… or on your rock steady faith.
Nobody knows what happens during and after death. The stories we get from Near Death Experiencers are clearly not after death experiences. They might be during death experiences. What they had been experiencing, becomes past experience. Something solid in brain memory. While memory does not really work at the moment of death.
I must have read close to 1000 NDE-stories over time, starting at the very young age of 8, perhaps triggered by the early dead of my grandfather with whom I had a very special connection.
The most reliable stories do not carry many details, nor many pages, they talk about feelings of love and happiness.
Where does experiencing stop and interpretation begin? Those who re-chew the experience for many months before coming to terms with it, will clearly find what they want to see in it.
People hope that after death they will be their soul. The essence of self. They hope to go to heaven and/or merge with God. Many more think they will reincarnate. Their essence of self will hopefully find a new body and connect with it.
What is that essence of self?
It is nothing that we can carry with us.
It is not our body,
it is no possession.
It is obviously not our memorized past.
Memories are stored in the brain. Our essential self has nothing to do with physical brain. Concepts, Logic and Reasoning are in the brain. Skills and past Experiences are in the brain. Experience is in the brain. Methods and Memory are in the brain. Knowledge is in the brain.
The image I have of me, is just a concept, in my physical brain.
… and Nothing that is only in my physical brain will survive after death.
And unfortunately, whatever most people think of themselves, is just a concept, created by thought, opinion, interpretation, memory, residing in their physical brain, a far away blurred mirage of reality.
What is perhaps left?
I don’t know yet about some desires. I do not know where desires, not related to our physical and emotional existence, originate. Perhaps there is a not-physical aspect to will.
And there are the interrupts. Perhaps a few of them belong to the receiver analogy that according to many connect soul and body. I have never seen this receiver in action, I only notice the interrupts. These interrupts can be very subtle, like addictions, they tickle the brain during boredom.
Perhaps our long distance connector will survive. Another very subtle interrupt we hardly ever listen to during rush hour brain activity.
Perhaps the main focus of our mind during life might be transferred as a habit into our essential self.
Tsem Tulku pretends that higher skills from the subtle mind remain intact.
I wouldn’t have liked to read this post about one year ago. I wanted to hold on to a metaphysical reality that my parents and society had transferred and ingrained a long time before, something that had later evolved over time into something different but still based on past and second hand experiences. I held on to it. My insurance policy for the next life.
Nowadays I don’t know what is true any more,
but I clearly see that many after death beliefs
are built on sand.