|When Life Meets Death
If you stay at the doorway of death long enough, you can see your life pass before you, and you can experience a death. You can learn the one thing that everyone who has died learns (after it is too late), and that one thing is that your life could have been different.This lesson, I am convinced, is the most powerful lesson you can learn. It means all of life can be different, and this world can be a new world for you and all humans to live in.
The single most important happening on the planet today is to experience death of the old mind and to return to a new life. It will be happening all over the world soon, and it needs to be supported in every possible way.
A new world for each of us can be born only from the death of the old one. When the happening of death takes place with no outside interference, the human mind dies. All of what was before dies, and there is openness left, an open space allowing you to see what is real and to see all the unreal that has gone before. This indeed is a new consciousness.
When a complete mental death takes place there is a transformation of our mind. We then have a mind that is aware and open, a mind born from the mistakes, misery, and confusion of the past, a mind ready for an action which is not the same action as that which went before. This action has an intelligence all its own. It is not the effect of the old. It is an action that says we have failed up to now, and we need a new action to solve the human plight of ever destroying ourselves and our environment. . . A new consciousness must be born in order to solve the old problem, and in order for something new to be born, the old must die. This something new of which I speak is what humans have been waiting for forever: A new human with a new consciousness and a new solution to our old problem.
|From the Autobiography of Edward Jones
The autobiography of Edward Jones from 1943 – 1996
I was born into a family that did not care to have me. I was neglected to the point of near death. After my birth, it seems that I was left in a bassinet for so long that the bottom of it was rotten when our neighbor finally called the police. She had watched my mother leave each day with my older sister and be gone all day, but it was the constant crying that prompted her to call the police.I was then taken to live with my grandparents for the next two years.My next two encounters with death occurred when I lived on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River in the steel mining town of Wellsburg.At nine years of age, I was beaten close to death by a group of bigger boys for entering into their territory. I was taken to the hospital where I was given a 50/50 chance of living. Death lingered by my bedside for two weeks.The other near death experience happened while playing a game of hide-and-go-seek. I climbed through a window to hide in the basement of an abandoned house, and my foot got stuck between the boards barring the window. As I tumbled head first toward the brick wall, I saw death, that space of nothingness, coming at me again.
After leaving the navy in 1963, I married, had a child, and started in the restaurant business before going into complete bankruptcy in 1978. The importance of those circumstances is that bankruptcy, job loss, and business failure are all a form of death; and each of them, if we take responsibility for the failure (not have excuses), can teach us a major lesson. In each case, I told Nance, my wife, and my friends that it was my mistakes that caused the failure.