Ask The Council

What will you ask Spirit?


Bob & Cynthia

Welcome to Ask The Council, a blog where you can ask a group of loving and wise spirit guides a question and get an answer, for free. You can also read the questions other readers have asked and the answers they’ve received. Other posts contain quotations from The Council that we hope you find inspiring, uplifting, and educational.

Ask The Council a Question

If there’s a question you’ve been thinking about and you’re curious how The Council might answer it, we encourage you to use the blog’s Comments feature to ask your question. You can click here to go to the ‘Leave a Reply’ section of this Welcome post and type your question there or you can type your question in the Leave a Reply section at the bottom of any post that inspires you to ask a question or leave a comment.

Since the blog is currently a project we do in our spare time it can take a while for us to do a session with The Council on a question and then publish a post on the session. Depending on the question and the session it can sometimes take weeks after a question is asked to publish a post with The Council’s answer. Please be patient.

The Council

Cynthia is able to communicate with a group of five non-physical spirit guides in a manner similar to the way Esther Hicks communicates with and speaks for the spirit guides, Abraham, and Jane Roberts communicated and spoke for the spirit guide, Seth. I (Bob) basically interview The Council as they speak through Cynthia during what we refer to as a session. Sessions generally last 30-60 minutes and are usually audio recorded. During the session Cynthia is aware of what The Council is saying and she also receives visual impressions and other types of telepathic communication from them.

After a session we often type up a transcript to help us remember and understand better what The Council said and to make it easier to include quotes from The Council in blog posts. From our impressions during and after the session, the recording, and the transcript we write the posts found in this blog.

The Council’s Basic Guidance

Since we began these sessions with The Council around 2009 they consistently emphasize a few basic ideas that we attempt to summarize here:

1) You are an eternal spiritual being in a physical body.

You are the energy and vibration of continuously expanding love, intelligence, and joy.

Your physical experience in your physical body and your psychological experience of your personality is a small part of the totality of who you truly are.

Let yourself imagine from time to time what it might feel like to experience more of the wondrous totality of who you really are, and don’t be surprised if you are able to experience this more often.

2) You are the creator of all that you experience.

As you open to the possibility your true nature is greater than you ordinarily perceive, it becomes easier to consider the possibility that this expanded you is truly the creator of everything that you experience.

If we’re used to thinking of yourself in a more limited sense, the idea that you are the creator of your experience may be difficult to understand.

Our post, What About This Idea That We Create Whatever We Desire, offers insights into this idea.

3) You are here to expand the love you are into physical reality.

You chose, as a spiritual being, to come into this physical reality to experience the joy of expanding the love you are as a spiritual being, into this physical reality. This is your purpose for being here.

Finding Your Way Around the Blog

Home Page

The left-hand column on the Home page contain a long chronological series of posts with the most recent on top. Each post begins with a title. Clicking on a post title will take you to a blog page dedicated to that particular post. The Thought for the Day posts use the post publication date as its title. Following each post is a Like button where you can indicate to us and other readers if you like the post.

The footer section of each post identifies the date the post was published, the Categories the post has been assigned to, the keyword/keyphrase Tags assigned to the post, and a Comment link. If readers comments on a post, the Comments link will indicate the number of comments. If a post has no comments yet, the Comment link text appears as “Leave a Comment”.

Clicking on the Comments link takes you to a Comment text box on a post page dedicated to that post. Here you can type a comment in the text box and click the Post Comment button to have your comment displayed just below the text box. If you are replying to someone else’s comment, your comment will appear indented underneath the comment you are replying to.

At the bottom of the left column on the Home page is a ‘Previous Entries’ link that will take you to a page with a list of earlier posts.

Thought for the Day

In addition to answering readers’ questions, The Council began sharing Thoughts for the Day in December 2010. These brief inspirational sayings offer a daily spiritual point of view that can help you:

  • Remember that you are divine spirit, a part of which is experiencing physical existence from the point of view of your physical body.
  • Remember why you chose to experience life in a physical body.
  • Remember how to manifest the life you desire.

Longer Posts

Longer posts that answer readers’ questions offer a similar spiritual point of view and an opportunity to consider specific issues in more depth. Using the ‘Questions & Answers’ link in the navigation bar (top right of the Home page) is an easy way to display a list of introductions to just our longer posts. Clicking on the post title will take you to the post page where you can read the rest of the post.

Blog Features

The right-hand column of most blog pages contains this Welcome message. Below the Welcome message in the right-hand column are some useful features:

Email Subscription: Use this to subscribe to blog posts. You will receive an email notification with a link back to the blog each time a new post is published.

