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Journey of Souls: Life Between Lives

Amazing Exploration Into the Space Between Lives

"The astounding thing I found as I progressed with my research was that once subjects were regressed back into their soul state, they all displayed a remarkable consistency in responding to questions about the spirit world. People even use the same words and graphic descriptions in colloquial language when discussing their lives as souls."  ~~  Dr. Michael Newton in his transformative book Journey of Souls

Dear friends,

Journey of Souls: Life Between Lives

For those interested in what happens after we die, the profound book Journey of Souls by Michael Newton offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the experiences of those who have been there. Originally an atheist, Dr. Newton was convinced by dramatic healing experiences several decades ago with two of his hypnotherapy clients that past lives are real and can even influence our current lives.

Once he became convinced of this, Dr. Newton was determined to find out what happens to souls from the moment they die until the moment they are reborn. Becoming known and respected worldwide for his research in this field, he worked with thousands of patients to uncover a map of the afterlife that is as profound as it is inspiring.

This book is in my top five of all time favorite books. I highly recommend reading the whole book. And for those with limited time, read the key excerpts below so you can at least get a rich taste of what Dr. Newton's work has to offer. Take care and enjoy your explorations!

With very best wishes for a transformed world,
Fred Burks for the PEERS empowerment websites

Note: I personally have had several profoundly transformative experiences with hypnotherapy. Yet even if you question the validity of this healing modality, the below summary is a fascinating read. And for a great interview in whcih Dr. Newton shares fascinating tidbits on all this, see this video.

Key Excerpts from Journey of Souls
By Michael Newton


When Dr. Michael Newton, a certified Master Hypnotherapist, began regressing his clients back in time to access their memories of former lives, he stumbled onto a discovery of enormous proportions: that it is possible to “see” into the spirit world through the mind’s eye of subjects who are in a hypnotized or superconscious state; and that clients in this altered state were able to tell him what their soul was doing between lives on Earth.

Journey of Souls represents ten years of his research and insights to help you understand the purpose behind your life choices, and how and why your soul—and the souls of those you love—lives eternally. This remarkable, fast-moving book uncovers some of the mysteries of life in the spirit world.

This book is an intimate journal about the spirit world. It provides a series of actual case histories which reveal in explicit detail what happens to us when life on Earth is over. You will be taken beyond the spiritual tunnel and enter the spirit world itself to learn what transpires for souls before they finally return to Earth in another life.

Michael Duff Newton holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, is a certified Master Hypnotherapist and a member of the American Counseling Association.

The Death Experience

In my practice ... I stumbled on to a discovery of enormous proportions. I found it was possible to see into the spirit world through the mind’s eye of a hypnotized subject who could report back to me of life between lives on Earth.

The astounding thing I found as I progressed with my research was that once subjects were regressed back into their soul state, they all displayed a remarkable consistency in responding to questions about the spirit world. People even use the same words and graphic descriptions in colloquial language when discussing their lives as souls.

I am not a religious person, but [through this research] I found the place where we go after death to be one of order and direction. I have come to appreciate that there is a grand design to life and afterlife.

My clients say after recalling former death experiences they are so filled with rediscovered freedom from their earthbound bodies that they are anxious to get started on their spiritual journey to a place of peace and familiarity.

All these people report a euphoric sense of freedom and brightness around them. Some of my subjects see brilliant whiteness totally surrounding them at the moment of death, while others observe the brightness is farther away from an area of darker space through which they are being pulled. This is often referred to as the tunnel effect, and has become well known with the public.

Dr. N: And what does the process of moving out of your body actually feel like to you?
S: Well, it’s as if I shed my skin … peeling a banana. I just lose my body in one swoosh!
Dr. N: Is the feeling unpleasant?
S: Oh no! It’s wonderful to feel so free with no more pain, but … I am … disoriented … I didn’t expect to die…

The location of the tunnel in relation to the Earth has some variations between the accounts of my subjects. Some newly dead people see it opening up ... right over their bodies, while others say they move high above the Earth before they enter the tunnel.

