Life Between Lives Experience

This blog was posted by my colleague and fellow Newton Institute Life Between Lives facilitator Marcus Sorensen. It is fabulous and captures the incredible experience of a Life Between Lives session. For additional posts by Marcus, follow him at
Sitting in the spring sunshine of California, in the hills somewhere behind San Francisco, I wonder to myself: “Is this really real?”
The boundaries of reality had been shaken almost beyond recognition over the previous four hours. Shaken is perhaps not the right word – more stretched and reshaped to a point where they could never contract back to the shape they once had.
In physics, there is a concept known as Young’s Modulus, which I learnt about once upon a time at construction school. It relates to the elasticity of a material, and how it regains its original shape after being stretched. However, there is a point where a material is stretched so far that it loses its elastic ability, and cannot go back to the shape it previously was. It snaps, breaks, cracks.
That was me, following Young’s Modulus, forever changed. My notions of life, death, time and space were broken, and the sunshine on my skin felt like a new dawn.
The setting was a course for experienced hypnotherapists in the art of Life Between Lives Regression, taking clients back to the time they are in soul form between their incarnations.
Maybe a small pause here to allow that notion to settle.
Soul form. Between incarnations.
It was organized by the Newton Institute, founded by Dr. Michael Newton, author of “Journey of Souls” and several other books with detailed research on the Inter-Life, based on more than 7000 client case studies. At the beautiful San Damiano retreat, attentively run by Franciscan monks, the last five days had been spent exploring the ways to take clients deep enough into theta brainwave state to access their Super-Conscious mind, where their “soul memories” are stored, learning the lay of the land in the world of souls, discussing the potential and implications of this work on a global scale… Changing the world, one soul at a time.
My teacher-mentor appears in front of me, making me squint at first as the afternoon sun is right over the hills behind him, but then he positions himself attentively so his silhouette shields my eyes from the bright golden rays. He asks how I am doing, and how my life will be different now.
I have so much to say and no words to describe it.
After a long, gentle induction and deepening, as it is called in hypnotherapy speak, my colleague Dawn had taken me right to the gateway of the world of souls after I experienced dying in a previous lifetime. That was not the bit that stretched my reality, as I had tried it before at the Past Life Regression workshop in London.
No, the part that started putting Young’s Modulus to the test was when I went with my spirit guide to my Council of Wisdom, a small group of higher spiritual beings who had gathered to check on my progress as a soul, and I discovered my soul’s purpose.
For years the question would be asked of me in homework modules at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and I never had a succinct answer: “What is your life purpose?” Everything interests me and I consequently do a bit of everything. How could that possibly be distilled into a singular purpose?
Right there, in front of my Council of Wisdom, it became clear.
Here is my attempt at an explanation of something that seemed to come from my deepest memory banks and telepathically from the Council at the same time:
I am a shape-shifter, an imprinter, who travels between places and dimensions, getting a feel for people, things and concepts, and bringing those “blueprints” back to others so they can learn from them, enjoy them, feel into them themselves. Exactly as I am doing right now, writing this blog post in cyberspace, bringing the essence and lived experience of my learning in those California hills to you. Like I did from the coast of Kenya in Lamu, like I did from the Himalayas in Nepal, and like I did on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Like I have been doing my whole life.
And there is a deeper purpose to this imprinting and sharing: it is to awaken a wider range of frequencies in other souls so they can reach the next stage of their evolution. I saw and understood this whole explanation in pictures: it is as if the soul is a rainbow and it contains all possible colours, including ones that are invisible to the naked human eye. In some people some of those colours can get obscured or lost during their incarnations. My purpose (and joy!) is to go around holding a very wide spectrum of colour, and those who are called can sort of “overlap” with a part of that rainbow and enliven the parts of their own that need a boost. This allows them to hold more energy in their system when their whole rainbow is shining brightly, which in turn speeds their evolution.
So much of my life suddenly made sense. My curious notions as a child, my annoyance that a smell-recorder did not exist, my wish for teleportation, the shape-shifting I have done within this one lifetime, the conviction that I was just passing through places and would report back elsewhere with my observations… And the joy of learning new things, getting a feel for stuff, enjoying sharing it with others. Flashing all the colours of the rainbow – and then some.
It was incredibly touching (among much else that was incredible) when I first arrived in the world of souls, after dying in the past life and rising in soul form. I was greeted by a whole group of other souls who had come to enliven me with frequencies that I had awakened in them, once upon a time… Some brought me yellow, some vibrated brown, others overlapped me gently with orange, yet others shared a shade of infra-red. Rainbow karma return. This infusion of all the frequencies they offered me restored my energy from passing over in the past life. And then they joined together in a sort of cloud-like flying carpet, transported me to the door of my Council, and plopped me down at the door, leaving me perfectly ready for the Big Insights within.
Much more was revealed during what could have been four minutes or four days that I spent in deep hypnosis, connected to my Super-Conscious mind and its magic and wisdom, but it is perhaps time for another reality check on that Californian hillside.
My teacher listened to the enthusiastic, erratically ordered account of my experience, and then encouraged me to take this work out into the world. One soul at a time. He also smiled understandingly when I said I wanted to have another Life Between Lives session myself again soon. He has had a handful himself. And how could it not be a bit addictive to discover the realms of one’s truest eternal soul? What struck me most profoundly about the whole experience was that no one else was telling me these things: there was no psychic, medium or clairvoyant channeling information to me. Every word came out of my own mouth, freely and voluntarily, in response to broad and open questions that Dawn picked from a list I had written for her myself.
This was Me speaking to me – which makes it all even more real-unreal at the same time. The four-hour recording of the session is certainly very real, and when Young’s Modulus leaves me pondering the nature of my reality, I can listen to my own words ringing out with a much wiser Me’s understanding of it All.
I am sure there will be more adventures to be shared in the coming time from these other realms.
– by Marcus

