Saturday, August 20, 2016

Authentic Self Asleep or Awake?

Sydney, a reader, asks,

"Do you think the Authentic Self can be awakened by mystical practices such as in advaita vedanta i.e the non-dual school of mysticism?"

Sydney - If I am correctly discerning those Risen with whom I communicate, this is what they have shared and will be in the forthcoming new book, with a great deal more about the subject.
 "Authentic Self has been called the Hidden Observer, Higher Self, Higher Power, the Oversoul—there are as many ways to label it as there are individuals to say it. Stilling the incessant criticism of ego-mind will eventually result in an awakening to Authentic Self—yet not an awakening of it, for it is already awake and just seems hidden because it is much quieter than ego-mind. Sometimes this hiddenness is interpreted as being asleep, but Authentic Self can’t really be said to be asleep or awake in the way we on Earth can be, because that state which we want to call “awake” as contrasted with “not awake” does not exist on a pendulum of is or is-not—there are no pendulums in the full awareness of Self."

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Nowing of The Awakening Stone

Victoria writes us:
 I just finished listening to your interview with Roberta Grimes and am currently reading your book. I am also writing a book which is an afterlife love story about a man that I met in 1980, and had a very short affair with. He graduated (i.e. transitioned) in 2003, but I only became aware of his presence in my life in 2014, the first time I spoke with a medium.
 In your chapter on reincarnation and past lives, I became quite confused. I have done past life regression many times under hypnosis and I would like to know if you are of the opinion that I am experiencing a disincarnate spirit's life? And if that is true, would my ex-lover in Spirit be experiencing another disincarnate spirit's life along with me?
 Unlike Tim, he has told me we've had countless lives together. All of them, including what I am now experiencing, have been tragic. I am questioning my own writing, my own experience, my relationship with Jerry, and my head is spinning after reading this chapter.
 Jerry is urging me to move forward with this book. He has advised me our purpose is to share this love story with those in grief, who need healing. Would you mind sharing your thoughts on this? I would truly appreciate it. Thank you so much!˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ ™˜ 

To read the entire chapter in question, 
go here
To read Tim's shorter synopsis, go here.

There is far too much depth to your questions, Victoria, to answer here easily and completely—and, in fact, any conclusive answers will really have to fully be yours and Jerry’s. More exploration is called for, into areas that were previously hidden or unimagined, but are now being unveiled in the strange and mysterious ways of Spirit. Although we can't promise definitive answers, we would still like to offer some energy toward the expansion of your questions—which Tim and I recognize less as questions and more as doorways or portals, beckoning you toward something more, which initially will be more questions. And perhaps you do, too. Do we always need to replace all the question marks of our lives with periods? We gently hand your questions back into your safekeeping, as you and Jerry venture forth into the portals certain ones in Spirit have opened. Can the both of you continue on forward together—open, curious, fearless of the mysteries?

Here are some initial and maybe pesky questions that come from Tim and me, as well as others in Spirit. (You don’t have to provide answers, they’re open-ended and very likely can’t be answered easily with words, if at all.) Notice that they are “what” rather than “why” questions. This is because why leads to more questions, and what can quickly bring us to a settled point that is the feeling of a fact, which we may or may not be able to observe externally—yet. It’s more the feeling and its encoded information that is wanted for our purpose.

  • What is it about your questions (or parts of them) that feel important to you and Jerry right now?
  • What are the feelings that come with the questions? What information do these feelings bring you?
  • What is the role that worry or other fear-based feelings are playing, including any doubt, that appear to be part of your questions?
  • What are the benefits that you are expecting from the answers to your questions?
  • What are the benefits that you expect will result from writing and sharing such a book?
  • What is meant by “tragic”? What about that specific word offers the best idea of the experiences? Is the drama of tragedy once and forever finished, to be no more? Are tragedies acceptable memories for either or both of  you right now? If benefit for others is part of what you seek to offer, do such stories benefit others? Are we annoying you yet?
  • At what point is healthy skepticism no longer needed, or is it always needed?  Tim and I rigorously practice healthy skepticism toward one another—not as if to say “I don’t believe you” when one of us says something that sounds like nonsense—but to stimulate further expansive exploration by implying, “I sense there might be more that neither of us are aware of  yet; let’s keep asking until we feel some kind of alignment.” This is our playful way of being with one another, rather than a way that feels like over-serious work.

