Death: We got it backwards. Badly.

I came across a blog this morning that examined some questions in light of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It had a provocative title that launched me into wonder on what is perhaps one of the must crucial and ignored topics in our modern culture and thought.


I have some unusual experience with this phenomenon. Quite a bit of it, actually. I actually managed a gallery where we taught people about funerary activism, and handled dead people. Directly.

And more, I have explored the following question, accidentally and purposefully, throughout my entire life. From some angles, this question may be the single most important question we can ask, and we must ask it and its children… regularly. I invite you to chase the modulations I will here provide, before I explore their suggestions more deeply in a later article.

Here’s the question:
What if you do not have to die to find out?

{What death is — because you do not}.

Ahh, -now- we are onto something.

What if you do not have to die to discover what death is? What if death is not death but a form of intelligence? Isn’t this exactly what birth is?

Why would you ever consider believing a story about this phenomenon when, it must by its very nature, be both far beyond all stories and the source and force behind them?

Did you notice all the stories of heaven sound like ‘a place of profound seeing and intelligence’? And, in fact, if it -were not this- how could it be heavenly?

Do you notice that nearly everyone is terrified of actual intelligence here on Earth?

And what if, contrary to both popular and esoteric beliefs, there is something far stranger going on than we imagine? Or… more provocatively, what if the nature of death changes as we change? Do you think that being on Earth is the same -no matter what we do-? Why might death be different? Worse still, what if our stories about NDEs and ‘the Afterlife’ are not stories of heaven… but of something we do not have the correct model or class for, say, a radically personal -relational phenomenon- whose nature we have utterly misinterpreted?

Everything I heave learned and experienced inclines me toward these questions, and directly away from human cultural models, most of which are far too self-interested (in being advertised, propagated and sustained) to be trustworthy.


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