Is Death Real?

The path of the warrior has always involved embracing death. The warrior knows death is inevitable and, having made peace with it, feels no fear. Death becomes the fuel for living life to the fullest, it becomes the reason for living every day from the heart. Steve Jobs made this his personal mantra. As he said:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

If there is no fear of death, what is there left to fear?

R_I_P_gravestoneEveryone is going to die and for most it will be sooner than they consciously wish. Paradoxically, it is the cultural norm to meander through life, making life choices on the basis of parental and social expectations and other fears, being driven by a survival instinct in a land and time of plenty.

It’s no surprise then that the number one regret of the dying in our society is the decision to live a life according to the expectations of others, rather than to have lived from your heart and dreams. At the end, we realise we have played victim when personal sovereignty and power was always ours for the taking.? IF death is the end, what a crazy way to approach to life.

Death, The Adventure

What is death? Religious texts have long said life is eternal. Many in Western culture aspire to get to heaven, espouse its beauty and promise of eternal bliss, and yet remain terrified of death. I’ve always found that to be ironic. Of course, the promise of eternal life for those who follow the rules of God (as interpreted by the religion in question) is also a marvellous way to establish control and order at the expense of personal sovereignty.

Beyond the dogma, however, there is an uncommon unity of knowing among saints, seers and prophets of all colours and creeds—namely that we are spiritual beings living human lives. There is no end. Rather, it is as though we experience one movie and, when its over, we excitedly ready ourselves to experience another.

Thousands of reported and studied near death experiences (NDEs) support this idea. In many of those cases the brain was not functioning and yet the person experienced intense and detailed interaction with the afterlife. Many report conversations and circumstances of loved ones they could not possibly have been aware of as they were unconscious and the loved one was on the other side of the door, in another city or another country. Common themes of NDEs include floating above the body, meeting departed relatives, experiencing indescribable peace and love, seeing a white light, and reaching a point of no return.

If, as science has posited since Isaac Newton’s time, you are a flesh suit operated by a brain and so driven by a random series of biochemical and electrical impulses, these NDEs are impossible. They could not happen in the absence of brain function, and yet they do year after year.

Scientists on the cutting edge of discovery are slowly gathering evidence that proves it to be so. Life does not end at death—death is merely the next stage of the grand adventure.