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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Parallel Lives

The recent post Simultaneous Lives introduces the concept of a soul experiential experiments across multiple lives at the same time. On the Soul Side, such experiments may be happening simultaneously, yet on the physical plane they may play out across hundreds of years, which gives them their sequential flavor. Different decades, centuries and even millennia of earth time introduce very different experiential challenges.

In some cases, two soul mates may engage in identical experiments with the primary variable being the century in which the experiment takes focus. The struggles introduced by different Earth eras impose different and extreme impacts on relationships and the associated degrees of ’absent love’. Many people see such similar soul experiments as ‘parallel lives’ occurring as a collection of past lives. Again, this is a reference to what is happening in Earth time; on the Soul Side, all such experiments could be happening simultaneously, as discussed in the previous post.

Yet this discussion would not be sufficient without examining an important alternative concept for parallel lives. If God allows a soul to experience multiple lives in order to obtain a more complete understanding of the experiential lesson(s), then God could certainly allow a soul to experience two or more physical lives taking place on the Earth plane during the same period of time, perhaps even today.

Michael Newton is the author of an intriguing book entitled Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives. His subsequent book, Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives, was awarded “Metaphysical Book of the Year” in 2001. In his books, Dr. Newton discusses the concept of parallel lives as the incarnation of a soul into more than one body at a time to speed up incarnations and spiritual growth. An example might be a male engineer living in the western part of North America; at the same time, the same soul may be experiencing a physical life as a woman living on a farm in eastern USA with a husband and children. Here again, on the Soul Side, where time does not exist, the soul is simultaneously experiencing the two lives just described.

In his various books and interview, Dr. Newton also discusses the need for a soul to look at its future lives and life plans, as well as its previous lives and lessons learned, in order to optimize the planning and the conditions of the current life. He explains that time on the Soul Side is more about motion than chronology; thus there is no past, present and future from the soul perspective of time. This concept emphasizes the interconnectedness of the many experiential lives of the soul and how one life can impact another. For further information on Michael Newton and these interrelated topics, you may wish to view this Youtube link.

As a final comment, the book Fragmented Souls very briefly discusses the concept of parallel lives. It points out that at least some cases of ‘parallel lives’ are actually situations of soul fragmentation. Fragmented Souls provides an actual case study as an example.

Sequential versus Simultaneous Perspectives

[This post was revised on May 8, 2012.]

The recent post Simultaneous Lives introduces the concept of a soul experiential experiments across multiple lives at the same time. It is interesting to note that souls on the Soul Side have differing perspectives on this concept depending on which plane of existence they are observing. Here again it is important to remember that the concept of chronological time does not really apply to the Soul Side.

In a recent hypnotherapy session, my client was guided to a very relaxed diagnostic level of hypnosis. In such cases, it is best if the client retains some level of awareness of what is happening — an observer level, which best occurs between the alpha and theta states of consciousness. At that level — which is consistent with brain wave patterns of roughly 8 – 10 cps — it is easy to connect with the Soul Side Support System, including souls, guardians, guides, teachers, etc. During hypnosis, all information is coming through the client’s vocal cords, so the challenge for the therapist is to separate channeled Soul Side information and philosophy (the good stuff) from client bias (filtering of the information received).

During the hypnotherapy session, the client’s spirit guide was asked to comment on the concept of sequential lives versus simultaneous lives. The guide relayed the following:

  •  When I look at events taking place on the dimension of my own existence, I perceive them as occurring sequentially.
  • Yet when I look at events on the physical dimension, from the broader perspective of the Soul Side, I see the entire package of physical events or lifetimes from beginning to end as if they are already completed.
  • Everything is relative to the dimension from which you perceive events and lifetimes.

Based on this simple discussion we can extract that:

  • Observers (humans) on the physical Earth dimension will always perceive time chronologically, and all events and lifetimes taking place on the Earth dimension will be perceived as occurring sequentially. When a human channels the Soul Side, the human is doing so from the middle of a lifetime and is focused on what is happening in the ‘now’ time from their own perspective.
  • Observers on any soul dimension will perceive events and lifetimes taking place on the Earth dimension as occurring simultaneously.
  • From the Soul Side dimension, it is somewhat like looking at an entire set of Olympic games on a single DVD, allowing the soul to move back and forth to examine or replay any specific event over and over again.

