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
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
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.