Most people are afraid of dying whether they admit it or not. And I was no different until I reached a better understanding of the dying process. When I was an agnostic, I used to think that when you died that was it; the end of the story. At least I hoped it was that way but underneath this belief was an underlying fear that I might have it wrong. The question that used to surface for me was, "What if God is real? Then surely I will go to hell if I die as a non believer!"
As I progressed on my spiritual pathway I came to realise that my previous belief was a complete fallacy. I know now without a shadow of a doubt that God does exist! And I also know that going to hell is not an option when we leave our earthly bodies because hell does not exist in the afterlife! Hell only exists right here on earth for a large proportion of the world's population who have nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep and no hope in their lives. It is not a place at all; it is a state of being caused by adverse circumstances, severe depression or very traumatic events. In fact, when we die, we do not go to another place at all; we go to another dimension.
But dying is not really an appropriate word; it is a human word and does not fully convey the message. It can be very difficult to describe spiritual conditions and events with human words; one can only try to do the best with this limited form of communication. On the other hand the soul can speak without restriction because it speaks in feelings and is not restricted by human language. Our souls are eternal, they have no ending. Our lives here as humans are only a chapter in our lives, a very minute chapter; one drop of water in the ocean, one grain of sand in the universe. Actually for the soul, time does not even exist because every moment exists in the "here and now". And no human dies in vain. Our soul chooses our time of death when we have accomplished what we came here to do. Sometimes the dying itself is the mission so that others may learn an important lesson from our manner of passing.
I have absolutely no fear of dying as I have been very blessed to have had several visions of my own death as a very old lady (over 100 years old). I know when it is the time and gather my family together for a final celebration to commemorate the wonderful events we have shared and to remember the lessons we have learnt as humans. And then I feel very tired and lie on my bed in a state of peace and acceptance and let God take my soul as I embark on my journey back home. The visions were very beautiful and I have set the intention that when I leave my earthly body that it will be even more beautiful than I can imagine.
I know that I had these visions for a reason. It is my mission in this life to help people who are dying to "find their way home"; to release their fears and resistance and go in peace. Sometimes this isn't an easy mission from a human perspective but it is what my soul wants me to do. I do not see myself as a human being on a spiritual journey (even though I refer to it as that for simplicity). I totally identify with being a spiritual being, one who has had a rather difficult time learning how to be a human! But life is certainly much simpler since I learnt to trust my feelings and intuition rather than trying to figure everything out with logical precision.
Spirituality is a way of life for me! It isn't just what I think; it is what I feel.
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