A Friendly Engineer

A very kind Engineer was telling me his thoughts about a friend of his who is dying of cancer.   For many months, his friend’s family has rallied around his friend. Their lives and their every waking moment have revolved around visiting this man in the hospital.  Their daily routines have developed new patterns of behaviour, thoughts and concerns about his friend.  In light of this, he contemplated that when his friend died, the sudden change would leave the family in shock.

As I thought about this sad situation, I commented that we in the West (e.g. North America and Europe) have a way of ignoring death until it hits.  Westerners can be so focused on the physical world that it generally comes as a shock when anyone dies.  Certainly my father’s death still makes me sad, though I have experienced many reasons to believe he’s perfectly fine on ‘the other side’.  In contrast, Eastern cultures, such as Buddhist and Hindu traditions, teach mind-expanding concepts of death early on.  Hindus and Buddhists prepare for death throughout their lives.  For example, the ‘Tibetan Buddhist Book of the Dead’ teaches people how to ‘die well’ and go into the light and the blue mist of Bardo, to pick a happy next life.  What we can learn from these teachings, and from our own experience, is that our spirit never dies.

To my utter amazement, the friendly engineer commented that anyone who thinks that they can see ghosts is insane.  He stated in a matter of fact way that ‘when the lights go out’ and you die, that’s the end.  His belief is that there is nothing after death and to think anything else would be an indication of insanity.  He went further by stating that he doesn’t believe in Jesus or Buddha.

“Methinks thou dost protest too much.” Shakespear

Not having encountered this type of response before, I wasn’t sure how to respond, or even whether to respond at all.   However, I was very glad he spoke his truth.  It was an important reminder that other people can have completely different experiences and perspectives than us.  I spoke my own truth and explained that my beliefs were far different.  However, could see no point in arguing.

This man is a wonderful person who loves life and  is completely honest and ethical.  I have enjoyed his insight on many things.  He has a lovely and devoted dog who brings happiness to everyone he encounters.  It was a good reminder that many people, perhaps most people, are relatively unaware of anything beyond the five senses.

Is it our responsibility to argue that the spirit world is alive and well, and is actually a much greater reality than our fragile human reality?   Reflecting on his comments, I was glad he mentioned Jesus and Buddha.  It reminded me that Jesus and Buddha are indeed imprinted on the consciousness of mankind.  And if someone doesn’t ‘believe’ in Jesus, does that mean they don’t believe in love and forgiveness?  And if someone doesn’t believe in Buddha, does that mean they don’t buy into compassion and the elimination of suffering?  Methinks not.

It’s important to come from a place of truth.  If it’s “misguided” or “wrong”, the cosmos will test us.  Not too long ago, I was just like the engineer and doubted the beliefs of other people.  However, when we don’t believe, the non-physical teachers and ascended masters who guide us simply have a way of showing up to challenge our beliefs.

Light, Love and Joy,