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Access to the Subtle World

Access to the Subtle World

The afterlife is not just a mystery to be solved. It’s an opportunity to expand life beyond boundaries. As the rishis described it, awareness begins in an unbounded state with pure consciousness and then cascades, plane by plane, until it reaches the physical world.

Each level is in you. At any given moment you could place yourself anywhere; the choice of boundaries–or unboundedness–is yours alone. Therefore journeys to heaven and hell are daily occurrences, not far-off possibilities.

The “shadow” may be an unfamiliar term; it refers to hidden forces that influence us as if beyond our will. The shadow self in Jungian psychology is a region of the unconscious where we store energies that become our version of dark, evil, shameful, or adversarial beings.

It’s hard to imagine how the shadow can occupy the same space as beings of light, which are numinous and include angels and deities. We’re tempted to allot separate places for each, but there are no physical divisions in the subtle domain and therefore no barriers between heaven and hell, light and shadow.

Access to the entire subtle world is always open. If you can imagine and dream, you can also experience departed spirits, angels, or gods. There is no separation between observer and observed. The inner and outer worlds are changing constantly.

Many cultures have viewed the barrier between life and death as permeable. We insist on making it into a wall, and behind this insistence lurks a good deal of unspoken fear. We equate the entire subtle domain with the realm of death, which is far from the case.

Sorting out the subtle world was a project that the Vedic rishis set for themselves. By going deeper into their explanations we can begin to navigate this level of reality that is closest to the soul.

Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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12:54AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:21PM PST on Feb 6, 2012


I was a student of Kundalini Yoga, and a teacher of Sivinanda Yoga. I am also a Hospice RN for almost 20 yr's, and have read so many books written by Dr Chopra.....and yet, I really don't feel that I truly know that much about the after life! I have closed the eyes of so many people as they are dying, and just don't really understand where they are going?

The one thing that I CAN share with you all is that when my precious Mom was in the actual act of dying, that a look came over/into her eyes of joy, as though maybe she was seeing her parents welcoming her, or something else that she was so happy to see!!


The 'only' thing that I can share on that subject

7:26AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011


4:43PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Thank is wonderful to be open to the mystery and sustenance of other dimensions.

5:26AM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Thanks for the info.

10:12AM PDT on May 29, 2009

You need to believe in and be open to miracles... For many years I had a closed mind... It took several experiences from eternity before I finally woke up to what is real and not an illusion. Since then I have had many more experiences that just blow me away; that there is that much magic in this world; this world is truly multi dimensional! Remove your fear; Open your Hearts and Free you Minds to what is real and you too will find the Truth!

7:49AM PDT on May 29, 2009

When the spirits want to"talk" to me, they appear - I cannot make this happen, though sometimes I wish I could (part of my "patience" journey in this world). Try not to be cynical or arrogant if you have not yet had this experience - it is VERY REAL and I do not know what lies beyond my passing but I do have my "ideas" or beliefs, which are probably just as strong as Christian beliefs, just slightly "off" their way yet fundamentally running along the same lines. We are all one. Be open and receptive - make the effort to be non-judgmental. Let go of your ego - which is not easy to start with, but pleasurable to behold, time and again, when you do. Give yourself a break, and the rest of humanity - find your faith within YOU!

4:51PM PDT on May 28, 2009

Mr.Eric, You would not need these discourses from HH Deepak Chopra on this web site, your Miracles site would have been an absolute sell out but the reality seems to be different which is beyond Miracles..
Mr.Dixon, Sorry to say that you very much belong to the Gross world & the word Subtle is just a word in the so called English Dictionary w/out having experiencing it.

3:14PM PDT on May 28, 2009

Those who open this door and want this kind of experience can have it... The door is always open. Seek and you shall find. There are no limits, no boundaries and no walls around Heaven or the Beings who live in it.

Jesus said; "Heaven is WITHIN"

If it is truly within us, then it is accessible.. Find out how...

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1:57PM PDT on May 28, 2009

Where is the evidence for the "planes?" Who is crazy enough to journey to heaven and then come back to this life/world? What a fairy tale. You can journey to anywhere in your mind but that is NOT reality, just a mental perspective.

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