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How to be unafraid of death

Updated on January 1, 2015

Why You're Afraid Of Death

The first step of always being rid of anything is being aware of it. If you are aware of what you are thinking on and what your feelings are on a aspect, such as you walking down the street at night-time and you get this instant fear of when somebody is walking towards you (for they might "jump" you or murder you), or when you're walking and a car drives by you and you're scared that you might have someone shoot at you.. you can then realize new thoughts in your mind to transcend your old paranoid habits. Anyway, these forms of thinking are paranoia and anxiety, but this thinking is the base on being scared of death because if you weren't afraid of death you wouldn't be scared of these perspectives that are going through your mind. There are a number of thoughts and reasons why people may be afraid of death but keep this in mind, being aware of why you are thinking and feeling these thoughts and emotions is the first step to making an improvement on not being scared of death.


Face Death

Letting go:

If you are one of those forward thinkers, I want to invite you to the present moment. Stop thinking of what "could" happen, and start thinking, experiencing, enjoying what is right here. You never can know "what might happen" because that may or may not come. If you are constantly planning your life ahead, you are living a life in thought which is fully planned to phenomenon that may or may not happen.

Enlightening Way:

The easiest way to be unafraid of death is to now face it.

Think about this, what would it be like if you were never born? Now think, what would it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? It would be as if you never existed. That isn't so bad.

People then get into this anxiety on worrying if there is heaven or god, well then the question to you is, do you truly believe? There is no way of ever knowing if there is a God so why fear? The greatest thing you can do is enjoy this life you are in RIGHT NOW.

As you think about what it would be like to never wake up (think it many times not just once) you will now be able to get into different ways of thinking about it. Once you think of different scenarios in your mind on the thought of death, you will no longer be afraid of death because you have now faced it by thinking about it so much in your mind.

Note: You will not be able to just go by my explanation, you have to actually experience it for yourself. So take this time to go away from the computer and think.

My Learning:

A few years ago I had severe paranoia, and in my mind, cared too much about life to die, life was just such a gift to me, but the thing is.. I never enjoyed my life because I was so worried and paranoid of dieing from the bad scenarios that went about my mind in forward-deluded-thinking. A year later, without the intention of finding the answers on being unafraid of death, I stumbled upon great people's knowledge and wisdom on facing this.

Bruce Lee says in his book "The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do": Of course you’re there. Death is always there. So why was I afraid? Your leap is swift. Your claws are sharp and merciful. What can you take from me which is not already yours? . . . Everything I have done until now has been fruitless. It has led to nothing. There was no other path except that it led to nothing—and before me now there is only one real fact—Death. The truth I have been seeking—this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So—we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace. Because I will conquer death with death.

Bruce Lee "Striking Thoughts": "I don't know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die and I go on, non-stop, going forward [with life]. Even though I, Bruce Lee, may die some day without fulfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and what I've done, I've done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can't expect much more from life."

The key to living is to live to the fullest, with being happy in your present moment. Do not worry about the unknown that the future holds, for this present moment is all we have! I hope this article has helped you and I hope you go about your life in peace and prosperity from this day forward :)


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      PoeticPhilosophy 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow, that is horrible. I'm glad you had the courage to talk about that, it must've been hard at the age.. I can't imagine. I also lost a family member I was very young when it happened though. I'm glad you took the choice to face something that was hard on you and I hope this ad helped you in some way, all the best to you Denise!

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      My own fear of death came from experiencing it early in my life. My brother that was only one year older than I drowned in a freak accident at the age of 16. It took a long time before I could face my fear of death. Finally, I took a class in college on death and dying, and had to tour a funeral parlor as one of my assignments. I had to face death then, the possibility of my own, and was able to get past the fear.