Harry Potter was taught in this scene of The Prisoner of Azkaban how to turn a fearful illusion into a moment of peace and happiness…

Our recent guest, Clare Goldsberry, the author of The Illusion of  Life and Death – Mind, Consciousness and Eternal Being teaches in her book how we can dispel the fear we have of death and live life as if everyday is a good day to die.

Clare’s curiosity of death led her to study Buddhism five years before she came face to face with death. Her significant other, Brent was diagnosed with cancer.

Brent refused all treatment except surgery. He wanted to live in control of how he went. Since losing his father to cancer at the age of 16, Brent had developed a fearless way of living life.

Dying is so easy. I thought it would be harder.”


Brent saw the benefits of knowing when he was going to die and how he would go. He felt himself lucky. Everyone else lives in mystery and uncertainty, which leads to fear.”

Clare Goldsberry

Clare was prepared to support Brent in his final 18 months. She had read a Tibetan book of living and dying. She witnessed Brent journeying through the signs and symptoms mentioned in the book. This knowledge made Brent’s death much easier for her.

“I said to Brent, ‘I’m sure glad you’re dying by the book’.

Clare Goldsberry

Buddhism also taught Clare about death and dying. Teachings such as Remember death; Death is certain, but the time of our death is uncertain are now included in her book which helps people be ready for death.

The first chapter of Clare’s book intrigued me – Why we don’t know how to die

According to Clare, the best way to have a “good death” is to not be afraid of it. Using a wand and shouting Riddikulus is metaphorically possible. All is created by the mind in the mind. Quantum physics and Buddhism agree our thoughts create our reality.

Thoughts can destroy us or give us a peaceful happy life.

Clare Goldsberry

Clare explains fear effects our immune system. To improve our health we should be fearless.

Indigenous leaders teach today is a good day to die. This is interpreted as meaning – today is a good day and I will accept whatever comes, even my death. When we embrace life and all that comes with it we can live our life to the fullest.

Clare Goldsberry

According to Clare, our biggest fear and regret near the end of our life is that we never did what we really wanted to. Her book encourages us to be true to ourselves and know our calling.

Learn more about Clare and her philosophy in her book and on her website here: ClareGoldsberry.com

Joseph Campbell said, “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

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