Sarah's Questions About Her Soul and the Otherworldly Answers She Received

‘Sarah’s Questions about Her Soul and the Otherworldly Answers She Received’

“I believe this is a good time for me to do this work with you because I have expanded my consciousness a great deal in the last couple of years, I sense a shift approaching for me and I usually do well with a nudge (or a swift kick in the backside). Dr. Newton’s books fascinate me and after talking with Sybil (not her real name, who is a mutual acquaintance who had previously done LBL work with me) it seemed that working with you would provide information to inform my choices and assist me in knowing myself at an even deeper level. I am feeling a little restless, usually a precursor to a significant change.”

After her first PLR she told me that she had a flow of helpful awareness since the regression and was looking forward to her LBL session (the first one). In this first LBL session she reached an understanding about a relationship that was very important to her but didn’t appear to be going anywhere. We were both aware after this first session that there was more information available for her, but it was just too much for Sarah to continue the session for any longer at that time.

After about six months had passed, Sarah contacted me again and said that she was ready for a second LBL. She wanted to more fully explore questions about her life purpose, finding a partner, her finances, and reframing her approach to financial well-being. She also wanted to know where she was in her spiritual development and what she may find out that would enhance her growth and help her find contentment. This second LBL proceeded as follows.

After her induction involving relaxation and guided imagery, I guide Sarah to her earliest happy memory as a child.

S: I’m with my dad….he’s tickling me!

SML: How old are you?

S: I’m maybe 2 years old.

SML: Now enjoy that happy memory with your dad at age two, breathe it all in and just be there (long pause). Now we will disengage from that scene and move down to the time just before your birth…(After a pause to allow Sarah to orient herself) Now you are in your mother’s womb, and you’re about to be born soon….tell me how your body is feeling right now?

S: It seems there is a little tension in my body. I feel that this tension is coming from my mother.

SML: Can you feel your mother’s emotions, and can you influence her when she’s feeling tense?

