This is part of an ongoing series I’ve been writing about the fourth-dimensional realms that are known as the ‘Borderlands’. See The Spirit World Chronicles for backstory on this series.
The ‘Borderlands’ are essentially the ‘beginner’ realm that a lot of people are taken to after they pass on from the third dimension. People are taken to the Borderlands to come to terms with their physical death and adjust to the conditions of the fourth dimension, among other, similar purposes.
Previously, we examined some channeled accounts that described the Borderlands and their role in helping the recently deceased work through the pain or trauma many of them come over with, and now, I’d like to look at the ‘life review’ that’s reportedly experienced shortly after transitioning.
This review is apparently different from the ‘judgment’ that’s experienced in a higher realm, and it’s a much quicker review than the one that’s experienced later. We’d learn a lot if we saw everything we’ve ever done from the point of view of the people our actions have affected, and I’m sure it could cause some remorse.
I’ll let our fourth-dimensional sources describe the life review that’s experienced when the physical body dies, and in our first quote, an unnamed spirit teacher tells us that we can watch and learn from segments of our earthly lives when we pass on.
“All people are given a glimpse of this past life as they cross over. After such time as they are ready to really review it in depth and to learn from the experience, then they are shown it in segments.
“But upon first crossing over, your whole life will flash in front of you, much as a drowning man will says he saw his whole life flash in front of him. This is true of all people. But only when you’re ready to grow from the knowledge will it be given to you in depth, as your understanding is ready.” (1)
The ‘glimpse’ many souls are given is a preview of the much more intimate life review that’s experienced in the aforementioned higher fourth-dimensional realm, and the people who claimed to have seen their lives flash before their eyes actually did in many cases.
Everyone apparently experiences this quick and general life review, and when one’s ready, they can experience the ‘judgment’ that comes later and learn from their earthly actions in a deeper way.
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson tells us that shortly after arriving in the fourth dimension, most souls use their spirit minds, which contain infinite earthly memories, to peer into the lives they led on earth.
“It is not long [after death] before [his spirit body] begins to show its particular attributes to its owner. By its principal ability ineffaceable and infallible recording, this mind reveals itself as a complete and perfect chronicle of its owner’s life upon earth.
“The revelations, therefore, that are attendant upon the person newly arrived in the spirit world can be sufficiently startling.” (2)
T.E. Lawrence describes the general life review he went through shortly after he entered the spirit world.
“At first my mind was entirely occupied with my predicament [of awakening after death] and the past did not concern me, but as I wandered now one, now another vision flashed across my mental retina. A ribbon of road, boys on bicycles, my cottage, and soon these discrete memories began to coalesce into a continuous series of past experiences.
“Before long I was racing back along the years faster and faster, helpless to stay the record and obliged to feel as well as to remember as my past unrolled back to the earliest childhood memories.” (3)
This general yet intense review helped T.E. realize he’d actually crossed over, he tells us.
“I had come to a stand while this disquieting survey held me and as it checked at the unconsciousness of the infant my own consciousness flickered out. At the very moment of oblivion I gasped with relief and just had time to think: this is really the end.” (4)
From what’s said here, it seems that this life review can be very startling to those who don’t realize they’ve passed on and, as a result, don’t expect to see such a phenomenon.
It’s one of many things that quickly awakens the recently deceased to the fact that they’ve crossed over, and once they fully realize this, they can raise their vibration to other, higher fourth-dimensional realms and experience the fuller life review that lays ahead.
Philip Gilbert describes the earthly memories he was absorbed in directly after his death.
“I lay quiet and pictures came before me of myself as a little boy, and you [Philip is speaking to his mother] always there and my room and its nursery rhyme curtains. But somehow I saw all round, you and me and everyone at once. Then I drifted to my school and to Lausanne – we were in a boat on Lake Geneva that time when your hat blew off.
“Then I was at sea and in that nightclub at Alex. [Alexandria] – all through my life!” (5)
Philip’s life review certainly wasn’t linear, and I’m sure a lot of initiates experience several flashing memories at once. He mentioned that he seemed to see all of his family at the same time, and this displays the nonlinear nature of ‘time’ in the fourth dimension.
Almost everything about the fourth dimension is different from the earth, and this is why the Borderlands exist – to help familiarize people with this dimension so they can not only survive there, but thrive.
