by Michael Newton
“While the absolute reality of the spirit world appears to remain constant in the minds of people in hypnosis, their references to other physical dimensions do not. I have the sense that universes other than our own are created for the purpose of providing environments suitable for the growth of souls with beings we can’t even imagine. One advanced subject told me he had lived on a number of worlds in his long existence, never dividing his soul more than twice at one time. Some adult lives lasted only months in Earth time for him, due to local planetary conditions and short life spans of the dominant life form. While speaking of a “paradise planet,” with few people and a quieter, simpler version of Earth, he added this world was not far from Earth. “Oh,” I interrupted, “then it must only be a few light years from Earth?” He patiently explained that the planet was not in our universe, but closer to Earth than many planets in our own galaxy.
It is important for the reader to understand that when people do recall living on other worlds they seem not to be limited by the dimensional constraints of our universe. When souls travel to planets intergalactically or interdimensionally, they measure the trip by the time it takes them to reach their destinations through the tunnel effect from the spirit world. The size of the spatial region involved and the relative position of worlds to each other are also considerations. After listening to references about multiple dimensional realities from some of my subjects, I am left with the impression they believe there is a confluence of all these dimensional streams into one great river of the spirit world. If I could stand back and take apart all these alternate realities seated in the minds of my cases, it would be like peeling an artichoke of all its layers down to one heart at the core.
I had been questioning Thece for quite a while and I could see she was growing tired. Few subjects can sustain this level of spiritual receptivity for very long. I decided to end the session with a few questions about the genesis of all creation.
Dr. N: Thece, I want to close by asking you more about the source. You have been a soul for a long time, so how do you see yourself relating to the oneness of creation you told me about earlier?
S: (long pause) By sensations of movement. In the beginning there is an outward migration of our soul energy from the source. Afterward, our lives are spent moving inward … toward cohesion and the uniting ..
Dr. N: You make this process seem as though a living organism was expanding and contracting.
S: … There is an explosive release … then a returning … yes, the source pulsates.
Dr. N: And you are moving toward the center of this energy source?
S: There really is no center. The source is all around us as if we were … inside a
Dr. N: But, you did say you were moving back to a point of origin as your soul
advanced in knowledge?
S: Yes, when I was thrust outward I was a child. Now I’m being drawn back as my adolescence fades …
Dr. N: Back where?
S: Further inside the source.
Dr. N: Perhaps you could describe this energy source through the use of colors to explain soul movement and the scope of creation.
S: (sighs) It’s as if souls are all part of a massive electrical explosion which produces … a halo effect. In this … circular halo is a dark purple light which flares out … lightening to a whiteness at the edges. Our awareness begins at the edges of brilliant light and as we grow … we become more engulfed in the darker light.
Dr. N: I find it hard to visualize a god of creation as cold, dark light.
S: That’s because I am not close enough to conjunction to explain it well. The dark light is itself a … covering, beyond which we feel an intense warmth … full of a knowing presence which is everywhere for us and… alive!
Dr. N: What was it like when you were first aware of your identity as a soul after being pushed out to the rim of this halo?
S: To be… is the same as watching the first flower of spring open and the flower is you. And, as it opens more, you become aware of other flowers in a glorious field and there is … unbounded joy.
Dr. N: If this explosive, multi-colored energy source collapses in on itself, will all the flowers eventually die?
S: Nothing is collapsing … the source is endless. As souls we will never die-we know that, somehow. As we coalesce, our increasing wisdom makes the source stronger.
Dr. N: Is that the reason the source desires to perform this exercise?
S: Yes, to give life to us so we can arrive at a state of perfection.
Dr. N: Why does a source, who is ostensibly perfect already, need to create further intelligence which is less than perfect?
S: To help the creator create. In this way, by self-transformation and rising to
higher plateaus of fulfillment, we add to the building blocks of life.
Dr. N: Were souls forced to break away from the source and come to places like
Earth because of some sort of original sin or fall from grace in the spirit world?
S: That’s nonsense. We came to be … magnified … in the beautiful variety of creation.