S: I’m not scared. When I was in the tunnel, I was more … disoriented. Yes, I feel secure … I’m aware of thoughts reaching out to me… of caring … nurturing. It is strange, but there is also the understanding around me of just who I am and why I am here now.
Dr. N: Do you see any evidence of this around you?
S: (in a hushed tone) No, I sense it—a harmony of thought everywhere.

I enjoy hearing from subjects about their first images of the spirit world. People may see fields of wildflowers, castle towers rising in the distance, or rainbows under an open sky when returning to this place of adoration after an absence. The most common type of reaction I hear is a relieved sigh followed by something on the order of, “Oh, wonderful, I’m home in this beautiful place again.”

When the soul sees images in the spirit world which relate to places they have lived or visited on Earth, there is a reason. An unforgotten home, school, garden, mountain, or seashore are seen by souls because a benevolent spiritual force allows for terrestrial mirages to comfort us by their familiarity. Our planetary memories never die—they whisper forever into the soul-mind on the winds of mythical dreams, just as images of the spirit world do so within the human mind.

Guides and the Reception Committee

New arrivals in the spirit world have little time to float around wondering where they are or what is going to happen to them next. Our guides and a number of soulmates and friends wait for us close to the gateway to provide recognition, affection, and the assurance we are all right.

Our reception committee is planned in advance for us as we enter the spirit world. Most of my subjects report the first person they see in the spirit world is their personal guide. However, after any life we can be met by a soulmate. The size of welcoming parties not only changes for everyone after each life, but is drastically reduced to almost nothing for more advanced souls where spiritual comfort becomes less necessary.

The emotional meetings which take place between souls at this interval in a spiritual passage are only a prelude to our eventual placement within a specific group of entities at our own maturity level.

My subjects say to me no soul is inherently evil, although it may acquire this label in human life. There are two types of displaced souls: those who do not accept the fact their physical body is dead and fight returning to the spirit world for reasons of personal anguish, and those souls who have been subverted by, or had complicity with, criminal abnormalities in a human body.

The first type we call ghosts. These spirits refuse to go home after physical death and often have unpleasant influences on those of us who would like to finish out our own human lives in peace. [The second type are] souls who have been so severely damaged they are detached from the mainstream of souls going back to a spiritual home base. Compared to all returning entities, the number of these abnormal souls is not large. However, what has happened to them on Earth is significant because of the serious effect they have on other incarnated souls.

The concept of souls having fallibility comes as a surprise to some people. The statements of [my] clients indicate most of us are still far from perfect beings in the spirit world. The essential purpose of reincarnation is self-improvement. [And] we still have free will, even in death.

Does hell exist to permanently separate good souls from bad ones? All my case work with the spirits of my subjects has convinced me there is no residence of terrible suffering for souls, except on Earth. I am told all souls go to one spirit world after death where everyone is treated with patience and love.

The Space of Healing and Life Evaluation

After those entities who meet us during our homecoming have dispersed, we are ready to be taken to a space of healing. In this place we are often examined by our guide. I think of the healing station as a field hospital, or MASH unit, for damaged souls coming off Earth’s battlefields.

Dr. N: Give me as much detail as possible about what you experience here.
S: I’m propelled in and I see a bright warm beam. It reaches out to me as a stream of liquid energy. There is a … vapor-like … steam swirling around me at first … then gently touching my soul as if it were alive. Then it is absorbed into me as fire and I am bathed and cleansed from my hurts. My essence is being bathed … restoring me after my exposure to Earth.

This place I have come to call the shower of healing is only a prelude for the rehabilitation of returning souls. The orientation stage which immediately follows (especially with younger souls), involves a substantial counseling session with one’s guide. The newly refreshed soul arrives at this station to undergo a debriefing of the life just ended.

People in hypnosis who discuss the type of counseling which goes on during orientation say their guides are gentle but probing. There is no such thing here as punishment—that’s an Earth condition. Imagine your favorite elementary school teacher and you have the idea. And no subterfuge or deception exists in [this] telepathic world. Yet the stupid things we did in life hit us hard in orientation.

