Are you afraid of death when you have no God waiting for you? Can you fear nothing when you believe nothing? How can you leave this earth peacefully knowing you have no idea what comes next?
Death will flow seamlessly into birth. Maybe after billions of years or just a second after death, but it should feel the same as before you were born – Nothingness, so theres nothing to worry about, because theres nothing to perceive or remember.
If I thought there was nothing to come after I might carry a different air about it if I didn’t think so, but it’s really hard for me not to. I also don’t think that humans can be subtracted from fear ever, since it’s more to do with emotions of the physical world than of any promise of afterlife. And, despite not knowing exactly what comes after this, I feel at peace when I live my life to the fullest, embracing the ideas and philosophies that are most dear to me. Not knowing with 100% certainty if something/what comes next, it makes the most sense to me to concentrate wholly on having the best physical life possible.
Nothingness is a beautiful thing. It is so vast, so endless, it is everything. I believe you can leave this earth peacefully even if you have no idea what comes next. Be in the now, the moment, and live it. Make every moment count. When death finally comes, embrace it. Don’t fear the unknown. Everything is in nothing, so nothing is everything.
Thanks, great answers. @spiralout1, I have a comment. I do agree with you that it is like before we are born, but I don’t remember a single thing about that, obviously. How do our minds stop thinking? Where do all these words go? Even in your sleep your mind wanders. How the hell can we not feel anything at all?
@born2tap, you’ve already felt it before you were born. No one can answer “how”, maybe that’s an endless subject for philosophy or even neurology, but the “how” is your attachment, it’s your fear. I have that fear as well, maybe I haven’t broken away from my ego
“So the short answer is that the energy we encounter and use everyday has always been with us since the beginning of the universe and always will be with us. It just changes form all around us. That is called the law of conservation of energy.”
Death is disorganization (To destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or unity of.)
So to answer your question, yes i am afraid of death…but the thing is to accept it, it is after all unavoidable.
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I won’t even pretend to know what’s going to happen after I take my last breath.
I’m reading a book right now called “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in this topic.
I think Heaven is a metaphor for dying happy and at peace, and Hell is just the opposite. I don’t think they are real places that our souls go to when we die. Imagine if you were dying slowly right now (well, technically, we all are :D ) Lol but anyway just imagine what you would think about before your death, what will you remember and how will you feel about yourself/your life as you take your last few breaths. I’m not really afraid of death, or what will come after. I’m just afraid of dying soon, before my life is even really started, before I’ve done everything I want to do. It’s beautiful, though. I think about this everyday.
@brahimlaham, That is genius.
@born2tap, I believe in God but it has nothing to do with fear of punishment or promise of reward. If that is what your belief and love for God is based on then you are way off the mark. I actually beleve along the lines of @spiralout1, as far as death is concerned, perceptions and memory are factors of the body so even though your atoms survive, your energies continue and even your very consciousness may never perish, but every factor of awareness of these things will be gone.
Do not confuse consciousness with awareness, self-awareness, perception or sentience, it is the source, the common source of all things, a non-local fundamental principle foundation of the universe, what I consider God to be.
There’s no reason to fear Death. If we are consciousness and not mind, it means only the organism dies. The you that you feel you are at your highest is what always lives on, this self (consciousness) is within all life. When you die your story continues, that person who died is just no longer active. You never were that person though. Instead, you’ve always been everything in existence, that person was only an expression of who you are. This is what “you” revert into upon death – universe once again. Death is only the termination of the channel of consciousness that was experiencing the life of the organism.
In summation, you are constantly being born and constantly dying.
@meghan, I’m glad you mentioned tripping after you die. I believe this to be the truth as well. A 3-15 sec afterlife (or however long before the brain totally shuts down) caused by the rapid flooding of hormones from their reserves into your brain which is experienced as a great period of time perhaps longer than your life as an organism. Something like that, right? The same type of deal as a near death experience or a dmt trip. The point of it most likely outside of our comprehension. It seems to allow for the full expression of the entity created by experience, in all its glory, just before it is snuffed out. Why though? Maybe to commune with the other entities in order to ultimately choreograph the universe or some shit I really don’t fucking know.
No, it is perfectly reasonable to fear death because it is unknown, a change be it better or worse or none of the above, is a change that you have no reason to expect anything particular. What you DO know is that it is frign awesome to be alive and even if it is better after, you can only be sure of that much. So hell no, I don’t want to die, I will find out eventually but until then I will avoid it like the plague and fear losing this fact, the awesomeness of life.
@danfontaine, lol yeah! Exactly! I was thinking of dmt yeah because I know that chemical is in your brain and small amounts of it are released which causes dreams. A very large amount is released when you die. So it only makes sense! I came up with this theory the one and only time I tripped on mushrooms. I had a really emotional trip and couldn’t stop crying. It’s hard to explain but I felt like I was having a near death experience. And after learning about dmt, idk it just makes sense. Right before you completely dead, you trip your balls off for a little bit, I think. WHICH is why I don’t believe the stories about people dying, coming back to life and saying they saw heaven or God. Well maybe they saw it…. but yeah that doesn’t make it real.
sometimes i cant wait to die. i just cant wait for what comes next. its a very positive feeling. its like inside you all KNOW that all this life is all the same right? and what, we think we have another 40/50/60 years of this to go? i felt like that just a few days back, its like this sense of anticipation, and then i seriously thought, cmon lets get it over with already! when i feel like that i really dont care, and i’ll just be bobbing my head, putting on my best little swagger, seeing the phrase “live it like its your last day on earth” in a whole different light.
like our man Travolta here: http://youtu.be/V1e5h9YSe_k
Are you afraid when you go to sleep at night, because there’s a possibility you won’t remember your dreams?
This is my view of death, it is the ceasing function of the neurons within our brains, and feels exactly the same as if you were asleep without dreaming. You can’t argue about it, or have any second guess on what you could’ve done better. It’s peace in it’s purest form, and if I get to the end of this road and find out there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I won’t be disappointed.
Live your life for today, not some point in the future that may or may not exist.
@donjaime23, I have an idea about what is going to happen during the day, but death is something no one has ever experienced in their lifetime. @jesus, although that is a good point, I think it is more the fear of something that drives me crazy. If there is nothing, there’s nothing. But what if there is something? What is going to hapen?
Everything is progressive and unforeseen. That’s my belief, however. Whatever happens, I just roll along with. Whether it’s a day’s progression or death, whatever happens happens, and there’s really no way of changing it because it already happened. But, if you notice the event, you can determine it’s outcome [except death].
@danfontaine, I know this is old but today i read an article here on this website that i commented on. Heres the link https://www.highexistence.com/topic/50-hits-of-acid-the-whole-crazy-affair/ In that article the person says that they encountered one of their guardians and said that True Death is possible and not many people even leave the third dimension because they will never truely be ready. I have experienced a few DMT trips all trying to “Breakthrough” but only until my last trip i really knew i left this dimension. Im not going to go into specifics but what i believe is we can not Truly Die, but with articles like that and numerous others stating True Death is possible its kinda messing with my head. So any thoughts on the True Death Viability?