posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 02:28 AM
This is a very interesting thread. First, let's define "death." If death is taken to mean the cessation of bodily functions, then I must disagree
with the OP's premise. In such a case, death is not an illusion at all. However, if death is to be defined as a cessation of being, then I would
have to agree with the notion of this being an illusion.
Let's say a loved one has just died and you go to wake, funeral, burial ceremony, and watch this person get interred. Every weekend for 10 years you
visit the grave, and pay your respects and the tombstone. You hear reports of other family members feeling the deceased one's "presence" and even
you yourself can sometimes "feel" something - perhaps intuit would be the better word.
In keeping with the premise of death being an illusion, such feelings become explainable. As has been mentioned elsewhere, everything is made of
energy. When "death" occurs, what occurs isn't a cessation of being, but rather a transmutation and transfer of energy. When considering such
things as reincarnation, we must ask about the nature of consciousness. Is energy inherently conscious or is it necessary to have a brain? Although,
the brain is itself made up of energy - so how could unconscious energy form consciousness? If we assume that energy is conscious apart from the
brain, then does it maintain its consciousness or is it altered after "death?"
I particularly enjoyed reading the thread about energies heading towards places of affinity. This would mean if you are a negative person, the energy
that made you would be drawn to other areas of negative energy - something some would call "hell" (if I understood this correctly). What kind of
lesson is to be learned here? Oddly enough, it is one not for death, but for life. Realizing we are all part of one whole is the first step to
learning how to get along better. In Thailand, Buddhists pray to spirits and a universal energy. For them there is no God, but rather a constant to
which we're all connected and the act of prayer produces positive energy. Thus if you pray for health and receive it, you have not been blessed by
God, but rather have reaped the rewards of adding positive energy to the universe.
When it comes down to it, everything you see is really a manifestation of the same thing - existence. That is to say separation itself is also an
illusion - insofar as there are no separate "realities." A book and a window are, for example, simply two different representations of existence.