Dr. N: Thece, I want you to listen to me carefully. If the source needs to be made stronger, or more wise, by using a division of its divine energy to create lesser intelligence which it hopes will magnify-doesn’t this suggest it lacks full perfection itself?
S: (pause) The source creates for fulfillment of itself.
Dr. N: That’s my point. How can that which is absolute become more absolute unless something is lacking?
S: (hesitates) That which we see to be … our source … is all we can know, and we think what the creator desires is to express itself through us by … birthing.
Dr. N: And do you think the source is actually made stronger by our existence as souls?
S: (long pause) I see the creator’s perfection … maintained and enriched… by sharing the possibility of perfection with us and this is the ultimate extension of itself
Dr. N: So the source starts out by deliberately creating imperfect souls and
imperfect life forms for these souls and watches what happens in order to extend itself?
S: Yes, and we have to have faith in this decision and trust the process of returning to the origin of life. One has to be starving to appreciate food, to be cold to understand the blessings of warmth, and to be children to see the value of the parent. The transformation gives us purpose.
Dr. N: Do you want to be a parent of souls?
S: … Participation in the conception of ourselves is … a dream of mine.
Dr. N: If our spirits did not experience physical life, would we ever know of these things you are telling me about?
S: We would know of them, but not about them. It would be as if your spiritual energy were told to play piano scales with only one note.
Dr. N: And do you believe if the source didn’t create souls to nurture and grow, its sublime energy would shrink from a lack of expression?
S: (sighs) Perhaps that is its purpose. With this last prophetic statement by Thece, I ended the session. As I brought this subject out of her deep trance, it was as though she were returning to me from across time and space. As she sat quietly focusing her eyes around my office, I expressed my appreciation for the opportunity of working with her on such an advanced level. Smiling, the lady said if she had any idea of the grilling in store for her, she might well have refused to work with me.
As we said goodbye, I thought about her last statements concerning the source of life. In ancient Persia the Sufis had a saying that if the creator represents absolute good, and therefore absolute beauty, it is the nature of beauty to desire manifestation.
THERE comes that time when the soul must once again leave the sanctuary of the spirit world for another trip to Earth. This decision is not an easy one. Souls must prepare to leave a world of total wisdom, where they exist in a blissful state of freedom, for the physical and mental demands of a human body.
We have seen how tired souls can be when reentering the spirit world. Many don’t want to think about returning to Earth again.
This is especially true when we have not come close to our goals at the end of a physical life. Once back in the spirit world, souls have misgivings about even temporarily leaving a world of self-understanding, comradeship, and compassion to go to a planetary environment of uncertainty and fear brought about by
aggressive, competing humans. Despite having family and friends on Earth, many incarnated souls feel lonely and anonymous among large impersonal populations. I hope my cases show the opposite is true in the spirit world, where our souls are involved in the most intimate sharing on an everlasting basis. Our spiritual identity is known and appreciated by a multitude of other entities, whose support is never ending.
The rejuvenation of our energy and personal assessment of one’s Self takes longer for some souls than others, but eventually the soul is motivated to start the process of incarnation. While our spiritual environment is hard to leave, as souls we also remember the physical pleasures of life on Earth with fondness and even nostalgia.
When the wounds of a past life are healed and we are again totally at one with
ourselves, we feel the pull of having a physical expression for our identity. Training sessions with our counselors and peer groups have provided a collaborative spiritual effort to prepare us for the next life. Our karma of past deeds towards humanity and our mistakes and achievements have al
l been evaluated with an eye toward the best course of future endeavors. The soul must now assimilate all this information and take purposeful action based upon three primary decisions:
* Am I ready for a new physical life?
* What specific lessons do I want to undertake to advance my learning and
* Where should I go, and who shall I be in my next life for the best opportunity to
work on my goals?
