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A pioneer in uncovering the secrets of life, internationally recognized spiritual hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton takes you once again into the heart of the spirit world. His groundbreaking research was first published in the bestselling Journey of Souls, the definitive study on the afterlife. Now, in Destiny of Souls, the saga continues with 70 case histories of real pe A pioneer in uncovering the secrets of life, internationally recognized spiritual hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton takes you once again into the heart of the spirit world. His groundbreaking research was first published in the bestselling Journey of Souls, the definitive study on the afterlife. Now, in Destiny of Souls, the saga continues with 70 case histories of real people who were regressed into their lives between lives. Dr. Newton answers the requests of the thousands of readers of the first book who wanted more details about various aspects of life on the other side. Destiny of Souls is also designed for the enjoyment of first-time readers who haven't read Journey of Souls.  Explore the meaning behind your own spiritual memories as you read the stories of people in deep hypnosis, and learn fascinating details about: —Our purpose on Earth—Soul mates and spirit guides—Spiritual settings and where souls go after death—Soul travel between lives—Ways spirits connect with and comfort the living—The soul-brain connection         —Why we choose certain bodies    


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A pioneer in uncovering the secrets of life, internationally recognized spiritual hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton takes you once again into the heart of the spirit world. His groundbreaking research was first published in the bestselling Journey of Souls, the definitive study on the afterlife. Now, in Destiny of Souls, the saga continues with 70 case histories of real pe A pioneer in uncovering the secrets of life, internationally recognized spiritual hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton takes you once again into the heart of the spirit world. His groundbreaking research was first published in the bestselling Journey of Souls, the definitive study on the afterlife. Now, in Destiny of Souls, the saga continues with 70 case histories of real people who were regressed into their lives between lives. Dr. Newton answers the requests of the thousands of readers of the first book who wanted more details about various aspects of life on the other side. Destiny of Souls is also designed for the enjoyment of first-time readers who haven't read Journey of Souls.  Explore the meaning behind your own spiritual memories as you read the stories of people in deep hypnosis, and learn fascinating details about: —Our purpose on Earth—Soul mates and spirit guides—Spiritual settings and where souls go after death—Soul travel between lives—Ways spirits connect with and comfort the living—The soul-brain connection         —Why we choose certain bodies    

30 review for Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    This is the second book from the first "Journey of Souls". If what he writes is true, then your whole life will never be viewed as the same ever again. And if it is all fantasy, it will still make you reconsider all your values, your purpose and the beauty of life, living and existence. Healthy stuff, powerful read. Great book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Delia

