Let Go. Let the Light In

Complaining about anything holds you in the place of refusing to receive the things you’ve been asking for. Justifying about anything holds you in the place of refusing to let in the very things that you’ve been asking for. Blaming someone holds you in the place of refusing to let in the things that you’ve been asking for. Feeling guilty, feeling angry, it doesn’t matter what you call it; it is a refusal, not a conscious one. You’re asking; you can’t help but ask. The Universe is yielding; it must yield. It’s a big question, folks: why aren’t you letting it in?

 

Abraham-Hicks
October 31, 2018

 

Look for the positive in life. That has been the underlying theme of Wisdom and Life throughout the course of its existence. Whether I’m discussing death and dying, whether it be dealing with a challenge, whatever is on tap, the best thing, the ONLY thing to do if you want to improve your outlook is to stop complaining, stop justifying. Because as Abraham-Hicks so eloquently says in the above quote, doing those things will only bring more challenges into your sphere.

 

Let the light in.

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In EVERY challenge that arises, you can find a gift if you look. Focus on the positive, focus on the gift in that rough patch you find yourself in. Stop dwelling on the rough patch and find a way out. Feeling angry, feeling bitter, getting anxious only hurts you. Let go of all the hurt. Release the pain. Let the past go.

 

You can’t do anything about the past transgressions done to you or that you have done to others so why are you still living in that place?  Why are you still letting it haunt you? Ask yourself what am I getting out of this? Is the pain, emotional and physical that I’m experiencing worth the effort I’m putting into it getting me anywhere useful?  I’m betting not. Let it all go.

 

You can do something physical to let it go. My initial thought was to write down all the complaints, all the justifications, all the blames you still carry and tie the notes to a balloon and launch them into the sky. However, launching balloons is not a very healthy thing to do to the environment these days.

 

So with that being said, perhaps another option is to light a contained fire and one by one drop each note into the fire, pausing each time and giving thanks to each note. When the last piece of paper has been incinerated, put the fire out and walk away, knowing that you are now clean. You now are free from the encumbrances of your past. And make a promise that from here on you will feel the hurt, you will feel the anger, then let it go. Envision dropping the blame, dropping the anger into an imaginary fire.

 

Your life will feel so much better. You won’t feel that pit in your stomach. When you leave the bitterness behind, when you let the light in, when you think positive instead of letting negativity encircle you, light and positivity will be the first place you look. Do your best to act this way and you’ll soon see everything turn around. You’ll find there IS another way to live your life. That life IS a gift. And you’ll want to start living it with that in mind.

 

Stop complaining.  Let the light in and start living!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Through The Veil

Turns out my muse was tuned in yesterday while I attended church.  I realized while listening to the topic of our service:
Through The Veil that the last three months of the year have themes:
–October equals Through The Veil
–November equals Gratitude
–December equals light

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If you think about these three thematic months, you can see a connection I will mke in December with a column that ties them all together.  First, let’s look at Through The Veil.

 

Why do I see October as Through The Veil Month?

Every religious tradition as October as the month when the line between the physical world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest, meaning that this is the time of year when the two worlds find it easiest to communicate with each other.  Here is some of what I discovered at service yesterday:
1.  We dress in costume to confuse spirits that wish to do us harm.
2.  We light jack o lanterns to ward off the spirits that wish to do us harm.  Those spirits don’t like light.

 

Western traditional Halloween has its roots in Pagan tradition.  I KNEW THAT. What I didn’t know is THAT PAGAN tradition was born from a Gaelic holiday called Samhain.  As with each of these customs, Samhain also tells us that this is the time when the physical and the spiritual collide and combine, making it easy to communicate and witness the other world.  It’s a time when angels, sprites, and fair folk are able to cross over.

 

It’s also a time when the line between those we love who have passed find it easier to communicate.  Halloween has always been a time that in my deep consciousness, the one that grew up intimidated by the Catholic tradition of Hell has feared.  And if I’m being completely honest, there remains that fear. However, as I have matured in my worldview, as my belief system has changed through the course of this my latest incarnation, I have come to see the world of my faith in a different light.  I see this month now, more as a time of year when life and death is more transitory, more fluid. That there is a line that is more open to us, if we choose to see it. I’ve never seen death as a bad thing anyway. It’s just one more travel we all have to take.  And I certainly don’t believe it is a permanent state. It isn’t static. Death is just a transition. It is just a sleep, a resting period. Death is a place we go to review our previous life and ready ourselves for our next incarnation. This time of year, October shows us that those who have passed over are NEVER completely gone. Let those who have passed before you, those who shared a connection with you when in the physical embrace you.  Embrace this season as it only comes along once a year.