What you're both ultimately wanting is clarity. You might not even yet realize that this is the ultimate wanting, especially if the current awakening realization is that confusion is temporarily blocking the way to fuller awakening to what the reality of your relationship really is and really is not.  Confusion arises from two or more feelings that are trying to occupy the same space, and cannot find resonance with one another, which would create a new or different feeling. Thus, confusion slows or halts the forward movement of creative self-evolution. Because we do not remember the fullness of our authentic power of divine self-presence, most of us utilize the inherited human race habit of instead going backwards instead of forward, which is what the Risen were talking about when referring to our trying to swim back upstream.

It has been clarified for me as a psychotherapist over the years that most of us don’t find the unsettling of our beliefs to be a welcome feeling, especially when it comes to something like the subject of reincarnation, which has so many definitions to begin with. Which definition are we even talking about here?

Tim and I notice that the primary thread that runs throughout this subject, millennia upon millennia, is one of fear. When fear is removed, the attention is now free—we are free—to let go of any thoughts that were running on the program of fear. What arises from this sense of release, which is an actual release, is what those such as The Risen ask us to focus on. The best word I can find for the interpretation of their idea of “focus” is “now”—not as a noun, but more as a “verb of non-doing.” So maybe, “nowing.” Which looks and even sounds rather like “knowing,” doesn’t it? This echoes a Risen directive that I will only mention very briefly here, as it is also weird and complex, which is “Do not.” This notion is explored and utilized in great detail and authority in the next book they are helping to manifest. But,  for nowing, and simply, at the very heart of this notion, is the idea of surrender.

And so at some point, quite long ago, I soon and simply stopped engaging in extended dialogues about the subject—I surrendered—which is why I let Tim organize and produce that chapter. It was not written quickly or easily, as you most likely can tell from the kinds of questions I asked Tim about what he and other Risen were suggesting. The book itself took almost 8 years of intensive interaction with thousands of Risen people, and quite literally every sentence, word and punctuation was placed precisely by them, picky beings that they are. Nothing was written in haste, but in the slowest and highest reverential consideration as possible by those in Spirit. It’s not surprising that many people have had their beliefs rattled and shaken up by the material in the chapter about reincarnation, including past-life regressionists and hypnotherapists—it’s potentially strong potential stuff. It’s caused a few rifts here and there in certain communities. The Risen interpretation of reincarnation in our book is “the pastime of reincarnation” which implies less heavy seriousness and much more lightness and fun. The “lightening up” is another form of surrendering to what’s going on now between us, and say, a disincarnate friend. When we get too serious about our immortality, we lose the feeling of it and then become disconnected from the ever-streaming knowledge flowing forth into our personal experiences.

But it seems that everyone eventually forgets about any apples we upset from their cart, and quickly return to the previously known that’s most comfortable. We believe what we prefer to believe. This is where the complexity of memory in grief events, as mismanaged by an undisciplined ego-mind, becomes involved. Our new book, (in press) which is already well into its 5th year of unfolding, is specifically about grief and goes into much more deep detail about the ego-mind’s complex doings and undoings.

How thrilling it must have been for Jerry to awaken in his new geography, and then for the two of you to awaken even further into the surprise of such an extraordinary new relationship! You and Jerry are together awakening in the midst of an incredible, experiential, awakening journey, most likely contained within another incredible journey, and that one within another one, and so on, and so on … infinooty, as Tim says, and worlds within worlds, as is said in our book. Are these worlds all real or imaginal, or a mixture of both? Yes, is the simplest and yet paradoxical answer for now.