Search: Type a keyword or phrase and click the Search button to get a list of posts in the left column that contain the keyword or phrase.

Archives: The Archives list indicates the number of posts for each month listed. Clicking on the link for a month will display in the left column of the page a list of the posts published that month.

Categories: This is a list of keywords used to categorize posts. Posts can be included in more than one category, if applicable. Clicking on a category link will display in the left column a list of posts assigned to the category you selected.

Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar at the top of each page contains a link to the blog Home page and links to the following additional pages:

Welcome: A link that displays this Welcome message in the left column (and the right column). At the bottom of the Welcome message is a Comment box where you can post a general comment about the blog or ask The Council a question.

Questions & Answers: Use this link to display a list of introductions to our longer posts, most of which are responses to reader questions. This is an easy way to check out these more in-depth posts. They are listed in chronological order with the most recent post on top. Clicking on the post title will take you to the page where you can read the complete post.

Contact Us: The Contact Us page contains a contact form similar to the Comment form mentioned above. The difference between the Contact Us form and the Comment forms is that the Contact Us form is a private message to us (Cynthia and Bob). It is not posted on the blog. Comments appear on the post page where the comment is posted. The Contact Us form can be used for communicating with us about private sessions or other private matters you think aren’t appropriate for posting in a public Comment.

Bob & Cynthia


  1. Hi Cynthia and Bob!
    A couple days ago I posted a question about the spiritual path that I should be walking and questions on how to get there, what religion is right, which is wrong (with a little of my background story). I was able to find previous questions that helped me with my own question, though now I have more specified questions. I gather that religion is more like a catalyst to the source, and there are many ways to tap in? And if I am to be under the impression that we create our own reality, wouldn’t that mean all religions are in fact valid, because people believe them? Is that the only reason why? Or are these enlightened or holy people just hanging around somewhere independent of our beliefs on their reality? Basically, is there reality different then what people believe it to be? Who makes up the council? What beliefs do they hold that make their reality real if that’s the case, and what of people that don’t believe that they’re real, does that make them not real? I’m guessing not, so I’m hoping the council can explain!!!(not intending for this particular question to be disrespectful to the council at all, it just aids in getting my main question across!)

    Am I real only because I believe I am? What keeps little children from flying when they jump off a roof truly believing that they can? What stops the chaos from ensuing if everyone’s thoughts can literally be reality? There must be something that we can collectively deem true that governs the reality that we are creating, both in physical and spiritual. Otherwise, person 1 could truly believe person 2 was a sinner destined for hell, while person 2 believes that they are to reincarnate and become a tree? Which is true? Does the tree become hell and if so, hell for whom? How could they both be true?

    I’m hoping you’ll bear with me, I know Ive asked a lot of questions, but I’m just making sure you’re getting my central theme. There must be some foundation on which to build, right? What about the third eye and the chakras. I feel like this would be what was being used during the spiritual experiences that people have, (you guys may not think that at all) but some believe that you can’t even begin to attain these abilities unless you decalcify your pineal gland and open your chakras in a certain way to receive the energy. And yet others eat junk food and drink and bathe in fluoridated water and even have negative outlooks on life and still claim to have these extra- sensory or spiritual abilities. Which is it? It can’t be both can it, and if it can, then how does that tie in to my centrally themed question above? It seems vague, and I just want clarity.

    I don’t want to work so hard in tuning in to a frequency that i can’t because I bathe in fluoridated water and eat like an average American at least half the week, do I need to change my life that drastically? Is this ability elusive and difficult to come by? A road laid with rules and restrictions? I’ve tried to see auras, to listen for clues, to believe things, but it’s hard to couple it with an analytical mind. For me nothing solid ever comes through. If I were you Cynthia, I feel I’d know for sure because of that first hand experience, and it would be so hard for me to be strayed when people didn’t share my beliefs because I heard/saw them before my very eyes(eye?). Surely this would expand my consciousness and awareness in this lifetime and so be available to me? How can I make this my reality? Or did I already choose my reality…Or am I always choosing and therefore changing it? Ohh my. I am sorry haha, what a ramble.

    Please, please don’t take these contemplations the wrong way, I mean no offense and want with all my heart and soul to believe that I’m headed in the right direction. Which I feel is why I’ve been drawn here in the first place and have the opportunity to ask the very questions that could give me the boost that I need.

