Alive conversation - pages 177-187
The text of the programme “Consciousness and Personality. From the inevitably dead to the eternally Alive”
under the editorship of Anastasia Novykh.
(Note, the abbreviations used in the text: presenter Tatiana – T; Igor Mikhailovich Danilov – IM; Zhanna – Zh; Volodya – V; Andrey – A).
FROM THE INEVITABLY DEAD TO THE ETERNALLY ALIVE.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERSONALITY
10:38:09 - 11:13:26
T: Now, we would like to briefly touch upon the subject of altered states of consciousness… As of today, in the world, a lot of both clinical and experiential material has accumulated regarding altered states of consciousness. And it’s already clear that a human experiences and abides in various states of consciousness every day.
Well, for instance, such altered states of consciousness that are advantageous to consciousness — these are the state of wakefulness, the state of sleep, reactions of anger, the state of panic, the state of dreaminess, those very hysterical states, the states caused by alcohol and drugs consumption, hypnotic states. Meaning, these are those states of consciousness which people encounter most often in three-dimensionality.
But there are also altered states of consciousness which accompany spiritual opening — those are meditations, prayerful states, spiritual practices. Well, generally speaking, there are altered states of consciousness that are beneficial to a person when it comes to development of his Personality, and there are states advantageous to consciousness, ones that precisely can even cause harm to a person. So, what happens in the states that are advantageous to consciousness? There is an active influence on the Personality, and consciousness deprives it of a chance of self-identification. Well, so, for example, if a person is in a state of rage, he is not able to identify himself as a Personality, he is simply under consciousness’ control.
Zh: Yes, and the distinctions here are obvious. Those altered states of consciousness which are advantageous to consciousness, they are felt as discrete ones. They are separated from each other, and adjacent ones can be identified for each such state. What is meant here? That which they begin with, their characteristics, and what they eventually transform into. That’s how the system plans, everything is stereotypical in it, according to a scheme that leads to previously specified results.
While in spiritual practice… there, everything is different. Transition from a deep altered state of consciousness to perception through feelings happens smoothly, in a straight line, as if fading away, dissipating. Meaning, until there happens this very complete isolation of the Personality from consciousness, and its transition and immersion in perception through feelings, and there already, there isn’t any influence of consciousness. Perception through feelings radically differs from a deep altered state of consciousness.
While perceiving through the deepest feelings, a continuous single-vector process of living here and now is taking place. There, so to say, consecutive states take place, and they are unpredictable, they are alive, they are stable and constantly new at the same time. These are like different states of multifaceted infinite God’s Love, which cause both delight and bliss, and not at the level of consciousness, but at the level of the deepest feelings. But this is just one of the characteristics of perception of the Spiritual World through the deepest feelings.
T: You know, I will share how my consciousness previously reacted stereotypically to the phrase “altered states of consciousness”. Well, even the term itself already provoked some caution, it provoked fear due to lack of knowledge, because for consciousness, this meant either some pathology or leaving the comfort zone, it was just scary for it to change. But when I had read the AllatRa book and encountered the Knowledge, this fear vanished, and, on the contrary, there appeared even an aspiration to change myself, just to go seriously in the spiritual direction. And now, when you see the exposure of the system, then you just globally see and understand exactly what is happening in a person and in that very society, and why science is pussyfooting around this issue. Well, because it was precisely consciousness, and not the free Personality, that was placing its accents in it.
And exactly from the perspective of the primordial Knowledge, you already study these scientific works with a completely different understanding. And, you know, it’s amazing because it is obvious how from one work to another, consciousness defends its directives, exaggerates their significance, and, correspondingly, it depreciates the significance of those states which lead to spiritual enlightenment, because it is precisely consciousness that doesn’t understand them. Well, for example, it focuses attention on the fact that the state of wakefulness and the states accompanying it – these are supposedly “normal states of consciousness”, and so here, of course, the system is fully armed. Whereas, other states of consciousness, exactly those states of consciousness that lead to spiritual enlightenment – this is what consciousness regards as something “individual”, something “doubtful”, and in general, it equates them to its psychiatric material outlook as “manifestation of psychoses” or to “psychic self-regulation”, to “increase of self-esteem and self-confidence”. It studies that very “religious ecstasy”, “mystical experience”, first and foremost, as an opportunity to exert influence on somebody, to control the crowd.