    Destiny of Souls (DoP May 1, 2000) is the second book from psychologist Dr. Michael Newton following the world-wide success of Journey of Souls published in 1994. Both books are published by Llwellyn. I have had several 'out of body' experiences which may explain my interest in the subject of whether there is anything after physical death. My abiding interest is in the origin, nature and uses of consciousness and these areas of human experience coalesce in Dr. Newton's 30 + years of work with hyp Destiny of Souls (DoP May 1, 2000) is the second book from psychologist Dr. Michael Newton following the world-wide success of Journey of Souls published in 1994. Both books are published by Llwellyn. I have had several 'out of body' experiences which may explain my interest in the subject of whether there is anything after physical death. My abiding interest is in the origin, nature and uses of consciousness and these areas of human experience coalesce in Dr. Newton's 30 + years of work with hypnotic subjects who revealed details of what seemed to be 'life between lives'. I should make it clear that Dr. Newton did not start out with any assumptions about what happens after physical death. He seems to have been a fairly conventional professional hypnotist and qualified counseling psychologist working with clients with common problems such as anxiety disorder, panic attacks, difficulty with anger, compulsive behaviours - a standard smorgasbord of complaints that most counseling psychologists help people with everyday. Dr. Newton also offered hypnosis as a method of breaking unwanted habits, regaining memories after trauma, etc. In the midst of his busy practice a patient who was being regressed to birth to release the trauma of that experience suddenly 'slipped into another life' without warning. Since Dr. Newton didn't believe in life after death much less in multiple incarnations he was alarmed at this development and brought the patient back into the present lifetime and then out of the trance state. However, this disturbing experience was not to be a one-off in his career. When regressed to the birth process, other patients also slipped into another lifetime or into the even more bizarre memory of a spiritual existence between lifetimes. Thus began Dr. Newton's 30 year long odyssey in the realms of life after life. In Destiny of Souls, he examines 70 cases that are representative of the variety of 'between lives' experiences of most of his roughly 1000 cases. As an agnostic, I was not prepared for what these 70 clients revealed. I could accept an afterlife in which consciousness gradually faded into oblivion but what these clients revealed was far more sophisticated and far more demanding of us than I could have anticipated. As a lifelong student of whatever interests me I could accept that this life is a sort of school but in preparation for what? The answer seems to be a succession of lifetimes - many thousands in some cases - designed as challenges to gradually refine our consciousness to the point where we can participate in the ongoing work of... creating universes and populating them younger consciousnesses who will eventually be re-absorbed into the massive consciousness which is all there is and the source of all that is. Whether you 'buy that' or not, the revelations coming from Dr. Newton's clients are consistent across cultures, generations and genders in such numbers that we cannot write them off as co-incidence or mass fantasy. His clients came from all over the world and most of them were atheist or agnostic or just plain uncommitted. The few who had religious convictions worked to reconcile what was revealed in their sessions with what they "believed". For some that proved impossible but their memories of the life between life experience re-assured them that there is a spiritual reality that underlies material life. Case after case revealed a bit more of the process that we apparently are all undergoing but the essential steps of the process apply across the board. All that I say about it is that I found it worthwhile reading and it opened even further what I had considered to be an already open mind. I can't explain away these cases. Dr. Newton's methods are fully transparent with no 'leading statements or leading questions' so I can't fault him there. He did not ask for this bizarre twist in his career but he could no longer dismiss it and finally wrote up the cases from transcriptions of thousands of hours of audio/video recordings. Would I recommend it? Yes, especially to "sceptics". It is food for thought no matter your views on life after death.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Dunn

