Life is most interesting when we become aware of things. When we fall into routine patterns of living, our awareness becomes dull and somewhat boring. For example, you may walk along your front sidewalk to your car every day that you go to work in the morning, ignoring the plants next to your house. Some may have flowers and if you took a moment to bend down and examine them, you might see the bright blue, feathery petals. Otherwise, you will live and die without ever being aware of them.
Awareness involves not only a heightened use of your five senses, but also relying more on your consciousness. One way to do this is to recline on a bed in a darkened room with no noises in the house. You may focus more on the awareness in your mind, relying little on outside stimuli. As you think more about this awareness, you may eventually shed off the routine matters of daily living and start to think more about life and what it is about.
One of the things that I noticed in my journey to an increased awareness was that I was all alone. We are very proud of our independence, but unfortunately we have delusions of grandeur, thinking that we can handle anything that life or death gives us. We are quite simply too weak and do not have sufficient facts to make the journey by ourselves. The unknowns might completely destroy you.
I know this because of my knowledge of how our species reacts to sensory deprivation. When we tackle this problem by ourselves, our imagination creates unknown horrors that devour us. I have read accounts where even the most hardened criminals and soldiers are reduced to quivering mounds of jello after several hours of being alone with themselves without any outside distractions from their senses.
Thus, you will want to have a steadfast and trusting friend by your side on this journey. No matter what you think of religious followers and leaders, they will not be with you during this journey, so what they think and do is irrelevant. What is relevant is your relationship with God. It must be a one-on-one relationship. It must be a powerful relationship. You must be aware of God at all times. You must be one with God. God will be your true friend during this journey.
So who is God? Forget trying to find him in your senses. You must find God in your mind. As you lie in that bed in the dark room, try to find God in the recesses of your thoughts. You must make him a part and parcel of you. God will make you a better person. God will reinforce your thought process, so that you can withstand the forces of chaos that will attempt to overwhelm you. God will be the force of control that will make you strong. Without God, you will not have that control and chaos will carry you away.
God is difficult to define and, in fact, may vary from individual to individual because God is within your unique mind. You must start working on your unique relationship with God during your life because he will give you a better life, but also because if you are still aware after your death, you will really need God for a better afterlife. Imagine what the afterlife would be like if you were still thinking and had no guide for that journey. With God inside you, you will have a much better chance to survive an environment that will be completely foreign to anything you have encountered during your life. Without God, you would be much better off if you just died and stopped thinking. If you were not aware after death, you would be very fortunate.
However, you must prepare by being one with God before death just in case you are still conscious. There are too many unknowns in our universe for us to say with certainty that we stop thinking at death. Why would you wish to gamble? It is much better to be prepared for the worst and then if you simply die and there is no more, then you haven’t lost anything. But if you don’t prepare for the worst, and you are still aware during the afterlife, then your imagination may be your worst enemy. Without God, you will be on your own. God will be your guide through the underworld, keeping your thoughts under control. But make no mistake: your belief in God must be so powerful that it cannot be undone by the sabotage of your own thoughts.