Birth and death are mere doors we walk through, shedding memory of a past life and gaining new memories of a life to be. We shed and gain memories quite automatically while alive in this world now. This moment and death are much alike in this respect, only the degree of which shows notable difference. Understanding this, there is little reason for fearing death.
Birth and Death a Continuing Process
Birth and death are intertwined. Birth in a new world comes simultaneous with death in the former world, birth and death each supporting the other, elements of the same process. This involves and includes moving between our “physical” world and the less “physical” spirit and formless worlds, and then returning in the cyclic incarnational wheel, but the elementary process is the same as we pass through each separate door. And key to this process is memory. Loss of memory gives an appearance of death. But it is not death, it is change.
Memory, the obtaining of it and loss of it, is the element that creates and sustains our world. We continually gain new memories and lose memory no longer useful to us. It happens throughout this life and later on a grander scale when we leave this world as our memory is replaced with new memories of whatever next world we embrace. Memory defines our world, past and present, and projection of such memory is our expected future. In this respect, past, present, and future operating contiguously as memory, we construct and maintain a living area.
The Origin of Memories
The mind, retaining memories of our present experiences, is also the source of those memories, the sole source. All that we see, and hear and feel, comes from the mind, communally and individually. We are the grand creators of our experiences, within a framework of a greater mind giving us a platform, the actors’ stage, for creating that which instantly becomes memory for all who are in observance. This greater mind of which our understanding is limited, we call God. And God is thus everything, and without God there is nothing, as we’ve so defined.
Memory the Required Tool for Cognizance
The present moment alone, without retention of memory, can be only an incoherent progression of jumble. No logic can develop but for retention of the symbols and forms and feelings entering our minds through the physical senses. The mind thus builds upon what is a natural progression of experiences, the grand play among all peoples and beings in our reality developing outwardly from an inward processing of experiences and memories. Without cognizance there is chaos, having no structural stability.
Making Practical Use of Memory
The life and death experience will not seem so overwhelming when we come to see that we essentially daily experience birth and death as we live our lives normally and typically in this world now, as we take in new memories while past ones fade and disappear from our experiences. You may remember what you had for lunch yesterday, but what you ate for lunch a month ago or even last week will have faded from memory except if there were some significant event associated with it. An important birthday celebration lunch may be remembered for life. In this way the mind makes use of memory, keeping what is useful and discarding what is not or is no longer so, and bringing in fresh new memories as we change and grow.
If we think of physical death in such way, that we are gaining and losing memory as we progress through life, we can take comfort in this eternal scheme placing birth in our past and death in our future, framing a continual living experience that will last through all eternity.
About the Author
Arthur Telling has written numerous stories and articles on religion, philosophy, and metaphysics. His article, “A Different Jesus Message” appeared in the Nov. 2011 AMORC Rosicrucian Digest. Telling is author of eight books including his newest release: “And the Cock Crows: How Rome Buried the Jesus Message”, a historical novel uncovering the lost Jesus message in the Pauline letters. His website: www.arthurtelling.com