Is there life after death? Have you ever reflected on this time-old question, which has tortured the human mind for millennia? I did many times.
Before we try to explore the possibility of life after death, I would like to begin my article by saying that I’m not a religious person. At the same time, I believe that our existence is not a barely physical one. There is much more to life than just the chemical and biological processes that take place in our physical bodies. And yes, I tend to think that our existence doesn’t end with our physical death.
Undoubtedly, it is disappointing to think that after death, we just cease to exist. Everything that makes us who we are – our thoughts, experiences, perceptions and memories – simply disappears.
Fortunately, there are theories and thought experiments that disprove this idea. Personally, I believe that when we die, we just change to a different form of being. Or it could even be that we transit to another realm of existence.
Let’s explore some ideas that give a positive answer to the question: Is there life after death?
1. Research on Near-Death Experiences
The largest study on near-death experiences concluded that consciousness can be preserved for a few minutes after clinical death. Dr. Sam Parnia of the State University of New York spent six years examining 2060 cases of cardiac arrest patients in Europe and the USA. Only 330 of those survived as a result of a resuscitation procedure. 40% of them reported that they had some kind of conscious awareness when being clinically dead.
Many of the patients remembered the events that occurred during their resuscitation. Moreover, they could describe them in detail, such as the sounds in the room or the actions of the staff. At the same time, the most common of the reported experiences were the following:
- a sense of calmness and peace,
- distorted time perception,
- a flash of bright light,
- intense feelings of fear,
- a sensation of being separated from one’s own body.
It is not the only research that studied on multiple cases of near-death experiences and found similar patterns in different people. In fact, researcher Raymond Moody described 9 stages of near-death experiences in an attempt to explain what happens after death.
All these findings could indicate that human consciousness is primary to the brain and can exist outside of it. We know that science treats consciousness as a product of the human brain. Yet, near-death experiences hint to quite the opposite, providing the evidence that there is life after death.
2. Life After Death and Quantum Physics
Robert Lanza, an expert in regenerative medicine and the author of the Biocentrism theory, believes that consciousness moves to another universe after death.
He claims that death is nothing but a persistent illusion which has its roots in the fact that people tend to identify themselves with their physical body in the first place. In reality, consciousness exists outside time and space and, therefore, the physical body. This also means that it survives physical death.
Lanza tries to prove this notion with quantum physics, which claims that a particle can be simultaneously present in multiple locations. He believes that there are multiple universes connected with each other and our consciousness has the ability to “migrate” between them.
So, when you die in one universe, you continue to exist in another, and this process can be infinite. This idea is pretty in accordance with the scientific theory of the multiverse, which suggests that there may be an infinite number of parallel universes.
Thus, biocentrism sees death as a transition to a parallel universe and states that there is indeed life after death.
3. The Law of Conservation of Energy
‘Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.’
Another idea from physics which is sometimes interpreted as an indication of the afterlife is the law of conservation of energy. It states that in an isolated system, the total energy always remains constant. It means that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Instead, it can only transform from one form to another.
If we view the human soul, or rather human consciousness, as energy, it means that it cannot just die or disappear.
So after the physical death, it just changes into a different form. What does our consciousness turn into after death? No one knows, and this theory doesn’t give a conclusive answer whether there is life after death or not.
4. Everything in Nature Is Cyclic
If you take some time to notice and reflect on the processes that take place in nature, you will see that everything here evolves in cycles.
The day gives way to the night, the times of the year give way to each other in a never-ending circle of seasonal change. Trees and plants go through the process of death every year, losing their leaves in autumn, to come back to life in spring. Everything in nature dies to live again, everything is constantly recycling.
So why can’t the living beings like humans and animals transit to a different form of existence after their physical death? Just like trees, we may go through the autumn and the winter of our life to face an inevitable death just to be reborn again.
This perception perfectly resonates with the idea of reincarnation.
The Concept of Reincarnation
We all are familiar with the concept of reincarnation in Buddhism. So let me share an altered version of it which I believe is more realistic. I tend to see human consciousness as a form of energy that abandons the body at the moment of physical death. Consequently, it gets dispersed in the environment.
Thus, the deceased person’s energy just becomes one with the universe until it comes to life again and becomes part of another, newborn living being.
The main difference from the known idea of reincarnation is that, in my opinion, this process is far more complex than the Buddhists imagine it to be. Rather than having the same avacya (inexpressible) self traveling through the time from one physical body to another, it could be a composition of different energies that carry the experiences and qualities of multiple individuals.
It may also be that it’s not only the humans but all living creatures on our planet participate in this infinite process of energy exchange. This also resonates with the New Age concepts of universal unity and oneness, which state that everything is interconnected.