Older souls incarnate less, regardless of the population demands of their assigned planets. When a world dies, those entitieswith unfinished business move on to another world which has a suitable life form for the kind of work they have been doing. Cycles of incarnation for the eternal soul seem to be regulated more by the internal desires of a particular soul, than by the urgency of host bodies evolving in a universe of planets. Nevertheless, Earth certainly has an increasing need for souls. Today, we have over five billion people. Demographers vary in their calculations on how many individuals have lived on Earth in the last 200,000 years. The average estimate is some 50 billion people. This figure, which I think is low, does not signify the number of visitations by different souls. Bear in mind the same souls continue to reincarnate, and there are those who occupy more than one body at a time. There are reincarnationists who believe the number of people living on Earth today is close to the total number of souls who ever lived here. The frequency of incarnation on Earth by souls is uneven. Earth clearly has more need for souls today than in the past. Population estimates in 1 AD are around 200 million. By 1800, humans had quadrupled, and after only 170 more years, quadrupled again. Between 1970 and 2010, the world’s population is expected to double once more.
When I study the incarnation chronology of a client, I find there is usually a long span of hundreds, even thousands, of years between their lives in Paleolithic nomadic cultures. With the introduction of agriculture and domesticated animals in the Neolithic Age, from 7,000 to 5,000 years ago, my subjects report living more frequent lives. Still, their lives are often spaced as much as 500 years apart. With the rise of cities, trade, and more available food, I see the incarnation schedules of souls increasing with a growing population. Between 1000 and 1500 AD, my clients live an average of once in two centuries. After 1700,this changes to once in a century. By the 1900s, living more than one life in a century is common among my cases.
It has been argued these increases in soul incarnations only appear to be so because past life recall improves as people in hypnosis get closer to their current lives. This may be true to some extent, but if a life is important it will be vividly remembered at any age in time. Without doubt, the enormous population increase on Earth is the basic cause for souls coming here more often. Is there a possibility that the inventory of souls slated for Earth could be strained by this surge in human reproduction?
When I ask clients about the inventory of available souls, they tell me I should
worry more about our planet dying from over-population than exhausting the
reserve of souls. There is the conviction that new souls are always available to fill
any expanding population requirements. If our planet is just one example among all other intelligent populations which exist in this universe, the inventory of souls must truly be astronomical.
I have said souls do have the freedom to choose when, where, and who they want to be in their physical lives. Certain souls spend less time in the spirit world in order to accelerate development, while others are very reluctant to leave. There is no question but what our guides exert great influence in this matter. Just as we were given an intake interview in the orientation phase right after death, there are preparatory exit interviews by spiritual advisors to determine our readiness for rebirth. The case which follows illustrates a typical spiritual scene with a lower-level soul.
Dr. N: When do you first realize that you might be returning to Earth?
S: A soft voice comes into my mind and says, “It’s about time, don’t you think?”
Dr. N: Who is this voice?
S: My instructor. Some of us have to be given a push when they think we are ready again.
Dr. N: Do you feel you are about ready to return to Earth?
S: Yes, I think so … I have prepared for it. But my studies are going to take such a long time in earth years before I’m done. It’s kind of overwhelming.
Dr. N: And do you think you will still be going to Earth when you near the end of
S: (long pause) Ah … maybe no … there is another world besides Earth … but with Earth people …
Dr. N: What does this mean?
S: Earth will have fewer people … less crowded … it’s not clear to me.
Dr. N: Where do you think you might be then?
S: I’m getting the impression there is colonization someplace else-it’s not clear to
Note: The opposite of past life regression is post life progression, which enables
some subjects to see snatches of the future as incomplete scenes. For instance, some have told me Earth’s population will be greatly reduced by the end of the twenty-second century, partially due to adverse soil and atmospheric changes. They also see people living in odd-looking domed buildings. Details about the future are always rather limited, due, I suspect, to built-in amnesia from karmic constraints. I’ll have more to say about this with the next case.
Dr. N: Let’s go back to what you were saying about the instructors giving people a push to leave the spirit world. Would you prefer that they not do this?
S: Oh … I’d like to stay… but the instructors don’t want us hanging around here too long or we will get into a rut.
Dr. N: Could you insist on staying?
