Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What happens to human consciousness after death?“
Nothing disappears in nature. Rather, everything transitions from one state to another.
Consciousness thus transitions from one form to another, from one carrier to another, that is, if we consider that it even exists in us to begin with.
Consciousness is not necessarily inside us. It surrounds us. We could say that it exists in a completely different dimension, and our brain is like a modem that tunes into consciousness to the extent that it needs to realize itself at a certain moment.
In other words, there is a general, collective consciousness, and there is the individual’s consciousness, which we each receive from the collective consciousness. The individual consciousness that we each receive passes on from one carrier to another. It remains in reality, only changing its structure and design, similar to how our body decomposes into basic elements and reemerges as different forms.
The self that we each currently identify with is not our physical body, but it exists in consciousness. In and of itself, consciousness is information that exists beyond the parameters of time, space and motion, permeating the entirety of nature. Information thus does not disappear, but changes its medium, and we have no ability to point out exactly the form and the place of its existence.
Consciousness is always collective, but our level of awareness of the collective consciousness depends on the extent to which we each participate in it. Accordingly, to the extent of our participation in the collective consciousness, we can expand our individual consciousness. In other words, by increasing our connection to others, we gain more of the picture of the collective consciousness that exists outside our individual consciousness. However, no matter how much we perceive and attain of the collective consciousness, it is always within the limits of individual consciousness.
Therefore, concepts of death and the corporeal world in general are illusory and nonexistent. Rather, everything is omnipresent in consciousness.
Based on a Kabbalah lesson with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on December 25, 2016. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.