Right now you are a bundle of information in mind and body. You have unique memories; your cells have undergone chemical changes shared by no one else in the world.
When you die, none of this information will vanish, because it can’t. There is nowhere for plus and minus, positive and negative to go since the field contains nothing but information. Therefore their only alternative is to recombine. How do they do that?
The answer lies in the root word of information, which is “form.” We inhabit an “in-formed universe” which strings atoms along the double helix of DNA, bits of information in physical form, just as it strings together information in nonphysical form as ideas.
This brings us one step closer to the breathtaking notion that the whole universe is God’s mind; that is, a dynamic field of intuitive information undergoing infinite transformations. But we can’t take that step unless we know how small ideas survive, much less cosmic ones.
The rishis taught that ideas survive in the Akashic field as memories. You and I constantly access Akashic memory when we assume that we are accessing our brains. In esoteric circles Akashic memory functions to give us information from departed spirits and past lifetimes.
In Jungian psychology the same memory accounts for cultures sharing the same myths and archetypes. Venus and Mars are invisible beings, yet present and alive. The Akasha remembers every god created by humans and every epic battle, romance and quest. We tap into them all the time as the human story continues from age to age.
Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).