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)