‘Major P.’ tells us about the childhood memories he experienced.
“I can see myself as a child, as a boy, as a man, and it is as if I were watching myself on a stage, when suddenly all the threads of the past gradually gather themselves together and shoot past me as one whole through the doorway in which I am standing, and into the beyond.” (6)
Winifred Combe Tenants outlines the life review her mother took her on.
“To give me confidence in my beginning, to reassemble my bits of mind, as it were, my mother took me through some of the earliest of my memories that had made an impact on me and are all pictured here. … This film was a little dim, but a touching one. … Then the pictures moving back in time. …” (7)
She felt reassured as she watched her child self experience the highs and lows of life, she tells us.
“There was I, the very old woman, a spectator of my small child self, entering into her emotions, throbbing to her tears, uplifted by her small joys.
“Those little dramas enacted by my past child-self were all reassuring to me, the spectator, after the lonely passage of death. Somehow I felt that what should have been the experience of everything being dead, breaking up, nothing was dead, nothing lost.” (8)
She watched as every aspect of her child and adult life played out, she tells us, and it was definitely something to behold.
“There was the moving spectacle of childhood in this unrolling film – more, of course, learning my letters, lessons, youth, the social training of my period, my sisters being launched. Then my [growing up], the hair being put up, long dresses, shyness, gawkiness, grotesque, historical costumes – a costume play!” (9)
While the initial life review is quicker for most people, Winifred’s was very rich and expansive. She witnessed a lot of old memories from a new perspective, and I’m sure she even learned a thing or two about her child and adult self.
The idea of gaining a new perspective on ourselves by watching our memories from an outside point of view is certainly interesting, and I’m sure it leads some souls to make a lot of important changes that help them soar in their new homes in spirit.
Winifred confirms that her initial life review was more detailed than usual, saying “Mine was not a sudden, swift fall. It was a slow-motion picture in this film of memory.” (10)
Her and a few others like her experienced slower and more general reviews, and we experience exactly what we’re meant to. Our afterlife experience is tailored to meet our specific needs, and everyone eventually sees that the things they experienced were more than necessary for their higher-dimensional growth and development.
In time, we’ll find that everything we experienced here on earth was just as necessary, and if we realize this now, we can decrease the pressure we tend to put on our existence.
Winifred was able to watch the highs and lows of her earthly life play out from a detached point of view, she tells us.
“The old woman can only write of it now because she has been watching it scene by scene, living again its varied emotions, its keen anxieties, its palpitating wonder, its fears, its hopes, and yet remaining detached, the spectator in the stalls.” (11)
I think the best way to experience a life review is to do it from a detached perspective.
We might not learn a whole lot if we’re too attached to our memories or the outcomes of the things we watch, which we can already foresee, and if we’re completely detached and peaceful within, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the people we were/are close with.
Winifred also tells us that during her review, she noticed the personality changes that resulted from the deaths of two of her children.
“That phase in my life [when my eldest son died] was like the tragic climax at the end of an act in a play. As I viewed it again, I was deeply caught by its conflicting emotions. But I, the spectator, could perceive the change it and the [First World] war wrought in my personality.
“There had been one change before that in 1908, [the death of her infant daughter Daphne] in my first grave loss through death. But actually I became sensible of the great change in myself in 1918.” (12)
She noticed that a part of her shifted when each tragedy took place, and it makes sense that someone could lose a part of themselves if they lose someone they were very close with. It’s frightening to think about losing loved ones, and if we lose someone we’re particularly close with, they could take a piece of us with them.
Of course, we’ll find all of the happiness and vitality we need when we’re back in the higher realms. Everything that was once missing will be restored, and we’ll find the love that seems so absent from the minds and hearts of so many people.
William James tells us that no matter which review we experience (the first or the second, which, again, happens in a higher realm), we’ll each interpret it uniquely.
“The eyes of the dead are indeed opened through some such experience, and this probably accounts for the reports of private judgments by God, the ‘final accounting,’ and so forth.
“No judgments are implied in those terms, however, though each individual will of course interpret the experience according to his own beliefs and characteristics. Perhaps the events themselves are even perceived in completely different manners.” (13)
The amount of time it takes to complete either of the reviews is immeasurable, he tells us.
“It is impossible to tell how long this takes in earth terms, but the inner dimensions of the experience are equally beyond description, for there is nothing in life to compare with the depth, breadth, complexity or intensity of such a psychological multievent.”