S: I can feel her emotions from time to time, and I feel I can somewhat influence her when she’s feeling stressed.  She’s tired right now.

SML: How are you feeling about the body you have chosen for your upcoming life?

S: This body is a good fit for me because it is resilient and strong, and it responds. I feel like the body is a good vehicle for me to accomplish what I want to accomplish. It’s smart and the brain is easy to work with.

SML: How does this body compare to others you have occupied?

S: Compared to other bodies I have occupied …….  I’ve had so many, I don’t even know how to answer.

SML: Do you leave your body often to go other places?

S: I took my time showing up, so once I was here, I mostly stayed. The reason I chose this body this time was because it will be surprising to some people. There is an element of tricking people, in a way. I didn’t want to look the part, so to speak.

SML: How will that help you accomplish what you want to accomplish?

S: People will not have to accept something contrary to what they expected. It’s part of teaching. It will help me, and it’s also fun. I thought it would be a good time to be female, and choosing a female body at this time is easier. It is easier to be a woman and avoid some of the ego issues I have found in males before. It will be helpful for my growth, and the culture is needing more heart. Women are more easily seen in that role, so that will be easier. There will be a lot of refinement of certain issues that are unresolved, some physical issues and the way to a bigger purpose. Solving small issues when I’m younger, and then the bigger purpose later. I will be carrying a large energy at a time when there is an opening so that others may follow more easily.

I now guide Sarah to a past life that I suggest is the most relevant to today’s session

SML: What is your environment like where you are?

S: It’s dark. It seems very dark. I see a place in the distance, and it seems ultramodern. It’s like a science fiction movie. It’s sort of barren and there are tall buildings, and it feels like it’s under a dome. When I say barren I mean there are no trees, and it’s kind of deserty. The dome is in the desert. I am wearing some sort of a jumpsuit and boots. I’m a male, and I’m something like 40 years old.  My name is Jack.

SML: Where is the city? Is it on earth?

J for Jack:  I am either on another planet or on the moon or something. When I look into the sky, it’s dark space. But I am in the dome. Everybody is busy, and it seems that we are farming and growing food. I don’t see any animals. We’re growing vegetables and all sorts of things. We are experimenting. There are quite a few of us….. (a pause) I feel like I’m a scientist of some sort. I wasn’t born here. Nobody was born here. We are all from somewhere else. I am from the Earth. I feel like there have been two earths, and on one there are just too many people and they are starving. They have lost their capacity for farming, so we are experimenting with ways to restore their planet. The goal is to find methods to create these growing spaces in order to help them be able to grow food.

SML: When you mention two earths, what do you mean?

J: I was born in a lovely place, not on the overpopulated Earth. It’s really kind of sad.

SML: What prompted you to be part of this experiment to help the planet (Earth) that you are not from?

 J: It was my memory of Atlantis. We were working on many things as scientists and some things became out-of-control. There were explosions and problems and panic and destruction, and I just felt as if this time I could offer aid.

SML: Do you, Jack, have a full memory of your life on Atlantis that prompted you to do this work?

J: Yes, I do remember that time. People do have conscious access to those memories, and it helps you with some choices. (After a pause) This is like a field assignment for me. I am here for a while, some months, and people come and go. And when I go back to my planet . . .  it is a beautiful place . . . peaceful and expansive and nurturing for body, mind, and soul. It is similar to the old Earth in some ways. There are lots of flowers, water and forests. The civilization is refined, and we are telepathic most of the time.

SML: Tell me more about these two Earths…

J: They were once conjoined, the two Earths. They are us in a way. They are our deep ancestral guides. I keep feeling that there was a bifurcation of some kind. People like us were of a different nature, and it was a choice; there was a choice. The people on the overpopulated planet chose to create that reality for themselves. This is part of their evolution, and we are allowed to assist. That’s why we are farming. And my desire to assist was also prompted by the memory of the Atlantis life.

SML: Tell me about the others who are there with you.

