Learn why fear of death has become the hallmark of modern civilization, and why you shouldn’t fear it.
Unlike sex, death is not part of our public debate or education.
And although our news channels are prone to delivering breaking news about death — the dying, the nearly dead, and the dead — we have come to filter it. We don’t register it as a question of our human condition.
We easily move past it, because we cannot answer “What’s there to answer for death?” Currently, it seems that there is no one to answer for it. No one we could actually, physically turn to.
But death is an important subject.
We may have become too busy to reflect on it or to register it, but we all know that death is a coming. And it comes to haunt us every now and then: when we feel meaninglessness, or fail to find purpose to our lives.
But instead of contemplating on the subject, we avoid it by keeping ourselves busy.
Mostly, it’s because we fear death.
Is Fear of Death and Oblivion the True Driving Force Behind Human Civilization?
Science, engineering, and technology have brought marvels. They have made life easier and graspable. But, most importantly, they have artificially sped up our lives and our experiences.
In doing so, they have unleashed so many possibilities and experiences, and now they are trying their best to aid us experience them within our lives.
It’s a reflection of our deep-seated fear of death, and the unknown that lies further of our death, and of our inability to experience how life will unfold when we are dead.
It’s a modern dilemma.
We have so many possibilities before us, and we are living through such dramatic progress and visions of a radically different future that we fear death, more than our ancestors.
In previous civilizations, people were at peace with death, as a stage in our journey through life.
Renaissance tore that peace, rationalized the concept of human self and spirit and sent us into the atomic understanding of the human condition.
We have never really come out of that cage of rationalism. Not yet. We’re in denial.
And it’s killing our experience of life and the possibilities of being in touch with our intuition and wisdom, as we continue to grow, learn and evolve.
Why You Should Not Fear Death
Epicurus, a Greek philosopher offered an argument about why we should not fear death. He argued that:
“Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.”
His argument was against the anxiety created by thinking of the unknown, about thinking of something that you could not grasp or understand. However, he began with the premise that death does not concern us.
Most of us won’t agree with that. It does concern us.
People usually want to know what becomes of us, our knowledge, wisdom, character and personality when we die. Is there something — anything — beyond death?
According to scientists and researchers who have studied the subject, the answer is YES.
As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said:
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
And there is overwhelming evidence supporting reincarnation. Dr. Ian Stevenson and Dr. Michael Newton have dedicated their lives studying reincarnation, and approached the subject from two completely different directions.
Dr. Stevenson documented and analyzed from a pure scientific perspective, thousands of cases of children who spontaneously remembered a past life. The results are published in this book.
Dr. Newton is not only capable of regressing people into previous lives, but into the life between lives as well. He discovered this technique by mistake while he was practicing hypnotherapy within the mainstream boundaries of this science.
After having this revelation, he spent the rest of his career perfecting the technique and regressing thousands of patients into the life between lives.
Here is a short interview with Dr. Michael Newton explaining how it all started:
Ever since, he trained countless therapists at the Newton Institute to continue his work all around the world and, most importantly, he published a series of books describing in great detail the “other world.”
According to Dr. Newton, the purpose of incarnating on Earth is to learn and evolve.
Every soul goes through various stages of reincarnation, gradually amassing, and getting in touch with their wisdom and moving towards its higher self — starting with being an infant soul and moving through being a child, young, and a mature soul, only to become a complete old soul.
And that’s when the reincarnation cycle is completed.
While some of us get to amass more wisdom than others and may even move to a higher level within this lifetime, others take longer. But there’s no hurry, because time does not exist on the other side.
Death, then, is simply a short “summer break” for our souls, before we eventually return to school — right here, on Earth.
The end goal is to become an old soul and, eventually, graduate.
By Helen E. Williams, DreamcatcherReality.com
About the author: Helen Elizabeth Williams is the owner of DreamcatcherReality.com, where she is a staff writer. Her passions are: spirituality, meditation and polo. She adores all animals, but horses have a special place in her heart. She loves the diversity of our cultures, the beauty of simple people and the harmony of Mother Nature. ♥