    Ok, upon first impression, I thoght Newton's work appeared too "new agey" and should be easily dismissed. I mean c'mon, case studies of life between lives in the spirit world? Sounds a little much. But after reading all three of Newton's books I am impressed with the years of research he devoted to his work. Before reading "Destiny of Souls" I recommend starting with his first book, "Journey of Souls". Also I found it helpful to have already read "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss. This i Ok, upon first impression, I thoght Newton's work appeared too "new agey" and should be easily dismissed. I mean c'mon, case studies of life between lives in the spirit world? Sounds a little much. But after reading all three of Newton's books I am impressed with the years of research he devoted to his work. Before reading "Destiny of Souls" I recommend starting with his first book, "Journey of Souls". Also I found it helpful to have already read "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss. This introduced me to past-life regression through hypnosis. Apparently, under hypnosis clients can remember their past lives and are able to recognize the important souls who agree to incarnate together lifetime after lifetime. It is possible the people you feel unusually strong connections with may have played central roles in your previous lives. This is the knowledge that I brought with me into "Journey of Souls". But Michael Newton takes this type of hypnotherapy one step further---he helps clients remember their lives as immortal souls in the spirit world.. In "Journey of Souls" he maps out the souls journey from the moment of death until rebirth. He begins by taking subjects to through the death scene of their most recent past life. What happens after this is fascinating. The soul leaves their body and feels a magnetic pull into a tunnel of light. At the end of the tunnel they are met by their personal spirit guide who has been with them througout all of their physical incarnations. These guides possess infinite love and compassion and healing energy. After long hard lives on Earth, the soul need to be enveloped in healing energy. Shortly afterwards we have a casual conversation about our successes and failures of our previous life. We are never judged harshly....there is so much love and compassion in the spirit world. After this we get to reunite with our spirit group, our soulmate, and others who are important people in our life. This part is always very emotional, and we are always greeted with some kind of celebration full of love and humor. This is just the tip of the iceberg. While I found this information fascinating, was still skeptical. A few facts helped me trust Newton's work. First of all he's not a half-baked floaty new-age hippie. He is old school. He hypnotised his first subject in 1947. He grew up an athiest...believed in no higher power, no God, no divine intelligence...nothing. While working with a client, he accidentally stumbled upon their memories of life in the spirit world. At first he was skeptical, but after more sessions with different clients he discovered that other people possess these memories as well. Overall, Newton has worked with more than 7,000 clients, and ALL of them report similar descriptions of life in the spirit world. "Destiny of Souls" is a lot like "Journey of Souls" only more comprehensive. Loaded with nearly 70 case studies---actual dialogue from sessions with clients, there are many fantastic stories that give one hope that death is not the ultimate end, and insight that everything happens for a reason, that before our souls incarnate on earth, they agree to accept tragedy and suffering in order to learn important lessons and grow.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    "Destiny of Souls" is the follow-up to Newton's "Journey of Souls," expanding upon the basic "map" of the Spirit World and the movement of souls through that world as they review their past life and prepare for their next incarnation. Much denser than JOS, this book offers details unavailable in that first book and is recommended only if you found the JOS compelling. I did, and thus I enjoyed this book immensely, especially the 65 new case studies in which Michael Newton hypnotically regresses hi "Destiny of Souls" is the follow-up to Newton's "Journey of Souls," expanding upon the basic "map" of the Spirit World and the movement of souls through that world as they review their past life and prepare for their next incarnation. Much denser than JOS, this book offers details unavailable in that first book and is recommended only if you found the JOS compelling. I did, and thus I enjoyed this book immensely, especially the 65 new case studies in which Michael Newton hypnotically regresses his subjects first to a past life, then moves them forward through their death in that life, then on to the "eternal now" of the Spirit World, where the fondest hopes and aspirations of our souls are realized: we are eternal beings, destined (if we desire it) to become perfect, to guide other souls in their search for perfection, to aid in the creation of planets upon which other eternal souls will dwell, and to ultimately join with the Source of all life, what we call prosaically "God." Aside from my own spiritual beliefs (I was raised a Mormon and I'd say 90% of LDS theology dovetails nicely with Newton's revelations), what impressed me the most about Newton's research is the consistency of recall over hundreds of hypnosis subjects. While there are other explanations (Jung's "collective unconscious" comes to mind, as well as the "genetic memory" theory), Newton's discoveries seemed most likely to me. In the words of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism and a true charismatic sage: "Truth tastes good." The purpose of our lives as detailed more fully in "Destiny of Souls" does just that: it tastes wonderful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kelsey

    I know my friends who ascribe to more doctrinal spiritual beliefs will not be interested in this text, and I am not going to encourage those of you who feel you fit that category to read this. It is not my intent to challenge or proselytize here; I'm just reviewing a book in a very self-centered sort of way. Those of you who know me really well know that I have had some strange experiences in my life, and I have been working all of my 42 years to try to piece together how these all made sense. It I know my friends who ascribe to more doctrinal spiritual beliefs will not be interested in this text, and I am not going to encourage those of you who feel you fit that category to read this. It is not my intent to challenge or proselytize here; I'm just reviewing a book in a very self-centered sort of way. Those of you who know me really well know that I have had some strange experiences in my life, and I have been working all of my 42 years to try to piece together how these all made sense. It's been like working a jigsaw puzzle without the big picture on the box to help me find the edges and the general shape of things. At this point in my life, I had assembled some of the big stuff, but this book was like seeing a good portion of the finished picture. What I had figured out on my own was confirmed by this book. The rest of the text offered explanations for lingering curiosity. I am eager to read the first book, Journey of Souls, which I received in the mail today. It's pretty exciting to know that I'm not the only one on the planet who has a sense of this stuff. In fact, the more I broach the subject with people, the more I find that many of us think about this stuff even if we don't feel comfortable talking about it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    So this guy regresses people, not to their past lives, but to the time *in-between* their last life and this life. To see what that's all about. And he's collected all these cases to piece together this map of how all this life stuff works. It's a little off-putting at first because it's so detailed that it sometimes seems like a giant bureaucracy, with the levels and the advancement of souls and various departments with various functions. But two things: he'll specifically ask the person "uh, th So this guy regresses people, not to their past lives, but to the time *in-between* their last life and this life. To see what that's all about. And he's collected all these cases to piece together this map of how all this life stuff works. It's a little off-putting at first because it's so detailed that it sometimes seems like a giant bureaucracy, with the levels and the advancement of souls and various departments with various functions. But two things: he'll specifically ask the person "uh, this is starting to sound like a giant bureaucracy" and they'll scowl and say "no, no, you don't get it." I think it's a) these accounts come filtered through the human incarnation currently sitting in his room and b) we just don't have a lot of models for organization that is organic, non-sucky, and actually works on this planet. That is, facilitates growth instead of restricting and regulating freedom. So yeah. Fascinating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    After an un-expected death in the family this year it gave me comfort and helped me better place my views/thoughts of the feeling that there has to be more than this and this helped me a lot. I had the book for a long time (always feeling I have been here before) and read it after this loss and I know it will help me in dealing with losses in the future. To know/believe that I will see those closest to me again is a huge comfort for me. I never thought I would be able to deal with death and loss After an un-expected death in the family this year it gave me comfort and helped me better place my views/thoughts of the feeling that there has to be more than this and this helped me a lot. I had the book for a long time (always feeling I have been here before) and read it after this loss and I know it will help me in dealing with losses in the future. To know/believe that I will see those closest to me again is a huge comfort for me. I never thought I would be able to deal with death and lossing loved ones but this book gave me a great feeling.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fanny

