|When Life Meets DeathIf 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. A new world for each of us can be born only from the death of the old one. It will be happening all over the world soon, and it needs to be supported in every possible way.
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.
With this death, we will 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 we now have. This action has an intelligence all its own. It is not at the effect of the old. It is an action that says we have failed up to now and that we need a new action to solve the human plight of ever destroying ourselves and our environment.
A new consciousness cannot be born until the old one dies. Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time.Then the new can be born in order to solve the problems of the old consciousness. This something new of which I speak is what we humans have been waiting for forever — a new being with a new consciousness.
|An excerpt from the book, How My Death Revealed the Secret to Life, an 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 and a divorce in 1979.The importance of those circumstances is that bankruptcy, marriage, and business failure are all a form of death. If we take responsibility for the failure and not have excuses, each of them 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. . .