Tuesday 25 October 2011

What Happens When We Die? (by Franco Santoro)

Angel of Death by E. De Morgan

A brief look on what’s on the internet

“We are all dead men on leave” (Eugene Levine)

Throughout the world, death and the rituals that surround it are steeped in taboos. Death is celebrated, embraced and feared. Around death and the dead, cultures put in place diverse restrictions and practices associated with clothing, food and ritual. 

Here follows a brief look on what you can find on the internet about death.

The website http://www.deathonline.net/ explores what practically happens to us when we die and the different ways cultures deal with death.

The Azrael Project is a web spiritual book similar to the Tibetan or Egyptian book of the Dead.  It is a collection of writings from people teaching others how to transition with dignity and to lessen the fear of "Death."  Azrael is the name of the angel who assists others in their transition from this life to the next. To access this website click here.

Death of the Virgin by Caravaggio
What is a Shaman's Death about and who is likely to have one? For an interesting article by Bruce Luther on the implications of shamanic death click here.

For our article on the Scorpio Path of the Bardo click hereFor our article on Death and 2012, click hereFor our article on Death (the Tarot card) click here.

On the shamanic approach on death and the process of dying, you can also find articles in the following webpage: http://www.kondor.de/shaman/death.html (on Shamanic Thanatology), http://www.consciouschoice.com/2000/cc1310/shamanicapproach1310.html (by Jim Perry). 

For near-death experiences see http://www.near-death.com/

For the Egyptian Book of the Dead, click here.  

For the Tibetan Book of the Dead click here

For the American Book of the Dead click here.

For a Christian view see here

For a video of the last interview with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross click here or for a written interview see here.

“Two things have been taboos in the world: sex and death. I have been condemned all around the world, simply because I talked about every taboo without any inhibition.” (Osho) 

For a video talk of Osho on Sex and Death click here.

A J. Krishnamurti short video discourse on the meaning of life and death (click here).

U.G. Krishnamurti very vehemently asserts that there is not death for the body. This video conversation took place during last month of his life in Italy (click here)

What will become of us after death? Thich Nhat Hanh addresses our ideas about life and death and how we can release these debilitating notions and get in touch with our true nature, the nature of no birth and no death. Click here for a video talk.

For a video on the death of La Gorda, a nagual woman in Carlos Castaneda’s generation of practitioners, who died trying in an attempt to join previous generation, click here.

On Death and Dying there is also an Encyclopedia (see http://www.deathreference.com/

If you are interested to receive an approximation of your date of death based on various factors, the website Welcome to the Death Clock (http://www.deathclock.com/) is your ticket. This is an internet's friendly reminder that life is slipping away... second by second. Like the hourglass of the Net, the Death Clock will remind you just how short life is. To view your Death Clock, simply complete the fields given in the form to the left and hit the “Check Your Death Clock” button. Click here to access the website.

The Museum of Funeral Customs provides the public with a deeper understanding of the history of American funeral and mourning customs, funerary art and practice; fosters an appreciation of history within the funeral profession; and encourages further study on the subject. Visit the website at http://www.graveaddiction.com/funeralc.html

The Death Gallery is a collection of funeral, mortuary, embalming, hearses, and other death items. See http://www.templeofazrael.org/death.html

This video (click here) is the ending clip from the series "Body Story" it features what happens as you die.

For a list of movies featuring death as a basic part of the plot, click here

For a list of books on death click here.

Throughout the developed world the business surrounding death has often been an uneasy topic of discussion. Originating in the mid-19th Century, the modern funeral has evolved into an economic and cultural monster, with a vast network of supporting industries and myriad options for your earthly remains. This original GOOD Magazine animation takes you inside the business of death and also provides tips for eco-friendly funerals. Click here.

There is surely much more on Death in the internet, yet that’s enough for now, apart from a wee bit of laughter on the topic, including other Scorpio bits. For a superb video on the grim reaper in a supermarket click here

The theme of death is a central element in most astroshamanic workshops, for a full calendar please click here.

© Franco Santoro, Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill, Forres IV36 2RD, UK, info@astroshamanism.org

Click here for our calendar of holistic and astroshamanic events.

For individual consultations with Franco Santoro and Associates click here 

For a list of books on Scorpio themes click here.
For a list of movies on Scorpio themes click here.
For a list of music on Scorpio themes click here

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