A story about Karmic Purpose

A story about Karmic Purpose

Excerpted from Dr Bruce Goldberg’s PAST LIVES FUTURE LIVES

Note: Dr Bruce Goldberg is a hypnotherapist who taught hundreds to transcend time and revolutionize their lives now shares his most astonishing case histories — from the book’s Title Page


At the end of July of 1987, a very interesting college student called my office for an appointment. She had seen me on the Phil Donahue show a few weeks prior and was interested in exploring past and future lives. She had heard of past life progressions before, but when I discussed the concept of progressing patients into future lives she grew intent on following through with her time quest. She also enjoyed my comments about my personal belief in reincarnation. I had mentioned on the show that my car tags read Karma-2 and the names of my three dogs are Karma, Phoenix, and Alpha.

Francesca was an attractive and personable twenty-year-old junior in a local university. Her major was business and she confessed to me that she thought I would not see her because of her lack of a serious problem. While it is true that I prioritize my time with patients who have real problems such as overeating, smoking, insomnia, phobias, mood swings, compulsions, and the like, I always allot some time for patients with existential difficulties. An existential difficulty is characterized by not knowing why we are here. What is my karmic purpose? Why do I keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Such questions are asked by patients with existential deficiencies.

Francesca had an existential need. She wanted to know why she was here, what she was, and who she would be. I discussed thoroughly with her the basis of my therapy. She was most interested in the comments I made about dreaming. It was surprising to her to hear that a large part of my therapy was aimed at utilizing the REM dream levels at night for cleansing and reprogramming. She had heard of REM (rapid eye movement) alpha levels before but she wasn’t aware that recent medical studies showed that we go through three hours of these every night.

Since the beta level (which includes defense mechanisms and willpower) doesn’t function at this time, this is a perfect opportunity to train the alpha level to do the one thing it does best: cleansing. Sleep studies have shown that without REM we experience fatigue, restlessness, hallucinations, and eventually death. Yes, we cannot survive without our natural alpha levels to “de-stress” and relax us. The purpose of the dream level is to cleanse away our anxieties. The problem is we tend to worry so much that right before we go to sleep we program anxiety and subsequently nightmares into our dream levels.

Properly guided through the use of hypnosis, anyone can be trained to reprogram the subconscious and more efficiently use this cleansing alpha level. Therefore, we can obtain the equivalent of three hours of free therapy every night. Not bad for a natural level.

Francesca found this fascinating and couldn’t wait to begin. So in early August I guided her through her first past life experience. Her first stop was ancient Greece. Her name was Cassandra and she attended a school of philosophy. She had no real goals but knew what she didn’t want. She didn’t want to get married, especially at the ripe old age of sixteen. Her father had arranged for Cassandra to be married to the son of a wealthy landowner. Cassandra chose to run away from home instead. She ran away to a temple and stayed with some of her friends from the philosophy school. Eventually she returned home but was not forced to marry. She later met a boy and married him. At the age of twenty-four she and her husband and most of her village were killed when their village was attacked. Although this may not appear to be much of a life, Francesca now perceived the mechanism of time travel through hypnosis.

Francesca’s next lifetime was in Ireland in the early part of the sixteenth century. Her name was Katie and she married Sean at an early age. She didn’t really love Sean but getting married was the thing to do in her village. Sean and Katie lived on a farm. Katie was fairly happy during the earlier years of her marriage; however after her miscarriage Sean changed. He wanted a son badly, and Katie’s inability to give him this child caused Sean to drink and lose his temper often. He began to beat Katie regularly. Katie didn’t know what to do; she couldn’t leave but she also couldn’t stay. Shortly after these beatings began, though Sean argued with a neighbor over some cows and was killed. Katie lived out the rest of her life alone and quite bitter.

By this time Francesca was confused. What did all this mean? In Greece she hadn’t wanted to be part of an arranged marriage. She had asserted herself and avoided that alternative. But after only a few years of marriage and happiness, she was killed in a raid on her village. In Ireland she married someone she didn’t love and paid the price. Physical and verbal abuse along with lonely years of solitude had followed. Was her karmic lesson that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? It took a future life progression to shed light on this question.

