I was meditating this morning, when the thought came that this is the right time to die. The problem is that it doesn’t come quickly or easily if you’re not a consistent or very experienced practitioner.
A note on the language used here. Death is of the self, the ego, not in any way the physical concept. This post is very prone to misinterpretation, it is clear how the idea of reincarnation-rebirth became worked into religions like Buddhism when interpreted by people that had not had the core experience already and could not understand the symbolic meaning. As is the permanent risk when discussing such things.
I don’t like to reference Jesus because it automatically involves religion, so I’m going to paraphrase to remove some of the loadedness. It is approximately ‘To live a transcendent spiritual life, one must practice dying each and every day of their life’. Given that this can be derived directly from the definition of transcendence, it is relatively straightforward, the difference is the implication that the longer you go without doing this, the further you will be from being able to do it.
The reason it has been so long is that I have discovered that there are good reasons to not die every day in the sense of the maintenance of the many selves. I will write a more detailed blog at some point as to what this is, but the point is that if you’re operating in a fast-paced society of people, dying every day is impractical and can be harmful.
However! The inability to die is of even greater harm. It is in this death, this reset, that the most significant lessons and discoveries occur. Without this, true empathy and honesty tempered with love are significantly more difficult and even impossible in some cases.
The thought pushed me to realise that just leaving and not using this core reset switch can be of significant personal detriment. Especially if the individual has still yet to undergo their first death. The imperative of this has been highlighted by all of the significant spiritual leaders through time.
As an action on the back of this, I am going to try to work back to this state over the next week.