Hey all- just for the heck of it, I'll throw in some Seth Material relevant to this discussion. Before the information on suicide and in response to the idea of "dissolving" a "unit of consciousness" :
You like to think in terms of units and definitions, so even when you consider your own consciousness you think of it as "a thing", or a unit-an invisible something that might be held in invisible hands perhaps. Instead consciousness is a particular quality of being. Each portion of "it" contains the whole...
Again, I don't believe that a 'unit of consciousness' simply ceases to exist. At that level (of Being Itself, fundamental 'IS'ness, Soul, "reality cells") such "dissolution" is not even considered in whichever terms we choose to express that 'idea' (Soul-Suicide). Even Buddhists, I believe, are not talking about an annhilation as much as an expansion of identity, where the Whole is considered as One's true Self while (in a paradoxical manner) the "history", data or experiences of the "individuals" are retained or codeified within that structure. Again, considering Reality in whatever terms make sense to us as one interconnected Wholeness- no smallest 'portion' is ever completely beyond 'help' or potential for growth- in my opinion. This opinion is based on my own percpetions and intuitions and may or may not agree with everyone else's.
Seth on suicide:
Suicides, as a class, for example, do not have any particular "punishment" meted out to them, nor is their condition any worse a priori. They are treated as individuals. Any problems that were not faced in this life will, however, be faced in another one. This applies not only to suicides, however.
A suicide may bring about his own death because he rejects existence on any but highly specific terms chosen by himself. If this is the case, then of course he will have to learn differently. Many others, however, choose to deny experience while within the physical system, committing suicide quite as effectively while still physically alive.
The conditions connected with an act of suicide are also important, and the inner reality and realization of the individual. I mention this here because many philosophies teach that suicides are met by a sort of special, almost vindictive fate, and such is not the case. However, if a person kills himself, believing that the act will annihilate his consciousness forever, then this false idea may severely impede his progress, for it will be further intensified by guilt.
Again, teachers are available to explain the true situation. Various therapies are used. For example, the personality may be led back to the events prior to the decision. Then the personality is allowed to change the decision. An amnesia effect is induced, so that the suicide itself is forgotten. Only later is the individual informed of the act, when he is better able to face it and understand it.