Dr. N: Now that you are near [your guide] Clodees, do you think he is as upset as you are over this past life?
S: No, I’m more upset with myself over what I did and didn’t do, and he knows that. Advisors can be displeased but they don’t humiliate us. They are too superior for that.

[So] at the end of every life, rather than having a monster waiting to devour our souls, we serve as our most severe critic in front of teacher-guides. Perpetrators of harm to others will do penance by setting themselves up as future victims in a karmic cycle of justice. [And] from what I have seen, no negative karma remains attached to a soul who is willing to work during their many lives on this planet.

Both positive and negative emotions are valued. If a soul only knew love and peace, it would gain no insight and never truly appreciate the value of these positive feelings. A soul grows by trying to overcome all negative emotions connected to fear through perseverance in many lifetimes, often returning to the spirit world bruised or hurt. Some of this negativity can be retained, even in the spirit world, and may reappear in another life with a new body. The test of reincarnation for a soul coming to Earth is the conquering of fear in a human body.

Our eternal identity never leaves us alone. In reflection, meditation, or prayer, the memories of who we really are do filter down to us in selective thought each day. In small, intuitive ways—through the cloud of amnesia—we are given clues for the justification of our being.

Soul Groups

All souls, regardless of experience, eventually arrive at a central port in the spirit world which I call the staging area. One of my clients described the staging area as resembling “the hub of a great wagon wheel, where we are transported from a center along the spokes to our designated places.”

Dr. N: Explain to me how this pulling process works which will take you to your destination?
S: I am riding on a wave … a beam of light.
Dr. N: Is this beam electromagnetic, or what?
S: Well … it’s similar to the bands of a radio with someone turning the dial and finding the right frequency for me.
Dr. N: Are you saying you are being guided by an invisible force without much voluntary control and that you can’t speed things up as you did right after death?
S: Yes. I must go with the wave bands of light … the waves have direction and I’m flowing with it. It’s easy. They do it all for you.

It is at this vantage point in their return that souls begin to anticipate meeting others who wait for them. Souls consider themselves having finally arrived home when they rejoin familiar classmates in group settings. The souls represented in these cluster groups are intimate old friends who have about the same awareness level. Peer members have a sensitivity to each other which is far beyond our conception on Earth.

S: Here no one is a stranger. There is a total lack of hostility toward anyone.
Dr. N: You mean every spirit is friendly to every other spirit, regardless of prior associations in many settings?
S: That’s right, and it’s more than just being friendly.
Dr. N: In what way?
S: We recognize a universal bond between us which makes us all the same. There is no suspicion toward each other.

The smaller sub-group primary clusters vary in number, containing anywhere from three to twenty-five souls. I am told the average assemblage is around fifteen, which is called the Inner Circle.

Attendance here with certain other souls resembles an educational placement system in form and function. Group placement is determined by soul level. The criteria for group admission is based upon knowledge and a given developmental level. As in any classroom situation, some students connect well with teachers and others less so. The analogy of spiritual schools directed by teacher-guides is used so often by people under hypnosis that it has become a habit for me to use the same terminology.

Dr. N: Now would you explain to me what you and your friends actually do in this library setting?
S: I go to my table and we all look at the books.
Dr. N: Books? What sort of books?
S: The life books.
Dr. N: Describe them as best you can for me.
S: They are picture books—thick white edges—two or three inches thick—quite large …
Dr. N: Open one of the life books for me and explain what you and your friends at the table see.
S: (pause, while the subject’s hands come together and move apart as though she were opening a book) There is no writing. Everything we see is in live pictures.
Dr. N: Action pictures—different than photographs?
S: Yes, they are multi-dimensional. They move … shift … from a center of … crystal … which changes with reflected light.
Dr. N: So, the pictures are not flat, the moving light waves have depth?
S: That’s right, they are alive.
Dr. N: Tell me how you and your friends use the books?
S: Well, at first it’s always out of focus when the book is opened. Then we think of what we want, the crystal turns from dark to light and … gets into alignment. Then we can see … in miniature … our past lives and the alternatives.
Dr. N: How is time treated in these books?
S: By frames … pages … time is condensed by the life books.

