The Death Experience
As Fallen Fruit, Yields the Seeds of New Life
The Self Must Yield to The Universal Spirit.
One Must Experience Death To Be Re-Born
Birth And Death Are But Cycles
Of One Continuous Life.
If You Take All My Possessions,
My Body, My Mind, My Loved Ones,
Then, What Would I have Left?
My True Self, The One, The ALL.
And What Would You Have?
Nothing Can Harm Me
I Live In My Center
Surrounded by My Life
I Die, I Live,
Through the Ages
Above All Strife.
Feel, Do Not Fear
Be Wary, Do Not Fear
Fear Attracts What You Fear
Fear Invites Injury and Attack
Fear Avoids Right Action
Fear Lives in The Dark
Nothing Can Hurt The True Self
Being the Wise Man, or the Fool,
Fighting Dragons, or Surrendering to Roaches,
To the Fearless One Who has Faced Death
And Lives in the Service of God.
Walk With Death By Your Side
Behold The Wonders
And New Life Will Be Yours.
One can attain glimpses of Universal Consciousness in several ways, including meditation.
But these are temporary visions of what you can achieve. They are good to have, because it gives you a ‘taste’ of the wonders that await you, and can thus motivate you on your path.
But you cannot attain permanent Universal Consciousness, without first having a conscious death experience. You cannot be fully Unselfishly Loving, if you have not had a death experience. Oddly enough, you cannot really live until you’ve died.
Before we go on, let me make something very clear. I’m not talking about “real”, physical death here – just the “essence” or “experience” of it. More like the “near death” experiences you hear about in the news, where someone gets a severe injury and temporarily die, and what they experience prior to coming back changes their life forever. But a spiritual death experience brought on by meditation, and spiritual techniques, is even more profound, and accomplished without having to physically get near death to experience it.
When you physically die, you always have a death experience. But you don’t always need to physically die, to have a death experience. A death experience may, or may not be, accompanied by physical death, as in the ‘near death’ experiences discussed above.
Once one consciously experiences death, it totally changes their life forevermore – for several reasons. For one, the selfish separate self ‘dies’ – and this breaks the hold it has had on us. The Inner Self, the part of you that is the Universal Spirit, can never end, never die, never be hurt, never be destroyed. Thus the Inner Being takes its proper place on the throne of our life, and the separate self stops struggling for control.
The separate self’s death is really only a temporary experience. And only the self’s separate consciousness experiences this death.
But to the separate self, the experience seems total, eternal and final. And in fact, it is the final demise of the strange independent life that took control of us, became a selfish monster, and had us believing that we were really it.
While separate self consciousness only dies temporarily during a conscious death experience – it dies long enough for you to fully experience Oneness with the Universal Spirit, and attain Universal Consciousness. When you come out the other side of the death experience, the separate self is re-set, re-placed, re-born, but under the influence of the Universal Spirit – in the service of Universal Will. [Author’s note: It’s kind of like unplugging a digital clock – the memory, the time that was set, ceases to exist, but the clock still exists, and when you plug it back in, you can set a new time.] Think of it like one of these robot things that are on TV and movies throughout the world these days. One that has been running on a rampage of its own selfish survival programming. If they manage to ‘unplug it’, it ‘dies’ – but then you can reprogram it when you fix it, so when you plug it back in, it comes back to life, to do your bidding, instead of its own. You have been living with such a robot your whole life – your separate self. So you see, the separate self actually remains, once it ‘dies’, it ceases to exist as the ‘king’, ‘queen’, or ‘commanding general’ of your life that it was, and it takes its proper place as the instrument, the servant, of the Universal Spirit.
One of the things about the conscious death experience that permanently changes us, is when we real-ize that our true consciousness, what we really are, doesn’t end with death. When we thusly experience that our true consciousness not only remains, but also has eternal life, we lose the terrible fear of death from that moment on. During the death experience, our true self also bathes in the light and Oneness of the Universal Spirit. From then on, we know what really awaits us when we die. Then we have the attitude of ‘So why be afraid of it?’ that stays with us. We know we don’t need to be anymore. And if you have positively changed your life, and become Unselfishly Loving, the plane of light and love that awaits, is beautiful beyond description, beyond words.
It’s hard for one who has not experienced death, to imagine how much of a hold fear, fear of death, has on us – and how much it affects the way we live our lives. It affects all our feelings, all our decisions, all our actions. It’s there with us all the time. Once free from fear, life is lived with great feeling, great zest, great lightness, and great freedom. When you are free from fear, actions are no longer controlled by what we are afraid of, they are controlled by the real you, and based on what is right.
The conscious death experience is the end result of long efforts
at spiritual growth. Meditation, self-discipline, working with a true teacher, ‘ego busting’, all put pressure on the separate self and ‘corners’ it. The pain of all that, along with losing attachments, of seeing the darkness in the world, all build up, and at some point you just can’t take it anymore. This has been called the ‘Dark night of the Soul’. This is the point when a person will either ‘flip out’ – or flip ‘in’, according to their free will choice. The self will tell you to run, at any cost, run! It urges you to get away from the source of the pressure. If you do so at such an advanced stage, you can go insane. But if you hang on, if you endure the suffering with patience, understanding, and love, you will have a conscious death experience, and break through to the other side.