 

Love never dies.  

 

God/Your Higher Power/The Universe isn’t cruel enough to rip someone out of arms permanently.  And this time of year is that proof. Find your own proof and look through the veil.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

God is Green

Your spiritual self was born in a dream, and when you dream you are returning home.  Your natural self is at home where everything is both a physical fact and a poetic metaphor.  When you dream, you are returning to the home, the very womb of your spirit and a world that speaks the language of your soul.

 

A Religion of One’s Own
Thomas Moore
Page 82

 

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Let me speak first on the title of this book.  When Oprah asked Thomas Moore about creating a religion of one’s own, his answer connected with my own experience.  He said:
The way you create your own religion is by picking and choosing from the world religions and melding them into your own life.  (A paraphrase, because I didn’t pay attention to the exact words Moore used.)  This is EXACTLY how I created my own worldview.

 

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Oprah Winfrey had Thomas Moore on Super Soul Sunday.  The above quote from his latest book resonated deeply with me.  Pay attention to a few key phrases in the quote.
–Your spiritual self was born in a dream.
–When you dream, you are returning to the home, the very womb of your spirit and a world that speaks the language of your soul.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Moore is most known for his book:
Care of the Soul

 

You know that dreams have played a role at Wisdom and Life in previous columns.  Should you need a reminder:
Dreams at Wisdom and Life

 

If I take the first sentence from this passage apart I can see remnants from Journey of Souls.  That book played a huge role in my always developing religion as can be seen from the link below:
Journey of Souls at Wisdom and Life  Journey of Souls is a book of case studies from people who recall what occurs before birth and after death.  In that transitional space you are greeted by those who have passed before you and by teachers/masters who are there to guide you into the next life you choose.  Those people in your soul group  who passed before you wait to be reunited to teach you what you could have done differently in your previous life you have just woken from.

 

Your life is born in a dream and if you take this as an analogy, then you can clearly see why I connected with this quote from A Religion of One’s Own.  Death is seen by some as a mere sleep and what do you do in sleep but dream? There are those who believe that your dream life is your TRUE life and the waking world is the fantasy.  What if when you’re in transition, the place between lives is the real life? Your NEXT life IS created in in your life between lives in a place (according to Journey of Souls) called Transition Hall:
Here is where we choose our next life.  That next life will be a result of how we performed in our previous life.  In other words, if we came upon a challenge in a previous life and we didn’t make the connection and make the necessary change then we will come upon the same challenge again this new life.  We keep finding the same challenges until we make the correct change and move forward.
From
Soul Groups at Wisdom and Life

 

Since that’s the case, so is your next spiritual life.  As I’ve mentioned before here as well, the ONLY way to reach those who have passed is through dreams.
Dreams of those who have passed

 

If those who have passed can only reach us through dreams, perhaps that is where we are most at home.  What if that place between Life, death and dreams is our real home as Thomas Moore’s quote seems to suggest?

 

Journey of Souls continues to have an impact on my spiritual life as can be seen from this column.  I highly recommend finding a copy of this book and reading it. I imagine because you’re a follower of Wisdom and Life,  some of you will come away with a deeper knowledge and more peace that life does NOT end with each passing.

 

As Deepak Chopra said in a recent episode of Expedition Unknown:
Everything recycles including plastic.  Matter recycles. Energy recycles. Information recycles.  Why should consciousness be the only exception?

 

This is also reminiscent of my own thought process here:
God is Green

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Right Where You are Supposed To Be

There is one aspect of Spirituality and Law of Attraction that states:
You’re right where you are supposed to be.  Wisdom and Life’s Category on Predestination explains how your life is already planned for you BEFORE you incarnate.  If you believe your life isn’t working out the way you thought it would, don’t fret, and remember that your soul planned everything that is happening RIGHT NOW!  It can be comforting to understand this if you’re constantly attempting to change the circumstances you find yourself in. Don’t engage in a fruitless attempt to change something that is beyond your control.  That will only cause you more anxiety.

 

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Remember:
You’re right where you’re supposed to be.
Life isn’t supposed to be a struggle.
Life is about moving forward and not looking back.

