Death is a Silence

Poetic Exploration of Death / Life

Creator: Laurie Bean
Played by: Laurie Bean

"Death is a silence."

Game II Core Wave: "Ancient Ideas in Modern Times" or "Time Transcendent Ideas."

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"Death is a constant. Through space and time, forever connecting our world to those of days past and days yet to come."

Connection Tunnels

  • Greatest Illusion / Time
  • The Bridge

    Highlight Quotes

    Tombstone Carvings
    Meanings of Carvings:

    Arches...Victory in Death
    Bouquets/Flowers...Condolences, grief, sorrow
    Buds/Rosebud...Morning of Life or Renewal of Life
    Roses...Brevity of earthly existence
    Portals...Passageway to eternal journey
    Bugles...Resurrection and the Military
    Crossed Swords...High-ranking military person
    Flying Birds...Flight of the Soul
    Fruits...Eternal plenty
    Garlands...Victory in death
    Shells...Pilgrimage of Life
    Trumpeters...Heralds of the Resurrection
    Willows...Earthly Sorrow
    Morning Glory...Beginning of Life
    Butterfly...Short-lived; Early Death
    Full-Blown Rose...Prime of Life
    Palm Branch...Signifies Victory and Rejoicing
    Ivy...Friendship and Immortality
    Laurel...Fame or Victory
    Oak Leaves & Acorn...Maturity, Ripe Old Age
    Weeping Willow...Emblem of Sorrow
    Corn...Ripe Old Age
    Sheaf of Wheat...Ripe for Harvest, Divine Harvest, Time
    Dove...Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity
    Cross....Emblem of Faith
    Anchor/Ships...Hope or Seafaring profession
    Broken Ring...Family Circle Severed
    Broken Column.....Loss of Head of Family
    Torch Inverted.....Life Extinct
    Urn with Blaze.....Undying Friendship
    Harp...Praise to the Maker
    Hearts...Soul in Bliss or Love of Christ
    Horns....The Resurrection
    Hourglass....Swiftness of Time
    Open Book/Bible....Deceased Teacher, Minister, etc.
    Lily or Lily of Valley...Emblem of Innocence and Purity
    Tree Stump w/Ivy...Head of Family; Immortality
    Urn with /Wreath or Crepe...Mourning
    Stars & Stripes Around Eagle....Eternal Vigilance, Liberty
    Hourglass w/Wings of Time...Time Flying; Short Life
    Candle being Snuffed...Time, mortality
    Coffin, Father Time, Picks/Shovels, Darts...Mortality
    Hand of God Chopping....Sudden Death
    Winged Effigies...Flight of the Soul

    Geographic Location

    Death Valley

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  • Main Submission

    Death is a silence of one's being
    as it resides on this plain.
    Death is a silence of one's soul
    as it is known in the present and past time.
    Death is the silence
    between two people.
    Death is a constant.
    Through space and time, forever connecting our world
    to those of days past
    and days yet to come.
    Death links us to another living soul
    in suffering, through suffering.
    Death is a silence that quiets one voice
    while leaving a whisper of the human soul to linger forever.
    -- Laurie Bean


    Follow Ups

    All I can say is "WOW"...Beautifully written...I love it. -- Nicole

    death is a comfort
    a gateway
    death is something some fear, some hate, and some want.
    death ties the world together.
    without it, we would crumble.
    death is a cycle

    Death is a beginning
    For things to come full circle
    Death is a nourishment for the Mother
    Death is feared as it is the great unknown,
    and those that have accepted its' challenge cannot speak
    Death is the top of the wheel, spinning
    Death is just a beginning
    Death is just beginning
    Death is beginning

    Death is a change of state, and they happen _all_ the time.
    Change IS constant
    Change is what people crave
    Change is something different
    Ying and Yang
    -- wolis

    Death is simply the displacement of the actor from one theatrical production to the next. there is no need for closure prior to relocation. take a segment of this existence: you wake up, take an inventory of your surrroundings and realities and proceed from there. death is just the transition from one play to the next, from one game to the next. the silence comes to those who feel their relationship to the dead has been severed rather than altered. -- Carol

