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If I die, where will my consciousness go?

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  1. Our consciousness is not the physical brain itself but the program that brain is running.
    The consciousness in that brain ceases. Your consciousness, being an algorithm, needs a brain to execute on. The pertinent question is then how many brains do you have left after the one is dead. In an infinite multiverse it may just be possible your consciousness is shared by multiple brains not all of which die.
    If you destroy your computer running windows 7 it doesn’t mean windows 7 stops running as long as there are other computers elsewhere running the exact same operating system.

  2. That’s like asking “If my car runs out of gas, where will the gas go?” No where, there is no more gas, that’s why your car is dead. You die, your body stops recycling energy, it takes energy to fire up your consciousness – so no energy, no consciousness. That’s sort of what it means to be dead.

  3. My belief as a Deist/Pantheist is that it is your soul and will be reincarnate. Actually I don’t know. We’ll all find out when we die.

  4. Through the Tunnel of Light to the Other World.
    You will see that you know the way and you remember it perfectly.
    It’s an enormous relief and you feel that you are Home.
    You don’t lose your own consciousness, even there. Your Soul is immortal.

  5. It will present itself before God. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you will be in serious trouble.

  6. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NKJV)
    Majority of many conscious believers, will say heaven or hell, determined on your belief system. Do you know consciousness? Every thing including consciousness and institution we see around us, that was created by human beings, first had to exist as a thought in some human mind. Consciousness is Christ or Divine Energy. Our minds are limited to a “where” or how to explain what is truth about consciousness. The ego mind is always in the realms of wonder and wants to come to a conclusion of the end of life. Human consciousness is frustrated, as long as we think of it in terms as something that “I”, my self can bring about. Because it leads to endless games of spiritual “Oneupmanship”, and competitions.

  7. Hard to tell. I don’t think I’ve experienced this to tell you about it.
    What I THINK is that your individual consciousness, your sense of ego, of “you,” probably just dissolves.
    My girlfriend’s elderly cousin and my own grandmother both lived to very old ages and both suffered from dementia towards the end, and their consciousness just gradually broke down, until finally it was gone.
    I think the same thing happens to all of us, either gradually through aging & senility or relatively suddenly, when you die with your mind apparently intact. Your computer hardware breaks down, and your software programs and your personal data are lost.
    However, some Buddhist and Hindu writers I’ve read, including the western popularizer of Zen Buddhism and Hindu mysticism, Alan Watts, claim that despite this individual loss of consciousness, consciousness itself is really eternal & impersonal.
    They say that it’s a quality of the universe, a quality of “Brahman” or the Godhood, to which your tiny individual self is briefly connected.
    As a quality of the universe, “consciousness” survives your death in an impersonal form, they believe. Your individual ego is just a role that the universal Self chooses to play for a while, the same way an actor temporarily gets into a role on stage.
    Then when the play is over, the Actor — Brahman, or the Universal Self — removes his makeup, maybe has a drink back in the Green Room of the theater, and begins to play another role.
    Under this theory, everything truly important & lasting about “your” consciousness will survive after death, but your individual ego won’t. Instead, the Universal Awareness inside you will remember that it is really the Universal Awareness, and not John or Jane Doe.
    Again, though, I don’t remember dying before. I also haven’t talked to anyone who does. So all of this is speculation.
    While we’re all speculating, BTW – isn’t an amazing gift to each of us, just to be alive for awhile?
    No matter whether God created us & gave us souls, or whether we have died & been resurrected many times, or whether we’re “only” descended from self-replicating molecules of DNA and the associated proteins they assemble to manufacture human beings, isn’t it a remarkable thing to draw breath, eat and drink, see sunlight and raindrops on the leaves of trees, and have consciousness of life & the universe — for awhile?

  8. Ashes to ashes.
    Dust to dust.
    Energy to energy.
    What is consciousness ?
    If you bother to read about Young’s experiment (especially on the Quantum version of the experiment) one discovers that photons, which is minuscule bits of energy , has awareness of the presence of a detector. It can be interpreted that a relationship exist between the observer and the entity being observed. The only logical conclusion is that the observer shares a consciousness with the entity being observed.
    My conclusion is , if you die, your consciousness remain in the energy in the universe, the same energy which caused you the have a subjective experience which we calls “life”.
    As it is possible for a photon two be at two different places at the same time, why must we be at a single place.

  9. Our spirit to God when we die. He is said to be “the God of the spirits of all flesh” (Num. 16:22; 27:16).
    Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

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