    Just as wonderful as his first book. I have had 'visits' from loved ones who have passed on so it isn't as difficult for me to read Newton's books. I think any haters would not enjoy it because it details a certain organization between lives and shows that NO we do not fly around with wings on our back singing! (although it that's your thing, you certainly could) Although there IS singing there, and so much more. To me the descriptions ARE heavenly and so interesting! Retaining our 'self' how aw Just as wonderful as his first book. I have had 'visits' from loved ones who have passed on so it isn't as difficult for me to read Newton's books. I think any haters would not enjoy it because it details a certain organization between lives and shows that NO we do not fly around with wings on our back singing! (although it that's your thing, you certainly could) Although there IS singing there, and so much more. To me the descriptions ARE heavenly and so interesting! Retaining our 'self' how awesome is that? We have fun, friends, study. Ultimately 100% pure love, well isn't that what heaven is all about? I would invite any naysayers to read the books before making uneducated judgements. Some of it is hard to believe, yet at the same time makes so much sense. Many of our current friends are part of our Soul Group and help us in this and other lives. Some are our detractors, having agreed to play this part so that we can experience something specific. Why go to all this trouble? Well how can one appreciate Perfection without experiencing less than? Here we can experience being Mom's and Dad's, marriage, all sorts of Earthly events that do not happen in Heaven. Rather than destroy religious beliefs the goal seems to accept them all as valid and contributing something to our 'Earth School', but showing that there is more to it; we ARE all One and not a single thing happens without reason no matter how terrible which is what I believe anyway. LOVE his books!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Just like his previous book, this world of souls between lives is fascinating to contemplate, but so difficult to believe. Over and over, I found myself saying "COME ON!" in my head while listening to this audiobook. I would love to see if I could be deeply hypnotized in this way. If I were able to go back to the "life between lives", then I would be convinced, but until then, I remain merely a hopeful skeptic. P.S. As in the previous audiobook, the way he says "Subject!" (fast, loud, staccato-li Just like his previous book, this world of souls between lives is fascinating to contemplate, but so difficult to believe. Over and over, I found myself saying "COME ON!" in my head while listening to this audiobook. I would love to see if I could be deeply hypnotized in this way. If I were able to go back to the "life between lives", then I would be convinced, but until then, I remain merely a hopeful skeptic. P.S. As in the previous audiobook, the way he says "Subject!" (fast, loud, staccato-like) before every statement of every subject/client really gets on my nerves. I think I would have enjoyed the printed book more for this reason.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Iona Stewart

