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Your Personality as a Ghost

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).

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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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6:01AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Interesting...thanks for the article..

6:06PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

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 !

7:10AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

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.

12:54PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

"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!

3:19AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Interesting.
Thanks

2:49PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Interesting.

8:18PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Holy...

10:13PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

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.

7:01PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Thought provoking article.

11:46AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

nice thanks for sharing

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