Dying, and Spirituality
by Douglas De Long
world there is a crying need for spirituality. With all the
worries, fears, and stresses associated with our modern society
there must be a way to find peace and order in our everyday
This is equally true for those with a terminal illness.
There seems to be an explosion of suffering and illness worldwide.
Cancer has reached epidemic proportions. Despite all the marvellous
advances of medical science many of us feel lost and helpless
in the wake of all this.
How does one cope and make sense of everything today? If
one is sick, especially terminally, these concerns become
greatly compounded. Reality sets in and fears pervade the
mind causing additional stress and worry. The fear of dying
can haunt many people; it can torment a troubled soul.
From my experiences it seems that when one embraces spirituality
these fears and worries tend to be dispelled. Suddenly one
is able to look upon life as an amazing journey and know that
dying and death are merely the gateway to a better existence.
It is a transformation or transition. So, in essence, rather
than fearing death and uncertainty there is a realization
that there is no death. Robert Service writes about this concept
in his poem:
Yea, I am one with all I see,
With wind and wave, with pine and palm;
Their very elements in me
Are fused to make me what I am.
Through me their common life-stream flows,
And when I yield this human breath,
In leaf and blossom, bud and rose,
Live on I will … There is no death.
—Robert Service (1874-1958)
A person on a spiritual path knows the human soul is eternal
and linked to God, The Creator, or Great Spirit. They truly
know this and understand that they are a soul with a body
and not a body with a soul.
Then from this point on one can learn the next concepts
– astral travel, sleep, and death – which are
all closely associated with one another and have very little
difference between them. In all three of these experiences
your eternal soul slips out of the physical form and begins
to travel about the bedroom and finally to the higher levels,
or heavenly fields.
There is a vital life force – chi or Universal Energy
– existing everywhere. It is in the air, the water,
the trees, and in nature. This same energy is contained within
the body. The life force, or Universal Energy, works like
a magnet, keeping the human soul connected to the physical
As a person is dying, this force, or energy, starts to leave
the body and returns to the Universe. When all or most of
the vital life force leaves, the immortal soul cannot keep
itself within the body, and shortly afterwards it journeys
back to the heavenly fields accompanied by angels and departed
loved ones. Death has now occurred.
When you embrace spirituality in life, you embrace it in death.
Peace of mind and serenity can be attained.
The following poem, written by my wife, Carol De Long, says
it all in a beautiful way:
The Song of Silence
I hear the song of Silence,
The call is “Come to Me.”
My child you are not dying,
But changing to be free.
Your soul will be unfettered
From the physical chains that bind,
Your body will return to the elements of time.
Your soul becomes an Angel, with a new song to be sung.
Come up to me my Light One,
Come join me in the Sun.
The life you have is ended
A new one has begun.
Don’t leave the earth in sorrow
New joys are here with me.
Come join with all the “Light Ones”,
Back to your beginnings, you will see.
Be not afraid of dying,
Your soul is filled with glee,
For deep within your heart, my dear,
This is where you wish to be.
—Carol De Long
Douglas De Long is the author
of the best-selling book, Ancient
Teachings for Beginners,
and of the meditation CD, Ancient
Initiation and Angel Meeting.
He is a spiritual teacher, counsellor, past life therapist,
chakra master, and medical intuitive. With his wife, Carol,
they operate the De Long Ancient Mystery School. Contact information
- phone: (306) 652-0346, write: 221 Gladmer Park, Saskatoon,
SK S7J 2X3, email: email@example.com,