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Ascension Apprehension

Our deepest fears
hide our highest potentials.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
As we lose our fear of leaving life,
we gain the art of living life.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
“For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?”
~ Socrates
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. 
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Love is what we were born with.

Fear is what we learned here. 

The spiritual journey is the relinquishment – or unlearning – of fear
and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.

~ Marianne Williamson
In silence sweet

we shall see

that everything is light.

And thus we’ll learn in perfect peace

there’s naught to fear but fright.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings


Ascension Apprehension

Our deepest fears
hide our highest potentials.

The higher we go
the more we know,

That our highest highness
is our common “I-ness”.



Ron’s audio recitation of “Ascension Apprehension”

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Ron’s explanation and dedication of “Ascension Apprehension”

Dear Friends,

Did you know that most humans fail to achieve their highest potentials and suffer unnecessarily because of mistaken fear of the unknown  – especially fear of inevitable bodily death? 
 
Physical death is inevitable and natural. All physical bodies are mortal and die; only time of physical death is unknown. But, knowingly or unknowingly, most people fear physical death because they self-identify only with their physical bodies, mistakenly believing that bodily death ends life, and don’t know what if anything happens after physical death.

Eminent Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death after being unjustly tried and convicted for allegedly corrupting the youth of Athens. Just before he died of a coerced suicide, by drinking hemlock, Socrates proclaimed that fear of death was fear of the unknown.

Countless survivors of what we call near death experiences, credibly report vastly transformed, happier and more fulfilling lives following experiential realization that bodily death does not end life; that in dying to physical life we can be ‘reborn to eternal life’.

By identifying only with our mortal physical bodies we think that we are entities “condemned” by nature to inevitable bodily death. And we don’t know what will happen to us upon such death. So, we become afraid of dying; of giving up the known for the unknown. And futilely we try to ‘protect’ ourselves by psychologically denying inevitable demise of our ephemeral physical forms.  So our lives are often marked by suffering from conflicts and problems which disturb our peace of mind and awareness of our eternal at-one-ment with Nature. 

Yet it is possible for us to transcend suffering from fear of the unknown. We can realize that we are much more than our unique physical forms or our thoughts; that our ultimate common essence is immortal.  Realizing this, we can begin more and more to self-identify with our common immortal awareness, rather than our ephemeral forms and thoughts; and gradually we can expand our perceived boundaries, so to ever evolve ’til these boundaries dissolve.

Thus, we can more and more live with less and less anxiety, fear and worry. Though in this life we may never totally transcend ephemeral entity identity, often we can just be at peace in the present – as thoughtless immortal awareness – NOW.

Invocation

May the foregoing Ascension Apprehension verses and quotations help us realize that “the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself.” and thereby inspire our discovery of ever less fearful and ever more fulfilling lives.  

And so may it be!
Ron Rattner


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2 Comments

  1. Gurnam on May 18, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Ron: I grew up believing in the teachings of Indian sages that claimed that the soul is immortal and enters another life after this body does not work anymore; that your KARM decides what your future life will be or if you can get free from the cycle of transmigration and rebirth. While it seems fair and just that you should get the reward of your actions, good or bad, only blind faith can accept it as a fact. It leaves to the absurdity of infinite souls when every creature, from elephant to bacterium, has a soul. Does it mean that there were no souls before life was created on Earth? and how about souls in other galaxies? My alternative to the soul theory is that life is just a collection of molecules and cells that can stop functioning due to any cause. Fear of death is automatic but irrational, because nothing can be done to prevent it. In my 90th year I have not thought about how fearful I am about death; I am just sad about the people I have lost to the inevitable and I am not counting on my soul doing any fun things after this life ends.

    • Ron Rattner on May 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Dear Gurnam,

      Thanks for your comment about my assertion that it is possible for us to transcend suffering from fear of death.

      As a 90 year old retired nuclear physicist, you need not consider or believe any traditional spiritual teachings to appreciate that we are much more than our unique physical forms or our thoughts; that our ultimate common essence is immortal.

      Quantum physics confirms that everything is energy (E=mc2) which can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed or transferred from one form to another.

      Realizing our Self-identity as indestructible immortal energy, can help us transcend fear of bodily death.

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