Beyond Past Lives, by Mira Kelley, is an exciting exploration of self-awareness through the concept of parallel lives. Not only a fabulous spiritual growth read, this book rocked my perception with two specific concepts.
You are likely familiar with the thoughts that we create our own reality, and that everything really occurs in the present moment. With that in mind, the idea is that each choice we make (both large and small), creates the life that we are in–and that the choices not made also create our ongoing parallel lives. And that all of these lives continue to unfold further and further with each subsequent choice.
Think of a ginormous and beautiful tree, as it expands from a single trunk into a myriad of tertiary branches–and that each of those branches is constantly growing new leaves.
Now picture yourself as one of those leaves, and trace back through all the branches to the trunk coming out of the ground. Notice all the other branchings-out along the way, the other choices you could have made but seemingly didn’t. The thing is, you are each of those leaves–not just the one you are aware of right now.
Each leaf of the tree is you, each branch-path is a parallel life, and they all exist at the same time. The author declares that all lives are simultaneous, all are present moment. “Thus, each life is both still unfolding and has already been completed in the present moment.” (Kelley, Loc 535 of 3587, Kindle version.)
Yep, that’s the feel of a mind-blowing concept.
The really cool thing about this is the benevolent and loving exploration of self that comes with it. It’s all about learning and growing. As the author supports, “Allow yourself to know your magnificence.” (Kelley, Loc 1971 of 3587, Kindle version)
The other new idea for me when reading this book is a new way of looking at memory and the past. The author explores these not as fixed events (in any parallel life), but rather as a present thought about a possible past. She asks us to consider that “the past does not create the present. The present creates the past and the future.” (Kelley, Loc 2203, Kindle version) Sooo, my memories are not so much changing and fading, but rather my past is presently being created! And the more I grow and become in the present, that actually affects my past–which is then reflected in what I call my memories.
There’s that feel again, another mind-blower. Let me catch my breath.
Mira Kelley’s book is a must-have for anyone’s spiritual library. Its groundbreaking approach has something for everyone, whether this is your first foray into such topics or if you are accomplished in the field. Her writing style is flowing, it simply feels like you are having a conversation.
Hay House graciously gave me this book in return for my thoughts about it. I’m going to now visit my parallel lives where I didn’t choose this book, and encourage myself to go ahead and read it!