Life Is All There Is

Principle number three: Life is all there is; and death is illusion.

So, principle number three got a lot of people thinking and thinking deeply—some even got their cage rattled a bit.

As mentioned, my experience tells that there are 5 primary fears that we all experience and feel on a regular basis. Now anytime you speak of primary there are always subcategories or secondary qualities beneath them. Are you with me?

It’s not the purpose of this series to deal with (or explore) the 5 primary fears. That topic will be addressed in an upcoming online program currently in production entitled, “How to Understand, Overcome, and Utilize Fear.” (Stay tuned)

How can we move past fears and struggles in our own life? Learn more about it here.

But what I will suggest is that the biggest and baddest fear of all… what I label the “overarching fear”… is the fear of death.

The fear of death is without question the number one fear that confronts all of us. No exception. In fact… I’m going to suggest to you… that properly understood, every single fear is ultimately a subset of this one primal fear.

In the Toltec tradition it states that when one has conquered the fear of death they have absolutely no enemies in this life or the next. I’ve always loved that premise… because it makes so much sense to me.

And it should to you as well, as you begin to understand the fear of death as the overarching fear of all fears.

The question is… how and why do we have such a fear of death? Now that’s the million dollar questions isn’t it?

As we’ve discussed in great detail, the human species has been obsessed with death all the way back to ancient Egypt if probably not sooner. The ancient Egyptians had this fear at least as much, if not more so, than any other culture… and they were totally obsessed about becoming immortal.

This practice of running from death was adopted by the early Christians with a twist. The Christian tradition—to this day—is still obsessed with “eternal life” and “immortality” with a few fundamental changes from the Egyptians.

And please know that I’m not taking any shots at religion or religious beliefs. Certainly I’m not.

What I am doing is attempting to get you, as a thinking and rational individual, to notice that the human species has been obsessing with death and more importantly, a quest for immortality, way longer than you and I have been around.

And frankly… they probably will be long after we’re gone.

“Judge not by appearances.”  ~ John 7:24

So let’s think about this…the reason we’re so afraid of death is due to our resistance to the fact of impermanence in the physical world.

Everything in this world is impermanent… and that’s just a fact… no matter how strongly or valiantly we attempt to change this… we can’t. Physical life is impermanent… we know this, we just don’t like to think about it.

One of the three major causes of all human suffering is resistance to the fact that all things physical are impermanent.

The reason we fear death is because we’re identified with our physical bodies instead of being identified with who we truly are. Who we truly are is not our physical body or our personality.

Our essence is energetic, and even science tells us that. As we discussed previously the first law of Thermodynamics is the Law of Energy Conservation. (reference IAD 11)

In simple terms energy can change form but it can never be added to or taken from. In other words, all that ever was or shall be is already here. Energy can never be created or destroyed. I know we’ve discussed this but it bears repeating. (After all, death is the number one fear).

So now let’s think this through and fully understand it… if your body is comprised of energy—which it is—in fact, science tells us everything in this universe is comprised of energy—everything—including your body (Even your thoughts and feelings).

So logically you can understand that you never really die… you just change form. Please read that again (and again), (and again).

The energy which is you—at your core—can never go away. In fact, it always has been… and always will be here. Only the form changes.

Now this may or may not give you any comfort because we most often want to hang on (remember we resist impermanence thus causing our own suffering), we don’t want things to change because uncertainty brings fear of the unknown, which translates into (you guessed it), the fear of death.

In other words… If I move into the unknown James… it might be worse, in fact it might be dangerous, which means I might not make it, which means I might be broke, which means I might be homeless, which means I might not have money for food, which means I might starve, which means I might die!

Do you see how this works?

Now understanding this fear does NOT mean we won’t have it. There’s nothing you or I can say or do to make fear go completely away. Nor do we want to—we want to learn to USE it. Utilization is one of the key factors of true productivity and power. (Reference the Alchemy series)

When we begin to understand it… we can start the process of dealing with it.

Let’s revisit the Toltec tradition and another one of their fundamental teachings. It’s called the “Awareness of Impending Death.”

According to the Toltec tradition the angel of death is over our left shoulder with its finger poised at all times just inches above that left shoulder. This dark angel is ready to tap you out at any time… at the precise moment of your departure (Take a look he’s there).

Now for the Western mind this may seem morbid… but for the Toltec it’s NOT about death at all… in fact it’s about life!

You see we do our best to ignore and/or live in denial of the fact that we’re physically impermanent don’t we? We don’t even want to think about it… much less talk about it. Let me ask you… is this topic making you somewhat uncomfortable?

Nonetheless it’s there… like a nagging little splinter in the back of our minds. And so unconsciously it’s running us… controlling us… impacting us whether we like it or not.

Many confuse existence with living…

They’re not the same; in fact, they’re distinctly different.

For most, they’re so afraid of death, and so consumed with doing their best to escape and deny it… that they actually forget to live. But not the Toltec—and not us if we choose to adopt this concept.

Imagine for a moment that you hold the awareness that every single moment, every single day, every single week just may be your last… do you think you might just be more inclined to live and live fully?

If you knew… that every single thing you did might be for the very last time… would you possibly bring more energy and joy to it? Even the so called “crappy stuff?”

This is where an understanding of this principle becomes very powerful.

So how do you conquer death in the way the Toltec advise? Two ways:

First, you understand that in the absolute sense you ALREADY ARE immortal… you’re an energetic being—a field of energy in a larger field of energy… there is no death, not really… just transformation. You see to trans—form literally means to go beyond form. Remember:

Principle number three: Life is all there is; and death is illusion.

Simultaneously you realize in the relative sense… that YOU ARE going to die. In other words in your current physical form… so as a result you live big! You live epic!

