These days, I am reading many books on the subject of Near Death Experiences; refreshing my memory of that interesting topic introduced to the world by Dr. Raymond Moody in his book, Life After Life. These are reports of the memories of people who have died and then returned to life, about their experiences in Heaven. Apparently, their consciousnesses survive the loss of their physical body and they find themselves wearing a new, younger and stronger one in the next world. Therefore, death appears to be a mere transition, instead of a permanent end to all experience.
Lets see if I can sort out my feelings on the subject. I guess, the bottom line is that I view Death as our friend. Yes, a mysterious friend, indeed! One who cannot be bought; though, sometimes can be negotiated with. His castle must not be stormed and overtaken by our own willpower and timeframe. And we pay very high penalties if we, murderously, force Him upon others.
Death might crook His finger in our direction at any time; and frequently, we do have the latitude to decline the invitation. At least, for a little while. Perhaps, we don’t die in that accident, or we miraculously recover from a life-threatening disease. But, the stay of execution is never permanent. Humans are migrating creatures. One hundred percent of us will, eventually, cross that Vale! And, to our limited knowledge, we will never return.
If, indeed, Reincarnation should prove to be true, we might return to another life, within another body, country or century. But, our former life, and any time spent between lives, will be completely forgotten. Each migration is our very last, so to speak!
The twin sister of Death is named Birth! How differently we perceive her! She is welcomed and rejoiced! All earth life depends upon her and her perpetuation. But, what Exit Portal can it be which supplies her incoming souls? And whose Birth Portal will an Earth death emerge from?
We are simply too small and finite to know these answers, but one thing is for sure. It is okay! Just Trust The Process! Go with the flow! Neither Life, nor Death, is random or accidental. We are truly babes in the loving arms of these greater parents. How can we know what is behind their decisions and their timeframes? Only by following their wishes will we discover any sort of a next destination!
Can an infant fight its own birth? Not for very long! A breech can be turned…. a latecomer will still be expelled…. a screaming newborn will soon be pacified. This is not a random tragedy and we are not in control. The morning after a death defying showdown could well be an eye opener. Why not wait and see whats coming? Just as a three year (or a thirty=year) pregnancy cannot be permitted; the timing of either entry or exit can only become clear with an outside perspective. No! Change that to an inside perspective.
Hmmmmm? Perhaps this does relate to the Peter Pan Syndrome, after all! I was discussing that medical diagnosis with someone, about an adult who seemed to be locked into childhood. Our almost universal fear of death is, possibly, similar to a child’s clinging to a psychological comfort zone; even though its body grows a beard or breasts. Life hustles them along, anyway! Death takes them, anyway. Like it or not!
Very likely, our struggle hurts us far more than any natural, eventual outcome would. We simply cannot win against these greater forces! And, do we really want to win, only to be left behind on the shifting, desert sands of Time, when our scheduled bus has passed us by? Living on, into our hundreds? A stranger to all incoming generations? Ugh! Spare me from that fate far worse than death!
What if a medical life-saving measure was a permanent cure for death? And, what if our choice of that cure meant that we would never, ever, be invited to die again? Or even, what if every cure simply bought us a mandatory fifty years more? Aging, yes! Death, no! Not until 2067…. at the earliest! What would that do to overpopulation? To Social Security? What would the patient do alone, when family and friends expired within their normal timeframe?
It is only because these expensive and painful cures buy us a limited amount of time, that we can even afford to consider them. A true conquering down of death would be the most debilitating and horrendous End To All Of Life, Itself! We would have chosen the crowded sidewalk, instead of the Olympic stadium in which we had originally been slated to perform. And this avoidance of death by the human race, would eventually cause the death of the planet by overpopulation. We have already brought about the phenomenon of Global Warming, which has the power to produce the same result.
So, which cart are we choosing to put before the horse?