At some point, we may begin to realize that we have been swimming about in too many worlds for too long and would rather now rise and return to the surface to The One World. We will not attempt to define the meaning of "The One World" here because we know that you already know, so we can rest in this knowing, this nowing, for now. This "return" usually involves what seems like an experience of swimming back, back, back to the primal origins of the dramas we believe we lived, and then re-experiencing them with a new mind, and with new thought. What we thought the memories are showing us then turn out to be something very different. Some of us will make such journeys, but most of us won’t for a very long time, instead believing what the ego-mind tells us from its own fear-based agenda of the belief in death.

And, so, you’ve read the chapter. What is called for next is to allow yourself to sit for a while and let the dust settle before trying to solve what might seem like a terribly big problem. If it seems like a problem that needs solving, this is most likely the undisciplined ego-mind trying use the brain’s talents as a problem-solving organ. Brains are not what is needed here, but rather heart. Your head is spinning, as you say. Disengage from the brain’s incessant thinking attempts to spin more solution-stories, and engage with the shared infinite heartspace between you and Jerry—as you each are now, and as you both together are, now—not then. We know that it can seem difficult because of all the well-meaning books, teachers, philosophies, traditions, and so on, that have given us too much past-life stuff to over-think about over many millennia. At some point—if we should be so blessed—some tiny bit of a higher reality will give us a tiny little pinch, which at first becomes irritating because it won’t go away. Instead of swatting it away or trying to change or correct it, give it enough quiet space that you can begin to focus on the possibly very new feelings they want to bring you—some stunning news from Spirit. I've found over the years that Spirit needs a lot of stunning quiet.

Feelings are energy which bring us specific messages through the instrument of our physical body. Since the messages aren’t in English or in any other human language, we have to learn how to bypass the left-brain’s attempts to decipher emotional messages and instead let our intuition lead the expedition down the rabbit hole. Often the ones giving us the tiny, gentle but irritating tweak are our Spirit Guides. If the undisciplined ego-mind is used to having its own way, and is always filling up our headspace with loudness, it can be quite difficult to find the quiet space needed to hear the gentle suggestions of our Spirit Guides.  It is our responsibility to find, claim and expand such space for ourselves. You and Jerry have such a space.

Early on after his transition, Tim’s attempts to mentally and emotionally interact with me were often interfered with by my ego-mind, which is clever enough to know how to imitate anyone and anything, convincing me of certain things which were later adjusted and resolved, once I learned how to “enter the stillness” as some mediums put it, where the ego-mind cannot go, and Tim and I could commune in uninterrupted peace. Then the higher aspects of our personal truths and our relationship began to reveal themselves.

It may be presumptuous to assume that all hypnotherapists are working from the same set of ethical modalities, but I would hope that they have some grounded understanding in the primary clinical modalities that have evolved from shared and personal human psychodynamic and psychoanalytical exploration. It is not uncommon for guide-like figures to arise from within the depths of our underconscious, which includes the collective underconscious of the human race-mind. (I use here my discernment of the Risen idea of “underconscious” rather than the classical “unconscious” because They posit that since every thing is conscious, there is no such thing as “unconsciousness”—rather there is lack of awareness of consciousness.)

Connecting with our feelings may give rise to such figures presenting as symbolized by a person, a figure who may manifest as a well-known icon, or perhaps a friend, or even someone we've never seen before—including animals. They may tell us that they are from our past lives—or that is what we think we hear them saying. These figures may not even be actual Spirit Guides, or other such living beings, but repressed or isolated aspects of our inner self that are seeking to integrate into our whole sense of self by communicating to us. First they have to get our attention, and will be very creative about it. Once we begin communicating with them, information then begins to be shared; insights arise and learning and transformation can then occur. Sometimes these personal or global archetypal figures will lead us to our actual Spirit Guides and other interdimensional beings, and for this reason it is important to not dismiss such mysterious and perplexing manifestations as mere fantasies, but to give them space and our open, inquiring attention.

The specific part about the personal archetypal energies that we are intending for you is that each of us might be engaging with and not realizing that they are who we are, and not separate personalities of other people, times and dimensions. This bit of information might be useful to you and Jerry as you work to arrive at your own conclusions.

Tim and I know, from experience, that as people read and re-read our book, and especially that particular chapter, that previously hidden or invisible material on the page suddenly becomes visible—countless readers have shared about this over the years. The material may look like plain old words typed on a plain old page, but apparently, they’re much more. They have been specifically encoded to awaken us by changing our vibrations in some higher way, giving us a nudge or even a pinch here and there. So allow yourself time if you re-read the chapter, and take only what you need and leave the rest. We also hope you read Tim’s synopsis in the link provided above.

As you wisely have noted in an earlier message to us, nothing’s written in stone—even the awakening stone is always moving forward in its process of change and evolution. It is the awakening that becomes the realized desire, for awakening is all that can happen in an eternal, never-ending Universe for immortal beings. Moving forward with your book is perhaps just the thing that’s needed as the vehicle that will carry the you and Jerry into yet more adventures!

Love & Light,
August & Tim

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Interview with Roberta Grimes

Here is the link to the recorded interview of August with Roberta Grimes on her show, "Seek Reality."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Live Radio Interview 6/30/16

August will have the honor of speaking with Roberta Grimes on her radio show, "Seek Reality" - Live - this Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm EST. The recording will also be available later on afterwords, link to be provided. An hour long, call-ins are welcome in the second half hour. Follow the link here for instructions on how to listen and call.View blog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reincarnation: Tim Splains It

HAMLET: O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.
GUILDENSTERN: Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
HAMLET: A dream itself is but a shadow.
ROSENCRANTZ: Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.
HAMLET: Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars' shadows. 
~Shakespeare: Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

Friend and reader, John, asks:

“ … just a quick whacky question for Tim (and you), if it's possible. It is our first time in body here. Got it! However, is it possible to have been somewhere / from somewhere else prior to this life? Or are we 100% 'factory new' creations? You see the incarnating here for the first time makes absolute sense to me, however I have had such a strong sense of somewhere else prior to this life here. I can not explain it any better than this (except for a strong sense of the colour 'green'!)... thus I am call this a 'whacky question'. I had been waiting for this question to take better shape before I asked it ...however that didn't occur so I am asking it as best I can.”

John, I also cannot explain it well in terrestrial language, or at least any better than Tim has through me in the chapter on the subject. As you have waited for the question to take shape, let the same happen for the answer, which must ultimately come from you and only you. But let me try to summarize it all as best as I see it and after having some relationship with the material over the years. (I would also like to stress that there are many "clues" interspersed throughout the book in the form of footnotes.)

As Tim's exploration suggests, it appears we are sparked into being – as a being – once and only once; Creator Source gets it completely right the first time, so there’s no need to “return” to try to get it any more right.

But because we are so relatively limited in our earth-defined and confined senses, we are aware of barely a smear of a smidgen of a wisp of what's really going on around us  – not just in our own personal and shared dimensions, but in that of other dimensions, including that of the Risen – interpenetrating ours. We do, however, pick up a lot of stuff on the perimeters, which “leaks in” and then which our ego-mind interprets in its own self-centered and (usually) fear-based way. Based on its memories and those of others, it makes up answers and stories to satisfy its own need to be "alive," important and in control; and then we (the sleeping Authentic Self) believe its suggestions, as we also may believe the ego-minds of others who try to convince us that their stories are true and correct; and in some cases, that something bad will happen to us if we don’t subscribe to those same beliefs — so we should give those ego-minds control over our ego-minds. And many of us do just that.
If Authentic Self were fully awake and aware, it would be able to see Reality for what it truly is, and enjoy an awesomely fuller life – Its immortality, actually – without fear.

All that being said, upon finishing with this body and transitioning to another, our minds are powerful enough to generate whatever environment we most deeply desire - which is actually what we do here on earth, and quantum mechanics scientists are saying just that - and The Principle of Affinity will draw us to like-minded others to join with and generate personal and  shared geographies. We do all this on earth as well, but are too gravity and time-laden to (usually) be conscious of it. Hopefully we will transition to a light-filled, awakened, Risen life.  But if we should have such strong beliefs about reincarnating back to the earth, and fed by intense emotional desire, our minds will generate that experience as directed by the ego-mind.

