Thoughts on The Fear of Death, in relation to the Anima and Animus.

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One of the problems with being human is that we can never leave things well enough alone. We set our lives to autopilot with hardly a hiccup when out of the blue we get stuck in traffic so to speak without another car in sight. The open road is there for the taking yet we are blocked of our own devices. Too much thinking to do, too many possibilities to consider and all the while cursing under our breath or exclaiming to no one in particular—damn it all, this isn’t the way things were supposed to turn out. Well who the hell were we to plan around our ill-conceived ideas about the nature of existence in the first place? The truth is that we know very little and observe even less.

How then might anyone claim to know the proper way to die? Most certainly no one can. Yet that uncertainty bothers us, gnawing at our logical bits year after year so that we are almost forced to draw conclusions. Wanting to die the best way possible while remaining unsure on how to go about it—we flounder. We put off the problem for another day, and so the tension builds. Or we go in the opposite direction, facing the problem head on with intellectual prowess until our own unique philosophy begins to takes hold in the crevices of our mind.

Yet all that amounts to in the end is a pile of words of little circumstance. It cannot shield you from fear nor should it ever, because that must never be our ultimate goal. Reality is quite simply more than we can ever make of it. It flows ever on like a winding stream from which we are not separate but an integral part. Our standing still is the illusion and it is only when we cling to it that we risk infection of existential angst.

To better understand how humans deal with their own mortality one might consider the doctrine of mutual interdependence. That is to say that one may fear death, accept death or fall somewhere in-between, yet full acceptance can only result in a rebirth of fear and vice versa. One cannot exist without the other, therefore our sanity can only be maintained by acknowledging fear as a normal and unavoidable response regardless of age or insight. This is especially important to realize if you or someone you know has outlived most friends and family members. Fear being the companion of loneliness which together beget despair.

Although the theory that all phenomena arise from interdependent origination was popularized through the Buddhist teachings of Indra’s Net, there are real world examples of how this model works in nature. For example forestry science has proven that trees communicate with each other through vast underground mycorrhizal networks. This allows trees to share carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and water among other things, as well as allowing hub trees to rear seedlings by providing them things such as excess carbon and room to grow. Even the death of a tree can provide a stream of beneficial information to other neighboring trees. Perhaps trees cling to life with their own unique and mysterious trepidation which we may never fathom.

What we can imagine about our own demise, is a lot. Most of it being bad if not terrifying. With practice we learn to tune out the daily tragedies in the news and the occasional horrors brought to life by cinema. Yet the poison never fully leaves our consciousness. This can come back to bite us in the ass because we are always at risk of injury and our bodies and minds can deteriorate rapidly enough that the lingering poisons embedded in our memories take hold. Nightmares can be as real as the nose on your face if you are unfortunate enough to lapse into temporary psychosis or worse yet a permanent state of dementia. Do not be discouraged though because our bodies are remarkably resilient and the health care community is currently well trained to assist those in need.

Courage allows us to die with dignity yet it is a knee-jerk response. Do not think of it like the numbness one might acquire through abuse or adversity but rather as a subjective interpretation of events. Many people fail to realize that courage is not a constant so they grow ashamed of their fear of death. In turn this shame can cause them to push people away for they do not wish to be remembered in relation to an outcome over which they have no control. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and we adults are often just as needy when we are sick.

Most parts of the world have teams of medical professionals standing by to lessen the burden of illness and injury. Nobody wins if you choose to make their lives miserable. Try to remember that it’s okay to panic. Communicate as best you can with your caregivers to let them know what’s making you upset. Your patience will be tested and you will invariably be cross. If possible try to remember to thank your caregivers because it will vastly inflate their sympathy for you and can turn a living hell into a temporary setback.

As most people enjoy more time being healthy than sick, there is far more to consider than how to handle a worst case scenario. Balancing a healthy routine is no piece of cake either. Even if you immerse your persona with death like a Goth you’re still going to have days where you doubt your own bullshit. Humans inherit an ever evolving psyche so whatever method we exercise today to deal with the knowledge of our mortality may only serve us until the next stage of our mental growth, also known in Jungian Psychology as the Process of Individuation.

