The Practice of Dying Well

“And we must consider that humans have forgotten That which from the beginning, and now still, they want and long for. For everything reaches out to That and longs for It by necessity of nature, as if divining by instinct that it cannot exist without It.” – Plotinus

The urge for dissolution which exists in each one of us – a yearning to return to that original state of unity – may one day press upon us with such intensity that nothing else will matter. Even matter itself may seem to act as nothing more than a drag to keep us entombed.

Now the truth of the matter is that most of us will seriously consider dying. So how do we prepare for that dreaded day or do we just wait for it to happen and throw ourselves into the raging waters of despair and yet why does the framing of this question imply that death is a terrible ordeal…

“Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.” – Socrates

Socrates is not the only philosopher to give serious thought to death. He even went so far to say that the unexamined life is not worth living. In other words the maverick is suggesting that to live a fulfilling life we need to engage some kind of spiritual psychology.

Deep within each of us is a desire for non-self (En Sof) and there is also a desire to develop our ego-self. Both of these positions reside at opposite ends of the scale so to speak and if we tip too far in any direction we naturally lose balance and equilibrium.

Our non-ego self is without parameters. It does not abide by the same means as the ego, as in its passion to get ahead in life, to become wealthy, influential or popular. In truth the inner-self or the locus of the soul gives no mind to the things of this outer world.

There are ways to give expression to our inner-self. Such as learning to become more mindful of our dreams, meditation practice and creative art. In particular both poetry & creative writing are excellent modes of remaining connected to the non-self or that aspect of the soul which is interconnected with all individuated souls, as well as That which is without division, multiplicity or tangible form.

Love & light,

JY

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About Jason Youngman

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night's sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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