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Aug 8, 2014


Balancing past-life karma is the key to soul evolution. In The Evolving Soul, Dr. Linda Backman shows how healing relationships, caring for one's self, and working through fear and loss can help you mend the wounds of your past lives.

Using wisdom she's amassed from hundreds of hypnotic regression clients, Dr. Backman shows how people create the pre-birth blueprints that infuse life with purpose. Uncover the ways spirit guides and the ascended masters can influence your opportunities for growth. Discover the seven soul archetypes and your soul ray. Providing fascinating examples from dozens of regression clients, The Evolving Soul also includes questions and prompts to help readers gain profound insights.

"It is crucial that Dr. Linda Backman's The Evolving Soul be widely read."—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind

"An extraordinary fount of wisdom and deep thought."—P. M. H. Atwater, LHD, author of The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences

"Now is the time to heal yourself at a soul level."—C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, author of 90 Days to Self-Health

"If you've ever wondered what your life is truly about, this book is a wondrous place to look."—Robert Schwartz, author of Your Soul's Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born

"An uplifting book that will change the way you see yourself and your relationship to the cosmos."—Carol Bowman, author of Return from Heaven

Aug 8, 2014

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Dr. Linda Backman (Colorado) is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience in private practice. Dr. Backman studied, co-taught, and co-established The Society for Spiritual Regression (now the Newton Institute) with pioneering therapist and best-selling author Dr. Michael Newton. She has conducted thousands of past-life and between-lives hypnotherapy regression sessions.

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  • So no matter what choices you make in life, all is well, because you are repeatedly given another opportunity to learn. Each life event is a course in your earthly classroom that is set in motion by the soul agreements you’ve put in place.

  • The second energy is your mind-brain that manages your thought processes. Think about your mind as the executor or manager of your entire life. Remember who is master and who is servant. The third energy is your emotions being housed in your heart.

  • Yet our intuition must remain the master and not be drowned out by our human mind, but rather served by it. Ignoring our intuition means we’re ignoring the input of our spirit guides and our higher self.

  • I noticed a sudden, high-pitched sound or pressure change in one ear signaling me to pay attention. Over time, intuitive interpretation of my ear sensation increased and I sensed a message from my guides.

  • Use your human mind as the meta-processor of cognition, making choices as you go.The higher oversoul (spirit) level of self, in my experience, generates only one emotion: love.

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The Evolving Soul - Linda Backman

About the Author

Dr. Linda Backman, EdD, licensed psychologist, has been in private practice since 1978. Dr. Backman is the author of Bringing Your Soul to Light: Healing Through Past Lives and the Time Between (Llewellyn Publications, 2009). She also has graduate education and training in the fields of speech pathology, audiology, and special education. After experiencing the premature birth and death of her second child, Dr. Backman discovered the great need for more psychotherapists who are trained and devoted to working with those in grief. She cofounded an agency in Charlotte, North Carolina, dedicated to serving individuals and families who have experienced the death of children. In line with this work, she was asked to provide the commentary for the book I Never Held You by Ellen M. DuBois (DLSIJ Press, 2006).

Dr. Backman began her private psychotherapy practice in 1978. Since 1993, she has guided innumerable individuals in regression hypnotherapy to access their past and between lives. In this way, she helps people to more fully recognize who we are as a soul throughout our many lifetimes and during the time that we are not incarnate. Regression hypnotherapy allows the client to understand their soul mission, soul progress, soul relationships, and much more. Dr. Backman’s work today includes guiding regressions, as well as speaking, writing, spiritual mentoring, and training others in the benefits of soul regression hypnotherapy both in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Backman studied and co-taught with Dr. Michael Newton, author of the seminal books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, and co-created and served on the founding board of the Society for Spiritual Regression (now the Newton Institute) as membership chair and president. In 1997, Dr. Backman and her husband, Dr. Earl Backman, established the Ravenheart Center, a Mystery School in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to guiding individuals to discover their path as a soul. In addition, Dr. Backman co-founded the International Between Lives Regression Network in 2005, a network for regression therapists and for the promotion of awareness among the general public, in the United States and abroad, of the benefits and purpose of regression hypnotherapy.

The Backmans have been married for forty-seven years and have two married children and three grandchildren.

For further information, please visit or contact Dr. Backman at

Llewellyn Publications

Woodbury, Minnesota

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I dedicate this book to each of you who is committed as a soul,

and in your embodiment, to attain coexistence

with the earth and with humanity,

achieving the dream of evolution,

unity, and oneness.