The Council of Elders

After souls arrive back into their soul groups, they are summoned to appear before a Council of Elders. My subjects report that the initial orientation session with their guides prepares them to go before [this] panel of superior beings. A number of my cases have called these wise beings, directors and even judges, but most refer to them as a Council of Masters or Elders. This board of review is generally composed of between three and seven members.

While the Council is not prosecutorial, they do engage in direct examination of a soul's activities. It is not unusual for my subjects to have some difficulty providing me with full details of what transpires at these hearings, and I am sure these blocks are intentional.

All soul evaluation conferences, be they with our guides, peers, or a panel of masters have one thing in common. The feedback and past life analysis we receive in terms of judgment is based upon the original intent of our choices as much as the actions of a lifetime. Our motivations are questioned and criticized, but not condemned in such a way as to make us suffer.

Our spiritual masters constantly remind us that because the human brain does not have an innate moral sense of ethics, conscience is the soul’s responsibility. Nevertheless, there is overwhelming forgiveness in the spirit world. This world is ageless and so too are our learning tasks. We will be given other chances in our struggle for growth.

Soul Creation, Growth, Guides, and Other Worlds

Learning begins with our creation as a soul and then accelerates with the first physical life assignment. With each incarnation, we grow in understanding, although we may slip back in certain lives before regaining our footing and advancing again. I have had many cases where a client has been incarnating for up to 30,000 years on Earth and is still in the lower levels of I and II.

All beginner souls are assigned to a new group of souls at their level of understanding. There appears to be a systematic selection procedure for homogeneous groupings of souls. Similarities of ego, cognitive awareness, expression, and desire are all considerations.

Cluster members [eventually work] together for such a long time in earth years that entities become accountable to each other and the group as a whole. This fosters a great sense of belonging in all spiritual groups. The important thing is to recognize our faults, avoid self-denial, and have the courage and self-sufficiency to make constant adjustments in our lives.

It is important to understand that while we may suffer the consequences of bad choices in our educational tasks, we are always protected, supported, and directed ... by master souls. I have never worked with a subject in trance who did not have a personal guide. The recognition of these spiritual teachers brings people into the company of a warm, loving creative power. Through our guides, we become more acutely aware of the continuity of life and our identity as a soul.

All guides have compassion for their students, but teaching approaches vary. I find some guides constantly helping their students on Earth, while others demand their charges work out lessons with little overt encouragement.

My clients express all sorts of sentiments about their guides, but fear is not among them. On the contrary, people are more worried about being abandoned by spiritual advisors during difficult periods in their lives. Our relationship with guides is one of students and teachers rather than defendants and judges.

Dr. N: (To the client's guide) Begin by telling me in what way a company member on Earth can signal to get your attention.
S: (after a long pause) First, they have to calm their minds and focus attention away from their immediate surroundings.
Dr. N: How would they do this?
S: By silence … reaching inward … to fasten on their inner voice. The energy of directed thought must override human emotion.

Every soul has a spiritual higher power linked to its existence. All souls are part of the same divine essence generated from one oversoul. This intelligent energy is universal in scope and so we all share in divine status.

Without addressing and overcoming pain you can never really connect with who you are and build on that. I must tell you, the more pain and adversity which come to you as a child, the more opportunity to expand your potential.

Dr. N: Earth is considered severe?
S: Yes. On some worlds you must overcome physical discomforts—even suffering. Others lean toward mental contests. Earth has both. We get kudos for doing well on the hard worlds. (smiling) We are called the adventurous ones by those who don’t travel much.
S: Humans are egocentric but vulnerable. They can make their character mean and yet have a great capacity for kindness. There is weak and courageous behavior on Earth. It’s always a push-me pull-you tug-of-war going on with human values.
Dr. N: Do animals have souls?
S: Yes, all living things do—but they have very simple fragments of mind energy.

