The Borderlands: More on the First and Second Life Reviews

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Previously, we learned about the initial life review that apparently takes place in the Borderlands. We learned that there’s also a second, more in depth review that takes place later, which has been called ‘Judgment Day’, and now, we’re going to learn that some people experience their initial life review before their body ceases to live.

The initial review helps some people transition into the fourth dimension, but others don’t experience their review until a little bit later. Each person’s journey through the fourth dimension is unique, and everyone experiences the adventure differently.

The same can be said for the third dimension, and no matter how many channeled accounts we examine about life after death, we’ll find that no two journeys are alike. We chose to experience the lower and higher realms differently, and this existence wouldn’t be very enjoyable if all of our lives ran along the exact same thread.

We’re blessed with uniqueness and individuality here in the lower spheres, and we’ll continue to be until we’re back in Source’s pure and uninhibited realms.

Henry Boyse tells us that he watched images of his life flicker by before his physical life technically ended.

“Before the end, I entered into a curious time in which I seemed to be always awake, lying there in blinding light, seeing pictures of my life all the time from the very beginning. They wouldn’t stop coming – that was what was so maddening about them.” (1)

The same thing happened to Sigwart, an artist who died in World War One.

“Then suddenly I saw my whole life before me and I knew that the end was near!” (2)

Dr. Raymond A. Moody tells us about his experience passing through the veil, which involved watching scenes from his life.

“I rapidly became very ill and I felt much worse. I was lying in bed and I remember trying to reach over to my wife and say that I was very sick, but I found it impossible to move. Beyond that, I found myself in a completely black void and my whole life … flashed in front of me. …

“I went from grammar school to high school to college, then to dental school, and then right into practicing dentistry.” (3)

As he watched his life flash before his eyes, he regretted certain things he did and didn’t do.

“I knew I was dying and I remember thinking that I wanted to provide for my family. I was distraught that I was dying and yet there were certain things that I had done in my life that I regretted and other things that I regretted that I had left undone.” (4)

We’ll all find that there were plenty of things we could’ve done better on earth, but I think it’s important to keep in mind that we’re all doing our best. This experience is filled with ups and downs; highs and lows, and when we look back on it, we might be inflicted with all sorts of emotions and desires.

I’d imagine it’s especially intense for people who watch their lives play out before they reach the fourth dimension.

They might regret some things more than they would if they viewed them from, say, a fifth-dimensional perspective, and hopefully, those of us who are aware of our ascension and willing to do the work that’s required will be able to review our lives from the fifth dimension instead of the fourth.

Dr. Moody experienced his initial life review in the form of quickly moving pictures, he tells us.

“The flashback was in the form of mental pictures … but they were much more vivid that normal ones. I saw only the high points, but it was so rapid it was like looking through a volume of my entire life and being able to do it within seconds.

“It just flashed before me like a motion picture that goes tremendously fast, yet I was fully able to see it and able to comprehend it. Still, the emotions didn’t come back with the picture, because there wasn’t enough time.” (5)

Dr. Moody had little time for the emotion that’d ordinarily come with remembering certain aspects of one’s life (especially the more intense or heart-wrenching aspects), and it’s interesting to think that some people are able to interact with their life reviews and view different parts of their life by command.

It almost sounds like Dr. Moody tapped into his own personal, interactive Akashic Records.

Perhaps the Akashic Records are responsible for our life reviews, and if we knew this at the time of experiencing the review, we could potentially interact with it and do/learn a lot more than if we would’ve simply watched it with amazement.

Dr. Moody’s life review was the only thing he could see, but he felt the presence of a loving entity by his side the whole time.

“I didn’t see anything else during this experience. There was just blackness, except for the images I saw. Yet I definitely felt the presence of a very powerful, completely loving being there with me all through this experience.” (6)

This goes to show that our guides will be with us at the time of the review, but again, everyone’s experience differs. Some people might not feel the presence of any guides, whereas others might feel like multiple guides are in their space.

Regardless of the variations in experience, almost everyone eventually connects with a few loving guides who help them through their fourth-dimensional journey. We’re never left to deal with such a personal and revolutionary journey by ourselves, and when we’re back in the higher realms, we’ll have the endless, direct assistances of waves of guides and helpers.

Sir Alvary Gascoigne’s life review, which took place before he physically died, came in the form of memories.

