22 October, 2001

Lessons from 9.11

No words can comfort the loved ones of the victims of 11 September. Children, parents, spouses, siblings will all live with the tragedy never far from their thoughts or hearts. Their loss, during this mortal journey, is complete. However, they will reunited with their loved ones, to bask together in shared presence and love, at the end of this incarnation. Look forward to that time, but for now, live life to the fullest.

What can the rest of us learn from the tragic events? Certainly, we need to take steps to improve security and address the long-term problems in areas of the world that provide the environment terrorists operate in. Mindful not to provide the seeds for future tragedies based on misguided over-reactions. It will be a long process of engagement throughout the world, hopefully overcoming the elements of nationality and ideology that divide us. But these are outward things, things that many times either cannot be changed or change in ways not foreseen.

On an inward level, instead of focusing on revenge and retribution, we need to focus on how to grow from such a horrific experience. We need to understand the impermanence of the physical world. The World Trade Center, one of the world's most recognizable structures, a colossus, reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes.

We need to be more conscious of our own mortality. Thousands of people went off to work that day, just as they'd done day in and day out, just as we all do, only this time they didn't return. The same thing could happen to any of us, any day, any time. Death from an accident, or sickness will come upon us, for some sooner rather than later. We are constantly reminded of our mortality as we see examples of such deaths in the news, only the reminder given on 11 September was shockingly magnified.

Remember your own mortality, don't fear it. Death is simply the final act of a single incarnation. Through it we return to the spiritual realm. Our souls will then continue on their journey of growth, to include other births, lives and deaths. To find out more about this process, read some of the books listed on our reference page.

Don't fear death, accept it. Many religions teach you to fear death, fear hell, fear God. These religious leaders want to control you through fear. There is no place for fear when seeking true spirituality.

Accept death, understand it, be constantly aware of it. "Awareness of death begets real life."

Don't put off the important things. Hug your kids, tell them you love them. Love your spouse, hold them, whisper to them how much they mean to you.

Spend time following your dreams, don't put them off. Make the world a better place. Live each moment prepared for death, leaving nothing unsaid, nothing undone.

By so doing, you eliminate the fear from your life. Fear of flying. Fear of anthrax. Fear of death. You maximize the opportunities this life offers you. Then, when your time is up and death comes knocking, whether it be in an accident or peacefully in your sleep, you will return to your spiritual home with no regrets from this life, the better prepared for future lives to come.


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