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The Joy of Being “Dead”

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Sure, many people will think I’m macabre. They’ll read the title above and turn the page—to get the awful thought of death out of their mind. But they’re missing the point.

You see, unless you have received enlightening meditative experiences, you’re not likely to remember what it was like to be “dead.” After all, before you were born, you were “dead.” Right? And after your body dies, you’ll be “dead” again, back where you came from. But if you were able to remember what it was like to be in the spiritual form, you would have a much different attitude about bodily death.

Among its many other benefits, Zen meditation is a way to connect to your human spirit, which is the non-physical energy form that lives within you. And in accordance with the natural laws of our universe, energy and matter aren’t created or destroyed, they are transformed from one state to another. The human spirit is an indestructible energy form.

The human spirit arrives in a new body with memories, knowledge, and experience from previous lives. And now, even though you may not be in touch with your own spiritual being, it is nevertheless recording experiences and gaining knowledge while it is living inside your present body. After it departs, it will carry some of your present life experiences with it, back into its “normal” spiritual state.

The “Joy” I’m writing about here comes from being free from the pain and suffering of the human condition. And the first question I usually get is: Won’t I miss food and sex? Nope, absolutely not. You’ll have something much, much better. So much better the human mind can’t fully grasp it.

Let’s take sex, for example. In the human form, people make love by getting their bodies plastered together as close as possible. But that closeness is always limited by their physical bodies. Each person is still alone inside his own body and mind. There’s no way for humans to have physical union totally inside each other. The closest we can get is with our genitals, male inside the female—which pales in comparison.

But in the spiritual state, two beings can merge totally and occupy the same “time and space” inside each other. That is a total spiritual union, something far greater than ordinary human orgasm. The two individuals become one. There is no separation of any kind. It is an indescribable joy.

Enlightened people understand these rewards. And most of them get very excited about the prospect of returning to the spiritual state. And that, of course, provides a lot of motivation to deepen their meditative experiences. After experiencing just a brief taste of these experiences, a practitioner’s attitude about dying changes enormously.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

May 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Pretend You’re Going To Die Tomorrow

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It’ll give you a new and interesting outlook on life. Ask anybody who’s faced death. Ask anybody who has looked the Grim Reaper right squarely in his black, beady little eyes. Things change. Money doesn’t matter any more. Your house, your car, all your toys—they don’t mean a damn thing. It’s all just stuff. You can’t take stuff with you when you go.

What is important are the people you love. The people who love you. The relationships you’ve developed. The inner development you’ve accomplished during this life. But there might be something even more important—more meaningful—as you draw your last few breaths: Forward vision into what happens next.

One of the possible rewards of a long-term practice of Zen meditation is receiving enlightening knowledge that provides a wider view of the Universe. One can receive the knowledge and the resultant understanding of his spiritual being as an indestructible energy form.

Discovering your own self-nature is an extraordinary gift. That knowledge allows you to live life on a higher plane than ordinary human existence. With apologies to my religious friends, that knowledge lets you walk through this life in a somewhat god-like state. That knowledge reveals this life as just one chapter in a much greater drama. Of course, that knowledge lets you smile in the face of physical death.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

July 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

Scared to Death of Death

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In western civilization, the fear of death is so common and widespread that most people feel uneasy just talking about it. I try not to be uncaring about peoples’ fear. But that is such a silly fear. I feel empathy for their suffering. I’m reminded of my big brave Doberman and how terrified she is of the vacuum cleaner. She can’t understand that it’s just a noisy machine. Likewise, most people can’t understand that death is just a normal transformation and nothing to be afraid of.

Yes, your body will die. But the spiritual being within you will not. It is a fundamental law of our universe. Energy and matter can neither be created nor destroyed; it is merely transformed from one state to another. Your spiritual being is an energy form. After your flesh and blood begins its transformation back into the dust from which it came, your spiritual being will go on to its next adventure. Yee hah! To me, that is exciting.

Apparently, when a human spirit enters a fetus, usually somewhere around the fourth month in its mother’s womb, that spiritual entity brings with it memories from its previous adventures. Now, I know that people in our culture are very skeptical about past-life memories. But when they do some of the work and start recalling some of those memories, attitudes change very quickly.

Once you know that you’ve lived before—and therefore that you’ll live again—you will be able to laugh at death. Just as I do.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

October 24, 2013 at 10:02 am