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Is death really the end of everything?

Is death really the end of everything?

No, it’s not.

It’s the end of our physical body, obviously. But it’s not the end of our spirit.
How could spirit, which is ageless, ever have an end? Heck, it doesn’t have a beginning, as far as I can see.

Many years ago, when I was a young schoolboy in wartime Britain, I was sent to a boarding school in the country so as to be safe from the bombing.

I remember my first day at that boarding school with crystal clarity. I remember how around supper-time, I was presented with a thick, and I mean thick, slice of white bread covered with a very, VERY thin coating of raspberry jam. There was no margarine on the bread, and of course, no butter.

I can still remember the look and taste of that massive slab of bread and jam as I lifted it to my mouth and bit into it.

And while I could never prove it in a million years, when I revisit that long-ago memory – and let myself feel what it was like to be present in that new school eyeing the room around me and the bread in front of me – I know that who I am at the core of my being is the same now as it was then. My spirit is unchanged.

Perhaps because I’m in my 80’s now, I do think once in a while about the end of my body. It’s not a morbid thought, mind you. I like to think of death as a transition. A journey into a greater experience of freedom.

As far as my own body is concerned, as I’ve mentioned to my wife and also mentioned in my will, I’d like it to be cremated, and the ashes scattered in some nice spot in the outdoors. I’ve always loved Nature. It seems very fitting to me that the body that has served me so well – and continues to this day to serve me so well — when the time comes, is returned to the earth – or the water, I love water — from whence it came.

Our body is of the earth – earthy, we could say — which is good, for how else could it be the wonderful, helpful friend that it is?

But you and I, I submit, are of spirit. Personally, I don’t know of any more encouraging thought than this.

Love and blessings to you and I’d love to share any thoughts you may have on the above.

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Rosemarie Newton June 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Christopher, I am 80 years old, and feel quite as you do. I remember the little girl I was, who attended Burncoat Street School and the realization at age 9 that the world was very puzzling and at times frightening, but wonderful… I am writing, as you are, and embracing the moments. Congratulations on your wonderful, fully-relished life, and so many accomplishments. I enjoy your website. Thank you for encouraging creative living, no matter our age.
Sincerely,

Rosemarie Newton

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Rosemary, thank you so much for your very kind comment. It’s good to share a peek into your own life. It looks like that little 9-year-old girl has blossomed very well and I do wish you all the very best with your own writing. Where do you live by the way, and where was the Burncoat Street School located — or maybe it still exists?

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Sally Sinden June 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Chris, As is usual I take inspiration and insight from your words. You have a wonderful way of helping me to see that I’m not alone. I feel much the way you do about passing. I too want to be cremated and my ashes scattered to the wind in some peaceful place. I would hope my kids will have a rock to put in their garden in my memory. I think we came from stardust and in the scattering of ashes that dust is released into the earth’s atmosphere from which it came. I don’t believe there are a finite number of dimensions. I learned that from the eloquent Stephen Hawking. I believe our spirits live on in those whose lives we have touched. It’s important to treat others with dignity and respect because that’s how I will be remembered. Thank you Chris for being you!

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Sally, thanks as always for your very interesting, touching and uplifting comment. I’m glad that you are YOU and it’s good to be on this journey together. How true it is that we are not alone in this world though sometimes our mind would have us think we are. I send blessings and love. Stay strong.

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Marisa June 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Christopher,
Once again your post brings my spirit alive. I believe, with every ounce of my soul and spirit, that we all share a collective energy/spirit/ eternity. I have always felt, through all circumstances, that we are on a journey here. The rest of the journey is awaiting us.
I have always felt/sensed, even as a child, that this is only a part of a journey that allows us to learn the truths of our own souls . Age is not even part of the equation, in my opinion, because when our work is complete on this part of the journey we will move forward.
Your words, your book, your blog, give us all the opportunity to share our spirits, learn from your wisdom, and rest in the peace of our beliefs.
Marisa

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Marisa, thank you for your words. What a blessing you are in this world and in my own life. We surely do all share a collective energy and spirit, just as you say, and our journey does not end just because we no longer have human form. How thankful I am that underneath all the stressful events going on in the world and perhaps our own lives at times there is a larger purpose at work that is not going to be stopped and which we are privileged to be part of. The truth is emerging and it’s an exciting time to be alive.