Jungian Psychology is controversial yet I believe there are parts which definitely warrant consideration such as the Anima and Animus. This archetypal related theory is complex in that it is so interwoven with consciousness and how we perceive reality, therefore I will only try to explain a small part of it in relation to our fear of death. In my opinion—which was formed by intense study, contemplation and direct experiences which fueled my personal obsession with this topic—the way in which a man wards off anxiety of death is partially influenced by his Anima, also known as the feminine half of his psyche. The first of the four stages in this process is easy to conceptualize because a man’s Anima, initially manifested in his mind as Eve, is indistinguishable from his mother. She provides safety from harm therefore a man’s fear of death is not yet realized.

The second stage of Anima development is known as Helen. What Helen lacks in maturity she makes up for in confidence born of vanity. When projected upon the world a man may identify his inner Helen with any woman in her sexual prime, typically between the ages of 18 and 25. During this stage any risk, including death, is subconsciously worth the potential reward of sexual intercourse. This benefits society by allowing a man to break free of his mother as well as helping to ensure the survival of our species.

On a gentler note there is an argument to be made that some comfort may be taken from knowing we are never truly alone. The unconscious counterpart of our conscious awareness may reveal itself to the world in peculiar ways if we suffer from degraded mental health or a more permanent affliction such as Schizophrenia. That implies extreme circumstances but so does the moment of our death. Therefore the syzygy between the self and its Anima/Animus is maintained in most individuals till the final hour so that we are incapable of dying alone. When the end is near, one need not hesitate to call out to a lost loved one or perhaps your version of God because if you desire it—you will receive an answer, by way of your consciousness, in one form or another, possibly audibly, visually or a combination of both. Provided of course that you don’t die so quickly that none of this stuff matters.

This is because in calling out to the Void, you are in part calling out to—as well as through—your Anima/Animus, which your mind can manipulate subconsciously to act as an avatar for those whom you wish to communicate with. Like standing on a mountain while yelling at your own reflection in a mirror, your inner voice will echo back to your various modes of consciousness, (initially a conversational exchange derived of your own narrative,) yet once the wheels are set in motion the production is taken over by phenomena of mystical origin. I use the example of seeing your reflection in a mirror because your reflection is of you, without actually being you, just as our Anima/Animus is of us without being us.

These new experiences are fed through our inner cloud of the collective unconscious for translation. (Again you should know that the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious is controversial.) Archetypal images and themes theoretically exist within our personal cloud of the collective unconscious, not like the digital contents of a file folder but in a way that resembles something similar to a cross between Rorschach Blots and constellations of stars in the night sky. These anomalies defy identification until cross-referenced with stored memories which are then analyzed by our intellect to produce an interpretation of a visual experience that’s as lifelike as possible.

I may be incorrect on some of the finer points but this is not some mere fantasy. In my opinion all the particles and cosmic-vibrational software that interact to make our consciousness possible are linked theoretically in some way on a quantum level to the Void, Heaven or whatever you want to call it. It has to be, because in fact there are no particles that make up the universe, there are only waves. Furthermore there is no such thing as space, for nothing is truly empty. If we could observe the working fabric of the quantum nature of reality it would look something like the inside of a lava lamp, due to the excitations within various layers such as quark and electron fields. We are literally an integral part of everything that exists in our universe.

The Void, being not empty but that which we can never fully be aware of, is a construct of a belief system but not one I arrived at. My personal opinion of where mystical experiences derive is slightly different than the more well-established concepts born of antiquity. To better understand my concept of higher consciousness you can read my blog article about Quantum River Theory. It’s a flimsy idea for the moment that I’m still playing around with halfheartedly. As for my ideas presented here, I have done the research, weighed the pros and cons as well as having drawn on my own experiences with expanded consciousness and a very recent scrape with death.

I do not present my beliefs lightly but I also wouldn’t jump off a cliff without having my fingers crossed. You should believe whatever you hold to be true and rest assured that I am not trying to convert anyone. That being said I believe that while we are alive we are so much more than that which merely turns to dust, even though that is often difficult to remember in a rough and tumble reality commanded by gravity. As expressed in the words of Hamlet—“Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, might stop a hole to keep the wind away. Oh, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, should patch a wall to expel the winter’s flaw.”