“Then I remembered my life in phases as I grew up. The war, marriage, the children, the exam for the diplomatic service. My posts wandered slowly through my mind like a cinema. I went on working at one after another of our posts abroad. Paris, China, Hungary, Morocco, Hungary again after the war, Japan and Moscow.” (7)

Dr. Moody also said his review was like a ‘motion picture’, and this speaks to the similarity of an experience that’s otherwise unique to each person. No matter how we experience it, we review our lives in a very quick and rapid way, and when we’re ready, we can experience the next, more intense life review and witness the things we did on earth from a new perspective.

We’ll understand the importance of everything we did on earth, and we’ll see that our every action was instrumental to the earth’s restoration or destruction. Depending on which qualities we primarily fed into, light or darkness, we’ll see that we changed the earth for the better or worse.

Those of us who are aware of the positive changes that need made can work on completing the inner changes that are required before humanity can come together to repair this planet, and we’ll be glad we did when we look back on this life.

Now, we’re going to hear Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s perspective on the ‘Judgment Day’ that’s reportedly experienced in a realm beyond the Borderlands. As we’ll learn here, Monsignor’s perspective on Judgment Day is different from most others sources’, and he provides a more down-to-earth view of the subject.

We’ll probably learn more about Judgment Day in another segment, but here, I’d like to look at what Monsignor has to say about the perceived ‘judgment’ we face after death.

In a quote about someone who’d recently crossed over, Monsignor tells us that they didn’t face a hardened or difficult judgment.

“The departed one has not gone to another world to be marched in front of a stern Judge, a Judge, moreover, so stern and unrelenting but that our lamentations will not bring some mitigation in the sentence to be pronounced.” (8)

I have a feeling that compassion is important when it comes to any life review, and it goes without saying that we aren’t made to feel low for our perceived ‘sins’. We came to the lower vibrations to learn and grow, sharing the knowledge we gain with the people around us who’ll hopefully benefit from it, and we’re going to falter along the way.

Mistakes are inevitable, and when we eventually review our lives, we’ll see that they were an essential aspect of our earthly experience. We’ll understand that they played a crucial role in our advancement, and we’ll no longer see them in an unfavorable light.

In a quote that displays Monsignor’s lack of support for the idea of the second life review (Judgment Day), he tells us that in the fourth dimension, everyone is their own judge.

“There are no judges, or even a single great Judge, anywhere in this world, the spirit world. Any judging to be done, we do it for ourselves and manage very nicely. You’ll find you will become extremely critical of yourself as we all do. We can be very hard on ourselves even.

“So whatever you may have thought about Judgment Day, dismiss the whole idea from your mind. There is no such thing, there never has been, and there never will be.” (9)

Despite Monsignor’s lack of support, this quote resonates with me. Nobody outside of us should be responsible for judging the things we choose to do in the lower and higher vibrations. We truly are our own judge, and I can attest to the self-critical nature of the seeker who realizes this.

There’s nothing wrong with being a little self-critical, because it can help us remain on the path that’s best for us. However, we don’t want to be so critical that we forget to love ourselves.

Monsignor continues promoting the idea that there is no final Judgment Day.

“And now [after death], what happens next? Just this: the person who has just passed into spirit lands goes to his own self-appointed place.

“At the very outset, this would seem to suggest that I have overlooked what is known as ‘judgment,’ where every man shall be judged according to his merits and rewarded or condemned – received into heaven or sent to hell.

“No, I have not overlooked it because there is no such thing as being judged at any time, either by the Father of the Universe or by any single soul that lives in the spirit world. There is no Judgment Day.” (10)

The idea that each soul goes to the place that’s best for them makes sense, but personally, I didn’t see the ‘Judgment Day’ as something that an external entity’s responsible for. I thought the Judgment Day would be a very personal and in-depth review of our actions in life, and another entity wouldn’t have to be there.

We certainly wouldn’t have to experience it in front of Source, the Divine Mother, or another higher-dimensional ‘judge’. This would make sense given what Monsignor says about everyone being their own judge, and it’d also allow for the idea that some people do experience a second, deeper life review.

Despite the impressive extent to which various channeled sources agree on various things, some of their accounts will naturally differ because of the sources’ differences in perspective and personal belief.

