Mini-inquiry: It’s terrible to die a violent death

 

 It’s terrible to die a violent death.

TA: It’s not terrible to die a violent death.

It can happen fast.

It’s over. (Ephemeral, doesn’t last so long.)

It’s an experience, like any other experience. (Equal)

 TA: It’s wonderful to die a violent death.

It’s part of human experience, animals experience it. It makes me equal. (It makes that person equal to anyone else.)

Someone else did it. (Didn’t have to do it oneself.)

It invites others to inquiry, to prevent it, to life their life more fully, to work on healing/reconciliation.

TA: It’s terrible to die a peaceful death.

For the ones who are left, it can be equally terrible. (As when it’s violent.)

I don’t know how it was for that person.

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It’s terrible for me to die a violent death.

 TA: It’s not terrible for me to die a violent death.

I don’t know. I can only have images and stories about it at this point. I don’t know how it will be. I may surprise myself. (When I had kidney stone pain, there was a shift into Big Mind which made it easier.)

It will be over. It’s ephemeral. It doesn’t last.

TA: It’s wonderful for me to die a violent death.

It makes me just like the many others who have died a violent death – among humans and other animals. It’s part of a shared experience.

It may be an invitation for others to inquiry, appreciation of their own life, work to prevent it from happening to others.

It may be a quick death.

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The worst that could happen in my life is that I will die a violent death.

TA: The best that could happen in my life is that I will die a violent death.

It’s the best for me because:

It may be quicker and less painful than some other forms of death.

It may not be as I thought (feared/believed) it would be. I could be surprised. I may find that reality is kind.

I will be just like many others that died a violent death. It’s a shared human and animal experience.

I get to see that my death is not under my control. It’s not my business.

The best for others because:

It may invite people in my life (who have The Work) to notice and inquire into their thoughts on death, violence, loss.

People in my life may find a greater appreciation of their own life.

People who hear about it may work to prevent it from happening to others.

The best for the world because:

The ripple effects of inquiry, appreciation, prevention may benefit the world.

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Resistant thoughts I noticed during inquiry

If I see a violent death as the best that can happen to me, it will happen.

I won’t try to prevent a violent death. I will become complacent, heartless.

A violent death is inherently bad. There is no point in inquiring into it.

If I find peace with a violent death, I will be too different from others.

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From Shona:

I may experience forgiveness towards the situation/person responsible.

I may get to see that the reality of it is kinder than my previous thoughts around it (eg. it’s not as bad as I thought it might be).

I get to see that my death, and manner of my death is none of my business – humility/surrender/allowing/trust life and death.

It may help others to find their freedom through inquiry into their stories about it.

It may be quicker than experiencing a prolonged and painful path towards death.

Specific example for helping others to find their freedom… is Costa finding peace around the violent death of his mother-in-law.

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