Why I’m Not Afraid To Die: Evidence of the Soul

Seagull at Dawn

PALM BAY, FL–In the preface to The Benefits of Mystical Oneness , I mention taking a “leap of faith” as the first step on the mystical path to enlightenment. This “leap” is where the spiritual seeker stops thinking of herself as a mortal human being, and starts living as if she is an eternal soul.

Once she makes the leap (not just thinking about being a soul, but actually living as if she were one), she–quite simply–loses the fear of death. Without this fear, her spiritual growth accelerates exponentially–and her life changes dramatically.

So how do we do this? How do we convince ourselves that we are a Soul?

You’ve heard and read stories of people who have claimed to have “gone beyond” and returned. Maybe you’ve had some visions yourself. The problem is, most of us aren’t naive–many of us are naturally skeptical. We’ll often dismiss these stories–even our own memories–as fantasy or delusion.

In order to make such a dramatic change to our core identity, what we need is evidence that the Soul is real. Evidence. Verifiable accounts and studies by the scientific community.

Below is but a tiny piece of a massive amount of evidence in support of the human soul. I hope, after reading it, that it helps convince you that we are not merely human beings, but eternal Souls who cannot die. I hope with this evidence, that the jump from the edge of the cliff down into the Abyss–the first step toward Mystical Oneness–becomes just a little bit easier to make.

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The Benefits of Mystical Oneness (The Last Part)

Here is the last of The Benefits of Mystical Oneness. I’ll be adding some photographs (and maybe some commentary), then giving it away as an ebook.

I’m glad I followed through with it. I learned a lot about my vision, my message, my audience, and my understanding of the “intelligence” behind it all. I’ll cover those in more detail later, but first, here’s the last of the text (below the break (huh?)). Thanks for putting up with it/me/Her.

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The Benefits of Mystical Oneness (So Far III)

I know where it’s coming from, and I know to let go and let it flow, but I’m still amazed at how easily the words are “writing themselves.” The entire Part II: The Benefits of Radiance took only two hours at a Barnes and Noble this morning.

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The Benefits of Mystical Oneness (So Far II)

Below is the remainder of Part I of The Benefits of Mystical Oneness, The Benefits of the Soul. Still ahead are Parts II and III: The Benefits of Radiance and The Benefits of Oneness.

For students of other traditions, it is important to remember that the level of the Soul is just a step toward fully integrating with the All/Her in the Level of Oneness. The Soul (think the Personal Self) must eventually be dropped for the Level of Radiance to appear (think the Enlightenment of Passion and the Enlightenment of Stillness); and the Level of Radiance must eventually be dropped for the Level of Oneness to be realized (think the Enlightenment of Oneness–the ultimate nondual state).

What sets the Mystical path of enlightenment apart from many of the other nondual traditions is the first step. At the very beginning of her quest, the seeker must make her Leap of Faith. Mystics LIVE as if they were eternal souls. They don’t stare at walls for hours on end. They don’t focus on their breathing. They don’t try to still their minds. They don’t ask themselves over and over, “Who am I?” They are not academics. They are not practitioners. They are not theorists or philosophers. They don’t stand on the edge of the cliff and contemplate what lies in the Abyss. They jump. They DO. They take the Leap and they LIVE it, right here, right now.

The mystic lives as if she were eternal. She experiences it.

Through living it, she finds the truth for herself.

The path of Mystical Oneness starts by living as a soul incarnate.

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The Benefits of Mystical Oneness (So Far I)

Below is what I have so far for The Benefits of Mystical Oneness. Probably about once a week I’ll post what I’ve written since the week before.

I believe it will eventually become a free ebook to generate interest in what I’ve come to see as my forte: Mystical Oneness. Maybe then expand on it with theory and practices and a couple photo-slide-type videos. Who knows? It still isn’t clear what She has in mind.

No photos yet. When I write books, I always focus on the text first (idea, outline, tone), then I add photos later (usually from my library, but sometimes I shoot specifically for the book).

Not a lot of text for that matter either–but now that I have the tone down, a gender for the mystic (a nameless female), and a way of releasing the text piece-by-piece without boring everyone with constant updates, it should flow smoother from this point forward.

It will be divided into three sections (probably): The Benefits of the Soul; The Benefits of Radiance; and The Benefits of Oneness. Each section corresponds to the three distinct levels that a modern-day mystic would pass through on their way to awakening (actually, the Oneness level IS the awakened state, but you know what I mean).

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More On Writing Mystically

Tire on a Dock on a Lake

PALM BAY, FL–I’ll probably be releasing the first installment of The Benefits of Mystical Oneness (TBOMO) tomorrow. Some surprises I’ve encountered during this project below the break (huh?).

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On Writing Mystically

Florida State Bird

PALM BAY, FL–I’ve started to write. I’m not writing about what I thought I would. It doesn’t make sense to spend the time on this project when there seem to be more important things to write about, but ultimately, this is where She’s leading me.

What’s left of my ego barrier is telling me not to waste my time on it, not to focus on the mystical side of enlightenment, let alone on the benefits. The ego barrier is afraid I’ll get a reputation as a nut case.

I’m ignoring him (the ego barrier). He seems to be nothing but trouble these days.

From my perspective, “I” simply don’t matter any more. To my ego barrier, I’m the center of my world, but the barrier is just a pile of conditioning, something that I see (and sometimes lose myself in), but it’s no longer “me.”

The conflict I’m having with this project though–between conditioning and faith–is a perfect example of surrendering to Her: of relinquishing control, of ignoring the consequences, of releasing and riding with the Flow.

Ultimately this project is a low-risk one. If you want to play with surrender, I’d encourage you to try a similar low-risk endeavor–one where your mind says “Left” and your heart says “Right.” You may fail, you may end up with egg on your face… but, if you are ready, you may find yourself face-to-face with the Divine.

I believe I’ll be releasing this work online, a piece at a time. This isn’t the way a sane person would write–they’d do a rough draft, then revise it a few times, then release it–but then that doesn’t seem to be what She has in mind.

The Implications of Synchronicity

Light on the Blinds

PALM BAY, FL–Lately, I have been thinking about the implications of the many synchronic events that have happened in my life (recent examples).

In The Implications of the Soul (free download), I point out that reincarnation implies that we never need to fear death again. Past life memories imply that we come back (reincarnate) pretty much as we are now–different bodies and cultures, but basically the same “person.”

But what are the implications of synchronicity?

What I have found, is that a close look at synchronicity can change your life… Really.

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The Unfortunate Fire Ant Incident

Ant Battle

PALM BAY, FL–And now for something completely different.

The other day, the exterminators for the condo association sprayed outside the buildings. When ants in Florida see exterminators their usual response is to exclaim, “What? Is it moving day already?”

So last night, I strip naked, turn out the lights and slip into bed. Unbeknownst to me, an entire colony of fire ants had moved their nest between the top sheet and the bottom sheet of my bed.

Not under the bed. Not between the top sheet and the blanket, but between the sheets… exactly where my naked butt would soon come to rest.

Additionally, by lifting the sheets to climb into bed, many ants clung to the underside of the top sheet, so when the sheet came to rest gently upon my naked and vulnerable body, the above mentioned ants (did I mention they were FIRE ants?) came to rest gently upon my naked and vulnerable genitals.

So let me set the scene for you: An entire COLONY of ants. FIRE ants. In the BED. In the DARK. Naked and vulnerable GENITALS.

I’m sorry to say but it didn’t end well for either of us.