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Words by Joan Tollifson: The fear of dying only exists during waking life


All apparent forms—people, tables, chairs, atoms, quarks, planets, dogs, cats, consciousness, energy—are mental concepts reified and abstracted out of a seamless and boundless actuality that does not begin or end, for it is ever-present Here-Now.


And whatever this boundless actuality is, it seems to have infinite viewpoints from which it can be seen, and infinite layers of density, from the most apparently solid to the most ephemeral and subtle.


Ultimately, there is no way to say what this indivisible wholeness is. No label, concept or formulation—whether scientific or metaphysical—can capture the living actuality…


The fear of dying only exists during waking life, and only as a fearful idea.

In deep sleep, the problem— and the one who seems to have it—no longer exist.


The more closely we explore this whole compelling appearance that I call the movie of waking life, the more we find that it has no more substance or enduring reality than a passing dream.


We might think of it as a play of the universe, a dance of consciousness, a marvelous and deep entertainment, with no meaning or purpose except to play, to dance, to enjoy and explore and express itself, and then, to dissolve—back into that unfathomable mystery prior to consciousness, subtler than space, in which nothing perceivable or conceivable remains…


Like the lines on a map dividing up the whole earth,

birth and death are artificial dividing lines

on an indivisible reality.



A beautiful passage from Joan Tollifson her book Death: The End of Self-Improvement

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