Dying to the "self"

"I thought of an old joke. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die. Ha! Isn't that so very true? It had a very Christian context when first heard, but in terms of Dying to our 'self' so that one can know the 'Self', and thereby know heaven on earth, it takes on a much greater Truth."

This is an excerpt from an email sent by Ron Porter, San Diego, CA. The "self" with a lower case "s" refers to the ego, the illusory since of an enduring, independent self, while Self with an upper case "s" refers to the nondualistic pure consciousness or awareness out of which dualistic creation arises. For more about about this topic, click on Living in the Kingdom of Heaven Now. or The Illusion of Self and Free Will.