“I could compare it to the tracking of a million lights simultaneously crisscrossing a night sky while a startled observer on earth watches hypnotized, dazzled, feeling each light’s distant flicker in the reaches of the universe, while at the same time knowing that each flicker – and each other flicker – originated in his own thoughts and existed within them and in the sky simultaneously.” (14)
Each unique ‘starlight’ (fourth-dimensional soul) will experience their respective life reviews differently, and while some people’s reviews are very quick and hasty, others spend a lot of time reviewing their lives and learning as much as they can in the process.
Some people are able to get a lot out of seeing their lives play out from another perspective, but others don’t care one way or another and are only interested in growth and expansion.
According to Julia Ames, some people’s first concern in spirit is that they wasted a lot opportunities for physical/spiritual growth and expansion when they were on earth.
“When you come to this side, your first thought will be of the waste of life that has gone in the past. Waste of opportunities, waste of strength, waste of growth, for the conditions of life, the object of existence here are so different that to many the first impression is that of bankruptcy.
“They have spent their life in accumulating treasure and so the deposits in the Bank on the other side cannot be drawn here and they are undone.” (15)
We can either take physical or spiritual value from this existence, but in the higher realms, physical and material values mean little.
We’ll see when we’re in these realms that the inner work we do is more important than how much wealth we gain or how many material objects we can flaunt, and this can make it difficult for a lot of people to exist in the fourth dimension.
Some people choose to go back to the earth where they can enjoy their materiality for as long as they require before it becomes undesirable, but eventually, everyone will decide to leave the distortions behind in favor of the glimmer of the higher dimensions.
Then, they can start their inner work and excel from there, eventually re-reaching the fourth dimension and staying there (or progressing further).
In our final quote, Private Thomas Dowding shares something he learned from his initial review.
“I cannot remember doing anything really worth while [in life]. I never looked outside myself. … I was … a crabby, selfish old bachelor.” (16)
From the higher realms, one sees all of their spiritual follies in a new light, and I’d imagine they’re motivated to fix those follies. The fourth dimension is certainly the place to work on restoring ourselves, and we can spend as much time as we need in the Borderlands before we progress and start contributing to the evolution of the rest of creation.
As long as we don’t lose ourselves in the lower fourth-dimensional realms, which can only happen if we orient to negativity and hatred, we’ll always find that we’re exactly where we need to be.
In our next installment, we’ll learn that the initial life review sometimes happens before the physical body ceases to live. Again, everyone experiences the review differently, and some people begin their reviews while their body still breathes.
It’s interesting to think that one could experience such a strong degree of spiritual phenomena before actually entering the fourth dimension, but as consciousness continues to rise and we learn a plethora of sacred and suppressed truths, we’ll be surprised often.
One of the things that’ll surprise us is the true nature of the fourth dimension and the life reviews we experience there, and if we think this dimension’s interesting, we’ll be very surprised when we see what the fifth dimension has to offer. From what we’ve been told, it’s far more blissful than the fourth.
- Betty Bethards, medium, There is No Death. Novato, CA: Inner Light Foundation, 1976; c1975, 11.
- Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957), 14.
- T.E. Lawrence through Jane Sherwood, medium, Post-Mortem Journal. Communications from T.E. Lawrence. London: Spearman, 1964, 16.
- Loc. cit.
- Philip Gilbert through Alice Gilbert, medium, Philip in Two Worlds. London: Andrew Dakers, 1948, 89.
- Private Thomas Dowding in Wellesley Tudor Pole, medium, Private Dowding. The Personal Story of a Soldier Killed in Battle. London: Neville Spearman, 1966; c1917, 88.
- Geraldine Cummins, Swan on a Black Sea. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1965, 42.
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- Ibid., 44.
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- Ibid., 45.
- William James through Jane Roberts, medium, The Afterdeath Journal of an American Philosopher: The World View of William James. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1978, 120-1.
- Loc. cit.
- Julia [Julia T. Ames] through W.T. Stead, medium, After Death. A Personal Narrative. New York: George H. Doran, n.d.; c. 1914, 153-4.
- Private Thomas Dowding in Wellesley Tudor Pole, medium, Private Dowding. The Personal Story of a Soldier Killed in Battle. Ibid., 21.
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