What does it mean to die? What happens to you when you die? Is there something after “death”? These are obviously questions that humankind has been asking since the dawning of self-consciousness. We are fearful and often fascinated by the unknown realm of death. There is a vast mixture of sentiments associated with death. Most people will do anything possible to avoid it. There are however also people that welcome it, some who worship it and sadly even people who willingly extinguish their form existence to enter this realm.
We know that death is a nature end to an existence cycle that begins with birth. It is important to realize that this cycle involves strictly our form. This is true for any living form. The relationship between our existence and death could be easily understood at this level. It is the manipulation of our consciousness by such human characteristics as (intelligence, emotions, conditioning, etc.) that pushes us beyond this nature existence cycle. We are aware that death is out there. Therefore we fear it. We despise it because we don’t understand it.
The ending of a given form existence will cause reactions typical of our species to occur. Death represents accepting that where there was once a living being; now there is none. It is very difficult for our mind to accept this fact. It inflicts non-acceptance and pain outward unto the body and consciousness of a person or people. We are compiled to battle against the actuality of death through such means as science and religion. We incorporate such devices into our daily existence and are prepared to do anything to postpone; or if possible prohibit death completely. Our creative intelligence develops intricate fantasies and possibilities to avoid a confrontation with that which we call “death”.
We are interested in discovering “life after death”. Firstly we should clarify this statement. Do we really believe that life is dependent on our existence? Life does not cease upon the completion of a given existence cycle. Existence is often defined as life. I do not prefer to use this definition because it confuses and restricts conscious awareness. We are in truth dependent on life. We could not “be” without it; therefore we could not “existence”. However even with a lower level of self-consciousness we would “exist” even if we were not aware of it. Existence is localized to form content. It is dependent upon life; but life is not dependent on existence.
You have perhaps read about people who claim to have had a life after death experience. There are individuals that have observed themselves and others during the first few moments of existence death. There are many others that insist they have met other deceased people or even pets. The most widely told life after death experience suggests that people see a bright light upon death. Science and religion repeatedly try to explain these experiences using scientific experiments and hypotheses. Religions continually explain everything through teachings and having faith “believing”.
Now we are back where we started; what happens when a we die?
We should be aware that upon the ending of form existence there is an expansion of consciousness. This simply means that the manipulations and restrictions placed upon human consciousness disappear upon non-existence of being. Therefore all prior species conditioning cease to hold any validity as the illusion of form existence fades away. There is perhaps a short transformation period as the self-made human consciousness melts away.
This would explain the experiences that so many people have described during the first moment(s) of death. The human consciousness makes a few last appearances as it is enveloped into the dimension of universal consciousness. The self-imposed separate entity we call human consciousness is then quickly engulfed by oneness.
The ending of an existence form that has “been” causes people to react and this reaction may come as fear, anger, confusion or sadness. We would not be a “human being” if we did not react in such manners. This is natural for our species. There is much that has been and still more that could be said concerning how to deal with the loss of someone through “death”. Acceptance; however callous it appears, seems to be the first step in understanding death.
We consider death to be an ending. However this is based only on the restrictions of our form content illusions. It is neither an ending or a beginning. Consciously speaking it is a transformation from limited form consciousness to true unlimited universal oneness.
I have included a section of Hamlet below that correlates with this Post.
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d.
To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet