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The Audible Life Stream
by Alistair Conwell


The Audible Life Stream, or Primordial Sound Current, is the all-pervasive universal consciousness within everyone. Few realise there is credible evidence indicating that Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and so on, all perfected the meditative technique of turning their attention inwards, thereby merging with the Audible Life Stream, to become adepts of dying while living.

The Audible Life Stream: Ancient Secret of Dying While Living is the first book to provide convincing evidence of the Audible Life Stream and emphasise the importance of it to every human being, since none of us can escape the clutches of the Lord of Death. This unique book provides evidence of the Audible Life Stream from a variety of sources, including, independent testimonials of near-death experiences (NDE) and out-of-body experiences from people in USA, UK and Australia; excerpts from major religious texts; simply explained quantum physics principles; and independent anecdotes from the increasingly popular field of sound/music therapy.

In this excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book, the nature of the largely unconscious fear of death within many of us is discussed.     

Chapter One

Trembling on the Edge of Eternity

Death is psychologically as important as birth. Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. - Carl G. Jung (1875–1961)                    

Some years ago in the west country of England, a man was found wandering the streets in a highly disturbed state. Determining that the man required medical attention, he was sent by a benevolent organization, called the Bed Bureau, to the local general hospital. The man was of no fixed address and doctors were unable to contact any friends or relatives. He was so afraid that no information about him, or what had happened to make him so unsettled, could be obtained. Totally unwilling to answer any questions, he instead kept shouting that he was going to die and was begging for help.

The then admitting physician of the hospital, Dr J C Barker, explains what transpired:


He defied all our attempts to sedate or resuscitate him and

continued to cry out that he was going to die. Then to our

horror and amazement he suddenly stopped crying, fell back

into the bed and quickly expired. He had been in hospital for

about half an hour. A post-mortem examination showed him

to be in perfect health and there was nothing to account for

his demise, except perhaps fear... I was quite convinced that it

was possible for a perfectly healthy man to be frightened to


Such extreme cases as these (and this was not an isolated case that Dr Barker was involved with first-hand) highlight how strongly the fear of death can manifest in us. Psychologists have found that the vast majority of us harbor an intense fear of death. The medical profession has even coined the word thanatophobia, which is derived from the Greek word, thanatos, meaning death, for this fear.

Dr Barker believes emphatically that no one is exempt from the fear of death. In his book, Scared to Death, he describes thanatophobia as a very distinct, unique and sometimes all-consuming fear. The fear is so great and so deep that many of us deny the fear itself as a means to repress it.

A Paradoxical Obsession

But this repression is most insidious because we all know that literature, music and art have long had an obsession with death. Like the theme of romance, audiences in the main thoroughly enjoy witnessing death enacted on stage or the screen. Many operas include a death scene because, as the ultimate of tragedies, death is the perfect climax to drama. Puccini’s deeply moving Madama Butterfly is perhaps one of the best known examples. After finally realizing that her unfaithful American husband has betrayed her and their son for another woman, a distraught and disillusioned Butterfly takes her own life. In this case, whether it’s a question of honor or foolishness is debatable, but in the final analysis it is also immaterial because the power of Butterfly’s actions overwhelms a cold, purely rational mind searching for reason.

Our strangely paradoxical fascination with death also goes beyond the realm of art. For instance, we’ve all witnessed the gawking crowds that quickly gather at the scene of fatal car accidents, or the angry mob that gathers at the prison gates in some countries on execution day. But this apparent display of fearlessness is deceiving. Psychologists term this disturbing reaction in the face of death ‘disinterested emotion’ or a glorious ‘I’m all right, Jack’ attitude. American psychologist Dr Gregory Zilboorg believes this to be a denial of the danger of death combined with the false assertion that one will somehow never be touched by it.2

Death is a Mystery

So, despite our paradoxical obsession, the sobering reality is that we are terribly afraid of death even though it’s something we must all one day face—and face alone. But, it’s true to say that many of us are afraid of several things precisely because we know they are inevitable—a visit to the dentist, an exam, a job interview, a driving test are only a few examples of countless things that instill stress and fear in us. Death, on the other hand, is different, if for no other reason than because the vast majority of us have absolutely no idea what to expect at the time. And this is the second important aspect of death—it is a mystery. It is a mystery that has haunted humanity since time immemorial.

