given a time limit in heaven right from the start. The days
were much longer there; I had 77 of them in which to relax
before I incarnated once again. I judge this to be at least
10 years on Earth, because I was allowed to "peek"
at my current mother's life as it progressed.
view of her was when she was about twenty years old. I periodically
checked up on her for the rest of my time in heaven, getting
to know her before I was born as her daughter (she had me
when she was thirty-four). I actually knew her in spirit,
of course, but as spirits we're sometimes very different from
our earthly selves. I was trying to become familiar with her
human personality in this life, which was formed from a great
deal of hardship, as I observed while there.
Even though I had hand-selected my new life, I was literally
counting the days until I could return to human form. It's
hard to leave a comfortable home for an uncertain future!
And surprisingly, that is very much emphasized in heaven:
you never know what might happen on Earth.
There's a dark place, like a cave, where spirits go to fall
toward their incarnate life. Before you enter, a group surrounds
you, blessing you and praying that everything will go as it
was divinely planned. But of course, there are no guarantees.
itself didn't scare me - it's like going down a dark, nondescript
elevator shaft with different levels flashing by. On occasion
your soul stops at some level to be "tinkered with,"
to be adjusted to life in a physical world or to have your
memory blocked. One of these "tinkerers" asked me
nervously if I was absolutely sure I wanted to do this. And
I told him yes. I was excited to be living again.
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