What would you take with you to the Afterlife? – Life, Death, Out-of-Body Experiences and the Journey of Consciousness

There is a well-known saying that the only certainty in life is death, but our hyper-connected modern society is not exactly inspiring much reflection on what lies beyond the transient.

People put aside savings for retirement, and some take out life insurance to take care of the loved ones they leave behind. This looks after physical needs, but what about the needs of consciousness which continues without the body? What preparations are made for its journey after death – the ultimate journey of a lifetime?

Religious institutions offer a solution to their followers that usually depends on adopting a set of beliefs rather than personal spiritual discovery.  On the other hand, some scientists will tell you with equal conviction that nothing comes after death, so don’t worry about it. Both of these points of view depend on belief, but what if, when the final moment comes, you realise you wasted the great opportunity your life provided? An alternative option is to discover for ourselves why we are here, and what  our place in the universe is, while we are alive and have the opportunity to do something with the knowledge we gain.

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About Matthew Osmund

Matthew Osmund is a freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, an open mind and a keen interest in defending personal freedom and uncovering the truth. He's been exploring spirituality and consciousness for 10 years and writes at The Conscious Reporter about issues that affect and suppress human potential, consciousness, alternative beliefs, and the right to free expression of spirituality in the world.


  1. Very well written i like this article so much.

    ps it helped me alot.

    • me too.

      people who see ghosts many times they describe what the ghost was wearing, usually the last thing they were wearing
      I wonder if you were dying, could you ‘dress up’ like the vikings – items to make your journey easier?

  2. Great post! I like that you give life after death some attention, obviously the life we’re living now if front and center, but it’s all too easy to forget that we have yet another incredible world (or worlds) to wake up to after this one. Nicely written!

  3. That was a very thoughtful and well-done article. I hope you get good coverage for it. I intend to mention your article in my next free monthly newsletter, which I publish through http://www.pmhatwater.com. Anyone can subscribe. I’ve been researching near-death states since 1978. That makes me one of the original in the field. I’ve written 11 books on my findings, from a research base of 4,000 child and adult experiencers. When talking about near-death experiences, also mention the pattern of physiological and psychological aftereffects. Most people forget to do that, yet it the aftereffects that validate the experience, not the other way around. Once you study the phenomenon (experience and aftereffects) you begin to realize the experience covers far more than any travel through the afterlife. It tends to change a person’s body as well as one’s mind and emotions. This dynamic causes us to revamp, even reconsider, the effect of such transformations of consciousness – a much larger genre than first thought. Actually, when you study all the material, you come to realize near-death states say more about life than they do death – and what they reveal is stunning!!! My latest book just came out: “Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience.” This one is small, but power-packed – directed toward all the big questions. Blessings, PMH

    • Hi Drwis. P.M.H Atwater,
      Really cool to see you here. I have seen several of your videos recounting your NDEs and they seemed to be amazing experiences. I have also come across research on the effects of NDEs on people and as you were saying, the impact it has on people is lasting, so are the clarified of the experience which does not disappear after time are actually 2 main reasons which validates the experiences in terms of simple but pure psychology.. so to speak, a psychedelic or drug induced state will not have the same effect as an NDE. Yet there is a lot of misconception and disinformation on NDEs and I was wondering if you had feedback in that.
      Best wishes

    • Hi Dr. P. M. H. Atwater,

      Thanks for dropping by. You have done a substantial amount of research on NDEs which has helped to shed light on this phenomenon, so I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the subject here. I’ll be sure to have a closer look at some of your work.

      You make a really good point about the powerful aftereffects of NDEs. I have certainly seen the impacts you are talking about on someone close to me who had an experience.

      Thanks for including my article in your next monthly newsletter — I’ve subscribed and I look forward to seeing it. Best wishes to you.

  4. Life unfolds for each of us in its own way. Let’s not presume to know what another’s path should be or is.

  5. I have read many of your articles and found many important issues raised regarding spirituality and it’s inspiring. However, the whole issue of ‘awakening consciousness’ seems vague and unintelligible.
    I’ve realized that many of the articles posted on this website is concerned on freedom of consciousness, but what does that mean? Is it just being aware of the current issues and try solving it in our own way, or is there something more?
    I have had OB experiences and so did many people I know, but something is fundamentally lacking. Why is our current humanity so unaware of this side? Who writes sacred-texts anymore.
    I feel people are so apathetic to the point of trying to obscure their existence by drowning in material pleasures. and it hurts to see so many suffer from it.

    • Hi Only Sound,

      I can understand your frustration, as I have felt the same some years ago. No matter where I looked, I couldn’t find the exact, step-by-step description of how to awaken. At that time, I already had some lucid dreams experiences, so I knew there was something beyond this physical realm, but I wanted to know how exactly to continue in the way that would make sense to me. The teachings that made all the pieces of the puzzle come together were the teachings of the spiritual teacher Belsebuub, who speaks in a very clear and down-to-earh way about this process.

      Here is the link to one of his articles related to this topic if you would like to check it out:

      Wishing you all the best in your search!

    • Hi Only Sound, I’m glad you have found this site inspiring.

