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What Will it Be Like When You Die?

What Will it Be Like When You Die?

When you die, it might be like changing channels. Imagination will continue to do what it has always been doing–popping new images upon the screen. Some traditions believe that there’s a complex process of reliving karma when you die so that as person can learn what this lifetime was about and prepare to make a new soul bargain for the next lifetime.

The moment of death is described as having your life flash before you, not at lightening speed as experienced by people when they’re drowning, but slowly and with full understanding of every choice one has made since birth.

If you are conditioned to think in terms of heaven and hell, going to one or the other will be your experience. The creative machinery of consciousness will produce the experience of that other place, while to someone who has led the same life under no such belief system, these images might appear to be a blissful dream or a reliving of collective fantasies (life a fairy tale), or the unspooling of themes from childhood.

But if you go to another world after death, that world will be in you as much as this one is. Does that mean heaven and hell are not real? Look out the window at a tree. It has no reality except as a specific space-time event being actualized out of the infinite potential of the field. Therefore, it’s only fair to say that heaven and hell are just as real as that tree, and just as unreal.

The absolute break between life and death is an illusion.

What bothers people about losing the body is that it seems like a terrible break or interruption. This interruption is imagined as going into the void; it is total personal extinction. Yet that perspective, which arouses huge fears, is limited to the ego.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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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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12:58AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

I believe the soul returns to this plane of existence again and again until we have learned all there is to learn. I believe that deja vu is proof that we have been here before.

12:20AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thanks.

12:18PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Interesting, thanks!

12:03PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

sigh

7:55AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

We don't know what happens when we die. I like to think that being an object of energy, which can't be destroyed, but does change form, my energy will transform into a different form.
What this will be - I cant know.

3:43PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

There are many reports of Near-Death experiences - one was from a medical Doctor on Care2. All the reports - and books - that I heard or read were consistent about the reality of a new existence on another plain. I have to say, though, that I never read about anybody having come back from a place called Hell. For my part I choose to believe that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me, a sinner - forgiven through His grace.

5:42PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Another book for sale?......

5:25AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Here's the last half of my comment that just hasn't come out ;
One morning, around 3 a.m. , her pooch "LADY " , sat on the corner edge of our bed giving out painfull and sad hawlings, they sounded like they were from hell, it sure as hell scared the hell out of me. She did this for about 5 minutes, till Chachi managed to calm her down. That same morning, around 8 a.m. w found out that our next door neighbore who was in his 60's had died at 3 a.m. Then there are those who had been BEYOND AND BACK , those who were declared legaly and medically dead , and had been recesutated . Those who had died in accidents , had been killed or from a desease have said to had have a rather nice experience, unlike those who died by suicide. I do believe that non-christians CAN NOT be saved, and it's not my saying it's in the bible clearly states it : " THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN AND SALVATION, THAT'S THROUGH JESUS CHRIST " . Personally , I'm not worry when this day comes to me , even thoiught I would had never deserved it ( no one has earned it , it's something you can't earn or buy ) but my SALVATION WAS BOUGHT AND PAID IN FULL AT GOLGOTHA BY MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST . So just because no one has come out with a concept, or this hasn't happened forget that you have YOUR SALVATION, paid in full and waiting for you, IF YOU WANT IT. God bless, Jess DeCristo

5:22AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Sorry I had to do this twice, just that he 1st time my comment came out incomplete ;
O R I G I N A L C O M M E N T ;
You know, before I became a born again christian , I hated and disliked even talking about this subject, but after I became a born again christian , I found it an interesting subject.
Wether or nor Aristotle had come out with the concept of a "SOUL " or not, it wouldn't had changed the truth. Jesus himself stated ; " Let the dead bury their deads " in other words, " oince your dead, your dead ", this is the main reason why HELL hasn't opened up for business, YET, this will happen when the rapture occurs. That's why we've always beensorrounded by an unseen dimention around us that we can't see, hear, touch , but it's very real, very lethal, We've always been sorrounded of the souls of people that have died since the beginning of time , proofs of this, almost everyone one has had " UNEXPLAINABLE " things happen to them at one time or another. And I do believe, like depicted in the Robyn Williams movie " What dreams may come " , that specially dogs, cats, and horses ARE able to see this dimention, that's why they can sense danger and things out of the oridinary. I'll tell ya just this of many unexplainable things that have happenned to me and my wife Chachi. Chachi absolutely loves poochies, and every night she lets one of her 12 poochs sleep in the bedroom with us. One morning, around 3 a.m. , her pooch "LADY " , sat on the corner edge

5:14AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

You know, before I became a born again christian , I hated and disliked even talking about this subject, but after I became a born again christian , I found it an interesting subject.
Wether or nor Aristotle had come out with the concept of a "SOUL " or not, it wouldn't had changed the truth. Jesus himself stated ; " Let the dead bury their deads " in other words, " oince your dead, your dead ", this is the main reason why HELL has opened up for business, YET, this will happen when the rapture occurs. That's why there has always been an unseen dimention around us that we can't see, hear, touch , but it's very real, very lethal, We've always been sorrounded of the souls of people that have died since the beginning of time , proofs of this, almost everyone one has had " UNEXPLAINABLE " things happen to them at one time or another. And I do believe, like depicted in the Robyn Williams movie " What dreams may come " , that specially dogs, cats, and horses ARE able to see this dimention, that's why they can sense danger and things out of the oridinary. I'll tell ya just this of many unexplainable things that have happenned to me and my wife Chachi. Chachi absolutely loves poochies, and every night she lets one of her 12 poochs sleep in the bedroom with us. One morning, around 3 a.m. , her pooch "LADY " , sat on the corner edge of our bed giving out painfull and sad hawlings, they sounded like they were from hell, it sure as hell scared the hell out of me. She did this for

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