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In case I die in my sleep tonight

alex grey

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” -William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

My dying wish is that before you leave this life, your soul awakens to poetry; that your capacity to be moved by music is aroused; that you find a way to conquer your fear of dancing; and that a genuine love for beauty springs forth from your inner being like a flower in bloom.

Should you allow these experiences to unfold, your salvation, your enlightenment, and your freedom will inevitably follow.

For there is nothing in heaven that is not also in art.

If I die in my sleep tonight, please tell the world that this was my message.

If I survive the night, save these words for a future date.

For one day, it will make a fitting eulogy. And when that day comes, I beg you to exploit my funeral for the sake of art, creativity, and a sense of the possible.

Downplay my death and irreverently use the occasion as just another opportunity to remind the world to live from the eternal and boundless space of imagination.

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  1. Flowers we shall place upon your grave. And behold, a garden shall spring forth, a narrow brook cascading past as if it were nature’s orchestra…and we shall look upon the sight with heavy hearts because it was you who opened our eyes.

      1. Likely I waxed poetic more than was necessary (it seemed to fit with the spirit of the post), but I think it’s deserved. It’s deserved because when someone adds greatly to my life (and many have) they deserve to hear it from time-to-time.

        1. I’m picking up what you’re throwing down. I am honored by your words, Christina. And I appreciate you taking the time to say them. I need to hire you ahead of time to do the eulogy 🙂

  2. I don’t want to die…yet. I want to live at least as long as
    the giant redwood trees (500-700 years.)

    I want to hear the next songs, watch the next movies, read
    the next books, savor the next poems…

    “To see the world in a grain of sand…
    … and hold infinity in the palm of your hand…” (Blake)

    1. YES! I live to see another day and to experience the joy of exploring more possibilities. Cheers to all you have written here. Blake is my man. What a true ambassador of the imagination.

      Speaking of living 500-700 years, are you familiar with the work of Aubrey de Grey? I find him to very interesting. His thoughts about aging are quite fascinating. Here’s a TED talk I enjoyed of him (in case you haven’t already seen):

      Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

  3. I haven’t seen this before and found his talk very original and
    interesting. I think he’s onto something here with his anti-aging
    research and SENS strategy. Creative thinking combined with
    science—another bold frontier.

    Thanks for the video.

    Maybe I’ll outlast the redwoods!

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