On a hot August afternoon Francesca began her journey forward in time. She had a hard time orienting to a future life – not an uncommon situation, especially during the first future life during the latter part of the twenty-seventh century. Her name was Tia and she was living in the City of Colton located in Asia (as we term it today). Her father worked as an astronomer for the League of One and her mother was an artist. She was an only child and was currently attending a university, majoring in anthropology.

Tia sounded quite excited about her academic pursuits. She liked anthropology because it gave her an opportunity to help mold the future. What society advanced to during the twenty-seventh century was related to helping the evolution of less developed civilization on different planets. Apparently, extra terrestrial contact had occurred and we were involved in facilitating this contact. Most contact required years of travel to other galaxies. Anthropologists were used to help guide the evolution of ore primitive cultures with minimal interference. Tia wanted to be a part of this work.


Dr. G. : What is it about your field that attracts you so?
Francesca: Imagine helping an entire culture to develop and to avoid making the mistakes we made.
Dr. G. : Don’t you run into cultures that are more advanced than Earth’s?
Francesca: Yes, but we haven’t been doing this for a very long time. When we come across a more advanced society we are trained to present our planet’s purpose and to seek further direction from them so as not to alienate these people. When we come across a less advanced society we help them advance and take care of their needs.
Dr. G. : Have you graduated from school yet?
Francesca: No, but I will very shortly.

I next progressed Tia beyond her graduation. She reported being happy and working for the government as an anthropologist.


Dr. G. : Tia, tell me about your life at this time.
Francesca: I have only been out of school a short time now. Since I graduated at the top of my class I was placed on a special project.
Dr. G. : What project is this?
Francesca: A small asteroid was discovered off Mars. This asteroid surprisingly has an atmosphere, gravitational pull, and inhabitants.

Tia informed me that it was not uncommon to come across situations similar to this. Normally an asteroid would just be a large rock floating in space with no gravity or atmosphere. But other more advanced planets conducted various experiments and were successful in creating artificial atmospherelike conditions along with gravitational pulls, magnetic fields, and the like. They also experimented with placing plant and animal life on these planetlike asteroids. These asteroids’ size placed them more in the range of our moon, so they became veritable planets in a sense.

The problem was that after these asteroids were developed their civilizations were left to develop because the aliens who developed them initially did so for experimental purposes to test various techniques for application on a larger scale. The League felt it was its responsibility to oversee these experimental planets.


Dr. G. : What are your plans now?
Francesca: I have been assigned to Moonan
Dr. G. : What is Moonan
Francesca: Moonan is the name the League has given to the asteroid off Mars.
Dr. G. : When will you leave for Moonan
Francesca: Very soon.

Later Tia was progressed to her arrival on Moonan. She went as a member of as team. This was her first real assignment and she worked directly under Nahill (chief anthropologist). Their arrival on Moonan was unobserved by the primitive inhabitants. The League had developed a kind of invisibility shield to prevent direct observation of their space vehicles by other societies, especially for this type of assignment. After establishing a base far away from the inhabitants, Tia and her team set out to explore Moonan. A number of months passed and I resumed my questioning.