The difference is that the ego-mind's result will be an experience, but not the original real thing it yearns for; a simulation, in other words. As a simulation itself, the ego-mind can only produce simulations. In still other words, what you, as controlled by ego-mind see, you get; what is expected, appears. (So maybe expect something different?) Some of us may actually be in our "first-sparked" appearance, but many of us are actually living (i.e. sleeping) in one of these simulated earths right now, and one that is not much different than the one we left, which is what ego-mind thinks it wants. It can't imagine anything other than what its own memories tell it, which is why it teaches us to cling to memories, to cherish and strengthen them, so it will have much more power to draw on while using our actual energy to generate its simulation. The ego-mind cannot imagine anything else because it doesn't have the ability to imagine. However, we, as Authentic Self, do have this ability, which has been gifted to us out of the unconditional love of Creator Source's own Divine Imagination, and that is why the material of The Risen book stresses imagination so much as a way to begin to get off the cosmic merry-go-round. Is it any wonder, then, that the ego-mind works hard to convince us that imagination isn't real? It will even co-opt our own imaginations by suggesting to us what to imagine; because we are asleep and highly suggestible, we do it, and with spectacular results.

So if we are "returning", it is to the same scene, the same earth, the same life, the same relationships, triumphs and tragedies, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Not a completely different one. As described in The Risen somewhere, we are "trapped in a frozen hell" and may have been doing it over and over for many transitions,  because we believe and then think we have to. But we don't. This is the Great Cosmic Wheel of Birth and Rebirth the ancients speak of. They would have advised ways of getting off it, but our ego-minds have reinterpreted, misinterpreted, ignored or denied such guidance in order to try to ensure its own survival. To be able to delay its inevitable dissolution, and if one's ego-mind is strong enough, it can interfere with the correct transition to a healthy Risen state. The Authentic Self is still asleep, and therefore dreaming, and unable to distinguish its own dreams from the thought-generated world of the ego-mind, which is also a dream. A sleeping Authentic Self is highly suggestible – just like someone who’s been hypnotized – and is controlled by ego-mind’s suggestions. Upon finally leaving the earth body – and unless Risen guides and healers can intervene in some way – instead of moving on to Risen geographies, the sleeping Authentic Self is instead carried along into the dream manifested by the controlling and insane ego-mind, and while mostly unconscious of it, is not comfortable – in fact, it’s deeply, deeply sad – homesick, really, for its real home. Real with a capital ‘R’. It also feels trapped, depressed, powerless, and will do anything to feel better. The ego-mind will continue to suggest ways to feel better, (all lies,) while actually gaining more and more control.

Our Risen loved ones, guides and other advocates know that we will eventually awaken, and do not worry about it, since they know time is an illusion, and as consciously awakened Authentic Selves, are undisturbed and at rest – but this does not stop some of them from staying with us, guiding us, and gently making suggestions to help us awaken – especially when we gain enough realization to ask for help.  They will respond! Sometimes their ways are subtle, and at other times, designed to shock us a bit more awake. Although there are countless ways suggested by religions, philosophies and other spiritual systems to become more conscious, to awaken, to get "shocked" back into consciousness, and one of the most powerful and successful shocks is to finally come face-to-face with the fact that we really and truly survive “death.” For some, this will be the visitation or manifestation of a loved one once thought gone forever; for others, it will be events at séances, dreams or unexplainable sights, sounds, phone calls, messages, repeated numbers popping up, songs on the radio, impossible, bizarre “coincidences.” The Risen are Master Artist Orchestrators when it comes to these things.

The Risen asked Tim and me to help them manifest this book, which is their attempt to help awaken the sleeping Authentic Self – and only one of many ways – to enable those who are ready to join with the Risen now, instead of waiting until we leave this body. While we can't yet share the same physicality with them, we can share – and very directly sometimes – minds, hearts, and souls. And now there is increasing activity showing that they are striving to join our physicalities, as evidenced by physical manifestation phenomena at certain seances and other events.

