The Seven Transitional Stages During the Astral Interval
Michael channeled by Victoria Marina-Tompkins

We will first begin by suggesting to you that essence has the reins so to speak during the astral plane interval and this includes having the whole picture to work with. The personality is not able to easily access this larger view in most cases, although there are some older soul fragments who do have a good grasp of the totality of their lives and have mastered the ability to pull the thread of each previous life, often in a non linear fashion. This can take place through dreams which incidentally is often the most direct route to accessing past lives for a fragment, for the past often comes through into the present in snippets or vignettes without any apparent or obvious reference to the current life. We have known of many fragments who experienced past life deaths through dreams in an effort to work through some of the terror of that death and eventually attain the ability to release the fear associated with it. We speak of this to you today in order to begin to convey the feeling associated with the astral plane interval. All past lives are noted and available for review at any time. Contact with any fragment is possible whether they are extant or not. Agreements are made and agreements are discarded. The repayment of karmic debt is acknowledged, the repayments are 'scheduled'. This is done also with the essence of fragments who are currently extant as well, or in other words, if all fragments needed to be in between lives for fragments to make agreements and plans, then little would ever happen. Your essence at this moment has access to all the lives you have ever lived, can see the choices made and ones that you are 'leaning' towards, and can also access the records having to do with all your entity mates as well. The transition itself is one which assists each fragment in moving from the previous life on the physical plane toward the next life on the physical plane.

We have noted before that the first stage, and we will say that this is not always as linear as it sounds, has to do with the deathscape itself. Perhaps a better turn of phrase might be the 'crossing of the bridge', which conveys a crossing over from one reality to another. Many fragments can be assisted in this process through psychopomp work, that is those fragments who are skilled in the arts of guiding a fragment from one state to another. If a fragment has prepared for this transition, whether through a spiritual focus in the life, and this does not mean that a younger soul cannot be well prepared for the transition for indeed some have a very strong belief system in place which does allow them to make a smooth transition, or through guided meditations, or work with hospice, then stage one which has to do with acceptance of the current state and the acknowledgment that death has occurred, can be facilitated with more ease. This is similar to monadal transitions, especially stage one of the fourth internal monad when the fragment says 'OK, I am now doing the fourth monad'. This is after the dark night of the soul experience which is incidentally compared to death. So you see there are comparisons between the 'little deaths' of the physical plane life and the death which occurs at the seventh monad. Stage two begins after the fragment has reconciled the recent death and this does not mean fully understands it, for that will come at a later stage, but rather surrenders to the fact that his previous life is over. It is also at this stage that service is provided by other fragments who are there to assist the newly returned fragment to the astral plane. After there is some release of fear, if there is fear, which does occur before the fragment can proceed to the next stage of the interval, the fragment may view life on the physical plane and as part of letting go can observe from 'a distance' the reactions of the fragments with whom they have shared the most recent life. This is far more detached than many fragments think and is not full of syrupy emotions but is composed more like data gathering, but with compassion.

Once this process is complete, the next stage begins with the broadening of the structure of the astral plane itself. You might consider this much like a 'guided tour', which is usually facilitated by entity mates who may or may not be in a palatable human form, which is an illusion of course, or in energetic form, and it is during this phase that the fragment sees the overall picture of the various levels of the astral plane. This includes the lower astral where many fragments can become 'lost' as a result of emotional or mental breakdowns while still incarnate on the physical plane, as a result of suicide, or as a result of drug overdoses which are the ultimate 'trip' in this case. The fragment who is recently deceased is also shown the process of reincarnation, and this comes into focus as the essence lets go of the previous attachments and personality which is the hallmark of stage three, which has to do with active essential participation without the Overleaves which have been fully released by this point. The fragment becomes more and more fluid, less and less attached to the physical plane. We might also note here that most fragments who communicate to others from the astral interval are in stages 1 and 2, and then again in stage 7. The inner work which requires full detachment from the physical plane does not promote direct contact with extant fragments unless there is a specific reason to do so. At the third stage of the transition there is active work which occurs having to do with the exchange of information with other fragments for the intent purpose of beginning to establish some kind of overall plan or strategy or creative process for the future. When a fragment is fully in the third stage, there is also the option to assist other fragments in the transition, to serve as a guide for them. We have seen in this stage many gatherings of small groups, often composed of entity mates, cadence mates, and other fragments who have had many incarnations with the particular fragment.

Once this is complete, a more neutral phase begins and this for the first time brings in the teachers from the high astral plane, those entities that are reuniting as they prepare to move to the causal plane after all fragments have completed their incarnations. This fourth phase includes evaluation, study, and learning which includes access to the Akashic records to review the lives lived, and those of the entity mates, but also includes the teaching from the Higher Planes of more Universal Truths. There is some understanding achieved by the end of this cycle that brings the fragment face to face so to speak with exactly where they are in the evolutionary process and what must be accomplished in the next stage of development. Many fragments have referred to this as a 'school' and we would agree in some fashion this is true. Clarity is achieved with regard to what has been effective, what agreements were completed, what karma is still owed, and what lessons of the soul cycle have been integrated and which are still to be learned. The most arduous transitions are between the levels of 7th and 1st, for the new lessons and perceptions of the soul cycle must be brought to bear, and this often includes working with astral fragments who have already completed those lessons. You might consider this like a high school student, the mature soul, being tutored by a college student, the old soul. There is much that can be shared and learned at this level and this usually takes the longest amount of time.

The fifth stage of the cycle between lives begins the process of collaboration and communication with other fragments as the preparation for the next life begins. It is at this stage that agreements are considered, and at the sixth phase when they are agreed upon, although this is not 'written in stone' and there can be some variance. Working groups such as configurations are included in the overall plan, and each fragment begins to determine what the next set of goals, possible Overleaves, location including parents, siblings, and impact of cultures will be the focal point of the next lifetime. You might consider this much like a very busy train station with many options available: tickets to 'purchase' after deciding the destination, which then leads to which time to leave, which seat to pick, whether to have lunch or dinner, travel luxury or economy, seats or sleeping car, nonstop or layover etc... As you can see there are many choices to be made.

Once this sorting out process has occurred, then the sixth phase begins and the fragment ties all the loose ends together which will then form the tapestry of the new life. The image of the tapestry is an apt one, for at this time all of the threads come together to form the greater weaving which links all the other fragments who are on vectors, who have agreements with the fragment, who have chosen similar life plans. In other words, the fabric is woven here and we will call this the weaving of the fabric of lives. There is always however choice, and fragments have been known to change plans even at the last possible moment before reincarnating, or later. The seventh and final stage of the transition between lives is the moment before birth, as the fragment prepares once again to leave the astral interval. This is much like waiting for the airplane to take off, for there has been an anticipation of this next life as essence prepares for the next go around on the physical plane and there has often been communication between the new mother and the soon to be born fragment, although we will say again that the soul does not enter the body until the first breath, which is the first phase of the first monad.

© 2000 Victoria Marina-Tompkins

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