A fascinating concept emerging from the New Age is the idea of Pre-Life Planning. I’m not sure where it started, perhaps with the life-between-life hypnosis discoveries and subsequent books of Dr. Michael Newton (Journey of Souls; Destiny of Souls). But esoteric thinkers are increasingly buying into the idea that WE SIGNED UP FOR THIS.
That’s right. Abusive parents, birth defects, gaslighting relationships, chronic disease might have been your challenge of choice. On the bright side, unique talents, loving relationships, and amazing opportunities might have also been on the menu.
Author Robert Schwartz must have put Revealing Pre-Life Planning to the World in his life plan, because that appears to be his life mission. His two books Your Soul’s Plan and Your Soul’s Gift are the result of in-depth interviews with a variety of people he chose to personify various life-theme scenarios.
Schwartz targets a range of human experience challenges, to name a few:
- Physical illness
- Parenting handicapped children
- Deafness and blindness
- Drug Addiction and alcoholism
- Miscarriage and abortion
- Caring for a spouse
Schwartz also assembled a four-person team of mediums and trance-channels to access multidimensional information. Deborah DeBari, Staci Wells, Corbie Mitleid, and Glenna Dietrich each offer a unique vantage with their psychic gifts. Staci Wells stands out with her ability to relay the details of pre-life planning sessions, where incarnating souls meet in an other worldly room with their guides and prospective key people who will take on significant roles in their lives—family, mates, lovers, and even enemies.
These books present a universe where people reincarnate again and again on earth (and other planets) to promote their soul growth. Prior to birth, they confer with guides to map out target areas for soul growth, which may include a variety of challenges. More advanced souls may focus less on life challenges and more on life purpose. The main point is that everyone is responsible for the circumstances of their lives. The concept of pre-life planning strips away victim mentality, bad luck, or even divine retribution. In Schwartz’ world, every one not only plays the cards they are dealt in life, they have stacked the deck and are the dealers.
People often incarnate repeatedly, working out old karma and trying to “get it right.” Souls with timeless history together work out scenarios for mutual soul growth. For instance, in the chapter on homosexuality, three souls decide on roles as closeted husband, wife, and best friend/eventual lover for a multitude of reasons that will serve them all as their drama unfolds.
These books include in depth channeled, analysis about how people can learn and evolve through the various challenges presented, whether it be incest, addiction, violence, illness and beyond.
CAN PETS BE PART OF THE PRE-LIFE PLAN?
If there is a “fun” chapter in these books, it is the one on pets. Schwartz interviewed Marcia DeRuse, a middle-aged woman, whose life challenge centered on being a dwarf. Throughout her life, a variety of animals were her friends and companions. The personalities of a horse, dog, cat and, even chicken, come through during the sessions. As it turns out, they each were indeed part of the pre-life plan. Most had known Marcia in a previous life when they were all a part of a circus together. The animals were always animals. In the circus life the horse had been an elephant. All of the animals expressed great love for Marcia and wanted to help her get through the journey of this lifetime where she would be a dwarf.
IS EVERYTHING PREDETERMINED?
The question arises: is everything in our lives mapped out? Do we have any choices or are events and relationships predetermined? The material makes it clear, scenarios are set up, but earth is a free-choice planet. Certain relationships may be arranged, like an abusive father to son. But how it will all play out is decided by the actors in the parts. In other words, life is improvised, not scripted. We are given a set of circumstances and a character to play, but we make it up as we go.
When I read the first book, Your Soul’s Plan, I thought it a bit too neat. Everyone in that book managed to overcome their big life challenge and come to a higher consciousness and sense of peace. Looking around at some people I’ve observed in real life, it’s not always so triumphant. We all know people who sank into the depths of addiction or died in sad bitterness. Your Soul’s Gift is more sophisticated. Not every relationship is HEA. Some people plan challenges that don’t go well. Case in point is the woman who chose an abusive husband thinking she could bring out the best in him, but it didn’t happen. Her guides, and even the man himself, expressed doubts about the outcome of the relationship in the pre-life planning session, but she insisted she wanted to go with the scenario. She learned her lesson, but it wasn’t the one she had hoped for.
So, the takeaway from these books, is we are each responsible for the relationships and events in our lives. We set up certain parameters before birth. Our reactions, choices, and emotional responses drive the course of unfolding events. Ultimately, it isn’t our circumstances, but our sense of peace and self-worth that determine whether we have triumphed over life challenges.
The old adage is true, Life is what you make it.
For more information on Robert Schwartz, visit his website, Your Soul’s Plan.
by Dana Taylor
Lately I’ve been asked to send distant healing to two young men struggling with on-going mysterious medical issues. They live in frequent pain. They struggle to work and raise their families. They visit doctors searching for help, but don’t receive much relief, only vague possibilities of maladies and a rotation of drugs. Neither of them are greatly open to alternative medicine or non-Western thinking.
