Facing our own death can be an experience either of fear, helplessness, and pain or of acceptance, gratitude, and continuing engagement with loved ones and valued activities. Models have been crafted about stages of facing one’s death that suggest we initially cannot accept it but that our anger, our efforts at bargaining, our sadness all still take us to eventual recognition and acceptance. Whether or not we feel our own death is imminent, there is much great wisdom that shares the thought that facing—and accepting—our own mortality is essential to living a full, vibrant, and meaningful life in the moment we are alive, here and now.
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Do we survive bodily death? Can our personal awareness transcend physical decay and dissolution? There are no bigger questions and there is no shortage of answers. Religions offer hope, with extravagant promises that are founded on the existence of God.
Dr. Larry Dossey is the best-selling author of “The Power of Prayer” and most recently “One Mind.” Recognizing that NDEs are real and significant, Dr. Dossey says they provide evidence that our consciousness can operate outside of our brain.
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