Second-Chapter Lives pt1

Loehr-Daniels Life Reading Reports


Second-Chapter Lives


Part 1

by Helen Roberts


            Sometimes the present life of a soul is so strongly tied in with a past life that it is like the second chapter in the same book. Although the setting may change, the plot continues, often with the same characters.


            One of the advantages of reincarnation is that the soul doesn’t have to do or be everything in one life. Often it takes several incarnations to learn one major lesson. For major learning requiring more than one life, souls use cycles of lives. Although the overall purposes of each life in the cycle are very much the same, the details will vary. This gives the soul different experiences while staying in the same general line of development – a broader education.


            The soul will meet very similar circumstances in a second-chapter life, with some of the same details. Some relationships are repeated. The earlier life left so much undone that there is value in the repetition. Maybe the lifetime was a failure, or the soul got distracted and took a detour. Possibly an outside force cut the life short even though the soul’s plan was to continue.


            Some philosophies believe that nothing happens by chance. Much of a person’s life is patterned and there are forces to aid our protection, but accidents can happen on Earth. Earth contains many uncertainties: disease, war, the free will of man, to name a few. Each of these can cut short an incarnation. God’s laws prevent intervention in the natural processes and forces that He has ordained, unless the soul has a destiny which cannot be achieved in another life. Then the person may be protected from death, but such exceptions are rare.


            War cuts short the lives of many, including that of Randolph.


Randolph – Life Reading # 7226


            At the time of his life reading, Randolph was a successful, happy pilot for a major airline. From an early age, flying was his major love. As he was learning to fly, Randolph found that he already knew many directions before the instructor gave them. Others commented on how quickly he picked up the lessons, and he wondered if he had flown in a past life.


            Because he was born in the 1930s, this seemed very unlikely. But his life reading showed his soul’s immediately prior incarnation to be as a Japanese pilot, training for the war which was to come. When the Conductor gives Randolph’s name and birth date, Dr. John begins his life reading:


            Dr. John: So he’s forty-eight years old. That is quite a bit longer than he lived in his immediately prior lifetime. The previous time he was born in or near Hokkaido, a city in Japan. He was then masculine…This prior lifetime was cut short. He was a casualty of the war you know as World War II, although he did not actually live to see the war. Let me explain this, because this is quite an interesting picture:


            He was one of the young Japanese men, sixteen or seventeen years old, when he really started in serious training for aviation. The militarists of Japan had taken a good look at Germany, and they were aware that airplanes would in some way or another have an important part to play in any military undertakings of their country. They were not limited, as was Germany for a while, to simply gliders. They started training a few of the young men in powered planes, although the power was quite low at that time.


            This one was selected because he came from a good family, a middle-class family. He had somehow come to the attention of someone who could recommend his selection for this training. In his early tests it was shown that he had fine muscular coordination, excellent reflexes, very fine eyesight, and so he was selected for this training. He progressed rather well in the training.


            Then something happened that caused the crash. I think it was some mechanical failure. As I look at it, I cannot tell if it was some engine failure or a failure of some control surface or linkage or something. Anyway, he crashed and was killed. But because there was this fascination of the personality with flying, he was allowed to continue, in a manner of speaking, but on the astral side.


            He just knew he was once again flying, and there were the planes and the instructors and the commanders who set out his training missions and such. But pretty soon it was borne in upon him that he had progressed into a higher echelon of flying, from which he actually became one of the spirit instructors of the growing Japanese Air Force. From the astral side, he rode along with many of the young pilots, and upon at least two occasions he probably saved them from a serious crash in their training. They simply knew that somehow they had gotten into a particular situation and they did the right thing and they came back and landed all right. (7226)


            This is a good example of how blessed invisibles can help prevent some accidents but not all of them. When Randolph’s plane crashed – perhaps from some mechanical failure – intervention would have interfered with the actual malfunction of the plane. However, when the spirit instructor saved the planes from crashing, it was by coaxing the pilots to make the right moves to avoid a bad a situation. Similarly, a guide can persuade his protégée to not jump off a cliff, but if the person jumps, that same guide cannot intervene with the natural results from the force of gravity. Dr. John has said, “Don’t overwork your guardian angel!” Continuing the reading:


            Dr. John: He (the spirit instructor) liked this very much. When war actually came, he was continued. But an interesting thing happened. He was allowed to experience death in the crash of a Japanese plane. It was in one of the sea battles, a very large battle. There were many planes from various carriers, and there was a lot of flying and a lot of fighting. On that particular day, he was assigned very closely to one of the Japanese flyers who was shot down, and it was allowed that there be such an identification with that one he was flying with and guarding that he also experienced death, the ‘second death,’ the termination of the astral personality, the excarnate being of that incarnation. You see.


            This had some very definite purposes back of it. The next incarnation of that soul had already begun. It was begun within six months of his physical death, maybe five. The new incarnation was approaching puberty, and the new personality had already shown an aptitude mechanically, in reflexes, in coordination and interest in such things, and a keen interest in flying. This was fed in. (7226)


            As stated previously, the soul only has one incarnation at the time (except in the case of identical twins). Earthliving is strenuous for the soul. Even one incarnate human being requires a lot of care. After the death of a person, that personality continues on in the astral realm. It is not abandoned by the soul, but now it requires little from its soul. We might say that it becomes closer to God and more dependant upon Him. Therefore, the soul is free to take another incarnation, which the Randolph soul did only 6 months after the death of the Japanese pilot.


