What is Death?

In terms of every day life on planet earth “death” means the dissolution of form.

Now, let’s bring back to mind what was said about life:

Life is the activity of extension and expansion, the dynamic of rolling forward into ever newness, where that which is becoming proclaims and announces to itself what it knows itself to be. Its impulse is forever stable, as are the qualities it uses to create its newness with: love, light, peace, freedom, beauty, and so forth.

Life is a continuous phenomenon that happens without being in any way determined nor influenced by the boundaries of time and space. Form, on the other hand, form is the temporary appearance that life’s creative qualities take on for a while in order for source to be able to experience and explore itself from within expressed creation. That allows source to proclaim and announce to itself what it understands and knows itself to be.

Whenever an appearance (form) is active, information goes back and forth between source and expression. Whenever a certain appearance has supplied all the information that it had set out to gather, the form dissolves and the accumulated energy, now fed back into source, is channeled into ever new expressions.

And so it follows that in the grand scheme of life there is no death, there is only becoming that expresses itself in continuously transforming appearance.

As much as the growth of a physical form is a healthy sign of life, so is death a healthy of sign of life. It means life is busy doing what it is supposed to be doing, namely: it is expressing its creative qualities in whatever form, shape or configuration best fits these qualities.

Your true identity is this entire dynamic; you are not just one segmented part of it. However, due to sustained focus and mistaken attachment to specific appearance, you seem to have acquired a very limited sense of self, a sense that is very much bound by a given specific form that seems to be separate and different from other forms. And so, you delight and rejoice in growth, but you mourn and lament decline. You celebrate birth, but you grieve death. Such a pity, for all of these transitions are signs of life being and expressing its glorious self. Your limited sense of self, unfortunately, limits your view of life’s expansive dynamics.

This is part of a series of questions about life topics that follows the format of the posts about the fourteen introductory subjects in part 2 of the ACIM Workbook, the first of which, “What is Forgiveness?”, you can find here.

Related post: Thoughts on ACIM lesson 163 “There is no death”

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