J: Some are here for similar reasons. Some are just farmers and they love to grow things. They work with the nature spirits and are happy to have farming to do. I don’t think the other planet knows of our plan yet ….. there seems to be a need for some diplomacy here. I mean, first. The other planet is not aware of our existence. (Following a pause) I keep seeing other beings here that are blue. They have very odd-shaped heads, sort of like a hammerhead shark. They seem to have some ability to educate us here about this . . . it has to do with the project. I don’t know how . . . it’s not my department. They seem to be helping with the more advanced growing techniques.

SML: Anything else important to know before we move on?

J: It seems like it is hard for me to accept that I am doing this service for . . . that’s not quite right. I am doing a good thing here. A good, big thing here, and my challenge is to allow myself to feel that. I minimize my contribution, and it’s like I’m stuck feeling bad about the past, meaning Atlantis. It is about allowing the beauty of it all. To allow the goodness to inhabit me and propel me forward, more or less, instead of troubling over old things gone wrong and driving me backwards. This is part of how we accelerate our spiritual growth because we have that knowing from our other experiences. It doesn’t necessarily make it easy. It does make it clear that I need to let go of something from that time. That’s why I’ve chosen to live this life. Because of that challenge.

I guide Sarah to the last day of her life as Jack.

J: I have white hair and a white beard. I am at my home, and there are others with me. I am ready to walk away from this vehicle and I am content. There are some gathered with me, and we do some talking and some laughing and I give appreciation for my experience. It soothes me to have lived this life. I stepped more into the fullness of myself. Unfortunately, the experiments I participated in were not particularly well received by the people on the other Earth. (This subject will be revisited later in the session).

I guide Sarah to rise above the body after the death and asked if she is ready to move away. She indicates that she is ready.

J: I am floating above my body looking down. My death was peaceful, and it was time. I have a wonderful light feeling of floating. It gets brighter and brighter, and I’m happy. I am feeling pulled quite quickly, and right now I’m sort of flying backwards around the clouds. I sense a brightness behind me. I am moving to a stream of water and sitting for a moment on a crystalline rock. I’m putting my feet in the water. I seem to all of a sudden have clothes on. I sense a presence walking towards me. And yes, it is my old friend and teacher, Jesu, coming to meet me. Today he is wearing a white robe with a golden sash around his waist. My feeling is that he has a flair for costuming, and I appreciate that. He knows I appreciate that.  He says, “Job well done.” I think he would like me to meet someone or some people. Oh . . . it is the review.

I ask Sarah her spiritual name, and she says that she knows it but finds that she is unable to pronounce it.

SML: (Continuing) what happens next?

S (for Sarah, since she can’t pronounce her spirit name): I am moving with Jesu somewhere. Oh, we’re in the review room. (After a pause) this time there are five beings at my review. This time is different. They are not sitting in a circle. They are up on a platform behind, like a judge would be. They are in a crescent-moon shape, and my guide is a step behind me. They are the same beings, but there are fewer of them this time. Sometimes it is in a different space, and I go in and sit down with them, but this time they are standing in front of me. They ask me how I think things went, and I tell them that I thought I expanded myself. They say that it appears that way to them. What was also true is that I chose a very stark situation. I was okay with that, though; it was not complicated learning. It was more of an opening to a higher, bigger awareness. They wonder what I want to do next. I don’t know. It seems that there is one place where I am stuck on something. I almost feel that they are frustrated with me, but that could be me projecting. I know they see things about me maybe better than I do. They wish for me to become bigger, more expansive. They keep giving me a message to go visit a nursing home. I don’t know if it’s there or here. They said it would be fine for Jesu to take me there.

I have Sarah ask the Council if now is an appropriate time for questions, and they indicate that it is. We pose Sarah’s question about worrying about financial abundance and her approach to her financial well-being.

