MORE THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE DEAD

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# 485  BE YOUNG FOREVER.

As a disembodied spirit you probably don’t show your age as much as you did when you were in a body. If you are an immortal spiritual being you are infinitely aged and will continue to be infinitely ageless.

There have been quite a few spiritual sages from the ancient east, like Buddha in India or Lao Tze in China, for example, who have contemplated the nature of the spirit. If the rumors are true, they were able to transcend the continual cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Apparently the process of birth, death and rebirth predisposes one to suffer from reoccurring amnesia so that one tends to forget the life just lived.

Part of this has to do with the loss of the body and possessions through which you established your identity while on Earth. When you lost your body and possessions you also felt as though you lost your “self” or your “identity”.

Conversely, if one does not identify oneself as their possessions or as their body, one is less likely to forget their actual, spiritual identity. Therefore, if you decide to go back to Earth to inhabit another body, for whatever reason, don’t forget that you are who you are – the same immortal spiritual being you’ve been for billions and billions of years.

# 749  AVOID OLD AGE.

One of the most unlovely disadvantages of owning and occupying a body made of meat is decay. Use of the euphemistic term “aging” does not diminish to reality that old bodies experience one or more of the following: chronic pain, general deterioration of function, loss of energy, loss of hair, accumulation of fat, loss of muscle strength, loss of eyesight, loss of teeth, loss of sexual desire, function (which is the main reason for getting the goddamned thing in the first place!) and loss of mental acuity which leads to emotional and spiritual anxiety.

Loss of friends and family who are expiring all around you leads to loneliness and grief. The final agony of death relieves the ordeal, but only if one does not fall for the temptation to return to Earth, yet again, and get another new body and start the whole  process again.

Seriously, what kind of “all-knowing, all-seeing, all-telling, all powerful creator god” would think up anything as defective, temporary and fragile as a body made of meat? Why not biodegradable plastic bodies? Or stainless steel bodies? Or lightweight titanium bodies?

If you happen to meet “the god” while you’re dead please tell it/him/her/them this: “For Christ’s sake, if you’re going to create bodies, get it right next time! OK?!”

— Excerpts from the book 1001 THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE DEAD: A DEAD PERSON’S GUIDE TO LIVING, by Lawrence R. Spencer

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Animism

Animism (from Latin anima, “breath, spirit, life”) is the observation that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork and perhaps even words—as animated and alive. Animism often includes “an idea of pervading life and will in nature”,  a belief that natural objects other than humans have souls.

The animistic perspective is so widely held and inherent to most indigenous peoples that they often do not even have a word in their languages that corresponds to “animism” or even “religion.

Animism encompasses the beliefs that all material phenomena have agency, that there exists no hard and fast distinction between the spiritual and physical (or material) world and that soul or spirit or sentience exists not only in humans, but also in other animals, plants, rocks, geographic features such as mountains or rivers or other entities of the natural environment: water sprites, vegetation deities, tree sprites, etc..