Life after death?
What really happens when we 'die?'
Death is a clinical process, a process that can be observed and documented. Many have made the 'journey' and returned to tell about it. Others, such as the Shaman, have made it a practice of taking the journey intentionally. We have a wealth of opinion about what happens to us when we make this journey as well as a wealth of information that has been gathered from those who have actually been there and back.
Death is not an end, but simply a transition from one reality to another.
Student: What happens to us when we die?
Master: When you die?
Student: When our physical life ends?
Master: What happens to you depends on you. What you call death is not an ending, but a beginning. It is a birth, and you must decide now if it is to be a birth of experience or a birth of awareness.
Even though death is a daily occurrence, we often hold physical death in a special place. It should not be so. The death of the physical body involves the SAME PROCESS AS BIRTH. It contains the confusion, the tunnel, the light, and the same restructuring of our paradigm. We experienced this process, this 'death,' when we entered the physical world. The only difference is, at the time of physical death the body ceases to function, and the physical view screen (the physical brain) on which reality has been presented begins to fade. This is a process that almost everyone will experience, but it is not a new experience.
The mind contains built-in programming that results in a step-by-step process from the physical movie of reality to the transpersonal realm at the time of physical death. It is through this process that we are presented with awareness of our natural, holographic awareness or 'higher self.' It process happens to all who experience a physical death, but the paradigm of each individual presents the process in an experience that is consistent with their expectations. Remember that during this 'movie of physical reality' we have developed expectations concerning what will happen when we make this transition. Our mind is energy, and even though the physical brain is dying, the mind is still active. It is still filtering and shaping information, and presenting it to our awareness in a manner that meets our expectations. We call this process "transition."
We may experience glimpses of transition throughout our lives but, because we lack Knowledge of the process, we never realize what has happened. Glimpses of transition occur during situations when the mind is deprived of sensory information from our physical reality, or our physical reality is in jeopardy, such as in life threatening situations. At these times, the mind is stimulated into running the physical death program and we may get a glimpse of transition in its beginning stages. This is when we may see our life 'flash before our eyes' when involved in a traumatic accident. We are actually seeing holographically when this happens, and holographically is how our mind "sees" without the limitations of the physical senses.
In order for us to remain in Balance during transition, we must gain Balance in our movie of consensus reality, be aware of the process of transition and prepare ourselves for it. If we do not take these steps, our mind simply presents us with an experience that meets our predetermined expectations of what we believe will happen.
The process of transition at the time of physical death is an archetypal process -- a process that follows the same pattern wherever it occurs, just as is the process of birth. This is why the process is the same throughout the world, and even though reports of the experience differ, there are commonalties in the experience that cannot be denied. These commonalties are, however, interpreted differently by the mind of the individual experiencing it.
Remember that the mind is not in the brain, but in the energy of the whole being. The mind retains all the patterns, programs, and tendencies that we develop during our movie of consensus reality, our 'physical' life. The mind remains, even during transition, the home of our paradigm. During transition, our mind still provides us an interpretation of what we are experiencing according to its paradigm. Even though we are experiencing the world of holographic awareness in which we naturally function during transition, our mind filters and refines the experience and presents an illusion that meets our expectations.
The illusion of the movie of consensus reality is a clinical process, and transition at the time of physical death is a part of it. Physical death is simply stepping from one stage to another, one dream to another, one reality to another -- and nothing more. Physical birth is such a transition, and so physical birth contains the same archetypal process, the same interacting patterns of awareness, as does physical death.
Although transition is one complete process, it is easier to understand if it is presented as individual experiences. Again, there are reports of physical death from NDE's around the world, and as always, the interpretation of the process is reported through the paradigm of the person experiencing it. What we are concerned with is the archetype itself the common aspects of transition that arise regardless of the reporting individual.
The first archetypal experience in transition is the tunnel. The tunnel is the reflection of the birth canal. As with birth, it may be preceded by a period of disorientation and confusion. It is sometimes experienced as a dark hallway, a deep valley between two high cliffs, or even a dark field with misty edges; the descriptions vary with the paradigm of the individual reporting it. Some individuals experience an open field, a pleasant lake, a bridge, or a misty environment with a light in the background. Again, the presentation of experience is the result of our paradigm so, throughout the world, there are reports of many different experiences of the process.