Chapter One: Tripping Over Your Soul Self

Chapter Two: Soul Ascension for You and for Humanity

Chapter Three: You Are Intuitive

Chapter Four: Progressing from One Life to the Next

Chapter Five: Communicating with Your Spirit Guides

Chapter Six: Seven Soul Archetypes and Your Soul Ray

Chapter Seven: Your Pre-Birth Blueprint

Chapter Eight: Evolving through Relationships

Chapter Nine: Simultaneous Incarnations

Chapter Ten: Lives on Earth and Elsewhere

Chapter Eleven: Attachment and Detachment

Chapter Twelve: Choices to Master Divine Power

Chapter Thirteen: Resolving Past Lives through Self-Care

Chapter Fourteen: Bringing Spiritual Evolution to Light

Appendix A: Practitioner Notes

Appendix B: Soul Regression Hypnotherapy



With our current transition into a new cycle of ages, there is a major spiritual reawakening going on among a growing and important segment of the population of North America and Europe. This is especially important because it includes well-educated and well-read people who are in social and professional positions from which it is possible to influence the cultural mainstream’s ideas and trends. Within this group, several distinct belief systems are being molded into a new spiritual complex—ones that are based upon mystical insights that differ markedly from the religious dogmas so familiar to the general public. Dr. Linda Backman’s book The Evolving Soul reveals core aspects of the shape and the nature of the spiritual upgrade that is taking place in our time.

Dr. Backman begins by inviting us to remember that we are all embodied souls who come into life with a soul purpose and a life blueprint that serve as our guiding map. She introduces us to who and what our spirit guides really are, revealing them to be among the higher organizing intelligences—those who are familiar with our soul path, providing unwavering support and dedicated to guiding and enhancing our ever-growing soul matrix.

In this extraordinary book, Dr. Backman explores the reality of our soul’s evolution in our long walkabout across eternity, as well as our relationship with the celestial realms. She reveals that our ongoing advancement as souls, as well as the organization and the coordination of our destiny as souls, is democratic, just, and rational. In her words: Many may not believe or comprehend that there is an overriding management of souls and consciousness. With the current world order in chaos—as exemplified by conflict, mass shootings, and war; economic instability; natural disasters; and lack of respect for the environment—our human lifestyle is truly a mess.

Yet she and many others in the transformational community know that redemption can only happen when we become aware of the true nature of the sacred. And when we come to that awareness, we may then function in the impartial, respectful manner that is constantly mirrored to us from the celestial realms by the advanced master guides in spirit who work through us and with us to contribute to the greater good of all. In her words, We are the boots on the ground of the masters.

In this book, Dr. Backman explores our soul’s genius as it creates an intricate pre-birth design for our progress through our embodied lives, as well as how this design contributes to the overall benefit of humanity. She reveals how the specifics of our life plan may be complex or quite simple, in response to how our soul’s intention for our current embodied incarnation may be focused. She discusses how evolution (which simply means change) requires each of us to live as a soul in the now, while acknowledging, learning from, and releasing our past, so that we may create positive outcomes in the future.

This book examines the manner in which the creation of our life blueprint takes place between lives with the help of our spirit guides and teachers as facilitators. In addition, it describes how details tied to relationships, health, loss, and other such facets forge the elements of our life blueprint and provide us with the chance of a lifetime for current advancement.

Upon completion of each incarnation, as described by Dr. Backman, an in-depth life review occurs in the afterlife with our council of wise spiritual elders to evaluate the progress gained in our most recent embodiment. We also discover that this is not (nor has it ever been) a judgmental or punitive system; we are given as much time as it takes to learn our life lessons and to graduate from one soul stage to the next.

In addition, Dr. Backman shares information from her voluminous client case studies about our impact on our planet’s cultural progress that intensifies during specific eras of time (such as this one), and how this may enhance the creation of a harmonious civilization. Her research also reveals that only we, as incarnate souls, can lead humanity forward. The physical world is a level of action, but the spirit world on the whole is not; and thus we, as embodied souls in service to the masters of wisdom, have a formidable responsibility. In support, each of us owns an underlying foundation, one that is in alignment with our pre-birth contract and our expanded intentions for this life—one that can result in our own personal advancement as well as the evolution of society at large.

At the baseline, this book reveals that there is a plan for our life, for the earth, and for the universe. In this regard, Dr. Backman is a modern medicine woman whose teachings reflect those of the higher spiritual guardians who, in turn, reaffirm that our duty on Earth is to foster planetary well-being and to value all people, at all levels of society, both here and abroad, revealing that our human and soul relationships are far more important than material gain.

Personally, I would like to add that Linda Backman’s work reaffirms my own awareness that as people move into and discover their own spirituality, a change occurs in the world. And as the world becomes a better, safer place to live in response, the unity of all people will come to pass, and peace will break out and become the dominant reality paradigm.