    Having taken the time to read further, I see there are guidelines suggesting personalization for the game: emotions(body & soul?) not merely the mind. So, I'll try to add the missing elements to my comments: Fifteen years ago I was partially responsible for the death of a young man. He was standing only two feet away from me when he fell into a crevasse. I roped-up and tried to assist in getting him out of the crevasse, but I made mistakes with serious consequences. I held him as he lay dying, and told him it was ok to go. A few minutes later, we got him to the surface and I tried CPR, but it was too late. Hours later, with the curtain of darkness, loud laughter came from our tent as we passed around the whiskey bottle. Our climbing partner's body was only 20 feet away. There was no silence that day- that night. Silence would have been too unbearable.

    Now, I see the inconsistencies between my previous comments and my actual experiences. So draw your own conclusions on how the mind processes incoming stimuli in order to protect the organism. Amen -- Carol

    The first time I remember seeing something and surmising that it was "dead" was when I was about 6 years old. I woke one morning to find that my cat was lying outside my window, not moving, and I seem to remember there were already ants on her. Thus did the concept of death become an experience for me.
    Since then I have become rather more sophisticated in my conception of what "life" and "death" really are. But this has only deepened my appreciation of their mystery. If I should ever fully understand this one, I feel there would be not many more secrets left to fathom.

    I would like to see a submission regarding reincarnation, and to this end will quote some recent developements of this ancient belief. First from Seth, (a being channeled by the medium Jane Roberts), who was instrumental in broadening our concept of reincarnation to include multiple universes and non-linear time.

    "The present idea of the soul, you see, is a 'primitive' idea that can scarcely begin to explain the creativity or reality from which mankind's being comes. You are multipersons. You exist in many times and places at once. You exist as one person, simultaneously. This does not deny the independence of the persons, but your inner reality straddles their reality, while it serves as a psychic world in which they can grow." session683

    "The self is multidimensional when it is physically alive. It is a triumph of spiritual and psychological identity, ever choosing from a myriad of probable realities its own clear unassailable focus. . . The fact is that in life you poise delicately and yet perfectly between realities, and after death you do the same." session695

    And then some quotes from "A Course in Miracles", a rather phenomenal book dictated to one Helen Schucman by an entity she accepted as being an historical Jesus of Nasareth. It also stretches the idea of reincarnation beyond our traditional understanding.

    "In the ultimate sense, reincarnation is impossible. There is no past or future, and the idea of birth into a body has no meaning either once or many times. Reincarnation cannot, then, be true in any real sense. Our only question should be, "Is the concept helpful?" And that depends, of course, on what it is used for. If it is used to strengthen the recognition of the eternal nature of life, it is helpful indeed." Teachers Manual P57

    "And the last to be overcome will be death." Of course! Without the idea of death there is no world. All dreams will end with this one. This is salvation's final goal; the end of all illusions. And in death are all illusions born." TM p.64


    I, too, experienced "death" at a young age, but I did not realize it until much later. My parents were married young, just out of college for my mom, when they had me. I remember hearing my parents yelling at each other about little things. It was then that my mother died. Her spirit had been crushed by her disaterous marriage. It's not that my dad was abusive. He wasn't. But she was forced into the marriage by her parents so her freedom of choice was crushed.

    I believe that we, as individuals, do know what "life" is, but in our obsession to cheat "death," we are committing ourselves to an early grave. I believe that we need to "live" for today and let tomorrow take care of itself.

    I really dig what you said in your post. I look forward to reading more of your submissions...

    -- Lori

    Although I feel there is a lot to be said about reincarnation, both literally and metaphorically, in relationship to death, and that it might play well as a seperate bead within this Game, I feel strongly that the subject of reincarnation is imbedded within this beads subtext, because this bead makes me experience many feelings about the cycling of life and nature.

    I would like to say briefly here, within this bead, that for me reincarnation works like this: human beings are like rain drops of consciousness. When we die the rain drop merges back into the ocean of consciousness. New drops emerge containing molecules that have been in many other places. -- Robert Cohen

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