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In order to answer the question, "What happens when I die?" I feel it is important to take a look at something a bit less speculative and that is the question of what happens when we live.

There is no way to understand death if you don't know what life is. What happens between the moment you take your first breath and the moment you draw your very last?

Who is it that is looking out through your eyes?

Is it not the same quality of awareness that existed right before you read these words? Is that quality of awareness not the same quality that existed yesterday and the day before?

And that awareness, the pure state of awareness was there before you could form words or even knew your name. It is independent of personal history, of labels, of nationality of ethnicity of religion of political orientation or even a gender. This is the essential self. And the awareness of this self, even if momentary, is what is often referred to as "Self Realization".

The essential self is not contained within the boundaries of worldly identification, although it plays in those fields.

The essential self is not limited in perception by the five senses, although it enjoys experiencing them.

The self that is eternal is not limited by space and time, although it uses space and time to creatively express its essence.

The Realized Self came from nowhere and is going nowhere, but may choose different manifestations perhaps throughout the birth-life continuum.

The brain that tells the lungs to breathe will die with the body, but the Awareness that animates the organ called the brain is eternal.

You are not your thoughts. You are not your story. You are not your body.

Experience your thoughts, experience your story, experience your body, as none of it will last.

That which experiences remains constant. We can call that constant the "Self" - the real self and not that which masquerades as you.

So when you ask the question, "What happens when I die?" I would have to ask you a question in return...

Who is asking?


Eric Allen Bell

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)


    by EricAllenBell on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 06:17:30 AM PST

  •  I'm having a brain freeze day otherwise I would (4+ / 0-)

    love to discuss this. Sometimes the physical does get in the way of my peaceful spiritual side..:-)

    But I am skeptical of all human 'teachers' as none of us imperfect beings really knows, but on a good day I call myself a meta-physician and swear I know lots more than the average

    I've had some awesome experiences with 'others' that have passed.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 07:00:39 AM PST

    •  The only thing you really need to know is... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... Self.


      by EricAllenBell on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 07:13:38 AM PST

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      •  Self attached to a carcass that often holds me (2+ / 0-)
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        back from soaring as my true self..

        As a kid I use to get so annoyed that the body had to stop what I was enjoying to eat, use bathroom etc., etc.,

        That human condition is such a!

        To know 'me' is to love 'me'  on a good physical day.

        I've noticed also that many truisms hold many answers in a very simple way.

        Also I find the Tao a good reminder.

        I Appreciate what you are doing!!

        "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

        "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

        by roseeriter on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 07:23:20 AM PST

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  •  I've often wondered (10+ / 0-)

    over the last three years, what happened to my wife when she died?

    Does she have influence here in my world? Was that her influencing my world when I had an incredible recent stroke of good luck?

    Does my mourning keep her tethered close by? Does the waning of my bereavement allow her to reach her final reward? Is she pulled back to this realm when I cry uncontrollably thinking of how forcefully I miss her and still need her?

    I'm not nearly as concerned with what happens to me when I die, I am overwhelmingly fixated on what happened to her, and I hope beyond hope her consciousness still exists. It was a beautiful and admirable consciousness while it lasted, only 45 years.

    lib·er·al (lbr-l, lbrl) adj. 1. a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

    by Patriot4peace on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 07:03:09 AM PST

  •  sometimes i wonder if awareness is/has always been (3+ / 0-)
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    there, and becomes 'claimed' in almost a quantized form by something/someone...kind of like space and time.  

    so whenever we're born or die, the awareness stays there...but each entity that claims its piece of awareness may not be aware of any other.  Or maybe it is in some cases.

    It often seems that, since I happen to be here, writing, at this particular moment in infinity (which is of course impossible but true at the same time), maybe this sort of thing happens all the time...infinite times.

    Sort of like reincarnation, but not really.

    Do I really believe this?  Who the hell's no stranger than anything else.

    •  Beyond belief... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... My sense is that the old Earth based religions were really based on knowledge we are born with - that the Earth is alive, that it is intelligent and that we are in constant dialogue with it. In our lifetimes Science is coming around to this realization. And naturally, the religious establishment is going out of its way at every turn to make sure you do not discover the truth.


      by EricAllenBell on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 10:05:17 AM PST

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  •  um... (1+ / 0-)
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    yeah.  Ok.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 09:31:31 AM PST

  •  We become part of the Noodly Sauce Continuum, QED (0+ / 0-)

    I love a good mystery, and this is the penultimate mystery IMO -- the first, to my mind, being how did all this space/time get here (assuming there is a 'here' and that anything 'got here').

    Kossack Mortifyd makes dismissive noises, but has precisely the same number of clues-that-can-be-measured-and-shared as the rest of us when it comes to death: zero. S/he will have to die to find out -- or not find out. All s/he has until that moment her/his own pure 100% unsubstantiated belief (or indifference).

    A philosophy prof once told me that, because language does not encompass all of human experience, metaphysics cannot be expected to reveal actual answers concerning all of human experience. Instead, it is an exploration of the boundaries of language. Thus, instead of vesting ourselves in a necessarily incomplete, chimeric Answer, we should enjoy the challenges of poking and poking and poking at the boundaries, seeing how our minds respond with each challenge, and using our responses to help us map human consciousness -- gourmet thinking, if you will.

  •  I have a theory... (0+ / 0-)

    My kids are always asking me, well, mom, if there is life after death, why do our loved ones or those who passed on ever return to visit us?

    My answer is this:

    First - think about what eternity is like, or what a man's lifespan is really like in relation to the beginning or end of time.  Now think about the lifespan of the earth.  We think, oh my gosh, hundreds of millions of years, but in relation to eternity, it's still a blink of an eye. A man's lifespan is at the speed of a fleeting thought...

    Second - you know when you are at a really fun party, or a celebration, or even a movie...and you excuse yourself to go to the restroom, you leave, do your business, wash your hands and return.  People may or may not have noticed your absence, they may have figured out where you went, but you pick up where you left off, you don't have a long full fledged explanation of where you were or what you did.

    Now think about a bathroom trip like a trip to human existence. Maybe it's something that's necessary, but it's not THE essential reason of being.  When we watch someone excuse themselves and go to the restroom, the person who just left doesn't go to the door and knock and try to involve the person within to another conversation.

    Life, although long or short to us, relatively speaking, is not even a breath in time's existence.

    I think of life as a bathroom break, and that's why we never hear from the ones that have passed on.  They don't even notice we have left in the passage of time.

    "Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

    by dancerat on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 02:47:54 PM PST

  •  It doesn't matter. You'll be dead. (1+ / 0-)
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