 

I understand that some of you may have a difficult time grasping this thought process and that’s fine, As I’ve said here when I sometimes tend to go off The Deep End, I don’t expect everyone to understand and accept my ENTIRE worldview, I’m simply putting some of these concepts out there so my readers can try them on and see if they fit.

 

Another reason I’m bringing this opinion forward is that I know people who are struggling at the moment, if I can help them see that everything is going to be alright, that if they can’t get it right in this incarnation, that you will have plenty of opportunity to do better in your next incarnation.  I’m not saying this to create an excuse for the challenges in your life at the moment. You still have to do the work to create the life you want. But if you don’t see your efforts bringing immediate results, keep moving forward.
Life is a marathon.  Not a sprint.

 

Worry only brings more stress.  And stress and worry cause emotional and physical challenges.  If you can find a way to rid yourself of that stress, you’ll find your life easier.  Not everyone has that capacity, however. We all have the worry gene. In some of us that gene is stronger; in some of us it is barely there.  What those of us who have a strong worry gene have to do, is work on tamping it down. Not easy, I know.

 

What you have to realize though, is how do you feel when you worry all the time.  That pit in your stomach? Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could get rid of it?

 

Remember,
God is in control.  
Your life is planned out.

 

Stay in the present moment and nothing bad will happen.
You’re right where you’re supposed to be.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Good Friday

Seeing as Easter was yesterday and Good Friday was a few days ago,
I’ve decided to re-post this column from a few years ago

 

A friend of mine I work with at the library in Madison asked me about my worldview a couple days ago.  I don’t recall what precipitated the conversation but seeing as today is an important day in Christian History I have decided to shift the original column that was scheduled to publish today.

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I want to discuss what I mentioned to my friend.  Several other people have asked what exactly I believe and whether I still consider myself Christian after reading Wisdom and Life; only because some of my beliefs come into direct conflict with traditional Christian belief.  For example:

My unwavering conviction in Past Lives.

 

How can I balance that strong belief with the overriding conclusion by the dominant Christian Practice of Catholicism that Past Lives don’t exist?  I’ve had this conversation with family as well as friends who are adamant about the subject.  I calmy bring up examples of children who recall events in their lives that they have no way of knowing.  Take a look at my column called Soul Survivor and attempt to explain the young boy’s story.  I had an experience myself a few years ago that I wrote about here called Children’s Past Lives.  Looking at these two examples and many more in my life is how I place Past Lives neatly into my Christian worldview.  The belief fits perfectly into my puzzle of life.

 

Just as strong as my conviction in Past Lives is my conviction that Jesus died on the Cross and rose on Easter Sunday. My faith has NEVER wavered.  I seldom invoke that name here because that name carries weight, some positive and some negative.  When I use the word “God,” at Wisdom and Life I always think:
Uh oh:
I wonder what kind of reaction I’ll receive from people who don’t share my strong conviction in Faith as I do.

 

My friend Hal Baird over on Google+ has told me repeatedly that I shouldn’t worry what others think and continue to write what I’m directed to; and not to preface what I write.  I REALLY do have to stop being self conscious about that and make sure I continue to practice the mission statement from Wisdom and Life:
Faith and spirituality have always played a significant role in my life. Take either one away, and I’ll simply cease to be who I am. Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.

 

My faith is too important to water down and not write about it when I AM directed to.  As I’ve said here too many times to number, I’m convinced that I’m simply a conduit, a channel,  that the Divine provides me with the inspiration to write.  I’ve discovered that when I’m struck with something to discuss, nothing will prevent me from writing about the topic on the given day that I’m writing, which is why many times I have something scheduled to publish on a specific day and suddenly I’m shifting columns.  When I mention that a column is being shifted, most likely it is because I have been given something else to discuss as is the case with today’s column.

 

So what exactly does my worldview consist of:
In the simplest form if you want an understanding of my worldview you can go to:
My Spirituality page.

 

I understand that I also mention Thomas Aquinas here often, especially his quote:
To one who has faith no explanation is necessary.  

 

That’s EXACTLY how I feel. I’ve never had a crisis of faith. Because I feel God all around me.  As the movie I recently saw suggests:
God’s not Dead.  

