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5 Powerful Benefits of Constantly Reminding Yourself That Anyone’s Death is Around the Corner

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Many Great Thinkers reveal that the best way to enjoy every moment of your life is to remind yourself that you might die at any time.

I used to think this advice was stupid until I lost my beloved best friend: Fred Jesse.  Through his death, I realized that death is real and it can happen anytime. Fred didn’t know he will die. We drank too much alcohol the last time we met, and he was sure that we’ll meet again. It never occurred to both of us that his death was around the corner.

Fred died a few months later on a grizzly road accident. He was the first closest person I lost. When I heard the news of his death, it was hard to believe because I never thought Fred would die too soon.

His death made me realize that no one knows when they will die because we can die at any moment.

Fred’s death made me to constantly think about my mortality, and I realized the following benefits of becoming aware that you, your friends or relatives might die at any moment.

  1. You Won’t Care about Other People’s Opinions

Will you care about other people’s thoughts if you know you’ll be dead in a few weeks? I guess no. Also, will you care about someone’s opinion about you if you realize that the person is going to die? What if you worry about what a certain person thinks of you, then s/he dies a week later. Will it be wrong to say that all your worry was a waste of time and energy?

With this in mind, it’s clear that being aware of our impending deaths enables us to stop caring about people’s thoughts or opinions because they won’t matter when we/they die.

  1. You will Live in the Present Moment

Thinking about my death made me learn how to live in the present moment and stop worrying about a future that might never come. I realized that all I have is the present moment, and I must stop being anxious about an unguaranteed future. It also dawned on me that all of us could enjoy every moment if we realized that it might be the last.

‘Every moment is a once in a lifetime moment. And maybe it’s the last. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.’ – Jonas Salzebeger

  1. You will Ensure That You Maintain Good Relationships with Your Closest Friends and Relatives

Realizing that your friends or relatives might die any moment will force you to maintain a good relationship with them because you won’t want your loved ones to die with unsolved issues between you and them.

We refuse to solve issues with our friends/relatives because we think they’ll live forever. We fail to realize that we might never get a chance to forgive them or ask them for forgiveness because death might grab anyone anytime.

  1. You Will Quit Postponing

When you become death-conscious, you will quit postponing important things because you will realize that you might fail to live the next day to do these things.

You will stop postponing the day you’ll start traveling around the world, when you’ll build a business to sustain your kids when you die, when you’ll start doing what you love, when you’ll start saving money for your loved ones, and many other important things you always want to do but often postpone.

  1. You Will be Thankful

Thinking about death makes me thankful that all my family members are alive.

Do you remember the woman who lost her entire family in a car accident in 2016? I guess either all or some of your family members are alive. Therefore, stop fretting about trivial issues and be thankful that you still have a chance to experience the physical universe with them. At least you have a shoulder to cry on. Some people don’t.

Concluding Remarks

We always think we are immortal and for this reason, we take our precious lives and those of our friends or relatives for granted. We never appreciate their presence because we think they’ll live forever. Besides this, we love worrying about the future without thinking that we might fail to exist in it because life is short and death is unpredictable.

We don’t realize that we only have one chance to experience the beauty of the physical universe, and that life is too short to hold grudges, to worry, to postpone, to hate, to care about people’s opinions, and to do what we hate.

‘When we realize the shortness of life, we begin to see the importance of making every moment count.’ – Dillion Burroughs: American Author.

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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

‘God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by a rope.’ – Ramakrishna

I believe it’s foolish and unspiritual for an individual to believe his religious beliefs are right, and other religious beliefs are wrong because all religions preach the same things in different ways.  Here, I’ll enlighten you by discussing the top seven similarities between different religions so that you strive to learn something from all religions instead of being judgmental.

Enjoy.

All religions:

1.Believe in the Existence of a Transcendent Place/State

All religions believe in a transcendent place/state. Christians call it Heaven, Muslims call it Jannah, and Buddhists call it Nirvana. These faiths believe there is no suffering in this place/state since it is characterized by happiness and peace.

2.Believe in the Creator

All religions believe in the existence of a Higher Power which created the universe.  Christians call it God, Muslims Allah, Hindus Brahma, and African Traditional Religions (ATRs) had a variety of names for this entity. I’m not sure how Hinduism characterizes Brahma, but I’m certain that Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe their Creator is all-powerful, omnipresent, and omniscient.

3.Provide Ways of Overcoming Suffering

Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe prayer can help an individual overcome suffering, while Buddhism teaches that practicing the Noble Eightfold Path liberates one from suffering.

