Erich: I just have to say, again, I'm learning a lot. I'm having fun. The other day was fun. Last week was fun. The previous week was fun.
I want to clarify one thing here, because I mentioned the other day — and I say this every once in a while — that I think death is a fake, that you don't really die when you die.
And where I don't want to go with that is, I'm not talking about the future. You know what I mean? This is not just interesting talk, speculating about the future, about what may or may not happen.
The growing insight is that — because of the various experiences I've had, etc. — there is no such thing as death. There's just ongoing Life. It might look like you pass out of this experience, but for you, your experience, you will continue to be fully embodied and fully conscious. You don't become disembodied. Your existence does not get extinguished.
Death means "the extinguishment of being." That's the actual definition. And, my sense on this is that there is no such thing as the extinguishment of being.
There is Conscious Being being Itself, forever.
But, not on a "timeline," such that at a certain point you'll die and then go to a new ride.
The "time"-realization, increasingly, is, "Oh, wow, we're not moving from the past to the future with little blips of now-awareness." Actually, the whole thing is always and only the New Now! There is only the New Now in eternal unfoldment.
And so, to say that there is no such thing as death, what this means to me is: Stop thinking about the future quite so much, and start bringing your attention to the only moment that you are actually ever cognizant of: the Holy Instant, as we've been talking about it.
And so, the homework, remember, has been, "Do the Holy Instant a lot." The Holy Instant stops you, gets you off the timeline of moving from the past to the future. It makes you pause long enough to where you go, "Oh, wow, here I am in the New Now, actually. Here I've been the whole time. And, wow, actually, there is only the New Now in eternal unfoldment."
Now, part of what that also means to me is that if you are on a timeline, then you grow old, age, and die. You go through all the processes. But, if you can manage to learn to consciously stay in the New Now, or somehow realize you are always and only in the New Now, and therefore not believe in time quite so much, except for, "Wow, the only time there is is the New Now, the eternal New Now," then your health (among other things) will start to improve.
Instead of always, "One step closer to the grave every day," each time you do the Holy Instant and pause, you are instead, "One step closer to the realization of Eternal Life being the truth of what's been going on the whole time!"
Which would equal improved health in the experience we're having now. That alone is worth entertaining this idea, if you're doing this for your health.
With Love and Pranams,
Freeform Playlist from class:
- May You Walk In Sunshine ~ Sacred Spirit ~ Sacred Spirit II: More Chants and Dances of the Native Americans
- Comfortably Numb ~ Pink Floyd ~ The Wall (Disc 2)
- Adoration ~ Craig Pruess ~ Language Of Love
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