            Most people on earth have other, previous personalities who are continuing on in spirit. In time, these personalities merge into the greater beingness, the soul. However, the full force of the Japanese pilot was allowed to merge into the young boy of Randolph, and the afterlife of the Japanese pilot was ended. Continuing with the reading:


            Dr. John: But now the full force of the developed personality of the Japanese young man was fed in. It was fed in in means appropriate to a twelve or thirteen-year-old. Which means that it could be fed in gradually. It could be held there for even a year if need be and fed in at some propitious moment. For time can be utilized on our side in some manners at variance with the restrictions on the utilization of time on your side.


            So the present life of Randolph is a continuation of the prior lifetime. Even though they are two different persons, many of the forces are the same. The former person was a rather happy-go-lucky person. He “walked easy.” He was on good terms with life. He thought well of himself and, having been one of the early ones selected, he thought more than well of himself, and rightly so. Although that quality was based primarily upon his having been selected to be one of the early ones to receive training, rather than upon an over-all superiority of beingness, you see.


            This is quite an interesting case of overlap, conductor. This sort of thing can happen. Not frequently, because usually the excarnate personality will go on. But the excarnate person was terminated there in, I think it was 1943, maybe 1942 or 1944, or in that time span. It may be that as Randolph looks back over his life, he may find some rather distinctive happening when he was about eleven or twelve or thirteen years old in the present life, which really could be attributed to the influx of qualities, abilities, forces, nature, from that former incarnation, which in a sense is the first chapter of the present incarnation…

            I think Randolph was selected by his guides and teachers and by whoever does the selection of the persons to get a reading, partly to bring us a very interesting and unusual example of overlap and of the packaged feed-in of forces from a past life into a present life. (7226)


            Dr. John has often said that those who received life readings were chosen by spiritual means (other than his doing) partly for the helpfulness to the individual and also for the teachings that come through the reading.


            Dr. John: In a sense, this particular case is more in keeping with what some of the popular ideas of reincarnation are. Whereas the reality usually is that each personality is quite a distinct and separate entity, and that the person does not reincarnate but the soul has a new incarnation. In this case the person would almost seem to have reincarnated, the Japanese person, and yet it would not be true. The forces from that person, not in toto but in a selected manner, comprising the essential forces that were wanted to be continued – these were fed into the present person, and really quite smoothly. I compliment his council on the smooth operation that was conducted and completed there, a real transition.


            The purpose of this present life is in one sense to continue and to complete the purpose of the former life. The rather happy-go-lucky, rather handsome, rather debonair, somewhat swash-buckling, young Japanese man, still in his teens but a man, had developed a real passion for flying, and a very real ability for it as well. So this force, rather than being cut off to be fed into some later century, and rather than being left within that personality of the prior person, this force was deemed had better be expended now, be given its chance for fulfillment, for fruition, so the present life is doing that…


            Conductor: Randolph says, “At the age of six I had my first airplane ride, and then I wanted nothing else but to fly. Everything I did, read and worked for was to that end. Making rubber band models at first, then the gas engine ones, to the real ones and lessons when only sixteen.”


            Dr. John: Now he can understand why, can’t he (7226)


            In addition to completing the path of the young Japanese pilot, so cruelly cut off by war, Randolph is carrying through with some of the relationships of that past incarnation. Several of the same souls are with Randolph now. Let’s look at two of them. First the present mother:


            Dr. John: She was either a grandmother or a great-grandmother in the Japanese life. It was not known then that there would be the death. You may say, “Does that mean there are accidents?” Yes, it means just that. There are many uncertainties upon earth. Had this one then been in a life which had a real destiny it could have been protected. But since there was no real reason aside from the gaining of the experience, the young flyer was not given the supernatural, “miraculous” protection. So the accident of flying, which was not a part of the pattern, but certainly was recognized as a very real possibility, did take place…


            Let me go back a bit. The grandmother in Japan was probably a great-grandmother, and it was from the astral side that she watched him. When he came into the astral part of that lifetime, she in a sense was his family. She was the one who helped him to realize gradually that he was not in the physical any more but on the astral. She, being an older soul, knows about this on the soul level, and so helped to bring him into that stage where he could from the astral side really continue his incarnate pattern. This took a bit of skill and understanding on her part, too, you see. (7226)


            As a general rule, souls only incarnate about once a century, but it is varies with individual souls according to their purposes and maturity. Apparently the soul of the great-grandmother in the Japanese life had already taken another incarnation, this time in the United States. Having her available to become the mother for the new personality was fortunate. The mother of Randolph would be subconsciously aware of the Japanese pilot, thus being even more supportive than the average parent.



            Randolph was most interested in any past lives with his present girlfriend, who was more than 10 years younger. The answer:


            Dr. John: They have found each other again. They were going together back in Japan in the 1920s. They were boy-girl friends, and she was quite impressed when he was chosen for flight training. She definitely had considered him a prospective husband. Her reaction to his death was two-fold: a very genuine sense of loss of him as a person, and this was the major thing.


            Secondly, a sense of her own loss, that she could no longer consider him a prospective husband…She did not live too long after his death. She did marry, moved, went away from where she had lived. Her husband was in a somewhat different occupation than her father, so that life provided a marriage that expanded her experience occupationally. I do not see the cause of her death then. She was married, she had a child, possibly two, and then she died. There were many things that caused death in those days, even more than in these days, and something caused her death. (7226)


            War didn’t cheat Randolph out of his accomplishments as a pilot. Nor did he and his girlfriend lose each other for long. In Part 2 we follow Mortimer’s incomplete life and the second chapter that completed that life.


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