    I had a personal question in my post from before about the abortion I had in 2014. I mentioned I was vague in hopes that some detail could be provided, as I have noticed the precise detail some people have been given in their responses and I’d be lying if I didn’t have some high hopes haha. I’ve always wondered of my past life and how it affects my desires, aversions and decision making now, if at all as well. I have trust that the council will know precisely what to say to ease or sway my little rambling heart haha, thank you som much in advance for entertaining my curious self!
    With love, Ashley

    Comment by Ashley Cook | October 18, 2016 | Reply

  2. Hi. I’ve been on a spiritual path for a lot of my life, but I wonder how much of my path is based upon my being raised in the Bible Belt. As a young girl I had an aversion to Christianity; I didn’t like the way it was pushed in me and the hypocrisies and general hate that I felt it could breed.

    As a very young adult I decided to try out Messianic Judaism, which helped with the hypocritical aspects, at least in regards to the laws in the bible and what we are supposed to do. I quickly found that similar hate was bred from it though.

    I went on to college shortly after my year stent with this, which quickly helped me verify that indeed the whole world of religion seems to be missing this “big picture” that led me to agnostic. Taking pride in the idea that the more I learned the less I realized I knew.

    Then that agitation turned to atheism. I decided everything was chaos and pointless and emotions and all the feelings and desires to find meaning in life was all just the wiring of my brain and chemical processes. A sour thought to me.

    I struggle between this pessimistic view and a very spiritual one now. I came back to my spiritual path after delving into psychedelics and study further into chakras and reading a lot of different views on enlightenment.

    I struggle now because I see both sides and I feel like they don’t connect. It’s also not helpful that my boyfriend of 3 years is a severe pessimist himself. I feel like on the one hand it’s great that he is in my life because it helps me to stand more firm in my own thoughts, but because the other part of me agrees that it’s all nonsense, I easily find myself disappointed, coming down from a very high point very quickly as soon as enthusiasm isn’t returned, or even if I don’t communicate to him about it, I do this to myself.

    I hear this is just resistance; the soul wants you to push past this though. But what if this resistance/pessimism is rational thinking. Am I trying to turn schizophrenic? Are these people that can see auras and talk to these spirit guides simply insane. I’m afraid of insanity I might add. My boyfriend would be fine with my spiritual path, but I can’t stay on any idea long enough to expand. I feel like, because I find inconsistencies in all of them, so many debatable questions in the philosophies.

    Also, I had an abortion in 2014. The guilt and instant regret I felt from it made me search out peace through acceptance and teachings of the Tao. This decision is still hard for me, and I don’t feel like if it happened for my spiritual growth that it’s gone very far past getting my foot in the door.

    I feel trapped. I’ve tried to listen to Teal Swan and a guru that says he is the living avatar of Krishna, I believe (might be wrong on which god.) I like his teachings but I don’t like that he says the only way is through him. I can find a lot of inconsistency in his teachings and the $10,000 it would cost to go to his ashram for 21 days so that he may open my third eye.

    I would love some proof to help lead me on my path. Maybe if the elders would know what to say so that I may find some truth in their knowledge. As much as I want the answer in spirituality, I really hope they can talk to me more about my aborted fetus as well. I am being vague on purpose with this. I hope that’s okay. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Ashley Cook | October 16, 2016 | Reply

  3. Hello,

    My name is Nacole. I had an abortion today. My whole life I had read the Bible. I have prayed over everything. Honestly, up until today I despised people who had abortions. I thought it was selfish. I was very judgmental. So here I am today laying in bed in complete peace. Let me explain.

    I have had a total of 5 pregnancies. 1 whom was still born around 7 months. His name Edward. His father and I were best friends until the pregnancy happened. Then I became evil and only wanted to ruin his life. He insisted I abort him in 2007. I refused. I told him if he is meant to be here he would be here. If he was not then God would take him.

    My oldest, who is now 17, was a preemie born at 1 pound in 1998.

    My other one who is 16 was a struggle to get here, but she was born on time just low birth weight.

    And lastly my baby, who is 2, was born a little small but okay. I had a great team of doctors. However her father also left me in my 7th month.

    I was devastated by the demise of that relationship. All of the men in my life seemed to move on once a bigger commitment was introduced. Often times leaving me in an extreme amount of pain and loneliness.

    So now, today, I found myself in an abortion clinic. I was shaking and crying and praying for forgiveness. I thought I would become suicidal. I thought I would have extreme anxiety. I already different [sic] from PTSD from a history of abuse.

    The baby I aborted was a product of an affair. I am not in a committed, monogamous relationship but he is.

    This last relationship I felt happened because of the severe lack of love in my life. The loneliness was unbearable. The heartbreak immeasurable as I was sure my last baby’s father was my “soul partner” but he moved on.

