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Michael Newton, Journey of Souls book Review February 26, 2011

Posted by heidi skarie in Book Review, Past lives.
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Most of us have pondered the questions, “Why are we here?” and “What happens after we die?”  We wonder why some people are born to a wealthy and/or loving family and why others are born into poverty and/or into an unloving family.  We wonder why some people suffer from disease and die young while others live a long, healthy life.

We may come to conclusions based on our own personal religious beliefs or based on what we were taught in church.  Most think you can’t actually know the answers to these questions until you die.   Michael Newton’s book Journey of Souls Case Studies of Life Between Lives offers new insights into what happens between lives, why we are born, and why the physical world is such a hard place.

Dr. Michael Newton is a hypnotherapist who discovered that we, as soul, have a life in the spirit worlds between our lives here on earth.   The first time he had a glimpse into this soul life was when he hypnotized a client and asked her why she was lonely.  She replied, “I miss some friends in my group and that’s why I get so lonely on Earth.”

Over a period of ten years Dr. Newton worked with his clients carefully recording what they told him about their life in their “life between lives”.  He discovered that helping people find their place in the spirit worlds was more meaningful to people than remembering former lives on earth.

Newton says, “Having a conscious knowledge of their soul life in the spirit world and a history of the physical existence on planets gives these people a strong sense of direction and energy for life.”  (P. )

This remarkable book covers soul’s experience right after the body dies, and the journey to its spirit-world group of friends and what it learns there.

Many books discuss reincarnation, but this is the only one I’ve run across that goes into depth about what soul does between lives.  One of the most important aspects of Newton’s finding is helping people to eliminate the fear of death.  Newton says at the time of death, “All 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 know with the pubic.” (p. 9)

After this tunnel effect, soul is met by their relatives, close friends, and/or personal guide.  More advanced soul isn’t met by anyone as they don’t require a support system.

Next, souls are taken to a “space of healing” to help soul recover from their last life.  Here soul is debriefed by their guide about the life that just ended.  Earth is a hard place compared to the love and wisdom of the place where soul was created, so soul often returns bruised and needs time to heal.

After healing, soul returns to its group of intimate old friends who are at about the same awareness level.  This is “a small primary unit of entities who have direct and frequent contact, such as we would see in a human family.” (p. 8)

A guide, who is a more advanced soul, works with the group. “Guides only want the best for us and sometimes this means they must watch us endure much pain to reach a certain objective.  Guides cannot assist in our progress until we are ready to make the necessary changes in order to take full advantage of life’s opportunities.”  (p. 119)

With their group a soul will go over their last lifetime and review what they did well and what they could have done better.

Souls are on different levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced souls.  Newton didn’t interview many advanced souls.  He says, “The fact is, a person whose maturity is this high doesn’t seek out a regression therapist to resolve life-plan conflicts.” (p. 16)

An advance spirit shows more patience with society and has good coping skills.   They show kindness and understanding towards others.

The next area Newton covers is the selection of soul’s next life.  After the wounds of a past life are healed, soul feels the pull to reincarnate again on earth, though soul can reincarnate on other worlds a well.  With their guide, soul decides where they want to live, what lessons they want to learn, and what parents they want to be born to.

Newton gave an example of a soul who wanted to study music.  The soul wanted to live in New York with parents who were supportive and well off enough to pay for music lessons.  This soul said, “If I want to express the beauty of music and give pleasure to myself and others, I need proper training and supportive parents, otherwise I’ll get sidetracked.”  (p. 21)

Each person comes into a new life with lessons they have chosen to learn.  They pick a family, friends and a mate to help them learn these lessons.  One particularly interesting part of this plan is that we have triggers to help us remember the important people we will encounter in our life such as who we are suppose to marry.  A piece of jewelry, a laugh, the eyes, or a fragrance can trigger the memory.

We have amnesia about our soul identity when the soul and human brain merge. The merging takes place in the womb early or late in the pregnancy. This amnesia allows soul to have a fresh start.  But there is often a bleed through in young children who remember their past lives or in all of us when we meet someone we have an instant recognition of.

Once soul enters the body of a baby, it comes and goes while the baby is in the womb.  After birth, soul continues to come and go when the body is sleeping or in deep meditation.

In conclusion, Newton says, “If you carry away nothing except the idea you may have a permanent identity worth finding, I will have accomplished a great deal.”  (p. 274)

We live in an imperfect world by design.  “We bear responsibility in the evolution of a higher consciousness for ourselves and others in life.” (p. 276)  We learn that we have a loving place waiting for us where we belong.  One day we will go there to finish this long journey and reach a state of enlightenment.

I’ve just touched on the essence of this fascinating book. You may not agree with all of Newton’s findings, but does open doors to possibilities.  I believe he has just scratched the surface of the inner worlds and there is much beyond what he describes.

Michael Newton has written other books and has some You Tubes videos online.  Here’s one you might find interesting.



1. greatpoetrymhf - March 9, 2011

THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS drop by my blog I have subscribed to yours below

(Opening of Soul through Poetry)

heidiskarie - March 9, 2011

I like your uplifting poetry. I’m glad you liked hearing about the work Newton is doing. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse into what lies beyond this world and life.

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