I commented on a post on a Facebook, someone in Ukraine asking advice on how to face death. It is a sad reality to see, not that it is a new reality, but it is a new war in a different location. It has all the trappings that comes with any war, acts of man’s inhumanities to man.
It has all the right conditions, if compared to hurricanes, to become a stage 5 war. There is the possibility of it spilling over into neighboring areas. All it takes is one over zealous idiot to add the next needed act of stupidity.
Tragically we choose; competition over cooperation, fear over love, tribalism over unity, distrust over trust, rejection over acceptance, exclusion over inclusion. We can only hope that this hurricane of change can in some way help humanity to embrace beliefs that would lead to peace.
Here is a pale attempt to offer advice to a complete stranger on how one prepares to face death? …
I am setting in a chair in complete safety. I do not have tanks in the front yard, nor hunger and fear gnawing within, nor shattered neighborhoods with injured family members and countrymen. I am not huddled in the cold with no utilities. My life has not been ripped away. I am not separated from my family nor concerned about their immediate safety. My thoughts on how one can face the possibility of death may be of little help to you or those in Ukraine.
Every religion has It’s own set of opinions. Your belief system offers hope as to what is the best course of action to help you quell the uncertainties and the fears generated.
Only those things that you truly believe can be changed into tangible results. Within you are those answers.
Cling to Whatever or Whomever it is you see as your Creator and allow Whatever or Whomever that is comfort you as a mother would a child. Find that essence of love that keeps your beliefs alive and wrap it around you as a blanket.
Most likely my ego would like to add, I would prefer to die bravely, knowing that just beyond that moment all will be fine, but I don’t think a life will be judged by it’s final reaction and it is easy to imagine that from the safety of a warm chair.
I believe we never die, we just transition our spirit/soul back to a nonphysical form. At the instance of release we are immersed back into the realization that we are unconditionally loved. The warmth and comfort of that infinite reality soothes all the pain and fear.
We will see this human experience as a dream. A dream of ups and downs, joyfulness and nightmares. Beyond this experience there is total bliss were we can reminisce with those who have transitioned ahead of us. The terminology for that experience varies with each belief system.
You have a world of various beliefs praying for this nightmare to end. Their Whatever or Whomever and mine always hears our requests. Let’s also pray that those involved are listening as well and what they embrace as an Higher Power will speak loudly enough so they too can hear.