Well, returning back to the Anima, you the reader will hopefully now have some fresh perspective on how closely linked our personal identity is with the mystical complexities of dying. Yet our business with the Anima and Animus takes place for the most part unbeknownst to us. Along with identity comes sexual identity, which can perhaps shed light on the greatly misunderstood reasons of why men objectify women. Men project their Anima onto women they find attractive because through sexual intercourse men are simultaneously connecting with their Anima on a subconscious level. After all, man’s consciousness is half feminine yet she never gets to experience reality as a woman. The Anima knows herself to be beautiful because she is composed of the divine and so she will be projected onto nothing less than comparative beauty in physical reality. I use the word divine cautiously because of how polarizing it can be. Try to think of it as something unknowable but within the realm of imagination rather than associating it with preconceived notions of the soul.

Sex for a man therefore is not only an intimate act between himself and a woman, it is also a chance to metaphorically come cheek to cheek with his feminine side. The moment he enters a woman in the physical world, psychologically he is offering his Anima a key, for his Anima is the gatekeeper to higher consciousness. Becoming subconsciously aware of each other in that moment as one complete entity spiritually, a man and his Anima use the key to unlock the gate to cosmic consciousness and during that brief moment the man experiences a climax while also being wholly rejuvenated in purpose and soundness of mind. This gives men drive in life and is also the reason why men fall in love so easily and often at too young an age.

Women experience their Animus differently but I can perhaps delve into that in a separate blog post because of the complexity and widely obverse nature of it. In brief the Animus, or masculine psyche of a woman, does not identify itself wholly enough to be projected upon just one man or life partner, whichever sex that may be. Also the average woman is inherently a master of nurturing and creativity; she does not automatically search for meaning and purpose from within. A woman’s perception of reality therefore takes shape by observing all the men that come into her life, including the men she is related to, cherry picking the most admirable traits from each of them and adopting those traits to organize her own personal belief system.

Because of this, unless there occurs some early extenuating circumstances or trauma, a woman is subconsciously more independent than the average man. If cultivated properly by ideal conditions this ability allows her to more readily accept a new life partner when the need arises. This makes good sense evolutionarily speaking because historically men faced a high risk of injury and death. It benefited our species for women to move on quickly to another mate. Also women are often psychologically hardened much earlier to their own mortality because of the great risks involved with childbirth. So where a man requires the tenderness of a woman to prepare himself for death, a woman must instead learn to be callous. The downside of her fortitude is that a woman can become so hard that she rejects fresh ideas and opinions about reality. This rigidity can set for life, impeding personal growth, happiness and the well-being of family and friends.

Mystical experiences are good for snapping us out of such ingrained behavior. However if you knock on the door and God isn’t home there are more tantric ways to feel one with the divine. Unless of course you prefer a more sterile method of research. A sexual orgasm can be dehumanized by labeling it a mere reflex of the autonomic nervous system but it is a pity to do so, for it is misleading to examine an event absent of cause and effect. There is the dance of courtship to consider which involves a complex system of communication. Women are often stereotyped as needing to be handled but this assumption did not arise from sexism alone.

There is a warlike nature beneath the surface in both men and women, manifested as play when we are children and acted out as drama in adults. Any parents that have both a son and daughter will be familiar with the daily patterns of behavior. Son and daughter play nice together, everything is fine. Son takes a moment to process, daughter gets bored and begins to peck at her brother. Things get heated, words are exchanged and wrestling turns to tantrums and tears. Rinse and repeat. It’s not much different from watching kittens play. This behavior evolves into the courtship between young adult lovers but the playbook doesn’t change. When a woman gets bored things are bound to go badly and so the stereotype that she needs to be handled lives on.

Courtship however should be viewed as a necessary part of survival. We currently live in an era of abundance. If one chooses to live alone they can, but our species has historically relied on both sexes coexisting dependent upon one another. Now that automation is taking hold it may only be a few years before a great percentage of women in the job force will be replaced by robots and artificial intelligence. We may enjoy a higher quality of life because of automation but our lifestyles will change. Three generations of out of work women with a taste for independence does not bode well for the immediate future of nuclear families. Women of the agrarian period cultivated a long history of solidarity that is absent in modern society. Yet their hunger for solidarity remains and so women act on this part-time by marching on the streets for this, that and the other thing. There will be anger, resentment and a burning need to point the finger at someone or something. Eventually the dust will settle and a new generation will emerge that no longer feels out of place.

