The Dawning of the Afterlife

The first stage of the afterlife emerges with certain consistent events:

1. The physical body stops functioning. The dying person may not be aware of this but eventually knows that it has occurred. 2. The physical world vanishes. This can happen by degrees; there can be a sense of floating upward or of looking down on familiar places as they recede. 3. The dying person feels lighter, suddenly freed of limitation. 4. The mind and sometimes the sense continue to operate. Gradually, however, what is perceived becomes nonphysical. 5. A presence grows that is felt to be divine. This presence can be clothed in a light or in a body of angels or gods. It can communicate to the dying person. 6. Personality and memory begin to fade, but the sense of the “I” remains. 7. This “I” has an overwhelming sense of moving on to another phase of existence.

This sevenfold awakening isn’t the same as going to heaven. Researchers often call this the “inter-life” phase, a transition between the mental state of being alive and the mental state of realizing that one has passed on.

There are many specifics that change from person to person. Not all people with near death experiences “go into the light.” Some people report traveling to various planets in space or to other worlds according to their religious beliefs. Some experience a judgment scene that can be quite harsh, or even hellish; it can also be full of satisfaction, however.

The nature of the person plays a large part. A child can come back from heaven and report that it was full of baby animals at play, a cardiac patient can report sitting on God’s lap and being told by the Almighty that he must return to Earth, and those who come back to life can see every detail of Tibetan theology.

These images clearly depend on the culture they reflect. Everything we experience in the afterlife is a reflection of our own mental machinations.

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

78 comments

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

fabulous discussion here
whether or not we have verification of anything until the experience, we still have many ideas about this subject, and probably those energies of thought travel along the journey when we leave this state of being
my experiences direct my thoughts to the consciousness of the human spirit being 'aware' and that by being evolved to this awareness we can continue along this passage and find greater awareness - after leaving here

life itself is still a mysterious reality

what makes so many think that there aren't other mysteries yet to experience (?)

and perhaps we can bow out / perhaps we have a choice (?)

if we want to continue - we are designed to

if we believe we stop - we can

if we are lost in a maze of uncertainty - perhaps we eventually find clarity (?)

up ahead, new mysteries - and being alive is a blessing!

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

fabulous discussion here
whether or not we have verification of anything until the experience, we still have many ideas about this subject, and probably those energies of thought travel along the journey when we leave this state of being
my experiences direct my thoughts to the consciousness of the human spirit being 'aware' and that by being evolved to this awareness we can continue along this passage and find greater awareness - after leaving here

life itself is still a mysterious reality

what makes so many think that there aren't other mysteries yet to experience (?)

and perhaps we can bow out / perhaps we have a choice (?)

if we want to continue - we are designed to

if we believe we stop - we can

if we are lost in a maze of uncertainty - perhaps we eventually find clarity (?)

up ahead, new mysteries - and being alive is a blessing!

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T.5 years ago

gives you something to think about...thank you

Sean K.
Sean K.6 years ago

Maybe Death was created to enhance Life's capability to know itself, then wake up to its original state of neutral interference between the two states.
Thus building a bridge to close the gap between realms, so as to continue evolving.
Seriously, all it would require is for one individual to see us for who we really are. Then allow guidance and transition to Re-creation of species.
Basically evolve through conscious activity of Life Enhancing principles.
Thus starts the chain reaction that Darwin and others saw as survival of species. Somehow, someone would have to be convinced of the Total Illusion of Life. Then act accordingly for others to follow, if desired. And why not?

Tania M.
Tania M.6 years ago

HI JOYCE-YES AGREE SO MUCH WITH U-I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE SAME AS STEVE GOMER.STEVE ARE U AN ATHEIST AND HAVE U ALWAYS BEEN?WHICH RELIGION DID U GROW UP WITH?

TANIA MAREE-SOUTH AFRICA

Tania M.
Tania M.6 years ago

HI JOYCE-YES AGREE SO MUCH WITH U-I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE SAME AS STEVE GOMER.STEVE ARE U AN ATHEIST AND HAVE U ALWAYS BEEN?WHICH RELIGION DID U GROW UP WITH?

TANIA MAREE-SOUTH AFRICA

Joyce M.
Sandra D.6 years ago

P. S. Depak--thank you for this article. I know you have helped thousands of people find peace. I am only sorry when I see negative people like this invade your space, but I also know, it bothers you NOT!

Thank you again for all you do!

Joyce M.
Sandra D.6 years ago

Yea, and what made YOU such an expert, Steve? No one knows anything for sure. So why do you think you do?

Guess what, you don't!

Tania M.
Tania M.6 years ago

TO ME THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT WILLBE THAT MY OUTER WILL DIE AND MY INNER WILL GO ON LIVING.I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THOSE WHO DONNOT BELEIVETHERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH-AFTERALL IT IS THAT INNER OF YOUR BEING THAT TELLS YOU WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG.ACCEPTING GOD AS YOUR SAVIOUR IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR THE AFTERLIFE.SOME PEOPLE MAKE THAT CHOICE NOT TO WANT TO ACCEPT HIM-THAT MISTAKE CAN COST YOU YOUR LIFE-INNER AND OUTER.PEOPLE SHOULD BE VERY MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE SOUL ONCE THE BODY HAS PERISHED.GOD IS THE ONE WHO WILL BE MAKING THAT CHOICE WHETHER UR SOUL IS TO BE SAVED,BUT ONLY IF U MADE THAT CHOICE TO GIVE YOUR SOUL TO HIM-TO BE SAVED-MANY SOULS WILL END UP ON THE WRONG SIDE JUST BECAUSE THEY DID NOT BELEIVE.ONE HAS TO BELEIVE WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART THAT IT IS TRUE AND NOT JUST SAY SO FOR THE SAKE OF BEING SAVED-FOR GOD ALSO KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON IN UR HEART.ACCEPTING HIM FULLY IS WHAT HE WANTS.THOSE WHO BELEIVE ONE DOES NOT GO ANYWHERE ONE DAY CANNOT BE ALIVE FOR ONE TO EXIST IS IN MIND BODY AND SOUL-ONE CANNOT LIVE IN BODY ALONE.TAKE CARE OF FIRSTLY UR SOUL THEN UR BODY-FOR THE FIRST IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE-DO U THINK SO TOO?

TANIA MAREE-SOUTH AFRICA

Steve Gomer
Steve Gomer6 years ago

I don't believe any of it. Your all delusional . nothing could be further from the truth.