As I’ve focused on them in meditation, I’ve received impressions of their physical ailments as manifestations of past life connections. Of course, such an idea is outside of their world view. They see this as their only human experience. They don’t see threads of other expressions, other times and experiences. They look only for chemical answers to healing their bodies. It brings to mind the Old Testament Scripture: My people die for lack of knowledge, Hosea 4:6
I wish I had the power to open their understanding of the dynamics of this thing we call Life. I wish they could view the current personality as just one bead on a long energetic string holding other personas. That string might not be a straight thing either. It could be twisted and tangled with beads from vastly different places and time frames. The beads impact and influence each other, all held together by the same buzzing string. How different their world view and sense of personhood would become.
I speak from personal experience. My world view changed after a life-altering visit to a Reiki therapist fifteen years ago. A life-long physical mystery had brought me to her therapy table. Standard medical options had long since been exhausted. Her insights into the last moments of a girl who lived centuries ago resonated with me. I wasn’t that little girl, but her traumatic death and feelings of anger and betrayal rippled into my current life experience. Of course, there’s a word for it: karma. I had unfinished business. Recognizing the root of my ailment was the first step toward true healing. That journey is chronicled in Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation & Me.
PAST LIFE THERAPY
Even though billions of people around the world incorporate the world view of reincarnation, it is still largely denied in Western cultures. Though past life therapy is not new, it’s still on the fringe of society. Ideas take decades, even centuries to shift paradigms. Hypnotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss, a Columbia University and Yale Medical School graduate, published the ground-breaking book Many Lives, Many Masters in 1988. In it he details therapy sessions with the patient who would forever change his life. During hypnosis she spoke of past lives and relationships impacting the quality of her current life. That patient changed the course of Dr. Weiss’ career into studying the consequences of past lives on patients. Similarly, in 1994, Dr. Michael Newton revealed his case studies of past lives and life-between-lives in the classic, Journal of Souls, followed by Destiny of Souls. Those doctors opened up a whole field of study that is still met with great skepticism.
At the University of Virginia, Dr. Jim Tucker continues the work begun by Dr. Ian Stephenson, who traveled the world investigating children who supposedly remembered past lives. Dr. Tucker has widened the field of study and continues to explore the idea that we are eternal beings. His book, Return to Life, reports on American children with connections to past lives.
Despite the work of highly credentialed academics, speaking of past life influence still sets of an image of an airy, flaky New Age guru, bilking naive followers out of their hard-earned cash. From some quarters it is considered evil and from the depths of hell itself. Fear-based thinking keeps many people in the darkness of their suffering.
SIGNS OF PAST LIFE INFLUENCE
From my perspective, this life is only one chapter of a big book. How could I know what brought me to this point if I don’t consider the earlier chapters? If you read reincarnation books, you’ll see certain patterns. For instance, say a person once died of terrible fall, breaking their back. Chronic back pain may be a problem in this life. Sometimes, simply revealing an event through past life hypnosis can have a healing effect.
Lois Wetzel’s fascinating book, Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Records, reveals that often last thoughts can have strong effects. For instance, a drowning victim’s last thoughts might be, I should have stayed away from the water. So, subsequent incarnations come with a fear of water. Finding the source of the fear can be the first step toward healing.
Troubled relationships can have a past life connection. I once meditated about someone who treated me very well, but my feelings toward him were confused for no known reason. In the meditation, I saw us as two teenagers in Eastern Europe running through a forest, trying to escape murderous soldiers. As we ran into a clearing, I was shot in the chest. As I lay dying in his arms, I looked up at his face and blamed him thinking, I should never have trusted you. Watching the scene unfold in my mind completely changed my attitude toward him. The last thoughts of the girl had been immature and unfair. The boy had tried hard to save them.
Sometimes a person develops a mysterious malady that has an age trigger. For instance, one of my clients was perfectly healthy until she was twenty-three years of age. Suddenly, she became allergic to almost every thing she ate. Her skin erupted into cysts and sores. She lost weight. For fifteen years her relationship with food was a painful mystery. She eventually learned to live on rice, tofu, and vegetables. She came to me for Reiki treatment after a car accident. At her second treatment, we had an extraordinary session that included an angel (visible to me) and healing guidance about her stomach and intestines. After that session, she could suddenly eat many more foods. At our next session, we explored a past life connection. I had a vision of a young Asian woman in a terrible, dirty, dank dungeon. Her once-lovely clothes were filthy. She was starving to death. I had the impression that she was royalty and thought she could criticize the government, but had been imprisoned for her revolutionary outbursts. Her ordeal began at age twenty-three. The client and I had more sessions working through the resentment and anger of that life time, which led to a happier, more productive present life.