Most reporters tell of being aware of a distant light beyond the tunnel and a noise of some kind. The noise is often a buzzing sound, or the sound of rustling wind. What is taking place in transition is the process by which the view screen on the physical brain is replaced by the view screen of our energy mind in the energy of our being. This can be compared to transition at the time of birth when our senses are flooded with the awareness of our new reality.
The next experience that is encountered in transition is the approaching of the Light of Mind or the Higher Self. This arises as the experience of the tunnel fades into the background. As mentioned, the Light first appears far in the distance. As the individual travels through the tunnel, they feel drawn to this Light. Most who have experienced it report that there are no words to describe the Light. It is said to be brighter than any earthly light, yet will not harm the eyes of those that look directly into it. Individuals report that as they are drawn to the Light, they experience total Love and acceptance.
Most say they felt the Light was familiar, as if they were in some way a part of it. This Light often appears to those who have led a "good" life as well as those who have not. It may appear to those who have held a belief in a god, as well as to many that have not. Once again, all experience is a projection of the mind. The process is ARCHETYPAL, it is a commonality, but within the process, many experiences are available. Individual experiences within the process are a product of our mind in response to our paradigm, just as is the case in consensus reality.
The Light often appears as a figure. The personage is always a product of the observer's belief and reality structure - it meets the observes expectations. A Christian will usually see Christ or an angel. A Buddhist will likely see a Buddha, or one of the saints. A generic believer may see an angel, and some are just aware of the Light. Here is evidence that the mind is already beginning to fill in our view screen with information that fits our expectations. There is something out there, limited, and with meaning. The fact that the Light appears differently to different observers means only that the illusion of separation, limitation, and meaning is beginning again.
The presence of the Light is the arising of Mind or our Higher Self. This is our natural state as energy, spirit beings. If we realize what is happening and are prepared for it, we are able to recognize this Light as our very self and gain the Knowledge that it is from within. With Balance, we are able to identify the activity of our mind attempting to present this Light through our paradigm. With Balance, we are able to gently return this presentation to its source and merge with the light.
Without Balance, the light remains out there, limited, and meaningful through our paradigm. It even appears to be seen through our rapidly diminishing physical senses. Our paradigm tells us it is separate form us and the process of transition continues to meet our expectations.
With the end of the tunnel and in the presence of the Light, comes the next archetypal step in the process of transition - judgment. Again, our awareness at this point is a result of the presentation of our natural awareness, our Higher Self, while our mind still interprets the experience according to its paradigm.
One commonality is evident - all judgment is self-judgment. Almost without exception, the report is the light did not judge us - we judged ourselves! How can this be so? Our mind contains our EGO programming. The programs of limiting thought that are our paradigm immediately interpret the presentation of the Light as it arises. We are not able to consider our paradigm. It was created in response to sensory information from consensus reality, and that reality is no longer available to us. There is no time. It no longer exists. At this point in transition, our awareness has expanded to include our Higher Self. The only Balance we now have is that which we have practiced in our previous reality. Our mind and our Higher Self-merge, and again, holographically. Our awareness is now a result of the holographic merging of the paradigm of our mind with the unlimited potential of our Higher Self.
In Balance, we are able to fully realize the unconditional Love and total forgiveness. In Balance, we are able to recognize the presentation of judgment as an interpretation of our mind, gently return it to its source, and merge with our Higher Self.
Without Balance, we experience the judgment of Ego and the Light remains separated from us.
This is why the Master stated, quite simply: What happens to you will depend on you. What you call death is not an ending but a beginning. It is a birth, and you must decide now if it is to be a birth of experience or a birth of awareness.
She is not saying that this birth, either way, is good or bad. She is saying that when we focus our attention on experience while here in this movie of reality, we develop patterns that remain with us when we leave, and we therefore choose another movie, another experience. And when we focus our attention on Balance while here, still able to enjoy the movie of reality, we choose a camera with a wider lens -- one that allows awareness. She is saying that it is a choice we make while we are here in the movie of consensus reality.
The activity of the paradigm in presenting our experience in transition is evident in the fact that each individual will report an experience consistent with what he or she believes in or has learned to expect.
Without Balance, our next movie experience meets our expectations. The "heavens" are limited only by the attention of those who enter, but the heavens are another place of experience. In the heavens, just as here, experience is available and is presented according to our expectations. We must take this information seriously if we are to understand transition. Every heaven supporting every belief system in consensus reality is available to us.