I am repeatedly told that the soul itself is androgynous, and yet, in the same breath, clients declare sex is not an unimportant factor. Most of my subjects select the bodies of one gender over another 75 percent of the time. This pattern is true of all but the advanced souls, who maintain more of a balance in choosing to be men and women. A gender preference by a majority of earthbound souls does not mean they are unhappy the other 25 percent of the time as males or females.

Dr. N: [What about] advanced souls who keep coming back to life on Earth when they could stay in the spirit world.
S: Oh, you mean the Sages?
Dr. N: Yes, the Sages—tell me about them.
S: (with admiration) They are the true watchers of Earth, you know … to be here and keep watch over what is going on. They choose to stay and help people directly because they are dedicated to Earth. (wistfully) They live simple lives. I first came to know some of them thousands of years ago. Today it’s hard to see them … they don’t like cities much.
Dr. N: Perhaps the word Sage could also be applied to souls like [your master guide] Kumara, or even with the entities to whom she turns for knowledge?
S: (pause) No, they are different … they are beyond the Sages. We call them the Old Ones.
Dr. N: Are there many Old Ones working with souls at Kumara’s level and above?
S: I don’t think so … but we feel their influence.
Dr. N: What do you feel in their presence?
S: (pensive) A … concentrated power of enlightenment … and guidance …
Dr. N: Could the Old Ones be embodiments of the source itself?
S: It is not for me to say, but I don’t think so yet. They must be close to the source. The Old Ones represent the purest elements of thought.

Learning rates are different between souls because of character and integrity. Each soul is driven by its integrity.

S: Intensity of desire is part of character.
Dr. N: If character is the identity of a soul, where does desire come in?
S: The drive to excel is internal to each soul, but this too can fluctuate between lives.
Dr. N: So where does a soul’s integrity fit into this?
S: The extension of desire. Integrity is the desire to be honest about Self and motives to such an extent that full awareness of the path to the source is possible.
Dr. N: If all basic intelligent energy is the same, why are souls different in their character and integrity?
S: Because their experiences with physical life change them. This is intentional. By that change new ingredients are added to the collective intelligence of every soul.
Dr. N: And this is what incarnation on Earth is all about?
S: Incarnation is an important tool, yes. Some souls are driven more than others to expand and achieve their potential, but all of us will do so in the end. Being in many physical bodies and different settings expands the nature of our real self.
Dr. N: And this sort of self-actualization of the soul identity is the purpose of life on our world?
S: On any world.

A small percentage of my subjects, usually the older, advanced souls, are able to recall being in strange, non-human intelligent life-forms on other worlds. Their memories are rather fleeting and clouded about the circumstances of these lives.

S: The Earth school is insecure, still. It is filled with resentment of many people over being led and antagonism of the leaders toward each other. There is so much fear to overcome here. It is a world in conflict because there is too much diversity among too many people. Earth’s population has outpaced its mental development. Other worlds have low populations with more harmony.

While speaking of a “paradise planet” with few people and a quieter, simpler version of Earth, he added this world was not far from Earth. “Oh,” I interrupted, “then it must only be a few light years from Earth?” He patiently explained that the planet was not in our universe, but closer to Earth than many planets in our own galaxy.

[And] when a world dies, those entities with unfinished business move on to another world which has a suitable life form for the kind of work they have been doing. Cycles of incarnation for the eternal soul seem to be regulated more by the internal desires of a particular soul, than by the urgency of host bodies evolving in a universe of planets.

For all Earth’s quarreling and cruelty, there is passion and bravery here. I like working in crisis situations. To bring order out of disorder. We all know Earth is a difficult school.

The Source/Creator

Most people who are in deep hypnosis are able to see beyond an Earth reality of three-dimensional space, into alternate realities of timelessness. In the subconscious state, my subjects experience a chronology of time with their past and present lives which resembles what they perceive when conscious. [Yet] there is a change when I take them into superconsciousness and the spirit world. Here they see the now of time as one homogeneous unit of past, present, and future.

