A book for everyone who wants to find their way out of the fear of death and into a conscious life that bears in itself a sense of security, equanimity and inner stability.
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The Contemporary, DEATH
Everyone Dies for Himself Alone
Living and Dying In Order to Keep Living
The Universal Spirit Is the Teaching of the Love for God and Neighbor Toward Man, Animals and Nature
1st Edition, 2009
© Gabriele-Verlag Das Wort GmbHMax-Braun-Str. 2, 97828 Marktheidenfeld, Germanywww.gabriele-verlag.comwww.gabriele-publishing-house.com
Authorized translation of the German edition byGabriele-Verlag Das Wort GmbH on January 1, 2009.The German edition is the work of reference forall questions regarding meaning of contents.
Original German Title: “Jeder stirbt für sich alleinDas Leben und Sterben, um weiterzuleben”ISBN 978-1-890841-35-5 (English Printed Edition)
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ISBN 978-3-89201-800-1 (epub English)ISBN 978-3-89201-801-8 (mobi English)
DeathIs the Nighttime for the Soul.
In the Face of Eternal Life, Dying Is the Soul of Eternal Day.
The Contemporary DEATH
Everyone Dies for Himself Alone, Living and DyingIn Order to Keep Living
This book is for everyone who wants to find his way from fear of death to a conscious life, to security, serenity and inner steadfastness. Because, as Gabriele writes: “Whoever learns to understand his life no longer fears death.”
Among other things, Gabriele informs the reader in detail about until now unknown correlations of life and death, about the condition and well-being of the soul in the various stages of dying and about what awaits a person’s soul in the beyond after its physical body passes on.
Dear friends, throughout the centuries our society has created an image of the world for itself that ultimately is related only to this side of life, where time and space are reflected. The thinking and “living” of most people is limited to the occurrences that take place in time and space, whereby they equate “living” with the course of things in “existing,” or in “being here.”
In this book, I want to try to explain this side of life, that is, this “being here,” so that the person who is truly seeking the truth can better understand what is contained in our human words, for example, what “living and dying in order to keep living” or “death” mean and what these want to tell us.
This is so important because we communicate with each other via language, that is, we make ourselves understood via words. However, while doing this, we often do not know whether we are understood by our fellowman, because the human language as a medium of communication transmits the information indirectly, using words as the vessel of information.
With the spirit beings in the pure Being, direct communication takes place via primordial sensations, which are, at the same time, pictures. And on matter, the life forms of nature that are not burdened by guilt – animals, plants, stones, the Mother Earth, the stars and planets, the elemental forces – come into informational communication with each other via pictures.
On the other hand, we human beings, who have moved away from the divine All-stream of love and All-unity, thus making ourselves dependent on language with all its terms, cannot at all be sure whether our fellowman has taken from our words what we wanted to express, or convey, to them.
Words are vessels, shells, which can carry a whole spectrum of content depending on what they have been filled with by the speaker, that is, what the speaker has put into the words, the vessels. This is what he is expressing in the shell of the word.
But because most individuals are not often aware of the content of their own words, nor of what lies behind their own thoughts in terms of feelings, sensations, intentions and ambitions, most of us are not capable of feeling into the words of our neighbor in order to grasp their content. So, often the words of the other person stand before us and we do not know what they are supposed to tell us. This is true of the written word as well.
This is why it is also difficult for me to take what I know, what I see in the world with the eyes of the Spirit, and what is shown to me as an inner, spiritual perception of “the beyond” that is manifest to me as the instrument of God, and to depict it in words and describe it so that it reaches the seeker of truth in his heart and in his mind. Despite all this, I will try.
As already stated, our words have many meanings; they are like expandable terms, including the words, “this side of life,” or even “the beyond.” For many people, the beyond is not reality, because for them it should be categorized under “questions of faith,” that is, under “religion,” to which the masses of people attribute an unreal, hypothetical character. To them, particularly the end of what they see as their “life,” the end of their existence, death, has a slightly cold touch of something incomprehensible, enigmatic, inexplicable, perhaps even dreadful. We prefer to repress thoughts of death from our consciousness.
Sooner or later, however, the hour comes for each one of us, when we will have to deal with our existence and death, above all, when we start to deal with our past; because then the conscience particularly, often speaks with a penetrating voice, which does not always allow a good sleep.
Whoever is still young or whoever thinks that in his old age he has to engage in youthful “flights of fancy,” will most likely not have calculated the shortness or length of his life on earth, if he is of the opinion that only when it has reached that point will he then want to start thinking about it. After all, who knows when the “grim reaper” will show that the hands on his life’s clock have reached midnight and that his incarnation, energywise, has run out for him? No one knows the year and the hour. But for each one, it is certain that this hour comes and with it the question: How shall I encounter “death?” What is “death” to me? How do I feel about the whole process of my own dying? What ideas or concepts do I connect with it? Have I prepared myself for it?
