“Living Fully, Dying Consciously” steps into the heart of the human condition to explore why our entire life is a psychological and spiritual preparation for death. Life is not easy, but when we accept that we are just passing through this physical existence it puts things into perspective. Confronting our fear of death and accepting our physical mortality, Sue believes, will contribute to creating a much more conscious way of living. This is our gift to ourselves, to the Earth and to future generations.
You can view Sue’s video here.
BEFORE WE START
WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT
STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK
SECTION 1: THE FEAR OF LIVING FULLY, DYING CONSCIOUSLY
1. WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID OF DEATH?
2. SALVATION IS THE ONLY WAY!
3. WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID OF LIVING?
SECTION 2: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LIVING FULLY, DYING CONSCIOUSLY
4. FACING THE TIGER
5. CHANGING CORE BELIEFS
6. THE INVISIBLE WOUND
8. HELPING YOURSELF
SECTION 3: THE TRANSCENDENT
9. WE ARE MUCH MORE THAN WE THINK WE ARE
10. THE UNIVERSE IS IN US
11: THE TRANSITION
12. LIFE AFTER DEATH
12. WHY THIS MATTERS SO MUCH
Praise for Living Fully, Dying Consciously: The Path to Spiritual Wellbeing
What Sue describes in this book (Living Fully, Dying Consciously) may seem foreign to serious scientists trained in the left brained dogmas of materialist thinking, as I was also trained to think in my undergraduate engineering studies. On the other hand, to creative intellectual scientists who have learned to draw on both sides of their brain, and many of whom have become nobel laureates,….., the reality of “fields” existing beyond physics, which Sue so deftly describes will easily make sense. She then provides the practical methods for altering these “fields”.
This book is a Tour de Force of the science and philosophy surrounding death and dying, as well as the emerging science of consciousness survival, all of which I have both researched myself and also experienced personally, so I can verify the scientific accuracy of what Sue is reporting on. But, while Sue touches all these areas expertly, illustrating the truths with personal stories which we can all empathize with, she goes one step further and states her own wonderful philosophy which we might all live by:
I look at my work as “healing” rather than “curing” ... The word healing means making whole. Sadly, our western culture is traumatized, yet Sue has shown us the path to healing.
As the Sufi poet Rumi said:
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field…….I will meet you there.”
And it is this level of healing acceptance for ourself and others that Sue is teaching in this wonderful book.
~ Dr. Alan Ross Hugenot, author, The New Science of Consciousness Survival and the Metaparadigm Shift to a Conscious Universe
Living Fully, Dying Consciously takes you on a profound journey through the rigours of the human condition to understand how spiritual wellbeing generates a healthier world for all of us, and that we are indeed, just passing through this physical existence. Many people understand this following a near-death experience, and it’s so good to read a book that wakes you up to the importance of engaging with what mortality really means.
~ Dr Penny Sartori, author, The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences
In this time of escalating health needs that no system can hope to meet, Sue Brayne re-acquaints us with the complex truth of the human condition and offers us ways not of curing it, but enduring it - with grace, wisdom, courage and compassion. Her book will make you feel like a better and more complete being.’
~ Paul Wilson, lead for prevention, mental health and wellbeing for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Sue Brayne does not pretend that life is easy. Rather she tackles the heart of the human condition by exploring why so many of us are frightened of death and therefore scared of life. This is a very important book which should be read by young and old alike. Sue’s wisdom is profound and we all need to be inspired by her message that living consciously creates a much better world.
~ Peter Fenwick, Author, Shining Light on Transcendence: The unconventional journey of a Neuroscientist
About the author
Sue Brayne originally trained as a nurse. She has an MA in the Rhetoric and Rituals of Death (King Alfreds, Winchester), a second MA in Creative Writing (Oxford Brookes) and a PGCE in adult education. For many years she worked at a therapist, specialising in trauma, end of life issues, bereavement and grief. Led by neuropsychiatrist Dr Peter Fenwick, she was an honorary researcher into a five-year retrospective study on end-of-life experiences and is the author of The D-Word: talking about dying, Sex, Meaning and the Menopause, and co-author of Nearing the End of Life: a guide for relatives, friends and carers.
Currently Sue runs pop-up Death Cafes, workshops, retreats and training programmes which address end-of life-issues and our relationship with mortality.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 2020
Size: 5 x 8 inches