Dr. N: Can you describe the creator in more human terms?
S: As the ultimate selfless being which we strive to be.
Dr. N: If the source represents all the spirit world, how does this mental place differ from physical universes with stars, planets, and living things?
S: Universes are created—to live and die—for the use of the source.

In the beginning there is an outward migration of our soul energy from the source. Afterward, our lives are spent moving inward … toward cohesion and the uniting

S: … There is an explosive release … then a returning … yes, the source pulsates.
Dr. N: And you are moving toward the center of this energy source?
S: There really is no center. The source is all around us, as if we were … inside a beating heart.

S: Nothing is collapsing … the source is endless. As souls we will never die—we know that, somehow. As we coalesce, our increasing wisdom makes the source stronger.
Dr. N: So the source starts out by deliberately creating imperfect souls and imperfect life forms for these souls and watches what happens in order to extend itself?
S: Yes, and we have to have faith in this decision and trust the process of returning to the origin of life. One has to be starving to appreciate food, to be cold to understand the blessings of warmth, and to be children to see the value of the parent. The transformation gives us purpose.

When I study the incarnation chronology of a client, I find there is usually a long span of hundreds, even thousands, of years between their lives in Paleolithic nomadic cultures. With the introduction of agriculture and domesticated animals in the Neolithic Age, from 7,000 to 5,000 years ago, my subjects report living more frequent lives. Still, their lives are often spaced as much as 500 years apart.

With the rise of cities, trade, and more available food, I see the incarnation schedules of souls increasing with a growing population. Between 1000 and 1500 AD, my clients live an average of once in two centuries. After 1700, this changes to once in a century. By the 1900s, living more than one life in a century is common among my cases.

Return to Earth

The rejuvenation of our energy and personal assessment of one’s Self takes longer for some souls than others, but eventually the soul is motivated to start the process of incarnation. While our spiritual environment is hard to leave, as souls we also remember the physical pleasures of life on Earth with fondness and even nostalgia.

Once a soul has decided to incarnate again, the next stage in the return process is to be directed to the place of life selection. Souls consider when and where they want to go on Earth before making a decision on who they will be in their new life. We start by having the opportunity of viewing how we might fit into certain environments in future time segments. Then our attention is directed to people living in these places.

The space of orientation for incoming souls could be contrasted to the space of life selection for those who are leaving. Both involve life evaluations for souls in transit which include scenes from Earth, but there the resemblance ends. Orientation spaces are said to be small, intimate conference areas designed to make a newly arrived soul comfortable, but our mental attitude in this space can be somewhat defensive. This is because there is the feeling we might have done better with life. [And] a guide is always directly interacting with us.

On the other hand, when we enter the space of life selection, we are full of hope, promise, and lofty expectations. Here souls are virtually alone, with their guides out of sight, while evaluating new life options. This hectic, stimulating place is described as being much larger than other spiritual study areas. [One client] considered it a world unto itself, where transcendent energy alters time to allow for planetary study.

While some spiritual locales are difficult for my subjects to describe, most love to talk about the place of life selection. They use remarkably similar descriptions. I am told it resembles a movie theater which allows souls to see themselves in the future playing different roles in various settings. Before leaving, souls will have selected one scenario for themselves. Imagine being given a dress rehearsal before the actual performance of a new life.

Dr. N: Doesn’t your trainer-guide handle all the arrangements for incarnation?
S: Not exactly. He talks to the coordinators, who actually assist us in previewing our life possibilities at the Ring.
Dr. N: What is the Ring?
S: That’s where I’m going. We call it the Ring of Destiny.