But if in actual fact we look broader, for example, from the perspective of different cultures and traditions of peoples of the world, then it turns out that for a millennia, a totally different situation has continued. Many peoples of antiquity, including those oriental civilizations, as well as many other peoples (“primitive peoples” as consciousness of some scientists believes), they believed and still believe that almost every adult should know how to enter into a spiritual trance. Everyone, certainly, calls it differently, but the point is to find a way into this very spiritual fusion, to be able to enter into a spiritual relationship, into contact with God. And a great importance, a great value was attached to this as the goal of existence of a human being “to know that which is genuine”, to know “how to become Enlightened”, to know “how to gain Life”. Well, and the one who was unable to do this, that one was considered in the society, well, speaking modern language, to be a psychological cripple… He was considered to be flawed…
And everyone had their own tried and tested, both simple and complex techniques for stimulation, for entry into altered states of consciousness, and there was self-exploration through those very meditations, through prayerful states, through mastering of spiritual practices. Generally speaking, they had their own path to the general spiritual road that leads to the ultimate goal – to become Alive during the temporary existence. Certainly, it is clear that consciousness had also done some work here, and it introduced its distortions and substitutions. Well, at least, it is clear what people strove for in their communities, and what their common goal was.
Yet, what do we see today? We see how the system is promoting its directives in the civilization, and it does everything so that you as a Personality would become dead. After all, today, the “normal” states of consciousness are considered to be exactly those discrete states which keep a person reined in on the leash of consciousness’ patterns, which satisfy the person’s biological, psychological, and social functions. Say, what goal is set while studying altered states of consciousness? It is to cure diseases of the body, to free oneself from a conflict, from inner tension, or to study the deep inner content of one’s psyche, to function adequately and constructively in the society. But the trouble here is that “adequately and constructively”, from the viewpoint of consciousness as a part of the system, means… And so, for many years, scientists have been, well, studying what? Hypnosis (that which in actual fact suppresses Personality), the issues of sleep and dreams are being studied (meaning, that where consciousness can also make its contribution), opportunities to anaesthetize the body through these altered states of consciousness are being explored. And it seems like everything is designated for humane purposes, but if we get to the root…
That is, consciousness is interested only in those sides which enslave the Personality, which just make a slave for consciousness. Even those altered states of consciousness which a person uses at the stages of his or her spiritual path, even there consciousness makes its substitutions. Look what it uses to loop a person’s understanding in those very scientific works: it says that if you follow the spiritual path, the path of a meditative, spiritual trance, then you will find nothing there except hallucinations, except oneiroid states of consciousness which are characterised by a combination of images of the three-dimensional world and fantastic ideas, well, or, say, a commonplace religious ecstasy, mystical experience, accompanying fantasies, meaning, false states which substitute for the reality. Well, of course, this is also partly true, and the substitution is hidden at the root as always. Because consciousness itself – it is the one that substitutes illusion for the Truth by exactly influencing either aggressively or gently through its states.
Zh: This is felt a great deal.
T: For instance, in perception through feelings, there are no images there, the processes which are beyond the function of consciousness are taking place there. That’s why consciousness itself limits even the understanding of this issue as such: higher perception for it is an expanded state of consciousness, a state of peace and comfort, it is false perception through hallucinations of consciousness (meaning, its substitution of perception through feelings), when in a religious trance people perceive, for example, representatives of the Spiritual World in a three-dimensional image and even talk to them. But after all, this is an illusion from consciousness, with which it substitutes the Personality’s genuine perception of the Spiritual World through feelings. This happens because it is precisely consciousness itself that creates these three-dimensional images and substitutes communication with itself for the reality of the Spiritual World.
IM: They broadcast from consciousness, that’s absolutely right. We already discussed this in other programmes that people who start playing with magic, visions come to them, various saints, supposedly representatives of the Spiritual World. But again, they come in images. What does that mean, in images? Just as we see same people as we are with our earthly eyes, or ourselves in a mirror reflection, in the same way, they see these representatives. That is, put simply, it’s an illusion and another deceit, delusion.
T: Yes, while spiritual practice – it is liberation from this very false perception of consciousness, it is the Personality’s exit beyond the limits of consciousness’ functioning. But people often stop at the stage of comfort, at the stage of mysticism, meaning, at the stage of transition from an altered state of consciousness to perception through feelings.
