Death Is Obsolete
“Death, as a concept, is preposterous in the face of the infinite effulgence of being.” — Unknown
From a quantum perspective, death is actually a re-arrangement, a re-assignment, of particles and waves. But death in the way it is used in casual social parlance, means the “end” of a living organism’s lifespan. I had a wonderfully bizarre conversation with a channeled being calling itself “Anttarr” one afternoon back in 1991.
I had asked if my lifespan was predictable–you know, that question that most psychics get: When am I going to die? Anttarr replied, “Dying is a hallowed tradition amongst you humans. It is a way to escape commitments, prove a point, give up, and stop playing the game.”
I countered, “So we humans don’t have to die? If we wanted to, we could live as long as we wanted?”
And before I had completed that sentence, Anttarr barged in, “Of course, of course. But there is much to unravel here. There are hundreds of generations of DNA programming to prove to you that death is as inevitable as taxes,” it chuckled. “But no, you don’t have to leave your body, nor do you have to age. That, too, is a social meme, a more, an accepted value; a way of constructing a character around an ego. A way of using time to validate self.”
I didn’t really have anywhere else to go with the conversation, so I changed the subject. But Anttarr’s words stuck in my craw, and every time I start mulling over my mortality, Anttarr is standing there waving his “finger”.
This week, Deepak Chopra published an article in SF Gate Magazine, called “Practical Immortality”. In it, he stresses the point that consciousness cannot be non-existent. It always has been and always will be conscious. It is the basic, fundamental property of experience, the physical universe, and all dimensions beyond this one.
Within this context, the concept of death is exposed as an extreme example of duality. As Alan Watts said, “Death implies Life”, since death would be meaningless without life. In the social human world, we have languaged and defined life as “not death”, focusing cultural attention on the end of life being the reason for living. On the face of it, it makes a kind of slavish sense, but universally and from a non-dualistic view, it is absurd.
If we can turn this around so that death exists alongside life, it makes much more sense, and becomes something we can work with. Life no longer is defined by death–no longer defined by “lifespan”. Instead, death becomes a useful agent for change–a way to transform self, and transcend the death-obsessed ego.
In most cultures is the idea, or tradition, of the “mid-life crisis”, seemingly brought on by “becoming aware of one’s mortality.” This is how we program our minds, our DNA, and those around us, into carrying on this fine tradition of mortal fear, body death, emotional loss and suffering. We live our lives under the auspices of “being a contribution to society” while we’re still alive to create a “legacy”, and generally use death to motivate and worship our ego.
In the face of the “effulgence of infinite being”, these concepts, traditions and cultural habits become obsolete. And by contextualizing living as an everlasting sequence of experiences and expressions of form, we arrive much closer to the Cosmic Truth about existence–a truth that is informed by infinite possibilities, choices, freedom and joy. We choose to live in this form. We choose to live as boundless expressions of creation, untethered by such mundane and slavish concepts of “lifespan” or “mortality”.
By living a life without end, we send a message to our DNA to continually repair and regenerate, and we embrace the nourishing impossibility of non-existence. We have always been here, and will always be here. It’s the inescapable essence of life.
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