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What is death?

The central highland in Iceland - Rout 208
We often wonder what happens to us in death.  We are afraid of death and would like to know what we have coming.  Will we survive as individuals in some kind of heaven and play golf there, or else, forever.  Not exactly an exciting thought.  But is it something like that, we have to come?  Or will we just disappear into the ground and be eaten by worms, and change finally into soil?  There are countless ideas hovering around the world, but no one can say that he knows for sure what will happen.

We cannot know whether life has a purpose, or whether there is life after death, until after death, and if there is nothing, we know of course nothing.
At first glance we may be tempted to conclude the matter thus, and think no more about it.  Except creating all kinds of ideas that will soften our fears.
But the fact that we cannot know until after death or maybe never, equals that we cannot know it here and now.  More is not to say about it.  We have to wait.

But is it so, do we have to wait, or can we possibly know this?
Would it not be more natural to as ask what death is?  What is death?  How close can we come to death while still living?  What really happens on this side of life when we die, and can we use it to approach the topic?

Excerpt from 34 chapter in the book “The moment is the only reality” read the entire chapter. >

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The Devil

... devil ...

… devil …

Many, if not all, of our ideas about good and evil have human forms.  Gods are men, also the devil and his demons, goddesses are women like the name suggests, mother of God and other holy women.
Why we create these ideas as mortal men I do not know, probably we find it difficult to think of life in a form other than human.
But whether these ideas have human form, or are an invisible energy, or something else, they are always in our minds and frequently to harm.

Many people believe that those who have not received Christian baptism or belong to some particular religion or sect, create their own hell after death.  Few things are more evil than that to believe such, especially when small children are involved.
When I was very young I heard a pastor say this to a grieving mother and I became very angry, I felt the priest was the devil in flesh, for saying such things about innocent children.  But of course my anger was only fear of his words, I knew that this was widely preached and feared it.  And that is exactly what the devil is; fear.

Excerpt from 24 chapter in the book “The moment is the only reality” read the entire chapter. >

Moment forever

... eternity ...
… eternity …

We are born with no age and we die with no age.  We are life itself, it is our true identity, and life has no age, it is, for eternity.
But since we want to have age, weeks and years to separate us from each other and ourselves, then we create age.
I chose number twenty-five, so in my mind we are born as twenty-five and twenty-five we die.  I chose this number, because it seems everybody is twenty-five, or rather behave like twenty-five.  But there are of course other ideas about age, hovering around the world, and indeed many.

In the “General grammar” (Almenn málfræði) by Thorunn Blöndal says that the brain is a kind of language-computer that ensures that we use the language instinctively by certain grammar rules.  It also tells us that when children learn language they usually start by dividing time into now and once.  Terms such as when, which includes time, usually come last into the vocabulary.
The now is what the children assume from the beginning.  Just until we teach them about yesterday and tomorrow with all its nuances, the day before yesterday, after a year, once was and will be.
This is certainly interesting. But what does this tell us?

Excerpt from 20 chapter in the book “The moment is the only reality” read the entire chapter. >

Youth and maturity

... the children of the world ...

… the children of the world …

Mature mind is seen as a desirable quality in human beings.  Some sort of recognition, we have grown and matured, learned and matured, so we are better and wiser now than we were before.  We have created all kinds of ideas about the importance of development of the mind, of bringing awareness to the mind till it reaches a state of deep maturity and we have defined exactly what matured min is in practice and how to gain it.
We seem to see mature mind as a virtue, or something that we can learn or acquire through special behavior, so we try to teach the youth all about maturity of body and mind and all of our ideas about the phenomenon…   Continue reading >

Dying star

... dying star ...

… dying star …

When I died, so many years ago, and experienced the trip through the tunnel, memories leaving and the feeling, when I dissolved into atoms and disappeared, it was completely silent.
There was total silence, absolute stillness, no sound, not the slightest movement. It was like nothing. No, not like, it was nothing.
Thus, it is to die, it is this that we experience, everything so still and silent.
I wish I had words to describe it for you, how peaceful it is to die, how calm, fearless and silent, but it is not possible to give another the feeling of peace, tranquility and silence.
If I were still to try, then I would tell you to …    Continue reading >

Discipline is stupefying

protestDiscipline is much valued in human society.  We say it is important to be disciplined; that youth needs discipline as all people of all countries, even ourselves.  And then we beat our chests, like gorillas, and are very pleased with ourselves and all the discipline. Why?  Why do we believe that discipline is necessary? Can we truly say that discipline is necessary and beneficial, or is it perhaps sometimes harmful and hurtful for all of us, both the person who is being disciplined and society as a whole? Discipline is often accompanied by punishment, which in turn leads to unwanted side effects, such as dislike of those who penalize and the circumstances in which penalty is imposed.

This is the topic in chapter 5 in the book “The moment” – continue reading>