"There is no rule … that the reincarnating
personality must take over the new form prepared for it either
at the point of conception, in the very earliest months of
the fetus's growth, or even at the point of birth. The process
is gradual … In the early days of infancy, there is not a
steady focus of the personality in the body."
At some point prior to birth, the soul
will carefully touch and join more fully with the impressionable,
developing brain of a baby. … The connection may be early
or late in the mother's pregnancy. … Even those souls who
join the baby early seem to do a lot of traveling outside
the mother's womb during her term.
What becomes of a spirit, if the body he has chosen happens
to die before birth? "He chooses another body."
"The spirit who is to animate [the fetus] exists, as it were,
outside of it; strictly speaking, therefore, it has no soul."
What are, for a spirit, the consequences of abortion?
"It is an existence that is null, and must be commenced over
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"The entity, here being the soul, which enters the body,
occurs usually very close to the birth time. It can come prior
to the birth. It can come very shortly after. Or it can come
at the moment of birth. There can even be a two or three week
"In this [children's] sphere, our new friend told us, there
were to be found children of all ages, from the infant, whose
separate existence upon the earth-plane had amounted to only
a few minutes, or who even had had no separate existence at
all, but had been born 'dead', to the youth of sixteen or
seventeen years of earth time."
"The stillborn child is an example of the
soul who has made a mistake in its choice, who has sought
a return to earth when, by reason of a previous incarnation,
or because of the pattern woven by fate, this being should
have continued life in the world of Terrene Imagination."