For me as a person of the Spirit who sees the condition of all that is of the earth from the vantage point of the eternal Spirit, that is, of life, “death” is the state of a soul that has narrowed its originally far-reaching consciousness, having darkened its light through a feeling, sensing, thinking, speaking and acting that is against the law of God, which is the selfless, giving love.
Whoever denies God, the life, has closed himself to the light. He has settled into the realm of shadows, into spiritual ignorance, into unreality. He no longer perceives life as such, but is spiritually blind, that is, spiritually dead.
And so, “death” is the darkness of the soul. Whoever faces death because he sees “death” – the “end-all” of life – at the end of his earthly existence, whoever doesn’t believe in a life that continues in the beyond, is spiritually dead. He is imprisoned by the external, by the earthly-material. He has covered the real life with his concepts, terms and bon vivant manners.
Since many people see death as the “end-all” of life, there are many spiritually dead on this side of life on earth and many, very many, spiritually dead souls in the beyond.
Life cannot stop living. Life is an inexhaustible, incessantly flowing stream of light, of divine energy. No energy is ever lost. God, the all-wise One, created His children, the beings of light, equal to His eternal light-body, the eternal Father-consciousness. Over the course of eons, quite a few of the beings of light dissociated themselves from God, the Light. Through this, their light-bodies darkened.
Because the law that is God contains the free will for all His children, the Eternal granted to all beings of light that had turned away from Him and had fallen into being far from God, an earthly mantle that we call the physical body or person. This made it possible for the once pure, light-material child of God, the son and daughter of God, to stay in the cosmos of matter, on the earth, and to move about there. The human being, as we perceive him with our material senses, thus has a content – it is the being of light, which, as a result of turning away from the pure, cosmic law, is called “soul.”
Through the infringements against God and, in the end, against himself as a being in the Eternal, the human being shrouded the light-filled being. The consequence was, and is, that the mantle, the person, became ever denser, that is, coarser.
The words “human being,” “earth,” “cosmos,” “matter” unfortunately are, in turn, mere terms that call up different pictures and ideas in the individual. However, anyone who doesn’t give serious thought to these realities doesn’t see things as they truly are, but as he wants to see them. Through this, he kills his conscience.
When we talk about the conscience, or hear or read about it, then we have to ask ourselves: What is the conscience?
Is it a chemical reaction of the brain that expresses itself via the nervous system with the help of transmitting substances? Surely the scientists of the world have other explanations handy. But the divine, lawful, that is, positive, stirrings of our conscience come from our soul. Even if many a “know-it-all” may perhaps rebel when he hears this truth, the divine, the positive, the conscience comes to us via the soul. This is how it is. The admonisher, the divine knocking, the conscience, is the eternal Spirit, which is the eternal life. He knocks at the gate of our mind in order to make clear to us that intellectual knowledge isn’t everything, but rather it is the wisdom, the life, that is important.
Many people are talented and successful persuaders when it has to do with giving excuses, terms and shoptalk. With their hairsplitting, rationalistic deductions, conclusions and erroneous beliefs, they construct a many-storied thought structure filled with nooks and crannies, in which a God and His workings not only remain unnoticed, but seem to be totally superfluous. But notwithstanding all intellectually and cleverly devised arguments about conscience, “death” and the “end-all,” God is and remains existent. He is the life, the Creator of the pure cosmos, of all life forms and light beings, who also vivifies, respirates and maintains the enveloped life forms in the spheres of matter.
Whoever claims he lives only once and that, on this side of life, must then also ask himself: For what do we need our conscience then, for what the lofty words of “ethics” and “morals”? If the highest and only value is given to this “life,” to this side of life, the physical existence, then why all the striving to think and live in a good, noble and selfless way? Many will say: “Well, since we are human beings, we have to impose certain ethical-moral values on ourselves.” But what for – if we only live once? From the hypothesis “we live only once,” shouldn’t the conclusion be rather “may the stronger win”? – And for that, there’s no need for a conscience!
As already stated, the conscience goes beyond the spheres that our senses can register. It is something metaphysical and comes from the primordial source of the soul, from the Spirit of God, via our soul. The conscience bears in itself the power of life. The absolute law, the divine, works through the conscience, measuring things with an absolute yardstick. This is why the conscience is for us a guide and adviser for the good – insofar as it is still intact and active. If we listen to the divine, to the pure conscience, we are led homeward, back to the eternal homeland, into the absolute, into the pure spiritual Being, from where we went forth and where we will again live eternally one day. Our soul’s pathway to there goes via “the beyond,” via the purification planes.