We humans are very complicated creatures. Truly, we know so very little about ourselves–why we do the things we do, why we like the things we like and hate the things we hate. We are the sum of countless experiences in many realms and many eras. When a person is chronically ill, looking for answers and direction in multiple avenues should be explored.
I hope the two young men find a path toward healing. Knowledge of their past lives may or may not be helpful. But, what if it is? What if a past life connection is the missing piece of their puzzle? What if they get a clue towards living a healthier, pain-free life? A life to enjoy their children and the days ahead. Isn’t the possibility worth exploring?
People shouldn’t suffer for lack of knowledge.
Book One ~ Supernal Living Series
What others are saying about Ever-Flowing Streams~
“Dana Taylor has written an engrossing and powerful memoir that touched my soul. I literally could not put this book down until I had finished the last page. I read with an open heart and an open mind, and I came away with a new and amazing awareness of my own inherent ability to heal myself and to offer healing thoughts to others. Dana’s story and her suggested healing exercises have strengthened my Christian faith, and I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is curious about the healing power of prayer.” Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestselling Author
“The honesty displayed in Dana Taylor’s memoir, Ever Flowing Streams, is immediately evident. From her painful battle with panic attacks, choking sensations, and chronic inflammation, she leads the reader patiently, but determinedly through her struggles for answers. Sleepless nights, more often than not, lead to too much alcohol to deaden the pain and allay the fears. The author lays out life struggles for the ultimate good of any reader open to the possibility of a spiritual solution.
Her Christian upbringing and beliefs blend, not always easily, with other forms of spiritualism. At times, she fights to open her mind to the belief that Reiki, for instance–often viewed by Christians as evil–might help her discover the awareness to heal her ravaged body and spirit, and possibly to help others.” Mary Cunningham, author Cynthia’s Attic Series
“Powerful stories and raw emotion are masked beneath her subtle humor and down home personality. While the book is not a tutorial or a lesson, it is a guidepost to consider something more.” Karen Syed, Echelon Press
“This is a book not to be missed. I highly recommend anyone interested in energy medicine, healing or miracles read this powerfully moving and illuminating book.” Lois Wetzel, author of Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Records
Available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.
Celebrating the release of Supernal Adventures: Exploring the New Normal of Multidimensional Living, Book Two ~ Supernal Living Series
Book Cover Reveals: Coming soon–a new look and a new book
Back in 2010, Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation and me was the original title of the book currently called Ever-Flowing Streams: Tapping into Healing Energy. While I felt the first title more accurately captured the spirit of the book, I changed it in deference to my husband (now deceased) who considered “Christ” and “Reincarnation” associated together an insult to his faith. In the ensuing years, the greatest feedback I’ve received about the book has been from people in the Christian church thanking me for giving them “permission” to maintain a faith in Jesus and yet embrace a philosophy of reincarnation.
Since I’m on the brink of releasing a companion book, Supernal Adventures, I feel it’s time to repackage Ever-Flowing Streams and restore the original title. There’s a whole chapter devoted to the controversy regarding reincarnation. Here is a snippet, revealing some history. As it turns out, many early church theologians and followers believed reincarnation to be the way of the human experience.
Excerpt from Ever-Flowing Streams:
Great minds and mystics have grappled with the theory of reincarnation for eons. The modern Christian church dismisses the concept. The party line is that we are born once; we have the option of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior for our ticket to heaven; if we don’t, we are condemned to hell. This interpretation of scripture promotes church membership quite effectively.
But looking historically and globally, I found that reincarnation has been embraced by cultures far and wide. Even the Bible retains passages that allude to it. Besides the reference above from Matthew naming John the Baptist and Elijah as the same soul, Jesus seemed to convey the concept in several references:
John 8:58–Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.
Luke 9:18-20–“Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.”
John 9:2—As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
If you take the above passages at face value, it appears there was a cultural acceptance of the idea that souls return to the earthly plane. Clearly, the people of the time exhibited a belief in reincarnation if they conjectured Jesus might be the returning spirits of Elijah or an Old Testament prophet.
Theologians have argued these passages for two thousand years. One of the earliest and most respected was Origen of Alexandria who lived from 185-254 A.D. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he believed in the “pre-existence and fall of souls; multiple ages and transmigration of souls; and the eventual restoration of all souls to a state of dynamic perfection in proximity to the godhead.” Quite the metaphysician, Origen. He devoted his life to teaching and writing his Christian beliefs until the Roman Emperor of the day ordered a purging of the followers of Christ. Origen was martyred in Tyre.
