What Happens to You When You Die?
At the point of death, according to Seth, your consciousness turns aside its awareness from physical reality and re-focuses elsewhere. Using the words “point of death” is not really accurate, though. Seth says that consciousness may leave the body before physical death, for example, when a person is in a coma and only the body consciousness is keeping it going. He also says that the consciousness of the elderly, as they near death, often comes and goes as it begins to reorient itself in a different dimension of existence.
So instead of focusing only in the physical world, those who are near death are aware of non-physical experience too. Other people who hear them speak of these “journeys” might conclude that they are hallucinating. Here is one way to think about what it is like to re-focus and enter a different frame of reference.
Imagine yourself as you were at age 5. Picture an event from those times and how you perceived it as a child. Now see it from your adult perspective. You have a different frame of reference now. You will see a broader picture; you will interpret it differently; you will notice other things that were going on at the same time, where, as a child, you were more laser-focused. That child is gone now, but still part of the greater you.
So, likewise, after death you will realize, sooner or later, that your frame of reference has changed and you have a broader picture than before.
I say “sooner or later” because a lot depends on the beliefs and expectations you have about what will happen. Some people are prepared for this change of focus because they have practiced shifting their consciousness through meditation, lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and so forth. They already understand to a degree that they are more than just their physical bodies. Other people have expectations based on religious beliefs or fear.
According to Seth, beliefs and expectations will mean that you will temporarily experience just what you expect to, whether that is loved ones coming to greet you, heaven or hell, judgment, angels, or anything else you imagine. In some cases, especially when death is sudden, the deceased does not even realize that he is dead. But these temporary situations will not last long, and teachers will be available to helpfully guide the person to an accurate understanding.
Generally speaking, though, most will be aware that they have survived death.
You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it. Then the differences between it and the physical body will become obvious. (Seth Speaks, p. 120)
One thing that I found interesting, is Seth’s claim that “death will not bring you an eternal resting place.” (Seth Speaks, p. 121) In fact, based on the descriptions of the time immediately after death, as well as the time in between one death and the next existence, there is a lot going on and it is anything but some amorphously peaceful condition. Seth says that there is an unlimited variety of experience available after death.
The self is multidimensional when it is physically alive. It is a triumph of spiritual and psychological identity, ever choosing from a myriad of probable realities its own clear unassailable focus (very intently). When you don’t realize this then you project upon life after death all of the old misconceptions. You expect the dead to be little different from the living-if you believe in afterlife at all-but perhaps more at peace, more understanding, and, hopefully, wiser. (The “Unknown” Reality, Volume 1, p. xxxi)
While a lot goes on and different laws than we are used to apply, the overall experience is not somber at all, according to Seth.
To the contrary, they [after death environments] are generally far more intense and joyful than the reality you know now. (Seth Speaks, p. 120)
What Does It Feel Like To Die?
This can be a touchy subject because we all know people who have suffered before the final moment of their deaths, by which time, it almost seemed a relief when they finally expired. This happened to my mother who died from many complications of diabetes. She suffered neuropathy, blindness, amputations, open wounds that never healed, kidney disease, heart disease, and it seemed like things couldn’t have been any worse. Seth’s explanation of the “death experience” is one of the things that made my Mom’s death bearable for me. If I think only about her bodily suffering I can barely stand it.
First, Seth says that
No one dies under any circumstances who is not prepared to die. This applies to death through natural catastrophe as well as to any other situation. Your own choice will dictate the way you die, as well as the time. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1974/1994, p. 353)
Again, this is a difficult statement to accept if you have lost a loved one and you are certain that they did not want to leave you or to suffer. But you must remember the multidimensional self. The soul of your loved one has purposes which we in physical reality cannot fully understand. There is the possibility that the human soul of your loved one was able to develop or expand some aspect of its consciousness through the situation it went through. Many spiritual teachers say that the sole purpose of our having a life is to provide experience for the expansion of consciousness and soul growth.
Suppose, for example, that one of the personalities emanating from your Oversoul had a cavalier disregard for his or her body in a previous life, with no consequences; the next time around, he or she might choose to experience a loss of some physical wellbeing and the accompanying suffering. At the soul level, the entity now has a broader understanding of the value of physical health.
At the end of the reincarnational cycle, the whole self is far more developed than it was before. It has realized and experienced itself in a dimension of reality unknown to it earlier, and in doing so, has of course increased its being. (Seth Speaks, p. 192)
At the moment of death, what one feels is not uniform. Each experience is different. People who have died from long and difficult illnesses may project that same illness on to their non-physical body. However, teachers will explain to them that the conditions of their bodies are brought about by their own beliefs and gradually they will free themselves from their burdens.
Seth says that, unfortunately, some people refuse to believe they are dead and they try to re-activate the physical body. This can cause a lot of confusion and sadness for them, when they realize they are ineffective. But, again, there are lots of teachers and helpers who will be able to get through to them.