I listened to something a couple of days ago, The ‘Soul Awakening’ Podcast by Kat Folwer, episode ‘Robert Schwartz: your souls plan’ (https://open.spotify.com/episode/2olxTAYQbPLo9y4ywVDZVx?si=l_zO_PxbSISMn-4GEmq_NQ&utm_source=copy-link), and I genuinely found it transformative, life changing, even, and incredibly healing, too.
This particular episode was centred around soul regression, the idea that our consciousness leaves our body when we die, crossing to the ‘other side’ whereby we return home before undertaking a life review and finally reincarnating on earth in an alternative form. Most people will have done this hundreds, if not thousands of times.
When people reach the ‘other side’, they are escorted to a ‘Counsel of Elders’, highly evolved nonphysical beings who are responsible for overseeing reincarnation on earth. The Counsel are completely non-judgemental, showing unconditional, superhuman love (with this love being our true nature at a soul level before we come into the body.) The only judgement shown in the life review is that which comes from ourselves (i.e., self-judgement.) This is because, despite any perceived wrongdoings, the reality is that everything we do, even the things we consider to be ‘bad’, serves to teach us a lesson which we can use for our benefit in the next life.
If in our life review, we feel that we have not met our intention in our current lifetime (e.g., to live a life filled with compassion), we can create a life plan** whereby we go back and try to do it better in the next life, for, every lifetime is an evolutionary opportunity.
(** Note: A life plan isn’t a ‘plan’ in the traditional sense of the word, for everything is most certainly not predestined, and nor is it ‘set in stone.’ Instead, the majority of the things on our plan are possibilities that can change as we all have freewill. It is this freewill which explains why there can be such evil in the world.)
There are several reasons why we reincarnate across hundreds, sometimes even thousands of lifetimes, and those reasons are as follows:
- To balance karma
In terms of what karma actually is, it’s the feeling of incompleteness from a previous life experience.
An example of how karma can be balanced can be seen in the context of a carer/caregiver relationship. If either the carer or the person being cared for feel like they were mistreated in their previous life, they have an opportunity, through reincarnation, to switch roles and plan for the better treatment of each other in their next lifetime.
- To release karma/heal an underlying tendency
An example of an underlying tendency that someone might seek to heal is that of anger.
In order for one to heal their anger, they can plan their next lifetime in such a way that will trigger them to feel this emotion, thus providing them with an opportunity to make more loving decisions in it, despite the anger they feel.
- To be of service to others
Being of service is particularly important when we consider that there is only one of us in the entire universe, with each one of us just being an expression of this oneness.
Some people are thought to come into our lives solely for our service. This is explained as being the reason why some babies die prematurely, because they came into this life to teach their parents something, such as how to be strong despite adversity. Therefore, although excruciatingly painful, their death can be a valuable lesson that has in fact been planned, pre-birth, for a deeper purpose.
- To correct false beliefs about the self
The universe reflects our false beliefs back to us so that we can experience what lies in our consciousness and heal those misconstrued beliefs. For example, if we believe that we are worthless, we’ll draw experiences that seem to confirm the fact that we’re worthless closer to us. This is because our thoughts determine our experience of the world, and therefore, we all have the power to shape what sort of life we want to consciously experience.
- To experience contrast
In the podcast, an example of experiencing ‘contrast’ is given in the concept of ‘a white being wearing all white living their life in a white room.’ This being doesn’t know anything other than ‘whiteness’, because it’s all they’ve ever experienced. Its only when they leave that room that they realise there is far more out there than they were led to believe. This concept is reflected in life. We live our lives thinking that our present state is all there is because its all we’ve ever known, but it’s not all there is, far from it, in fact. We will realise this when we eventually return home at the end of our physical lifetime, when our physical, bodily form transcends, and our nonphysical, spiritual form (our soul), moves in to replace it…
A life plan is therefore devised to allow us to reincarnate in a way that meets the above objectives (to ‘balance and release karma, heal underlying tendencies and unhealed trauma, be of service to others, correct false beliefs, and experience contrast.’)
People might question how they will know if they are following their life plan. The simple way to determine whether we are ‘on the right track’, is to ask ourselves the following: ‘do I feel a sense of joy and excitement in my day-to-day life?’, and, ‘Do I have aspirations and inspirations that motivate me daily?’ By asking these questions of ourselves, and engaging in the things that make us feel good, we will know that we are following the ‘passion of our soul’, and therefore, following our life plan, too.