The mystery associated with death is sometimes seen as the real cause of our thanatophobia, rather than a fear of death itself. Others, rather than say that they fear death, will instead explain that they fear the pain that may be associated with death if, for example, they were involved in an accident. Others may say that they fear losing family and friends; or leaving personal commitments and goals unrealized. Thanatologists have also observed that dying people dread having to face death alone, feeling they will be abandoned and vulnerable at the final moment. But surely all these reasons that purport to display a lack of fear of death itself are, in reality, symptomatic of that deeper darker fear of actually dying.

Psychologist Ernest Becker believes that ‘...the idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity—activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man.’3

So although we can try to deny it, regardless of our social status, our influence or worldly knowledge, none of us can resist the clutches of the Lord of Death. And when that most compelling and wickedly seductive Grim Reaper beckons, none among us will have the capacity to even feign deafness. We might go kicking and screaming, and perhaps begging, but one day, go we will, for the choice will not be ours to make.

Fear is Based on Ignorance

Whether we are psychologically capable to acknowledge our thanatophobia or not, arriving at some understanding of this fear is important because all fear, without exception, is based on ignorance. There are numerous examples of ignorance instilling fear in entire societies and cultures throughout history. For instance, it was only some 500 years ago that a commonly held belief was that the Earth was flat and that anyone who sailed too far from the shore would fall over the edge! Given our modern-day scientific knowledge, we may well chuckle at this ludicrous idea but as progress continues and we acquire more knowledge, in 500 years time (or indeed earlier) our generation could well be the ones who will be the laughing-stock for our beliefs on a whole range of issues. Thankfully, men like Columbus were sufficiently courageous to challenge this flat-Earth belief and as a consequence the New World was discovered.

Like Columbus and those of his inspiring ilk, we must stand and face death—not as an enemy but as a friend. For no one succeeds in understanding an enemy simply because enmity prevails. But a friend is a friend because of an understanding, a knowing, a level of intimacy exists, whereby the two share so much that a great part of each is lost in the union. Potentially, death can be our greatest friend, but only if we learn to understand it and eventually master it. But while we harbor any shred of fear then it will remain our greatest foe, and, no doubt, our conqueror. As a consequence, we will be nothing more than the living dead. For our attitude to death ultimately determines our attitude to life. If we are afraid of death we will be afraid of life and, therefore, we will never truly live. Summarizing this attitude, Russian Orthodox Church bishop Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh once wrote:

If we are afraid of death we will never be prepared to take

ultimate risks; we will spend our life in a cowardly, careful

and timid manner. It is only if we can face death, make sense

of it, determine its place and our place in regard to it that we

will be able to live in a fearless way and to the fullness of our ability.4


J. Barker, Scared to Death: An Examination of Fear, its Causes and Effects, Frederick Muller Ltd., 1968, pp. 2–3.

2  Barker, p. 12.

3  E. Becker, The Denial of Death, The Free Press, 1973, p. ix.

4  Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh quoted in D. Cohn-Sherbok & C. Lewis (ed.), Beyond Death, Macmillan Press Ltd., 1995, p. 28. 

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Daina Puodziunas
Alistair Conwell was born in India and grew up in Australia. He has two psychology degrees. He has travelled widely through Britain, Europe, Egypt, the Middle East, Turkey, Taiwan and the Indian sub-continent. During his travels, he learnt various meditation techniques taught by Western, Indian, Tibetan and Vietnamese masters. It was in Nepal, the Himalayan land of mysticism, where he first learnt of the Audible Life Stream and the ancient art of dying while living. He has had articles about the Audible Life Stream published in America and Australia. He has been practicing meditation for over 20 years.
Alistair’s book, The Audible Life Stream: Ancient Secret of Dying While Living, is published by O-Books. It is available from Amazon.com and other on-line bookstores, as well as location bookshops around the world.  

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