It’s interesting to sit back and observe what goes on in this world when it comes to death. So much of what happens centers around a fear of it, yet so much is done to facilitate it. Many strive for more organic food, free of pesticides and GMO’s yet the companies who produce these continue to do so, without much protest. Many work to lengthen life by taking toxic medications that only work to ultimately make them sicker. The decision is usually to pop a pill instead of getting to the root of the problem. People smoke, do drugs and drink, knowing it’s not good for them and could ultimately lead to death. The list could go on and on. There is this great fear of death yet so many of our individual and collective actions only bring it on more rapidly. It’s a curious thing.
What is it about death that frightens us so much? Many people I know claim to be Christians and believe there is heaven to look forward to in death. So why the fear if heaven is such a wonderful place? Other people I know are struggling and suffering greatly, whether it is from financial worry or from health issues etc.. Wouldn’t death then serve as a relief? Freedom from that suffering? For me, it used to be the fear of leaving my kids without a mother. It was that attachment that kept me in fear, as I’m sure it does with others. We don’t want to let go of this life we were given, for whatever reason. After all, it is a blessing.
One of the things that waking up does is remove fear, not just fear of death, but all fear. Once you step back from it and look in its amazing that anyone can truly live an authentic life while surrounded by it. Fear holds us tightly caged. Freedom comes when we move through the fear and come out on the other side. Of all fear, the fear of death is a biggie; the most foreboding of all fears for most people. When you awaken that fear slowly (or for some quickly) fades away. It can be said that waking up is like a death, but not a physical death. It’s the death of ego. The death of all that is false, taken place by what is true and in truth there is no fear.
This doesn’t explain, however, why there is such a fear of death yet the human race does so much to perpetuate it. When I look out from the perspective of the truth it would seem as if we all know, even before awakening, that truth exists. The human desire for death (usually subconscious) could be that the truth is trying to tell us something. Not that we should die a physical death, but that we should allow our “selves” to die, while living. This is freedom. This is freedom from fear. But because we are so wrapped up with what is going on around us we don’t take enough time to stop and look at this and we should. Not looking at this is what creates the confusion. It’s not our physical death we are pushing toward, even though it seems that way, because that is the only death most understand, but instead it’s a desire for the truth to surface. In order for that to happen there needs to be a death of self, a death of separation, a death of ego, a death of the false with a birth into the truth.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly. But here we have it. The caterpillar makes its cocoon and when it re-emerges it is a butterfly. The caterpillar didn’t die. It’s life is still intact. The only difference with its transformation is that now it has wings to fly. And how beautiful is it that we were given this perfect example within nature to observe what death in life looks like. All we need to do now is listen and learn from that example. Let your ‘self’, your ego, be the one to die and you too will gain the wings to fly.