Once our spirits make the decision to inhabit a human body, we create a ‘blueprint’ for this life based on what we are most interested in experiencing, and learning to overcome in our eternal pursuit of knowledge. The blueprint includes everything from the kind of parents, families and childhoods we will have, to our career paths, health and financial circumstances, sexual preferences, marriages, children and the length of our lifetime.
In our blueprint we also select an “option line” - an area in which we feel we have the most to learn, and will therefore, be especially challenged by, during our lifetime. There are seven ‘option lines’ to choose from. Family. Social Life. Love. Health. Spirituality. Finance. Career.
We loose conscious awareness of our blueprints during our time on Earth.
Illness and death are included in life’s blueprints. Not only can we choose whether or not to modify the illness and death we charted as we go along, but we also have our choice of five ‘exit points’, or times to leave the earth plane.
There is a higher purpose to the decisions we make when writing our blueprints, and when acting on them, that we may not understand now, but we understood fully once, and we will understand again when we are back ‘Home’ on the ‘Other Side’.
In addition to mapping out our blueprints before coming here, we make sacred contracts with entities on ‘The Other Side’ to watch over us, protect us, help and advise us, through this earthly journey we have chosen to undertake. The most intimate of these advisors helps us to conceive and review our blueprint with us - and is at our side every step of the way - this is our ‘Spirit Guide’.
Before our spirit enters the womb for another lifetime, we compose a ‘chart’ or ‘blueprint’ for the life we are about the live. The blueprint contains all the elements of this new life – although we can modify our charts throughout our lives. There is plenty of room for lateral movement in our blueprints, so do not picture your charted life as a narrow path with very few choices along the way.
In our blueprints we write into our chart a few signposts to let us know we are on the right track, according to our blueprints. From time to time those little signposts appear to us in the form of déjà vu. Because they hit us with such a sudden flood of total familiarity, we logically assume we must somehow be duplicating a moment we’ve lived before in this life - but we aren’t. What we are experiencing is a tiny signpost from the blueprint we created on the ‘Other Side’ before we were born. In this type of déjà vu, our spirit is resonating so profoundly with the realization, “I remember the chart I wrote!”, that is echoes from our subconscious, where the spirit mind exists, to our conscious mind. For that instant both our subconscious and conscious minds are receiving an affirmation that we are in perfect sync with our blueprints. More than that even, we are getting a quick glimpse at the eternity of our lives on the ‘Other Side’, as our spirit remembers, acknowledges and yearns for ‘Home’.
When we compose our blueprint on the Other Side before we are born into this lifetime, we chose two of those 44 Life Themes for our upcoming existence on earth - the ‘primary’ theme, which is who we are throughout our life - and a ‘secondary theme’, which is what we are here to work on.
To describe this concept as simply as possible, think of it as though you are planning a trip. Our primary theme is the basic goal of traveling from point A to point B. Our secondary theme is the biggest obstacle we will have to overcome along the way. Our blueprint is the highly detailed road map of the route we intend to take.
All of us arrive here with both a primary and secondary life theme. The whole reason we leave the Other Side to come here is to learn, to experience and overcome negativity. So not only do we not always choose easy life themes for ourselves, many times we actually choose primary and secondary themes that conflict with each other, to really challenge ourselves.
The challenge of the secondary theme is to regard it not as a burden, but as a force in your life that you have chosen, and to find ways to overcome and make peace with it.
Activators are here to pick up the slack that others leave behind. They get the job done and done right. They are ‘troubleshooters’, and they are gratified by accomplishing the task in front of them, no matter how large or small it is.
Activators have to be careful not to spread themselves too thin.
A person with an aesthetic theme is driven by an innate need to create some form of artistic beauty - music, writing, drama, sculpture, painting, choreography, crafts and the like. That drive can lead them to fame and privilege, which is enjoyable if the secondary theme is compatible – but tragic if the secondary theme is in conflict.
Analyzers need to scrutinize the intricate details of how and why everything works. They are brilliantly invaluable in scientific and other technical areas.
Their fear of missing or overlooking something can make it difficult for them to relax, trust their instincts, and step back far enough to see the bigger picture.
On the front lines of battles against what they perceive as injustices, banner carriers will picket, demonstrate and lobby, whatever it takes to fight for their idea of ‘the good fight’.
The challenge for the banner carrier is to learn that they can make their point more effectively with fact and moderation than with divisive fanaticism.
Builders are the ‘wind beneath the wings’ of society; the often invisible but essential cogs that keep the wheels of accomplishment turning. Builders are not those who march across a stage to accept a trophy; they are those who played a major part in paving the road to that stage.
They can feel unappreciated for not getting the credit they rightfully deserve, but they need to remember that the rewards for taking on and gracefully mastering the builder theme, lies in the accelerated advancement of the spirit on its path toward perfection, which is far more valuable than any trophy could ever be.
