A.19 The Day Before

We met in the late afternoon on the day before the transition.  DJ reported that he had asked the part of him that was going to undergo the transition to help prepare him.  However, he only received an answer the day before.


“I found out that the transition will not be related to a religious experience, such as Buddhism or Christianity,” he explained.  “Rather, it will be a spiritual experience.”


“Will it change what you will do in your life?” I asked.


“It won’t change my career trajectory,” he responded.  “And it won’t make me smarter… Just wiser.  It won’t change the way I think because I already think in the right fashion.”  He looked into my eyes and added, “The transition is what connects us in a past life.”


“What do you mean?” I asked.


“I do not know,” he replied.  “I learned that the transition will involve going through a door, crossing a bridge, and hope.  I think the transition will help me feel warm and open-hearted.  That way I will be more accepting of things.”


“Will you meet anyone in particular?”


“No,” he said quietly.  He added, “I wonder whether the transition will be mind-blowing or subtle.”


“I suspect that it will be less dramatic than you expect,” I offered.  Again, I did not for sure from where I developed these ideas, although I suspect they came from my own subconscious.  “What else did you learn from interacting with your subconscious in preparation for tomorrow?”


“I learned I need to trust him,” he said.  “I learned that this is one of my subconscious’ favorite transitions, whatever that means.  I also realized that one of my friends recently went through a similar transition.  Afterwards, he could not express feelings about what had happened to him.  My subconscious told me that this friend was my brother in a previous life.”


I nodded.  “What else did you learn?”


“I learned that I will be confused by my own transition.  Your role will be to help me to understand what it means.”


“How will I know?” I asked.


“You already know everything I’m going to learn,” said DJ.


“Then why can’t I just tell you what I know?”


“I have to experience it for myself,” he replied.  I thought his answer to be quite wise.  Indeed, in life people learn best from their experiences.


“Great,” I summed up.  “So, tomorrow, when you have your transition, please e-mail me.  I am very curious about what is going to happen.”


“I definitely will,” he promised. 


“I’ll see you in 3 days,” I said.  As he walked out of the office I wondered how he would change by the time he returned.

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A26. Another Synchronicity of Events

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A25. Guided through Life

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A24. Finding my Spiritual Self

The amazing events with DJ reinforced ideas and feelings about life that I had been developing for a couple of decades. Thus far I have shared how my involvement with the world of medicine helped instruct me about how life can work.

A23. Return of a Friend

During the following two weeks until DJ’s next appointment with me, I kept thinking about the remarkable lessons that DJ and his subconscious were teaching.

A22. The Role of a Leader

DJ brought a copy of “Dharma Bums” to his next visit with me two weeks later. “You were right!” he exclaimed. “The part about the paths was not in the book.”