 

Even though I don’t attend organized religion, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are important in my worldview.  Why? You may ask since I don’t attend organized religion do I feel so strongly about my faith and since I do feel so strongly don’t I attend?  I guess I’ve always been one to seek my own path, But the Divine has always been right beside me in this, my latest incarnation.  I’ve always had an overflowing faith and as I’ve said before, Ya want some?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Prayer, Faith and Law of Attraction

Your prayer causes you to focus, and the Law of Attraction causes everything in the Universe that’s in vibrational harmony with your focus to come to you.

 

Abraham-Hicks
December 20, 2017

 

Law of Attraction and Faith go hand in hand.  It can be seen from the above quote. Prayer is an integral part to both Law of Attraction and Faith.

 

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If you remember three of the tenets of Law of Attraction:
 Ask for what you want
 Believe you already have it
 Thank the Universe when you receive it.

 

You can see similarities to faith and Biblical teachings, especially if you merge one and two from above into:
Ask and ye shall receive
–Believe you already have it.  (Belief)
Belief and faith play an important role in the Bible.  For those who read the Bible literally everything is taken on faith and belief.  Belief and faith also play a significant part in my life.

 

I’ve always had a strong faith and as I’ve said at Wisdom and Life, discovering Law of Attraction has deepened my faith.  It’s why the tagline for my blog is:
Where Law of Attraction Meets Faith and Spirituality.

 

I certainly believe that Law of Attraction (LoA) merged tenets with Faith, Religion and Christianity to make it more amenable and accessible to a mass audience.  Which is not to take anything away from LoA. The same can be said for the book/movie combination of The Secret.  Concentrating on the goal of getting what you want and just touching on other concepts of LoA made it easier for people getting started understanding Law of Attraction.  Those wanting more now had the beginner knowledge and could dig deeper. Without that “kindergarten” understanding no one would have the ability to move forward if they wanted to.  

 

Those of us, myself included, who discovered the similarities to Faith and Religion found our faith deepening as a result of studying LoA and Faith.  We saw the merged traits and became more enriched. Which in some respect I believe is one of the factors to bringing Law of Attraction to the masses.

 

What do you think?  I’m interested in your responses.  Feel free to leave a comment.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Your Soul Energy

Your soul is interested in how you use your energy—what you create and whether you achieve your greatest potential.  It sees the experiences of your life as part of a larger, richer, more complete picture than the one you can see

Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul

 

 

I use a variety of resources for inspiration, many books to help me write about the topics of Wisdom and Life.  Gary Zukov is an author I’ve followed for awhile. He’s in the same vein as Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer.  I recommend reading some of his content.

 

As I’ve maintained at Wisdom and Life almost from its inception we all have a plan that has been divinely planned before we incarnate.  How do you know what your soul has intended?

 

When you’re doing what you SHOULD be doing, as the quote above says, your energy level will rise and that’s what your soul is interested in:
High energy.

 

So how do you achieve high energy?

You follow your bliss.  Your bliss is how you feel when you are doing what you love.  And whatever you do do NOT let anyone dissuade you from your soul’s plan.  That’s the time when you lose your energy.

 

The reason your soul sees your life as part of a larger fabric is that before you incarnate, it knows EVERYTHING you will you will face:
–Your soul knows when you will return to spirit, to the ethereal.
–Your soul knows when you’ll find your soulmate, and how you will spend your time together, whether as friends, lovers or married.
–Your soul knows how you will spend your life, what kind of career you will have.  It will do everything it can to show you your gifts then push you to follow your bliss.  In the end it’s up to you whether you listen to your soul or outside influences.

 

Listen to your soul so that you live in bliss!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Signs, The Divine, and Spiritual Evolution

Have you ever thought that you wanted something so badly and you looked for signs that pointed in the direction of “the rightness,” of the choice but every time you turned around there were opposite signs pointing you in a different direction?

 

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Did you see these signs or did you choose to ignore them?  What do you suppose would happen if you chose to ignore them?  On a soul level we ALL know what feels right.  We ALL know when something is NOT supposed to happen and when we ignore the RIGHTNESS of something, the Divine will continue pushing you toward the right path.

 

Maybe it is a conversation you have with someone.

Maybe you overhear someone else and ONE word or a series of words get magnified and you ONLY hear THOSE words.  These are the things we MUST pay attention to.  It is the Divine directing us but unless we are aware, unless we are awake, unless our “spiritual blinders” are off we won’t understand, we won’t see, we won’t hear where Spirit is guiding us.

