|Fear of Death
A Treatise on
The fear of
death is based upon:
- A terror of
the final rending processes in the act of death itself.
- Horror of
the unknown and the indefinable.
- Doubt as to
at leaving loved ones behind or of being left behind.
reactions to past violent deaths, lying deep in the consciousness.
- Clinging to
form life, because primarily identified with it in consciousness.
erroneous teaching as to Heaven and Hell, both equally unpleasant in prospect to certain
- Page 300.
As time progresses and before the close of the next century, death will be
finally seen to be non-existent in the sense in which it is now understood. Continuity of
consciousness will be so widely developed, and so many of the highest types of men will
function simultaneously in the two worlds, that the old fear will go and the intercourse
between the astral plane and the physical plane will be so firmly established and so
scientifically controlled that the work of the trance mediums will rightly and mercifully
come to an end. The ordinary common trance mediumship and materializations under controls
and Indian guides are just as much perversions of the intercourse between the two planes
as are sex perversions and the distortions of the  true relationship and intercourse
between the sexes. I refer not here to the work of clairvoyants, no matter how poor, nor
to the taking possession of the body by entities of high caliber, but of the unpleasant
phenomena of the materialization seance, of ectoplasm and the blind unintelligent work
done by the old Atlantean degenerates and earth bound souls, the average Indian chief and
guide. There is nothing to be learned from them, and much to be avoided.
The reign of the fear of death is well-nigh ended and we shall soon enter upon a period of
knowledge and of certainty which will cut the ground from under all our fears. In dealing
with the fear of death, there is little to be done except to raise the whole subject onto
a more scientific level, and - in this scientific sense - teach people to die. There is a
technique of dying just as there is of living, but this technique has been lost very
largely in the West, and is almost lost except in a few centers of Knowers in the East.
More of this can perhaps be dealt with later, but the thought of the needed approach to
this subject can rest in the minds of students who read this, and perhaps as they study
and read and think, material of interest will come their way which could be gradually
assembled and published.
- Pages 301-302.
death and depression constitute for man the Dweller on the Threshold in this age and
cycle. Both of them indicate sentient reaction to psychological factors and cannot be
dealt with by the use of another factor such as courage. They must be met by the
omniscience of the soul, working through the mind - not by its omnipotence. In this is to
be found an occult hint.
- Page 309.
The instinct of self-preservation has its roots in an innate fear of death; through the
presence of this fear, the  race has fought its way to its present point of longevity
- Page 626.