It’s interesting to think that personal belief can paint information in the fourth dimension just like it can in the third, and it speaks to the inherent individuality that remains as we traverse the dimensions. This individuality will cease in a sense when we merge with Source, but that won’t happen for a very long ‘time’.

Monsignor then tells us that in the fourth dimension, we experience exactly what we created for ourselves on earth.

“Man, himself, is his own judge. His thoughts, his words, and his deeds, recorded upon his mind, are his only judge, and according to how his earthly life has been lived, so will his place be in these lands of the spirit world. This is another natural law and, like all the laws of the spirit world, perfect in its operation.

“It requires no interpreters of it, no exponents of it. It is self-acting and incorruptible, and, what is most important, it is impartial and infallible.” (11)

This law never judges us for our actions on earth – is simply returns what we’ve given out. If we live for darkness, we’ll naturally experience this darkness in the realms beyond. If we orient to love and service, we’ll find that we’re paid back tenfold for our selfless actions.

Even though it can be hard to see from the blinding darkness of the earth, living in love really is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Those among us who are living in love are creating a very positive future for ourselves, and it should go without saying that the only thing required to enter heaven is to serve others with a kind and open heart.

It’s unfortunate that extremists in almost every religion fight and kill each other with the belief that it’ll help them enter heaven, when in reality, they’re creating a hellish nightmare for themselves. Eventually, the whole world will realize that love is the way, and when they do, guns will be laid down in favor of peace and harmony.

In our final quote, Monsignor brings some sensibility to the concept of a guide who scribes our earthly actions for us to eventually see.

“The old idea of a Recording Angel, whose especial function is to inscribe in a great book all our good deeds, is poetic enough, but completely wrong. We do our own recording for ourselves and this is one instance at least when we speak truly! We cannot hide our bad deeds, but, also, we cannot conceal our good deeds.” (12)

This brings us back to the subject of the Akashic Records.

It’s been said that everything we do, on earth and anywhere else, is recorded into a universal, creation-wide memory bank, with which we can view all of our experiences and choices. Whether we’re in the lower or higher vibrations, our every action is recorded into the Akashic Records.

According to Monsignor, we’re the ones who do this recording, and we’re completely responsible for reviewing our lives and experiencing the fruits of our earthly actions. It’d stand to reason, then, that some souls subconsciously choose to experience a second, deeper life review, and some of them might even create ‘Recording Angels’, to help them through it.

What Monsignor says would still make sense, because in reality, the individual would be completely responsible for the whole thing. But, as creators do, they’ll have created guides and angels (maybe even Source him/herself) to be with them during this self-inflicted ‘Judgment Day’.

The guides could be illusory creations of the individual’s mind, and the individual could actually coordinate the whole thing unknowingly. Others, like Monsignor, may choose not to deal with it at all, and that choice is just as honored and respected as any other.

I might use our next segment to talk about the presence of departed friends and family in the Borderlands, which is different from their presence at the time of death.

I’d imagine one’s able to speak much more directly with their friends and relatives in the Borderlands than they are when they’re crossing over, and they could potentially receive a wealth of helpful assistance. Not only are our higher selves and guides with us – our departed friends and family are here and they’ll greet us at the gate when our time comes.

I look forward to a time when our lower-vibrational blinders can be removed from our minds and hearts, but until then, those of us who are becoming aware still have a lot to learn about the realms beyond. We’ve barely scratched the surface on the fourth dimension, and I think we’ll be even more amazed when we start learning about the fifth.


  1. Geraldine Cummins, They Survive. Evidence of Life Beyond the Grave from Scripts of Geraldine Cummins. Comp. E.B. Gibbes. London, etc.: Ride and Co., n.d, 42.
  2. Joseph Wetzl, trans., The Bridge Over the River. Communications from the Life After Death of a Young Artist Who Died in World War One. Spring Valley: Anthroposophic Press, 1974, 10.
  3. Paul Beard, Living On. How Consciousness Continues and Evolves After Death. New York: Continuum, 1981, 34.
  4. Loc. cit.
  5. Loc. cit.
  6. Loc. cit.
  7. Cynthia Sandys and Rosamund Lehmann, The Awakening Letters. Jersey: Neville Spearman, 1978, 101.
  8. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957), 29.
  9. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, More About Life in the World Unseen. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1956; c1968, 21-2.
  10. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. Ibid., 17.
  11. Loc. cit.
  12. Loc. cit.

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