The debate continued for another two hundred years until the church grew into a political institution. According to Life Between Life by Joel L. Whitton, Ph. D, “The new Church-State alliance, aiming for the cultivated dependence of the masses, felt threatened by those who believed in rebirth because such Christians tended to be self-reliant, free-thinking individuals whose subservience could not be guaranteed.”
In 553 A.D., the Fifth Ecumenical Council condemned Origen’s theories as heresy (the root definition meaning “able to choose”). Emperor Justinian formally denounced the concept of rebirth in no uncertain terms:
If anyone assert the fabulous pre-existence of souls and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema
Wow–let him be anathema– as in a “person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.”
Zealous church leaders followed up that dictate by slaughtering a half million reincarnation-believing Cathars in Southern France during the 1200’s. Not satisfied with that carnage, the Inquisition was born.
Carol Bowman sums up the legacy of such repression in Children’s Past Lives thus:
The murderous efficiency of the Inquisition proved effective. The persecution by the institutional Church has scarred our collective psyche, and it has surrounded us with an invisible fence dividing what is safe from what is dangerous to believe. Since then, people who harbor forbidden ideas have learned to keep their thoughts to themselves. Our cultural memory still carries the fear of reprisal for publicly associating with any occult practices, the use of psychic powers or a belief in reincarnation.
Consequently, believers in reincarnation were effectively wiped out or muzzled. In time, the masses of the West generally forgot about it. The day-to-day struggle to survive and the poor education of the eras erased reincarnation concept from cultural memory. “
I’m happy to be living in a modern culture where my ideas can be expressed without fear of torture and death by church and government officials. Indeed, the content of the soon-to-be-released Supernal Adventures would have had me burning at a stake in a earlier era.
If you haven’t read, Ever-Flowing Streams, I invite you to check it out, in its current incarnation. I hope it will intrigue you to find out what happened next in Supernal Adventures–coming soon!
Lois Wetzel is the founder of The Indie Spiritual Book Awards. She is also a master healer and holds many certifications. Her work as an Akashic Records Reader is recognized throughout the globe. Her book, Akashic Records:Case Studies of Past Lives, is fascinating. Check it out!
In this riveting book the past lives of over thirty different people, covering scores of different lifetimes, are stunningly narrated. These lives span the course of several hundreds of thousands of years on Earth, and allow the reader glimpses into long-lost civilizations of which we have no historical record. These lives are recounted so that the reader can learn and grow from the experiences of others. But why even learn about our past lives? Is it not enough to just keep up with this one? Here is why.
It behooves us to learn who we really are. All the lifetimes we have add to the sum total of who we truly are, and why we do the things we do. What is the source of that phobia, or your instant love or hatred for that person you just met? Exactly why were you “born this way?” What are your hidden talents? Are you fascinated with Samurai swords or baking pastries for a reason? Do you cringe at the thought of visiting a certain location but don’t know why? Just learning about these forgotten memories has a healing effect on us; body mind and soul. Readers of this book report that hearing about other people’s past lives can heal us as well!
This book also explains how several of Lois’ clients originally came from different star systems and became a part of the reincarnation cycle on Earth.
Some of the past lives reviewed occurred in the context of a BodyTalk, Psych-K or EDINA energy medicine session, but most are formal Akashic Records readings. In the formal readings, from four to six past lives are covered for each individual, along with the reasons for knowing about that past life. The clients repeatedly observe that the readings explain a plethora of things about themselves or their relationships which they had always found puzzling, and about which the reader and author had no inkling.
The loving presence of the Guardians of the Akashic Records is felt throughout the pages of the book.
The changes that occurred in the clients’ lives as a result of having the readings are also noted. Past life readings have within them the inherent possibility to heal the client not only at a Soul level, but the individual personality who is getting the reading – emotionally, physically and spiritually. They do not simply impact the current lifetime, but other lives as well – past, present parallel lives and future lives.
Author Lois Wetzel says, “We are each Immortal Beings who come to Earth again and again to experience life in various bodies for the purpose of growth, expansion and learning as Souls. It is my hope that the reader will take from these past lives of others the deep understanding that our past lives are part of the complex web of everything that we are. Unresolved issues from our other lifetimes are still impacting us today. When we learn about them, we automatically begin to heal.”
“Hopefully,” Lois says, “one day all healers including psychologists and psychiatrists will consider past life therapy, the ongoing journey of the Soul, as a crucial piece of the healing process. After all, the word psyche does mean Soul.”
Find Akashic Records: Case Studies of Past Lives at Amazon
Find Lois Wetzel on the web:
Primary Website: http://www.hotpinklotus.com/
BodyTalk site: http://www.houstonbodytalksystem.com/
EDINA site: http://www.edinahealingtemple.com/