    I have not read Newton's preceding book "Journey of Souls" so I can't compare it with the one under review. In this book the author recounts how he places his clients under deep hypnosis, guides them to the spirit world between lives, and there interviews them about their experiences. The book goes into more detail about the spiritual plane than any other book I have read on the subject, including those by Dolores Cannon. Newton covers various subjects, such as techniques used by the souls to comfo I have not read Newton's preceding book "Journey of Souls" so I can't compare it with the one under review. In this book the author recounts how he places his clients under deep hypnosis, guides them to the spirit world between lives, and there interviews them about their experiences. The book goes into more detail about the spiritual plane than any other book I have read on the subject, including those by Dolores Cannon. Newton covers various subjects, such as techniques used by the souls to comfort their bereaved partners and family members, including entering into their dreams; ghosts (who are mostly obsessively attached to places, people and events where they can't let go); discarnates who visit Earth; regenerating damaged souls, and so on and so forth. There is always a part of the soul that remains in the spirit world. Highly developed souls, especially, often underestimate the percentage of soul energy they need to take with them into the body and thus run into problems. One piece of information that was completely new to me was that the body, apparently, as far as I understand, has a strong consciousness and can act counter to the intentions of the soul and thus cause problems for the latter. I must admit I don't understand this matter adequately and feel it could have been explained even further and better. There was also for me new information about the birthing of souls. Here is a quote: "My soul was created out of a great irregular cloudy mass. I was expelled as a tiny particle of energy from this intense, pulsating bluish, yellow and white light...." The new souls are taken care of by special helpers and given the "love hug". The soul is brought to an awareness of its existence. Each soul is unique. We learn about cluster groups, the spiritual learning centre. the life books library, and much agout the colour spectrum of spiritual auras. The primary core colours indicate the stage of overall development, but "certain souls carry secondary colours .... called halo colours". A chapter describes the Council of Elders, to which we are summoned for evaluation in two occasions. We are asked how we feel about major episodes in our live and our courses of action. Some of the Elders bear medallions with images designed to remind us of significant episodes from our lives. Sunjects mention the "overwhelming" feeling of a higher force called "the Presence" which they feel to be perhaps not God but deified entities with capabilities superior to those in the council. This higher force influences council meetings. In a subsequent chapter the subject of primary soulmates, companion soulmates and affiliated souls is discussed. But not everything occurring in the spirit world is serious, there are also numerous recreational activities for those interested in these. Newton goes into great depth in his study of the spirit world, the information being absolutely comprehensive but not always easy to digest. There are many levels of soul development, and one thing I realized from the book was that I am not myself as spiritually advanced as I had thought, and perhaps not spiritually advanced at all (ha, ha!) - everything is relative. There is a screening room of future lives so we can get a taste of what is in store for us, and choose between various bodies. In some cases you might choose a body that will die young, and have several choices also as regards manner of death. One thing I can say is that with all the talk of what may happen at the end of 2012, the Shift or the ascension into the fourth or even fifth dimension, and all the uncertainty connected with this, this book had a very relaxing effect on me. Even if I don't make the ascension but my body dies at this time, there is absolutely no cause for worry - the spirit world is an extremely loving and comforting place to visit. I would strongly recommend that you read this book if you're at all interested in the nature of our stay in the spirit world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gina Briganti

