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Why should you want physical immortality now,
what is it, and how can you live it?

From scientific life extension to the power of human connection, physical immortality now is as much a reality as it is a risk. Even so, it seems that claiming ourselves and each other as worthy enough to be immortal right now and expressing that feeling is still considered the greatest risk of all. Perhaps because it undermines the very foundation on which our beliefs, and the societies we have built around them, have been based - death!

But how can claiming to be physically immortal now be a risk? The worst that can happen is that we die anyway. And if we don't take the risk, we will never know the freedom of an unlimited life.

"To laugh is to risk appearing a fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk rejection. To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing; does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave. He has forfeited his freedom. Only a person who dares to risk is free." - Unknown.

Much of the information on this site has been drawn from the body of work of James Strole and Bernadeane of People Unlimited. This is because, to my knowledge, they are the only people whose lives and work have been devoted to inspiring a passionate living of physical immortality on a day-to-day basis - not only in themselves, but with everyone they meet who has the desire for an unlimited life.

Typically there are two approaches to physical immortality. The first requires preparing ourselves to be immortal through ritual, purification and enlightenment. The second relies on scientific advances to bring about "indefinite" life extension, which is considered by many to be the same as physical immortality. With both approaches though, physical immortality is seen as a future state, they both include the caveat that death may still occur through accident, disease or violence, and they both assume that physical immortality as a lone identity is possible.

But to be physically immortal means to stop death working in our own bodies - and to do that we have to eliminate any possibility from our cells. If we remain open to accidental or violent death, and continue to accept them as part of the human condition, then physical immortality will continue to elude us. It's not a question of living for as long as we can avoid death - physical immortality is living without end. It's not that we become invulnerable or unkillable, it's that we have no place in ourselves for death in any form.

This is why there is so much confusion about this subject. For most people the idea of living longer than the supposedly alloted three-score-and-ten may be attractive, but they have a tough time stating just how much longer they would consider to be acceptable.

How do you decide how much life is "enough"? How much life do you think you deserve? How much life do you think you can handle? When do you think you should have more life? What are you willing to do to bring it about for yourself? Do you really want your kids to die? And if you don't, what makes you think that they want you to?

If we believe immortality or even indefinite life is possible or probable or even preferrable to dying, why wouldn't we want it for ourselves? And if we do, when do we think we should start living it? Does now seem too soon? As Leonard Orr, often referred to as "the father of rebirthing", has said, "everyone is physically immortal until they prove otherwise".

Life is now. However long we want to be here, we're already ahead of the game because we're alive - the issue is not being alive, it's being so alive that we can't die - that's physical immortality.

And it's time we felt physical immortality as an experience rather than a possiblity. After all, life is physical, we feel what we experience - even if sometimes we'd rather not - so why not feel ourselves living forever rather than living for death?.

In searching the internet for useful information about physical immortality it has definitely been like looking for a needle in a haystack. I stress here the "physical" in physical immortality. Most of the available information seems to be either "spiritual" immortality or "religious" immortality masquerading as physical immortality, or "immortalism", which while discussing the concept of physical immortality, seems more focussed on scientifically enhanced, life extension.

There are people though who talk of physical immortality as a realistic aspiration, if not as fully manifest now. I mentioned Leonard Orr, but there are others such as Dr. Ben Bova who in his book, "Immortality: How science is extending your lifespan - and changing the world", writes: "The first immortals are already living among us. You might be one of them". And Herb Bowie whose book, "Why Die: a beginners guide to living forever" includes his list of the 15 minimum requirements necessary to live forever.

It certainly seems that while the idea of physical immortality still raises hackles, eyebrows, scepticism and discomfort, there is an increasing desire in people to explore an alternative to death - because that's what physical immortality is. In fact physical immortality is the ONLY alternative to death. Anything else to the contrary you've read, been told, heard or absorbed by osmosis is a lie!

Physical immortality is living forever as the person you are in the body you are.

It means never dying - never going to a different dimension.

It means taking responsibility for your flesh and making your stand now to keep it forever.

Anyone who is truly interested in physical immortality would probably agree with the above statements, except perhaps the last, because the divergence in views tends to come when the "how to" and "when" of physical immortality are discussed.

The majority see physical immortality as being possible sometime in the future or when one reaches a particular state of grace or science finds the answer. Their focus tends to be on finding a way to "do-it-themselves", or a way that anyone can "do-it-themself". They don't see physical immortality as bringing people together, they see it as a development of the individual.

This is why Jim Strole and Bernadeane are so potent. For them, and the people with them in the People Unlimited community, being physically immortal is not only who they are now, but it requires that all of them move together as one to develop a human environment that nurtures each other and their physical immortality in the face of a world promoting death.

The two of them have worked together and spoken about physical immortality for over thirty years, reaching thousands of people around the world. During that time they have continued to express a passion for all people to end the death in their lives. They consistently encourage whoever will listen, to live to their full capacity without the limitations of disease, poverty, aging or death, and to join them in embracing the "joy unspeakable" of physical immortality now.

If your knowledge of James Strole and Bernadeane has only come through third party accounts, or if this is the first you have heard of them, now is your chance to read first hand some of their expressions over the years. Of course, if you want to experience who they really are, and find out how they are manifesting their vision of physical immortality now, then you need to contact them direct which you can do here: People Unlimited Inc.

The idea of physical immortality, of living forever, has intrigued people for thousands of years. Isn't time we made it a reality by living it for ourselves?

Doug Morris

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