    I clung to this man because he had a pulse. I felt pretty again. It was never my intention to take him from his current relationship, but to just stop the loneliness for a moment.

    Well he would say things like, “You are going to have my baby,” and “Her name will be Brooklyn.” Then of course when I presented him with pregnancy he fled, which I expected.

    Because of the low birth weights and loss of my son I just couldn’t go through it alone. I develop hyperemesis (constant vomiting) every time. Severe anxiety. Placenta previa. Severe headaches and constipation. My last pregnancy I had visiting nurses.

    So I decided because he was not interested in becoming a father and I couldn’t be sick alone. I aborted.

    This is where the odd part happens.

    I sit in the room waiting for the doctor. I am flooded with emotions. He asks me if I am sure. I say I have to be sure. I cannot raise a baby alone, and getting through the pregnancy alone would cause a lot of stress and medical issues.

    After the procedure I am loopy. I come home and my beloved friend is caring for me. Buying me food, picking up prescriptions, and buying heating pads for the severe cramping and bleeding that was supposed to occur. I was preparing myself for battle suicidal thoughts and extreme fatigue.

    That has not happened. When my mother called to check on me I told her…”I feel peaceful. I feel like my little girl will be back.” I also said, “More than guilt or pain, I feel love.” It is hard to explain.

    She must think I’m losing my mind. In addition, I have almost no bleeding at all. I do not have cramping. I have been laying in bed thinking about the baby and all I can do is smile at the thought of her.

    Today I have felt an immense amount of need for change. Change to stop smoking. Change to lighten up on my drinking. Change to lose weight. Change to stop letting people stay in my life who treat me so poorly. Change to move homes and even jobs. It is so odd that I would have an abortion and start thinking of these things. But it is truly what I have been thinking about.

    So much so I typed in Google, “I feel at peace with my abortion.” And “Why would my abortion make me want to change my life,” which brought me here.

    I must say, I sat on my couch with my jaw hanging reading the stories of abortion on here. The advice and the meanings, it is like you were reading my mind.

    I guess the only questions I have are….

    1. How difficult will the process of changing my life become?

    2. What if I fail at it?

    3. Will I ever get past my two year old’s father, in order to find someone again?

    4. How is this termination changing my thoughts and beliefs so rapidly?

    5. Why do I not feel guilty?

    6. Will she come back to me?

    Comment by Nacole | October 8, 2016 | Reply

    • Hi, Nacole. We’re glad you found our website. Thanks for the background and the story of your abortion. It sounds like you’re experiencing the love that The Council says is always available to us, particularly from the soul you aborted. It sounds like the desire for change that you’re experiencing is all for good things.

      We’ll ask The Council your questions as soon as we have a chance, and post their answer when it’s ready. Please be patient. We have several questions to answer and it sometimes can take many weeks before we’re able to post your response. Keep focusing on the love and peace you’re feeling. Love and light, Cynthia and Bob

      Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 9, 2016 | Reply

  4. Hello again, it’s Darla. I’ve had psychic experiences all my life. I’ve always felt deeply connected with the spiritual. Still, I’ve struggled with the anxiety this can bring. I feel like I have this deep-rooted fear buried deep in my psyche. My question is what were some of my past lives like and did I have this ability before? Thank you for any help.

    Comment by truthjournal | October 7, 2016 | Reply

    • Hi, Darla. We’ll be happy to ask The Council your question about past lives and were you psychic in any of them. We’ll also try to get at the root of your fear. We’ll post The Council’s response when it’s ready. Love Cynthia and Bob

      Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 9, 2016 | Reply

  5. Dear Cynthia and Bob,

    I had an abortion around a year ago and just recently I am starting to feel so much better and clear in my mind of what has happened. I cried so much that I let go of the emotions and feel free again.

    However, 2 days ago I went for a medium consultation and feel very anxious and scared of what this medium told me. The medium said to me that my aborted child was a girl who is now very angry and sad from not being able to be born.

    I told the medium that before the abortion I prayed to my aborted soul and asked it for forgiveness and that all I felt from this soul was pure love and acceptance. I also felt it was going to be a boy, not a girl. Then the medium said “how would you feel if I had to kill you now?”. She seemed to try to make me feel guilty and then said that I needed her help in further sessions to release that soul, “because it is not at peace and it is attached to you in a negative way”.

    She then said that if I do not solve this situation with her, I will not be able to get pregnant or that my future child will be a very angry “fucked up” one. Also she said that I had personality problems that I must change or I will be a crazy woman and that my grandmother is my guardian angel and she is worried about me.

