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About physical death…


If you don’t understand what living is, deeply and passionately, then you will not understand about physical death. A man (or woman) who often is psychologically dying to the dead past, to corrupt (limited) conditioning, to illusory limititations, and to robotic traditions and habits… is someone who is deeply living.

By the way, regarding physical death, it’s not what you have been told. It’s not any of the crap that people have dished out to you. It’s not that your special human soul floats away to a bliss with an anthropomorphic god or gods. It is not that when you are dead, you are dead (and that that’s it); it is not that you are reincarnated to some kind of better life; it is not that you go to some kind of heaven or hell; it is not that you float around like a ghost or specter, looking down upon everyone else. It is not what you have been told (by others). So what happens? One must find out. Intelligence must find out. I certainly am not going to tell you. It’s for deep perception to find out (and discover); it’s not for being told (for people to merely robotically believe or not believe). Again… it’s not for being told.

Ever so beautiful. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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    • Did you remember being dead before you were born? Will you know you were once alive after you die?


      • Maybe you can help me with this: There are two things. One is, that eastern philosophy carries a contradiction. If everything is the Brahman, the Self, god, for lack of a better term, you are not you but a collaboration of consciousness as a point focus in this particular form, at this particular moment, the brain is in fact a receiver. Shut the brain off and your experience ends.
        Now Hindus also believe in reincarnation, which is at odds with the central self. At death resorption into the whole is the only probable answer. It is not the end, but the end of you as a specific aperture. But there are still more people born than die in a given yearβ€”each as a receptor in the whole of consciousness. Where do you find reasoning that depicts you as a separate individual, and where do all these β€œindividuals” get their separate self? What if the population declines? It doesn’t matter if everything is the one thing, but it seems your clouding the water when you think you are separate, an individual apart from the one, and can remember you, after you are absorbed into the colloidal mix.

      • What does wisdom have to do with decaying matter?

      • No it doesn’t. Wisdom is a property of consciousness. Are you implying that it’s also in unconscious things?

      • Ah! I should have known given the rhetorical nonsense. Take care.

      • Rhetorical or literary nonsense isn’t an insult. Your writing style balances elements that don’t make sense with some that do.

      • Jim, in answering your initial second question, there is no intention to suggest that one is a separate individual apart from “the one,” as you call it. The one, or that oneness, that some may like to use, may i suggest, may largely be conceptual and/or theoretical… and i dislike to use it, by the way. The answer i gave pertaining to the second question can easily be misinterpreted (by looking at it from a rather traditional field).
        I feel that the notion that everything is the Brahman, the Self, or god, is primarily conceptual and theoretical and consists largely of obtrusions of thought handed down by oodles of generations. It’s a lovely concept, everything being a Higher Self or god, but it is what people repeat rather mechanically oftentimes; when one is emersed in nothing but shadows, Platonically-speaking, it’s easy to maintain that everything is fingers of that One vast shadow. However, the shadows, in truth, are rather illusory in the deeper sense of things. We must turn around and look deeper (from what they taught us).

        My suggestion is to throw out everything they taught you about time, separation, reincarnation, the self, the Higher Self, and all that endless stuff and be observing everything anew (with passion and compassion). Then the answer will come to you; you will not have to seek it.

  1. I think I understand what death is (though I won’t tell). I accept my own mortality. But acceptance of the death of a loved one, or one who died prematurely, is not a part of that understanding. Acceptance eludes me.


  2. How different do you think human existence would be if *what happens during/after death* was just common knowledge?

    I can’t even imagine…


  3. I don’t fear death. I don’t enjoy the prospect, and there’s no solace in knowing that it’s the common lot of every living thing, but for me there’s no fear, just resignation and an agreement I have with myself to enjoy each day, doing no harm, and helping out whenever I can. I think the ineffable boredom of life everlasting would be a much more dreadful prospect.


  4. Very thought provoking topic that I haven’t spent much time thinking about from the unitive concsiousness standpoint, but I will agree with your assertion that dying to our conditioning, et al is the beginning of deeply living.


  5. I’ve seen death second hand and learnt nothing of what it will be and beyond for myself. Indeed I’ve always had in my mind the question “When are we actually dead?” For history lessons will tell us death was thought of when the heartbeat stops; then it says when the brain ceases to spark and yet what some say is death, another says it is transferal to another existence. I don’t give a fig really, I just know I’m not ready to do the dying thing, as I’ve two beloved hens to feed, washing to put out, a chest of draws to paint, plus it’s Fareshare day in Narberth and let’s face it, Death πŸ’€ would undoubtedly be a party pooper and make the whole proceedings go downhill:


  6. What a picture – stunning – death is a mystery – this summer I have lost two friends a person and a dog and both left me messages through birds…. as I said death is a mystery but that attachment remains is reality. The ancestors live…


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  8. Hi Tom !! I believe in After life ,Indeed we all gonna meet again , and You will be met and embraced by loved one’s .❀️ from this lifetime .
    The afterlife is an existence in which the essential part of an individual’s identity or their stream of consciousness continues to live after their death.
    For me that’s the biggest relief either it is true or not.but I am satisfied ,you know ! I Don’t wanna waste my time, Just want to live my life .πŸ˜‰


    • Though one is appreciative of your belief, snowflake, if you do not, as you say, “waste your time,” perhaps what actually happens will be deeply understood (before physical death) such that it is will no longer need to be a mere belief.

      Here’s to hoping that you do not physically melt anytime soon, snowflake. And as to melting away the psychological garbage and nonsense that society feeds us… well, that’s a whole other story. πŸ™‚


      • Here by saying”waste of time” I didn’t meant that , instead just wanna convey, not to bother ourself with all those stuffs and not to mess our life.πŸ™‚ .that’s it tom. And yeah of course I do appreciate your perspective !!πŸ‘

  9. Life is as delicate as this beautiful butterfly and it should be revered and treasured because one never knows how long they have left here on Earth. You, having lost the love of your life this past year, know that better than some.


      • Thank you Tom. I had hoped to see some Monarchs or Swallowtails at the Volunteer Garden – nothing this year. Yes, nature gives us stability in our lives – if the changes we’re going through in nature were not so drastic, I’d feel better. Like you, I know and fear it will only get worse.

      • Yes Tom. I feel the money spent by billionaires for the thrill of space travel might have been put to better use … there were many crises worthy of big $$$.

      • Yes, Linda, that space travel money could have gone into greenhouse gas-reducing facilities here in the U.S. They could have helped the planet instead of putting more rocket-fuel-pollutants into the extremely ill atmosphere. (I donate monthly to the Environmental Defense Fund and to the Sierra Club.)

      • I have heard of the Sierra Club, but not the Environmental Defenses and at least these pet charities of yours understand the need to rectify what we humans have done. Reading excerpts of that recent climate report are sobering.

  10. Life is a gift. I work in a nursing home and see death. It makes me appreciate life and gratitude much more thank you for you’re post.


  11. Beautiful post & image – butterfly personifying change. Personally I do not seek advance knowing of what follows human death (end of my current state of being) … I do harbor curiosity and hopes that I rekindle in some manner relationships once human … anticipation exceeds dread most of the time …


  12. To live is to understand death ☠️ , to live with death each day is to know how to live. Each benefit each other in ways that can only be explained with time & experience. Death teaches us to stay healthy to eat right & to be kind to others. Life teaches us that death can happen at any moment.


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  15. In photography they say the devil is in the details. And with you death is …a very intriguing post indeed my friend. A subject that haunts most writers . Thank you for this piece 😊


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