What happens when we die is a mystery to us all, and we could sit around making theories on it all until the very day we pass. However, until that moment we will never know. That being said, of course, some theories are far more favorable than others.
What do you think happens when we die? Is there a Heaven? Do we merely cease to exist? These questions actually keep some people up at night. There are endless possibilities and who knows, maybe the real journey only begins when we end. Below you will find a list of great minds in our current times and what they think happens when we finally pass on, feel free to pick your favorite and let us know what you think about all of this.
For those who do not know, Russell is a faculty member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He spends a lot of time researching the human consciousness. According to him, death is fascinating. He claims that one way of gaining an understanding of it is to think of it as the individual’s consciousness dissolving back together with the infinite consciousness.
2. Larry Dossey
Larry believes the soul cannot die. But, there is no life after death. In an interview with Phil from the Shift Network, he stated as follows in regards to his book One Mind:
The term that I like to use to describe the One Mind is that it is nonlocal. It’s not localized to particular points in time, and it’s not even localized to particular brains and individuals. Nonlocal is just a fancy word for infinite, and if something is infinite in time, it’s immortal and it’s eternal. It’s forever.
This gets us back to the old concept of the soul, something that isn’t born, it doesn’t die. It can’t die even if it tried; it’s immortal and eternal. So this temporal time-related nonlocality or this temporal infinitude, it’s hugely productive in terms of giving us a sense of satisfaction, by which I mean we now understand because our minds are nonlocal in time; they’re eternal. There is life after death. It’s not at all over with annihilation of the brain and body. Consciousness endures because of this temporal infinitude, its temporal nonlocality. Nonlocal has another aspect. People can be nonlocal not just with respect to time, but also with space.
This means that although our brains are localized… they don’t run off and join other brains… but our consciousness does exactly that. We know this because people can convey information to a distant individual who maybe even on the other side of the earth in terms of clairvoyance or remote viewing or telepathy, that sort of thing, which has been confirmed by thousands of experiments. So we can share information nonlocally with people who are way off. Now, we couldn’t do that unless there was some unity or connectedness between minds or consciousness. So here we have a tie-in with neurophysiology and paranormal phenomena, and this information is increasing daily, practically. It’s no longer possible just to do a hand-waving thing and say, “Oh, I don’t believe in that. There’s no proof for it.”
3. Alex Grey
When asked by David Jay Brown what he thought happened after death in regards to consciousness, this is what Grey had to say:
“I accept the near-death research and Tibetan Bardo explanations.
Soon after physical death, when the senses shut down, you enter into the realms of light and archetypal beings. You have the potential to realize the clear light, our deepest and truest identity, if you recognize it as the true nature of your mind and are not freaked out.
If you don’t, you may contact other less appealing dimensions. No one can know, of course, until they get there. Some people have had experiences which give them certainty, but consciousness is the ultimate mystery. I’d like to surrender to the process on its deepest level when death occurs, but I will probably fail, and be back to interview you in the next lifetime.”
Lanza believes in something known as Biocentrism. This is the understanding that time and space is not quite what we think it is. They are not hard objects. Everything we see and experience is merely a whirl of information happening inside our minds. Death does not actually exist.
5. Bernie Siegel
When asked by David Jay Brown what happened to consciousness after we die he said as follows:
What I am sure happens to consciousness after death is that it continues on. I don’t see it in a sense of saying, “Oh, I’m going to be reincarnated.” No, your body is gone, but what you have experienced and are aware of will go on in the life after death. So somebody will be born with your consciousness, and it will affect the life they live.
I know people who see life’s difficulties as a burden and say, “Why is God punishing me?” and “Why am I going through this?” Maybe these people ought to be asking “What am I here to learn, experience, and change?” Rather than sitting there whining and complaining. “What can I do?” and “What am I here to learn?” Now, I don’t criticize these people because I remember Elisabeth Kübler-Ross saying that if you’re in high school you don’t get mad at somebody in first grade. So I think we’re at different levels of consciousness based upon our experience and what we are born with. But I personally believe from my experience, for instance, that one of the reasons I’m a surgeon in this life is because I did a lot of destruction with a sword in a past life—killing people and animals. This is not conscious, like the answers I gave you earlier, but at a deeper level I chose to use a knife in this life to cure and heal with rather than kill with. I often say to people, “Think about things that affect you emotionally, that you have no explanation for. This may be due to some past-life experience, and that is why you’re acting the way you’re acting.” Now, whether I’m right or wrong, I have to say that, as long as it’s therapeutic that’s what I’m interested in. But on a personal level, I believe that consciousness is nonlocal, and it can be carried on and picked up by people and so I believe in life after death. I think this shows in animals too. There’s a certain wisdom that they have.
Ram Dass says that when people ask whether or not there is continuity after death he responds with “I don’t believe it. It just is.” Death is a part of the process of life. He says his faith in the continuity of life has gone way beyond intellect. He actually even goes so far as to compare it to taking off a shoe, it is completely safe.
7. Rick Strassman
Strassman says that he believes life continues on after death but that it depends on our consciousness during our lives what happens when we die. He essentially believes we are reincarnated until we grow enough to return to the source.
Sheldrake is a bit skeptical but had this to say when asked about life after death by David Jay Brown:
This realm of consciousness that we experience in our dreams may exist independent of the brain, because it’s not really a physical realm. It’s a realm of possibility or imagination. It’s a realm of the mind. It’s possible that we could go on living in a kind of dream world, changing and developing in that world, in a way that’s not confined to the physical body. Now, whether that happens or not is another question, but it seems to me possible. The out-of-body experiences and the near-death experiences may suggest that’s indeed what’s going to happen to us when we die. But the fact is that we’re not really going to find out until we do die, and what happens then may indeed depend on our expectations. It may be that materialists and atheists who think that life after death will just be a blank would actually experience a blank. It may be that their expectations will affect what actually happens. It may be that people who think they’ll go to a heavenly realm of palm oases and almond-eyed dancing girls really will. It may be that the afterlife is heavily conditioned by our expectations and beliefs, just as our dreams are.
9. Dean Radin
Radin believes it is clear that life goes on after death. He says there has to be awareness, even on a primal level after someone has deceased. You can learn more about his views on beliefs and so forth in the video below.