Dr. G. : What is Moonan like?
Francesca: Interestingly, it reminds me of Earth. The atmosphere is evry similar and the coastline is most beautiful.
Dr. G. : There are bodies of water on this asteroid?
Francesca: Yes, as I said, it looks like Earth.
Dr. G. : What about the people?
Francesca: We have found only two groups of people. They are quite human in appearance but in our months here we have observed major differences in their psychological makeup.
Dr. G. : Can you be specific?
Francesca: This is a small asteroid and we have observed only one land mass inhabited by humans. Those living inland are called Hecow. They are barbaric, primitive people who are very materialistic and warlike. The Saleans live along the coast. They are more spiritual people who are peaceful.
Dr. G. : Is there any contact between the two groups?
Francesca: Very little. The Hecow in the past would attack the Saleans but this hasn’t happened in a long time.
Dr. G. : Why not?
Francesca: The Saleans simply don’t have anything the Hecow want. The Saleans are very simple people and the Hecow are too obsessed with heroic accomplishments, and defeating the Saleans would not be considered heroic.
Dr. G. : So what can you do to help them?
Francesca: Our task is very complicated and difficult. On the one hand we must help the Saleans become more self-sufficient. Also, we need to cut down the aggressive tendencies and materialism of the Hecow. On the other hand, we don’t want to just interfere with their cultures.
Dr. G. : Is there anything about the physical environment that can assist you in your project?
Francesca: It takes the Hecow quite a long time to come down from the mountains to the coast. So it is going to be physically difficult to have the two groups work together.
Dr. G. : Is that necessary?
Francesca: Yes, they must perceive each other’s environs and learn from each other.
Dr. G. : Are there any dangerous animals present?
Francesca: No, just small game and some unusual creatures.
Dr. G. : What do you mean by unusual?
Francesca: There are flying lizards here. They are not very big but they have wings and they fly. That I call strange.
Dr. G. : Anything else?
Francesca: Not really. The plant life supports the animal life and there is plenty of food to go around.
Dr. G. : What is your next step?
Francesca: We have made contact with the Saleans.
Dr. G. : How did they accept you?
Francesca: There were surprisingly no problems with them. We let them introduce us to their culture. They are very peaceful people. Most of their day is spent meditating. They are very religious, worshipping the God of Light.
Dr. G. : How did you learn their language?
Francesca: We don’t have to worry about that. The League equips all of us with a thought transference coordinator.
Dr. G. : What is that?
Francesca: It’s a small metal box that we carry. It projects our thoughts by mental telepathy to the recipient. It also translates our thoughts to any language so it is always understood by the receiver.
Dr. G. : What else did you learn?
Francesca: The Saleans are much more advanced than we suspected.
Dr. G. : In what way?
Francesca: To look at their lifestyle you wouldn’t think much of it. But the meditation they do is much more than that.
Dr. G. : What do you mean, much more?
Francesca: They practice a form of astral projection. They leave their bodies and travel around Moonan in groups.
Dr. G. : You mean the souls travel around Moonan all day long?
Francesca: Yes, exactly.
Dr. G. : Isn’t that unusual for this type of culture?
Francesca: Actually, no. It is not uncommon for primitive people who have their basic needs met to seek out spiritual practices.
Dr. G. : But astral projection is a very advanced technique.
Francesca: That it is.
Dr. G. : So this isn’t unexpected?
Francesca: Not really. Remember we do not know the original species used on this experimental planet. Their predecessors probably were very expert in astral travel.

It was somewhat difficult for Tia’s people to communicate with the Saleans, since they spent so much time out of the body.


Dr. G. : How did you work with the Saleans, then?
Francesca: We struggled for a while but then came upon a rather simple solution.
Dr. G. : And what was that?
Francesca: We simply astrally projected along with them.
Dr. G. : Just like what?
Francesca: Yes. It was that simple. They instructed us in the art of astral travel and we joined them in another dimension.
Dr. G. : Could you communicate effectively at this level and do your job?
Francesca: At first it was very strange but as we became accustomed to it we became more comfortable with leaving the body.
Dr. G. : If they could leave their body at will, doesn’t this suggest that maybe they didn’t need your help?
Francesca: They are primitive people and the Hecow represented a serious threat to them. We must help them communicate and coexist in peace.

During the next few months Tia’s group communicated freely with the Saleans. They found that the Saleans didn’t fear the Hecow. It was their philosophy to “live and let live.” If the Hecow attacked them and killed their people then it was just “meant to be.“ The Saleans really were quite primitive. They responded well to the project’s specialists and developed more efficient techniques of farming, irrigation, construction, and so forth.

The next phase of this project consisted of meeting with the Hecow. Tia was frightened by the very prospect. The rest of her team weren’t thrilled with the idea either. The Saleans had painted a pretty horrible picture of the Hecow.

Indeed, the Hecow were true barbarians. They hunted for sport as well as for food. Killing was respected and there were no inhibitions demonstrated by these inhabitants of the mountains. I progressed Tia forward to their working with the Hecow.


