For God’s sake, do not be afraid of death. Try to learn what it’s saying to you. Death is not a morbid thought. Death is the greatest teacher of all of life.
~ Michael A. Singer
There is no one living on this earth who does not want to live. No one leaves this earth that does not want to leave. It seems many of us spend our lives being fearful of death. Yet, when we came onto this earth, we understood the role death would play.
Michael Singer poses this question in The Untethered Soul. “Imagine if you knew you were going to die within a week or a month. How would you change things? If the Angel of Death came to you and said, ‘Come on it’s time to go.’ you say, ‘But no, you’re supposed to give me a warning so I can decide what I want to do with my last week.’ Do you know what Death will say to you? ‘I gave you fifty-two weeks this past year alone! And look at all the other weeks I’ve given you. Why would you need one more? What did you do with all of those?’ Would you say, ‘I wasn’t paying attention… I didn’t think it mattered.’ That’s a pretty amazing thing to say about your life.”
Is this why we fear death so greatly? Because we are not living to our highest potential?
If we knew our time was limited, would we pay more attention and reach for this bountiful potentiality? Would we consider more carefully how we devote our resources – time, money, love? If we knew death was imminent, would we disperse these resources differently? This is not necessarily saying we should change what we are doing. It is saying we should change how we are doing it.
To live without a fear of death is to know that we are on a path of purpose and authenticity. We would reject the need to control all aspects of death because it is only an illusion of control. Death cannot be controlled.
If you ask a self-actualized person what they would do differently with their last week, they would say nothing. Because they already live their lives fully.
When we choose to live life as if we were dying. We lose the need to fear it. I can’t think of anything more alive than that.