S: The Ring is surrounded by banks of screens—I am looking at them.
Dr. N: Screens on walls?
S: They appear as walls themselves, but nothing is really solid … it’s all … elastic … the screens curve around me … moving …
Dr. N: Tell me more about the screens.
S: They are blank … not reflecting anything yet … they shimmer as sheets of glass … mirrors.
Dr. N: What happens next?
S: I feel a moment of quietness—it’s always like this—then it’s as if someone flipped a switch on the projector in a panorama movie theater. The screens come alive with images and there is color … action … full of light and sound.
Dr. N: Keep reporting to me. Where is your soul in relation to the screens?
S: I am hovering in the middle, watching the panorama of life all around me … places … people. My mind connects with the scanner to control the movement of the scenes I am watching. I suspend the scene on the screens so I can enter it.
Dr. N: What? Are you saying you become part of the scene yourself?
S: Yes, now I have direct access to the action.
Dr. N: In what way? Do you become a person in the scene, or does your soul hover overhead while people move around?
S: Both. I can experience what life is like with anyone in the scene, or just watch them from any vantage point.
Dr. N: If one’s future destiny is not fully preordained, as you say, why call this space the Ring of Destiny?
S: Oh, there is destiny, all right. The life cycles are in place. It’s just that there are so many alternatives which are unclear.

Blueprints for the next life vary in the degree of difficulty the soul-mind sets for itself. If we have just come off an easy life, making little interpersonal progress, our soul might want to choose a person in the next time cycle who will face heartache and perhaps tragedy. It is not out of the ordinary for me to see someone who has skated through an unchallenging life overloading themselves with turmoil in the next one to catch up with their learning goals.

By surviving different challenges our soul identity is strengthened. The word strength should not be misunderstood. My subjects say the real lessons of life are learned by recognizing and coming to terms with being human. Even as victims, we are beneficiaries because it is how we stand up to failure and duress which really marks our progress in life. We don’t need to change who we are in relation to life’s experiences, only our negative reactions to these events.

Souls returning from the place of life selection must not only sort out the best choice of who they are going to be in their next life, but coordinate this decision with other players in the coming drama. The space souls go to for this in the spirit world is commonly called the place of recognition, or recognition class.

Relationships between people are the most vital part of our lives. The lesson we must learn from human relationships is accepting people for who they are without expecting our happiness to be totally dependent upon anyone.

One of the last requirements before embarkation for many souls is to go before the Council of Elders for the second time. While some of my subjects see the Council only once between lives, most see them right after death and just before rebirth. The Elders want to reinforce the significance of a soul’s goals for the next life.

Apparently, everyone in a soul group respects the intensely private nature of these proceedings. They all see their individual Council of Elders as godly. Even senior guides are thought to be a couple of steps below the developmental level of the omnipotent beings who make up their councils. The Elders are bathed in bright light and the whole setting has an aura of divinity. A subject put it this way, “when we are taken into the presence of these superior beings who exist in such a high spiritual realm, it validates our feelings about the source of creation.”

Sometimes my clients tell me they return to their spirit group after this meeting to say goodbye while others say they leave immediately for reincarnation. The latter procedure was used by a subject who described this exit meeting in the following manner.

“My guide, Magra, escorts me to a soft, white space which is like being in a cloud-filled enclosure. The Elders and Magra give me inspiration, hope and encouragement to trust myself more in bad situations and not let things get out of hand. And then, as a final act to bolster my confidence when I am about to leave, they raise their arms and send a power bolt of positive energy into my mind to take with me.”

Dr. N: So you have mixed emotions about leaving the spirit world?
S: Most of us do, as our time draws near. I have second thoughts before some lives … but Pomar knows when I am lagging behind my schedule—you can’t hide anything here, you know.

All my subjects tell me the transition of their souls from the spirit world to the mind of a baby is relatively more rapid than the passage back [after death]. As souls who enter babies, we come from a state of all-knowing and thus are mentally able to adjust more quickly to our surroundings than at the end of a physical life. [Yet] my subjects say if they were to compare the moment of birth with that of death, the physical shock of being born is much greater.

At the moment of first entry, chronological time begins for the soul. Depending upon the inclinations of the particular soul involved, the connection may be early or late in the mother’s pregnancy. I have had cases where souls timed their arrival at the last minute during delivery, but this is unusual. My findings indicate [that] those souls who join the baby early seem to do a lot of traveling outside the mother’s womb during her term.

