The way we regard death is critical to the way we experience life.
When your fear of death changes, the way you live your life changes.
— Ram Dass
What if human death is as easeful, peaceful, and graceful as a flower? We enjoy the bloom in its full glory, knowing it will inevitably die. Neither you or the flower freak out — it’s simply the cycle of life. Everything, including your life, is impermanent. Knowing this, we can consciously enjoy every stage of the journey.
The whole way we think and feel about death needs to transform, says William Bloom, a spiritual teacher who has delivered numerous trainings in the hospice sector, especially around the practices of supporting the transfer of consciousness.
Yoga Magazine has described William as “a modern Western mystic considered by many to be Britain’s leading and most experienced mind-body-spirit teacher.” He is also a prolific author with 26 books on holistic health and spiritual wellbeing to his credit.
His many books include Psychic Protection... Working With Angels... Fairies And Nature Spirits... The Sacred Magician… and The Power of the New Spirituality.
Check out this very short clip of William sharing how birth, life, and death are all parts of our soul’s experience of being human.
Near-Death Experiences Change Everything
Have you ever noticed that when someone has a Near-Death Experience, they nearly always come back with a new or renewed enthusiasm for life? Life suddenly has richer meaning and purpose. And just about all of them describe walking into some kind of warm, inviting, bright light — filled with the feeling of deep, unconditional love and safety.
There is a great deal of comfort in all of these NDE stories.They certainly help diminish many anxieties associated with death. The experiences shared by those who’ve glimpsed the other side of the veil help lead us from the fear of death into the knowledge of immortality.
Following a 2-year spiritual retreat in his 20s, William experienced a severe illness that led to a series of near-death and out-of-body experiences. These profound transformational experiences introduced him to the loving and friendly dimensions of death. Today, they frame his attitudes and teachings toward end-of-life issues and the transfer of consciousness.
Watch William share his NDE in the video below.
William’s approach to the psychological and physical realities of dying is informed by the spiritual and metaphysical wisdom he’s absorbed over the decades. From his own experience, he knows that afterlife dimensions are loving, safe, and supportive.
“When we die, we’re going back home to a dimension that is spacious, calm, and safe — and full of supportive allies and spirits.”
Death and Spirituality
Deep in the heart of all spiritual traditions is profound wisdom about how to approach the end of life. These wisdom teachings from every major lineage contend that physical death is the final life initiation — death is seen as the ultimate spiritual teacher.
The teachings also maintain that knowing how to approach death with calm, confidence, and joy is the secret to living a good life here and now.
Denying the reality of death leaves us in the darkness of not knowing. If we truly want to rest in peace and transcend the fear of death, we have to become familiar with death and the whole cycle of life. Consciously facing and preparing for death allows us to live more fully and consciously in love and light, long before the final moments.
The Soul’s Sacred Journey Home
According to William and many other folks who have had near death experiences, death is not to be feared. It’s simply a portal into the next dimension. Just as your soul came into a human body, it leaves the physical realm to move onto a whole other experience.
Spiritual teacher, guru, and author Ram Dass wrote about dying consciously, and how he came to see the moment of death as a ceremony we can prepare for by not clinging.
The ego is frightened by death, because ego is part of the incarnation and ends with it. That is why we learn to identify with our soul, as the soul continues after death. For the soul, death is just another moment.
— Ram Dass
So, what does dying and journeying home feel like? Check out the short video below to hear William describe a good death experience.
The Secret to a Happy Death
Knowledge is power. Fears dissolve away in the light of truth, in more wisdom and insight on a topic. Making the unknown known and familiar removes the dread. Without fear, we can trust, relax, and actually enjoy the journey.
Make peace with your life and prepare for death long before it is at your door. Know death. Understand death. Embrace death. This way, even if you are suddenly taken by death in an unexpected way, you know to go toward the light!
In his on-demand course on the Art of Dying Well, William teaches you that even if you have confusion and become stuck temporarily in a wobble of limbo, you will break on through to the clear light. Be comforted in knowing that all souls make it home.
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