IM: There is an interesting point here. At the state of cognition of it, this very perception through feelings indeed reveals to people that which consciousness dreams of. But the first, the very first indications begin to reveal themselves precisely when a person reaches deep states of an altered state of consciousness. Meaning, there begins that which is now called extrasensory perception or, say, metaphysics, magic, and so on. Well, and why is it said that you shouldn’t cling onto this under any circumstances? Because you will remain exactly at that level.
T: Yes, all this magic from consciousness, after all, it is akin to hypnosis, this very interference from outside. That is, as they say, there is such a term in psychology as “highway hypnosis” or “driving in a no-attention mode”, when a person is at the wheel for a long time, he is driving a car on a highway, and he experiences a reduction of sensitivity of his sense organs and a deficit of movements. Well, in a manner of speaking, on the spiritual path, we may say, something similar happens when a person loses vigil, when his attention weakens, when he gets bewitched by this illusion of the system, and reduction of perception through feelings and precisely this deficit of advancement, of personal work on himself, takes place. That is why it’s very important to know for oneself these tricks of consciousness, these tricks while in these altered states of consciousness: both subtle ones, those which are beneficial for consciousness, upon which substitution of the Truth occurs, and coarse ones, those which cause specific harm, like that very alcoholism or drug addiction where a fight between two consciousnesses takes place.
VIDEO No. 12
Video about the origin of a conflict inside a human being
(a fight between primary and secondary consciousnesses)
which leads to alcoholism and drug addiction.
TITLING: ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ADDICTION – THE WAY OF A DEAD MAN
IM: Again, we should note, alcoholism, consumption of drugs, and everything else… After all, whom does it come from? It comes from consciousness. Moreover, this very imposition of alcoholism and drug addiction originates, no matter how paradoxical it is, from primary consciousness. It is trying to erase the influence of secondary consciousness, it is trying to escape from power of secondary consciousness. This is a fight with the system inside the system. And here primary consciousness experiences… When under the effect of alcohol or drugs, the activity of secondary consciousness abates a little, then primary consciousness starts feeling itself a hero. Well, again, megalomania, self-elevation, all possibilities.
Well, this is merely the consciousness of a primate. It feels like it’s at the top of this world. And this very consciousness, exactly this state, forces it to consume alcohol or drugs again and again – freedom from consciousness, freedom of consciousness from consciousness. A paradox. But it’s natural that a person becomes even more dependent on the system.
A person who at least feels the Spiritual World, at least has a little contact with it and at least knows a little, I emphasize – not believes, but has an experience, knows about the existence of the Spiritual World, he will never consume either alcohol or drugs, because this strengthens, activates primary consciousness which begins to suppress and affect Personality more actively.
Why would one create obstacles for oneself? This is the same as when you want to run a hundred metres, but before that, you throw about various unnecessary items from a construction site, and then you run, stumble, fall, it’s painful and unpleasant for you. But if you want to go for a run in the morning – run on even ground. Why would you litter on your own running track?
T: Igor Mikhailovich, we would also like to expand on the subject of hypnosis a little bit in the context of the knowledge regarding primary and secondary consciousness, from the viewpoint of understanding of hidden substitutions.
IM: The essence of hypnosis lies precisely in direct influence on primary consciousness from outside. After all, primary consciousness does not perceive the world as such, it perceives it through secondary consciousness. Secondary consciousness can, let’s say, deceive it. But primary consciousness does perceive reactions of the body. While secondary consciousness perceives reactions of the body through primary consciousness, that’s the sequence, to make it clear. At that, work of the brain – it’s a reflection, it’s already a material, let’s say, manifestation of the work of consciousness. But, first and foremost, of the work of primary consciousness. But it is still also connected with the material world. Yet, Personality is connected only with primary consciousness. In actual fact, all this is simple, if one takes a pen, draws it, everything falls in its place.
T: That is, for a Personality, it’s an even greater oppression when consciousness of that very hypnotist also interferes… Meaning, it turns out that not only does it experience this very influence of its primary and secondary consciousness, but on top of that a third party from the system also interferes – it is the hypnotist’s consciousness which creates additional images, exerts influence and programmed impact.
IM: Absolutely right. But here, there’s a little nuance, when upon influence by means of hypnosis or magic, it doesn’t matter which, there is a direct influence on primary consciousness, here a substitution also takes place. It may be suggested to a person that he’s a famous singer: he will sing and will perceive himself as this famous singer, answer questions, and so on. We see that there was, well, let’s say, John Smith, and he still remains John Smith. He poses as some kind of famous singer, but outwardly he hasn’t changed, although he is convinced that he really is the famous singer. Why?
Because primary consciousness, I’m saying once again, it does not possess a pronounced intellect. But it can use the database, meaning, that experience which is accumulated or acquired by means of secondary consciousness (here, this is also an interesting point), or that which we call the Back Essence. This is nothing other than a data storage bank, this is where memory is stored. And the brain, unfortunately or fortunately, has nothing to do with this.
What is magic? Magic is performed exactly… I will disclose a secret, when a person is developing at the level of primary consciousness, when this very primary Self is evolving, and the system is being studied, then the person can indeed grasp various magic techniques, meaning, that which we call extrasensory perception and all the rest. This takes place precisely due to the activeness of primary consciousness. It is able to work very actively even at the level of the sixth dimension, that is, to transform various manifestations, to see plans of the system, to hear them, and so on. Whereas, secondary consciousness, it is limited, of course. It can get surprised, generate enormous emotions, surges, emit a wave which overwhelms primary consciousness, and this is reflected on our body.
T: Yes, I suppose this will indeed be helpful for many people. After all, the phenomenon of hypnosis is still considered to be an unsolved mystery for researchers. But now, the essence itself of this phenomenon and the harmfulness of its influence on a human being as a Personality in general is already simply understood.
After all, today very many people know that hypnosis is used for medical purposes. Well, perhaps, in some extremely severe therapeutic cases, this may even be justified. But on the whole, given that list of where specifically hypnosuggestive psychotherapy is used, and who exactly does this… well, here already a question arises, of course, what is more important for a person – his body or Personality? After all, in actual fact, people often go to various hypnotists when they are simply too lazy to change themselves, to just take care of their own body health and to work on its bad habits. But they do want magic. Yet, none of them certainly think about what they will pay for it with later on. And so, it is no coincidence that even in olden times, hypnosis was written about as a phenomenon that “ruins human spirit”, that it is “conscious service to evil”, and earlier, by the way, in the past centuries, it was called “animal magnetism”. In that very Christianity, it was labelled as a type of witchcraft and equated with black magic. Now, after such detailed explanations, I believe, it will be clearer for people why magic must not be used, after all.
IM: Well, it is obvious that one must not use magic techniques, must not strive for and desire magic, because in a human being only consciousness can desire magic. If you dream of power, if you dream of magic, especially secret power, if you aspire to develop some super abilities in yourself, if you engage in this - you are living by consciousness, meaning, you are mistakenly wasting your time. Yes, people do develop these abilities in themselves, but what’s in the end? Death. It’s the state of subpersonality, age-long torments. And what is the sense of these actions, of these abilities? And what is the point? After all, again, certain technics actually exist… well, let’s not talk about artificial technics…
At that, quite often people encounter the phenomenon of “the rebirth of the soul”, when a child, out of nowhere, starts saying that he lived at a certain time, in a certain place, and the like. And upon checking what the child is talking about, it turns out that it is really so. He recognizes his relatives, talks about the cause of his death. That is precisely an active subpersonality which suppresses the Personality and starts living life instead of it. Meaning, it is clear that even the new Personality is doomed to reincarnation, to the state of subpersonality. This happens quite often, unfortunately. But it is caused by certain situations, by premature death or again by magic. A person practiced magic, he was a powerful wizard. Yes, in the process of rebirth he can suppress primary consciousness of a new Personality and eventually temporarily be the master at the level of, I emphasize, his primary consciousness, having suppressed primary consciousness and having suppressed the activity of the new Personality. Well, and what’s the point? Both the Personality and that very consciousness will go to reincarnation together with him, and again, it will will become a subpersonality. However, these abilities don’t last for a long time in actual fact. Well, he will live an unfulfilled life, because at the level of primary consciousness it’s impossible to live a fulfilled life.
T: This is like an illusion...
IM: Everything is an illusion. Generally speaking, life may be compared to a supermarket where a cash register is always on the way to the exit. What will you pay with? And life is very short. Because time is an illusion which is imposed on us by consciousness. After all, it tells you that you still have a lot of time, that it is very long. But look behind you. Where was yesterday? And it will never come back again. Time flies very fast and irretrievably. If you are not striving for Life now, you won’t strive for it tomorrow either. That’s the point. As for the day after tomorrow, you simply don’t have it, that’s the trouble. Well, everyone chooses what he likes and desires, and what he aspires to. And the highest freedom of a human being lies precisely in this. This is that right which he is endowed with - the right of choice. This, in my opinion, is the fairest thing possible. Even the right to make mistakes. The right to death, the right to Life. A human being is granted this.
T: Yes. It’s just some kind of human foolishness… It turns out that pridefulness and unawareness lead to the fact that people do bad things, and the system actively uses this for its purposes. Well, even if we take those very magic phenomena… It is clear that if magic phenomena actually exist, then this is needed for something on a global scale in a format of survival of civilization as a whole. Well, we have already talked about, for example, those true saints...
IM: ...You mean there are also those, let’s put it so, who serve the Spiritual World. These are the ones who were called true saints, who could somewhat influence certain events, serving first of all the Spiritual World. There are such people, of course, certainly there are. But the point is that such people serve the Spiritual World in the sole interest of God. And not in the interests of some individuals, and certainly not in their own interests.
T: ...meaning, not in earthly, not in selfish interests.
IM: Yes, not in earthly interests of their own consciousness. Well, their thoughts, desires and actions cannot be selfish. For they are again caused by the actions of Angels in this world, who are enclosed in bodies. They are here just temporarily.
One must not strive for and desire magic,
because in a human being only consciousness can desire magic.
T: Yes, and this indeed differs greatly from those who were, at all times, called false prophets, who, under the guise of spirituality, in actual fact, were serving consciousness, pursuant to their selfish motives.
IM: And please note, we are again touching upon these false prophets, false teachers, so to say. The first thing they offer to people is excellent physical health, that you won’t get sick, you will gain strength. And there is also such a term as “spiritually strong”. You see, meaning, “strong people”, “spiritually strong” – there is an emphasis on strength everywhere.
T: Yes, a desire to possess something…
IM: To possess… to possess certain power, and an aspiration for domination.
T: Yes, the system promises a lot, gives something insignificant, and takes away more. That is, it gives a person…
IM: An illusion…
T: …an illusion that…
IM: An illusion of strength. But when a person gains real strength, spiritual strength (and when indeed, as of today, a former ordinary person of yesterday is capable of much, that which no magician will ever get), does he have even a little desire to use this strength for himself or, say, for the earthly? No.
T: For the spiritual this is Life, well, while for the earthly this is poison.
IM: Of course. And who would want to taste poison while being alive? This is the point. Well, the system substitutes it all. It, once again, mirrors it, promising magic, some super abilities, while in actual fact, creating illusions. And a person wastes time in order to gain another illusion. But what will he get in return? An illusion.
Zh: Well, yes, and so, to think, what do people waste their lives on?
IM: They waste time in order to read someone else's thought.
T: And what for? What will you do with it, huh?
IM: ...Sort out your own thoughts. Because you hear someone else's thoughts all the time, from morning till evening, consciousness is telling you. They are not yours. If you doubt it, okay, just check: stop a thought or change it in the direction you need. And again, the direction needed by whom: you as the Personality or your consciousness (the one who manipulates you)?
Zh: Yes, here you don’t want to hear thoughts from your own consciousness. After all, the enemy, it lives exactly inside every person, and this is his consciousness. The one who sees the enemy in the external does not see it inside oneself. And if you choose, if you accept its directives...
IM: ...If you put the power of your attention into implementation of those thoughts, desires and aspirations that consciousness is imposing on you, well, that's already your choice.
Zh: Well, yes, and this is why it’s advantageous to the system that a person does not know about the true essence of consciousness, about its connection with the system. Because then a person…
IM: ...gets out from under its power. After all, who among people likes to be controlled and goaded? No one.
Please note, people are very fond of teaching. Mostly those people like to teach, who don’t know what they are teaching, who don’t have personal experience. And then they refer to anything whatsoever, try to prove to others that this is their experience and so on, although they don’t understand it themselves. They don’t even know that which they are talking about, but at the same time they demand this of others.
