Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this one question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that “the world beyond” is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places. At the end of our lives we “cross over” into a new phase of the same soul journey we are on right this minute.
In Life After Death, Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. It’s a fascinating journey into many levels of consciousness. But far more important is his urgent message: Who you meet in the afterlife and what you experience there reflect your present beliefs, expectations, and level of awareness. In the here and now you can shape what happens after you die.
By bringing the afterlife into the present moment, Life After Death opens up an immense new area of creativity. Ultimately there is no division between life and death—there is only one continuous creative project. Chopra invites us to become cocreators in this subtle realm, and as we come to understand the one reality, we shed our irrational fears and step into a numinous sense of wonder and personal power.
Not what I expected
This book is not read by the author as it states on the cover. With the subtitle of “The Burden of Proof,” I had expected to see substantial references to scientific studies and the existing body of research systematically documenting and analyzing those who have had near death experiences. This book is better understood to be expounding a philosophy from a very particular religious point of view. It also surprised me that it contradicts what is reported by those who have died and come back. By their accounts, personhood is maintained, although an altered sense of it. Their are also atheists who report meeting a being of light and love that they come to call God; and those of religious faith who lose their attachment to a particular dogma to focus more on unconditional love and service. They were transformed by their afterlife experiences, rather than having just created what they expected. I am a big fan of Dr Chopra and have been enriched by reading his books and hearing him speak, but this book didn’t sit well with me.