Dr. N: All right, let’s take this current situation inside your mother and allow some time to pass. What do you do when you are not with the unborn baby?
S: (laughs with delight) You want the truth? I’ll tell you. Me—I play! It’s a fine time to leave and purely goof off … when the baby is less active. I have fun with my friends who are doing the same thing. We bounce around Earth to visit with each other … and go to interesting places … where we have once lived together in former lives.

S: Once I attach to a child it is necessary to bring my mind into synchronization with the brain. We have to get used to each other as partners. I disrupt nothing, though …while I learn the brain wave patterns of the baby. It’s a melding. There is an … emptiness before my arrival which I fill to make the baby whole. She recognizes me as a friend … a twin … who is going to be part of her.
Dr. N: How far along in age is the body by the time your soul stops leaving the child altogether?
S: At about five or six years of age. Usually we get fully operational when the child starts school.
Dr. N: So, will you have fleeting thoughts of other lives as a child?
S: Yes … we daydream … the way we play as children … creating stories … having imaginary friends who are real …but it fades. In the first few years of life babies know more than they are given credit for.

Final Thoughts

The information contained in this book about the existence of souls after physical death represents the most meaningful explanation I have found in my life as to why we are here. All my years of searching to discover the purpose of life hardly prepared me for that moment when a subject in hypnosis finally opened the door to an eternal world.

Looking back, I suppose it was no accident in my own life that people would eventually come to me for hypnosis—a medium of truth I could believe in—to tell me about guides, heavenly gateways, spiritual study groups, and creation itself. Even now, I sometimes feel like an intruder in the minds of those who describe the spirit world and their place in it, but their knowledge has given me direction. Still, I wonder why I am the messenger for the spiritual knowledge contained in this book, when someone with less original cynicism and doubt would surely have been much better suited.

Everything I have learned about who we are and where we come from, I owe to those who were drawn to me for help. They have taught me that a major aspect of our mission on Earth as souls is to mentally survive being cut off from our real home. While in a human body, the soul is essentially alone. A soul’s relative isolation on Earth during a temporary physical life is made more difficult on a conscious level by thoughts that nothing exists beyond this life. Our doubts tempt us into finding attachments solely in a physical world we can see.

From my work I have come to believe that we live in an imperfect world by design. Earth is one of countless worlds with intelligent beings, each with its own set of imperfections to bring into harmony.

When I ask my subjects how a loving God could permit suffering, surprisingly there are few variations in their responses. My cases report our souls are born of a creator which places a totally peaceful state deliberately out of reach so we will strive harder. We learn from wrongdoing. That which is not good is testing us, otherwise we would have no motivation to better the world through ourselves, and no way to measure advancement.

At a wat temple in the mountains of Northern Thailand, a Buddhist teacher once reminded me of a simple truth. “Life,” he said, “is offered as a means of self-expression, only giving us what we seek when we listen to the heart.” The highest forms of this expression are acts of kindness.

Our soul may be traveling away from a permanent home, but we are not just tourists. We bear responsibility in the evolution of a higher consciousness for ourselves and others in life. Thus, our journey is a collective one. We are divine but imperfect beings who exist in two worlds, material and spiritual. It is our destiny to shuttle back and forth between these universes through space and time while we learn to master ourselves and acquire knowledge.

Perhaps the most gratifying feature of my work in uncovering the existence of a spirit world in the minds of my subjects is the effect this conscious knowledge has on them. The most significant benefit which comes from knowing we have a home of everlasting love waiting for us, is being receptive to the higher spiritual power within our minds. The awareness that we do belong somewhere is reassuring and offers us peace, not merely as a haven from conflict, but to unify ourselves with a universal mind.

Final Note: To order Journey of Souls see this webpage. Michael Newton passed into the spirit world in September of 2016. For the website of The Newton Institute that he founded and more information on life between life hypnotherapy sessions, see And for a great interview in whcih Dr. Newton shares fascinating tidbits on all this, see this video.

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