As the word suggests, catalysts are the movers and shakers, those who make things happen and mobilize inactivity into action. They are energetic, enthusiastic, and seem to excel, particularly in stressful circumstances.
People with the catalyst life theme can feel empty and depressed without a goal to tackle and conquer.
If there isn’t a social issue to champion, the cause fighter will create one. They are the generals who command the banner carriers - vocal, active and passionate about their efforts towards a better world, sometimes at the expense of their own and other’s safety.
At their most undisciplined, cause fighters run the risk of vying for a bigger spotlight on themselves than on the actual cause they are promoting.
The most successful of the controllers are those who are brilliant at taking charge of every task at hand, through wise, discreet, supportive supervising and delegating.
The least successful are those who feel compelled to dictate and judge every detail of the lives of those around them.
Ironically, the biggest challenge for the controller is self-control.
People born with an emotionality theme have an extraordinary capacity to deeply feel the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and every shade of emotion in between.
Their sensitivity is both a gift and a burden, and they need to recognize that balance in their lives is especially important.
Experiencers insist on trying any pursuit or lifestyle that happens to catch their interest. They are able to move seamlessly from managing a food store to going on an expedition, then trying their hand at acting, to attending patchwork classes - not out of aimlessness, but because of a need to live life as an active, varied series of participation events.
Excessive self-indulgence to the point of irresponsibility is the biggest hurdle for the experiencer.
The theme of fallibility is usually undertaken by those who were born physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. It is an extraordinary spirit who chooses fallibility as a theme, and at those times when they find that choice discouraging, they need to remember what an inspiring example they are setting for mankind, as they face and triumph over their special hurdles and obstacles.
Followers are, in their own way, as essential to society as leaders, since without them there would be no leaders. Offering strong, reliable support can be a follower’s greatest and most generous contribution on this earth.
What the follower has to keep in mind at all times is the importance of carefully selecting whom and what to follow.
Peace, calm and balance aren’t just the top priorities of people with a harmony theme, they are the only priorities, and they will go to any extremes to maintain those priorities.
On the plus side, they are wonderfully co-operative, and can have a quieting effect in chaotic situations.
On the minus side, they can find it very difficult to accept and adjust to the inevitable bumps, bruises and stress that life has to offer.
Healers are often (but not necessarily), drawn to the physical or mental healing professions. Their chosen theme of healing can express itself in a variety of forms, all of them involving the easing of pain, and the improving of a life’s well-being.
It is imperative that healers learn to protect themselves from empathizing too closely with those they are trying to heal, and to pace themselves carefully to avoid an overload of the stressful problems their theme has drawn to them.
Humanitarians, by definition, are born to extend themselves towards humankind. Instead of addressing life’s wrongs and inequities through sit-ins and protests, humanitarians step past the protestors to directly feed the hungry, house the homeless, bandage the wounded, teach the uneducated, and generally address the world’s ills, head on.
Humanitarians face a two-fold challenge - knowing there is an infinite amount of work to be done, but also knowing when and how to stop and rest, and to keep themselves from burning out.
This theme is exemplified by the people who are seemingly born with everything - looks, talent, intelligence, privilege, wit, grace and the like.
This can actually be an unusually difficult theme to live with. Their problems are rarely taken seriously by others. They are often resented for their advantages and can easily feel secretly unworthy from not having had to earn their privileged place in society. It is not unusual for them to be drawn to such excesses as promiscuity, obesity and substance abuse - almost as though they are trying to balance the scales by creating difficulties they were not born with.
Because many things have come easily to them, they can feel emotionally inept in situations that challenge their character.
The best expression of this ultimate thirst-for-knowledge theme is the person who studies throughout their life and continuously uses this wealth of education to improve, nourish and expand life on earth.
The worst expression of this theme is the many versions of the ‘professional student’ whose sole purpose is the self-directed goal of knowledge for its own sake, hoarded instead of shared, which is of no use to anyone but the one who possesses it.
For such a difficult theme, it is amazing how many people seem to have chosen it.
Irritants are the constant and deliberate pessimists. They are the fault-finders and nit-pickers who are never at a loss for something to complain about.
Irritants are very helpful in teaching us patience, tolerance and a refusal to engage in negativity - while the irritant struggles to overcome the very negativity their chosen theme demands.
People with a justice theme are in an active, life-long pursuit of fairness and equality.
At its worst, when it is mis-guided, this passion for righting wrongs can result in riots, anarchy and vigilantism.
Law enforcement and the practice and teaching of law, are among the professional expressions of the lawfulness theme, which revolves around a concern with safeguarding the line between legality and illegality.
Elevated, those with this theme are devoted public servants who fiercely help to maintain order and balance in this world.
