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If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death?
    #3919702 - 03/15/05 06:04 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

What would you do to prepare spiritually for death? Or would you not do anything?


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3919782 - 03/15/05 07:05 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

this. :wink:


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3919870 - 03/15/05 07:50 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I'm doing it. In fact, moments after I woke up this morning, I had one of those moments while peering down the hallway illuminated by a couple of those green nightlights. The thought was striking: "You are going to die!" I've had these moments before, and I remember my first theology professor having one of these moments which he related to our class. It had haunted him all day.

Recently I began to search for long-lost friends and college roommates. I found a few. I thought of contacting the first girl I ever fell in love with, but she later became known as 'The Heidi Fleiss of Aspen' in the news - a prostitiute and madam of a prostitution ring. Obviously I never forgot her, but I dumped her and thought of sharing how I felt about her - like I did with the high school girl-of-my-dreams AND the junior high school bully (who wrung his hands and begged forgiveness) in 2001 at my reunion.

Aside from tying up karmic social ends as best I can, I would (and I am) spend more time in formal Yoga meditation, practicing intense introvertive visualizations and breathing for the last moments in the body. I favor the Tibetan Buddhist exercises, while resting in the hope of GOD's grace, or GOD's 'Uncreated Energies' as the Orthodox like to say, for the Eternalization of my essential being. I wish to make death into 'a trip,' and experience ego-death as I have in the past on psychedelics. In fact, I would like to take a psychedelic to lend energy to my waning life-force in order to maintain vigilance (certainly not control!), but all this assumes that I'll have the choices of where and when to die, and consciousness of the event.

Although a Christian, perhaps Gnostic Christian or even Christian philosopher best describes my identity. As a philospher (or a Gnostic) I do not choose to be bound by the formulaic doctrines made by others that believers are 'supposed' to keep in mind. Therefore, the teachings of Plato on the Eternal Ideas (of which I hope 'I' am one) or the Buddha with the mudra of 'fearlessness' - right palm up and facing out - expresses the state of quiescence that I hope to die in. I do not wish to leave the world in the way in which I entered it - kicking and screaming.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #3919891 - 03/15/05 08:03 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Well he didn't leave much for me to say... as usual... heh.

What Markos said pretty much rings true for me.

We're all going to die soon, relatively speaking... so we should all be preparing spiritually already.

I've begun, but I have much to learn and (more so) to apply. My knowledge and wisdom have increased dramatically, but my ability to focus and apply that knowledge and wisdom is still hindered and lacking.

With a little luck, I'll be given enough time here for my apathy drain to be overcome by an increase in flow of applied wisdom...


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3919904 - 03/15/05 08:14 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I would do nothing other than what I already do

...except - if we are talking soon as in a week or two - I would definitely walk out of my job right now.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3920012 - 03/15/05 09:23 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Doesn't everyone know they are going to die soon? relatively soon at least..

anyway, i don't think you need "preparation" for death or anything, death is a "ready or not here i come" sorta thing.

Gomp answered very nicely when he said "this".  :thumbup:


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3920062 - 03/15/05 09:35 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Honestly. At this point in my life. If I knew I was going to die within the next year and there was NO HOPE at all.

I would call my buddy and get a $50 bag of H (I have never once touched the shit). I would get a needle (which I truly fucking hate). I would fill a tub up with nice warm soothing water..

Mainline a very high lethal dose of H and slowly slip down letting the warm soothing water encompass my face and body. Nice and peaceful..


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: THE KRAT BARON]
    #3920117 - 03/15/05 09:54 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

6 months later a complete cure is discovered for the condition you had prior to your suicide.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: THE KRAT BARON]
    #3920136 - 03/15/05 10:00 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Oh shit, pyramids.. I knew that avatar looked farmiliar... my first 'cid trip was on 1.5 tabs of pyramids... I drove for like a halfhour on the peak. :eek: Man, I did some stupid shit in my day.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: THE KRAT BARON]
    #3920153 - 03/15/05 10:12 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Mind you - ur up in Heaven having a ball so what does it matter.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: CJay]
    #3920755 - 03/15/05 01:30 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

party like it's your last day on Earth... until it is the last day.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3920801 - 03/15/05 01:52 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

i'd probably meditate a lot, try and talk to all the good friends i've had in the past, and eat some acid.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3921549 - 03/15/05 05:12 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

C'mon now JC...did I hit on the same points that you would've hit on, or what? I left the whole novel universe of experience for you to expound on, so expound away! :smile:


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3921582 - 03/15/05 05:18 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Take lots of acid and get drunk every day.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #3926447 - 03/16/05 06:07 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I sure as hell wouldn't waste my time meditating. Shit... I would probably just look back and wonder if I would do it all over again... and if I could answer that question with a "yes" I would sit back and smoke a fatty. If I answered that question with a "hell no" ... shit ... I'd have to smoke two, go get some ass ... and then ask myself again.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: BuddahKillah]
    #3926484 - 03/16/05 06:15 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I would slow down even more and even more often.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: MOTH]
    #3926500 - 03/16/05 06:18 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I would hug my loved ones
and then I would do Nothing.


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: Gomp]
    #3926534 - 03/16/05 06:23 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

and that. :wink:


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: Gomp]
    #3926549 - 03/16/05 06:28 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

A life reivew, sort out personal relationships, lots of Meditation, give away all personal possesions to charity or people i know who would benefit, seek some more spiritual guidence from living teachers, relinqish all attachment to this world, and then die peacfully. But then again all but the giving away of possessions i try to do already so death should not be that much of a problem.  :grin:


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Re: If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do to prepare spiritually for death? [Re: egghead1] * 1
    #3927081 - 03/16/05 08:19 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Id stop doing anything that didn't matter.

Internet would cease. No job. I'd walk around quite a bit. I'd visit my family quite often. I'd listen to what people have to say. I'd go swimming. I'd probably do some amount of drugs, mushrooms and Excstacy. I'd let everyone know how beautiful I thought they were.

Perhaps I should do this now? Many consequences have been burned into me though, and to do this because I thought it was the right thing, would mean failure in the eyes of many.

How ironic?


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