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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.

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