If corrupted and abusive of their power, they are in contradiction of the theme they chose.
Oddly, people with a leader theme might be very gifted at their ability to lead, but they are almost never innovative - instead choosing to become leaders in already established areas.
Their best efforts at perfecting this theme would be to express their leadership through exploring new, more socially relevant frontiers.
Loners can often be socially active and visible, but they tend to choose careers and lifestyles that will allow them to be isolated. They are content to be alone and usually enjoy their own company.
Loners often struggle to overcome feeling drained and irritated when other people spend too much in time their ‘space’.
The loser theme is essentially the fallibility theme without the physical, mental or emotional challenges.
Those with a loser theme may have many advantages and good qualities, but because they are determined to feel sorry for themselves they insist on disregarding them. They seek attention through being martyrs, and if there is no melodrama in their lives, they’ll create it.
Like irritants, they can inspire us to be more positive, and to dislike their behaviour without judging them as people.
The manipulator theme is a powerful one - and not necessarily negative.
Manipulators approach their lives and the people in them like a one-sided chess game, able to control them to their advantage and often with remarkable talent.
When this theme is devoted to the highest good, the manipulator can have an enormously positive impact on society.
When the theme is abused, manipulators are often too self-absorbed to concern themselves with anyone else’s well-being but their own, at everyone else’s expense.
Passive people are sometimes perceived as weak, when they are more accurately described as ‘uncommonly sensitive to emotional disruptions.’
They have opinions, but express them most effectively in a non-confrontational forum, and when they take a stand on issues they are strictly non-violent.
It is difficult for those with a passive theme to cope with extremes, but a little tension can be a valuable tool for spurring them into their own form of action.
This is one of the more challenging themes, since patience takes constant effort in a world in which impatience is almost considered an admirable coping skill.
The choice of the patience theme person indicates an eagerness to move more quickly on the spirit’s journey towards perfection, than someone who has chosen a less difficult theme - in other words, patience, in a way, indicates spiritual impatience.
Along with their ongoing battle against snapping at stress, those with a patience theme frequently fight the guilt of occasional lapses in efforts toward their goal and of the anger they feel their theme demands they suppress.
Recognizing how hard their choice of theme really is can help them to be more forgiving of themselves.
Pawns are essential in the advancement of the universal spirit, since their role is to be used as the fuse that ignites something of great magnitude, either positive or negative, to emerge.
People who choose the theme of pawn, important in their way as they are, have to be vigilant in aligning themselves with only the worthiest, most loving causes.
Unlike the themes of passivity and harmony, the peacemaker theme is typically accompanied by a surprising amount of aggression - peacemakers can be downright pushy in their zeal to stop war and violence.
Their allegiance to peace is far greater than their allegiance to any group or country, and they are not opposed to achieving a bit of celebrity in their noble, highly visible cause.
People who choose a performance theme might pursue careers in the entertainment field, but they are just as likely to be content with being the local life of the party, office or classroom. They are nourished by the spotlight, however large or small it may be.
Too often they form their opinions of themselves exclusively through the eyes of others, which they need to combat by reserving some of their considerable energy for introspection and learning to provide their own spiritual and emotional nourishment.
Another unusually difficult theme, the persecuted are not only constantly braced for the worst possibility, but they are convinced that they have somehow been singled out for special bad luck and negative attention.
Happiness is frightening for them, because they are sure they will have to pay too high a price for it, or that it can (and will) be snatched away from them at any moment.
Overcoming the persecution theme takes enormous strength, but the reward for overcoming it is remarkable spiritual advancement.
Persecutors are typically aggressive, self-justifying sociopaths who will abuse and even kill without guilt or remorse and without the mitigating factor of mental or emotional illness.
Obviously, its impossible to understand the purpose of this theme in the span of a single lifetime - but they can inadvertently test, challenge and inspire progress in our laws, our judicial systems, our forensic techniques, our moral boundaries, our social consciousness, and the unity of humankind.
The challenge of the poverty theme is obvious, prevalent in third world countries, but almost more difficult in the midst of affluence, where privilege can look mocking and unfairly imbalanced by comparison.
Even the advantaged can exhibit a poverty theme, perpetually feeling that no matter how much they might have, it is not enough.
Endurance, hope and a perspective on the universal irrelevance of material possessions can provide brilliant spiritual growth for those who choose the theme of poverty.
People who choose a psychic theme often choose strict childhood environments at the same time, where their ability to sense things far beyond ‘normal’ sense perceptions is met with severe disapproval.
The life journey of the psychic theme is to learn to accept the ability not as a burden, but as a gift, and to put it to its highest, most unselfish, most spiritual use.
The rejection theme is another extraordinarily difficult one, usually taking root with alienation or abandonment in early childhood - then proceeding with those same patterns right through school, adulthood and relationships.
