Many people assume that, at death, we just blank out. Nothingness. Blackness. End of story. This belief is supported by the “nothingness” we experience during both anesthesia and dreamless sleep. Combine this “evidence” with the common medical standard that death occurs when the brain stops functioning and you create a very common belief that physical death means the death of consciousness—that physical death means the death of us.
Unfortunately this belief is all based on a tragically mistaken assumption: The assumption that we ARE our thoughts.
But here’s the truth of the matter (no god or religion required): You do not die when your body dies.
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There is absolutely no evidence that consciousness ends after death. None. There is (obviously) evidence that brain activity ceases after death. The major assumption—the false assumption as it turns out—is that consciousness is dependent upon brain activity. But there is no evidence to support this common belief.
How do I know that consciousness is not thought based?
- You experience your thoughts.
- There is verifiable evidence that consciousness transcends physical death.
Number 1 is covered in my post about Hortons, but briefly… Since you “hear” your thoughts, this means there are two separate things: You (the experiencer) and your thoughts. Two different things. You cannot be your thoughts.
Number 2 I’ve also posted about before, but I’d like to give you a powerful snippet of that evidence from the Jenny Wade paper (emphasis mine):
…something really does leave the body after death. Verified reports, such as the ones presented here, are technically impossible as eyewitness accounts in the literal sense, either because the subject’s eyes are closed or damaged, or because the events described are not within the visual field of the subject’s body. These verified reports are not hallucinations.
To cite one more example of verified remote viewing, in two independent cases at different locations, survivors found their consciousness had drifted up to the roof tops of the hospitals where their bodies were being resuscitated (Ring and Lawrence, 1993). And, in as odd a coincidence as imaginable, both people just happened to see abandoned shoes on those roofs. Their detailed descriptions of the shoes and their locations were independently verified by people who had to climb out onto the roofs because the shoes were not otherwise visible.
This isn’t just someone reporting seeing a Light at the end of a long tunnel which can’t be corroborated, this paper is filled with similar cased, all VERIFIED by independent parties. Verifiable evidence that consciousness does not require a living body to function.
So why do we blank out during surgery or while asleep? Simple… consciousness, while the body is alive, is attached to the body and gets its input from the brain. When the brain is asleep, we (as consciousness/the Soul), don’t receive any signals from the brain and the experience is nothingness.
When the body dies, consciousness/the Soul detaches from the brain/body, as seen above, and it is free to experience the world—sans body—in a much purer/unfiltered manner (a common near-death experience).
There is NO evidence that we just blank out at physical death.
There is hordes of evidence, verified evidence, that we, as “souls” continue to function after physical death.
Recognizing this evidence makes the transition from Mortal to Soul a hell of a lot easier.
Stop thinking of yourself as mortal.
Start thinking of yourself as—and living as—a Soul.
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