    I’ve read all of Dr. Newton’s books on the subject of Life Between Lives hypnotherapy. I consider him to be an important pioneer in the field and I am extremely grateful to have read his works. “Destiny of Souls” is precisely what the subtitle says it is: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives. I appreciate that Dr. Newton presents his opinions as opinions, and not as facts. He invites his readers to embrace or discard what they read according to their own judgment. I did find myself in disagree I’ve read all of Dr. Newton’s books on the subject of Life Between Lives hypnotherapy. I consider him to be an important pioneer in the field and I am extremely grateful to have read his works. “Destiny of Souls” is precisely what the subtitle says it is: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives. I appreciate that Dr. Newton presents his opinions as opinions, and not as facts. He invites his readers to embrace or discard what they read according to their own judgment. I did find myself in disagreement with him on a few points, but never to the point that it interfered with my ability to gain what I could from the book. If you’re looking for a lot of interviews between hypnotherapist and souls, this is a good choice for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I think I read this book a number of years ago, and have a suspicion I might own it stuck in a box somewhere. I was totally fascinated with it again. As another reviewer said, "This is the second book from the first "Journey of Souls". If what he writes is true, then your whole life will never be viewed as the same ever again. And if it is all fantasy, it will still make you reconsider all your values, your purpose and the beauty of life, living and existence. Healthy stuff, powerful read. Great I think I read this book a number of years ago, and have a suspicion I might own it stuck in a box somewhere. I was totally fascinated with it again. As another reviewer said, "This is the second book from the first "Journey of Souls". If what he writes is true, then your whole life will never be viewed as the same ever again. And if it is all fantasy, it will still make you reconsider all your values, your purpose and the beauty of life, living and existence. Healthy stuff, powerful read. Great book."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    This book helps tremendously to engage yourself with further questions and it is possible that you will not see your life as the same ever again. It is demanding and purposeful, sometimes it reads as sci-fi, but I took the best out of it as far as I could. There were some parts which I couldn't comprehend; the emerging of our body cells with the soul and how intertwined it all is because of the ego and soul contract duality and potential. Still, the writer has the best intentions and I thought t This book helps tremendously to engage yourself with further questions and it is possible that you will not see your life as the same ever again. It is demanding and purposeful, sometimes it reads as sci-fi, but I took the best out of it as far as I could. There were some parts which I couldn't comprehend; the emerging of our body cells with the soul and how intertwined it all is because of the ego and soul contract duality and potential. Still, the writer has the best intentions and I thought that it would be overwhelming, and it was, but I had to know, so I know now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    This book added a whole new dimension to how I think about life and death. It possibly explains some things I have experienced throughout my life. I'm very very glad I read it, and I'll most likely be reading it several more times.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    Apparently this is a book not for me; there are people better than me who can appreciate this type of books. Back to the library and sorry not be able to give it a star or two since it sounds all like Chinese to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Thoma

    It was an interesting expansion upon Journey of Souls with 77 case studies versus a few dozen. There were times when the afterlife was presented in such a school-life fashion I took parts with a grain of salt, but overall was intrigued and engaged with this on a long road trip.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nell Grey

    Thank goodness I read Ross Kevin Porter's review on Amazon - after seeing all those five star reviews I thought I must be the only person who noticed that the voices and the language used by the 'clients' were all too similar. It seems odd too that the author mentions no reports that contradict events in the cases mentioned so far - perhaps he believes they don't count, although these might have served to balance the scales somewhat. I'm almost halfway through, more than slightly sickened by the Thank goodness I read Ross Kevin Porter's review on Amazon - after seeing all those five star reviews I thought I must be the only person who noticed that the voices and the language used by the 'clients' were all too similar. It seems odd too that the author mentions no reports that contradict events in the cases mentioned so far - perhaps he believes they don't count, although these might have served to balance the scales somewhat. I'm almost halfway through, more than slightly sickened by the all too neat and detailed utopian setup and ready to let the book fall from my hand. If this over-ordered, hierarchical and sugary love-saturated description of life between lives is true this free spirit would prefer oblivion. And another thing - where the heck are the animal souls...? Edited to add that I managed to finish this one, and that in fairness, animals are mentioned. Apparently when we want to spend time with our friends from a previous life we contact an Animal Caretaker who then locates that particular animal's soul energy and reconstructs a facimile? for a while, afterwards returning one's friend to the special animal location, as animal souls and human souls don't intermingle. Bleh..... Another thought that occurred to me while finishing this one is that so many of the subjects under regression to their life before the current one (before their last death) mention easily checkable details of that life, yet no attempt seems to have been made to verify these, even though many of those lives took place in the 1930s and 1950s.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Captivating. I read this quite awhile ago, but keep coming back to it. I came upon it rather oddly and had that feeling like I should have heard of it before but was so relieved to be reading it now. I must say that Dr. Newton comes closer than anyone else so far. It is the right combination of being on the right track and reminding me how much is still left to uncover. This is a life altering and life enhancing book that is a gift to humanity. I am a happier person for having read it (as well a Captivating. I read this quite awhile ago, but keep coming back to it. I came upon it rather oddly and had that feeling like I should have heard of it before but was so relieved to be reading it now. I must say that Dr. Newton comes closer than anyone else so far. It is the right combination of being on the right track and reminding me how much is still left to uncover. This is a life altering and life enhancing book that is a gift to humanity. I am a happier person for having read it (as well as the first book he wrote...I just happened to read them out of order because the B Dalton that was on my way home that day was out of it. Amazon has everything, obviously. But you know. That takes a day or two ;o)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    A good follow up to Michael Newton's previous book on Journey Of Souls. There are more case studies of regression under hypnosis and lots of facts about how these regressions are carried out. While the results are very interesting I personally find it very hard to actually come to terms with the endless coming back to earth because we need to perfect things that we got wrong or to make amends for our wrongdoings in our previous life. I know that a large number of religions all over the world hold A good follow up to Michael Newton's previous book on Journey Of Souls. There are more case studies of regression under hypnosis and lots of facts about how these regressions are carried out. While the results are very interesting I personally find it very hard to actually come to terms with the endless coming back to earth because we need to perfect things that we got wrong or to make amends for our wrongdoings in our previous life. I know that a large number of religions all over the world hold this belief but I choose to believe in one life one soul, I would like to think that when I die I shall not have to return and do it all over again. Heaven would be my biggest hope!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Brine