I also hold strongly that a real change in attitudes, and consequently in the directions of world history, can be achieved through this mystical awareness as it spreads throughout the world’s population, moving from the personal, through the familial and societal, to the global. As these insights take hold, they will assist humanity in achieving our transformation into a more expanded and more aware life form.

This is not a small thing—so great gratitude to you, Dr. Linda Backman, and to your teachers for your insights and your work in the world.

Hank Wesselman, PhD

Honaunau, Hawaii, 2013

Author of numerous books, including The Bowl of Light,

Awakening to the Spirit World, and

Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future



Acknowledgments are a funny thing. How do I remember to thank everyone who’s ever had an impact on the writing of this book? With that said, my choice is to be a minimalist. I’d never be able to offer my gratitude to all of the special people, on this side and the other, who have contributed to the creation of this book.

To every client and every regression training participant, I say more than thank you—you are the true authors of this book.

To those friends of mine (you know who you are) who’ve opened your past-life stories, and your intuitive ability, to provide a foundation of soul evolution understanding that never would’ve come into my life without you.

To my children and grandchildren, who I realize do not necessarily comprehend me or my mission in life; I love you so much for agreeing to walk this life with me.

To my beloved Earl, my partner of significance; life would be empty without you.

To Gayle and David, your grief and bond with a partner of significance serves as high teaching of spiritual evolution, endings and beginnings through embodiment.

To Larry W. Bryant, author of the reincarnation-themed novella Conjoined: The Story of Rex and Roxanne and the book-length essay Conjuring Gretchen, there are truly no words of thanks that suffice. Your willingness to copyedit this book is a gift from the Gods.

To Hank Wesselman, anthropologist, shaman, teacher, author, and wise one. As newfound friends in this life, we are truly birds of a feather. Your support of this book is priceless to me.

To Angela Wix, Llewellyn acquisitions editor, the combination of your deep interest in the subject of this book and your responsiveness is a great blessing.

May this book sail into the hands of all of you whose soul has committed to be of service on Earth to create balance and unity.



My first book, Bringing Your Soul to Light: Healing Through Past Lives and the Time Between (BYSTL), was conceived in the early years of my soul regression work. The germinal, embryonic, and fetal stages that birthed BYSTL came into reality over a period of fourteen years. Early on, my mind and heart spoke to me, begging for the creation of a book to share with as many who would choose to read it. The expanding knowledge of soul evolution, provided by my clients, required years to reach fruition.

BYSTL elucidates individual soul evolution, along with the value and benefits of soul regression. To use a developmental analogy, the writing of Book One demonstrated that I’d attained competency in the knowledge of soul evolution, similar to an adult’s reaching thirty years of age.

The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration, written six years after BYSTL, presents my personal and professional expansion, and that of my clients. Perhaps you might consider my proficiency now as if I were fifty years old. What’s different? you might ask. In this book, I’ve shared content with a dual intent. First, in these pages you’ll discover more in-depth detail concerning individual soul evolution. Of equal importance, this book gives you a perspective on essential advancement for our human society—at best to salve, or at least to lessen, the ongoing detrimental effects of our cultural habits of today. As each of us evolves, humanity, in turn, progresses to a place of balance and unification.

Each client’s past-life and between-lives account offers you food for thought and introspection about the purpose of your pivotal circumstances in life. I invite you to share my ever-magnifying paradigm of soul evolution by absorbing the understanding that one soul archetype, or energy, remains constant throughout all your purposeful incarnations. Your knowing how to accept and utilize your intuitive ability will augment your spiritual guidance and ease the balancing of past-life karma. The continuity of your soul consciousness is exquisite with the intention to mend the past and evolve from one life to the next. This book provides a foundation to assist you in journeying forward in life today.

At the end of each chapter, you’ll discover three questions to assist your personal digging and ongoing soul progress. Find your favorite journal, with pen in hand, in preparation to deepen your soul-searching.

Soul Mending, Reincarnation, and Evolution

Writing this book has been a labor of love—and a labor of pain—for many reasons.

Each life we undergo has an objective. As advancing souls, we’ve known embodiment for hundreds, if not thousands, of encores. Like the tides of a calm or a stormy sea, some incarnations are framed with pleasantry, through agreeable relationships, work, and health, including the quality of where and how we live. In contrast, all of us have dealt with lives easily described as prickly, intended for rapid and intense progress.

Lives of challenge contain examples of our behavior both as the victim and the victimizer. The abused, sadly, often becomes the abuser. Our current-life details reveal themselves through our memory, as well as through family members who can offer insight. Without the big picture of our string of past lives, it is impossible to fully comprehend why we must cope with a father who is an alcoholic or care for a child with a chronic illness. The soul of our father may have been the servant girl we abused, and our child may have been our child of the past whom we left to be raised by grandparents.

