells have to perish to bring new ones to life.
You could not think or feel or dream if your mind did not
allow your old thoughts to die away and make room for the new.

 Adapted from The Deeper Wound:
Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering,
by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001). 

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