    I'm giving this 4 stars simply for the perspective it gave me, based on a multitude of hypnotherapy regression sessions. I might not have been so open to the details had I not had a similar experience many years ago. So if the general concept is possible, I guess anything can be! I find the philosophy grounding in that I see my life's challenges as an opportunity to choose soul growth and to have purpose, rather than having a perspective of randomness. It's also validating that existence on earth I'm giving this 4 stars simply for the perspective it gave me, based on a multitude of hypnotherapy regression sessions. I might not have been so open to the details had I not had a similar experience many years ago. So if the general concept is possible, I guess anything can be! I find the philosophy grounding in that I see my life's challenges as an opportunity to choose soul growth and to have purpose, rather than having a perspective of randomness. It's also validating that existence on earth is seen as a most difficult "school".

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Ventrello

    It is a fun book that makes you think about what you might have been like in your previous life or what happens to you when you die. This is a book that while it is impossible and inplausible to take it seriously, it is a fun read and it shows you that some people really have wild imaginations, especially when under hypnosis. I recommend that you read this book but don't go out and spend hundreds of dollars on past-life regression.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Brady

    Continuation of Journey of the Souls. Case study of souls being interviewed by the author. Much like a Near death experience book but far clearer. Dr. Michael interviews people souls under hypnosis. May sound strange but very powerful. Go to Dr. Michael Newtons web sight be one most interesting choices you have ever made.

  23. 5 out of 5

    James M. Madsen, M.D.

    See my review of Journey of Souls, by the same author. This is just as fascinating (and just as problematic) as the earlier book. In some ways, I'd *like* this picture of the world to be true; but despite there not being enough evidence to convince me, I still think that this book and Journey of Souls are good reads.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book details Michael Newton's work as a hypnotherapist and what he uncovered about the mystery of life in the spirit world after death. It's incredibly fascinating. I gained a whole new perspective about life and death and why we are here.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Excellent book, provides more case studies to help you understand the mysterious experience of what happens after we die and before we are born. An enjoyable read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Voyce

    This book is now 11 years old, but it changed the agenda on Reincarnation. If you haven't read it you must. If you haven't read Michael Newton at all, start with Journey of Souls.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    A great follow up to Journey of Souls. It explains a lot about our lives in between incarnations, and about out soul growth and how we go about learning these complex lessons.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Artie Rubin

