The day will inevitably come when we take our last breath.
It is the greatest fear, death.
We have no idea when this will happen but happen it most certainly will.
All the personas and characters we play to neatly slot into our society will come to an end. For many there will be a sigh of great relief, as the great egoic display that has weighed them down for so many years will come to an end and with it, the realisation that life has been one great delusional act.
Oh how life could have been different, will be many a realisation.
It will be instantaneous enlightenment. The light will go on, just before another goes out.
It may well be as the character in the story The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy who says at the end of his bitter life “What if my whole life has been wrong?”
And yet, the seeking of death in life will make the death of the physical form seem welcoming and a natural transition.
Knowing how to live will determine if we will know how to die.
Seeking death in life means to kill the fragile sense of self we portray to the world to seek approval, sympathy, power and attention. If not in life, it will be in the moment of death itself that we see how unnecessary our own suffering has been, how pointless and unimportant was the exhausting obsession with control and security.
The bigger the self, the greater the fear and there is no greater fear to the ego than death.
We may finally see we have really sold our life experience short.
But why wait.
To see how our own fragile sense of self is mapping our lives and effecting those around us can be observed right here and now. Are you suffering? What’s the story you are telling yourself and then as a direct expression of this, towards those around you?
What fears are propping up this all important self?
It’s not you. Death will prove it to you. Whether you kill this sense of self now by seeing it for what it is or wait until the moment your own form dies, you will see.
To experience life and be free from suffering is to be free of the self we portray to society.
In this beautiful existence love expands, courage pours forth and our own potential becomes entwined with the universe itself.
Our own insignificance becomes the greatest power we can acquire because we are free to see and pursue own own expression and create great work in whatever form that may be, without our own sense of self attached to the result.
This is a true path of excellence where we effortlessly become an example to those around us, especially our children and to love unconditionally, which the ego will never allow due to its own self obsession.
The alternative is to live the dead life, caged in the narrow perspective of our own ego.
Seek death in life so at the end of your existence, there is nothing else to fade but your own physical form.