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Destiny of Souls

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Michael Newton, Ph.D.
Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 1-56718-499-5
2005
2.5/5
3/5

~ Lots of ideas, overall an ok read ~


I liked this book but I preferred Newton's Journey of Souls because it felt more objective and the messages were clearer, as if they originated more from their source. The author makes many assumptions in this book and perhaps forgets that the information he is working with is only a small part of the big picture. We never know the whole story. We never see the whole picture. As humans, our minds can only grasp so much of the Universal truths. Painting things in black and white can produce further confusion and misunderstanding. Destiny of Souls could have been a more objective piece if Newton had provided a relatively unedited collection of stories from his ‘cases’. His understanding and description of the information revealed from his research could be misunderstood and inadvertently warp the original message. This book can be misleading although sections that focus on reporting the impressions directly from observers of situations in trance do provide the reader with some interesting tidbits of information that may help put pieces of your puzzle together if you're interested in this area of study.

There are many similarities in the stories presented by Newton and those that are shown on the tv show created by John Gray called The Ghost Whisperer. Those of you who are interested in discovering more about the process of death and crossing over may want to watch it and see if it helps connect memories and personal theories, or if neither sources depict what you believe to be the reality of this process. There is also a movie that may be of interest that depicts the process of death from a very particular perspective and how if relates to those souls who are closely connected with the dead. It is called “What Dreams May Come” with Robin Williams. This is a movie I highly recommend.

It may be worth asking why most of the souls who come to Newton for sessions are young and inexperienced. Yes, it is true that as you move higher up the pyramid, there are fewer souls at advanced levels incarnating here. Although there is a clear distinction between guidance and control and perhaps more experienced souls understand the significance of ‘Remembering Thyself’ by using the powers within rather than empowering external forces.

To give the book some credit, it did stimulate some introspection and self-observation on my part. From the way that the ‘spirit world’ is described, I'm starting to wonder what is the real reason for me choosing a profession in higher education. Am I attracted to the classroom setting, to the roles of teacher (master/elder), tutor (guide) and student because it is so reminiscent of the spirit world? I'm not sure although if someone were training to be a guide, perhaps this Earthly environment would be more appealing than others.

In one part of the book, the reader learns about the relationship the soul has with its chosen body in each life. Something struck a cord with me when I read that sometimes souls don't merge in a complete state of harmony with the body. Sometimes I think that the pain I experience in this life is primarily psychological triggered by a sort of disharmony with my body, although I may just be misinterpreting signals, I'm not sure. Along this same line of thought, a memory comes up for me of a time when I met with a healer and received what feels like a clue to answer this unexplained dissonance with me and the body. I don't recall the specialty areas of this healer, but I remember her asking me about my birth in this life. I told her how I was one month overdue and after a long and trying birth for both my mother and me I came out purple due to a lack of oxygen. I was kept in an incubator for a week or two after taking my first breath. The doctors tried to fill my parents with fears that I would be incapacitated in some way for the rest of my life. Needless to say, all worked out well but as I told this story to the healer, her reaction of seriousness mixed with surprise and even a bit of excitement made me think that she saw some significance to the story that I'm not sure is evident to me yet. This experience with the healer is connecting with the message in Newton's book about souls merging with their chosen bodies at birth and I feel that pieces of a puzzle are coming together. I'm just not sure what it means yet...

“Rather than being obsessive about a body which will only last one lifetime, concentrate on the evolution of your soul Self and rely on your spiritual power.”
~Destiny of Souls, p.330

Whether it is because of the environment in which I was when reading this book (touring the Caribbean) or whether it is based on the messages I have received from it and from the experiences that connected me to this book, I have identified things about myself that were previously vague hunches and that have now turned into more concrete realizations. I am a conduit of change. Part of the reason why I am here in this life is to present ideas of change and transformation to others that benefit the Highest Good and to then guide and to assist them in implementing these changes. I have found that once my work is done with a specific group of people, I move on to a new group with new challenges and unique opportunities for evolution and betterment.

I am also a mirror of light. Another of my duties is to reflect light within others through the maintaining of integrity and discipline. I am one of those quiet souls who enjoys solitude to recharge. I used to beat myself up about not being more social, but after reading about the dynamics of others souls in this book, I accept this aspect of myself more now because I don't feel alone in this light. Sometimes being around a group of people who reflect the opposite of some part of you makes it difficult to accept your differences, particularly if they are integral yet quiet differences that can easily be set aside by more exuberant tendencies. Ironically those who are quiet and recluse often create few opportunities to meet others of their kind.

Each of us will have our own views on what we experience. This book isn't a part of my library of gems, but perhaps you will see things differently.

Radiant Energy
18 August, 2006


Since writing this review, the words haven't left me. What do I mean? Well, almost since the moment when I posted the review on the website, releasing it to all of you, I felt that it was not complete, that perhaps it was not a clear representation of the essence of the book. Perhaps it was too harsh...

There are sections of the book that do not feel objective, but as I write this, I realize a lesson that I am meant to learn (or re-learn) through this experience...THAT WHICH YOU JUDGE IN OTHERS IS WHAT YOU DO NOT ACCEPT IN YOURSELF. Each time I write something for this site, I am so focused on the fact that many people may be reading about these concepts for the first time or awakening to a new way of thinking and seeing the world. Because these thoughts are floating in the back (and sometimes the front and sides) of my mind, I feel that I have a responsibility to be as CLEAR and OBJECTIVE as possible, not influencing ideas with my own opinions, but rather presenting 'facts' and 'truths' as if I were simply a book listing definitions.

As my focus turned more and more toward the objective, I forgot that each truth is a result of one's own experiences, that our perceptions are all different because of our varied experiences, and our choices reflect our lessons remembered.

The reason why I know that the original review of this book is not a true reflection of its message is because since reading both of them, the stories that the author shares have bubbled up to the surface of my mind many times. I have had many moments during which situations, conversations and relationships have made more sense because of the stories in this book. For that I am thankful to the author.

I have not erased the original review because I believe that the experience of reviewing this book is a lesson in itself - a lesson of self-observation, of humility and of acceptance. When the ego dies a little, empowerment follows the reluctance of letting it go.

Not every review on this site will be full of praise, but EVERY review on this site will be of a book or a piece of music or some other resource that is a jewel in the crown...that will help you get on the path, stay on the path and help others along the way. There are many reviews that I want to give you but I ask for your patience.

Love and Light,
Radiant Energy
14 December, 2006

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