Facing death can aid spiritual awakening, as with the Buddha. Direct spiritual experiences which take us beyond death are followed by a deeper pain about leaving this precious life, a dance of life and death which enriches and transforms our lives.
Spiritual experience most enlivens when it is direct and unmediated by belief-systems, institutions or individuals.
Spirituality deadens when it separates us - from each other, our body, this life.
Facing death has long spurred spiritual awakening and practice.
Life-affirming death awareness transports us into deep realms of connection and mystery.
We can only truly accept what is unacceptable - and we are most truly alive when we can do so.