Romance meanwhile will weather the storm as it ever did because it is not merely an exchange of goods and services between two people. It is also a much needed outlet for expressing the courtship which takes place within our minds. Without the balance of power between the two halves of our psyche, we would become less than animal. Robotic at best, wandering like zombies and afraid of our own shadows. This is no way to live and no way to prepare for death. And so mankind must continue to mate despite any misgivings one might have regarding all the peculiar and inconvenient exchanges of power and freedom. The future will be new and yet there will be a return to the old. There will always be a certain percentage of people opposed to the return of a more traditional dynamic between men and women in society. I don’t want to ruffle feathers by getting into any of that. We each must follow whatever path resonates best with us. However the future hierarchy of society will unfold independent of our personal morals and ideologies. Not everything is some grand conspiracy and I present my ideas of masculine and feminine aspects based on the science and philosophy of psychology.

Bearing that in mind it is known that the feminine psyche sprouts from whimsical roots. Like a ship on the sea of creativity and emotion, yet she cannot navigate without the compass of her rational masculine counterpart. The relationship is often combative because the natural tendency of the ship is to float with the current while the masculine psyche works ever to maintain course with sail and rudder. Yet like all dances of courtship the process is not without its amusing failures and elements of play. Power is given and taken in a delicate tug-of-war enjoyed by both sides.

On an individual level a person can estimate how well balanced their Anima or Animus is by examining their career choices, placement in the hierarchy of society, how they dress, recreate, choose a mate or even how they express themselves artistically among other things. Arts such as painting and sculpture can be quite revealing not only about the artist but also collectively as to the mindset of certain societies historically.

Early history of affluent civilizations tend to depict sculptures of a more masculine nature in that they are more utilitarian than pleasant to look at. Once a civilization has peaked and slipped into decadence the public arts tend to become ethereal. Paintings grow more abstract and sculptures of men and women look more godlike than human. In recent times our affluence has taken decadence to a new level in which art is no longer a reflection of ourselves but merely a statement of some existential nature.

This collective turning away from reality occurs because we are afforded more time and energy for introspection than mere survival. In some Freudian way modern society may wish to avoid looking inward for beauty, because a life shaped by consumerism subconsciously feels hollow and ugly. The line between gender norms can blur as imaginations are stretched beyond the feasible into the chaos of creativity. Creativity is an aspect of the feminine psyche, something like a vast tapestry of cosmic nebula which can only find order and purpose from the masculine aspect. As an example, a female artist that expresses herself on canvas with only wide brushstrokes and smears of color may be so extremely feminine that she is unable to function properly in society without a more masculine partner in her life. That is an extreme example, as most instances present in a much subtler way, such as the arts produced for mass consumption.

Loneliness has become epidemic worldwide and a great number of victims are young and starved for entertainment. Escape can come in the form of movies, books, comics, graphic novels and the like, which contain themes of humanity merging with technology. There is nothing wrong with these forms of entertainment that exercise our imaginations and help us to reduce our fear of the unknown. Yet along with some healthy entertainment there persists a romantic notion that in becoming cyborgs we will transcend the limitations of the flesh. Watch out for this line of thinking.

There is no prosthetic for the normal development of the psyche. It is an organic process that requires live feedback which cannot be sufficiently mimicked no matter how advanced we make synthetic companions in the future. If for example androids become independent and self-aware, their form of consciousness will merely be an extension of our own. It will not be a consciousness that works in symbiosis with the quantum software of the universe that humans run on. Therefore the more we attempt to merge with technology the less we will be in touch with the proper nature of humanity. The mode of human existence should always endeavor to flow naturally. Our bodies may fail us, and for this, the merger with technology can greatly benefit us. However we must not merge with technology to the point that we are no longer in sync with our earthly environment.

The nightmare that this scenario could evolve into may be unfathomable to people under the age of 50 or so because of their general potential for having a lack of diverse experiences. Yet not only could it hinder personal development but it would most likely end up being a trap for human consciousness of which there would be no escape. Waylaid and diverted from the opportunity to develop normally, ultimately the liberation of spiritual ecstasy would be denied. It is of course possible to die well without having attained a conscious state of Nirvana but it is psychological suicide to deny oneself the opportunity completely.

