What’s so exciting about life between lives — LBLs? Is it a contradiction in terms? Is it life after death or something else? Let’s unpack what we know and what we learn from it.
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
By David Stone
Introduction to life between lives…
Skeptical about airy New Age claims, I opened Dr. Michael Newton’s book Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, eager but expecting disappointment, hopefully keeping an open mind.
Newton writes — not flamboyant at all — about his discovery of “life between lives,” a previously undescribed territory where souls have roots to which they return, again and again, a universe discovered, like Christopher Columbus stumbling onto America while trying for India and spices that would make him and Spain rich.
I was also looking for something else.
When I was young, my curiosity about life after death, NDEs and past lives was intermittent. The here and now kept me busy, and honestly, being mocked by my best friend sidelined my search.
My religious beliefs were agnostic. I didn’t trust religions, but at the same time, I was sure there was more to life than what we knew so far, an ineffable something that inspires and informs us.
How strange it would be if, ignorant about so many other things, we figured out God and the afterlife? There was much to learn.
Time and experience forced questions forward.
I outlived my parents, other older relatives and friends. My brother and my high school sweetheart died when both were way too young.
Losing them made me think hard about things taken for granted, specifically about the event Tennyson called “crossing the bar.”
So, What Is Life Between Lives?
Was it possible that vibrant characters, full of ideas and emotions, engaged with friends and family… just disappeared into a bottomless nothing?
Modern science tells us that, but it felt less likely than many of the debunked fantasies religions preach.
The idea of something more wasn’t simply wishful thinking. It was intuition plus observation.
Even in life, it felt like there was something more, some impulse, something unseen. Didn’t we always know intuitively that there were at least two coordinated but separate things, our bodies and us?
Looking around, I found the confident cynicism of the atheist crowd unconvincing and, at times, even deliberately unaware. And most of the stock answers religions clung too lacked resonance.
I’m a dreamer and a poet who loves the way science sees through and around walls and finds hidden things. For that reason, Michael Newton’s stories of life between lives, collected and cataloged with scientific care, were deeply satisfying, even to a skeptic like me.
Almost everyone seems to have a conviction about a life — or no life — beyond death, but mostly, their reasons are more passionate than factual.
What we learn from Michael Newton’s discoveries along with those of his colleagues is different, based on real world experience and carefully documented reports.
The topic of Dr. Michael Newton, the souls his subjects revealed and what it all means about the existence of something apart from our everyday activities, energized me and opened the door to a new universe of discovery.
What is Life Between Lives? The Beginning – Journey of Souls
I first read Dr. Newton’s books Journey of Souls. There was a lot that intrigued me and some things about it that dampened my enthusiasm.
Start with the subtitle: Case Studies of Life Between Lives. A little too flat for a subject with so much mystery and exciting possibility.
Was avoiding criticism for sensationalizing such a strange topic, giving it an academic twist?
The stories, too, were a little dry for all of that, but in the end, the objective, scientific coolness is exactly what sold me.
Dr. Newton wasn’t trying to make a case for followers on some spiritual quest. He was reporting on what he’d found in his practice. And profound it was.
Let me say it again: If there is any proof of eternal life and a deity that inspires it, this is it.
What happens when we die? Do we live again? And what’s the time between lives like? What are we doing there?
The initial stories are factual and enlightening in context, but in fact, only a foundation of more to come.
One thing that made me uneasy about Dr. Newton’s first book was it referred to schools, classes and even grades.
But that, he realized and clarified in Destiny of Souls, was the unavoidable result of souls in a nonphysical universe trying to describe it in physical terms.
What is life between lives? Seeing the Light
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