Dr. G. : How did the attempts with Hecow turn out?
Francesca: All is not well.
Dr. G. : What do you mean?
Francesca: At first the Hecow attacked our group and nearly killed one of our people.
Dr. G. : How did you protect yourselves?
Francesca: We always work in groups. Our weapons can stun and immobilize without hurting.
Dr. G. : Did the Hecow think you were some kind of evil spirits?
Francesca: Yes, in a way. They didn’t respond well to our initial attempts. We kept on trying.
Dr. G. : Did they inquire as to your working with the Saleans?
Francesca: Yes. And in fact, that was our first breakthrough.
Dr. G. : I don’t understand.
Francesca: The Hecow have large egos. They were very jealous of the Saleans learning things that they themselves were not given.
Dr. G. : So, did that stimulate their interest?
Francesca: Yes, it did. They became quick students. However I have a bad feeling.
Dr. G. : What do you mean?
Francesca: I don’t trust them. I feel they are going to use the knowledge we give them against the Saleans in some way.
Dr. G. : How could bettering themselves affect the Saleans?
Francesca: It can’t really. I just don’t like the profile they represent. I have read about other cases like this and I just have a bad feeling.
Dr. G. : Have you discussed this with Nahill?
Francesca: Not at first, but later I did.
Dr. G. : What was his reaction?
Francesca: He really surprised me. He feels the same way and has communicated his concern to the others.
Dr. G. : Does this mean an end to the project?
Francesca: No, just the exercising of extra caution.

The Hecow did quite well assimilating the techniques and information Tia’s group gave them. At no time did they threaten the project participants again. Still, a growing feeling of concern was felt by each member of the team.

Another interesting factor that became apparent was Tia’s growing affection for Nahill. Nahill was a good deal older than Tia but they became quite close. This added to Tia’s restlessness. She just couldn’t wait for this project to be completed so she could return home. This experience would lead to other choice assignments. Furthermore, she was hoping to expand her relationship with Nahill.

I progressed Tia forward to a significant development in the Hecow part of the project. What she reported confirmed her suspicions and those of the rest of her team.


Dr. G. : What has occurred since I last spoke with you, Tia?
Francesca: Things have gotten somewhat out of hand.
Dr. G. : In what way?
Francesca: The Hecow became quite jealous of us working with the Saleans first.
Dr. G. : What did they do?
Francesca: They sent a small party down the mountain to observe the Saleans.
Dr. G. : What did they find out?
Francesca: They noticed that the Saleans were progressing at a more rapid rate, and they became very jealous. They thought the Saleans would somehow use their superior skills to attack the Hecow.
Dr. G. : But that’s ridiculous. The Saleans are peaceful.
Francesca: Of course it is. But the Hecow won’t listen to reason.
Dr. G. : Didn’t your people try to explain that the Saleans are incapable of such barbaric actions?
Francesca: We tried many times, but when the scouting party returned to the Hecow capital they began making plans for war.
Dr. G. : War?
Francesca: Yes, war.
Dr. G. : Why would the Hecow want to declare war on the Saleans?
Francesca: The Hecow are so insecure in their thought processes and so obsessed with paranoia that they felt the only solution was to wipe out the saleans before the Saleans killed off the Hecow.
Dr. G. : And you call this “somewhat out of hand?”
Francesca: I guess I’m prone to understatement.
Dr. G. : Didn’t your people attempt to negotiate a settlement?
Francesca: The Hecow attacked our camp and it was all we could do to escape with our lives. Had we stayed longer we might have killed some of the Hecow in self-defense and that is totally against our code.
Dr. G. : What about the safety of the Saleans?
Francesca: Nahill instructed us to return to the coast and warn the Saleans. We instructed them to defend themselves against the Hecow.
Dr. G. : Isn’t that overstepping your bounds just a bit?
Francesca: Yes, it is, but what can we do? We have already irreversibly interfered with this “planet” and now we are at the point of no return.
Dr. G. : How did the Saleans respond to your warnings and offer of help?
Francesca: That’s another part of the problem. You see, the Saleans don’t believe in violence or war. They just meditate, astrally project, and hope for the best.
Dr. G. : They are going to be massacred.
Francesca: You’re telling me!
Dr. G. : Nahill seems to be in charge. What does he recommend?
Francesca: He is our group leader. He doesn’t know what to do, and frankly, I am scared.

