When Vedanta says that every world is a projection of the mind, it is describing an Akashic dream. In Akasha we realize the transcience of all things and the immensity of the unknown. The Akashic dream is cosmic, unlike the personal dreams we have at night.
To experience the Akashic field requires an expanded state of awareness. Contracted awareness keeps us anchored in daily affairs. The dramas we live out take unexpected turns, and as we make new choices, the life of the soul takes shape. The critical thing is to have a life of the soul, and that comes about only through expansion.
Akasha is the home of the soul and therefore cannot be limited in any way. The mystery, strangely enough, is how we manage to restrict the unbounded potential of our own minds. But we do. The choices we make build invisible barriers that only we can take down. There are constant forks in the road that shape the invisible structure of the mind depending on the road we choose.
The qualities we choose, such as Expansion/Contraction, Expression/Repression, Individualism/Conformity, and Altruistic, selfless/Ego-driven, donít describe types of people but qualities of your own mind, which expands and contracts depending on many factors.
The mind isnít a single thing moving in one direction. We may share a tendency to be more expressive when young, more repressed in old age, but we may also have gained personal insight to replace the received opinions that give young people a sense of belonging.
From day to day the mind fluctuates, even when we feel we are committed to a single path. Itís natural for life to be open-ended, and so it will continue afterlife. In the Akashic field we will meet both sides of ourselves, the individual who wants to be free and the conformist who wants to be secure. The Akashic field is nothing more than our own potential.
Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).