Yes, I bet you’ve heard the saying What goes around, comes around.

The truth is, the explanation I’ve spelled out thus far to elucidate why we need to uncover past lives is far too simple. Try this on: If I was a Catholic priest in times gone by who persecuted those who were non-Christian, then the laws of karma scream loudly that I must balance my heinous actions. To gain equilibrium, perhaps I’ll script the next life as a lesbian, living in Middle America, with devout Christian parents who deny my existence.

When we mend our soul through reincarnation, the seam of our ongoing soul evolution will be tightly sewn through the knowledge and release of who we’ve been, along with our actions. Through an ongoing process of balancing and healing what has come before, we evolve as a soul. By no means have I detailed a painless process. The darkness of our past becomes illumined through the light of knowing and feeling our throbbing angst within. Knowing is not enough; the pain of our misdeeds, as specified by the details, must be suffered. In other words, during soul regression, when we delve into exactly what happened and with whom, we can arrive at the place of debriding our soul wound. Only then are we likely to avoid future behavior of a similar nature.

The pathway I’ve described I’ve lived, even to the point of facing the soul (in their current body) whom I abused in the past. Though it is not essential to actually know someone in your life today who was the past-life victim, the power of literal, truthful sharing and apology goes a long way to assist both of you in releasing past scars.

Your next question might be, How will I know what I need to clean up in my life today? Your pre-birth blueprint, designed with your spirit guides, serves as your this-life recipes for the mixing and baking of the cake called achieving your life purpose to delete the past and to continue evolution. Remember that the more complex the recipe of your life circumstances—like a three-layer cake with fruit filling and chocolate ganache icing rather than a box mix—the more ready you are, at the soul level, to accomplish dramatic soul cleansing.

Only when we evolve as individual souls and embrace the oneness perspective that all living things must live in unity, lacking discrimination, will humanity mend. I’d suggest me for you, and you for me to define how we care for the earth, as the earth supports us. Mutual respect for all living beings breeds a healthy planet. Adopt the attitude that me and you are we; then the people of the earth will evolve to live as individuals in a unified collective.

I invite you to take this journey with me now as you read. Your openness is requested, no matter what beliefs or convictions you hold dear or are questioning. The book you hold in your hands contains basic knowledge of soul evolution. In the pages of this tome, you’ll also discover details of soul evolution that wouldn’t have crossed my mind, much less my lips, twenty years ago. Apparently, old dogs can be taught new tricks, as clients and my personal process of life have brought me face to face with learning that encompasses extraplanetary lives, concurrent lives in more than one body, soul archetypes, ascended masters, and much more.

As you read, think of your progression of lives and that of your soul as similar to the parable of Dostoyevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor, which relates to Jesus coming back to Earth in Spain at the time of the Inquisition and performing miracles. Before I continue on, let me pause to inform you that my commentary is not religious in nature but rather is a metaphor.

In this parable, Jesus is arrested by leaders of the Inquisition and sentenced to burn to death. The Inquisitor blames Jesus for teaching humanity to use free will in life’s decisions. We have the ability and the right to exercise decision-making based on what we believe is best, combining our mind-brain-personality thinking with intuitive knowing.

The road we are to travel will be shown to us by way of experiences placed on our path and by our passions, leading us to live our soul purpose. Come travel with me through the pages of this book to understand your soul purpose, reincarnation, mending, and evolution.


Chapter One

Tripping Over Your Soul Self

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul

and paints his own nature into his pictures.

—Henry Ward Beecher

What Is Soul? Where Does It Originate?

As a little girl, I had moments of wondering who I really was. When I died, for example, would I just go away forever? I struggled with this thought over and over. The idea that the me I knew as an eight-year-old would just go away made no sense at all. Unbeknownst to me, I had begun the process of tripping over myself. The soul self part of me had begun to seep into my conscious mind, though I clearly had no understanding of why I was so sure that death is not the end. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience—as a child like me, or while grappling with some tragic experience in your life, or even just while lying awake in the stillness of the wee hours.

Many years later, I came to find out much more about what happens to us before we’re born and when we die. In 1993, a dear colleague’s transition into spirit resulted in my pivotal spiritual experience of sensing his soul energy and recalling shared past lives. Suddenly my career as a licensed psychologist took a profound turn. I began to delve into the past lives and the time between lives of clients as a trained hypnotic regression therapist. Over the past twenty years, I have studied thousands of cases and guided innumerable clients. Let me explain a few basic notions that have been confirmed time and time again as clients share their unique experiences with me.

You are more than your physical body and human personality. At your

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  • (5/5)
    Very interesting book. One of the best on past lives