Q: When I die:
Answereth The Committee:
To question one we say yes, of course; you are never not you. The physical body is a vehicle used to embark upon a journey; when the trip is complete, the vehicle is not needed.
To number two, we say no. Mergers join separate things; you cannot merge into or with something you already are. No soul comes down, drops, descends, falls or comes lower for the purpose of incarnation. Heaven surrounds you; before incarnation you are already here, where you find yourself now, as do all humans and all living things of Earth. Incarnation is but a dimensional journey, not a physical or distance one, either horizontal or vertical.
Think of your soul as a house, with many or not so many rooms, according to your preferences, and possibly several levels. For a brief period several rooms might be closed and left unused, then used again. These rooms are always a part of the house, and it is possible to change the rooms, adding some, removing others or changing the size of one or several. This can be done while you are still engaged in your journey, when you visit temporarily during your journey or upon your permanent return.
Unlike a house upon Earth's surface, your soul is permanent; it can never be damaged, burned, destroyed or dissipated. When your journey across Earth is complete, you might see the rooms of your house which you do not see at the moment; you are on a trip and need not use them.
None of the rooms are taken away, none are above you, none are beneath you. No section of your soul —your existence, your essence— takes precedence while you are incarnated.
When you finish your current journey, you will see again precisely what we have described, upon return to your great house, not needed at the moment.