      Freedom of consciousness is really about protecting the freedom to explore spirituality and consciousness in society — myself and others write about issues and agendas that limit our ability to do this. So this site is not really about telling people how to awaken consciousness; there are a diversity of spiritual viewpoints out there and however someone wishes to pursue spirituality is up to them. But we all have an interest in protecting our ability to explore spirituality/consciousness by the route we choose, including through alternative forms of spirituality, and it is important to uphold this right for everyone and show what it is limiting it in the world, regardless of any differences people may have in how they personally view or approach spirituality.

  6. Thank you so much for this article Matthew! So very much needed in this world… I wish everyone could read it. But then, I also know they may not really grasp it. I noticed there are many people today, who for example try to be good and loving, help others and especially center their lives around family life and its values. They can’t see anything more noble than that, and the pursuit of mystical experiences sounds a bit suspicious and strange to them. They think somehow like this: “Ok, I try my best to be a good example, help wherever I can, hold family together and reject evils in TV and everywhere, etc.” They may even be actively pointing out the dangers of Illuminati, pharmaceutic industry and such, and yet, when it comes to mystical experience they remain suspicious about it, as if it was some sort of threat to their lives and values. As if mystical experiences and glimpses of the world beyond physical body was not “safe” and not really needed either. They say things like “all we need is here, we need to work with what is here in the physical world, and not to go into those strange experiences”. And indeed, the mass media are only full of the examples of “dangerous sects” that support this type of thinking.

    This makes me very sad as i know so many intelligent and inquisitive people who are really good friends, mothers and so on, and yet, when it comes to a mystical experience they refuse it as something either suspicious, or something they simply don’t have a time for right now… This leaves me with a question of how to communicate this need in such a lapidary way that everyone would get it? How to make mystical experiences, astral projection and esoteric self-discovery more “normal sounding”? If in ancient cultures, it could be the mainstream preoccupation for everyone and their connection to spiritual realms was so strong, why not today? I understand that we lost some of the faculties since then, and therefore can’t feel things very well anymore, but why even a wish to know those realms has seemingly disappeared or has been vilified?

    Sorry for a somewhat long post, these are just some questions that your article brought up. It would be nice to know what other people think too, or what are their experiences when trying to communicate or talk about these things to people they know.

    Thank you again for this writing. The Egypt exhibition you attended also sounds like a very touching experience. I wish there were more of these happening all around, at least it gets people talking about these things.

    • I have seen what you say Lucia too. In the begging looks sad and feel pity when people don’t care, deny, reject the obvious. But there is always a phycological reason behind it that if we knew it we could understand their attitude and possibly feel compassion. For example the denial is a defending mechanism in human phycology which works almost automatically infront of the unknown like a first OBE.

      On one hand, I have the belief that there is always a way someone or something to trigger deeper chords inside a person and make it more positive, open minded and receiving. Probably a kind of vibration that could break some blocks inside a person. Or a long phyco-therapy, or through pain(accident, death, illness).
      On the other hand every person is special and has been formed in a certain way. Its one of us according our formation we are looking for certain experiences to live like have family, become rich, live extreme, invent things etc
      But when someone sate the materialistic kind of experiences will probably look for some more delicate ones in order to fill the gap inside. And this can take long time… or maybe not.

      Thank you Matthew for bringing up this topic! It triggers a lot of reflection and dicussion.

  7. Our modern society is so far removed from the ancients. Whenever I look at the ancient Egyptian art and read their texts, it becomes very clear.

    What people were writing on that board sums it up exactly! It’s like people don’t take life and death seriously.

  8. Very cool article Matthew thanks!

    Sounds like a really cool museum tour! I had the privilege of going to Egypt in January. I was inspired to go as I have always been drawn to the art since I was young, and also I have had a number of out of body experiences involving figures from ancient Egypt.

    Even though the structures are not used as they were and are severely run-down in a lot of cases. The place still has a strong mystical feel. It was kinda sad seeing how people treated the artifacts and sites, just wanting to quickly rush in, take photos, and move to the next thing (one less thing on my bucket list kinda mentality), even the tour guides were very rushed and tried to herd our group through everything as quickly as possible. (When we went to the pyramids they even convinced the rest of the group to not bother entering the great pyramid, and only go in the middle pyramid, as its basically the same as the great pyramid and not as much of a climb!!! I could not believe it, you came all the way to Egypt and you have the chance to go in the great pyramid and you couldn’t be bothered!!! I am glad I went in, the King’s Chamber has a strong mystical feel and if only those walls could talk. lol).

    I was always holding up the group as I was trying to take things in much more, and I was rarely listening to the mundane descriptions of things by the guides and would wander off and look at things myself. It’s funny, few in Egyptology actually think that the Ancient Egpytians were speaking from experienced, they always say “well ancient Egyptians believed this, they believed that” I can only think of one who says “well what if they were speaking from experience?” (John Anthony West). I guess this scepticism alone will stop most from ever discovering things for themselves as you say we should do. And yes it was such a juxtapose seeing these ancient temples and reverence for the spiritual and the afterlife, and going back to the cruise ship with everyone consumed with modern comforts and mundane things.

    Anyway, cool article Matthew!

  9. Excellent article, I really enjoyed every bit of information.

    From my experience so far in this life, I know without a doubt that we need to live every minute of our lives like ancient spiritual civilisations.

    Thanks Matthew for a very helpful article.

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