I like Little Hawk's slant on all this and am inclined to agree with him.
I have a friend who is a psychic, as well as a homeopath and spiritual healer, and as well reads auras and eyes.
He has assured me on more than one ocassion that everything you are, you get to take with you when you leave this particular earthly plane. I find that comforting, although it would be nice if I could take my arms and hands with me as well as I'd like to continue playing. *BG*
I posed a question to him recently. The question concerned what if the entire physical universe was sucked down a black hole? Would we continue to exist on whatever other metaphysical level we were currently occupying or would all these souls, be lost in this process as well?
His answer was that we continue on in a dimension that transcends but also exists on a separate plane from the physical universe.
And also, (assuming the physical universe continues onward without being destroyed by black holes or other phenominum), we continue to have the free will to decide whether or not we wish to reincarnate and come back for "another round" or continue onward to future levels of knowledge.