And finally, in the Raleigh meeting earlier this year, you mentioned that shortly after death the memories of your recent life fade away and you forget them.
Finally, if we do forget the details of our lives shortly after death, it seems kind of bittersweet because the consciousness goes on but it forgets the little me, so in essence the little me won't exist anymore after this experience packet is done. Is this correct or a little-picture way at looking at things?
I am very sympathetic with your question, JoshM!
And there seems to be not only this dream like quality your former life becomes for you. In addition there is another thing, that I still need some time to digest.
Before really digging into the metaphysical stuff, I was more of an agnostic. There might be a god, there might be not. You might survive death or your personality might end with death and the end of your body might be the end of your consciousness for good.
So I was actually kind of relieved to find out, that your consciousness survives the death of your physical body.
Then I heard Tom talking about what happens after you die in his lecture in Malaga, Spain, several weeks ago.
In a nutshell (and please forgive me any distortion as the result of abbreviating his words) he said, that after you die, you will be put in some kind of waiting scenario where you stand around for example in a queue. In that setting you have time to deal with the shock of your physical death and be given a moment of settling in your new environment.
And then at some point you get settled in, accept the idea of the end of your life as you knew it and get bored. And at this point you get offered the opportunity for further growth by entering another lifetime. And of course whatever the entropy of your consciousness is at that point, this entropy will be the starting point in your new life. So if you had already achieved a very low entropy, you will of course have to go through the regular growth phase from infant to adult, but for example be able to reach certain insights a lot earlier than other entities with a higher entropy.
So far so good. But then I asked Tom, what that meant specifically for my current personality at the time of making that decision to enter a new life.
Obviously being reborn into a new Baby's body with a completely different DNA (and thus different inherited personality traits) and then growing up in a completely different environment will create an entirely new personality. In addition this new person will usually also have forgotten everything about my life. So basically my former personality is extinct.
Yes, it's still there in the database and yes, this is all still part of my IUOC monitoring my lifetime and the new lifetime. And Tom also tried to soften it by again pointing out the survival of the state of my entropy as the new starting point for the new life. But in the end he agreed, that entering the new life is kind of the end of the individual personality at that point.
Wow. That was something to digest and to be honest I am still struggling with fully accepting it.