“We live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us in every conceivable way that to die is a terrible thing. And that is a tremendous disease from which our culture in particular suffers.” – Alan Watts
I’ve heard it said before that in certain African cultures, the whole village will weep when a child is born. This is because everyone understands that when a child is born on earth, he or she has departed from the realm of spirit, of timelessness, and of light in order to experience the sometimes more struggle-filled experience of a limited physical life. Indeed this is true. Why do we celebrate birth yet mourn death? There are obvious reasons, of course. From our human perspective, birth means we gain another expression of source energy who we can embrace, learn from, and love for the span of their life here on the planet, yet when a loved one dies, though their spirit lives on, we miss the physical presence and comforts of that person.
Ultimately from the source perspective though, death and birth are one in the same event. The only difference being that each has a perceived location of exit and location of destination, but the alchemical process is the same- it is merely the transformation from one form to another. Take a listen to the wise musings of one of my favorite all time philosophers, Alan Watts, and let his wonderfully warm voice and fiery spirit offer you a new perspective on the transformation that is physical death: