'Death is the culminating experience of living, the ultimate opportunity
perceive for yourself the whole truth behind existence.'
This cassette recording is an unusual and masterly
presentation of the facts of
death looked at from several viewpoints. Barry Long speaks to those of
are alive and well and encourages us to face up to death now. Death too
easily becomes something that happens to other people, or their loved
ones. But when
it happens to us, to our loved ones, how quickly are we torn apart. This
is because instead of looking at the reality of death as factual and purposeful
digested so many fears and superstitions, These engulf us from our subconscious
mind and the beauty and simplicity of death escapes us. Furthermore Barry
insists that you cannot understand death without understanding love.
We should teach the truth about death to children. This part of the tape
with its imaginary conversation between an adult and a child I find most
inspired. If we
love our children we will not hide the realities of life and death from
Barry also speaks to those who are mourning a loved one. He looks at their
pain with them, explaining the process they are going through. He shows
how emotion comes and goes - how its intensity is relative to their living
in the past, imagining their loved ones as they used to be. There is another
way - choose love through
the living presence of the loved one who cannot die.
Finally he speaks with much love to those who are dying now. The art of
is to go consciously: 'To die conscious, that is, in the state of immortal
love or complete understanding of love and its purpose, is to become a
others between the two worlds ...' Dying is the other side of birth and
is itself a
Barry's central concern is to introduce the listener to the profundity
of death and the dying process; to encourage clarity of mind and a psyche
of superstitions and above all to invoke that love which conquers all
Rev. Martin Nathanael
Writing in Radionics Quarterly UK 1983 when the original cassette was first released.