5. All Religions Have a Similar Perception of the Afterlife
This argument may sound the least convincing of this list, but it’s still worth considering. After all, our purpose here is to give some food for thought.
As I previously said, I’m not a religious person and don’t support any of the world’s religions. But I have asked myself many times, how is it possible that completely different religions, which emerged continents apart and centuries away from each other, have a similar perception of the afterlife?
No need to say that all religions state with certainty that there is life after death. But the interesting part is that even the seemingly unrelated teachings have a lot in common in their views of what happens after death.
For example, in Islam, both Heaven and Hell consist of seven levels while in Buddhism, there are six realms of existence. According to some interpretations of the Bible, there also are several levels of Hell in Christianity.
The main idea behind all these seemingly different ideas is that after death, a person goes to a level of existence that best reflects the level of their consciousness.
So, is there life after death?
I don’t know whether there is life after death or not, and no one does. But with the increasing awareness of the energetic nature of everything, including our own thoughts and feelings, it gets more and more clear that the existence is not a purely rational and materialistic phenomenon.
We are much more than just physical bodies with biological functions that scientific materialism considers us to be. And I believe that one day, science will find evidence of the vibrational nature of human consciousness. This is when the idea of the afterlife won’t be seen as purely spiritual anymore.
Is there life after death in your opinion? We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
- Do People Come into Your Life for a Reason? 9 Explanations - April 6, 2023
- 1984 Quotes about Control That Are Scarily Relatable to Our Society - February 10, 2023
- 10 Signs of Negative Energy in a Person to Pay Attention to - February 9, 2023
Copyright © 2012-2023 Learning Mind. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, contact us.
This Post Has 17 Comments
“the main difference from…” I think you seem to misunderstand abut Buddhism. no such word like ‘soul”. though, I agree with you what you say there is kind of different energies that carry experiences, something like that. 🙂
The Spirit is “The Thinker” or the “I”, which is conscious of itself, creates and takes form, and is in the driver’s seat….The Soul is “the Mind” (as opposed to the physical brain) or the Medium, which has no will or power or consciousness of its own, and is controlled and used by the Spirit to create, think, manifest, etc…. And then, there is the physical Body, which is the Spirit’s “vehicle” (along with the “engine” or Soul, if you will) which allows It to be here in Life, living on Earth.
As science with its theories and actual testing progresses, we are being introduced to more certainty that nothing is as it seems in our physical level of existence. People speak of ‘deep reality’ which to me means a primary force, for lack of a better word, describing what is meant by God whether one is religious or not. In that realm, there exists no time, distance, or matter as we understand these to be. Near-death experiences relate a similar state of being. Relativity and quantum physics have changed literally everything. Virtually all of it was impossible before the 20th century.
We are no more than close to the beginning of understanding. I believe that some idea or form of reincarnation is not only possible, but necessary, if for no other reason than than there is definitely the existence of change which is identified as motion or vibration. What does all this have to do with life after death? There is no reason for any universe to exist without life, or awareness. Without life or awareness it would be totally unknown and dead. To exist a universe must be conscious. We are conscious. That part cannot die. Only change.
Keep studying. The more you know, the less you need to believe.There is nothing frightening about ceasing to exist. Were you frightened before you were born?
I don’t believe in reincarnation. I have never had a past life or lives. I believe this particular way of thinking may be more often than not used subconsciously (or not) as a particularly comfortable way to escape our selves in the here and now, the only life we truly can say, yes, I am experiencing this. Along this line then, if you had not a past life, then you naturally will not have another one, and/or if you don’t remember feeling frightened before you were born , than it naturally goes than that you will not be afraid after you die. This simply makes me unhappy and very sad, not fearful, but sorrowful that we would not be able to continue enjoying life elsewhere with our loved ones. Regardless, to each his own belief… And BELIEF is the keyword here. The afterlife, if there is one to be had, will be designed just for you and where you will find yourself (or not) based on your own thoughts over time here, so make them good and strong! Nobody knows, so you have at least a 50/50 chance, and remember the thought comes in back of choosing your belief, and finally its manifestation! Study and gaining knowledge, yes, are important, but are used to deepen and strengthen what you have chosen to believe in, not to convince you of some other philosophy… A means to end, if you will :).
Well a person’s soul has been around since the beginning of time, so there is actually no such thing as death.
