Article 214: Human Life Cycle - Part 2 - Birth Defects


In this article we will take a brief look at the interesting topic of birth defects.  This particular issue was one that fascinated and frustrated me while growing up.  The existence of birth defects didn’t seem to fit into religious or scientific belief systems in any satisfying way.

Religiously speaking, if there was a God, and if reincarnation was not real, then it seemed an incredibly cruel and tortuous thing for a God to bestow birth defects upon a child so they could not have a normal life, and often they would die much younger than other people, after much suffering or ridicule.  I could not accept that a loving God would do such a cruel thing, so I rejected mainstream religious beliefs.

Scientifically speaking, birth defects didn’t make any sense in the scheme of Darwinian evolution.  Yes, they could be looked at as genetic defects or mutations, but that didn’t put a very good light on those born with defects, and this cruel belief system placed little value on these human lives, considering them worthless mistakes.  I could not accept that certain humans were mistakes in a meaningless universe where random chance ruled reality, so I rejected mainstream scientific beliefs.

This of course, left me nowhere to go…or so I thought for many years.

This article will review these topics, not from a mainstream scientific or religious viewpoint, but from the esoteric viewpoint, one that blends science with spirituality, and one that allows for a blending of creation and evolution; a multidimensional reality where beings live many, many lives in order to learn to spiritually evolve; and one that believes all life is sacred, worthwhile and valuable.  Furthermore, birth defects are not seen as mistakes or punishments, but as methods individuals choose to learn from in one life or another.

We will delve into this topic in more detail now.



The Individual Chooses the Disability or Birth Defect

“Some of you may find yourselves concentrating upon the physical aspects of existence, which are themselves quite legitimate, but to the exclusion of other important elements.

In larger terms, such focusing in particular areas can involve an entire life situation, reincarnationally speaking, where you choose ahead of time, so to speak, to concentrate your attention in certain areas rather than others; you may pick for yourself a body that does not perform normally, or a mind that is not up to par in usual terms.

Your given situation at birth, therefore, is one in which you cannot manipulate adequately in whatever way you have chosen.

If you have decided upon a situation in which a critical organic lack or disability is involved, and are born with a severe disease, for example, then that is the context in which you will experience this particular focus in corporeal reality.

There will be a reason for it, and that reason will lie in those abilities that you have left free and open for yourself to pursue.

All existences are simultaneous.

Within the bounds of creaturehood certain things are possible and certain things are not.

You cannot regenerate a limb, or grow a new one.

You can cure yourself of an “incurable” disease if you realize that your point of power is in the present.

Whatever your situation, you have chosen it for a reason.

If it involves a circumstance that cannot be altered in physical terms, then you have settled upon it as a framework in order to enhance and use other abilities in concentrated form.

The main point is not to concentrate upon the liabilities but to pursue those abilities that you have, for the great energies of your personality will be directed in those avenues.”1



Birth Defects According to the Law of One

“Birth defects are a portion of the programming of the mind/body complex totality [Higher Self or Oversoul] manifested in the mind/body/spirit of third density [current particular incarnation].

These defects are planned as limitations which are part of the experience intended by the entity totality complex.

This includes genetic predispositions, as you may call them.”2



Why Choose a Birth Defect?

“Entire life contexts are selected that might appear to be incomprehensible, foolhardy, or even insane to an observer.

These lifetime organizations may involve very drastic physical disabilities from birth.

From the outside it seems impossible that anyone would choose such a background, such a highly restricted or even painful situation in which to live.

From that viewpoint birth defects, or lifetime diseases of any kind, make no sense.

No one begins a race with a handicap, you may say, but that is obviously not the case.

Individuals have often chosen such situations precisely as incentives, and many great men and women have done so.

This does not mean that such disabilities are necessary.

At any point that an individual realizes his point of power in the present, he will not need a barrier to test himself against, or to focus him in what he thinks of as the proper direction.

You live many lives simultaneously.

You often think of these as reincarnational existences, one before the other.

If you are severely ill and believe that the reasons for your symptoms exist in a past life that you must “put up with it,” then you will not realize that your point of power is in the present, and you will not believe in the possibility of recovery.

Again, even so-called incurable diseases can be healed as long as this does not involve regenerations not possible within the context of creaturehood.

In your terms, birth defects of whatever kind are chosen before this life.

This is done for many different reasons (just as people choose to be ill in this life, regardless of the duration involved).

That is, a certain psychic framework is set up though which an individual decides “ahead of time” to experience an entire life situation.

A person with several existences stressing intellectual achievement might purposely then decide upon a life in which mental abilities are beyond him, and the emotions allowed a full play that he had denied them “earlier.”

Since all existences are simultaneous, this simply means his stressing certain aspects in this life – at the expense of others, you would say – and setting up a frame of reference that may seem to be limiting.

On the other hand the personality involved may see this as a most rewarding and expansive experience, in which the emotions are allowed freedoms ordinarily denied.

Characteristically, some personalities prefer lifetime experiences in which accomplishment and development follows an even course.

Others demand great contrast.

One of the latter may be miserably poor in one life, luxuriously rich in another, an intellectual giant in still another, a great athlete and then a complete invalid.

Individual differences operate then in the kinds of life situations chosen.”3



The Handicapped & the Family

“In many cases it is the family, rather than the incapacitated member, who questions and does not understand – as in cases of severely mentally retarded children, for example.

Yet in all instances not only do children choose their parents ahead of time, but parents choose their children, of course.

In such a situation, there is fulfillment to be gained from the parent’s standpoints.

There are always opportunities of growth and unusual creativity possible under those conditions for all involved.

That is why the framework was chosen.

The same applies to seeming tragedies such as accidents, or severe illnesses that come at any time.

On an individual basis a grave illness, for instance, will represent the adoption of a particular highly intense focus in which a given aspect of usual experience is deliberately cut out or denied; the context of life itself must then be magnified along other lines.

In somewhat the same manner, this also applies to those born in extreme poverty or in the most seemingly unfortunate of family situations.

The life challenge is inherent within the problem itself and springs from it.

Usually, though not always, a peculiar personal achievement results precisely because of the given difficulty.

Now this accomplishment need not involve some great artwork or invention, or political leadership, for example, though it may.

Often the successful activity represents a challenge on the part of the personality who set it in terms of psychological creativity, and the overall enrichment of experience.

Those involved, such as family, will have acquiesced to the situation “earlier.”

Often, particularly in the case of mental or physical birth defects, the incapacitated person will be accepting that role not only because of personal reason; he or she will also be choosing that part for the family as a whole.

Highly intelligent parents, therefore, may find themselves with a retarded child.

If they place a great value upon intellect at the expense of emotions, then the child may be acting out for them the emotional spontaneity of which they are so afraid themselves.”4

  1. Roberts, Jane, The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1974
  2. Elkins, Rueckert, McCarty, The Law of One, Session 34.8,
  3. Roberts, Jane, The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1974
  4. ibid.


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