Deep within, in the animal part of us, we are not afraid of death. This is something that our culture has imposed on us. Philosophically, we are afraid of annihilation, of becoming nothing, and that concept of death is part of Western "scientific" culture. What surprises me is that so many people I hypnotized -- 80% had within them this mystical, yoga-like attitude, though most were not aware of it.
Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
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