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Prompt #81 “Instruction Manual for the Dead”

For this prompt I either want you to invent your own mythology surrounding the afterlife (you can combine and utilize existing philosophies to create an original perspective) or to elaborate on existing philosophy. In the Tibetan Book of the Dead there are actual instructions for the newly departed to navigate the netherworld. These instructions are chanted to the deceased by trained monks as part of a unique death ritual. Of all the after life mythologies I have explored, the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy paints the clearest visual of the beyond so it might be a good place to start your inquiry. You can even take the stance that we are already dead andย thatย this life is false like the Dustmen of Planescape Torment. If this life is false how do we break the spell?

There are no right or wrong answers and you don’t even have to write something that reflects your personal beliefs just explore.


Here’s mine

Step 1 Don’t give up on life before it is done, that is the only regret.

Step 2 If the appointment suits proceed through the blue door.

Step 3 Do not be frightened by your reflection. Demons are just men with obscured faces. A mask is just a mask whatever its embellishments. You are both the demon and the mask.

Step 4 Pleasure is a trap. Beauty is fanged. Heaven is cruel when caged. You are both the angel and the snare.

Step 5 The Devil is but one of your manifestations. You are the universe. You are the cast.

Step 6 Travel if you must but return to the source. Everything you need to awaken is within.

Step 7 The womb is not a hotel. Comfort is neither origin nor destination but its worship can be an impediment. To live is to grow. To live is to learn. To develop flexibility breathe deeply when approaching the edge.

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

33 comments on “Prompt #81 “Instruction Manual for the Dead”

  1. J
    November 16, 2014

    Could be really interesting!

  2. C.C.
    November 16, 2014

    I definitely agree with J! In college I took a course on Afterlife beliefs and found it so fascinating ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mindlovemisery
      November 16, 2014

      I can’t wait to read yours! It is a fascinating subject to me as well

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  4. quillfyre
    November 16, 2014

    Mine is up now on Quillfyre!

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  7. julespaige
    November 16, 2014

    Ah…this just fits…walks right into my Fairy Tales…
    (which I actually wrote before looking at the prompt in its entirety – though I did see the title of the prompt in my in-box…)
    I’m playing right now with an addition for Lucy Arafa.
    Be back soon…. or, well later.

    • mindlovemisery
      November 16, 2014

      Can’t wait Jules XD

      • julespaige
        November 16, 2014

        You might want to see the Fairy Tale prompt I just (more or less) posted for Artie and Lucy first ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. julespaige
    November 16, 2014

    Okey dokey – You might want to read the #7 Fairy Tale first, but it isn’t necessary:


    • mindlovemisery
      November 16, 2014

      I read it first XD Both excellent

      • julespaige
        November 16, 2014

        Just having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thanks for the prompts that help move things along.

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  12. C.C.
    November 18, 2014
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  14. Tracesofthesoul
    November 18, 2014

    I love your wise steps!!

  15. Saari
    November 18, 2014

    Erm…here’s mine: http://vignettecreativewriting.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-soul-is-dead-that-slumbers/

    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything…liked the prompt very much!

    • mindlovemisery
      November 18, 2014

      Awww thank you and I am glad to hear you are writing again, beautiful piece you submitted

  16. Suzanne
    November 19, 2014

    I enjoyed this prompt a lot – here’s what I wrote http://artifactsandfictions.com/2014/11/19/when-i-die/

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  18. Pat
    December 2, 2014

    Very powerful and truthful words – they resonate with a gentle power that speaks of knowledge and learning won first hand. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  20. Pat
    December 2, 2014

    Great and wonderful prompt – it holds so many possibilities. Infinite really ๐Ÿ™‚

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