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Q&A — Our Relationship with God Across Multiple Lives, 09/19/2011

[From time to time I receive questions through email or blog comments about spiritual and soul therapy issues. I know in my heart that these delightful inquiries from a few kind people actually respond to similar questions by many participants in The Soul Channel. So I have decided to share portions of the questions and responses without identifying the source of the inquiry.]

Question:

Assuming there is a possibility that a soul can have multiple physical life incarnations, how can a soul live many different lives and still maintain a relationship with God? If one has salvation in this life, but not in the next or previous lives, who wins?

Edited Response:

You and your soul are never separate from God; you are essentially one and the same, eternally connected. It is a difficult concept to understand, given the transcendent nature of the Creator of all existence.

Consider the following example: the cells in your right index finger are separate from the cells of your left little toe; yet they are part of, and contribute to, the whole of your physical body. Similarly, the red blood cells rushing through your heart are separate from the air molecules in your lungs, yet they must learn to co-exist within the blood stream for your body to survive, for your brain to think, for your vocal chords to sing. The energy which enters and moves through your body is separate from the air in your home or office, yet both the transient energy flowing through your cells and the transient air which moves into your lungs and provides oxygen to the bloodstream are critical to your physical existence, your physical health, and your soul’s ability to experience physical life. All of this is part of what we call Earth, and that is part of God’s universe, which is an integral part of God and which continues to exist by the sustaining energy provided by God.

So when one speaks of salvation, what are they being saved from? You have always been and will always be a part of God, and the very worst that could ever possibly happen to you is that your physical body may die early, such that your soul returns to your spiritual home sooner than planned. When one speaks of this life, the past life, and the next life, it is important to recognize that all physical lives are a part of the continuing life of the soul, and the soul always returns home between physical lives.

One of the saddest aspects of the physical life experience is that the majority of people disconnect themselves from their personal relationship with their Creator. In the process, they begin to fear that they may fall into disfavor with God, lose His love, or even be punished by God. It is truly sad that anyone could believe, in their darkest moments, that God will not welcome His child home again with open arms and unconditional love when that distant time arrives.

Close your eyes for a moment and ask God if this is true. I am betting that He responds instantly with, “Absolutely!”

I would like to take this opportunity to close the discussion with a bit more of the channeled session in my book “Listen With Your Heart” where God speaks to your questions with greater clarity:

“Each aspect of creation, each living entity, and each material object is of Me. All that is, is of Me and was created by Me or from that which I created.

“Yet, there is far too much I and not enough We. We are all as one, and We are all connected to one another. All people are connected, even if that final connection is through Me. We cease to exist without one another. If one of us should cease to exist, We would be less than We are. That which is referred to as the “All” or the “Whole” is the sum of all that exists. It is not Me, but it is of Me. Neither is it you, but it is less without you. All people are important. All creatures are important. All things are important. For, without them, We are less than We are. The sum of the Whole would be less than it is now.

“Universal laws ensure that nothing is lost, that all is conserved. Yet, if We create men from ashes, then We lose something if man returns to ashes, for We have stepped backwards. If We create spiritman, then We have stepped backwards when spiritman ceases to exist, even though that which was spiritman returns to the Source and Center and recreates as something else.

“All people are not here for the same reason, but while here, all share in the same purpose. Some come here by choice; others come by request, although it is their choice to accept and respond to that request. Some may have a primary overriding purpose that drives their lives or a portion of their lives. When that objective is complete, they may leave or they may choose to continue to fulfill other secondary objectives or to fulfill that which is a generic objective or purpose of all people. That overriding, central, generic purpose is to experience.

“Through experience, you will define and redefine who you are. In so doing, you will create your next destiny. However, in the greater sense, your long term eternal destiny is already written: yet, you will decide along the way who you will be as you move into and through that eternal destiny.

“All people—men and women, black and yellow, white and red, child and adult—are created equally. They come into the world with equality. Each individual “being” of this plane and all other planes was created and given two irrevocable gifts: the gift of unconditional love, and the gift of free choice. No choice can be free if it is embraced within condition. Thus, My love for you is unconditional, regardless of any choices you make along the way toward your eternal destiny. Anything which violates those gifts will not survive into eternity. Those who violate those gifts will survive, as will all others who choose to do so, yet their violations of those gifts will not survive into eternity. Those who seek to come between Me and you—thus seeking to impose tertiary conditions on My love for you—cannot impose such control for a moment longer than you allow, and they cannot continue such controls into eternity. The choices of accepting such limitations or controls over Our relationship is yours. Still, they shall not bear on the unconditional love I give to you.

“Listen with your heart. I love you unconditionally. I love you without condition. There is no condition which could ever exist, by My law, which could cast even the smallest shadow on My love for you. As We move into eternity, far beyond the existence of the plane of your present existence, only four things will continue to exist for that entire span of time: you, Me, My unconditional love for you, and your free choice.

“You even have the choice not to love Me in return, though I will always love you. Wherever you go, whatever path you choose, whatever choices you make, I will continue to love you. There are no conditions on My love for you now, there never have been any conditions on My love for you from the moment of your creation, and there never will be any conditions on My love for you.

“Listen with your heart. I walk not in front of you nor behind you. I am not above you nor beneath you. I walk beside you and exist within you. We are as one, and a part of Me is always within you. You are never without Me, and I am never apart from you. Listen with your heart, for there will you find Me, and there will you find all the truths and answers you seek.

“Listen with your heart. I walk not in front of you nor behind you. I am not above you nor beneath you. I walk beside you and exist within you. We are as one, and a part of Me is always within you. You are never without Me, and I am never apart from you. Listen with your heart, for there will you find Me, and there will you find all the truths and answers you seek.

“Listen with your heart. If you are told that you will feel My vengeance in time, then you will know in your heart that this is not true. My love for you is so strong and is without condition, such that there could never exist a sense of vengeance against you.

“Listen with your heart. If you are told that you should fear for your future or your existence after this life, then you will know in your heart that this is not true, for your life after this life will be, by your choice, an existence with Me. Where you go, now and after, I go. Where you exist, I exist. Whatever you do, whatever choices you make, I am with you.”

– Excerpts from “Listen With Your Heart” by John J. Kelly

“Thank you for participating in The Soul Channel!” — John