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Who Decides if We Return to Physical Reality After a Near Death Experience?

This post answers a very interesting question from a reader named, Darla, who publishes the entertaining and insightful blog, She’s A Maineiac. Darla says, Over the years I’ve read and heard about hundreds of near-death experiences (NDEs). Some of these people who’ve had an NDE say when they’re on the other side a voice gives them an option to stay in spirit or go back to their life on Earth. Others who’ve had an NDE say they beg to stay in such a blissful place full of love, but were “forced” to come back to their life on Earth and suddenly end up back in their physical bodies. Darla asks, How much free will do we have once we cross over to spirit?

The Council says you always have free will. Bob asks The Council how they explain the people who wanted to remain in a blissful place full of love, but were forced to come back to their life on Earth.

The Council says when you’re in the process of crossing over to spirit, this voice you hear giving you the option to stay or come back to Earth is the voice of your higher self, but you as a human being are still in the personality of the life you’re living on Earth. You prefer to stay in spirit because it feels so wonderful. But your higher self knows what you planned for your life, and what needs to be accomplished, and how you set that up to go through whatever you’re going through. This is the reason some people are told by their higher self they have to go back to Earth.

The Council says the higher self and the personality self are the same being. These people who say, I was forced to come back into my body and continue my life on Earth, this was the voice of their higher self who knew everything they had planned, and knew it was time to return to physical life so they could achieve that plan. You still have free will. The part of you that is your higher self is telling the part of you that remains in physical reality to return to that reality because dying right now isn’t what you planned for this life.

When The Council asks Bob if he understands what they’re saying, he attempts to clarify. Bob says when Darla asks how much free will we have once we cross over to spiritual reality, The Council is saying that the aspect of ourself that’s our higher self has free will, but to the aspect of ourselves that remains in our personality, it may seem that this part doesn’t have the free will that our higher self has. The Council says this is correct. Your higher self and your personality self are two aspects of the same entity.

Darla asks who is ultimately in charge of whether we come back to life on Earth or not. Bob responds by saying The Council already said the higher self is in charge. The Council adds that so many people separate their higher self from who they are, like when they perceive the higher self is telling them they have to do this or that. But your higher self is you. No one else is forcing you to do something you don’t want to do. No one else is making the decision to return to physical reality. Your higher self knows the whole plan you have for your current life on Earth. When your higher self tells you that you have to return to physical reality, it’s because that’s what you wanted.

Darla asks if it’s our higher self, or a guide, or God that makes this decision about whether we return to physical reality or not. The Council says it’s your higher self. You make all the decisions.

The Council suggests everyone think about what they’re saying here and try to understand it. Meditate on it and you’ll get more information about it.

Listen to the entire 5-minute audio recording of our session with The Council (below) to hear all their guidance for Darla and the rest of us and let us know what you feel about it. Or you can ask The Council your own question by typing it into one of the Comment boxes that appear at the bottom of most of our blog pages.

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October 26, 2021 - Posted by | Audio Content, Channeling, Free Will, Pre-Incarnation Planning, Questions & Answers, Reincarnation, Spirit | ,


  1. We agree, but it also makes sense that guides or God could make this decision. Good question.


    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 27, 2021

  2. Thank you! Makes sense it’s our own higher self making this decision.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by She's a Maineiac | October 27, 2021

  3. Glad you liked the question, Susan. We liked it very much also. We suspect you’re right about being regressed under hypnosis.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 27, 2021

  4. Great question and answer. I bet if people who said they were sent back, but didn’t want to come back were regressed in hypnosis, they would see that they actually did make the choice to come back. They’re just not conscious of it.

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    Comment by mariner2mother | October 26, 2021

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