Truly you cannot use one to prove the other. Firstly, both are man-made concepts: “time” and the “soul”… And so is “death”. We will all just have to wait and find out later, and with this being guaranteed, meanwhile, perhaps try simply enjoying this thing we find ourselves in now called “life”. Go outside and ponder the wonders nature without saying any words!! 🙂
Hi Ms. LeMind, Great name considering the blog! I have read ,studied and.pondered this question for most of my life. I have read Moody’s book and many others like it and have formed an opinion with which I am comfortable. I once had a past life regression done by Elizabeth Kubler Ross which was fascinating…not a bit scary. At last count there are about 4,200 religions in the world. For me there is a real difference between religion and spirituality. I am a spiritual person.but do not practice any given religion. I believe in the concept of a renewal of life after death as do most Hindu’s. They believe that upon death in this life we shed our physical body much like a snake sheds its’ skin. I do think rebirth is a real possibility as how can a child die at birth and have no life at all? Cruel at best. I also subscribe to the theory of a multiverse in which we can live multiple simultaneous lifetimes. Judging from the many responses you have, this topic is on many minds. Buddhist’s do not believe in the concept of a soul. Hindus call it the Self. I guess we’ll all get the answer to these questions eventually. So much more to be said! Thanks for this article.
As my Uncle would always say at every funeral he conducted – Funerals are for the living …. over the years I begin to understand what he meant…
Live your Life as fully as you can, as your purpose will be left for others. This thought made me understand why I missed those who have left. Mainly because I did not complete my journey with them.
On another note, I do believe that we come back in another form of life, to reap what we sowed in the previous life. I can even relate to parallel universes where we all do meet again if not always.
The human mind is capable and often involved in deep analytical thought. Analytical thought is the product of pain. When a living being is in pain they think a lot. They analyse to try to find a way out. This analytical thinking process includes conteplating what comes after death. When someone is happy and fully engaged with the joys of living there is very little of this type of thinking. Even when death is near. So those thoughts are meaningless and not something one wants to be preoccupied with because if you are thinking those thoughts you are not happy and you are missing out on the joy life has to offer.
Indeed, there is life after our physical cessation for sure, for we continue to have an influence on the world and people around us. Has anyone ever heard that someone died, but we cannot reckon who exactly passed away because they are dead, forgotten, and erased from our memories like an electronic bit on a computer?
Highly unlikely, right?
Hence, applying the simple principle of perpetual energy, we transform, regress, retreat, and reincarnate, but never cease to exist. Only the realm of life and consciousness evolves from one to another level.
Of course there is life after death. As everything in the universe, we are made of energy . Energy can not be created or destroyed – There will be life after death but never “here”, never like “this”, never as we are …ever again!
Is there life after death? No one will ever know until that time comes. I don’t care if your mental state lives minutes after “clinical” death. What about days after, months after? Humans would like to believe there is but that’s because they think their made in God’s image. What if animals are made in God’s image? They are innocent, unaware, without all the ugliness of humans. They kill to survive and show love unconditionally. Humans are a freak of nature! They kill for any reason, hurt innocent creatures, believe they are God’s, and do so much harm to everything they touch. Yes there is a lot of caring and love from humans, but their dark side is always there. How can such a creature as humans be made in God’s image? What if there’s a more advanced creature out there in the universe that is beyond the state of hate that mankind carries? Wouldn’t they be more likely to be in God’s image? And besides what is meant by God to begin with? Some say he watches over us, some say he doesn’t and some say he made the universe but that’s it! I think this is hell or something close to it for look around you and see the misery, hate, fear, mistrust, jealously, lack of empathy, and just the horrendous things that humans do to other humans , creatures that are innocent, and to his own planet. We struggle each day to find our way and to live. Some live the high life and others have little if anything, while even others can’t even get greasy water, clothes or even protect themselves from diseases or dictators. I don’t know if there is life after death, but for my mother who had nothing all her life, but when asked if she regretted any part of her life she said this …” I had a good life, I had my sons” ( she had 8 boys and she mostly feed them herself) she deserves another life and I would gladly go to hell so that she could. Nuff said!
I believe our body has a energy ( soul ) and this energy has existed way before life as we know on Earth first began , it seeked a way of existing in a more physical way , it traveled the Universe and found Earth and most likely many other similar Planets and that’s how life began as we know it . It has evolved over time by our conscience and when we die this conscience goes to another level and that is Life After Death . When we die we exist in another level of consciousness and to what level depends on if your soul is reincarnated or not
You can’t exist without a name.
I suffered a cardiac arrest, was resusitated and regained conciousness 28 minuntes later. There were no bright lights or anything that i would associate with life in that time. If we look back in time, mankind evolved from what we we now class as animals. The garden of eden is a myth made up in times when mankind was ignorant and had no scientific knowledge. If there is a heaven for us, why isn’t there a heaven for animals, birds. etc.. There is nomention of this being the case of history. What makes us so special and the only species on earth to have and afterlife? Having been there, let me assure you , if you are dead you will never know it.
I believe I crossed over. I went up a long path and saw two large gates. The gates opened and I saw my mother inside. I also saw another place that was like a bright orchard where I spoke to my passed daughter. She told me she was happy and had lots of friends. I was then back at the gates where I was told, Go back it is not your time .