The tunnel and the Light may be accompanied by the presence of departed loved ones. Here, again, the response of our mind to the arising of the Higher Self is following the same patterns it has in our movie of consensus reality. The vibrations of our attention are responded to, and common beliefs in realities draw entities together. Another illusion that supports our expectations is presented by our mind. The loved ones may very well reside in a "place" in which we share a common belief in, and we may have longed to be with them. Again, what we expect and believe in is exactly what happens!
The tunnel and the Light, and the potential for judgment, are the first experiences of transition. Remember, again, that the mind is not in the brain, it is the energy that we are, and it is still active and running programs. When the tunnel and the Light appear, they appear out there, limited, and with meaning. What is happening is the presence of natural spirit state arising on view screen of our new awareness. We are witnessing our very nature, our primordial self. We are experiencing, for a brief instant that can seem to take an eternity, The Light of Mind. It is us. But, without Balance, this holographic awareness is filtered and shaped by our still active paradigm to fit our expectations. Without Balance, our paradigm is still predominant. Without Balance, the illusion remains in the separation, limitation, and meaning given by our mind.
If our belief system contains a strong paradigm of an external creator, it will not allow us to gain the awareness that this Knowledge is arising within us; it appears external and contains meaning. There is a god archetype, and an archetype is, by its nature, unlimited. The presentation of any archetype naturally assumes the form that we hold in the paradigm of our mind. If we believe in a god of judgment and wrath, that program appears in our mind and becomes our experience. If we believe in a god of Love and forgiveness, we experience the same. Both experiences have been reported, as well as almost everything in-between. It may seem redundant, but our experience arises to meet our expectations.
These experiences are usually filled with emotion beyond description. The love we experience here in the movie of reality is nothing compared to the love that presents itself in our god. The fear that we experience in the movie is nothing compared to the fear we experience as our mind presents its concept of a god of wrath.
It is at this point that those experiencing transition ask to return or are 'sent back. Very few that go beyond this point will return to tell about it.
The observer usually interprets the last experience in transition in complete agreement with his or her beliefs. If they return, they will tell of the 'heaven' or the 'hell' that they believed in. It is only through intentionally making the journey with an open mind and a desire to learn that we discover what happens next.
The next step in transition is the fullness of the Light of Mind, The Higher Self or The One within, whatever name you prefer. We prefer to use 'The One.' Up till this point we have been experiencing holographic awareness related to our experience, filtered and refined by our still active mind, and not the full awareness of The One. Because our paradigm is still with us, we may still feel a sense of separation, almost like an observer. When full awareness of The One arises, it may appear as a vast emptiness, but we are aware that the emptiness is full of potential. In the quantum energy state of The One, there is only potential. Remember that we are experiencing holographically now, and our mind is still active. We still hold the memory and the paradigm of our last movie -- and still have a sense of self.
It is at this point that our Ego may surface again - with judgment. Confronting the sense of our personal "I" is the last step in transition. Our Ego may lead us to believe that we will have to give up our "identity" in order to merge with The One. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our identity is of The One. It is the final sense of separation that we are confronting. The sense of separation is the last stronghold for the Ego and the paradigm. The One is not a place of separation in any form.
In The One, total intimate awareness of each and every entity is available to us at all times. The Ego program presented by our mind may try to hold on to our separation, telling us that we will lose our sense of self. The mind knows that our consciousness will gradually become aware of every thought of every entity that is, as well as all potential floating in the vast reaches of The One. We are confronted with the awareness that each and every entity that is will become totally and intimately aware of us. Our Ego may tell us they will know everything about us. We must not be deceived, they already do! And we, in Mind, already know them. But that awareness has been sequestered behind our paradigm. We are just now becoming aware of it.
Awareness of the transpersonal realm is not something new to us. It is where we came from, and we hold in our Higher Self awareness the intrinsic knowledge and ability to move about freely in it.
In order to go any further, the idea that we are not worthy or are unprepared must be set aside. We were, shall we say, born ready.
This is the process of transition in its simplest form. There are many variations of the process, and many different experiences can arise during it. The steps usually happen in the order given even if they are not recalled, but there are exceptions in the reports given. We all have different paradigms.
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