Death is an illusion; in our hearts is the only true reality.
Don't be afraid of disease.
Don't be afraid of the unknown.
Don't be afraid of your enemy.
Don't be afraid of death.
Don't be afraid of anything.
The true enemy feeds off your fears.
Much of our technology is poised to avert physical death.
But what about spiritual death? We don't spend much time thinking about that..
Spiritual death happens in one of two ways:
giving in to an evil life - one where we subdue others or
attaching ourselves to this illusion we call human life.
Conversely, when we cultivate true love, we grow our spirits.
Why is it so hard to focus on a growing spiritual life?
Because the illusion is so compelling..
We are frightened by death because we don't know for sure what's 'on the other side'.
We are frightened by disease because it attacks our physical bodies and we feel lessened.
We are frightened by the unknown because there could be many things to hurt us there.
We are frightened by our enemies because they could destroy us.
But i say to you truly: if they destroy us - they only destroy our bodies - not our spirits.
In addition, they destroy their spirits in the process.
When someone gives in to anger, hate, spite, revenge,.., they destroy themselves.
The true enemy is what Jay Weidner calls Archons .. Perhaps they exist only on the spiritual plane or perhaps they have bodies somewhere but probe our society from a distance.. Whatever the case, they are the true enemy - not some religious sect or murderer of our brother/sister/mother/father.. The murderer is not the enemy - their hate is the enemy. And whatever feeds off their hate and your fears - that is the true enemy. Don't ever let that enemy win. Not on this planet - not here on this precious planet Earth.
The 'Archon trick' is the illusion around us including our bodies. We are fooled to think our bodies are the real substance of reality when it is our hearts, what is in them, that matters. The illusion is so convincing because we see in the mirror - our bodies grow and change with the passage of time. The food we eat, the exercise we take, our mental health,.. - these all affect our bodies and we see the effects directly in the mirror. If we don't get enough sleep, we see circles under our eyes. If we don't eat right, we see the effects on our bellies and hips. If we are stressed and let that affect our bodies, we feel it in headaches, stomach aches, or various other physical ailments. Our consciousness is so fully attached to our bodies, we can scarcely imagine a reality where they are not..
But suppose i propose a reality 'parallel' to the one we see.. Suppose there is a 'spiritual plane' where beings exist that coexist with our own spirits - which are attached in a way to the physical plane via our bodies .. Of course, i did not invent this concept. i only try to describe it in a fresh and believable way. When we fall asleep, we are in transition. It is in this moment that we have a chance to perceive this other plane. One Asian religion is called Dzogchen. It explores this avenue of meditation. It proposes that we can step around death in much the same manner we can step around the sledgehammer of sleep. i cannot verify the death aspect of their beliefs, but i can support the sleep aspect - we can use this transition period to investigate the spiritual world.
Try it: try to remain aware as you fall asleep. Don't let sleep overcome you as if someone hit you in the head with a hammer. Stay aware. Try to stay aware as you slip into sleep. Try it many times. You will succeed eventually. Something extraordinary will happen. You will explore parts of your mind normally inaccessible and perhaps something more..
Sometimes fiction mirrors future reality .. Another way to say it is: reality is stranger than fiction. If you've read any of LeGuin, especially any of the Earthsea Trilogy, you know about one way of looking at magic. Perhaps magic is only the deeper talents of our minds expressing themselves..
We know for sure that we only use a fraction of our minds. Sleep-meditation may allow further development of these hidden talents.
What i propose is a holistic approach to developing the human being/spirit. Cultivate true love, develop the powers of our minds with whatever meditation technique works - whether it's sincere prayer, sleep-meditation, or some other more traditional form of meditation, and keep good things in your heart. Everything else will 'fall into place' such as: that truly desired job, that mate that 'would complete you', or any other personal objectives you truly desire in your heart-of-hearts.
Sure, we're lazy about brushing/flossing our teeth. Sure, we're lazy about exercise. Sure, we're lazy about eating the right things.. But there is one thing we should never be lazy about: our spiritual growth/development. Focus on true love, focus on unlocking and developing our potentials, and focus on keeping good things in our hearts - we cannot go wrong.
True love, develop your mind, and keep your heart clean - we can overcome any adversity with this approach - even 'the end of the world'. ;)
If you do only one of those three, i recommend true love.