A lot of discussions took place within Tia’s group. Nobody could come up with a viable solution. The mission was becoming a total failure. The Hecow hadn’t attacked the Saleans in many years. Now, just months after Tia’s group had arrived, the Hecow were planning to exterminate the Saleans. I progressed Tia to a resolution of this problem.


Dr. G. : Where are you now?
Francesca: I am in a meeting with Nahill and others. We are desperately trying to solve this mess.
Dr. G. : What does the group come up with?
Francesca: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The only solution we could think of was to equip the Saleans with some of our weapons (set on stun) for protection.
Dr. G. : But the Saleans won’t use the weapons because they don’t believe in warfare.
Francesca: That’s correct. We are stumped.
Dr. G. : Move to the resolution of this problem.
Francesca: Nahill is a genius.
Dr. G. : What did he do?
Francesca: He figured out a solution at the last minute.
Dr. G. : Please tell me what he came up with.
Francesca: The Saleans spend most of their time astrally projecting.
Dr. G. : So.
Francesca: So, Nahill suggested that they project themselves on the same plane as the Hecow when the latter sleep. We know that when we sleep and are in the REM (rapid eye movement) stage we leave the body and go to the astral plane while the body sleeps. The Saleans informed Nahill of this and that they could occasionally run into a Hecow soul during their own REM stage.
Dr. G. : So.
Francesca: So, Nahill’s solution was to have the Saleans contact these Hecow souls and educate them as to the true nature of the Salean life-style.
Dr. G. : How long would this reprogramming take?
Francesca: Since the Saleans are so adept at astral travel one night would be sufficient.
Dr. G. : One night?
Francesca: Yes, one night.

So now all that needed to be done was to convince the Saleans to help educate the Hecow during their dream level. I progressed Tia forward to the all-important night of this astral negotiation.


Dr. G. : How is the plan going?
Francesca: Everything is arranged. The Saleans were very cooperative and saw this as an opportunity to expand their level of awareness.
Dr. G. : When is the Hecow attack scheduled?
Francesca: The best we vcan figure is about two days.
Dr. G. : You don’t have ,much time.
Francesca: Tonight the Saleans will meet with the Hecow on the astral plane.

This was a most interesting solution to an age-old problem. Tia went on to describe how she and the team accompanied the Saleans (astrally) on this trip. They all astrally projected together. By this time, Tia and her team were rather proficient at astral level. It hadn’t taken them long to orient to this different dimension.

The meeting of the souls went quite well. The Hecow on the astral plane acted quite different from their physical-plane counterparts. What seemed like an eternity in actuality took only a few moments of Moonan time, since on the astral plane, all time is simultaneous.


Dr. G. : What finally happened?
Francesca: The following day the Hecow came down from the mountains for their mission of peace. They were a different people. They met with the Saleans with open arms and are well satisfied.
Dr. G. : Does that end the project?
Francesca: Basically, yes. We will stay on for a month or so to supervise them. I have a very good feeling about this now.
Dr. G. : You were quite lucky.
Francesca: Don’t give me the credit. It’s Nahill who should be thanked.

The project team did remain on Moonan for about a month. Their work was complete and they returned home to earth. What was interesting about the result of this project was the team’s report. They were very honest about the events that transpired. Instead of being disciplined for incompetence, their superiors rewarded them. The astral travel technique was later used in other projects and Nahill, Tia, and the rest of the team were highly regarded in the scientific community.

Tia did continue to see Nahill on Earth. They were assigned to work together as a permanent team. More than that, they became romantically involved and were married.

As the years went by, Tia became a university professor and she and Nahill raised two children, She remained well respected in the academic and scientific communities throughout her life.

Francesca was most satisfied by the future life progression. As a business major she had no real interest in science and additionally, she could not see herself today doing any of the things Tia did. Even so, the future life progression seemed to add meaning and purpose to Francesca’s life. She saw that she would choose a good man in Nahill and have a happy and productive life. This was quite different from the lifetimes of Cassandra and Katie.

This type of case is also very satisfying for me to supervise. Working out problems such as habits, phobias, mood swings, etc. is an important part of my role as a hypnotherapist; however, there is more to life than just the elimination of problems. There are existential needs that also must be met. This global overview of our perspective is exactly what the karmic cycle is all about.

Francesca found her purpose in life.

You can, too.



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