T: Yes, such people in whom consciousness still predominates, they are immediately visible. One of indications of the work of the system in their heads is the pattern of “concealing the source”, meaning, where they drew this Knowledge from, well, and also their own interpretations while transferring the Knowledge, and distortion of it.
IM: Once again, people always try to present it, let’s say, as their own in order to make an impression on those who listen to them, and so on. And here it’s just trite egoism, thirst for manipulation, thirst for power - everything from the system. These are people who act from the mind.
T: Well, yes, and they justify it by the fact that people are supposedly not ready to hear about the source. After all, the system locks the Knowledge, blocking it by such an aspect that "I'll tell you about this a bit later... maybe..."
IM: Consciousness, as we have already discussed, it always opposes everything spiritual. And in this case, a person who seemingly conveys the Knowledge, and who speaks about it, but he speaks through consciousness. And naturally, he gets caught. That is, it means that the person does not have a true spiritual experience. He wishes to have this experience, but even more than that, he wishes others to believe that he has this experience. But this happens until the person opens up inside. For the most part, people choose false prophets. Why? Their directives are simpler and more pleasant for consciousness. Meaning, it is exactly consciousness that doesn’t reject them.
T: "You don’t need to change anything in yourself," they say…
IM: That’s absolutely right. Meaning, and once again, they talk about acquisition, that you will acquire something. And here, this already always borders on magic. What do they promise to people? That you will get this, you will get that, and the like.
T: Well, yes, they say, "Follow me and listen to what I say... And you will be given, you will acquire in three-dimensionality or in the body"... But they are in fact voicing the directives of consciousness.
IM: Yet, any of the true prophets who came, those prophets and other knowledge carriers, they always speak on behalf of the One Who has sent them and Who has empowered them.
T: Yes, and their life, the life of the true prophets, it is, after all, an example in itself.
IM: Absolutely right. But their life is not comprehensible to consciousness. That’s why people who live by and believe more in consciousness... while faith - once again, what is it? Whom does faith belong to? To consciousness. Only personal experience, spiritual experience…
Zh: Inner knowledge…
IM: Knowledge, certainly… It gives true freedom. And life starts right away and instantly. If you feel this, if you strive for this, then you simply sweep everything unnecessary aside. This is like one sculptor used to say when he was asked, “How have you succeeded in making such a beautiful statue out of this stone?” His answer was, “It was always there, I just removed what’s unnecessary.” Same here. A person just removes the unnecessary in himself and leaves the Angel. This is simple.
Yet, when active conductors of the system get involved in matters, meaning, people who are not striving for spiritual development, but aspire to exploit knowledge about the path for their own benefit… Well, actually, they have always existed, that is why various teachings in religions and everywhere were created, and the like… And they always aspire to seize power, they always have inner hatred and many, many desires.
T: Right, and such a person who is living by consciousness, he just copies the image, becomes like, but doesn’t live by the Knowledge inside himself.
IM: What does he become like? He becomes like what he sees in three-dimensionality. Because he doesn’t feel and doesn’t understand what lies beyond three-dimensionality. But, at the same time, he talks actively about it, exploits others. Egoism, pridefulness, comfort, desire to attain something, to cognize and then exploit this Knowledge for one’s own benefit, first and foremost. But what is happening in actual fact? The system imposes this, and they, like slaves, obediently do what their consciousness orders them to do.
And so, when such a leader appears, he always builds some kind of his own empires for his personal benefit, goes against everything, and the like.
T: And the most interesting thing is that people, when listening to these leaders, they do understand that something is wrong here, but keep quiet because they see that others are also silent. And why does it happen this way? Well, because this is convenient and pleasing for the system...
IM: Because such representatives of the system always do everything in their power to divert as many people as possible from the spiritual path. Even though they talk of the spiritual path and say, “You will possess power, you will do this and that, you will serve.” But, in actual fact, you know this pretty well and you understand that if a person is chasing after extrasensory abilities (and this is nothing other than magic), then he has one route - to become a subpersonality. Because, whether he wants to or not, he will use these powers either for himself or for his leader. Meaning, for whose benefit? A mortal human or a part of the system. And when a person serves Satan, then there’s nothing for him to do in heaven. As it is said, whoever you work for, that’s who you will remain with.
From the inevitably dead to the eternally Alive.