When we discuss people’s fears, the fear of death always arises.

Fear is not our enemy, but our fear of being afraid. Death is not our enemy, but the fear of death is. According to some psychologists, the fear of death is a powerful fear that we push into the depths of our unconscious in order to avoid it. However, even though it is hidden in the unconscious, this fear remains active and reappears every time we face difficult times, such as the death of a loved one. This can exacerbate the pain and generate a lot of anxiety. Therefore, avoiding the fear of death is not the best strategy.

One of the reasons Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s 5 Stages of Grief became so popular is that it provided a rational framework for dealing with previously taboo topics. One way to overcome the fear of death is to approach it logically. Although most rationalists, especially scientists, assume that our consciousness is extinguished at the moment of death, the question of what happens after death still arises, but it is neither rational nor scientific. The logical approach to overcoming fear of death will never be enough because of the emotional component involved. If this emotional component can be addressed, then the logical argument may be more effective.

The fear of death must be treated as a phobia.

Another way to overcome the fear of death would be purely psychological. For instance, our minds are extinguished for 7 or 8 hours every time we go to sleep at night. We know that sleep is temporary, which reassures us, as we have all gone through this extinction of consciousness thousands of times. The question is, have you ever considered this point every time you go to bed at night? Fear does not rule that area, so dreams do not cause us anxiety. Therefore, overcoming the fear of death has nothing to do with convincing yourself that there is nothing to fear. The fear of death must be treated as any other fear, and the fact that death is the central point makes no difference.

One of Buddha’s teachings is that the problem of pain, including fear, needs to be addressed. Fear comes to an end when you discover a place within yourself where you are not afraid. The aim is not to battle with the fear of death until you feel calm, but to find that place where the fear of death becomes insignificant. As long as we identify ourselves with the cycle of birth and death, we will continue to be tormented by the notion that there is nothing beyond death.

When you reach the state where the fear of death ceases to exist, you will realize that you are no longer afraid. It is like finding your car keys – once you have them, you are no longer afraid of losing them. Meditation leads us to that state of being where we can connect with our true self, which is unaffected by fear. Meditating regularly enhances our ability to remain present, which is beneficial because the fear of death is primarily fueled by our anticipation of it.

For the ego, death is always around the corner.

Forget the skeptical quotes that affirm our total extinction through the experience of death. The fear of death is for people who haven’t realized the law of impermanence. We should contemplate it because we know that everything that begins, ends. This law is respected by all beings in creation, except for humans.

For the ego, death is always just around the corner. Therefore, to live a life of freedom, we must break down the ego’s dividing walls and recognize that there are things we can control and others that are beyond our reach. When you are conscious, you know which part is within your power and which is not. The problem with a disease is not the biological disturbance, but the mental resistance caused by anguish. Anguish is the most painful aspect of the disease. A patient who experiences great peace is a happy patient. A life free from fear is a desirable goal in itself.

Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ and find that there is no death. Eckhart Tolle





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