Art of Dying Volume One | Page 69

“ I understand that the ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, and also the rites of passage of the native cultures, enabled people to go through a kind of dying before dying. The 17th-century German Augustinian monk Abraham of Santa Clara put it very succinctly: ‘The man who dies before he dies does not die when he dies.’ Once you have this experience, you do not see death as the end of who you are, “ but as a fantastic journey, as a transition to a different mode and level of existence. Whether this is a profound cosmic truth or a merciful delusion, as some of the materialistic critics of transpersonal psychology assert, it can certainly transform people’s lives. STANISLAV GROF VOLUME I | 69