• Michelle L Geldenhuys

The Fear of Death

The fear of death is yet another Shadow aspect that many people carry. The reason is because it is suppressed and people don’t want to do the necessary research into what has been discovered and written about this topic in human history. People repress this fear in a whirlwind of denial as if it will not happen if it is ignored. Facing this Shadow and accepting this Shadow can be the doorway out of the fear of it. If we can transcend this fear we can transcend our own irrational behaviour and decision making that stems from this fear.

Let’s take some time to delve into what death means and if it may be true that human consciousness continues after physical death.

People who are atheists or simply scientific types will dismiss any notion of there being anything outside of physical reality. But is it really true that there is nothing else?

William James was a psychologist and the first president of the American Society for Psychical Research.

The American Society for Psychical Research investigated paranormal phenomenon. In his essay published in the late 1800’s called "What Psychical Research Has Accomplished" he wrote this about a psychic medium he had worked with:

"I cannot resist the conviction that knowledge appears which she has never gained by the ordinary waking use of her eyes and ears and wits. What the source of this knowledge may be I know not, and have not the glimmer of an explanatory suggestion to make; but from admitting the fact of such knowledge I can see no escape. So when I turn to the rest of the evidence, ghosts and all, I cannot carry with me the irreversibly negative bias of the 'rigorously scientific' mind, with its presumption as to what the true order of nature ought to be. I feel as if, though the evidence be flimsy in spots, it may nevertheless collectively carry heavy weight. The rigorously scientific mind may, in truth, easily overshoot the mark. Science means, first of all, a certain dispassionate method. To suppose that it means a certain set of results that one should pin one's faith upon and hug forever is sadly to mistake its genius, and degrades the scientific body to the status of a sect."

The problem that arises when basing one’s belief system on science is that it is constantly expanding and new phenomena is being explained, theories are becoming fact and countless new discoveries are being made. We should also not forget that many scientific ‘facts’ in the past have been debunked. This is due to the constant expansion of ‘scientific consciousness’ of you will, constant emergence of new evidence and facts that were previously hidden or unable to be proven. At one point in human history the Earth was believed to be flat, until scientists had the methods to prove otherwise and now we know the Earth is round.

Other scientific beliefs of the past which have since been debunked are:

‘Geocentricity’, which suggested the Earth was the centre of the universe. ‘The Four Humors’ suggested that the human body was made up of four humors being that of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm. Before microscopes and the development of advanced scientific technology, people believed in ‘Spontaneous Generation’, a theory that suggested that some life arose spontaneously from inanimate matter and scientist’s right up to the 19th century believed this. There were even recipe books for creating animals. One such recipe for creating a scorpion calls for a basil leaf to be placed in between two bricks and left in sunlight and this recipe was not finally put to rest until 1859.

Scientists once said Aura’s do not exist and then years later they conceded that electromagnetic energy fields in fact do exist around the human body.

Just because life after death cannot be scientifically verified today does not mean that it will never be verified. Anything is possible in the future, science is ever evolving and ever expanding into new realms of understanding and into new-fangled domains of proven fact.

In 1999 an orthopaedic spine surgeon from New York Dr Mary Neal drowned during a kayaking excursion in Chile. Neal was completely submerged under water and trapped underneath her kayak. Her brain was deprived of oxygen for a total of 24 minutes. According to an article in the Huffington Post, one of the other kayakers who was there when they eventually pulled her from the water described her as “Blue, waxy, no heartbeat, no breathing, cold-to-the-touch dead."

Neal survived and recalled the whole event. She was conscious through the experience and witnessed herself from above being pulled from the water and being resuscitated and even travelled to an alternate dimension and had a conversation with beings she described as being very loving.

Image credit: embraceofaging.com

There are many many stories out there about NDE’s (near death experiences) and if someone had to say that all those people worldwide must be lying to achieve some sort of undisclosed objective would definitely be a conspiracy theorist.

Is it really the obliteration of our consciousness that we fear, or is it more the continuation of consciousness that we fear? What comes after this? Where will I go? Who will I meet? Where will I live? What will I have?

Is the fear of death really rational? Since it is the most common occurrence on this planet, next to birth, and happens to everyone. To every living organism. In fact death even happens to inanimate objects in the form of decay and deterioration, so death happens to everything in this 3-dimensional reality. So how rational is a fear of the most certain thing that is going to happen to everyone and everything and cannot be avoided?

Perhaps it is time to make peace with death. Perhaps it is time to shake death’s hand and say “Ok, if it’s my time it’s my time”.

Even if there is nothing outside of this reality and our consciousness ends when we die, which I personally feel is the most limited and fatalistic approach to life, does it still make sense to fear the inevitable? Perhaps people fear their own belief of what death is and not death itself.

My point here is that each of us individually need to work on our relationship to death. We need to truly look at what our beliefs are and if those beliefs were simply inherited or if those beliefs truly resonate with us on a soul level.

Once we can truly make peace with death we can engage more consciously with life. Once our biggest fear, or darkest shadow, is faced and integrated we begin to engage with life from a solid foundation of trust, joy, freedom and mindfulness. We are no longer controlled by fear.

If we are no longer controlled by the fear of death there will be no need to be manipulated into any kind of ploy that uses death as a fear mongering tool.

We will no longer be able to be coerced, manipulated, gaslighted, pushed into, bribed, intimidated or threatened into doing anything that uses the fear of death as a tactic to enforce compliance.

On the other hand should one fear death and all of a sudden there is a virus that is being marketed as a deadly virus that is going to swoop in and kill your whole family unless you inject an experimental concoction into your blood stream… One will not question, one will simply do as they are told.

If the fear of death is present, logical and rational information is ignored.

Therefore facing ones fear, particularly the fear of death if it is present, is of utmost importance in order to strengthen and protect oneself against psychological tactics that exist in the world in the name of profit.

If you need to be coerced, manipulated, gaslighted, pushed into, bribed, intimidated or threatened into doing anything, you can be as sure as the sky is blue that someone is making a handsome profit from your compliance.


The hardest and darkest lesson I learnt in my life about what the fear of death can make people do was what I saw during my travels in Cambodia.

When I arrived in Cambodia I decided to do the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and The Killing Fields tour so that I could learn more about the country’s history. The genocide took place in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, a total of 4 years during which time 2 million Cambodians were persecuted.

In a very short space of time, almost overnight, innocent men, women and children were transformed into merciless, barbaric mass murderers.

How was this possible? Well if they did not follow their orders to kill they were considered traitors and they would face death themselves.

The fear of death was used to get innocent, ordinary people to torture and kill other innocent, ordinary people.

Had the fear of death not been present the massively larger majority could have easily overthrown and taken out the small minority giving the orders to kill.

But instead, due to the fear of death, 2 million innocent people were persecuted at the hands of a smaller group of innocent people.

The brutality was sickening.

And all of this happened through the communist party’s use of psychological tactics involving the fear of death.

What scared me the most when confronted with this horror, was not the horror itself, but what human beings are capable of doing and can be manipulated into doing when in the deepest grips of fear.

My belief is that fear itself is the number one Shadow we are all here collectively to overcome.

It is only once we overcome this Shadow that we can truly be free. Free from control, free from manipulation, free from oppression, free from tyranny and free from becoming our own worst and most brutal enemy...

*read more in "The Shadow & The Pandemic", coming soon

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