This perspective on what happens after you die is based on conversations with spirit guides as well as out-of-body experiences.

Have you ever worried that you or a loved one is going to experience nothingness and nonexistence upon death? If so, you are in for the most wonderful surprise! You do continue on after death, and it’s really the beginning of the most spectacular journey of transformation in which you get to reinvent and re-experience yourself over and over again. The process is joyful and easy.

Here’s how it works:

When you die, you drop your dense, physical body, and you naturally find yourself in your energy body, or your “spirit body.” The spirit body is an exact replica of your physical body, but it’s vibrating at a faster rate. You already know what it’s like to play in your spirit body when you go to sleep at night and dream. The body you experience in your dreams is your spirit body.

When you let go of your physical body, your personality, memories, belief system, and current level of consciousness come with you through your experience of death, which is why everyone’s experience of death is completely unique. However, there are a couple of universal events or milestones which most people experience when they die. One is seeing The Light and being attracted to a realm that is lighter and more brilliant than the reality we’re experiencing here. The sense I get is that this realm appears brighter because it’s resonating at a higher vibration, since it’s a non-physical environment.

Being Greeted By Loved Ones

The other experience people have is being greeted by loved ones, even if those loved ones are still alive! My understanding is that the souls of those people still living are there to greet you, so there isn’t an experience of being separate or apart from the people you love. In fact, you will feel more connected to your loved ones.

To a very great extent, your beliefs and thoughts create your experience of “heaven.” When you die, you move into a very thought-responsive environment, which means that your thoughts will manifest instantly. But don’t worry! If you find yourself experiencing something that you don’t like, you’ll learn very quickly that your thoughts are creating the experience, and you’ll be able to change what’s happening in less than an instant, simply by changing your thoughts.

Creating Your Own Experience

This is why spiritual teachers talk about raising your level of consciousness and raising the vibration of your thoughts. If you can learn to master your thoughts, you will be able to create a wonderful experience of death.

An even deeper stage of death occurs when you realize that you don’t have to settle for the level of the spirit world in which you find yourself. You can go higher, further, and deeper. At this point, your spirit body will drop away, and you’ll discover that you are formless and free of all labels. You will then experience yourself as unlimited and connected to all things. There are no words to articulate what this feels like, but your soul knows, and you will remember it when you’re ready to have that experience on the other side.

Most importantly, death is safe.

You are in control, and everything that you perceive in death happens according to your choice, your beliefs, and your level of consciousness.

Share your thoughts below! I’d love to hear what you think.

About Jessica McKay

Jessica McKay is an intuitive counselor and the author of The Wisdom of a Psychic Cat ~ 15 Lessons on Happiness for Humans. She is co-author of When Heaven Touches Earth by James Van Praagh and others. Jessica offers private readings and energy healing sessions at

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