By Elisa Novick
Mercury retrograde is a good time for retrospective and evaluation, so I’m going to talk about the idea that we can complete enough karma or become enlightened or God-conscious in some way so as to complete our incarnational pattern on earth. And in case you haven’t thought me weird enough quoting my highest guidance and trees in the same article, today you’ll hear some words from a rock, too! Both refer to having fun.
A Facebook friend posted a request yesterday for suggestions of what to wear for a next-life party, while saying she didn’t want to come back. The idea that this can be our last embodiment on Earth is gaining popularity, with many people wondering whether they are “last-timers.” If indeed there are many of us completing here, what does that mean for the Earth? (Big subject — not for this article.)
Through practice and testing over decades, I have come to trust the guidance I receive, though always with a grain of salt, especially for future prognostication. For the most part though, I trust when my guidance indicates it is my or another’s last lifetime here. I don’t always get that it is clear to share the information, but it can help me in evaluating what is happening when I work with someone in session or in class.
Interestingly, I find that when it is not the person’s last time here, they will usually tell me so in some way, like saying how much they wouldn’t want to leave or that they know they have so much more to do, but there are also times when someone says that they do indeed accept and love life here and most likely will not come back. It is actually easier to leave what you love than something you still have unresolved issues with. Then there are those who have to plow through the sense that they are tired and everything seems to feel like “been there, done that.” It can seem like a depression, but with a specific cause, but that also must be transcended.
No one is saying that they definitively know what will happen to them when they leave, as it is hard to imagine life without an earthly body. But we get glimpses.
One way you cannot judge whether this is someone’s last time is by whether they are dealing with unusually heavy issues, because that can mean that they are still “young souls” in the midst of it, or that they are coming back down through the levels to clean up anything they missed on the way up. Many of the people I counsel are last-timers, but that doesn’t mean that they can sit on their hands and do nothing. A friend once called it the “mop-up, clean-up life.”
When it is decided by the soul or Karmic Board or whoever decides for you, you might go all out on a joyful blast of loving, of joy, of service, or you might find yourself going through it the hard way or some combination of the two modes. My wayshower said something like, if you have to eat your karma, “snap, crackle and crunch” — for those of you who remember Rice Krispies commercials’ “snap, crackle and pop” — meaning, get busy.
Assuming you subscribe to a belief in reincarnation or that we can complete our embodiments on Earth and move on, or whether you know that this is your last time here or not, the idea of having a final life on earth can be compelling, more than knowing you will die at the end of this life — rather like having a deadline (forgive the pun). It can give you energy when you get tired of having to work so hard mopping up and it can provide a sigh of relief, trusting that indeed, you are the Beloved and your way is assured.
My guidance is that in general, about 75% of the karma we are working through comes down to us through past generations, and while that can include past-life patterns, the way in is by working through family issues. So for many of my clients that is where we begin. Here is some information I received about 10 years ago that ties a lot together (brackets are my explanations):
When you are working with your clients, see them as needing to find a way to connect with their fellow members of families and other relationships. In their connection they can be whole. Forgiveness is always helpful but also finding their place in their families is necessary. This placement can be done by seeing the twisted nature of their lives and straightening out their orders of precedence [father, mother, first child, second child, etc., according to Bert Hellinger] and then looking at it objectively. They can see themselves in the order and then can supersede it by being active and proceeding to fulfill their life goals without interference.
Moving ahead takes courage and can be difficult when it threatens the status quo, so support them in finding peace with the reactions they engender in others. “Movement involves danger” [quote from Ralph Blum’s Book of Runes] but is necessary to complete the picture of the life. Painting this picture is every soul’s task. It can be simple. It can be beautiful. But it has to be finished before death or else it starts again in similar circumstances. If it is desired to do it over again, it takes doing nothing to change the karmic circumstances. If the decision is made to continue on the upward track, overcoming the circumstances is necessary.
Some families aren’t fraught with difficulty. They can work together to find peace and move into a group harmony for service. Still, the members must transcend this group to their own destinies. When they form new groups they can move back into old patterns without harm and then the new patterns supersede. Over and over again, the form of these relationships is breached to make way for new forms. This way they can be found anew and can successfully become adepts.
Change is necessary in order to supersede these forms of Earth and find yourself in the stars with other formats and agendas. These new lives aren’t ready yet for that. You are ready and can go on without needing to come back, but your agenda must be involved and fulfilled too. So change the dynamics with victims and perpetrators inside your consciousness and be aware of taking your privileges to the extent that you change your ways with food, reaching out, being available to others who need help.
When you are ready to be available, people will show up. I love you and help you when possible. You have to do it yourself to the extent you can and will be maintained in your life pattern until it is time to go on. So laugh, dance, exist in spiritual realms as well. Have fun and be breezy with others and you will succeed.
Many of us have been gathering information about what we’ve been doing all these lives and what we are learning, but that doesn’t mean we have the entire picture. Maybe that is necessary to get us to go through what we have to go through. I had a fascinating talk once with a large boulder in a forest, which referred to this limitation. I was filled with awe and delight talking to an Earth entity that was so unimaginably old. It felt joyous and very approachable. (I will publish that conversation here soon). Toward the end of our conversation, it indicated that there was much I didn’t know:
Your sensory apparatus is limited by your small brain and other limitations that have been placed in order to keep your awareness in check so you will have certain experiences and not others.
Can I release those?
It is not beneficial at this time. You need these blinders/halters to finish up the game of living on this limited planet before going into a more supreme bliss state.
I understand that. I would say that we are kept from knowing the full reality in order to complete karma and strengthen ourselves and then we get free at some point, presumably when our bodies die.
That is approximately correct.
You are wise and I so appreciate the perspective. I am glad. You feel friendly and caring and humorous.
It is all funny, my dear.
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Elisa Novick, MSS does profound work as a healer, teacher, counselor, coach, minister, and facilitator of workshops and trainings in personal, professional, and spiritual development. She can assist you to clear personal, karmic and genetic patterns that have limited you and teach you exquisite attunement skills so you can become the magnificent master of life and Light that all of us are destined to be. Elisa has been assisting people in their growth since 1982 through her counseling practice and in facilitating over 1,000 workshops in holistic health, human development, family constellation, systemic constellation, organizational dynamics, planetary healing and spiritual awareness. You may email her directly at elisanovick [at] thrivingplanet [dot] org.
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