    I know my baby is in heaven right now, not with me anymore and that it was a boy, not a girl. Please tell me whether this medium was right because I do not know what I can do with that information,

    Thank you for your help,


    Comment by Delfos | October 1, 2016 | Reply

    • Hi, Delfos. We’re glad to hear you’re feeling better about the abortion you had around a year ago.

      We’ll ask The Council about the information you received from this medium and post a response as soon as we can. It sounds to us like this medium was more interested in scheduling more sessions with you than she was in providing the kind of spiritual guidance we hear from The Council.

      Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 2, 2016 | Reply

  6. Hey Bob/Cynthia,
    Hope you guys are going good. This is Vacha.

    Thanks much for the answer for the question I had on abortion. I am starting to think what was suggested by Counsel – the reason why the pregnancy occurred in the first place.I am thinking a lot about what I want to next in my life – the kind of work, the place I want to settle down eventually etc.

    I want to actually eventually want to move to India. The issue with that is – I have loads of issues with my in-laws and I move to India, it can be a big problem for me. It may even drift my husband and me apart to the point of separation.

    This is my second marriage for me and my husband. I actually want this marriage to work for the sake of my son. and Although I want to move to India eventually – I have a fear that My husband and I may be separated because of the family issues that we will have there.

    My own family is in India and I will get a good support from them if I move there. As I am the only child that they have, it will be good if I move there for them. I miss them so much here and they miss me too.

    Career wise, it will be better if I stay here – it will be tough to find a job in India with the experience that I have in my domain. That’s what I think as of now.

    I am very confused about this. After this pregnancy and abortion happened – it is sort of a wake up call for what I want to do next.

    This is not a urgent question. When ever you and the counsel have some time, Can you please suggest me what is my learning lessons spiritually – with respect to the relationships I share with my husband and my mother in law and other family members ? Will it be a good move if I go to India or is it better to stay here and do the job that I am doing and kind of going ahead with the flow.

    I am thinking about the purpose of my life and the lessons that I have learn. My life had many ups and downs from past few years. It seems to a constant struggle. My relationship is my husband is sometimes good and sometimes very bad. I am really not sure what the future holds with respect to that. Is there anything I can do to make the relationships among my husband, myself, my parents and his parents better.

    Thanks so much for the answers that the Counsel gave me. Thanks to Bob and Cynthia for taking a time to help people. I am deeply grateful for that.


    Comment by learningsoulsite | September 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Hi, Vacha. We’ve done a session with The Council on these questions and we’ll get it posted as soon as we can. We can tell you now that The Council says don’t be in a hurry to move back to India.

      Comment by Cynthia & Bob | October 2, 2016 | Reply

  7. Hi Counsil,
    My name is Vacha Dave and I am from India. I presently live in Virginia with my husband and my son.
    I am very religious person by faith and I strongly feel that god directed me to your website to seek some guidance regarding my very complicated situation I am in.

    I am two months pregnant and I am thinking of having an abortion because my health condition, any additional support and the Job that I started recently which is necessary for me and my son in the future too. In case even if I want to go ahead with this pregnancy , my health and my condition is not helping this without any additional support.

    Although I never really planned this pregnancy, I feel extremely guilty for the fact that I would be killing my baby. Although I don’t really know the gender of the baby – I think I have seen him in many of my vivid imaginations playing with my younger son – I call him Monu – A chubby,foodie younger son – who unfortunately will never happen in reality. My health is not permitting this – I have extreme Nausea and vomiting – same which happened for the first pregnancy. It was very difficult because of ongoing issues with my husband – it was very trying time for me and my family.

    I have nevery purposefully hurt anybody my whole life of 30 years. I have always loved and morally lived a very correct life. This is the biggest decision I had to take because because of my health and my conditions. It seems correct to me but this guilt of killing my own baby – and not giving him chance to live is trubling me a lot.

    I have gone through various posts you have online. I have tried talking to baby, Crying, asking for forgiveness, asking god in meditation – but I somehow want forgiveness from my baby. I think he is not getting the treatment he deserves from me, and If I can ask for Monu’s forgiveness and I want god to take him to heaven.

    I will chant and pray to god as much as I can for him. Can you please help me with this ?

    I have read many of the online articles from this site, and the fact that it could be a plan between my spirit and baby’s spirit and I will eventually meet him – helps me to deal with it in a better way

    Thanks a ton in advance for helping millions like me to fight depression and guilt that we have from having abortion.

    Comment by learningsoulsite | September 20, 2016 | Reply

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