There is no such thing as death, only a change of address.
Do we have any awareness of anything after we die?
Since the dawn of humanity, there have been countless suppositions about what happens to us after we pass away. Almost every religion or belief system has posited various explanations for their followers to hold deep within themselves as comfort and consolation towards the inevitable end of our life on planet Earth.
In my musing here, I very much wish to not offend any belief system, so if you have a defined thought process about this, please do not take exception to my supposition.
I have spoken with more than 10 people now, who have died on the operating table and returned back into their bodies. Almost all of them share a similar explanation of feeling detached from their body and rising up into a tunnel of light. As I have listened to these stories, I have often wondered, whether or not prior explanations of this experience had influenced what they thought they were feeling. The truth is, how does anybody ever really know?
Having some sort of a believe in an afterlife, whether that involves a place like heaven, or whether that involves some form of reincarnation or other explanation, helps people cope with the fact that, at some point in time, this journey of our physical body will come to a conclusion.
When my dear friend Doug, shared this aphorism with me, it really resonated, because at the end of the day, we are all working to process these fears and compartmentalize them.
Whether we are thinking about ourselves, or whether we are missing a loved one, it is unquestionably, one of the most unsettling topics of all.
By framing the thought process as transitional, as opposed to final, it alleviates a large volume of the fear.
I distinctly remember as a child, trying to comprehend that after I died, I would have no concept of anything that would continue past that date.
I found that incredibly unsettling, and it took a long time for me to find answers that would give me comfort and diminish this fear.
In the end, no one truly knows. But allowing ourselves to reduce the anxiety that stems from feeling apprehensive about our own mortality, enables us to more readily savor the tremendous opportunity we have to make every single day count. And in the end, that is what we would all have wished for ourselves at the point of transition.
Image created by AI interpreting this aphorism.