S: They say it is as if I am holding onto something by a thread, and when the thread is cut or broken then abundance flows in on all levels. I was asking them how to break that thread, and they say that there are options. They tell me that it relates still to my Atlantean experience. It would seem that there is no real reason to hang on, it’s just some habit almost, but to imagine the string just being cut is probably not enough. One could revisit Atlantis with a broader perspective, or it might be the trip to the nursing home.

We ask Sarah’s next question – What more can I know regarding my life’s purpose, and how can I find a sense of passion and excitement?

S: They say, “Next question!”  (Sarah laughs)

SML: Your next question is, “What is the significance of my still being single. How can I attract a partner in light of the fact that I want a partner?”

S: They say that I would not want to attract a partner while I was still tied by my emotional string to my experience in Atlantis. Therefore, they say, do not feed that energy. They are commending me for my work with Isaac (Sarah’s friend who was the subject of another session I had with Sarah), and they are suggesting that that would be the same sort of release that will allow things to be possible energetically.

SML:  Next question: “Where am I in my spiritual development, and what can I do to enhance my growth at this time?”

S: (Smiling) It’s good to know the spirit world has a sense of humor. They just really want me to get on with it and have Jesu take me to the nursing home.

SML: Okay, Jesu will take you to the nursing home. Describe everything that happens.

S:  We are walking past some buildings that look sort of sad, and we are approaching one now that seems happier. Jesu is saying that we don’t really even have go in if I don’t want to. He wants me to understand that even those who are aged or infirm can carry a vibration of havingness. It’s quite amazing really. It’s a lovely place. Green growing things, sparkling air, it’s really good. I don’t really see many people yet. I sense that they are there. There is one person who says that we could visit, so we go down the hall to a room. There are two people in this room, a man and a woman who are both very near to their passing and are simply glowing. They want me to be glowing as well, and I do want to be glowing. And when I think about being glowing, there is some lump in my throat. Jesu says that it is only the fear that is the problem.

SML: Can Jesu help you understand that fear?

S: Yes, he can. It is a little hard for me to see. He says it is not as simple as that I was glowing and something happened, it is….  He is showing me myself as some sort of royalty, a queen, and it has something to do with, wow, either a child that I conceived, a child who died or a child that I couldn’t conceive. He is showing me this as if there’s some sort of hole in my gut, but it’s not really a hole. It’s not a disease. It’s like dark energy. He says that when I bore children even though they were sons as expected, my husband, the King, was unhappy with them and me and had a mistress quite publicly. I took it in, and I hid my feelings and became tough, and I had much influence actually. I raised these boys as best I could, but there was something not quite right with them. One was kind of dumb, not real bright, and one was sort of emotionally immature, and there may have been another. It seems as if I was older when they were conceived, and that I employed the use of a witch sort of person, a man, for potions. And then when everything turned out the way it did, I felt great guilt. I felt like my bad feelings or his bad feelings or the potions were a cause of all this.

SML: Why are you being shown this?

S: It was about hiding things, and it was about a certain shame that was not appropriate. I ended up with much power, but no happiness. Now is time to be both happy and powerful. I was powerful in that life because I was the queen. The king died, and then our son was king. Only I was really the one behind his throne, and I dedicated myself to that cause. Then when that son died, I did the same with the other son.  So that energy need not be repeated.

SML: Part of your message from your Council was about the Atlantean life.

S: They think I have misinterpreted my role there. I am on a bridge with many others, including Mark, who is now a teacher to me in my current life, and in the confusion many people died. The bridge blew up and we lost our cool. We could have led people in a different direction, but it seems like there was something that we did for too long, or we didn’t stop in time or something like that. There was a good purpose behind what we were doing, but we came to the scene too late to turn everyone around. I didn’t cause the explosion, and I wasn’t really responsible for it. I just felt an overwhelming sorrow. I think it is that I felt I did not do enough.

SML: I have a question for Jesu about your life as Jack and the fact that you had a memory of all your other lives in that lifetime. (I am now speaking directly with Jesu.) Is remembering past lives something that is going to start becoming accessible for us humans in the near or foreseeable future? Is that part of human evolution?