As Tim mentions, here's a fun question – well, it depends on one's idea of "fun." What would it be like to be fully Risen, fully awake and then do what the ego-mind does anyway?
Regarding your strong sense of the colour green, explore this without thought — that is, disengaging the ego-mind — and  you may discover this is one of the subtle ways your Risen guides and friends are trying to get  your attention in order to help you awaken.

Our wish for you is that you relax into your awakening, while continuing to ask for assistance from the Risen.

Love, Light, and Blessings,
August & Tim

From The Archives: The Myth of Reincarnation

[First posted in November 2010]

We wish to thank James Webster, our dear friend, and author of the ground-breaking book, The Case Against Reincarnation: A Rational Approach, for his wonderful 5-star review of The Risen at — he has truly captured much of the essence behind the intent of The Risen Collective. For those who would like to read Tim's brilliant chapter, "The Pastime of Reincarnation"  from The Risen, here it is.

The Risen has to be a classic in its field. Not a book to try and hurry through because it requires to be taken at one's own pace and this will vary depending upon how much knowledge interest and understanding one has of the subject of the afterlife, mediumship and psychic phenomena.

Personally I found the book difficult to put down and I keep it to hand to pick up and refer back to quite frequently. This is a rare kind of book to find these days amongst so many "new age" type publications which tend often to lead their readers astray with reincarnation and so called past lives theories, as well as what might be slanted toward cultish.

With fifty-five years of research and personal experience of the paranormal and study of spiritual science and philosophy behind me, plus a large quantity of books on the subject in my home, collected over many years, as well as writing two successful books, Life Is ForEver and The Case Against Reincarnation, I found The Risen to be a wonderful revelation, in that it concurred so well with my understanding. An important example is the way in which the act of suicide was dealt with by Tim from the spirit side of life, which was so caring and a huge comfort and relief for those readers who have had this tragic experience happen within their own family and circle of friends, and finding it so difficult to deal with. Also the chapter, "The Pastime of Reincarnation" is a gem! It makes so clear why it is that the theory is false and so misleading and will surprise and probably shock many who are attached to this theory and belief,  but should make them rethink. It fits so well with my own more recently published book The Case Against Reincarnation, and also with the profound teachings of the spiritual teacher Abu (The Abu Trust).

Besides all of this, the book is so well written between the duo authorship of August Goforth on this side and Timothy Gray on the other side (the etheric). The various types of communion between them is sensitive and full of personal feelings but also objective. They have so much to discuss and share and so much fine information of a profound nature coming back from Tim, from the many sensible inquiries put to him by August, as well as their banter which is so natural between close friends. The continued life following our time on the earthplane is natural but gets more wonderful and exciting as we progress, and this book opens the door to these real possibilities.

I find it quite difficult to do justice in writing this short review and can only say in presenting it to the prospective reader, to get a personal copy of the book and absorb it. Take it slowly if need be and with care and mindfulness and it will, as it has with me, become one of your most prized possessions. I highly recommend The Risen.

New Radio Interview

Ghrianstad Sásta ~ Happy Solstice!

August recently had the great good pleasure of being featured on Tim Doyle's new radio show. This is especially exciting because Tim is a medium himself, also continually working on his development where he lives in England, and so to have a long cozy conversation with someone who "gets it" opens up to greater exchanges of knowledge and information, as well as deeper exploration into many interesting subjects.

Here is the link to that show.

There will be a live radio interview with Roberta Grimes on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm EST. The link to listen live is

And 11 days later, the show will be posted on and will be archived there and on itunes.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Rest In That Silence

Sunday, June 05, 2016

From The Archives: Risen Theories on The Continuance of Life

[First Posted April 9, 2014]

August was recently doubly blessed by the chance of a rare and lengthy interview by Angela Artemis, well-known and highly respected intuitive medium and writer, and then Tim & August are featured in another interview - an entire chapter - in Scott Podmore's amazing and ground-breaking book, "Conversations With Mediums." You can read August's review of Scott's book at Amazon.

