Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
Concluded from Part 1
Winifred confirms that her initial life review was more detailed than usual, saying “Mine was not a sudden, swift fall. It was a slow-motion picture in this film of memory.” (1)
Her and a few others like her experienced slower and more general reviews, and we experience exactly what we’re meant to. Our afterlife experience is tailored to meet our specific needs, and everyone eventually sees that the things they experienced were more than necessary for their higher-dimensional growth and development.
In time, we’ll find that everything we experienced here on earth was just as necessary, and if we realize this now, we can decrease the pressure we tend to put on our existence.
Winifred was able to watch the highs and lows of her earthly life play out from a detached point of view, she tells us.
“The old woman can only write of it now because she has been watching it scene by scene, living again its varied emotions, its keen anxieties, its palpitating wonder, its fears, its hopes, and yet remaining detached, the spectator in the stalls.” (2)
I think the best way to experience a life review is to do it from a detached perspective.
We might not learn a whole lot if we’re too attached to our memories or the outcomes of the things we watch, which we can already foresee, and if we’re completely detached and peaceful within, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the people we were/are close with.
Winifred also tells us that during her review, she noticed the personality changes that resulted from the deaths of two of her children.
“That phase in my life [when my eldest son died] was like the tragic climax at the end of an act in a play. As I viewed it again, I was deeply caught by its conflicting emotions. But I, the spectator, could perceive the change it and the [First World] war wrought in my personality.
“There had been one change before that in 1908, [the death of her infant daughter Daphne] in my first grave loss through death. But actually I became sensible of the great change in myself in 1918.” (3)
She noticed that a part of her shifted when each tragedy took place, and it makes sense that someone could lose a part of themselves if they lose someone they were very close with. It’s frightening to think about losing loved ones, and if we lose someone we’re particularly close with, they could take a piece of us with them.
Of course, we’ll find all of the happiness and vitality we need when we’re back in the higher realms. Everything that was once missing will be restored, and we’ll find the love that seems so absent from the minds and hearts of so many people.
William James tells us that no matter which review we experience (the first or the second, which, again, happens in a higher realm), we’ll each interpret it uniquely.
“The eyes of the dead are indeed opened through some such experience, and this probably accounts for the reports of private judgments by God, the ‘final accounting,’ and so forth.
“No judgments are implied in those terms, however, though each individual will of course interpret the experience according to his own beliefs and characteristics. Perhaps the events themselves are even perceived in completely different manners.” (4)
The amount of time it takes to complete either of the reviews is immeasurable, he tells us.
“It is impossible to tell how long this takes in earth terms, but the inner dimensions of the experience are equally beyond description, for there is nothing in life to compare with the depth, breadth, complexity or intensity of such a psychological multievent.”
“I could compare it to the tracking of a million lights simultaneously crisscrossing a night sky while a startled observer on earth watches hypnotized, dazzled, feeling each light’s distant flicker in the reaches of the universe, while at the same time knowing that each flicker – and each other flicker – originated in his own thoughts and existed within them and in the sky simultaneously.” (5)
Each unique ‘starlight’ (fourth-dimensional soul) will experience their respective life reviews differently, and while some people’s reviews are very quick and hasty, others spend a lot of time reviewing their lives and learning as much as they can.
Some people are able to get a lot out of seeing their lives play out from another perspective, but others don’t care one way or another and are only interested in growth and expansion.
According to Julia Ames, some people’s first concern in spirit is that they wasted a lot opportunities for physical/spiritual growth and expansion when they were on earth.
“When you come to this side, your first thought will be of the waste of life that has gone in the past. Waste of opportunities, waste of strength, waste of growth, for the conditions of life, the object of existence here are so different that to many the first impression is that of bankruptcy.
“They have spent their life in accumulating treasure and so the deposits in the Bank on the other side cannot be drawn here and they are undone.” (6)
We can either take physical or spiritual value from this existence, but in the higher realms, physical and material values mean little.
We’ll see when we’re in these realms that the inner work we do is more important than how much wealth we gain or how many material objects we can flaunt, and this can make it difficult for a lot of people to exist in the fourth dimension.
Some people choose to go back to the earth where they can enjoy their materiality for as long as they require before it becomes undesirable, but eventually, everyone will decide to leave the distortions behind in favor of the glimmer of the higher dimensions.
Then, they can start their inner work and excel from there, eventually re-reaching the fourth dimension and staying there (or progressing further).
In our final quote, Private Thomas Dowding shares something he learned from his initial review.
“I cannot remember doing anything really worth while [in life]. I never looked outside myself. … I was … a crabby, selfish old bachelor.” (7)
From the higher realms, one sees all of their spiritual follies in a new light, and I’d imagine they’re motivated to fix those follies. The fourth dimension is certainly the place to work on restoring ourselves, and we can spend as much time as we need in the Borderlands before we progress and start contributing to the evolution of the rest of creation.
As long as we don’t lose ourselves in the lower fourth-dimensional realms, which can only happen if we orient to negativity and hatred, we’ll always find that we’re exactly where we need to be.
In our next installment, we’ll learn that the initial life review sometimes happens before the physical body ceases to live. Again, everyone experiences the review differently, and some people begin their reviews while their body still breathes.
It’s interesting to think that one could experience such a strong degree of spiritual phenomena before actually entering the fourth dimension, but as consciousness continues to rise and we learn a plethora of sacred and suppressed truths, we’ll be surprised often.
One of the things that’ll surprise us is the true nature of the fourth dimension and the life reviews we experience there, and if we think this dimension’s interesting, we’ll be very surprised when we see what the fifth dimension has to offer. From what we’ve been told, it’s far more blissful than the fourth.
- Geraldine Cummins, Swan on a Black Sea. Ibid., 44.
- Loc. cit.
- Ibid., 45.
- William James through Jane Roberts, medium, The Afterdeath Journal of an American Philosopher: The World View of William James. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1978, 120-1.
- Loc. cit.
- Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death. A Personal Narrative. New York: George H. Doran, n.d.; c. 1914, 153-4.
- Private Thomas Dowding in Wellesley Tudor Pole, medium, Private Dowding. The Personal Story of a Soldier Killed in Battle. Ibid., 21.
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