Your Personality as a Ghost

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, ten, or fifteen 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 was 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.

Heaven is an end point, whereby definitions, all transformation, stops. Souls lounge around in a blessed state that sounds, frankly, like eternal assisted living. Why should consciousness become inert? In the afterlife survival would be meaningless unless we continued to respond.

Ghosts and spirits have much to teach. Every former self you have left behind is a ghost. Your body is no longer the body of a child. Your thoughts, desires, fears, and hopes have changed. It would be terrible to walk around with all your dead selves holding on. Let them go.

Even the self you had today is a ghost. What they have to teach you is that death has been with you every moment of your life. You have survived thousands of deaths every day as your old thoughts, your old cells, your old emotions, and even your old identity passed away. Everyone is living in the afterlife right now. What is there to fear or doubt?

Ghosts are as real as dreams. But you are in the here and now, not in the past. Seeing yourself in this way will give you new courage.

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

111 comments

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

Interesting...thanks for the article..

Suzy D.
Suzy D.3 years ago

We must mull over this topic frequently. Not in any morbid way, but merely to remind ourselves that the way we handle events in our lives moulds who we are in the future.
That said, even if we mess things up as individuals we will still finish in this spiritual classroom we call life. We may need more help, and it may take us longer. That`s all.
I believe there is no failure at the end of life !

Heidi H.
Past Member 3 years ago

Even the self you had today is a ghost. What they have to teach you is that death has been with you every moment of your life. You have survived thousands of deaths every day as your old thoughts, your old cells, your old emotions, and even your old identity passed away. Everyone is living in the afterlife right now. What is there to fear or doubt?

I truly do like this thinking. Thank you.

Margarita P.
Margarita P.3 years ago

"Heaven is an end point, whereby definitions, all transformation, stops. Souls lounge around in a blessed state that sounds, frankly, like eternal assisted living."

It is probably a bad sign, but that eternal assisted living sounds good to me!

Michele Wilkinson

Interesting.
Thanks

Judy A.
Judy Apelis4 years ago

Interesting.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Holy...

Kirsten B.
Kirsten B.4 years ago

Thank you once again for this interesting snippet Deepak.

I'm reading more and more information about this which is slowly bringing me towards the source. It all makes sense, and makes the journey while here, now, much more interesting and meaningful.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan4 years ago

Thought provoking article.

Joey Risati
Past Member 4 years ago

nice thanks for sharing