Death as a Non-Ordinary State of Consciousness

ABSTRACT:

This article encourages readers to contemplate their inner feelings about their own mortality, deepen their awareness, and expand their consciousness on the nature of death. It attempts to accomplish these goals through two means: first, by guiding readers through two exercises that will help them to process their own deaths experientially; and second, by providing teachings of the mystical traditions – both Eastern and Western perspectives. The author shares her own personal reflections on death and then guides readers through two introspective exercises regarding their own feelings and perspectives on death. Spiritual teachings from the traditions of Jewish Mysticism, Christian Mysticism, and Buddhism are discussed and the common perspectives they share on the nature of death as a non-ordinary state of consciousness are also discussed.

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