A Journey of Discovery
By Beth Quist
Before we incarnate, we have the opportunity to identify and plan the types of experiences and lessons we want to have in our upcoming life on earth. This preplanning does not guarantee results - it only creates the potential for the certain types of experiences. It essentially creates an "energy of purpose" to present itself during your physical life. It can sometimes come as a type of pull, or certain types of feelings, or even alerts - all designed to help steer you towards a certain direction. It has a way of providing prompts towards decisions and behaviors that may be aligned to what your pre-planned before you were born.
Your Very First Incarnation has Limited Choices
If this is your very first incarnation on earth, you pretty much don't have any experience on earth except on what you have heard. As a result, you don't do much planning. You don't have a "Higher Self" until after you have had your first incarnation. You don't have any physical life experience to help you make assessments, judgements, and comparisons. For the most part, you will incarnate based on opportunity and what is available at the time you are ready.
Personal Choice and Personal Responsibility
If you have incarnated before, the fragment (or soul) may choose a type of body or a type of situation that has predisposed physical traits and qualities you desire. A certain type of body type may even include certain societal features to help that fragment obtain the life experience it desires. But physical abilities for a large part are determined by the gene pool of its parents and social and economic ability are determined by the society. Therefore, if a person has a talent of physical ability to perform or learn, this comes from the physical body. The obvious example of this is physical strength, but other talents are also developed through this manner.
Choosing a Body
Now the fragment who was known as Mozart desired to experience musical ability for whatever reason, and therefore as a fragment chose a life or physical body that would help it obtain this start. But fragments who desire to obtain things that not necessarily physical in nature, such as insight, or to be able to communicate with other fragments, or to develop ESP, these are things that would have to be programmed into the personality that will inhabit the physical body. The fragment would then choose a physical body that can enhance or compliment those desired nonphysical gifts.
Choosing a Personality
As people are born, the chromosomes of the male and the chromosomes of the female join crating a separate and distinct individual. This individual has certain predisposed abilities and features. How does the fragment program the personality to develop its gifts or talents it desires to obtain in its life? It instills a desire. It is not a whim nor is it a passing fancy. The desires one finds in this life can be used to lead a soul or fragment to its intended purpose in a given life. The question then is how does one decide which desire is proper to follow?
Choosing a Gender
A fragment will also choose the gender they wish to incarnate into for each life. Everyone has experiences in being a male as well as a female. Often the female gender is selected when a fragment wants to have a more spiritual growth path because the female gender is the more spiritual of the genders. As you think about it, even in organized religions, it is the female who has the spiritual or religious experiences. It is the female who feels strongly about religion.The male can tune in and tune out of this, but the female is generally more willing to see the subtleness of life. Her whole ability to conceive life in her is part of that.
Paying Back Karma
Another thing that can impact ones life is the desire to become balanced and reach harmony. If one has done wrongs and misdeeds in previous life experiences, karma or karmic debts are carried forward with that fragment until the debt is paid and balance is restored. In order for a fragment to rid themselves from that baggage, one must pay off those karmic debts in someway during the physical life experience.
Paying back those karmic debts can be programmed into a physical existence as they plan their upcoming life. Certain opportunities can be programmed into the physical existence to meet and interact with certain fragments (people)for example and then do good deeds for those people in order to repay those debts. Paying off the karmic debts through good acts will remove the “baggage” one accumulates through misdeeds in prior incarnations. It restores the balance and harmony within that fragment.
Different Paths May Provide Same Outcome
There are many pathways which will take you to the same goal. A dark brown skin man wearing a loin cloth and carrying a spear in a third world country could be on the same path and journey as a man in a business suit on Wall Street in New York City. Both could have the same understanding. Both could get to the same destination in this life and gain the same information. It’s obvious they would have different experiences and a different life, but their life path could be the same. Their understandings could be the same, and yet they are vastly different, but also the same.
There is not a single path that takes people to where they want or need to be. There are multiple paths, multiple types of people, and multiple experiences. To say there is one way and only one way is a falsehood. Totally different directions can take people to the exact same location. They are all the same. They are all different. Both are facts.
People come to earth to gain experience. They also experience the joys and pains along their chosen pathway. But all of this will eventually take them to the Tao. All choices are good for the individual. It may not be your choice but it is their path. Accept the fact there are many other journeys which will take a person to the same destination
Many live lives that may seem plain and ordinary and others live lives that impact greatly. But the life program is decided by the fragment before they incarnate so as to accomplish its desires and goals. Some fragments will desire notoriety more than others. Those who desire the “big splash” may progress faster, but enjoy less. Those who progress more slowly develop deeper understandings and insights but may require many multiple lives on the same level to achieve the impact of one life.
The important thing to be aware of is that we chose the type of life we have. If we find we don't like our life or realize we made a mistake and this path is not what we want, we can choose to make changes. Personal choice and personal responsibility is one of the big rules of life. We can either accept and work with what we have, or we can decide to change it. The life we are living is pretty much based on our choices and decisions.
By Beth Quist
The Tao had a conscious thought and with that thought, a desire to learn, grow, and progress. The Tao then decided to act on that thought and desire, so it fragmented into smaller parts. This was done to create a way to increase the number and types of experiences that would then facilitate the desire of that thought - to learn, grow, and progress. Some of those fragmented pieces of the Tao are us. We are a fragment of the Tao! Depending on when, where, and how we fragmented, we came away with some core traits or "imbedded energies" that help define who we are.
John U.K., my Spiritual Guide and Teacher said this about the fragmentation. "The fragmentation of the Tao was and is (because it continues) rather orderly. Part of the fragmentation process produced core personalities or archetypes within these fragments. These core personality traits is one way to create diversification between the fragments."
In the book, "Messages from Michael" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, she states there are seven different core personality’s types that came from the fragmentation process: Server, Priest, Artisan, Sage, Scholar, Warrior, or King. Each of these roles has certain long term characteristics that are continually a part of who that fragment is. I asked John U.K. if this was true and he said, "Yes. These roles, however, are more like classifying a bug and are more important in the initial incarnations of the fragment than in later incarnations. This is because as the individual fragment matures and progresses, the soul gains more control over their experience. John U.K. also said that each fragment does not need to specialize in ALL possibilities because this knowledge is shared with all. We can, and do, learn from each other."
He continued, "Reincarnation is the method a fragment (or soul) can have many lifetime experiences. Reincarnation is the process that provides everyone with the opportunities to learn, progress, and grow. The basic concept is that each living person at each physical incarnation has a separate energy anatomy that is distinct from the physical body. The effect of this energy body is to give life to the physical. Each life builds on each other and works in concert with the souls other life experiences. A soul will assess and evaluate the life experience he/she needs and start planning their next incarnation on the physical plane. She will determine what the priorities are that he/she wants to experience and then evaluate which options on the physical plane will most likely provide those opportunities and experiences.
What I took away from this conversation is that we start out with core personality traits. This core is based on where and when we fragmented from the Tao. These core traits were used to help us begin the journey but are not designed to limit our journey. As we continue to move through different life experiences, many of our core traits become less important. We essentially have learned how to modify, change, expand, and even transform our core through broader experiences.
Author Beth Quist
Author of the Quist Quill and the book "Cultivating Spiritual Energy".