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Carol Wills June 17, 2014 at 4:47 am

Of course, you are right. I believe, too, that the spirit is eternal.

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Thank you Carol. It’s good to hear from you. Love and blessings to you.

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Trefor June 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

“Anything that is created must sooner or later die.
Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it.”

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Hi Trefor. Thank you for writing in and sharing these beautiful thoughts.

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Lucille June 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

That is so beautiful, Chris. I Love your Eternal Spirit. It is so refreshing and joyous to feel You and to know You . . . such a different stance (because of who You are) from a consciousness that is identified with death as humanity thinks of it. Spirit never dies, only the flesh decomposes, returning to earth. How wonderful to know this Truth and sharing IT with Angel-Friends

Much Love and Blessings to you, Chris.

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Christopher Foster June 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Love and blessings to you too Lucille. It’s an exciting time to be alive isn’t it. And to sense, each in our own way, as Sally was saying in her comment, that we are not alone in this world but we are part of a beautiful whole that loves us and whose grace is with us in every moment.

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Maureen Moeller June 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm

How I have been waiting for such clarity and resolve about death. Our culture is still hesitant to address or ponder what happens to us after our heart stops, but I believe that is because we are afraid. Christianity claims we will join Jesus and his father in heaven. This is a nice story that tempers our fear of death. But I love how you state “our body is of the earth but we are of the spirit”.

Our bodies are walking miracles just as all living beings are…the beauty and complexity of man and nature is beyond my grasp, but I love that our bodies nurture the earth, if allowed to. We scattered my father-in-law’s ashes 2 months ago on the first anniversary of his death. His remains will help keep a town park green and growing; a place he loved to be in during his life. You are so right Chris, it is not morbid at all; it is the cycle of life and most natural.

Though it is hard to grasp how our spirit never ends although our body does, I like to think of our spirit as a timeless, constant flicker of light radiating love and peace to those who still struggle in life. It is encouraging Chris…..your words fill me with hope and love. Thank you dear friend!

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

What beautiful thoughts Maureen. Thank you so much for your inspiring comment. Yes, it is a paradox, isn’t it. Our spirit is eternal but this form in which our spirit has chosen to incarnate most certainly does end.

Your story about how you released your father-in-law’s ashes in a spot that he loved is so touching and I love your way of thinking about spirit. Let us let our light radiate, just as you say, and thus play our part in the renewal that I do believe is occurring in this world even as storms and conflicts rage. Love and blessings to you.

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Wyatt Hunter June 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for sharing superb article about Is death really the end of everything?. This is superb experience about your thoughts. Spirit living after death of our bodies. waiting for your wonderful experiences.

Regards,
Wyatt Hunter,
Billing Gurus.

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Christopher Foster July 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi Wyatt, thank you for your kind thoughts. It’s a pleasure to connect with you. Here’s wishing you all the very best.

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Wilf June 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

Don’t know about ash-scattering and don’t remember this of course, but for my first few months I was losing weight from birth, bringing everything back up and crying all the time from hunger. The doctor said I would not live more than six months, my sister told me, so here I am, also in my eighties and I think a fitting headstone should read
“It’s been a long six months!”

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Christopher Foster July 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

It’s good to hear from you again Wilf. Thank you for your comment. I’m so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’d say you’ve done a pretty good job of proving the doctor wrong and I’m delighted to connect with you and share this ‘octogenarian adventure’ with you. Every good wish.

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Tot Dental July 11, 2014 at 6:25 am

A very good article.
I liked it.
Best wishes to you.
His thinking is similar to mine and I agree with what you say.
This message is encouraging and we can all be partakers of it.
Best regards.

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