We humans have an understandable need to explore our divine nature. After all, we’re energy beings first and physical bodies second. After death our consciousness leaves the physical realm and returns to the non-physical reality. In fact this might happen dozens or hundreds of times if it’s true that we reincarnate.
But because we also suffer from spiritual amnesia, we’re not very good at remembering what happens to the soul after death or between lifetimes. We have to rely upon our religious traditions to provide a map for us.
And because religions are remnants of old instructions that the Custodial “gods” gave to humanity, this map is highly suspect.
When we move into the realm of psychic impressions and hypnotic regressions, we unearth some interesting stuff that might help us to assemble a more accurate map of what really happens to the soul after it leaves the body.
Two compelling sources of such information are Memories of God and Creation: Remembering from the Subconscious Mind by Dr. Shakuntala Modi and The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a Psychic Spy for the US Military by Lyn Buchanan.
Dr. Modi is a psychiatrist who has also written another groundbreaking book called Remarkable Healings: A Psychiatrist Discovers Unsuspected Roots of Mental and Physical Illness. She’s done a lot work with both spirit release therapy and hypnosis, and in Memories of God and Creation she compiles data from her hypnotic subjects to form an intriguing picture of what might happen to the soul at the time of death, after death, and right before coming into a new body through reincarnation.
Some of this information is standard territory – the soul goes through a cleansing period, a life review period, and a schooling period. Then the soul experiences a planning time where it maps out the next lifetime. Throughout it all the soul is completely self-aware and conscious.
My hypnotized patients consistently report that, as the soul comes out of the body, there is no loss of consciousness or of continuity of consciousness. The soul experiences an immediate freedom from any pain and discomfort it was experiencing before death. It feels as alive as it felt before the death of its physical body. It retains all of its memories and attitudes and its personality as before.
Most people Dr. Modi worked with reported similar experiences. They had multiple lifetimes on Earth, they went through the usual share of relatively happy lifetimes mixed with harsh lifetimes of difficulty or war. And they tended to experience death in a similar way – with a great, loving light descending upon them and the appearance of loved ones, angels, or spiritual helpers who guided them to a higher dimension.
I read this book years ago and now I’ve been looking at it again through fresh eyes. I think the first time I read it I was thinking, “Isn’t that cool, there are all these beings of Light who help us reorient after death.”
But I’ve been rereading Chapter Seventeen where she writes about how people describe Heaven. Some excerpts:
. . . If we can imagine the whole realm of Light, or Heaven, as a crystal globe, then the outer edge of that globe is the place where people reenter the Light after the death of their physical body. In this re-entry area, souls go through the cleansing, ventilation, life review, and resting phases of afterlife experience.
Hypnotized people claim that after they’ve rested in Heaven following death, they let go of past-life personality and integrate it into their larger self, making “themselves” much greater than the individual past-life personality. They become a complete spiritual being. They drop their physical form and look like a spark or a ball of Light. They function with their full spiritual capacity and knowledge.
She then describes how people move further into the globe of Light and spend time in different sections, depending on their level of spiritual evolution. Some sections aren’t Earth-like at all and appear to be composed of pure light. While in Heaven, souls plan what they wish to do next. Sometimes they choose to reincarnate on Earth, sometimes they go to other planets. There’s a big theme of people wanting to resolve certain problems they had in earlier lifetimes so as to become wiser and more whole. There’s also another theme of coming back to Earth to uplift others and to help raise human awareness – that’s another big project that appears to be going on.
Throughout this process human guides (humans who aren’t alive on Earth anymore but who have a loving and helpful relationship with that person) and angels are assigned to them to provide assistance. Sometimes they also connect with what is referred to as that person’s “Godhead” – an advanced spiritual being such as Jesus or Buddha who is there to help out, too.
Isn’t that nice of them?
Nowhere in Modi’s book does it mention the possibility of NOT reincarnating. And since she’s pooling firsthand accounts of what happens to the soul after death from hundreds of hypnotized patients, it’s interesting that NOT coming back here never seems to come up as an option.
Prison planet, anyone?
In Remarkable Healings Dr. Modi presents informations about spirit attachment and demonic attachment, which she has learned are big contributors to illness and emotional imbalance. And that book is mostly about how to invoke the help of God, angels, etc. to expel these attachments. The “remarkable healings” she writes about really are amazing, because people have overcome everything from physical illness to mental illness by receiving spirit release therapy.
While I respect her work very much, rereading Memories of God and Creation has been an eye opener. Nowhere in her research is she discovering any way for humans to choose NOT to reincarnate. It’s like we’re predestined to scamper off happily into the “Light” after death (and who wouldn’t be tempted to after seeing dead loved ones and nice looking angels in the Light) and we go up into the God sphere. We rest a bit, learn a few things, and then we have to come back here. Or we go to another planet to experience a new physical body there.
If our essence is immortal, limitless, pure energy, why do we have to continually stuff it into physical bodies? And why must we experience complete spiritual amnesia in each lifetime so as to never be able to make use of the lessons we’ve learned over all those past lives?
Seems kinda screwy, doesn’t it? Like it’s a game that has been rigged?
If it hasn’t been rigged, and Earth really is a “school” where we’re meant to learn spiritual lessons, why are we never allowed to graduate?
Seems like somebody has set up a perfect, self-contained system for the regurgitation of souls to keep coming back into physical bodies.
And nobody ever questions it. In the New Age community in particular, people seem to just blindly accept that reincarnation is the only gig and that there aren’t any other choices.
The Seventh Sense by Lyn Buchanan offers further glances into the after death experience. Most of the book is about Buchanan’s work doing remote viewing for the military, which is interesting if you’d like to learn more about the various “black operations” using psychics that have been run by the CIA, the Army, and others.
But for me the real “juice” of this book is in Chapter Fifteen. It’s called “The Afterlife.”
In it, he talks about information he gathered over many remote viewing assignments where he was viewing a person at or around the time of their death. He identified four different places that his targets appeared to be going to after death. He calls these “Heaven, “Hell,” “Oblivion,” and “Reincarnation.”
His description of what Heaven was like is very similar to what Modi’s patients said about the outer layers of the God sphere or “globe.” The scenery was very Earth-like and beautiful, and the environment had a blisslike emotional ambiance.
He saw Hell as a place of terrifying “glowing blackness.” He only saw a brief glimpse of an orange glow in the background and something or someone waiting for the person entering this place upon their death. The feeling involved with this place was absolute, unbridled horror that deeply shook Buchanan whenever he encountered it. Certainly it was the complete opposite of the happy heaven-like place he also remote viewed.
Oblivion was a strange experience. In the cases where the person died and then disappeared into oblivion, he literally could find no trace of them at all. Before they died he had a lock on them, remote viewing-wise, but immediately after death they disappeared off his psychic radar. He called this end point “Oblivion,” but it’s also possible they simply went off to points unknown, headed somewhere he wasn’t able to remote view. Whether it was a good, bad, or an indifferent place – we don’t know.
When he saw subjects reincarnating, he would see this as an almost simultaneous transition. One minute he’d be remote viewing someone, and the next minute they would suddenly have different physical and facial features, and they would be in a completely different location with different surroundings and different family members. The interesting thing is that he always saw this new identity in the form of a child of twelve or thirteen years old. He didn’t view them as a baby. He just saw them having one lifetime as an adult, then they died, and then they immediately reappeared as a person of about twelve years old in a completely new situation.
In many spiritual traditions a child is said to be spiritually mature somewhere between the ages of eight to thirteen. In the Catholic tradition children usually have their first Communion around the age of eight. In Judaism, boys have their bar mitvah at about 12 or 13, and girls have their bat mitvah then.
Mystics also have talked about how humans have four energy bodies – the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual bodies. The physical body is there when we are born. The emotional body links into the physical body at around the age of two (hence all the acting out and melodrama during the “terrible twos.”)
The intellectual body links in around the time a child starts school, at around five or six, and the spiritual body comes in later as the physical body has become more mature. Reports vary about when this is, depending on the mystical tradition, but it would seem to match that time frame of eight years to thirteen years.
So it’s interesting that Lyn Buchanan didn’t even see the person as EXISTING until they were twelve or thirteen years old. Maybe that’s the time frame when a person finally has all those energy bodies integrated and is fully “at home” in physical form.
Buchanan often thought that he would find evidence of people hanging around as ghosts after they died or perhaps some would go on to reincarnate on other planets, but none of the targets he was assigned to appeared to undergo those experiences after death. Maybe he simply didn’t have targets that experienced that.
But again, Buchanan’s remote viewing of the afterlife failed to show anything that would suggest that the human soul has an option to return to pure “energy being” form and avoid reincarnation. Except for when he viewed souls disappearing into what he called “Oblivion.” Perhaps those targets went off his radar at that point because they were returning to a truly non-physical dimension that was no longer a holding pen for human souls.
It would be nice to have the option, wouldn’t it? Is the best we can hope for when we die a brief “vacation” in a God “sphere” or heaven between lifetimes, tea with the loved ones, and then we have to sign up for another tour of duty down here?
Who made those rules?
Can we make new ones?
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