My Dear Son:
In order to move toward a more congruent relationship between life and death, aboriginal cultures for centuries have described existence as “the circle of life” versus viewing birth, life, old age, and death in a straight line. There are many ways of seeing our lives differently, which prefaces seeing our deaths differently. Most people don't think about it on a regular basis, but biology shows us that the bodies of any multi-cellular organism has a complex system of life and death going on inside-out for its entire existence. In other words, parts of our bodies are dying as well as regenerating all the time. And the dying/regenerating happens in finely tuned cycles, or circles.
We don't like to think about our bodies throwing off dead stuff, but the fact is, it does just that every minute of the day. And our dead stuff makes food for other live stuff throwing off its dead stuff. And so on.
So the great line of demarcation for humans is when the body completely dies, because that takes away the spirit and personality that emanated that body during its earth life. It feels as if the essence of who they were is gone, and remotely, if not impossibly assessable. So—we still draw the line of mystery in the sand, asking questions like, is there an afterlife? What happens there?
When perhaps, in order to really answer those questions, we need to ask, is this living? What happens here?
More to come!