Simultaneous Lives

An active participant to The Soul Channel asked a question about the recent post on Relative Soul Age, which included the phrase “those who believe that all physical incarnations occur simultaneously”.  The reader asked, “What do you mean by this, and where can we look to understand this concept more?” I responded:

As used herein, the concept of ‘simultaneous incarnations’ refers to all physical lives being played out simultaneously, allowing the soul to observe the effects of changes in one life on another life.

Given the complexity of the concept of simultaneous lives, I promised to write a separate article about it — this article.

Chronological events can occur sequentially or simultaneously. In this case, the word ‘simultaneously’ applies to two or more activities which are going on at the same relative time, but events taking place in one modify what is happening in the next. Let’s examine this further with an example, and recognizing that the concept of time is not significant on the Soul Side. (After all, if God has no beginning and no end, and if all souls he created exist into eternity, what is the value of ‘time’ in such a dimension.)

For this example,  assume that a soul seeks to understand better the concept of unconditional love. The soul chooses to learn this through a series of experiential lessons on the Earth plane across a series of ten physical incarnations. During each of these physical lives, the soul chooses different degrees of ‘absent love’ (perhaps one completely lonely life with no love; others with infrequent loving relationships; perhaps another with a life-long life). Experiencing the absence of love in one or more physical lives is an important experience for every incarnated soul. On the Soul Side, love is eternal and unconditional.

You cannot know love without experiencing its opposite. You cannot understand what it is like to be loved until you have experienced what it is like not to be loved, to close your eyes to all the love that comes toward you, even the unconditional love which I maintain within you. You experience this absence of love through fear. Moreover, you cannot fully understand love unless you experience and understand all of the emotions between love and fear, such as anger, hatred, prejudice, jealousy, vengeance, passion, compassion, caring, sharing, generosity, acceptance, forgiveness, forgiving, and more. Only when you have experienced and fully understand all of these emotions can you fully understand love and choose for yourself that state of emotion that will define who you are into eternity. (From the book Listen With Your Heart.)

Looking at our example from the soul’s perspective, the ten experiential lives represent ten experiments; the research subject is the same for all ten lives; only the inputs and the degree of ’absent love’ vary from one experiment to another. In some laboratories, each experiment must begin and run its full course to a proper conclusion before the next experiment can begin. Such experiments are sequential:  one after the other, and recorded chronologically as experiment 1, then experiment 2, and so forth.

In contrast, very large laboratories have the capability of running all ten experiments at the same time, or simultaneously. For our purposes, we will assume that experiment number 1 is on the left side of our large laboratory, experiment number 10 is on the right side, and the other experiments are set up sequentially between 1 and 10 — yet all are running at the same time. Some experiments may take a little long to run their full course, but all begin at about the same time and run concurrently or ‘simultaneously’ for at least some significant period of time.

The experienced researcher is probably very knowledgeable about this type of experiment and has developed a reliable intuition about the results based on personal experience and extensive experience recorded by billions of other researchers. Therefore, our researcher is able to predict the likely outcome of some experiments with a high degree of accuracy long before they run their full course. In an effort to maximize the efficiency of the experimental processes, our creative researcher chooses to link all ten experiments together, such that making small adjustments to experiment 3 can selectively impact the course and outcome of experiments 2, 6 and 7.

So we can see that multiple experiments can run simultaneously and can be constructed such that any one of them can impact the others sequentially and vice versa.

I believe that humans have a tendency to limit the immense possibilities that God extends to the Soul Side. Souls instinctively yearn to learn; they are consummate researchers, seeking more knowledge, more experience and further evolution…and preferably in the most efficient way. If humans have the ability to run simultaneous experiments and introduce sequential impacts among them, then why would God not give that same or greater ability to the soul? And wouldn’t God also allow a soul to participate in multiple experiences simultaneously; in other words, apply different aspects of the soul energy into each experiential incarnation? Or do humans simply impose limitations on spirituality by restricting such soul possibilities.

People know that the changes they make in their lives today impact the quality of their lives tomorrow. This is true for a single life, just as it is true for future lives. If you do not learn the lessons of this life today, then you will surely recreate a more challenging version of this physical life experiential lesson to take place in a future life. What you do today writes the record for tomorrow. This also means that you can recognize the weaknesses and imperfections of your current existence and persistently change your life for the better; in so doing, you rewrite the record of your future lives. Most spiritualists already know this; now we are adding the dimension that our sequential actions have a concurrent impact on our other lives.

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