J for Jesu, speaking through S: Yes, some at first, and others in time. Some awareness from our higher bodies will be available.

SML: Is there something causing this? Or is there higher energy available?

J: Many realms are working with the Earth, herself, and those on her to raise the frequency and restore the planet to its wholeness. We see progress in this area. Getting back to Sarah, she has felt tension with Mark and this needs now to be released. This stems from that lifetime in Atlantis.

SML: What would be helpful to facilitate that release?

J: We can do it now. We are doing it now. Sarah, the choice was made when Mark came back as a teacher of many and with his own human foibles. It could have been Sarah who made that choice or some others as well, but she deferred. The deferring is no problem, it is the judgment about it that creates troubles. As we speak, there are higher beings who are embracing the facilitation of the release. It will allow Sarah more energy for doing her spiritual work with Mark’s teaching. Just as having a child who is not like every other is no reason to feel bad, it is the judgment that makes it so once again. So it is that judgment that must be released.

SML: With Mark and Sarah releasing that energy and their higher beings facilitating that release, will this carry over to Sarah’s life as Jack? Since that was the same issue that he was attempting to resolve in that lifetime?

J: Yes, and the hungry people on Earth will better accept their gift (the food) from the dome when it is given with that improved energetic.

SML: What else can you tell me that would be helpful for Sarah and for the healing of humanity?

J: We see that there has been a point past where it is now most appropriate to be optimistic and celebrate the positive aspects. There has been much work done by many on the earth in this process. There will be distractions, and it is wisest to move past them without spending energy there. There will be changes that we cannot describe because you cannot comprehend. At some point more abundance will be available to all. There is that which is available now, and there is a great struggle with this. It will take some time. It could happen faster as people understand the nature of frequency. When one is pulled or yanked into a darker frequency, such as fear, it is important not to judge, and to accept that from time to time we may fall into a place such as that. And then we have the opportunity to recognize and move away into a better place without blame. That is really how life moves forward with joy, by raising the frequencies so the negative will just disappear. It is important for those who work with others in distress to remember not to absorb unhealthy frequencies, and Sarah must remember to do that.

SML: Is there anything else important for Sarah to know right now?

J: I see happy times for Sarah ahead. She just needs to step into them and watch for our pokes and prods along the way.

SML: Thank you, Jesu, all these messages are so helpful.

J: We are pleased.

SML:  Is there anything else that Sarah needs to see in the nursing home, or is there anywhere else you would like to take her?

S: Jesu says that he would like Sarah to have her life unfold before entering such a home, and that pausing is fine, stalling is not.

It is not clear exactly what Jesu meant in referring to the home, assuming it was the nursing home they had visited, but it seemed to me that there was an intent on his part to be wrapping up the session. I deferred to this intent and did not try to explore his meaning.

SML: Anything else important for Sarah to know or anywhere important for her to go?

S:  Not at this time, no.

Sarah indicates that her visit feels complete, and I make the suggestions to bring her back to full consciousness.

After some time had passed since the second LBL session with Sarah, I emailed her and asked how she was doing.  The following is an excerpt from her answer.

“After the PLR and LBL sessions you facilitated for me, I can say that my life has improved in many significant ways.  Here are examples:  For one, I had invested a considerable amount of emotional energy in a relationship that was not going anywhere although I knew the other person had deep feelings for me. During one session I was able to have a conversation with this person, and though I can’t totally remember what we said, I understood why we were stalled out and was able to let go of any hope I had for the partnership. This has created an ease around the situation that I am most grateful for having. I was also able to understand the dynamics in a family relationship, and that knowing allowed me to accept circumstances as they are and brought me much peace. I have gained tremendous insight as a result of this ork.”

Following this interchange, Sarah subsequently contacted me again about a third LBL session, and we have it scheduled. It will be very interesting to see the direction it takes.