The self may no longer identify as wholly human in a digital illusion where one might choose to exist as part human, part cyborg and/or part animal or fantasy/sci-fi character. Humans have enough problems self-identifying already. There is currently a high diversity of gender personas in the world, a psychological phenomenon embraced by some and shunned by others, yet regardless, all are a result of affluence. If material wealth and technological advancements join to police our thoughts and desires we will doom ourselves and future generations to a slave-like existence.

Our current prosperity derives not only from monetary gain but from access to intellectual wealth as well. As decadence is known to be a downward spiral of society and not a boon, the ways in which humanity might successfully avoid setbacks from the inevitable societal crashes should have more to do with incorporating practices to maintain health and spiritual well-being than a draconian return to black and white gender norms. For this effort humanity would be wise to familiarize themselves with the history of the East. Religious beliefs aside there are valuable practices for physical and mental health that could be adopted by the West from Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Taoists among others that are not in conflict with Christian or Atheistic beliefs.

Furthermore we must explore new ways to patch the rifts between liberals and conservatives worldwide. That is unless we wish to be remembered as the founders of an age in which humans returned to squatting in clans. Everybody needs to just pipe down and get to work on personal happiness because the more one rails against the tide, the higher it will rise to wash everything away. It is one of the oldest stories in the book and the reason why we have borders. As long as our basic needs are being met the only things driving us apart are fear and jealousy. Left unchecked they can cloud reason and haunt our thoughts with the specter of death. From such collective irrationality fascism is born. To avoid this we must take steps to be strong in mind and body. And above all we must know joy.

With each passing day we come closer and closer to a new era in which our individual value to society will no longer be measured by what we can produce. Therefore in order for future generations to succeed humanity must reduce intolerance. Such an achievement cannot take place in an atmosphere of fear, ignorance and outrage. Humanity needs to evolve thicker skins, healthier habits and less lofty goals if we are to survive. If you are young and eager to fight for a cause, try picking up some tools and channeling that energy into tending a garden, planting a tree, mending a fence or anything else that keeps you out of your house, out of your head and out of your neighbor’s business.

It is no easy task to find a compatible mate in these trying times and those that find success must be ever vigilant to maintain a balance of power. The inevitable buildup of anxiety in a relationship must be released to avoid resentment and sexual intercourse is often the most viable solution. In such cases love making can take on a more violent nature where the line between pain and pleasure is blurred. Mature and experienced partners know better than to take things too far because society rewards restraint and also because attainment of sexual climax has a way of eliminating moods and rebooting the narrative. This process cannot be completely explained by chemicals and hormones in the brain thus we enter the realm of the unknown.

Personal beliefs aside there is no denying humanities long history of associating lovemaking with spiritual unity and we need to be psychologically whole to be in tune with the cosmos. Om is described as being akin to the basic underlying sound of the universe and people may associate the vibration of Om with the Godhead, Nirvana, Cosmic Consciousness and the like. It could be theorized that upon the moment of climax our conscious awareness is reduced for a brief instant to non-local brain activity before returning to tangible reality. Our slate is wiped clean so to speak and we may continue on with a fresh perspective of life. This experience is so similar to the experiences one can have while dying that the two are almost indistinguishable. Therefore it is easy to see how maintaining a healthy identity through sex and sexual identity is essential to preparing for death and the fear of death that coincides.

The sexual desire a man feels when his Anima exists as Helen is so addictive and malleable that it can be manipulated by society to be experienced through the violence of war and contact sports. Further yet, both men and women at this stage may begin to incorporate pain, dominance and submission into sexual activity due to earlier traumas in which they learned to sexualize pain to withstand it. Fear of death for men during this stage is an afterthought at best. I should however mention that there may exist a fear of being near death, such as being repulsed by the terminally ill or the corpse of a family member. This is a normal reaction which should subside with maturity yet it is not particularly relevant to this blog post.

The third stage of Anima development in men is known as Mary. Many men never develop beyond this stage which is perhaps the most misunderstood of the Anima. Mary is a combination of Eve and Helen. Mary maintains the beauty of youthful fertility but also possesses the ability to nurture. She is mother and lover rolled up into one. Whomever a man chooses as a life partner must resemble his inner Mary at the onset. Afterward even if a man remains loyal to his partner for life, on some level he will be disappointed if his partner does not reflect the way in which his Anima sees herself.