You take risks that get the blood pumping… not completely irrational things mind you… for those who continually tempt death are actually attempting to escape their fear of death. Now there’s something to ponder.

But in really truly living you take the leap towards your dreams for you realize that time is short and of the essence… and living an inspired life is the only thing worthwhile; and ultimately the only thing you can take with you is who you are inside—nothing outside.

Okay I’ve given you several things to ponder here (that’s an understatement to say the least). A lot of deep stuff I know.

Until we speak again… live each and every moment as if it were your last…

Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic,

james arthur ray


6 Responses

  1. My parents had a great willow tree in their backyard. It had been there for decades-since I was a little girl. Just recently a huge storm rolled in, and the massive tree was splintered. Upon examination it was discovered that the tree was, in fact, dead. From the outside one would have never known. Its branches still bloomed and swayed. Critters still used it as refuge.

    Even in death there is still beauty. Outside appearances are often times deceiving. The tree existed, but was no longer living, James. I learned so much from that willow tree. I think its message applies here, no?

  2. Every time we identify our ‘self’ as our body or the mind, the trap is set. Both are useful and necessary tools and neither ‘is me’.

    Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are. – don Miguel Ruiz

    R. Buckminster Fuller in 1927 while contemplating suicide so his family would at least have the life insurance experienced a ‘ voice’ that spoke to him and said:
    “From now on you need never await temporal attestation to your thought. You think the truth. You do not have the right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to Universe. Your significance will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your role if you apply yourself to converting your experiences to the highest advantage of others.”

    Face your fears, and the death of fear is certain! – W. Clement Stone

    I suspect as long as one avoids facing their fear of death, fear controls, owns, runs, and designs who you are. [GOV and advertisers are experts in using this for their advantage.] No ‘fear’ exists independent of any of us in the world. Fear is never present when you are present in the world. It only occurs in the mind as an assessment, an alarm system we feed, ignore to our possible detriment or notice it as the notification we are no longer being present that it is.

    Fear of death either motivates you or devours you and your life. When told I had four years to live in 1988 from an incurable disease, providing I did it ‘their way’, I heard ‘their way’ was not my way. They prescribed six months of preparation for the surgery. I heard proscribed and when I returned six months later no sign of disease, past or present existed never to return. I did not buy their future. I was not actually afraid to die but unwilling to give up my commitment to live my life entirely.

    I appreciate your giving people the chance to have their lives back James!

    Live life like it’s your last day; view and operate knowing you’ll live forever.

  3. I have had 3 business failures and a consequential fear of making decisions/taking action as a result. Worse I have lost relationships with 3 wonderful women due to my strange reactions to external events/circumstances (never a reaction to them). After suicidal thoughts, I went thru 2 years of therapy where everything was traced back to a dysfunctional childhood ….. my father was a raving lunatic …… a violent alcoholic who terrorized his family from the time I was born to the time I left at 18. My whole life has been negatively effected by unconscious fears.

    All dictators and oppressive govts know that fear is the mind killer ….. rationailty flees and people in a state of fear will submit to anything. Can anyone say 9/11 ?

  4. The fact that people may “continue to exist” as impersonal energy is no consolation ……. their fear is a fear of loss of consciousness ….. of loss of the “self” …… one’s unique individual identity …..

  5. Very interesting stuff, and stuff I do believe we have visited before. The fear of death, I agree, is something that is inherent and deeply seated in us all. I tend to believe that it is part of this human condition that we have chosen, part of the challenge, if you will. Who wouldn’t want to hold on to such a precious and fleeting this as Life? And especially when we know not what follows it. Our attachment wouldn’t have it any other way!

    And yet, being Spiritual Entities , and (for some of us) knowing this, you would think it would be easier not to be attached to it – just to let it go like sand art. But most of us, I dare say all of us, cannot withstand this blow to our ego. I would submit to you that it is the challenge of all challenges. Even when we are promised such bliss once we have transformed.

    And so, even someone like me (being a Medium – and having those who have crossed from this realm to the other -with their “essence,” with the core of who they are, in tact) has difficulties in thinking about “letting go” of who I AM NOW because it threatens my ego. Even though I know energy cannot be created or destroyed, even though I know I am one with the Living Universe.

    That is a daily struggle I think. And that is why we need to meditate and work every day, and every moment of our existence to bring ourselves into alignment with the Universe, to stay in harmony.

    So, as always we come back to human potential and achievement. As you said James, it is only in living each day as if it could be our last, that we truly live. Because the fact is, it may be! Because we just never know in life what the next moment will bring – good or bad.
    It seems to me that it is only in facing our fears – of death, and of all things that stem from that – can we truly be alive.

    I read Tarot and Animal Cards for a living. And people don’t always want the truth. They want me to tell them that their guy is going to live them back, or that they are going to get a great new job or a raise, or whatever. We all want to hear good things. But sometimes the things we need to hear ard harsh. And sometimes Bat comes flying in to tell them not to think about love or an increase in income, or “happiness.” Sometimes Bat is contrary and says that life is short. And that you stay in the birth canal too long you will die. Quite literally.

    I don’t always get a good reception on this one. But then, sometimes someone’s got to be shaken awake.
    The point is that none of have a lot of time. And if we use this knowledge to drive us forward with our dreams and goals, maybe just maybe, we’ll have a chance of making a difference in this world, while we’re still here, while we still breathe and think and feel. Because it does matter. Everything we do matters, to us and to the Universe. The Universe wants us to share our energy and talent and intelligence with it, so it can all become bigger. Because that is the way of things. So, like you say, James, let’s go be epic – while we still can! Much love, enthusiasm, and expansion. ~ Lori

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