Archive for May, 2014

Caring for the Dearly Departed

Posted in Life, Spirituality, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 29, 2014 by rikki5

In modern society, we have scientists who study the mystery of birth, ways to achieve better comfort levels for mothers in labor, we have doctors and health care providers who give the utmost of care throughout a person’s lifetime to prolong and improve the quality of life. However, why do we not give the same care to those who have recently departed? In ancient civilizations (and still today in some cultures), death is revered as a transcendental transformation and many rituals are performed in order to not only comfort those who remain but also to guide the newly departed into its next phase of life in the best way possible. In modern society however, the dead are usually taken away shortly after they draw their last breath, embalmed or cremated within 48 hours, and then funeral services are held usually within a 3-4 day period.

If we are truly our brothers/sisters keepers in life, shouldn’t we also be in death? I believe so. We should not rush this process just because it is more convenient or easier to get on with it. Ideally, a person should be kept in a very quiet, refrigerated place for a period of 3 ½ days as the soul is experiencing a transformation. Roscruician philosophy teaches us that the soul is reviewing its life for 3 ½ days – each and every experience, thought, and lesson we have encountered in our lifetime. This review will help our soul to advance and to understand the purpose of our lives and the lessons we have learned will carry on with us throughout eternity. Sort of a movie of your life, but instead of 2 hours it’s 84 hours! After this “viewing” so to speak the soul will meet with its soul advisors or higher being to assess the level of development the soul achieved during physical existence. This is not the damnation preached about by some Christians either as an all or nothing you either go to hell or not—this is a cumulative experience of a lifetime taken with consideration all of the problems and obstacles the soul encountered through its recent lifetime. Possibly the only “hell” that exists is the soul free of its physical form looking back upon its life and realizing it failed to do something or wasted opportunity. This review is usually for essentially “good-hearted” people. Another spiritual reality awaits those who have been evil or caused harm to others in life, or those who have taken their own life. But that is not the purpose of this blog entry so I won’t go into it here.

As stated in the Rosicrucian Mysteries by Max Heindel (public domain): “Probably there is no form of torture more commonly inflicted upon the dying than that which is caused by administering stimulants. Such potions have the effect of drawing a departing Spirit into its body with the force of a catapult, to remain and to suffer for some time longer. Investigators of conditions beyond have heard many complaints of such treatment. When it is seen that death must inevitably ensue, let not selfish desire to keep a departing Spirit a little longer prompt us to inflict such tortures upon them. The death chamber should be a place of the utmost quiet, a place of peace and of prayer, for at that time, and FOR THREE AND ONE-HALF DAYS AFTER THE LAST BREATH, the Spirit is passing through a Gethsemane and needs all the assistance that can be given. The value of the life that has just been passed depends greatly upon conditions which then prevail about the body; yes, even the conditions of its future life are influenced by our attitude during that time, so that if ever we were our brother’s keeper in life, we are a thousand times more so at death.
Post-mortem examinations, embalming, and cremation during the period mentioned, not only disturb the passing Spirit mentally, but are even productive of a certain amount of pain, there still being a slight connection with the discarded vehicle. If sanitary laws require us to prevent decomposition while thus keeping the body for cremation, it may be packed in ice till the three and one-half days have passed. After that time the Spirit will not suffer, no matter what happens to the body.”

The study of death in modern society really is considered taboo. In fact, death is an uncomfortable topic for most. When anyone mentions death it is considered morbid and in bad taste. Yet instead of fearing or dreading death, we should welcome the inevitable reality that we are all treading the path back to the creator. We are bound by a silver cord as spoken about in Ecclesiastes which ties the physical body to the spiritual realm. Once the silver cord is broken, there is no longer a connection of spirit to the desire body.

Ecclesiastes 12:6: Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street. Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it…

We should look out for each other not only in life, but also as we transition—to a new life.