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Our Creative Leap in the Afterlife

Our Creative Leap in the Afterlife

When people wonder if the personality survives death, the answer is that the personality doesn’t even survive while we are alive. We are not the same person we were five, 10, or 15 years ago and it would be a sorry state if we were.

Our personalities are constantly evolving, transforming, growing. If the question becomes “Does the individual survive death?” the answer is “What’s an individual?” In reality what we call “me” is different from day to day, week to week, year to year. Which individual are you talking about, the young person who is in love and full of romance and desire, or the child who was full of innocence and wonder? Perhaps we must wait for the one who is senescent and dying. Which one would you survive as?

Perhaps none. Vedanta tells us that the afterlife brings the opportunity for a creative leap. As our choices continue to expand, we will experience a new reality that is far richer than the conventional notion of heaven.

The biggest difference is that in the afterlife the input of the five senses no longer stimulates us. The furniture of the mind has been cleared away, leaving a space that is both inside and outside ourselves. It is full of possibilities. Anything can be born there. In this dream space we realize the transience of all things and the immensity of the unknown.

The stage of “crossing over”–the temporary realm preceding the full experience of the afterlife–still feels personal. People report seeing their deceased friends and relations, for example. The dying person continues to see the room in which his body lies, and memories and associations keep tying him back to physical existence. The possibility of taking a creative leap has yet to be realized.


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

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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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2:18PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012


Thank you very much for this article.

Yes, we are not what we could say "one personnality", as there are many things that comes and adds to the person.
There is education, there is "social manners", there is "acceptable attitude"...
And also there is what the person feels when he is living.
But this is like "have a smaller viewpoint".
Why do not say "a personn is doing life after life a game to reach his own goal", and this is his personnality.
And this game is not what we could describe as "one life game".
This could be something the person would like to create life after life.
As a human being, we are valuable and we could reach far more then we think.

A vital part of Life is Joy of Creating, this is a true part of human personnality !

4:37PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Interesting and beautiful comment by Penny B.

Often I've had similar thoughts,.... Animals are very special gifts to us. Especially the love bond we make with our pets~ Their love is clean, without guile, and expressed with the enthusiasm we wish we could establish in our human relationships sometimes,.... We humans are very complicated living beings. Perhaps the reason we have every line of study is to try and understand 'what' we're made of and how we function. [ from all the sciences, philosophies, and theologies ] What is such a gift about animals is that 'it just isn't relevant.' They taught me 'how to JUST be.' They taught me how to show affection. They taught me to accept myself for just myself. And one of the best things animals give us is how joyful they are to BE with us! Now, maybe we could learn how to do that with each other. - sound heavenly,.... -

3:36PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

what is personality and identidy and the identidy of personality.

and what is to make of those who believe/are non human souls in the human body

9:51PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

I would like to think there was an afterlife, I have a lot of animals I want to be with again.

2:28AM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Whether or not one's death translates into a release from pain, I believe it is still very important to respect the wishes of the deceased.

7:59PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

I hope it's something like this.

12:52PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Is it possible we create our OWN after death experience? Just a thought, but I watch many create their own heaven or hell here on earth... seems without a body (if there is an AFTER) perhaps there would be even MORE freedom to bless or wreak havoc upon yourself!

12:32PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Our imaginations are stimulated on this ONE! for sure! Some seem to feel more comfortable with 'reality' as we experience it in our 'present state' of being. And that's as far as they want to go, and trust that whatever else there may be, is not a worthy concern. Sounds okay,... 180 degrees in the opposite direction of thinking could be the 'paranormal' mind where many concepts are formulated and are experienced as 'real.' This is where my respect for all of our individual differences and points of view becomes activated. The infinite spectrum of the concept reaches farther than our 'pea brains' - if I may play with the visual concept for fun - can grasp in entirety. That's what makes this a 'heavenly' topic. It can reach as far as we dream we can go, beyond the universe and past the veil, for those who care to wander. It can stop right in our seat at the moment. All are valid. Literal interpretations, cosmic dreams, fantasy imagery, and all philosophies are but a small 'pea' in the garden of possibilities which unfold. So we can stay quietly seated, and live on~ -Or we can take a ride on a chariot into the highest distances, and the energy of our imaginations carries us onward, as well,... This Miracle is experienced through every minute indefinable 'wave of energy' we ride. I am a Thankful 'pea' in this garden of Miracles. My prayer is to follow the Love Light ON~ Blessings and Peace be with us ALL. Here – Now - Always

6:39AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

There is plenty of people who say they died and came back. It is hard to explain what some of them say that they saw without there being some kind of afterlife. Being a Buddhist I don't see a soul, but based on other things there appears to be some kind of electromagnetic emanation. Sounds good, but it is better to be surprised than disappointed.

6:01AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

I hope there is something after death.

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