This morning I have been mining for similar nuggets of wisdom.... similar trains of thought between several diverse teachers....teachers from different centuries. The first is called The AntiChrist in Man by Joseph Salmon (written in 1647ish) and The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Andrew Murray (written in 1897ish) and quotes I've collected from Eckhart Tolle's books (Power of Now, A New Earth and The Stillness Speaks) I came upon the following quote I saved from page 46 of The Power of Now.
"Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to die before you die”
In a flash, the words of Paul popped into my head..
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.
Die before you die....crucified with Christ. Very similar concepts, no?