the time of death, they say, the soul leaves the body to enter a timeless,
spaceless state. There, our most recent life on Earth is evaluated and the
next incarnation is planned according to our karmic requirements.
Joel Whitton, M.D., Ph.D.
I've been on the Earth plane for quite some time. From this vantage point I can look back over
the years of my life
and discover some very interesting things. I did this in earnest about six
months ago when I began to think about a number of events that unexpectedly
came into my life at various times. Each of them had a major impact on the
direction it would take.
was during this time of reflection that I experienced a major eureka. I
began to realize that there are two forces that can influence the path of
one's life while one is in body.
The first force occurs when we use our
minds to change and create a new reality on our own. For example, we can
decide to go to the store, sell the house, sit on the porch, change jobs,
take a vacation, wash the car, take a walk, look out the window, brush our
teeth, write a book and so on. These kinds of choices take place all the time and we
make hundreds, if not thousands, of them each day.
second force that influences our earthly journey is a far more interesting
one, if we are interested in learning about the life plan we made for
ourselves before incarnating. Out of nowhere this "force" can bring unexpected events,
circumstances or people into our lives creating change and a new life path
in its wake. These kinds of spontaneous, unplanned experiences happen
to all of us at various times in our lives. Unfortunately, they are
usually written off as fate, accidents or coincidences. They are not. Here
are some typical examples…
A unexpected blind date that leads to lifetime partnership
A unplanned, delayed airplane flight that brings you and a future
business partner together.
Without warning, you lose your job. Several months later another company hires you
you meet your future wife there.
A university unexpectedly accepts you. You go there, meet your best
friend, have a relationship and discover many things about yourself that
affect your life path.
You receive a surprise bonus at work. With it you take a long weekend
vacation, during which you meet an editor who wants to publish the book
you have written.
Your father passes on, you relocate to be with your mother, work for a
local company and meet your future husband there.
You change universities to play football, attend a class, meet someone you
recognize, but never met before, and have a profound relationship that
teaches you many things.
Out of nowhere a thought comes into your mind that helps you paint your
first successful picture.
During a dream you receive inspiration for your first novel.
visit a metaphysical bookstore, pick up someone's business card, and
meet your twin soul.
sister gives you a New Age book during a severe life crisis and you
experience a profound spiritual awakening that puts you on a new path
stoop down to help a homeless person and the tears of thankfulness you've
created inspires you to join the Peace Corp, which in turn leads to a life
of service for humanity.
stop to save someone's life who has been in a car accident. You are so moved
by the incident you decide to become a physician.
reached a point in life where I no longer believe that these kinds of
spontaneous events happen randomly or by accident. On the contrary, I am
quite convinced that prior to incarnating we planned the general theme of such events. Then, when in body, they occur with those individuals we chose to experience them
with at certain stages of our lives.
also believe that prior to incarnating we review the most recent life
we've had, as well as our other past lives. Then, with free will, we choose our next life and
what, if anything, we want to accomplish with it.
Once that decision is
made our parents, siblings, best friends, and lovers are chosen. We also
decide where we want
to live, our profession and so on. All of this is done to suit our
goals and the goals of others who will be part of our next life drama.
overall result of these personal choices is a general life plan that will unfold for each of us
while we are in body. And, in order to keep it on track, unexpected
events and people appear in our lives, out of nowhere, to alter its nature and
another way, unexpected events are no accident.
On the contrary, they help
us understand the life plan we made for ourselves prior to incarnating.
I began to review the major, unplanned events that periodically changed
the course of my life, I realized that there was a pattern to their
sequence and meaning. That is, they weren't isolated, random, disconnected events.
Rather, each could be linked in a way that set the stage
for the next to occur.
It was the threading together of those related
led to my eureka. I realized that by stringing them together in sequence I
could see a clear reflection of the plan I made for this lifetime. Just as importantly, I
could see how each episode had its unique cast of characters who helped me
in some special way at a certain point in my life. All of a sudden, all who were a part of my
became very sacred to me.
highly encourage the reader to take a piece of paper and, in chronological
order, list those major events that came into your life unexpectedly and changed
the direction of your Earthwalk. Perhaps it was your career that was affected, maybe
you met someone who changed the course of your life. Or perhaps it was
an event that set you off in a completely different direction. It can even be an
unplanned circumstance that dramatically affected the way you look at
life, which in turn changed the path you chose to walk. The key
to this exercise is to identify those circumstances that came into your life
unexpectedly and without warning.
begin with, limit your list of unplanned events to those that fit in the
"major" category; the ones that had a profound effect on your
journey. Once you have them arranged in chronological
order look for patterns and connections that link them together in a
meaningful way. As you do this, make sure that your insights feel right
to you. I'm quite sure that
in most, if not all, cases you will see how each event set the stage for
the next to occur. And as you begin to connect these dots of your life, the general
picture of your plan will
unfold for you as if by magic.
in mind that unexpected events can be categorized as minor,
medium or major. If you've started with the major ones, you will find that
influenced and supported by others that were minor and medium in size. And they
too can be discovered quite easily.
Most importantly, all of them paint a picture of the general plan you made for
yourself this lifetime around. The
picture you create won't necessarily give you all the details. But you will have a
clearer idea of what it is
you chose for your current 3-dimensional drama, whom you chose to be with,