    Michael Newton was a self-described "skeptic" who got exposed to his clients' lives between lives through Newton's hypnotherapy practice. No longer skeptical, he spent the rest of his life documenting his clients' revelations, and the lessons learned about life on the spirit plane. We learn that there are always reasons why something we might deem bad--even horrible--happens in our earthly life. And it's never about "punishment for sins." There's always a lesson involved which is meant to aid in Michael Newton was a self-described "skeptic" who got exposed to his clients' lives between lives through Newton's hypnotherapy practice. No longer skeptical, he spent the rest of his life documenting his clients' revelations, and the lessons learned about life on the spirit plane. We learn that there are always reasons why something we might deem bad--even horrible--happens in our earthly life. And it's never about "punishment for sins." There's always a lesson involved which is meant to aid in our eternal growth and understanding of spiritual (not physical) reality. So when something "bad" happens to us, rather than ask, "Why is this happening to me!"--it's much better to ask, "What am I meant to learn from this?" Not always easy! But Newton's books give bountiful examples of people in the midst of crisis learning what they were meant to learn, and finding peace--and even joy--as a result. The dreaded "judgment" so many religions tell us we'll have to face when we pass out of earthly life turns out to be, in Newton's findings, merely a review of one's life by a Council of Elders, always with the aim of helping us learn to do better. In short, the spiritual world is overwhelmingly loving and compassionate. It wants the best for us, always. Fun Fact: In the spirit world we each emanate a color (or hue) which shows our level of spiritual development at that point. The color which shows the highest level of development is--and the envelope please--purple. This made me think of a book which was hugely popular decades ago, "When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple." Could it be that the women in this book were already sensing the highest level of their life to come, rather than focusing on the decrease of their physical powers? It makes "old" seem merely a stepping-stone, rather than the final step on the road of life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Newton’s previous book, “Journey of Souls” was mostly good but with some segments that were odd regarding the activities of the spirit world. “Destiny of Souls” also has good elements too but by this time, I lost patience with the gobbledygook. For someone who has understood spirit-world aka heaven to be amazing, Newton’s conception of this world was rather contrary to paradise concepts and at times, dreary. One soul was so into his “growth” that, after he died, he went running out of his body, Newton’s previous book, “Journey of Souls” was mostly good but with some segments that were odd regarding the activities of the spirit world. “Destiny of Souls” also has good elements too but by this time, I lost patience with the gobbledygook. For someone who has understood spirit-world aka heaven to be amazing, Newton’s conception of this world was rather contrary to paradise concepts and at times, dreary. One soul was so into his “growth” that, after he died, he went running out of his body, zipped past the souls of loved ones who died before him, and went right back to the “classroom” so he could “get back to work right away”. This shows an attitude of workaholism, perfection, and careerism. If that soul is advanced, I’ll be happy to stay at a lower stage eternally. Then, there was the chapter on the soul who committed suicide chronically and got chastised by a member of the council. If the council members are that advanced, how could they possibly lose their temper like a bad schoolmaster? I’ve read of the concept before that bad things happen to good people because of arrangements made before birth. I read of this in other books by Sylvia Browne and Rebecca Rosen. I can accept this concept as it is one of the few that explains why innocent people get shafted in life. I would recommend two books by Rosen that are better reads that those of Newton: “Spirited” and “Awaken the Spirit Within”.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janet Daghri

    Michael Newton has done extensive research for years that support his theories that our incarnations here on Earth are just one of many that our soul has experienced. I have not read any of his other books nor have I read books from other writers who are experiencing the same phenomenon of people under hypnosis sharing past and future lives as well as what their true being is as a soul. Newton is truly a pioneer and passionate about his life calling to share these experiences with us. If it is i Michael Newton has done extensive research for years that support his theories that our incarnations here on Earth are just one of many that our soul has experienced. I have not read any of his other books nor have I read books from other writers who are experiencing the same phenomenon of people under hypnosis sharing past and future lives as well as what their true being is as a soul. Newton is truly a pioneer and passionate about his life calling to share these experiences with us. If it is indeed true, then we all have so much to learn from this research. If these experiences are possibly being misunderstood by Newton and others, then the concepts that come out of it are only to benefit us and helps us to think more basically and lovingly on what our mission is in this life. All of my life I have thought of how there must be more than what we experience here on Earth. I have always felt this in my deepest being. This book really solidified those thoughts for me and for how I see others that I'm in connection with.

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