I was talking to a friend about death today. (no I was not talking to death either, however, death is a friend we all have. I am surprised no one friends death on facebook, If death were on Facebook, he would be my third friend..)
It’s important to know one’s faith towards death, especially after mid life transition.
It turns out the viewpoint one takes on death does have a big impact on the types of activities that would call to you.
Also all too many people rush in the last second to discover religion. No one needs their soul saved from death. It’s a natural part of our nature. Yet, fears creep in life, fears based upon outside judgements, outside views of trying to be something one is not. In these cases, it is the fear that need addressing rather than finding an answer towards death… But that is an entirely different subject. The point here is coming to terms with death does have a major impact in how one interacts with their life.
The big problem about understanding death is this: all our words are based on life experiences. No word truly captures the experience of after death (and I know I have died). So this means everyone tries to use words based upon life to describe death. The end result is several hundred thousand variations of stories about death or even the afterlife. (afterlife is a funny term also, but that is a subject of another post… there is simply.. life)
None of these stories about death are truly 100% right, how can they be when the words don’t mesh up. So in the end the view point on death requires a major leap of faith and acceptance in how we hold that view point. Once we have acceptance of death then our actions follow to support the faith of our life.
Once finding a viewpoint of death that fits your essence, that view point shifts how you do act and live to ful-fill your life.
Taoists have a very colorful view on death, in fact multiple variations of our view point do exist. I merely teach, death is the time we transition back into life fully.
As a result my activities in life are always 100% based upon living fully,
since I know upon death
I merely become one again with…_________
I will leave that last part blank since if you think about it that last word is personal for each one of us. Once you come to acceptance of that last word or phrase, it changes how you act. It opens up life tremendously after you accept death is indeed part of who we are, one and for all the same: Yet unique to each of us.