The interview with Angela was indeed so lengthy that it wasn't feasible to include it all, and she did a brilliant editing job, which couldn't have been easy. Tim would like to additionally provide the  particular but very complex and controversial question and answer about "reincarnation" which had to be pared down quite a bit  for space. We both find it fascinating and want to share it in its entirety. Here it is:

1.       You don’t support the theory that we reincarnate. Why? What is your theory of how we progress and grow as souls if we do not incarnate again?

I don’t support it because I don’t need or want to. Tim knew I had no interest in even including it in the book, but The Risen Assembly did, and so he took on the assignment of researching and manifesting the final chapter, “The Pastime of Reincarnation” which turned out to be the culmination of all the previous chapters. I’ve made the entire chapter freely available online as a pdf document for any and all to read or download and save, and which can be accessed here.

Tim shared that his ideas about pre-lives, past lives, between-lives, and so on were part of a widespread belief system he had brought into his new Risen existence. After relentlessly bothering people there about where he could get information and training about returning to the earth, he was sent to “a special school for pests, where even know-it-alls can be educated.” In turn, he shared with me, to the best of his self-professed limited understanding, some of the things brought to his attention about what he calls “the pastime of reincarnation.”

Why pastime? “Because,” Tim said, “It’s all just a game, a pastime—literally, a past time.”  He acknowledges that many will consider this an outrageous and even heretical suggestion, and so encourages each one of us to investigate on our own, and not take what he or anyone else says as true. “Truth,” Tim said, “Looks different from diverse perspectives.”

In an attempt to encapsulate some of the more complex ideas, Tim offers three brief suggestions as summaries to keep in mind:
   1.      One’s reality is defined by three I’s: Individuality, Intensity, and Infinity.
   2.      Only one individual can claim that individual’s life experience.
   3.      When Original Creator Source gifts us with individuality, It always gets it entirely right the first time.

He goes into great depth regarding various “Risen theories” about the continuance of life and living, and it seems clear that many on the Other Side have similar as well as conflicting ideas about the topic of rebirth. It seems to be a robust topic of research and debate there, stimulating more questions rather than resolving them.

Here are a few examples:

Theories of Race Evolution
“Classical” reincarnation – meaning, returning to the same Earth but in a different role --  may have actually once existed countless earthly eons ago, but was phased out or evolved to something entirely different, and so is no longer an active process of transition. Tim cites examples of certain older, indigenous cultures that may have vanished because of their transformative evolution.

Theories of Individual Evolution
Allegedly, some individuals return to earth in the “classical” model because they haven’t yet evolved to a higher vibrating state of conscious awareness, enabling them to change their belief system and thus break free of the cycles of birth-death-rebirth, to then “de-planet” off and beyond the earth into other dimensions.  Such individuals differ from those who try to focus those same abilities to maintain beliefs of reincarnation, and where the goals are different.

Theories Discounting Pre-existence
Tim elaborates on this line of thought which branches from the theories of individual evolution:
“There appears to be some indication that the vast majority of Risen—perhaps all—did not exist as individuals prior to their human existence on the earth. Those who were born on the earth first came into existence there as individuals. We have to start somewhere, and that is what the earth is for. Humanity appears to have been custom-made to extend life through a particular process known as ‘reproduction’ which is tailored—or ‘designed,’ as some Risen theorists assert—specifically for life on a planet such as the earth. It has been observed on worlds in other dimensions that the life-extension process does not always follow this plan.

“The purpose of Earth, then, would be as the starting place for our birth as an individual. It provides us with an initial environment in which to begin to get a sense of the individuality that is ours forever, and nothing more than that. Even if we could be reborn back onto the planet, we would never be able to learn all there is to know, no matter how many times we return—which some seem to believe is the absolute requirement for eventual de-planeting. As our time on the earth is, by default, limited in an earthly fashion, so then are the experiences within that time.