S: Well … yes … the instructors don’t force you to leave because they are so gentle. (laughs) But they have their ways of …encouraging you when the time comes.
Dr. N: Do you know of anyone who didn’t want to be reborn again on Earth for any reason?
S: Yes, my friend Mark. He said he had nothing to contribute anymore. He was sick of life on Earth and didn’t want to go back.
Dr. N: Had he lived many lives?
S: No, not really. But he wasn’t adjusting well in them.
Dr. N: What did the teachers do with him? Was he allowed to stay in the spirit
S: (reflectively) We choose to be reborn when it is decided we are ready. They don’t force you to do anything. Mark was shown he did benefit others around him.
Dr. N: What happened to Mark?
S: After some more … indoctrination … Mark realized he had been wrong about his abilities and finally he went back to Earth.
Dr. N: Indoctrination! This makes me think of coercion.
S: (disturbed by my remark) It’s not that way at all! Mark was just discouraged,
and needed the confidence to keep trying.
Note: Case 10 in Chapter Four on displaced souls told us about how souls who had absorbed too much negative energy from Earth were “remodeled.”
Case 22 also mentioned the need for restoration with some damaged souls. These are more extreme alterations than the basic reframing apparently used on Mark’s tired soul.
Dr. N: If the guides don’t force you, could a soul absolutely refuse to be reborn?
S: (pause) Yes … I guess you could stay here and never be reborn if you hated it that much. But the instructors told Mark that without life in a body, his studies would take longer. If you lose having direct experience, you miss a great deal.
Dr. N: How about the reverse situation where a soul insists on returning to Earth
immediately, say after an untimely death?
S: I have seen that, too. It’s an impulsive reaction and does wear off after a while.
The instructors get you to see that wanting to hurry back someplace as a new baby wouldn’t change the circumstances of your death. It might be different if you could be reborn as an adult right away in the same situation. Eventually, everyone realizes they must rest and reflect.
Dr. N: Well, give me your final thoughts about the prospect of living again.
S: I’m excited about it. I would have no satisfaction without my physical lives.
Dr. N: When you are ready for a new incarnation, what do you do?
S: I go to a special place. Once a soul has decided to incarnate again, the next stage in the return process is to be directed to the place of life selection. Souls consider when and where they want to go on Earth before making a decision on who they will be in their new life. Because of this spiritual practice, I have divided life selection and our final choice of a body into two chapters for ease of understanding.
The selection of a time and place for incarnation and who we want to be are not
completely separate decisions. However, we start by having the opportunity of
viewing how we might fit into certain environments in future time segments. Then our attention is directed to people living in these places. I was a little distracted by this procedure until I realized a soul is largely influenced by cultural conditions and events, as well as by the participants in these events, during a span of chronological time. I have come to believe that the spirit world, as a whole, is not functionally uniform. All spiritual regions are seen by traveling souls as having the same ethereal properties, but with different applications. As an illustration, the space of orientation for incoming souls could be contrasted to the space of life selection for those who are leaving. Both involve life eval
uations for souls in transit which include scenes from Earth, but there the resemblance ends. Orientation spaces are said to be small, intimate conference areas designed to make a newly arrived soul comfortable, but our mental attitude in this space can be somewhat defensive. This is because
there is the feeling we might have done better with life. A guide is always directly interacting with us.
On the other hand, when we enter the space of life selection, we are full of hope,
promise, and lofty expectations. Here souls are virtually alone, with their guides out of sight, while evaluating new life options. This hectic, stimulating place is described as being much larger than other spiritual study areas. Case 22 considered it a world unto itself, where transcendent energy alters time to allow for planetary study.
While some spiritual locales are difficult for my subjects to describe, most love to
talk about the place of life selection, and they use remarkably similar descriptions. I am told it resembles a movie theater which allows souls to see themselves in the future, playing different roles in various settings.
Before leaving, souls will have selected one scenario for themselves. Imagine being given a dress rehearsal before the actual performance of a new life. To tell us about it, I have picked a male subject who is well acquainted with the way his soul is assisted in making appropriate decisions.