 

It’s important for our spiritual evolution to move forward.  And the only way we can develop beyond our current capacity is to listen our intuition, listen to our gut.  And when a choice is to be made, follow your intuition.  Your intuition is the direct pipeline to the divine.  If you receive a message in the form of an overheard conversation and the message appears to be telling you NOT to do something, then for heaven’s sake, heed the message.  For if you don’t and you stumble forward choosing to ignore THAT message then something stronger will come down the pike and knock you on your ass.

 

The first message you receive from the Divine can sometimes be VERY subtle, which is why it take practice to hear that message.  If you are indeed awake and you understand the messages that are filtering through the first time and you STILL choose to ignore them, then the NEXT time you hear from Spirit, the next message won’t be so subtle  I SINCERELY believe we get that next communication that is more brazen to wake us up, to shake the lethargy from our inner being.

 

There is no bad.
There is no negative.

 

Everything that happens in our lives, from blessings to challenges are simply the Divine’s attempt to move us forward, to help us grow, to help us evolve.  To move forward, however we have to start paying attention to the communications we receive.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Worrying is Using your Imagination

Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.

 

Abraham-Hicks

Yesterday at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society  one of the things the service touched on was how important it is to stay in the present moment.  For it is in the present moment where worry and anxiety can not enter.

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Why is it that when something is occurring in our lives, generally only focus on the negative:
Why haven’t your friends reached out?
Where is my life headed?  

Round and round you go until you are circling the proverbial drain.  You think the worst:
Your friends no longer want to be part of your life.
You see no way out of your life’s current challenges
You wrack your mind attempting to discover something you may have done.

When in actuality, life just caught up with your friends at the moment.
It was nothing you did.  And they do indeed want to still be in your life.

Life is all about challenges and how we all cope with them.

Sometimes all this worrying won’t create the idea from propagating but all that worrying does is create anxiety in you.  So in a way you have created something you don’t want:
Anxiety
Stress
A pit in your stomach.

 

The same concept can be stretched to any part of your life it doesn’t just have to be a personal relationship.  That worry can be used to create financial turmoil where none is present.
Are your bills paid?
Do you have money left over after?
Do you have a place to go home to?

 

Worrying about some distant future is not good for your present health either.  It’s why I do my best to stay in the present moment.  When you are in the “NOW,” so to speak, there is never any danger.  It’s only when we forecast, that events spiral out of control.  What worrying REALLY is is forecasting, looking into your crystal ball, attempting to discover what will happen in the future.  Have you noticed THAT is when you are under the MOST stress?  THAT is what causes the pit in your stomach?  There is only one who can properly forecast.

 

Leave the future to HIM.
Give HIM your worries.
Unburden the shackles of worry and walk gratefully into the present moment.
Nothing can harm you in the present moment; so do your best to stay there.

That is really the only way to live a joyful life.

 

Stop worrying and confidently move forward, placing one foot in front of the other.
You can do it!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

God’s Mysterious Ways

We do not always understand the things that God is doing in our life but His way is perfect. I would rather do it His way and end right with His blessings and favor than to do it the way that seemed right in my own eyes and suffer the consequences the rest of my days. #obedience better than sacrifice!

Yvonne Wilson

 

The above quote is from my friend Yvonne Wilson who I became acquainted with during my time on Google+.  I was so happy to discover so many of my G+ friends on Facebook.  As can be seen from the quote, Yvonne and I share a belief in God.

 

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God does indeed work in mysterious ways.  There are several examples I’ve written about here at Wisdom And Life.  Take a look at:
Life’s Questions then tell me, you don’t see God’s hands all over our lives

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is another example of God’s hands all over my life.

 

Knowing God is control has always helped my understand that I have nothing to worry about.  My faith has been strong for as long as I can recall.  We may not know why something has happened in our lives b understanding that God is pulling the strings, makes it easier for me to accept a perceived challenge.  I’m sure many of you have THOUGHT something negative happened in your life.  But then saw a gift come out of that said negative.  In other words, a door closed and a window opened.

Phone Call to the Future is a perfect example of a gift that came of a very negative time in my life as is Fairy Godmother.

 

These are just a few examples of God working in mysterious ways in my own life and also examples of not understanding why God does what he does, but as Yvonne so eloquently states:
I would rather do it His way and end right with His blessings and favor than to do it the way that seemed right in my own eyes and suffer the consequences the rest of my days.

 

In the end there is always light.  We may have to travel in darkness to get to the light.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  I also wouldn’t want to change a thing in my life.  God is my light.

 

Is he yours?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.