Theories of Mega-Individuality
This theory involves the notion of a group soul, where many individuals are sparked from a “mega-being.” Perhaps they will eventually all reunite into yet another mega-being. Tim explains: “These sparks would be seeded possibly on just one world, such as earth, or on several—perhaps even other dimensions would be utilized. Not all would necessarily be seeded at the same time in the same era, but scattered across many time periods to gain a multi-experience as extensive and abundant as possible for the sake of the group mind. They would all have varying awareness of one another as well as individual feelings of pre-existence. This might explain the feelings of having lived other lives in other times. Individuals would be interconnected through their own evolving group underconscious. Their rate of return to Mega-Being Mind would be greatly different amongst them, spanning perhaps what an earth-mind might experience as trillions of millennia, or longer. There would be an intuitive connection between those who have transitioned into the astral dimensions. The configurations would be creatively endless in order to achieve the maximal amount of experience, information gathering, and communication. Those who have strong intuitive connections with the sparked individuals in other dimensions might struggle with confusion about where their real natal home is.”

Tim summarizes:
“So it appears to me thus far that we are reborn upon our transition, but this rebirth is always into a new world and a unique state of existence, not back into the old one. The old one no longer exists—life is experienced in the continual now. We develop and carry forward the template for our new life. We are the template, and a new world will simultaneously arise from us as we arise from it, as a direct result of how we lived our lives on earth or from wherever we are continuously transitioning, as we transmute ever onward.

He goes on to clarify:
“It’s sometimes inferred that our spirits will take on new bodies again. Actually, our spirit will be our actual body, and then at some point it becomes the cocoon for the next transition. A higher vibrating form of spiritual being will then evolve from that event, eventually moving on to yet another new geography. The spirit then becomes a newer form of body that is appropriate to the higher vibration. It cannot return to earth to be reborn once again because its new and higher state of vibration would no longer be appropriate there. Upon transition one is no longer spiritually human because of the higher vibration, and so cannot return to being earthly human in the equivalent way.

All the above barely does justice to the rich and extensive material Tim was able to bring forth, going into great and detailed depth regarding the more elusive psychospiritual issues. “The underlying factor consistently supporting the generally unchallenged belief in reincarnation is that old nemesis, the fear of mortality—and even fear of immortality. The thought that one is immortal and will have to move beyond the earth, never to return, can be extremely threatening, especially if one has not taken the time to become informed of the facts about the process.”

Virtual Reincarnation
He expounds on a novel but brilliant hypothesis, which is that while we cannot literally reincarnate, we can virtually reincarnate:

“If one wants to reincarnate, it’s not possible in the ultimate way of creating another original life for oneself. However, if you want to have the experience of a pre-existence to the primal birth on the home planet, or the experience of reincarnation, you can have it, including that of being a co-creative manifestor. As we make our own self-experiences we also make our own ‘rules’ or ‘laws’ about our experiences.”

I commented that it all sounded like some fantastic, enormous game.

“So why can’t it be? If you want to step into the part and play it to the hilt, who says you can’t? If you want to make up a game about reincarnation and make it seem so real that it appears real, why not? No reason whatsoever. And isn’t it interesting that the word ‘game’ is synonymous with pastime? ”

I dared to ask, “How is this done?”

“It appears that any manifestation of reincarnation is not enacted upon the original version of earth. But there’s no reason why a person can’t manifest yet another experience on another version of earth that is completely like the one they left. Mind is that powerful. Everyone can manifest their very own earth to return to, exactly like the one they left. Of course there would have to be a built-in restriction of self-imposed amnesia to make it suit one’s beliefs and needs, and this amnesia can be tailored in any way. And if they want, souls can co-creatively manifest the experience of being together or finding one another as their own desires for drama dictate. Sometimes there are ‘leaks’ that get past the amnesia—hence, feelings of déjà vu, past lives, and all kinds of ‘evidence’ that would manifest to help sustain the illusion. Since the illusion is built directly upon a foundation of Reality it has an apparent feeling of reality all its own and will respond to its manifestor’s mind as directed.”

Finally, I can very briefly comment about progress and growth as related to the idea of reincarnation: They cannot be achieved backwards.