Many in Hawaii just received this message texted to phones:
BALLISTIC MISSLE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
It turned out to be a false alarm.
Personally, I see this error as a gift.
Steve Jobs captures why quite beautifully:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Unfortunately, most people who have encountered this quote kept it at arms length.
They haven’t really taken the time to internalize the reality that they could be dead soon.
That is the beauty of what those in Hawaii just experienced.
It felt unequivocally real.
If it said, “This IS a drill”, the real-ness would have vanished.
The key is to use this experience of potential impending death to transform your life and burn away all that is false and non-essential rather than contracting into fear and trauma.
I have meditated on my death for many years.
Often repeating the mantra, “I’m already dead. I’m already dead.”
And have experienced unmistakable physiological changes during and after the mantra repetition as a result.
As such, I am prepared to die at any moment.
This prepares me to not just to leave my physical body, passing into the Bardo equinanimously, but also fearlessly take on whatever challenge I must.
Additionally it enables me to do what Eric Thomas said is the most important thing required for success. “to be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.”
Of course, I have the benefit of knowing that death is merely a transitory state, one that is expansive and painless if you can relax into it.
I know death is an experience my soul has been through millions of times before.
As has yours.
Even if doubt clouds your recognition.
I would consider it a bummer if I died tomorrow.
I still have much to fulfill in my karmic contract and have set large energetic waves in motion that I would like to see come to fruition.
But I would accept my fate and begin preparing for the next life like a champion readying for a new season.
So use any near death experience you have in your life to get in deeper touch with your True Nature.
And take inspiration from other’s near death experiences to move beyond your own fear of death now.