Exploring Death & Aging
Let’s explore death and aging from several different angles.
The class will also include a discussion about how to face death after receiving word about being in a terminal condition.
The final class session explores the nature of aging and how to live a longer healthier life.
The first Video is an online class I held regarding a series of questions sent to me about in-between life.
In between life? Yep, it is called bardo.
Used without qualification, “bardo” is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena.
Here is the full exchange:
I really enjoyed the last class on Trauma and Meditation. Actually, I loved it, and thank you so much for it. I find myself lately often being unwilling or uninspired to “perfect” my human manifestation as it becomes more and more clear to me that I exist simultaneously in more than one realm. As I move along my path I find a lot of solace and stillness when I shift my awareness to the higher parts of my being.
My question is: Can anything of our acquired personality in this incarnation survive the shock of death? Do the cognitive mind, emotional mind, intuitive mind, and so on die with the body? What then is left? How to think about the bardo? How do we retain enough consciousness to navigate the bardo state? How do we choose our lessons for the next time around? Who observes who and who remembers?
I enjoy creating custom classes for our students. So this led me to create the first video of this online class:
The Immortal – Life, Death, and Back to Life in Your Spiritual Practice.
The Second Video is a Taoist class I held exploring the nature of death from a Taoist perspective.
The Third Video is a class exploring aging and the nature of being an immortal.
I have included other teachings to expand out the class, including a discussion on how to face your death, after being told you have a terminal condition.
How we strive to stay young and strong, to live eternally.
Introduction to Death
The feeling of death, confronting the emptiness left behind, is a challenge for each person. No words will fill the void, and yet we are driven to try.
Over the years I have helped many people find peace with death. I initially show others how to understand and then accept death as a transition… We all have a strange dance with death. I have died, I have had many friends and family who have passed away, so I am on first-name terms with Death, not a bad fellow at all. The strangest fact which I have only come to realize recently is: Death is about our relationships. We don’t mourn our passing. We mourn for those we hold close in our relationships.
The closer or more connected to a person you were, the sharper the edge of death will feel.
Death doesn’t represent any one single definition.
Transition isn’t a static process. It represents many different stories all at once. The passing of the body back into the earth, the process of moving with spirit, the interactions between memories and expectations, and so much more.
Since death is a statement about a relationship, the most powerful answers to help work with death arise from responses that give us gracefully acceptable options towards the reconciliation of the relationship between yourself and those who just passed away.
Dealing with death is reconciliation.
First and foremost, always when looking for words to help another, let the words come up as
As simple condolences respect each person’s process coming to terms with so many different definitions and transitions they now face. We often find no single word works, Yet we still strive to console: as if a few keywords or truths could ever cover the fullness of the transition of death and all its faces at once.
One way to embrace this process is to discover your own words & feelings that find completeness in your reconciliation process.
The Mexican definition of soul is the footprint we leave behind for others to connect to, in that we are present, still after death, in how others remember us. Even the person who passed away can change and grow within the stories we hold of them. The tricky part then is to release the stories that diminish us and to hold the stories that enable us to grow.
Discovering these stories, growing for both you and the person who passed away to become more.
In this we can find our equilibrium between the past , now and the future and not lose those we love.
Death as an experience goes beyond words because it represents when a person melds back into the larger weave of everything. The breaking you will feel from the death of a loved one is both the breaking and failure of words to express your feelings. So the lesson is don’t try to find the words, don’t force yourself to express what is larger than yourself.
Embrace it, view it, discover poetry instead: of the whole experience. The deeper melding of so many images, memories, and connections into something new, hold your former relationship as a form of spiritual poetry in the feelings you now have. In that you will honor the memories and move on to a future without leaving the one you love.
This process of vocalization will allow you to see all of the connections within death itself.
To Discover reconciliation between you and the one you loved.
To Uncover and expand into reconciliation between yourself and the larger universe.
1-YEAR ACCESS TO VIDEO RECORDINGS: Go at your pace! Re-watch the video!
If you are facing a situation where death is overwhelming you or a loved one, you can arrange a private session with us to help you find answers.