Mary is not rational so her desires will greatly influence a man, especially if he is unaware that he has a feminine aspect within his psyche. This is the reason why older men continue to prefer the company of women in their sexual prime. An Anima does not age in appearance alongside her host male, so Mary does not recognize herself in women over the age of 25 and this is confusing to her. Eventually Mary must come to terms with being projected onto a woman that’s older but as we often find in society that woman tends to be about 10 years or more younger than the male host.

There are other complications involved with an Anima/Animus, including its ability to possess a mind. If Mary grows strong enough to possess the mind of her male host, he in turn may become moody, irrational and sexually confused among other things. This can lead to self-destructive behavior and poor decision making. If the woman in the relationship/marriage is simultaneously struggling with her Animus a couple may end up flirting with disaster both with their budget and in the bedroom. Contrary to popular belief sexual preference does not operate on a spectrum but instead it is sexual desire which operates on a spectrum. A psyche that is out of balance can either be too repressed, anxious and avoidant on the one hand or too adventurous and promiscuous on the other. Both extremes are warning signs that some degree of mental breakdown is near.

Those types of behaviors coincide with a denial of the fear of death which is nothing more than burying one’s head in the sand. One should not be too quick to dismiss a man’s odd behavior as mere symptoms of a midlife crisis. It takes two to tango and during midlife strife there is a tendency for men to assume their reality is slipping away while women become too ridged in their thinking and callous in their actions. When combined these behaviors result in irrevocable differences. To avoid this the Anima/Animus can benefit by evolving to its fourth and final stage. Unfortunately the final stage must not only happen naturally but must be recognized for what it is.

While a man’s Anima is still secure in the manifestation of Mary he may enjoy a long period of mental stability. Life however has a way of eroding around us regardless of our mental health. Careers and children numb our experiences and hormone levels decrease to the point where ambition and desire no longer guide us. A man’s Anima serves to give him purpose by allowing him to connect with the divine yet his Anima also theoretically acts as a librarian to the vast array of archetypal images in the collective unconscious. With age and maturity a man may subconsciously feel he has thoroughly explored and identified most of the archetypes through his Anima and its projection onto his partners, so he may look to gain new experiences in other ways. Such outlets will vary from man to man and could be anything from binge watching sports, to reading a book or taking up a hobby like bird watching or fishing.

Fishing is possibly the easiest example to understand because rivers, lakes and oceans are very similar to the unconscious realm in that we never know for sure what lies beneath the surface. Catching an exotic fish matches the experience of associating an archetype with objects in reality. Further yet the experience of acquiring a boat and or fishing gear along with navigating a map and the elements is not unlike a hero’s journey. The experience can be rewarding and exhausting much like sexual intercourse. Men are even prone to admiring boats, giving them feminine names and talking to them such as one talks to a lover. Such hobbies can be healthy up to a point as long as they don’t sideline the psyche from further development which is often the case.

The last stage in Anima development is Sophia. Sophia is important because she allows a man to prepare for death without having to project Sophia onto a woman. In this way a man’s feminine and masculine psyche is balanced enough to withdraw from society, philosophize and prophesize on his role in the greater cosmic scheme until he can incorporate his findings into a better way to live for himself, his family and his community.

Unfortunately for all those lovely grandmothers around the globe, an older man’s image of his Anima as Sophia remains youthful and fertile. In fact the older he gets, provided that he has become one with Sophia and has succeeded in incorporating existential thought with healthy routine, his Anima should at that point continue to become younger in appearance. In this way an elderly man that has become feeble in mind and/or body can find comfort from a more childlike Anima because like him, his Anima is now less sure of herself, less coordinated and a bit less serious about life in general. Sofia as a child can be projected innocently onto a granddaughter to help enrich the bond between estranged generations.

If a man has successfully evolved his feminine aspect into Sophia while in his 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, such a man has the potential to become a valid spiritual guide, philosopher or in some unique cases what is referred to as a fully enlightened or even ascended being. This could happen later in life also but the amount of energy required to interact with large groups of people diminishes significantly with age. Regardless, getting to know Sophia is a rewarding experience. It is much easier to attain and sustain connections to higher consciousness. One can be sound in mind and body without clinging to reality or being bound by desires. In this state of awareness fear is sufficiently in balance with joy so that death can be experienced well. This is the best one can hope for while there is still brain activity, whether measurable or not.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the matter.

Conan De Moe 01/27/2020

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