We could give many arguments against this. We could darken or even turn off our conscience with the expression “no life after our life on earth.” But despite our ignorance, every person nevertheless has an eternally existing soul, which at some point has to deal with the impenetrable fogbank beyond time and space, because as a human being it had imprisoned itself in not-wanting-to-know, in the comfortable pretext, the refusal of responsibility before God, found in the statement, “there is only this side of life and no beyond.”
Whoever delves into the words “live in order to keep living” and “conscience,” gradually liberates himself from the dark, the nebulous and mysterious, which most people connect with “death.”
For many, the word “death” is filled with pitfalls that many a one describes as the “end-all.” The word “death” implies a nebulous path of suffering, sometimes even on this side of life, but most certainly in the beyond, once the soul looks into the spiral of its life.
Spiritual ignorance always means darkness, being far from the light. Our consciousness is then restricted to three dimensions and we cannot grasp the consequences of our feeling, thinking and doing. We imagine we are free and yet we are nurturing a false sense of security, because what a person sows, he will reap. On the other hand, to die consciously means to look toward the light, it means that the soul glides into the beyond, into the eternal life that knows no death, no darkness.
Particularly during our time, when ethics and morals have merely the cut of a house of cards, the tormentor “fear” goes around bringing before our human eyes the threat of the inevitable, of death, over and over again. If we want to defeat the tormentor, we have to take up the whole question of God and of life and, in the final analysis, of our life on earth, in which every action triggers a corresponding reaction – whether we want to accept this or not. Said in a spiritual way, with our doing and not doing we are subject to the law of “cause and effect,” of “sowing and reaping.”
If we, now and today, were to take up the whole question of death and dying and give it serious thought, we would examine our way of thinking and acting and would watch ourselves more and more, particularly when we feel as though we are being driven or when we slip into panic because something unfathomable seizes us by the neck. If we then question this, using the analytical word “why,” that is, if we search ourselves conscientiously, we will become aware of the fact that an inner power is stimulating us to selfrecognition, through our soul and via our conscience. From the one who learns to listen and to sense what his conscience is advising him – for the conscience is always the good that comes from the soul – and then deals with this and from then on only does the good, fear will gradually fall away; he feels free and carried by a kind power that, from within, gives him security and a hold, and makes him happy. It is the primordial source, God.
Only when we learn to understand our existence as human beings, will we be able to grasp why we live here as human beings, and it is only then that our life begins to make sense to us. It is then that we gradually come to understand what “living and dying in order to keep living eternally” means. It is only then that we become aware of the content of the words hope, comfort, knowledge, wisdom, joy, peace, health, inner balance and beauty and will stay fresh and joyful all the way into old age. For, the one who lives consciously truly lives.
During his life on earth, the one who finds himself in the true contents of the expressions of his life, who strives to keep the God-given standards of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus will be plagued, tormented or pursued less and less by his own wrong behavior. He is more and more aware that a life on earth lived in a context of spiritual ethical-moral values is worth it.
A person who is willing to question himself, to explore and recognize himself in the situations of the day is a winner. His own faults and errors of judgment shock him less and less; he analyses things, makes them clear to himself, draws his lesson and moves on. The result of this is a quiet conscience, and thus, security, serenity and steadfastness in his own inner being.
He gains the experience that his life does not really depend on enjoying everything to the fullest without considering the well-being of his fellowman and his fellow creatures, but that the true quality of life lies in spiritual growth and maturity that enables a peaceable togetherness, that brings farsightedness and insight, dynamism, joy in life and a feeling of fulfillment in life.
Then we increasingly feel the current of life that carries and guides us. Then our inkling becomes certain that life is everlasting. We comprehend that life is simply life, whether here or there.
Whoever closes himself off from the fact that after passing away and setting aside the shell of his body, only the aggregate state changes from coarse-material to fine-material substance, is also not prepared to earnestly think about his existence or about life and to take his life on earth into his own hands.
A person excludes from his life on earth the fact of dying, of the inevitable, of death – and yet it is with us, every step of the way. It is close to us at every moment, every minute. Our birth into life on earth already brought with it our dying, for every human life simply comes to an end, called death by people. And so dying, called death, is just as natural and nature-given as our own birth.
So the question, of course, arises, why do so many people fear so-called death? Why the horror, the fear, the suppression of what happens to every person as a matter of course? Can it be that what triggers fright, panic or even helpless despair in the idea of “death” for some people is a distorted image, a product of ignorance, a not-wanting-to-know, as the result of a disparity toward life in the person? Where does this come from?
Now, during our life on earth, we could take a closer look at death and discard the fear of it.
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