As hard as it is, the challenge here is to recognize rejection not as a burden beyond your control, but as a theme chosen specifically to learn that when the spirit is whole and self-reliant for its identity, it can no longer be held hostage by the acceptance or rejection of others.
If you are not a rescuer, then surely you have seen one in action - someone who gravitates towards victims, wanting to help and save them, even if the victim has obviously created their own crisis and/or doesn’t particularly want to be saved.
Rescuers are typically at their strongest in the presence of the weakest or most helpless - and they are highly empathetic.
The rescuer can end up being victimized if they don’t maintain a safe emotional distance from those they are trying to rescue.
Those who have chosen a responsibility theme, embrace it not as an obligation, but as a form of emotional nourishment. They find joy in active, hands-on accomplishment and feel guilt if they are aware of something that needs to be done and let it go untended.
Their challenge is to become unselfish enough to remember that often the people around them need the nourishment of assuming responsibility too, and want to share in the process of accomplishing something.
People whose theme is spirituality will spend a lifetime in a fervent search for their own spiritual center, if not as a profession, then certainly as a constant personal drive. The more they search, the more new territory they discover to look into.
At it’s highest potential, the spirituality theme creates boundless inspiration, compassion, far-sightedness and tolerance.
At its lowest, it can manifest itself in narrow-mindedness, judgementalism and the dangerous isolation of fanaticism.
To those who have actively chosen a survival theme, life is a relentless, ongoing struggle, something to be endured despite the fact that the odds are stacked against them.
They usually excel in crisis situations, but they have trouble distinguishing between a true crisis and their grim view of common everyday challenges.
The temperance theme is typically accompanied by an addiction to deal with and overcome. Even if the actual addiction never manifests itself, people who choose this theme have to fight a constant sense of vulnerability to potential addiction, whether its to a substance, sex, a lifestyle, or another person.
They also have to avoid the opposite extreme of becoming fanatically or psychotically repelled by the object of what they perceive to be a potential addiction.
The key to the progress of the temperance theme is moderation.
The person with a tolerance theme feels compelled to find a way to tolerate even the intolerable. This can become a burden, to the point where they’ll eventually focus all their energy into one area they feel they can universally tolerate most easily, while becoming either narrow-minded or oblivious to everything else around them.
Their growth can be accomplished by recognizing that the theme can cause an unrealistic and indiscriminate view of the world and learn that being magnanimous is worthwhile only when its target is worthy.
Victims are life’s sacrificial lambs, and their purpose among us is to highlight injustice and inspire us to take action and make changes for the better.
Abused and murdered children, targets of hate crimes, and those who’ve been wrongly convicted of violent felonies and then subsequently proven innocent are among those whose victim theme is devoted to the interest of the highest good.
The victimizer is here to collect and achieve absolute control over as many victims as possible, for the purpose of being surrounded at all times by visible proof of their own power. The feelings and will of their victims are meaningless unless they are in perfect agreement with those of the victimizer, and the only compassion they are capable of is toward their own hypersensitive, insatiable ego.
On a small scale, the victimizer is the controlling lover or spouse, the stalker, the pathologically overzealous parent and the like.
On a larger scale, these people are the cult leaders and anyone who demands such slavish devotion that even children, who are given no options, are sacrificed in the name of the victimizer.
Warriors are our fearless risk takers, our soldiers, pioneers, astronauts and firefighters and countless other unsung heroes with the courage to step up to a physical, moral and/or spiritual challenge from the mundane landscape of everyday life.
Our warriors are at the front lines of wars against crime, drugs, natural disasters and homicidal tyrants, and to the vast, unconquered world’s in space.
Without direction, the warrior’s aggression can be destructive - but when focused, especially with a secondary humanitarian theme, those with a warrior theme can make historic contributions of global significance.
The winner theme differs from the infallibility theme in that winners have an active, pervasive compulsion to achieve and triumph. They are perpetual optimists, always believing that the next business deal, the next relationship the next roll of the dice, the next looter ticket or sweepstake entry, the next job or even the next marriage or child, will be ‘the one’ that they have been waiting for, that will make all the difference.
In its finest form, the winner’s unfailing optimism and ability to pick themselves up from every failure and move on with confidence is inspiring and an example to us all.
Without frequent reality checks though, the winner can squander their money, their security and their lives, with too many impetuous, undisciplined and uninformed decisions.
Identifying our primary and secondary life themes can clarify the paths we have chosen.
Having the knowledge that we actually chose our life themes, instead of having them randomly inflicted upon us, can be of enormous comfort.
Because our life themes are choices we made on the Other Side before we embarked on this life’s journey, based not only on what we’ve experienced in past lives, we cannot change our life’s themes. We can though, strive to perfect them at their most positive and overcome them at their most negative or destructive.