4.Encourage Generosity

All religions encourage giving. For instance, Christianity encourages generosity because ‘The Lord Loveth a cheerful giver,’ while Islam claims Zakat (charity) results in blessings and purifies a giver’s heart.  

Moreover, Buddhism encourages generosity because it paves the way to enlightenment while ATRs provided thousands of reasons for generosity through proverbs such as ‘atendaye mema atalipwa zizo.’

Meaning of the proverb – the one who gives will be paid.

5.Believe in Celestial Beings

All religions believe in the existence of spiritual entities. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe in angels, while Hindus believe in deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, and Hanuman. Besides, ATRs believe in spirit guides.

6.Encouraged Moral Behavior

Buddhists encourage moral behavior through the Noble Eightfold Path while Christians encourage this behavior through the Ten Commandments.

Conversely, Muslims encourage moral behavior because it pleases God while the ATRs believed moral uprightness was good for the society’s well-being.

7.Have Holy Places of Worship

All religions have special places for performing spiritual practices. Christians perform praise and worship in the church while Muslims pray in the mosque. Moreover, African cultures and Hindus use shrines to worship their gods.

In conclusion

Instead of judging religions that provide teachings that differ with our spiritual beliefs, we must study them because doing so we’ll provide us with several spiritual insights that our religions fail to provide. Lastly, studying various religions will enable us to pinpoint spiritual truths that we won’t notice if we believe ours is the only true religion.

Peace be with you

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The Most Hidden Secret of the World’s Greatest Inventors

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The Most Hidden Secret of the World’s Greatest Inventors

Since I was young, I wondered how the world’s greatest inventors such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and Benjamin Franklin, made amazing inventions that most people can’t make. I knew that besides hard work and focus, there was something else that enabled these folks to make extraordinary inventions. I thus studied several inventors to pinpoint this ‘something else’ and I discovered it after two years of research.

It dawned on me that most inventors deeply believed in spiritual forces and performed spiritual practices hence raising their state of consciousness. This higher state of consciousness provided them with extraordinary levels of intuitive intelligence that enabled them to make extraordinary discoveries. For as Jonathan Black put it, ‘throughout history, highly intelligent people have immersed themselves in esoteric philosophy. They have used secret techniques to work themselves into altered states of consciousness in which they can access an abnormally high level of intelligence. (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).

I used to wonder how an individual, particularly Graham Bell, could invent a practical telephone that could enable communication between people separated by thousands of kilometers. I wondered how he knew that an electric current could carry sound from one phone to another. I then realized that Graham Bell believed in spiritual forces as he embraced theosophy. He also performed spiritual practices that heightened his consciousness levels and enabled him to see reality differently.

Besides Graham Bell, Isaac Newton also made several discoveries because he embraced occultism, which enabled him to attain a higher level of consciousness that allowed him to see things clearly. For as Jonathan Black observed, ‘scientists like Pythagoras and Newton suggest that by means of these peculiar kinds of altered states they were able to discover new things about the world, to see its inner workings and understand patterns that are perhaps too complex or too large for the human mind to grasp with its every day commonsensical state of consciousness (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).’

Also, Michael Faraday, a great contributor to electromagnetism, made his discoveries because he was always in a higher state of consciousness. Faraday saw the Creator’s spirit in everything. I believe this perception of life raised his state of consciousness hence enabling him to understand electromagnetism.

Besides scientists, Mary Wigman, a famous dancer, also embraced esoterism. It is believed she invented unique dancing styles because she transcended her egoic consciousness and achieved a higher state of consciousness.

That being said, a higher state of consciousness, which is mostly awakened by deeply embracing spirituality and performing spiritual exercises such as –  deep prayer, deep meditation, and yoga – was the hidden secret of most inventors. This state of consciousness awakened their intuition, which is the gateway to higher knowing, hence enabling them to discover things that many folks can’t. Besides, this higher state of consciousness enabled them to achieve a relaxed state of mind that enabled them to see things clearly.

For this reason, most of us aren’t making discoveries because we are in the egoic state of consciousness. We are too attached to our egoic self, which usually leads to a chaotic mind that kills our intuitive powers, hence preventing us from making amazing discoveries.

We must thus embrace spirituality and its practices since it will enable us to transcend our egoic selves and access our higher-self-consciousness. This state of consciousness will increase our perception levels and allow us to have a deeper understanding of reality hence enabling us to make extraordinary discoveries.

THE END.

Thanks for reading. I love you all. Shout out to my biggest fan, Purity Ngugi.

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References

Black, Jonathan. (2013). The secret history of the world. London: Quercus.

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