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PREPARING FOR DEATH



Quotes from a Theosophy Pamphlet called, “Life After Death”:



”We can do various things that not only are good for our present life but will also help when death finally comes. Among them are the following:

1. Find out what to expect. Many books are available on events before, during, and after the death experience. [on theosophical.ca, theosophy.org, www.hermetics.org and questbooks.com, for example]

2. Learn to adapt—to “go with the flow.” There is no question that death is a major change in the conditions of our existence, just as birth was. Expect differences [between this life and the afterlife].

3. Discover who you are. One of the consequences of death is that we have to adjust our sense of who and what we are. Ordinarily during life, we identify with our bodies. But at death, we lose our bodies, so we must readjust our sense of self-identity. That can be a shock, unless we are prepared for it.

4. Take daily stock of yourself. It is said that at the moment of death we review the life just past, as the events of our lives flash before us. You can prepare for that experience by going over the day’s activities each night at bedtime. This evaluation is not a judgment of what was good and bad, but a simple awareness of one’s actions and responses. Such little reviews along the way make the big final review run smoother.

5. Establish a frame of mind transcending everyday experiences. You may find it helpful to use certain affirmations or mantras.

6. Think about life in a larger context. Be aware that your present life is only one phase in the great cycle of your existence, one life or incarnation out of many.

7. Visualize yourself as you would become. Imagine yourself bathed in a glorious clear light, which circulates through the whole universe, flowing through you and joining you to all life." (page 1)



COMMENT FROM EDITOR (9-10-17):

Preparing for death seems to me to be somewhat like preparing for a party. You clean up, put on some nice clothes, and find transportation to the gathering. You can order your affairs, you can arrange cremation ahead of time, and you can learn enough about suicide to do it if easy death doesn't come along on its own. But once you get to the party, you just relax and enjoy.

To me, the real preparation for death seems to be letting go of worldly attachments. In other words, to practice detachment. At death, you'll have to let go of everything you've ever known and loved. All at once. It would be elegant to have already loosened your grip on material life. To fly free as a bird into the beyond.